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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Funny photos of Grade 5s at SOS Camp

Vinny, "Do we look good together?"
Jade, "We're going in HOW MUCH mud???"
Mia, "I'm a Barbie a Barbie World.."
Michael, "Win guardium Leviosa!"
Zoe, " La Le Laaa....I'm just playing with my dough"
Farikai, "Food!"
Mia, "ALL MINE!! My precious..."
Taine, "Girls, stop changing your minds and tell me where to put this log!!"
Mia and Aurora, "When are we going home?"
Abdul, "I must not let the others see my the page..."
Connor, "Monkey style"
Jessica, "You guys aren't listening to me!!"

Our First Skype Call!!

This morning at 8:30am we received a Skype call from a teacher in New Zealand called Mr Webb.
He had questions for the students which his students had given him. Things like do we have windows in our houses, which wild animals roam our streets and what currency we use in South Africa. The students absolutely loved it and we buzzing with excitement afterwards.

We hope to connect in this way with more schools in the future.
Thanks to Connor, who set up all the technical equipment for the call.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Oracle

Our school recently bought a new photocopier. It came in a Big box...a box that Miss Tyler-Smith thought might be fun to claim for the classroom.
It began as a castle in the book corner, then it became a hide out and finally transformed into THE GREAT ORACLE!
This Oracle can tell the future...yes read right...THE FUTURE ("dan dan daaaaannnn")
Presenting....THE ORACLE (Taine)
Discover your future in three easy steps:
Step One
Write your question on a piece of paper 
Step Two
Slide it through the slot.
Step Three
Wait for a reply
(Even teachers couldn't resist the magic powers of the oracle...)
Unfortunately...the news is not always hopeful....
Question: "How long do I have to live?"
Answer: "1 hour"

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Facebook group for our camp

Contact Miss Tyler-Smith for the link
It is a closed group so only our students and their parents have access - sorry folks.

SOS Camp 2010 Blog to Follow!!

 From Monday till Wednesday the Grade 4 - 7 classes (41 children)
and their four teachers went to SOS school in the Wilds.
We travelled by bus for 90minutes and arrived at the farm at 10:30am.
The boys and girls each slept in separate dormitories, and the staff had their own building.

Each day was filled with activities and recreation time.
There was a tuck shop and animals to play with.
The food was wholesome and delicious.
We cooked our own lunch on the second day. Braaied boerewors and bread sticks.

Here is a link to the camp website:

I'm struggling a little to get the new blog up and running but most likely it will be found at

Please excuse us, we're all a little tired and dirty and generally "camped out"...

We met in the hall for the camp rules and information
Aurora sees her first donkey (not really)
Walking the obstacle course
Nikita and Chane (Grade 6) looking rather fashionable over the tyre wall
Connor reaching the top of the large climbing frame (10m)
Brad (Grade 6) after the mud crawl
We touches camels!
...and fed goats...
Those crossword puzzles were hard!

VERY early, VERY cold morning donkey visits
It was so cold (1 degree Celsius) that water droplets froze on the benches!! (unheard of where we live)
Joseph getting ready to wall climb
We cooked our own boerewors and rolls on fires we made ourselves

Vetkoek for breakfast - for many of us, our first one ever!
 Carrying sticks to build a shelter
 The older children give the instructions
A view inside one of the shelters
We were very tired after our shelter building competition

Friday, August 20, 2010


Our school has been taking part in a Readathon for the past month. Taine has read 700 pages, Aurora has read 350. Mia has read 900. Jade has read 200.
There will be a prize for the most pages read.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Waka Waka - Shakira

Last night Tara in Grade 4 did am amazing dance to "Waka Waka". She had all the students standing and clapping in time to the song, cheering her on. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the hall! Its a song we wont easily forget and will always associate with our Talent Show. Well done Tara!

You're a good soldier
Choosing your battles
Pick yourself up
And dust yourself off
And back in the saddle

You're on the front line
Every one's watching
You know it's serious
We're getting closer
This isn't over

The pressure is on
You feel it
But you've got it all
Believe it

When you fall get up
Oh oh...
And if you fall get up
Oh oh...

Tsamina mina
Cuz this is Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa aa
This time for Africa

Listen to your god
This is our motto
Your time to shine
Don't wait in line
Y vamos por Todo

People are raising
Their Expectations
Go on and feed them
This is your moment
No hesitations

Today's your day
I feel it
You paved the way
Believe it

If you get down
Get up Oh oh...
When you get down
Get up eh eh...

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa aa
This time for Africa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh

Tsamina mina zangalewa
Anawa aa

Tsamina mina eh eh
Waka Waka eh eh
Tsamina mina zangalewa
This time for Africa

Writing Assignment 6

  1. Write a 200 word essay on the Talent Show, held last night.
  2. Write a 200 word essay on your dream concert.
  3. Write a 200 word essay on the upcoming camp to SOS school in the wilds.
  4. Write a 200 word essay on your dream camp.
  5. Write a 200 word essay on your dream school.

In the mornings and Fridays

I love our school mornings!  We read our books and we talk to Miss Tyler-Smith and we talk to our friends all the girls and some boys realy like reading and talking to Miss Tyler-Smith!! 

Written by Zoe

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Writing Assignment 5

  1. Write the recipe and take a photo of a meal you have cooked.
  2. Write the recipe and take a photo of a drink you have made.
  3.  Take a photo of your room and tell us about it in detail. Why did you choose the things you chose to fill your room?
  4. Have someone take a photo of you (with or without your face) playing your favourite sport/game.n Tell us about your passion for that game in detail.
  5. Take a photo of your desk at home and tell us about the items on your desk.

Dead Parrot Sketch

Our Talent Show is on Tuesday 17th August. The Grade 8 class are reinacting "The Dead Parrot" sketch and its become the talk of our little school. Here, ladies and gentlemen, is the original video performed by Mr Palin and Mr Cleese of Monty Python.

Amazing pencil tip sculptures

Brazilian born, Connecticut based, Dalton Ghetti carefully crafts the tips of pencils into amazing micro sculptures. These miniature masterpieces are a side project for the professional carpenter, who has been perfecting this art for the last 25 years. Dalton uses a razor blade, sewing needle, a sculpting knife, a steady hand and lots of patience to meticulously carve the graphite which can take anywhere between a few months to a few years. Over time he has broken many works in progress and keeps them in what he calls the cemetery collection. One of the most fascinating things about these tiny works of art is that he has never sold them, only given away to friends as gifts.
Here is the link to the article:

Monday, August 2, 2010

Daily life in Grade Five

Research time in Grade 5
Abdulia the photo bomber

"Do you do the bunny hop?" 
(Joe the photo bomber)
Miss Tyler-Smith's desk