Our Class Party

To celebrate the end of a wonderful school year, 2KM and 2KJ had a class party today.

At our party we…

– Completed a fun trivia quiz about our year. The competition showed who remembered details about the students, teachers and events that happened throughout the year.

– Played pass the parcel in girl and boy groups. Excitement was high as the parcel got smaller and smaller!

– Enjoyed playing statues outside. When the music stops you have to freeze, or you’re out!

– Ate some delicious party food. Girls brought in savoury food and the boys brought the sweet food. What a feast we had!

Watch our slideshow to see all the fun we had!

Stay tuned for our final 2KM and 2KJ blog post on our last day of school, Thursday.

What was your favourite part of our class party?

What activities do you enjoy at parties?

What is the best party you’ve ever been to?

Edublog Award Excitement!

Today was a very exciting day for 2KM and 2KJ as it was the Awards Ceremony for the annual Edublog Awards.

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We were honoured to be short listed out of hundreds of nominations in many different categories.

Most students stayed in at recess and watched the ceremony on the interactive whiteboard at 11am. There were some fabulous results for 2KM, 2KJ and their friends. The top five in each category were recognised.

Best Class Blog

We came FIFTH! Two of our closest “blogging buddy”classes were in the top five. Mrs Yollis’ Classroom Blog came FIRST and Mr Salsich’s Class Blog came FOURTH!

We were the only Australian class in the top five. Go Aussies!

Best Student Blog

Seven 2KM and 2KJ students were shortlisted which was an amazing achievement as there were hundreds of nominations.

Congratulations to Jarrod who came FOURTH! Mrs Yollis’ former student, Jaden came FIRST. Miriam and Victoria, also students of Mrs Yollis, came SECOND.

Being an Edublog Award finalist is an incredible achievement for Jarrod. He only started his blog in mid-2011 and has already had nearly 3000 visitors. Jarrod was also the youngest student in the top five (he recently turned eight).

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Best Group Blog

Our third piece of exciting news was that Our World, Our Stories WON the Best Group Blog category!

There were cheers of delight as the announcement was made. Our World, Our Stories is a global project that we have been working on with classes in five other countries for most of this term. It has been an incredible learning opportunity and a highlight of 2011 for the students.

What a way to end Our World, Our Stories with an award that we can all celebrate together!

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Other Great Results

Many of our blogging buddies also experienced excellent results to recognise the fabulous work that they do with educational blogging.

Mrs Yollis and her class WON the Most Influential Blog Post category and Mrs Yollis came SECOND in the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr Avery and his class came THIRD in the Best Use of Audio / Video / Podcast category.

Mrs Hembree and her students came SECOND by just one vote in the Best Librarian / Library category.

2KM and 2KJ students Haille, Ava, Millie, Charlotte, Jordi and BB (2KM 2010) were shortlisted from hundreds of student blogs. What an achievement for grade two students! This was the second year that grade three student BB was nominated!

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All of our blogging friends, teachers, students and classes are winners in our eyes.

This year, 2KM and 2KJ have discovered how blogging can help us improve and grow in so many ways. While awards are nice, we all know that personal improvement is what counts. This is something we have definitely won!

What has been your blogging highlight this year?

Who did you vote for in the Edublog Awards?

Christmas Craft Morning

2KM and 2KJ students enjoyed a special Christmas Craft morning today!

Charlotte’s mum, Martine, organised the morning for us and the students loved showing off their creativity and getting into the Christmas spirit.

The four craft activities we enjoyed were:

Christmas cards for family and friends

– Special felt Christmas tree decorations

Reindeer food to sprinkle over the lawn on Christmas Eve

– Paper plate snowmen. Check out this link to find out how to make one yourself!

Watch our slideshow to see all the fun we had!

A big thank you to Martine for organising this special event for us. We loved the activities and had a fantastic morning!

We would also like to thank Tammy, Marcie, Kim, Mandy and Sara for helping out!

What was your favourite craft activity today?

What other craft activities do you enjoy?

A Very Special Birthday!

Today, Sunday November 6th, is Mrs Morris’ 30th birthday. Miss Jordan, 2KM and 2KJ would like to say…

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To celebrate this milestone birthday, Miss Jordan made cupcakes for 2KM and 2KJ on Friday.

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Yum!

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Our special blogging buddy, Mrs Yollis, sent a birthday present to Mrs Morris…all the way from California! It was a lovely bracelet from Macy’s department store! What a thoughtful gesture!

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Mrs Yollis and her third graders recorded a birthday song for Mrs Morris! Check it out!

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Mrs Morris had a fantastic dinner party with her friends last night to celebrate her 30th birthday.

Today Mrs Morris will spend the day with her husband, Nate. She is looking forward to a family dinner tonight!

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Mrs Morris has made lots of friends through blogging and Twitter. Listen to their birthday messages in the VoiceThread below! Teachers, students and anyone else, feel free to add to the VoiceThread by recording a “happy birthday” message!

Leave a comment to wish Mrs Morris a happy birthday!

How do you like to spend your birthday?

Have you celebrated a “milestone birthday” for someone before?

Melbourne Cup Day

Today is Melbourne Cup Day!

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It is called “the race that stops the nation”.

Here are some Melbourne Cup facts:

  • The race is 3200 metres long.
  • The race is for horses aged three and over.
  • It is held on the first Tuesday in November each year.
  • The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861.
  • 2011 is the 151st Melbourne Cup.
  • The race is held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.
  • It is run as a “weight-for-age handicap”. That means the weight of jockey and riding gear is adjusted to a certain amount depending on the horse’s age and how well it has gone in previous races. Some horses carry more weight. Some horses carry less weight.
  • Race day in Melbourne is a public holiday. That means no school or work for people in Melbourne.
  • Many people like to bet on the race or particpate in a “sweep”.
  • The famous horse “Phar Lap” won the race in 1930.
  • The present record holder is the 1990 winner “Kingston Rule” with a time of 3 min 16.3 sec.

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We has a sweep in 2KM and 2KJ today. That means everyone pulled the name of a horse out of a hat.

It was a very exciting race and it was a “photo finish” at the end!

First place with the horse Dunaden was Morgan (2KJ) and Millie (2KM)

Second place with the horse Red Cadeaux was Charlotte (2KJ) and Andrew (2KM)

Third place with the horse Lucas Cranach was Sophie (2KJ) and Ella (2KM)

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Fashion is very important at the Melbourne Cup. We had our very own “Fashions on the Field” competition. The students had to design an outfit for the Melbourne Cup.

The winner of the girls was Ella (2KJ) and Mia (2KM).

The winner of the boys was Morgan (2KJ) and Ryley (2KM).

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Here is a slideshow of all our Melbourne Cup action.

What a fun day!

What horse were you going for in the Melbourne Cup?

What did you think of our Melbourne Cup activities?

What other sporting events do you think “stop the nation”?

The Grade Two Activity Night

Tuesday 18th October was the Grade Two Activity Night at Leopold Primary School.

Excitement was high and everyone had a terrific time on the night!

The Activity Night started at 5pm and finished at about 9.15pm. Luckily, Wednesday is a holiday for the Geelong Cup (horse race) so we can all have a sleep in!

Watch this slideshow to see how our night unfolded…

Thanks to our special helpers Mr D, Mr Mac, Mrs Geoghegan, Mrs Mullen and Nate who helped out on the night!

What did you enjoy most about the Grade Two Activity Night?

Have you ever been to an event like this before?

If you were planning an Activity Night, what other activities could you have?

Happy Fathers’ Day

It is Fathers’ Day on Sunday and everyone in 2KM and 2KJ would like to say

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to all the dads around the world!

The students have prepared a special message for their dads on this VoiceThread. Just press play to hear the messages! Alternatively, you can click on each child’s name to hear their message separately.

Tip: press “more” to hear the rest of the comments (only about 36 fit on the page).

What do you think of our Fathers’ Day messages?

How are you celebrating Fathers’ Day?

Why do you love your dad?

It’s Book Week!

This week is the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book Week.

Book Week is held every year and this year it is from August 20th – 26th.

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During Book Week many schools and public libraries celebrate fantastic books, authors and illustrators.

In 2KM and 2KJ we love reading so we are excited to be a part of Book Week.

This year the theme of Book Week is One World, Many Stories.

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In Grade Two, we are celebrating Book Week by having a Blogging Book Day.

We are  passing around some of the short listed books in the Picture Book of the Year awards.

Each class is writing a blog post about one of the books and the other classes will be commenting.

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2KM and 2KJ read two books to start the day…

Two Peas in a Pod by Chris McKimmie

Marvin and Violet have been friends since they were babies. They are like two peas in a pod. But then Violet moves away…

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Family Forest by Kim Kane

While some kids have a family tree, WE have a family forest! Do you have half-sisters, big brothers, step-parents? The modern family comes in all shapes and sizes…

Family Forest

What did you think of Two Peas in a Pod and Family Forest?

Which one did you like best?

Write a review for the books!

What is your favourite book?

Check out 1/2W, 2JS and 2MK’s blogs to find more Book Week posts!

Aboriginal Corroboree and Plays!

Friday 10th June was a very special day in 2KM and 2KJ.

It was the last day for our student teacher, Miss Sonya Brooke. It was also the day we performed the plays we had been rehearsing with Miss Brooke. To make this day even more special, we had a corroboree to celebrate all the wonderful things we had learnt in our Aboriginal unit of work with Miss Brooke!

The first play we performed was called Tiddalik the Enormous Frog.

This is an Aboriginal tale about what happened when the giant frog Tiddalik had such a great thirst that he drank all the fresh water of the world.

The is a big file so we had to make the video and audio fairly low quality. Nonetheless, we thought parents and friends would not want to miss this play!

The second play we performed was called Bohra the Kangaroo.

This is an Aboriginal story about a four legged kangaroo who is punished for dancing around the campfire with the men.

The Corroboree

A corroboree is a ceremonial meeting of Aboriginal people. Corroborees involve dance, music and costumes. Watch the video to see all the fun we had at the 2KM and 2KJ corroboree.

Because our corroboree was held at “night time” the video is a little dark!

Music – “From Little Things Big Things Come” (Paul Kelly) and “Djapana” (Yothu Yindi).

Until the Fire is Out

Here is a song we performed at the corroboree. It is called Until the Fire is Out.

Thank you to Miss Brooke for all her wonderful work in putting the plays, songs and corroboree together!

What did you think of our plays and corroboree?

Have you ever acted in a play before?

Can you share anything you know about Aboriginal culture?

Leo’s Birthday Party!

Thursday 7th April was Leo’s birthday and we had a party!

Leo is the 2KM and 2KJ class mascot. He is a very friendly, helpful and sleepy lion. You can read more about Leo here.

Leo turned eight years old and made his own invitations for all the boys and girls in 2KM and 2KJ.

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Watch this PhotoPeach video about Leo’s birthday party!

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Today is our last day of Term One.

It has been a very busy and exciting term. The students in 2KM and 2KJ have already learnt SO much!

Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris are looking forward to relaxing with their families and friends on the holidays. Miss Jordan is also looking forward to attending the Google Teacher Academy in Sydney. What an honour for her to be selected as one of the 50 teachers from around the world to attend.

2KM and 2KJ will be back at school on Wednesday 27th April which is Miss Jordan’s birthday!

How did you enjoy Leo’s party?

What are you doing on the holidays?