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Summer reading recommendations

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The students have all contributed their recommendations to this reading list. If you don't have something interesting to read this summer, why not try one of these! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

As this is a blog for Room 13 and I am moving to Room 9 next year, this will be the last post on this blog. I will link to the new Room 9 blog once it is up and running next year. Thanks for reading our blog!

End of year prizes

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

This post is to provide information about the overall academic excellence prize and class prizes that were awarded to members of the class at the End of Year ceremony. Read below to find out why each student was awarded the prize this year.

Prizes across all of T@TT

Jemima exemplifies everything you would hope for in a Mount Pleasant student. Not only does she always aim for excellence in everything she does, she is also involved in almost every aspect of school life. Academically, she is one of our top students and a true all rounder excelling in literacy, mathematics and science. This academic excellence has helped her to gain a scholarship to St Margarets. She also recently won the Bays Cluster speech competition showing her flair for public speaking which she also demonstrated at the End of Year Celebration. Jemima has taken on positions of responsibility in the school such as leading the school council. In this role, she was pivotal in the organisation of Market Day and the school discos. She has also been part of the choir, the rock band and the school netball team.

Class Prizes
EXCELLENCE - shared with Maddi and Zac

Maddi has produced some stunning pieces of writing over the course of the year and is able to read and analyse complex and challenging texts. She seeks feedback on her work while still being confident of her own stylistic choices. She is able to work independently to an exceptionally high standard.

Zac has a passion for mathematics and will work tirelessly to understand a new concept or theory. He has recently been working through a Year 11 mathematics text book and will often sit back to mull over his learning. He enjoys solving complicated problems and was a key member of our Cantamaths team.


Emily is an extremely hard working class member who can always be counted on to settle quickly to a task and then to complete it to a very high standard. She takes great care with her written work. She is able to maintain her focus in both independent and group work situations and will be key in taking a task to completion.


Sam’s willingness to work hard and fantastic attitude to her learning has really paid off this year. She has gone up the equivalent of three years in her reading age since the beginning of the year which is a huge achievement. She has also made great gains in her writing and has become a lot more confident in herself. 


Logan has shown on a number of occasions that he is willing to support activities in our class. He has taken images for our blog and year book page, he has volunteered to help clean up after the school disco and he is always quick to do whatever is needed when asked. This can do attitude is what makes him a great citizen of the class.

Creating an engaging presentation

Monday, 2 December 2013

In Room 13, we are creating presentations to share the work we have been doing in our Go MAD projects. We spent some time looking at examples of award winning presentations and discussed what it was that made them great. We also viewed some presentations about creating amazing presentations. Some of these are included below for you to enjoy!

Award winning presentation about smoking
Video about presenting effectively  

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A powerpoint about presenting

Bays Cluster speech competition

On Monday 21 October, I attended the Bay’s cluster speech competition.  It was held in Star Of the Sea hall and included two representatives from the 5 different schools in our cluster: Redcliffs, Sumner, Heathcote Valley, Star of the Sea and Mt Pleasant.

The competition was in two categories: Year 7 and Year 8. There were many different topics including why we cry, the circus, tattoos and fast food. There were also some musical performances from students. My speech was about shark finning and you can watch it below (sorry about the quality!).  It was a great experience and lots of fun and I was really happy to be announced the winner in the Year 8 category.

By Jem

Market Day

On Wednesday the 23rd of October, our school held a market day, a day in which each class picks a country and prepares food from their choosen country to sell on market day. Each student has to be good and show the "MAGIC" to earn "Cathy Cash" to buy stuff on market day. The range of food was from Mexico to England to America to Antarctica. With everyone running like headless chickens it was crazily fun. Everyone was getting festive with their country's clothes and rituals. We had two weeks to collect the Cathy Cash. We all had a blast and partied the day away.
By Jacob

Zones Athletics

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Zone athletics is a competition where we compete against schools in our Bays Cluster.The day started with the roll call at school. It was a very nice day and we all enjoyed ourselves a lot. The competition was at Hanson Park. Athletics included: high jump, sprints (both 100 meters and 60 meters), long jump, and discus. We also had long distance events: 1000 metres for Year 5 and 6 and 1200 metres for the Year 7 and 8. We had some really good results with 21 kids going to the next competition the Canterbury's.

By Harry and Logan

Room 13 Ballads

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Our ballads are now finally published for you all to enjoy. We wrote the ballads about characters from the novels we read in term three. Many were written collaboratively with other students in the class. Click on the image of the book below to enlarge it to full screen so you can read through the pages. We would love to have feedback in the form of comments! Thanks to Sam Deavoll for collating all the ballads and putting the book together.