Yesterday was Grandparent’s Day at Boneo. We had parents, friends and grandparents visiting the computer lab.Students at Boneo are able to choose from 7 languages to study. They learn French, German, Indonesian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and AUSLAN. (Australian Sign Language). With the exception of AUSLAN, all these lessons take place online through self paced instruction.We are very fortunate to have native speakers who come to school to help the students. We had 2 special visitors yesterday. Waranka from France was teaching French games. Waranka has visited us a few times to help our students with their French lessons. Heidi from Finland was talking about the Sami language. The Sami people are the indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway. Our students had an amazing day with their grandparents, Heidi and Waranka visiting. Thanks to all our visitors!
Our Easter hat parade shared with Hawkesdale –12 College was a great success.
The Theme: An Easter Hat Parade
The Models: Grade 5 students from near Boneo, Rosebud, Victoria.These students shared their wonderful Easter Hat creations in a virtual parade.
The audience: Year 7 students from Hawkesdale P12 College, a visiting teacher who is interested in seeing how the virtual classroom works
The tool used: Blackboard Collaborate (BbC)- virtual classroom software provided by our Department of Education for use by Victorian teachers
The outcome – an engaging and fascinating linkup between students of different age groups all learning from each other using the video conference through BbC.
Other Activities: Further activities included all students drawing decorated Easter eggs on the whiteboard, sharing what they were doing over the autumn holidays (this started to show the difference in nature of our geographical locations) and then a discussion with our visiting teacher, who teaches Japanese, as to any pre-existing knowledge about Japan.
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I have been creating resources to teach the binary number system and the relationship to digital music. I am hoping that linking this topic to music may help student engagement!
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On Tuesday, Boneo Primary School celebrated Harmony Day. The staff and students talked about how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it. We all wore orange to symbolize harmony. Harmony day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. Do you celebrate diversity? We’d love to hear from you!
The resources we made for the Bully Stoppers project are now live. You can see them at