Friday, November 15, 2013

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

Set in a world which has lost almost all its oxygen, the survivors live in a bubble under the protection of Breathe who manufacture the breathable air.  After an event called The Switch, there are no trees, no oceans and only limited amounts of breathable air.  The rebels have been trying to propagate plants in secret hoping that they can establish some kind of life outside the Pods but this is dangerous work and severe punishment would result if they were caught.  There is a rumour that outside the Pod there is a rebel stronghold where trees are growing but this seems too impossible to be true.  Alina, Quinn and Bea set off on a camping trip outside the Pod, they have enough oxygen in their tanks for two days and they hope for a bit of adventure.  What happens to them is scary and dangerous, and they will have to fight for their lives to make it back.  If you have enjoyed books like Tomorrow When The War Began and Divergent you are going to enjoy this book and even if you have read lots of dystopia you will find new ideas in this book.  Highly recommended.

Breathe is exciting and different. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NCEA and Scholarship Examinations have started

Good luck to all our senior students who are busy working in classrooms in C and B Block here at King's on their NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 examinations, and not forgetting those who are doing Scholarship Exams too! 

If you are looking for help with study there are some easy things you can do:
  • Come to tutorials - these are still being run by teachers and are at times you can easily make them.  This is a great way to add polish to your knowledge, talk through things you are having trouble with and get some extra help prior to your exams.
  • Use Studyit  This page http://www.studyit.org.nz/studyandexam/ will give you really good advice for how to cope with exams, how to organise your study programme and what to look for in your examination questions.  
  • Do some group study with friends doing the same topics.  Students have been using the Williams Room for silent or quiet study and tutorials.  Maybe you should too!  Make sure you choose people who won't distract you and who will help you work not prevent you from working!
Lost your timetable of NCEA exams?  Click here for the official one.

Lester studies in the International Dept Study Room this morning




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