Award winning Sebastian

Sebastian received a Term Award this week at the end of year assembly. While I was there, the distance involved in a full school assembly meant no good photos of the actual presentation. Unlike the class awards, term awards are actually received by a couple of kids in Kindy, year one and two. So, good job Sebastian.

The citation reads: Congratulations on your enthusiasm towards your  learning. You are making terrific progress! Well done!

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Community fair

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As it was a beautiful spring day here in Canberra today, we set off on our bikes to the Inner North Community Fair which was on in nearby O'Connor.

It had a eco focus and the boys got posters about frog spotting and got to meet some lizards and snakes. Zac wasn't that keen to see the rather large monitor lizard up close "No thanks!"

We ate organic sausage sizzle and lentil burgers for lunch while watching indigenous dancers and political folk singers. Sebastian got a sticker for successfully sorting rubbish and recycling (knowledge picked up from his recent visit with school to the Canberra Materials Recycling Facility) and we got to see solar cells and electric cars.

The boys also enjoyed participating in a tug-of-war – boys vs girls. The much more focused girls won the first round, then the boys (who cleverly named their team "The Boys") after some recruting managed to take out the next round.

There was also some climbing and rope traversing – even Zachary got in the act and managed to edge his way across, without even looking like he was going to fall off.

Then it was time to ride home with some goods made of felt, new posters and increased environmental awareness to take with us!

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Learning Journeys

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Each year at Turner Primary School parents and come and share a "learning journey" day with their children. We spend an hour in the class being shown their work and the kinds of things that they do.

We visited Jude first and he took us through his various work books before all the Kinder kids sang Puff the Magic Dragon. Jude has done well this year and is starting to spell out words himself, while is copying is great. He is also shows creative flair in his drawings and is getting the principles of maths sorted out.

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Next it was off to Sebastian's classroom. They had a very ordered list of activities, and, with his usual discipline in these areas, Sebastian systematically took us through them: showing us his work on display, playing a word sorting game and a maths game, reading to us, demonstrating some PE activities and then showing us all his work. Again it is great to see how much Sebastian has advanced this year and to read his stories and journals.

It is nice to see into their world a bit more, especially as small people are never that forthcoming about what they have been doing at school, no matter how much we attempt to extract that information from them!

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Dinner at the Zen: Photos by me…and small boys.

Our first big event of the most recent Adelaide trip with the ritual trip to the Citi Zen for mother's birthday. Here, small boys got to meet their new little cousin Emilie for the first time, to much delgiht (til Zac decided "I don't want this baby).

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Other attractions of the restaurant, prior to food, involved visits to see the fish, in both the pond and the tank. Zachary was particularly fascinated by the teeth on the barramundi. "The fishy has sharp teeth!"

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There was much eating and drinking and stealing of the camera from Me-Me to enable a whole range of candid shots by budding photographers, Sebastian, Jude and Zachary. Some highlights below.

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At the end of the night, which was possibly not the best choice of timing, Nana decided to try and gather all her grandchildren together for a photo. Herding cats. The expression of Zachary's face reveals that he will soon be  moving into totally uncooperative mode:

…which indeed he did, leaving the others to struggle on and try and get a pose which captured everyone at their best….

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Up, up and away

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Flying to Adelaide on two flights by yourself with three small boys does sound a little daunting. However, the excitement of travel, the joys of earphones and Mr Men travel packs were enough to ensure that riotous behaviour was curbed and everyone behaved quite well (including their mother).

And you know they have taken too many flights when Jude wanders about the house saying "Here at Qantas, we take your safety seriously" with all the right intonations.

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Zac in a Box

Now you see him

Now you don't…

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Atlas: Egypt

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Another opportunity for international cuisine occured on Saturday – Atlas Egypt. Our numbers were initially reduced by the fact that Bronwen is in fact elsewhere in the altas – PNG to be precise – and then further reduced by the non-arrival of Kellie and Reg and co, which we later discovered was for the rather horrible reason that poor little Zoe had broken her femur. Nonetheless, there we were, amongst the columns of Kat and Burke's fabulous new home, ready to eat the food of the land of pyramids, while small boys took advantage of the extensive movie collection.

In the collection of fabulous food was koshari – essential lentils, rice, noodles and chickpeas with tomato sauce – kofta of two delicious types, lamb and black eyed peas and special oily rice of deliciousness.

For dessert, Rachel produced a fabulous brown sugar pavlova which was fabulous and chewy (I think I prefer to white sugar version) which we had with some lemon sorbet.

Delicious all round.

Next stop – Vietnam!

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