Day 101 – 115

Day 101: Preparation

1 August 2017 10:17 PM

Mr Wong’s Method’s class will have an upper hand in technology after tomorrow.

See you tomorrow.

Joseph Wong

Day 102: Relax

2 August 2017 6:10 PM
I missed assembly and Wycliffe won Ball Sports and only Tarity was there to go up.

“Isn’t it terrible how the methods course has pinged on our beautiful spesh course?” – Mr Woolfe

“This is bigger than methods, bigger than Carousel. So that’s it. That’s that. It’s better than Carousel. Probably not actually.” – Mr Woolfe

I throw my pen down.
“Are you okay?” – Jeraldine
“No, I’m not okay.” – Joseph

We come back from our ‘2-minute’ break.
“You all good? You have your blood levels pumping?” – Mr Woolfe
“Yes.” – Chun Him while eating a biscuit

“I’m not allowed to go ahead with the course. But I will anyway.” – Mr Wong

“Do you know where Mr Carter is?” – Mrs Conibear to Mr Wong
“Really behind.” – Calvin

Study Free
“Do some work.” – Mrs Mason to us
“We’re talking about Bible.” – Julian
“Surely you got better things to do than talk about Bible.” – Mrs Mason

Day 103: Soccer

3 August 2017 3:50 PM
I’m too dead from soccer to write the blog.

Have fun everyone!

Day 104: Calculate

4 August 2017 4:16 PM
Shoutout to our Wavo Cup team for winning even though our bodies were half dead.

“Latin’s grammar is on steroids.” – Mr Woolfe

“You can talk when you pass the SAC.” – Nathan to Chun Him
“If I pass the SAC you can sactap yourself.” – Chun Him
“Hey! What happened?” – Mrs Cho
“He want to do something, not very appropriate at home.” – Chun Him
“Right hand grip rule?” – Julian

“Matt!” – Mrs Cho
“Sorry, I’m being naughty today.” – Matt Kaye

“What does the calculator say?” – Mrs Cho
“The calculator says we need a break.” – Julian
“Ohhhhhhh.” – rest of the class
“You need to throw away your calculator.” – Mrs Cho

“Many of you have detention today! Show me your homework!! Everyone else just relax. David, Bill Hern, Julian!” – Mrs Cho

Mr Carter comes into the class to return Hern’s CAS calculator. There is a very interesting ‘graph’ on his calculator.
“Get rid of that picture.” – Mr Carter
“Ohhhhh.” – rest of the class
“It’s a graph.” – Hern
“OOOHHHHH” – rest of the class
“It’s called a detention.” – Mr Carter
“OOOHHHHHHHHHHH” – rest of the class
Mr Carter walks out of the room.
“Bill, Hern is smarter than you in methods now because he knows the equation.” – Matt Kaye
“I invented it in year 10.” – Bill
“OHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!” – rest of the class
“Bill, the area of your graph is 0.” – Hern
“OOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!” – rest of the class
“I’m so innocent now.” – Mrs Cho
“Mr Carter said to me ‘you don’t want to see what it is.’” – Mrs Cho
“Mrs Cho, you sure?” – Chun Him

“I’m very tempted to give you a detention.” – Mrs Cho to Hern
“You sure you don’t want to search?” – Chun Him
“Very disgusting drawing.” – Iain

“This is a prism.” – Mrs Cho
“A prison? David Lee.” – Julian
“Julian. We need to have a chat.” – Chun Him

Matt Wo goes up to Mrs Mason and asks her about the pronunciation of the letter “H”
“Back in history, if you were high born you say “H” with the “hh” sound, if you werelow born you say “H” without the “hh” sound.” – Mrs Mason
“YOU UNCULTURED SWINE!” – Micah to Matt Wo

Mr Wong’s phone kept going off during class.
“It’s probably Mandy.” – Mr Wong
“I hope so.” –  Calvin
“Ooooooooohhhhh.” – rest of the class
“Who said that!” – Mr Wong
Mr Wong goes to check who it is.
“It’s for my friends wedding. It’s not Mandy, but it’s nothing.” – Mr Wong
“Why do you have the need to explain to us?” – Julian

“Mr Wong why did you beng my textbook? That’s two dollars gone on my second hand selling.” – Julian
Mr Wong gives Julian’s textbook back.
“Did you know it’s proven that if you own something you see more value in it?” – Mr Wong
“Is that why you see value in this crap class?” – Julian
“Did you hear that everyone? He just called you a crap class.” – Mr Wong
“That’s why you’re bringing down the average.” – Matt Kaye
“Julian do you have a reply?” – Jasheel
“No. I’m speechless.” – Julian

Mr Wong asks a question.
“What is it. Julian.” – Mr Wong

“I’m here to guide you through the statistical morass. Do you know what morass means? A great big mess.” – Mr Woolfe

Shoutout to Mr Woolfe for giving me some of his home made carrot juice.

PS: Hern’s reply

Day 105: Strange

7 August 2017 7:01 PM
Shoutout to Jasheel for scoring a goal at Wavo Cup today.

Danielle pulls out Mikala’s name from the jar.
“It’s Mikala week!” – Miss McClimens
“Tell us something that we don’t know about you. Something that will suprise us.” – Miss McClimens
“Hmmm. I don’t know. I’m not very entertaining. I don’t know.” – Mikala
“What’s your favourite food?” – Matt Wo
“Like…all of them.” – Mikala
“What’s the strangest food you’ve tried?” – Nick
“Scorpion.” – Mikala

“Did you know apples cause cancer?” – Makar
Ethan looks very confused.
“That’s if you smoke beforehand.” – Makar

“Look at that white rice!” – Joseph
“Where’s the black rice? Rice equality!” – Makar

“In Engineering if you didn’t like the lecturer you would click your pens.” – Mrs Mason
“Let’s try that with Mr Carter.” – Makar

“You’re all going on an excursion.” – Mrs Cho
“YEAHHHHHHHH!!” – everyone shouts

“Are we going through the SAC today?” – Hern
“Ben hasn’t done it.” – Mrs Cho
“Ben you grinch. You ruined Christmas for us.” – Hern
“Ben we sell you.” – Chun Him

Day 106: Foreshadow

8 August 2017 8:37 PM
It’s a pretty busy season for all of us at the moment.

“Let’s do maths during the break.” – Mr Wong

We’ve been doing revision for the SAC tomorrow.
“The SAC is tomorrow.” – Mr Wong
“What??” – Julian, confused

“How do we prepare for the SAC?” – Joseph
“You do the questions.” – Mr Wong
“Can we prepare for the SAC?” – Joseph
“I’m not going to answer.”
“No answer? No method? No marks!” – Julian
“You just want me to say it.” – Mr Wong
“You’re not being a very helpful teacher Mr Wong.” – Julian
(Mr Wong once said, “You can’t prepare for the SAC.”)

“We got a period zero tomorrow.” – Mr Woolfe
“Ohhhhh…..” – everyone
“I feel sleepy thinking about that.” – Julian
“If you go to bed after midnight you’ll turn into a pumpkin.” – Mr Woolfe
“Why aren’t I a pumpkin then?” – Julian
“Just sleep half an hour earlier and when you wake up, you’ll all think, ‘Ohh, we’re going to period zero spesh now!’” – Mr Woolfe
“No one thinks that.” – Julian
“Oh. I must be living in a fantasy land.” – Mr Woolfe

If you want to see the whole methods department blow up, for your method just write:
*writes “NormalCdf(168,∞,100,8)” on the board*

Day 107: Chounggy Error

9 August 2017 5:41 PM
Well at least Methods is over.


Makar: Blue
Mrs Mason: Red

“…and the boiling point…”
“You could boil water in the Himalayas and save energy. Climbing would use too much energy. Actually, it would be pretty inefficient. Just like your methods score” – Makar to Ethan
“I used to think I could see through glass and no one else could. I don’t know why.”
“Can you have a pure biscuit?” – Joseph
“Yeah. You can have Hg7. First you start off with a Mars Bar, then you move onto Mercury. You just fill the thing with mercury.”
“Would you die if you just ate mercury?” – Ethan

“…experimental error…”
“I call that… a Chounggy error.”
“…random error…”
“The worst error of them all. The Chounggy Error. It happens when you draw Chounggy as your lab partner.”

“…Second type is the bomb calorimeter…”
“Do you know what bomb stands for?”
“…the way the bomb calorimeter works is…”
“Do you know what bomb stands for?”
“What?” – Ethan
“Brother Ockhmedbasta!!!
“…then you press the ignition button…”
“Allah Akbar.”

“…and you don’t want extra food…”
“Do you know who would want extra food? Mark.”
“…and Bob’s your uncle.”
“Bomb’s your uncle?” – Anton
“Don’t make fun of my uncle.”
“…and then we finish the course…”
“And then we panic.”
“Makar! Be more positive.” – Jesse
“Sorry I meant…then you panic.”

I was trying to help set up part 2 of a video that we watched last week.
“Do you mind if I go through your internet history?” – Joseph
“No, I don’t have porn or anything.” – Mrs Mason

Day 108: d x ΔT

10 August 2017 6:18 PM

“Reaction 1?” – Mrs Mason
“Bromine.” – Micah
“Shouldn’t it be HBr?” – Obed
“Oh yes, because if you add Br2 there should be Br2.” – Mrs Mason
“Reaction 2? Neil?” – Mrs Mason
“NaOH.” – Neil
“What!!!” – Micah

“Why can we have a double bond isomer?” – Mrs Mason
Makar is walking into the classroom while the question is being asked.
“Because the double bond restricts movement.” – Makar
“This guy’s too good.” – Micah

“Neil you think you passed? Sorry I shouldn’t have asked that. Bad luck.” – Makar to Neil

“I don’t know why Mr Munyard has 78 slides.” – Mrs Mason
“I don’t know why Mr Munyard teaches Chem. He’s got no track of time that guy.” – Makar

“What’s the molar concentration of cheese snacks?” – Makar
“1289.” – Mrs Mason

“You can find the molar mass of pizza. You go back to the factory.” – Anton
“But one pizza might have two olives, one might have three.” – Mrs Mason
“ooooohhhh” – rest of the class
“Don’t generalise pizza. All it wants is for it to be eaten.” – Makar
“Yeah just burn it and combust it.” – Micah

“You know there’s this new Jewish guy making new physics formulas? Let’s see, Force equals- let me think of the most obscure thing ever. Force equals temperature times distance. If it’s moving with lots of heat when it hits you at a high speed, it will stun you.” – Makar

Darren’s answer is not correct.
“That’s right. I’m never right.” – Darren sighs
The whole class hears him and laughs at him.

“Oh no, it’s this free where everyone does nothing and Mrs Mason always tells us to be quiet.” – Jeremy

Day 109: Word Front

11 August 2017 7:15 PM
There was a lot of good content today, sorry I couldn’t keep up haha.
(Today I had every class so I’m pretty worn out.)

Words are double edged swords.

I am meaningfully going over interesting new gems. Thoughtful hope rises over unseen glimmering horizons. Don’t ever pretend right? Even some say, “I only need a good ATAR.” It’s not everyday valuable experiences return. You’d think heightened intelligence never gives hindered understanding.  Remember this saying – “In flames, everything excels. Learn eagerly, minimize passing time yearnfully.”

I could always nail the faults in nonsense. Don’t mess over things in very academic times. Instead, outline neatly.

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…

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 112: Think

Went to the doctor.

Last Ever Parent Teacher Interviews

So sad 😦

English with Miss McClimens was my last ever Parent Teacher Interview.

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 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 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.