Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Hide and seek

Ready or not, here we come.
Jett's jacket screeches on the concrete wall behind me.
The trees shake, pointing to our hiding spot.
Don't cough. Don't even breathe. 
Am I going to be the first found? 
Imagine you are in a spiky bush, 
you can't move or breathe.
The teachers muttering mutes me.
They are closing in on us. I say in my head she grows near. 
I have never seen Ari so hushed before.
I can feel my heart in my chest rebounding
every time I breathe.
And I just had to cough - I let it go.
I hear the footsteps gain volume “Found you.”
I yell “Gucci mano!”  
The game was over.

Thursday, 22 September 2016


We read an article about a fleet of research waka which spent two years criss crossing the Pacific ocean, observing rubbish. They noticed that if they found rubbish in the ocean, it usually meant they were getting close to land.  Because of this, we infer that most rubbish in the ocean comes from land.

We wondered if the rubbish in our playground might have a similar trend. We decided, before lunch on Wednesday last week, to go and find out. There was a lot of rubbish. 

We split the school into 12 sections on a map.  Each section had a group of scientists (us!) to make observations and inferences.

We put a red dot on the map wherever we found a piece of rubbish and collected all the rubbish.
After lunch we went back, and noted with a blue dot, any new rubbish found in our area. We did it in a blue dot to see if there is more rubbish after lunch.   then after morning tea. We also collected this rubbish. 

This is our map, showing where we found rubbish, both times. 

Photo of DOT MAP HERE. 

We also classified the rubbish we found into types of rubbish and displayed this into this graph.

There can be a lot of rubbish around the school  because some people in our school put rubbish everywhere. 

We observed that most of the red dot rubbish (rubbish found before lunch) was caught up in fences, around buildings and in bushes, especially tussock grass. 

We think the reason that the rubbish is behind buildings and trees is because the wind has blown rubbish left on the ground by students and into the bushes where it has been trapped.  The spikes on the bushes help to trap the rubbish.  Some children might hide their rubbish under buildings at lunchtimes. Some people might be throwing the rubbish over fences too.  Rubbish gets blown from the field into the ditch and can’t be blown out again.

In some parts of the map there are more rubbish than others. Kids rubbish is put in there pockets and when they run it falls out but I think that the wind is pushing the rubbish into buildings, fences and bushes. That causes this to be different in parts of the map.

Some areas attract more rubbish than others because the wind blows the rubbish into fences and buildings. This might happen because the wind blows in a certain direction. 

We noticed that the blue dot rubbish was hidden behind trees or buildings and the red dot rubbish was mostly by all the fences.
We think that the reason the blue dot rubbish is behind trees and buildings is because most people would think it will blow away and no one will notice or that the teacher or someone else's will pick it up for them. Another reason is they think they can get away with it by hiding it. 

One problem with the data because we did not get all of the rubbish because it was under the buildings. The wind moves the rubbish to different spots in the school so it is wrong. And we are probably counting the same pieces of rubbish. 

That little kids drop their rubbish and the wind blows it away into different parts of the school and the wind blows it away. 

You're not aloud to play on the playground while eating so there is rubbish bins near playgrounds and the court where kids play so kids won't have to miss out on the game or what their doing. 

At the end we got our rubbish bags out again and we made tally marks on our lists. We made a tally mark when there was a piece of rubbish that we had at the end when we had all our tally marks down there was 61 bits of rubbish that we collected. 


After we made these observations and inferences, we were left with questions as to why people in our school failed to put their rubbish in the bins! Why does so much end up back around the school after one break time? Maybe it is falling out of people's pockets? Perhaps it's the winds fault? Or maybe the students of Waimairi school are dropping it on purpose?

Since then, we have recorded how rubbish was dropped at morning tea and lunch. Basically, we spied on the school! We, as scientists, have completed an investigation into why rubbish is ending up on the ground. On Thursday the 18th of August, we went out at morning tea and lunchtime to make observations of you all, collecting data to find out how rubbish gets on the ground.

We split up into 12 groups. At morning tea we spread ourselves around the whole school to observe. At lunchtime we spread the 12 groups around the lunch eating areas and observed what happened to the rubbish. 
We have made inferences from our observations and here is what we found:



At morning tea time, Waimairi school dropped 205 pieces of rubbish. That's 2 out of 5 people on average who dropped rubbish. 110 pieces of rubbish were dropped on purpose, which is more than half of the rubbish we observed being dropped. We also saw 46 pieces of rubbish dropped without the person realising that they had dropped it, often as they were walking.We also saw rubbish being dropped from pockets.

The places we found that rubbish had been dropped the most, were the Te Puna block, the walkway down to Ara Atu and the playground behind room 13. We think this might be because people playing in these areas may not understand why it is important to put rubbish in the bin. We also inferred that since there's big bushes at Ara Atu, people think they can hide their rubbish there.

Also, there is no rubbish bin in sight of the playground in these areas, so people lazily drop it instead. We think that most people do this because they think that they can hide it, or can get away with dropping it, even when they know it is wrong. And they do get away with it! Why don't people take a little walk over to the bin to put their rubbish where it belongs? 



At lunchtime, 219 pieces of rubbish were dropped throughout the school JUST during lunch eating time. That's 2 out of every 5 people in the school on average. that is a large amount of people to be dropping rubbish.
From what we saw, 79 pieces of rubbish were dropped on purpose, and 44 were left where people were eating. 

Just like at morning tea time, we think that around the school most of the people drop the rubbish because there's not enough rubbish bins around. Although there are already some bins, there only a few, and sometimes not in the best places. 
We also think that some children might not be able to reach the bins because we observed the bins are quite a bit taller than some junior children. Younger students also may not understand why it is bad to leave rubbish on the ground.

We could maybe get more and smaller bins to show others that bins are valued around the school but we think most of the kids already know about why we shouldn't  drop rubbish - because it will cause lots of problems for the animals in our environment and make our school look messy.

We spotted some differences between Morning Tea and Lunchtime. At lunch-eating time, more pieces of rubbish were dropped than during the whole of morning tea time, even though morning tea is longer than lunch eating time. We think that more rubbish was dropped at lunch because more food is eaten at lunchtime and there would be a bigger chance of rubbish flying out of their lunchboxes. Lunch food is also more likely to have wrappers. However we also inferred that people might deliberately litter so that they don’t get in trouble for walking to the bin - as we are not allowed to stand up during lunch eating time.

Under the classroom is also a common place to put rubbish. But the reason  that people drop rubbish there is because they think no one will notice. But we did! But if you think that you get away with it, then you are wrong because we see rubbish everywhere, even in sneaky places where people will think you can't see it.

Overall, 424 pieces of rubbish were dropped in the 45 minutes we were observing that day. That’s almost one piece of rubbish per person. If nobody ever picks this rubbish up, then by the end of the week there would be 2120 pieces of rubbish floating around the school.  Many people dropped their rubbish on purpose, but also accidentally, leaving it where they ate or hiding it.

We think if we all work together our school can be cleaner by just simply walking  to the bin, because just doing a simple thing like that will help to make a big difference. But we also think that during lunch eating time we should be allowed to stand up to walk to the bin to put our rubbish in it. We will be discussing this with the teachers. This means people will be less likely to throw it in the bushes, under the buildings, leave it where they were eating or just throw it on the ground.

We also plan to write to the board of trustees to see if we can have more bins built permanently into the areas that we’ve observed to gather the most rubbish. We also need bins that are the right size for younger kids as well.

So what is the most important thing for you to remember from today? Do not drop rubbish on purpose. It’s pretty simple.  Please walk the few metres to the bins, otherwise we will all be swimming in a pool of rubbish.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Technology speech

My speech this term is about technology and how we are not ready for advanced technology. I was learning to structure my writing using language devices and connecting to my audience by starting with a rhetorical question to hook my audience in. I think I went well because I feel my audience was ready connected and really cared. I used parts of the structure but it lacks balance or flow. Many ideas connect to the point of view, using several language devices to persuade and connect with the audience.
Click here to listen to my speech

 Have you wondered what the future will look like with the flying cars for transport, floating restaurants,robots instead of teachers?  I don't think we are ready for advanced technology. I am not trying to kick up a fuss.  If this technology does not work the company will lose a fortune. Have you heard on the media people made redundant for robots something that could fail epically meanwhile human's work for money we can't malfunction? I wonder what those people who’ve been made redundant feel like,  they can't make money for their families. Teachers or robots, what would you chose?
I am not talking about little remote control robots, I am talking about robots that can control themselves such as,Google car that drives itself Would you trust it. Did you know that the Google car has had fourteen crashes or more? What I don't get is if there is someone on their phone going through a red light, you know you can't do anything to stop your car from smashing the other one, and the Google car will have to be set to stop at the lights.

We all love our phones laptops and what not but the technology that we are making are insane. Take Segway for example. Many of them have caught on fire burning down houses for crying out loud these people that are making these products,they need to work on them more instead of Selling them worldwide when they are not finish. it drives me crazy to know that they could catch on fire with one knock.  That is one more example which shows we are not ready for advanced technology.

I love technology if we didn't have technology, I wouldn't be writing this speech well I would but on paper. I love iPads, iPhones Pcs.But there is technology now that people from old movies only could of dreamed of. But technology is going too far in a bad way,the things we are making.

I can't wait to see if the companies take a hint and do proper testing to make amazing technology.That doesn't  burn down houses or hurt anyone. When new technology comes out stop and think do you need this in your life, or can it wait? If you had the power what would you want robots or people?

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Prejudice writing

New Zealand has a secret problem -  immigrants don't feel welcome. One in ten people in New Zealand feel discriminated against. The most common way people are discriminated against is by their race. An estimated 85,200 New Zealanders reporting these findings on racial discrimination in the workplace. What can we do to stop spreading these prejudices?

Prejudice is judging someone before your know them, like you're tall you must play basketball. It's having an opinion about someone that you don't know.There is lots of different prejudice like gender. People are prejudiced about gender eg people who say “you run like a girl”, “you scream like a girl” - that's what some boys say. 
“When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realise that you really know nothing about them. You see race, gender, age, clothes. Forget that all. You know nothing. Those biased assumptions that pop into your head because of the way  your brain likes categories, are limiting your life, and others lives.” 

Mrs B came in and we ask her questions about prejudice and if others have been prejudiced towards her. She said yes and shared a backstory: when she moved from Iran to New Zealand someone said “is there a bomb in your lunch box?”. We need to stop spreading these ideas by telling kids and adults it is mean and will effect the community.

 We interviewed many Immigrants to find out what actions made them feel welcome. We found out that at first people felt welcome when others smile, say hello or just plain talking to them and soon they feel welcome.  For example Mrs B said she felt welcome and that overall New Zealand is a very good country. 

What makes Immigrants feel excluded or alienated? 250 people felt dissatisfied and 20 felt very dissatisfied with life in NZ. We need to find out why people feel dissatisfied with our country. Immigrants can feel alienated because people are pointing at them and treating them differently. To make them feel included we need to do this:

 Smile at them 
Make a conversation 
Treat them the same way
Saying hello
Ask them about themselves

It is important to improve the way we treat immigrants to make them more included to the community because we would be in a happier environment and we would decrease the statistics so 0% immigrants feel discriminated against.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Muddy ride

I am so scared as I grab my bike. My hands are cold as ice cubes. I can't do it - what what happens if I fall off? My heart thumps. I am shivering with fear but now it's time to go. I cling to the handlebars - here we go, on the course. I peddle as fast as I can. As we bike past, the birds jump tree to tree like monkeys.  Now we are at the start of the course. “This time we will be going down slopes and up hills,” said the leader.  As we go along it gets harder and harder. 

We reach the first slope. I pedal too fast, then I hesitate, hit the brakes and fly right off, face first. I sit down for a while, a mist of loneliness surrounds me until Louis finds me. All I have is cuts and bruises. As I limp back to my bike, tears snake down my face. “I just want this ride to be over,” I mumble. 
“There's a lot more to go,” says Louis.  I moan. Soon  it's the last slope.
“It's a little scary,”  I announce. I peddle down to the slopes. A couple years later, well that is what it feel like, we finally got to the pump track where we ride around and go over bumps.“Now it's time to head back,” said the leader. Skipping a few years, we get back to camp and I  flop like a fish on the grass.

This term I was learning to use punctuation, to start with a hook and speech marks and in general improve my writing I think I went well on improving my writing my next steps are to use Bright sparks.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

This term's learning

This term I have been learning about the elements of music so I can communicate to anyone from different cultures, because music is its own universal language.

To show this learning I created a soundscape based on a poem I wrote. My soundscape is multistructural because I made three sounds to make happy music. I used three elements of music: beat, tone color and rhythm. My emotion was happy and joy. Overall I think I went well on the soundscape but next time I will relate it more to my poem.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Where I call home

Under the plum tree 
Sniper lies 
in the shadows 
Eyes riveted 
On me.

On the couch,
My family and I
Watch the pictures

On top of the deck
 the BBQ chicken smell
 drifts up my nose.

Around the neighbourhood
 random cars drive in a out of the street 
the smoke from the car makes it hard to see
Everything is a blur 

This is my home Christchurch.