HWOO (How We Organise Ourselves)

HWOO (How We Organise Ourselves)

On the start of November, we started a new unit called How we Organise Ourselves. The central idea was: “Being organised empowers us to take action more effectively.”. The way an organization empowers itself effectively is by having leaders and lots of workers.

The reason why companies/organisations need to be organised is because not everyone can lead a company. People may have different perspectives of things and there may be many arguments. Workers also can have different opinions. Many people have different opinions of things, so the leader can decide what to do.

We learned all the leaders that you could be: Visionaries, Doers, Reasoners and bridge builders. Out of all the leaders I could have been, I chose that I would be a bridge-builder. A build bridger’s talents are having compassion, having communication skills, oratory skills and listening skills. The task of bridge builders is that they have to hold team meetings, give pep talks, manage things, and get people to calm down and get people to meditate.

We got a piece of paper, there were a bunch of gifts on there such as being a good listener, having physical strength, bilingual, being a good writer, a speaker, outgoing, athletic, musical, and artistic. Out of all of those gifts, I think I am a good listener and a good writer. I think I’m a good listener because I think I can help my friends through difficult times. I think I am a good writer because I can hurriedly draft/write letters to people (Especially on computers!).

The way an organisation’s form empowers it to function properly is that an organisation can have good people (There are executives, board of directors, etc). They can also have people that have the most/good experienced workers. The way the company decides decisions, is by having the executives and the board of directors decide decisions. The good people can make the company/Organisation function really well. We have been recently working on something called TwoPresents. TwoPresents is an organisation that connects with many different charities. They ask people to contribute by giving gifts for many different charities. Their mission is to reduce plastic waste.

My group for TwoPresents is the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital. We organised by starting with a plan of a board game Then we tried it on google drawings. The person from TwoPresents said our game was a very creative board game. I think it will be effective because it will make patients that are in the hospital less bored. It might also be able to reduce stress, and get your mind off of being scared (if you are). The people who are contributing are the TwoPresents people, and students. I think our group is good and we have done a successful job of contributing to TwoPresents.

Visual Arts Peace Flag

Visual Arts Peace Flag

Peace day is on September 21st, today is Nov 9. We have been making peace day flags since September. Along the way, I’ve learned how to sew. I’ve been making mistakes by sewing in from the TOP first.

The thing I wanted to express from my peace day flag is that peace isn’t dark and peace is having a heart. Remembrance day is coming soon so they are putting our flags along the grade 5 hallway. They might even keep it for Christmas.

The techniques I was using was sewing. I also used hot glue for things that couldn’t be sewed onto my peace flag.

I can use this skill by fixing my broken clothes. Instead of spending money to fix your old and torn up clothes, you can just fix it yourself without spending any money.

At the start, I would rate myself a 5. I would rate myself a 5 because I remember i’ve sewed before, but I am sure that I forgot. At the end, I would rate myself a 7 because I thought that I got better and we found out that I started sewing from the top instead of sewing on the bottom.

I think I would be able to use the skills I learned in the future, and I think that I can get better and reach at least a 8 when I grow up.

中文口頭報告

在我們的中文課上,我們要做口頭報告。老師給我們一張卡片,只可以寫六個詞語。我們要說的時間是四十五秒。如果我們沒有說到四十五秒,老師就會問我們問題,讓我們繼續說。我覺得很難。

我和媽媽一起練習。我用老師給我們的卡片寫六個詞語。我問媽媽怎麼說我要說的詞語。我看着我寫下來的詞語練習。我覺得我做得好,我說的時間到了三十秒,而且我沒有把我的臉放在卡片上面。可是我還覺得我有些地方做得不好,因為我拿到我沒有練習很多的問題,所以我沒有說得很多。

下一次,我要多練習,要讀慢一點,還用我們課文學過的詞語。

P.E – The Game of Life

During a P.E lesson, we played a game. We didn’t know what the game was called, so I called it the game of life.

“The Game of Life” is basically capture the flag. Instead of going against another team, every team was against each other. If you don’t know what capture the flag is: You have to try to get other people’s points by going into their base and stealing bean bags (points). If you get caught trying to steal bean bags, you get sent to jail. Since we play on the 6th floor pitch, jail is in the corner.

Since there are different houses in our school (Mountain Lion, Raven, Orca & Bear), we each had our own teams. I am a mountain lion so me and the other mountain lions were a team. Our teacher pretended that his favorite color was blue, so he gave all the bean bags to the blue team (Bears). Because he liked the blue team, we couldn’t tag them, but they were allowed to tag us.

We had a lot of people on our team. I was defending the bean bags. The bears took most of our bean bags, but I think that they felt bad so they left one bean bag in every team’s base.

Overall, we did a good job. We got most of the Raven’s points. We started low in the beginning but we worked our way up to a lot of bean bags.

At the end of P.E, people got angry because they thought that the game was not fair. The P.E teacher was telling us that life isn’t fair because lots of people are rich and some people are poor. In this game, the bears were the rich people. The other teams were the poor people.

I didn’t really care if I won or lost. It was fun, and I thought it wasn’t as bad as the other P.E classes.

Refugee Simulator

On October 27, we had to do a refugee simulation. At first, I felt confused. I was confused because they gave us a piece of paper to fill out. The words on the paper were greek. Later, we found out that the paper the teachers gave us was a health form. We didn’t know what to do, so we just put no no no no no no no, and of course we did it wrong.

Later when we got in, they gave us pieces of paper. They showed us a sample of paper bags. So we tried to figure out how to make it, and we made good quality ones so we got +10 and +2 dollars!

The things that made the biggest impact was figuring out how to make the paper bags by ourselves. The impact was was that it kind of wasted our time figuring out how to make them. Another thing was that we had to use our money wisely. People got diseases like infections. If we didn’t buy a cure for them, they would die. We also needed food, and basic needs.

During this, I felt nervous, dizzy, sleepy and excited. I was dizzy because if it’s really loud I get dizzy. I felt nervous because I had a disease and I thought I was gonna die (Not literally die, just sit out).

Once, we had 16 dollars. It is the most we’ve earned. At the end, we had 8 dollars. We used our money to cure diseases.

We did something similar to last year, and we were the poorest people. I enjoyed this and i wanna do it again, but I just want to make it quieter.

Pok Fu Lam Village – Field Trip Reflection

Pok Fu Lam Village – Field Trip Reflection

On Oct 24, we went to Pok Fu Lam Village for a field trip. We went to Dragon’s Museum, different restaurants, a Dairy Farm Staff quarters. We saw  a hay silo, wall graffiti, etc. There were stray dogs along the way – the dogs were adorable. There were also lots of butterflies – i always had to duck because i’m scared of butterflies. 

We hiked up the mountain to see historical sights. The hike was steep and I slipped a couple of times but friends behind me pushed me up so that I don’t fall.

Along the way, we saw different conditions of how people live. Some have very poor living conditions and some were living off container vans. It does not seem comfortable at all. Some people who live in villages along the slopes of the mountain need to use common toilets because there are only 4 toilets for the entire village. 

Other things that we saw were cacti, a cow picture from a long time ago, schools and spider webs. We saw alleys that were very narrow. This hiking experience was more difficult than the one we did last year because of the steepness of the slope.

Up till now, I still wonder whether there are snakes or lizards around the area. It would’ve been scary. Hopefully there is none around the area. 

Camp (Grade 5)

Camp (Grade 5)

On October 12th, we had camp. We did lots of activities like raft building, a survival, kayaking and much more. For this year of camp, I chose to write about the raft building. We had to make a raft that was stable and could float. Our group leaders also jumped in the water and we had to tap their head to save them.

Out of 10, I think that I knew 7/10 of how to build a stable raft. I chose 7 because last year we had to build a raft that was stable and wouldn’t break apart. Our’s was stable but there was one tire that almost fell apart. I didn’t add in 3 to make 10 because I forgot how to tie some of the knots. I also didn’t really know how to tie a tire and a metal pole together.

I felt good about it, and I thought it was gonna float. The thing I liked was jumping off the pier. After we did raft building and we saved our group leaders, they let us jump off the pier. The water was salt water so I didn’t like it when I landed.

The thing I disliked while we were trying to save our group leaders was when the raft almost tipped over. There was one tire that was about to break but it didn’t. I was on that one and the whole raft almost tipped over.  

I enjoyed testing it to see whether the raft was stable. We had to test it because they threw it off the pier into the water. We also tested it to see if there was any loose parts. There was a few and we tried to fix them but we ran out of time.

I think our raft was similar to everyone else’s raft. We tried to make it different at the end but then we didn’t have enough time. While our group was walking to go kayaking, I saw that they had the same raft. Everyone did a square with 4 tires in it.

The thing I would improve is how tight the knots were. At the end, our raft was the easiest to take apart. Also when it was my turn to go in the water, the tire I was sitting on nearly un-tied to the metal poles and the other tires almost fell apart too.

I enjoyed this and I hope that next year we’re gonna have another activity like this.

First Year of G5

First Year of G5

On August 1st, we have finished grade 4 and now moving on to grade 5! This blog post is a little bit late because we had to do a lot of things. Now we are on our next unit. This blog post, I am going to talk about a math game that I played online as an extra.

We played this game called Deep Sea Dive on the website called Illuminations. It’s a game where you can choose which grid you have. They have a 16 bubble grid and a 9 it says the target number on the top of the screen., and then you have to match the number so then it adds up to the target number.

I played the game a couple of times and I won a lot of them. Once you won like 4 times, the game gets harder and it can add in decimals and maybe even negative numbers!

The things I learned from this is how to add decimals. It was also very entertaining. Once I got to the decimals, I lost quite a bit. First when I tried it I kept guessing. Sometimes I won and sometimes I didn’t. I mostly didn’t. If you want to see the link, click HERE!

Before this, we had to do a summative test of UOI. This summative was about the first unit. It was about what we needed our classroom community to look like. By that, it meant that we needed to talk about what we wanted everyone to act, or what we actually wanted our classroom community to look like (Arranging tables and changing the design).

I am fast at typing, so I finished it earlier than some people. We also had this paper to correct our work and correct our mistakes. I added a few more ideas because the minimum of paragraphs were at least like 7-11 paragraphs.

This was a summative task, which means we can’t help other people. I helped someone a little bit but then I didn’t know.

I think I was successful with my writing piece. Maybe to improve it, I can add more details. In case you want to read it yourself, just go HERE!

I felt very happy since the start of the year. The only thing is that people kept talking when I was trying to focus.

Washed Away

Washed Away

There was once a calm city and everything seemed fine. The wind was blowing, the people were chatting, and the sky was blue with birds flying around, and flowers were blooming.

In the city, there once lived a old person that used to be young named Jelly.

Jelly was wise, smart, creative, knowledgeable, empathetic and a thinker. She would always know what to do, she barely flunk any of her tests. She studied hard in school and became a very intelligent girl.

Years later, she had a kid and she would do anything to protect him. The name was Bob. She always wanted a son named Bob.

Suddenly, a random lady shouted in fear: “Help us! The police are saying that there is a Tsunami about to start in minutes!” The police took a bullhorn and said: “Everyone! Please get ready. There is a Tsunami coming in minutes. Don’t panic, pack everything, and we’ll be fine!”

Some people did not hear, they just continued watching TV. Some people heard, and did exactly what the police said. Other people did not care, they took all the things they could like old clocks, dusty socks, their pillows, and all kinds of stuff.

Jelly heard what the police said. At first she didn’t believe the lady and the police because there were barely any natural disasters in XDCity. Then she wondered why the police would say it. She thought: “Maybe they are right. We better get ready!”

Jelly quickly took all the things she needed like her money, some blue, tall water bottles, Some food that the teens liked and Jelly liked, and all kinds of stuff.

Jelly was not like other people. So she put everything in a huge box. It was quite heavy at first but then she got used to it. She put down the box then she wondered:“How am are we going to escape before the water washes up away?”

She quickly came up with a idea. Jelly said: “Bob, go get me the 2 dinghies from the pool.” “Why?” Bob asked anxiously. “Just get me the dinghies!”

The Tsunami was coming closer every second. Lots of people were on their phones trying to contact police from different countries.

Bob came running back to Jelly with the Dinghies. She quickly ran to the water. “Bob, can you swim?” Bob replied: “Yeah of course” “You will need to run towards the Tsunami before it forms.” Jelly told Bob. “Don’t worry, I will be right behind you :)” Bob said: “Ok :D”

Lots of people were shouting at them. Someone understood what they were doing. He shouted: “They’re right! We need to go run at the Tsunami before it forms. So that we don’t have to go through the whole wave when it’s done!” Lots of people didn’t understand, the people that did ran at the Tsunami.

Everyone knew how to swim. Every second, the Tsunami was becoming a small blob of water. Everyone who was watching the T.V Heard the news. They were shouting in fear.

Bob ran at the Tsunami. He said: “I forgot to change into my swimming suit!” Jelly said: “Don’t worry, I don’t have it either. I have a DRESS! That’s even worse.”

They both past the Tsunami. Their mouth was filled with salty warm water. Bob quickly spit all the water out. The Tsunami was just forming so it still was like a little kind of waves of water.

Everyone was following right behind them. Soon, everyone went through before it became big again. Bob and Jelly took out their dinghies and put them on the water. Some guy shouted: “Hey! Can we hang on to your dinghies so we don’t have to swim all the way to that island?”

Jelly replied to the man: “Sure!”

Everyone swam to the Dinghies. They held on tight.

Jelly and Bob tried to paddle their way to the island. A few hours later, they finally reached the island.

“I have my phone! I can call the police to come pick us up with a helicopter!” A random lady shouted. Jelly said: “Yes yes yes!!! Please let us use it.” The lady called the police. The people heard her say: “Yes… We are in the middle of nowhere. We just came from XD City. It’s at the beach and you keep going forward and you see us. Yes… Yes… THANK YOU… We need like maybe 10. Thank you” Then she pressed a button and she closed out of the call. “It worked!” She said. “But it will take some time…”

The people were thirsty and they were starving. You can almost hear their tummy rumble.

Several hours later, the police came with the helicopters. Everyone climbed on and flew to somewhere in china where it was safe.

After the Tsunami in xDCity, the builders came to rebuild everything that was broken. “It will take several years.” A builder said. “We’ll do our best to put everything back together.”

Many many years later, the whole city was back to normal. The police took the people back to XDCity. And they lived a normal life again :D.

The end C: