Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Our 12.12.12 blogging challenge!

And so it came to pass, that on the 12th day of the 12 month of the 12 year of the new millennium,  the wizard of the library (AKA Ms. Heywood) asked the bloggers, "What sayest thou art those 12 things that thou dost like, nay that thou dost crave?'

And the worthy minions, stroked their chins and wondered, and pondered, and  thought, and then... they blogged. So click on the links below to find out what some of our Form 1s really, really like!

Or just click on any of our class blogs to the left to find out more...

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Skype adventures 2012 #3

Wow! All around the world? What about 3 continents in one hour?

The library prefects had such a fantastic, fun and engaging afternoon @ our library!  Mystery skyping with Form 5s in Honduras, and playing Geography Detectives with Grade 3s in Illinois.

And then we  topped that off by connecting one of our prefects (a future empress of the world, because according to our motto, 'the geeks shall inherit the earth') with her new hero, Steve Hallowes , a Mathematics and Education specialist in South Africa. Our heads are just giddy from all the excitement!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Skype adventures #2

Holiday traditions in Greece on PhotoPeach

Form 1K were lucky enough to meet our new friends from Ms. Papaoiannou's and Ms Mantouni's classes in Athens. They created this lovely movie about how they celebrate Christmas in Greece. You'll find that somethings they do are very much like our customs, but somethings are very different. Enjoy and please don't forget to leave a comment after viewing!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Our ISLM Bookmark Exchange!

Last year, we had so much fun creating our bookmarks and artifacts for our two Global Classroom buddies during International School Libraries Month, that this year, we decided to go even bigger. So we're exchanging bookmarks with schools in FIVE countries - Croatia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Pakistan and the United States of America!

Since this year is also the 50th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago's independence, we have chosen to let all our bookmarks reflect the theme of our Proud to read T&T project. We explored NALIS' website thoroughly  especially the subject guide and digital library collection. Each handcrafted bookmark shares something very special about our country, something unique and very Trinbagonian!

Monday, 19 November 2012

What do people eat in Sierra Leone?

This week , our quadblogging group is posting about local foods. Who knows what they eat in Australia and Greece? Well, we don't either, but we are going to find out!

And we have made a new GLOBAL CONNECTION! Our Global Classroom friends from Ms. Kanu's class live in Sierra Leone, which is a country in West Africa. They sent us a presentation about what people eat in their country. Strangely enough, some dishes sound a lot like foods we eat in Trinidad and Tobago...
Click on the picture to view the slideshow and don't forget to leave a comment on the Edmodo Grade 5 Collaboration wall if you want to find out more about food in Congo Town, Sierra Leone!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

The weather in Trinidad and Tobago

When Hurricane Sandy hit the United States, everyone here was watching on television. The West Indies, lie in the path of most hurricanes, so we have seen nature's destructive force before. However, many of us have friends and relatives in the New York area, so we were especially concerned. We were very worried when we saw the pictures and videos on the news and we are very grateful to Mrs Leo from the St. Joseph School in Boston for sharing a Voicethread created by her son about this experience.

And here are some posts from the Form 1s sharing about weather and seasons in our country.

 Click on any of the links to read and enjoy and please, don't forget to leave a comment or just ask a question if you want!

Friday, 9 November 2012

Skype adventures 2012 #1

Country:- Portugal

On Friday, the Form 6s had an amazing Skype session with the students of the Agrupamento de Escolas de Figueiró dos Vinhos. We had prepared for the session by checking out the resources on the NALIS website and with that and their general knowledge, they were ready!
First they all introduced themselves and then each group shared about their country and culture, youth issues and education. The girls even showed them our Divali display in the library and then mentioned our school's upcoming Divali celebration complete with tassa drumming, sitar instrumentals,dancing and singing etc.
Our learners noticed that the Portuguese students seemed were somewhat surprised about our activities as we are a Roman Catholic school. There was a very lively exchange about what it means to live in a truly multicultural society!

Monday, 5 November 2012

How Books Rocked Taylor Swift's World

She's actually seeing RED. And no, she's not mad or embarrassed. She's a part of RED (Read Every Day), an initiative launched by Scholastic Publishers, to encourage global literacy.

In a live webcast, Taylor Swift spoke to millions of students about how books made her the singer she is today. She was very open and articulate as she explained how fables, fairy tales, and poetry inspired her imagination and taught her to be a stronger person.

Click on the picture to hear the entire webcast!

Saturday, 27 October 2012

This is us!

This year as part of our Global Classroom activities the Form1s will be quad-blogging!
We all know what blogging is, and many of us are on Blogger, Wordpress, Tumblr..., but quad-blogging is really special. They'll be sharing their blogs with at least 3 other classes - from South Carolina, U.S.A., from Hawkesdale, Australia and from Athens, Greece for the whole school year.
Each week they'll be posting on various topics and commenting on each others blogs. Please feel free to click on our classes on the left and join in!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

A new school year!

Unfortunately last term, I got sick, our site was blocked and it's been much too long since we last met online, but that all in the past now. It's a brand new school year and there are so many awesome new things to see and do at our library.

We must especially thank Mrs. Vivien Lambie, Mrs. Cherise Stauble, Mrs, Angelique Jones, the Aboud family and all the other mummies who gave of their time, creativity and effort to make our vision of a rejuvenated casual reading /media viewing area a reality. I know that you will really love our new space (especially the floor cushions and the bean bag) and be inspired and uplifted by the carefully chosen quotations!

Friday, 3 February 2012

Learning about Garesnica and Moslavina

Our friends at the Osnova Skola Garesnica made a movie about their school, their town, Garesnica and their region, Moslavina. Their finished product was a little too long to post, but we hope you enjoy our edited version!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Our new friends in Croatia!

Wow! We are so impressed with our new friends from Croatia! Not only did the students of the Osnova Skola Garesnica create and send us some lovely bookmarks, they took the time to make a movie and presentation about their school and country. We are very excited to learn more about this beautiful and interesting country and its people.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

No school today ... again!

So, by now you may have heard about the accident next door to our school, over the weekend. The wall collapsed and seriously damaged our electrical transformer. This meant that our school's entire electrical grid went down.

Mrs. Pounder, Mrs. Mohammed and the staff did their best to arrange to have it repaired as soon as possible, but it really depends on the technicians at TTEC. Still, the upper school, those year groups who are preparing for external examinations this year, were able to resume classes (with no lights, no air conditioning or Internet access!) yesterday.

Still, that's the really cool thing about being connected. On our Edmodo feed we  can see that people are still communicating, collaborating and creating. Work is still getting done. YAY! Get connected - it's a good thing! Keep checking back here, or here, or here for further updates about when full classes will resume.

LATE BREAKING NEWS - Classes will resume for everyone tomorrow, Thursday 26th January. See you then!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Kids still read books!

But right now, we just want to congratulate 1L for being the top reading form last term with a total of 288 books completed. We had a great time celebrating in the library on Friday...

Did we mention there was cake involved? Keep up the good work everyone!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Bele - folk dancing in Trinidad & Tobago

This is a very useful resource for the Form 1 Dance project. Just click on the picture to see the details.