SEAL Programs for Year 9+

Personal response: The Hunger Games

Posted by on July 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

For a word document version of much better presentation and formatting than what is shown here email me at I wasn’t happy before reading this. My friend had informed me, “It wasn’t as violent as the film was.” A student told me, “It wasn’t as violent as I thought it would be.” Such descriptions […]

Personal response: Maximum Security

Posted by on March 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

MAXIMUM SECURITY by Robert Muchamore – Personal Response Right, I hated it. No really, I hated this book. There are very few novels that raise my ire. I hate how everyone misinterprets Girl with a Pearl Earring, and takes the position of the narrator when she’s clearly a vicious lying manipulative self-obsessed snake. I hate […]

Scholarship Test Writing

Posted by on March 8, 2012 at 7:35 am

I’ve written before about the desire and method for achieving an original response to a prompt. In this example, I took the image of a robber/thief and composed the following creative response. . INTRUDER Like a thief in the dead of night I came. Silent and dangerous; deadly and burning with malice. I stole into […]

Scholarship Test Writing

Posted by on March 8, 2012 at 7:34 am

In the tests they might give you an image to write creatively about. Sometimes it’s good to consider how the image can be considered metaphorically or symbolically. I looked at the image of a mouse, and wrote the short narrative below: I deliberately tried to give it an interesting title and to use dialogue. What […]

Gifted students: Frankenstein

Posted by on August 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

The following is an essay that combines elements of Literature, and English Outcomes 1 and 2. I have a word document version of much better presentation and formatting than what is shown here if interested parties wish to email me at What makes us human? A study of Frankenstein – The Modern Prometheus The […]

SEAL and Scholarship students: Personal Response

Posted by on April 17, 2011 at 10:55 am

Several students in Years 7 and 8 that I’ve tutored have told me that John Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids is the best book they have ever read. Whilst I’m always pleased when students really enjoy the studies we do, in such situations I smile to the students and curse to myself that they have […]

Gifted programs: Persuasive writing

Posted by on April 13, 2011 at 11:31 am

The same persuasive essay is presented below, twice! Persuasive Writing: TV In the modern days now, more and more people start to watch TV, and the television becomes an essential equipment in all families. But TV is not actually a positive thing for us to use. For most of us, watching TV is a waste […]

Giftedness: Malcolm X

Posted by on March 30, 2011 at 9:57 am

The history of Malcolm X is very sad, for he was a greatly talented individual denied care and education. The essay below is a reflection on his auto-biography, and presents how improved education and experiences can produce great changes. It also demonstrates how giftedness denied can be perceived as destructive. I have a word document […]

VCE English Outcome 3: Language Analysis

Posted by on March 26, 2011 at 9:21 am

 I’m planning here to present through a series of posts the recorded course of activities and discussions that a Year 9 student and I pursued recently. The purpose was to advance the student’s skills in creating and composing poetry. The student immediately achieved excellent ideas and could beautifully describe them in writing, yet lacked an awareness of […]

Making a difference – making a plan

Posted by on March 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

We can all make a difference. In 2010 Simon McKeon was recognised as Australian of the Year for “his efforts to support multiple Australian and international charities” (from Philanthropy, humanitariansm, and social enterprise deserve and demand attention. I wondered how I might pursue my interests and skills through a social enterprise, and so developed […]