“Replacing Dolls with Fur” global project with Israel

My name Hanita hen and I am a teacher in a primary school.
I’m from Israel
I want to do a project- replacing dolls with fur (we’ll send a stuffed animal of Israel and you send us a stuffed animal , And we will write about her visits) so we can learn about your country and you will learn about our country .
Would you be interested?

The above is an email received from Hanita to which Tyna Lee, our year 4/5 teacher responded with a “yes”. The next response was:

Salom from Israel
We received the response
And thank you very much.
I teach 10-11 years old
We will be happy if you do the project with us/
 Students talked about a number of options but voted on sending a cockatoo. A cockatoo (toy) was purchased and has been sent away together with letters, photos etc to Israel. Please check the year 3/4G Gogetters Class blog to read about the package they are sending to us. The second post is of a parcel with letters/photos/toy cockatoo that our year 3/4 class sent them –
Please note that this page is written in Hebrew, but Google offers to translate it automatically into English. What learning will take place with this exchange and rather amazing connection. Well done to all involved.

OzTrees 4 GYS Registration Form

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This form is for delegates from the 2014 “Actions For Earth Global Youth Summit” to enter their details to enable students from Hawkesdale P12 College to plant a tree on your behalf and then contact you with further details about the location and photographs of the trees planted.

Book Presentation by New York author

Last year, a group of 9 students volunteered for weekly lunchtime videoconference linkups with an author from New York to pursue their passion for writing. Each week they were set writing tasks. Their completed tasks were shared online with Chrisopher Herz, a New York author, using evernote. He would then look at their work, give them feedback and set further tasks.

Christophers second novel  was released in December last year. On Thursday, last week, at a special lunchtime ceremony, Christopher ‘beamed’ in from New York, using skype and presented each student with a copy of this novel. (He had posted the books to our school during March.) A big thank you is extended to the parents and teachers who attended the celebration with the students.  This was an exciting  connection and an amazing opportunity to learn from and with an author. It is hoped that lunchtime connections will continue during late term2 and term 3. Any secondary students who wish to improve their writing skills are encouraged to attend.

Thank you so much Christopher for giving up your valuable time to work with our students!

Students with Christopher

Students get a World Vision

Robert Waddell

Robert Waddell, Managing Director of World Vision.

This weeek, year 9 students had the opportunity to hear from Robert Waddell, who spoke about the GFC – Global Food Crisis. He told the stories of two teenagers and contrasted their lives and showed several video clips of children living in poverty in developing countries. Students were asked to identify the thing that three objects had in common – a block of Cadbury chocolate, a pair of sequin-encrusted shoes and a finely embroidered bag from India. Each was a consumer item in the western world, produced using child labour in developing countries.

Robert spoke about how World Vision determines which children are supported by their sponsorship program and how students could support the 40-hour famine, to raise funds for children in developing countries. it was a powerful and engaging presentation that demonstrated to students how lucky they have been to be born into a country such as Australia, where they have many choices and have much greater chances of achieving their dreams.