Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Things I Never Knew About Report Writing.

Arghhhhhh! I did it! I actually survived my first ever go at report writing! And what a relief that is (it's still in the editing process though, so not relaxing just yet).

You see, there is so much more to report writing than I ever even realised. Obviously I knew I had to assess students and then write about it.

What I didn’t realise was….
- how rushed I would feel to make sure I had covered the whole curriculum and assessed each indicator for the reports.

- the fact that different schools have  different criteria for how they like their reports written.

- how hard it is to come  up with a different way to say the same thing for 22 children.

-how little space/few words you have to brag about all the amazing things your individual kids have learnt.

-how much more space there seems to be when you’re not quite sure what to say.

- how happy I’d be to submit them for editing.

If you’re just starting out at report writing yourself my advice would be…

-          Take it one comment at a time.

-          Gather as many examples of previous reports from your school as you can.

-          Have someone from your school read over 2-3 of your first attempts and get feedback so you know you're on the right track.

-          Edit and reedit. It doesn’t have to be worded perfectly on the first write.

-          Breathe… You can do this!

Any other teachers out there got report writing advice they swear by?

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

All I Want For Christmas (2014)

My sister asked me to write her a list of things I'd like for Christmas.
It's a short list at the moment, but these are the 3 gifts i'd most likely to receive this year!

Fitbit Flex
(Comes in a whole range of colours! I love the teal coloured flex!)

Lorna Jane MNB 2015 Diary

New Running Shoes
I love this ASICS Gel pair!

What are you putting on your wishlist this year?

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Carnival Legend.

Port in Noumea.

On September 24th I set sail on my first ever cruise trip and I can now let you all know that cruising is fun, fun, fun (especially if you really like to eat like me)!

Elegant night in the dining room (Truffles).

I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to fully appreciate life on the high seas as I’m a notorious motion sickness sufferer but can happily report that throughout the 12 day cruise I only had  2 significant sea sickness experiences. For the most part I felt fine or just a tad off balance and the two times I did feel unwell I was able to nap or go to bed and woke up  feeling much better.

Now onto the fun stuff… Cruise ships are HUGE! I mean actually, ginormous! The Carnival Legend looks big from outside, sure!? BUT inside feels twice as big as it looks. We’re talking; A comedy lounge, multilevel theatre, 2 restaurants, buffet, 3 pools, 2 water slides, 3 spas, casino, decent sized bedrooms/bathrooms and 10000000000000 bars.

Enjoying a cocktail (or 2).

I learnt to play roulette, and we got ADDICTED to Bingo! My travel buddy even won $125 in one game (I won’t admit how much we spent on bingo tickets throughout the trip). We went to the hilarious adult’s only comedy shows and attended the theatre productions (singing, dancing, juggling, comedy, magic and more) every night. We drank cocktails til we could stand them no more (though only 1-2 a day as the movement of the boat was enough to make you feel drunk without a drop of alcohol). We lounged in the adult only “Serenity” area. We ate more food in those 12 days then I’d eaten the past 6 months. We chose to dine in the restaurant every night as the food was delish and the staff was incredible. We were amazed by Magic Leo’s nightly magic tricks as we dined. We joined in for Harry Potter themed trivia and one of my travel buddies and I even entered the Miss Carnival Legend competition (failing miserably!).

We also made the most of each stop along the trip. We had 5 stops and originally booked a Carnival excursion for 4 of these. Unfortunately our first excursion was cancelled as not enough people signed up. We were really disappointed but hopped off the boat in Noumea, New Caledonia determined to make the most of the day and that we did! Our first ever Jet Skiing adventure! What an experience!?! I love Jet Skiing, I’m adding owning one to my bucket list.

Jetskiing in Noumea.

Our next stop was the island Lifou which had a beautiful coral beach. Unfortunately the weather was overcast and drizzly and we weren’t fully able to appreciate the waters.

Next, Port Denaru, Fiji, where we signed up to go to a thermal mud bath! We arrived to grass lei’s and a kava ceremony before we stripped down and covered one another top to toe in owey gooey mud. We let it dry before hoping into a mud pool where the squelchy mud under foot came up to ours knees and squished around us (possibly the grossest feeling ever). Finally we were allowed into the crystal clear thermal pool to wash off and enjoy the serenity of Fiji.

Squelching in the mud bath.

The next port of call was Suva and it was time for a flying fox adventure. Flying through the trees in a little waist harness, taking in the forest sights of Fiji = my idea of FUN!

Before our flying fox adventure.

Our final and possibly best stop was the stunning Mare, New Caledonia where we caught a shuttle across the island to visit a pristine beach and coral reef.  We couldn’t have asked  for a more perfect day weather wise and it was wonderful final destination for our trip.

Soaking up the sunshine in Mare.

After 12 days at sea it was time to return back to the hustle and bustle of home life. For anyone considering a cruise I’d definitely recommend it. While I won’t be rushing back to go cruising any time soon, it’s an experience I’m so happy to have had and it allowed me to see 2 countries that I probably would never have visited otherwise. I think if I were to ever do a cruise again I’d go when I have a family of my own. It seems like a great, not so expensive way to travel with both young children and older relatives.

Graffiti wall in Noumea.

Have you been on a cruise? What did you think and would you go again?

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

My HOT SEAT experience.

Remember a little while back when I announced the super exciting news that I was going to be on Millionaire Hot Seat!?!
Well the show has aired and I'm now free to give you the behind-the-scenes scoop on the whole experience.

It all started after work on a Tuesday. My Mum travelled up to Canberra during the day and we drove to the airport together for our 6pm flight to Melbourne. Hot Seat actually covered all our travel and accomodation expenses which made the experience worthwhile and almost like a mini (very mini) getaway. 

The next day was filming day. A mini bus arrived early at our hotel to take Me and my fellow contestants to the studio. On arrival, we were given a short orientation on how the day would run. 6 episodes are filmed on each filming day so there was a group of about 40 of us all eagerly awaiting our chance to hit the jackpot!

Soon it was time to head through hair, makeup and wardrobe. Hair and makeup were basically just touch-ups to ensure you were camera ready and wardrobe was picking the best items for on screen (you were required to bring wardrobe options with you).

After that, we had a practice round with "Fake Eddie" to give us a chance to learn the show processes and to test out some of the stories we had provided to talk about. Then, our audience members started to arrive while we were treated to lunch.

Before I knew it, it was time to film!

You can watch my episode HERE (or keep reading to find out how it went down).

My first question was "Passed" to me so I had to answer. I had no idea so I had to guess... and thankfully guessed RIGHT!

The second question  I knew the answer to straight away. Learning piano growing up meant that I had often used a metronome to set the pace while I played.

The third question confused me instantly and so I passed.

When it got back around to me, I had to answer as I had already used my pass.
I had no idea, so I went for the only greek name I'd never heard before...

Of course, the answer was the least greek option.
No money for me!

All in all it was an amazing experience and such a fun day. I would highly suggest applying to anyone who was interested in trying something different and possibly winning some money!

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Number One Feel Good Song.

You know the type of song, right? You turn it on and can’t help but sing and dance around your house, a huge smile spread wide across your face, as all your worries drift away for about 3 minutes… OR, better yet, when it unexpectedly comes on the radio and you can’t help but groove along regardless of where you are (yes I am guilty of singing and dancing around the supermarket… regularly!).

There’s loads of songs that can have this effect on  me on a good day, but the one song that can make me happy 99.9% of the time has to be…
“Dancing in the Moonlight” by Toploader.

I always enjoyed this song but totally fell for it when it was used in the final episode of the third season of “Down to Earth”. I loved the series and had cried along with every viewer when the main character Brian died but loved that the final episode was bright and happy as the Addis family looked forward to their futures. Ever since, this song has made me instantly happy and turns my frown upside down!

Do you have a song that can always make you feel good?
Share it in the comments!!

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