My days at St Leonards
The lovely day
I’m in the ELC (Early Learning Centre). It’s a lovely area for kids. I can see through the window, everybody is busy. Parents are dropping off their children, the students are putting their bag away, putting folder away, taking off jacket and so on. Students look so happy doing activities such as puzzles and construction toys before starting their lesson.
Kerrie begins the lesson and talks to the students about the community around them. She introduces me. Later I share about traditional music namely ANGKLUNG. Most of the students are interested. They enjoy watching DVD about Angklung. Before lunch I go to another class. They are finishing their PYP portfolio for their current unit of inquiry. I see the teacher complement the students using the learner profile and attitudes when students tidy up before leaving. (Responsible, independent, commitment)
Year 3/4 planning
This is a little bit different from my school. I’ve got half day for planning and a teacher from other year level will be filling in for me in my classroom. St Leonard’s gives the teachers a whole day for planning and the specialists will take over the lessons on that day. Teachers need to be a thinker when they are planning using the new PYP planner. Well done!
Year 2 use the monopoly as an artefact. The children have brought seven different monopolies from different countries such as Germany, Singapore, Holland, Switzerland and Australia. They play and compare it. A lovely activity.
The wonderful day
I spent most of my time in the secondary building. This morning Kerry Ambrose (Indonesian teacher) picked me up to go to the classroom. With Ibu Ana, we taught three different classes in year 11 and year 12.
The first class:
Discuss among student teacher (Mrs Lou) and us about Western lifestyle and Indonesian youth.
The second class:
We did a game about how to recognise friends and silent birthday. There are students who have been risk takers wearing kebaya. It’s lovely because the kebaya is fixed to her body. She pretends to be a Javanese women walking in the traditional ceremony. Later Ibu Ana tells them about ‘WAYANG’ and traditional costume from Jogja. It’s wonderful because she also tells the students about Pandawa.
The third class:
We had a discussion about Indonesia. I am very proud when other people from overseas have learnt about Indonesian culture.
Note: We delivered lessons in Indonesian as much as possible.
The terrific day
As usual, I arrive at school at 7.45am. I check email and get ready for morning tea. During the first session I visit prep class. They are so cute. (Suddenly I remember my daughters in Indonesia. Oh I miss them). They do writing letters with the first letter ‘i’. As a class teacher, I do some checking and marking, lovely. Next I go to the year 1. They have a maths lesson. Numeration. The teacher tries to implement inquiry as much as possible. Maths happens in the classroom. Both the students and teachers are very enthusiastic. They explore the concept of numbers through domino cards.
The students went to the Multi-Purpose Room to see a performance by a group of Maori native people. They take the students on a journey through the many Pacific Islands and demonstrate some language and dance. It was wonderful to watch.
This afternoon we went with Keith (PYP Coordinator at St Leonard’s) into the city. We go and visit St Paul’s Cathedral opposite Flinders Street Station. This church was very big and very old. It had beautiful furniture inside. I enjoyed seeing this very much. Thank you Keith. Next he took us to buy some souvenirs and to a book shop. We bought some things to take home with us.
PD: First step Reading & Writing
After school the staff all went to the library to listen to Anne Hammond talk about the new edition of the First Steps Reading and Writing documents. They will help the teachers to assessment and teach to the individual needs of the children.
I share what we have been doing about SGJ’s community service. I’m a little bit nervous. In fact, all of the teachers are paying attention to this presentation. This presentation tells the St Leonard’s Primary staff about action beyond the classroom.
The great day
Today is the best day for me at St Leonard’s College Melbourne. During morning tea, Jane Britten as Head of Junior School led the farewell for us. It will be very sad to leave but we have had a great time.