Japanese Fabric and Food 2018 cancelled

Sadly we did not get enough participants sign up in time for this trip to go ahead.

In 2015 I was lucky enough to travel with an amazing group of Textiles Technology teachers as we visited major tourist sights and learnt so much about Japanese textiles, staying in an old farmhouse nestled in a mountain village west of Tokyo. Here are some pictures from the Textiles trip in 2015.

 

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Some of those teachers want to do it again. Here are some words from participants from the last trip:

I just want to share with you my wonderful experience about a study tour to Japan with Leanne in 2015. At the beginning, I wanted to join this tour but was hesitant to pay a large amount of money to travel with someone, I had never met. It turned out to be one of the most memorable trips that I have done in the past thirty-seven years. What made this trip special was, apart from the famous places in Japan, we did many hands on activities and went to many specialty shops that ordinary tourists may not know about. The stay in the artisan village in Fujino was amazing. I was in awe when we visited an eighth generation katazome dyeing master, using 40 – 50 year old stencils and dipped them in hundred-year old dye vats. The textiles visits and hands-on activities were so interesting. The visit and stories shared by a potterer gave me deeper appreciation about true artistic pottering. The food that we had was prepared with tremendous skills and passion.

It’s difficult to paint a picture of our trip because it was made up of so many great things. Just like the conversations that I had with other group members who enjoyed the trip immensely. I think that it was the things that we did together, the people we met and what we had learned that made the trip special. The best thing about the trip is having Leanne. She was a “leader who eats last” and looked after everyone throughout the whole trip. The upcoming study tour in 2018 is something that I’m definitely looking forward to.

-Ha Doan, Secondary TAS teacher

I am very happy to recommend the trip to Japan that is being organised by Leanne Smith. I went on the last trip she organised and it was an absolutely wonderful and well organised trip. I was a first time overseas traveller when I went on the last trip and her pre-information leading up to leaving was exceptionally helpful. She organised a great variety of activities for us in Japan and the last weekend in the mountains outside Tokyo with Bryan was a highlight of the trip.

-Cathy Conyngham, Woodenbong Central School

Calling any Textiles and Food Technology teachers in NSW interested in travelling to Japan to study sericulture, traditional dyeing and weaving methods and regional cuisine! This study tour has been linked to outcomes in the NSW syllabus. This time we will explore Japanese cuisine too. If you are a Textiles and/ or Food Technology teacher in a NSW high school and want to know more about the trip, please contact me, letting me know your email and at which high school you are teaching. Closing date for applications is Friday 23 June 2017.

Teachers start 2017 organised, relaxed and happy

How is this term finishing up for you? Are these last weeks a stressed blur of working out grades, report comments, student profiles and trying to remember everything that was covered throughout the year as you completed your register? If only you had kept up with it all throughout the year!

A rescue plan from consultingleanne.com!

Our greatest wish for your year end – looking forward to a calm, prepared start to the new year, that will keep you organised for the rest of the year. Imagine term 4 2017, where your registers are already complete and you will have all of your grades, student profiles and report comments ready to go.

2017_go_wsThat’s right, in this workshop you will create:

  • a day book
  • year planner
  • class roll
  • mark book

and learn how to maintain the files throughout the year with time saving tips!

This workshop will be held in Penrith, NSW. Exact venue will be advised closer to the date of the workshop. Penrith is a central location, just 1 hour from Sydney and Katoomba, 90 minutes from Wollongong and Gosford. Free pick up from Penrith station is available if you are coming by public transport.

Two dates are available: One in December so you can get your mark book organised while everything you needed to do this year is fresh in your mind; or one in January once you have had time to unwind a little!

Enrol now – places are limited to small numbers to ensure participants receive the assistance they need.

Workshop cost is $220 including GST. Morning tea and lunch are provided, so you can relax, while getting all your paperwork under control.

Teachers start semester 2 organised, relaxed and happy

How is this term finishing up for you? Are the last weeks a stressed blur of working out grades, report comments, student profiles and trying to remember everything that was covered throughout the year as you completed your register? Just writing about it feels my blood pressure rise!

A rescue plan from consultingleanne.com!

Our greatest wish for your year end – a calm, prepared start to the second semester, that will keep you organised for the rest of the year. Imagine a term 4 where your registers are already complete and you will have all of your grades, student profiles and report comments ready to go.

templatesThat’s right, in this workshop you will create:

  • a day book
  • year planner
  • class roll
  • mark book

and learn how to maintain the files throughout the year with time saving tips!

This workshop will be held in the peaceful lakeside location of Wangi Wangi. Wangi is situated on Lake Macquarie, approximately 1 1/2 hours drive, via the F3 Freeway, from Sydney, and about 35 minutes drive from Newcastle. (Morisset freeway exit from the south and Toronto freeway exit from the north). Why not make a weekend of it, relax and play on Saturday and Get Organised on Sunday?
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The view from the venue – try to pay attention and stop gazing out the window!!!

Enrol now – places are limited to ensure participants receive the assistance they need.

Workshop cost is $220 including GST. Morning tea and lunch are provided, so you can relax at our lovely lakeside venue, while getting all your paperwork under control.

Get set for listening and speaking

Do you still use a tape recorder or cd player for your listening and speaking tasks? By using Audacity®, you can free yourself of the burden of carrying those items around, as well as all the time wasted looking for the right spot!

A new listening/speaking workshop from consultingleanne.com!

Imagine your whole class completing speaking items at the same time. Imagine the right listening item, saved with the questions and starting at the click of a button. Imagine being able to easily create listening examinations, adapting the speed to a pace that suits your students abilities.

Audacity workshop announced

Get set for listening and speaking!

That’s right, in this workshop you will learn to:

  • record “interactive” speaking tasks
  • create listening items
  • convert all of those old tapes gathering dust in your storeroom
  • save and organise all of your files in iTunes
  • embed files directly in your PowerPoint presentations or IWB notebooks.

 

As a school holiday special you can enrol now for the special discounted price of only $169.40.

Workshop cost is usually $220 – a saving of $50.60.

See some innovative listening ideas that have used Audacity® as a base for creating the sound file.

Hurry – Get Organised enrolments closing

Imagine starting the year organised. Look forward to the end of the year instead of dreading it, knowing that your grades and comments are automatically calculated for you, ready to go on reports. Dream of getting to the end of year knowing registration is already finished? How long do you spend throughout the year adding up marks, working out grades, thinking of comments, deciding student profile results, completing registration? Do you still use a daybook where you have to fill in which class you have each period for every day of the year? That adds up to hours of wasted time. In just six hours, the Get organised workshop will give you the tools and tips to get organised and stay on top of your student records throughout the year. Enrolments are closing Friday 18 January 2013 – make sure you don’t miss out. Enrol now!

Teachers get ready for 2013

Teachers get ready for 2013

Teachers start 2013 organised, relaxed and happy

How did last term finish up for you? Were those last weeks a stressed blur of working out grades, report comments, student profiles and trying to remember everything that was covered throughout the year as you completed your register? Just writing about it feels my blood pressure rise!

Happy New Year from consultingleanne.com!

Our greatest wish for your new year – a calm, prepared start to the school year, that will keep you organised throughout the year. Imagine a term 4 where your registers are already complete and you will have all of your grades, student profiles and report comments ready to go.

Teachers get ready for 2013

Teachers get ready for 2013

That’s right, in this workshop you will create:

  • a day book
  • year planner
  • class roll
  • mark book

and learn how to maintain the files throughout the year with time saving tips!

As a school holiday special you can enrol now for the special discounted price of only $169.40.

Workshop cost is usually $220 – a saving of $50.60.

Connected classrooms in NSW

Asia Education Foundation (AEF) has released a report on what works to build demand for Asian languages. NSW has successfully stimulated student demand and made language learning possible for students in schools where the language was not previously offered by supporting teachers in delivering languages via video conference and online software sharing. Importantly, it is not just a case of switching on the technology and students will learn! Read more about what made the initiatives successful in the AEF publication: “Connected classrooms” in NSW.