Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Oh NO - the Interweb might hurt me!

Free access and excitement alongside effective education, or protection, limitation and boredom?
What do you think?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Mr Woody now makes creative video narratives in Hamilton. His business Nimbus Media Ltd specialises in video production and photography with a difference.
creative corporate videos, conference coverage, digital storytelling, iPhonography and branding films are some of our specialties at:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Baby Blast!

Hello to any of you former Fairfield peeps.
My lovely wife and I finally had our beloved baby boy, Blast [tummy name] or Charlie, as he is officially known!
He is super cool!
Hope you are all enjoying high school, borstal, or whatever fate has befallen you ;-)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Chilis, dogs and blogs

Greetings FIS - I hope your new school is going well [new DP, AP, Principal, teachers, students, executive officer, etc].

This is just a note to mention that you new welcome to still communicate here and I will respond to any comments.
If you are using this blog for educational purposes please leave a comment [- it's just good manners].

Essential features to enable on your own blogs are email verification so you are aware of all comments placed anywhere on your blog - you will need this to keep in touch with participants and be aware of spam comments so you can delete them. Any spam I leave her from now on will be due to lack of use, rather than not being aware of it. 
Word verification stops spammers from leaving comments.
Adding a clustrmap is not essential but it encourages participation and allows opportunities for geographical disucssions and learning. 

Feel free to check out Room5ians Rule which is still in use with a variety of schools.

Kia kaha and go the All Blacks!

Chilis - I grew these habanero chjilis this summer - a bumper crop ! They are super hot and really great to grow. They are like blogs and dogs - there is nothing better once you get used to them, understand them and know how to handle them properly.  If used carelessly and without proper knowledge they can hurt you, but that does not mean they are dangerous!

[I have no idea why the image rotated without my permission - bah humbug!]

Good luck Mr Cooper - you'll need it ;-)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy NeW Year

I hope everyone has a really cool 2011... especially the All Blacks!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Who enjoyed 2010?

2010 has been an awesome year. My new work rocks and life is good.

How have you peeps been this year?
Who is going where next year?
Take it easy, Squiddlers :-)
Have a great Xmas and all the best for your high school adventures.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Farewell Old Bill, Welcome new guy and gal

How's the new principal, kids?  Tellme about him - I know nothing.
And how do you like your new DP Miss Walters? She's pretty awesome I reckon.  I used to babysit her when she was still at school!
It must have been weird for the staff to see the back of Bill Noble, but no doubt he's up to something exciting in his new life after school. He's left a legacy of incredible improvements to a school that boasts great riches. You kids are very fortunate to have such magnificent technological doodackies all throughout your school. Make sure you use them wisely.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

All the best for Whaea Lisa

Aroha nui to Whaea Lisa for all she has done to help grow FIS and all the care she gave to those who needed it.
Lisa is a professional who cares and she will be both a great loss to FIS and a great gain for her new school over by the coast.

I wish her all the best.


You could leave messages of support her for her too if you happen to be reading.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Room 18 News Please

Hi squiddlers -please fill me in on what;s goin gon in your classroom.
Miss F tells me there are only two of you left in Rm 18 from last year. Is this true? Who has gone where?  Report back someone. Who are the Rm 18 Yr 8's this year?
LittleMissRm18, I owe you a reference - fill me in on the status of the former Woodmonstas and you shall have your reward :-)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Winter sports time

How's FIS going in Term Two? Now you're into winter sports - lucky for all the footballers that I'm not there anymore - my team went terribly with me at the helm last year - once I stepped aside they ended up winning a trophy! Well done them.
Hopefully all you kids are trying our for football, netball, waterpolo, etc. Are there any more Kiwi winter sports you kids are playing?
I think the Peachgrove 1st XI might be formidable this year. How is FIS looking?
Good luck and play fair.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The purpose of this blog

The purpose of this blog is to keep in touch with my old students from 2009 in Rm 18 :-)
If interested students would like to keep in touch and get some personalized ICT and inquiry learning extension and enrichment, they can keep in touch via this forum. This has nothing to do with FIS any more.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Hi Fairfield

Hey you kids from my former class, check out my recent save the piggy campaign on Room5ians Rule!

Please don't contribute to the cruelty imposed upon pigs so we can have slightly cheaper pork products.
Pigs are sensitive sentient creatures with high intelligence who suffer greatly because of our farming practices, but I bet you can't get one adult to care or change their ways.  Especially not at your enviroUNfriendly school.

Hope you are having a good year. 

Keep in touch :-) 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Enjoy your blogging, Room3

Thanks for having me as a reliever for a whole week, Room3. You are a lovely class and I enjoyed working with you.
I also really enjoyed getting to know the staff of St Andrews and the student teachers who showed up.
Perhaps some of our blogging may rub off on a few of them too.

Your task is to:
1. make a blog
2. make settings including email notification and word verification
3. make a post about something you enjoy, including a picture.
4. leave someone else a comment on one of their posts
5. follow your classmate's blogs
6. get the code for a clustrmap and embed it in your 'layout'
7. keep in touch with me via my blog :-)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Hows school?

How are you Woodmonstas doing with your new yr 7's and new teacher?
Please keep in touch. I want to hear from Jordan please... and Ishtak... and all of you!
Mr Arcus - what is going on?
Queenbead, LittleMissRm18, etc, spread the word and I hope to hear from eveyone soon :-)
I bet it's much calmer in there now that the rowdy yr 8's from last year have gone.
[don't worry - listing those names won't get anyone abducted.]
Cheers from Mr Woody [currently in a digital class at St Andrews]

Friday, February 5, 2010

What do National Standards mean for kids in Kiwi schools?

So who knows what national standards are? They kick in this year and the concept now influences how teaching and learning are developed in this country, despite warnings from abroad that the idea doesn't work. Opinion is divided.
Here is an interesting article on the Ministry of Ed's website comparing the idea of National Standards and it's "Evil Twin".
In reading the comparisons, I can see that the intentions in this country are firmly set on the positive potential of the concept and hopefully we Kiwis will take the noble path. However, if you line teachers and/or schools up and compare them based on test data certain behaviours, such as teaching to tests, may occur. I guess it will come down to how talented our school leaders are at managing it all.
I think NZ students are very fortunate to be learning in one of the world's most caring and enlightened educational systems... by comparison to others at least. 
Enjoy learning, kidlets! You are very fortunate to be living and learning in this great country of ours at the bottom [or is it the top?] of the world. Let's hope we don't stuff it up too much for you.

National Standards Road Trip about trialling standards before trialling them on kids      

NZEI website re standards being implemented

NZCurriculum online info about standards