Monthly Archives: November, 2013


Our students’ thoughts and reflections on Pompeii…

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Today we went to Pompeii. We drove for an hour from Sorrento to get to Pompeii.
Once we got to Pompeii we did some shopping for trinkets and tops. We made friends with some of the market owners until it was time to head off to the tour. When we arrived we were greeted by our tour guide, who took us through the Pompeii ruins. It was good to hear about the stories behind the buildings, and surprising to hear the amount of details that were known. It was interesting to see all the left over artefacts like the pots made for wine and the flour grinders similar to the ones we use today. It was a surprising realisation to see just how alike everyday life in the town Pompeii is to modern times. It was also very interesting to see body casts of the people who died and see…

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Buon giorno, Roma!

Our first views of Rome!

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We arrived safely in Rome today. It was hard to stay awake given the time difference and the lack of sleep achieved on the plane, but we kept ourselves busy with a walk around the city’s historical centre. We visited the monument for Vittorio Emanuele II, walked past the Roman Forums and visited the Trevi Fountain. We also made sure to throw coins into the fountain to ensure our future return to Rome!



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Leg 1 – Adelaide to Dubai

Below is a reblog of our students’ first post on their study tour to Italy!

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We left Adelaide Monday night with mixed emotions, both excited and nervous. Saying goodbye to family was challenging and sad and it has been a weird and different experience being in a new place without any family. In Dubai now feeling relieved to be back on the ground. Another 6 hours of flying and we will be in Italy!

Bonnie, Maddi and Emma


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Off on an Italian adventure

This afternoon I finished my marking and reports, then set my out of office reply in preparation for heading off on a study tour to Italy next week.

Two colleagues and I are accompanying 14 students from Year 10 and 11 on this exciting opportunity. There is much excitement, and I think – to be honest – a few nerves as well!

I have had many conversations with the three delightful girls from my Year 11 class who will be going on the trip, and while at first I found some of their questions a little strange, it did force me to cast my mind back to when I was their age and preparing to embark on a two month exchange.

The excited anticipation, coupled with the anxiety of being so far away from home and family and in a country in whose language they are not yet fluent, makes for a mixture of emotions.

But they will learn quickly. They will experience things, sights, foods, and people they have never encountered before. They will learn from and with each other. They will forge close friendships.

It will be something that sticks with them for a life time.

And so I look forward to seeing their excitement and wonder in many of the same places that I displayed the same emotions nine years ago. You can follow our adventures and their reactions and reflections on their blog:

Why an international study tour?

I’m creating this post a few days before I embark on a two and a half week study tour with a group of Year 10 and Year 11 Italian students. As the Year 11 Italian teacher, I was fortunate enough to be invited along with the Year 10 Italian teacher and our Deputy Principal.

As my list of ‘things-to-do’ gets shorter and shorter, I havenow got a bit of time to get excited and start doing some reflection in anticipation of the trip. So I thought to myself…why are we doing this?

Here is my response:

Expressing Evaluation through Nominalisation – a Powtoon

I have been on a bit of a blogging hiatus this month – but for good reason! I am frantically getting work completed early in preparation for a 17 day study trip to Italy with fourteen of our wonderful Year 10 and 11 students. Anticipation is building, and there are just a few more assignments, exams, reports and administrative jobs to complete.

One of the tasks I set myself this weekend was the completion of an assignment for a course I am participating in through Catholic Education South Australia. This course explores the DECD Language and Literacy Levels for EAL learners at the secondary level, focusing on noun groups and nominalisations, passive voice and sentence structure, foregrounding and evaluative language. Since I wil be absent for the final module on evaluation, the presenter suggested the creation of a multimodal presentation. Below is the finished product, created on the fabulous ICT tool Powtoon.

The work is based on Beverly Derewianka’s A New Grammar Companion for Teachers, and Working Grammar by Sally Humphrey, Kristina Love and Louise Droga.

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