End of Term One: Happy Holidays!

Our first term for 2013 comes to an end today.

The students in 4KM and 4KJ have had a fantastic nine weeks and have already learnt a lot.

Some of the term highlights include:

We have some fabulous things planned for Term Two including Bike Ed, the return of our student teachers and the conclusion of the Our World, Our Numbers global project.

Of course there will also be more amazing things to learn in literacy, maths and inquiry.

We wish all of our blogging community a very happy holidays.

4KM and 4KJ will be back on Monday 15th April.

What was your Term One highlight?

What are you looking forward to in Term Two?

What are your plans for the Easter holidays?

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Family Lunch and CSI Afternoon

Today Leopold Primary School held a special family lunch and Community School Investigation (CSI) afternoon.

This is how we spent our afternoon…

  • At 1.30pm, parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and other relatives arrived at school to join the students for a picnic lunch.
  • During lunch time, our special guests spent time with the students or enjoyed refreshments in the Melaluka Building.
  • At 2.30pm, students and family members gathered in the classrooms before heading outside for the CSI activity. Students and their special guests had to complete 30 questions about our school. To complete each task, they had to read the clues and travel to different areas of the school to hunt for the answers!
  • At 3.15pm, everyone came back to the classrooms to correct their answers.

Here is a scanned copy of the CSI questions our students answered this afternoon

Here are a few photos of some 4KM and 4KJ students enjoying their picnic lunch and CSI afternoon. Tip: click on the bottom right hand corner to view in full screen.


A big thank you to all of the family members and friends who joined us for this wonderful afternoon!

Well done to the Grade Six students and teachers involved in organising the terrific CSI activity, it was enjoyed by all!


What did you enjoy about our special afternoon?

What is your favourite kind of picnic lunch?

Have you ever completed a challenge like our CSI activity?

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Tagxedo Word Clouds

The students in 4KM and 4KJ have enjoyed getting to know each other over the past couple of weeks. Yesterday, they used Tagxedo to create a word cloud on their netbooks. Their word clouds demonstrated something about themselves or something they’re interested in.

Word clouds are a fun way to present words. Tagxedo allows the students to be really creative; they can customise the font, colour, layout and shape of their word cloud. The more frequent a word, the larger it appears.

Here are some Tagxedo word clouds from 4KM and 4KJ students. 


Mitchell C



Ryley H


 Thanks to Miss Mckeegan and Miss Smith for helping the students learn about Tagxedo.

What did you think of our word clouds?

Have you ever made or seen a word cloud? Tell us about it.

What words would you use to describe yourself or your interests?

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Guest Post: Meet Our Student Teachers

Hi, our names are Charlotte and Ava and we are from 4KM and 4KJ. We are writing this as the first guest post for 2013.

We have some awesome student teachers from Deakin University working with us at the moment. Their names are…

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Miss Smith (4KJ) and Miss McKeegan (4KM)

We have had a great time with with Miss Smith and Miss McKeegan so far. They are lots of fun. Here is an interview we conducted to find out a bit more about them…

What do you like to do besides teaching?

Miss McKeegan: Art and photography.

Miss Smith: I like travelling.

What places do you like to travel to?

Miss Smith: Europe, last year I lived in Sweden for six months and saw lots of places!

Miss McKeegan, I like to travel everywhere! I recently went on a trip halfway around Australia in my four wheel drive.

What’s your favourite animal and why?

Miss Smith: My favourite animal is a fish because I recently got a new pet fish named Pepito.

Miss McKeegan: My favourite animal is an elephant because they are so clever and have very good memories.

What is your favourite subject to teach?

Miss Smith: I like to teach English because I get to read lots of great stories!

Miss McKeegan: I love to teach Inquiry because it can be so fascinating finding out things about our world.

What grade would you  like to teach when you finish university?

Miss Smith: I have always wanted to teach the younger years, however, I do love grade four too!

Miss McKeegan: I would like to teach the early years as well, but I must say after working with 4KM and 4KJ I may just change my mind.

What school would you like to teach at?

Miss Smith: I would be happy anywhere in Geelong. Leopold is great!

Miss McKeegan: I would like to teach somewhere along the surf coast or the Bellarine Peninsula!


Feel free to leave Miss Smith and Miss McKeegan a comment. They would love to hear from you!

Do you have anything in common with our student teachers?

Have you ever had a student teacher in your class?

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What’s Your Sentence?

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan love exchanging teaching ideas with other educators around the world.

Over the holidays they came across an idea from their Twitter/blogging buddy, Joan Young, which they used in their classroom on the first day of school.

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan invited all the students to think about the year ahead and come up with their “sentence”. This is a phrase that defines how they want to be remembered this year.

It’s important to think about your goals and take action to become the person you want to be!

We displayed our sentences to share our ambitions with others!

Here are some 4KM and 4KJ students sharing their sentences.

What’s your sentence? Leave a comment and tell us!

Have you ever set yourself a goal? We’d love to hear about it.

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A New School Year Begins!

Today is the first day of the 2013 school year at Leopold Primary School in Victoria, Australia.

After nearly six weeks of summer holidays, Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan are excited to welcome the 54 new 4KM and 4KJ students. Some of these students were in 2KM or 2KJ in 2011!

We have a lot to look forward to this year including our new 1:1 netbook program, Bike Ed and of course our camp to Maldon.

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan are certain all the students will learn a lot in 2013 and enjoy being part of our wonderful classroom community.


We had a very warm summer in Leopold and we look forward to hearing how all the students spent their holidays.

Mrs Morris and her husband, Nate, enjoyed Christmas with Mrs Morris’s family. They also spent some time at Indented Head where Nate’s parents rented a holiday house. Mrs Morris and Nate enjoyed a holiday to the historic town of Beechworth and our nation’s capital, Canberra.


Miss Jordan travelled back to her family’s home in Pomonal (near Halls Gap) for her Christmas celebrations. In January she painted her house and she also enjoyed seeing friends, exercising, going shopping, cooking and reading. Miss Jordan loved meeting her family’s chocolate Labrador puppy, Mocha.


Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan also spent a lot of time in the holidays preparing for Technify Your Teaching in 2013. This was a professional development day held at Leopold Primary School on January 24th. We had 60 teachers attend from all over Victoria to learn about how to use technology in their classrooms.



Leave a comment and tell us about your holidays.

What are you looking forward to in 2013?

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Quality Commenting

Today, Thursday 24th January, Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan are teaching other teachers all about blogging!

We have organised a special day, along with Mr Limb and our friend, Mr Collier, called Technify Your Teaching. Teachers from around Victoria have come to Leopold Primary School to learn about using technology, such as blogging, in the classroom.

One of the most important aspects of blogging is quality commenting.

Leaving a comment is as simple as this…

1. Click on the heading of the post you wish to comment on.

2. Scroll down until you can see the “Leave a Comment” section.

3. You will be asked for your name and email address/website (email and website is optional and will not be published).

4. You will also need to write the “spam word”.

5. Click “submit comment”.

Remember: Your comment WILL NOT appear straight away. It is emailed to Mrs Morris or Miss Jordan to check first. If your comment is okay it will soon appear on the blog!

We love to receive quality comments from students, parents, teachers, and anyone else, on our blog! There are several steps involved in writing a quality blog comment.

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan created this poster to help their students remember the guidelines to successfully write good quality blog comments.

Here is an instructional video showing you how to leave a comment.

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan are looking forward to teaching our new students all about quality commenting next week when Term One begins!

Please leave us a quality blog comment!

What are you hoping to achieve with blogging in your class this year?

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Our Classroom

When Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris team taught 2KM and 2KJ, they were lucky enough to work in a large open classroom.

This year, they have moved to the Grade Four area where they’re working in two portables. This hasn’t stopped 4KM and 4KJ working together and everyone is enjoying being a part of one big class.

Over the holidays, Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris spent many days working on their classrooms and they have taken some before and after photos to share with our blogging buddies.

The before photos were after Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris had already removed a lot of rubbish and done a lot of cleaning!

The after photos show a work in progress. Together with the students, Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris are always working on making their classroom a bright and attractive learning environment!

 Leave a comment and describe your ideal classroom!

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Phone Call from the Atlantic Ocean!

Last year a UK adventurer contacted Mrs Morris to tell her about his rowing trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

Alastair Humphreys was joining three other men to row 3000 miles (about 5000 kilometres) from the Canary Islands (Spain) to Barbados (Caribbean). He offered to ring 4KM and 4KJ during his journey which began on 12th January.

Since starting back at school, 4KM and 4KJ have been keenly following Al’s blog and were curious about many things.


Al rang us at 12pm on Friday 10th February. It was 1am where he was and Al had just finished rowing for two hours through a storm.

For the whole 60 day trip, the men row for two hours and then sleep/rest/eat for two hours. The sleep deprivation is terrible for the adventurers!

When Al rang us, he was currently 57% of the way across the Atlantic. This map shows you where the boat currently is (you can click on it to see the updated location).

Eight students asked Al questions:

Clancy started by asking if they can eat and drink while rowing. Al said they normally eat and drink when they’re not rowing but during the day they need to drink while rowing as it can get quite warm. As Al was talking to us he was eating chocolate in bed!

Libby asked what sort of sea animals they had seen. Al told us that they had seen flying fish, whales, dophins and jellyfish.

Hannah wanted to know what the scariest moment so far had been. Al explained that there hadn’t been very many scary moments except for at the start when the wind was very strong.

Georgia asked if water ever gets into the boat. Al explained that the waves hit the top of the boat and can get in but they have a part of the cabin with their beds and computers that they make sure never gets wet.

Kealee wanted to know what Al is going to do when he gets to Barbados. Al explained that the crew talk about this topic all day long! They can’t wait to eat a lot (pizza, salads and cold drinks), have a BIG sleep and have a nice warm shower.

Trent asked if Al had any other adventures planned. While Al explained that he is just dreaming of Barbados at the moment, he might be walking across the South Pole at the end of the year. He said he might be able to call us from the South Pole!

Lachlan wanted to know who Al’s role model is. Al told us about an English explorer called Captain Scott who he looked up to as a boy.

Finally, Loren asked how many more days they will be at sea. Al hopes that they will be in Barbados in about 20 days. They draw all over their maps to work it out.

We thanked Al for talking to us and he said he might be able to Skype us when he is on land! It would be great to talk to him some more.

Al and his crew are rowing across the Atlantic to raise money for charity. You can click here if you are interested in donating.

How would you feel about rowing across an ocean?

What would you like to ask Al?

Why is Al a role model for us?


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Heroes and Role Models Dress Up Day

Today at Leopold Primary School we are having a dress up day.

Everyone had to bring a gold coin donation to raise money for Red Cross. Our back to school theme this year has been “heroes and role models” and everyone had to choose a special person to dress up as.

Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris dressed up as role model students. They were student leaders!

What did you dress up as?

Can you guess who the students were dressed up as?

Who is your hero or role model?

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