Monthly Archives: April 2014

What Students Really Need to Hear

This is a fantastic post and something I would really like to share with my students. Also good to know I am not the only one awake at 4am worrying about students

It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…

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Cinderella’s got nothing on me!

About 4 months ago I started a new project.  In my defense when I started this project I didn’t realise it was going to take me 4 months to complete.  

Originally I started with a new pair of shoes

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Very practical (aka boring).  Soooooo not the new me I wanted to be this year.  So not owning a bedazzler I started to glue crystals on one at a time. This is about 2 hours worth of work.

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About half way through I made a pair for my niece for her birthday.

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Normal things got in the way life, work, running out of crystals and glue and having to wait for more to arrive from eBay.

Finally during the last lot of holidays I decided I needed to finish these shoes, toughed it out and put the last hours into completing them.
Nearly done

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And finally after 4 months and millions of hours.  I now have a new appreciation for those children who get paid 10c an hour in 3rd world countries to provide clothing for the western world.  I have finished my shoes

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So much more me than those boring nude shoes I started with. Honestly I think the boys will just be happy that they won’t have to worry about constantly having black and blue crystals all around the house. ……..Next pair will be red and clear😆

I found my puppy!

The rolling joke in the staff room last week was that a colleague had bought me a puppy as a present.  I guess that idea stuck in my head because when it came to designing a cake for a long time friend this week I decided to make a puppy cake topper.

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The cake was a white chocolate mud cake, but I wanted to keep the spotty theme going so I made chocolate cake pops to put into the raw cake mixture.   This is how a test cake turned out.

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Not too sure if the actual cake had a better result,  but I am hoping because it was a lot taller than the test cake that it would have more of a spotty effect.

I covered the cake with white chocolate ganache.

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I must say that this is one of the most successful experiences I have had in covering a cake in ganache. In the past I haven’t had the patience to wait for an hour after making the icing and it has just slopped off the cake. This one was nice and thick when I poured it and only a small amount ran off.

I let this sit for the fridge for about a half hour to set while I made the circles out of modelling chocolate.

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I then started to place the circles on the cake starting on the top.

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Finally I needed to place the topper and rose on the cake. I choose off center because symmetrical cakes are boring and so much harder to pull off.

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‘K’ was very happy with the cake. Her son liked the icing lol. Hope she has a lovely b’day.

Melody’s fundraising!

Life in 2014

Our amazing daughter Melody Wyatt is a student in Year 8 at Caroline Chisholm school. She is an exemplary student who works hard to achieve her goals set.

Melody is seeking sponsorship to travel to Borneo with her school group and participate in her ‘World Challenge’ Expedition. As a part of this expedition Melody and her peers will have the responsibility of organising everything from the itinerary and the budget. She will further develop her outstanding leadership and organisational skills.

It is a three week expedition where she will have the opportunity to see life in a developing country and will participate in a program to help local communities in Borneo. What is still to be confirmed but they may teach English to children, build huts and drainage systems. And much much more!

We are very proud of her and I know she will work hard to meet this new…

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Piece of cake part 2.

So tonight I got to unveil my sister in law’s birthday cake.

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A white forest cake. The dragon is made of modelling chocolate and I made the gummy gems as well. Very happy with how this one turned out.

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Hope my sister in law had a good b’day dinner.  Even though we were all so tired it’s nice to sit together and eat a meal.

Now to plan my next b’day cake.   Thinking K at work might be next since I now ‘M’s’ real b’day and won’t have to make her an UNbirthday cake……..