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Meet Mrs. Laufer by Christina Leung & Victoria Perronet-Miller Did you hear? Kellett will soon be opening a new school in Kowloon Bay and the new Head of Campus will be Mrs. Laufer – if you aren’t sure who she is yet, we met her to find out all the information for you! First, we wanted to know why she decided to be a teacher? As a child she used to spend her holidays helping her Mum, who was the school librarian, to sort out all the books. She said she had great fun and this inspired her to be a teacher. She has taught all around the world, first in Australia, then Canada,
Helping Others this Christmas by Harriette Edmonds
the UK and the USA. Now she is having fun with all of us here at Kellett.
It is almost Christmas time, what will you do
educational movie about different things to
during the holidays—maybe you might go to a
help them live safe lives in the camps and then
movie? Most of us have watched dozens of
they watch a great entertainment movie.
films, what is your favourite? I love Johnny
might be a cartoon or a fun children’s movie
English Reborn because it shows you can turn
and everyone loves it!
a story about a serious job into a hilarious
The amazing thing is the information movies
about health and education are actually made
I like going to movies with my friends because
by the refugees themselves. The FilmAid team
it’s a great way to relax and have fun, I bet
help them to learn how to use the cameras
most of you feel the same way! Well, can you
and to act and then to edit the movie.
imagine a life where you never saw a movie,
not on TV or in a cinema? Imagine if you lived
themselves and their neighbours in the films.
in a place where there was nothing fun to do,
I talked to Indya Steains because her Mum is
no playgrounds, no computers, no toys ...this
the Treasurer of FilmAid Asia and her Dad is
is how many children in refugee camps around
Asia live, but an amazing program called
FilmAid Asia is trying to help and it was set up
fantastic charity. I asked Indya why she liked
and is run by people including Kellett parents!
FilmAid and quickly she replied, 'I like it
So you will be wondering, what exactly is Film
because it teaches people how to take care of
Aid? FilmAid is a program where an enormous
themselves and to live a better life.”
van goes to different refugee camps and it has
You can help out by visiting the FilmAid Asia
a huge TV screen on it. When the van gets to
website www.filmaid.org/asia and then even
This paper was put together by Lottie Rosgen, Harriette Edmonds, Pia Winstanley, Victoria
its destination it stops and the people in the
more children can enjoy the movies that we
Perronet-Miller, Christina Leung, Anoushka Prentice, Sophie McLean, Jemima Abate, James
camp come and watch a movie. The type of
get to see everyday!
Johnson, Julia Murray, Ben Stoneley and Isabella Abelman
movies that the villagers watch are firstly, an Page 1
Mrs. Laufer actually lived in Hong Kong five years ago and is very excited now she is back, teaching at our school. “ I like Hong Kong very much” she explained, “Hong Kong has a little bit of everything, I like that I can go to the beach, explore the city and hike everywhere”. She is having fun getting to know Kellett and the School a bit more until the new school is built She thinks the children at Kellett have lots of different qualities and there are so many things we can do – maybe some of us will be principals too! u We would like to thank Mr. Dawes for letting us use the ICT room each week. A big thank you also to Mrs. Bull for all her help and patience! As always any ideas or suggestions
welcome. So please do contact Karen Pittar on email@example.com
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STOMPING Around by Victoria Perronet-Miller & Christina Leung Next time you throw your rubbish away stop
and bins and that’s what got them going—
and think how you can reuse it—you could
amazing! The cast members this year are from
even make music with it! That is what the
all around the world including the USA,
musical extravaganza Stomp does, they create
Australia, Denmark and more and they all
music from every day things like bins, pans, pipes and balls. They call Stomp 2011 fresher, faster, funnier and we were lucky enough to go and watch the
Holiday Fun in Hong Kong by Ben Stoneley Hello Kellett, good news, it’s almost the
So what are
the new Toy Story Land. Go along and you
you going to do with all your spare time?
can meet all the characters including a large
Well, if you are looking for something
Woody, Rex, the green soldiers, Jessie and
worked together to write music and combine
much more! The new land has been really
this with some of the dance moves from
adventures to have right here in Hong
well decorated and the area even has long
previous shows to make the new show a real
bamboo that acts as huge blades of grass—
Do you like Disneyland or perhaps you
you really will think you are in Andy’s back
prefer Ocean Park?
Both are offering new
garden. There are also huge wooden blocks
Just opened in November is
show at their press conference and even meet
Did they have any trouble learning the
rides to thrill and entertain you! Last year
with the ABCs on them and a giant slinky
the cast, who were full of energy and so
complicated dance moves? They told us they
Kellett Tell It reported on Ocean Park and
dog ride you can take. There are also crazy
did have their times falling over, or getting hit
met the CEO Tom Mehrmann— he told us
rollercoasters like the RC races where you
about the new rides and lands that were
ride in Andy’s remote control car up and
opening at the Park and guess what? Most
down a U shaped track, or drop from really
will be running in time for the holidays.
high on the new parachute ride —you can
just fell into place—it was a great show. Minali
Thrill Mountain opens on December 9th, so
even join in with a toy soldier boot camp
who is from California told us “music is like a
where you have to do exercises with the
heart beat, everyone has music in them and
colourful and energetic carnival theme with
green toy soldiers.
that is something you should think about if you
five exciting rides. If you like rollercoasters
the Hair Raiser has five loop-de-loops that
remember to be nice to the toys!
on the head by a rubbish bin or just messing up, but when it came to show time everything
want to follow your dreams to be in something like STOMP.” And obviously the cast loves We found out it took them six weeks to learn all the dance moves to perfect the show, but to
what they do, even if it is lots of work, as some have been in the show for 10 years!
The Mountain will have a
If you want to find out
you will whiz around at high speed. There will also be dodgem cars at the Bumper Blaster,
or you can try flying the on the
Whirly Bird. Already opened at the Park is The Flash, where you swing up and down
make it even more exciting they added in some
on a huge pendulum—be careful you don't
extra steps and it took a couple of months to
take too many rides or you might feel sick!
get the act just right. Some of the cast played
If you want to do something a bit quieter
the drums, some were dancers and some
you can also see the recently opened
Both the Parks also have great Christmas
played instruments like the piano or violin.
rainforest area where you can take a gentle
displays. At Disneyland you can watch a
ride on a boat through a rainforest. Be
Christmas parade or walk down a Festive
careful though, you might get wet!
Mainstreet. At Ocean Park there will be lots
and they just got their drumsticks and started
If you want even more excitement then you
of tinsel and lights too that you can see
banging and hitting the walls and park benches
from all those thrilling rides. Enjoy!
STOMP started with buskers and street acts
Kellett Tellit—Autumn 2011
Kellett Tellit—Autumn 2011
How does your School Council Work? by Lottie Rosgen
Playing with Elephants by Anoushka Prentice
Did you know that at Kellett Tell It if you
representing your class on the council.
are interested in a topic then you can write
“Helping the school become a better place ”
What sports do your parents play? Maybe
you score the goals.
about it? Well, I had something I felt
said Jemima, and Julia’s tip for being an
they like rugby or tennis or maybe they even
attacker, midfield and defence. At half time
strongly about and you are going to read
active member of the council was: “don’t
run in marathons or triathalons. My parents
the teams swap elephants with the opposing
about it in this article. I am finding out
be scared to speak out in front of other
do something a bit unusual—they play polo
team so that the match is fair (some
how our student council works and most
children, you have to say what you think.”
but not on horses, on elephants! Have you
elephants are much better at polo than
importantly why girls are not allowed to
After talking with Chairman Taylor Dees
ever heard of the game? Do you want to find
others!). There is a mahout who sits behind
wear shorts at Kellett.
and the rest of the SC about girls and
out more about it...well read on!
the elephant’s neck and steers the elephant
I don’t like wearing skorts because I am a
shorts I went to see Mrs.Laufer and Mr.
while the player sits on the elephants back
tomboy. I like to run in the playground
Harrington to discuss my views. Mr.
and hits the ball. Ladies are able to play with
and climb. I don’t wear pink ever and I
Harrington told me that recently they
two hands but men are only able to play with
would love to wear shorts every day! And I
reviewed the uniform and agreed to keep it
one hand. This is because the polo sticks can
know there are other girls who feel the
the way it was because there is a fair
be as long as 100 inches, depending on the
balance between girls who like the skorts
size of the elephant, so they can be very
and girls who don’t. Also, the skort is a
above year 3 wears them because you
compromise as it is a skirt with shorts
Sam Prentice (my mum) used to work in
can’t run in them and when you sit down
Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge where the world
you have to make sure your skirt is long
I still wish I could wear shorts but I will
Elephant polo was originally played by the
elephant polo championship is hosted and
enough, or else...
have to make do with my skort. At least
Maharajas of India. In 1982 it was revived at
this is how she started playing. “I enjoyed
The skorts are designed for winter but
though I have people at school who I could
Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in the Chitwan
watching the international players and I was
many girls wear them all year and in the
take my questions to and they all listened
National Park, Nepal and has since been
desperate to have a go myself as I loved
summer we girls are boiling hot.
and tried to help. Being part of the school
played regularly in Thailand and occasionally
elephants so much. Then one day I was
So I went to the school council to find out if
council is really a good thing, so why not
in India and Sri Lanka. In the first year of
offered to play. It was lots of fun. I have now
they could help and I also discovered that
give it a go next year—you will enjoy it!
elephant polo in Nepal it was played with a
been playing elephant polo for over 20 years
being on the SC is a very serious job. They
leather football, but that ended quite soon
and I am captain of the ladies team.“ She is
meet every two weeks and talk through
because the elephants were always treading
now said to be the best lady elephant polo
any ideas or problems that students have.
on it and bursting them so now they play
player! Go Mum!
They help to organise events like dress
with regular wooden polo balls. However, this
casual days and raise money for charity,
sometimes gets stuck in soft ground when an
they talk about playground equipment and
elephant treads on it and sometimes it even
how we can use it safely and they even
gets stuck in elephant dung!
introduced the friendship benches. I asked
Elephant polo in Nepal is played with four
former members Julia Murray and Jemima
aside and in Thailand three aside. There can
Abate what they thought was great about
only be two elephants from the same team in
We do have summer dresses but nobody
The positions are
one half and one elephant in each D—where Page 10
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Over-Fishing the Waters of HK—We Can Help! by Isabella Abelman
Wild Hong Kong by Sophie McLean When most people think about Hong Kong
stays with the eggs which is rare, most parent
shopping malls and maybe markets full of fish
themselves. The HK Paradise Fish is brown
and fresh vegetables. Not many would think
with a sandy colored stomach, It has 1 long
about the wildlife that lives here. You might
fin on the top and bottom of its body and two
be surprised at how many animals live in our
at the tail.
parks and national reserves. There are wild
Luckily there are people in the community
pigs, monkeys, dragonflies,
who are trying to help. Goatee Toni is one of
species, frogs, lizards, snakes and one third of
these people. Maybe you have heard of him?
the bird species found in China come from
He comes to children’s birthday parties and
brings creatures like snakes and spiders for
The sad news is that many of those
species are endangered.
you to touch and see. He says his favourite
We all know that some animal’s numbers are
animal family is reptiles and he has lots of
these that he looks after including snakes and
lizards. “I find endangered species and I
Pandas, Narwhales and many other animals.
breed them and then return them to the
In Hong Kong there are endangered animals
wild”. Goatee Toni remarked.
that need our help too.
The Pink Dolphin is
places like Ocean Park are also trying to help
one of our most famous animals but sadly this
breed and look after endangered creatures.
friendly sea creature is endangered.
We all have to do our part! Next time you are
out walking look around for all the amazing wildlife in Hong Kong!
threatened in the New Territories, the HK Paradise Fish and The Rice Fish. The HK Paradise Fish is the only fish that breeds by connecting its eggs to the bubbles and then Page 4
Kids can often feel strongly about an issue,
mid-level and deep trawling?
but we think we are too young or too small
takes the fish that live in the mid-water ,
to make a difference but I have found out
while deep trawling goes to the sea floor
that this isn’t always true!
and destroys the bottom of the ocean by
For me net-
trawling in Hong Kong oceans is something
ripping up everything in its path.
I am concerned about, so I decided to find
To make it worse Anna told me the fish
that are caught in these deadly nets are
While I was researching I discovered a
mostly prawns and other tiny fish along
great blog written by a girl called Anna
with coral and much of the important
Zhou who is 16 years old and is a student
right here in Hong Kong at HKIS! Anna is originally from Melbourne and she started to think about the environment when she
was still in pre
Australia. In Australia at that time there was a horrible drought that lasted for 10 years, water supplies got so low that you could
imagine that! And you weren’t allowed to water your garden or even wash your car. This made Anna think seriously about the environment and what she could do to
But we can help—Anna is proof—creating
blogs and having a say makes an impact .
Now in Hong Kong Anna has her own blog
The great news is the Government has
ss.com) and one of the issues she looks at
December 24th, 2012.
is net fishing. I asked her why she chose
And instead we can even get nature to
this cause? “Trawling is really bad, there
are two nets that are dragged along the
safe nets and dolphins who help guide fish
ocean floor, and they destroy everything in
into the net.
So what can YOU do?
Thanks to Anna I have learnt a lot about
Christmas beach party, simply take some
trawling – did you know for instance there
time to pick up rubbish that has washed
are two different types of trawling —
ashore—a gift for the environment!
— in Brazil some fishermen use
Well start at the
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Hiking Hong Kong’s Hills with Michael Pieper by Julia Murray Hong Kong has many amazing hikes for
families. Michael Peiper is head of Hiking
JM: What is the purpose of hiking?
Hong Kong and knows most of the local
MP: To remember that life is about living,
hikes so I decided to interview him to find
not about working, as many people in
out just where Kellett kids should be
Hong Kong believe. To do something that
walking over the winter months. What else
you truly enjoy, and to take the time out
did I learn from researching this article?
to do it. Life and nature is something that
You need to walk outside, and see that
should be treasured.
Hong Kong is not a just a concrete jungle,
JM: What do you enjoy most about hiking?
it can be a green one too!
MP: Getting away from the everyday aspects of Life. Relaxing, being at one with
JM: What was the scariest hike you’ve
nature, and helping others to share my
ever been on and why was it the scariest?
MP: The scariest hike I’ve ever been on is
So did you find what Michael Peiper had to
when I hiked on Lantau and there was a
say interesting? If you did, why don’t you
huge thunder storm at the time, with
go on a hike yourself, or even better, get
lightning all around me!
your family to join in? Hikes to choose
JM: Why do you like hikes?
from in Hong Kong are endless, so why
MP: Many people think of Hong Kong as a
don’t you get going! I’ve been on quite a
concrete jungle, this is far from the truth. I
few with my family, and I can tell you that
love being one with nature, and I love
the trails are really hidden, you feel a
getting away from the noise—and you can
million miles away from the city! Maybe
do all this when you walk the trails. Hiking
even check out Michael Peiper’s favourite
also keeps me fit.
or scariest hike.
The Show Must Go On! by Jemima Abate Have you seen the Merry Men hunting in Hong
the eye, keep a smile on your face and most
Kong? Or perhaps you have seen Beauty or the
Beast roaming the corridors of Kellett? Yes, this
performance was in Jack and the Beanstalk
month you can see the merry men in Robin
many years ago, but this year she is going to be
Hood the Panto by the HK Players, and next year
involved the Panto by Hong Kong Players. I also
you can watch your own Kellett friends perform
wanted to find out what was Miss Charlotte’s
in Beauty and the Beast! With fantastic actors
scariest audition? “It was for Cats,
and wonderful music these shows will be a HUGE
audition over and over again because they kept
hit! If you go along and enjoy the performance
calling me back and calling me back but in the
you might even think about trying out yourself,
end my singing wasn’t good, so I didn’t get the
but how hard is it to audition and how can you
part I really wanted.” Even so, Miss Charlotte
still loves being on stage, so when you audition,
Have you ever been in an audition? If you have
if you don’t get the exact role you had hoped for,
never been in an audition chances are you might
remember that just being part of a show is a real
I had to
freak out because you have no idea how to get ready. Do not panic we have all the tips you need, we spoke to some of the students from last year’s school musical, Seussical Jnr. In the auditions the cast had to sing Colours of the Wind from Pocahontas, and then act two pieces and dance to Miss Charlotte’s expert choreography. Most of those trying out were pretty nervous, so you aren’t alone if you feel scared too! Julia Murray was a bird girl in the
JM: Which hike has the best view?
Suessical: “Some tips are to sing what you feel,
MP: There are many great views that can
and give your best.” Julia answers. “Stand up
be had on the hiking trails of Hong Kong. One of my favorite views would have to be from Lantau Peak looking down at Wisdom Path, the Big Buddha, and so much more. JM: What is your favorite hike and why? MP: My favorite hike is Lantau Trail Stage 9. I have many reasons why I like this hike and one of them is that it’s a quite easy hike and it’s close to where I live in Page 8 Kellett Tellit—Autumn 2011
straight and don’t fidget, most of all pronounce
So, is it worth it? Well last year I was Mayzie the
your words clearly. In the acting pretend you are
Bird in Seussical Jnr and it was great! And this
the character and act like the character, make
year I am lucky enough to be one of the Silly
your soul the character.”
Girls in Beauty and the Beast. I know I will have
Victoria Perronet Miller was a Who in the musical
to work hard and learn songs, lines and dance
last year. “Practice makes perfect! Do not be
moves but it’s all going to be worth it – because
nervous, but always try your best and put in lots
there is nothing that is quite as much fun as
of effort.” Miss Charlotte agrees with what Julia
being on stage.
and Victoria say, you need to look the panel in Page 5
audition in the future – you will love it!
Good luck to all those who
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Meeting Authors at Kellett by Pia Winstanley
What do you want for Christmas? by James Johnson
We had some famous visitors to our school The modern world is a paradise for new innovators and new inventions. But
the shape of a shark or clown fish that you can
control! The AirSwimmer's body is made from a
I have been
high-quality, nylon material that won’t pop too
searching for the latest and greatest so you will
easily and will stay blown-up for weeks and can
know just what to ask Santa for!
First, I got
be refilled over and over again. The fish has a
some ideas from students right here at Kellett—
remote control that is infra-red and you can use
the top three included the new Nintendo 3DS
it make the fish swim around the house! It can
many out there which is best?
where you can play your DS in 3D without
this term - author Isobelle Carmody and children’s book illustrator, Tina McNaughton. Most of you will have read Isabelle Carmody’s books but you might wonder, where did the story ideas come from? Well she started as a girl by telling stories to her seven brothers and sisters. Then she wrote them down, so she would remember all her long complicated
wearing 3D glasses. Ben Stoneley has one of
plots. “I found that I liked writing my stories
these fantastic gadgets and says: “It really is 3D—images pop out at you while you play and you can even take 3D photos!”.
swim up and down and even turn around 360 degrees. I have also found something for all of you at Kellett who like making music. Have you heard of the t-shirts where you can play the electric guitar or the drums or a synthesizer on your There are 3D games to play too, like MarioKart ,
shirt? These amazing t-shirts have a picture of a
Pokemon and Cooking Mama. If you are looking
drum kit, a synthesizer or an electric guitar on
for a phone why not try the
the front that you can actually play—how does it
Thunderbolt – it is so much more than a phone,
work? They have a built in speaker in the shirt—
you can download movies, e-books, games,
so it makes real sounds.
music and more in seconds and then watch or
If you have an iPad and you want to take notes
listen with surround sound. It also has a camera
then you need the cube Laser Virtual Keyboard.
and camcorder and a built in DLNA connection
This small cube, that looks like a silver pencil
which means you can beam all your photos and
sharpener, projects an image of a keyboard onto
videos to your flatscreen TV—awesome!
any flat surface and you can type—it even makes
If you are a shark fan then you might like the
clicking sounds when you hit the keys! You can
AirSwimmers RC, this is an inflatable remote
control flying fish! Think of a helium balloon in
anywhere . So have a techy Merry Christmas!
down,” she explained “it was as if I was telling
I also met with illustrator Tina McNaughton,
everyone a secret and I really liked that.”
whose niece and nephews Ella, Jamie and
I wanted to find out how she got her ideas for
Luke Wernett go to school at Kellett! You will
her books. One of my favourites is Little Fur.
know her drawings, some of them are the
Carmody decided to write it because there had
cute hedgehogs in One Snowy Night and One
been a flood in Prague, where she was living,
and the city was covered in water. “I was
drawing since she was a little girl, “When I
walking through the streets with my daughter
was little I drew every night in bed on a little
Adelaide, she was about six
years old, and
chalk board until everything was blue, pink or
she stopped at this basement window where
yellow, including me!” There was also a wood
she could see it was full of dark dirty water,
near her house and she would go and look at
Adelaide said ‘Mama what lives down there?’
all the creatures who lived there.
And I could not help myself but to say ‘Trolls!
I was interested to find out how she draws
Tolls live down there’.” And that’s how Little
just what the writer wants, “I start off drawing
Fur started! Carmody is now working on a
a few sketches I think the author will like and
then we discuss it and I make their favourite
promises to be another wonderful read!
one more detailed.” She says illustrations are important because they tell part of the story and help in a visual way. And what is her advice if you want to be an illustrator or writer? “Practice writing and drawing for a long time!”. Right now she is working on a program for an Austrian TV show which uses
She says she has been
drawing, they can take you lots of places! Page 7
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