Shouts. Cries, The stamping of feet. Whips. I looked out the window. Blood leaked from the door bases. I ran to my layout of hay and picked up my little toy bear. I looked at it and started to cry. It was just a little cry. I lay on my back and closed my eyes, but it was impossible to sleep with the racket outside. Mum and dad were so stupid. And my brother couldn’t take care of me. So he sold me to the ruler of China for some money and that he didn’t have to carry one extra person, and I’ve been here all my life since then. If I could run out of the iron gates and into the forest, I would be free, alive, breathing fresh and natural air, and not have blood on my feet, back and hands all the time, and not to wake every morning as a slave. But the guards stood there all the time, and I coudn’t get out without being beaten to death. Then they would throw me out. I wouldn’t mind being thrown out, but I would mind them beating me. I’d seen photos of the outside when I was little, but I still remember them as clear as day. Sweet flowers, bees on them, The Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City and so many other places mother and father had been to. If only I could visit them, one day.
By Elise D
A little briefing on this:
I am willing to be an author, and I have an idea for a story. This is some of the first chapter (I might change it to a Preface) that I have written so far. It’s a story of a Chinese girl, (who doesn’t look it, she looks English or Australian) called Aaliyah who is put to work by, as above, the Ruler of China, (even if there is no ruler but there’s a king or something.) who doesn’t talk to the slaves at all, as he thinks the guards can take are of it all. Soon somene comes to take her away from all this, and she finds a nice fresh and open bungalow in the forest to stay. She learns how to sing and be positive. But a boy comes along and finds out who she is, but the housekeeper of Aaliyah’s is not entirely impressed by this boy and banishes him from seeing Aaliyah again. Aaliyah doesn’t know what’s happened to him and the housekeeper feels guilty for making Aaliyah feel unhappy. But in time, the two children meet up again and find out everything they will do and achieve together, even if that means, runnng away to the other side of the Great Wall, finding Aaliyah’s parents and, if needed, to go back to the danger zone where Aaliyah grew up. I will be attemping to write this tory under the same name, title and author that it is here. Hopefully I can publish this and publish more!
Sport is a big part of Australian culture. It follows our tradition and lots of people do it. Some people play for fun, others train for seroious events like the olympics. Since the 1796 olympics when Australia won no gold medals, the Australian government has spent lots of money on sporting. They have built an AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) where athletes of all ages train. But some people critiscise that Australians spend too much for the olympics.
Australia is spending 80% of its funds for sport on the olympic games. Some people are think that the government should spend more on less funded sports that aren’t in the olympics like lawn bowls, golf, cricket and australian football. Or even on local sporting clubs that play a wide range of different sports. Even though some sports like forse racing has loads of fans, it gets less funding than those less popular sports like boxing and fencing. In fact water polo gets the same amount of funding as tennis, lawn bowls and golf combined. So that that is why people want a lot of this changed so sports that aren’t played in the olympics are fairly funded too. So instead of spending our money just to get gold medals, people say we need to spend our money on netball or soccer, sports that can acheive lots of participation aswell.
But some people disagree like John Coates from AOC (Australian Olympic Comitee). His opinion is that it would offend olympians very much. If we funded less in olympic sports Australia’s medal tally would go down rapidly. Also if they don’t fund thing like weight lifting, nobody will. He says that seeing as lots of olympic sports aren’t very popular they should pay more to motivate kids to do some of these sports and some of these popular sports like footy and cricket don’t need funding because they have enough money already.
I think that non- olympic sports should have increased funding because it’s not fair just to concentrate on the olympics. Whatever the outcome is the government will have made a decision by next year.
In Australia 2/3rds of the birds are becoming extinct why you ask well I am here to tell you. Birds are becoming because of the lack of water and the lack of food. this is all happening because of the drought. The berries can’t grow because the trees don’t have water to grow so they can’t eat anything because no food is on the dried up trees that is why we ahve to try and save water were not the only ones that are suffering the drought animals are to.
Birds are just as imoportant as trees and plants you might not think so because plants and trees supplie food such as vegetable and fruits but still birds are just as important why am I telling you this because you are proberly watering your garden every day well why aren’t we giving water to the birds aswell why not put not put a water fountain out in your backyard I do’t think that, that would hurt anyone to put a lovely bird bath in your backyard to save the birds.
I think that we should come up with a solution like for example I’ve got a birdhouse in my backyard with food in it for the birds and surprisingly all sorts of birds come i’ve also got a bird bath so the birds can wash and drink. If enough of us do this like have bird baths and bird houses then we can save the birds from extinction and we can have them still flying around, chirping and brightening our days.
Today on BTN they were talking about sport funding. They said that 80% of sport money goes to Olympic sport. So people that do Olympic sport get a lot more money the people that do sport like football, tennis, golf, cricket football and basketball don’t get as much money but there is more population for football basketball. Yet the government gives the Olympic sports more money than non Olympic sports.
Some people think it is good because in 1976 Australia got 0 medals so they are putting in more money so they will be more successful and to make Australia more popular. Some people also think it is bad because they’re putting too much money into Olympics sports and they’re not putting any money in sports like football and basketball.
I think the government should give popular sports more money because they have put so much money into Olympic sports. So if they put more money into popular sports they might put bigger sports grounds in so they can even fit more people in to see a game of sport so what do you think they should do?
Australians are thinking about code red. But some people aren’t getting the message. Code red is when Australian bush fires get out of hand; when you can’t control the fire.
People aren’t getting the message about code red because no one has informed them about it. Some people even arrived at school and got sent home. Adults can’t even go to work.
The government made this law because about 170 people died on black Saturday because they weren’t fire ready. But with code read there all different codes so people know when there’s going to be a fire.
I think by making the different fire planes it’s going to make Australia fire ready.
By bonnie. S
There is a group of people that are called the forgotten Australian’s. What happened to these people when they were young was they were put in orphanages, some of the time the kids weren’t orphans their parents didn’t want to or couldn’t look after the kids so they were just put in orphanages.
Some children from Britten were sent to the orphanages in Australia because their family thought that they would have a better life here and some just didn’t want to look after the kids. The kids were lied to and they were abused. They will always remember their childhoods even though they will not want to think or remember their childhoods because they weren’t the best they could have had. If they have kids of their own they probably won’t treat them how they were treated but they might not know how to treat them properly and how to raise them.
Kevin Rudd gathered most of the people that suffered together to make a public apologue on behalf of Australia. A lot of people think that the people that suffered should get compensation but they haven’t got any money instead Kevin Rudd has organised for them to get someone that can find their relatives so they can be reunited with them. Being reunited with your relatives has to be better than money because you have family that you can spend time with and talk to.
By Ashleigh K
On Saturday 7th of February, Victoria was hit with terrible bushfires. Saturday was classified as an Extreme Fire Danger Day, It wasn’t an Extreme Fire Danger Day it was a Catastrophic Fire Danger Day. This why they have put a new fire system in place.
The new system is managed by the weather beuro they decide on the rating. The levels are Low, Moderate, High, Very High, Extreme and Catastrophic ( CODE RED). On CODE RED Days people are encuraged to leave their homes the night before or early that morning. To decide on the rating they take into consideration the heat, the humidity, the wind and how dry the ground is.
On CODE RED Days schools are closed depending on where they are. Most schools are closed because of the danger and then if it is a CODE RED Day you are supposed to be out of there anyway. Some students believe that it would be safer at school in the city surronded by people. Parents aren’t to happy because they have to take the day off work to care for their child.
Do you think this new system will work once we all get used to it?
By Lizzie 6c
This morning on BTN there was a story about how the government is funding olympic sports a lot of money every year.
I wasn’t alive back then but in 1976 at montreal the Australians won 0 medals and it wasn’t till after that when the government built the Australian Instatute of Sport. Today 80% of our taxes goes to sports funding. 60 million of that goes to the olympic commitie and 20% goes towards the much less funded footy, cricket, basketball and ect. The argument of this story is that really popular sports that aren’t in the olympics are only getting a small portion of our taxes. The money for the olympics gets spent on accomadating the olympians and to supply them with training grounds back in Australia.
Many people think that if you have a big sporting event held somewhere in your country it will incourage more people to play that perticular sport. It is so important to recieve olympic medals because the more popular we are the more the population increases
This topic was about Code Red which is a new warning system for Bushfires around our country.
Many people around Australia are protecting their property because of the bushfires incase they come back again.
This is very important to all people because they can lose homes, family and and other supplies. It is important to leave early because you have less risk of getting yourself killed.
The bushfires which happened in Victoria were the worst bushfires Australia has ever had. There have been many weather reports on the weather to see where the bushfires are coming this summer and making people aware to head out of their area early at the right time.
At Marysville there is nothing. It was burnt in the bushfires and every thing was gone.
Think of all those who have lost their lives in Bushfires and act early.
Many people think that schools are very different to what you see on movies,many movies like the High School Musical Series and sports series are held at American schools .
Most movies do have the same kind of schools as you see on movies they have the same sort of lockers, classrooms, food, and many more same things.
Most kids in America love Australia but do not know many singers, actors, sports stars, places and many more interesting things about Australia.
In most movies America seem to win everything and never lose especially in basketball and baseball, but I guess America are very good at baseball and basketball because they always win the gold medal at the Olympics.
I think it would be awesome to live in America because most of my favourite stars live there such as Marion Barber, Tony Romo, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon and many more of my favourite stars.Hollywood where all the Grammies and Logies are held, and all the funk and glamour is there.