Slam Poetry is alive and well at MHS

Last month Year 9 English classes gathered in Memorial Hall to support and barrack for their class teams in an entertaining competition for the opportunity to perform in the Melbourne Writers’ Festival Out Loud Poetry Slam Competition.

Dynamic duo, Alex Shang and Jian Lam of 9F gave a stirring performance of The Black Dog and were chosen to represent Melbourne High. Two weeks later semi-finals were held in the State Library with teams from 14 Victorian schools.
Competition was hot and only five teams could be selected for the MWF finals.
Slam poet and organiser of the contest, Emilie Zoe Baker remarked that this was the best prepared MHS team ever.

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Special thanks to 9F English teacher, Mrs Hamilton and Performance Coach, Ms Brownhill and congratulations to all Year 9 English teachers for creating such a fun and lively competition across the year level.

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9F students enjoyed their class reward – yesterday’s visit to the Out Loud Finals at Deakin Edge in Federation Square

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the library

The MHS Library Assistants and the members of the MHS Writing Interest Group (WIG) – formerly known as Competition Writing – came together for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to celebrate the end of a great year. A huge thank you to Denise Beanland for making the gorgeous biscuits (see photos), themed table setting and lolly cups and, of course, TEA.

Being left-handed, Denise made a mixture of left- and right-handed cups and tea pots.

Eat me!

What’s a party without fairy bread?

The ancient craft of making fairy bread. Pictured: an apprentice (Jeremy Shen). Great job.

The spread

Oh, and the hats…

A shower cap is technically a hat.

Thank you all for coming! We hope you had a good time. See you next year.

 

 

 

 

 

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]

SRC election time – posters with attitude

The school is currently plastered with creative and quirky posters created by students promoting themselves for the coveted SRC leadership for each level across 9-12. Leadership is a word and behaviour practised well at Melbourne High School. Here is a taste of what you would see if you walked through the corridors of the school. Enjoy!

MHS Ice Bucket Challenge 2014

Thanks to Mr Mike Frencham for this video of yesterday’s MND Ice Bucket Challenge which involved –  so I am told – about 600 students and some teachers. Great effort to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease community.

MHS Ice Bucket Challenge 2014 from MHS Media on Vimeo.

Studying Shakespeare is a waste of time – student/staff debate

Almost as popular as the Spelling Competition at Melbourne High School are the staff/student debates. Today we were entertained and enlightened by the debate on the topic: Studying Shakespeare is a waste of time. Students argued on the negative side and staff on the affirmative side. My 16 GB ipad ran out of space several times, and I was able to film parts of speeches once I had deleted most of my apps. Apologies to Mr Blair Mahoney and Austin Bond, both 3rd speakers.

 

First speaker for the affirmative, Mrs Alex Grimwade

First speaker for the negative, Reece Hooker

Introducing second speaker for the affirmative, Mr Richard Edge

Second speaker for the affirmative, Mr Richard Edge

Introducing second speaker for the negative, Ali Alhamdani

Second speaker for the negative, Ali Alhamdani

Third speaker for the affirmative, Mr Blair Mahoney (small section)

Last part of Mr Mahoney’s speech

Third speaker for the negative, Austin Bond (first 12 seconds of his speech before I ran out of space again)

Third speaker for the negative, Austin Bond (last part of speech)

The student audience was huge! During lunch!!