Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Letter from our Class pal in Uganda (5-5)

Dear G5
Dear all our Oddizzi classpals.

Time has flown by and we finish Year 5 tomorrow!!! We will end with a class party, swimming and a whole school assembly.

Most of us are going to Year 6 at Rainbow but some people are leaving and going to England, Scotland, Wales and Kenya.

This week we have been finishing lots of work, especially our DT project which was to make a moving toy using cams!!

We had WOW awards last week where a child in each class received awards for Achievement, Progression and Creativity. We also got badges for housepoints; 50 housepoints gets you a bronze badge, 100 a silver, 150 a gold and 200 a wise owl badge. Most of us also gained our pen licenses so we can write in pen in Year 6!

Some of us are really looking forward to Year 6 trips- we get to go for a week to the Rwenzori mountains as well as the chimp sanctuary and paintballing!!

Aslacton- we like your class pet Noodles- we read his blog and thought it was very funny. We would like to get a class pet next year!! Our favourite athletes are: Usain Bolt, Ngamba Mildred (she is our secondary PE teacher but she is also a sprinter and is trying out for the Olympics at the moment so watch out for her!), Tyson Gay, Tom daley, Kobey Bryant.

We also had our sports day last week. It was great fun and Kyoga won. We did many races including 600m and egg and spoon.

This week, as well as finishing our DT we have been using the ICT lab to go onto mathletics a lot. Do any of you use mathletcis in your school? It's great! We have also been reading The Secret garden in Literacy and watched the film on Monday.

In PE this year we have played Tag rugby, football, netball, basketball and golf as well as athletics and swimming. Tomorrow there is a staff versus children football match before the assembly.

Yesterday we got our yearly reports. Most of us were very pleased!!

We are all very excited about the holidays and some of us are going away. We will visit: Dubai, UK, Tanzania, Seychelles, South Africa, Kenya, Wales and Scotland.

We are sorry we have not been able to chat with you on skype but our internet connection has not been quick enough lately. Hopefully we will be able to keep in contact with you as we all move up a year. Next year we will be in 6SB with Mrs. Balasundar! Hope to hear from you then (we start back 30th August!)

From: 5CB
Rainbow International School, Kampala, Uganda

Friday, June 15, 2012

G5-1's letter for Area 7

Hi dear Area 7,
Thank you for the very detailed introduction of your class and city.  We love your photos, too!

Sorry for replying your e-mail so late.  We have 15 boys and 15 girls in class.  We are all 11 years old.  Fo-Gong Elementary School locates in Kaohsiung (the biggest city in Southern Taiwan) and it is a public school.  The age of the pupils here are from 7 to 12 (Grade 1~Grade 6) and we have a kindergarten class, age 5-6.  The amount of students is 828 and we are middle sized school.

We don’t have Macbooks but some classrooms are equipped with smart boards which enable us to meet teachers or classes around the world.  We enjoy doing projects which collaborate with other nations.  It is delightful to make friends outside our country.

It is summer now in Taiwan and very hot (29-34 Celsius degree)…still, we like to play basketball, dodge ball and tennis.  Our school has a very big sports meet every year and we have a tug-of-war school team and Grade 5 and Grade 6 have classes competition of the sport.
The link above is the race of tug-of-war in 2011, Grade 5-4 versus Grade 5-3.

We are learning Taiwan’s history from prehistory until now.  Taiwan used to be called “Formosa” (beautiful island) by Portuguese (Taiwan had been occupied by other nations, such as Netherlands, Spain and Japan).  We use traditional Chinese words unlike Mainland China and Singapore.  They use simplified Chinese characters.

English is taught from Grade 3 here and only 2 classes per week, We learn Chinese, Taiwanese and English.  We speak a little English and luckily we have many peers around the world which motivate us to learn more about the language and different cultures.

This semester is going to be end on June 29 and after we come back in September we will be grade 6 students.  Our class is going to mail via air our drawings of Fo-Gong Babies (our school symbol) and there are greetings and questions we want to send to you before the end of the semester.  Could we have your school’s address?

The following are photos from our class.  Hope you like it.

Best regards from

Kaohsiung Municipal Fo-Gong Elementary School
No.135 Ho-ping Road 804 Chien Jeng District, Kaohsiung,
Tel: 886-7-8229801 #112

Ms. Lowe's Class, Area 7

Dear G5
Area 7 at Oberthur Primary School is a Year 4/5 class of 14 boys and 14 girls - in total we have 28 children. There are 12 year 4‘s and 16 year 5’s. How many people are in your class? Oberthur Primary School is located in Perth, Bull Creek. Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and it is a wonderful place to live.

Most of the students in our class own Macbooks. We use Macbooks for many of our class activities. In our class if some of the people don’t have Macbooks they can use the class Macbooks. We also have an interactive whiteboard in our classroom which is a whiteboard that is touchscreen and lets us see what is on the teacher’s Macbook. What technical devices do you use for some of your activities?

Right now in Australia it is beginning get colder and it is nearly winter since we live in the Southern Hemisphere. What season is it now in your country?

Area 7 is currently studying things about Ancient Greece. Here in Area 7 we have newspapers delivered to our door. We use the newspapers to read the Ancient Greek story “The Minotaur.” In our school we have students from Kindy to Year 7.

Every Friday the Year 5’s to 7’s have senior sport. The Sports we have are AFL,(Australian Football League), soccer, basketball, T-ball, volleyball, netball, hockey and league tag. Some of the sports are sports that are inter school sports that means that people selected in the teams may compete in the carnivals. We have had our Swimming Carnival and soon we will have the Winter Carnival. In your school do you have a time where senior children do sport?

In Australia there are many Landmarks - Uluru is one that is very famous. Uluru is a rock that was formed by mother nature. In Perth there is a bell tower and it is called the Swan Bells. They are also called the Bell Tower. What famous landmarks are there in your country?

At Oberthur Primary we learn a second language which is Chinese Mandarin. In Chinese we are currently studying the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We are learning the chinese translation of the book. At your school are you learning another language other than English?
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Little Green Thumbs t-shirts, E28

We are SO HAPPY to see our e-pals sending us their recent photos.  They wear little green thumbs t-shirts and look so COOL! 
E28 is our model of doing GREEN works in campus.  It is very important to preserve a good environment for our next generation.  In addition to planting trees and vegetables, in Fo-Gong, we have also a "no meat" lunch one day every month and we also serve vegetarian food every day for teachers and students who do not eat meat.
Have a look of our wonderful and lovely class pals!  We enjoy it so much!

May 31, 2012 (From Mr. Saulnier)

A couple of class pictures wearing our Little Green Thumbs t-shirts:

Tech-Integration in World Scratch Birthday P.

Pin-Wei (Grade 6, Class4) attended the project and made a "Taipei 101" building representing our greetings to Scratch's 5 year-old birthday.  Click the building and see what will happen.  We are so happy to see other nations' students' lovely works on it, too.  Thanks to Lorraine and the host of the World Museam Site.

You can join this project easily just by drawing your balloon and writing your own message. Please visit the World Scratch Birthday Project page for directions on how to join, etc.
World Scratch Birthday Project is a part of "World Museum Project", a world-wide network of people interested in collaborating to create something meaningful to everyone involved. For more information, please visit the World Museum Site.
This work was created using Scratch. Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. See