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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

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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

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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.

Hello! It’s your schedule calling

Plans

 

I love my job, I really do! I can guarantee that no two days are ever the same and what’s not to love about that?   We say that education is an ever changing, fluid environment so it should come as no surprise when things don’t go to plan.  I found this graphic and I must admit I laughed out loud (lol for the more contemporary reader!) when I saw it because this week, it’s a pretty accurate representation of the way things have gone for me!  That’s not to say it’s been a bad week because it isn’t,  it’s just a timely reminder that there are many pathways to the top of a mountain, you may start at different points but eventually, if you keep placing one foot in front of the other, you will reach the summit and often no worse for wear.  The challenge is to find the good, and perhaps the learning in the detour,  for me that’s easy because of all the happy, smiling faces that surround me as I am redirected!

There have been some changes with the buses operating for our students this week, causing a few challenges for our families.  The latest information, including changes to the various bus routes, has been posted on our web page.  If your child catches the bus to or from school, please take a moment to review the changes under Iona Community – bus routes, the link is active now for you to access.  If your child is still learning about which bus to catch please let the classroom teacher know, there may well be other students on the same bus route that we can buddy them up with to provide some additional support.

Our year 6 Leaders were commissioned today at the Leader’s Mass held in Treacey Hall.  It was wonderful to have so many parents and grandparents available to join us, it made the occasion special for the girls.  Our Year 6 students have demonstrated wonderful leadership and initiative already, I look forward to their ongoing contributions throughout the 2015 school year.

The Cafe across the road in Victoria Street will be providing lunches from next week.  The menu is available on our web page under Iona Community – canteen and  lunches  can only be ordered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Please write student orders on a bag or envelope, enclose the money (correct change is always appreciated) and  place in the lunch baskets in each classroom by 9am.  Orders will be collected and returned in time for lunch.  I know that many of you will be delighted to have this service available again.  The new owner is very keen to support the school so if you have any feedback please let me know.

I would like to remind parents about the importance of following drop/pick up procedures.  We live in a community so it is essential to be aware of other road users and to follow the rules in place as these ensure the safety of everyone. The bays outside the admin area are not to be used  for parking between 8-9 am and 3-4 pm.  If you are using the Victoria Street pick up area please exit to the left and where possible go around the roundabout and enter from the left as well.  Cars turning right into the the pick up area cause considerable congestion for flow through traffic.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

Don’t forget to check the school web page regularly for updates so that you are aware of what’s going on in our wonderful school.  Please follow us on twitter and check class blogs, these will be active later in the term.

Enjoy the last day of the working week and the upcoming weekend.  It’s difficult to believe we are at the end of the second week already!

 

Year 5 campers have arrived

Camp 2015

There was great activity and excitement this morning as our Year 5 students headed off on camp.  School camps are a wonderful opportunity to promote collaboration and teamwork amongst students, particularly at the start of a new school year.  Our students will be faced with challenges that they will need to work together to problem solve.  There are some wonderful learning adventures ahead for our girls over the next two days.  As you can see, the students have arrived safe and sound and are raring to go!

Classroom Blogging at Iona Presentation PS

A Journey Begins

In 2015, Iona Presentation PS is starting out on its whole-school classroom blogging journey, creating online spaces for our students to share their learning with their parents, community members, and the wider world.

Each classroom, from Kindergarten to Year 6, has its own blog. The Kindergarten and Pre-Primary blogs are private, password protected; and Years 1-6 blogs will be opened up to the world.

Over the coming weeks, Iona PS staff and students will be learning how to blog and comment in a safe and responsible manner, in accordance with the Iona PPS Blogging Guidelines. Classroom blog links on the sidebar will go live through Term 1, 2015, and parents will be notified when their child’s class blog is formally launched.