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

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!

My Classroom Goals

I have 3 Goals that I want to achieve in class, Here they are.

Number 1 is to Listen better in classes and not distract or be distracted by anyone. I can Achieve this goal by  sitting away from my friends so I can pay better attention in class

Number 2 is to be able to work with different classmates and people and not just my friends. I can Achieve this goal by getting to know all my classmates and becoming friends with them so I can work better with them.

Finally Number 3 is to have more content in all my journal and not just copy off the board. I can Achieve this goal by contributing more in class and have my own ideas to add into the piece of work we are supposed to do.

6C – A Safe and Friendly Class

I believe that 6C is a safe and friendly class. 6C is a safe class because everyone doesn’t fight or hurt each other in any way. They know what is dangerous and what isn’t. They don’t play with scissors or kick and punch each other. I thick 6C is a friendly class because everyone is supportive and pushes each other to go higher and be better at all things and there is always someone to turn to for help. In 6C there are no gangs or groups because everyone is friends with each other. I hope this keeps up because if we keep this up 6C will be a very social, Safe, successful class.

Chubby Chicken Party

We had a Chubby Chicken party to launch the Chubby Chicken Name.

We had a eating contest with Cyrus, Edward and ,Nicolas. Nicolas Won! (he has a big mouth.)

We also had music and everyone got to contribute to the selection of songs.

We all danced and showed off our best moves and ate Chicken themed food, it was really great.

We also had games like pin the beak on the chicken and an egg hunt! I got a prize!

It was really fun but soon we had to get back to class.

And that was the Chubby Chicken Party

First Week of 6th Grade

Hello Everyone (That chooses to come see my blog.) My name is Matthew. This year I changed schools and went to CDNIS. I didn’t know anyone at CDNIS. What if i don’t make friends! Who will show me around! What will I do! It was really scary because I went to the same school (Island Christian Academy) for six years and When I first went, I wasn’t scared for two reasons. 1, I was in year one and 2, Everyone was new there because the school just opened! Back to CDNIS.

 

On the first day of school, I went to my classroom, I feel like I am doing well in all subjects except Chinese. I don’t think that I was ever good at Chinese but surprisingly at ICA Intermediate High class (AKA you are pretty good but you aren’t good enough to be in the advanced class.)

I love PA(Performing Arts) and Visual Arts because i am pretty good at music and drawing.

 

At ICA we were not allowed to decorate the classroom let alone go the toilet without permission.

Altogether I think that I now have more responsibilities but I can do a lot of things myself now.

(Like go the bathroom myself.) ICA didn’t have a pool, a gym, or MacBooks.

I don’t think that I can diss my old school because MY education THERE helped me get into CDNIS.

 

I am really missing my friends at ICA but I feel like CDNIS is a better chance for me and also ICA doesn’t have a high school.  I made friends with Nicolas Wong on the first day of school. Now you can call THAT progress.