Psychology – a new interest….

From Anshi’s Desk…….

This blog post begins in July 2017, at my secondary school, towards the end of the academic year. There was a large assembly of parents, governors, teachers, esteemed guests e.t.c.

I was in a row with a few other prize winners from my year. The entire row was full of nervousness yet bustling with excitement.  Then my name was called; it was a memorable and momentous occasion for me and my family. I walked onto the stage and was warmly greeted by the special guest and headmaster; I felt honoured and proud to walk on that stage. I was handed my award and I walked around the entire hall – which was fairly large – and was followed by a round of applause before I sat. I was exhilarated, however, exhausted at the same time. It was a rather peculiar feeling, but all I can say is that I loved all of it.

The next morning, I opened my award. It was a Waterstones gift card. I was satisfied with my award as I could spend it on anything I wanted. I immediately began looking various books about psychology – as that was one of my many interests. Although I had never studied Psychology before, I had always had a particular in how the human body and the brain react to different scenarios. Maybe it was because I had watched many neuroscience documentaries that I just developed an interest? I don’t wish to ponder upon this subject for much longer as I believe it would take an entire day to even come close to the answer.

Whilst I was scouring the internet, I came across this book about Psychology that gave great ideas simple explanations. I thought that this was just the book I required, as I was just dipping my toe into psychology; I did not need something extremely complicated and in-depth as I did not believe that I was at that level of understanding.

As I read, I found the ideas of the book extremely interesting as the basic ideas of the science have now developed into such huge concepts. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in psychology, aged 10+. Here is an image of the book.

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The Well

A short story…

From  Anshi’s  desk…

I was walking on the local moors, deep in thought, when I stumbled upon a well.

I almost fell in!!!

Something “ominous” was down there!!!

There was a glowing lamp and an extremely high pitched voice screaming in desperation, “Help! Please help me!” Buster began growling angrily. I took my torch out of my pocket and leaned to see who or what was down there.

When suddenly……….a cold, wet hand grabbed me and I plummeted down into a world of darkness…

It was freezing…. And I felt as though I was about to starve to death. I cautiously gazed around my surroundings to find a shadow amid the darkness. The young boy had a hopeless face. As if he had no hope of finding a solution to this difficult dilemma, his torn clothes revealed his painful grazes and scars. He was so lean it seemed as if he had not eaten a proper meal in weeks. I instantaneously remembered that I had breadsticks in my pocket – I used them to feed the birds. “Would you like a bread stick?” I asked, trying to lighten the mood, since we both knew that unless a miracle occurred we had no chance of getting out. He nodded eagerly. I took a couple out my pocket and gave him one whilst munching on one myself. He devoured them like a greedy pig, as I had expected. He slowly released his clenched fist and pushed his hand forward, asking for more. I gave him some more; however, this time he ate with some manners, not like that greedy pig I first laid eyes on.         It finally occurred to me that I had brought my phone along in the case of an emergency!       I removed it from its stationary position and swiftly dialed 999 – the emergency number – and said to the emergency services, “My friend and I are stuck down an old well”.

We waited for approximately 15 minutes, because the well was fairly rural, until we saw a ladder… finally!! We climbed and were helped up the well. I left the boy alone and ran home as fast as my long legs would carry me….

 

Once I reached home, I was warmly greeted by my Mum, who, seeing me in such a state, asked what had happened; and after a soothing warm drink, I told her the story. After hearing about this she turned on the television to find that the boy who had been in the well with me had been rescued after five days!!!! The next morning we began a campaign to destroy all the old wells across the moors so that no such incident ever occurred again….

The Solar Eclipse is coming!!

From Anshi’s Desk…..

As you most probably know, tomorrow there is going to be a Solar Eclipse. If you did not know a Solar Eclipse is when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, whereby you cannot see the Sun. Hence, the name Solar Eclipse(you cannot see the Sun). Here is some more information:

A solar eclipse can only take place when the moon is aligned with the Earth and Sun whereby the moon is blocking us from seeing the Sun. However, that does not mean we can only see the Moon as the moon does not actually give light. The only reason we can see the Moon is because it reflects light from the Sun. But, now that it has no light to reflect, apart from parts of the edges we cannot see the Moon apart from – as I already stated – the edges, so it looks like a black circle. All of this can also be explained in a diagram.

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However, it also depends on where you live. If you live in the North or South poles then you will see more of the Sun, as explained in the diagram, however, if you live in the middle of Earth then you will not see as much, if any, Sun.

Here are some images of a Solar Eclipse:

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So, there you have it, a few facts about the Solar Eclipse. I hope you enjoy the Solar Eclipse tomorrow, but make sure if you are going out tomorrow, then you are wearing protective eyewear to ensure that you do not damage your eyes because while it is safe to go outside, if you are not cautious you can damage your eyes.

My first experience of Camping

From Anshi’s Desk….

Day 1

For most people, it was an ordinary Friday morning; however, for 144 pupils of my secondary school, it was the beginning of a trip to the Peak District! Why? Because our school had decided to let us go camping for our year-end residential trip.

I arrived at school at the specified time of 7.30 am; I was bustling with excitement with my father comfortably ambling along. We reached the school field, the specified place of departure, along with the other pupils all ready to go!

After the three and a half journey with a quick 15-minute break at the service station, we had finally arrived at the camp site! After unpacking in our tents and a spot of lunch we were ready to head off to our afternoon activities. My first activity was river-rafting in which our task was to create our own raft and sail it across one side of a rather large reservoir and then back. After we had secured our raft, we pushed it into the reservoir and sailed across using oars to propel ourselves forward. After we had completed the task properly, we put our practice to the test. We now had to race another group to one side of the reservoir and back. It was an extremely tight race – there were only a few seconds between the winner and the loser – but our raft touched land first and therefore we had won the competition! After changing from our wetsuits, a very awkward experience, we left for dinner. After dinner, we had time to ourselves until curfew at 10 O’clock. Our tent decided to have a sleeping bag war! We all climbed into our sleeping bags and stood up. The aim of the game was to knock over everyone else and be the last person standing. Here’s the story:

Everyone had been knocked out apart from me and my friend, we were moving in circles and suddenly I jumped at him and his immediate reaction was to fall over and so I was king! Then, we all reluctantly entered our sleeping bags, as instructed by our teachers, and so we went to bed……

Day 2

I woke up to find everyone else sleepily arousing from their slumber, and as we left for breakfast, we were all excited to find out what our activities were. After breakfast, we found out from our instructor that we were going ‘weaselling’. Weaselling is climbing over, through and under lots of different sized boulders, nooks and crannies. It was extremely hard to climb through but I just about managed to do so! Then after an expeditious lunch break, our team headed off to ‘Bush Craft’.

Bush Craft is the art of surviving in the wilderness using only the natural resources encompassing you.

We lit fires using flint and steel, and I found a flawless method to make sure that I acquired a spark each time!!

Then, we created a group fire use small twigs e.t.c to ignite the huge flame and then started to add larger sticks to make the fire grow whilst also providing oxygen as an oxidising substance.

After dinner, we had free time to ourselves, just like last night, and today the pupils in our tent decided to play ‘go fish!’ a particular card game. In this game the aim is to make as many sets(packs of four) as you can using the 5 cards you are given.

Day 3

The entire day was spent on the journey home………

 

 

 

My first taste of the “Indoor League” competition

It was an ordinary Sunday morning for most people. However, for me, it was a very special and exciting day. I had been waiting for this day to take place for the past few weeks. It was the first match of the Indoor League and I was feeling fairly nervous about whether I would play well though! I felt as if there was a huge procrastination for the match to being but, according to the match schedule, we had started on time.

I felt as if there was a huge procrastination for the match to begin, but, according to the match schedule, we had started on time.

Bowling the first over

As always, my Captain decided that I should bowl the first over. So I took the ball from the Coach and slowly walked towards my bowling crease – with an air of nervousness around me. I looked at the batsman who played for the local county. However, I knew he hated in swing and could not face it, so – as I was running into bowl, I had my eye on the off-stump. With the seam facing slightly towards the right-hand side; as I ran in with full pace and a spring in my step I angled my arm in slightly so that the seam would swing in even more. The ball landed in line with the off-stump and moved in, so as to be in line with the middle stump. The batsmen tried to play straight drive and top edged it, and it went soaring into the air like an aeroplane taking off. There was no reason to worry though, as our wicket-keeper has an extremely reliable pair of hands in situations such as this. Five seconds later, the ball was in his gloves. I was elated at the fact that on the first ball I had taken the first wicket. I could not believe my eyes! The batsman was walking back to the pavilion. The second ball was a dot ball (the batsman did not score a run). However, the third ball was another good ball and the batsman chipped the ball up straight to mid-on who took a simple catch. And then, on the final ball, I decided to bowl a yorker, bowling as fast as I could. The decision paid off and I was rewarded with another wicket.

My first experience of batting in the “Indoor League” Competition

I walked into bat at number 4 – my favourite position to bat in, after opening – and was facing an easy spinner who I knew would bowl a few wides which would gain me at least 2 runs. The ball pitched off the pitch – a massive wide – and barely spun in, passing the outside edge of my bat. I was given two runs – as the rules of the Indoor League differ from the outdoor rules. The next ball was again a wide giving me another two runs. However, I believe, there was a controversial decision which proclaimed me out. It began like this. The ball was a wide and my back foot was well inside the crease – or so I thought – and the ball rebounded off the right-hand glove of the wicket-keeper and hit the stumps – supposedly being a stumping. However, first of all, I thought that the ball had to be in the wicket-keeper’s glove to complete a stumping. However, in this occasion, the ball had rebounded off the glove of the wicket keeper and had hit the stumps, when – my second point, I was sure my backfoot was deep inside the crease. And so I was given out stumped for four runs. So I reluctantly returned to the pavilion. I was extremely indignant about this controversial decision – but, I could not review this decision or argue against the umpire’s controversial decision, but, I was supported and sympathised by the members of my team, who agreed with me about this odd decision.

Celebrating the first win of the season

However, even though I was dismissed for only four runs, the other members of our team batted extremely well and we comfortably managed to win the game. It was a moment of great elation for all of my team and there was screaming and shouting all around!!! I was extremely satisfied with my bowling performance – as I contributed three wickets, however, there was still a lot to be desired with my batting and I knew I would have to make a comeback with it if I wanted my place to remain in the team.

Winter

From Anshi’s desk……

Winter is a time…

Winter is a time when all the freezing parents rush home to be invited by their loving children and a warm fire. A time when all the animals take a well-earned rest after working so hard during the Summer, Spring and Autumn. It is a time when the plants disappear under the ground and replacing them – snow. It is a time when people receive presents(Christmas) from a rather large, plump man with a huge sack, sleigh and reindeer – or so we assume. It is a time when we celebrate the end of the year with a party, fireworks, a countdown and friends. Winter is a magical time where people rejoice in harmony.

Winter is also a sign that Spring is returning, and when it does the animals will awaken from their deep slumber and return to their laborious jobs.

However, Winter is not perfect. The dull, grey clouds fill the day with gloom, making sure that all children wishing to go outside are restricted. The once green canopy covering the branches of the leaves, fall away onto the floor leaving the poor trees bare and cold.

Winter is a time when many people sit inside, on a cold night, by the heart of a warm fire drinking a steaming hot mug of coca. What a perfect time! However, during the mundane day, people laze about with a feeling of gloom inside. How boring!

Winter is a time when people rejoice and laze. What else can we do!

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The Exhilaration of getting a mobile phone!!

From Anshi’s desk…..

Have you ever been in a situation where everyone you know –nearly all your friends – have a mobile phone?

If you have, then you will know, that you feel completely isolated from the rest of the world. It feels as if you’re the only one who can’t talk to people when there not in the same room as you. I have been through this for many painful years, however, now I can hold my head up high and say that I have social media and a mobile phone.

What does Social Media mean to me? 

To me, Social Media is the extraordinary tool which facilitates being in touch with your friends and family at the press of a button. The excellence of hearing the voice of a close member of your family who has moved away. This is what I feel Social Media is. However, Social Media can have its downsides. For example, someone could access your account and get all your personal information……well potentially!!!

That is just one of the many reasons why you should be careful on Social Media sites.

When I got a mobile phone 

When I got a mobile phone; I was returning from school when my Dad gave me a rectangular box.

I was perplexed!!! I was wondering why he suddenly gave me this box. Then everyone told me to open it. So – beaming with excitement – I opened it. As soon as I saw what was in there, I was filled with exhilaration, quicker than the speed of sound.

 Although I felt like this on the inside – on the outside I had to remain composed as I am a mature young boy. As soon as I got to school, the next day I added all my friends’ phone numbers onto my phone.

Now I always try to keep my smartphone fully charged and treat it with the “utmost” respect.

 I hoped you enjoyed reading this blog post and I hope you read the many yet to be published!

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My book review of “Wonder” by R.J Palacio

From Anshi’s desk……….

Wonder, R.J Palacio’s debut book, is set around a 10-year-old boy called August “Auggie”. August is not an ordinary boy, not in the sense that he has many idiosyncrasies, but in the sense that he doesn’t look very ordinary. August Pullman was born with mandibulofacial dysostosis, which makes his face appear deformed. His eyes are placed in the middle of his cheeks, his ears are little holes in the side of his head, although he can surprisingly hear from them. In most cases people whose ears aren’t properly formed are deaf, however, Auggie can hear – with some difficulty – which resulted in him wearing bionic hearing aids. August has a few childhood friends which he has known since he was a baby. He is really close to his childhood friends and even though one of them moved away to Bridgeport(Christopher) August and his family still manage to come over to Christopher’s home a few times a year – mostly on traditional occasions – and August and Christopher have a blast!!! Of course, Auggie has more friends but, they aren’t as close to him as Christopher. They are mainly the kind of people that you get along with, despite the fact that he had been invited to their parties, he hadn’t seen them in a long time.

August has been homeschooled for his entire life, but at the age of 10, his Mum decided that she could only teach him a limited amount and that if he were to go to school his knowledge would expand greatly. So one day whilst August was playing with Christopher  his mother was discussing the idea with Christopher’s mother. Unfortunately for Isabel (August’s mother), August overheard the word school and rushed into the room. “What were you talking about ? ” he questioned with an interrogating voice.                           “Auggie, do you think you’re ready for school ? ” Isabel answered and questioned at the same time. “No!”, August replied decisively.                                                                                            “You should tell him what you were thinking, Isabel,” said Nate(August’s father) nervously.”Auggie, I can only teach you so much, you know how bad I am at fractions,” she said with a melancholy facial expression. August hated the idea of him having to go to school, but deep down he knew she was right, Mom really was terrible at fractions.

I believe that the story revolves around August – the main character – a special child who is trying to live an ordinary life at fit into society and, like most of us when starting a new school – make friends.

This story is based on reality as R.J Palacio’s and her own sons saw a boy who was facially different. So I believe that – after reading this book – we should treat all people mutually no matter what they look like or who they are.

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Finding the perfect job/career

I have spent many days trying to contemplate what the ideal job/career for me could be. I spent hours completing career tests that I thought would help me find my dream job. It is only now that I finally realize that it is extraneous to try to find your perfect job using tests on websites. The reason for this is: It takes a person to create a website; so how can a person tell what your job should be? See it just doesn’t make sense that someone who doesn’t know you should tell you what to become. Now I am just focusing on the present and not looking too ahead into the future. I know that this blog post was a short one but I just wanted to tell you that you should not be to decisive on what you want to become – focus on your studies and what is important to you and you will automatically find the perfect job. Or if you already have a job than focus on that.