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Monday, 10 April 2017

Inquiry reflection

In He Tangata this term we have been focusing on being a responsible citizen. Finn, Riley, Tom and I decided to do a project on time banking to help others learn new skills. I am currently working at multistructural because I can use several strategies to be a responsible citizen. These strategies are helping others learn new skills, such as musical instruments, sport skills, and chess, as well as teaching cooperative skills. I am proud of the presentation that we made because it was high quality. My next steps are to use several strategies to be a responsible citizen in our community and known when to use them and why. These strategies could be seeking critique, teaching more year levels, and teaching people outside of the school.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Where I am on the solo rubric (citizen)

 “I think I am relational because Finn and I saw a kid that was lonely so we went up to him and said do you want to go on our scooter and he said yes and every day from then we have let him go on our scooter that's being a responsible citizen because we were being nice. Me and my friends saw a kid that was upset and we said are you ok. My next step is to be extended abstract by picking up rubbish that I see lying on the ground and by helping people when they need help.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

what I work hard at

                                           What I work hard at.

I am Warming up for the big game, It is a cold winter morning I am so excited to get on the field. My clean rugby uniform is getting dirty pretty fast. Finally, the time has come time to get out on the field. The whistle goes the other team just kicked the ball. I catch the ball, I sidestep the other team and sprint to the try line then I score.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

I am Charlie

I am a Lamborghini,
learning fast.
I am a skyscraper,
leading the way.
I am a remote control plane,
exploring the world.
I am a huge banana,
standing tall and proud.
I am KFC chicken,
exploring mouths everyday.
I am a pair of sneakers,
all ways on the go.

Ko _charlie _ ahau.


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hide and seek

I could hear the teaches walking.
Their foot steps scuffle across the ground.
Come closer,  Finn
You are going to get us found.
 Get down.
 The prickles dig right into my head.
 I am thinking we are going to get found.

I can still see people trying to find a hiding
 spot. they were running as fast as they could.
 Get a hiding spot or you will give us away.

In the bush I stand on twigs.
 Every time I move it made a loud crack.
 When the teacher gets closer to us
 I hear her say
"that is the kind of hiding spot I would of hid in. "
"Found you!"

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. 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. 

The rubbish is spread throughout the school unevenly and mainly concentrated around buildings and rubbish bins.
We think this is because the rubbish blows out from the rubbish bins and under buildings. We could stop this by making signs that say ‘close the rubbish bins’ in bold letters or attaching string so that it will open wide enough so that they can put rubbish in the bins but also so it closes.

We think that plastic wrap is attracted to fences because it is light and  the wind carries the it and it gets stuck to the fences and it will easily blow out of  pockets and lunch boxes. 
If you don't put your rubbish in your pockets instead you could put it straight in the bin and that way none of the rubbish will blow away and cause litter, and make our school cleaner.
Maybe the problem might be that there's not enough rubbish bins around the school; by some of the playgrounds, on the field and maybe we could put bins around the playgrounds. That will lower the amount of rubbish in our school.

We noticed that the blue dot rubbish was around the ditch and were the kids sit down for lunch.

The rubbish near the sitting area was mabey from lunch time and were the kids were sitting and the must of just drop their rubbish on the ground and not pick it up. The rubbish in the ditch was maybe from some of the rubbish around the sitting area (like light chip packets, plastic wrap, yogurt containers and snack wrappers) and was blown down to the ditch and trapped in the bushes and sandpits.

There may be some problems with our data. Some of the dots may not be accurate as it would be hard to get the rubbish exactly to scale. Some of the pieces of rubbish may have been missed and not written down therefore we don't have an exact fair test. The only time we looked for rubbish was the 27th July 2016 before and after lunch if we tested the rubbish every day we would have a much fair test.

We noticed that there was more rubbish at the playground before lunch than after lunch. The bigger the playground the more rubbish there is. In most of the playgrounds we found the rubbish next to each other What can we do about it? To solve this problem we can put our rubbish in the bins.


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

Over fishing

This year my speech was on over fishing and big fishing companies. In this speech i was learning to structure my speech and use language devices.. my speech is well organised showing connections and flow between all important parts of the speech structure, and has many ideas connect to the point of view. I also used an imperative, where you make the audience do something, for example I said “Picture this, a world with no fish”. I feel good about how my speech went. 

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

  Have you ever noticed people fishing? Maybe You have seen them fishing off the rocks or out on a boat or even fishing off a pier. When you have seen them, did you say to yourself ‘how many fish are they going to catch?’

Picture this. A world with no fish! This is the way the world is heading because people aren't following the fishing rules. Do you know what the fishing rules are? People that are fishing have charts on there boat which say how big the fish has to be to keep it. Now imagine if you were out on a boat and you caught your dream fish and it was just under size... would you keep it?  If you did it will not be able to live to adult life and would not be able to reproduce more fish. My grandad always says “we will catch it when it is bigger.” Do you watch ITM Fishing show? When they catch a fish that is undersized they say “Let it go to grow”

There is also a limit on how many fish you are allowed to take each day. People are also taking too many fish. Too many for them to eat and wasting them. People are taking over the limit. In different places the limit is different. You have to be careful because the limits are different in different places. You are allowed to take 30 blue cod per person in some places and in different places you are allowed to take 2 per person, which makes more sense because how many people would eat 30 fish in one day? Or even a week. They have limits for people because they would take millions of fish if there wasn't and if this happens it would be the end of marine life.

Another big problem are large fishing boats. Some boats are towing nets behind them which can fit five jumbo jets in them! And they can fit up to five tonnes of fish in them. It is bad because they are making millions off money and killing billions of fish. The fish that they don't need die, and are thrown back into the sea .

Even worse, the holes in the nets are not big enough so all the fish, including the young ones get swept up.  We need bigger holes in the nets so the little fish are not caught and can swim away, this would help save the young fish.  

 It is important that we don't over fish and take fish under size. Next time you eat fish think of where it came from it probably came from a fishing Company, maybe even one that used those nets with no holes.
If people listen to what I'm saying then there will be enough fish for future generations.