Shakespeare lovers! Check out : for an animated version of MIdsummer NIght's Dream (part 1) that Annelise told me about. See if you can summarise the first part of the story, or just listen to the strange and wonderful language.

Today (Wednesday 17/8) we were talking about cause and effect (remember that "change has a cause and effect" is one of this year's generalisations). I have posted a discussion on Wednesday's page about David Hume and his ideas about cause and effect. He is a famous Scottish philosopher who was very interested in this topic. Check it out - there are some challenges for you to answer.

Have a listen to Jack's Montezuma rap on Tuesday's page : )

Check out the latest!! Page 2 of the weekly paper The Star has an article on our Wednesday student, Alex Leckie-Zaharic, who has become the first New Zealander to attend the World Youth Scrabble Championship and will be the youngest ever player in the New Zealand national Scrabble Tournament. Congratulations Alex! Fantastic achievement.

First audio reflections are finally up!! Better late than never : )

DEBATEABLE TRUTHS for the CHANGE concept this year (given to us by the national Gifted Kids Programme):

1. Change may be positive, negative or neutral.

2. Change has a cause and effect.

3. Change can occur and impact in different ways.

4. Change can be influenced.

If you get the chance to discuss these please do. We will be looking at them in class also. Can you find examples to match these statements? Can you find counter-examples that undermine these ideas? Are these debateable? In what way? Is change a given? Can we change how things change? anything else you can think of : ) Enjoy.


Ann, Bonty Cathy and Dave are at their monthly business meeting. Their occupations are author, biologist, chemist, and doctor, but not necessarily in that order. Dave just told the biologist that Cathy was on her way with doughnuts. Ann is sitting across from the doctor and next to the chemist. The doctor was thinking that Bonty was a goofy name for parents to choose, but didn't say anything. What is each person's occupation?


Here is how Boen and his Dad did it. Have fun thinking it through!

Direct from Boen....
"So first there are the basic equations- 10b+3g+0.5y=100 and b+g+y=100. (Constraint is y=100-b-g.)
Then there are the ones I found:20b+6g+y=200 then 20b+6g+100-b-g=200 which obviously is 19b+5g=100.

From here, my dad and I attacked this with logic. First, 5g MUST end in 5 or 0. If it was even, i.e. 0, it would be impossible because odd+odd=even,odd+even=odd and even+even=even and 100 is even. So, 5g must end in 5. (You probably noticed that there was no maths at all in that.)
Next, if 5g ends in 5, and it adds to 19b to make 100, then 19b must end in 5! (Surprise, surprise.) Then we started to to trial and error on what b could be.
If b=1 then 19b would be 19. No good.
If b=2 then 19b would be 38. Still no good.
Then a big leap to b=5, then 19b would be 95! Hooray! (As you'll have noticed, this is the only value possible for b because the budgie total is 100).
If 19b is 95, then 5g must be...5! (Faint with surprise.) And guess what g must be! (It must be 768!:-D )
And if b is 5 and g is 1, then y must be 94! [Since b+g+y=100.] (I feel sorry for the bird collector. His budgie room would be invaded by yellows.)"