The game Tchoukball is from Switzerand and it was created by Hermann Brandt in 1970. The game was created because Hermann thought that sports should not just be used to form champions but to just be creative and create a more humane society. Hermann is also an artist and now lives in Canada.
It is still played today, there is a main competition called World Tchoukball Championship. Tchoukball is popular in some countries but not so much in others. There are many competitions for Tchoukball. Though the game was created in Switzerland, there are competitions all over the world. There is the European World Cup, Asian World Cup, South American World Cup and the Tchoukball World Cup Championship.
Each team is allowed to score on both sides of the field. In the game you are allowed to have 12 players on each team, of which seven may be on the court at any one time. To score a point you have to be an attacking player and it has to bounce off the frame, (The frame is similar to a trampoline) and land outside the D without getting caught by the defence team. Believe it or not, defenders are not allowed to intercept any passes from the attack team. You are only allowed to take three steps and you are not allowed to make more than three passes before you shoot at the frame.
Friday, September 12, 2014
This week the girls in this movie were up to date with all their work, so they got the whole week to make a mtv movie about anything. But the movie has to be telling a positive message. This is what we came up with:
Friday, September 5, 2014
The wind had been wild all day and the seas were going crazy! I watched the surfers carving up the feral tubes out the back, pulling out before the waves peaked and crashed down upon them. I was just about to pack up and go home when I saw a young boy jumping off the deck and hurtling down the sand dunes. He plunged on, knee deep, waist deep, then DIVE! He was confronted by a huge wave of water and it was like it swallowed him up.
He dived into blue-green wall trying to get out of the broken white water but this wave was different, it had a twist in its tail. I could see the boy go under water for about 10 seconds before fighting desperately to get to the surface. The wave finally spewed him out into the shallows and lazily retreated.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Eric Golden Murray is a New Zealand rower and an olympic gold medalist. He was born on May 6 1982 (Age 32) and is now married to Jackie Murray and is the father of Zac Murray. He has won four World Rowing Championship gold medals all in a row and he has also set two world best times.
Hamish Byron Bond, born on the 13th February in 1986. He is 28 years of age. Hamish is a New Zealand rower and Olympic gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He won five gold medal in a row for the World Rowing Championships. Believe it or not, he has also set two world best times.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
This week, we had to add detail to a piece of writing. The writing is not my own, it belongs to someone else.
Never in my life had I faced such a difficult challenge. I stood in front of the cargo net I felt hot.. I would never be ready for this.
It was Physical Education and there was lots of equipment around. The net was something we all had to do and I needed to at least try to climb it. I was not a good climber, and never had been. I wanted to turn away. But I grabbed the net in my hands and began to climb. I said words to encourage myself as I went. I was worried that I might get a rope burn or splinters. I tried not to think about feeling scared of heights. I went more slowly the longer I climbed.
I stopped altogether. I felt weak and there was still so far to climb.
I called to the teacher that I was finished. I lowered myself down. I was thinking that I had tried my best. I still most likely cannot climb the cargo net. But I was pleased I had tried.
Never in my life had I faced such a difficult challenge, I stepped up to the front of the cargo net. My face was burning up like I was on fire... I would never be ready for this. It was Physical Education and there was loads of balls, nets, soccer goals all around.
The net was something we all had to do and I needed to at least try it. I was not a good climber, and never had been. I wanted to turn away. But I gripped the net with my hands and began to climb. “You can do it, just stay focused.” I was worried that I might get a rope burn or splinters. I tried not to think about feeling scared of heights. I got slower and slower, the longer I climbed.
I came to hault, my legs were like noodles, my arms had seemed to have lost their strength and there was still so far to climb. I called for the teacher, “I am finished,” I lowered myself down slowly, the whole way down I was thinking that I had tried my best. I still most likely cannot climb the cargo net. But I was pleased I had tried.
Monday, September 1, 2014
The game Kabaddi was invented 4000 years ago in early India. The name Kabaddi comes from the word Kar-Badhi “which means “Holding Hands” translated from Skanskirt. Since then, there have been competitions all over the world. There are three different kinds of the sport, Sanjeevani, Gaminee and Amar. This explanation is referring to the version, Amar.
It is played with 7 players on each team, there are 4 defenders and 1 raider at a time. The defenders have to stay inside the rectangle whilst linked together while the raider from the other team goes through the gateway towards them. The main purpose is for the raider to go through the gateway and there, they have 30 seconds to tag a defender on the other team then the defender that has been tug has to try, tackle the raider to the ground and hold them down till the 30 seconds is up. The raider can still try to get up and get their whole body through the gateway.
The 30 seconds rule only came in during 1994, before that the raider had to say “Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi….” until the raider ran out of breath, the defender could hold them down. You only need something for the outline and gateway, other than that, there is no other equipment needed. The raider can earn points by getting back through the gateway before the 30 seconds is up, their entire body has to get through. The defenders can get points by holding the raider until the 30 seconds is up. Whoever has the most points at the end wins.
Kabaddi is played on either grass or on an athletic padded court. Kabaddi for me is a mix between wrestling, time trial and touch The Kabaddi World Cup has been going for many years and will hopefully last for the many more. It is an enjoyable game and I think people all around the world will agree.
The storylines tour has come and gone once again, last week both Extension groups went to the Storylines Festival Story Tour for 2014. Four authors presented, Juliette MacIver, Jill MacGregor, Catherine Mayo and Paula Green. Out of them, I enjoyed Juliette and Catherine the best. Juliette writes children’s picture books while Catherine is into ancient Greece. The different styles of writing were very interesting to listen to, though that talked differently and about different things, their stories were very cool.
I didn’t know but Juliette wrote the three Marmaduke Duck books and a lot of picture books that I knew of, it was good to hear the actual author talk about all those books. When she first came onto the stage, she was wearing a headband with a toucan on it, then she showed us her book Toucan Can. After talking about Toucan Can, we knew that she LOVED to rhyme. To finish off, she read us one of her books, Queen Alices Palaces.
Catherine Mayo told us about her trip to a cave in Greece that she went to to find inspiration for her books, Murder at Mykenai and The Bow which is the sequel to her first novel. She brought with her some pictures of her in the cave and a sword that she had bought from a man who made a replica of a famous dagger from ancient Greece.
If I were to present at the festival when I am older, I think that I would talk about when I was at school and where I got my inspiration from to write. If I did write a book, I would bring that too. I probably wouldn’t bring any props because I like writing about real events more that narratives, but I would bring pictures.
If I would ask any questions to Catherine or Juliette or the other authors, I would say, “Why do you write?” because everyone says where they get their ideas from and who inspires them but I was wondering, why, why do they want to. I enjoyed the Festival and I would like to go again next year to find out more about New Zealand authors. Thanks Catherine, Juliette, Jill and Paula for talking to us, I learnt lots about the different styles of writing.