Archive | June 22, 2014

TV Stars!

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Last week our episodes of It’s Academic were broadcast on national TV. Well done to our 2013 OC students who took part. Below you can view our episodes and I will also have DVD copies available for students to take home next week. Enjoy!

Please note: all videos posted on this blog are uploaded onto Ms Armstrong’s YouTube Channel, which is used for educational purposes only. The videos are not listed to the public and can only be viewed via this link.

Crocodile vs Hippo

This week in Writing Buddies, our groups embarked on an adventure to discover who would win between a crocodile and hippopotamus. A tough question to be answered. Read on to see some responses, persuasive and imaginative, from our groups.


Jasmine, Lupin, Mika, Mia and Rowan

I walked across the hot earth of Africa hoping to find a source of water. After miles of walking I finally found a waterhole and tIMG_3267bbbbook a sip. Suddenly I saw something rustle in the bushes. I stated running but before I could, something sharp bit me in the leg! I turned around and realised it was nasty old Mr Croc! My worst enemy! So I bit his leg but then he whacked me in the face with his long tail. “My eyes,” I screeched loudly. He sat on me… 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7! Knock out!


Dan, Harper and Mia –

I head into the murky African river, keeping my nose and eyes just above the water to breathe and see. My mottled brown and orange smooth, slimy skin shimmering in the sun. A scaly crocodile enters from the opposite bank, creating ripples in the water. I slowly swim over, careful not to disturb the muddy, still water. The crocodile comes closer, aware of my presence. I open my jaws slowly, revealing the yellow, dirty, blood-stained teeth. IMG_3268

The crocodile does the same, showing rows of Colgate-white teeth. I reveal my mouth above the water, making sure he can see the impending, inevitable doom ahead of him; it’s a threatening display. The reptile continues to head towards me…

OC Book Review

2 reviews thanks to Sarah

As the sequel to Blood Red Road (I did a review on it last week), Rebel Heart is an extraordinary book all about Saba’s quest find Jack.

Saba needs Jack, her whole being longs for him and his reckless soul. But IMG_3265Jack isn’t easy to find after going to inform Molly of the great loss that she would be burdened with, a loss that shocked them all. He seemingly betrays Saba by joining ranks with a squad of Tonton. The entire situation is complicated when Saba falls into the arms of Demalo. The leader of the Tonton and of New Eden, a place of tranquillity, clarity, purity and restoration.

Here is the blurb…

There’s a price on Saba’s head.

They call her the Angel of Death. She defeated a tyrant, but victory comes at a cost. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, she needs Jack. His moonlight eyes, his reckless courage, his wild courage. But Jack has left and a ruthless new enemy searches for Saba across the Dustlands…“

This book will be enjoyed by many people alike, but in particular people who are fans of books like the Hunger Games and who crave action and pure adrenaline.

Rebel Heart is one of the few books I’ve read that are as good as if not better than the first one. Highly recommended.


Over the weekend I read a not-very-good book called Twice Upon A Time by Kate Forster. It’s a teen romance and has absolutely no excitement in it what so ever. It’s a really cheesy romance that follows the same old romance storyline.

Here’s the blurb:

” Cinda’s backpacking trip takes an unexpected turn when she meets gorgeous, fun loving and incredibly wealthy Ludo in Italy. Suddenly Cinda is thrust into the heady, glamorous world of the super rich, and she’s hanging out on yachts and villa’s all over Europe. It’s the ultimate summer-fling what more could a girl want?”

“But when Cinda meets Gus, Ludo’s equally gorgeous twin brother- and heir to the Sardinian throne, she starts to realise that true happiness isn’t just about how much you party. And that true love can be found in the most unexpected places.”

“Both prince brothers are determined to win Cinda’s heart, and one of them will throw everything away to be with her… but will it be the right one?”

This was an easy read but overall I don’t think it was worth reading. My rule for reading is that: if you weren’t reluctant to put it down and eager to pick it up again than it wasn’t worth reading. It wasn’t very good and I have read a lot better. I highly recommend that you DO NOT read this book.