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Celebrating the #hourofcode at @IonaPrimary

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The Hour of Code is a global event involving millions of students from over 180 countries. During the week of Dec 3-12, students (and teachers) around the world are encouraged to spend an hour learning how to problem solve, create, and collaborate with code. Not every child is destined to be a coder; however, we believe that the fundamental skills they learn through coding can make a real difference later in life.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/nKIu9yen5nc

Here at Iona PS, we took the opportunity to introduce students in Year 2, 3 4, and 5 to coding via http://code.org, robotics, and a variety of age-appropriate iPad coding apps. We were delighted by students’ extremely positive response to the Hour of Code. Many are already looking forward to coding activities next year!

Learning how to control Sphero
ScratchJr proved incredibly popular (and powerful)!
The Year 4’s loved the Minecraft Hour of Code Challenge
The certificates went down well too!

Classroom Blogging – Parent Guide (#ionapsict)

Over the past week, Iona PS classroom blogs have come online, offering parents, community members, and the wider world an insight into the amazing teaching and learning activities at our school.

It has been wonderful to read our classes’ first posts, and to see our first comments from parents, teachers, and students from the Iona community, and from around the world.

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Finding Your Child’s Class Blog

To access your child’s classroom blog, please use the links on the “Class Blogs” menu above.

Kindergarten and PrePrimary blogs are private, and parents should have received the password via their child’s classroom teacher. Years 1-6 blogs are shared publicly, enabling our students to reach an authentic global audience.

Keeping in Touch

In order to keep in touch with posts on the Admin blog (this one), and your child’s class blog, we would strongly encourage parents to subscribe by email, using the subscription widget on the blog sidebar. It takes about 2 minutes to set up, and you will receive an automatic email notification when a new post is published.

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Comments from parents, family, and around the world help bring our classroom blogs to life, and help teach our students that they are publishing for an authentic real-world audience.

When commenting on blog posts, we would appreciate it if parents and relatives leave comments under their first name, especially if they refer to a child mentioned in the post. For example, you might comment as Jenny (Laura’s Mum), rather than Jenny Smith (Laura’s Mum). This will help us protect the privacy of students mentioned / featured on classroom blog posts.

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Need more information?

Each class blog has a copy of the Iona PS Blogging Guidelines, and a Parent Information page on their main menu. If you have any further questions, please contact Ms Walsh, the Principal.

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Harvey MacKay wrote – “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”

You can take many things from MacKay’s quote but in this season of Lent it’s the ideal time to focus on the 40 day journey with a plan to come in from the wilderness!  We always think we have enough time to do the things we plan to, but more often than not, this isn’t the case.  Lent is a time of spiritual renewal, sacrifice and prayer. Rather than focussing on the “giving up” I encourage you to consider what you can take up.  There’s still time to make a change, no matter how small – to do something.  To change one’s heart requires a different approach and perhaps more time than the Lenten period however, we have 40 days to consider how we might achieve this in our lives and the lives of others. Lent should be about learning to love again and breaking down the barriers of indifference to the suffering and plight of others.

St Patrick’s Day

Next Tuesday, March 17 is St Patrick’s Day.  This is a wonderful Community celebration with the College.  All our familes are welcome to attend.  Please click here for further information.


Attention Parents: Scholastic Book Orders can now be paid and ordered on the new Loop System. All orders will come to the school and theLibrary will deliver to your child’s classroom. Please go to scholastic.com.au/loopinfo if you have any queries or come into the library if you need any help.

Thank you for your support with the Scholastic Book Orders as every purchase goes into new resources for the School and Library.


The Blogs across all classrooms are taking shape with most available now to Parents and the rest coming online in the next few days.  The students have really enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their work.  If you haven’t had the chance to check to visit the blogs I would encourage you to do so.  Our blogs have received some interesting comments from around the world.  If you would like any information on our blogging policies please see the information available for all parents which is attached to the classroom blogs.

Lunch Orders

The lunch order menu has been tweaked again in response to student need.  Some items were removed as they haven’t been ordered.  Please click here for the latest menu.

Royal Iona Show!

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A wonderful night was had by all those who attended the P & F Water Slide event on Friday Night.  There was a huge turnout by our Iona families and lots of fun to be had on the slides.  The mild start to Friday had us all a little worried but by 3.30pm the conditions were perfect for some fast and furious sliding!  Children showed no fear as they navigated the entry to the respective slides and some fast speeds were clocked on the way down.  It was wonderful to see some parents enjoying themselves on the slide too with their children.  The strong attendance showed great support for the work of the P & F with many parents and children asking for this to be an annual event!

Our blogging journey is under-way with the the Year 1’s being the the first of the classes to post, early last week.  They did a wonderful job and if you haven’t had the chance, please visit their page to look at their blog – http://blogs.ionaps.com/1a/2015/02/26/hello-world-2/  The students have been very excited by the feedback provided from around the world via the comments left on their posting and have been keen to answer questions left for them.  As a new medium to many of us, blogging is an easy way for you to be kept up to date about student learning. I’m so proud that  our Year 1’s are leading the way – blogs from the rest of the school will be available over the next week or two.

The long weekend has been perfectly timed so I trust you will  all enjoy a restful 3 day break and return refreshed for the last 5 weeks of term.

Blogging Update – #ionapsict News

Exploring Online Safety

Over the past few weeks, classes from Pre-Primary to Year 3 have been learning about online safety, as part of the essential preparation for safely and responsibly sharing their work on their new classroom blogs. Our Year 1 students have created narrated eBooks using Book Creator about “Staying Safe Online”, and our Year 2 and 3 classes are working in small groups to create Adobe Voice digital stories, which will be published in a few weeks time.

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We’d like to share one of Year 1 students’ amazing narrated eBooks:


Preparing for the Launch of Classroom Blogs


In the past week, many classes have chosen the theme and title for their blogs, and we look forward to opening them up for their parents, and the wider world, to view and comment in coming weeks. Currently, the Kindergarten to Year 3 class blogs will be launched within the next two weeks, with upper primary blogs likely to be launched later this Term. Parents will be notified when their child’s blog goes live.

Class Blogging Challenge







A number of classes will be participating in the global Student / Class Blogging Challenge, joining over 60 classes, and several thousand international students as they learn how to safely connect and share their learning with the world. We will post details on class blogs in coming weeks.