Mr. Rees' Class Blog

iPad: Angles

We have done a lot of work on angles over the last week, today we get a chance to test our skills. With a partner complete the test and try to achieve a positive score.

Age of the Angles


What was your score?

Guide to mastering chopsticks

Practice makes perfect!!

For those already skilled in the art of Chopsticks, you will be required to be Ambidextrous.

Good luck at the

Harmony Day Chopstick Olympics

Cost: R$300
($100 discount if you are wearing National Dress)

Prizes to be won :mrgreen:

Radio play: Moving Movies

Our first Radio play this year ’Moving Movies’. It can also be seen in the [Podcast] section where all our audio files will be kept.

Assignment: Speech – Why should we save the Rain Forests? Due: Monday 7th April (Week 11)

This Term our assignment is to present a speech that will persuade everyone  ’Why should we save the Rain Forests?’

Your speech needs to be 3 minutes in length (see rubric) and is due on:

 Monday 7th April (Week 11)

Purpose: To attempt to convince the listener that we should save the Rain Forests

Research:  Make sure you research the topic, there is a lot of information available in books and online


Opening statement - introduce your point of view (Position)

Arguments – points and evidence

Conclusion – repeat your point of view

Features: Present tense

Connectives: because, although, however, therefore, actually, so, while, nevertheless, basically, obviously, clearly, furthermore, finally


  • Use good reasons and evidence to convince your readers
  • Use facts rather than just persuasive comments
  • You may wish to counter arguments
  • Try to get the listener interested and on your side
  • Use strong, positive language
  • Make the reader think that everybody else does this, agrees or that it will make them a better, happier person, Everyone agrees that…, We all know that…
  • Be informative, persuasive and friendly
  • Alliteration can make slogans memorable, eg Buy British Beef
  • Use a little humour as it can help get people on your side

Marking Rubric ( 20 Points)

Time- Limit

  • 4 Points: Presentation is close to 3 minutes long.
  • 3 Points: Presentation is under 3 minutes long.
  • 2 Points: Presentation is 2 or 4 minutes long.
  • 1 Point: Presentation is less than 2 minutes OR more than 4 minutes.

Volume and Speaks Clearly

  • 4 Points: Volumes is loud enough to be heard by all audience members throughout the presentation. Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) of the time, and mispronounces no words.
  • 3 Points: Volume is loud enough to be heard by all audience members at least 90% of the time. Speaks clearly and distinctly most (100-95%) of the time, but mispronounces one word.
  • 2 Points: Volume is loud enough to be heard by all audience members at least 80% of the time. Speaks clearly and distinctly most (94-85%) of the time. Mispronounces no more than one word.
  • 1 Point: Volume often too soft to be heard by all audience members. Often mumbles or can not be understood OR mispronounces more than one word.

Posture and Eye Contact

  • 4 Points: Stands up straight, looks relaxed and confident. Establishes eye contact with everyone in the room during the presentation.
  • 3 Points: Stands up straight and establishes eye contact with everyone in the room during the presentation.
  • 2 Points: Sometimes stands up straight and establishes eye contact.
  • 1 Point: Slouches and/or does not look at people during the presentation.

Stays on Topic

  • 4 Points: Stays on topic all (100%) of the time.
  • 3 Points: Stays on topic most (99-90%) of the time.
  • 2 Points: Stays on topic some (89-75%) of the time.
  • 1 Point: It was hard to tell what the topic was.

Content (Persuasive )

  • 4 Points: Is able to convince the audience and shows full understanding of the topic.
  • 3 Points: Is able to convince the audience and shows a good understanding of the topic.
  • 2 Points: Provides a few persuasive arguments and shows a good understanding of parts of the topic.
  • 1 Point: Does not provide persuasive arguments and does not seem to understand the topic very well.

Camp photos

Did you enjoy The Great Aussie Bush Camp?
What was your favourite part?

Here are some photos from camp. If you have any you would like to share in this Gallery you will need to send them to me or bring them to school.

Voice Inflection: I didn’t say George stole my red pen

Have you ever said something to someone and they misunderstood the meaning of what you said? When you think back over what you said, you wonder how they managed to misunderstand you.

Many times, it is not what was said, but how it was said that causes these reactions.Voice inflection can mean so much more than the actual words that are spoken. Voice inflection means to change your voice. You can vary your voice by stressing a word or phrase, stretching a word or phrase, or pausing before a word or phrase.

I have written the sentence below seven times and have underlined a different word each time. Say each sentence out loud, putting emphasis on the underlined word. Can you work out the difference?

I didn’t say George stole my red pen

a. I didn’t say George stole my red pen.

b. I didn’t say George stole my red pen.

c. I didn’t say George stole my red pen.

d. I didn’t say George stole my red pen.

e. I didn’t say George stole my red pen.

f. I didn’t say George stole my red pen.

g. I didn’t say George stole my red pen.

Weather forecast for The Great Aussie Bush Camp

Hope you have all started packing and have remembered your raincoats, just in case it rains. Below is the weather forecast for the 3 days we are at camp.

Hope you are looking forward to a wonderful trip. :mrgreen:

Bush Camp Weather 2014

The Great Aussie Bush Camp (Wed 26th Feb)

On Wednesday 26th February (Week 5) we will be going to ‘The Great Aussie Bush Camp’. The camp is a wonderful experience that everyone should attend. The camp has a huge range of on-site activities that are designed to be challenging, yet fun and include the traditional favourites such as dual flying foxes which traverse the on-site lake and natural bush setting. We will also get the opportunity to walk through and  experience a rainforest, this will help us with our H.S.I.E. unit on Rainforests.

Visit The Great Aussie Bush Camp website for more information.





Souvenirs - Bring no more than $10
This is an old list from last year, but should be the same or similar pricing
Aussie Bush Camp Magnet $2.00
Aussie Bush Camp Lanyard $2.00
Aussie Bush Camp Temporary Tattoo 2 For $1.00
Aussie Bush Camp Carabiner $5.00
Aussie Bush Camp Calico Bag $2.00
Aussie Bush Camp Drink Bottle $5.00
Soft Toy: Aussie Bush Camp Character $5.00
Aussie Bush Camp Cap $10.00
Soft Toy: Kangaroo $5.00
Soft Toy: Koala $5.00
Aussie Crystal $8.00
Souvenir bag: $10.00 (Calico Bag, Drink Bottle, Sticker and your choice of a TCap or T Small Boomerang)

Perspective: Fun with cameras

During camp many students will be taking cameras. This is a great opportunity to have a play with a different type of perspective (point of view) to the ones we have done in class. If you are not taking a camera you can always try this at home.

Forced perspective

Find a friend or two (or/and other objects) that you can have placed at different distances away from your camera. You can try small things close (Pringles tin) and larger things further away (friends). This will make things look giant or small.

Update of class Forced Perspective photos using the iPads:



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Look at the pictures below for some more ideas.

Click on the image to see a larger version