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Japan Day 2011

A great day was had by all today, despite the miserable weather. Japan Day is a special day that our Japanese faculty put together to celebrate our host country and it’s customs and traditions. Everyone is asked to dress up in Japanese attire or red and white. I donned my yukata and ran around most of the day taking video and photos.The junior school had a great calligraphy performance and made a huge group artwork together. Then the rest of the day they had fun Japanese activities to do like kendama, ayatori, etc.

Here are some great pictures from the day.


My 2011 Back To School Present

I remember writing a post about my new back to school present last year, outline the upgrades that we made as well as the new Macbook’s the school purchased for the kindergarten and junior school.
Well this year when I returned to work, not only did I have a new head of department, I also had a whole new set of computers in the main lab I teach middle school and my yearbook class! Look at the size of the screen, these are going to be incredible for the yearbook staff! I’m sure my staff from last year will be green with envy!

Jesse Jackson Jr. Blames The iPad For Killing Jobs

Translate A Picture

I just stumbled upon this video and was blown away!

I downloaded the app and had a play. It’s not perfect, but really gives us an insight of what is possible with augmented reality technology. The free version simply reverses the words on the screen, so you can see how it works. It costs AU$6 to make it support Spanish to English translation and another $6 to support English to Spanish. It seems to only work in portrait view, once you tip your phone sideways it struggles.

I’m looking forward to Japanese language support, once that is available I’m sure I will use it extensively!

Download it for free here.

Grade 2 Grow Moustaches!

Grade 2 explored a range of software including Skitch, Photobooth and Comic Life to make comics supporting the men of Movember. They look amazing and are really funny too!

Those students that do not feature either did not finish their work, did not give permission to publish their photos online or feature one of these students in their comic.

Movember 2010

An artists impersination of what Mr. Jeremic could look like at the end of Movember

Men sporting Movember moustaches, known as Mo Bros, become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts. The rules are simple; register online at Movember.com and start the month of Movember clean shaven, before growing a Mo.

Money raised in Australia is shared equally between programs targeting prostate cancer and male depression. Funds are committed to our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue – the national depression initiative and the Movember Foundation. Together, the three channels work to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world class programs in the fields of research, education, support, and awareness. “

Taken from www.movember.com

A lot of male teachers and staff at ISSH are growing their own mustache to promote and raise money for men’s health issues, including myself! I’ll keep a weekly photos update so you can see my progress. Also, parents, staff and students can vote for best mo by buying a ¥100 ticket and placing it under the most deserving staff member on the chart outside the MP room.

To show their support, in ICT classes this week, K5 and Grade 1 all added their own mustaches to their own photos. They look hilarious! Check them out:

Grade 2 is working on a comic that will be release soon. Stay tuned.


I posed the question to K5, Grade 1 and Grade 2, “Why do you think the men of ISSH are growing moustaches?” The answers were hilarious, this is what some of them had to say:

To look like a daddy?

To look like an uncle?

To be more manly? (student flexes biceps)

To keep their top lip warm?

To stay healthy?

Dress As Your Favourite Book Character Day

Some great photos from dress-as-your-favourite-book-character-day. Enjoy!

Unfortunately, a lot of the good photos and class photos could not be included or were cropped due to photo publishing restriction on some students.

Family Festival Poster 2010

On Friday night, a group of mothers from the Family Festival committee begged me to help them make a Japanese poster for Family Festival. They stuck around and helped with the Japanese and this is what I came up with. I hope you can all make it down for my favourite day on the school calendar!

My New Camera!

I got a new camera! Yay! Expect the image quality of my photos to really bump up from now on. I’m sure the middle school options classes will also have fun using this in their video making course.

It took me a long time to decide what camera to go with. What do you think? Do you have one? How do you like it? If not, what type of camera would you recommend? Leave your comments below.

Grade 5 Camp

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week I was away from school, but I was not sick, I was on my first Grade 5 camp! Last year unfortunately camp was canceled due to a typhoon threat, but this year we packed up and away we went on three days of action packed adventure.

We visited Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa, which was the highlight for me. The amount of fun things to do and play on there was great! Slides, jumping castles, nets, a ‘mist park’, beautiful fields of flowers, wide open areas and amazingly maintained gardens.

Next up we stopped off at the eerie Komakado Kaza-ana Cave where I managed to frighten a few unsuspecting students!

After the cave we arrived at the YMCA in Tozanzo, a beautiful and peaceful place surrounded by mountains. We unpacked, ate dinner then headed outside to the fire. Myself and Mrs. Griffiths worked toilessly but were not able to get the fire started before the students arrive. When they did arrive, we recruited them to help up build the fire from kindling all the way up to big logs. With the students help, we were able to have a raging fire, which we told camp stories over, sang songs and toasted marshmallows on. It was a great night and the firs time a lot of the girls had been out in the ‘wild’.

The next day we awoke from our cabin, weary from the day before to see Mt Fuji imposing on us from behind our cabins. It was truly a sight to be seen, so we all lined up for a group photo in front of it. We then went on a small walk to Gotemba Heiwa Koen Peace Park which was beautiful as we could still see Fuji in the distance.

For the rest of the day, we did activities back at the camp site. The children got to make their own whistle with a nut that was common from around that area. They did a scavenger hunt and I was in change of some fun physical games.

The next day we awoke and left early for Nihon Minka-en where we got to walk around a traditional Japanese town and do some indigo dying.

All in all, the trip was fantastic fun and I can’t wait for next year!