Last Thursday, I had my third piano exam for the year. I ended up getting Honours for my Grade 1 exam and was hoping to achieve as good a result for Grade 2. Although my mum was very sick, she and I drove up to UWA in the morning and sat nervously in the waiting room for my turn to play. I went well with my sight reading, technical work, and general knowledge and also my songs but I unfortunately did not do that well on my aural test (I have to work on this). Yesterday, I found out that I received Honours, I was so pleased! Mrs Croft, my piano teacher was happy with me and now we’re onto Grade 3 which I am very excited about because I get to play new songs.
On the 2nd of April 2013 I had my piano preliminary exam. At seven in the morning, we left to go to the University of WA. When my mum and I arrived, we found the AMEB piano exam building. We were taken in to a waiting room. We sat there for quite a while and finally, a lady took me out into a large room. There the examiner man was sat at a table, next to a grand piano, and an upright piano. He welcomed me in and closed the two doors behind him. I chose to play on the grand piano. The examiner told me to play my first song. I was so nervous that my fingers were slipping and shaking on the piano, however, I did not make a mistake thankfully. Shortly after, he told me to clap the beats of the songs that he played. He played so fast, that it was difficult for me to clap the beats. Eventually, the exam ended and I walked out of the room to my mum who was waiting for me. I told her that I didn’t make any mistakes in all of my songs. Mum was pleased and messaged my piano teacher who was exceedingly happy with me. Two days later I went to my piano teacher’s house, and I received the results of my exam. To my surprise I saw a High Distinction! In about four weeks time I have another piano exam, I hope to get another High Distinction!
Tanka is a short form of poetry from Japan, it is made up of five unrhymed lines with thirty-one syllables arranged 5,7,5,7,7. Here is my Tanka about camping.
Pocket knife slicing
Through thin sticks and branches small
Fire with big flames
Lighted with a flint, red sparks
Sleeping in tents sound asleep.
Through the months my capsicums have been turning red and I have been able to eat them along with my family. I have loved growing my own capsicums. I wonder what else I will grow.
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
This morning we went to Waikiki Beach to celebrate Australia day. We had breakfast with our church family there and then we had a dip in the Indian Ocean. I was diving to catch sand whiting but I didn’t succeed. Dad, Mr Prosser and Mr Sawyer swam out to the pontoon. Dad saw a big, brown seal and a huge stingray. Ashlee, Eboni and I threw lots of sandballs at Mr Sawyer. It is currently 38.1 degrees so we are staying indoors for the rest of the day. Later on tonight Dad is going to take me fishing and I hope we will catch some big ones. Happy Australia Day!
Today Mum, Elise, Jesse and I went to Nanna and Grandad’s house. Elise and I brought our maths books, the camera, the computer and our piano books. First of all we did our maths work and then we did our typing skills on the computer. Soon after Nanna taught us piano. And then came the time for the Chief Spinning Bull to come out to play. You have got to be carefull when you go to Nanna and Grandad’s house because there is a Big Chief Spinning Bull who could take you by surprise and tackle you down to China Town. The Big Chief Spinning Bull is actually…Grandad. The game goes like this, Grandad is the bull and he spins around on a pillow then Elise and I try to tackle Grandad down without him tackling us first.