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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

hide and seek

the teachers say,
We all rush off to try find a spot
The school is big
the spots are small.
I have no clue,
Where will I hide

Maybe right behind the door
or under heaps of dirt and weeds.
But wait I think I found the perfect place
Next to Darren's shed.

In the dirty rubbish bin
I will surely be quite safe.
But if someone kicks the bin
We will just not win

It is hot stuffy and smells of puke
My legs are stiff I cannot move.
Round the corner I start to hear,
the voice of a teacher coming near

Suddenly out of nowhere a bang,
the sound of someone kicking the bin
I’m really done for, the teachers are onto us.
All is lost,
They know my spot.

Thursday, 22 September 2016


We read an article about a 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. 

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

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

Our observations and inferences: 

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 this might be because the wind has blown rubbish left on the ground by students 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. 

Different groups had different areas assigned to them so some groups had areas that were bigger than others,some had more bushes, some had more buildings, some were open ground some were not.

We found out that Darren’s shed has a lot of recycling 
this might be because it blows out of the recycling bin and gets stuck by the fence it also has a lot of trees that people play in and Rubbish falls out of their pocket.

We observed that after lunch  there was blue dot rubbish (after lunch rubbish) that it was all around the buildings and on the field. We think this is because when we are sitting down they drop rubbish.

One of the problems with the data could be that there isn't enough room to put all the dots and that they might not be in the right place.

The wind blows all the rubbish around and it get caught in fences and we found out that rubbish was caught in all the obstacles and that's  why there is a heap there.

One thing we can do to help our school be rubbish free is put your rubbish in the bin don't just put the rubbish in your pocket because it can fall out and get caught.This map may not be completely correct because it was handwritten. There was also some unretrievable rubbish like under buildings, caught in trees and other side of see through fences (like at the back of the field).


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 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.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Donald dump

Donald dump

I did my speech on Donald trump because I do not think people should vote for him. My goal was to convince the listeners that if they were Americans not to vote for him. During this speech I have learnt the power of three and the structure where there is a hook at the start with a rhetorical question at the start like do you realise how much power Donald trump will have if he becomes president?. And three anecdotes in the middle which are little stories  that back up your  argument. We also had to use good language so the audience thought we were confident with our topic. And beloved that what it was either wrong or right. All of this went well because many of my ideas connected to the main point. Another thing I did was use several languages devices to persuade and connect with the audience.
Last of all you have an overall statement that has solutions or ideas for the future.
Click on the link below to listen to my speech or read it below

Are you aware of what power Donald trump will have if he becomes president? 

He would be in charge of the biggest collection of nuclear bombs in the world. Or perhaps he would be able to build that wall of his. But worst of all he might start world war three . So here are some reasons for the Americans not to vote for Trump.

One: Donald trump thinks the Mexicans send all the bad people from their country into America so he wants to build a wall… But guess who's money he's using. The  Mexicans money. This is bad because the Mexicans might not pay and he can’t make them. So then he might  fire some nukes and then a world war 3 might start between the two countries. 

Secondly Trump thinks that global warming should be encouraged. His quote to back up his thought was he thinks that ‘New York is to too cold and snowy.’ If he did get his way there would be flooding that will submerge lower areas of land. This is probably one of his most stupid ideas because it is proven by scientists that if the global warming continues there will be less storms but when there are they would be more dangerous.

Last of all his hair. yes you heard, his hair. His hair is something that people have  asked numerous questions about, like is it a wig? How long does it take to style? and some people even get to pull his hair when he needs a volunteer to prove it’s real. but worst of all, people vote for him just because his hair is done in such a way that it looks fake. They also see and hear him on the media so they are familiar with trump and then vote for him. Unfortunately this because people are more likely to vote for names they know even when they are not the best person running for president.

So now I hope that I have proved to you that Americans should not vote for trump or else there  will be a dark future ahead. Trumps wall is a stupid idea people will just fly over it but seriously global warming is a good thing .not! Last but not least don’t vote for someone based on their hair. So go for Hillary instead. And by the way Trump's hair is real, but it just has a lot hair gel

Thursday, 7 July 2016


Imagine this. You are at school and people around you point, whisper and snigger to their friends, making you ask yourself questions like is it what I’m wearing? Or my hairstyle? When lunchtime comes you go outside to see a cold, damp floor for you to sit on. When you sit down with a group of people, they slowly shuffle away and sit somewhere else, leaving you clutching your lunch box in sweaty hands. Alone.

NZ has a hidden problem. 10% of people feel they are treated unfairly. 55% of this ten percent feel discriminated by skin tone, race or nationality.

Prejudice is judging people before you know them. Being prejudged is not a nice feeling, yet you probably do it yourself, like when you're getting on the bus and chose not to next to someone because they have tattoos or are old. There are also other types of prejudice like people think John Cena is strong but he is not really as strong as we think WWE is just fake and he is the choreographed winner. If other countries have one terrorist group doesn't mean everybody in the country is bad too. the way to stop this is to put yourself in immigrants’ shoes and think of how it would feel if someone said that to us. You also get influenced by movies where the bad guys wear black so they won't be seen, but it makes a barrier between us and people with different coloured skin.

There are many ways to make immigrants feel welcome. If you see someone lonely go up say “hi” and smile. This makes their day much better. Doing this one little thing it makes them feel more valued as a person. This also makes you happier that you have made them more welcome. If you know that they are from a different country, say “welcome.” They will feel safe and speak with courage.

After you get to know them you can ask them around for a play at yours. If you let them choose what you are going to play they will feel more included and start to share other ideas. Also, when you walk through the supermarket and see someone from a different race and you are sure that they are new to nz, start a conversation about their culture.

Your kindness will soon start to make the community's kindness better, and you can also have special places for immigrants to get helped out or help them find a hotel to sleep in if they don’t have a home. You could even mention some things to check out like the Migrant Times or give them a map of the area.

It is important to make immigrants feel welcome because we are the future and we will change the world. We must stop hate and make more peace. To do this, use all of the steps above such as smiling  and talking with others. And remember to pause and think before you say something prejudice.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Swing flip

Have you ever seen someone do something and you want to try, but it's not as easy as it looks? I arrive at the camp and my eyes are suddenly drawn to the playground. The best part about the playground is that it has swings. They sit there tall and proud. 

I rush over, trying get there before anyone else does. I leap onto the surrounding bark and start to walk in slow motion thinking “should do a flip off the swing?” I have done one off the front before, but never from the back, so that's what I am determined to do! 

My heart starts beating faster and faster. When I sit myself down it feels like the whole world is watching me. I push off and start to lean back. Back and forwards, back and forwards. 
I start to shout. 
“Does anyone knows my phone number?”  I'm not sure anyone understood my screaming voice. Sweat drips down my forehead until I decide it's now or never. I let go.

 A few last thoughts whizz through my head. What have I got myself into? I am going to die! I’m doomed. But then, remembering like Star Wars what my gym instructor said, “tuck Joe tuck”! I tuck and start to rotate faster and faster, until I release my hold and land on two feet, just behind the swing. 
Then I hear Xavier saying “I'll give that a try!”


For this story I have been learning about how to hook people in and build up tension. I also have used more punctuation  than usual because it made more sense. I had to check for ed’s because that makes it in the present tense. My goal was to chunk my writing into paragraphs, which I did.
To improve I think I should use more words that explain and show, without saying I was scared.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Art learning

Here is a link for my soundscape


Frayed rope swings over the river - 
fireworks explode in slow motion,
Water makes white dashes where it meets the 
Splashing people gently,
a warning that it's cold

The smell of ginger beer
drifts up my nose
making me twitch and shuffle on the spot.

As I gulp the drink down it's
tangy and fizzy
bubbling all the way 
down my throat until
The drink is gone.

The wind softly blows,
blowing down
A brownish crinkled leaf.
They slowly create a carpet of nature
On the rocky path.

The echo of children laughing and shouting
makes me feel at home in Arrowtown 
That is my home. 

Music reflection 
This term I have been learning about the elements of music and how music in other countries has these elements as well. To show my learning, I used these elements to create a happy soundscape about my poem called ‘Arrowtown’. When creating my beat I used the wood block which sounds like a bongo and drumsticks together. Next I had to create a rhythm in which I used maracas and started quiet and then got louder and faded away. I also made some layers faster than others to make it not boring.
I think my soundscape was multistructural because I used a few layers and made a happy feeling. It went well when I worked by myself, but not so well when I was with my friends.