Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas in China

  People in China celebrate Christmas by lighting paper lanterns and put them on their houses,aditionally in China they decorate christmas trees,too but there they call them ''Trees of Light''.They call  them  like that because they decorate them with paper lanterns,paper chains and paper flowers.Children in China hang muslins stockings and they await for the visit of Santa Claus as we do.However,in their country they call Santa Claus,''Christmas Old Man''.mt

Every french home at christmastime displays a nativity  scene or creche. The criche is often peopled with little figures which are made by craftsmen in the south of france throughout the year . the craftsmanship involved in creating the gaily colored santons is quite astounding and the molds have been passed from generation to generation since the seventeenth century. 
                            The christmas tree has never been particullypopular in france, and thought the use of the yule log has faded the franch make a traditional yule log - shaped cake called the buche de nol , which means " christmas log " . The cake , among other foodin great a bundance is served at the grand feast of the seasons , which is called le iveilon .
                             French children receive gifts from Pere Noel who travelswith his stern disciplinarian companion . Im other places it is le petit Jsus who brings gifts.

nick kokkinos d class 


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas In Romania

The tradition in Romania is for children to travel from house to 
house singing carols and reciting poetry and legends throughout the
Christmas season. The leader carries a large wooden star called a 
steaua, which is covered with shiny paper and decorated with bells 
and colored ribbon. A picture of the Holy Family is pasted in the 
star's center, and the entire creation is attached to a broomstick or 
stout pole. In Romania, Christmas and mid-winter celebrations last 
from 20th December to 7th January. The 20th is when people
 celebrate St. Ignatius's Day. It is traditional that if the family keep 
pigs, one is killed on this day. The meat from the pig is used in the 
Christmas meals.
The Christmas celebrations really begin on Christmas Eve, 24th, 
when it's time to decorate the Christmas Tree. This is done in the 
evening of Christmas Eve. In Romanian, Christmas Eve is called
 'Ajunul Craciunului'.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Informal letter giving information

Hi Kylie 
              It was great to hear from you .When are you leaving ?
              I had a fantastic time at my ecological trip last three months  , I learn about wildlife , but the hours are long , and  I should warn you that you have to get up early. If you don't know about strange species of animals and birds , you 'll learn all about them there. Moreover, everyone was friendly.
              If  I were you , I would take a video camera , binoculars , insect repellent and heavy boots. I would take insect repellent because in these areas there are many flies. I suggest taking a torch too.
                         I hope you have a good time.

                                 Best wishes

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Haunted Castle

 I was listening to music in my castle bedroom, when I heard a strange noise I knew that the castle was a graveyard before my family bought it. It was dark and it was raining but I was afraid, so started walking upstairs.
 The door creaked when I opened it. I waited for a minute but nobody spoke. Then I climbed upstairs. My heart beat. Suddenly, I listened to a scream. Then a ghost came behind me and I started running. Just then, the ghost said to me "I want your life". I was terrified. I had lost my temper and I started crying.
 A few minutes later, I woke up and I was upstairs and behind me was a knife. After that, I went to my bedroom quickly and I thought about all the things that happened to me before...

BBC/nature Webpage

BBC/nature is a very interesting webpage with exciting articles.For example "The "Lucy" fossil rewrote the story of humanity"
Forty years ago, on a Sunday morning in late November 1974, a team of scientists were digging in an isolated spot in the Afar region of Ethiopia.

Surveying the area, paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson spotted a small part of an elbow bone. He immediately recognised it as coming from a human ancestor. And there was plenty more. "As I looked up the slopes to my left I saw bits of the skull, a chunk of jaw, a couple of vertebrae," says Johanson......

And lots more! If you are interested in this type of sites, you can check it out: 

My opinion about the site called BirdLife International.

     I found the link for this site on my book.I like this site because the people that they made it worked a lot of there.When you visit a site you want it to make you read it. Well, this site made me read some of its articles and I learned many new things.When you open this site the first thing that you will see is the main page which is very colourful and nice,the second thing that I noticed is the fact that it has a ''search'' bar where you can type what you want to see from this site and it appears to you in a few seconds.
     Now let's talk about the things I learned.I read many weird names of rare birds like Brazilian Merganser;a black bird with a long mouth.This bird is like a chicken.Another rare bird is the Christmas Island Frigatebird; I read about this bird because I like Christmas.Well this long bird which is grey and black lives in Australia!In addition to this, I read about an owl called Forest Owlet.This bird was discovered in 1997!I was rooted to the spot when I saw it.It is a funny,brown owl which likes playing games.
     I won't tell you more.I suggest you visit this site,it is amazing.

New articles by our French e-pals!

- one about Séan Garnier
- one about 10 lucky students who are spending a week in Malta right now

You can write your opinion under one or both of these blog posts.