Beach Tripping

The salt of the ocean hit my nose like a tidal wave. The endless waves crashed onto the shore, spraying foam in every direction. I stood with breathless wonder and I took in the vast and beautiful scene in-front of me. What a way to celebrate Christmas!

While me and dad pitched the tent, my two sisters ran straight into the water. I watched them with envy. It sucks to be a big brother sometimes. Right after we set up the tent, I grabbed a water gun and dove into the shallow pool of seawater. The gentle waves here bobbed us up and down. I grabbed my smallest sister, whom is 4 years of age and led her even deeper. We went to the point where she was chest deep in water. I carried her back because I thought she wouldn’t be able to balance.

We spent 2 hours at the beach, rolling in the sand, collecting seashell, and splashing each other with water. It was a fun day and I will treasure it with my days to come.

Puffing Billy Steam Train

The puffing billy station was located next to Knox, east of my home. It was a brilliant sunny morning and the rays of the sun escaped the ominous clouds. I stretched and yawned. Today was gonna be a long day. We were to catch the Puffing Billy train at 10:30AM today and ride it until 12:30, at Emerald Lake to eat picnic with my Dad’s colleagues.

We got there at 10 in the morning and I read my book as we slacked off to wait for my dad’s friends to give us the train tickets. We waited. And waited. And waited. Until it was 10:30 and the train was about to go. Dad, frantic, called and called, but no one took the phone. Until one of them did and told us that the train was actually at 11:10AM. Annoyed, we trudged back to one of the side benches to wait some more.

We waited until it was about 10:50 and that’s when most of my father’s company’s employees came along. They handed out our tickets and off we took, on the puffin’ billy train. It was actually pretty fun, you were allowed to hang your head outside of carriages!

We arrived at Emerald Lake at 12:20 and set up our picnic under a park shelter. There was a barbecue station, but we had our own food, so it was not of use. The food consisted of delicious homemade burgers that ran oil when you bit into them. It was good at first…but as you eat more, the feeling becomes sickly. I just drank a buttload of Cola after that.

For desert, there was mini pizzas and cakes shared around… I wasn’t that interested, so I just brought out my book and started reading. We also went down to the actual Emerald Lake to enjoy the scenery. The scent of greenery hit my sensitive nose and I immediately started getting Hay Fever. After resisting temptation to scratch my eyes out, I sat down and continued to read while my family went out to paddle boat in the lake.

It was a pretty good day, considering it was so tiring.

Twilight Carnival

Mount View Primary School held its Twilight Carnival on Friday the 11th of November, Evening. At the carnival, many cultures and nationalities can be spotted even from the rides themselves. They included families from Australia, China, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka and more. It was quite hard to see them, since seeing everyone on top of rides was like trying to spot ants when concentrating not to die.

The array of foods from different cultures was available to delight everyone. Including me. Oh My Goodness, I still want another Pancake… anyways, international traders served their tasty cuisine including paellas, souvlakis, curries, pizza, stir-fries, rice dishes, noodles, kebabs, ice creams and gelato.  Just staring made me water :D. The popular Parents Association Big BBQ arrangement brought classic festival foods including sausages, and hamburgers.  I’m sure we can’t forget the fun food offerings of soft drinks, fairy floss and popcorn.

The Carnival featured over 10 major ride attractions, including the Pirate’s Nest, Music Trip, Tornado, Giant Slide, Tea Cups, Fun Factory, Camels, Donkeys and more. I went on the Tornado and it went 180 Degrees! I was scared to the bones!

Lucky Jars and Chocolate Toss, home made preserves, second hand toys and more was set up under the shelter on the Basketball courts and Walden Oval. I didn’t explore these very well because I was queuing up for the rides and buying food. A worthwhile choice.

Overall, in my opinion, the carnival was a huge success and I can’t wait for next year’s Mount View Twilight Carnival.

Playdate

It was Friday and a good friend of mine is coming over to my house. His nickname is Penguin, so I am going to be referring to him as that name. We both loved playing Roblox with each other, and are dedicated to creating a game for everyone to play.

I personally take it as a hobby, programming this advanced game for peers and I think it is extremely rewarding when the result is published. I just feel really accomplished when I put my heart and soul into a project and watch it come to life. And everyone one of these projects adds just a fraction tot he entire game entity.

That day, we simply played Brawl Stars and Soul Knight for a simple change. How nice!

At about 8PM, it was time to go. I waved him goodbye, promised him that we’ll continue again someday and climbed into bed. And fell into a peaceful sleep….

Fog Skate

On Thursday night, Rollerama held their fog skate for children at 6-9PM. 3 hours of skating was to be behold in that arena. I couldn’t wait to go there when I saw the leaflets.

Which was why I was so disappointed when my dad cancelled the trip. When I sat down to eat my dinner that evening, a call rang through. It was my friend’s mum. She had called to ask when to be at the fog skate. When my dad said it was to be cancelled, I heard a lot of protests and suggestions. When the call ended, my dad turned to me, he solemnly said, “You are to take Melody’s car to Rollerama”.

I was so pumped my heart could have leaped out of my chest. I was going!

When I got there, children littered the arena. The tables were piled to the top. And bathrooms overloaded. It was so full, that you can feel heat radiating from the inside. But that wasn’t the only thing that spread. It was the smell of happiness and joy from all the skaters on board. I smiled. This was going to be a fun night…

Lakes Entrance 2

It was our second day at Lakes Entrance and I must say, I am impressed. The clean, 5 star house was equivalent to my dreams. The antique furniture and modern design really gives the house a clean edge, making it seem sharp and gleaming.

Last night, me, Albert and Gary played Monopoly until 11PM which is a bit late, since we awoke at 5AM. Gary snored like a miniature truck and I had bags under my eyes when I finally dragged myself out of bed. The reason we woke so early, is to catch more crabs, since most crabs submerge at 8PM to about 7-8AM. My dad drove us to the harbour (jetty) and we started tossing down the nets.

Our first haul, contained 6 crabs in 1 net, which was mind-blowing because the max we got yesterday was only 4. And the best thing was, 5 of the was HUGE! Which means that we already bet yesterday’s “big crab” haul (2 Big crabs). But our luck didn’t stop.

Our second net, brought us 7 crabs, 5 big. We were so happy (well I was anyway…), that the three of us (excluding dad.) couldn’t stop moving (even Gary, even though he had seasickness!).

At about our 6th haul, I though I caught a little movement to my right. I squinted. It was squirming and slither, and looked like a rubber ball. Then, it unrolled and zoomed right under us. It was a seal. A wild one! It flopped around us for about a minute, then flicked it’s tail, as if saying goodbye and plunged back into the turquoise sea-water. I had been shocked to silence. I had never seen a wild seal before, and it was BIG.

At 8, we had 2 bucketful’s of crab, ready to be taken back home. I packed our bags of nets and bait, then headed back home. I played a little of games before I drifted off into a daydream…

Lakes Entrance

It was Tuesday, the dawn of the trip to Lakes Entrance. I had most of my things packed for the night, my sleeping bag, iPad and two books, just in case I get lonely. We set off at about 8:30AM, hoping to get there just in time for lunch. It was a 4 hour wheel drive so things started to get really boring, really soon. The only form of entertainment was the DVD track which played Kung Fu Panda 2. It runs for 1:30 hours but loops again if finished, so we ended up watching it two times, which kind of made it lose it’s “movie” touch.

We arrived at 12:40PM, at a jetty. Our house overnight opens only at 3, so we stood on the harbour catching crabs for the next 2 hours. It honestly was pretty fun because you wouldn’t know what might come up. Everyone wanted to catch big crabs but in the afternoon, most of the crabs are still in their hidie-holes. We did manage to catch 2 big ones, and one with eggs.

After that, we went to our rented house to set up our beds and make dinner. For dinner, we had a treat of delicious crab noodles which came with a dish of steaming hot pizza.

I can’t wait for Wednesday!

Exhibition

From the beginning of Term 3 to the end, we have been working on our Exhibition projects. Until… finally, the day had come for Year 6 to showcase our work to our guardians.

It was Thursday, and the day that everyone had been both, nervous and excited. It was the night that gave you butterflies in your stomach. It was also a time to make our parents proud of us. Well… that’s how I interpreted it anyway.

Others just took it as a useless momentum to their boring Years at elementary school. Exhibition, as the name suggests, is a gallery walk, a summary of the education we received at MVPS. I personally took it as a prison leave ?… (lol).

Honestly speaking though, I did learn a lot. My topic was Personalitites, which is the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character. From there, my group created a central idea, which was: “Students will understand that experiences and choices may influence an evolving individual”. And further down the track, we created Lines of Inquiries, which guided us down to our individual KRQ (Key Research Question ). This question directed us in researching, which we used to create our Written Responses. From there, the Written Responses gave us ideas to how we could “create” out Exhibiton Stand and make it “Pop”. The Written Responses also led us to the creation of the Creative Pieces, which was the main and crucial part to our Exhibition Stand.

This is where Exhibition really becomes exciting. The simple idea of our Creative Responses gave us motivation and enthusiasm, thus boosting our confidence in the task. It was about this point I reflected upon the past 6 weeks of hard working. I can now give a approximate guess of someone’s personality by simply analysing reactions and choices. I also know a whole heap of new theories and facts which I thought to be really cool and help me on my journey to University and beyond.

Sunday

Unusually, my tennis team have a BYE, meaning that we don’t play. Dad says we should swap last Sundays game with today, because last Sunday was a washout. Personally I disagree because my ankle hurt like fire, I was literally limping!

So I stayed in bed late, up until 9:00. Mum was close to furious, I was supposed to wake up at the very least, 8:30. I hurriedly filled up my bowl with milk, but before I could heat it, Dad’s voice rang from the corridor, “Hey Trevor, where is the tennis racket bag?”. Uh Oh. Busted. I had left it at the tennis court the last time I played. Seeing dad was about to erupt, I figuratively shrank to a pinball. It went something like this : “BAM, BOOM, POW” and “OUCH, OOF, WHOOSH”. It wasn’t fun.

Justin’s Playdate

It is Sunday. I had been looking forward to this day for the whole week. Today, I have tennis in the morning, lunch at Danny’s house (Pizza!) and am going to Justin’s house for a quadruple playdate.

At 8:45 I went to tennis. I was playing Danny and his team. What a load of luck! I was going to Danny’s house after this! Danny’s Team was pretty strong, it consisted of two volleyers and I ground sweeper. Normally, that is a good combination in tennis. However, we have a STRONGER team. I am our ground sweeper AND Volleyer. Peter is strong in ground sweeping, and Oliver is extremely tall, so he does a lot of smashes.

Danny and I are the Number 1 player on both teams, so we play off against each other. I won, 6 to 1. The next few rounds were uneventful.