Letter About Myself

Hello World,

My name is Charlie and I’m in year 6 this year. I like sport and music. My whole family plays music and loves listening to it too. I’ve played the piano for 4 or 5 years now and most of my inspiration comes from my eldest brother who also plays the piano. I don’t think I’ll ever be as good as him but its something to aim for. I also started playing the trombone at school 3 years ago. Music isn’t just fun to play its good for your brain too. Although 2 instruments is hard to handle since I play sport as well I somehow manage.

My week is jam packed since I’ve moved to a new soccer club. We train Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I have a match on every Sunday as well. Like that isn’t enough! I also play cricket! Cricket trainings are on Tuesdays and there is a match on Saturday. You might think my Thursdays are free but no! I have my piano lessons on Thursday. So my week is full but I still find time to relax (I probably should read more in that time though).

My soccer club is in the NPL (National Premier League) so its more professional than I used to play. I think my coaches are great and always looking to improve us as professional players individually and together as a team. My family has been with the same cricket club for a while and my brothers used to play there. Now I’m the only one left playing sport in my family but I still love it! I’m a fast bowler and I’m always aggressive when I’m playing no matter what the conditions. I look to get better not just with my bowling but with my batting. Soccer is a fast-paced game whereas cricket is more of a strategic game. I like having a mix of them.

In the future I want to go to Italy and France. I learn Italian and have developed a love for their culture. France is another place that would be interesting and there must be so much to see! My main goal is to go to the Eiffel tower in France and the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy. I think after my brother has finished high school we might go on an overseas trip because I’ve never been overseas! (Unless you count Tasmania).

In the future career-wise I want to be a musician or a cricketer. Recently I have been reading an autobiography about Mitchell Johnson who is one of my favourite cricketers! His views on the way cricket is played and his life story are very interesting and inspirational. Both of my brothers play music in bands and my eldest is in University studying music while my other brother is still in high school.

I have 3 pets at the moment. I have a very cute cat called Sophie. I also have two little fish named Leo and Curtis. I used to have fish but I’ve just recently started up the tank again.

This is my last year in primary school so I’m looking forward to a great last year and I can’t wait to go to high school!

 

Safer Internet Day Reflection

Today we learned that your privacy is vital. You need to make sure your careful about your digital footprint or people will find out about who you are. Be sure to think about strategies like:

  • settings
  • talk to a trusted adult
  • report
  • block
  • evidence

Now we know that our rights are to feel safe and secure, being able to be diverse and having your own privacy. Remember that you can’t be sure everyone you meet online are good and mean no harm. The sites you can go to if you need comfort or support are https://kidshelpline.com.au/ and https://www.esafety.gov.au/ .

2017!

This year is my last year at primary school and as usual I will be using my blog regurlarly. Feel free to explore the blog and have a look at some of my posts. Be sure to keep up to date with my blog this year.

P.S: It would be great if you could give me some feedback on my work!

Hour of Code Session

Synopsis of Coding Session:

This session was part of the Hour of Code and it was just getting started on the subject of coding to familiarise ourselves with it and have a go. Coding is and efficient way of programming a computer to direct it and tell it what to do. I wasn’t there for the whole session but I still learnt about it and experienced trial and error when having a go at the activities. I had a go at bomberbot using directions to move the robot. This gave us a little taste of it and it was just one step to learning fully how to code. We also gave directions to our partners to experience the problems and we learnt you have to be specific when telling the computer what to do. Another thing we learnt about was debugging and coming across errors when coding.

What do I want to learn more about?

I want to learn more about how to cope with bugs and problems when coding because it’s easy to get stuck. Debugging was something we covered in the session but I want to expand and understand it better.

What confuses or excites me?

I’m confused about the purpose of coding and how it will be helpful in the future. Another thing that’s confusing is that I have to think of it from the computers perspective. Something that excites me is that coding is a very broad subject and you can be creative but it’s still efficient.

How can we improve learning about coding at MPPS?

I think we could incorporate our coding into our learning of our integrated topic once or twice a week and if students want an extension they can attend a lunchtime club that teaches students more about coding and gives them practise and scenarios where they have to use coding.

Tropical Cyclones Information Report

Hundreds of kilometres in diameter, giant spinning whirls of wind that cause mass destruction. So powerful and their spinning is influenced by the Earth’s rotation. A tropical cyclone is a strong but low pressure wind system that forms over warm waters and moves over land with force and can cause damage and destruction. What are cyclones, hurricane and typhoons? They’re are all the same natural disaster. They can all go under the category of tropical cyclones. Why are they called different things then? The only difference is that they are called different things depending on where they occur. For example, in Australia they’re called cyclones, in the Atlantic they’re called hurricanes and in Japan they’re called typhoons. The reason they’re called different things is because different people call things different according to their culture. This text is about the cause + effect of tropical cyclones.

Cyclones are extremely dangerous but require a certain trigger and several specific necessary conditions to be able to form. The ocean waters have to be at least 26°C. A cyclone can only form if it’s at least 5° latitude from the equator. A low vertical wind shear is also required. There needs to be moisture in the middle of the troposphere. Unstable conditions is another necessary condition for the formation of a cyclone to commence. Lastly, a disturbance existing prior to the formation of the cyclone is vital. All six of these conditions are essential and a cyclone can’t form without them. However, it is not certain that a cyclone will occur even if all of these conditions are met. A cyclone is triggered by a combination of forceful winds driving water onshore and the lower atmospheric pressure. These necessary conditions and this trigger work together to form a cyclone. Things can also encourage the persistence of a tropical cyclone like the Earth’s rotation which influences the spinning and propelling of a tropical cyclone.

Tropical cyclones have some required necessary conditions and this paragraph will be explaining the climate needed. Tropical cyclones can only form near the equator over warm ocean waters. Generally, the sea-surface temperature needs to be at least 26oC. The air above the waters heats and rises while cool air moves in to replace the warm air. This process builds up large clouds. It often happens that pre-existing cyclones keep persisting even as they move over cooler waters. All these requirements are met when a tropical cyclone forms but people might not notice this fascinating process.

Tropical cyclones form over warm ocean waters and then move on to land to cause horrific damage and destruction. This paragraph will be talking about the seasons that they occur in and the different specific places they occur in. Approximately 75% of all cyclones form in the Northern Hemisphere. In Australia, the cyclone season goes for a period of 6 months from 1st November to 30th April. This is most of spring, all of summer and just the start of autumn. The Atlantic hurricane season starts June and ends November. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from mid-May to November. The South Pacific cyclone season is from October to May. Natural disasters can be scary and unexpected but the tropical cyclone seasons comfort people more because they become less unexpected and therefore less scary.

Global warming is an issue and scientists are starting to think it could have an effect on tropical cyclones. It hasn’t yet been clearly proven that global warming is currently having a measurable effect on tropical cyclones. However, climate models have shown that tropical cyclones might intensify in the future if global warming continues. Climate models have also shown that the frequency of tropical cyclones will stay the same or even decrease as global warming continues. This means global warming could intensify tropical cyclones’ effect and do the opposite to the frequency.

Tropical cyclones can be brief issues or build up to being giant long-lasting catastrophes. The length of time a tropical cyclone lasts for depends on the favourability of the atmospheric environment, the movement of the tropical cyclone and sea surface temperatures. Most tropical cyclones persist for at least 3 days to even lasting for 7 days. Some weak tropical cyclones only just reach powerful wind force briefly. Some tropical cyclones can have a longer duration and persist for weeks if they stay in a favourable environment. Hurricane John is the longest tropical cyclone and lasted for 31 days. Hurricane Nancy stayed at category 5 status the longest, 5.5 days! This shows that there is a wide range of possible lengths for tropical cyclones to last for.

Tropical cyclones are strong but some things can stop them from persisting or even developing in the first place. A factor that can interfere with the formation and persistence of a tropical cyclone is if the vertical wind shear is high. Another way to stop a cyclone and its development is subsidence. This is when air sinks. Subsidence is also why any tropical storm that tries to form near a pre-existing tropical cyclone has a very hard time succeeding. These 2 possible occurrences can both very easily happen and prevent the formation and persistence of a tropical cyclone. This means affecting not just how they start but also their duration.

The idea that tropical cyclones and other weather can cause earthquakes is arguable. However, a new study shows the 2010 earthquakes in Haiti and Taiwan could’ve been triggered by tropical cyclones. The Haiti temblor happened 18 months after the same place was hit by 4 tropical storms. This can also happen in other mountainous areas that have been affected by tropical cyclones like Japan, the Philippines and possibly Central America. It would be very helpful to people in earthquake prone areas if this theory was clearly proven or not.

Other theories are presented about earthquakes’ timing and not everyone agrees. Geologists have ignored the idea that low atmospheric pressure linked with tropical cyclones can exert the timing of earthquakes. However, Dr Wdowinski says an investigation of the timing of earthquakes and tropical cyclones in Taiwan over the past 6 decades has shown a statistical correlation. A unique number of earthquakes with a higher magnitude than 6 occurred within 4 years of major tropical cyclones in the Far East. Even though some geologists ignore tropical cyclones could be connected with earthquakes other people like Dr Wdowinski has tried to prove there is some relation.

Another natural disaster that could possibly be caused by a tropical cyclone is a flood. Tropical cyclones are even dangerous because they can cause heavy rainfall and flooding. Tropical cyclones can cause different types of floods such as flash floods, urban/area floods, coastal flooding and river flooding. Floods can also be caused by a storm surge connected with a tropical cyclone.

Conclusion: Tropical cyclones are fascinating and can leave an awesome impact. This text is informative and will help people understand tropical cyclones better and therefore how to prepare for them. It’s very important to be informed of this to make sure people living in tropical cyclone-prone areas are aware. If this information is used in this manner people might design buildings better and sturdier to be ready for an incoming tropical cyclone. Never underestimate a cyclone because natural disasters might seem like a small occurrence but they can be unbelievably strong.

Glossary:

Latitude-the angular distance of a north or south place from the equator

Vertical wind shear-change of winds with height (strong jet of air)

Troposphere-the lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere

Atmospheric pressure-pressure influenced by the weight of the atmosphere

Northern Hemisphere-part of Earth that is north of the equator

Atmospheric environment-envelope of air outside the earth

Subsidence-the sinking of air

Temblor-shaking of the earth’s surface caused by underground movement from the tectonic plates (an earthquake)

Diagrams:

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Systems Analysis:

Necessary Conditions:

Ocean waters at least 26°C
Moisture in the mid-troposphere
Unstable conditions
5° latitude from equator
Low vertical wind shear
Pre-existing disturbance

System Steps:

  • A cluster of thunderstorms over warm ocean waters
  • Water evaporates and condenses to form clouds (this releases heat)
  • The heat energy combines with the rotation of the earth and exerts the cyclone’s spinning and moves it forward
  • The cyclone moves over land or cooler waters and rapidly weakens
  • The cyclone will cause damage and destruction on land.
  • Most cyclones persist for 3-7 days. Weak ones can only briefly reach gale force but strong tropical cyclones can stay sustained for weeks.

If tropical cyclones didn’t weaken over land or cooler waters they would be more dangerous or move faster. This will mean that tropical cyclone-prone areas are in more danger. They could also become faster because they haven’t lost any strength. This means all tropical cyclones will change in terms of danger and strength.

Humans could invent more high-tech equipment to sense incoming tropical cyclones and be more prepared. We would have early alerts to signify people there is a dangerous tropical cyclone coming. They will be told to evacuate to avoid anyone getting hurt. We might also build more sturdy and safe buildings and structures.
Bibliography:

www.hurricanezone.net

www.ausstormscience.com

www.prh.noaa.gov

www.independent.co.uk

earthsky.org

www.bom.gov.au

www.srh.weather.gov

www.ga.gov.au

www.metoffice.gov.uk

www.skwirk.com

spaceplace.nasa.gov

www.wxresearch.org

www.livescience.com

climate.ncsu.edu

www.sage.unsw.edu.au

www.abc.net.au

Self assessment:

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Self Assessment Matrix

Reflection:

I’m proud of the research I did and all the new information I learnt not only about cyclones but some other natural disasters as well. I think I worked very hard and packed a lot of info into a small amount of time. The main thing I’m proud of is my organisation and how I used my time well to achieve a finished product within the time limit. I could’ve improved on my diagrams to plan them better and have clearer features. Having more time to think about it so it turned out clear and had a reasonable scale was necessary. I wanted to fit in a bit more research to have a better system analysis because most of it was from what I already knew. However, it turned out better than expected and explained the key stages. Lastly, my actual text I could’ve edited more and checked in with the assessment matrix more often to make sure I had covered all of the required.

You can also view this post on a word document if you prefer it (open it in a new tab to access it):

Tropical Cyclones

Debate-2nd Negative Speaker

Good afternoon Madam Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen. The topic for this debate is that Australian farmers should receive emergency payments from the government every time they experience drought conditions. We the negative team believe that this statement is false.

Now onto my rebuttal. Jared has said in our culture we help each other. I agree but a drought is slow unlike other natural disasters. Tsunamis, cyclones, earthquakes all hit without much warning but droughts can take years to have a major impact and farmers can easily prepare for them themselves. As a farmer they should be ready for a drought. And also, the government doesn’t need another issue on its mind that by the way, Jared has over-dramatized and exaggerated. Mietta has said farmers need more money to buy water during a drought. She said resources prices will go up. This might be true but there are ways to save water before a drought.

Our first speaker Max has already stated that for the government to give money to all farmers who experience drought conditions is silly because it’ll be too expensive. Today I’ll be explaining to you how farmers can handle drought conditions themselves. I’ll also be talking to you about the more important things for the government to spend their money on.

Now to my first point which is farmers can handle drought conditions themselves. The main way to prepare for droughts is to save as much water as you can. Don’t use water on any non-essential things like washing your car. How hard is that? If all farmers could do that it would majorly lessen the risk. Also, during a drought farmers have lots of time and according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Monthly Drought Statement the rainfall has been above average each month since May 2016. This means droughts are less likely in most parts of Australia. So, rather than the government wasting their money on silly drought conditions the farmers should just take a little action and prevent any problems caused by a drought themselves.

Then to my second point which is the government has better things to spend their money on. What do you think the government should spend most of their money on? News.com.au says that the thing that they choose to spend most of their money on is social security and welfare. This means helping people recover from financial problems. Things like droughts on farms which are slow and can take years to have a major impact don’t need the government’s money. Farmers have got years to prepare for them. Other people like pensioners or homeless people need this precious money way more than farmers. They cannot fix their problem without some serious help. So when you think about it there are some way more important things to fund the government’s money on than a small issue that can be dealt with easily and efficiently by farmers themselves.

So, Madam Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, in conclusion there are more important things for the government to spend their money on than drought conditions which is an issue that farmers can handle themselves anyway! And don’t forget, welfare is important but droughts are frankly stagnant! Thank you.

Ant’s feedback:

Really strong rebuttal
Great comparison to other natural disasters
Great the way you highlighted Jared’s over-dramitisation
Really clever points
Great use of cited sources
Great use of evaluative language
Excellent structure, timing & strong finish

Next steps- more practise to talk rather than read

Debate-1st Affirmative Speaker

Good afternoon Mr Chairman, Ladies and Gentleman. The topic for our debate is that populated areas should regularly practice what to do in preparation for natural disasters.

We define the topic as places with a population should often practise drills to prepare and be ready for natural disasters.

We the affirmative team believe that this statement is true.

I’m Charlie and today as first speaker on the affirmative team I will be talking to you about how simple and effective the drills are. I will also be talking about how vulnerable we are against natural disasters. Lastly I will be talking about how chaotic natural disasters can be so we have to be ready for them. Our second speaker Max will be talking about how doing drills will help you react more naturally and easily. Then our third and final speaker Farrah will be rebutting and talking about how many people die in natural disasters.

My first point is that the effect of a simple preparation for natural disasters has astonishing benefits to the loss when such disasters occur. It doesn’t take much to practise for natural disasters. All it involves is drills. This is so you get quicker and more familiar with the procedure. Imagine if you were at home alone and it flooded and you didn’t know what to do. What would you do? Well this system will help with a scenario like this.

Now to my second point which is that natural disasters are unstoppable and unexpected. They are extremely hard to predict and there isn’t a way to stop them. Even if we did discover a way in the future to stop them, by the time we had invented it the natural disasters would’ve got more intense over the years. Also the frequency of natural disasters has considerably gone up in the last few decades. So the fact that we’re vulnerable when it comes to natural disasters is a big issue.

My third and final point is that natural disasters are extremely chaotic. Sure they don’t sound bad. Put up your hands if you’ve been involved in a natural disaster. You might not have experienced a very serious one but believe me, they can be very chaotic. Severity of natural disasters are measured in lives lost, economic loss and how easy it is to rebuild and recuperate. One of the most devastating floods occurred in China in 1931 and 1 mil-4 mil people died because of it.

So Mr Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, in conclusion, drills to prepare for natural disasters are very simple and effective, natural disasters are unstoppable and unexpected and they are very chaotic which is why it’s vital to prepare for them. Thank you.

Ant’s feedback:

Well written, clear structure, excellent use of pathos, included convincing arguments,
Definition was mentioned but didn’t include defining the key term ‘populated’
To add authority you should be a bit more specific with sources. You said something “has gone up”- where is this info from? /how much has it ‘gone up’?
With more practise your cue cards would have been more organised and you would have been able to make more eye-contact & use gestures to emphasise and connect to your audience more

School Captain Speech

This was the speech I delivered to all the 5/6 teachers and students on why I should become a school captain.

Good afternoon classmates and teachers. I’m Charlie Rolfe and have been a part of this brilliant school since prep. My brothers have also attended Moonee Ponds Primary since prep and are now in high school or have finished school altogether. I’ll be talking to you about why I would represent the school very well as a school captain.

Firstly, the role of school captain would outline and improve my well established organizational skills. These will help when things like fundraisers, excursions and incursions and sporting events are planned and executed. Also my ability to multitask is extraordinary! I have to manage 2 music lessons per week and practise both instruments, swimming lessons once per week, 2 soccer trainings per week plus a game every Sunday and finish my school homework. And if the soccer season finishes I have cricket to replace it! This takes up most of my time but I get it done because I’m organised. This role would also improve my organisation so I would become even more efficient and organised. So, that’s why I believe that my organizational skills would fit perfectly into the role of school captain.

Furthermore, I can communicate very well and work with all ages in a mature manner. My communication skills have also improved through the buddy program and I have learnt the different ways to communicate with younger ages than to work with adults and more sophisticated communities. This means I have had experience with all types of ages because I have young relatives, older relatives, young friends at school, and even some older year 6’s who, by getting to know them and learning from them have taught me a lot about leadership, that sometimes you have to work independently but sometimes you have to adapt to new environments and work with new people. I think these skills would majorly assist me when working as a school captain.

Finally, I’m open to new learning experiences and always take the opportunity to learn something new or teach it to someone else. Open is my middle name! I love learning and always keep my ears peeled to listen. I don’t mind constructive criticism in fact I love it and always use it as an opportunity to improve myself. I also look out for challenges to test my brain. I’m switched on and I don’t back out no matter how hard the situation. This means I’m open and ready to tackle whatever challenges life throws at me.

So, classmates and teachers, I have delivered the three main reasons why I enthusiastically believe and hope you believe I would represent this wonderful school as a perfectly organised, communicative and open school captain. Thank You

Reflection on Principals Day

Leaders are people who lead and help others. They are role models who show the right thing to do and demonstrate a great range of values. The leaders at Moonee Ponds Primary School achieve this and some of the values they pursue are Respect, Optimism, Care and Collaboration which are the school’s values. These are the values they encourage us to have not just at school but also in our everyday life. People like Matt Bott, Rebecca McMahon and Barbara Springfield are genuine examples of fantastic leaders.

Matt Bott-

Matt is a great man. He knows what he’s doing and knows the right time to be serious and down to business and the time to a bit silly and have fun. He’s a very friendly guy and it’s great to get to know him as a person. He’s a perfect role model for this school. Every day I see him working hard and getting around the school doing his jobs and I think, how awesome is he? He’s a great principal with an excellent understanding of kids. Once, when my computer had a problem he always offered to give me a spare until I got mine back. This told me that he understood how I was a bit annoyed and he knew how I felt.

Rebecca McMahon-

Rebecca is great at her job. She’s organised and efficient like Matt. She shines in all values but one of her main values is care and respect in the sense that she really emphasises them. She’s always optimistic and considerably rubs off on other students. She makes time in her day to come around the school and see how we’re working and gets to know us a bit which is nice to have a nice relationship with her. My brother has had her as a teacher once and says she was great. I know her through this and I agree that she’s a terrific person.

Barbara Springfield-

Barbara is great because she’s just stepped into the school and fitted in perfectly. She’s a lovely lady and we all know that she has done an awesome job at adapting to our ways. She’s very experienced and very caring. I think she’s handled the job awesomely and doesn’t step down from the challenge. One of the times she demonstrated great leadership was when she was comforting to the mum of a boy who got lost recently. She understood how the mum felt and helped her through the process until they found him which they did. In this situation she also dealt with the issue brilliantly.

So, there you have it. 3 marvellous leaders at our school who are great with kids, caring and respectful and are brave. These are perfect people to lead our school and everyone knows it.

100WC-I Got This Hat

“No! My beloved hat!” I watched as my favourite hat slowly flew through the air and landed right in the shredder and shredded to bits. I couldn’t believe it! That was the hat that saved my life! I walked away in shock like my whole family had just died. I suddenly broke into a run and fell onto the floor. My eyes were pouring with tears. My mum walked in and noticed me lying on the floor. My eyes were now closed and I couldn’t breath. Then suddenly I felt something land on my head. I couldn’t believe it. It had come back from the dead!

This is me wearing my awesome hat:

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