Valedictorian speech

My name is Judah Mooney, and I’ve been at this school since prep.

I’d just like to start by thanking everyone here right now (and those who unfortunately couldn’t attend), because all of you, nay, all of us, have worked so hard to get here. We’ve all worked to get through the hardships, the issues, the struggles, the…. Technical difficulties. But for all the year sixes in here, you’ve worked through all of that, and all the bad, the good, the sad, the joyful, they’ve all past. So let us rejoice. Year fives; good luck, you’ve got another year ahead of you. But also with the rejoicing, we shouldn’t just commemorate that we have a whole new school life ahead of us, but that the school life we’re shedding in a few weeks will be leaving, and we should look back to it and reflect. And that is the reason we’re all here today. To remember the half of our life that we’ve spent here.

Here’s a synopsis of my life here: I came here in 2010, a strange, boisterous kid of whom no one could distinguish from a girl. Leigh taught me basic mannerisms and academia, the groundwork of my abilities. In year one, it started with our kind teacher, Lara. She sharpened our wits, but it was halfway through the year that a replacement teacher Andy came in. He was, to me, an incredible man. He made learning feel wondrous, something very few can do. The year after with Senada, kept me growing in maths until I was at the class’s peak. The next year with jude expanded my horizons, teaching me foreign concepts. Anthony was another incredible teacher to have, and he built on andy’s teachings. The next year was with Jude again and she taught us what to expect from high school and prepared us.

and that brings you up to date. I’ve made many memories, journeys, and memories of journeys. And there’s a nostalgia and uniformity so profound for this school that I’d wager that I won’t realise I’m at a different school school when visiting Princes Hill as it’s student for the first time.

It’s not just the teachings that the teachers have accomplished and given us. They’ve runned and are still running all sorts of programs, incursions, and excursions. And these typically are where experiences are richest and densest, because it’s here that we achieve the greatest feats, and the silliest mistakes.

But let me zoom out of me and my companions perspectives, and look at sheerly how many this school has brought joy and knowledge to. Thousands of children have had their lives changed for the better when they came here. Education opens doors for everyone who comes a-knocking. And that reminds me to look around this room, and all I see are diligent, audacious, witty and talented people. I can warrant that for almost everyone here, because I’ve worked with almost all of you, and all of you exceed anyone’s expectations. If you lack one skill, you make up for it with another. Time can’t go to waste if you spend it doing something even slightly productive.

And so with that I must remind everyone here that we can’t pause to reflect on something forever, because we can’t keep the future waiting. To quote Bob Dylan, “the only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keeping on, like a bird that flew.”

I’d like to thank everyone here again, and especially my teachers, my closest friends Griffin, Atticus and oliver for making the unbearable times bearable. And I’d like to thank my friend Jordan even more for being an awesome friend, and also for inspiration for this speech. And with that I’d like to conclude my valedictorian speech.


The Ancient study of astronomy

Astronomy is an ancient science, conceptualised and explored by long gone civilisations such as Babylon ancient greece, and the Mayans. Babylon was a city-state, located close to where Baghdad is now. Their largest contribution in astronomy was subjectively astrology and horoscopy. The mayans were also interested in astrology, however most of their creations were burned by the conquistadors.

How did the Mayans predict solar events? How were the zodiac signs designed/for what reason were they created?

I understand that babylon was more known for fictious/unprovable astronomical concepts because of their state of interest in different areas irrelevant to science.

term three goal reflection:

one of my goals for last term was to be able to lead others and help others when they have apparent issues. I think I have accomplished this goal through SEPEP, a program where 8/9 players cooperatively play soccer, and are scored by their intellectual and and not lie in my goals. I’ve failed miserably at this. social skills. Another of my goals was to have the capacity to write faster, so that I can keep up when writing. this is also made as an extension of my other goal, to keep up with note-taking. I realised that accomplishment of this goal is impossible, as I cannot improve my brain processing speed, since it is the key to some of my other traits.

first aid training experience

today we did a course on first aid. everyone else in my class had done this last year, though it was my first time, as I was absent on the day last year (a peculiar coincedence.) But today I will no longer be illiterate in the way of first aid! The first fresh learning was of the DRS, an acronymic sequence to assess a situation where someone is unconscious, and give aid to them. The first step D, is for danger. you must observe where you are, and what might have knocked the person unconsciece. number two is R, short for responce. You attempt to communicate with them, to see if they’re fully unconscious, or if they can be awoken. S is Send-for-help. If they are unconscious, you should immediately call emergency services.

transitional words – monitor components

A motherboard has multiple parts that all rely on eachother to work. The most important part is the processor. It essentially ‘thinks’ about all of the inputs (keyboard, mouse, coding) and turns it into an output (what you see on the screen.) Another important component is the RAM card. RAM stands for random access memory, and it stores all of the processes and applications running as data inside of it. Without all of the necessary parts, all you’d see on your screen is blackness!

The last post

There I stood. The pool of reflection was before me. I heard the bagpipes play, the bugle blare, and the voice that reminded us about those who died for our freedom. I felt ‘slightly’ uncomfortable, as my nose itched, my eyes watered, and my legs agonised from hours of standing or walking. The scenario was too solemn to disturb, but it was nigh on unbearable to stay still. Minutes were like hours to me, and so thirty of my distorted hours passed before the speaker ended the ceremony. It might be wrong to have this feeling, but I felt relieved that it was over.

100wc: week 4

I stirred the boiling water, the steam flowing over my face. As I stared into the water it began to turn green. Taking The teapot and the sugar, I walked over to the guests at my table. I gave them a pleasant smile, and they responded by doing likewise. Laying the tea and the sugar onto the table, I asked how their day was, and the conversation cascaded into idle pleasantries. As the mood changed with their comfort becoming palpable, I posed the question that was on my lips since they came: ‘Do you accept our deal?’ they shook their heads. And they feinted.

100wc week seventeen

I looked at my companion’s purple wrist, and with one rigid, swift movement snapped it into place. A scream erupted and dormant birds flew away. I looked at their figures, silhouetted against the sunshine, and remembered to bandage my friend. Continuing our trek across the ice,   we were both frightened. But we continued. We walked for hours on end, checking our GPS for when we reached the reported ice cavern. our misty breath was getting faster and weaker. my partner stumbled and collapsed. I wouldn’t have the strength to half-carry him there. I lied down next to him, and we waited to succumb to the chill.

science report: viscosity experiment

What you’ll need:

  • beaker, approximately 200mL
  • teaspoon, for stirring
  • 50 mL of water
  • 150mL of honey
  • 100mL of sulfur hydroxide
  • 100mL of mountain dew

Personal goals:

One of my goals this semester was to fluently understand algebra, as well as Pythagoras’ theorem. Another of my goals was to do tasks for longer without tiring, becoming bored or otherwise stopping. I should develop my leadership abilities to a year 6 standard. I want to improve on my note taking skill, as I take too much time trying to write notes. I need to improve on my rate of writing as I take too long to write within a given time.

Student comments:

I have almost succeeded at my learning goal, to understand algebra, and algebra related theorems fluently. It is, of course, not in the year 6 curriculum, which made it something I had to go out of my way to do. I did, however, get basic understanding from these lessons. I believe that I should practice algebra in future so that I can be competent in algebra. I haven’t focused much on my other goals, but I feel that I have nonetheless accomplished the persistence goal.

Future goals:

I want to, in future, be able to competently lead others and help them whenever they look like they need it. I also want to be able to write faster, as I believe it connects two of my previous goals, which were to improve my note-taking ability, and my other goal was to write fast enough to achieve completion of a task within a time boundary. This could help me in lessons and while writing persuasive texts, narratives, and etcetera.

100wc week twelve term two

The fire crackled with the new log, inconsistencies slowing until it was a quiet flame. The fire distracted me, but it kept me warm. I shivered as the fire smoldered restfully. But I couldn’t rest. Picking up another log, I got up and dropped it into the embers. Now, where was I? My vision blurred, and I cursed being human. I couldn’t stay up any longer. I picked up my papers, quilt and pot, walking towards my quarters. As I got to the door, the flame flickered and went out behind me. I lowered onto the bed, and my burdened body fell to rest.