G5 camp!

We had the grade 5 camp! It was kind of fun but unfortunately, lots of kids were homesick but it was still okay. It was at the Tai Tam scout centre and it was on October 11-13 2017, which was 3 days 2 nights at camp (Pro tip: the dorms are way better than tents because they have AC and beds. Always choose dorms). In the tents I slept for four hours and in the dorms I slept for nine hours (see the difference? The dorms were comfortable and also bug-free). There will be more on that later. My tent mate was Daniel, my dorm mates were me, Darren L, Daniel, Calvin, Richard, Julian, Ryan B and someone else that I forgot. My camp group was me, Daniel, Darren L, Calvin, Sarah, Rhea, Elsa, Sierra, Li Wen and Anika.

On the first day, we did some basic activities and games and I found out that we couldn’t set up our tents like last year. When I was going back to my group, a brick partly sticking out from the ground made me trip and I got a bruise, a few small scrapes and a medium-bad scrape. Me, Darren L and Daniel washed it off and tried our best to clean it which was hard, considering the limited supplies we had. They also gave me bandages for my worse scrapes, which was nice of them. After Daniel and Darren L put some medicine and I stuck their bandages on, we played a few games. Then, we had lunch. Lunch was some food wrapped up in a piece of dough. We could choose what we wanted to eat. That afternoon, we learned how to use compasses, read and create maps and start a fire. After that, we moved into our tents and took showers. The showers had hot water so everyone was happy about that. Dinner was chicken and vegetables rice. The chicken was kind of salty though. At night in the tents, I only slept for 4 hours because it was really hot, the ground was a bit uneven and I got woken up at exactly 1:00 am by someone who made clicking noises with their shoes and that person started shouting. There was also a mosquito in our tent so me and Daniel had to try to get it out of there. (I woke up with mosquito bites all over my body, including my back, arms, legs, ears and face. Maybe it got trapped in my sleeping bag. Who knows?)

starship enterprise
raft racing
pier jumping

On the second

Raft building

day, Darren Y (not Darren L) helped us get the mosquito out of our tent which was good. Then we ate breakfast which was cornflakes and oatmeal squares. After breakfast, my camp group did raft building and raft racing with another group. We won! Then, we jumped off the pier! That was the best thing I did in camp, by far. It was really fun. After raft racing and pier jumping, we went kayaking. Most of it was really boring because we kept going a bit close to the rocks instead of moving into open water, (there was a lot of it out there but I still don’t get why our space was close to the rocks) so while the other group was paddling, we were holding on to each other’s kayaks not doing anything. When we went rock climbing, we had to get to the end of the wall instead of to the top, but I managed to do it. Then, we had lunch. After lunch we played this game called Starship Enterprise. We had to try to create the exact same structure as the one behind a lifejacket so we couldn’t see it. We could only send one person at a time to go take a look at it then report to the group. We had spaghetti bolognese for dinner but instead of spaghetti, we had the pasta which kind of looks like a spiral. When we moved into the dorms, me and my dorm mates were really excited because the dorms had beds, tables and chairs which was good. I slept really well.


For the last day of camp, we did this thing called the star challenge. Each group was split into two, A and B but we were still in a team, and we will add up all of the points that the groups A and B got.We were supposed to go around doing different activities and if we complete them, we will get at least one point but there is a chance that we can get bonus points.

Overall, camp was okay, but I think next time, we should have barbecue and s’mores like last year and for the kayaking, we could go further out so there are less rocks and more water. We could also be able to choose between tents or dorms or both.







Geometry test

Before I started, I only knew some of the main about different types of shapes, triangles and angles. I also didn’t know how to measure angles with a protractor until Mr. Roberts taught me and the class how. After I knew how to do it, it was a bit easier but I forgot to read the question carefully for one of the problems and I missed a part of it. One of the questions said draw a polygon with exactly 2 right angles, so I just drew a irregular pentagon. The hardest question that I did was the one where we had to construct a triangle according to the information we got. I supposedly got it correct but Mr. Roberts asked me to add the labels but I didn’t know what the labels were. I think they are the letters for each side( side A, side B, side AB, etc.) I think I did okay, but next time I could have read the question more carefully instead of skimming through it.

International library day

Today, we had international library day, where we had to go to different stations in the 10th floor library to get stamps each station, and each station was about a different country. This year, we had cool things at the stations like musical instruments and even Rubik’s cubes. Some of the musical instruments were really weird! It was really good, but I think that the next time we have international library day, we could have more time to be at the stations collecting stamps and learning about different countries, because we only had 20 minutes to do it. Even though we had a short time in the library, it was still really fun.

Idea for the community project by me and DL

The idea that me and Darren L had for the world community is ‘No using electronics while crossing the road or when you’re driving’. We wanted to make a model of people holding phones and wearing headphones about to be hit by a car. It looks a bit messy because at first we only had ‘No using electronics while crossing the road’ but I also wanted to do ‘No using electronics while driving’. The most frustrating thing that happened was whenever we could work on it, we had to remake the person which took some time to do, but it was still really fun to make it. This is our project.


M.A.P tests

This week, we had M.A.P tests! M.A.P stands for Measures of Academic Progress. We did it so Mr.Roberts can know where we are on different subjects. Last week, the subjects were literacy on Monday, math on Wednesday and language on Friday. We had around two periods to do it. For me, the literacy one was hard! It actually asked me what were the meanings of words I have never seen before like “Fracas”! What word is that? I got 238 points on that one. The math one was actually harder than the literacy one because some of the questions I got were about things I didn’t even understand. For this one, I got 232 points. The language one was the easiest. It still had questions that were hard for me, but they weren’t as hard as the math or literacy ones and I got 235 points.

My first week of 5th grade!

My first week of 5th grade

My name is Brendon and this is my 7th year in CDNIS.

On the first day of school, we got lockers! It was really exciting for us to switch from cubbies to lockers because we also get the locks for them. It was really complex to unlock the locks so we can put them into our lockers.

     This week, we talked about different types of communities and how we can make our own classroom community better by respecting each other, cooperating and not getting distracted so easily because if we are distracted, then we won’t be able to help our community. We also talked about how to make the classroom look nicer and more welcoming by adding color and creativity to it.

I also went to the tryouts for the swim team and went to the morning 5:30 to 7:15 swim. It was really tiring for me to wake up at 5:00 in the morning. The sun wasn’t out yet!

     That is what happened in my first week of grade 5!