Friday, 15 June 2012

Castle outing for Grade 7

On the thirteen of June our class went  to the Castle of Good Hope. When we arrived we jumped on the grass mounds until everyone arrived. Lungili our guide showed us around the castle, we looked at many paintings and large rooms fulled with decorations. We came here to learn and we learned  A LOT! We went upstairs and saw a massive table fulled with chairs and many paintings. One hundred and two chairs stood in that room.

They actually made some bricks wooden so that horse carriages wouldn’t make so much noise when riding over them. Jan Van Riebeeck actually built a fort first, but it wasn’t strong enough to withstand the weather, so they built the castle. The castle also has five corners while the fort only had four. Each corner was also named.

The main gate used to be on the far east side of the castle. But they moved it because it was too vulnerable. I also learned that back then the ocean was right outside the gates, but after many years they managed to push it back. We visited the dungeons and it was amazing how dark it was. At lunch time a few soldiers fired a cannon, a very small one but made a big bang. I think the bathrooms there are haunted, being alone there I heard some very strange sounds.

By Keegan Cooper

We went to the torture chamber and learnt how people were tortured. The prisoners got whipped, hung upside down and left to die or they were just hung by their feet and were dropped on their heads. We went to the prison cells and then to the dungeon. Lungile switched off the lights and we were in total darkness. The girls screamed so loud I thought it would cause an earthquake. He said they left prisoners in there for up to 12 hours and when they took them out the dungeon they would go blind. Afterwards we had our lunch and watched a ceremony. They shot a tiny cannon which made a huge bang.

by Connor

Grade 4 visit the Science Centre

On Monday the 11of June the Gr 4 class went to the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory.

When they arrived at the place where the exhibits were, the first thing that caught their eye was probably the auto-kinetic sculpture. There were about 100 different ways the balls could go. Next to that was mindball which is a game where you use your brain power to push a ball into your opponent’s hoop.

Next to that was the Human Gyroscope. This machine can move your body around in all directions once you have climbed into it. It was a terrific outing and I hope we return there again soon. By Holly

Friday, 8 June 2012

Grade 6 technology

The Jacobs Ladder is an ancient folk toy that uses a visual illusion to make it seem as if the blocks are ‘tumbling’ down the ladder. Legend has it that a Jacobs Ladder was found in Tutankhamen’s tomb along with his famous golden mask, jewellery and even a full sized chariot. This fascinating toy was named after the biblical Jacob who is said to have dreamt of a ladder reaching from earth to heaven.
The Jacobs Ladder is relatively easy to construct but has proved to be hard to understand. The ‘tumbling ‘motion is caused by the way the ribbons are attached. This creates a ‘double-acting hinge’
The grade sixes and their Technology teacher Mr. Ryan Carolissen set out to make their own Jacobs Ladders. After many lessons of hard work they finally finished on the 24 of May 2012. These lessons included sawing, sanding, hammering and gluing. The finished products are amazing!
by Anja