Friday, 13 January 2017

End of Year Mass 2016

It was a privilege to collaborate in the organisation of the end of year mass and awards ceremony for St Mary's Catholic Primary School, North Sydney.  In the spirit of thanksgiving, the mass combined the talents of all colleagues, students and the parent community. (Photos: Meghan Bassett)

Monday, 18 July 2016

How to copy and convert a document from Microsoft Word to Google Docs.


Register Now: Google Account / Bring Your Own Device Nights

Tim Butt will be running two informative sessions on Tuesday 26th July 7.30pm-8.30pm or
Wednesday 7th September 7.30pm-8.30pm. 

These will be "hands on" events and you are encouraged to Bring Your Own Device. There will be many resources on the night for you to look through. By registering, Tim can prepare an email list and share resources prior to the evenings.

If you can come along, please RSVP on the link below (if you can’t make it, there is no need RSVP).

For some great tech tips, See our BYOD website that has many tips, interesting articles and website centered around student learning.
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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Authentic Learning through the Performing Arts Film Project

Teachers across different schools filming other colleagues teaching, students filming learners learning. Students and colleagues reflecting on the process, the film makers (teachers and students) communicating this learning to a wider audience. How authentic and purposeful...

It was invigorating to be involved in a film project recently. The CASPA team invited me to collaborate with a team of students to film how teachers and students embedded arts in their learning. We then edited the film as an example of how to embed the arts for the Sydney Catholic Schools Authentic Learning Toolbox.

Science (Light) - My colleague Annie and her Stage 3 class from St Ambrose using music to deepen their understanding of concepts. This involved writing lyrics and actions for their music clip! Students learnt skills in music and audio production and connected scientific concepts in a humorous and entertaining way. Watch the student's reflections!

English / Drama - The story of Cinderella was adapted and retold by a Year 2 class from St Raphaels through drama, using freeze frames. My colleague Gabriel showed how this helped her class deepened their understandings of the story and helped the students with talking and listening and their writing.

My film making colleague, my student Patrick commented:
"Thank you so much for the opportunity to film the students at St Ambrose. It was an amazing experience for me."
They were very impressed they were in the credits as wrell

Authentic Learning Videos Website

At the Authentic Learning Syposium today, Mark Treadwell's keynote speech explored the power of video for learning in his post "the end of reading and writing".

Monday, 6 June 2016


Even with the wild storms, Grades 1 and 5 came together for Sunday family Mass last Sunday. Thank you to all students, teachers and families for their preparation and attendance - even in the extraordinary weather!

Bring Your Own Device Website can foster links between school and community

Bring Your Own Device Website can foster links between school and community. The website contains regular updates for parents, students and teaching colleagues.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

St Mary's School celebrates our Battle of the Artz Finalists

We are delighted to announce that three St Mary's films made it into the finals of the Battle of the Artz Film Competition in 2015. The theme was "Jump Up and Down for Kids" in support of children held in detention centres. Stage 3 students entered the competition as part of their learning around the topic, embedding media arts as part of their English studies.

"Yes I Do Want Freedom" - Social Media Campaign, St Mary's NS

"Don't Just Stand There Do Something" Social Media Campaign, St Mary's NS 

"Reflecting on Freedom, A Student's Concept" - Social Media Campaign, St Mary's NS