MATTHEW WROTE AN AMAZING 100 WORD CHALLENGE THIS WEEK.

With our map in hand, we walked away from the train station into the dark street, and using a torch we followed the vague directions we had been given.

The distant hum grew louder and the street became lighter as we got closer to our destination.

We walked around the next corner and as I turned my head the world spun at the sight of the neon lighting that the buildings were covered in.

It was everywhere we looked. Akihabara felt and looked as though it was alive.

Gaming shops here we come for the shopping experience of a lifetime!

THE YEAR 7/8 CHALLENGE TEAM’S REPORT ON THE NORTH CANTERBURY CANTAMATH COMPETITION.

Challenge Team members: Matthew, Connor P, Couper and Sophie.

On Wednesday the 7th of August, teams of four from all over North Canterbury, varying from year 6 to year 8 met at Ohoka School. The teams were competing in a 30 minute year level maths event, where each team has 20  questions to answer. The team with the most points in the fastest time wins bragging rights over other schools.  

Before the competition we asked people who attended the competition how it went.

Carter from Year 7 replied to the questions with:

How Do you think you’ll go?  “I think we’ll be okay.”

Do you need Practice? “Oh yeah, we need to practice.”

How did you practice? “We used several sets of old Cantamath questions.”

Are you looking forward to it? “I am looking forward to it.” 

When you did the actual thing was it more difficult than the practice questions?  “No, I found it a lot easier.”

Were you nervous? “ Yeah, just a little bit.”

Then we asked Zak from Year 6 about his opinion and asked the same questions. 

Question 1: “I think we went okay as we did quite well in the practices.”

Question 2: “Yes, I need practice because I was surprised to get into a team.”

Question 3: “I think we practised really well on the sets of questions.” 

Question 4: “I did need to practice a bit more as I have never done Cantamath before.”

Question 5: “Yes, it was a bit more difficult and different from the practices.”

Question 6: “Yeah, because I had never done it before.”

Finally we interviewed Couper from Year 8, here’s his feedback.

Question 1: “We got in the top 10 range, I think. “

Question 2: “Yes, because it was difficult questions and we had to work together to get the correct solutions.”

Question 3: “Practices helped using previous Cantamath questions because we did other competitions against our own Ashley teams.”

Question 4: “YES, because we needed to agree on the same answers and not argue.

Question 5: “Heck yeah, we read the first couple of questions and it was way different than the practice.

Question 6: “Not really, I only started to feel butterflies when it was the last 2 minutes and we only had 30 points.”

Well that’s a wrap! In the end in the Year 6 competition the winner was Fernside School, Year 7’s winner was Hanmer Springs School, and Year 8’s winner was Amuri Area School. All the Ashley teams did their best and did pretty well.

Well done to all of them and good luck next time for Year 7 and 8 teams at the Canterbury Cantamath competition on Wednesday 28th August at the Horncastle Arena, where the theme will be Maths across Cultures!

OLIVIA’S SCARY 100 WC EXPERIENCE

1…….2……3

I wake up barely able to move.

“Help!” I scream, “somebody help me, PLEASE!”

I get up. It’s freezing. I take a step. The pins and needles are getting worse each time I step, then I hear a rustle in the bush. “Who’s there?” I say. I heard them before I saw them. They were wearing a blue shirt, black tights and a beanie. They come out. It’s a girl. She looks about the same age as me.

“Are you lost?” I say. They look at me – they have black eyes. “Oh god!” I start to run.

ISLA ‘S 100 WC RELATES TO ‘AFTER’ BY MORRIS GLEITZMAN

I heard them before I saw them, the Nazis. I quickly ran and hid in a slimy drain. 

All I heard was footsteps. I peeped out of the drain but it wasn’t just Nazis, there were other people, Jews – just like me. 

They were just shuffling down the road, the Nazis were whipping people. A man fell down and didn’t get up – a Nazi shot him! I felt like running up to the soldier and whacking him with a stick, then I realised that the person who shot the man was a kid!

 I ran as fast as I could.

JORJA AND THE LIONS – 100 WORD CHALLENGE

My friend Jane and I were in the woods. I heard them before I saw them. Suddenly there standing in front of us, a whole pride of lions.   

“What do we do?” I whisper to Jane.

“Don’t RUN!” Jane replied. 

I run off. “No! I said don’t run.” Jane shouted.

By then all the lions were chasing her.

“WHAT DO I DO NOW?” I shout out, but by then they had taken me to the ground. Jane fell down and started crying. Then she began to laugh, looking up, and there they were, the lions licking her. 

It was extraordinary.

HUNTER’S 100 WC LINKS TO OUR CLASS STORY.

“The Nazis are coming!” I hear them shout. I crawl out of my hiding space to see what is happening.

“There,” I mumble to myself. I hear them before I see them, then, in the distance, I sight the Nazis.

“Where are they going?” I think. 

I start following them to see, but someone turns around and sees me. I start running as he starts shooting. 

“There they are!” I shout. I crouch down but he’s still coming for me.

“Why me?” I shout to him. There’s no answer, so I keep running.

This is the end – it has come.

EDEN’S 100 WC FOILS A NASTY PLAN!

I’m just about to leave the room when I heard this, then turned to look.

“Did you see her face? It was hilarious!”

“Let’s do it to that nerdy girl, I’m sure she will enjoy it.”

And that was the last time I saw them that day. I know what you’re thinking, why didn’t I go to them?

Well the thing is, they were outside the door. So as you can see I heard them before I saw them.

The next day they were in for a treat – their plan was about to backfire on them, they had no idea…

HERE’S MATTHEW’S FIRST OFFICIAL 100 WC!

Waiting on a platform, surrounded by people, I heard them before I saw them.

On my face I could feel the wind of the approaching train and my excitement grew about my adventure. I was so thrilled, my wheelchair shook which made people look and smile. I had been saving for this trip for ages and could hardly believe I was here.

The train rushed quietly into the station and stopped at the platform. We were pushed along with the crowd into the train, the doors closed and we were off to Mt Fuji at the speed of a bullet.

MAISY HEARD THE FOOD TROLLEY COMING ON THE PLANE!

While I was sitting in my plane seat, my stomach started to ache with some pain because I was getting hungry. As it did so, I heard them before I saw them, and at that moment I realised that the food trolley was about to come past me. 

From what I saw the food looked delicious – there were biscuits, fruit and drink. 

Because the food trolley always starts at the front, the yummy food would nearly be gone. But when they were two rows in front of me, there was still plenty food left. 

I was quite relieved about that!