Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Hide and seek

Our hearts beat like drums.
We look for a hiding spot.
We see everyone running into the bushes.
What should we do?
Josh sprints into the bush. 
Everyone follows him. 
We hear the teachers shout here we come.
I’ve never been so hushed before.
Josh shouts Gucci Mano.



Thursday, 22 September 2016

SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATION - RUBBISH AT SCHOOL


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.

PHOTO OF DOT MAP HERE

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

Our observations and inferences:  

The red dots on the map show that we found most of the rubbish in places that were sheltered. We think this is because the wind will push it all into the bushes.

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. 
We need to improve on this because we want to have a better environment because if we just leave rubbish around it will take ages to break up.
We recall that most of the rubbish is around bushes. Why you must ask? Well it's probably because it starts off on the ground and drifts away into the bushes or people are either lazy and aren't bothered to put their rubbish in their lunchbox.        

We think that some certain areas attract more rubbish that others, like Te puna they hardly have any rubbish ( that's probably because they haven't learnt off us hopefully they don't) . The most rubbish was around the bins and in the bushes  the most type of rubbish we got is plastic wrap and we found a lot of that. 

There could be some problems with our data because we didn't do the dots under the buildings and there is heaps of rubbish under the buildings around the school. We couldn't go under the buildings because of safety issues.
The wind might impact this as rubbish would fall out of their pockets and then the wind would spread the rubbish throughout the whole school.

We have learnt that some of the children that play on the playground not all of them but after they have finished eating they can't be bothered to put the rubbish in the bin because they are probably  playing a game or just don't want to so they drop it on the ground and other people don't pick it up.  We probably need bins very close to the playground so then they want to use them.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

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:


MORNING TEA FINDINGS

PIE GRAPH OF MORNING TEA OBSERVATIONS HERE

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? 


LUNCHTIME FINDINGS

PIE GRAPH OF LUNCHTIME OBSERVATIONS HERE

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

Laziness

This term I have been learning on writing my speech. My speech is about laziness. We have been learning about how to structure our writing. When I was waiting my speech I was trying to use language devices and to persuade and to connect to the audience. I can use parts of the structure but it lacks balance, connections or flow. Many ideas connect to the point of view. I use several language devices to persuade and connect with the audience.

Please click here to listen to my speech

HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW LAZY PEOPLE CAN BE?
Watching TV all afternoon, leaving all your clothes on the floor, and asking someone to pick up something for you because you're too lazy to do it.

I've noticed there is more and more laziness in our community.
HAVE YOU SEEN HOW MUCH RUBBISH IS IN OUR SCHOOL?
In our class at morning tea and lunch we split up into groups to see how many people would drop rubbish and how they did it. 110 people dropped it on purpose and 35 people dropped without realising.

WE NEED TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT.
Rubbish that is discarded at school can blow into drains and can end up in our waterways and all waterways lead to the Ocean.
Nearly all life on our planet depends on our Ocean.
Dumping waste and rubbish in the sea, lake and streams can affect our ecosystem and we need to stop. It could lead to dead animals and polluted water. In New Zealand we have the best drinking water in the world because it's filtered through alluvial stone into natural aquifers.
WOULD WE WANT TO PUT THIS AT RISK?

At home we need to put our rubbish in the bin not in the drain and gutter.  We need to be careful when we are going on a walk or a hike that we take our rubbish home with us.
When we wash our cars, all the chemicals that are in the washing liquid go into the drains and gutters.
When we don't take care with supermarket bags and they end up in the ocean they look like jellyfish to hungry sea animals.
Taking care of our environment starts at home even when your home is miles away from the sea. Little things can make a big difference.

MY CHALLENGE TO YOU IS TO GET YOUR FAMILY TO DO ONE THING.It may be to stop using plastic bags and start to use reusable ones.WE ALL NEED TO DO ONE THING!

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Prejudice

New Zealand has a secret  problem, that immigrants don't feel welcome. Discrimination is most common in employment situations. We have more immigrants from non English speaking countries than English speaking countries.  55% of people feel judged based on their skin colour, race or nationality. My question is what can we do to make immigrants feel more welcome and stop prejudice against them?

What is prejudice?
Prejudice is judging someone by how they look without even knowing them. Prejudice is different in many way like racism, ageism, how much money you have and your skin colour.  For example: When we interviewed Mrs B she said that when she moved to New Zealand from Iran, people asked her if she had a bomb in her lunchbox - she felt very unwelcome and sad. 

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 and take time to talk. As time goes on they feel more welcome.  For example my mum, Nicki, said she felt welcome because people would bring baking and greet her.

I think that we can stop prejudice by actually trying to get to know them instead of just looking at them and thinking bad stuff about them.

What makes immigrants feel alienated or unwelcome?
Staring 
Laughing and teasing them 
Pointing out differences
Whispering  

What tips or advice do you have for how we can help immigrants feel included. 
Treating immigrants like everyone else 
Making a conversation 
Include them 
Saying hello 
Welcoming them 

We should change that we look at people for the first time and judge them by how they look and there race and skin color. For the future I think that if we do all of the things that I have listed in my writing we can stop the prejudice. 


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Rough adventure

Rough adventure  
Steep hills surround us. I'm going so fast that my cheeks blow up like a balloon. Tight turn. I clutch the handle bars and push on the brakes as hard as I can. The leaves crunch as I race past. 

All I can hear is Ollie and Isaac screaming as they go down the hill. Ollie and Isaac are in front of me and the rest are behind me so it's just me alone in the dark and scary forest with no one to be seen.  


Reflection 

This term I have been learning about punctuation and structural hook building. I improved my writing by adding punctuation and improving my hooks so the reader will want to read more. My next step is to show not tell my emotion.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

My reflection

My reflection 


This term I have been learning about the elements of music so I can communicate to anyone from any culture because music is a universal language. To show this learning I created a soundscape to match my poem about my Bach. My soundscape is unistructural because I did not finish my soundscape because I was away. I made the sound of the water dripping out of the spa and the birds chirping in the trees. Overall my soundscape termed out pretty good. 



Where I wake up 

I wake up to a beautiful tune from the 
bell bird up in the trees.
I wake up to a sound of a rooster in the morning. 
I wake up to the smell of sheep and cow poo in the air.
I wake up to a sound of the spa rumbling 
and the pool filter splashing. 
I wake up to the sound of woodpeckers in the trees.


My grandad

My grandad

His gray hair spikes up like a thorn bush.
And his voice rumbles as he speaks too. 

Normally all he talks to me about is golf 
because he was a famous  golf player. 

They had a dog that we used to play catch with 
but she passed away.

In the holidays he would take us to the beach 
and we would jump of a little cliff into 
a bunch of sand.