Student Blogging Challenge – Week 6

Hi World!

This week’s task is to write a post on anything I would like. And so I am going to write about The Little Mermaid concert my school put on in term 3. So, if you didn’t know, our School put on a production ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ It was really exciting and the most exciting bit is that I was chosen to be Prince Eric! But let’s go back a term to see what it was like before the performances…

I first had to audition. It was quite nerve-racking but when it was over I felt better. After everyone who wanted to audition had, we had t0 wait a couple of weeks so that the teachers could decide who the lead parts were going to. Then one day, everyone who auditioned for The Little Mermaid was asked to stay behind in assembly so that the teachers could announce who would be playing the parts. I was so surprised when I heard my name being called out because I din’t think I was a very good singer or actor – yet obviously the teachers thought I was. And so it happened – I was chosen to be Prince Eric in the Junior School’s production of The Little Mermaid Junior.

That term was very busy preparing for the 4 performances. All the leads had to got to three rehearsals a week and the rest of the school practised in class time. The rehearsals were really fun, acting out in front of the other cast members and watching the play come together little by little.

At last the week of performances came around. Everyone was excited and I know the leads were definitely a bit nervous. Everyone was called backstage and we were all told to quiet down. After we had had a run-down of the night, all the people in the first scene  were told to quietly make their way to the stage and stand in their places ready for the curtain to open. I was in the first scene so I stood in my position mouthing to my friend ‘Pilot’ good luck, because my microphone was turned on and if I spoke everyone in the audience would hear!

All in all it was a great experience and performance and I know I definitely enjoyed it.

-Elspeth😊

Student Blogging Challenge – Week 5

 Hello Everyone!

This week is Week 5 of the Student Blogging Challenge! (SBC) I hope you enjoy my post!

 

Activity 1:Write a post on food that is popular in your country. In your post, include links to where you researched and some images with attribution. You might also want to a collage of images or a slideshow you have created.

A food that is popular in my country are lamingtons. This is the history of lamingtons:

This Australian culinary icon, which consists of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and liberally sprinkled with fine desiccated coconut, is believed to have been created through an accident at work by a maid-servant to Lord Lamington, eighth Governor of Queensland. The maid-servant was working at Government House in Brisbane when she accidentally dropped the Governor’s favourite sponge cake into some melted chocolate. Lord Lamington was not a person of wasteful habits and suggested that it be dipped in coconut to cover the chocolate to avoid messy fingers. Lord Lamington devoured this new taste sensation with great delight and the maid-servant’s error was proclaimed a magnificent success by all!

THE SPONGE
3 eggs
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup self-raising flour 1/2 cup milk.
Beat the eggs well, gradually adding the sugar until dissolved. Add the milk and vanilla essence and then stir in the self raising flour and whip the butter into the mixture. Pour the mixture into a cake tin or lamington baking dish and bake in a moderate oven of 180 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes. Allow the cake to cool for at least 10 minutes and then stand for 24 hours preferably in the refrigerator, before applying the icing.

THE CHOCOLATE ICING

4 cups icing sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons boiling water
3 cups desiccated coconut.
Stir the cocoa and icing sugar vigorously in a large bowl, adding the milk, butter and boiling water, warming the chocolate mixture over a very low heat until it has a smooth creamy texture. Cut the sponge cake into equal squares about 5cm x 5cm and, using a fork or thin skewer, dip each piece into the chocolate mixture ensuring that the mixture is liberally and evenly applied. Dip each piece into the desiccated coconut, allowing the lamingtons to cool on a wire tray for several hours.
Bibliography:
http://www.puckles.com.au/pages/a-history-of-lamingtons
http://australianlamingtons.blogspot.com.au/p/history-of-world-famous-australian.html
http://www.fast-ed.com.au/a-brief-history-of-lamingtons/
http://www.beforeourtime.com/2009/03/australian-icons-lamington.html
Activity 2:  Visit Inside Scoops Taco Tuesday post to learn what their students eat for lunch.  Leave a comment on Taco Tuesday post to let them know what you eat for school lunches in where you live or write a post to share what school lunches are like where you live.

Hi DND,
Great post! I love the way you inserted images. For lunch I usually have a sandwich – or something like one, some fruit, some vegetables, a chocolate, a snack and some biscuits. At the canteen, there is a hot daily special, or you can get a cold food, such as a sandwich, focaccia or a wrap. You can also get little snacks at my canteen such as popcorn, Ice-blocks and Ice-creams, Jelly or frozen fruit.
Thanks,
-Elspeth
http://bloggingwithelspeth.edublogs.org

Feel free to visit DND’s blog as well: http://kdruckmiller.edublogs.org/2015/10/01/taco-tuesday/#comment-60

Activity 3:  Create a poll or survey and embed it into a post to find out more about the types of foods eaten by your readers.

What food do you eat where you live? Please comment and tell me.

Activity 4:Visit at least 5 blogs from countries other than your own. Leave a comment on a post at each blog to ask them questions about food in their country. Now write your own post including the comment you have left and linking to each post you commented on.

Hi Mary-Ellen,
My name is Elspeth. I love your video on foods. I wonder… What is a floating pie?
Great blog,
-Elspeth
http://bloggingwithelspeth.edublogs.org

This is her blog URL:

http://maryellenw06.edublogs.org/2015/10/31/aussie-foods/

Hi Victoria,

My name is Elspeth. I loved your video! It is awesome. I didn’t know that burgers with beetroot were Australian! Fantastic blog!    -Elspeth

http://bloggingwithelspeth.edublogs.org

This is her blog URL:

http://victoriaw06.edublogs.org/2015/11/03/some-of-australias-favourite-foods/

Hi Penelope,

My name is Elspeth. I liked your poll. Maybe next time you could put in some information about what your favourite, least favourite food is etc.
-Elspeth
http://bloggingwithelspeth.edublogs.org

This is her blog URL:

http://www.xpress360.net.au/gou19penelope/2015/11/03/whats-your-favourite-food/

Hi Matthew,
My name is Elspeth. My favorite food on your list is sushi. What’s yours? I like your blog and I can see you are already getting into the Christmas spirit!
Keep up the good work!
-Elspeth
http://bloggingwithelspeth.edublogs.org

This is his blog URL:

http://www.xpress360.net.au/gou20matthew/2015/11/03/whats-your-favourite-meal/

Hi Ayla,
My name is Elspeth. Great post! I would like to try some pontine after how you described it. I love your blog!
-Elspeth
http://bloggingwithelspeth.edublogs.org

This is her blog URL:

http://aylaz13.edublogs.org

Thanks,

-Elspeth

 

 

 

Quote

Hi Guys,

This is just a short post but I came across a quote today and I wanted to share it. ‘Somedays you just have to make your own sunshine.’ This quote to me means that on days that everyone is just a bit grumpy and not being very nice to you, don’t take it the bad way, use their unhappiness to spread yours. Because on days like this you just have to create your own sunshine!

qUOTE (SayQuotable.com)

Please comment and share a quote that you feel really fit’s to yourself. Please also explain why – It doesn’t have to be a long explanation. Thank you!

 

-Elspeth

 

 

Global Read Aloud – Fish

 

Hello World!

This term in class, we have been participating in the global read aloud. This year we are reading a book called fish. Here is a photo of the book:

The book fish

(http://www.amazon.com/Fish-L-S-Matthews/dp/0440420210)

In class, the most recent chapter we read was chapter 8. Chapter 8 was a big chapter with lot’s of juicy things happening in it. At the end of the chapter, we all got to make story boards. This is my story board:

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(Please do not use this image with out my permission Thank you!)

A quick briefing of the chapter and what the book is about:

There is a boy/girl ( The author doesn’t tell)  called Tiger and he/she and his/her family are escaping from the war in their country. As they journey to the boarder of the other country, they encounter many bumps on the way and when they finally get there – The boarder is closed! This means they have to travel the long way to the other country. In chapter 7, the family and the guide they hired meet three mysterious men, and in chapter 8 they encounter them again yet this time one of the men was trying to shoot the family, guide and donkey. Tiger runs to hide in a bush but when the shooting is over he/she decides to run into a nearby cave for extra safety. This didn’t turn out an excellent idea because it turns out that the cave Tiger was hiding in was the campsite of the three men. When ‘Stocky’ shoots the ‘young man’ it causes a commotion an Tiger decides to run for it. But ‘the leader’ sees Tiger and they all run after him/her. At the end of the path, there is a mud stream as a dead end so Tiger had no other choice than to jump into it. After what seemed like forever, Tiger couldn’t hold his/her breath any more and had to come up to the surface. When Tiger started to see properly again she saw that the men had gone and when she got out of the mud, his/her family and the guide arrived and wrapped blanket’s around Tiger.

I hope this little briefing inspires you to read the book!

 

Student blogging challenge – Week 4

Activity 1: Dress up your blog for Halloween

I don’t celebrate halloween so I am not going to dress up my blog for it. And I will do Christmas but a bit closer to the celebration.

Activity 2:  Write some poetry or spooky story about Halloween.

I don’t celebrate halloween

While other people’s faces are painted green

And while some are trick-or-treating

Others are hanging round eating

My church does an alternative to halloween

And we don’t mind how different we seem!

I don’t celebrate halloween

While other people’s faces are painted mean

 

Activity 3:  Write a post about how you celebrate Halloween or the History of Halloween. 

I don’t celabrate halloween, so instead my church does an alternative to it. We play games in Willoughby park, eat lollies – without trick-or-treating, hang out together and have a BBQ at the end of the day. I really love how I celebrate halloween because it is probably ay more fun than just nocking on people’s doors asking for lollies. Instead we get heaps of lollies without having to do anything – well maybe winning a few games! And even though there are heaps of people around us in zombie or princess costumes, my church doesn’t care how different we seem!

 

Activity 4:  Show off your Halloween creativity using some different tools such as powtoon, thinglink, padlet, glogster, soundcloud, poll daddy and embed them into a post.

I will do one for Christmas instead.

My Christms Collage I used Pixlr Express to do this poster.

 

Thank you all for reading my post!

-Elspeth

Student Blogging Challenge – Week 3

Activity 1: Write a post about a favourite time with your family.

A favourite time with my family was last weekend when we all wen to Collaroy together. We went to a place called the Pelican restaurant for lunch and it was really delicious food. When we got there, we say down at a tAble overlooking the ocean and beach. My brother and I ordered a ‘mini slider’ plate each and Mum and Dad ordered a salad and a burger. While we were waiting for our meals, we ordered some drinks and played eye-spy for things on the beach. Once our meals came, we all loved them because they were so delicious. after we had finished everything and sat for a few minuets looking at the view, we went for a walk on the beach. My brother and I got a bubble-nose-bill nice-cream each and we ate them while we were walking. After our walk on the beach we went to the play ground and then we went home. Overall it was a really great day!IMG_2066IMG_2060IMG_2067

(I have permission from my familly to post these photo’s.Please do not use these photo’s without permission from me. Thank you!)

Activity 2: Write a post about a person who has passed away.

Today I am going to write about my grandpa. When Grandpa was alive, I din’t know him that much, but My family and I went to see him and my Granny every Saturday morning and bring them there shopping. My Grandpa was very sick for a while before he died, and I was only little when he did. He died of cancer. I do not have a photo that I am able to upload of him.

Activity 3. Have a relative write a post about their parents or grandparents

Thoughts about my parents (Elspeth’s great grandparents) From my Nonna
         The Second World War (1939-1945)
When my parents were alive, their lives were influenced by the Second World War. During that time, food was rationed so they had ration books which they took to the shops so they could only get a certain amount of basic foods like sugar and tea.
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(From the Australian War Memorial archive)
Rationing meant they were always careful with the food they bought, even after the war. They were very good at budgeting! This continued after the war. They were also very good at creative cooking and everyone had a choko vine to make stewed pears!! My mother and her mum were very clever. They even used the tissue paper wrapped around apples in the greengrocer’s as soft toilet paper. Truly!!
Nowadays we seem to buy all our clothes from shops but my mother made everyone’s clothes and she was a great knitter. She knitted socks for soldiers! When she was at work the women got together at lunchtimes to knit socks and my mum knitted to and from work on the bus. Everyone was encouraged to knit! The soldiers overseas loved getting the warm socks but I think they would be very hot in Sydney!
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(Poster from Australian War Memorial archive)
Life was very different in their time.

Thank you so much to my Nonna for writing this post!

Activity 4. Add at least one new widget to your sidebar and write a post explaining why you chose that particular widget.

I chose the Rotating cloud widget quite a while back because it is so helpful being able to tag everything and then when you are on your blog, just being able to click on a tag that brings you to the post you want to comment on, edit or read.

Activity 5. What have you learnt about using images on your blog? Write a post, create a poster or video explaining your understanding now.

I have chossen to make a poster on using images:

SBE W3 Poster

Activity 6. Write a post in your native language using an image as a prompt. Make sure you have a translate widget on your blog for your visitors to use. 

I am going to write my post about ballet. Ballet is a big part of my life. I do ballet classes three days a week, on Tuesday’s, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I love ballet so much especially dancing because I feel like a real ballerina. I do a lot of bar work and exercises in the centre of the room before we can move onto our dances because the exercises warm our bodies up. I am at the moment doing my second year of Grade 5 and my second year of Intermediate Foundation. At the beginning of this year I received permission to go onto pointe. Going on pointe is very hard on your toes to start with, but as you do it more, you get used to the feeling. I started Ballet in Pre-Primary so that means I have been doing ballet for 6 year and this is my 7th. The grades go in this order:

Tinies

Pre-Primary

Primary

Grade 1

Grade2

Grade3

Grade4

Grade5

Intermediate Foundation

Intermediate

There are some grades after Intermediate but I am not quite sure which order they go in. I skipped Grade 4 with my Best Friend Pippy simply because we needed to be challenged more. In ballet you form lot’s of friendships and that is exactly what I have done. Next year there will be a great opportunity to go to Prague with the Ballet school, and I am so excited because I might be going.

I love ballet. I love dancing ballet. And even though my teacher can be strict, I still enjoy it.

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(houstonballet.wordpress.com)

This is a picture of my best friend and I about to get our pointe shoes:

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I have full permission to put a photo of her up on my blog. Please do not use this photo without my permission. Thank you!

 

-Elspeth

Inspiration

Hello everyone!

Today is just a quick post, but a meaningful one. In assembly this term, we are looking at helping people and making a difference. In doing this, we all watched this video of how one man made a difference in lot’s of people’s lives. Please watch it and tell me what you think:

I found the video very touching and I think that if everyone did something to help the World each day, the World would be a much happier place.

What do you think? Would you do something like this everyday to help the World? Would you like to see the world becoming a happier place?

Please comment to give me your feedback.

Thanks,

-Elspeth

Raise your voice-SBC

Hello everyone!

This week as an extra task for the SBC, I am raising my voice by telling everyone about something that I am very passionate about. I would like to raise awareness for all the kids that are less fortunate than us and don’t get all the things we do. That is why, along with lots of other churches, my church takes part in a thing called Operation Christmas Child. This is when underprivileged children from overseas get the chance at Christmas to open a simple box full of presents. For some children, this is the only present they will ever get. If I could shout from the rooftops how easy it is just to fill a box up with presents and make a child’s christmas wonderful, I would. Here is a photo of the box I made for someone this year:

 

 

IMG_2199All you need is something to love,something to play with, something for school, something for hygiene and a WOW thing that as soon as they open the box they start playing with straight away.

These are some more photo’s:

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Imaging the excitement and joy all the children feel when they open those boxes, and find something in them that they never would have expected to own. I think that this is a big thing to raise my voice about because there are so many children that need things over in other countries and I just love being able to make a child’s Christmas special.

Maybe you could join me in doing this next time?

-Elspeth🌲🎁

 

Student Blogging Challenge – Week 2

Hello everyone,

This week, we are focusing on commenting in the SBC.

Activity 1 was to leave a comment on Miss W’s blog so she knows we have done this week’s challenge. Here’s mine:

Hello Mrs W,
I have written and posted my week 2 post of the SBC. I really enjoyed doing all of the activities this week especially reading my friend’s posts and making a poster for the commenting guidelines.
-Elspeth
http://bloggingwithelspeth.edublogs.org

Activity 2 was to leave a comment on Mrs Smith’s blog post:

Hello Mrs Smith,
The two blogs I looked at were fantastic blogs – Elysa’s and Sophie’s. I liked Elysa’s because I have so much in common with her! I love designing houses, doing art, cooking and making clothes as well! Sophie’s was good because she asked questions to engage the readers to her post. My favourite classroom tool would probably be the pen too because I always use it and I like the slimness and darkness that it prints out onto my page. I think one commenting guideline that I find important is the proofreading before you post it because I find it really annoying when people take no care in what the are commenting on. I wonder what is your favourite commenting rule?
Keep blogging!
-Elspeth
http://bloggingwithelspeth.edublogs.org

 

Activity 3 was to write a post, create a video or create a poster about commenting guidelines. I decided to create a poster:

Please click the link to view the poster.

Blog Comment poster

Activity 4 was to comment on 4 of your classmates blogs:

Hi Chloe,
Great post! I loved how you put what you do on each camp and what the date is so that some people might be interested in going. I have never been on a holiday Cru camp but would like to some day. My favourite camp would be the Master Chef one. I love cooking and would like to learn more about it. I am wondering, have you been to all these camps?
-Elspeth
http://bloggingwithelspeth.edublogs.org

Hi Jasmin,
Congratulations on completing your smart goal. It was a good idea to have a tutor to help. My goal was getting better at maths, so similar to yours. Maybe next time just check and edit you post before you post it.
Keep up the hard work!
-Elspeth

http://bloggingwithelspeth.edublogs.org

Hi Claire,

I love how you take so much care and put so much effort into your posts. I found your post very interesting and well set out. I love how you put photo’s and a video of the people you were talking about. I love the quote of Nelson Mandela’s you put up. I just sat there, read it and I felt like that quote totally meant something to me. Disabled kids getting bullied means a lot to me too. No-one should get bullied. Your poster is definitely meaningful.
Great,great,great post Claire! Keep up the amazing work!
-Elspeth

http://bloggingwithelspeth.edublogs.org

Hi Gigi!

Great post! I love how you put pictures up and a video which could help me understand more about anxiety and worry. I used to have a case of anxiety but I am over it now. This topic is a great one to raise awareness for. Good job!
-Elspeth
http://bloggingwithelspeth.edublogs.org

 

 

 

SBC Week 1 – Who am I?

Hello World!

This term I am taking part in a Student Blogging Challenge (SBC). For the first week there are three activities. On was to have an about me page or post on my blog, two was to change my avatar, and three was to write a post about the me you see in the real world and the me in my blogging world. This is my post:

Me in the real world:

  • I am not that confident talking to people I don’t know .
  • I do not look like a pair of ballet shoes.
  • I really don’t like spelling so seeing that only a couple of people see what I write, I don’t take that much care with my words.
  • I talk more about games, movies and my friend’s lives rather than my life.
  • I am not that organised in real life but I am working on it.

Me in my blogging world:

  • I am more confident on my blog talking to people I don’t know.
  • On my blog, my avatar is a pair of ballet shoes.
  • I try to make sure every word I publish is spelt correctly.
  • I talk more about my life on my blog.
  • I am more organised on my blog than I am in my life.

The same in both worlds:

  • I am very friendly.
  • I speak the same language.
  • I use the same name – Elspeth.

When I was doing this, I found that I was more confident on my blog because it isn’t actually speaking to someone face to face which can be quite confronting. It’s easier to speak to an invisible audience.

I hope you all enjoyed Week 1 of what is going to be a fantastically fun term of challenges!

-Elspeth