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Jul. 15th, 2011

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Some of our Perth trip under the cut!
So we went to Australia, me, my Principal, and two students. This is the soil north of Perth...
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I saw some great plants, Photobucket

This was Perth on one of our first mornings Photobucket

Some Aussie-style pics - we went to a monastic 'town', the only one in Australia, New Norcia.
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The little town was very picturesque
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Our conference had a strong Aboriginal input, rather the same as we would with Maori welcomes etc. It was good. I love it.
Girls danced first, then boys
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Aborigine handing over to Maori
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We had the cutest didgeridoo player
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That'll do for a start! And now I am officially on holiday. So many of the teachers have been stressed to the max this past fortnight and it's great to be on a break.
The dad of a senior girl passed away unexpectedly while she was away on a geography trip in Samoa, and that has been really sad. We'll have to go to the funeral on Monday, I guess. The guy was younger than me. Yikes! I ran prayers yesterday at the end of the school day and the girls were great, all coming into the gym and sitting really quietly around some candles. There were quite a few tears at the end, I think it just touched girls in ways we don't always expect, maybe because of their own grief about other things as well as the loss of nicole's dad.
I am so happy to be on holiday. So very very happy. It's like an enormous treat! I can breathe again.
Oh I nearly forgot. We had a real live progressive Jewish rabbi visit my Ethics class this week. He was great. Just came from Israel to live here and spoke beautifully with my class about death and l ife after death. It was a very good visit. I had practised with the girls the day before, to check their questioning skills, and I banned about three girls from asking questions without checking with a friend first. Then another girl blows it by asking, 'do NZ Jews get buried facing Mecca?' the whole class went nuts!!! The rabbi handled it well *g* he used to be a high school teacher!

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natesmountain
Jul. 16th, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
Thanks!! If I look at the pics, it WAS a good time in Perth. But sleeping in tiny hard single beds side by side with my Principal in a wee, open plan apartment... not so easy! Still, we went, it was good, we're back safe and IT'S HOLIDAYS! And cold, we had our first frost yesterday!

And my classes are always lively, believe me. I don't know what I do - but they're always buzzing LOL!

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