“NO!” I shouted. “DON’T DO IT!” I yelled frantically from the bottom of the crimson building. My friend was standing on top of the building, about to commit suicide. His last family member, his father, had just died, and he felt like it was all his fault. Also, he had lost his fortune gambling and had started drinking heavily. Poor thing, I thought. Suddenly, he shouted “Goodbye world!” and jumped. It was about a 500 metre jump from the misty top of the building. There was no way he could survive it! But just as he was about to fall to his grave, Superman came in caught him, saving the day!

BTN- Underwater robots




This video was about a bunch of kids who made an underwater robot. A club of kids, lead by Heath, a kid who is amazing at robotics, worked together to build a robot that goes through obstacles underwater. The underwater robot is called the Sea Perch. They are going to enter it in a competition. A couple of years back Heath got involved in a program called STEMSEL, which helps kids learn how to program microchips. He took his knowledge and created a robotics club, which I was telling you about earlier. What is the club called? How long since they made it? How many members are in the club? Did they win the competition? Kids can actually be very smart, if they are given the opportunity and judged like adults, and not like kids. 

100 word challenge: Leg poem


Oh my oh my oh my oh my!

Could it have come from the sky?

Maybe, It’s something I can’t deny.

I give you permission to splatter me with pie,

The creamy, soft, apple kind of pie,

If I am telling a lie.

But on that day, unless my eyes did lie.

I swear that I saw two legs that could fly!

They must have come from the sky

And when they crashed next to I

Of fright, I almost did die!



100 word challenge: …Although they ran quickly, they were still not making enough progress…


A messed up story, by Hamish Talko

“TROLLS! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! TROLLS! HELP!” We all screamed as we ran away. We had been trying to steal the golden goose for her solid gold eggs… Oh wait, that’s another story. What we were actually doing was running away from a bunch of fierce trolls we found in the woods, at their bridge. The trolls were big and ugly and disgusting, but luckily they weren’t that fast. Ok, now I will switch to storyteller mode. Although they ran quickly, they were still not making enough progress… Oh, those poor little kids.

Holiday reading reflection


Over the holidays I read Simpsons comics: Madness. There were a bunch of short stories in it, so I’ll just pick one: The rise and fall of Bart Simpson. It was set in the future when the Simpsons were all grown up. Bart was in a bed, sick. He needed a new digestive tract to live, but they were really expensive. Then the doctor came in with a new digestive tract and a letter and told the that someone had sent Bart this. The letter said: To a person I owe a debt. From a friend. Lisa went on a mission to find out who the mysterious benefactor was. She asked a bunch of people and came to the conclusion that while she was at saxophone camp, Bart had met a gangster, and Bart hid the gangster from the cops. To show thanks, the gangster gave Bart a silver case, which inside were fish logs. Bart sold them at school and became rich, but then people stopped buying them and Bart was down to his last dollar. While he was selling the fish logs, he did a lot of nice things to a lot of people, who all promised they would repay him one day. When Lisa got back to the hospital, she still didn’t know who gave Bart the digestive tract, but then the doctor said someone was there to see them. They opened the door and it was Uter, a famous actor, one of the people Bart was nice to. He told them he was the mysterious benefactor. Then Bart woke up, since the operation was a success. Lisa asked him about the fish logs, and Bart said to not say those words; the reason why he was there was because he ate too much of them!

I thought this was a very funny and clever story.

Goals check-in


name:   Hamish Talko                                             .

Goals for semester 1


What I want to learn:


I want to learn how natural disasters are made and more about the government by the end of the semester.

I also want to read different and harder books.

Finally, I want to finish a book, type it up and sent it to a publisher.


List examples of things I could do that would show I am trying to meet my goal:


  • Borrowing different books from the library
  • Not giving up on a book
  • Paying full attention in class
  • Doing research in my own time
  • Asking questions


How I learn and behave:


I want to not get distracted as much and concentrate more on my work.

I also want to make learning fun for myself and others.


List examples of things I could do that would show I am trying to meet my goal:


  • Focus as much as I can
  • Make a joke every once in a while
  • Have a good sense of humour while learning at the same time


I haven’t learnt anything about natural disasters yet but I have learnt a lot about the government. I am reading books that are right for me but I don’t think I’ve read anything different. I haven’t sent a book to a publisher yet. I haven’t gotten distracted as much but I still have gotten distracted quite a bit, so I hope I can concentrate more this year. Finally, I have made learning fun for myself and others by making jokes every now and then.