Guest Post by Mrs Morris

Dear 4KJ and 4LB (4KM),

How are you all? I hope you are all enjoying your time with Miss Jordan and Mr Bao.

Your grade four year is quickly coming to an end. I bet you can’t believe you’ll be in grade five in a couple of months time!

I am enjoying my new role as a stay-at-home mum, however, I do miss all the students and teachers at Leopold Primary School.

Novalie was three months old yesterday. She is growing up quickly and changing all the time.

Novalie has learnt many new skills such as:

  • reaching for her toys
  • putting her hands in her mouth
  • rolling from her tummy to her back
  • holding her head and neck up strongly
  • smiling, and making lots of different noises and squeals

She enjoys doing many things such as:

  • going for walks in her pram
  • shaking her rattle
  • attending Rhyme Time at the library
  • kicking her legs in her bouncy chair
  • listening to stories and looking at books

It sounds like you’ve been doing some exciting things at school. You were lucky to have your wonderful student teachers back for a few weeks.

The topics you’ve been learning about in Inquiry, Maths and Literacy sound really interesting. I’d love to hear more about them.

I hope you’ll be able to leave a comment and tell me what I’m missing at school!

Your former teacher,

Mrs Morris

Leave Mrs Morris a comment and tell her what you’ve been learning about and what has been happening at Leopold Primary School.

Congratulations, Mrs Morris!

After teaching at Leopold Primary School for nine and a half years, Mrs Morris began maternity leave a few weeks ago to prepare for the birth of her first child.

We had a farewell party for Mrs Morris at the end of last term. Since then, everyone in 4KJ and 4LB (formerly 4KM) has been waiting eagerly for the baby news.

Mrs Morris and Nate’s baby girl finally arrived during the week! On Wednesday 7th August at 2.10pm they welcomed little

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into the world!

Her full name is Novalie Alexandra Morris. When she was born she weighed 4130 grams (9lb 2) and was 53cm long.

Mrs Morris and Nate are delighted with their precious daughter and they are enjoying getting to know their little girl.

Miss Jordan visited Mrs Morris in hospital and loved meeting Novalie for the first time. She is a beautiful baby!

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Farewell, Mrs Morris!

Today is the last day of Term Two. It is also the last day of school for Mrs Morris, as she is expecting a baby girl in a few weeks!

Mrs Morris has been teaching at Leopold Primary School for nine and a half years and she has made a big impact on many students and teachers during that time. Mrs Morris has also made many connections with teachers and students from around the world through blogging collaborations. She is now looking forward to the new adventure of motherhood!

Mrs Morris and her husband, Nate, are very excited about the birth of their first child. To farewell Mrs Morris, we held a class party at school yesterday. Everyone enjoyed the activities, games and party food, and Mrs Morris had fun sharing this special time with 4KM and 4KJ.

 

Miss Jordan asked some of Mrs Morris’s blogging buddies to record messages on this VoiceThread. Others are welcome to contribute too!

Here is a special message from Mrs Morris.

We welcome Mr Bao to Leopold Primary School as he takes over 4KM for the remainder of 2013.

Miss Jordan, 4KM, 4KJ and everyone at Leopold Primary School will miss you, Mrs Morris! We can’t wait to meet your baby girl!

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We are all looking forward to a two week holiday after a very busy eleven weeks at school!

Term Three begins on Monday 15th July.

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Leave a comment to farewell Mrs Morris!

Do you have any exciting holiday plans?

What are you looking forward to in Term Three at school?

4KM in The Age Newspaper

Last term Mrs Morris was interviewed by a journalist at The Age newspaper about our classroom blogging program.

Educational blogging is something both Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris are very passionate about as they see the students learn so much from it.

Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris have spoken to a great deal of teachers about blogging over the past few years, both locally and overseas. We always encourage other teachers to use blogging in their own classrooms.

Last Wednesday a photographer from The Age visited 4KM to take a photo of us blogging on our netbooks.

Today the article was published in The Age newspaper.

Click here to read the article.

We hope you enjoy it.

Have you ever been in a newspaper?

What do you like about blogging?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Leave a comment and tell us about your holidays.

What are you looking forward to in 2013?

Term Four Begins

Our two week holiday has gone very quickly and we are now back for our final term of Grade Four.

Term Four is going to be very busy with lots of exciting things planned, such as:

  • An ice skating excursion and tour of Etihad Stadium
  • A bike ride to Splashdown for a swim, waterslide and lunch
  • The Leopold Primary School Twilight Festa
  • The Global Children’s Challenge
  • Learning about poetry, procedural texts, healthy living, measurement and space (maths)

You can look at the calendar on the left hand sidebar of the blog to find out more about our special dates.

Mrs Morris’s Holiday

On the holidays Mrs Morris and her husband, Nate, spent a relaxing week at Byron Bay in northern New South Wales.

Image from Google Maps

On the way to Byron Bay they had to stop at Sydney. Here is a photo taken from inside the plane. Can you see the famous landmarks at the back of the photo? (tip:click on the image to view a larger version and zoom in)

The beaches at Byron Bay are beautiful. Every day, tourists and locals swam, surfed and walked along the golden sand. What do you like to do at the beach?

One day when Mrs Morris and Nate were going for a walk, they came across this very bold lizard. Do you know what bold means? What type of lizard do you think it is?

 

Can you answer the questions in this post?

What did you do on the holidays?

What are you looking forward to this term?

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The Victorian State Schools Spectacular

Yesterday Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris travelled to Hisense Arena in Melbourne to see the Victorian State Schools Spectacular.

Miss Jordan won the tickets at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards back in May, when Mrs Morris won her teaching award.

The Victorian State Schools Spectacular is one of the largest performances in Australia. It has been running since 1995 and this year’s event featured nearly 3000 school students. The three hour show included a variety of performances, including dance, vocal, choir, orchestra, drama and acrobatics.

Here we are before the show

Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris were so impressed with the amazing performances! It was wonderful to see the variety of talent in Victorian primary and secondary schools.

All Victorian government school students are eligible to audtion for the Victorian State Schools Spectacular. Check out the website for more information about the event.

Congratulations to all of the students involved, it was a truly spectacular show!

Have you ever been to a live performance?

Have you performed in front of a large audience?

What kind of performance would you like to do at the State School Spectacular?

Mrs Morris in the USA – Part Two

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the first half of my USA trip with Mrs Yollis.

After spending time at Mrs and Mr Yollis’ house and travelling to San Diego for our conference, Nate and I flew to the east coast of the USA. We spent some time in New York and Washington DC. Then we flew back to San Francisco on the west coast before flying home.

We had a fantastic time in the USA! Here are some highlights from the second half of the trip.

  • Visiting the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Rockefeller Centre, Central Park, Times Square, 9/11 Memorial, United Nations Headquarters and more in New York.
  • Celebrating 4th July by watching the Macy’s Fireworks with millions of people in New York!
  • Seeing the musical, Jersey Boys, on Broadway.
  • Meeting with blogging buddies.
  • Shopping!
  • Enjoying the warm summer weather – there was a heat wave on the east coast!
  • Visiting lots of museums in Washington DC.
  • Seeing the White House, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and more in Washington DC.
  • Visiting Alcatraz (an old prison on an island) in San Francisco.
Here are some photos from the second half of my trip.

Do you know any information about the places I visited?

What did you do on the holidays?

What are you looking forward to this term?

Mrs Morris in the USA

Hi everyone!

I am having a fantastic time in the USA with my husband, Nate! I am staying with my blogging buddy, Mrs Yollis, and her husband, Mr Yollis.

2012 is the fourth year that my class and Mrs Yollis’ classes have been blogging together. We have worked on many projects and become friends over the internet but have never met face to face before last week!

It was truly amazing for me to meet Mrs Yollis. We laugh a lot and get along like old friends. I will miss her when I head to New York City tomorrow.

Last week, I attended a big teacher’s conference in San Diego with Nate and Mrs Yollis. We learnt so much about using technology in the classroom. Mrs Yollis and I also presented about blogging and global collaboration. The teachers really enjoyed it and we hope we have encouraged a lot more teachers to start blogging with their classes.

Here are some highlights from my trip so far:

  • Meeting lots of other blogging buddies at the teachers’ conference. They were all so nice!
  • Visiting Mrs Yollis’ classroom and meeting Beverly and Panda. We even played Bamboo in the playground!
  • Having lunch at Royce’s house and meeting a group of Mrs Yollis’ students.
  • Skyping with 4KM and 4KJ twice.
  • Being in the audience for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
  • Visiting Universal Studios.
  • Seeing the sites of Los Angeles – Mr and Mrs Yollis are great tour guides.
  • Meeting Mrs Yollis’ pets – Buck the cheeky labrador and Harvey the talking African grey parrot.
Here is a video of me and Mrs Yollis in her classroom!

Here are some (a lot) of pictures of my trip so far.

Thank you to Mr Miller (teacher at the conference) and Mr Yollis for some of these fantastic photos!

Read part two of Mrs Morris’s USA trip here.

What do you think of my trip?

Would you like to visit the USA? What would you do there?

Three Cheers for Mrs Morris!

Last night was the annual Victorian Education Excellence Awards held at Crown, in Melbourne, Victoria.

The VEEA showcases a variety of outstanding achievements by teachers, leaders and education support officers in Victorian Government schools. It is a very prestigous event and even being nominated is a special achievement.

for winning the Outstanding Primary Teacher of the Year!
What an amazing achievement!

 Here’s how the night unfolded…

Excitement was high as Mrs Morris, her husband, Nate, sister, Jo, mum, Ann and Miss Jordan travelled to Melbourne to attend the awards. The Palladium room at Crown is a very special venue and there were over 700 people at the event.

It was terrific that our principal, Ms Rollinson, was invited to the awards and she was sitting at our table with some other Geelong nominees.

Throughout the evening, the Minister for Education presented different awards. You can see the categories for the awards here. After our entree and main course, the moment we had been waiting for finally arrived. The nominees for the Outstanding Primary Teacher of the Year award were named and Mrs Morris was announced the winner!

Mrs Morris made her way to the stage to answer some questions and receive her framed certificate. Later on she was photographed with the other award winners.

Mrs Morris is using her $10,000 prize to present at the ISTE conference in San Diego, USA. She will present with our blogging buddy, Mrs Yollis! Mrs Morris and her husband, Nate, will learn so much at this big conference and Mrs Morris can’t wait to meet many other blogging buddies around the USA. She also plans to use her prize money to help other schools get involved in blogging and global collaboration.

Here are some photos of the night.

What a fantastic achievement for Mrs Morris! We are so proud of you!

Check out the thoughtful posts by former students BB, Rhiannon and Jarrod.

4KM students have their photo in Friday’s edition of the Geelong Advertiser here

What do you think of Mrs Morris achievement?

Have you ever won a special award?