Orientation Day Recount

 

 

On the 9th of December I had my year 7 orientation day. I got to the school at 8:45 and was greeted by 3 kids that already go to the school. They told me my home group and how to get to the gym. Luckily I wasn’t alone, I had Lydia and Layla. When we got to the gym we sat behind cones in our home group. There were a lot of other kids from other schools, and I knew some of them.

In the gym we met the principal and our year level coordinator. They talked about what we were going to do and what will happen on the first day of school in 2015. Then we walked off with our teachers to our classroom.

In the classroom we talked about the timetable for the day. We were given a booklet about next year and a timetable that we had to fill in. First up we had an English test, then recess, after that we had drama, then lunch and after that we had a maths test and then Italian.  In home group we also were given a sheet to fill out about ourselves. The questions we like, favourite singer, favourite movie, email, full name, how we are feeling. We were told that we would be given them back at the end of year 12, to see how we have changed.

After home group we had an English test, we had to read 7 small stories and answer questions about them. I found it kind of easy, but some questions confused me. After the test it was recess, we went to the year 7 area and ate, some people lined up for the canteen.

When recess finished my class had drama. I really enjoyed drama. We played a game called wax figures. In that game we had to be statues and 2 “security guards” had to move us around, when they weren’t looking we could move ourselves or we could tag them and we would become the guards. We also acted out a Christmas scene from the Simpsons, it was really funny. I Played Lisa. After that it was lunch.

Once lunch finished we had a maths test, it was surprisingly easy. Then to end of the day we had Italian, in Italian we talked about what we had learnt in previous years. We also played number bingo, which I failed at. And after round 1, we learnt the animals and played bingo with animals. I also failed at that.

Then it was time to go home, I really enjoyed the day and I am excited for next year.

100WC #9

“Meow, meoooow” I heard, it was coming from somewhere around me. I couldn’t see through the darkness, all I could see was the green leaves glowing from the street lights. I decided to ignore and kept on walking down the street. I soon felt something furry rub against my leg. I squealed and jump to the side. I stood still and heard the meowing again. I could just see the outline of a small cat, I bent down to lift it up, the animal was soaking wet. “Where you swimming?” I asked the cat, it just meowed. This explains all the loud meowing I heard earlier.

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Australians are teaching kids in Bangladesh a very important lesson that many kids won’t get the chance to or take it for granted. They are teaching them to swim. The aim of this program is to save lives and to teach them how to save lives at the beach.

Swimming lessons are important in countries like Bangladesh and India because the drowning risk is bigger than you might realise.

The World Health Organisation has found out that more than 372 thousand lives are lost to drowning each year.  This is in mostly parts of South East Asia and Africa. That’s around 42deaths every hour every day.

In some parts of the world its normal to see kids playing around rivers and ponds, etc. without adults watching them. And many of them grow up not knowing how to swim. They may not have been able to afford lessons or they might not be experienced people who could teach them.

Drowning has become a worldwide problem and the World Health Organisation is planning on doing something about it. They are asking the governments and local communities worldwide to work together and come up with different ways to teach kids how to swim, also safety and rescue skills.

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Children have some really important rights that kids everywhere share. 25 years ago the United Nations set up a rule book to say what being a kid should be like. It is called the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It’s about the things kids deserve no matter what.

Here are some of the rights:

Education – Every child has the right to go to school and learn.

Treated Fairly – We all have the right not to be discriminated against. This means that no child should be treated unfairly on things such as their race or religion.

Information – We have the right to get information from books, Newspapers, TV, and the internet about the world around us.

Protection – Every kid has the right to be protected from war and violence, and from being mistreated.

Some kids don’t get these rights because they might be affected by the war; some aren’t able to go to school, or study at home. Some don’t have access to water or food.  There is a lot of work from the UNICEF Youth Ambassadors to change that, so all kids can live a happy life.

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There are two exclusive club meetings in Australia right now. The important one is called the G20 and his year it is meeting in Brisbane. The group is made up of 19 countries, plus a representative from the European Union and only the most powerful countries are invited. The 19 countries who are members together represent two thirds of the world’s population and 85% of the worlds money.

Why are the meetings exclusive?

Sometimes, if you have too many in a club it can be hard to make decisions. At the G20 there are allot of important issues to discuss.

They deal with some of the biggest issues facing the world. Topics that are often mentioned are trade, jobs, energy and inequality among others. Coming to an agreement on big issues isn’t always easy and disagreements can happen at G20 too.

Big decisions can come out of G20 meetings and a lot of the things they agree  on relates to the future.

We did hear that there are some benefits to only inviting certain countries to the G20. But there are probably many other countries that would love to be a part of it.

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In the UK, they are strict with kids skipping school. Students use to be allowed to take their birthdays off. But not anymore, some schools are fining parents for keeping their kids out of school. Without a good reason. Being sick is obviously a good excuse. But what about a dentist appointment or you have to spend time with a family member that isn’t well?  Or perhaps you’re going on a family holiday. Where do you think the line should be drawn?

Research found that Aussie kids skip school more than students from anywhere else in the world do. If you miss 3 weeks of school per year, that is like missing half a year of school by grade 6. But some people think that taking a day off here and there is okay, if you have a good reason. They say taking kids on a holiday still allows them to learn. While other kids say they can easily catch up on their work or continue working while away.

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Pet rabbits cannot be kept in Queensland and if you’re caught with one you could be given a 44 thousand dollar fine or be sent to jail! It is one of the toughest bunny law in the world. Why are the rules so strict? Why can you keep a pet bunny anywhere in Australia but not Queensland?

For a long time rabbits were huge pests in Australia. They were brought over by some European settlers and were released for hunting. The numbers soon exploded.  They son came a nightmare to famers, destroying crops and native plants.

Over the years we have built fences, destroyed their burrows and poisoned them. In 1950 scientist found a virus that only effected rabbits called ‘myxomatosis’  it got quick results, wiping out millions. But some rabbits came resistant. So a new virus was introduced called ‘calicivirus’ was used. All of these have helped Queensland to bring its rabbit problem under control. Most people agree that feral rabbits are the problem, while not everyone thinks pet ones are.

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For cats living in Canberra, life could be about to change. There is a talk of banning all pet cats from roaming free in the nation’s capital. This means that their owners need to keep their cats inside or lock them in a special enclosure all the time.

One main reason they are banning cats is so they stop hunting native animals. Cats might look soft and cuddly but they are actually efficient killers. Most small native animals, like birds, don’t stand a chance against them. So keeping your cat inside will help keep native animals alive.

MM S5 T4

Predict ;I predict that i will have to find the cost of something.

Read:

Which deal is cheaper per gram?

$5 – 500g

$3 – 250g

Clarify: I had no words or phrases to clarify.

BIG Question: Which deal is cheaper?

Tool: Break the problem into manageable parts

Solve: To solve this question I simply noticed that the first option gives you twice the amount as the second. But the second costs more then half the price of the first option. This means the first option is cheaper per gram.

Summary: i found this question a tiny bit hard and i used the my toolbox strategie.

MM T4 S4

Predict: I predict that i will have to find a missing number.

Read: 36 ÷ ? = 4

Clarify: I had no words or phrases to clarify

BIG Question: What number is missing?

Tool: Work backwards

Solve: to solve this you need to find the inverse operation of the sum. That will make the sum say: 4 x ? = 36. Then you need to fill in the missing number. 36 ÷ 4 = 9

Summary: I used the strategie ‘Work backwards’ and found this question simple.