November 29

Why We Should Have a 3rd Day of the Weekend

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“Is the weekend over already? Wow, that went fast.”  A well known sentence all around the world. What is 2 days feels like 2 minutes. I think that we should have a 3rd day of the Weekend because the current 2 day weekend is way too short. Isn’t the whole point of life to enjoy yourself? How on earth are we supposed to do that when there is a measly 2 days in the weekend? It’s simple, add an extra day to the weekend and people can actually enjoy Monday! (If that was the extra day) If we were to add another day to the weekend; the world would be a happier, better and more amazing place. 5 days of work/school is more than enough, people will have better quality work with the extra day because they would be less tired and would do better with their job. I think that it is quite annoying that we haven’t already chosen this way of living. I think it is the smartest lifestyle there could be. (Unless another day of the weekend was added, of course) This is why I think we should have an extra day of the weekend. Don’t you agree?

Concerned about our future,

DJ

November 23

Algebra Flipped Learning Tip

Here is a trick I learnt watching some of the videos from flipped learning:

How to add consecutive numbers (maths trick):

Say you wanted to add 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10,  you could add them up normally, but you  could also use this little trick that works for adding any consecutive numbers.

First, you add the first and the last numbers together, in this case 1 + 10 = 11. Then you divide that number by 2, 11 divided by 2 = 5.5. Now the last step, you count how many numbers you are adding, there are 10 numbers in this example, and then you multiply the last 2 numbers together. 5.5 x 10 = 55. That is the answer to the question. You can check it out by adding the numbers at the top. This trick would even work if you wanted to add the numbers 1 to 100, or 20 to 35, or any consecutive numbers (numbers in a row.)

How it works:

So we have the numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10. As you can see, 1 and 10 add to 11, as do 2 and 9, and 3 and 8, all of the numbers that are opposite each other add to 11. When we divide 11 by 2, we are finding the average of 11. You get 5.5. As all of the numbers add to 11, then divided by 2 they are all 5.5. Therefore there are 10 lots of 5.5, so 10 x 5.5 = 55, which is your answer!

 

By DJ

November 15

Top 20 essential possessions – DJ

I would never be able to live with 20 things, it would be so hard because I wouldn’t be able to buy anything!! My 20 most essential items that I would bring with me would be:

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2. ToothpasteImage result for toothpaste clipart

3. SoapImage result for soap clipart

4. Phone  Image result for phone clipart

5. T shirt

6. ScooterImage result for scooter

7. Shorts

8. Track pants

9. Underwear

10. WalletImage result for cool wallet

11. Socks

12. Phone ChargerImage result for phone charger

13. MattressImage result for mattress thin

14. PillowImage result for pillow

15. BlanketImage result for cool blanket

16. Knife

17. ForkImage result for dinner knife and fork

18. BowlImage result for bowl

19. Football      Image result for football cool

20. Book           Image result for book cool

November 7

15 facts of Diwali

  1. The word Diwali means ‘Row of Lighted Lamps.’
  2. Diwali is a 5 day celebration and the 4th day is the Hindu New Year.
  3. Diwali celebrates the return of Rama and Sita from the forest that they were banished in.
  4. Diwali is a time of spring cleaning in the house.
  5. More than 800 million people celebrate Diwali each year.
  6. About $1,000,000,000 worth of exploded fireworks are used during Diwali.
  7. Diwali is the most popular of all Hindu festivals.
  8. Hundreds of little oil lamps are lit around the house. The lamps are called Diyas.
  9. Diwali celebrates the triumph of light over darkness.
  10. In India, Diwali marks the end of the harvesting season.
  11. Diwali is a festival of lights and it originated in India.
  12. There are many different traditions to celebrate Diwali.
  13. Rangoli patterns are a symbol of Diwali.
  14. Indian Sweets are widely eaten during Diwali, they come in all sorts of different colours.
  15. Most people celebrate Diwali with fireworks and DiyasImage result for diwali

The Story of Rama and Sita

Long ago there was a King called Dasharatha, he had three wives. King Dasharatha was a great king but he had no son to take the throne after himself, so he and his wives prayed to the gods in the hope of receiving children. Eventually their prayers were answered when a spirit arose holding a bowl of Payasam, or rice pudding. The spirit told the wives to share the bowl of Payasam between themselves, they had shared the Payasam between them when a crow snatched one of the wives serving of pudding. The other wives shared their pudding with her.

A while later, all the queens had children. One queen had Rama the other had Bharata, but since one queen had 2 portions shared with her, she had twins, Lakshmana and Shatrughna. Prince Rama was the greatest so King Dasharatha named Rama the successor of the throne. Sadly one of the servants of the Queen who gave birth to Bharata was not pleased with this decision so she told the Queen to tell King Dasharatha to make Bharata the successor to the throne and for Rama to be banished. King Dasharatha was heartbroken but one time he had granted the Queen any wish she wanted, so he had to do what she said.

Rama was ready to leave the town and live in the jungle for 14 years. Rama’s wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana chose to accompany Rama in the Jungle. Bharata was shocked at his mother’s actions and told Rama that he could be the king again when he returned. Sita, Rama and Lakshmana went off into the jungle.

Far away on the island of Lanka, there was a mean demon king named Ravana. Ravana had 10 heads and 20 arms and he had a chariot pulled by man eating mules. Ravana sent out his demons to ordinary people around the world to make them unhappy.

When Rama, Sita and Lakshmana arrived in the jungle, the people that lived there were very happy to see them. They begged Rama and the others to help protect them from Ravana demons. So Rama, Sita and Lakshmana fought off lots of demons that tried to attack the village. Eventually, the demons told Ravana what was happening and Ravana decided to kidnap Sita and make her his wife.

Ravana disguised himself as an old man, begging for something to drink. Sita invited him in and as fast as a cheetah, Ravana picked her up and flew back to Lanka. When Rama and Lakshmana returned, they were shocked to find Sita missing, they searched everywhere but had no luck in finding her. Then they found the Vulture King, Jataytu, wounded on the ground. He told them that he saw Ravana in his chariot flying through the air, with a woman in his chariot. He tried to stop them but Ravana wounded him.

Rama and Lakshmana went on a search to see if anyone knew about where Ravana was. They met Sugriva, the King of the Monkeys. Rama asked the King if he would help find Sita, and all the monkeys agreed. They immediately started their search and Hanuman, one of the monkeys, found Sita on the island of Lanka. Hanuman told Sita that Rama was coming to rescue her. Hanuman played a trick on Ravana by letting himself be captured and tied up.  

The cruel demons set fire to Hanuman’s tail, and then Hanuman broke free and jumped from roof to roof, setting fire to the whole of Lanka. The monkeys built a bridge across to the island of Lanka, then went up to Ravana’s palace. Ravana was outraged and he sent out his demons for a fight. For days and days the fight raged on and eventually Rama and the monkeys won. Rama and Ravana met on the battlefield and the fought. Rama eventually won the fight against Ravana.

Rama, Sita and Lakshmana made their way back to the palace and along the way people lit lamps to celebrate their victory. For days the town was lit with hundreds of lamps as the 4 princes were united. The festival of Diwali is celebrating the return of Rama and Sita.Image result for rama and sita

By DJ

October 26

Diwali, The Festival of Lights

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Here are some Diyas decorating a home.

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Rangoli Pattern

Diwali is a 5 day Festival and it is the celebration of the triumph of light over darkness. It is the largest and most important of the Hindu festivals and it is also the start of the Hindu New Year. Over 800 million people celebrate Diwali around the world. The word Diwali means ‘ rows of lighted lamps’ in Hindi. Families light lots of oil lamps called Diyas around the home which are left burning all night. There are lots of different traditions of Diwali, like Rama and Sita, The marriage of Lakshmi and Vishnu and many others. Fireworks are a popular way to end Diwali and around $1,000,000,000 worth of exploded fireworks are used during Diwali. There are also Rangoli patterns that people make outside their houses using coloured rice powder. All these bright things are used to attract Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune.

Diwali is also a time for spring cleaning the home and making sure that it is clean before the New Year. People buy new dresses or Saris and to have big feasts with the family. Diwali is also the start of the financial year and the end of the harvesting season. Leicester in the UK holds the largest Diwali celebration other than India.

By DJ

October 20

Camp @ Lake Rotoiti 2016!

Camp this year was absolutely AMAZING! I really enjoyed all the activities and the ferry rides. My favourite activity was the Flying Kiwi or Animal Survivor, I liked the feeling when I was lifted up on the Flying Kiwi and doing the Helicopter. I was lucky to have the best of sleeps at night and the fact that there was so much delicious food that was Gluten Free for me. I really loved the Whisky Falls Walk and was happy I wasn’t with the groups that went on a rainy day! The Walk had some breathtaking views like the Whisky Falls and the lake. Jumping into the lake was super enjoyable but it was FREEZING! Brrrrr.

Capture the flag was fun and challenging at the same time, I think I got about 3 cones for my group in all of the rounds. I thought it was very cool when my group went down to the lake and we saw Alfonso, the Ducken or Mandarin Duck, because there is only one of them at Lake Rotoiti and they are quite rare. We also saw a Double-Rainbow which was impressive.

I have also included my Moment In Time that we did at School.

 

 

Ice Encrusted Lake (Almost)

I could see the ice cold water, slightly shimmering on the surface. I was listening to the howling of others as they hit the water with an astounding ‘Splash!’ It looked as if they had hypothermia as they emerged from the depths.

 

All of a sudden, I decided to leap off the jetty and into the lake. A sudden rush of coldness came over me as I went under. I was numb all over and all I wanted to do was jump into my towel and get my body heat rising. It was as if my joints had locked up and wouldn’t budge.

 

I finally reached the shore and I sped of into the distance to get my towel. It took awhile for me to heat up after the shocking experience of plunging into the arctic lake. My legs were infested with goosebumps, spreading to every part of my body. It looked as if I was covered in bubble wrap!

 

I thought in my mind, “Even though it almost gave me hypothermia, I really enjoyed springing into the almost ice encrusted lake.”

 

By DJ 

October 3

Who Was The Explorer Brunner?

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                    Thomas Brunner

Thomas Brunner was an English explorer who became famous for his journeys across the West Coast of the South Island here in NZ.  Brunner was born in April 1821, in Oxford. At the age of fifteen, he learnt about architecture and surveying. In 1841, Thomas joined The New Zealand Company, an english company that helped to create societies in New Zealand. They were going to establish a settlement at the top of the South Island, that would be called Nelson. Brunner worked as an apprentice surveyor and also helped lay down roads for the new settlement. As well as this, Brunner went looking for land that would be good for pasture.

In 1846, Brunner went on long journeys across the West Coast with Charles Heaphy and a Maori explorer named Kehu. In December that same year, Thomas joined an expedition with Kehu and 3 others. The journey started in Nelson, they travelled down Buller River and along the West Coast. The group went as far down as Tititira Head and then came back to Nelson by the Arahura River. On that journey, one of Brunner’s legs got paralysed. The expedition took 550 days to complete!

Brunner was awarded by The Royal Geographic Society and The French Geographic Society. Brunner kept working as a surveyor and he surveyed sites that would eventually become Westport and Greymouth. Thomas Brunner died of a stroke in 1874 at the age of 52.

Some places were named after Thomas Brunner like Lake Brunner, Brunner Mine, Brunner St in Nelson, the town Brunner, located in the north-west area of the South Island, Mount Brunner, the list goes on and on!

This is a little about the explorer Thomas Brunner and I hope you enjoyed reading it.

By DJ

September 13

Roald Dahl Biography

Roald Dahl is one of the most well known children’s authors ever, he has written truckloads of amazing books in his lifetime. Here is my biography about Roald Dahl:

 

 

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Roald Dahl as a baby

Roald Dahl was born on the 13th of September 1916, which was 100 years ago. He was born in Llandaff in Wales. He had 2 sisters, Astri and Alfhild. His parents were Norwegian, they were called Harald and Sofie. When Roald was only 3,  his sister Astri died from appendicitis. Weeks later, Harald died from pneumonia when he was 57 years old.

Education

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Roald at St Peter’s school

Roald’s first school that he attended was Llandaff Cathedral School. Roald played a practical joke at school and the principle gave him a beating. Therefore, Roald’s Mother decided to send him to St Peter’s, a boarding school. Later, Roald went to Repton Boarding School in 1929.

His Mother offered to pay for Roald to go to Oxford or Cambridge University but Roald declined the offer and decided that he would rather go and work for a company that would take him around the world.

 

After Graduation

Roald started to work for Shell Oil in 1934 after he had graduated from Repton in 1932. He continues working at Shell for 5 more years. After that, he joined the Airforce and became an RAF fighter. During the Second World War, Dahl worked as a spy for MI6 and he also had a crash landing in a plane over North Africa. He received injuries to his back, head and his nose.

 

After this, Roald Dahl met with the author C.S Forrester, who encouraged Roald to start writing. Roald published a short story in the Saturday Evening Post, later writing articles in magazines.

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Becoming a Writer

 

Roald published his first children’s book, The Gremlins. The Gremlins wasn’t very successful so Dahl went back to writing Adult books. In 1953, Roald married Patricia Neal, an American actress. Patricia and Roald had 5 children, Olivia, Lucy, Tessa, Theo and Ophelia, When Theo was born in 1960, his pram was hit by a taxi. Theo survived but suffered large head injuries but luckily he survived. Olivia sadly died of measles in 1962 at the age of 7. Roald used to read bedtime stories to his children, which inspired him to write more children’s books.

 

He published James and the Giant Peach in 1961. It was a huge success and 3 years later, Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Patricia Neal suffered from 3 brain hemorrhages (strokes) in the mid-1960’s. Roald’s mother tragically died in 1967. In 1970 Roald published Fantastic Mr Fox. In 1983, Roald became divorced with Patricia. That same year, Roald published The Witches and married Felicity Ann Crosland, who was a film producer. Then in 1988, Roald published Matilda.

 

Death

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Roald tragically passed away in 1990 of an infection at the age of 74. Throughout his writing courier, Dahl had written 19 children’s books and 9 collections of short stories, he even wrote some television and movie scripts. Here are all of his children’s books:

 

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

The BFG

Matilda

James and the Giant Peach

The Witches

The Twits

Fantastic Mr Fox

Danny The Champion of the World

George’s Marvellous Medicine

The Magic Finger

Esio Trot

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

The Enormous Crocodile

Revolting Rhymes

Boy

The Minpins

The Gremlins

Going Solo

 

That same year Felicity released the movie of Roald’s book Matilda. Roald was writing a third Charlie book when he died, it was called Charlie and the White house.

 

Conclusion

 

Roald’s 100th bday is this week and his stories are still as popular as ever. He is a great author and his life was packed with surprises and interesting facts. I have read a lot of his books but my favourite was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because it is funny and creatively written.

By DJ

August 16

Belgium in photos!

This is Belgium, it is squashed between France, Netherlands and Germany.

For homework we had to find photos from our country that we got for the Olympics, I got Belgium and this is my post:

 

 

 

Brussels Atomium

This is the Brussels Atomium, it was built for the 1958 World Fair held in Brussels. It is an exact replica of an iron atom, but enlarged 165 billion times!

Here is a stall selling Belgian waffles, they can have loads of different toppings and they are DELICIOUS!

Brussels city break guide

This is the Grand Place in Brussels. It is surrounded by historical buildings dating back to the 14th century.

European Parliament

This is the European Parliament. The only way to see inside the building is to get an official tour.

Central Station

Central station is the main train station in Antwerp, Belgium. It was awarded the “Traveler’s choice award 2016 Winner.”

Nafissatou Thiam is one of the Belgian athletes that have got a gold at the Rio Olympics this year. The gold medal was from Athletics.

Greg Van Avermaet is another gold medalist from Belgium, he got his gold medal from Road Cycling

Wild Boar are very common in Belgium, as well as deer and wildcats.

 

 

So what are you waiting for? COME TO BELGIUM!

By DJ

August 16

Big Bake Sale Buffet!

Here is my bake sale news report. Sadly, columns don’t work on Edublogs so my post is just in paragraphs.

Big Bake Sale Buffet!

 

Although the weather wasn’t great, the food was on Friday the 5th of August, students from around KNS rushed over to Room 22 and 23 for an event to raise money for the refugees, a bake sale! Will it work?

 

It started with the preparation, emails, posters and lots of maths. “Everything was connected to learning” stated Mrs Peetz. The students had to work out the exact amount of money they would spend and the right amounts of the ingredients for their recipes. They had to send out emails to inform the parents and the teachers about what was happening.

 

People started pouring in around 11:45, starting with the year 3&4s. The classes were packed with ecstatic students munching on satisfying food. Everyone seemed to be having a blast.  About 2 hours later the bake sale was over, it was a triumph!

Despite the fact that some spent less time and some spent more, it all went to the same cause, the refugees. Most people really enjoyed the bake sale and had an epic day. “ I spent $3 on sherbet, snowdrops and lemonade” said Rachel. However, Bruno would have preferred “More Chocolate Muffins.”

 

In total, Room 22 and Room 23 raised a whopping $1102.60! The two classes were very proud of their accomplishment. Sean H explained that his stall had raised about $130 in total.

 

At the end, nearly everything had sold. “I would do it again because it was fun to organise and it was for a great cause” mentioned Coran. Overall, the bake sale was a massive success!

 

By DJ