Saturday, December 21, 2013

Three More Days, AARRHH!!

  OMG!!! Three more days until Christmas and I JUST STARTED shopping today. I am soo worried that I wont get everyone in my family a present. I mean two days for five people. Are you serious?? Im kind of lucky though because the person I really wanted to get a present for was my mum.

   I was thinking of what I could get her. It was hard and I was running out of time so I thought, "Summer, shoes, JANDALS!!" Jandals it was, so off to Sylvia park my dad and I went. Getting the jandals was easy, it was trying to rap them up with out her noticing was the hard part.

   We got home and she had gone somewhere. I knew this was the only time I had to rap it up and put it under the tree so I did. I did a rushed job though because I kept thinking she would pull up and snap me. I did it, it was all rapped up and covered. But there was something missing. I looked at the other presents under the tree and couldn't find what it was. 

  Then she walked in and in her hand was the mail. "Card!", I said to myself. I ran to my room and quickly wrote a Merry Christmas on a paper and folded it up. I was just about to stick it on when I realise she was right behind me. Slowly turning around, I say to her, "Mum can you hear that I think its coming from the bathroom??" She turned around and walked off. Slamming the present, I put the card on it. "fewhh, one down, four to go."

Monday, December 16, 2013

Prize giving Highlights

Tyla Prizegivig from Team 5 PES on Vimeo.

This is a short movie that reviews all of my highlights from 2013s Senior Prize giving.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela born as Rolihlahla Mandela in 1918 has sadly ended his life at the age of 95. The name Nelson came from his primary teacher at a school in Qunu. After going to primary, he was sent or entrusted to Thembu Regent Jongintaba Dalindyebo. After one year at University College at Fort Hare in Alice, he was expelled.

He was expelled because apparently, he played a role in a student strike. In 1942 Mandela joined the African Congress and was South Africa’s main campaigner for black equality.

 Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1956 along with 155 others in trial for treason. Sentenced to 5 years in prison, he was sent to Robben Island for leaving the country without a passport.

 In 1963, Nelson Mandela along with the other leaders of the ANC were put on trial for being involved in planning an armed action and conspiracy to try and help other countries take over Africa. He was found guilty sentenced to life time in prison. Luckily for him, he was released after 18 years.

 Hours after his release, he promised to end Apartheid once and for all. IN front of heaps of people. On April 27, 1994, he was elected as South Africa's first democratically president.

 In his later years of life, he was in and out of hospital many times and sadly most of his children died. This wonderful man recently passed away December 6th 2013.

 Despite him being expelled and arrested, he was a man never to be forgotten. His message has left a mark on everyone today. As Nelson Mandela said, “The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children."

Action World

Action world filled with amazing obstacles and based in Henderson, is where the yr 7s and I went to for our big day out. Traveling on a bus to the destination was giving me butterflies in my stomach. I just couldn’t stop thinking of the trapeze and high-wire.

 The bus pulls up and off the bus we get. Looking at the Action World, all my butterflies flew away because it was way smaller than I thought it would be. Greeting us there was a man called Jerry. He gave us instructions as soon as we sat down. He also introduced us to the other staff there.

 Split into four groups, we were assigned to a different obstacles. Out of four of the obstacles we tried my favourite was the trapeze. It made me feel like I was Tarzan which is my nickname. I thought that was pretty cool.

 It had been about an hour and it was free time. Straight away, Jorja and I raced to the jousting bridge to verse each other. In my head I was saying, “Its inevitable shes gonna win because of her size.” ….. Walking up the sides of the bridge, I was planning to tackle her down. But then meeting her in the middle of the bridge, I was hoping she wouldn’t hurt me.

 We were trying to force each other off using our arms. Pushing and grabbing, we were trying soo hard to make each other fall. Because of my amazingness, I triped her up and made her fall. She tried pulling me down with her. But once again my strong as mucles and calf muscles

Unusually, I defeated the giant and held my victory with pride. Jumping off the bridge, I struggled to get out of the soft padding. That kind of took my pride , but nevermind.  Unfortunately, free time wasn’t as long as I thought it would be. After going on the humongous trapeze, the big day out had finished and back to east was where we were going.

 Action world was such an amazing place to go and I would love to go back there again.

Netbook Reflection

Over the past 3 years, I have been learning with a netbook. It has made learning easier and more fun. Using my netbook means I have access to any information I want. Like this year, I learnt the real origins of halloween. All from the internet.

 The amount of differences between pencil and paper and a netbook is humongous. When I write a story on pencil and paper, my hands get sweaty and sore and I get annoyed. But now my fingers are free and don’t get sweaty. They feel like they can do anything in the world like superman.

 The internet has so much information. I can use whatever and whenever I want. As long as its labeled for reuse. Having access to the internet for the information I need has made me the quite intelligent kid I am today. I hope that the technology in schools will increase and hopefully help kids learning like it helped me.