Trip to Nicholson Museum

Last year, year 7 visited Nicholson Museum as part of the Year 7 History Curriculum. The museum had many interesting artefacts and relics to observe from the extensive time period in which Pharaohs ruled in Ancient Egypt.

In the early morning of the excursion date, Year 7 boarded the buses. After a few hours, we arrived at our destination. The first thing we all did when we got off was quickly have recess, as the journey was very time-consuming and long.

After we had our snacks, we were divided into groups of 2 and assigned to our guides. Both groups explored and analysed many different types of ancient Egyptian remains – from the very pots in which a Pharaoh’s organs were kept in, to the actual bodies that were mummified centuries ago.

We also did a few interesting activities on some relics from the time period of ancient Egypt, including identifying the correct places on a huge hand-made Lego construction.

After the tiring activities, we were allowed to purchase some merchandise from the UNSW Museum Store. There were many interesting things on sale, such as customised pencils, key rings and coins, but the prices were also very high, therefore limiting most of our purchases.

Then we had a long and enjoyable lunch just outside the museum, on the tables and seats arranged. We were allowed to buy from the food stores next to us with a teacher supervising us, and most of us did. We talked about the museum and all of what we had seen, and as time flies when you’re having fun, it was already time to go.

We thanked our guides and quickly boarded the buses back to school. The buses arrived at school not exactly on time, but minutes late. Overall, it was a great day had by all and also one where we had learnt many new things about the people of our past and their ways of life.













Why Do We Dream?

Why Do We Dream?

So why exactly do human beings have things called dreams? But even with discoveries, the question of why we dream remains unanswered. Some researchers think dreaming might have evolved for physiological reasons. There is a great deal of neuronal activity occurring while we sleep, especially in REM, and it has been suggested that dreams may just be a meaningless by-product of this biological function. Another theory of dreaming is put forth by Rosalind Cartwright, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Cartwright believes that dreams are the mechanism whereby the brain incorporates memories, solves problems and deals with emotions. In this way, she maintains, dreams are essential for our emotional health.

In spite of our attempts to demystify the phenomenon of dreaming, human beings simply have not yet come close to answering the question “Why do we dream?” According to Jim Pagel, MD, Director of the Sleep Disorders Center of Southern Colorado, “If dreaming has an actual function, it really supports why we spend a third of our lives sleeping.” For now, we will have to be content with simply enjoying the show our brain puts on for us each night.

Apple VS Android

With 5 basic tasks, Apple and Android were put to a test to see what were their actual ranks:

1. Making a call:

Favourite contacts are laid out much better in Android, smartly laid out according to the people you call most frequently. But FaceTime is the iPhone’s killer feature.

2. Taking photos/videos:

There are terrific Android cameras, and there are awful Android cameras. The iPhone’s camera is consistently great. Yet managing photos is much cheaper on Android. Google Photos gives you unlimited free storage. Apple’s iCloud is a complete disaster.

3. Typing:

Apple has finally begun displaying lowercase letters on its iPhone keyboard when you’re not using capital letters. But Android’s stock keyboard is still better than Apple’s, including swipe gestures and punctuation on the same screen as the letters.

4. Using apps:

Apple and Google both have fantastic app stores. But Android is far superior at organising apps, letting you put important stuff on the home screens and hide less useful apps in the app drawer. Also, Android’s widgets are much more useful than Apple’s.

5. Notifications:

The iPhone’s active notifications let you respond from within the notification without opening the app – something Android lacks. But Android lets you set which notifications are “priority,” automatically sending them to the top of the list



Why Everyone Should Learn to Cook

Cooking is one of the oldest arts and one which has rendered us the most important service in civic life.” – Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

Cooking is a skill that teaches you to be independent, and improves your life in many ways. Learning to cook is very convenient, as weight can be managed by choosing to eat healthily, and money can be saved. People who never learn to cook miss a great opportunity to learn one of the most valuable skills. Cooking is an important skill that everyone should acquire. And cooking is not as hard as you think. It can be so entertaining to master the culinary arts.

At one point in your life, whilst you are living individually, you will have to cook for yourself. Your parents will cook your meals only for so long. In due course, you have to live on your own and can’t depend on them. There isn’t always someone who wants to cook for you. If you learn to cook as early as possible, then you don’t have to depend on others to make your meals and can cope up during times when you are living alone. It will also give you a sense of independence, freedom and self-sufficiency.

Cooking your own food means controlling what goes into it. You will have complete control over what you eat at home so home cooking definitely helps to manage your weight. Learning to cook means to take control over your weight. You can stick to reasonable amounts of food so that you will not end up eating too much. You can improve your diet easily by cooking yourself healthy foods at home. It is a sure fact that calories consumed through homemade foods are obviously very low compared to the calories consumed through food you eat at restaurants or food from takeouts.If you are the one cooking, you will be the one who controls the ingredients. This will allow you to avoid using the unhealthy additives and preservatives used in processed food. This also helps to make your recipes even more nutritious. You can also control the quality of your food, which is an important contributor to good health.  Also, if you cook for yourself, you’ll tend to eat smaller portions than what you eat outside because you are conscious of what you eat. Cooking at home helps to regulate the quality and quantity of food that goes into your body, making it healthier than eating out.

Cooking your own food is definitely cheaper than eating out. The money spent to buy the groceries is nothing compared to the amount spent on eating out or buying packaged meals. When you eat in a restaurant you have to pay for the building, staff, service, and other costs involved with the restaurant along with paying for the food you eat. In the case of packaged and frozen foods, you are charged with not just the cost of the food but also the extra costs of packaging and shipping. These extra costs can be cut by learning to cook for yourself. Cooking is a great way to save money on food. With just a part of what you spend on eating out, you can make delicious food right at your home. The money you save by lowering your food expenses can be used on other things.

Therefore, everyone should definitely learn to cook for the various reasons stated above. Learning to cook teaches you to be independent, it saves your money, makes things more convenient, and can also keep you healthy. Cooking helps to improve your life in many different ways.

~ The White Siberian Tiger ~

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Scientific Name: Panthera tigris tigris
Common Name: White Tiger
Other Name(s): White Bengal Tiger
Group: Mammal
Number Of Species: 1
Location: Indian subcontinent
Habitat: Dense jungle and mangrove swamp
Colour: White, Black, Brown, Orange
Skin Type: Fur
Size (L): 2.4m – 3.3m (6.8ft – 11ft)
Weight: 140kg – 300kg (309lbs – 660lbs)
Top Speed: 96kph (60mph)
Diet: Carnivore
Prey: Deer, Cattle, Wild Boar
Predators: Human
Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behaviour: Solitary
Life Span: 10 – 20 years
Average Litter Size: 3
Name Of Young: Cub
Age Of Weaning: 6 months
Conservation Status: Endangered
Estimated Population Size: 0 in wild
Biggest Threat: Habitat loss
Most Distinctive Feature: White fur with bright, blue eyes
Fun Fact: None have been seen in the wild for 50 years!

5 Benefits of Drinking Detox Water

Detox water has been known to have both negative and positive effects. Some benefits of detox water include; it gives a stronger immune system, it boosts your energy, it improves your skin, it gives healthier hair, and is a good weight loss aid.

1. Stronger immune system

Drinking detox water helps freeing your organs of waste to allow them to properly function. Ridding your organs of waste means nutrients, such as Vitamin C, will be able to be absorbed better, giving your immune system a huge boost. Most of the herbs you take that is in your detox water will help the lymphatic system, which plays a big role in keeping you healthy and firing on all cylinders. Many detox programs also focus on light exercises which help to circulate lymph fluid through the body and helps it to drain, strengthening your immune system all the while.

2. Boosts energy

Research has show that many people who drink detox water feel more energetic. This is obvious and reasonable as detoxing causes stopping the influx of the things that caused you to need a detox in the first place. By cutting out the sugar, caffeine, trans fat, saturated fat, and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables, you’ll be getting a natural energy boost, one that comes without a resultant crash. It is crucial to stay well hydrated while on any detox program, and that can also be a source of increased energy if you don’t get enough water throughout the day.

3. Improved skin

Skin being the largest organ of the human body, it only makes sense that it would show positive results from drinking detox water. Taking a sauna to help the body sweat out additional toxins is one way to help with detoxing efforts. Clearer, smoother skin can be expected at the end of your detox plan. It is also been reported that detoxing can help with acne, although the condition may worsen before it gets better as the toxins are released. You may find that your skin itches or gets patchy before clearing up, but this is part of the process and is a sign that you’re on the right track with your program.

4. Healthier hair

By the time you can see your hair, it’s already considered dead, as all of its growth occurs within the hair follicle. This is why it’s important to keep your body functioning at its full potential through a regular detoxing strategy. When your hair is able to grow uninhibited by internal toxins you’ll see and feel the difference in your hair. In many instances hair gets shinier, and feels softer to the touch. Detoxing isn’t enough to stop male pattern baldness, but many report that their hair grows more quickly, a sign of healthier hair.

5. Weight loss aid

It is easy to see how a detox diet would cause you to lose weight in the short term, but a healthier way to view it would be to establish long-term eating habits, and rid yourself of unhealthy habits. Many times it is the drastic reduction in calories and rapid weight loss that is focused on, especially in the media. But these short-term results won’t last if you don’t make it a point to replace bad foods with good, and use your new-found energy to exercise more and be more active overall.