9 Oct 2013

City Experience Reflection - Letter to a Year 8

To whom it may concern,

On Monday the 16th to Friday the 20th of September, under half of year 9 went to the city, me included. We did various activities, including going to the Eureka Tower, the National Gallery and Chinatown. On Monday we took a street art tour. We viewed different forms and styles of art, learning about many artists and the meaning behind their work. After we did that, we went to the Big Issue to learn about homelessness and how they work to learn somewhat of a living. I hope you do these two activities. I feel like they closely relate to Melbourne and they were super educational. Homelessness is a huge part of Melbourne. 

I was planning of going into detail of everyday of city experience, but the rest of the week wasn’t all that interesting. On Wednesday, we went to the Eureka Tower. If you happen to be scared of heights, don’t worry about it! The view from the Eureka Tower is great. You can see everything. I’m terrified of heights. I almost started crying on the elevator after being taken in against my will, but I was fine afterwards!

Friday was spent at the National Gallery. That was pretty cool. But I take art, so I’m interested in the subject, so I don’t know about everyone else. To be honest, I don’t really see why we went there. It may have had something to do with the street art part of Melbourne and was added to show two sides of art, but I’m not really sure.
We got a heap of time for our project! When you have time to, make sure you do your project. I know my group didn’t do much during project time. We argued and went to Starbucks. We did do some work, but not much. Oops.

Here are some tips just in case!
•    Go somewhere cheap for lunch. Don’t spend over $10 a day on lunch. Don’t eat too much, either! Drink as much water as possible. Don’t buy 46 chicken nuggets.
•    Don’t take too much money into the city. Either you’ll buy too much and be carrying too much, or if it gets stolen you’ll lose a lot of money. I recommend about $10 a day for food and anything else you might buy.
•    Get on the train at Cranbourne station, or any stations that are at the beginning of the line. You’ll get a seat.
•    Don’t carry around too much! You’ll regret it. A lot.
•    For your project, group up with people you know you can work with.

That’s about it, I guess! Have fun!

4 Sep 2013

My country.

I love a busy city,
a street of sights and smells,
of people walking quickly,
I hear people’s yells.
I really hate the country,
there’s nothing there to do,
all you can is sit around,
and listen to cows moo.

That’s why I love the city,
the noises and the tastes,
the multicultural restaurants,
the people making haste.
At the train station waiting,
behind the safety line,
most people are impatient,
where the stars never shine.

There’s heaps things to see there,
a museum or zoo,
an aquarium, market,
the tallest building’s view.
But that’s not all, the list goes on,
a day in a park
shopping in the CBD,
and go home before dark.

There’s always something to eat,
 like at a small cafĂ©,
where you can get a sandwich
and eat it on the way.
That’s why I love the city,
it’s always heaps of fun,
as you’ve seen there’s lots to do
the city’s number one.

28 Aug 2013

haiku #2 - mornings

bright light from window
cold air is all around me
oh well, back to bed.

haiku #1

the first line is five
then the second is seven
then again it's five

19 Jun 2013

Casey Grammar Book Fair

On Monday the 27th of May, the annual Casey Grammar Book Fair began in the library. With a large range of books and goodies to choose from, you could imagine the fair was popular with both primary and secondary students (and parents!) Clifford the Big Red Dog made a human-sized appearance, entertaining both young and old. Books sold fast; some were sold out within two days! When asked, Hasini from 2S said that her favourite books were the One Direction books. She found the book fair enjoyable and would love to see it in future years. Em, also from 2S, said her favourite book was ‘EJ12’ and that her favourite part of the fair was the books. The Library staff would like to thank the students and parents for participating in the fair (all together, over $1000 was raised!) Also, a special shout-out to volunteers Margaret, Rachel, Lynne, Cathy, Michelle, Karen, Lou, Jackie and Scott (from 9D). Finally, a huge thank you to Mrs Horton and Miss Birch for organising the fair which was such a great way to promote reading throughout the community. Unfortunately, the fair ended on Friday the 31st, but it’s only another 365 days until the next one!