Will the real Swim Shady please stand up?
I repeat, will the real Swim Shady please stand up?
We’re gonna have a problem here..
It’s offishal! The overall winner of the naming competition with almost 30% of the vote was Swim Shady! With a shortlist studded with marine puns of one form or another, Swim Shady emerged as the most popular name but I do not know who suggested it. So would the real Swim Shady name entrant please stand up? Make yourself known to claim your prize.
Runners-up with shortlisted names were: Dave Grohl (Aaron H. 10B) and Augustus Waters (Lucy T. 7B) and they have a prize waiting for them to collect from the Senior Library. Please drop down to collect. Well done and thanks!
James Pond, licensed to gill?
Well it’s official. Our new library fish finally has a name. Beating off stiff competition in a field of cheeky contenders, it seems that James Pond (007 for short) was the most popular name by a considerable margin. Named after author Ian Fleming’s inimitable English Spy, we wish James a long and happy life in the Senior library. Please feel free to drop down and say hello.
The overall winner of the naming competition with almost 25% of the vote was Alexandra D. from 9 Yellow. runners-up with shortlisted names were: Emily W (7 Black), Josh S (11 Black), Jarrel A (11 Gold), Jasper H (8 White), Victoria S (9 Yellow), Grace S (7 Rust) and Jon P (12 Gold). Alexandra and all the other students mentioned above have a prize waiting for them to collect from the Senior Library. Please drop down this Friday. Well done and thanks!
Pistachio – 2009-2013
It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Pistachio (our library
mascot) has passed on from this life. He was a popular attraction at the Senior Library and will be greatly missed. He was over 3 years old when the library adopted him and lived another year with us, not a bad effort for a Siamese Fighting Fish. The average lifespan is 2-3 years. We have since acquired another male Betta to live with us, but we don’t as yet have a name for this one so we require your help. We would like to announce a competition to name the new fish. Please put your name and class on a piece of paper with your suggestion (there is a purple suggestion box in the SS library). Only names with a literary origin, authors or characters etc. will be considered. The best names will be shortlisted and there will be a vote for the most popular. Prizes will be awarded for the names shortlisted and the eventual winner. Good luck from the Library staff. Take a look at the information below on Siamese Fighting Fish. It is most interesting.
The Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens, pron.: /ˈbɛtə/) also known as Betta, (particularly in the US), is a popular species of freshwater aquarium fish. The name of the genus is derived from ikan bettah, taken from a local dialect of Malay. The wild ancestors of this fish are native to the rice paddies of Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam and are called pla-kad (lit. biting fish) in Thai or trey krem in Khmer. Above Info taken from Wikipedia.
5 Fast Fighting Fish Facts:
- They can live in incredibly small amounts of water. Muddy puddles in rice paddies for example.
- They can gulp air from the surface in addition to using their gills to breathe underwater like other fish.
- Although placid when alone, the males will show extraordinary aggression when together, flaring up their fins and blowing out their gill covers.
- Male Fighting Fish build a “bubble nest” and secure the fertilised eggs to it, guarding them until they hatch after a few days.
- The title of S.E. Hinton’s 1975 novel Rumble Fish, is an eponymous reference to what two brothers call the breed. In Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film adaptation, everything appears in black and white except the Siamese fighting fish.