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Picture book study

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

We've been investigating elements of sophisticated picture books by looking at the work of Shaun Tan. His books explore a range of human emotions and moods through his atmospheric images. Below is a presentation showing some of the images from his book called "The Red Tree".  We matched feeling words to each image and then discussed how the image is a visual metaphor for that feeling. The students then made up their own metaphors for a range of emotions. At the moment, we are looking at another Shaun Tan book called 'The Lost Thing".

Caitlin's speed skating successes!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

My name is Caitlin and I’m a ice speed skater. I’m 4 time Australian champion and 2 time New Zealand champion. I have 36 records over-all, i have 14 trophies and 15 medals. I’m ranked 1st in the world from my grade for the 222m (two laps). My fastest lap time is 10.2 seconds and I can do 50.4 seconds for four and a half laps. I have been skating for 6 years now. Just recently I qualified for an international suit by completing the 1000m (9 laps) in 1:49s.

I train 3 times a week: Monday mornings at 6:15; and Tuesday and Thursday nights. Training is hard,and sometimes i really don’t want to go because I’m that sore, but if I want to get better than I am now, I have to push it to the limit to get that much better. To quote Herschel Walker (2 x All Pro NFL Champion & MMA Champion)- “If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.” Currently, I’m training for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea,Seoul. I’m also training to go to Junior Worlds when I’m 15, because I’m not old enough to enter at the moment. I have two coaches: Mr Park who generally trains the older boys and mostly gives instructions to the whole group; and my normal coach Fran.

In 2011, four other speed skaters and I went to South Korea for a month.It was really intense training.We had to get up at 3:30am and train for 3 hours in the morning,then go back to our apartment for a sleep then get up again to go do some more training for another 3 hours. In one of our times off, we went to the biggest indoor theme park called Lotte World. It was so big that it was a mission to find everyone. Sadly the next day the Korean coach expected a lot of hard training considering how much candy we had eaten the day before!

That’s a summary of my life as a speed skater. To read more about what I’ve achieved, follow this link to my online skating profile:

What Now made a hot shot video that I featured in along with a few other skaters from my club. I hope you enjoy it!


Our movies!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

At long last, here are the movies we filmed in Term Two. If you couldn't make it to the gala evening event, now is your chance to catch them.

Speeches in Rm 13

At the end of last term, Room 13 students spent a lot of time and energy on writing, practising and performing their speeches on either an endangered animal or ecosystem. This post is to show the process the students went through to arrive at the finished products.

The first thing the students did was to look at the format used to write a powerful persuasive speech. They watched a video of a speech and analysed it and read some transcripts of other speeches. They used these to put together an outline of what they should include in their speech which was:
Hook (intro)
Background information
Call to action

The students then worked on researching and writing their speeches. Many students did this in Google Docs which allowed them to complete their research from school or home and then put it all in one place before they started writing. They were also easily able to rework their speech to improve it as they reread and edited.

After finishing this assessed writing task, students were given the opportunity to rehearse their speeches with a partner. To help the students really focus in on what they needed to improve, students videoed a partner presenting their speech and then each student watched this video while completing a self-evaluation sheet looking at all aspects of their performance. They were then challenged to practise again before repeating the process to see if they could make gains where they had felt there was room for improvement. Below is a video where students discuss how this helped them to make improvements.

Finally, students stood and presented their speeches to the class in our own competition. The order of the speeches was drawn randomly and after each student had presented, they become a guest judge alongside Mrs Vesper to help assess the next student. The combined scores of the two judges were used to decide which three students went through to the next round. As we had a number of students tied for third place, we had a 30 second 'speech off' and then voted as a class. The final three that went through to the team competition were Jem, Gareth and Thomas. At the end of the competition judged by Mr Nord, Gem and Gareth were declared first equal!  As only one can go through to the Cluster Bays tournament, Jem has been selected to represent the school. Below is Gareth's speech. As the battery died half way through Jem's speech, we will try to film it again during the next level of competition!