Visiting our Beijing sister school with Skype

Prep and year one students greet our Chinese sister school with an English and then a Chinese version of Incy Wincy Spider. The young students were very confident in Chinese language performance. This was the first time that the schools had communicated with each other using Skype with great success. Secondary school students from years 7-9 then continued the session practicing their Chinese language skills while the Beijing students their English.

Great Olympic Web Sites

– I’ve done the search for you – just click on the links below! – Great information for students and teachers –

Do you need information for your Olympic Games project? There are some links below to great web sites with loads of information about the Olympic Games, athletes, events, venues, London and Great Britain. Still can’t find what you want? Leave a comment if you want me to locate other Olympic information for you.

Official Australian Olympic Games 2012 web site 

http://london2012.olympics.com.au/

Official London Olympic Games 2012 web site 

http://www.london2012.com/

Project Britain – Your Guide to British Life, Culture and Customs

http://projectbritain.com/olympics/

Visit London – The Official London Guide

http://www.visitlondon.com/london2012/

Australia Post Letter Link London 2012 Olympics – Write to an athlete

http://auspost.com.au/education/olympicgames/index.html

Go Aussies Go!

Why is the countdown clock different? Because we are 10 hours ahead of London time.

Beyond our backyard… tales of our travels…

We’re back. After eight weeks of living out of a suitcase and sleeping somewhere different almost every night I was happy to be home to see my children and relatives, wear some different clothes, sleep in my own bed and have a home cooked meal. 

Our fabulous trip began in Singapore where we spent three busy days and four nights. Our first glimpse from the plane window was of a beautiful lush, green island. The weather was perfect; the little rain there was didn’t worry us as we sheltered in Raffles Hotel and sampled some of their famous refreshments. Did you know that it is tradition for the shells from the complementary peanuts to be brushed onto the floor and not cleaned away until the end of the day? We rode in a cable car from the fifteenth floor of a building across a channel to Sarasota Island and saw the pink dolphins.  Our day trip to Malaysia took us to some batik cottage industries in Johor. The skill of the artists is amazing. I bought a beautiful batik painting to frame. Some evenings were spent in Orchard Road as our hotel was in easy walking distance. But we also discovered and fell in love with Chinatown and Little India where we sampled beautiful food, wandered through markets and explored little shops. Singapore’s gardens are really magnificent, so well kept with colourful flowers and beautiful shrubs and trees.