2022 Year 8 English Students Short Written Pieces
23 Mar 2022
Year 8 English students of Ms Lu have been studying a topic on Australian Voices and Poetic Perspectives in the Landscape. Below are two short pieces written by students about rock pools.
Rock Pool by Angelica I.
I feel the roughness against my feet as I walk across the wide expanse of rocks, tiny pebbles nip my soles as I try my best to avoid them. The wind seems to embrace me as its warm tropical breeze hugs my skin. Eyes fail me as the sun cruelly penetrates my sight, the light blinds me, its harsh glare forcing me to turn away. The scent of salt water becomes intoxicating, the scent fills my nose bringing back memories of crystal blue oceans and roaring waves. Wet soil accompanies the salty scent as it vibrates off the stone slates causing me to scrunch my nose.
My body guides me into a sitting position with my feet dangling into the blue tinted water. I watch as the water ripples against my toes, they dance against the flowing surface. The pool is lukewarm like a water bottle would be on a hot summer day. My hands glide across the rocks, my fingers trace the cracks and divots that paint the textured surface. I pray the heat will take pity on me and dry my too thin clothes as the dampness spreads from the rocks and seeps into the fabric.
I feel my burdens wash away into the gentle water. It leaves me feeling a sense of freedom. The humid wind lulls me into a spell of calmness and vulnerability, whispering me promises of safety and warmth.
The Rock Pool by Teena A.
The distant sound of crashing waves calms me, bringing back memories, so many memories. I make my way over to the pools, skipping over rocks, counting how many little fish I can find, reminiscing my childhood. I feel the cold comforting breeze sway me from side to side as I dance along with the wind. It feels like a hug. A warm trusting, familiar hug. “So familiar”, I think to myself. I pause. The thoughts go away. All of them. Just like that. It was as if they danced away with the wind. I feel empty yet so full. Full of what? I couldn't tell you. But I like it. It feels reliable. I can't be let down by this feeling.
As the wind comes to a small stop, I continue to make my way further down the rocks. My eyes meet with the pool. My rock pool. It wasn't just any pool, it was mine. It was my place. My comfort space.
I gently lay down my towel on the rock beside me as I sit down. I take a moment to gather myself. I inhale the salty ocean air, staring up at the cloudy and gloomy sky upon me as I hear a rumbling thunder booming in my ear. I look down at the water, letting out a sigh. It was at this moment I felt it. The thoughts. All of them. Just a second ago they were gone. I was free. They were entering me, one by one, slowly and painfully. There was this one thought, one moment, one memory out of the thousands in me, this one stood out the most. It was faint. Almost felt like a dream. This thought, I never had it before. It felt so new but warm as if I had known it forever. Like a distant family member. I shake my head, trying to shake the feeling along with it.
25 Nov 2022
Year 10 NINJAS 😀 Year 10 PASS students had their ‘ninja’ skills put to the test last week as they attended Ninja 101 in Prospect. The students attended as part of their Lifestyle, Leisure and Recreation Unit and participated in a variety of challenging obstacles including swinging monkey bars, balance beams, cargo nets and a series of difficult upper body challenges. A highlight of the course was the warped wall with students challenged to climb the 1.5m, 3.5m and 5m walls.
24 Nov 2022
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS ➡ Year 9 French students of Ms Nenchev have been practising conversational French. The students have been role playing how to buy a train ticket to Paris. Bon voyage girls!
24 Nov 2022
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS ➡ To finish their study on Shogunate Japan Year 8 History students of Mrs Nicolson dressed up last Thursday as Samurai. The students worked in groups to source their materials for the dress ups which were to replicate the features of Samurai armour. Shogunate Japan was within Mediaeval times and as part of their study students have learned about the range of groups in society, including the Samurai, a special class of warriors who are still well known today. Mrs Nicolson said that the students thoroughly enjoyed showing off their creativity and in the quiz afterwards the students were able to correctly name all the features and names of the armour. To finish up the lesson the Year 8 students practised the skill of origami folding, a traditional Japanese craft. Students were encouraged to make designs that could be passed onto their families or members of the community as a gesture of appreciation and gratitude.
24 Nov 2022
Year 8 Technology Mandatory students of Mr Lennon and Mr Cavill have been looking at force, energy and motion as part of their Engineering Unit in Technology Mandatory. The students were challenged to build a cardboard roller coaster which must have as a minimum a loop and a left and right turn.
24 Nov 2022
Earlier this month four Year 11 Student Leaders were invited by Student Leaders from Mercy Catholic College, Chatswood to attend an afternoon tea. Student Leaders from other Mercy schools in Sydney were also invited.
23 Nov 2022
Meet the Year 10 Newcombe Ball Champions! 🥳🥳 Year 10 students battled it out today at lunchtime for the title of ‘Newcombe Ball Champions’! Well done to all students who participated in the series of games which ended with the Year 10 grand final. Year 7 students will have their chance to compete on Friday.
23 Nov 2022
FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS 💡Last Thursday Year 7 students gathered together in the Morley Centre for the Future Anything Activate Program Grand Final. The top Year 7 teams pitched their product and solution to the wellbeing issue they were trying to solve. This year the students have been taking part in this program which has seen the students involved in lessons and activities designed to empower young people with the knowledge, skills, support, and partnerships to develop innovative ideas that solve problems. The top teams pitched their ideas to two judges from Anything Activate and the whole Year 7 Form.
22 Nov 2022
Congratulations to the Year 8 Newcombe Ball Champions! 😀 Last Friday the final of the Year 8 Newcombe Ball competition was held with three final rounds played before the grand final to determine the Year 8 Champions! Ms Pasion, Sports Coordinator, said all Year 8 teams showed great sportsmanship with the grand final a competitive and enjoyable game. The Years 9 - 11 teams will play their rounds during lunchtime over the next two weeks.
21 Nov 2022
Last night was the Parramatta Diocesan Rise Up! World Youth Day Celebration Mass held at St John XXIII Glenwood - Stanhope Gardens. ✝️ The celebration of youth and commissioning of youth and school leaders was attended by a number of McAuley students who were accompanied by Ms Refalo, Ms Grigson and Ms Banks.
19 Nov 2022
More Cupcakes!! 🧁🧁 This time it is Year 9 Food Technology students of Ms Maher who made and decorated cupcakes to reflect a theme they had chosen. Some of the themes chosen by the students included a baby shower, Christmas and Halloween. The students completed this work as part of their unit ‘Food, Service and Catering’.
18 Nov 2022
Our Science and PDHPE staff had a fantastic afternoon on Monday at the Western Sydney University The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development. Staff learnt about the research conducted by the Institute and potential learning collaboration opportunities for our students. Thank you to Celia Harris and Caroline Jones for hosting us - it is always great to connect with our Westmead neighbours!
17 Nov 2022
Around the Classrooms ➡ Year 10 Geography students of Miss Spelman were challenged to model some of the landforms along Australian coastlines which they have been learning about. The students used play dough to model the landforms as they mimicked the formation process.