Sunday, 31 August 2014

School visit

K's classroom had colourful displays
about the work the children were studying.
On Friday I visited a local school with some friends. It was delightful.
K is in Year 2 at St Andrew Lutheran Primary School in Leanyer. They had a special morning for welcoming into the school any grandparents and special friends of the children. I was invited as a substitute grandparent. K has one set of grandparents living near Quebec in Canada and another set in Brisbane in Queensland. A bit far to travel for morning tea.

First we all went to chapel in the Dreambuilders Church nearby. The pastor delivered a short child-friendly service and the school choir sang. There would have been more than a hundred visitors. Many were young mothers with babies in prams, but quite a large number were oldies like us.

Next was a tree planting ceremony commemorating 175 years of Lutheran education in various parts of Australia. The grounds of this small independent school are quite attractive with some lovely trees and shrubs to provide shade and a welcoming atmosphere.

K proudly showed her books.
All the children wear a uniform every day.
We walked over to K's classroom to have a look at how they do things now. Chairs had been stacked away so that the visitors could move about freely. The room was well-organised and K's school books were filled with interesting activities and worksheets. K's teacher, Ms Perkins, must be an education powerhouse. St Andrew School follows an IB curriculum which is compatible with the Australian Curriculum. An inquiry method of learning is strongly encouraged and is working very successfully. Little K is definitely achieving two years above her peers in the Government schools.

K took us on a tour of the school. I was impressed by how well-behaved the children were. It is a small school and the religious ethic seems to encourage respect and kindness. Very quiet and calm.

When the children stopped for recess we walked over to the Assembly area where a generous morning tea was ready for all to share.
I had a very enjoyable morning. K seemed to proud to have visitors as well as her mother and brother at the school.
I took quite a few photos, but am trying to display only those where children could not be clearly identified. (I did have permission to take the photos.)

Monday, 18 August 2014

A Christmas quilt - and a rant about copyright

Time to get cracking on those big Christmas sewing projects. Whaaaaa! This is not a one-night project.
Reindeer Wishes

I read a blog called The House on the Side of the Hill, written by Melody.
In her latest post Melody gives a link to another blog called Petals and Patches, written by Leanne.

If you scroll down to Leanne's April post you will see a photo of a really simple but very appealing Christmas quilt called Reindeer Wishes. It is described as a wall hanging but I think it would be charming as a cot quilt or on the back of a settee. If the family is neat and clean this would be a wonderful tablecloth for Christmas celebrations.

At the fabric shops here (two shops for 100 000 people!!) the Christmas fabrics are taking pride of place lately. Now is the hour!

The pattern is available from The Patchwork Tea House, and apparently a few other shops too.  This design is the intellectual property of the designer or the company who has bought it.

It would be easy to adapt some of the squares to suit the family. I would be inclined to change the fabrics according to what I have or can easily find. The embroidered squares are reasonably simple, a circle with three tiny leaf groups and a large word inside. The large drawing in the middle is charming in a naive country style. I think my preference would be to do the embroidery in blue but that could change.

There are lots of Christmas quilt designs on Google images. If you want to make something you see, then buy the pattern. Once you have bought the pattern you are permitted to make any changes you wish and usually to make the quilt as many times as you wish.
When I worked in schools I saw people really push the boundaries concerning copyright. If it is not your brain-work, do not pretend it is. If it is yours then you deserve credit for that. No-one should steal the product of your intellect. You are free to sell the copyright of your work, even give it away. The new owner can resell the copyright too. There are some things that do not have copyright or patents and some countries do not recognise copyright at all. Copyright expires after a certain length of time, but may be renewed.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Almost free DVDs

My local newspaper, the NT News, has been running a wonderful program this week. Actually, I think it is running through all the newspapers in Australia that are part of the News Limited group.

On Sunday when I bought the paper it came with a free DVD and a huge case. For just $2.50 each day I am collecting, and watching (watching when I should be doing something else) the set of 14 programs about animals. It is marvellous. I am having a wonderful time. Some of the segments are definitely not all that new, but the film makers' skills and the narration are so good that they are unlikely to become outdated.

My favourite so far has been about insects and the life in the undergrowth. Oh, I know I should be doing some serious study instead. Those assignments are looming.

OK. OK. the cost is not all that cheap when you consider that there are 14 discs and each one costs a few dollars, more or less. Would I normally buy these? Actually yes. I do have some of this material already, but to have it all together is very nice indeed.

I hope some of you are having as much fun as I am lately.

Monday, 11 August 2014


Some of my friends are grandmothers. I am not. But I do notice how incredibly proud they are of their grandchildren. It seems a bit strange to me, because that does not reflect the relationships I had with my grandparents at all. But times change and the way we relate to people changes.

Anyway I recently found this photo on facebook and sent it to one of my friends. She was really happy about that so I thought I would share it more widely. It is very nicely composed with an excellent arrangement of initial consonants. This makes it pleasing to say. When you read it you will also notice that the rhythm is very musical - the three syllable words at the beginning and end create the sense of a short song.

This is not my photo and I have no idea who owns it, so I can not use it in a way that earns money and I can not claim it as my work. That would be a breach of copyright.

There are lots of lovely grandmother sayings on the internet and on Google images.