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Nature Based Play

Involving your children in nature-based-play is the modern mother’s goal, right? It certainly seems so if you do any Insta-scrolling or Facebooking in your spare time. So, if you want to get some insta-worthy photos this spring (come on, who doesn’t!), why don’t you get your kids out in the backyard helping you with some…

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Beyond School

One of the absolute joys associated with teaching is uncovering and learning about children’s passions and interests, and further, following the exploits of students beyond the primary school.  It doesn’t seem all that long ago when Daniel Aplin, Ben Oborn and Bryce Purser spent their Saturday mornings on the Good Shepherd Primary School oval wearing…

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Yesterday, today and tomorrow

My thinking and understanding on the education process has been influenced to some degree by the renowned American psychologist, John Dewey. What makes this an interesting statement is that Dewey was an education reformer – but over 100 years ago! Currently, we are displaying one of his most famous quotes. While he was reflecting and…

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Preparing Students for an Unknown Future

What would happen if we could talk to somebody from the early 1900s and try to explain what the work force looks like today? In the same way, we’d probably struggle to understand a regular work day in the second half of this century. So how do Connected Schools go about preparing students for an…

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Getting Involved

As students from Connected Schools move from Primary to Secondary schooling they often have concerns. Will it be just all study and homework? Will I still have fun? How will I make friends?  What is there to do at lunch time? What new things can I try out? Parents might also have concerns like how…

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Its a Small World

Recently I was traveling on a tour bus in Japan when one of the little girls sitting near me starting singing, with her friend, the old well-known Disney song  ‘it’s a small world..after all’; these girls were of Muslim parents from Indonesia. What an image – travellers from various parts of the world together on a bus…

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Positive education and wellbeing for us all

Our Connected Schools are on a journey learning about and applying positive education in our own contexts. It has been a long journey for some of our schools, while others are at the early stages of this life changing work. Research over many years by people such as Dr Martin Seligman, Carol Dweck and Barbara Fredrickson…

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The Thinking is the Challenge

Without any research, can you place these events in chronological order? Australia adopts decimal currency Cuban Missile Crisis First moon landing Cyclone Tracy Harold Holt drowns Referendum gives citizenship status to Aboriginal Australians Chances are that you may not be able to do this off the top of your head. If you attempt this little…

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Japanese Cultural Trip

Japanese culture influences many areas of contemporary Australian society, including the arts, design, technology, fashion, popular culture and cuisine.  A key aspect of learning Japanese is how the cultural aspect shapes the language. It requires the students to develop and participate in new experiences developing a greater understanding of themselves and the world. Golden Grove…

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Good Sports

Each year, Senior Primary School students (Year 4 – 6)  participate in the Connected Schools Athletics Carnival. It is an opportunity for students who excel in sport,  to represent their school at an event that celebrating our connectedness. The fine day brought out many parents and friends to support students as they competed in field events…

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