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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Inqiry reflection

In term one we were learning how to be a responsible citizen. I was teaching 10 kids from room 20 about football with Oliver and brayden. We were teaching them how to play football properly. We were also teaching them how to pass the ball between them, and we played a game of shark attack. I am multistructural because we all did well at helping set up. My next steps are making a really good plan before doing the coaching. I am proud of the way that most of the kids enjoyed the football like we did.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

I go hard at soccer

I run to get the ball in the thick mud, I slipped on the mud and fell in. I got all muddy, it felt really weird with all the mud around me. I got up I chased the ball and got it out of the other players control. I took it and run up the sideline and I scored, the whistle was blown and I got player of the day for that epic goal!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

I am Hamish

I am a Ferrari, because it's loud and so am I.
I am a small house, because I like small spaces.
I am a person outside Mitre 10 selling sausages.
I am a kiwi fruit, because I'm a kiwi.
I am chips, because I have a lot of crunch.
I am a hoodie, making people warm on the inside.
I am Hamish.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016


I charge for a place to hide 
as we run out of the class toward the fence 
that sinks into the ground.
It was like ww1 had started, 
I’m going to DIE!!! 
(I mean get found!)
We change our mind, 
and head to the ditch.  
Get down Calum!
He got found, but he didn’t go 
because he didn’t hear Mrs Bentall.
I look behind the tree we were hiding behind, 
I see Mrs Pageot.
We run down the ditch like the wind was following me.
We need to get somewhere fast.
Hmm where shall we go we thought, then I whispered 
Everyone get to the trees.
We get to the gum trees; no one got found.
Toot toot! 
The whistle has blown.
It howls like nothing ever before.
World war 1 has ended.
We all breathe a big sigh of relief 
as we walk back to class. 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Speech 2016


I have written a speech it is called, getting dragged around by your parents.
I was learning to hook the audience in to my speech by using a rhetorical question, for example, Have you ever been dragged around to your brother or sisters after school activities? I am multistructural because I have followed the map but it might not be exact.
Many ideas that I came up with connected to my main idea. I used many language devices to hook my readers in.
My speech went well because when I read it to the class they were hooked In.

Please click Here to my speech read out loud by me!!
 Or read it below


Have you ever been dragged around to your brother or sisters after school activities? Maybe your sisters music lessons or perhaps your brothers sport practice or even your father's  car club? When I get dragged around I take my iPad and mum makes me bring my homework book. Uuuuh, well no one likes homework do they? The homework I hate the most is not reading, not writing and not even maths but spelling, spelling is just the worst. No one likes getting dragged around by your parents, but it’s worse when you have to do your spelling! There are lots of things that you could do to keep yourself entertained instead.

Every week on a Thursday I am dragged off to Lyttleton for my sister's violin lesson which takes forever when you have to wait in the car. To keep yourself entertained in the car, you could play games with your parents, annoy your siblings or even play with your dog, if you have one. You could listen to the radio or maybe play on a device, like I do, that is, when I finish my homework if I ever do!

We were going home from Lyttelton one time and we were in the tunnel. I was on my iPad and my sister saw a glowing light coming from the back, because she was in the front she said “Hamish are you on your iPad” I quickly turned it off and said “no definitely not”. After that I turned my iPad back on she looked in the back, and in my head I said “busted”... Come on can't a kid get a break just making up on lost device time and all the homework was done too.

Another time We were going home from Lyttelton, when Mum tried to start the car but it didn't start. The problem was that my iPad was on really low battery! I was bored! No more minecraft, mining, building, surviving what a disaster, Mum had to call dad on her cell phone. She couldn't find it, she looked everywhere, under the seats of the car, in the boot, not in the bonnet because how could it get in there, she had another little check in her  handbag and there it was right in front of her nose! So she called dad. Not only did we have to wait for the lesson to finish but we then had to wait to be rescued. Dad came and tried to get mums car to work but no it didn't start. He had to call a tow truck to come the next day it came and it turned out to be just the petrol was on the side and it didn't reach the engine, because we were on a hill.

So if you ever get dragged around to your brother or sisters after school activities you could play games with your parents, annoy your siblings or even play with your dog, if you have one. You could listen to the radio or maybe play on a device. there is one thing you can be sure of…spelling still sucks but... it could be the start of an exciting adventure!

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.

Our observations and inferences: 
These red dots on our map represent the rubbish before we went out to lunch. We found out that the red dot rubbish was around the same place near rubbish bins and around the fences. 
We think the reason this happens is when people tip the rubbish in uncarefully and it falls out the sides. We also think the wind blows the rubbish into the fences or the kids play around behind room 22.  

The rubbish is not spread out evenly on the map. This is because kids have particular places where they like to drop rubbish. Like under the buildings, behind the fence or anywhere that would be out of bounds or places people are unable to go to pick up the rubbish. Another common place to drop rubbish is places where there is already a lot of rubbish because it blends in.
Some areas like under the buildings and the in the fences 
have a lot of rubbish because percent people think that no one will go under the buildings any time soon so they put their rubbish under there.
The most found type of rubbish we found was chip packets and wrap. We found the chip packets and wrap near the fence behind rm 22.
We think this is because people are eating beside the buildings and they throw Their food and rubbish under there and rubbish on the ground be blown and get caught in the fences and get stuck by the leaves that are in the ditch.

There was a problem with our data as there was some rubbish that we didn't pick up. Also there was unretrievable rubbish and the map wasn't exactly to scale.
The wind blows most pieces of rubbish away somewhere else in the school For an example if most of the rubbish was in the middle of the court and the wind was blowing, it will go to the side of a building or a fence.

What have you learnt about rubbish in your playground?
I have learnt that there is barely any rubbish on the playground before lunch and after lunch. I think that because people are not allowed to eat on the playground. But there is the odd piece of rubbish.

We also classified the types of rubbish that we found, which can be seen on this graph:


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.

Thursday, 7 July 2016


Imagine this…
The wind is thundering past the airport while you sit in your seat. You are scared. Where do you go next? This place is massive and new. You think to yourself it's way flasher than the the airport at Iran, where you were born. It's far, far away from where you were born. The airport is crowded and other people are staring at you. Someone wonders where have you come from and that person asks you. You say Iran, but they walk away. You feel discriminated.
NZ has a big problem. I believe too many people don't feel welcome in NZ. It's true that 1 in 10 people in NZ are treated in fairly. The most common thing to be pre judged on is race, skin colour, ethnicity and discrimination. This is bad because someone could say “you’re a girl, you can't play rugby”  but some girls do, and that's prejudging someone.

Prejudice is a way of judging people about who they are before you know them . This might be where they are from, what they do,their color of their skin and everything else. When people do this the one they do most is judge by their skin and from their country.
Prejudice is judging someone about who they are, where they are from, what they do, or the color of their skin. An example is a girl from Iran came into our class and we did an interview on her because she from Iran. We wanted to find out if she was welcome in Christchurch. She said that when she sat down to eat her lunch at school, she said that one person said “Is there a bomb in your lunchbox?” When she worked in a cafe, the customers said “Where are you from?” and she said Iran, and the customers bowed their heads down and forgot she was even there. Another one is: there's a pizza guy delivering pizzas to your house from Dominos, and he was different skin colour so you snatched the pizza from him then you decided to go to Pizza Hut more often instead. If you say or do these things, it is prejudice.

When you get prejudiced against you could be from a particular country, and other people could be scared of you because other people in your country might have done something bad like kill some people from a different culture. The other people will be scared of you because that person has killed others, but you’re a completely different person to them. Overall, the effect of prejudice is that if you judge people by their skin they feel really stink.

To make people feel more welcome you could say hi, and wave. Say do you want a cup of tea or coffee, or start a conversation with them because you can make them feel included.

To make feel unwelcome some people don’t say hi and wave. Instead they frown, laugh and tease. The migrant or immigrant will be very disappointed. Some other people when they see other people being prejudice they say leave him/her alone, move along or just get along to work. This is something that I think we need to do more.

Some people think the world is full of hate and war and some people think it is filled with harmony and peace.  To make sure it will be peace we will have to not be prejudice