Girls’ Tier 1 Volleyball Tournament 2018

Wednesday, December 19th was the girls’ Tier 1 volleyball tournament. Our team consists of 10 players that were in grade eight:

  • Rose (me)
  • Cherry
  • Suhur
  • Hillary
  • Sylvie
  • Ella
  • Sonia
  • Andrea
  • Meadow
  • Rebecca

Cherry and I were the only grade 7 players on the volleyball team last year, so we were pretty familiar with all the rules:

  • You had to receive a serve with a bump
  • You can’t pass the blue line (boundary) on a serve
  • 3 touches maximum per side
  • You can’t touch the net or go pass the middle line
  • Lifts aren’t allowed
  • You play two sets of games and win once you get 25 points (cap at 27)

Our first game was against Broadview. The team chose me as the team captain. The referee would greet each teams’ captain then flip a coin. Whoever won would get to chose to serve or receive. If one team serves first in the first set, the second team would serve first in the second set. We lost the first set by a couple points and won the second set.

Our next game was against Sir Robert Borden. SRB beat Broadview, so we weren’t expecting anything too easy. Unfortunately, we lost 21-25 for both sets.

So in our pool we basically tied for 2nd with Broadview, but instead they put us 3rd. The top three teams in each pool advance to the finals, so we were going to play at least another game. (There were 4 teams in pool A and 3 teams in pool B). The next game would be against Pool A’s 2nd place team. It was Cedarview. We lost both sets 12-25 and 23-25. We were very sad because we basically lost and wouldn’t play another game, but we were really close and we had fun. I think the main part was learning from other teams.

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Survivor Day 2018

On Friday, September, 28th 2018 it was the last Survivor day at JHP. This day was a day about teamwork, encouragement, enthusiasm and cheering for each other. Another day that fell on this day was Orange Shirt Day. To honour the real survivors of the Residential Schools. Many years ago, for generations, indigenous children from ages 5 and up were taken from their homes to be sent into residential schools. There, they were stripped of their culture and were taught many different things and not allowed to speak their first language. They were taught things like English, farming and more. When they got there, the girls and boys got their hair cut, and were given different uniforms to be worn throughout their school term. But that wasn’t it. Some were sexually or mentally abused. Most didn’t have a great experience. Some ran away. If they came home, they would feel left out, because they spoke a different language, and they looked different. Not only that, but the last residential school in Canada closed in 1996. We were told to wear orange because, at the residential school, a child got her orange shirt taken away.

So many people were wearing orange that day.

Survivor Day is a day, where all classes choose a team name and create a chant. The thing is that most teachers don’t tell their class the day Survivor day is to prevent pre-planning. But our teacher told us anyways because she likes to be organized with her dates. I didn’t pre-plan anything, but maybe Sonia did, for our team chant… To make things slightly harder, each class was given a bag, and you could only use the items in the bag.

We had until 8:30 to 10:00 to figure out our team name, create a team chant, put on face paint and decorations and create our poster. We first decided on our team name together. We were going to be the 8B Bubbles chosen between 8B Bubbles and 8B Supreme. The vote was 16 to 4. Credit to Kate for thinking of that name 😉 Then we split into 4 groups. Group 1 would make the costumes (they cut out bubbles to be put on our clothes), Group 2 would create the group chant (they made a rap and a chant), Group 3 would design the face paint, and Group 4 would create the poster.

I went into group 4 because I love designing posters. 🙂 I was in a group with Cherry, Lilian, Kate, Yi-Xiang, Tyler and Caitlin. The items in our bag that were given was a large green poster, some paper, markers, glue, and blue glitter. We were very thankful for the blue glitter because then we could decorate our bubbles on the poster with it. 😀 I will try to describe the design of our poster as best as I can. We had a bubble stick (the thing you blow the bubbles out of) and a big bubble being blown out of it. In the bubble, we put “8B Bubbles” and underneath we but “We’ll blow you away”.  Then, we cut out many bubbles and stuck them on. We put glitter to outline most bubbles. It was amazing! The makeup designers put some glitter in some peoples’ hair and used it as eyebrow enhancing and eyeshadow. The costume designers cut out bubbles to be stuck on our clothes using tape.

When it was 10:00 we all headed down to the gym. We started chanting “8B” in the hallways. Since the grade eights were the first to be called down, we were the only ones in the hallway at that time, one class even shut the door because of us! But this day was the only day where you could yell in the halls and use your outside voice inside. We all marched to the gym and sat in our sections. Then Ms. Wallis made sure all the classes were there and asked us to present our chants. I don’t quite remember our chant, but here it is at the fullest of my memory it’s inspired by a song by the Spice Girls.

Chorus:

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want

So tell me what you want, what you really really want

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want

So tell me what you want, what you really really want

I wanna (ha) I wanna (ha) I wanna (ha) I wanna (ha)

I wanna really really really wanna win Survivor Day

We have got team spirit, and we came here to win it

The 8B bubbles are here and we are very lit

… (insert another line here)

(Chorus)

(Rap line)

(We are the best class)

We are 8B!

So once every class went through their chant, we all headed outside from 10:30 to 11:00 because it was recess.

At 11:00 to 11:30, we played capture the egg against EFI7/8A. They were the banana split (because they were a split class) and their chant was Havana by Camilla Cabello but they changed it to Banana instead. The game was the same thing as capture the flag but with footballs as the “eggs”. You had to run to the opponent’s side to get the egg and return it to your side. If you get the football, you must throw it and your teammate has to catch it on your side. If not, you put it back where you got it from. If an opponent touches you while you aren’t on your home side, you go to jail, which was marked by a hoolahoop. There was another hoolahoop to go in which was a safe hoop where you stay in there to take a breath.

From 11:30 to 12:00 we played Dodgeball against 7/8A in the gym. They were Mr. Shore’s 7/8A class. It was the normal dodgeball where if you get hit you’re out and if you catch the ball, the person who threw it is out, and your team who is in jail comes back in. So yeah, we played that for half an hour…

From 12:00 to 12:30 we went outside to play Sharky Waters with EFI7/8A again. Basically, you have many objects: wooden blocks, foam blocks, and a mat to go from one “island”  to another. You cannot touch the ground and only move on the blocks. You have to figure out a way to make sure everybody gets to the other island. This game was about strategy and teamwork.

From 12:30 to 1:00 we went to the tennis court to play Garbage Ball against 6/7A. They were HWA which stands for Here We Are. Garbage Ball is simple. One member from each team is the person who holds a basket on a basket on the other side of the court. Then there are 1 or more balls. If you have the ball, you can only take up to 3 steps. If you don’t, you are either defending or moving up to try and score a point. To score a point you need to get the ball into the basket which your team member is holding. The team member can move the basket around but must stay on the basket.

From 1:00 to 1:20 it was lunch. They had hotdogs for 2 dollars each, and white or chocolate milk for a dollar each. I had pre-ordered 2 hotdogs and 1 chocolate milk for 5 dollars.

Our lunch recess was from 1:20 to 2:00. We played soccer outside.

From 2:00 to 2:30 we had our last station. We played four corner soccer against 6/7A again. Basically, you have 4 soccer balls in the middle. Each class was split into 2 teams. One team at each corner. Then you choose who will defend and who will go up. The point of the game is the defend your pylon (at your corner) and knock the pylons of the other teams. It was very tiring.

From 2:30 to 3:00 we went back to the gym. There they were going to have the assembly and announce the winners. When everyone was quiet, we first went through all team’s chants again. Then, Mrs. Phalen announced the winners of the Student Council election we had last Monday. The winner for grade 6 VP was Hannah, grade 7 VP was Gwen, grade 8 VP was Shaheem, and President was… Sami! After that, Ms. Wallis was like “Okay, have a great day pumas!” and then everybody was laughing or booing. Then, she announced the winners. Runner-up was 7/8A’s Empire Shores, and for the winner, it was a tie. It was 8A Anable Victory and…. 8B Bubbles! The two classes jumped up and celebrated! I was happy because it was my first year winning (last year, as 7B Beagles, we lost 😦 ) But I’m glad this year things turned around! Congrats to 8A and 7/8A as well!

 

Power Outage 2018

On Friday, September 21st at 5:00 pm the power went out.

Before that, they were very strong winds with tree branches falling off and debris flying everywhere. It was because there was a tornado. The tornadoes were happening in Dunrobin, and in Gatineau. Unfortunately, more than 100,000 people lost their power, and a couple their homes. We had lost our power for 2 days, getting it back on Monday morning.

Robot Missions Field Test

On Saturday, June 24, my dad brought my sister and me to Westboro Beach. There, there was a team of 3 people who were showing their robots that they made. They called them Bowie. And Bowie would be controlled by humans to pick up garbage left on the beaches. This made picking up trash easier, and more fun, as we wouldn’t have to bend down to reach it, and a robot would do it for us, as we happily control the robot. The robots were entirely 3D printed except for the controls and the machinery part. You could make the robot go forwards and backwards, and move it’s shovel so it can pick up the garbage. The was one specific command which you select once the garbage is in the shovel hand. It will bring it up and open a bin which in on the robot and put whatever is in the shovel in the bin. The shovel has holes so all the sand will fall out and the rocks and garbage will stay. The robot we played with was specifically for small garbage, as the big garbage, they would use a claw to pick up. We tested it by picking little pieces of garbage that were left around. It worked well but sometimes it wouldn’t be able to move around in the big piles of sand. The point of making these robots was to make it easier to pick up garbage in the sand, keep the beaches clean, and hopefully spread awareness not to litter in beaches and in other places.

Technovation 2018 Live Pitch

On Saturday, May, 12th it was the annual Technovation competition.

During the months, we have been working on an app that will solve a world issue. The problem we chose to solve, was the need of finding healthy food that fits a low-budget. So, we made an app called Recipeazy. [Recip-easy] This app provides healthy nutritious recipes that all have low, low prices. That way, people with low budgets can still have food, that won’t affect their health. Technovation taught us how to code an app, and how we can combine tech to solve a problem. We also learned how to market your plan, and make your business successful.

For this competition,  we have to prepare a live pitch and pitch to the judges how our app can solve the world, and how our app works. Our team consists of three people, Cherry, April, and myself. We called ourselves the Rainbow Unicorns and worked together to make Recipeazy. We also couldn’t do this without the help of our mentor, Diana, who taught us special strategies to market our business.

Our team was considered part of the junior division because we were all under 15 years old. All teams were divided into 6 pools, where every pool is in a classroom at Carleton University. We were in pool F. Pool E and F were all Junior teams, and pools A to D were Senior.

Cherry and I got to Carleton University at 1:00PM. We were told to arrive 20 minutes before our pitch time, to sign in in front of Theatre B. April was there already, so we had no problem sticking together. We quickly practiced to each other, until we went to the classroom we had to pitch in.

This is what our pitch covered:

Our app is called Recipeazy. Our team, the Rainbow Unicorns, helped build our app. We couldn’t do this without our amazing mentor, Diana who helped us the whole way. The solution we chose to solve was the difficulty of finding cheap, and healthy food. Harvard School of Public Health made a research finding that a healthy diet costs about $2000 more than an unhealthy one for an average family of four. Our app aims to help others spend less on healthy food alternatives and help them manage their health. We focus on those with low income, in order to do that, we provide the price of any recipe, so users are informed of how much they might have to spend. We have many goals to achieve on our journey, we also have many features that make our app superior from other recipe apps. One thing is that our app includes the price, so users will know how much they will need to spend for all the ingredients of the recipe. When users submit an app, they probably made it before and suggests others to try it, or they found it and thought that other people could benefit from it. We also include any nutritious facts such as allergies, so people are aware of any recipes they may not be able to eat. And lastly, you can share any recipe you want with your friends and family using only one thing: their email. We hope to advertise on social media, and hopefully through local groceries. That way, when someone wants to make a recipe, they can go to the grocery to buy the ingredients. And if we partner with grocery stores that want low prices like Nofrills or Food Basics, they get customers, and we get users that can buy ingredients for cheaper prices. So it’s technically a win-win situation. We have many competitors that also have recipe apps. We chose 3 of them: Food Network, Yummly, and AllRecipes. But we are the only ones that include cheap recipes, healthy recipes, and easy recipes all in one. In the future, we hope to include a private recipe book, where users can store their favourite recipes so they can come back to them later. Tags based on categories, and comments and ratings, so it’s more convenient to chose which recipe to try. We also have many features that have been accomplished. We have included a registration system, where users and sign up, or sign in. Then they can browse through recipes, or upload their own. We also include buttons that act like a navigation bar, so users will have an easy time going through the screens, and lastly, they can send any recipe using their email. Recipeazy, cheap and easy! Start eating healthy today!

After we pitched, we went to get our certificates for participating in this years program. Also, we went outside to get our group photo taken. That was only the preliminary round. The awards ceremony were 2 hours away. At the awards ceremony, the would announce the finalists (top 5 for seniors, and top 4 for juniors), then they would pitch again. We were nervous because if we moved on, we would have to pitch in front of a lot of people. The theatre was big. We went to theatre B to get our spots before they got filled up. While we were waiting, we played the horror game GRANNY on April’s phone. It was where you’re trapped in Granny’s house, and you have 5 days to escape. But there’s a twist, you must escape quietly. If you make a noise, granny will be coming at you. You must hide under beds and in wardrobes, before she comes, if she sees you, she will hit you with a bat, and the game is over. The Granny looks kinda scary, and when she hits you, it’s bloody. The sound effects are also scary, and you will need headphones to hear if you make any noises. Granny could be anywhere in the house, so you need to be careful. After we played a couple of rounds, and of course, not succeeding, we decided to download Subway Surfers and play until the award ceremony began.

The awards ceremony started off with Aliya, a winner of last year’s Technovation team interviewing three women, who had jobs in tech. We learned some advice to them about never giving up, and enjoy every part of the journey even if it’s hard. After that, they announced the finalist. We surprisingly made it to the finals! Along with 321Help, SlangIT! And Healthy Connections. The Senior teams that made it was Doof, ELEOS, Apollo, Lumen, and Connect the DOTS. After they announced the finalists, we took a group photo of all the finalists. And then, we had to pitch again. First, 321Help pitched. Their app was an app that was like a calculator, but when you put in 3 2 1, it will lead you to another screen, where you can get help if you’re dealing with depression, abuse, drug issues etc. I thought their idea of pretending it was a calculator was great because then they won’t get embarrassed that they were using an app like that. Then, it was SlangIt! Their group made an app, that allows you to search up any slang like lol, ikr, idk, etc. with an easy definition that they made themselves. Their app was very decorated, and they hoped to let parents be connected with their children by learning these slangs. After they went, it was Healthy Connections who pitched. They solved the problem of teens not getting enough daily physical activity. What they did, was in their app, you can search up any local places that give free programs, such as the YMCA, or any local recreation centres. After they went, it was our turn. We just redid what we did in the small rooms, during the preliminary round. I think we did well, I almost stuttered a bit, because my mouth was really dry from talking all day.

After all the junior and senior teams pitched, the judges went into a room and talked. The junior results came our first. We ended getting 3rd, SlangIt! got 2nd, and 321Help got 1st. Unfortunately, the only the top 2 junior teams get to advance to the World Pitch Semi-Finals. In the senior group, Doof got 1st, ELEOS got 2nd, and Lumen got 3rd. All the senior winners go to advance to the World Pitch Semi-Finals as well. I was really happy to get 3rd, knowing that it was my first time participating in this program. We got a bag, that had Dev Degree. It was a bag made out of string I think. Inside, there were black sunglasses, a t-shirt that wrote Dream, Code, Ship, a notebook, a pencil case, and some stickers. It was a great day, and I was really proud of myself

How To Make Simple Ice Cream

You will need:
-15 ml of sugar
-Any toppings you want on your ice cream
-1 spoon of salt (any type)
-1 spoon of milk (preferably white milk)
-2 Ziploc bags
-1 big (preferably 1 litre) container
-1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
-Snow

**Use gloves at all times if possible**

Steps:
1. Put all the sugar in a Ziploc bag.
2. Pour 1 spoon of milk into the Ziploc bag with the sugar
3. Pour the vanilla extract into the bag.
4. Put Ziploc bag into the 2nd Ziploc bag. (Get rid of air inside, make sure to seal well)
5. Fill 2/3 of the container with snow.
6. Put salt into the container with the snow.
7. Put the lid on the container, shake well
8. Shake until the milk turns into ice cream, take Ziploc bags out.
9. Put in preferred toppings/syrup
10. Take the spoon out and enjoy!
**Salt may sting hands**

Winter Activity Day

On Thursday, February, 15th 2018, our school went to Mount Packingham for a winter activity day. On that day, you could choose to go skiing, snowboarding, or participate in the WOW program. The WOW program was just winter activities like snowshoeing, and tubing. I chose to learn how to ski because it’s really popular. Of course, skiing and snowboarding cost more.

When we got to school by school bus, we all headed towards the gym, there, we got organized into our classes, and buses. There were 6 buses in total, 3 coach buses and 3 normal school buses. We all hoped we would get a coach bus! Our bus was bus number 6 along with 6C. Unfortunately, we got stuck with the regular school bus. I sat in the back with Lilian, Sylvie, and Suhur who were also going to be going skiing, but just like me, Suhur is a beginner (never skied before). When we got there, we stayed on the bus. A lady told us information like where to go for the test (if you’ve skied/snowboarded before) and where the lessons were if it’s your first time skiing/snowboarding. Then, we got our ski/snowboard passes. They were all personalized with your name and renting equipment information. After, we got off the bus and went to the cafeteria to put our stuff down. Then we headed towards the rental hut to get our equipment. I got ski boots and put them on. They were pretty tough to put on, but I was warned it’d be way worse taking them off. Then I got my skis. You weren’t allowed ski poles until you finished the star course, which was a course that you need to do that requires skillz. Once we got our equipment, Emily (from another class) joined us. We went the first station where we learned to put our skis on, take them off, and reset them. Also beginning to get used to walking/sliding around with skis. Then we headed to the next station. At that station, we had to go down a small hill (it was like a ramp) and stop (the pizza way) at the end. The instructor thought I did it very well and let me pass. So he wrote the number 1 on my pass (to show I passed that station) and I headed to the next one. The station had a hill slightly taller. It was a taller ramp. We were supposed to go down on it and do a pizza stop again, and the second time, we had to go, stop, go and stop. After that, we went to a hill. The transportation up was a moving carpet. After, to go down the hill, you had to go around pylons that were in a line. It was pretty easy, and I passed pretty quickly. But the next station seemed a bit harder. The hill was taller and a bit steeper. You had to go around pylons, but they were separated so that you had to go to the right, then turn to the left, then right then left. It was really wide. I went down the hill 3 times until I could pass, mainly because the lines were long, and sometimes there wasn’t always an instructor watching you. Then, came the last station that requires skill. It was the same thing as the last station, just without pylons. To get up the hill you had to get pulled by a rope, which some skiiers fell because it’s a tug once you hang on to it and you need to keep your skis straight. The station was called the star test because if you’ve skied before this was the test you went through for them to decide if you were intermediate or professional. The first 2 times I did it, there was no instructor to watch, then the third time, the instructor said I had to do wider turns. And the fourth time I got half a six. He told me to do it one more time, and I did. That time I passed. Then he asked if I rode a chairlift before. I haven’t so I had to go to one more station. That station we learned how to ride a chairlift. Once the one in front of you passed, you gotta hurry and move up, and then you sit on the chairlift. Then you need to have your skis pointed up, and pull the handle bar down. After you’re almost about to land you take the handle bar up (There’s a sign that tells you to “Pull Handlebar Up Here”, so you pull it down. After that, you get off, you can choose which hills to go down. I went down the easiest way down, as many times as I could, before we had to go. It was a great day!