Puss in Boots by Marcin

In English class we talked about different traditional stories. We decided to watch Shrek to see the different traditional fairy tale characters. We chose  characters to research and my character  is Puss in Boots.

The story of Puss in Boots

A miller had three sons. Then the miller dies. All three sons inherit different things. The oldest son inherits a mill. The middle son inherits mules. The youngest son inherits a cat. The cat wants to make his master rich.  The cat asks for a hat and boots and a sword.

The cat catches rabbits and partridges and gives them to the king. The cat says they are a present from the Marquis of Carabas.  The cat tricks the king into believing that the master is rich so that he can marry the king’s daughter. A coach takes the royals home and the cat goes ahead in front the carriage and tells the people of the town that his master owns the land.

Puss in Boots mascot at Australian premiere, 2011 by Eva Rinaldi [Licence: CC-by-SA-2.0.]

The cat then meets an ogre that has the power to change himself into different  animals. At the end of the story the cat eats the ogre. The carriage arrives at the castle and finally the son gets married to the king’s daughter.

The story was published by French writer Charles Perrault in 1697.

Shrek and Puss in Boots

When Puss in Boots was in Shrek he was a bit different. He is angry, likes fighting and he pretends to be sad with big eyes so he can attack!





https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puss_in_Boots                https://www.newark.rutgers.edu/events/true-history-puss-boots



Pinocchio by Kamil

Recently my class researched fairy tale characters and we watched Shrek 2. I picked Pinocchio to investigate.

The Original Story of Pinocchio

Statue of Pinocchio. Photo by Adrian Michael [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

The original story is of a little marionette who wanted to be a real boy. His story is well worth reading by both grownups and children.

In the original story Geppetto creates Pinocchio from a block of wood because he wants a puppet to go around the world earning money. 

From the start the wood is screaming and giggling and talking. The puppet acts crazy and as the face is carved it stares at Geppetto, his nose keeps growing and makes fun of him.

At the very end, Pinocchio is changed to a real boy because he behaves better and starts to look after Geppetto.

Where’s the story come from?

The tale of the wooden puppet Pinocchio was created by a carpenter in Florence and is one of the most widely known children’s tales.

Who wrote the book?

Carlo Collodi wrote book about Pinocchio in 1883.

The Disney Film

Pinocchio was created as a film in 1940 by Walt Disney Film.

Pinocchio and Shrek

At the end of the film, Shrek, Pinocchio goes to the castle to help Shrek save Fiona before she kisses Prince Charming. The Fairy Godmother shoots a spell at Shrek but it hits Pinocchio who is changed to a real boy. She shoots again and Pinocchio is hit again and turns back into a puppet.




Juvenile Detention by Shaun and Daniel

In our class we read and studied Holes by Louis Sachar. Holes is about a boy who is sent to a juvenile detention camp in the middle of  a desert . This inspired us to research about what juvenile detention is really like in America .

1997-2015. Total number held in juvenile facilities according to the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement [Licence: CC BY 3.0]

Most inmates are sent to juvenile detention centres for status offences. Status offences are crimes which  an adult cannot be punished for. These include underage drinking and running away from home .

Cook County Juvenile Prison by Connie Ma [Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0]

The inmates are taken to the centre in the back of a police car with an officer .When the get out of the car and into the prison they have to remove their ,Belts . shoes and empty there pockets . When they enter the prison they go through a metal detector but if they are for a violent crime they will be strip searched . They will then (depending on the prison) either wear their own clothes or the prison outfit. They will then have a shower and be sent to their cell with one other person although if they are in for a violent crime they will be sent to a cell on their own.


In the centre  they will still receive education they start at 8:30 am and there first break is at 9:30 am. Then they will work until 11:30 am when lunch starts and goes on until 1 pm and then for there final part of there school day they work till 3 pm. They work in the exercise hall in rows of tables and chairs on their own but there is a teacher behind a piece of glass teaching them.

Free time

In there free time they can watch movies rated U or PG or they can also use the prison phone during this time.

Daily routine 

7 am – Breakfast

8:30 am-school starts

9:30 am-first break

11:30 am-1 pm-lunch

1 pm-3 pm- school

4:15-4:30 pm-dinner


In conclusion  we realised what juvenile detention is actually like in America and it is quite different from camp green lake in the book Holes. Instead of digging all day they have to go to school.

Thanks for reading

Our research links

Callum county Juvenile services (2008) Callum county Washington [online]http://www.clallam.net/juvenileservices/dayindetention.html[accessed 19th March 2018]

bythecliff (2008) prisontalk [online]http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=309004 [accessed 20th march 2018]

FindLaw(2018)FindLaw[online]http://criminal.findlaw.com/juvenile-justice/what-to-expect-juvenile-court-chronology.html[accessed 20th march 2018]

Himms, S. Stamm, S.(2014)TheAtlantic[online]https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/05/2-million-kids-are-arrested-in-the-us-every-year-congress-is-trying-to-change-that/450522/[accessed 21st March 2018]

Staff(2013)Juvenile Justice[online]https://jjie.org/2013/10/11/two-teens-write-about-their-incarcerations/[accessed 21st March 2018]

Elizabethan Era Fashion by Emily, Diana, Beverley

                In English, we have studied a drama named “A Midsummer Nights Dream” written by William Shakespeare. The time he was living in was when Queen Elizabeth the first was in reign  and during that period  the fashion was very different. So we have decided to focus on clothing, laws, shoes, makeup and jewellery.


The clothing in the Elizabethan era is very different from the trends and styles we have nowadays in the 21st century. What a woman chose to wear represented her social status as the more expensive dresses you wore, the higher up in society you were. Most people in this era used fashion and accessories to express themselves. Most woman covered themselves from the neck to their ankles, as showing your legs was seen as being provocative. Ruffles, puffy sleeves and hood like neck lines was the popular style. Also most woman wore very tight corsets to achieve a perfect waistline.


Depending on your class, certain people were only allowed to wear certain materials. According to law only the Duchess, Countesses and Marquises could wear silk, tissue or fur. Also gold or silver dresses were only available to the upper class.


Shoes were not as important as the clothing or makeup. People generally wore shoes or boots made from leather. They were famous for bringing high heels into fashion, from France. The laws of clothing were extended to shoes as well.


Queen Elizabeth the first had a very big influence on what women wore and what they thought was beautiful. Very porcelain skin and light air was the look woman tried to achieve. Women no matter what age had to have the perfect skin, hair, eyes and lips, so women used a mix of vinegar and lead to achieve a pale, white complexion. The makeup they applied was very heavy and lots of layers were applied. Also they would used egg whites and talcum powder to hide wrinkles. Red cheeks and red lips, were also very popular in that era. Most women plucked their eyebrows very thinly but also in a high arched shape and pencilled them in very dark. The makeup they applied was very heavy and lots of layers were applied.

Portrait of a Lady, called Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia by Marcus Geeraerts [Public domain]

Portrait of Elizabeth I as a Princess attributed to William Scrots [Public domain]


The hairstyles today are nothing like what they were in that era. Hairstyles were highly elaborate to try to impress others, a possible husband or wife. If women did not have the right shade of hair, they would just wear a wig. They would even go so far as to shave all their hair off and wear a wig every single day. Women went to great lengths to achieve the perfect look. Also women would try to dye or bleach their hair with their own urine! The wigs that were purchased were very expensive and only rich women could afford them. Young women wore their hair down but once they got married they would mostly wear it up.


Jewellery was the final touch to completing the look. Pendants, pins, watches, rings and earrings were essential. Earrings were worn by both men and women. The jewellery was mostly the same as nowadays except it was only upper class and royalty that could afford to buy and wear them.

We hope that you find all this information interesting, as it has given us a better insight into what the fashion was like back then.


Elizabethan England Life.com (2017). Elizabethan England Life [online]. Available  from http://elizabethanenglandlife.com/clothing-in-elizabethan-england.html

Elizabethan England Life.com (2017). Clothing law for women [online]. Available from http://elizabethanenglandlife.com/elizabethan-era-clothing-law-for-women.html

Elizabethan England Life.com (2017). Elizabethan makeup and beauty [online]. Available from http://elizabethanenglandlife.com/Elizabethan-Make-up.htm

Elizabethan England Life.com (2017). Elizabethan Shoes [online].Available from http://elizabethanenglandlife.com/elizabethan-shoes.html

Beautiful With Brains.com (2008-2017). Makeup [online]. Available from http://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/beauty-history-the-elizabethan-era/

Alcuin, Linda (2012) Jewellery [online]. Available from http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-jewelry.htm

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Football Hooligans by Jai and Martyn

In our English class, we read the book, ‘Divided City’ by Theresa Breslin which discussed football hooligans and hooliganism in general so we decided it would be a good idea to research it and find out more about football hooligans. i

What is Hooliganism?

Hooliganism is a term used to describe disorderly, violent behaviour portrayed by fans at a certain football match. In the UK, hooligans are almost always associated to football.

Hooliganism in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Football hooligans only really began in the 1960’s but no major problems happened then. In the 1970’s and 80’s is when most football hooligan groups started to emerge. Football hooligan groups called firms’ or ‘casuals in the 1980’s were really dangerous and caused numerous deaths which meant the police and government had to intervene. In Scotland they enforced the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act in  2012 which means any football fan who portrays offensive behavior will be removed from the stadium and could face a life ban by the club and may not be able to go to a football match involving that team or that stadium for a long time.

Hooliganism Today

Hooliganism nowadays isn’t as bad as it was in the 80’s thanks to tough security measures and police all around the stadiums on match-day to protect the fans. Football hooligans also try to sneak pyro, flares and smoke-bombs into the stadium for big games like cup quarter-finals, semi-finals and cup finals even though it is illegal if you are under eighteen and could go to jail for attempting to enter a football stadium with a pyrotechnic device.

Galatasaray-Hamburger SV 2009 UEFA football match by Qwl [Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0]

Supporters Red Bull Salzburg by Werner100359 [Licence: CC BY 3.0]

The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act

The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act was an act that was put into place by the Scottish Government to try to cut down on hooliganism. However people haven’t agreed with this act being put into place. An idea to scrap The Offensive Behaviour at Football Act has been approved by parliament members in its first proper vote in Holyrood. MSPs voted by 65 to 61 to back the idea so it will now be passed on to committee members for further consideration.


We learned that football hooligans in the 1970’s – 1980’s caused a lot of trouble at football matches and they even killed a few people. Jai and I would like to thank anyone who takes the time to read our blog about football hooligans and hope you learned a lot from it.


BBC, (2018). MSPs recommend repeal of Offensive Behaviour at Football Act [online]. Available from; www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42804642, [accessed 26/02/2018].

 Daily Mail, (2018). Football Hooliganism is on the increase [online]. Available fromhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-66593/Football-hooliganism-increase.html, [accessed] 16/02/2018.

Christmas by Kacper



圣诞快乐,新年快乐 Shèngdàn kuàilè, xīnnián kuàilè

கிருஸ்துமஸ் மற்றும் புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துகள்

Kirustumas maṟṟum puttāṇṭu vāḻttukaḷ


Did you know all donkeys have the shape of a cross on their back?  Here is a picture to prove it!


Christmas Stuff by Jason

Merry Christmas and a happy new year in Basque:

– Gabonak eta zoriontsu urte berri bat

One of my favourite christmas  carols are silent night. Heres the words

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth


Christmas by ER

How to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in German:

Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr und allah akbar

The Wassail Song

The Wassail Song : Lyrics

Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wand’ring
So fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

We are not daily beggers
That beg from door to door,
But we are neighbors’ children
Whom you have seen before
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

Good master and good mistress,
As you sit beside the fire,
Pray think of us poor children
Who wander in the mire.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year

We have a little purse
Made of ratching leather skin;
We want some of your small change
To line it well within.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

Bring us out a table
And spread it with a cloth;
Bring us out a cheese,
And of your Christmas loaf.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

God bless the master of this house,
Likewise the mistress too;
And all the little children
That round the table go.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

Christmas by Elle

Away in a Manger  Lyrics

Away in a manger, no crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head
The stars in the bright sky Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing the Baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus no crying He makes
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my side, til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever and love me I pray
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And take us to Heaven to live with Thee there

William J. Kirkpatrick in 1895.