100WC Week #15 – Colour

The walls that towered us glistened in bare crystal silver. Our jewelled shoes made deep echoing sounds on the stone floor as we clutched hands searching for the treasure. Not a drop of colour was in sight, it was as if our eyes had been turned colour blind. Hallways, rooms and more rooms past but were all empty, it was like an impossible maze to the treasure. Then suddenly colourful lights appear ahead. They were coming from a room with a slightly open door. As we enter I start to gasp at the bright colours… I pick up a paintbrush

BTN – Eureka Stockade

To watch the video I watched follow this link: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3900125.htm Enjoy!

On the 3rd of December this year it was the anniversary of the famous Australian history event – the Eureka Stockade. The Eureka Stockade was a fight between miners, police and soldiers in Ballarat, Victoria at a mining camp.

The fight was caused by miners wanting to have a there own rights and democracy on the mining fields and get rid of the silly rule to have a mining licence. The rebellion involved hundreds of thousands of miners burning their licences and raising their very own flag, the start of the Australian flag with the Eureka star. Soon after, the battle began, the miners had built a wooden stockade in the camp and where ready for battle. Even though it was a short battle, 22 miners and 8 soldiers ended up dying.

The rebellion is well and truly over now but the location of the Eureka Stockade now holds Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill, a renactment  of the past  based on 1850 gold rush and Eureka Stockade. Its a great place for camps and excursions as the kids in the video explained. You get to be fully hands on and live the strict life of a child from that period, going to school and playing games are just some of the highlights.

Some people say that the Eureka Stockade was a very important step for Australian democracy and our its one of our history’s most dramatic events. What do you think?

BTN – Toy Story

To watch the video I watched, follow this link: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3890123.htm Enjoy!

You may not know that there has been lots of thought on how many leading toy shops are making an obvious  differences between toys meant for boys and toys meant for girls. Usually, girls toys are pink while boys are blue and toy shops have areas just meant for each gender, but some people believe this is not right though because every child is different – and they like different toys as well. Among these people is 4 year-old Riley she thinks toy stores are tricking costumers by colouring girls toys in pink and boys toys in blue, even companies have just decided to group girls toys with beauty, fashion, housecleaning while boys toys are grouped with building stuff, fixing, fighting and even saving the world.

Around the world toy shops are stating to make there toys more unisex and just mix all the toys together without separate areas for boys and girls. Some Australian mums have even started campaigning to make the change happen in Australia as well.

Many people have lots of different opinions on this, some even just don’t care because its just child play if you think about it.

 What do you think? I would love to know so please comment your opinions and feel free to share!

By Gracie 🙂

100WC Week #12 – A Letter In A Bottle

The early morning sun shone bright onto my cracked face. Sand felt like it was plastered on, so thick and heavy like a brick. My ragged clothes smelt deeply of salt and my head ached like it never had before.  I press my fleshy hands into the sand trying to move closer to the sea, but I give in with a mouthful of despair and exhaustion. What I would give to be back with my family, all I prayed for was them; and a letter in a bottle. I had not communicated with a single whisper of life for weeks.

Below is my second entry that involves the real author’s purpose:

Dear Child,

Please let me stress with you that you still have hope. Your unfortunate encounter with Typhoon Haiyan was a very distressing time, I’m sure that you will agree with me, but it has made you a stronger person. If you weep alone in places beneath the deceased your heart will never know about the spectacular vision of hope and how it heals the most impossible wounds. Tears won’t bring back your beloved, but hope will place them in your heart.

You’re not alone; others where left stranded. You’ll be okay; you’re lucky.

From a believer with much respect.

 

100WC Week #11 – Puzzel Trouble

The thought of remembering to finish my 500 piece puzzle struck me like a lightning bolt. It came when I was blowing bubbles in the garden, daring to go as close as possible without popping them; it was extremely hard. My little sister was dressed up as a witch as I came plummeting towards her, almost falling over as my arms pumped past my shoulders violently as I ran towards the uncompleted puzzle. I had promised to finish it before my friend came over but I knew it was going to be too late. The doorbell suddenly rang; I gulped…

BTN – Mime

To watch the video I watched, follow this link!: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3885279.htm Enjoy.

You may have used your imagination to pretend something was there when it’s not a few times without realising what your actually doing; its called miming. It involves using gestures, facial expressions and movements to tell a story without making a single sound. Mime means ‘to imitate’ in ancient Greek, and it is one of the earliest forms of drama. Usually, to make their expressions more noticeable, a mime will often dress in plain black and white coloured clothing and paint their face white like a mask with black lines over their eyes. A globally famous mime, Marcel Marceau was a French actor that even started his own mime school in around the 1940s.

Jen Mandes is a lady that has been a mime artist for more than 20 years, and she teaches it to kids. She says that two points are that you have to be very, very fit and  totally concentrated. This is because some of the things are really hard work like climbing up stairs or running, you have to run on the spot and this involves practising a good technique.

Although miming may take up a lot of your concentration, it gives you alot more self confidence, can be done anywhere anytime and it is a great and interesting way to express yourself!

By Gracie:)

100WC Week #10

It was a misty autumn morning the day I went missing. I still remember the joy of crunching leaves with my favourite pair of gumboots and staring up at the huge oak trees that towered me, dreaming that I one day would be able to fly through the tree tops with all the singing robins . When I came across an abandoned dam I felt the urge to splash about, I didn’t care about soaking myself through.

Then the man took me away for 6 years, until he pushed me into the dam he found me in. I was horrified.

BTN – Green Art

To watch the video I watched, follow this link: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3880235.htm Enjoy!

Recycling is extremely important because it helps keep our environment healthy, but did you know it can turn out to be creative too?  If you had a bunch of old unwanted tapes and you really just didn’t know what to do with them, has the idea of knitting, crocheting or weaving with them and making them into a hat ever came into your mind? it may sound unusual but people like Evelyn Roth, an artist from Canada has being doing this all her life. She makes bouncing mats, hats, bags, clothing, tea cosies, outfits and much more out of old tapes from cassettes!

Evelyn Roth

 She now lives in Australia and loves teaching kids how to use old tapes that would otherwise been thrown out to make interesting and unique items. But of course how do you make a pile of old tapes into a crocheted bag? It starts with smashing open the tape by using a hammer until you get the tape to just fall out into your hands. You are then ready to crochet which involves a lot of looping and to help you can even use crochet hooks to speed up the long but worthwhile process.

So if your looking for something a bit different to do, pick up some old tapes and let your creative imagination go wild!

By Gracie:)

100WC Week #9

The violent storm was crashing its way through the forest, not stoping for anyone or anything. Winds stormed though at atrocious speeds just like an army at the start of a battle. Rain pelted down heavily like a cloud was crying though three eyes.

Lightning lit up the sky; sparks flew themselves everywhere, like fireworks had been set off in every branch. All the life had gone away, probably somewhere far where you couldn’t even feel the thud when another tree made its way to the ground.

It couldn’t stop.

All anyone could do was to wait for a miracle.

BTN – German Dancers

To watch the video I watched, follow this link!: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3875976.htm

The “Bund Der Bayern” dance group can spin, kick and slap and they can even play music with cow bells. This year they were involved in the “Oktoberfest” celebrations in Australia. They perform a traditional German folk dance called Schuhplattler which means ‘shoe slapping’ and its originally from a place in Germany called Bavaria. It involves both girls and boys to have strong legs and hands so when they slap it makes the right sound. Girls wear Bavarian outfits while boys wear leather costumes called Lederhosen.

These guys don’t only dance but they play music too – by ringing cow bells! The bells are made from brass and used to be worn by cows so their owners could easily locate where they would be on a piece of land. The bells that these dancers use are specially tuned though, so that all 13 bells make a different sound and can be played to make a tune.

The group is  currently saving up at the moment so that they could maybe take a trip to Germany next year to learn about the culture of the country, meet other dance groups and to show what they can do. So hopefully the Bund Der Bayern dance group can dance and bell ring themselves there!

 

By Gracie:)