Switching to mac

We have taken delivery of our first macs here at St Matthews. We have an iMac for the office and a new server in the teacher’s resource room. This will help us get going with a reliable system at the core of our teaching and learning experiences.

It will take a few more days for the server to be installed – we are waiting on Telecom – and then we are off on our very own magical mystery tour.



A busy day today at St Matthew’s School and we are still on holiday ! I had some great helpers with the tidying – thanks team !

Here is a picture of Lily cutting an old net off the netball goal.

And Luke and Joseph and friend attempting to nail up some hooks for hoops.

The PE cupboard has had a sweep and tidy and I’m going to buy a few items for the playground.

Again many thanks to my helpers. You were helpful and generous with your time !

The First Day

It was great to be building again and putting things in place instead of packing up !
Having spent the last few weeks at Lourdes tidying, sorting, packing boxes and lugging bundles of stuff it was awesome today to be placing items on shelves, arranging furniture and creating order.

I have a smallish office – its about 3m x 4m but it has a nice outlook for the sun and will serve me well. There are a couple of filing cabinets to move out and then I’ll have a little more room.

I managed some dial up internet as the existing server did not like my iBook too much. It won’t matter a bit as later this week our new server is going in. I am very grateful to the BOT for enabling this to happen so quickly. It is a great development and will encourage us to get blogging and sharing our learning with the world. Each teacher will have their own email addresses and the children will have reliable internet access to use for blogging and sharing podcasts and videos about our learning. There will be the odd teething items to work through but it will be an awesome and incredible system once we get established.

Here’s a picture of my space complete with Mac Classic !

Virtues in Me !

Spent a great day today finding out a bit more about Virtues and The Virtues Project. It is a two day course and I am sharing it with 15 other educators. many have travelled from far away to take part.

Our teacher is Angevahn from New Plymouth and she has a background in early childhood education and a wealth of knowledge to pass on.

I have enjoyed filling in gaps in my knowledge as we have used the Virtues at school for a couple of years but have had no formal training. I was reminded of how powerful the virtues are and that we already possess them. It is a matter of calling them out and using them.

A couple of quotes from today:

Every child needs someone whose eyes light up when they walk into the room

Teach me to embrace life when it isn’t what I’d planned

I am looking forward to tomorrow’s sessions.

42.195 kms of fun

Wow – it was so much fun running the Great Forest Marathon at Waitarere Beach on Saturday. The weather was near perfect although a little hot towards the finish at 11 am.

I was up at 4.30am, picked up Mark at 5.30am and started by 7.00am. The course was different from previous years – now being one lap instead of two and the surface was quite variable. Gravel tracks, some mud, sand, pine needles, road and combinations of all. A real variety and interesting.

I had a great day and finished strongly. My post race routines went well and today although a little sore I am feeling great. The run was very interesting with lots of small ups and downs, great scenery and lots of other runners to talk to. I saved my iPod for the last hour and blasted the last 11kms as best I could. We met up with many of the 10km runners – they were about 55 min pace for 10 kms. It was pleasing that none of them passed me and that I passed several.

This is my fourth Great Forest and it is the marathon that I have decided I will try and run every year. Congratulations to the organisers for a splendid event.