Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hide and seek

 The hidarikiki stabs me in the legs the sticks poke me
in the face will I be the first
to be found as I run through the bush I tell my friends and say go
away go away. the teachers prowl towards us the branches wave to the teachers I'm going to get found. The lash green leaves scrap on me
as I climb up the branches slowly push me up the tree.
My friends start gigling shh they will find us she creeped by
trying to find us. The leaves
start waving and Rustling she saw my friends she
found them I was right on top of them I'm going to get found
 I say softly she hears it who's there. I'm going to get found I tucked my legs in I slept on The branch it makes a very big snap she sees me I hold my breath found you.

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 in the Pacific Ocean.   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 scientist (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:  

Well our group noticed that the red dot rubbish was everywhere Because some people just drop it and hope it blows away or dissolves.  

In some places there is more rubbish than other places because some rubbish gets stuck in fences and buses and some just blow away in big clear spaces.

Rubbish gets stuck in certain areas and stays there like fences or places where the wind throw the rubbish about  .

Our data may have some mistakes. Some areas we can't reach the rubbish and we can't fit all of the dots in the same place  because some are under buildings and some are in the same spot so we have to spread the dots out to count it. 

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.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The new addiction

The new addiction

My reflection
I learnt to do my punctuation when I was writing my speech. I think I stayed on task a lot got my speech done even though I was away when we started our speech, but ended up getting it done.

Have you seen on the news lately?

The games Pac man and minecraft have made way for the new addiction that's taking over the world, and it is very worrying.  Why is it so worrying? People are getting hurt while playing Pokemon.

Some scary things have been happening, people have been walking off cliffs and driving their cars into trees. There were three girls were wandering about hunting down Pokemon and guess what they found…? A dead body! That is very scary.

  it is an addictive game!! why because it's like virtual reality you have to walk around to find the Pokemon and you want to catch every Pokemon because it makes your character go up levels and become more powerful. It is addictive enough that people aren't looking where they're going, a girl crashed her car into a tree playing Pokemon. Our parents are desperate for us to come back to the real world and spend some time with them.
Pokemon came out on the App Store last month since then it has taken over people's lives and all they’re doing is catching Pokemon catching Pokemon catching Pokemon. Some people aren't socializing much at all, all they do all day is look at their phones and catch Pokemon.

 Then they go home and open the app again to see if their is any Pokemon around them it is just so crazy. If you play Pokemon go  you should only play it in park and away from streets. Remember that people have got very hurt playing the game. They crashed their cars fallen of cliffs and been hit by a train because they didn't look at the train when he crossed and he nearly died. If you play this addictive game trust me it will be the only thing you will do.

People should be more aware of their surroundings when playing the game. Perhaps the app should beep every ten seconds or give you an alert when you are near train tracks or when you are near a highway. This could save people's lives. I'm going to avoid Pokemon go and maybe you should to it will make the world a better social place.

Thursday, 7 July 2016


It was a windy day, the leaves were blowing about. The children were playing on the field.  But there was one person alone with no one sitting  with all he had was a lunch box. The other children were speaking a different language and no one wanted to play with him because he was from another country.  How would that make you feel? We need to improve how we treat immigrants because 4.3 percent or an estimated 143,000 New Zealanders said they had been discriminated against either while at work. 

Once one of my friends was misjudged by a person in my class. He said you can't play rugby because you play football. Then I put myself in his shoes and I thought how he would feel really bad. But he kept playing he was very brave  because wanted to try a new sport out. Then I went up to him and said “Are you okay?” he said yes. 

Prejudice is when is when you judge someone on the way they look or when someone says you can't do this because you do something else. For example you play basketball because you're tall or you play rugby because you're strong. This is another example of prejudice: boys smell, don't do any homework, like rugby, are dumb,  have no willpower. Girls run like a girl, scream like a girl, girls are smart. They have willpower. Or Asian drivers are bad at driving or foreigners drive on the wrong side of the road. People should keep prejudiced ideas to themselves so we don't upset immigrants or foreigners. 

We interviewed many immigrants to find out what actions made them feel welcome.  We learnt we should say hello so they feel welcome and be friendly at the same time. Then they will feel really welcome in the school or city. Or include them in your game so they feel included. Over time they will feel more welcome and included if, when you get to know them more, you could ask where they're from or you could talk to them and get to know them even more and treat them like what they are, normal person. That will make them feel much better about themselves. When they get to know you, invite them to a party or play. Then they will feel they belong here.

We interviewed many immigrants to find out what actions made the feel unwelcome. We found out that people are staring at them laughing and teasing them, whispering about them, and being mean in general that is very bad for immigrants living in New Zealand. That is a big problem for us and everyone who comes here. The worse things people have been saying are: “Do you have a bomb in your lunch box?” That is just terribly mean and we have to do something.

We have been interviewing immigrants from different countries to find out some tips or advice for how should treat immigrants in NZ. We have found out that we should:
Treat them like everyone else 
Help them 
Smile at them 
Make conversation 
Be kind and caring 
Include them 
Invite them to something 
Host a welcome party 

 This is important to know what prejudice is so we don't spread prejudice.  Then not so many people will feel discriminated against and they will feel more welcome in their new school or city. If we do all of this not so many people will feel alienated in New Zealand.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Tree climbing

Tree climbing

It was time for our first activity of the day and only I was ready to conquer the tall oak trees. We walked down to the tree, I had butterflies in my stomach, but I was set to climb. We strap on our helmets and harnesses and we were ready.

The instructor told us what to do, then we went off. Now the good part: Xavier was first. He flew up the tree like a monkey, he was at the top in a blink of an eye. Then it was my turn so I strapped myself in and I was ready. I leaped up the tree I was nearly there then I stopped-there was no where to go.

 I couldn't go any higher so I was lowered down by my friends. The rest of my friends went up but none of them got to the top. We went to the next tree. “This is going to be easy,” I said so I wrapped my arms around the tree.  You’d have to have nerves of steel to climb up, but I speed up the tree.

 Will I get to the top? Soon I was nearly there. Then I was at the top but I was so happy my heart was pounding. I was lowered down and it was time to go back to camp. We slipped out of our safety harness and went back. “That sucks!” I say.
I wish we could do more.

My reflection
This term I was learning to use complex sentences, connecting ideas, punctuation, show emotion, and appeal to the senses.

I think I achieved that for example. Soon I was nearly there. Then I was at the top but I was so happy my heart was pounding. I connected my ideas and appealed to the senses.

My next steps are to do more of these sentences in my writing stay on task all of the time.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Multimedia art work

Multimedia artwork 

Art reflection
This term I have been learning to create a soundscape for a poem that  I have written this year. It demonstrates my understanding of music. For example I use dynamics and I used a cello for my rhythm and beat in my soundscape elements. 

I think my soundscape is multistructural because I can use musical elements for example I use the shaker for rain on the roof and I rubbed my  hands together to make birds chirping in a my  musical soundscape but didn't explain why I chose them and their intended impact. 

I think I did well because I didn't get distracted and I think it is quality work.

Listen to my soundscape for my poem here: 

His orange hair 
is a sun rise.

He smells like lavender 
in the mornings.

His voice is music to my ears
it makes me warm inside.

His eyes flitter from side to side 
after he tells a joke.

He helps me with my school work
and my sport. 
He can nearly touch the ceiling
with his long arms, they come in useful sometimes

I love my dad.

Monday, 14 March 2016



The trees are knights 
guarding the plant

The cactus needles
are sharp knives, scraping me on my legs.

The ploughed fields 
are in ordered rows.  

The storm clouds
erupt in the gloomy sky.

Who lives in that house?
Maybe there's a storm coming?
Why are there so many cactuses 


My reflection 
In this poem I have been learning to use metaphor and similes in my poems and other writing. I think my poem is relational because I have lots of ideas that are connected to an image. My next step is to connect to an emotion inside the reader's mind, and help others to write metaphors.