Showing posts from October, 2014

The Manganese Mining Industry on Groote Eylandt Northern Territory

This term my Year 3 students are learning about different aspects of their local community and environment. They have interviewed their parents to discuss aspects of their job and are soon to be interviewing Indigenous community members to find out about their family background, working life and their opinion on manganese mining.
Most white people who live on the island work for the mining company GEMCO. It has been really interesting to unpack the makeup of the company and learn about the variety of skills and responsibilities necessary for the operation of a multi-billion dollar corporation that never sleeps. Many of my students’ parents are the heart and organs of GEMCO; they are the planners, the problem solvers and the people in charge. Despite this, up until we started this unit of work, most of my students had no idea what their parent/s actually do or had even given their unique living situation a first, let alone second thought. I’m really enjoying exposing them to the ethica…

Book Week 2014

It was Book Week at our school a few weeks ago...and what's a Book Week without a 'dress as your favourite character' competition?

As you can probably tell, I don't muck around when it comes to dress-ups; especially when it's for a school function. I get a thrill out of making myself look as ridiculous and/or hideous as possible. 
I think it's important for students to see the vulnerable side of their teachers every so often to remind them that we are in fact human. If you're lucky enough to be seen as a role model by a child/children, I think it's so important that you allow them to see how you interact and respond to any given situation; not just those where you feel confident and in control because let's face it...that's not reality! The influential adults within children's lives, whether it be teachers, parents, coaches or friendly neighbours, need to start getting more real with kids. By exhibiting our flaws, our emotions and our 'ugl…

Exploring Groote Eylandt with Dad

My dad came to visit me while I was on school holidays. He flew in on a Wednesday morning and left the following Monday; a bit of a whirl-wind trip, but then again, what is there to do on a remote island in the Northern Territory?
The below photos would indicate that there's in fact quite a lot; if you're prepared to go out looking for an adventure that is. 
On the second day, I drove Dad out to take a dip in the fresh water river called Leske Pools. As we were nearing the river at the bottom of the slope, I made a fleeting and foolish decision to turn off the main track to avoid the soft sand ahead. In an attempt to try and dodge a potential bogging, I drove us straight into the very trap I was trying to avoid. Within seconds we were well and truly bogged.
Dad immediately jumped out of the cab to assess the situation. His voice remained relatively calm, although he couldn't hide his slight frustration or the sweat that began to pool along his down-turned brows as his feet su…