Today we finished a great movie called The Odyssey. It was about a brave man named Odysseus who went on an intense journey with monsters who swallow the tide, one-eyed giants called Cyclopes, and beautiful women who use magic to get what they want. I enjoyed the movie tremendously after I I read The Adventures of Ulysses which is a translated version of The Odyssey. All those images that I created in my head from reading it suddenly came to life in the movie. I really recommend watching it.
We had an open house at Sacred Hearts and it was not that successful. Not very many people showed up. I think it was because it was in the morning. Usually we have the open house in the afternoon and a lot of people show up. It also was not practical because if a parent had two kids and they wanted to visit both classes, they couldn't because of the way it was organized. I think we can learn from this experience and make the next open house perfect. It wasn't all bad because their were delicious doughnuts to eat and juice to drink.
This morning as we went to greet the garden, I was shocked at how tall they have grown. After killing the aphids and white flies, the plants just sprouted like crazy. I am proud of our little garden bed. Our hard work had paid off.
Yesterday, the class had interviews for May Day to determine who would be the specific positions. It was really scary. I was the first one to be interviewed, and I was super nervous. First, I chanted a greeting chant in order to enter the room. Then, I read my "I Am Poem" and answered their questions. When it was over I was relieved because I felt that I did good.
Last Saturday, we performed at The Maui Theater for a program called Whale Tales. We sang a song called "Where in the World are the Whales." I was nervous because I had to walk out on stage first with Steve Grimes, leading the rest of the class. When we were on stage, the lights were so bright that I couldn't see the audience and their reactions. But after the program, people told us that we did a wonderful job. The program provided lunch for all the volunteers, so we ate lunch and watched a few more presentations. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
Yesteray,`` we went on a field trip to the MACC to see students perform in the Hawaii Youth Symphony. They were really good. The speaker explained us that most of theses students never knew how to hold an instrument, let a lone play it. They learned just as a baby would learn to speak. I thought that was astounding because of their precision while performing. You would of never known they were students if you just listened to their music. I was glad to participate in this activity and I hope this won't be the last time I hear their music.
"Jazz is rhythm and meaning" - Henri Matisse
Yesterday, we rode a bus to the MACC to see Halie Loren, a jazz musician with a breath-taking voice perform for us with a talented pianist and a fine base player. I loved listening to the wonderful notes and pitches of the music. I almost fell asleep when she was singing sad, slow song because it was so calming that my eyelids were drooping. We asked questions and listened to her answers. When it was over we walked to the bus and had a fun ride back to school.
On Wednesday we went to Kamehameha School to share our revolutionized education with the fourth graders. We took turns telling them about how we came up with our revised curriculum and how the website was part of it. I was proud of myself for improving my communication skills and speaking in front of a crowd. We shared a little more about ourselves and showed them our individual blog pages. Then we separated into groups and showed them pictures of our garden project and a trailer for the iMovie we are going to make about it. I had a good time talking to the kids but I wish we got to know them a little more. Hopefully they will invite us again one day so that we could share more about our curriculum. I am confident that they are motivated and ready for change.
Yesterday we went to Seabury school to shadow ninth graders for the whole morning until lunch. We had to dress nicely to make a good impression. When we got there we went into the Cooper house. It was a relief when I walked in because it was nice and warm. We all sat on the couches as we watched students walk in one by one. Then we go paired up with our student leaders and headed to assembly. I was blown away when we walked in the 'A'ali'ikuhonua Creative Arts Center for assembly because it was like a large movie theater. My favorite part of assembly as when four talented students performed two numbers which were so beautiful. When assembly was over, we walked with our student leaders to our first classes. My first class was English. I was lucky to be in there with Krizhna, Brandon, and Max and we all sat together. The teacher was really nice and gave us sheets of paper and markers so we cold color because she did't want us to get bored. The next class was history. I sat next to my leader and Summer. I thought this class was boring but I liked how the students were graded by participation. After that class it was time for a break so we went back to the Cooper house and ate snack. It was time for our last class of the day which was spanish for me. I was in that class with Krizhna and we sat next to each other so we would't feel alone. That class was amazing because they spoke spanish the whole time which was really impressive. The teacher was also really cool. Finally it was time for lunch. They have an all you can eat buffet and a soda fountain and I was so overwhelmed in astonishment. I wish I could go to that school because they have so many amazing features at that school. But it is really expensive and the tuition is around 17 thousand dollars. Thats almost 100 thousand for four years.
I was so excited when I found out that Bill Brown, producer of The Hiding Place, was coming to talk about film making of the movie and about Corrie ten Boom. He came with his "daughter in love" (daughter in law), Alicia. Bill calls her "daughter in love" because she shows him and his wife so much love and caring. I loved how he showed us pictures of the film making and the actors. I was really moved by his stories about the love of God and humankind. It made me realize that love is the most important thing on earth besides food and water. Watching The Hiding Place made me more faithful to God because if God helped the Jews during the tough times of World War 2, then he can help me through tough times in my life. Seeing the suffering of the people in the concentration camps makes me realize that we don't live in a fantasy when everyday is about sunshine and rainbows. I would love to hear Bill talk to us again and maybe one day we should watch the movie with him.