another award

Today’s school assembly saw Mac the recipient of his latest Merit Award.

The assembly was in our new hall and his teacher was handing out the awards for the junior school.  It was a great day for Mac.

Mac’s mate Jack wheeled him up the new ramp onto the stage to receive his award for “Excellent Computer and Maths work”.

His teacher actually took some time to explain to the whole school how Mac is in her class and how well he has been doing with his maths.

She added “Mac has also been doing some excellent work with his spelling” and went on explaining how Mac uses his feet to type in morse code on his computer.  She also told the entire audience about this week’s big spelling test and gave an example of one of the later words in the test he has spelled correctly… C-A-T-A-L-O-G-U-E (and how impressed she was).

Mac is most of the way through the South Australian Spelling Test which has been broken down over a number of days due to fatigue on his part.  I think in that test you keep going until you get 10 in a row incorrect…  amazingly he is still going and is up to word 50+.  He has missed a few words like efficient (Mac went with a “shent” ending) and furniture (a simple “tr” ending thwarted him on that one) but seemed to know about the g-u-e ending on catalogue… go figure).

It was wonderful for Mac to get that kind of public acknowledgment of his hard work.  It was completely natural, wasn’t contrived – it was wonderful to watch.

Well done Macco – not bad spelling for a seven year old.



Filed under Access all Areas, Accessing the Curriculum, Inclusion... straight up!, Technology - things that help

6 responses to “another award

  1. Liz (Poppy's mum)

    Way to go Mac! Awesome spelling, forget for a seven-year-old – I know adults who stumble on lesser words!

    What a proud moment for you, well-deserved for Mac. That acknowledgment goes a long way, I know.
    Can’t wait to see what he does next (no pressure!)!

    : )

  2. Fantastic work!

    Catalogue of course … there is the famous ad of the “Proper Hardware Store” which talks about catalogues and dogalogues. (And demagogues, but let’s not press the point!)

    Big congratulations. Mac will really need to know the word “efficient” if he is doing IT in later years. We talked, very often, about “efficient” and “effective” as criteria to sort out the innovations.

  3. Excellent work! Well deserved award. Very impressed. What’s his secret for learning spelling of tricky words?

  4. Gina

    Thanks Liz – I actually was very proud to sit and hear of his achievements.
    Adelaide, you are right – he has certainly been exposed to enough ads in his life – when Mac’s dad was working in the TV industry we felt obligated to watch the ads since they essentially paid his salary and that’s what fed & clothed us.
    And Di, I have no idea how he learns this stuff and why some words he goes purely phonetic and others seems to know the rules – maybe just listening and remembering to rules… Kind of makes a mockery of all that learning of ‘sight words’ the other kids spend so much time doing LOL.

  5. Interesting to know of the past in the TV industry. Well to make the point that it “fed and clothed you”.

    (I would have been surprised if Mac had learnt it from the library … they don’t have catalogues as such any more … at least not the card ones).

    Spelling is such a communual experience.

  6. anon.e.mouse

    I just love hearing about Mac’s achievement, he is an inspirational little guy and I look forward to your every entry!
    What a beautiful family!!

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