The Qatar Academy, Doha, Qatar – Day 5

| January 26, 2012 | 0 Comments 

Our last day at Qatar Academy started with 2 classes of Year 4 pupils and their teachers, followed by a session with some key people (including Sandy Sheppard, the Principal, and Joneen Walker, vice Principal), exploring, sharing, discussing some of the outcomes of this huge, and busy, week.

Next we were joined by the Year 6 teachers, swiftly followed by a whizz of a  roller coaster ride with 66 Y3 pupils!!

We ended the day squeezing in a Skype chat with @deputymitchell about Quadblogging, whilst spending time with the TIFs rounding off this full on week. Thank you Steve, Stacey, Scott, for you incredible organisation and energies!

Thank you to Craig and Karyn for looking after us so generously too.

MORE TO FOLLOW ON ALL OF THE HAPPENINGS, AND RESULTS, OF THIS REMARKABLE WEEK …SOON

Well done to all of the folk in Doha, for keeping up with the pace and challenges. WATCH THIS SPACE

Thank you to Jannie Kruger for sending us some of his children’s writing:

Grade 5A Writing – first draft at pace

Standing here, looking out across the vast unknown which seems to be a swamp, a swamp of…….TOXIC WASTE. In this swamp there is a shadowy skeleton of an old wrecked ship. It must have been swallowed by what was once the princess of the sea. I say that because well there appears to be rocks that look like whale teeth surrounding the wrecked ship. In addition the ship is lying on what looks like the spine of a whale. The murky water looks like the stomach acid from the belly of the beast or in this case the once was princess of the sea. I wonder what might have caused the death of this magnificent creature. The dark, foggy ghostly sky looks like a vicious & fearsome black hole. May be it is may be it isn’t. It felt like I was being eaten alive by that hideous thing. “You disgust me.” But nobody knows what might be this vast unknown.
Nour

Shark Fin Island

Standing here I can smell acid.Looking at rocks that look like shark fins .An old ,rotten, stinky ship that has been burnt is standing still between two rocks. The sky looking as dark and as scary as it could possibly ever be. smoke going everywhere in the air looking like ghosts breath.
Small grey pigeons are falling in the acid , but never surviving .No human being has survived the dark round.The dark round is a place full of mystery.
I turned around and saw a ray of sunlight and a bent branch.After following the light I found a hidden land where I finally found a small house. Whose could this house belong to ?
I walked closer to the house as I saw two human beings approaching me. They were two pirates who survived the storm.The legends said that they were dead! I greeted them happily and found out that they owned a pet monkey.
Muna Al A

Standing here, looking out across the vast unknown which seems to be a swamp, a swamp of…….TOXIC WASTE. In this swamp there is a shadowy skeleton of an old wrecked ship.
It must have been swallowed by what was once the princess of the sea.
I say that because well there appears to be rocks that look like whale teeth surrounding the wrecked ship.
In addition the ship is lying on what looks like the spine of a whale. The murky water looks like the stomach acid from the belly of the beast or in this case the once was princess of the sea. I wonder what might have caused the death of this magnificent creature.
The dark, foggy ghostly sky looks like a vicious & fearsome black hole.
May be it is may be it isn’t. It felt like I was being eaten alive by that
hideous thing. “You disgust me.” But nobody knows what might be this vast unknown.
Nour S

Standing here, looking at this horrible place. It has a body of a dead boat. It has huge rocks that sharks fins. It has a path that’s like a skeleton of some enormous thing. The water is like acid. the birds are like flying bullets that are thrown in acid.
The blue sky died and a horrible sky is born. the wind is like dust. Its like something destroyed the place and the place turned sad.
There is a little sad place. Its like the sky made it. The trees are made, they are sad colors Its like no one cleans it up.
Alaa S

The Adventure of Captain. ???
The air became black, the ship looks like a skeleton and the clouds are ghosts of the crews aboard. Where is this wasteland you ask? Well, we are in the underworld of a blocky world!
The moment you have awaken, everything is just a cube. No round shapes, just cubes. You think maybe this is from the curse of the Ghast. You see a tree and you punch but you don’t get hurt. So you punch many tree wood, that after that you could build a mansion if you want. But instead you make weapons, a workbench and you dig a cave to claim as your home.
Suddenly you notice lots and lots of stone with blood. But for some reason, it has a letter L on it. You guess it points to North or East. So you decide to chose North of East?

So you choose the North path, but you step on the souls of sand. But then, you see the Ghast himself shooting you with flaming fireballs! You try to evade, but he shoots the platform you stand on, and leads to a lava death hole. And that was the end of you.

So you choose the East path. Then you notice a colossal sized fortress that was so big, that it was endless! You decide to explore this amazing building and then you see horrifying things. A half-zombie, half-pig and quarter skeleton with a golden sword walks by. You feel really horrified by it, but it doesn’t hurt you. So you keep exploring the giant brick fortress.
Then you notice some type of warts on the souls of sand. It looks like the type of thing those horrifying things would grow. You take one, but nothing happens. So you leave the rest for later. But then you see a small thing in a cage on fire. You try to extinguish it, but the water just instantly becomes steam. Then it comes out bigger and attacks you! You run as fast as possible, but then more come chasing you.
Finally you find a jungle and hide behind the trees. Then they gave up and went back to the fortress. But then you see a house nearby. Then you realize that the last two crews lived the ships crash. Then you finally go to the house and survive with them.
To be continued…..
Amr Al S

Standing here, looking across a rock. looking like sharks teeth. There is wood and twigs looking a ship from the bottom. across i see clouds like ghosts swinging. across i see liquid like acid. there is wind like a tornado just passed.

i look across the sea and i see birds looking like small humans falling into the acid and flying to the rock that looked like sharks teeth. it looks like I’m standing on whale spine, the hugest whale ever.

in the deep, dark and spooky brown and black clouds looking like ghosts are everywhere in the sky cover the bit of light coming from the sun. everywhere is dead except the creatures flying in the air and the ghosts in the sky.
Hamad Al J
Standing here, across an unknown place, seeing the birds dive in the land, coming to hear how the wind and water sounds like, while the rocks stay in their place,
The sky heavily weighing the water like a hundred tons, darkness covering the ship with ghosts in it, silence challenging the wind and the dive of birds, rotten
Marshes scattering in the dirty acid lake, fish and sharks dying out in the acid, they couldn’t even breathe, what is this unknown place? To be continued….
Atta B

A Scary World
Standing here, I am looking at water that is hot as lava, cold weather no sun, scary black clouds, ghosts hunting for humans, sharp and tough rocks, meat-eating fish, painty smell, rain so strong and fierce that a single drop can kill you. There I am talking to myself saying: When will this nightmare world end, when, when!?
I walk around, find a rope and climb it; I find another side of the island, a good side, full of tropical trees. Wait a minute! I spot a house! I’ll go to them and ask them how are you living here, they answered “Seafood only.” So I walk and walk for an adventure. I found some wood so I built a house, fished some food saying “Wow this water is normal.”
It has been a month, I’m exhausted and tired. I made myself a backpack and put food and water in it ready for my next adventure. So as I was walking it became darker and darker, some lions randomly jumped on me so I, Green-ham killed the lion with my sword, that was a scary lion with blazing red eyes. I can see a giant, black, strong tornado coming at me!! Wait a minute, it’s just a cloud. Finally, I went up the mountain and looked at the view, I can’t believe I walked all that. After I was looking around up the mountain and found…… A PORTAL TO MY COUNTRY!! As I enter it slowly, I think about my family, how the will be so happy to see me.
Mohammed Z

Yacoub
Mystery Adventure

Standing here, in this lagoon with big sharp rocks shaped like sharks teeth, a big wrecked pirate ship haunting the place. The sky a mixture of brown and black, the smell of damp wood fills my nose. My feet oozing into the mud, birds soaring into the water, the noise of rumbling thunder, skeletons crashing together and the howling of the wind.
My feet shaking as I turn myself around, there’s a big cliff and a rope, that looks like the one they use to hang people, but then I realize it’s a rope ladder. Climbing up the ladder, the pain of the blisters on my hand slowing me down, feet slipping on the wet ropes.
Finally, I’ve made it to the top. I see some stairs but I dare not go up there for who noes what is up there, awaiting a passer by to dine on. I walk past the stairs and see the biggest drop ever. As I raise my head the something amazing greets my eyes. After what I saw on the other side, this was the best thing ever, it is nothing I have ever imagined. As I gaze into the distance I see a big red flag and under it there is a a tree house. As I admire the spectacular view, I see another stair way, this time I’m not afraid to go down it.
As I reach the bottom I realize I’m in a small village. All of the sudden an animal with the body of a lion and a head of a rhino attacks me. As I try to push it off I realize that it’s not attacking me, it’s licking me. As my face turns into a grin, a man comes over and greets me, “Hello, and welcome to the village of Agrigor, I am Vincent and this is Clawer, my pet Lhino. What is your name?”. As I gaze astonishingly at the man, I splutter out “ M-M-My name is Sherlock Holmes I am an explorer”. Well then Sherlock, shall I take you for a tour of the town.
As we finish our tour, Vincent takes me to the tree house I saw earlier. As I step onto the landing, Vincent stops me and says “ This is were you will be staying”. As he finished saying that he opens the door to a wonderful room with a huge bed, a kitchen and a very big garden. As I settle down in the lovely room I start dosing and fall asleep.
The next day, I go for a stroll and meet some wonderful people I also go to the mini farms they have in the village. In the farm a man comes up and says “Hello, I am Columbus”. “ Hello, Columbus”, I reply, “ I am Sherlock Holmes. Are you the owner of this farm?”. “ Yes, I am”, he replies, “ I have caught all of the animals you see here”. “ Would you care to come in for a drink?”. “ Not at all”.
So the two friends lived happily ever after.
Standing here, i am looking at a broken ship that looks like a tall tower, there are sharp rocks surrounded around the ship that look like sharp shark teeth, the sea its yellow and its freezing cold like a snowball, there are black birds flying around the ship looking for food and jumping inside the sea, the dark clouds on the black sky look like ghosts scaring you.

the ship looks like it has been flipped 12 years ago in a powerful tsunami, it is standing vertically like a tall tower, it is dark brown, at the sides of the ship there are cracks and bitten parts that look like the sharks ate them.

looking at the yellow, cold, dirty sea it looks like that the tsunami killed the people in the ship and no one could go in to take them out of the freezing cold ship so they left them in there for 12 years.
written by: Maryam

The Island of terror
Standing here, I can see birds may be looking for some one or something or someone and a broken ship that looks like it should be in an antique store, then I see a light i have two things on my mind they are should I hide from the light or should i greet it.

I choose to go greet it I see a man but he looks very dirty I ask for his name and who he is he says that he once was a buccaneer and his name was John Dickens he had a gruffy voice and very short I ask if he was related to Charles Dickens he said NO.

He asked me if I would like to go to his house I was shocked I though that he was going to leave me stranded but he was very polite, I was surprised that at the other side of the island it was sunny and there where a lot of palm trees.

he takes me to his house it was actually a tree house we climb the rope to the house and there was a party full of people then they congratulate me for winning island of terror then I realize that it was a survival game after all.

Saif

Shark Fin Island
Standing here I can smell acid.Looking at rocks that look like shark fins .An old ,rotten, stinky ship that has been burnt is standing still between two rocks. The sky looking as dark and as scary as it could possibly ever be. smoke going everywhere in the air looking like ghosts breath.
Small grey pigeons are falling in the acid , but never surviving .No human being has survived the dark round.The dark round is a place full of mystery.
I turned around and saw a ray of sunlight and a bent branch.After following the light I found a hidden land where I finally found a small house. Whose could this house belong to ?
I walked closer to the house as I saw two human beings approaching me. They were two pirates who survived the storm.The legends said that they were dead! I greeted them happily and found out that they owned a pet monkey.
Muna

Mysterious place

Standing here, i see rocks that look like a sharks teeth an the birds that look like ghosts, I can smell the stench of the water, I can feel the slippery wet rocks, i can also hear the ghosts of fear.

I can also see the birds that look like ghosts diving or falling down into the stenched water. the stenched water smells like a person that id not have a shower for a year. it really stinks, and the squiggly lines could be the smell that stinks.

it really stinks now that i cant even write anymore about it. the black, dark sky is like the ghosts of fear. i can hear them whispering in a very scary, freaky voice. it is like i am the last human being alive, but with ghosts of fear and the ghost birds.

i am seeing the ghost birds trying to find each other and are playing tag. trying to pass the slippery wet rocks that looks like a sharks teeth is very hard. it is very pointy, and I’m trying to dodge the ghost birds that are trying to scare me away and trying to say,”Go Away And Never Come Back”.

this is a very mysterious place that could still be unknown. once i had made it across the ghost birds and the ghosts of fear i am now at the wrecked, wooden, white ship just staying there upright.
Safiya

Spooky world

Standing here i am looking at, a sinking boat with birds falling down like bullets the rocks where as tall as a giraffe and as sharp as a sharks teeth and the water is frozen and this place was like Antarctica but with no penguins.

The dark water is full of blood and full of dead sharks and fish and people freezing to death and birds lying down on the thick ice and half of the boat is stuck under the white ice and the wind blowing so hard that i can fly.

Walking behind the boat i saw 5 dead sailors and 1 dieing in front of me and the i saw a guy that got eaten by a shark and then i saw a car and i drove back to my house and after that day i would never ever go on a boat
Islam

The Deadly Day

Standing here,looking out across,a boat that looks like its been eaten and spit out by a wale
on a sea of acid,and birds commiting suicide ,the sky as dark as a ba ba black sheep’s wool.

The wind so feirce that when you take a step forwoard the wind shall pushh you 100 steps back.Running to see is anyone alive in the ship , a cool breeze strikes, a scream of 1000 ghosts.

I see a ghost trying to pull me to the see of acid.I ran away i found my self in an amazon a monkey starteld me i fell in the sea of acid.
To be continued .
Khalid

Standing here, looking at this horrible place. It has a body of a dead boat. It has huge rocks that sharks fins. It has a path that’s like a skeleton of some enormous thing. The water is like acid. the birds are like flying bullets that are thrown in acid.

The blue sky died and a horrible sky is born. the wind is like dust. Its like something destroyed the place and the place turned sad.

There is a little sad place. Its like the sky made it. The trees are made, they are sad colors Its like no one cleans it up.
Alaa

The Adventure of Captain. ???

The air became black, the ship looks like a skeleton and the clouds are ghosts of the crews aboard. Where is this wasteland you ask? Well, we are in the underworld of a blocky world!
The moment you have awaken, everything is just a cube. No round shapes, just cubes. You think maybe this is from the curse of the Ghast. You see a tree and you punch but you don’t get hurt. So you punch many tree wood, that after that you could build a mansion if you want. But instead you make weapons, a workbench and you dig a cave to claim as your home.
Suddenly you notice lots and lots of stone with blood. But for some reason, it has a letter L on it. You guess it points to North or East. So you decide to chose North of East?

So you choose the North path, but you step on the souls of sand. But then, you see the Ghast himself shooting you with flaming fireballs! You try to evade, but he shoots the platform you stand on, and leads to a lava death hole. And that was the end of you.

So you choose the East path. Then you notice a colossal sized fortress that was so big, that it was endless! You decide to explore this amazing building and then you see horrifying things. A half-zombie, half-pig and quarter skeleton with a golden sword walks by. You feel really horrified by it, but it doesn’t hurt you. So you keep exploring the giant brick fortress.
Then you notice some type of warts on the souls of sand. It looks like the type of thing those horrifying things would grow. You take one, but nothing happens. So you leave the rest for later. But then you see a small thing in a cage on fire. You try to extinguish it, but the water just instantly becomes steam. Then it comes out bigger and attacks you! You run as fast as possible, but then more come chasing you.
Finally you find a jungle and hide behind the trees. Then they gave up and went back to the fortress. But then you see a house nearby. Then you realize that the last two crews lived the ships crash. Then you finally go to the house and survive with them.
To be continued…..
Amr

Standing, here on the rocks when the wind blew hardly. I smelled the air, it smelled like dirty old socks. I see a boat, stuck beside the silver rocks. I see birds coming out from the boat. Will they fall? I wondered

I walked towards the rocks and saw a mountain. I wondered if I can climb the big big mountain. I saw a rope so I tide it on the rocks that are really high. So I climbed and climbed until I reached the mountain.

Then I walked down the mountain. After that I found my self somewhere that had lots of trees. I saw a blue river. So I drank from the river. I loved the Water.
Hamad

Standing here, looking across a rock. looking like sharks teeth. There is wood and twigs looking a ship from the bottom. across i see clouds like ghosts swinging. across i see liquid like acid. there is wind like a tornado just passed.

i look across the sea and i see birds looking like small humans falling into the acid and flying to the rock that looked like sharks teeth. it looks like I’m standing on whale spine, the hugest whale ever.

in the deep, dark and spooky brown and black clouds looking like ghosts are everywhere in the sky cover the bit of light coming from the sun. everywhere is dead except the creatures flying in the air and the ghosts in the sky.

Marwa

standing here,

in a destroyed land while im watching the ship in a
foggy area and the water crashing through the sharks
teeth while the wild bird dive into the water trying to
catch fish in a very windy place of darkness slipery
rocks on my feet cold water crashing and smashing

while dark clouds cover the sky i sit and wonder will
i stay here forever the teeth of the shark is a magnificent
view its like a adventure on ship destroyed i will never
forget the view

is it night or morning i will never know but i finally climb up i see a beutiful place filled with trees and sunshine and a house i see my 2 survivors i go and meet them and that was my adventure.
Faisal Al Thani

Standing Here
Standing here, across an unknown place, seeing the birds dive in the land, coming to hear how the wind and water sounds like, while the rocks stay in their place,
The sky heavily weighing the water like a hundred tons, darkness covering the ship with ghosts in it, silence challenging the wind and the dive of birds, rotten
Marshes scattering in the dirty acid lake, fish and sharks dying out in the acid, they couldn’t even breathe, what is this unknown place? To be continued….
Atta

where am I
Standing here feeling freezing air beneath my feet like standing in the north pole where bats commit suicide,acid water like lava from a volcano rocks like shark fins sky like pitch black ghosts haunting me

freezing to death i don’t know what to do, why is life so cruel the sky so dark the water too harsh.

the rocks are sharp. the trees are orange water is brown a ship is melting i want know is this the END?
Mohammed

A Scary World
Standing here, I am looking at water that is hot as lava, cold weather no sun, scary black clouds, ghosts hunting for humans, sharp and tough rocks, meat-eating fish, painty smell, rain so strong and fierce that a single drop can kill you. There I am talking to myself saying: When will this nightmare world end, when, when!?

I walk around, find a rope and climb it; I find another side of the island, a good side, full of tropical trees. Wait a minute! I spot a house! I’ll go to them and ask them how are you living here, they answered “Seafood only.” So I walk and walk for an adventure. I found some wood so I built a house, fished some food saying “Wow this water is normal.”

It has been a month, I’m exhausted and tired. I made myself a backpack and put food and water in it ready for my next adventure. So as I was walking it became darker and darker, some lions randomly jumped on me so I, Green-ham killed the lion with my sword, that was a scary lion with blazing red eyes. I can see a giant, black, strong tornado coming at me!! Wait a minute, it’s just a cloud. Finally, I went up the mountain and looked at the view, I can’t believe I walked all that. After I was looking around up the mountain and found…… A PORTAL TO MY COUNTRY!! As I enter it slowly, I think about my family, how the will be so happy to see me.
Mohammed

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