Interschool Sports: Volleystars

The A team for Vollystars, Us the Berwick Fields team were neck to neck against the Berwick Primary. Only 2 points separated us from the sweet taste of victory, and then our hope slowly deflated as they scored 1 point putting them ahead. Our grins slowly turned into conniptions. We had lost, failed, it was sad but did that stop us, kind of considering we lost the rest of the games but two.

Our First win was awesomely great. We were down by eight until it was someone elses turn to step up and score. Her name was Kelly. With her skills we won the match. Our cheers of joy rang through the gym, but she was not the only one great player on our team. some of the brilliant players were Britney, Harrison and Many. There catches were awesome and there throws were wicked but we also had a secret move by Jacob called the pound. Jacob would throw the ball in the air and if in slow motion the would smash it down just over the net.

Wabam. Once in a while one of us would get a smack in the face with the ball. Ouch. Seriously painful, some of the many injury’s our team suffered were plenty of falls, grazes and a nose bleed that didn’t even happen in the game. It seemed like every 5 minutes someone would fall over when catching the ball.

We had fun when we were playing against the 7 schools. In reality we were not really stars.

by Sarah, Amber and Kelly

Children Should Be Seen And Not Heard by Amber 5/6c

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The air shifted into a humid and thick wind, I could feel the sweat start to form on my forehead. At that moment I thought of how it took the 5/6s one month and one week to put this production together and how it was almost over.

 Moments ago the call the teachers made suggested that my class and I should head the stage to preform our school scene act. So, me and the girl classmates put on our costumes –soon the boys joined us- and headed toward are destination. I couldn’t help but feel the nausea in my stomach to grow and add a drop of sickness to my feelings.

 So there I was, the main character of our skit and ready to take on the role as the teacher. Deep breaths Amber I thought to myself, stressing only going to make it worse. When the moment came, I felt the butterflies nibble at my stomach as I came onto the stage. 220 people stranded before me, but I didn’t look at them once, only focusing on what was supposed to have my undivided attention. Then in a blur, I finished. Feeling the weight bound to my shoulders realise, I relaxed a little. I did well. But there was one problem, I had another twelve mini introductions to go. Just perfect.

Kelly and Amber’s Art Styles of the 1900-10 Prezi

Our prezi is all about the styles of art in the 1900-1910. We focused on four different styles. They are Expressionism, Cubism, Fauvism and Futurism. All are special in their own way and have changed the way we look upon art. We have discovered and learnt some of the effects of these styles and also what they are. We had fun in the progress of completing our Prezi and we really have enjoyed working together as a team. We have also enjoyed finding facts and information about our topic. While reserching about this topic we have learnt a lot of different ways to use Prezi and to make an awesome presentation. All and all we have enjoyed this and can`t wait for what gets thrown at us next. We hope you enjoy watching our Prezi!

Sizzling Starts and Planning for Success

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In class we have begun to look at the ‘7 Steps to Amazing Writing’. As a launching pad to the steps, we began by spending the first fortnight focusing on ‘Sizzling Starts’.

A Sizzling Start is a start to a piece of writing or story that really engages the reader and makes them want to read more in the story. It could be an action scene or something funny – anything that makes the reader want to keep reading more.

We have had a look at writing which does not sizzle (it fizzles!) and how it causes us to become disinterested in the writing. Some examples of this include writing that starts with ‘On the weekend…’ or ‘When I woke up…’.

Students have been fantastic at identifying sizzling starts! Some of the sizzling starts that we have identified in books, movies or television programs include:

  • The beginning of Stormbreaker, with Ian Rider being chased from Port Tallon. (thanks Tai)
  • The introduction to Men in Black, as the agents zap the alien in the desert. (Thanks Zak)
  • The movie Wall*E with its engaging and wonderful first scene.
  • The film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, which starts with the boulder chase scene.
  • The Simpsons Movie, when Homer poisons the town’s water supply (thanks Jarryd)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean has a suspense filled start with many people dying
  • The television show Modern Family often starts with a comic scene that makes you laugh and want to keep watching.
  • The books Beware contain lots of short stories but they are all set in Halloween and full of suspense. (Zak)
  • The books in the Deltora Quest series contain twists at the start to make you want to find out what happens, such as when the main characters die out right at the start (thanks Zenia!)
  • Tomorrow When the War Began starts with a bombing and fighting scene
  • In the novel Breaking Dawn the character begins to talk about her life experiences and what has happened to her (thanks Kelly)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets captures you in by jumping off where the last story ends and Harry doing something he shouldn’t be doing.
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanya starts with a newspaper headline and the main character talking about how it will affect others

This is only a short list of some of the ideas that we discussed in class over the past fortnights. We have also completed a range of activities to get us good at thinking about quick starts to stories. These have including writing ‘five fast starts’ where we have to write the start to five stories in just ten minutes- yes it can be done! Ideas we were given for stories included “All of the kids are at school but there’s no teacher’s in sight”, “A ghost story about a dog with three legs” and “There’s a tree in the wetlands that eats kids”. It’s amazing what you can write in two minutes when you put your mind to it!

Today, we moved on to another of the steps and starting looking at Planning for Success.

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We spent some time this morning discussing the importance of having a wide range of ideas to be able to build a story from, and not necessarily using the first thing that pops in to your head. As a grade we brainstormed some large lists of different characters (heroes and villains), sidekicks, problems, settings and animals we might include in a story. From these lists, we had to use something from each list to write the start to a silly story. Here are some of the ideas we came up with.

  • A walking saucepan has to flee from the FBI who know his mysterious secret. It’s the year 2012 with Mayans freaking everywhere and with the help of a monkey his only transport is a non-stop kicking horse.  -Malinthi
  • A class full of heroes in the year 2500 has to stop a million dollar author and her evil cat from making every pencil in the world grow huge with only the help of Kevin Rudd. – Kelly
  • A fat cow and its sidekick the talking wheelchair have to fight the psycho killer for killing the Prime Minister, helped by a tiger with fangs. – Jesse
  • The evil cat is owned by a mad scientist in the year 3000 with the help of a supersized pig. But he was stopped by the talking tree. – Sarah
  • In the first year ever a lady had a super big pig and her sidekick bumble bee brother looked after it.  They also had an old lady, sick hobo and giant bee. – Olivia
  • A vampire, who has lived from 1899 to 2240 trying to find a way to become human again, has found her match, a demon and with only her mind and her python she has to kill him or he will control the world and herself forever.  -Amber
  • A farting monkey and sidekick, a non-stop kicking horse, would face and fight evil dog. They would fight in the year 2240. Evil dog will die and the world will end. -Ryan
  • There once was a zombie with his sidekick alien mouse named freckles. They tried to stop the evil flesh eating dog from trying to kill the guy with an evil haircut. – Jarryd
  • In the year 1204BC, one ex villan has to prove his hero worthiness by defeating an old Egyptian guy who wants to be the God of everyone, with the help of only his miniature talking dinosaur and his smart flying hippo. – Zenia

Wouldn’t these ideas make for an engaging story!

5th Birthday Frenzy!

On Friday and Saturday we celebrated our 5th Birthday Frenzy at school.

Berwick Fields has now been open for more than five years and to mark the occasion we had a day of special celebrations on Friday. We started with the whole school ‘Together we Achieve’ games in the morning, working with students from across the school in our house teams. Then in the middle of the day, we had a special birthday assembly. Our new leaders for 2011 were presented with their badges at this assembly.

Zenia, Amber, Sarah, Kelly and Deon; Team Leaders from 56C

Zenia, Amber, Sarah, Kelly and Deon; Team Leaders from 56C

Tai and Liam; Sports Leaders

Tai and Liam; Sports Leaders

Malinthi, our JSC rep

Malinthi, our JSC rep

There were also many other special performances and presentations at the assembly, which you can see from the photos below. In the afternoon, we celebrated with a fun afternoon out on the oval.

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What did you enjoy most about our fifth birthday celebrations?

Sailability – Team Captains Excursion

Below is a recount ofthe team captains ‘Sailability’ excursion to Lysterfield on Wednesday, written by Britney in 56A.

Today at Sailability all of the Team Captains went to Lysterfield Lake Park in Narre Warren North. We did lots of activities and learnt lots from Captain Eric about being a fantastic leader.

My two favourite things about the day were sailing with Crystal on a purple yacht and playing the rescue game with the mats. In our yacht we went really well and we sailed quite quickly out really far. There were a few times where our boat was at a dead stop. The only not so good thing was that there were heaps of bees in the water and one came into our dingy and caused us to seriously panic. We didn’t get stuck at all which was pretty good. During the last 15 – 20 minutes Crystal and I got into the speed boat with the man everybody called ‘Bee Catcher’ because he was so good around them and whenever one flew onto people he would come and get rid of them.

Captain Eric taught us a lot about taking action as a leader and the whole day we focussed on the word ‘ASK’ standing for: A = Attitude, S = Skills, K = Knowledge. He also taught us about acting as a leader and not reacting. He had a lot of fun little games to do and some sand art.

The two funny things to me were pushing each other around on billy carts and when Crystal, Jemma and I had to go and rescue Dylan and Elijah on the speed boat because they lost control of their dinghy and it got stuck in the water reeds. They were waiting there for so long that when we finally got to them they were relaxing with their feet up on the boat.