Around the World

Our quad blogging buddies from Barrow Hill in the UK asked if we could make a movie about our wonderful city, Melbourne. So with a few videos from Spring Street in Melbourne, photos and quick comments from my class, we have put together a Welcome to Melbourne video.
Some highlights include the MCG, Melbourne Cricket Ground, where Australia played England to win the Ashes and where our local Aussie Rules Football is played.
Other highlights are our many beautiful parks, playgrounds and beaches. Melbourne is a sporting capital of the world and we all love playing and viewing many different sports. We hope that enjoy our movie!

Welcome to Melbourne from vgridley on Vimeo.

Skyping with the students at Highlawn Primary School in Bolton, UK

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On Friday night I sat up late and skyped with our blogging buddies in Bolton, UK. The students were very excited and so was I. The students at Highlawn have an award winning blog. They all contribute their writing, ideas, puzzles and more, on a daily basis. Along with our other pent blogging group from Newcastle, Maple class and Canada, we each take turns to be the focus blog. The other classes visit the focus blog and leave comments or ask questions. As it was Highlawns turn to be our focus, it was great to have the opportunity to skype with them. Some of their questions included:
Where is our school situated?
What is it like in Blackburn south?
What time do Australian students attend class?
What subjects do Australian children learn?
Do they learn another language?
What do Australian students eat for lunch?
They also wanted to know what my favorite subjects are to teach. I couldn’t choose between maths, art and blogging.
Thank you again to Mrs Duxbury and her fabulous class for the chance to chat with the blogging stars of Highlawn.
Picture courtesy of Cherise Duxbury

Skype with Highlawn Primary, UK Bolton

Yesterday we had a skyping session with Highlawn Primary. We had to stay back late at school, after our family Community Arts Project. It was 8:20pm here and 9:20am in the UK.
We learnt that at Christmas in the Uk
* They have special flowers like Holly, Mistletoe and Poinsettia
* It is really cold and they often get snow
* They eat some of the same foods that we eat
* They kiss their family and friends under the Mistletoe
* More people in their class have a real Christmas tree but in Australia most of us have fake trees
* They are on the other side of the world so while we are enjoying our summer they are very cold in Winter
* They only have 2 weeks holiday over Christmas but we have 6 weeks
* In the UK they have a different accent to us
* We would all like to experience a white christmas and they would love to have some prawns on the BBQ for their Christmas

We felt really happy to meet some new friends in the UK.