Figure skating by Grace

Rachael Flatt 

I love figure skating. I have done it since I was 3. Figure skating is a type of ice skating where you do jumps and spins. In figure skating you compete in competitions. You get points for different elements. In figure skating there is 2 routines, Artistic and Technical. A routine is made up of spins, jumps, choreography and spirals. Your Technical program is about the Technique and quality of your elements. Artistic is about pretending to be someone from a book or movie. The amount of time a routine goes for differs it can go for 30 seconds or 10 minutes. There is lots of different elements. Spirals are when you have your leg as high as you can in the air behind you sometimes you can even grab your blade.

Here is a video of Julia Lipnitskaya doing her program at a show.

I love books!

Just so you know, I love reading books! I finished the Harry Potter series 2 or 3 months ago and I’m currently reading Geronimo Stilton books and comic books. I’m also into playing electronics and watching TV but that’s another time. In the Geronimo Stilton books, I love his time travel adventures, when he goes to the time of the dinosaurs, where he gets to ride on a pterodactyl and when he goes to the time of King Arthur and meets his wizard, Merlin. Here is a picture of a book about Geronimo’s first adventure through time, plus some other books.  The Journey Through Time Big Nate Makes the Grade Big Nate:  What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

This is a Big Nate movie trailer. Enjoy! I like Big Nate books and I hope that one day they do make a movie of Big Nate like they suggest in this youtube clip.

Soccer

 I chose to do soccer for a blogging project because it is my favourite sport. Also it is such a wide and imaginative game,  normally play soccer every day at school with my friends.  

 

 

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Royal Sporting

Club Anderlecht via Compfight

Soccer
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, there are lots of different leagues. Kids can sign up to play for their school and adults can play for their country (if chosen) or a club. Most games go for 90 minutes with two 45 minute halves, if the two teams have the same amount of points at the end of the game the referee will normally choose to have extra time. Extra time occurs for 30 minutes and if the goals are still the same there will probably have a penalty shootout. The FIFA World Cup if the biggest soccer tournament ever.  Some of the best players ever are, Pele, Maradona, Beckham, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo (Portugal), Ronaldo (Brazil), Messi, Robben, Robin Van Persie, Rooney, Ibrahimovic and James Rodriguez. Some of the best goalkeepers include Iker Casillias, Victor Valdes, Matthew Ryan and M.Schwarzner. Soccer includes two teams of 11 players, 1 on pitch referee, 2 linesmen, a fourth official, managers, club officials and of course… the crowd. The top ten international teams (not in order) are Brazil, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Argentina, Netherlands, Uruguay, Portugal and England (I wish Australia was on that list). Some of the best clubs include Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United. Some of the most famous soccer tournaments include the Asian World Cup, the European World Cup and the FIFA World Cup. The highest goal victory is 31-0 to Australia vs America Samoa.

Here is a video of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s bicycle kick goal.

Food Revolution Day

Today was Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day. Food Revolution Day is a day to encourage healthy cooking and eating in schools. Today schools around the world participated in making squash it sandwiches. We had lots of fun making them with our Prep Talbert buddies. The end result looked and tasted delicious. We were a little disappointed that the video didn’t work but we managed to do without it and we got to have fun anyway.

Did your class participate in the Food Revolution Day too?

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Mr Willis’ Visit and talk about the Western Front.

 

Yesterday we had a visit from Mrs Coe’s former  principal, Mr Willis.  Mr Willis shared a power point with photos of his recent  trip to the Western Front, the places Australian soldiers fought at after the battle of Gallipoli.  Here are some reflections of things we learnt from his visit.

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Reflections  from Mr Willis’ Visit

I have learnt to respect the soldiers who went to war.

I now know that Australian graves have a curved top, German graves have a flat top and French graves have a cross. This was an easy way to work out which country the soldier was from.

I have learnt that Australian soldiers had to dig trenches by hand – absolutely terrible!

I have learnt that a grave was discovered in Fromelles because a Victorian teacher researched and convinced the Australian Government to investigate. There were actually the remains of many Australian soldiers buried by the Germans.

I now know that they used more advanced weaponry in WW1 than I thought. They used machine guns, planes, heavy artillery and dynamite. I thought they just used rifles.

I now know that the Germans also built trenches to protect their people.

I have discovered that after WW1 lots of countries (especially France) respected each other greatly for brave fighting. France has graves for Australia, themselves, Turks and Germans. Also Australia sometimes had truces with Turkey and Germany. They sometimes even played games together.

I discovered that soldiers digging trenches made zigzag lines so that it was harder for the enemy to shoot them.

I learnt that Australia went to the Western Front. I thought they only went to Gallipoli.

I learnt about the barbed wire protecting the trenches in the front line.

I now know that Respect is the key word to war.

Mr Willis’ visit helped me have a better understanding of all the different sides and sorts of things they did in the war. I also learnt that ANZAC Day should be as respectful as you can make it.

I now understand how terrible and dangerous the war was. None of the books we read could describe it to me.

I didn’t know that there were still trenches around people could visit. I also didn’t know there were so many cemeteries (940) in France and Belgium.

I learnt that the Germans had a machine gun nest and that they were prepared when our soldiers arrived in their territory.

I learnt that the ANZACs crawled under the enemy trenches and blew them up with TNT.

The explosion created a crater 3 metres deep and 100 metres all around.

I learnt that the Australian trenches were so muddy that you could sink in them.

Mr Willis taught us that when the ANZACs dug trenches under enemy trenches they used wood to support them.

I learnt that 60,000 Australian people died in WW1 and over 500 people died in Vietnam.

I have just learnt that 60,000 Australian soldiers died after WW1 (when they came home from war) from diseases and injuries.

I now know that when the Germans were living the trenches, they had messengers who would run up and down the trenches delivering important messages to the back of the trenches. The soldiers who were the messengers only lived for about 4 days.

I have learnt that they used to have trenches that were higher at the back than at the front so that they couldn’t shot others in their own trenches.