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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Character Description

The first thing I see is the blood that's drizzled down her dress. Her pasty white face is as white as snow and her long brown hair crawls down her back. Her large luscious lips, the colour of the blood, drizzle down her dress.

She slices her victims in half before leaving them there to suffer. She is able to kill because she is so quiet. When she walks you can't hear a sound. She will creep up on without you knowing  and in a blink of an eye she slices you in half. No one will ever know the quiet girl down the road has a killer instinct at the top of her mind.

Just a glimpse of her will send a shiver up your spine.


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Hide and seek

The sun beams down on me 
as I run 
and find a place to hide.
In the distance
 I can hear the soft echo 
of the teachers 
counting to hundred.
I find a good bush 
that I can hide in.
The leaves bite me
  when I make my way though.
How long will it take them to find me?
I have to be quiet!
birds chirp in the trees
 that tower above me. 
It sounds just like a choir.
Should I move to a different hiding spot?
I can't move now it's too late.
The ivy Crawls up my leg
 giving me the urge to scratch.
Why did I hide here?
I have to stay down.
The mutters of people beside me 
are going to give away my hiding spot. 
But it's too late.
The sound of footsteps
 come closer and closer. 
They hesitate before they say 
 found you Madie. 
 


Thursday, 22 September 2016

SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION: RUBBISH AT SCHOOL


We read an article about a waka which spent two years criss crossing the Pacific ocean, observing rubbish. 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 scientists (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 most of the red dot rubbish (rubbish found before lunch) was caught up in fences, around buildings and in bushes, especially tussock grass. 

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. 

Different groups had different areas assigned to them so some groups had areas that were bigger than others,some had more bushes, some had more buildings, some were open ground some were not.

We found out that Darren’s shed has a lot of recycling 
this might be because it blows out of the recycling bin and gets stuck by the fence it also has a lot of trees that people play in and Rubbish falls out of their pocket.

We observed that after lunch  there was blue dot rubbish (after lunch rubbish) that it was all around the buildings and on the field. We think this is because when we are sitting down they drop rubbish.

One of the problems with the data could be that there isn't enough room to put all the dots and that they might not be in the right place.

The wind blows all the rubbish around and it get caught in fences and we found out that rubbish was caught in all the obstacles and that's  why there is a heap there.

One thing we can do to help our school be rubbish free is put your rubbish in the bin don't just put the rubbish in your pocket because it can fall out and get caught.This map may not be completely correct because it was handwritten. There was also some unretrievable rubbish like under buildings, caught in trees and other side of see through fences (like at the back of the field).

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 




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? 


LINCH TIME FINDINGS

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

How to manage your parents

This year my speech was on embarrassing parents and  how to manage them. While we were writing our speeches we were learning about rhetorical questions, imperatives and repetition lots more that would make our speeches great. I did this by starting with a rhetorical question and used the imperative “picture this” and repetition of the words “sugar plum”. 
We also worked on the speech structure; what I mean is you should have a hook, three main examples and an ending as a structure. My speech was also well organised showing connections and flow between all important parts of speech structure. And all of my ideas connect to my point of view and include factual information. I think I went pretty well because I was able to use most of these things and use all things I needed In speech structure. I think I went really well with giving my speech and I worked really hard and that paid off because I came 1st place.

Please click here to hear my speech enjoy. 

               

Have your parents ever embarrassed  you? Maybe it was in front of your friends or  visiting family from overseas, or even worse, somewhere public like the mall. It causes your face to go bright red like a strawberry. It feels like time has stopped. And you notice everyone's eyes are riveted onto your Dad, and then you. You take one hesitant step back and in your head your thinking you did not just call me sugar plum.

Well it doesn't have to be this way. We have to stand up to our parents and tell them to stop embarrassing us In Front of our friends and in public. And do you know why? It could change the way our life works. Here's a few tips on how to manage your embarrassing situations to do with your parents. 

Picture this. You have your friends at your house for a birthday party, full of balloons and streamers all around. The next song comes on - one of your favourites - you and your friends start dancing. But before you know it,  guess who's on the dance floor, hips swinging left and right. Your mum. And you think to yourself ‘I didn't invite you to come dance with us’. 

Imagine what could happen? Your friends could spread a rumour that your mum is some dancing freak. That would make you so embarrassed.But how do you manage your parents? Well this is how I  would manage mine. Would you start yelling at your mum to stop dancing? and let your friends see you yelling at you mum? No way.  Just calmly say “Oh look, someone's here Mum” and go and get them to say hello to someone - in other words a distraction. 


Or let’s say you're at a swimming competition. You’re in cold water and the sound of kids yelling goes through one ear and echoes out the other. But even better you can hear a familiar voice yelling “Go honey! or “Go pumpkin!” you feel a wave of embarrassment wash over you.

 Frustration takes over. You think to yourself  they aren't my parents. Ok this time you can't really stay calm. Here's a tip for this situation. Wait till you get home then have a serious conversation and say in a firm voice stop calling me pumpkin and honey, just stop.  This would make them feel guilty and make them see that it embarrass you.


Or one that probably you have experienced once or twice, you say to your “Dad I'm bored!” and they go “Hi, nice to meet you bored, I'm  Dad.” This makes me so angry, really I don't know how to handle this situation without my head exploding! You could say be serious!*errgg no! or maybe go tell mum! *mm that won't do anything. The best thing to do in this situation is to play it cool and just walk away otherwise it will just encourage to do it more because the think it's soooo funny.


We all have an embarassing moments, most of them are probably connected to our parents but we got to love them. Sometimes they're pretty embarrassing but most of the time they're pretty awesome. But next time your parents embarrass you in front of others just remember to use these tips. Use the distraction tactic to re-direct them onto something else, or tell them in a firm voice to stop what they are doing to embarrass you. And last but not least, play it cool and walk away. If you use these tips your life could become much easier.  Do you have any ideas on how to manage your parents because I would love to know so then I am prepared next time my dad calls me sugar plum.




Thursday, 7 July 2016

How welcome do people feel in New Zealand ?

Imagine the sound of a hundreds kids chatting, echoing out of tune. Your sweaty  hands clutch onto your lunch box. People's eyes are riveted on you as you try and find a place to have your lunch. You think to yourself, why won't anyone let me sit by them?

New Zealand has a hidden problem. Many immigrants don't feel welcome here. One in ten people in New Zealand feel like they are being treated unfairly. 55 percent of these people feel like this because they are judged on their race, skin colour or the country they come from. Lots of people experience prejudice every day.



Prejudice is judging someone by the way they talk, look or act before you even meet them. This can often happen before you even know anything about them. We learn about this though TV, books or friends and family. For an example, when a girl from Iran went to school here on her first day somebody asked her “Is their bomb in your lunchbox”, just because she was from Iran. And when she went to work at a cafe, someone asked where she was from she said “I am from Iran,” the person looked away and ignored her. This is an example of being prejudice. People said this because they had false ideas about her that were based on from where she came. These type of words can be hurtful and make people feel isolated. 

There are many ways to make immigrants feel welcome, for example just smiling or saying hello can make a difference on how they feel and make them feel happy. But we can do more than just saying hello; we can include them in games, or asking if they need any help. This can make them feel more included. If you saw a new kid at school sitting by themselves what would you do? Would you ask if they were ok, or just ignore them? 

There are many ways to make immigrants feel unwelcome. It all starts with staring, laughing as they walk pass or whispering about them. Put yourself in their position - you just started school in a different country, and you can't understand anything they say. You try and find a place to sit and have your lunch but you end up sitting down on the cold concrete and somebody comes up and says “do you have a bomb in your lunch box?” how would you feel? You should always think before you speak.

 There are many ways we can make immigrants feel welcome here. In order to make immigrants feel like people are not being prejudice to them, we could smile as we walk pass, say hi, start a conversation or ask if they want to play with you. This is a important thing to do so we can make New Zealand a happier place for everyone to feel included.








Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Mountain biking


Pine trees surround me. I can hear the sound of talking kids. The smell of damp leaves engulfs me.
As I hop on my bike, tingling with fear, the thought of falling off spooks me. I clutch onto the handlebars, hoping not to fall off. Am I going to be ok? I haven't ridden a bike for so long.

Butterflies fly around my stomach as we head into the forest on the stony bike track. We cycle for a long time until I approach the dreaded hill. The instructor warned us about this.
 My eyes glue to a tree in the distance. Goose bumps form all over my body. My head  spins with the bad things that could happen, like falling face first or biking into the tree. Down I go. 

I feel petrified as I speed down the hill.  A warm proud feeling flows through my body as I reach the bottom of the slope. I continued down the track, this time with more confidence.



Reflection:
In this piece of  writing I was focusing on my punctuation because I needed to work that since I  don't really think about it. 
I was also trying to show my emotion. I think I did this well because  when I read this to my friend Mana she could tell that I was feeling nervous.
I think I went well because I would not think about the punctuation but I did and used lots more bright sparks words and did all of my writing in the present tense.
My next steps are to think more about punctuation and using it in the right places.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

I come from a place

I come from a place,
Where on top of the 
Oak trees 
Fantails filter and flatter 
Showing their tails.

Where,
behind me I can hear the sound
The otakaro 
Along with the
Quacking Ducks.

Where, 
Beside me the smell of
Hot chips 
Flows up my nose.

Where, 
In front of me I can
Swim out into the big blue beyond

This is the place I call home Christchurch.