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Tuesday, 11 October 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 observed that the red dot rubbish (we picked up before lunch) is around buildings, near fences, and in bushes, especially tussock bushes and in the ditch.
We think this because when the wind blows it carries the rubbish from on the ground into the bushes, and gets trapped in the spikes on the plants and can't get back out. 
We also think that when the wind blows it blows the rubbish from on the field into the ditch, and when it's in the ditch it's trapped and can't get out again. 
With the fences we think that the wind blows and when the Rubbish hits the fence the fence trapped the Rubbish. We observed that the Rubbish under the classrooms are usually empty yogurt packets and yogurt lids. The other Rubbish under the classes might've blown up against the  and classes and then when the wind blows again in goes through the gaps in the classes.

As you can see not all parts of the map are the same. Most of the rubbish again is near the classes, bushes and around the sides of the field. Mostly around Daren's shed there is a lot of rubbish, and in the forest near Daren's shed as well.

We think that parts of the map are different because people might sometimes purposely drop rubbish in the bushes and underneath the classes. People do this because they either can't be bothered to put their rubbish in the bin, or they think that if they put the rubbish there no one will find their rubbish. 

Another reason could be the wind could just blow the rubbish under the classes.Their might be not that much rubbish in the middle of the field because… People might have rubbish in their pockets and then the rubbish flies out the falls onto the ground. The the wind blows the goes near the fences and in the dich. 

As we said in the second paragraph usually the rubbish underneath the classrooms are yogurt packets and lids from yogurt packets. Sometimes it's glad wrap. The rubbish up against the fence are usually foil chip-packets and glad wrap.   

We think because glad wrap is probably easier and lighter to fly with the wind. If the rubbish is flying low it might get caught in the bushes or the classes/fences might trap the rubbish. Especially if the bush is a tussock the rubbish will be completely trapped in the spiky leaves and unable to get out of the bush.

We probably  made some mistakes with our data because we may have missed some pieces when observing them. Also we might need to pick up more rubbish on a different day in the same areas, to see if we pick up the same amount as we did last.Some groups were looking closely at the rubbish and some weren't.

The wind might pick up the rubbish where the rubbish originally was at dropped, and taken it somewhere else. Then that might keep happening until that area is loaded with rubbish.

We have learnt that there's more rubbish than we thought there was going to be. We also learned that we dropped most of the rubbish by Darren’s workshop when no one goes there. But the wind must blow it there because no one picks it up.

To try to fix this we could pick up rubbish each week as a school.
People are very lazy because they want to play instead of walking to the 
bin, and drop their rubbish. We could put our rubbish in the bin to make the school more tidy.


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

The new addiction

This term I have written a speech about pokemon go and many more addictions. I was learning to structure my writing and use language devices, within the topic ‘making the world a better place’. I think my structure was good because I could use parts of structure but it lacks balance, connections or flow. I had many ideas connect to the point of view. I used one language devices to connect with my audience. I felt like I presented my speech well because I got a couple laughs and the audience kept listening the whole time.

Please click here to my speech or read it  below.

Have you noticed how many people are  looking down at their phones and zoning out on their devices? Have you ever zoned out like you’re on pac man and you just don’t want to get off so you get told off by those device stealing heart breaking monsters you call parents? Or you are stuck absorbed in a board game and you can't quit so you're late for class, when you walk in the teachers don't say anything but you can tell by their disappointed faces they are not pleased. 
Or maybe you are a lolly craver, and when you get one ooo you want more. So you raid your cupboards or beg your parents for sugar and you end up hyper for the next 3 hours, bouncing off the walls.

These are the classic signs of addictions. But doesn't this upset, frustrate you that people can be controlled by little things like games, devices or food? Really aren't we better than this? Come on people now we're turning into puppets. Are you turning or are you already one of them? 

The latest  craze that is causing this madness is Pokemon Go, the new and biggest addiction. It’s not just like candy crush it crushes candy crush. It has now become the number one US mobile game, it has been downloaded over 15 million times. The game involves walking around and finding different pokemon which you catch with pokeballs and gain points for.

This thing some call a game is bringing the pain.It was only last week, whilst walking my dog around the block with my brother Tom, that Tom fell into a ditch. Now normally I would laugh at this event but I was shocked to find the cause of his pain was none other than his search for Pokemon. Whilst my brother lay in the ditch a crowd gathered around looking shocked,and dismayed at the recent event. 

The internet is full of stories of people walking into trees, driving into parked cars and walking onto busy highways in their quest for Pokemon. I have to tell you there has even been deaths from this thing people like to call a game.

Is it really worth the pain for a computer game?    
I propose a solution, the answer is that all mobile devices are fitted with a sensor that alerts the user to danger.
The other solution is that we wake up, turn our brains on and stop playing this Pokemon game. Now I will leave you to make your  big decision does Pokemon Go or Pokemon stay??                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Thursday, 7 July 2016


Imagine that you just arrived in a new country. You walk into your new school all excited and everybody looks at you like you have a gun and you're pointing it at everyone at the same time. So you walk up to some people as they walk away slowly trying not to hurt your feelings so say hello and they say where are you from and you say Iran so they run for it. This is called prejudice.

Prejudice is when you judge someone by their clothes, skin colour, age, money and colour. For example a skin colour kid goes up to a different coloured adult and the different coloured adult pulls out a wallet to buy him an ice cream but when he pulls it out the kid says ooooooo he got a gun i’m dead. there are different types of prejudice like ageism that is like saying that if you're old you watch Coronation Street. 

Most people move to different countries including New Zealand because of money and jobs, war and education. For example I found some stats online saying that 40% of people that moved have moved because of war, 10% of people move because of education, 5% of people move because of money and jobs. For example one of the people we interviewed is from Iran and the reason that she moved was because she couldn't go to college because of her religion so she moved to New Zealand to get education. 

We have interviewed many immigrants that are in our community and these are the things that make them welcome and include them like simply just smiling and say hello or waving. But immigrants will not want 50 people saying and asking his or her name at once. So you should just wait or use your best judgment. But the thing is you need to treat them like any other person in the world and treat them like you would want to be treated. For example when I interviewed one of the immigrants he said that he loved the big introduction at Monday meet up but he got kind of freaked out with 64 people saying hello what is your name afterward. So from this experience I think that we should say hello to immigrants but give them some space to settle in.

All the people that we interviewed  told us some way that they have felt unwelcome: for example one of the immigrants said that they got teased for her Indian dot  and laughed at like she was a great big joke. This is bad for New Zealand and more countries Reputation in the world because if this 1 out of 10 person turns into more that will not good. 

Tips to make immigrants feel more welcome and to make them feel included. I think we should make sure we:
Treat them like anyone else 
Be kind
Help them
Say hello 

It is important that we improve the way we make immigrants feel more connected to the community because then we would have a happy great environment where can feel connected to everyone so when you walk into the new country and the new school you feel great and welcomed.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The climb of faith

The climb of faith

I stand on the tips of my two feet and still can’t see the top of this life threatening tree. Rumor has it that when you get to the top your rope snaps and you fall to your... well at least that's what my instructor says. As we walk over to the tree,  the parents are blabbering  on about something called safety, whatever that is. After the deathful wait it is finally my turn. I climb up the creaky old rusty ladder. I wonder how many people have fallen off and if I will be one of its victims.

I put my hand on the first plank.  The nails are bent and looking like they're going to break.  Then my foot goes on to another and I’m off. I got into my final position and slowly lean  back. I say to myself “I’M GONNA DIE.” Then after my great pep talk I let go and suddenly felt the sensation of falling. When I get to the ground, I think to myself that when I’d let someone else down they didn't go that fast, they must be suckers because that was AWESOME!!!! Let's do that again but as soon as I got close Karl shouted “DRY! Back of the line.”

In this piece of writing I was learning to use linking words like: and, also, meanwhile and things like that. We have been using linking words so we can turn the short powerful lines into the descriptive lines but still use the short powerful lines. I think my writing went very well because I had great powerful sentences eg I put my hand on the first plank.  The nails are bent and looking like they're going to break.  I say to myself... My next steps will be to get more punctuation in like speak marks and things like that.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Arts reflection

This term I have been learning about the elements of music so I can communicate with anyone from any culture because music is a universal language. To show this learning I have created a soundscape based on a poem I have written.
My soundscape is relational because I have used three elements of music and they are beat, rhythm and dynamics. The sounds all connected to my poem and almost all are in time with my beat. I also put in some decrescendo and crescendo.  I used my book to make my beat and to make the flax sound I used scissors. I made it louder by using crescendo.
Overall I am proud of what my soundscape is and I am proud of my effort


Where is my happy place?

Where the sun glares 
into the eyes of the forest 

Where flax dances
and sways In the wind 

Where cabbage trees stand 
tall and strong with his brothers 

Where the river plays hide and seek 
with me because every time I go there 
it seems like a different place.

That is my happy place.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

This is what Christchurch means to me

On rainy days
the redness from new 
Gray Nicolls balls 
scores into my hands 
and whites.

My dogs rancid poos 
and whenever she's done one,
you know.

But every game of cricket,
before I go on, I get licked by my dog. 
That is my secret 
to bat well. 

Afterwards, the soft white bread
laces in my hands,
engulfing the sausage and sauce.

That is what Christchurch means to me

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

The train ride

Buildings  dash past me as if
they are in a running race.
The train wobbles and shakes
as Germany's fire more bombs 
and my English population dies
and the German population grows.

Looking out the window 
at the schools, I remember
my dreaded teachers and
my idiotic classmates. 
School was jail
just without the guards.

My family slowly fade away. 
More people having to go to war 
and never coming back.
It's only me and my nana 
against the world.

What is going to happen next?
Will someone finally come back?
Where are we headed?

This picture is by John burningham 

I am learning to use similarities and metaphors to write a descriptive poem. Metaphors are when say think has something that it doesn't eg.the man was a brother to the ox.
And similarities are you say something is like another thing. I am going we'll because I have only used two similarities and many metaphors. My next steps are to give the reader a image in they head.