Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Hide & seek with He tangata

The leaves lay still as I curl up small,
They cover my face like a mask.
I hear the teachers yell 99..100
Be silent. Don't move. Don't even breath.
When will we be found? My heart starts pounding.
The footsteps come closer, and closer, she’s prowling around, I hear “Found you.”
But I can not see her.  I realise, she’s talking to the people next to us.
I fall straight, out of the bush, and get found of course.


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: 
We found most of the rubbish stuck in the ditch and stuck and in the fences. 
Because people would drop their rubbish on the field and then the wind would blow it into the ditch and it would be stuck there      

The amount of rubbish is most common against walls building and fences because when it blows it gets stuck against areas as found in our data findings.

People usually find rubbish in the ditch, and I think I know why, it's because people throw rubbish on the field and the wind will blow it in the ditch. And there could be another way, when it just blows out of their pockets. 
Our data might not be correct because  there was so much that we had to put the dots over a little on the map and so they may not be in the exact place we found the rubbish.

We have learnt heaps of things from picking up the rubbish, we have learnt not to litter of course.  We can stop littering and then are environment would be a better place.  And we won't have any rubbish in the ocean, because sometimes the rubbish goes into a drain. Then it flows to the ocean. 


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

Everyone should have a dog

This term I have been learning to write a speech. While I was writing my speech I was also learning to structure, use language devices, persuade and use connecting words that connect to my writing. I think it went ok but this was my first time writing a speech, so it didn't go as well as it could have. 
I can use one part of the speech structure.
One of my ideas connects to the point of view. For language devices,  I needed help to persuade and connect with the audience.

Please click here to listen
To my speech or
Read below

Please click here to listen To my speech or Read below.

Do you like coming home with someone so happy to see you? Imagine you've had a rough day at school. You come home tired and a bit sad, but something is there to give you big hugs, and play with you and get you to throw their slobbery wet toy. Have you got a furry someone that makes you smile when you get home? There are benefits from having a dog, that's why I think everyone should have a dog.   

You may think I am forcing you to get a dog, but this is just my opinion. Many of you might have different opinions on getting a dog. Some people don't like having to think of the accidents dogs can have, or whether you have allergies. But think of it like this, you get home and you realise mums  working  on her computer and all you want to do is invite a friend over but your mum will start moaning, and then she'll say get your homework book out, but you ignore her and say in your head, there's more important things to do than maths and spelling, so you go and grab the tennis ball and take your dog for a run, instead of doing boooooring homework.

So I was feeling upset because I had just climbed up a tree and Fallen out, and I was a little bit tired, I felt like I hadn't slept for a million years. I may have been exaggerating, but anyway I was at the beach, I was with my mum my stepdad and my brother, also my dog, his name is Wolfgang, he is a staffy/English bull terrier. I was so excited to make sandcastles,and bury myself in the sand. So me and my brother dared each other to run into the ice cold water. I went first because he face planted into the water, I kept going, I got so far out that I was getting worried that I wouldn't be able to swim back, and I was thinking of sharks, also the water was way too deep for me. Then I felt the sand collapse under my feet I could no longer feel the bottom my parents couldn't see or hear me the only person that could see me was my dog. He started paddling towards me, I grabbed onto his back and he swam me back to shore. Has a dog ever saved you? Well if not, one day a dog could save your life this is a benefit of having a dog.
So this one day I was feeling rather tragic because my brother had pushed me into a pile of mud it was sloppy,wet and most of all disgusting, anyway it was a saturday at about 1:00pm. Me and my brother were walking my dog at the park. We started running around and throwing his toy. And then there was a black and white dog, he was a big dog too. He started running at my dog. I got in front of my dog, but then the dog bit me. I ran away but my dog stuck up for me, and that dog was gone cause he was a scaredy cat.

Anyway How Much Does it Cost to Adopt a Dog?

This is a common question among dog adopters.Why are adoption fees so high? Shouldn’t adopting a dog be free, or at least super cheap? To these people I say, remember, you get what you pay for.

When you purchase a purebred from a dog breeder you may be paying anywhere from $500 to over $1000 for your new puppy, but often that’s all you're getting for that cost. When you adopt a dog from a shelter, your adoption fees are going to pay towards the cost of care for your adopted dog has received while at the shelter.  Which is why adoption fees are often adjusted based on the age of the dog you're adopting. 

It can cost at least ($500 to $1000) to get a well looked after animal.

To get a dog you can go to the s.p.c.a. I want to make a website that supports dog owners who don’t have much money. My website would provide cheap pet food so not as many animals end up at the pound. Anyone in the audience here could take action by supporting the spca, with food, money or time. So, what are you going to do to make a difference?

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Case study

Have you ever prejudged someone?  To make New Zealand a better place we should accept anyone of any culture. In 2008 2,415 South Africans came to New Zealand. The most common prejudice is by their race, culture, wealth or ethnicity.

Prejudice is judging someone before you know them for example if you saw someone tall your brain comes up with stuff like he must play basketball but you don't even know them.   A way you can be prejudged is by your gender, like saying girls are smart and boys smell, or by your parents if their fat that doesn't matter.  Someone could prejudge you by your language, or how much money you have like if you're rich they think you live in a big fancy house and if you're poor you might live in a cardboard box or have rags for clothes but you don't know that. You shouldn't judge people about anything. 

Prejudice has an effect on people not always nice. Like if you went up to a boy and went “You throw like a girl,” the effect is that they might love shot put and the negative comment might put him off and might not want to do shot put anymore.    

How migrants feel discriminated 
Many people feel discriminated against. An estimated 64,000 people reported experiencing racial discrimination at work. If there was a migrant just sitting down and there was a group of kids staring and pointing that would make the migrants feel alienated and excluded. These are ways to make a migrant feel unwelcome and discriminated 
Looking and teasing
Inappropriate comments 

         How to make a migrant feel welcome 
We have interviewed some immigrants to find out how they felt  when they came  to New Zealand.  The reason we have being doing a case study is because we are taking information and putting it into my writing. We interviewed Ms K about how she felt as a migrant.  Here are some ways to make a migrant feel included

treating them like everyone else 
Be nice
Start a conversation 
Invite them to do something
Saying hello
Helping them to know where to go or where a hotel is
Tour of the school
Include them
Host a welcome party
To not tease them 
   Why is it important to make changes in our community 
It is important to make changes in our community because migrants feel unwelcome and alienated and we want our community to be a place where people like to come.



Sunday, 29 May 2016

Climbing the life threatening tree

I feel like I'm about to climb the highest tree in the world. It takes nerves of steel to climb this tree. Our instructor says to sit down, we do. She talks about these things called safety rules. We all stand up, clip clip, the helmets on, and we thread our harnesses on. She asks who wants to go first, I put my hand up as quick as a wink .

She looks at me and asks for my name, I say in a shivery voice “Ophelia.” You're going first . Immediately I regret putting my hand up but I do it. Ok she tells me to climb the ladder.

I shiver in fear, as I shuffle up the ladder. My feet reach for the pieces of wood, nailed to the tree.
“I'm going to fall out,”  I say.
“You're not going to,” she yells out loud; “There's people holding your weight.” So I take a leap. I make it. I feel so good about myself, I keep climbing until I reach the top.

I have one foot on the tree, I can hardly breathe. She starts talking for what it seems like about 15 minutes. I was really scared, because the wind was, shushing me around. She said release your feet so I did but I kept putting my feet on the wood.  I was being lowered down and then bang I bashed into the branch.  Owwww I was still being lowered and when I touched the ground I was relieved.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

My artwork learning

Click this to hear my awesome soundscape for the poem below๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป
My peaceful place 
Where the sparrow shows off its colourful and beautiful wings 
Where blackbirds hum nice songs to their children 
Where fantails cool you off in the heat so hot 
Where pukekos swim as if they were champions 
Where cabbage trees sway side to side, as if doing a work out
Where flax bushes weave themselves together
That is my peaceful place

This term I have been learning to use music to connect with people around me and about the elements of music like the beat and the rhythm. I also set myself a goal to learn my mihi without my book.

My soundscape is multistructural because I can use many musical elements in my musical soundscape. For example I used a shaker for the breeze and ostinato and crescendo to make it sound epic. I found it hard at times, but I persevered pretty well.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

the rotting man

The dying man sits there
- a brother to the tree.

The dead bush waves
to the dark blue sky

Bones are brittle,
hardened like sticks.

Butterflies flutter around
with their light tissue-paper wings.

Who put this man here?
Did he do it to himself?
Why would you let yourself die?

We have been learning to use ekphrastic writing (writing inspired by art) we have picked a painting and written a story about it. I have been trying to use metaphors by not using like, or as if. My next steps are to use more metaphors.