Wednesday, 26 October 2016

hide and seek

80 81 82 I trip up hitting the hard ground.
Oh no I'm about to die.
“Maybe I should tie up my laces 
That seems smart doesn't it?”
86 87 88 I'm following my horrible friends, 
Leaving me behind.
Will I be found? Will I not?
“Stand up quick Lockie!”
89 90 91 The tall gum trees stand over, 
and watch like guardians. 
Can they see me yet?
95 96 97 l dive into the prickly leaves.
What have I done? 
“Don't move or the leaves will rattle!”
99 100. The spikes on the leaves impale my skin.
Will we be spotted by Josh's bright red top?
“Please don't move!”
The teachers scurry past our spot.
How did we not get found?
“Josh please don't cough!”
But he coughs “you just had to let it go didn't you?” I say to Josh.
“What was that?” The teachers ask. 
Oh no! We were found. Just then out of nowhere...
“Gucci Mano!” 
We all look at him with disappointment.
“At least our planning books aren't lonely any more right?”
Then the horn beeps the game is 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 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:  

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.


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

Technology is taking over

This term I have been learning about how to write a good speech. My speech is about ‘technology is taking over’. I've been learning about creating structure within a speech and using good words to allow the audience to create the image in their minds of what my speech is telling them.

I think I have good structure but sometimes lack in connecting my ideas.

Only one of my ideas connect to the point of view. I can only use some language devices to show and make an image. At the start before I read my speech I was really nervous because I thought that nobody would like it, but as soon as I read my speech everyone was laughing and I was proud of myself.

Please click here to listen to my speech or read it down below.

Do you remember when someone talked to you and you replied without listening to a word they said? Or when you're playing on your device and your mum asks you “have you done your chores yet?” and you reply with a “yes” , but you have no clue what she said.  I see people walking across the road with their heads in their Phones , people ramming into each other on the footpath while looking at their devices. Have you noticed that more and more people are becoming engaged in their phones and less and less people are aware of the world around us? I think that the impact of this, is that people are going to feel left out because they will be too engaged in their phones to talk to each other.

An example of this follows:-

I'm at my friends house just hanging out, sitting relaxed on Lewis's luxurious grey shaded couch. We're watching tv and I get bored, so I create a conversation
 “Hey, do you want to play a board game?” Lewis doesn't reply so I ask again “do you want to play a board game!”
No reply
So I ask Lewis one more time, except with anger in my voice because I'm someone who blows a fuse a little too quickly “Lewis answer me!”
 I look up at Lewis and he's wearing headphones “Listen to me Lewis jeez!!.”
“Huh?” Lewis says confused “what's wrong Lochie?”
“Oh, you know what's wrong”
“No I  don't,  but please tell me!” Lewis gives me an evil glare,  it's like his eyes are putting holes in me but I pretend that it doesn't bother me.
I say to Lewis,  “Why are you so engulfed in your phone technology,?  It’s like a type of poison to the human race”
“Why do you think that?” Lewis replies
“Because people are getting upset by people on the internet and that's one reason why I don't like devices.”

Another example :-
I was sitting down on the cold cobblestone path texting my mum about going to a friends house or scootering home. I ask if I can do these and she replies “NO!” , so I ask back
“Why are you mad,  I just asked?”
“I'm not mad “ Mum replies
“Oh,  sorry, I misunderstood you”

this is why I don't really like texting because you might type something but you mean it in a completely different way.

The other bad thing about phones and devices is that they are addictive.  My parents say that I'm on it most of the time. That's probably true, my dad says that we're losing our kids to technology but he would call me his hooligan.
Wait! I'm no hooligan!
anyway back to the subject. I think that there is this tiny light inside the screen so it hypnotises you and says to your brain “keep going keep going!” And this is where I connect to the start if you start you can't stop so you might not be able to hear anyone?.

If there is a solution to this please tell me because if there isn't then I have an idea. My idea is that when you're playing on your device it pauses automatically so when someone talks to you, you can actually hear them, rather than just replying to someone and you don't actually know what they’ve said.
I think this will make the world a better place because there might be something important on the news or someone could've been hurt near you and you wouldn't know. The reason I took so long to write this speech was because I was to engaged in my other devices. This is why I don't think we should have technology because you would be to engaged to do important things. I know what you're all thinking “but I'm using a device”!  yes I know,  but this is important.
All those other reasons I wrote above were to say that technology is bad in some ways and at different times.

Thank you

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Case Studies

We have more immigrants from non English speaking countries than people from countries that speak English. Out of 34,530 immigrants 250 immigrants were dissatisfied with their life in NZ but only 20 immigrants were very dissatisfied with their life in NZ. 

What is prejudice?
Prejudice is judging someone. You can be prejudiced in many different ways. 
Racism is judging someone by how they look for eg. You have different skin colour so they might think they’re bad or if they are from a country who has done some bad things people might think they are dangerous.
Sexism is saying blue is a boy colour and pink is a girl colour. Girls might say that boys have no willpower and girls have lots of willpower. Boys might scare you and say you scream like a girl and that is what sexism is.
Ageism is where if you're older you think you have more authority than younger people do. Say a little kid got in your way you will think you had authority to say to them right at their face “GET OUT OF MY WAY” then the little kid might start crying and you will feel really bad that is what ageism is.

We have interviewed many immigrants to find out what made them feel welcome.  We found out that immigrants feel welcome when you stop and talk to them about their day and make them feel happy. You might smile at them and then they might smile back at you and then you think to yourself “I think I made them feel as if they belong.

There are also many other actions that make immigrants feel isolated. You might point or look away these actions make them feel as if you don't want them to be there. you might whisper and stare at them they might cry or run away that's why we need to stop and have conversations and make them feel happy.

When we interviewed the immigrants we asked if they had any tips or ways to make immigrants feel welcome and this is what they said.
Making a conversation
Helping them 
Be kind 

 It is important that we improve the way we make immigrants feel connected with the community because then we would have a happier harmonious environment where immigrants feel welcome and if our environment is welcoming less immigrants would be dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their life in NZ. This means that in the future that NZ is a happier place for immigrants. 

Sunday, 3 July 2016

The Rough Ride

The Rough Ride
I grip the handles with my sweaty hands as I shiver with fear. I think to myself, “Is she an expert?” I look at the bike instructor as she is taking the final bikes out of the old and rusty shed.

We are finally in the forest then suddenly I hear a ‘’stop!’’  We have reached a steep hill and I mean steep. The instructor tells us to go down one by one!. I watch as the other people pedal anxiously down the hill, someone walks down the hill. They are tingling with fear while they think of what might have happened if they had ridden their bike.

Down the hill, over the roots, I finally catch up with the group.   Damien yells at me “ Where have you been? We have been waiting for you!”
“Sorry I fell off at some roots,” I reply in exhaustion.
“What happened?” Damien replies anxiously.
“Here's what happened,” I say.

The soil was soggy, slowly turning into mud, as the instructor said to us “Be careful!” On my bike I was speeding through the mud, zooming through the puddles thinking to myself “My mum isn't going to be happy when I get home.” As I accelerated through the forest “Oh no!” My tire was stuck in the mud. Time slowed down. I was just waiting for my body to slam into the ground. It hasn't happened I think I'm ok “BANG!” Nope definitely not ok. It was like a horse had kicked me in the chest or John Cena had RKO'd me.

“Wow looks like you had a rough ride Lochie,” Damien says.
“Let's start to head back shall we?”
“What's the time?” I said
“5:00 why?” He says
“Oh no! We're going to miss dinner hurry up let's go!” I reply.

Finally we're here in time to have a thick juicy burger.
Mmmm thick juicy burger.
By Lochie

This term I was learning to stay in present tense. For example if you say “he did” - that's past tense and  “he is” - present tense. I am also learning to use my bright sparks ideas instead of just trying to make up ideas in my head.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Person poem

My dad is a simple man. He owns three businesses called Joe's Garage, Riccarton, Cranford and Rangiora. You will normally find him and his long legs striding through his business. Sometimes he has his teeth clenched or sometimes his eyes gleam in the sun while strolling through, blissfully talking about his day.

There is always this strong and scrumptious scent following him wherever he goes. His ‘man voice’ is like a loudspeaker on maxed volume. He laughs at most of his jokes; I would call them uncle jokes because they are jokes an uncle would make up. My dad normally says he is never disappointed in me and always proud if I try my best.

He is someone who gives people second chances. He is nice, kind and playful. He's mostly serious but at the same time he is funny. He can control his anger but for some reason I can't.   

You would normally find him with a tennis racket, a Joe’s voucher and a rugby ball.

Arts reflection

This term I was learning to connect using the musical arts also known as a universal language. I have been trying to use them lots in a soundscape that we have been working on.

My learning was connected because I tried connecting the sound with the poem that we have written about a favorite family member. 

I think I achieved the learning objective because to make the soundscape I used shakers as the rhythm and symbols for the beat and I used the drum.  My learning is multistructural because I used many instruments but I cannot explain some of them with the poem.

My dad is a simple man. He owns three businesses called Joe's Garage, Riccarton, Cranford and Rangiora. You will normally find him and his long legs striding through his business. Sometimes he has his teeth clenched or sometimes his eyes gleam in the sun while strolling through, blissfully talking about his day.

There is always this strong and scrumptious scent following him wherever he goes. His ‘man voice’ is like a loudspeaker on maxed volume. He laughs at most of his jokes; I would call them uncle jokes because they are jokes an uncle would make up. My dad normally says he is never disappointed in me and always proud if I try my best.

He is someone who gives people second chances. He is nice, kind and playful. He's mostly serious but at the same time he is funny. He can control his anger but for some reason I can't.   

You would normally find him with a tennis racket, a Joe’s voucher and a rugby ball.