Tuesday, 15 December 2015

A rap for Mr. F!

Hey everyone,
Grade 6 in Mr. F's class has been a blast this year. For our music class' rap/beatbox project, my team wrote a rap about our teacher, Mr F. We hope you enjoy it!
Mr. Foresteiri's bald
He's off the wall
He has cool ways of teaching y'all

He teaches us Math and Social Studies
Sometimes he brings his doctor buddies.
Mr. Foresteri,
His lessons are a breeze .
He teaches us about trees, bees and iMovies. 
He teaches us about business with great finesse.
He plays the greatest game of all.
The game of chess.

I want to thank you for taking the time to reading our rap. I also want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Have a great time over your winter break. Good luck for 2016.

What Christmas means to me…

For me, Christmas isn’t just a time to get presents. It’s a time to look back at the past year and smile at your accomplishments and learn from things that you could have done better. Christmas is the time to share, for it is in giving that we receive.
This year, I along with my dad participated in an initiative to give gently used jackets to underprivileged kids in Kenya. We hope to get over 30 jackets by February (finger crossed). For this project, I started off by making a script and then calling up my friends and cousins over the phone to ask for their help. It took a lot of work but in the end, it paid off. This Christmas I want to see all the fortunate people do good deeds for the needy in our community, even if it’s volunteering for an hour at your local food bank. It's feels great to give back.
Whatever you decide to do this Christmas, I hope you enjoy yourself with your family and make a difference.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Turning Dreams into Reality

Want to play soccer on water? Talk to the boys in Koh Panyee, Thailand. Koh Panyee is a manmade floating island, the boys there loved watching soccer but they were never able to play because there was very little extra space in the village. Their solution: build a soccer pitch. They collected spare wood from the village to realise their dream. The small pitch, protruding nails and the doubting Thomas' were only a few of the many challenges they faced. However the boys believed in the impossible and ended up winning 3rd place in a local soccer tournament.

So what do we learn from this? When starting a new goal true determination is key because if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will. After all like the soccer legend, Pele said, “Success is no accident”. Never underestimate the power of belief because you can go to great lengths if you simply give it your best shot. The members of Koh Panyee are not just true winners but true leaders. They inspire us have to have a go-getter attitude every single day no matter how hard life may make it. They teach us important virtues like patience, persistence and hard work that all lead to the same thing: success. Remember, “Success will never come to you, you have to go to it.”

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Imminent Federal elections

With the elections just around the corner, last minute voters are scrambling to find their perfect candidate. But how does anyone tell who a perfect candidate is? Well first of all, a politician's life is really hard, anything they do will be judged, documented and criticized. Let's look at Stephen Harper, the Duffy trial gave him much negative publicity. Voters aware of controversies have issues when it comes to trusting the government in power. Justin Trudeau has and will face criticism for his views on the legalization of marijuana. Although in Trudeau’s case, it seems like the voters may have been misguided. Going against prior misconception Trudeau has spoken out when one of his ministers said the opposite. When you associated with politics, communication is key, obviously someone hasn't kept up to date or simply has not been paying attention. Tom Mulcair, on the other hand is prompting change because of Canada's recession. Lower cash flow in the country is less money to give to Canadian workers. It all boils down to how well the candidate persuades the nation. That's why Tom Mulcair is so focused on telling everyone about his history, his past in order that everyone will look to him as a strong leader. After all he has no experience in the PM's office. Many people say you can't please everybody, but that's what a politician’s job is all about. All in all October 19 will be a night to remember because the future of Canada is in our hands - this will be a choice and new beginning. Go Canada Go!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

The dwarf planet

When I think Pluto, I think, small planet not 400 degrees below zero temperatures and giant ice mountains! But recent discoveries by NASA have left scientists completely dumbfounded about its new and astonishing facts. Pluto was originally thought to be a regular planet but since it has a width of only half the U.S. you can see why it’s now classified as a dwarf planet. NASA does a lot of space missions, after all it’s the most famous space company in the world but in 2007 no one thought NASA was going to get complete pictures of the planet. 8 years later I think it is safe to say they have come really far. Many people may think these missions are useless but with every planet we discover we are one step closer to possibly finding another planet to live on when and if earth overpopulates, conditions worsen or global warming takes control. Pluto has a rather different route around the sun as it takes 248 years for it to make 1 orbit around the sun. Pluto has some crazy features including a heart in its atmosphere. Even though Pluto was found in the 1930’s most of its discoveries have happened in this year alone. I think Pluto is truly a fascinating planet with all its features but right now, Earth seems the most beautiful and livable of them all.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The Cottage Trip (Goderich) - 2015

This past Victoria Day weekend I visited the Port Albert Cottage and Inn at Goderich, Ontario for the consecutive year.  After a beautiful 2 hour drive it was hard to believe we were really there. When I hopped out of the car with my friend Nathan we took a look at the beautiful inn. Inside I sat with Nathan near the fireplace and instantly felt warm. Shortly after we were allowed in to our cottage called “The Mill House”.  Soon my other friends Josh, Jon, Luke, Mark, Kynan and Frank slowly trickled into the house one by one. We decided to help our parents unload the cars and discovered that Nathan had brought a multi-use sports net.  We set it up and played tennis, volleyball and badminton right up till sunset. Towards the night our parents let us use our iPads. We built traps and raided castles in minecraft. We also roasted marshmallows after an amazing dinner of barbecued chicken and burgers. We also caught up on a movie called The Longest Yard. My first day at the cottage was amazing.
On our second day we visited a cheese factory, I sampled so many types of cheese that I lost count. From the ones I do remember I tried a 9 yr. old cheddar, cheese fudge, munster, and cheese curds. I also milked a fake cow. I went fishing with Nathan but we were out of luck so I decided to head back to the cottage. When we got back home we played games like 7 tiles which was a lot of  fun but really confusing. I enjoyed the games but unfortunately we had to stop for dinner. Dinner was really good, pasta and meatballs. When we had finished I decided to watch my favourite show Shark Tank, a show about investing in small businesses. Then it was time for another flick Furious 7, I liked it because it had a lot of action and adventure. All in all my trip to the cottage was great, I got to try a lot of new things but most of all I got to be with family and friends.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Brussels and all its' mussels.....

During the March break, my parents and I visited Brussels, the capital city of Belgium. Before we saw any tourist attractions we went to our hotel the Radisson Park-in. After checking in, we got down to business and bought tickets to Bruges and Ghent. The train ride was amazing. Both Bruges and Ghent had a lot of antique shops and some fascinating buildings. We also visited a few churches - the Basilica of the Holy blood and Church of our Lady of Bruges. The church’s architecture was stunning, it was all done up with huge pretty murals on the walls. Another tourist attraction in Brussels was the Manneken Pis,  a sculpture of a bronze boy peeing into a fountain. Manneken Pis also happens to be the symbol of the city of Brussels. What’s interesting about the boy is that they dress him up for different celebrations and events. For dinner, we went to a place called l’Escale they served us shrimp roasted in white wine. Delish!!!  I had some local Belgian pasta. The food was really good. The next day we went to a market which was really bustling with people. We got some fresh fruits and vegetables, then some chocolates and sweets from a candy mstore. Brussels was a lot of fun! I hope I can visit again soon.