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I’ve gone .com!

This blog will be shutting down in a few days. To be replaced by calumhenderson.com!

There are a number of reasons that I will be doing this, here are some stated below

  • I have more freedom with code on the site, and as I am hosting it myself, I can add whatever I want. (e.g. I can now put in videos from sites other than youtube, and I can easily embed buttons at the bottom of each post to share on social media sites.
  • It gets respect from people online, and as I am interested in being online, this factors in.
  • It allows me to create other websites and host them, I have been considering doing some other small websites.
  • It’s better for search engines.
  • I really wanted to.

It’s been fun blogging here at wordpress.com, but I’m looking forward to the new opportunities created by this move.

The site will launch Feb 2, 2010. The time until then will be used to construct the site.

Thanks to everyone who has read this blog, and I look forward to seeing you over at calumhenderson.com

St Stephen’s Flooded

Today our church, St Stephen’s, got slightly flooded by a burst water main on Mowbray Rd. It was covered on both Channel 7 and 9 on their 6pm news broadcasts. It was also covered by The North Shore Times (here). There is also a photo gallery here.

As of yet there is no major damage to be seen.

Update: List of media references

Below are some photos from my Dad’s iPhone.

A foot of water or more...

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Happy New Year!

Yay for another year!

2010 is going to be a great year for me. Mainly because I’ll be getting married in July, but there’ll be other cool stuff as well.

2009 has been a pretty great year as well. Here’s some stuff that’s happened on this blog.

  • Started in May with this post.
  • Had a few posts with massive amounts of traffic due to external links (on RSS and Twitter)
  • But the biggest post was on Free Stuff that received an external link that people click through every day.
  • Stopped in August (for this reason)
  • Got back on the horse in November (for this reason)
  • Got published in December

Various things have changed and upgraded and improved and moved. It’s been fun.

Thanks to all those who read regularly! You guys are awesome!

And thanks to all who contribute to discussions! You too are awesome!

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Summer Holiday

Over the next month there’s going to be sporadic posting on this site. This isn’t for any other reason then the fact that I’m away. Get ready for regular posting starting Feb 2010! Anyway, here’s what I’m up too over the next month or so.

  • Kiama Beach Mission – I’m giving 6 kids talks plus doing other stuff
  • Holiday with the fiance and her family, I’m really looking forward to a break away from everything else
  • Directing a Cru Camp called Escape – I would love it if you would pray for Escape 2010 (Facebook Group)

Hope you have a great summer! Or if you are in America, hope you have a great winter!

We go white water rafting on Escape!

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Public vs Private #8 | Parents Who Care Too Much

The demographics of students and parents that attend public and private schools tend to be pretty stereotypical. As in certain types of parents send their children to private schools, and certain parents send their students to public schools. Although, sometimes schools can break these stereotypes (ok, a lot of the time).

So, instead of talking about private and public schools in this post (and the next few), I’m going to be talking about two ends of the parent spectrum. Those who care too much about their child’s education, and those who don’t care enough. Of course most parents will fall somewhere between these two, but will probably lean either way. So here are some characteristics of parents that care too much.

Parents who care too much

  • There will likely be a lot of pressure on the child to perform
  • Students may often be forced to go to tutoring (I onced tutored a Kindy girl in maths, she was doing year 2 maths at the time…)
  • The parents will put stress onto the teacher, and ask questions about why their child isn’t getting straight A’s
  • Although because of this, the teachers are accountable and teaching remains excellent
  • Students may be forced to do tests for selective schools when they have no chance of getting in, and therefore are under unnecessary stress
  • Parents will support the teacher in learning, and students will value learning as their parents do

Most private schools have parents that exhibit above symptoms. This can be both harmful and helpful. And some parents may only be helpful, or may only be harmful. But in deciding where to teach consider the parents that you will be partnering with in educating their children.

Stay tuned for Parents who don’t care enough.

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Blog Turns 100!

This is the 100th post on calumhenderson.wordpress.com! A pretty exciting milestone.

I thought now would be a good time to reflect on why I blog, read about that at About this Blog.

Here are the things that I said this blog would be.

  • Concise – most posts are around 200 words, and rarely does one go over 300
  • Positive – I think so, what do you think?
  • Regular – At times… more on this below
  • Colourful – Every post has a picture
  • God focused – I think I’ve done ok at making sure this blog glorifies God.

If you have been with me since the beginning, you’ll know that I was originally going to do this for 6 months, and then decide whether or not to keep going. Well, It’s been more than 6 months, but for some of those months I stopped. So i’m at least going to keep going for now, there may even be something exciting in the works… but probably not.

Thanks to all who have been reading!

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