Last term students began a project with Miss Beker as part of the World’s Biggest Classroom Art Exhibition. This week their completed sculpture is being transported to Sydney for display.
The competition involved selecting a theme that showed the progression of technology from 1984 to now. The students created a visual sculpture of a human representing the past and all the technological progress since then to present society including the vision of the future.
Our sculpture will be on display at St James Train Station in Sydney. A big thank you to Miss Beker and all the students who worked so hard on this project.
We have now passed the halfway point of our epic month of writing for NaNoWriMo! Collectively this year over 204,994,865 words have been written so far by young writers from around the world.
In the OC students have been spending time each morning at school plugging away on their novels and I know many have also been working on them at home which is fantastic! I’ve added some ideas below from the NaNoWriMo Dare Machine and a Pep Talk from writer Jeff VanderMeer to help keep the creative juices flowing as we enter the final weeks of the project. Good luck and keep writing!
Ideas from the Dare Machine:
- Make a character cry!
- Give your main character doubts about his or her mission.
- Add a scene where a character stumbles into a secret room.
- Write a theme song for your main character.
- Make something blow up.
- Introduce a character who only uses big words.
- Write a scene that helps your reader sympathize with the villain.
- Write a scene in which your villain comes up with a new name.
- Your hero finds a mysterious bag on his or her porch…
- Introduce a blackmail or bribery subplot.
- Include something hidden under a rock.
- Have one of your characters go missing for a chapter.
- Have a non-important character say the most memorable quote you can think of.
More ideas from the Dare Machine can be found on the NaNoWriMo Young Writers website.
Click here for a pep talk from writer Jeff VanderMeer.
Today at our Principal’s Personal Best assembly many of our OC students were recognised for their amazing achievements in the Newcastle Permanent Maths Competition and the Australian Maths Olympiad.
This year over 18,000 students participated in the Newcastle Permanent Maths Competition. Congratulations to Cooper who achieved a High Distinction and placed 32nd in the Year 6 division. Well done to Chris, Frank, Allan, Mitch, Eva and Demaris who placed in the top 15% earning themselves a Distinction. Congratulations also to Heather, Callum, Ethan B, Samantha, Rory and Declan who placed in the top 30% achieving a Merit.
In this year’s Maths Olympiad over 30,000 students took part in the Junior Division. Congratulations to Cooper who was awarded with the highest individual score trophy, a top 10% achiever metal pin and a top 25% achiever cloth patch. Well done to Mitch who also received a top 25% achiever cloth patch for scoring in the top 20% of all participants. This year’s Encouragement Award was presented to Amy for her effort and improvement throughout the Olympiads. Well done everyone!
This November the OC will be taking part—with classmates and over 300,000 writers around the world—in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s a fun, innovative creative writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days.
Novelists begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The goal for NaNoWriMo’s adult program is 50,000 words, but our students will be participating through the Young Writers Program—which allows students 17-and-under to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.
NaNoWriMo will require students to write as frequently as possible. Especially with your reinforcement, this hard work deepens student investment in the process (and their finished products). At the end of November, educators and participants also report improved self-confidence, creative writing skills, overall writing skills, and time management.
Our class will be using the online components of the Young Writers Program, you may want to review this step-by-step guide. Participants have individual profile spaces, plus access to forums and a private messaging system. These site features are not public, and can be viewed only by other young writers. In addition, all are monitored by NaNoWriMo staff for inappropriate content.
Visit the NaNoWriMo website at http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/