Music Making Around The Shire

Hello everybody!
I have been thrilled to hear some of the music that has been played at home over the last few weeks. It has been very heart warming to hear recordings of Class 2 students playing recorder and making up tunes and to receive some wonderful compositions by Class 6 students, excellently notated and played . It really makes my day! I also heard a great story of one student working out how to play Happy Birthday on the recorder for his mum’s birthday. The joys of music in the home! I look forward to hearing more of your music next week.

Wishing you all many wonderful songs and fun singing together. Here is a song for our whole community to sing, to bring us together at this time. It would be lovely to know we are all singing it in our homes. We will all sing it when we all get back again. I have included the words and the chords here for those who play an instrument. Happy singing!

Much love

Give your old computers a new home

Hello, I’m Thomas in Year 12. I’m looking to acquire some old rundown laptops to pull apart for a project. If you can help, please Email me. Thank you

Kindy Rose at home

The children of Rose Kindy have brought the joy of Kindergarten home, baking crunchy buns and apple crumble, collecting seasonal treasures for their just-sewn nature pouches, and slowly stitching their first festival crown, to celebrate the autumn harvest. They have been gently rolling felt apples and bunny eggs in warm soapy water, making wet paintings to then cut and fold into a ball and cup game, and warming and pressing between little fingers beeswax leaves of orange and red to decorate a fallen twig to place upon their homegrown nature table. And they have been doing more besides! As parents, we have discovered a sprinkling of the magic as to why our children emerge from their day at Kindy so content and calm! Thank you to the wonderful Kindy teachers, Jenny, Emily, Lizzie and Christal, for our precious at-home packs.

Pysanky ~ Ukrainian Egg Dying

Lucky Class 6 have been practising Pysanky each year since they were in Class 2. This year they can show their family how to do it.

Instructions Here

Year 8 Art

Students are creating stop frame animations. Here is a picture of a set for animation. Time creating is so important as it allows students to use their imagination and create with their heart and hands utilising colour and form. They are also encouraged to draw portraits and figure drawings of themselves and their families.

Vatika Gow Art Teacher

Year 8 Textiles

Students are working on their tops to go with the pants they were making at school and also assignments on cotton, sustainable fashion and early indigenous textiles and weaving. They are also encouraged to make do extra handwork- embroidery, making soft sculptures. A great time to be enjoying the many possibilities of creating with textiles! Vatika Gow Textiles Teacher

Guitar lesson with Tim Schow

Hapi McMullen Year 8. Having an online lesson with Tim.

Weaving on a Fork

Yes you really can weave using an ordinary kitchen fork.
This video shows you how to make a flower using 8 ply wool, a fork, a small bead and a sewing needle – suitable for classes 5 to 12.

Imagine a whole bouquet of woven flowers.

If this inspires you then you might want to try weaving on your fingers as well.

If you don’t have any wool at home you could try some of the following instead:

  • string (kitchen or garden)
  • a t-shirt or other fabric cut into thin strips
  • embroidery thread
  • unravel an old jumper, beanie, scarf, finger knitting and use the wool from that
  • thin, pliable wire (florist or beading wire)
  • crochet cotton
  • flax (striped into thinner pieces)

From Tanja Nelson

Sunflower Kindergarten at Home

Sunflower Kindergarten making and baking at home.


Class 6 are studying Geology in their current main lesson and have been appreciating the wonders of the Earth by collecting and observing rocks and finding out how our local landscape was formed hundreds of millions of years ago. Last week they had an Art lesson with Eleni and created a fiery image of Mt Vesuvius. What a dramatic imagining of how Wollumbin (Mt Warning) itself was created.

Matthew Reynolds Class 6 Teacher

Easter Activity

This could be a lovely activity for families to do in preparation for Easter – natural dyed eggs with plant dyes, flowers and leaves. Read Article

Home School Photography Elective

Maths delivery via my home study


It is a small world I live in now delivering maths lessons to Year 7-12 from my study but it seems to be going OK. Year 7 are engaging each morning in their Main Lesson and really seem to be enjoying the connectivity with their peers and their teacher. Lessons are running to the timetable and include some live video instruction where students can ask questions as I am teaching like in the normal classroom. Live lessons are being recorded and the recordings are available to students on their Google Classroom should they have missed access to the live lesson. I have really appreciated the respect that students are showing in the online classrooms and thank them for that. I encourage them to continue with their positive approach to lessons and to attend as they would if school were still operating from Ewingsdale.

Andy Robinson High School Maths Teacher



To my amazing teachers and guardians,
I would like to express my enormous gratitude to each and every one of you for all the hard work and hours put into making this transition online seamless for us and for supporting us in all ways that you can. In these uncertain times, you have all gone above and beyond and I know that everyone in Year 11 recognises this too.
Thank you for always remaining cheerful and helping the mood of the class on our video chats and for always repeating where to find a link even after 5 people have asked it! Thank you from all of us!
Meira Violet

Food Tech Elective

Students have been making a variety of dishes based on themes of Mexican and Indian foods. They have also been cooking cakes and cookies and hot cross buns. I have been very happy to see how Food Tech at home can bring nourishment to the students and their families. Lot’s of experimentation with new recipes and fantastic results!

Teachers are missing their playground duties

Katie is keeping the rhythm and flow of the week on Zoom lessons with her students and adapting to her Lunch 2 Top duties on Mondays and Thursdays.

Malia in Class 4

Hi from Class 2

Class 2 and I have been engaging in some delightful story telling about the animals that live in our local environment. Slick the WIllie Wagtail, Deep Diver the Sea turtle and Curly the Eel have all been working with the other animals in their community to help each other and share tales with each other to help pass the time. It has been beautiful to share my stories through recordings with the children and keep that beautiful element of my teaching alive for us all. Class 2 and I definitely enjoy hearing these original stories that often address the woes of the world around them. Here are some pictures of their work. James Deefholts, Class 2 Teacher.

Counting in Class 1

Class One are currently learning about their numbers and making patterns with natural materials amongst many other things.

Sophie Marino, Class 1 Teacher.

Year 7 Online Learning

Some year 7 students have shared their thoughts about online learning

Still life Bol de Fruits

By Oscar O’Connor
This is a very traditional subject matter for painters. The original photo above, I placed the bowl of fruit under the pendent light on the dining table, to make the fruit highlighted, as if it has a spotlight. Image below I added the oil paint effect in Photoshop, to try and mimic an old painting.

Edie and Matilda Mayson’s life on the farm