Wednesday, 14 February 2018

My Most Cherished Possession

 My Books


One of my most cherished possessions are just a few hundred pages that we read, every single day. One might think of it as a joke, but books are much more than they look to be. Just read on and see how special book can be.

My books are really speacial to me because some of them have been with me since I was a baby, and some of them are one of the most popular books out there. If you care for them properly, books can be something that will stay with you for your whole life. When reading, I get more inspired to have more imagination and to use it. My books also get me to sleep when I can’t. They are also special because I get most of my knowledge from them. They describe my nature and let me have some peace when I am feeling stressed.

I get a lot of my books from my aunt, because she gets them from Whitcoulls for a really good price as she works there. Some of my books come as gifts on my birthday and from my Christmas presents.
My parents also get me some books when they are on sale. I work to take care of my books, and they are a lifelong friend to me.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Key Competencies

Key Competencies
(the capabilities required for living and lifelong learning)


Halsey Drive School
                    A = Almost Always
                                                               S = Sometimes
                                                          N = Not yet
1st half of the year
2nd half of the year
Student
Teacher
Student
Teacher
Managing Self

I am organised for the day
S
S
SS
I am willing to try new things
A
A
AA
I complete work to the best of my ability and show initiative
A
A
AA
I begin work straight away, stay on task and work independently
S
S
SS
I can set realistic goals and explain how to achieve them
A
A
AA
I make sensible behaviour choices
S
S
SS
I happily take part in all school activities
A
A
AA
Relating to Others

I cooperate well with others when working
S
S
SS
I treat others with respect
S
S
SS
I am a good friend and role model - especially at break times
A
A
AA
I show good manners and cooperate with others
S
S
SS
Participating and Contributing

I share my ideas and opinions with others
A
A
AA
I listen well to other people’s opinions
A
S
SS
I take part in activities outside of the classroom
A
A
AA
Thinking

I ask relevant questions to deepen my knowledge
A
A
AA
I reflect on my own learning and say what I need to learn next
S
S
AA
Language Symbols and Texts

I use a range of IT to share my learning
A
A
AA

Thursday, 7 December 2017

W.A.L.T to create a pest trap to solve a problem in the bush

The Power Possum Trap
The Materials 
1. Magnets
2. Two fold-able pieces of cardboard
(for the box)
3.  Tape
4. Hot glue
5. Wire
6. Cashew and Walnut
7. Toilet paper roll

Our Difficulties
 Our only problem was the box because by the time we needed to make the trap we didn't have the box. But when we went to the office to get tin foil, we asked if we could take the folded cardboard and we were allowed so we folded the 2 pieces of cardboard which became our closed box.

How we made the Trap
We first folded the two cardboard pieces into boxes and glued the folds so they wouldn't come apart. Then we made our loop out of hot glue by making a loop shape and sticking it onto one side of the box. With the wire we tied the cashew nut around it, put it through the loop and stuck the other side through the door. We cut the door using an exacto knife, and glued a magnet to the door, where it would close. We used hot glue and glued the walnut to the toilet paper roll. We made holes on the sides and the  top of the box so the possum can breathe. 

What we could do better
We could have used just one box instead of two.

How it works
The possum would smell the walnut outside and try to eat it, but would leave it alone because it had hot glue on it. It would see the nut inside and go inside. The possum tries to jump up and get the nut, when it pulls down, the force of the possum will close the door and the magnets would keep it shut.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

WALT retell and change a kids narrative and make it suitable for intermediate readers.

Little Red Sneaky Hood
Once upon a time, a naughty little girl called Little Red Sneaky hood was frolicking in her backyard. When she went to  get a snack, she noticed a small cottage and she said “ Ooh! Let’s see what sort of mischief I can brew up”! Then she skipped all the way to the little cottage, but she didn’t realise that she was being followed… By her own grandmother. When she entered the cottage, she realised that it belonged to her nanny. But instead of grandma, she found a wolf gobbling up her grandma’s roast beef! Little Red Sneaky Hood  grasps the wolf by his NECK and says “ Have a nice day in your APARTMENT!” while locking him in the cupboard! Little Red Sneaky Hood goes into grandma’s bedroom to see if her grandma is there, But instead she finds the woodcutter sleeping in grandma’s bed! “He! He! He!” She whispers. As Little Red Sneaky Hood tiptoes into the kitchen, she inspects the table-top for a KNIFE. After a long time she finds a big unwashed knife covered in cow blood. All of a sudden the woodcutter woke up! Little Red Sneaky Hood knew it was her chance to scare the woodcutter, so she dashed into grandma's bedroom and then said. “ I am going to eat you for dinner! Mwuah ha ha ha ha!” Being very foolish, the woodcutter believed her! “ Please don’t, I have done nothing wrong!” the woodcutter wined. Then grandma burst through the door! “OH MY GOODNESS! LITTLE RED SNEAKY HOOD, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” “Grandma yelled. Umm… Uh…  Nothing?!” Little Red Sneaky Hood stuttered over and over again.“HOW DARE YOU!” Grandma yelled again. Grandma snatched the knife out of her hands and killed Little Red Sneaky Hood! “MWUAH HA HA HA HA! I am the real villain you puny Hood!” Grandma burned her cottage, and killed the wolf and woodcutter. Soon she started her new life in the woods...

THE END

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Why Zoos are Cruel to Animals

Why Zoos are Cruel to Animals
Zoos are the worst places to go for fun. Why? Because zoos are cruel, not to us, but to animals. You may think “Does it even matter if animals are mistreated?” But why should we harm animals if they did nothing to us? Animals are not ours to wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way. Therefore all zoos need to be SHUT DOWN now!


Did you know that captivity makes animals crazy? In the wild, elephants walk up to 30 miles a day, and bears are active for 18 hours! All wild animals love to roam around their land, but when you're trapped inside a tiny enclosure there's only so much you can do. Did you know that a 2-year-old giraffe was killed and fed to lions because people complained that it was useless and it shouldn’t be in the zoo?  Zoos don’t care about the animals, they care about making a PROFIT.


All zoos use tranquillizers. Tranquillizers are drugs that relax and sedate animals. Sedate means to calm or relax somebody or something. Many animals don’t like it when tranquillizers are used on them. They become aggressive and attack the zookeepers. So the zoo staff has no choice but to KILL the animal. But they have no idea that they are the ones who started it! Did you know that the Gaza Zoo painted stripes on donkeys to make them look like zebras?



And the Toledo Zoo thought that the Asian Black bear hibernated so the staff locked the bear up for hibernation with no food or water. But actually, the Asian Black bear does not hibernate, so the bear ended up starving to death and became extremely dehydrated! Zoos are supposed to know all about the animals that they are keeping in captivity, this shows that zoos are being cruel by not even bothering to learn about animals they’re keeping in captivity.  


Now let’s talk about zoochosis. What is zoochosis? Zoochosis is an abnormal animal behaviour caused by time in captivity. Keeping animals in captivity causes mental suffering to these animals. Zoochosis can be identified very easily. If an animal is swaying or bobbing their head, biting the bars on their cage or pacing back and forth in circles, this means that they have not only gone crazy, but it also means that they will NEVER adapt to their natural habitat. Bar biting also means that an animal’s cage isn’t big enough or that it wants to be released. Many zoos IGNORE these signs and soon they realise that their animals have gone bonkers!

All this information shows that zoos aren’t educational, they’re torture. When in captivity, animals are forced to live under the control of humans. This can lead to injury or even DEATH of an animal. Many animals have been CHAINED for long periods of time. Did you know that elephants live up to 60-70 years in the wild, and die before the age of 40 in captivity? In the wild, animals are free from abuse. So let’s work together and stop animal cruelty by shutting down zoos!