Archive | June 2014

Star Struck

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Well done to our brilliant Star Struck performers who did an amazing job this weekend, taking part in 4 shows! All the effort, rehearsal and commitment certainly paid off, as our students looked fantastic in their costumes and performed wonderfully. A big thank you to Ms Brown for all her time and effort organising our team this year.
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Drop. Wind. Keep.

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Last week, our students completed and submitted a short story for the Sydney Youth Writing Competition. Part of the competition involved including one of the signature words – drop, wind or keep.

Click on the links below to read the wonderfully creative stories our students have written. Winners will be announced later in the year, so good luck OC!

 

Adrian – Attacked       Dan – The Beast          Demaris – The Escape

Eva – Unfinished Business       Heidi – The Cacklers     Joe – Lepus Island

Jasmine – Charlie and Emma     Lachlan – The Marvellous Creation

Jack – Pink Fluffy Pants     Liam – What Goes Bang in the Night?

Louis – Trance    Max – Abandoned       Nelson – The Unknown Island

Noah – The Beast         Dan – Loslie’s Challenge     Rory – The Red King

Oliver – Inserum Simulacrum     Sarah – Magnitude

Well done to everyone who wrote a short story in time for submission. I’m so proud of you!

 

Down the Steps…

This week in writing buddies, students were given an imaginative stimulus that asked the questions – why was there a secret door in the back of her closet? Why had it just opened? And what could possibly be… down the steps?

Our groups discussed a great variety of creative ideas and developed some excellent writing. It was impossible to choose only 1 excerpt to share… so here are 3. Well done to Lachlan, Max and Rory whose group’s work is published below.

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I slowly opened the door to my closet and there were stairs. I walked down them and Mrs Bowman was there, eating chocolate and dancing to ‘We Are Family’ and hitting some fab poses. Suddenly Dan and Rory joined in and started being pose critics. “Move the hips left!” said Dan. “Put your hands up,” said Rory. They all started dancing. Suddenly, they teleported to a cinema but it was empty and dark… then boom, Just Dance started playing and they continued dancing. They suddenly teleported back to school and Max was reading a story during writing buddies!
Written by Max, Jack and Sahra.

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 As I walked down the dark ominous staircase, the old planks screeched at me as I walked across them, the mould and moss making patterns on the walls.

As I reach the end of the staircase, I find myself at a thick steel door. The locks on the door are so old that the door opens without having to unlock them.

I swear my jaw was wide open when I saw what was inside. At first I thought I was imagining things but then I touched the glass case it was in and realised I wasn’t. It was a diamond as big as a basketball or maybe even bigger. I lifted off the heavy glass casing and went to pick up the cumbersome jewel when I realised that I had set off an alarm…

Written by Lachlan, Mekah and Chloe

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 As she walks down the stairs, she hears a big ‘RRROOAAARRRR’ and it suddenly becomes dark.

Earlier that day, she had gone to pick a dress for her friend’s birthday party and she had found a door in the back of her closet. She heard noises and went to investigate. A strange light came and then she was stuck. She saw a black door and tried to open it but it wouldn’t budge. ‘RRRROOOAAARRR’.  She needed a golden key. She sees something glimmering on the floor – it the golden key!

She walks into the room. “Hi, Dad,” she says to the monster.

Written by Rory, Gus and Riley.

Maths Stars!

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Well done to everyone who took part in the Sumdog Hunter/Central Coast Maths competition this week. On Thursday, the final day of the competition, Tighes Hill was awarded the daily winner and on Friday, it was announced that we were the overall winners of this contest as well. A terrific effort!

Congratulations to the students from the OC who placed in the Top 10 of all students competing – Sarah 3rd, Lachlan 4th, Dan 5th, Rory 7th and Eva 9th.

The way Sumdog contests work, is students are ranked on the number of correct answers and on the average answer speed if there is a tie. To be fair to schools of all sizes, schools are ranked on the average number of correct answers.

There will be a new Sumdog contest coming up at the end of next week. Great work, everyone!IMG_3240

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Debating

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Congratulations to our Year 6 debating team, who won their debate today against Hamilton North Public School. The topic was ‘parents should only let kids watch TV on weekends’ and our team was the affirmative. A terrific effort, well done debaters!

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World Environment Day

This Friday is World Environment Day and our P&C have organised a variety of activities to support and celebrate this event.

On Friday, students may come dressed in green and are asked to pack ‘nude’ foods (unpackaged – in take home containers, no plastic wrap).

There will be compost buckets for each class to collect their food scraps from the day and weigh to see how much rubbish will be saved going to the tip.

At lunchtime there will be art activities taking place in the playground involving yarn and chalk. If you have spare wool at home you can donate this to the office anytime until Thursday.

Looking forward to a great day!

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OC Book Review

Gone, by Michael Grant is a bestselling book series, centred around a seaside town in California, when all adults disappear, vanish into thin air. In place of them, a IMG_3235strange, forcefield line barrier cuts them off from the outside world and the rest of civilisation. The children vanish like the adults when they turn 15. In a desperate search of survival, the kids have to live in constant terror. When some kids start to mutate, they know they are in trouble. A gripping and thrilling read, Gone is for mature readers looking for a new series to get hooked on!

By Rory