Friends, I once had a Grade 5 class with a particularly…. spirited group of boys. These boys were energetic, boisterous and, fairly frequently, hotheaded, particularly when it came to their lunchtime passion of soccer. Sounds familiar, right? If you haven’t taught a class like this, then I’m pretty sure you’ve known a class like this. They… Read More Two minutes to glory
Friends, in the Catholic Church, the month of May is traditionally set aside as a special time to honour Mary, the mother of Jesus and the Church. The fact that Mothers’ Day falls in May is a happy coincidence which makes it even easier to speak to our students about honouring and showing love for… Read More 3 special ways to make May about Mary
Hello friends! My two-year-old son is still in the habit of greeting me with a ‘Happy Easter Mummy!’ every morning, more than likely because we reinforced this by rewarding his cuteness with chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday. But while the chocolate egg bender may well be over, my son is quite right in continuing to spread… Read More Celebrating Easter in your classroom – it’s not over yet!
Divine Mercy Sunday Hello friends! The English teacher inside of me in still buzzing about the alliteration in my post title! I’ve decided to do a quick post on the first Friday of each month to quickly introduce you to something you may not be overly familiar with in the life or teachings of the Church.… Read More Five fast facts for first Friday!
Friends, as teachers in Catholic schools, I think it is important that our classrooms are a reflection of the Catholic identity of the school. Catholic school classrooms should be identifiable not just as learning spaces, but as sacred spaces. We do this in various ways through both physical signs such as prayer tables and through… Read More Three sacramentals to have in your classroom
Friends, it is not my intention to write a controversial post this week. But, by its nature and because of the devastating failure of the Catholic Church in the sexual abuse tragedy, it may be a post that makes some of us feel uncomfortable because I want to encourage you to pray for Cardinal George… Read More Why the next 4 weeks will be hard for Australian Catholics
Friends, in my last post we explored how to talk to your students about the devil. In last weekend’s gospel, we heard that after Christ was tempted by Satan in the desert, he was looked after by the angels. This is a beautiful image to contemplate and leads us to consider what, or who, angels are… Read More A classroom full of angels