Merry (Late) Christmas Everybody!

Christmas is a great time to get together with your family so you can spend time with them and share the Christmas sprit and cheer! Unless you don’t celebrate Christmas. Since I believe in God, Jesus or The Holy Spirt, (Which ever you want to call it because all three are the same.) I believe that Jesus (Human version of God) was born on Christmas.

Everybody says that giving is better than receiving. (Except those who don’t say it.) Jesus GAVE knowledge and preached about God and didn’t receive anything. It didn’t have to be that way but God wanted it to be like that back then. Imagine sitting outside all day, rain or shine, to go preach and spread God’s word!

The main point is that people now have much better lives than what people in Jesus’ time had to go through. Imagine going 80 miles on the road not even to mention a car. I don’t think that a pregnant woman could even walk the whole journey. Mary didn’t even ride a donkey! (Ok that bit is true, Back then Donkeys weren’t transportation yet. Mary could have rode a horse or maybe a cart being pulled by live stock.

When Jesus was born, Three wise men gave Jesus Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. The three wise men gave that to Jesus because they knew that he was going to die. But to be honest with you, I don’t really know what a baby could do with “Natural gum sucked out of some small tree species” (Myrrh) or “Health benefit oil” (Frankincense). What is a baby going to do with Gold! (Actually, I researched and I found out that Myrrh and Frankincense are good for inflamed skin.) I’m still confused about the gold.

In my old school we learnt about Christmas spirt and how the German and the English, during World War 1, on Christmas day, Stopped fighting and played a good game of soccer. The two teams never fought again.

Dance Performance

The time has come. After years and years (weeks and weeks) of practicing, lifting, dropping (Sorry Nic) and errors, we finally did it.

The day had come and Nic was so scared that I would drop him or accidentally pull his pants down again. (Again, I’m Sorry.) When it was our turn Nic didn’t really have much a chance to run away, escape or at least hide behind a jacket. (Or Patrick.) The music started right away.

I could feel Nic shivering as we we doing our lifts. we did it. even though it was winter, I was sweating because I had never done anything like that in my old school. It was fun.

Getting Wet (Camp Reflection)

I enjoyed camp because it was a chance for me to step out of my comfort zone. One of my favorite parts about camp was the jetty jump because it really made me step out of my comfort zone because I wouldn’t normally do that. It was also really fun.  I also really enjoyed kayaking because it required a lot of teamwork. Nic and I had to paddle at the same side at the same time. I also never really kayak. we also had to make a raft with all the kayaks and we all had to stand up. we all held hands so we could all balance. We didn’t really succeed in that.  .At the jetty jump, Declan was in front of me but he had to tie his shoe so he went after me. Many people wanted me to go first because I didn’t really care and they also wanted me to scare away the fishes we saw below. Overall, it was a really fun experience

 

Here are some random photos from camp:

Camping is “In – Tents” (Intense)(Grade 6 Camp Stories)

The way I see camp is when you need to step out of your comfort zone. I go to a tech savvy school and I think that they want us to be outside in the nature instead of playing video games in an air-conditioned classroom.

 

Day 1

I went to outward bound for camp and I really enjoyed it! It was by far the best camp I have been to. I was in the same group that Nicolas was in so I was very happy. When we got there, we had to find our group leader to lead us around but doing that was chaos. All the 6 graders were in a cramped parking lot running around like headless chickens. We found our group and got to know them. (We kinda had to because we would be spending the next 4 days together.)

 

We also did swimming skills. (The water was so cold that snowmen would freeze to death there) We also did a pontoon jump so we could practice for the jetty jump the next day. After that, we did a ropes course. Not the “High” ropes course that are like 20 metres off the ground but one 5 inches off the ground. That night we slept in a dorm. It was fun.

 

Day 2

After breakfast, we went on a kayak journey. Everyone in our group had 3 people in their kayak except Nic and I. We went to a close island because that is where we would have our lunch. Since we had only 2 people in our kayaks, we had to carry a water jug and a dry bag in our kayak. The journey took a (I think half an hour) while. Once we got to the island we had a little debate. Declan didn’t want to do the beach cleanup. One of our leaders joined Declan (probably because he felt sorry for him) and the rest of us were on the “I want to save the world one coke can at a time” team. The “I want to save the world one coke can at a time” team won. I don’t think that Declan was so happy. I found many plastic bottles with some sort of yellow liquid in them. Weird. After that we had lunch. I was one of the volunteers that volunteered to hold up a tarp over the food as it was drizzling. Because I am so nice to volunteer, I held up the tarp while eating white bread without hands. (I know right!) We kayaked back but before we went to shore, we had to do some activities with the kayaks. One of them was when we had to make a raft out of the kayaks on the water. THEN we had to all stand up. Sounded easy enough but when we got the rafts together, Trevis slipped onto the kayak next to them and that rocked the kayaks so much that we all fell in.

 

Next we did the Jetty Jump. That had to be one of my “highlights” of the camp. I was second in line behind Declan but the instructor made him tie his shoes and let ME go first. It was really fun because for a second, you feel like you are falling (You ARE falling) and once you hit the water, you feel like a big weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Declan went next. It was a long wait so I amused myself by catching tiny fishes. No one liked it when I would show them in my hand “Here, Want a bite” I would say. I think we would have gotten out 10 minutes before we actually got out because there was a couple girls in our group that were scared. (In the end, all except one jumped.) Waste of time.  

 

That day we also did “practice camping.” We learned how to set up the tents and tried doing it ourselves. (Failing miserably) we restarted. Eventually, we did it. (Hallelujah.) we ate dinner and did night time activities. It was a “shepherds and sheeps” game. I was the shepherd and I had 5 more sheep. We had to create a sign language because we had to get all our sheep to a pillar. Once we made the code the instructor moved all of the sheep around and blindfolded them. The other team won because their code was better (AND they had less sheep.)

 

I was ready for bed by then so I brushed my teeth and climbed into the tent. Then Nic. We played cards for a bit and then I started dozing off. Then suddenly, “SHRIEEEEEEEEEEEEK” The next group was telling scary stories. There were also kids tripping over out tent.

 

Day 3

That morning we had to take down the tents because we were hiking to a real campsite. Trevis asked for help because his sleeping bag had no toggle on it so I tied a knot on the end. I also had ovaltine for breakfast. I also volunteered to be a navigator to the place where we would start camping. On the map, It said that we had to take a bus to this place called “Pak Tam Au”. Here is the funny part. I said to Nic “Imagine if the bus comes and it is full so It can’t stop for us.” 5 Minutes later it really did come. It was full. Now everyone was yelling at me for supposedly “Jinxing” it.

 

We walked to a different place instead. That hike would be a tiny bit easier than the other one.  Everybody took turns being Navigator. We stopped for lunch after we hiked up a mountain and back down. I had a tuna, tomato, cucumber, lunch meat, mayonnaise, cheese and condensed milk pita. Disgusting but good. We hiked for about half an hour more and made it to a bus stop. Nic stopped me before I could jinx anything. Once we were waiting, I cracked a couple jokes on how there were so many of us, we could get away with paying 5 less fares. (Because the driver couldn’t count us all.) Don’t worry, we paid the full price. I think.

 

We went to this place called “Wong Shek” to camp. It was next to a bay so the water was calm and not rough. We could also see lots of mountains and boats. All of us (2 groups) played tag. I always was the last one tagged because I would always pretend that I wasn’t playing. I don’t count that as cheating. I also hid behind a bush and also got last one out. The next round (and final) I hid in a bush. (Yes you read correctly IN A BUSH.) it was hollow inside and it was funny that all the people that weren’t playing noticed except the ones that were playing. I eventually got snuck up on.

 

Then the instructors called us to start cooking. In my group the boys (and some girls) had to go and get sticks for the fire. I was just walking off when I was called back to “Help” the girls cut onions. I started dicing the onions when everyone else around me started tearing up even though they weren’t chopping onions. I was lucky because I had a blocked nose that day. (“Not today fumes”) When all the people picking up sticks came back, Trevis was holding a stick. An oddly smooth stick. You will never believe this but Trevis even named it. “Guys meet Jimmy the stick!” It was kinda weird having a stick eat dinner with us. That meal was also the first meal that we spent not sitting in awkward silence. (Yay us!) I mean, we kinda had to because we were all squashed on one tiny park table. We talked about stupid stuff we did when we were younger.

 

After that we had to wash the dishes in the nearby public toilet. I got the big wok and had to scrape off all the gunge on it. I used the steel wool pads to get it back to its original color: Silver.

 

Then we made a campfire and had smores. The fire was burning well when trevis realised that he had lost jimmy. I saw it in the campfire so I took it out . Trevis thanked me. (The truth is that someone threw jimmy on top of my marshmello so I took it off it.) I had 1 and a half smores. After that, we set up out tents near the bay. Oh and also it was pitch black and I had forgotten my torch in my bag. Nic and I set up our tent in the dark. Then we realised that everyone else set up their tent a little to the left so we had to lift our tent so it was with everyone else’s tent. I don’t know how but my side of the tent had bumpy rocks while Nic’s side was flat and smooth. I don’t know if it was planned for but I had a rough night. (Literally!)

 

Day 4

That morning we had to take down the tents and fold them up so they could be loaded back onto a truck going to base camp. Nic and I folded ours wrong so we had to re do it. We also had to pack the sleeping bags because they were also going on the truck. I was also horrified when I saw that my sleeping bag had no toggle on it. That probably meant that I had slept in Trevis’ sleeping bag. We had no time to waste, We had to catch that bus or else we were walking. We got everything loaded onto the truck and made it to the bus with 10 minutes to spare. Nic and I had to carry a pot because It couldn’t go on the truck. We made it back to base camp and had lunch there. After that we got certificates and said farewell to our leaders. We got our bags and went onto the school bus back to school.

 

I think camp was really fun and I think me (and my group) will have lots of cool memories to keep from Grade 6 Camp.

The Process of my Exhibition Proposal

I just had my exhibition proposal and it went really well, I got approved and I am very happy now that I can start my research. Here is my process:

The first day was when Mr. Mark told us we had to have had out proposal before December whatever or something so I divided to think about my topic a bit. It took a while but eventually I knew that I wanted to do my Exhibition on Noise Pollution.

Right now, Nic is pretty pissed he didn’t pass. He is typing his blog post while punching me. Nic didn’t pass because he had too many points he wanted to talk about and he had to “narrow it down.” I think that once Nic passes, he would have an advantage because he did a lot of research and knows a lot of facts and points.

I used my prior knowledge to put in some facts in like: Did you know that noise pollution can cause harmful effects like Sleep disturbances, Loss of hearing, High Stress Levels and hypertension?

I also had to finish the proposal sheet and check all the requirements before I signed up. By the time I was ready to do my proposal, The sign-ups for week 1 were full so I had to sign up for week 2. I decided to sign up for Wednesday because then I would have enough time to “touch up” my proposal and practice.

Overall, I think that my proposal was a success because I had enough time to prepare and I had a lot of practice.

 

if you want to see Nic’s blog post, Go to: http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/students/180274/2018/11/23/process-of-judging/

The Chubby Chicken Assembly Preparation

Recently we had an assembly and it was awesome!

We had 2 weeks to plan the whole assembly and we all signed up for different jobs like MCs or director or Tech Support. I managed to get in as a tech support and I had to do some filming for all the passions and interests of 6C.  Jasper totally Hogged the camera even though all the filmers were allowed to use it so. That didn’t faze us one bit! I had to carry the (HEAVY!) Tri-pod around and if I was lucky, work the sound and film a little. We had a green screen behind the seat where the person getting filmed sat that had got poorly taped up. One time it fell down so I had to stand on a shelf and hold it up while jasper filmed. Ryan was also there working the sound and video and asking the questions. One time we were filming and I accidentally dropped it and I guess they forgot about me being there and I scared the pants off them. It was pretty hard to hear if they were done filming behind the thick piece of cloth so once in a while, in the middle of a filming, I would shout, ARE YA GUYS DUNN YETTTTTT?  and they would have to start all over again. (Sorry).

Nicolas had a dance improv and requested confetti. We spent all recess cutting scrap paper but it was worth it. Kelson threw handfuls of confetti from the floor above onto Nicolas.

James and Ryan were doing a magic show and (Surprisingly) required a trash bin with a mechanical lid. Luckily, Megan contributed one and their show was a success!

Overall it was a fun experience preparing the assembly and it was absolutely awesome!