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    Questions?

    Read all the Handbook sections on the Chatrooms very carefully: https://hol.org.uk/handbook Then go here: https://hol.org.uk/chatrooms Your HOL name should already be in the field and you can just hit 'Start Chatting'.
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    When's Your Birthday?

    Aww no, Iverian! That sucks :'(
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    When's Your Birthday?

    I've never actually had a surprise party thrown for me. Do you still have to act surprised even though you kno it's coming? And I totally agree, Kalina, you are never to old to pretend to delicately sip tea while eating far too much cake.
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    When would you have attended Hogwarts?

    Aww, I'm sure you'd have had a blast whenever you went, Kalina, even if there weren't heirs of Slytherin and Azkaban escapees running round the place. ;) I had an odd thought a little while ago when I realised if I'd gone, I'd have left back in 2014. For some dorky reason that mildly upset me (but thankfully HOL's here to fill the void)
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    Who is a fan of the Rock Band Queen from to 70's and 80's?

    I grew up with Queen so yeah, I really enjoy their music. My favourites are probably Hammer to Fall and of course the classics like We are the Champions that most people have heard.
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    Favorite Singer?

    Heather Dale. Not many people have heard of her but she records music enspired by Arthurian Legend and the medieval period so it's great while I'm writing fantasy. Aside from the geek factor, she just has a really beautiful, clear voice.
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    When's Your Birthday?

    16th of July over here. I like it as it's nicely in the middle of the year so it can give me something to look forward to. How do other people like to celebrate?
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  9. The easiest way to help out your house and show your lion’s pride is to earn points! There are lots of ways you can do this so you’re bound to find some that play to your strengths. In this post, I’ll give you a brief run-down of the regular point earning opportunities available to you. Whenever a new one opens up throughout the Autumn Term, I’ll post it as a reply so keep checking back! The first and most obvious is to take part in classes. Most classes will give you the chance to earn 60 points a month through homework and extra credit. If you take several classes (even if you don’t have the time for the maximum of 5 every term), those 60 points soon mount up to quite a tidy haul. Class sign-up opened on September 1st 2018 and will remain open until December 20th so remember to put your name down for the classes that interest you and get sending in that homework! (It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the individual assignment deadlines so that you don’t run out of time or put too much pressure on yourself) The next are the creative projects offered by the Hol Library and art department. If you enjoy getting artsy or brushing up on your writing, look out for when the Departments reopen later in the year. Finally there are the house newspapers. These are a great chance to earn plenty of points by writing about what interests you. If articles and reviews aren’t your thing, most also offer creative prompts and even the chance to submit your own puzzles, recipes, graphics and many other things. All of them have different windows for submitting so be sure to check The Great Hall on the Hol Forum and the Common Rooms for announcements from the editors of each (I’ll be doing my best to keep you clued up about the deadlines for all of them here too). The most important thing to remember is that whenever you have some spare time to get journalistic, you’re almost certain to find a home for what you come up with. Brows old editions of our own Paw Print: https://wmmchol.wixsite.com/gryffpp Slytherin’s SerpenTimes: http://holserpentimes.weebly.com/ Ravenclaw’s Alte Sententiam: http://altesententiam.weebly.com/ And Hufflepuff’s Wizarding Times: http://padfootsportkey.us/Wizarding-Times Throughout the term, there will be unique and exciting activities to take part in which will give you the chance to earn points along the way. Remember to check my replies to this thread for announcements and reminders about anything that might be occurring!
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    Point Earning Opportunities (Autumn Term 2018)

    It’s nearly the end of term (and no, unfortunately, I don’t have a song prepared this time… hang on, what do you mean ‘yay’?). That means it’s time to secure some last minute points! We may be behind but we’re not out of this game yet. Let’s show some lions pride here, Gryffs! Rawww! Ehem… Have you turned your homework in? If not, why not? Seriously, it’s not too late. Even if you’re very behind, you can still turn some work in and salvage some points. Every little helps. Make sure you know when your deadlines are. If you’re on top of your homework (congrats, by the way), don’t just lounge by the lake. For one thing, it’s a bit cold for that yet and for another, it’s a very busy time for Hogwarts Journalism. The Serpentimes are accepting submissions up until the 15th of January. There’s 90 points up for grabs and lots of fun to be had so head over to the Dungeons. http://www.dungeons.org.uk/forum/index.php?/topic/2392-serpentimes-ideas/ Deadline: 15th January Ravenclaw are eagerly (or should that be eagle-y) awaiting your articles, stories, graphics and anything you’d like to send them. There’s another 90 points available over there. You can message Gail Allen for help with finding what to write (don’t be shy!). You can also read all about their fabulous creative writing sections over on the main forum. Bingo: http://forum.hol.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=31030 And the world famous (school famous? Little bit famous) Drabble Babble: http://forum.hol.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=31031 Deadline: 3rd February And of course it would be remiss of me not to mention our very own scarlet and gold publication, The Paw Print. Prof. Zenix would absolutely love to receive anything you’d like to send us. Our February issue is all about your favourite things so if you’ve been yearning to write about your love of stick insects or opera singing walruses (or you know… Something a bit more sensible but less epic), look no further than the Quivering Quill Forum just down below. I won’t link you this time, just take a left at that really squashy purple armchair. :P Deadline: 26th February That’s quite enough from me. You have points to earn. Let’s go, Gryffindor, let's go!
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    Design Your Quester

    This is the place where you can introduce us to your adventurer! While you can certainly complete the quests ‘as yourself’, you can also create a bold hero to do the legwork for you. For 25 rubies, introduce us to your hero in 100 words: their backstory, strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes. For another 25, you can draw or describe their physical appearance and the fashionable gear they wear for questing. If you use words to describe them, make it at least 100 long. Post your profiles, graphics and descriptions below. Things to keep in mind: There is no deadline or end date Your hero can be an idealised or alternate version of your HOL self or an entirely fictional person You can create more than one hero, though you’ll only receive rubies for the first You aren’t bound to use your hero for each quest (you can complete them as yourself or as other characters you haven’t profiled) You can draw on existing characters but you're receiving beans for creativity and originality for this part of the activity so please make sure your character is 'your own'. If you'd like to complete individual quests in a 'fan-fic' style with an existing character, you can (providing you credit their creator in your submission for that quest) Your character can be a witch, wizard or muggle from any time period Your character can have special abilities but please, no invincible, undefeatable paragons. I won’t award you full rubies for a task if you’ve made life too easy for yourself.
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    Slap the person above you!

    I slap Annastasia to say welcome to the Common Room!
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    Slap the person above you!

    I slap Dario for being a dedicated Groundskeeper. Because that makes sense. Yeah.
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    Innocent or Guilty?

    Innocent. And you are never plant sitting for me. Has totally forgotten about a hot drink they just made and let it go cold
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    Would you Rather...

    Aww, man, that is SO hard. But savoury. I cannot give up pasta. Would you rather live in the past or the future?
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  23. Attention everyone! If you'd all like to follow me, we'll be traveling to our destination via these portkeys. 5 people per item, please and no pushing. I don’t care if you do want the old football more than the boot with a hole in it, you won’t get there any faster by being at the front. Before we head off, I should probably fill you in on a few things. For those who don't know, skiing is a muggle sport where you strap special equipment to your feet and propel yourself down snowy slopes really fast (and for those of you sniggering in the back, yes this is ‘a thing’). We'll be staying in a lovely lodge high in the mountains: you'll all have a chance to do as much skiing as you like but there will also be plenty of opportunities to curl up by the fire with a hot chocolate and play games. If you could try really hard not to wander off into any blizzards or over any precipices, that would be great. With all that out the way, I think we can get going! Welcome to Ggryffindor’s winter activity! As you will have gathered, it's themed around a trip to a ski lodge. We have a range of games, trivia, creative things and puzzles for you to get stuck into, with plenty of rubies up for grabs. They can all be found in various threads, which are as follows: The slopes: this is where you can ski! Our ski slopes (broken into beginner, intermediate and advanced) are a series of trivia questions and random decisions that you will need to complete. This will give you a 'time' (a score, actually) and will see your name added to the leader-board for each slope. To begin with, there are 3 slopes: another set will be released half way through the month. The Games room: Those of you with a puzzlers or gamer’s mind can head back to the lodge and discover the library of games and puzzles on offer. Good luck on perfecting those high scores. By the Fire: This is an all-purpose creative and chat thread. There will be a range of things to contribute: recipes, craft, stories, memories, photography and graphics. You’re encouraged to treat this like a conversation so feel free to respond to one another or simply just say hi. You can complete any of these and in any order that you like. The deadline is 11.59 PM HOL-time on January 2nd 2019 for everything. If for accessibility reasons you’d like some alternatives to the options given, just drop me a PM here on the Common Room. The same goes if you’d rather submit a task to me privately. (Major thanks go to Prof. Amy Lupin for helping me with tasks and Prof. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis for her ski knowledge)
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    This Way to the Lodge! (Activity Overview)

    We've all arrived back safely (I think... hope... well, there were no screams), unpacked and you should all have received the rubies you're due for your participation. Thank you all for joining me on the slopes!
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    By the Fire

    Come in from the cold and take a seat beside the fire. There’s plenty to do, whether it’s eating or drinking, crafting, telling a story or just chatting with everyone who’s gathered round. This is your space to get creative but also to chat. Below are a list of things you can submit, with the amount of rubies they’re worth in brackets. You can complete them at any time and in any order. Please post everything below (although if you’d rather send something to me privately, I’m also happy to count it). This is intended to be a conversation as much as a place to post stuff so feel free to chat as you post. The deadline for everything is the 2nd of January 2019. Creative Options Perfect Day (20 Rubies) How would you spend your first day at the lodge? Would you hit the slopes or stay cuddled up near the fire? Perhaps you’d head straight for the Games Room for some fun. Who would you want there with you? Do you have any tips on keeping warm? Tell us about your ideal day on the trip in at least 100 words. Snowflakes (20 Rubies, 10 per flake) It’s very easy to make your own paper snowflakes to bring a touch of winter to a room. Follow the instructions below (or any others you find) and create two unique snowflakes of different patterns. Take a photo of them and include a slip of paper with your HOL name. http://www.auntannie.com/FridayFun/EasySnowflakes/ Note: This calls for tissue paper but ordinary printer paper will do fine. If you have any scrap paper (printed on just one side), use that! If craft isn’t your thing, tell us about a memory you have of snowflakes in 100 words or more. Cosy Cookery (20 rubies) Food is an important part of keeping warm and also of creating that relaxed, cosy feeling. For 10 rubies, share a recipe for something that you like to cook or eat/drink when it’s cold. If you copy it word for word from somewhere, YOU MUST credit the source. For another 10, tell us about what this particular dish or drink means to you in at least 50 words. Alternatively, you can make it and show us a photo (include a slip of paper with your HOL name). Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? (20 rubies) Being inside in the warm is great but look at all that snow out there! What would you like to build? Follow these instructions to make your own paper snowman and tell us a bit about them in a few lines. Post a photo of your new friend (including a slip of paper with your HOL name). https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/paper-roll-snowman-craft/ Alternatively, maybe you want to create something less traditional out of snow like a castle or a sculpture. For 10 rubies, create a graphic or describe it in at least 50 words. For the other 10, tell us the story of how it got built in at least 50 words: what gave you the idea, who helped you, how successfully it turned out. Cold Weather Critters (20 Rubies) Those budding magizoologists amongst you will probably be going out for long walks in the hopes of spying a local creature. Alternatively, you might be posting yourself by a window with your binoculars. We don’t know that much about snow dwelling magical creatures so introduce us to one we’ve never heard of before. You can make a craft of it, show us in a graphic or write about it in at least 100 words. Alternatively, I’m hoping to see penguins which would be very magical indeed as they don’t live around here. If you’re stuck for your own beast, find a way to make my winter dreams come true and fill the lodge with penguins. You can write, graphic or make one of these. https://ourpotluckfamily.com/paper-plate-penguin/ Wrap Up Warm (20 Rubies) While you can get quite hot (and even sunburnt) while you’re skiing, it’s still important to have warm clothes. Describe your ideal cosy outfit in at least 100 words or create a graphic of it. Alternatively, if you’re good with a needle, you could create something warm and show us a photo (including a slip of paper with your HOL name). Wish You Were Here (20 Rubies) It may be cold out but the owls are still ready to take your post and I’ve got the school camera all ready to go. Create a concept for a postcard you might send someone back home: pictures of the mountains, a shot of the lodge, close ups of ski equipment? You can draw, make a photo collage or describe what you’d include in 100 words or more. Story Time (20 rubies) With everyone gathered round the fire, it’s the ideal time to tell us a story. This is a free for all: you can tell us an original story or anecdote, real or fictional, HOL related or not. It can be funny, sad or heart-warming. The only requirement is that it should be at least 100 words.
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