We host a TeachMeet @MHS #tmmelb

Last Saturday we hosted a TeachMeet in the school library. A TeachMeet is an informal gathering of people working in the education sector coming together to share ideas and expertise. It’s a great way to hear about what educators are doing in the primary, secondary, tertiary and public (eg museums) sectors. TeachMeets happen all over the world and meetings are held wherever people are happy to host. The format is simple – you can turn up or you can volunteer to present for either 3 or 7 minutes. There is usually a break for refreshments halfway through and it’s also customary for the hosts to suggest a nearby venue for drinks or dinner after the Meet. And it’s free!

Using bots to teach kids coding (Steve Brophy)

You can see in the wiki that we had a decent number of people attending, from a range of educational backgrounds. I always find that, as a secondary school educator, I learn so much from the primary teachers, from e-learning leaders, from people who work in public libraries and museums. And since the sharing sessions are so short, there is time for what’s most important – the conversations. Many people are also on social media so it’s a good chance to keep in touch later on Twitter or through their blogs, for example.

Order of presentations (see TeachMeet link for shared presentations):

Steve Brophy @stevebrophy Ivanhoe Grammar School K-12: Paper and programming

Bernadette Mercieca @bernm9  Xavier College E-Learning coord/teacher: What are we doing to help early career teachers flourish?

Eleni Kyritsis @misskyritsis Firbank Grammar School: Student Inquiry

Jan Molloy @janpcim Immigration Museum P-tertiary:   #AskACurator Sept 16 Getting involved

Catherine Morton @gorokegirl Melbourne High School Teacher Librarian and Fiona Matthews Whitefriars College Lead Coach – Learning, Teaching and Technology : One Conversation at a Time: Peer Coaching

Kim Yeomans @kimyeo St Martin of Tours primary TL: Connecting with authors via Twitter.

Tania Sheko @taniatorikova Melbourne High School How to really get to know people online.

Mel Cashen @melcashen Princes Hill: My reflection from camp

Kristy Wood @Kristy_M_Wood Primary teacher K-6: Teacher wellbeing

If you are interested in learning more about the presentations – since you can’t really get much from the titles – I would encourage you to go to the wiki where some people have already shared links to their presentations next to their names in the program. I’m sure there will be more shared later so check in again.

When I wrote a blog post about my talk – how to really get to know people online – I shared it on Twitter with a few people whom I’d met in an online course (MOOC), Rhizo15. These were people I had mentioned in my post. The morning before the TeachMeet I noticed some feedback from these people (none of them in Australia) which I was able to quickly add to my slide presentation. It was a lovely example of how these relationships continue to evolve long after the course (MOOC) has finished. After the TeachMeet I noticed Kevin Hodgson had even created a comic for us – very special.

The best way to see some of the ideas and passion shared on this day is to look through the Storify below which captures some of the tweets and photos on Twitter.

[View the story “TeachMeet @MHS” on Storify]

Year 9 Slam Poetry Championship

Posted by Marie Buckland

On Monday afternoon we held an exciting play-off for the title of MHS Year 9 Slam Poetry Champions with teams competing for a chance to represent us in the Out Loud Schools Slam Poetry competition at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.
Slam poetry needs to be engaging and affecting in the message and in performance.

Thanks to MHS Parents & Friends we were able to invite the energetic and exciting Emilie Zoe Baker to join us again this year to help students fine-tune their performances and to host the fun-filled play-off.  Our judges, Mr Sloan, Ms Tsilimidos and Mr Edge were amazed and amused by the performances, ably assisted by our scorer, Nate.
Congratulations to the winning team of 9B with Kevin Chang, Rithika Kudabanda, Rik Mysore and Ian Giang, narrowly beating teams from 9L and 9H. Rik also won “Best Individual Performance”, with 9C winning the “Best Writing” award.
While judges were deliberating Kabisan Sutharsan and Alden Vong of 9D gave individual performances, and we enjoyed an impromptu work from Felix Capp.

Thanks to the many teachers and students who came to support their teams, and to the judges.
(And thank YOU, Marie, for orchestrating this very enjoyable and worthwhile experience for our students.)

We meet Isobelle Carmody and Alison Goodman!

Thanks to Paul Collins and Ford Street Publishing we hosted the launch of Isobelle Carmody’s Scatterlings. Scatterlings was first published in 1991 and, as you tell from this review, is a much loved book, and now it’s being (re-)launched with a new cover featuring Isobelle’s own daughter. It was awesome to meet Isobelle Carmody and also author Alison Goodman of Eon fame. Alison introduced Isobelle as our ‘national treasure’, reminding us that she has been writing from the age of 14. We could have listened to Isobelle for the rest of the day! It was obvious that MHS students were enthralled by her passionate talk about writing which she did without notes and from the heart. Students had the opportunity to win a prize by imagining a snow dome – since one features in Scatterlings – with the winner choosing a book prize. We were happy to see two old boys (grad. 2011), Ruben and Paolo, come and visit for the event, as well as Acting Assistant Principal, Nick Fairlie, and English teachers Helen Bekos and Lynne Hamilton, Stonnington Library staff and other visitors. Thanks to Monty and Gregor (leaders of our Book Club interest group) for the excellent introduction.

Meet Isobelle Carmody and Alison Goodman! @MHS library

This is an opportunity not to be missed!!

It is our pleasure to invite you (yes, reader, YOU) to Melbourne High School Library (4th floor if you’re coming up the lift from Chapel St.) for the launch of Isobelle Carmody’s Scatterlings on Friday 19th June, 1-2 pm .

‘For a long time there was silence and endless sleep. Then came a grinding sound – a metallic scream and a dazzling flash of whiteness.’

After the accident, Merlin wakes not knowing who or where she is. Strange voices whisper in her head, but the words mean nothing to Merlin, who cannot even remember her face. Only one thing is certain: this is not her world, though it might once have been.

Yes! Isobelle Carmody will be there in the flesh! Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity! And also author Alison Goodman, author of Eona (sequel to Eon)

Books will be for sale ($19.99).

There is a competition to win the authors books, so bring a snow dome to enter. Details on the posters at school. Sadly, lunch will be provided only for guests so bring your own nibbles, MHS boys.

 

Don’t fancy being killed in a traditional duel? Then Tea Duelling is for you! Coming soon to MHS

(Jump into the future and see how our Tea Duelling Steampunk day went!)

Photo source

Michael Pryor (Master of Steampunk) will be visiting us on October 17. We have decided to host the Inaugural MHS Tea Duel to celebrate this event and enter into the culture of Steampunk. Tea Duelling has become an integral part of Steampunkery; there are very strict rules & codes of conduct to be adhered to when duelling. Students, if you think you are up to the challenge, first watch the following videos, then come into the library to read the rules and sign up.

Respect to Denise Beanland for having the strength of character to read through the guidance on the organisation of official tea duelling competitions – not for the faint hearted. The rules of the duel are to be found in the articles of the honourable association of tea duellists (third edition 1899) – as compiled by the signatories of The Hague Convention, December 1899.

I’ve included some of the specifications:

  • The only permissible beverage is tea. Coffee and chocolate are strictly prohibited.
  • This beverage should be no less than 65 degrees at the time of competition
  • The drinking vessel, known as “The Keg” shall be no less than three and one quarter in depth
  • The Tiffin Master shall supply the bisquits. Ordinarily these are “Malted Milk”
    otherwise known as “Cows”
  • On the command “choose your weapons” the dunkers will each select a single
    bisquit.
  • if the Tiffin Master is happy that there has been a clean dunk he shall count to five.
  • Once five has been counted and the bisquit removed the dunkers shall attempt to eat
    the bisquit. 94% as adjudged by the Tiffin Master must end up in the dunker’s mouth for a clean
    “Nom”.

If this sounds like an activity you would enjoy, and you are a student at Melbourne High School, please come to the library and sign up.

These videos give you an idea of how it all works:

Visit The Honourable Association of Tea Duellists for more information.

Recess @MHS: a choreographed piece

We’re pretty busy at recess – as well as before school and during lunchtime. I used Instagram’s new app, Hyperlapse, to film a section of the library during recess. This was hand held – for 21 minutes.

Recess Melbourne High School Library from Tania Sheko on Vimeo.

Official opening of our new library spaces

The first of April 2014 saw the grand, official, opening of Melbourne High School’s new library spaces, including a welcoming, attractive entrance, more spacious reading spaces, and study rooms. Attending were principal Jeremy Ludowyke, assistant principals Dr Janet Prideaux, Andrew Sloan and David Smyth, school council members, architects Michael Fooks and Leah Reynolds, patrons and friends of the school including many old boys, student representatives and library staff.

We were honoured to welcome Mrs Mary Crean, long-standing volunteer and patron of our library for more than 30 years. Mrs Crean was assisted in the official unveiling of the donors’ plaque by her two sons, Simon Crean (former Leader of the Federal Opposition) and David Crean (former Tasmanian Treasurer) – both Melbourne High School Old Boys.

Principal Ludowyke gave a potted history of the library, and reminded those present that Melbourne High School was one of the first government school libraries to employ trained librarians, setting a precedent for other schools to follow.

This is the first in a staged plan for the renewal of our library spaces to provide more options for our students and assist in their transition to the tertiary environment and into the wider world.

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                       Mary Crean with her sons, Simon and David

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          Principal Jeremy Ludowyke at the unveiling

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   Assistant Principal, David Smyth, chatting with guests

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 Students serving the food. Assistant Principal, Dr Janet Prideaux, in the background

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