Kellie Koala, Play ground, South Africa


Posted May 1, 2009, 5:48 am
Kellie Koala lives in Sydney, Australia. She is a student in our school.

She is Kalli's sister.

She wants to visit other classrooms and see what happens there. Her favourite colours are blue, yellow and pink. Her uniform is covered in Australian flags.

She likes flowers and love hearts and she loves being in photos.

Her favourite thing to do at school is reading.

Very soon Kellie Koala will be heading off to South Africa. We are very excited to see what schools are like in another country.

If you would like to host Kellie, please let her teacher know.

Posted Jul 21, 2009, 9:55 pm
Well I have arrived! Just in time for mid term break! So no school for me yet.

All of the grade three classes have a hamster each. The hamsters go home with a pupil from the class every weekend and during the holidays.

QT is the hamster in my class, 3Ha. It was raining when she was brought home so her cage got a bit wet (she was snug as a bug in her little house). We had to give it a good clean because the rain made it smell a bit.

WOW! This is quite a lot of housing for someone so small...and quite a lot of washing and drying for me!

I had better put some clean shavings in this tray...

There you go!

This is her little house that she likes to stay in.

She even has a built in gym...hah hah hah... she likes to run round and round on this wheel at night.

Fitting her tunnels together is like doing a puzzle - do you like to do puzzles?

Well, here we go, all clean and dry.

Now where is she? QT! QT! Come out, come out where ever you are...

She has quite a stack of food for such a small hamster! She hides it all away and gets VERY cross when her cage is cleaned out and her stash goes missing.

Isn't she cute? Hmmm... Maybe that's why they call her QT!

The first thing she did when she got back in her cage was hunt for her stash of seeds. She was decidedly upset when she couldn't find any!

Instead of counting to ten she went for a jog... once she had calmed down she set about hiding her seeds and rearranging her nesting material. Funny little thing!


Posted Jul 21, 2009, 10:15 pm
It has been a busy few days back at school.

Today I saw some of the children's favourite snacks.

Well, the Tinkies are American styled, but everything else is local.

South African children really like dried fruit and a dried spicy sausage called 'wors' which you pronounce 'vorrrrrs', and dried, salted meat which is called 'biltong'. It would also seem that they are quite fond of crisps. They call them chips.

Can you see how colourful the South African flag is?

You will have to take my word for it that the biltong and wors tastes a WHOLE LOT better than it looks!

What else have we got here? A chicken pie, sandwiches, rice cakes, fresh fruit, dried fruit, flavoured milk, cheese dippers and ... an elephant? Oh silly me! That's not lunch! That is the class elephant.


Posted Jul 21, 2009, 10:20 pm
Oh my favourite! Story time... we have been reading local stories.


Posted Jul 21, 2009, 10:32 pm
When Mrs C went to school, children where seperated and the white children went to one school and the black children went to another school and they were not allowed to mix. Those were very sad days. Now, I am happy to say, that is no longer the case and these children can't even believe that that ever happened.

Today we are learning about animal classifications. We have a lot of writing to do and we use pencils. Did you see that their pencil cases are in my favourite colours?

Phew, these children are so clever, they can do really hard sums. I love doing maths too!

Posted Jul 21, 2009, 10:36 pm
Time to get down to some serious work. Today we are using dictionaries to look for definitions of words.


Posted Jul 21, 2009, 10:47 pm
In this school, there is a system called 'Reading Buddies'.

Each Grade 3 pupil is paired up with a Grade 0 pupil for the year and once a week they read them a story. This makes reading fun for the older children and the little ones.

They sit outside on the grass to make it less formal. In summer they sit in the shade of the trees. But, it is winter at the moment, so they all find a warm spot!

Back in the class we are learning about the former president Nelson Mandela. Have you ever heard of him? I think you might have, he is a very famous man.