Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Zoom Meetings - when we get together to talk about our learning, and have the chance to be a class together online.

 As we begin to get back into the hang of doing Zoom meetings, we need to review some of the norms and expectations for how they should run.

Just like in class where we have talked about how each of our New Windsor Way values show in our Learner Behaviour rubric, we should also be thinking how "Prepared for Learning", "Mat Space", "Group Work" and "Outside the Classroom"can also be used in our Distance Learning.  A key place is how our Zoom meetings run when we are all on our computers at home.

Please watch this video link, and create a list of things you believe need to be refined or improved on by the people attending this Zoom Meeting. Do we need to share some of these to make our Zoom Meetings better too for everyone attending?


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

New Matific website - on trial to see how it helps homelearning in maths


Dear Parents,


We are currently trialling Matific as part of the teaching and learning of Mathematics. We hope you will witness your child engage in the rich, interactive activities and see the benefits it can bring to their learning.


Matific has thousands of Maths activities and we encourage you to help the school promote positive Mathematics learning with the children at home.


Please ensure that your home device is using an updated web browser or the most updated version of the app, Matific Student. If you are experiencing any technical issues first check if you need to update your browser or app. If the issues continue, email with your child’s school, username and password.

To access Matific, please:

             Go to or, on tablets open the app, Matific Student (you must use the app when using a tablet).

             Sign in using the students Username and Password

             The teacher can assign activities to the students directly plus many extra activities are available in the Full Course section. There is also a live component called Matific Arena and a student Training Zone to practice specific skills.


Yours sincerely,


The Matific Team

Friday, February 26, 2021

" It's coming together nicely"

 With quite a bit more time in class, and no interuptions like a Covid lockdown or public holiday, we have started see some of our hard work coming together.

Working on a collaborative art piece over quite a few afternoons, meant that we were able to piece all our coloured parts together.  It may never look like Van Gogh's Starry Night original, but it is very definitely uniquely our own, just like the many characters who uniquely make up our class crew.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Fairytale writing

 Good teachers never retire, they come and teach writing when the class teachers are on a course.

Mrs D'Souza has been casting her spell on Room 17 as they write their own version of The Gingerbread Man. The kids have loved having her back, and we are under instructions that when we can't be there, Mrs D'Souza is their reliever of choice.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Fabulous First Week

 Welcome to Room 17's blog. 

We have had a fantastic first week back at school: learning about each other, talking about our New Windsor Way values, beginning to create colourful artwork for our room and working on our resilience.




We played non-stop tag and talked about how we need to show resilience when we play games together.

Talking about the 3 Cs and 3 Rs (Confident, Collaborative, Creative, Responsible, Respectful and Resilience) we also brainstormed how we already show and use them in class and around the school.

We are also really enjoying the sun that pours into our classroom and the air conditioner that keeps us cool on these hot days.  Ms Harland also told us we have her favourite room in the school, as we have the best view.