Schools out, here comes the holidays

After a long year of school I’ve now officially completed year 10. After finishing my exams and doing a weeks work experience at the Moyne Shire Council I can now relax and enjoy the holidays. Having no plans and having nothing to do is very relaxing and enjoyable. But now heading into Year 11 and doing to VCE 3/4 subjects I know the holidays will have to contain doing some homework. But who cares!! School is finished for the year and I can enjoy doing nothing at home.

I can’t wait for the holidays to start and for the fun to begin.


Melbourne Writers Festival

Early in the morning a group of kids and teachers from Hawkesdale P12 College hopped on a bus and travelled to Melbourne for the annual Writers festival. But we weren’t just going to listen to authors.

Our school was a part of a online project called Global Story Telling. We were working with schools Malaysia, China and Bulgaria. Students from each school were asked to make a book trailer about a book of their choice. It was a 2 minute video and you could use any media that you wanted. After we had made our trailers they were put on the Global Story Telling wiki where students from the other school could go online and watch each students trailer.

This project didn’t finish there. After we had all finished our book trailer students from our Hawkesdale were given the option to go to the Melbourne Writers Festival. At the Writers festival a few selected trailers were going to be viewed on the big screen at Federation Square. I was lucky enough to have my book trailer selected.

We arrived at Melbourne’s Federation square and went and saw an author speak about being an author and his books. While the other students were visiting another author 9 of Hawkesdale’s students went to speak with a group of officals about speaking on stage at Federation square. I was luck enough to be one of those students who were speaking on stage and having their book trailer shown.

Before going up on stage I was feeling very nervous along with everyone else. This was a big thing and there were many people sitting through Federation square who would be able to see me standing there. After the MC introduced the project which we were a part of it was my time to introduce my book trailer. I did my book trailer on A Rose for the Anzac Boys, by Jackie French.

It was such a relief when I finished talking and I was very proud of what I had just done. While on stage we also had a live linkup with the students from Malaysia. When we were watching our trailers they were also watching them. We saw the book trailers in which the students in Malayasia made. Their book trailers had a lot to do with Malaysian culture. We were going to ask them a few questions but we were unable to.

After doing this project I’ve learnt about the Malaysian culture. I’ve also had to be very resilient since there were many difficulties and problems that arised when making the trailers. I enjoyed working with schools from different countries and learning about them and their cultures. After speaking on a big stage in front of many people I feel more confident when public speaking.

a rose for the anzac boys

My super long weekend!

This weekend was a four day weekend. Friday was a day off for report writing day and Monday was a public holiday. Because it was the long weekend I also had no netball. We had a four day weekend and had no plans so Mum and Dad decided that maybe we should go to the footy in Melbourne (Essendon vs Geelong) since my sister goes for Geelong and my brother and I go for Essendon. When we decided we were going to the footy, Mum got free netball tickets to see the Vixens vs NSW Swifts on the same day but at a different time. That was final we were going to the netball and footy. It was also our cousin’s birthday!

So we went to Melbourne early Saturday morning and arrived around lunch time. We quickly had lunch at my nanna and pa’s house then catched a train to the netball stadium. The game was very interesting until the 3rd quarter when the vixens got flogged! They had a great start to the 4th quarter but were not able to come back from their terrible 3rd quarter. They ended up losing by around 12 goals.

When the netball was finished we went on a train to the Southern Cross station and went to the DFO. If you know my Mum you know she likes shopping so we had a look in a few shops. After we had finished shopping we sat down and got subway for tea. My brother doesn’t like subway so he went and got some pizza.

After we had all finished tea we started to make our way to Etihad stadium which was only a couple hundred metres away. We had already seen many Essendon and Geelong supporters in the DFO. We went up the ramp to level 3 and and had to walk up the stairs to row V which was right near the top. The view was great except if  we wanted to look at the big screen there was a pole right in the way. Before the game started we had already spotted some of our friends because I knew where they sat. At half time on of them came up to our seats and talked to us. One of my sister’s friends which was going to the game was sitting a couple rows away from us. It took the friend quite a while to see my sister.

The game was really good until the 3rd quarter when sadly, Geelong got away from Essendon. Essendon did have some injuries but so did Geelong. Essendon ended up losing by around 70 points. Throughout the game there was this person behind us who would not be quite. My parents thought I’m bad at home but this person was way worse. It didn’t help that he had a friend which had never seen AFL footy so he was trying to explain all the rules throughout the game.

On Sunday we went to my cousin’s house because it was her birthday. Most of my cousins are still quite young and are very energetic. They tire you out after only spending half an hour with them. The birthday girl loves doing magic and was dressed up as a magician which was so cute!

Overall the super long weekend was a awesome weekend. Monday we got to relax for basically the whole day which was good since I was still tired from Saturday and Sunday.

Heading to Sydney

Tommorow I’ll be heading to Cataract Park which is an hour away from Sydney. I’m going for 13 days for the scout Jamboree. The Jamboree is officially 10 days but it’s 13 days for my group including the travelling. We are leaving  tommorow and will be arriving early the next morning.

I’m pretty excited! Each day you have a couple of activities including touring Sydney, going to Jamboroo and many other entertaining activities. 2 weeks away from my parents sounds good! Ha ha!

Global handwashing day!

October 15th is global handwashing day!

  • Why would there be a global handwashing day? I reckon there would be a global handwashing day to improve personal higene. Washing your hands is a great way to keep clean. You should wash your hands before every meal.
  • What purpose would it have? The purpose of having the day would to improve everyone’s personal higene. And to make people’s hands clean.
  • Write about good handwashing practise – what is handwashing, why handwash, where…., when…  Handwashing is where you wash your hands with soap and water. You are supposed to wash them before every meal and when your hands are dirty. It is important to wash your hands because you can have stuff on it which could go onto yuor food when your eating and make you sick! No one wants to be sick just because they forgot to wash their hands!
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    Remember wash your hands before every meal! It may stop you from being sick!

    Holidays over already!

    Don’t you just enjoy the holidays! But they go way too fast for my likings! As the saying goes ‘Time flies when you’re having fun!’ I always dread the first day back, even though you get to meet all friends! Seriously, who wants to work after they’ve been on holidays.

    On my holidays my cousins which I normally don’t see often came down for a couple days to stay with us. The live in the city so they find the country very interesting. The wildlife and scenery is very different. That’s what I love about the country. It’s so peaceful that you can always hear birds.

    After they left we went to Melbourne to catch up with the rest of our cousins. It was really great to see them! They have sooooo MUCH energy! They could run for hours and still they haven’t raised a sweat.

    another Holiay

    Victorian Bushfires

    The 2009 Victorian Bushfires also known as Black Saturday is a day I’m sure all Australians will remember for a long time!

    Over 200 people confirmed dead and death toll still could rise! At school I wrote this piece on the bushfires!

    Here it is:

    I see… injured wildlife struggling for survival, the violent fires blistering through homes, thick black covering the sky turning day into night and what used to be people’s homes now turned into ashes!

    I hear… the roaring fire trucks heading towards the flame, anxious people trying to get in contact with family and frightened children screaming for their parents.

    I taste… the black smoke as thick as concrete drifting inside my mouth and the fear of small communities as the fiery predator rushes towards them.  

    I smell… the devastating flames turning everything in its path into ashes and the unlucky animals lifeless. 

    I feel… annoyed at the terrible arsonists who have brought pain into many families and can only imagine the pain of which the victims of black Saturday are going through now and forever.

    Melbourne Cup Day!

    Yesterday was Melbourne Cup Day, the day that stops the nation. At school we had a casual day. Some people dressed up or wore fancy, strange hats. We had a class sweep. I got Profound Beauty. At home Ihad Septimus.

    At 3:00 every class went to a room which had a T.V to watch the race. Everyone screams for their horse. After the race finished everyone went outside to do Fashion on the field, best hat and the horse race. I didn’t go in any because I didn’t dress up.  

    In the horse race 2 of my claass mates entered. They were so close to the finish when they fell over.