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150 Word Challenge!

Well done to everyone who took part in the Touchdown school magazine 150 word challenge this month. Students created a beginning to an imaginative story using the opening sentence – The wind whipped through the trees as I climbed the path to the old, abandoned cathedral. They also had to use the following list of words: bloodthirsty, branches, crushed, island, legend, perfect, shadows, snails, wooden and work. Have a read of their creative efforts by clicking on the links below… 

Blood By Sam      Bloodthirsty Snails by Noah K    Dark Falls by Blade     Dead Legend by Liana    Death by the Bloodthirsty by Noah G     Snails by Duncan    Alive One Minute by Emma     Ghosts by Fin    Goodbye Child by Ember   Legend by Chelsea    Island of Legends by Chloe    Perfect Little Liars by Celeste   Perfect Shadows by Oscar    Should’ve Listened by Layla    Snow by Griffin   The Island by Dexter    The Wooden Curse By Amie    Waiting For You by Mika   Island of Death by Will

Wonderful Writers

Well done to our wonderful writers who received a letter from the Write4Fun competition today about making it into the second round of judging. It was great to have so many students receive an Achievement Award and a Certificate of Excellence for our school. Fingers crossed for when the winners are announced later this month. 

Write4Fun!

Well done to all of our students who submitted a free choice short story in the Write4Fun competition this term. Have a read of their terrific work below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chelsea – Beyond               Celeste – The Orphan             Jules – Chained             Eleanor – Fire, Smoke            Ellen – Unfortunate Parents          Ember – Capture It, Fight It, Protect It!                        Emma – The Fear In Your Head               Layla – Freaks       Hamish – The Hidden Temple                 Noah G – Loucara      Mika – Purple Gloves             Noah K – The Monster Under the Bed                 Oscar – Vain              Chloe – The Good Forgive              William – My World            Amie – Fishy         Fin – Your Worst Nightmare     Blade – Locked Up In Chains

Newcastle Writer’s Festival

The OC had a terrific time attending the Newcastle Writer’s Festival today. We enjoyed author presentations from writers Michael Wagner and George Ivanoff, who were both incredibly entertaining and inspiring. It was great to see students purchasing some new books! As part of the Festival there’s also a Free Family Fun Day taking place on Saturday 8th April between 10am-2pm at Wheeler Place. There will be lots of great activities including author appearances from Jackie French and Richard Roxburgh.

Free Family Fun Day

Collaborative Writing Fun!

Our Stage 3 students mixed things up today and enjoyed a writing workshop in collaborative groups focused on devices, vocabulary and punctuation. My wonderful group created some excellent pieces using the ‘show, don’t tell’ method and evoking the 5 senses. Unfortunately, we did run out of time to share them all with each other, so please comment below and share your favourite example from today. 

Francis!

One of our favourite imaginative multimodal texts is Francis, a chilling tale about a young girl who wanders off from camp and finds herself in a rather unsettling situation.

Click to watch Francis

Our Year 5 students took on the role of investigative journalists last week to produce a newspaper article about the disappearance of Francis. Have a read below…

Hidden Port Project

Today we were very fortunate to receive a visit from Karen Eastwood who delivered a workshop for us in preparation for the Hidden Port project. Students have received information about this competition and I have also attached it below.

Newcastle has an amazing history – we need your help to explore it! Curious Legends and Newcastle Region Library are collaborating to discover the hidden history of Newcastle – what’s our past, and where are we now? We’d love you to be involved!

The best photos and stories from the Hidden Port Competition will win a prize. Then in May, professional artists from Curious Legends will be working with the local community to create a large scale street theatre performance! – Hidden Port Project website.

A huge thank you to Karen for joining us today – we look forward to seeing all the wonderful THPS entries!

Hidden Port – Student info

Reader Beware – Prepare for a Scare!

halloween-02Today we had some fun writing 2 sentence horror stories for Halloween. Read on with caution, some of these are quite creepy and disturbing!!

I had a dream that my brother died but I knew it was just a dream. But then I woke up in a pool of red. – Oscar

I heard heavy breathing and looked at the serene pond next door. It felt a bit too calm, like at any moment I could be dragged in without anyone ever noticing. – Griffin

I kept seeing a man with a knife in my room, but my mother told me it was all in my head. Well, now the knife is! – Cai

My mum says I have amnesia. But why do I remember my other mum? – Sia

I used to like sitting in the dark by myself. Until someone joined me. – Freya

Here’s the thing about living alone, no one notices if you die. No one noticed me.  – Layla

It said on the news there was a murderer on the loose. Why is the murderer sitting next to me? – Chloe

I heard a man singing a lullaby through the baby monitor. I smiled, but realised in horror that my  husband had died 2 months ago. – Celeste

I hate it when dad turns the lights out, because then I can’t see my little friend in the closet. – Vincent

Today mum told me that the old man from across the road died yesterday. As I tuck myself in bed I notice the lights flickering on and off in his window. – Calvin

My dog was always barking. There was nothing there until IT showed up. – Blade

I was alone in my closet finishing reading my book. Then someone else turned the page. – Eleanor

There were often noises in the wall, but it was just mum pulling up the blinds in the other room. Well, at least that’s what I thought until I woke up and saw a hole in the wall, in the shape of a man. – S Willson

I can hear my mother in the bedroom. My mum died 2 years ago. – Zander

My little brother used to love going to the skate park. One day mum asked me to go with him. My brother went first but once I got there all I could see was the red of blood. – Elsie