Day 115: Ready Set-

22 August 2017
I thought I would try make the most of our last athletics. The weather was amazing today.

There were a whole bunch of people who didn’t turn up at the start of the day.
“Where are all these people? They should get an afterschool on Monday and Thursday,” muttered Mr Wong

100m Hurdles
“Is it too late to swap events?” – Year 8? Spurgeon girl at the start line.

I always fall over every year near the finish. This year I changed my approach.
“Ready, set-” Mr Hale announced.
Someone false started.
“Ready, set-” Mr Hale fired the ‘gun’.
I started running and jumped over the first hurdle, then the second. I could see that a few people were in front of me. I realised that jumping over the hurdles was slowing me down, so for the rest of the hurdles I just ran straight through them, without bothering to jump over them at all. Nearing the finish line, I was in second place, however, on the last hurdle, I tripped and fell over it, then almost everybody passed me. I ended up coming 6th. But seriously, it’s much faster to just run through them, I just got unlucky at the end.

Serveral people commented on my amazing ‘technique’. Here is one of the comments that I will always remember.
“Are you the guy who ran straight through the hurdles? That was amazing. I’ll never forget you.”- some year 8 kid.

200m Heat 1
“I’m going to jog it.” – Joseph to Edward
“Okay me too.” – Edward
We finished 7th and 8th and crossed the line at the same time, but officially he beat me by 0.07 seconds.

“Mr Wong, look behind us, they’re so good. I don’t know whether I can run that fast.” – Joseph
I sprinted towards the finish line and overtook Nathan.
However, Nathan overtook me and I ended up getting 8th again.
My legs were absolutely dead. I sat down on the curb of the track. I tried getting up but I could not. It was a strange new feeling to me. I was a bit worried because I needed to fill in for long jump next.
“Mr Wong, could I have some water?” I called Mr Wong from a distance
Mr Wong brought me a bottle of water.
“Can you help find someone to fill in for long jump? I don’t think I can do it,” I told Mr Wong.
I still couldn’t stand up. I asked Yan Ling to help me stand up. I wobbled a bit when I stood up.

I walked over to the stands
“Is he okay?” Mr Wong asked.
“He’s not okay,” Yan Ling replied.

Long Jump
Caleb Daff was going to replace me to do Long Jump but he was doing 100m during that time and it was already running behind schedule.

I got 3.90 metres (that’s really bad) because I just could not sprint at all, hence my initial take off velocity was much slower resulting in less horizontal velocity. This is an example of projectile motion. By taking off at such a low velocity, the angle of take off does not majorly affect the distance.
Therefore using the equation d(horizontal) = v*t,
As v decreases, d decreases.

“I read your blog, and I’m going to take it as fiction.” – Mr Wong
“Well I try keep it as accurate as possible, but sometimes I omit things out.” – Joseph

“Can you fill these events? I heard that you were a good runner”- Mr Wong to a Year 8 girl
“Yeah okay.” – Girl
“Just don’t come last.” – Mr Wong
Mr Wong was really keen to win.

“How many people from Year 12 are away today?” I asked Emily
“Around half.”
“I’m proud of our year level.”
“Everyone’s ‘sick’ ”
“That’s right, everyone’s ‘sick’ ”

Special shoutout to Mr Wong for helping ask people to fill out events. Every time I saw him he was always doing something for Wycliffe.


Day 114: Welcome back Chounggy

21 August 2017 9:12 PM
Laptop crashed so I had to retype everything again. FROM SCRATCH. Isn’t too bad cause it isn’t that long. Welcome back Chounggy.

Before School
“Chounggy! You’re back! They fixed your back but they should have fixed your brain too. Good to have you back.” – Makar

“David! You’re back!” – Mr Wong
The topic of the infamous website, ‘Rate My Teacher’ came up.
“Have you ever checked what people said about you?” – Kathryn
“Yes.” – Mr Wong
“What did people say?” – Kathryn
“Well I only got two ratings, but both of them were 5 star.” – Mr Wong
The whole class gives a loud applause for Mr Wong.
“You guys can boost my rating.” – Mr Wong
Mr Wong then comments about giving a review regarding a pay rise.
“Mr Wong is such a good teacher and he deserves a pay rise. Nobody told me to write that.” – Jonas
“The last sentence was unnecessary.” – Mr Wong

“Because of time, I worked out the answer before and it’s 3/45.” – Mr Wong
“Jenny can you read the next question?” – Mr Wong
Mr Wong explains the method to solve the question.
“Because of time, here’s the answer.” – Mr Wong
Mr Wong proceeds to the next question.
“Because of time, it comes to this number.” – Mr Wong
Jenny starts laughing.
“What’s so funny.” – Mr Wong
“There’s like still 20 minutes left and we’re rushing.” – Jenny
“Other classes are still on Chapter 15 and we’re still rushing.” – Joseph
“This is what Mr Woolfe said: Don’t stress. If you stress you lose.” – Jonas
“I’m not trying to stress you guys out.” – Mr Wong

“Jess can you read the next question? Actually Jenny can read it instead. Jenny is very entertaining.” – Mr Wong

It was time to do the Physics SAC.
Mrs Cho started to hand out the tests.
“Mr Cho, I have a headache.” – Chun Him
Mrs Cho gave Chun Him his test.
“Mrs Cho, I think I’m going to be sick.” – Chun Him

“You may start.” – Mrs Cho
Everyone turned open to the first question. When reading the first question, numerous complaints and awestruck noises came from some of the students.

Day 113: Scholar

18 August 2017 11:10 PM
Just got back home from the Year 12 Prophetic Night at EPIC. If there’s tonnes of errors, my bad I’m too tired to go back and edit.

Before School
I spot Chun Him doing the practice spesh SAC.
“Have you done the practice SAC?” – Chun Him
“Yeah.” – Joseph
“Was it easy?” – Chun Him
“It was okay, there were some questions I couldn’t answer.” – Joseph
“Yeah! Same! I’m screwed!” – Chun Him

“Good morning everyone!” – Mrs Mason
“Good morning.” – class
“Everyone ready for a good life?” – Mrs Mason

“Joseph, you’re a captain, are you doing anything for athletics?” – Mrs Mason
“Hurdles.” – Joseph
“Nathan are you doing anything for athletics?” – Mrs Mason to Nathan
Nathan then proceeds to list like 6 events.
“Wow, getting involved Nathan.” – Mrs Mason
“Aidan, are you coming?” – Mrs Mason
“Why do you doubt me?” – Aidan

Mr Woolfe takes his key and itches his eat with it.
“Mr Woolfe! That’s scary! You could poke your brain and be dead!” – Mrs Mason
“My ear is itchy though.” – Mr Woolfe
“You gave me a fright. That’s really dangerous! Don’t follow Mr Woolfe’s advice.” – Mrs Mason
“I’ll just use my finger then.” – Mr Woolfe

Jasheel comes in to collect money for free dress.
“I forgot to bring my money to homeroom.” – April
“Don’t worry April, you’re just robbing children from Indian Preschools.” – Jasheel

“Ben are you okay?” – Mrs Cho
“Yeah, it’s alright. Jonas stabbed me in the head with a stick.” – Ben

“Where’s Hern?” – Joseph
“Sleeping.” – Chun Him
“What time do you think he’ll come in?” – Matt Kaye
“Maybe 9:30” – Joseph
“Perhaps 9:45. This is what happens in Chem every lesson. What part of the uniform do you think he’ll be missing?” – Matt Kaye

“Micah? Sick? Darren? Sick? Julian? Sick?” – Mrs Cho
“Mrs Cho do you think you’ll be sick next week?” – Chun Him
“Probably, maybe.” – Mrs Cho

“Most of the smart people are away. I should have done that.” – Matt Kaye

“Matt! Why do you keep mumbling to people around you?” – Mrs Cho
“I don’t know. Good question.” – Matt Kaye
“If you keep doing that you’ll have to stand at the back.” – Mrs Cho
“I’ll see.” – Matt Kaye
“No. I will see. If you keep talking you’ll have to go behind and stand.” – Mrs Cho
“ooooooohhhhh” – rest of the physics class

“When you go to ski camp, don’t come back, just stay there.” – Iain to Chun Him

“Neil I know you’re friends with Kim Jong Un.” – Makar
“Where’s Chounggy?” – someone
“Wait, he might be in Korea. Chounggy was away on the same day as when the second missile program started. Coincidence? I think not.” – Makar


Day 111: “Special” Assembly

15 August 2017
Thanks to Miss Lynch for writing the blog yesterday!

Julian told all of us that there was assembly this morning. A bunch of us walk up to the gym only to find that no one was there, just a bunch of ‘kids’.
“It’s just a bunch of kids. I mean they’re like Year 8, but like, you know what I mean.” – Obed
Even some of the Year 12 Homeroom teachers were walking with us. We all had to walk back to homeroom.
“He did so well in confusing everyone that even the teachers were confused.” – James
“Julian told us there was assembly.” – bunch of boys
“Why did you listen to Julian?” – Miss Lynch
Everyone laughs.

We walk into homeroom.
“It was all Julian. He said there was assembly.” – Joseph
“Why did you listen to Julian?” – Mrs Mason
“He said a teacher told him.” – Joseph
“It’s still Julian’s fault. I blame Julian. He’s got no excuse.” – Mrs Mason
“He said Jasheel told him.” – Danielle
“AAHAHAHAHAHAAAA” – well all bang the tables

“How’s Music?” – Mrs Mason to Ashlee
“It’s like another free.” – Ashlee
“No, it’s not, it’s hard work.” – April (sounding sarcastic?!)

Walking to Mr Woolfe’s method’s Class
I stand outside the closed door of Miss Pho’s class.
“What’s so interesting?” – Mrs Porter, who is about to open the door to go inside
“It’s cool.” – Joseph
“What’s so cool?” – Mrs Porter
Miss Pho spots me outside then smiles and waves at me, I wave back.
That’s cool.” – Joseph
I walk away.

Mr Woolfe’s Methods Class
I had a free so I decided to investigate the quality of Mr Woolfe’s class. (But to do work as well)

Ethan takes a pencil case from Neil’s table and hits him with it.
“Ethan?! What’s that about?” – Joseph
“He took my pencil case.” – Ethan
“Okay.” – Joseph
“It’s justified.” – Ethan

Someone’s phone goes off in Mr Woolfe class.

“The question says round to the nearest cent, not the nearest 5 cents.” – Mr Woolfe
“You can’t have 3 cents.” – Ethan
“Electronic. You fool!” – Mark

Quality of class behaviour: 5/10
Quality of teaching: 9/10
Overall Rating: 36/50

Common Room
Mr Kynoch made an appearance today.

There were mixed feelings about the biology excursion. Apparently, they didn’t get a Macca’s run, cake or cookies.

Mr Murphy’s explanation on how much a denari was worth did make sense.

It was time to do the Chemistry Prac SAC.

“No Choungy, more chance of success.” – Makar to his group

Everyone’s group has finished but Makar’s group was still doing the prac. His group consisted of Neil, Ethan, Anton and himself.
“Why is your group taking so long?” – Nick
“Just take a look at our group!! We’ve got China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Egypt!” – Makar

Ethan makes a slip-up.
“Ethan! We’ll send you to NS if you keep messing around.” – Makar

They finally finish.
“We’re finally done. I never thought this was possible.” – Makar

We were talking about attendance rates of chemistry.
Chounggy had the lowest attendance rate.
“Chounggy’s an exception.” – Mrs Mason
“He’s not exceptional!” – Makar

PS: I fell asleep in the common room then Mrs Singh woke me up and told me to go home. And yes, Miss McClimens I heard you.
(Note, not feeling all that well)

Day 110?! Wonder Woman or: How I learned to stop worrying and love Year 12 English

Well, dear readers, it’s time for a change up of diarists. Full disclosure: following the non-linear, confusing nature of our texts, all these events possibly did not occur today.

As I drove to work, I passed a hand-made sign with the words ‘CAUTION SPEED CAMERA AHEAD’ painted in fluorescent orange. Maybe the sign’s creator is 1) saving his neighbours from fines, 2) foiling the police’s plans one fluorescent sign at a time, or 3) is sick of people speeding by to get to the local shops. Either way, I’m pretty sure the old man I saw later on a home-made electronic go kart wouldn’t have been going faster than 50kph anyway… (This has nothing to do with school; I just thought it was the odd type of thing that should be included in a blog. Old man + go kart = blog win/possible tragedy).

In our office today, Miss McClimens and I commiserated over our second place in a trivia night on the weekend. “I’ve had that One Direction song stuck in my head all weekend,” I said. “Luckily I don’t really know how it goes…”

“It goes woah, oh oh, that’s what makes you beautiful. Woah oh…”. Cue Miss McClimens singing One Direction, cue me quickly grabbing my books and running in one direction: to my English class.

Introducing Black Diggers and World War One. What does everyone know about WWI?

Student 1: “That’s the war that Wonder Woman was in.”

Me, in my head: Umm, well, that was a fictional film and World War One was real and…

Me, out loud: “Umm, well… yes. Yes, World War One is the war that Wonder Woman was in.”

Later, Student 1 is googling images of Wonder Woman. So, obviously I need to investigate…

Me: Why are you looking at Wonder Woman?

Student 1: Because, I’m researching a scene in the trenches.

Me: But Wonder Woman wasn’t there! She isn’t in Black Diggers!

Student 1: She could have been. Maybe she was Stan. I’m going to make her Stan…

Me: (quick google check) OK, but Wonder Woman was in the war in 1916. Is your scene set in 1916?

Student 1: (Checks, then sadly) No. 1917.

Me: Well then, I guess Stan can’t be Wonder Woman. She’d already left the war by then.

Student 2: I have a question: is Stan white or black?

Me: Well, even though he’s named he’s white, but…

Student 2: (The happiest I’ve ever heard him) Yesssssss!

Me: Why?

Student 2: It means Nick is wrong. NICK! IS! WRONG!

Me: Well, maybe Nick assuming a character is indigenous rather than white makes him the (W)rightest of us all. (That pun is for you, Miss McClimens!)

Student 2: Ok, in The Longest Memory the head slave, Mr Whitechapel…

Me (and the rest of the class): No, Whitechapel.

Student 2: Wait, what? Isn’t that who I said?!

Me (and the rest of the class): No, Mr Whitechapel is the white plantation owner. Whitechapel is the head slave.

Student 3: And Chapel is the son.

Student 2: They’re all different people?! How many characters are called Whitechapel?!

Me (and the rest of the class): And Mr Whitechapel’s father as well.

Student 2: (head explodes)

At lunch, Mr Murphy was trying to explain a Text and Traditions conundrum. Mr Murphy: “Denari…! A coin…! Not a coin…! Worth not much…! Worth a lot…! Contradictions…! Numbers…!” Yep, I’m looking back over this conversation, and this is exactly what Mr Murphy said. It went on for a lot longer because I’m pretty sure he just kept repeating those phrases. Possibly in the original Greek.

Guest Edit (Mr Murphy): What I actually said made perfect sense.

Response to Guest Edit: I think the official record proves otherwise, Denari Boy. #notfakenews

Miss Chan told me that Makar (who has totally not been mentioned in the blog thus far) was amazed to hear that I play hockey with her. Later I told him that I was sure that I had mentioned hockey before.

Makar: Yeah, I do remember. You said you needed to practise to get better at hockey the same way that we need to practise essay writing to prepare for the exam.

Me: Yessss! You remembered something from class! You’re making it to the blog, Makar!

(He would also like it known that, in the previous blog post, he actually said Albert Einstein, not “that Jewish guy”. You can decide which is funnier.)

Mrs Mason usually makes it into the blog. She visited my class today to find a student. Then she left.

And so, as I head home, I look out for the sign and the speed camera, and I realise that sometimes you need to take matters into your own hands. Take control of your year 12 days and write your own signs. Do those practice essays. Then do more. Speak only in All About Eve quotes. Imagine Wonder Woman somewhere in the background of Black Diggers. Picture Tom Hardy as Sanders Jnr. Or as Lieutenant Rooke. (No? I guess you could choose your own Hardy replacement. I just don’t understand why you would…)

Like I said, dear readers, create your own way of handling Year 12 English. Remember, we don’t throw you a Valedictory party because you crushed Jasheel in your lunch time lemon games! We do it because we make you write essays and encourage you to work the hardest that you’ve ever worked in your life. Go ahead, be the Margo Channing, Tagarang or Eve (if you’re feeling particularly duplicitous) of your own lives.

I would like to thank Joseph for inviting me to write today’s blog. (Get better soon, wongsephjo!) I would also like to thank Kripa for always cleaning my white board scribblings! (Thanks, Kripa!) And finally, thanks to the secret students of my class who provided so many memorable moments that in no way possibly inspired the events in today’s blog.

“Cut! Print it! What happens in the next reel?” I guess you’ll have to wait for Joseph’s next blog to find out…