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Monday, 10 April 2017

Inquiry Reflection

In term one at Waimairi school we were learning how to be a responsible citizen. I was teaching some kids cricket for my project. I did this with Jonty and Kingston. On a rubric I would be at extended abstract because I had lots of  ideas of what to teach them that related to cricket and I show other people how to be a responsible citizen. The reason this relates to me is because when I go to cricket practice on a Tuesday I learn the same games and drills. I show people how to be a responsible citizen by helping them and giving them ideas of what to do with behaviour management.
I was proud because when I plan and say that everything is going to be awesome, but I never actually get it done so I'm proud of actually doing my project this time.
Next time if I do it I will make sure to add more behaviour management ideas because they didn't listen that well last time. I also might bring a prize for good listeners.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Responsible citizen

I'm a responsible citizen. On a rubric I'm probably around relational because I have many ways of being responsible, I know when to use them and how. E.G if I'm walking across a field and see some rubbish I would pick it up because if I left it there a bird or a dog might eat it and maybe even die. So I'm saving an animal's life and helping the field look good. Two things for only bending over and picking something up.

Another way of being a responsible citizen would be seeing a bully what would you do leave him to it, help the bully or help the person getting bullied. You would help the bullied person wouldn't you that's called being a helpful bystander not a hurtful.

Last example being a leader for little kids and being nice and helpful. If you see a kid on the playground all lonely invite him to play say hey would you like to play some four square, and if he says no just leave him alone because he might just like his own space and time.

My next step of a responsible citizen would be to help others be a responsible citizen doing the examples I just listed.

What I play hard at

Ahhh, another morning wake up call! Time to get ready for school.
My toast is ready, my clothes are on, I've brushed my teeth, my bike is out of the garage, I'm ready for school.
Huffing and puffing on my big old bike, down the footpath all the way to school. At my class I'm learning and having fun for 6 hours. Later on, what an eventful day at school, I'm hungry now, so peanut butter Jelly time.
My stomach's full, time for some clash Royale (Clash Royale is all about strategy and plans). I check my team, contact my friends then battle it out. I win and I might lose buts it's fun and that's the main thing!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Ko Ollie Ahau

I am a limousine,
with expanding seats for my expanding friendships.

I am the twin towers,
playing with my best friend Harry, standing high and proud.

I am a museum,
spilling with crazy ideas.

I am a kiwi fruit,
because I'm from New Zealand.

I am a Mcdonald's Big Mac,
going crazy with all the sugar.

I am some shoes,
ready for my sprints/cross country races.

Ko Ollie ahau.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Kane Battpower

Kane Battpower
First you will notice his his big bright blue eyes
Glimmering in the sunshine,
Greeting everyone who walks past.
Then further up his head 
Is his bold brown hair that flutters in the cool breeze.
But then is his handlebar moustache too fiery hot for tv 
Or should I say Icy blue.

Kane plays for the blackcaps 
And is there number one batter.
His shots are unpredictable 
there over there now here there everywhere!
He's good at bowling too, 
31 wickets in three games how is that even possible!

People say he's the richest in the land
 donating up to $1,000,000
To the council and poor people,
 but he still has enough money for himself
And his house and food and everything he owns!
His other saying is that apparently his hips are so
 skinny they can fit through an ant's hole.

Finally Kane is a young adult at 15 years old,
  He is rich, as you might already know.
His dad also played for the 
blackcaps in his day and 
Was almost as good as Kane. 

By Ollie

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hide and seek

I scan the field for a hiding spot,
and I see my bush...
The dark cold bush blocks the sun from my view,
It's bedtime in a different way.
I think the seeker is really close
keep quiet, keep still.
I hear the seeker she is nearby, 
world war three has begun,
But I hope the trenches are deep enough, 
keep quiet, keep still.
We creep to our next hiding spot
where the leaves crackle as we step, 
we're going to keep our body's location,
it's precise to us. 
I better not peak out it's likely I'll be found, 
keep quiet, keep still.
Here comes the seeker,
it's time to go to the nearest tree, 
we're it turns into a brick wall hiding the three, 
but will it keep my cover,
keep quiet keep still.
This tree isn't working, quickly, to our next spot…
but oh no, there is the danger of this game
the seeker,
has she seen me...?

Boo! There you are! Found you!
But you did win! 
we all say.

Monday, 10 October 2016


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.


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).


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.