Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Term 3 Reflection Time...

Well another term is nearly over and I hope that whatever you have been doing, it has worked for you and you are making gains however small or large in your classroom. Sawyers Valley Primary has been hurtling along with school production and sports carnival making this term one of the busiest. This term we have presented to schools, delivered History Hikes and made Centra/Saba available for remote teachers. We have continued with SHACC, with die hard History lovers coming along when they can and we thank you for your commitment. We also commenced our first professional learning for the Old Schoolhouse - Victorian classroom experience. I would like to thank the staff, volunteers and students of Sawyers Valley Primary for their support and commitment to the Teacher Development School Project this term and we look forward to providing even more support in term 4 and 2015!

The Old Schoolhouse

We are very excited that the Victorian Schoolhouse experience is now operational and encourage schools to attend our professional learning if you would like to bring your class/es to our little, beautiful, green and leafy school in the hills. Why attend the professional learning? It will help you to get the most out of the excursion and it will help keep the cost down! If you can't make the professional learning then teacher relief is required on top of the $5 student fee, so a teacher from Sawyers can run the day. So a pre-visit is worth a lot, I mean it will save you a lot!
The next professional learning is on Monday the 10th of November (5-7 pm), perfect if you want to start planning for 2015!
Please go to the IPL website to register or if you are from a non-government school, please email. If you type TDS History in the search box at the top you will find all the History events available to you. 

Taking a Break
There will not be any posts for a while. I will be taking long service leave starting this Friday (19th of September) and will be returning on Thursday (6th of November). Any support in History, please contact the wonderful support staff at Statewide Services. They will then be able to redirect you to someone who can help 9402 6315. 

That's all from me for a while! 
Mr Stephen Powell

Teacher Development School Coordinator

Monday, September 8, 2014

Commemorating the ANZAC Centenary

Western Australians in World War One Teaching resource.

The History Teachers' Association of Western Australia, with the support of the Western Australian Government as part of the commemoration of the ANZAC centenary, has produced a resource book for teachers covering:
• the training camp at Blackboy Hill,
• the first transport ships that sailed from Fremantle and the individuals aboard, and
• the 11th Battalion and the 8th Field Artillery Battery and their experiences at Gallipoli
Teaching and learning resources link to the Year 3, 6 and 9 Australian Curriculum: History and can be adapted to all year groups. 
Access the resource via the HTAWA website http://www.htawa.net.au/index.html
The HTAWA website is also hosting an archive of biographies of the West Australian Gallipoli Dead by Shannon Lovelady, coordinated and compiled for Post Newspapers. A great resource: http://www.htawa.net.au/gallipoli_dead.html
Other Resources of Interest
The Department of Premier and Cabinet has created the website: http://www.anzac.dpc.wa.gov.au/Pages/Default.aspx. The site covers planned events across Western Australia.
The City of Fremantle has put together a website: http://www.anzacfremantle.com.au/ to commemorate the City’s place in the ANZAC story. The website provides information on planned events but also includes a ‘stories’ tab which will interest teachers.
For those with an interest in the Albany story and planned events within that region, visit http://www.anzacalbany.com.au/anzac-albany-commemorative-events/
For informational at a Federal level, visit http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au/index.htm
Student Competitions
The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students. The competition encourages participants to focus on the significance of Anzac Day and to consider what Anzac Day means to them and to Australia. Two teachers will also be selected to accompany the students. Student entries and teacher applications are due by 17 October 2014. Visit http://www.simpsonprize.org/ for details.

That's all for now
Mr Stephen Powell
Teacher Development School Coordinator

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

History is Happening!

The term is flying up here at Sawyers Valley and I am sure it is incredibly busy at your place!

TDS History K-6: Victorian classroom experience - excursion workshop

Our next training workshop so that you can use the old schoolhouse with your class will be help at the old schoolhouse on Monday the 10th of November 2014 - 5-7 pm.

Teachers who attend this workshop will then be able to book the old school for future excursions. If you are an Education Department employee, please register via the IPL website. If you are from a non-government school, please email me directly stephen.powell@education.wa.edu.au  to reserve a place. 

Centra (Saba) Introduction to History.
Our next Centra(Saba) training is on the 15th of September 2014. Also register on the IPL website. 

Playing Around with the Past!
One of our lovely students in Kindy had such a great time looking at toys from the past we decided to share the gorgeous picture painted after the wonderful discussion. 
This is the kangaroo that was old and belonged to the Kindy Teacher Mrs Wood. 

This is the wonderful picture created. 
To find ouot more about this lesson, go to our Hike through History Plans Page and look for the lesson called 'Playing around with the Past", or click on the link below to download.

That's all for now!
Mr Stephen Powell
TDS Coordinator