Sunday, 21 December 2014

Seasons Greetings

When we come together as school, I'm always reminded of the importance of community. To everyone who was at the school on Wednesday, it was good to be together. To those who couldn't make it, our thoughts were with you. To everyone, far and wide, happy holidays. May your break be filled with family and friends and be all that you hope it to be.

Merry Christmas.

Monday, 15 December 2014

China: Learning through Discovery

For one of my projects this term, I had to organize myself and put a plan into action; I had chosen China as my Social’s 9 project and now it was time to deliver. I had to put my critical thinking skills to use.

I went on the computer and right away started taking notes of what I liked, pictures, and such. I went to multiple sites, read information, and then went to other sites to see what they have to say. Many sites had the same information, just formatted differently, while other sites said totally the opposite. The second thing I did was go to the library, and research there. I got a few books, brought them home, and spent time reading them. I also took notes from these books, they were the ones that gave me some of my ideas, like the layouts.

I actually didn't know much about China, and the reason that I picked China as my country was that I loved their traditional clothes, hairstyles, makeup, language, calligraphy, arts, and Chow Mien (noodles!) But I could not believe all of the neat stuff I was learning, like about the whole luck and scare the evil spirits away concept...which is pretty intense, since they believe in everything being a sign of luck, both bad and good. I learned about the country itself: exports, time zones, and PlayStation and Facebook being banned.

While I made my 20 minute presentation, I was thinking and feeling a whole lot of things. What if I fail? Why am I so nervous? I felt happy, and scared all at the same time. I tried to think calming thoughts, although it only helped a little. So I decided to think of clothes, hairstyles, shoes, headbands, colours, and I was less nervous. When I was presenting, I concentrated on the information I wanted to share, otherwise I would go off in my dreamland and never come down.

After I was done, I was definitely ready to help eat the food that I prepared. Most importantly, I was proud of my project, happy with my presentation and thankful the research had come to an end.

Here is a link to my project: 

~ Esther, Gr. 9

Monday, 8 December 2014

The Roman Colosseum

Hi my name is Matyas and I am in Grade 6. I am in the midst of learning about Ancient Rome in my school work. My mom found a great idea on making the Roman Colosseum out of modeling clay. My sisters were also at home that day so they helped with this project.

The Roman Colosseum was like a modern day hockey arena; it hosted gladiator shows which were usually slaves fighting each other in armor to the death, and battles between wild animals like bears, wolves, lions, and Tigers. We first had to cut our clay into strips and form an oval bottom. Then we started making the walls which had to be pretty much the same length and width as the other pieces. We then started cutting windows in our walls which we had three rows of, each window acted like a passage and tunnel for the guests to come in. Then we had to move on the inside.

First we made strips of red clay as seats stacked on top of each other. In between the first and the second row we made cardboard slits to resemble cages where they kept the animals, and where the gladiators walked out to the middle area. I then made and put all the flags of modern day countries which were taken over by the Roman Empire on top of the Colosseum. I think I made 31 flags; that is a lot of countries!

I enjoyed making this project, it was interesting to work with real clay, and I recognized how hard it had to be to make in real life!

Matyas, Grade 6

Monday, 1 December 2014

More than a Poem

On the 11th November each year we remember the soldiers and all who have served in the wars. I went to a Remembrance Service which prompted me to enter the Oliver Legion Remembrance Day contest. I wrote a poem in honor of my Great Great Uncle George who fought in World War 1. He lied about his age and was accepted to fight for his country. He was stationed in France and he was just 17 when he was killed. He was one year older than my brother is now when he died. As I wrote the poem I thought of Uncle George and others like him, and the suffering and sorrow they had to endure. I am very thankful I do not have to fight and that my country is not at war.

Last year I won 1st place twice in this competition! Once at regional level, and then at zone level. And guess what? I won again this year! When Mr. Blaine came to Youlearn to present me with my prize, I felt very honoured.

Charlotte Foster
Grade 4