2018 seemed like the shortest year in the world. And now were here, 5 days till the end. I am going to reflect on this year now.
2018 was my first year 5/6. And I’m not going to forget it. This year was amazing, introducing me, and the other year fives to lots of unique things we did. The first thing I found interesting and cool were the new topics. We studied the government for the first term. I wasn’t expecting a topic that was this boring but I soon got used to it. It was probably the first topic I was utterly clueless about.
The topics later in the year got a bit more interesting but I’ll discuss them later. The second thing I found interesting I actually enjoyed. It was the summer sports also known as ‘Gala’. We got to pick a sport to do for the rest of the term. I choose hot-shots, which was pretty much a modified soccer game with a court about 3×3 meters instead of the rough 13×8. It was a good sport and I liked about 80% of the aspects. The only thing I didn’t really enjoy was the sun, we had to sit in the sun for about 4 hours in total, occasionally going onto the courts to practise or play. That was annoying, but it didn’t make me regret my choice. That was mainly what we did in the first term.
The second term was better in my opinion. Being action packed with stuff, it was still pretty cool; we studied natural disasters this term. Natural disasters was one of my favourite topics this year, probably because I came in knowing about 90% of stuff we learned. But it was mainly about how to make a graph, and natural disasters was the topic there to make sure the others didn’t die of bordum.
A bit through the term, we found out our Prep buddies. Buddies were preps that were partnered up with a 5/6 to see how the leaders of the school act and also have fun with them, we mostly did picnics on the playground on Thursday for our activity.
The second thing that stood out on the second term was the debates. Debates was a very interesting thing that made the whole class play a sort of boring game (I’m not sure how that works); and almost all of us got a role, almost. What basically happened was two teams got together and debated a chosen topic. They got together about a week before the actual week it was held and started researching facts and info to win. The first person that spoke introduced the topic, their teammates, and a few arguments. Then the first person of the opponent’s team did the same thing. After their first person did their stuff your second speaker got up. They added in a few facts then did a rebuttal. In a rebuttal you pretty much just prove their facts wrong. I call them the burner because that’s what they do. Then their second got up, then your third. All the third did was a rebuttal. That what a debate was like.
We also had winter sports in this term, they were a lot like summer sports except different sports to choose from. I choose T-ball.
The last thing we did that term was surprisingly on the last week. You guessed it, it was camp. Camp was held at Canberra, also known as the capital territory. It was a ten hour drive to get there. It lasted five days. 2 days to get there and back, 3 days to kick around. The camp was the last part of the government topic. We visited a heck load of museums, the federal government building, and we even visited ‘Questacon’, kind of like the ‘Science Works’ of Canberra except 50x bigger.
We had finally reached term 3, that’s right, where half way there ohhh were living on a prayer– umm, sorry about that. Term three was probably the blandest of all the terms. We did basically nothing this term. The topic was chemical changes and reactions. And the only exiting and new thing we really did was a new sport called SEPEP, kind of like summer and winter sports but a modified soccer game was the only sport and we never went out of the school to play meaning we only versed are own school.
We had reached the home stretch of the year- term four. This was the most exiting term. We were able to go for a variety of leadership roles, but I only went for two. School captain and green team captain. But in the end I only got the Green team. This term we did no sports except teaching the year fours about the four summer sports and an example on playing them and a few drills. With our prep buddies, we had a picnic that day, but it rained very heavily and it was moved inside he school doing indoor activates. The week before I wrote this, I found out 2 of my best friends were leaving the school on the day they were planning to leave, so that was tough. (Edit: they actually tricked me)
Now were at the end. At now, the main part of what this paper was meant to be about, complaints about why this year sucked! (It didn’t suck though).
- I think the school needs to be a bit more organized with their notes
- I think we should do something other than SEPEP next year
- I think that we need to have better camp food (I’m not sure about next camp but the food was bad at my previous camps)
- We need an easier way to get up the stairs.
- I think we should lower the homework because it became too stressful.
- We need to split the break time to something like 20 minutes every 2 hours.
So I am pretty sure that’s my last complaint. They all sound pretty stupid but it would be a lot better for me so that’s 2018 put into 1025 words. Thank you!