Our Last Day of 2011

Today is our last school day of 2011. Mrs Morris, Miss Jordan, 2KM and 2KJ have had a wonderful year together. We have learnt so much, made some great friendships and have created memories that will last for life.

We have written 112 posts and received over 4,600 comments. We are nearly at our Clustrmap goal of 25,000 visitors.

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There are some special people we would like to thank. These include all of our blogging buddies around the world who we have collaborated with, especially Mrs Yollis’ class, Mr Salsich’s class, Mr Avery’s class, B4 and Mrs Watson’s class. We have loved learning with you in 2011!

We have some very special commenters who are always there to have a conversation with us. These include teacher, Ross Mannell, parent, AA, grade three student, BB, and teacher, Stef Galvin. We appreciate your support!

Finally, we’d like to thank all the 2KM and 2KJ families, and all our friends around the world.

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This photo of 2KM and 2KJ was taken on 7th February 2011.

7th Feb 2011

This photo of 2KM and 2KJ was taken on 21st December 2011.

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The 2KM and 2KJ blog will stay at this address but will no longer be updated.

Next year, Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan are looking forward to teaching Grade Four. We will post the link to the 4KM and 4KJ blog during the holidays so you can keep following our adventures! We hope everyone stays in touch.

What have you learnt or enjoyed this year?

What was your favourite post on the 2KM and 2KJ blog?

What are you doing on the Christmas holidays?

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?

Operation Christmas Child Update

Recently, we had some special visitors come to tell us about Operation Christmas Child. You can read about that here.

Most of the students in 2KM and 2KJ have been busy collecting some special items to fill up our shoeboxes for less fortunate children overseas.

Some of the things we donated were small toys, soaps, pencils, shoes, clothing, toothbrushes and books.

We also wrote a letter for the boxes to tell the child all about our class.

2KM and 2KJ filled up seven shoeboxes.

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan paid for the postage online so we could get a special tracking code. This tracking code will let us find out where the boxes go! It will be fun to follow our shoeboxes.

Here is Ella, Leo and Hamish with our shoeboxes that are all ready to be sent off.

Ella Leo Hamish and shoeboxes

What did you donate?

How does it feel to give something to someone else?

What special things do you do at Christmas time?

How many days are there until Christmas?

Operation Christmas Child

Today we had a Leopold Primary School parent, Tim, and his friends, Kristy and Peggy, come to talk to all the Grade Twos about Operation Christmas Child. This is a project that the Grade Two team is supporting this year.

Operation Christmas Child

Tim, Peggy and Kristy told us that there are a lot of children around the world who have a very difficult life and don’t get presents like we do. We learnt that we can make a difference by donating a small gift to a child in another country.

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Each class is collecting small gifts to put in a shoebox. The shoebox will then be sent overseas and will make a child very happy at Christmas time.

The shoeboxes might go to Vietnam, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea or Thailand. We will be able to track our shoebox online to find out where it goes!

Peggy and Kristy gave us lots of ideas of what we could donate to our Operation Christmas Child shoebox. Some ideas include small toys, things for school, soaps, hair accessories, sunglasses, thongs etc. Anything that is used, breakable or food cannot be donated.

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We learnt that some children in other countries are extremely happy just to receive anything at all. They don’t care what colour it is or where it came from. Look at this boy in Uganda. He received a shoe box of presents. He didn’t care that it was pink or smaller than the other boxes. He is over the moon!

2KM/2KJ students who want to donate to our project should send along their gift by Friday 21st October.

Families or anyone else who wants to prepare their own shoebox can visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.au to find out more information. Note: there is a $9 postage cost per shoebox.

This is a video we watched about boxes being delivered to Papua New Guinea and Cambodia.

What do you think about Operation Christmas Child?

What ideas do you have for shoebox donations?

Have you ever supported a charity or helped someone before? How did you feel?