CGB Year 12 Memories of 2014-2015

This was the first time that I have had the opportunity to teach an all girl group, and I have to say that I absolutely adore these group of girls! We had such a wonderful time in Biology HL this year as we made models, creating biology music videos, design digestion t-shirts, created iBook stories about biotechnology, and incorporated augmented reality project when learning about defense against diseases. Overall, it has been an amazing year with these group of girls and this video highlights and celebrates their success.

CGB Year 7 Memories of 2014-2015

I have had so much fun with this group of students – they truly have made teaching an absolute joy! They are true inquirers, comical and have a willingness to learn that makes teaching truly fabulous! This video is a collage of their hard work from our year together!


Merry Christmas from CGB Science Department!

Merry Christmas from the CGB Science department. This song was produced by our Year 2 children and the cast of our reindeer dancers are the teachers and lab technician from the science department.

 Hope you enjoy our Holiday Greetings!

Created by: Springs Pacelli

Teacher Appearances: Julio Ramos, Simon Halpin, Keith Rigby, Jennifer Lenz, Andy Bunt and Javier Martelo

Tutor Time: What can I learn in 10mins that will be useful for the rest of my life?

Today in Y12 tutor group I posed the question: What can I learn in 10mins that will be useful for the rest of my life? 


1.Take your phone out of your pocket.

2.Record a short clip of what is in front of you.

3.Repeat everyday.

4.Snip 1 second out of each clip and stitch them together.

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  • By the end of the year you will have a 6 minute condensed video of your life, which we will share during our tutor time starting at the end of May.
  • In 30 years you will have a 3 hour condensed video of your life.


  • Take landscape video clips rather than portrait.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t know how to edit videos. Just take the videos and learn how to edit them later.
  • Record 4-5 seconds of multiple events daily, if you like. You will then be able to choose which clips you would like to include in your final compilation.


Amazing DNA Models : Year 12 Biology HL

Year 12 Biology HL students were asked to create DNA models that illustrated their knowledge of the DNA structure. Here is the criteria that was given to the class:

Construct a model of the DNA molecule. Your final model must meet the following criteria:

1. It must be self-supporting, stand at least 30 cm high and have a diameter of at least 12 cm

2. It must clearly model the double helix structure of the DNA molecule

3. Each of the major components of the molecule (bases, sugar, phosphate) must be clearly recognizable using labeling, colour coding, shape, size, material or any combination of the above. Purines must be distinguished from pyrimidines.

4. 3’ and 5’ ends are shown

5. A minimum of six base pairs must be represented

6. Correct number of hydrogen bonds between base pairs must be demonstrated in the model

The models were a great success!

See images below.

DNA Models 1 DNA Models 2 Stephy DNA Model Year 12 DNA Models Group Pic

A New Way to Take Notes: Graphic Notes on iPad

One of my Year 12 Biology HL students uses this APP for creating her graphic notes during lessons.  GoodNotes 4 – Notes & PDF by Time Base Technology Limited allows students to take notes and annotate PDF documents. They will be synced to all your iOS devices automatically, thanks to iCloud. Mac client is coming soon.

Below is an example of my student’s work on our DNA topic – they are colorfully fantastic! Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.48.21 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.48.28 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.48.35 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.48.42 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.48.48 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.48.56 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 2.49.02 PM

Chalk it Up! Year 7 chalk drawings of organs and organ systems

Taking learning outdoors is always an enjoyable experience! In order to enhance understanding about organs and organ systems Year 7 students were asked to create chalk drawings the human body. They were thrilled with the activity and loved their creations! Collage_20141028-065918_edit


The ‘Graphic Art’ of Reviewing Protein Synthesis

Another fantastic example of how visual notes can work to enhance learning! Year 12 Biology students were asked to create a cartoon to depict their understanding of transcription and translation. As you can see, their work is a colorful indicator of making science ‘fun’ in the classroom! They absolutely LOVED writing and creating their cartoon on the chalkboard! Visual Notes=Protein Synthesis 1visual notes-protein synthesis 2

Year 7 Cell Models

In order to demonstrate their knowledge of cell organelles, Year 7 students were asked to create a model using any materials. Some students created their models out of cake, some used hair gel and others cut open a squash and created their organelles. Needless to say the creativity was amazing and they LOVED presenting their final work. Year 7 Cell Models