Public Speaking Festival

This week we had our annual Public Speaking Festival at our school. It takes a lot of courage to stand up on the stage in front of students, teachers, parents and judges and deliver a speech. Congratulations to Andrew who presented his speech on Bridges and Kaelyn who shared her speech on the Biathlon. Their speeches were well memorized and they both spoke in a nice clear voice.

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Coming Soon Smellavision TV’s

The students in our class show a genuine interest in learning about new forms of technology, so I thought I would share some information about a new kind of tv that will soon be available.  The new tv will be similiar to existing tv’s that have images and audio, but it will also provide smells. In the new tv’s there is a place where odors will be released. For example, if you’re watching a cooking show you might smell frying bacon or onions. Just imagine, your favourite tv show might have a scene at the beach and you’ll get a wonderful ocean smell in your living room. Of course, advertising will also have smells so if you’re watching a commercial about fabric softener you will experience that fresh smell of clothes just out of the dryer. These new tv’s will work with your existing cable connection and many of the manufacturers will be releasing them this Fall, just in time for Christmas. Do you think your family will be interested in purchasing one of these new tv’s with smellavision technology?

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Guest Blogger – Our Principal

Thanks for inviting me to participate in your blog. It’s a great way to share information and keep in touch with people anywhere in the world.  3 years ago my family and I took some time off and traveled around the world. To keep in touch we kept a blog with pictures and a diary of what we did and where we went. If you want to read our blog you can find it here. Eventually we turned the blog into a book that we have at home. Above is a picture of where we were 3 years ago exactly. We were in Thailand on an island called Koh Chang.  We went on an elephant trek and while we were on it the driver stopped to give the elephant a bath and invited us to swim with her. It was one of the highlights of our trip. This elephant is an Indian elephant. Do you know how to tell the difference between an African and an Indian elephant?

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New Year’s Resolution

A New Year’s Resolution is a commitment a person makes to improving themselves. Examples of resolutions are to get more exercise, eat healthier or do more reading. The New Year is a sign of a new beginning and when someone makes a New Year Resolution they try to do it for the whole year. Have you thought about a New Year’s Resolution? I’d like to wish everyone continuing success in 2013 and good luck with your resolutions.

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No Horseback Riding And No Dogs Allowed On School Grounds

I came across this sign at our school and the wood is badly weathered and the paint is peeling. I’m assuming that at one time this sign was hanging in the playground area and it informed people that there was no horseback riding or dogs allowed on the school grounds. It made me think how much the community has changed over the years. Our school is over 50 years old and many years ago people who lived in this area were probably able to keep horses. Today it’s a suburb and part of a city where many people commute to work. There is no longer the open space needed to raise and ride horses. I was wondering if any of the parents or grandparents who grew up in this area remember this sign? Did it hang on the school playground area at one time? I’m sure my students would be really interested to know more about this sign and its history at our school. Anything you could teach us about this sign would be appreciated. 

       

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