An update on how to participate in global connections, tuakana /teina collaborations exploring health topics, and Philippine language lessons with students from Rosmini College.

Weekly lessons to your Classroom

We now have our 2018 teaching schedule to provide OtBF connection times for next year.  There are forms attached to the bottom of this article to help you with your forward planning.

Our students will be available to meet with your classes to teach an 8-10 minute lesson during the following times –

  • Monday: 9:05 to 9:40 am; 11:30 to 11:55 am; 12:05 to 12:50; 2:25 to 3:05 pm
  • Tuesday: 10:05 to 10:50 am; 12:05 to 12:50; 2;25 to 3:05 pm
  • Thursday: 9;05 to 9:45 am; 10:05 to 10:50; 11:25 to 11:55; 1:35 to 2:10 pm.
  • Friday: 1:35 to 2:10; and 2:25 to 3:10 pm

Please email me at if you would like to secure one of these time slots (8 – 10 minutes) and/or you would like more information.

Teachers that are interested to connect their class with an overseas school should let me know so that we can arrange either a one-off or combination of on-going connections. Generally, links to Pacific nations are early in the school day, South Korea, Japan, China from 11:30 am, and south Asia nations from 2:30 pm. We may also connect your class with schools in Africa, however, those times are during the evening.

Philippine Language Lessons will continue in 2018. These lessons (Tagalog, Visyan, possibly Cebuno) are coordinated through the Virtual Learning Network – Primary . We plan to offer at least four Tagalog classes in 2018. Class meeting times will be set once the Rosmini student timetables are available. These classes are a wonderful way for your Filipino students to connect with their culture and language (see ).


Classes (Y5-8) are invited to participate in our weekly global student newspaper. The trial (Term 4, 2018) involved 14 schools in six countries and produced around 2,000 pages of themed writing and photos. News and themed templates are published at the beginning of each week for your students to write and upload their work and photos, etc.. It is not necessary for your students to post each week, however we would encourage that. The target age-group for this project is Y5 to 8 students.

Students in my Y7/8 classes select a week that they would like to contribute to the news and posted theme. They head over to one of the computers and post their work. Some senior students will be assigned to format, edit and fill where needed.

What a wonderful resource this Newspaper has become for Social Studies and English classes, and the comparison between the different cultures has provided an opportunity for discussion about and appreciation of the different parts of the world and cultures.

The news section provides a place for students to add news about their classes, schools and communities. The themed section is aimed at a topic, such as food, music, sport, language, etc.. There is also ‘research project weeks’ when students can collect data/photos or topics such as plastic rubbish, birds, insects, playground safety, physical activity, sleep and study time, etc.. These ‘research’ activities will be posted well in advance to inform teachers. The key ingredient to this projects success is US keeping it simple.

Note: We are not going offering the Safe Journeys or Our Environment: Our Health projects in 2018 as our efforts are being directed to the Newspaper.

If interested in participating – there are limited spaces – please email