Saturday, May 31, 2014

I Want To Talk About 'Houses'.

Not our lovely houses that we all escape to each afternoon when school is done, the students have gone home, our desks are tidied (well some of ours are...), devices are charging, chairs are up, student work displayed, whiteboard turned off, doors locked, things picked up off the floor and for me balls are picked up in the yard and all those other things we do most nights before we head home but I digress!

I want to talk about introducing 'houses' at Epsom PS for the first time in our history. And that is exactly why I want to introduce houses - to start a new chapter in our history. There are discussions to be held about houses creating a competitive atmosphere, there are discussions to be held about houses promoting a sense of belonging and there is the nitty gritty to work out like colours (please not red), names and symbols down the track. How exciting to be changing the course of history at Epsom PS.
Tristan found an interesting little book in the teacher reference library. It is full of great ideas for house names.
Would love to hear your thoughts.....

Friday, May 9, 2014

I Like To Skip......

With Epsom PS participating in Jump Rope For Heart this year (last time we participated was 2000 when our current grade 4 students were in Prep) we have been lucky to not only have the National Field Officer visit our school from Sydney but to also have a pro skipping team visit from Eaglehawk North PS. It has been difficult 'watching' all this from afar and hearing snippets all too few. I love the act of skipping - I think it takes me back to childhood pleasures of skipping along void of any adult stress and pressure. From the school's perspective it easily meets AusVELS and is not expensive especially when some fabulous resources come form the Heart Foundation. Win/win! I have been planning a great day to act as our grand finale - our 'Jump Off' where I hope that children will participate in demonstrations to the school community, rotational activities and an awards ceremony.

I would love to hear what you have been doing with your class or what you have seen our in our school yard?