Friday, July 1, 2011
Sunday, October 3, 2010
This week I decided to get outdoors with my youngest son. We went for a three day hike in the Stirling Ranges. This is a range of hills about three hours away from home. The link here is to a five minute video of our little adventure. Next year I am plannng to take our Year 7 class on a camp and have the children climb the Bluff Knoll section. This is following my involvement in the camp in Wales earlier this year. I really want to challenge the students with some nature based activities.
Stirling Range Ridge Walk
Thursday, September 16, 2010
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Friday, August 27, 2010
A number of projects are now underway at Withers Primary School. Our Kindergarten and Pre Primary class and Yr 1/2 classes have planted vegetable gardens. One of our local hardware stores, Bunnings spent a great deal of time assisting with planting the vegetable and native gardens and donated plants for the Year 1/2 garden. A scarecrow now graces one of the gardens with another one being constructed. In relation to developing a “Green Belt” at the school, Bunnings also donated around 50 native plants which our Yr 6 class planted at an unused end of the school oval.
The key to success remains with children being involved in developing the school grounds. Our current ad hoc approach is about to change as a new Grounds Committee has just been formed. This committee made up mainly of students but also with staff and parent representatives has been busy surveying all students across the school to ensure their views are heard. I have used my Churchill Fellowship experience to share best practice examples from across the United Kingdom with students from Withers to assist them in making choices.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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Sunday, June 27, 2010
Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2 days!
Giant's Causeway...County Antrim...Northern Ireland
Posted by Stuart Cumming at 5:33 AM
Northern Ireland and Ireland in 2 days!
Hi all, this is Mrs Cumming. We are up the north west of Ireland in County Donegal. It is 10pm and Mr Cumming has gone off to find a mountain to climb! It is still light here so we are able to make the most of every day...working during the day for Mr Cumming and then exploring in the afternoon/evening. I read that it has been really cold in Bunbury..we have been very lucky over here, with hardly any rain.
We arrived in Ireland last week and had a few days off visiting Ireland's west coast.There are castles, ruins, cliffs, mountains, green hills, lakes everywhere and it is all so beautiful. We then drove across to Northern Ireland, near Belfast, where Mr Cumming visited the school (see last post), then that afternoon we headed up the coast to see the most stunning scenery....my favourite was a place called the Giant's Causeway (see photos) which is a large mass of column rocks formed over 60 million years ago by volcanic activity.The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal although there are also some with four, five, seven and eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres (36 ft) high and they all fit together like a jigsaw. There are about 40 000 rocks in the area, but I'm not sure who counted them! Ask Mr Cumming the other story of how they were formed which I think is a much better story..about the 2 giants!
We then drove along the coast but it took us 7 hrs to travel 160 kms because we kept stopping to look at all the amazing scenery. This morning we found a very old castle called Dunluce Castle which was built in the 16th Century. It is perched high on a cliff and has started to fall down, but is great to see and read about. (see photos)
We then caught a car ferry to Ireland where we drove to the most northern point of Ireland..a place called Malin Head. Again the scenery was beautiful and we decided to take the car on a gravel track and walked about 1km to a magnificent set of cliffs. Ther are very high and sheer, which means they drop straight down into the ocean. It is really scary walking along the edge of them, but the views were breathtaking. I will put some photos up and if you look really carefully you may see Mr Cumming at the top of one and me at the top of another.
Tomorrow we will explore a tiny bit more of Ireland before driving back to Northern Ireland. Mr Cumming is meeting with 3 different people on Monday in Belfast and then we drive to Dublin (Ireland's capital) to fly back to England where Mr Cumming has a conference as well as a school visit. On Friday we have to be in Wales to visit another school! PHEW! So 4 countries in 1 week!
I know this is your last week of school, so have a safe holiday and we will see you all next term..
Seeya, Mrs Cumming
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Saturday, June 26, 2010
Today I visited Neil McAllister from
FairviewPrimary is currently involved in a number of programs I have already looked at to varying degrees:
I was particularly interested in what the school did in relation to its
I had the opportunity to speak to Neil’s class about Forest Schools and they were so positive. One common thread across the three P6 classes who undertook the program was when returning to class, students were required to keep a detailed diary. Art, Health, Mathematics, Literacy, Science activities were all explained in detail by students. They obviously had retained much of the information covered in
Link to more pictures.