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The Spirit to Visit... (part two)

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Hi, again!
I've got to say, the publishing process really mucked up the whole video.
Sorry in advanced for any inconvenience while viewing the video.

The Spirit to Visit... (part one)

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Merry Christmas!
This video is just part one of two parts of the story of visiting Tamaki Primary. I'll be uploading the second part tomorrow...
Enjoy!


It's a bit of a rough edit, there's some parts of the video that were cut out just slightly during the uploading process, but I'll add captions later on to try and...normalise....it...

Merry Christmas...

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Summer Learning Journey - Blog Commenting #1!

Hi, reader!

Willy, here, after a long break from blogging, I'm back in again to post about the Summer Learning Journey. Ohhh, how EXCITED I am to become a commenter once again for the programme. Below is the first of a few presentations that showcase blog commenting on the students who are participating in the programme. It's going to be a bit hectic these summer holidays - in the last Summer Learning Journey (back in January), I was one of the participants, and now look where I am...one of the commenters.

I'm still honoured and proud that I'm doing this.

Anyway, without further ado, here's the presentation!

Monday 5th December - Today I Learned...

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Remembering EOTC Week - Thursday 26th November

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"It's the bump ride..."

Remembering EOTC Week - Wednesday 25th November

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"Hi, everyone, my name is Willy. This is-it's Wednesday..."



"Let's see what the tally says!"

Remembering EOTC Week - Tuesday 24th November

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"There's free choice in it!"

Research!

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Hi.

I really didn't know what else to call this. But, this is a research assignment I needed to do for English, and I focused on David Bowie (I have been REALLY interested in him since I started listening to his music).
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This piece of writing is going to answer three open questions about David Bowie (or David Robert Jones), answered through some research.

1. To what extent did he influence and revolutionize part of the music in later years?
David's been known from many as the man who changed the image of rock n' roll, and was one of the pioneers of "Glam rock", a music genre combining glitter and makeup with rock n' roll. But, in later years, he wouldn't consider himself as a "rock n' roller", but an "artist".In the mid-1970s, after the Stardust period, he also showed how music couldn't be restricted to one association of people – for example, he was one of the first white male musicians who performed "soul" music, …

Remembering EOTC Week - Monday 23rd November

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"Fun? Yes, fun is the main word in today's event."
"Yes, I've been in it for four years, and even though I was in it by accident, I enjoy my group fully. My group is called Tobruk..."

EOTC WEEK 2015

Hi.

It's been a little over a year since Education Outside The Classroom Week 2015 (otherwise known as EOTC Week 2015) occurred, and gosh, it was a good time. After a long hard think during the weekend, I thought I'd make the whole series of posts from EOTC Week (and Athletics Day as a bonus sort of EOTC) into one little page by itself, and you can access them by clicking on the little tab where it says "Education Outside The..." and all the rest of it.

But, in celebration of one of the best weeks ever, I decided to do a little "reveal all" post series related to EOTC Week.

So, yeah, that was just a little heads up.

Oh, by the way, I'm a few days off the actual days but I thought it'd be easier just to do it this week so it would feel like the posts would come on the same weekday it was posted - e.g Monday 23rd November would be posted today.

Moi! - French Poster

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Hi, reader.

Welcome, to another post, about me learning French. The year's gone by so quickly, don't you think? And so, to end off the French assignments, the last poster for the EC9 Diploma (a diploma a Year 9 will get if they achieve the right amount of credits), it was going to be about the student. Or in this case, me.

Moi.
I had to gather some french sentences that described myself, including appearance, favourite subject, family, and some other stuff I forgot. I literally did the poster and design in two hours, going into midnight, gathering some information from the vinyl cover of "Modern Love" from David Bowie. You can read the sentences on the poster - I'll just add the translations at the bottom of the poster if you need some understanding.

Keep in mind, my spelling in French isn't the most accurate - I mean, I did do this task past midnight being all tired and groggy. And that applies to the English translation at the bottom - some of the phrases ma…

Thursday 24th November - Part One - Today I Learned...

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Wednesday 23rd November - Today I Learned...

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ONE YEAR ON...

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It has been one year since I edited this specific document...
It was a script for a short film that I had failed to finish.

Monday 14th November - Today I Learned...

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Announcement Blogpost

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If you have read this blog since March last year, you should remember who this is. If you don't remember, look at the hair. If you don't know who this is...
Wait... -A.B

Thursday 3rd November - Part 2 of ? - Today I Learned...

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Thursday 3rd November - Part 1 of 2? - Today I Learned...

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Throwback Thursday: Wednesday 15th June - Today I Learned...

Hi, reader.

Well, then. I thought I wouldn't do this again, but here I am.

Wednesday 2nd November - Part 2 of 2 - Today I Learned...

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Wednesday 2nd November - Part 1 of 2 - Today I Learned...

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Tuesday 1st November - Part 2 of 2 - Today I Learned...

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Tuesday 1st November - Part 1 of 2 - Today I Learned...

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Monday 31st October - Today I Learned…

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Monday 10th October - Today I Learned...

T H A T   W A I T I N G   I S   A    V I R T U E    T O W A R D S   A    P A T I E N T   V I R T U A L I T Y

Reading Response on a Song!

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Hi, reader!

It's been SO long since the last time I did a post.

Another Padlet! | Digital Citizenship: Cyberbullying

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Hi, reader!

It's been a while, sorry.

But, just recently, 9E had gone through three Digital Citizenship lessons about cyberbullying. Everyone watched this video about cyberbullying. I watched that video before - it was for Pink Shirt Day last year. Oh, boy, Pink Shirt Day last year was such a feel good event. Basically there were girls online telling this one girl really mean things online, and when some other girls finally notice what's going on, they defend her. Three of the bullies are then caught by a teacher and then the video ends on a talk about Pink Shirt Day.

The ending was nice. Now, onto the padlet. If you can remember back to a post that the Year Nines did about digital learning. I made a clear note that the padlet was going to include some things that might have been relevant to the actual padlet, but I guess that's what you should expect when people have different tastes. This padlet wasn't very different - I mean, sure, yes, there were answers to the que…

Tuesday 30th August - Part Two of Two - Today I Learned...

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Tuesday 30th August - Part One of Two - Today I Learned...

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Friday 26th August - Today I Learned...

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Tuesday 23rd August - Today I Learned...

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Monday 22nd August - Today I Learned...

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What Happened Last Night...

It was weird and scary, basically.

Every Saturday night, well, almost every Saturday night, when I go to bed and outside my window I could hear faint sounds of partying. And people's voices. Though it wasn't clear, I know they were talking. Or at least shouting, as I could hear them. Late at night, the sky filled with (drunken) sentences of cheer and enjoyment, and some banter from people to people.

But this Saturday, it was different.

I was on the netbook past midnight, searching some stuff. At around 12:15am to 12:20am I searched something about "new sports in barcelona olympics" because I was in the mood of trying to finish my Social Studies stuff about the Olympic Games, and the different cities that hosted the Games in different years. Switching through tabs, I was listening to music and planning some stuff to blog later on. Today I Learned was going to start again after I failed to start it in Week One, then with the work from school I delayed it even more...

A…

posting in 15 minutes...

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coming at 6:00pm today...

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HOSTAGE - Chapters 12-18

We're continuing the Hostage summary posts....but anyway...

Chapter 12. Back in the interview room. Obviously, Tully didn’t have any interest and wasn’t in any relationship with Griffin.

Moving on....

Chapter 13 talked about the first time Tully saw Griffin - outside the office talking about the school fees. Chapter 14, now, and Tully walked to Ravel’s schoolies party. Nathan was probably there, with a girl named Desi, who Tully didn’t really like as the book inferred. While having a chat with Desi about Nathan about taking her instead of Tully, some relationship rumour, people moaning about exams, I found out Tully had turned 17 in August. I also learned that Desi could be a bit...naive, in some ways, in Tully’s eyes. After more talking with Desi, Tully then dived into the crowd wave to find Ravel. She was in the kitchen. Upon finding her, Tully is told by Ravel to get out. Because, Tully wasn’t invited. You know, reader, Ravel could’ve just said that out in the open to Tully bac…

Happy 38th Birthday Mum...

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Happy Birthday, Mum!
38 years since you arrived on this planet.
Just like a diamond, you shine bright, Mum.
You and Dad have given me the knowledge that I needed for college (a bit of a rhyme, and though it's not mine, it's still true). The love of a mother is one of the best gifts in life. You've taught me many things, encouraged me to do my best in my studies, and strived to succeed to help the family. You've given and taught us love and laughter. Seriously, things would never be the same without you, Mum. Don't forget that. 
Love-ooohh!

BOOK UPDATE

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Now that I finished the book, I can continue to relay the events to you in future posts about Hostage, reader.

Bus 758

Hi, reader.

This is a post about my assignment (I think it was an assignment) for English. It was Creative Writing. It was the first time I'd done something like this in a LONG time.

9E had to pick a place or a sight and describe the experience of being in that place/sight. There were different sights like a playground, a group onstage at Polyfest, uhh...some other places that I forgot - but I chose the bus setting. You know, like a bus...

A bus. When we chose our setting/place/sight, we then had to plan two scenarios. One scenario would be about one description of what was going on in that place. So, for example, in the bus scene, I had to describe what was happening around me - what I could see, feel, smell, uh...taste...here's my piece of writing...

Just before you read it, I got an excellence from this!

7:58am on a Tuesday morning. The sunlight coming from the morning sun filled the bus with a yellowish glow. Students came rushing in. I slowly walked in, hearing the almost …

I Am David Activity - Letter to Mother...

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Hi, reader.

It's been a bit and a while since I blogged about I Am David. It was the book that 9E read during Term Two. Written by Anne Holm, it was about a boy named David who escaped a concentration camp (or a labour camp, or a prison camp) and travelled through different places and lands (and people that he met) to Denmark to find his mother. I've got to say, the ending was sweet. But, anyway, I've realised that with this book and the activities that followed after finishing the book, that I should blog these activities!

I mean, come on, reader, I'm in college now. It's not like they do blogging over there, like Tamaki Primary. But, I'm used to it now. Sort of. BUT ANYWAY, MOVING ON, this is one of the activities related to the book. I was to pretend I was David, and describe one event to David's mother. Click the image below to view my finished piece. It was originally written in my book, so I copied it into a document.

Top 5! I am David Events...

Hi, there, reader.

This is another task related to the book I am David. It's another Top 5! in the style of a presentation. Top 5 events in I am David - in my persepctive. But, I realized halfway through making this presentation that some of you might not have read the book! So, I figured, why not change the perspective?

Anyway, if you haven't read the book yet, reader, this presentation below will tell you some events that happen in the book. There we go! These events aren't in order (obviously, it's a Top 5!) but they're from the book, giving you a taste of I am David by Anne Holm. This task was originally from my English book, which I've transformed into a presentation.

Blog Commenting: Winter Learning Journey Edition #3

Hi, again, reader.

I'm back at it again with another Blog Commenting presentation. I've got to say, I've never commented so much! I've also never read so many posts from different students from different schools, I mean, wow! I'm pretty proud of this! The full explanation's on my first presentation of these series, which you can find in the archive on your right.

Wednesday 13th April - Year Nine Physical Competition (I don't know the actual name)

Hi, reader. This is another post that I didn't publish from a long time ago, because it was never finished. Now it is. Enjoy reading...
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The following happened in the last period of the day, between 2:30pm and 3:20pm.

I changed into my P.E gear as I walked onto the field. This field wasn't the same field I talked about in the last post with the Peer Support Leaders, but it was that one part of the field where I thought the bubbleball soccer activity was being held, but ended up being the area where a rugby (or rugby league) game was beginning. All the other Year Nine classes (like 9D, 9E, 9W, and the other classes which I didn't bother remembering) were changing into their P.E gear, and beginning to sit in their classes. 9E wasn't in one class, it was more spread out. I tried gathering everyone in 9E to sit where I wanted them to, but, you know, I didn't want to do that again.

It might make me a bit pretentious. Or somethin…

Who Wants to be a Hundredaire? - Algebra

Hi. This is a post from LONG ago that I forgot to blog about...
Just imagine that this was posted during school time...
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Welcome back reader, to a post about Math. Algebra, to be specific. An interactive algebra game about algebraic expressions, to be more specific. The name of the title kinda reminded me of the post I did a few months ago called Who Wants to be a Dollarnaire?which was a game of which you would answer questions in order to win...well...one dollar...but the twist was, it was actually the Question Key, one of the keys of the Thinker's Keys, and boy, I had a good time making that.

Good times...

But, anyway, back to the actual subject at hand, heh, the objective of Who Wants to be a Hundredaire? was to answer questions of algebraic expressions, and I had to try to get through all of them without messing up. The prize...one hundred dollars....

I was determined...

I could do this! I was enjoying Algeb…

Blog Commenting: Winter Learning Journey Edition #2

Hi, reader. Willy here. This is the second presentation of blog comments I left on other student's blogs (from other schools) as they complete the Winter Learning Journey. Full story on the first post, but enjoy this presentation! I don't really have much to say, really. I said everything I needed to say on the first one, so if you haven't read it yet, it's best to read that first to get the full idea. Leave comments below to give me feedback and feedforward so I know what to work on. Thanks!

HOSTAGE - Chapters 5-11

Hi, reader. I'm continuing my read of "Hostage" by Karen Tayleur, retelling the story chapter by chapter. By chapter...by chapter...by-

Chapter Five, now, and in the interview room, Laney tried to smoke a cigarette. But, she wasn’t allowed. It’s then revealed that Laney was supposed to quit smoking after her mother died of lung cancer. Pretty dark. There was some mention of a photo Tully saw of her aunt and mother standing on each side of a man, whose face was apparently cut off. I read on to Chapter Five, where it was back to Tully in the car. It felt like a movie. The guy was banging on the steering wheel. Tully gently pleads to the driver to let her go. Didn’t work. She tried to yell from the car to get attention from a police car driving the opposite way. Didn’t work. She tried to make it look like the driver was going to drop her off somewhere. Didn’t work. She tried banging on the window for help. Didn’t work. Nothing was working.

Chapter Seven, and Griffin Sorenso…

HOSTAGE - Chapters 1-4

Hi, reader.
It started out with a girl named Tully in an interview room at 1:06am, Christmas Day. With a few constables and officers coming in, so does her aunt, Laney. By the sounds of it, Tully doesn’t really like it. Chapter Two then came and this was where Tully talked about her life...well, those are the words I can describe it, really. From Chapter Two I learned that Tully:
Lived with her aunt (Laney) and grandfather (Bamps) Liked to go down Smith’s Street Sometimes went down to Smith’s Street just to watch people go by doing their business in Smith’s Street: the shufflers, bargain-hunters, the dark-skinned high-rise dwellers...Tully thought that the road had it all Went down to Loserville Chemist sometimes (she called it that because she thought ex-druggies went there for treatments and stuff...pretty weird stuff, I know) Didn’t like one of the chemist people, named Helene.
We go back to the interview room during Chapter Three, where Tully was about the start off her story. Just a not…

Blog Commenting: Winter Learning Journey Edition #1

From late December 2015 to late January 2016, I participated in the Sumer Learning Journey, where the activities were about a destination in which I chose Germany. The bloggers involved got to explore the different cultures from their destination country and got to post activities they completed related to their destination. I won first place for blogging in Tamaki Primary...quite weird because it looked like I was the only one from the school blogging so I probably won like that...but I'm saying that in a good way! I still came first!

Skip a few months later and I received an email from Ms. Williamson (or Rachel) offering me a place as one of the commenters for the Winter Learning Journey. But first, before I continue on with this story, let me tell you something, reader...

A guy named Iisa had also been given the offer. I just wanted to point out that I actually met this guy last year at the Manaiakalani Ambassador presentation meetings! Hooow weeiiird, am I right? This is almos…

ANIMAL PERDU!

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Hi, reader!

This post is going to be about a little assignment I completed for my French class. It was to make a 'Missing Animal' poster in French. My French class had just learned about animals and basic descriptions, like colours and eyes and other stuff. I can't remember much because this was done a while ago, and I'm only posting this now because of, well, you know, college work, and there's a lot of it taking up time. But, anyway, click the screenshot below to access the poster. The first page will be in French, and the second page will have the translate version for your pleasure.


A New Challenge...

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Hi, reader.

I've decided to go on a new reading journey these school holidays. This will totally be helpful for whenever I have a new reading response due, so then, that way, I actually have a book, in which I have read! Properly!

Just over a year ago, I challenged myself during some school holidays to read one of my Duffy books "Canterbury Quake" by Desna Wallace. Since then, it has been my favourite book. There were some moments that were pretty much a tear-jerker; it really made me pretty sympathetic towards the main character, having gone through the earthquakes and aftershocks in Christchurch between 2010-2011. Now I'm focusing on "Hostage" by Karen Tayleur, written in 2009, based in 2009 Christmas Day, after a girl is taken hostage by a guy after a disagreement at a chemist.

I'm going to attempt to read the whole book, while also posting out chapters of what happens in the book. It's a Thriller, so it'll be a thrill to read! Haha, oh, goo…

The First of June (Final)

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I turned around and, well, it’s none other than Ms. Scott, who collected Carlos and Nathanael. Oooooh. This went for a dark turn - not that they got caught for being truants, but because they became truants in the first place.

The First of June (Part 4)

We all stood up, and looked at her, as she told us the facts. Carlos and Nathanael were playing truant. I think that’s how you say it, I’m not so sure otherwise. She then asked Tyson if he knew where they were. I turned slowly and looked at him. Oh, my goodness. Of course, HE would’ve known where they were. As she gave a guess on a place in the school, Tyson said no. Until he said “Yes” to one place. My eyes opened slightly wider. After she left, we all sat down and continued to work. I won’t tell you part of what Tyson and I were talking about because, well, I feel like I shouldn’t. There are some things that I can choose to keep to myself, reader. And, if I bring it out in the open, it could create some difficulty if an authority reads this. Authority, as in, the school authority. But, goodness, me, there was Science about to happen, and while waiting outside the door, guess who came along…

These two girls, who this rude guy closed the door on. Rude. I opened the door to them, so th…

The First of June (Part 3)

Where were they? I started getting worried, and others started to wonder the same thing. “Where’s Carlos?” Eric asked from his desk, who was just two desks across from where Carlos sat, “I don’t know…” I said in a cracking voice, placing my hand on his desk. I laughed it off, along with Eric, and I continued to fill out the questions. Tyson, who was sitting by himself - because Cezar wasn’t here - came to sit next to me. “What...what are you doing here!?” I whisper-yelled at him, “This is Carlos’ seat!” “I don’t like sitting by myself!” Tyson whisper-yelled at me back, “Well I’m sitting by myself, and I’m bothered by it!” I replied with the same tone, “Well that’s because, you’re used to it.” Tyson joked, and we both laughed quietly as we filled in the final questions.

Skip a whole lot of talking and a lesson on something from Algebra, which was about ‘like terms’, which is when you see two terms that have the same...you know, “design” or something...for example, “2xy” would be the same as…

The First of June (Part 2)

At least Carlos didn’t threate-well, actually, he kinda did. But, don’t worry, it was a joking kind of way. Well I think it was...
Anyway, a bit of a flashback to last Friday, I had said so many puns, Carlos jokingly ran out of the Art Room with no hesitation, with Caitlyn following close behind. Ohh, man, this shows that my puns are “getting better”.

The First of June (Part 1)

I was cold. The morning was cold. I could see my breath when I blew into the air. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that. Into the school, and everyone else felt the breeze coming through. It was almost like a rainy day, except without the rain...

Preview of Next Week's Story...

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New Story Coming Next Week...

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New Story on Monday the 4th July...

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Tuesday 31st May - Today I Learned...

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Monday 30th May - Today I Learned...

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Wednesday 11th May - Today I Learned...

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Tuesday 10th May - Today I Learned...

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Monday 9th May - Today I Learned...

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Friday 6th May - Today I Learned...

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Thursday 5th May - Today I Learned...

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Wednesday 4th May - Part Two - Today I Learned...

That rainbows are cool...

Wednesday 4th May - Part One - Today I Learned...

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Tuesday 3rd May - Today I Learned...

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Monday 2nd May - Today I Learned...

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One Year On...

One year since the Great Blogging War began...
'Twas an intense time...

Important Blogging Announcement

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Hi, there, reader.

I should just point out one small thing on this blog that should be addressed before Term Two starts. For most of February, I started this thing called Today I Learned. Not an original title, as shown from results from Google, but it fits, because, it talks about school stuff. I did this for almost every day in February, and I stopped. I stopped because, well, to be honest with you, reader...it was too much. So, I left it there. Unfinished. Untouched. Unmentioned in the next few posts. I'm sorry, reader. I wasn't lazy to type down about my schoolday, but I had too much work for me to handle, and I couldn't catch up on days (like I did for some posts), because if I did that, more days would need to be written, and that would create chaos. For me. And, it would affect you.

So, I'm starting again, just experimenting with the first month of the Term. Weirdly enough, Term Two starts at the (almost) start of May. Even though it's May 2nd. But, that'…

ANZAC Day 2016

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Last year, it was 100 years since the landing on Gallipoli by the ANZAC soldiers.

Today marks 100 years since the first ANZAC Day, to honour the (at the time) one-year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings and the start of the Gallipoli Campaign.

Why should we celebrate ANZAC Day? Click here to read my personal opinion on this day.

Click here for a poem that I collaborated on with my good friend Mehi, written last year.

We shall remember them.