Sunday, 21 May 2017


Week 3: balloons rocket experiment  with drag
In the rocket experience I was observing what distance of the fish wire first. Then we measure how far the balloon went. Our result for the first trial was 1 meter our second trial was 3 cm , trial 3 was  3 cm , trial 4 was 20 cm, trial 5  was 1 meter.  When we add the paper on the front it didn't move at all. I wonder why it didn't move, maybe it is because the wind would be blowing on the paper. Maybe it didn't have enough force to push it down the line. The second trial we put it on the side it went forward because it did have enough force to move it and it didn't have as much drag .

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Week 1: Starting to think about science: Gathering and Interpreting Data.
After today experience I placed myself at multistructural for gathering data I put myself as multistructural because I have done it before. But I am not confident about gathering data.

When we made the slime to tip on Mr Anderson I put myself down as unistructural because I did not get into it until the teacher said come over and join in.

Week 2: Balloon Rocket experiment
In the rocket experience I was observing  what it looks like and the distance of it. But I was struggling to get the measurements right because it was too high for me to measure it. I would say that my observations would be multi structural. I was wondering why the ballon was not going as far as it went last time.  I put myself as prestructural because I didn't know how to write an inference.

Monday, 10 April 2017


This term we were learning about responsible citizens. At the start of the term I put myself down as unistructural because sometimes I would pick up rubbish and return the items that I found.

Now I am extended abstract because I put my hand up for wet day monitor and whenever I see rubbish I will pick it up and put it in the bin I also do road patrol and Librarian and I put my hand up for being the reading buddy for room 20. I am a responsible citizen because I put my hand up for things.

My project shows that it will help the community because if we get a canteen ,it will help the community if we don't litter around the school and people will be more happy and welcome to our school. It will help the community because if the rubbish gets stuck in the river and floats out to sea the animals will get caught up in the rubbish and die and that won’t be good.

My challenge was that everyone wanted to join in and so  everyone was complaining about what group the were put in and so I got to choose two people to help me which I choose Jye and Tyler to help me. Overall my learning was good and I feel really proud  of what I have done this year.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Responsible citizen

Are you a responsible citizen?

A responsible citizen has many important qualities and makes positive contributions to the community. One of these qualities is being caring. A responsible citizen takes care of animals, people and of the environment. For an example they pick up rubbish when they see it on the ground, they treat animals with respect. They include people in games and help when they need it. They look after the things they borrow, return the property in the same condition, and put them away in the right place. A person I know who does this is Beth. I have  seen  her pick up rubbish on many different occasions and put it in the bin. She always stops to talk to people on her way to do something and ask if they are ok. If they  aren't she would sort out the problem. I also love watching Beth do gymnastics with her friend she always makes sure they are allowed to do this and it is safe.

Another quality is being a role model. It is good to have role models because it gives you someone to look up to. Being a good role models means being reliable, being honest, following the rules, being there on time. If we didn't have role models the younger children need to have someone who will show them what to do. If they didn't have a role model they would just do all the naughty things. It wouldn't be their fault though. It would be because of the big children. A person that I have noticed being responsible is Elise walking her scooter where you are not allowed to ride your scooter.

Another quality is being trustworthy. It is good to be a trustworthy person because when you have duties you will turn up on time, being trustworthy you can keep secrets when necessary. A good thing about being trustworthy is that you can work around the school without the teacher. If the person wasn’t trustworthy then they wouldn’t turn up to their duties on time and that would stop asking them to things for them. A person that I now is Neve - she always turns up on time to her duties on time and at the right duties.

Overall it is important to  have responsible citizen in the community and in the world so they can help the people that don't show rust or being a role model and a responsible citizen and care and there would not have any hurting or killing.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Going hard out

 On cold, foggy, winter Saturday mornings,  I love to play hockey. I know that I am going to get muddy, but I love it. I put my  uniform on  and warm up with a hot milo. I  need to introduce myself because I am new to the team. I run, dribble, pass, save, score and wherever the ball goes, I go. Even if I don't get the ball I still  love it .


Rocks stab.
Sand flicks.
I can't wait to get in the Water.

I built.
We race.
I can wait for a ice cream

character detription

 As he turns around I see scars scattered on his face, a rainbow mohawk and yellow teeth. His rainbow t shirt matches his Mohawk. He scares me as I walk down the path. His eyebrows furrow and his eyes are light blue.

A brown pistol is tucked under his arm. He is going to shoot us, be careful! Run away or call a policeman. Look out! Duck down! Hey kid, he is going to hurt you. Don't you go further.
As he walks down the path people stop and stare at him like he is evil, like a spy. They walk their dogs away from him down the street, even the dogs tuck their tails between their legs while they are walking back.

Bob has been talking about how he has been in jail. He got out by jumping over the fence and had been saying “yay I was just in jail”. In the end he got caught, without noticing and was put back in jail for ten whole years. “Noooooooooooo!” He had jumped out and was hurting people.

I am a limousine

I am a limousine, extending my learning as far as I want.
I am a sequoia, that can hold many ideas.
I am an autumn leaf, floating carefully through my life.
I am a pair  of sneakers, that sneak around the room.
Ko Lily ahau.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Hide go seek

 Prickles scratch me 
as I scramble through the bushes 
against the fence 
Should we hide somewhere else without prickles? 
Don't move

Footsteps come closer and closer 
louder and louder
as someone comes closer.
Is the teacher coming?
Duck down.

Stop whispering 
or will you like to get found?
Don't mutter 

I hope you don't get us found 
because it sounds like we are talking.
People trudge back to the start, sulking.
You know the game is not over yet. 
They must have got found.
Don't move.

Mrs Pageot scans the bushes like a fox.
Will she find us or not?
Stay down.

Oh no Ruby 
Don't go look 
or she will find us 
No Ruby! 
She saw you 
You got us found.

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.


We also classified the rubbish we found into types of rubbish and displayed this into this graph.

Our observations and inferences:  

The red dots on the map show that we found most of the rubbish in places that were sheltered. We think this is because the wind will push it all into the bushes.

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. 
We need to improve on this because we want to have a better environment because if we just leave rubbish around it will take ages to break up.
We recall that most of the rubbish is around bushes. Why you must ask? Well it's probably because it starts off on the ground and drifts away into the bushes or people are either lazy and aren't bothered to put their rubbish in their lunchbox.        

We think that some certain areas attract more rubbish that others, like Te puna they hardly have any rubbish ( that's probably because they haven't learnt off us hopefully they don't) . The most rubbish was around the bins and in the bushes  the most type of rubbish we got is plastic wrap and we found a lot of that. 

There could be some problems with our data because we didn't do the dots under the buildings and there is heaps of rubbish under the buildings around the school. We couldn't go under the buildings because of safety issues.
The wind might impact this as rubbish would fall out of their pockets and then the wind would spread the rubbish throughout the whole school.

We have learnt that some of the children that play on the playground not all of them but after they have finished eating they can't be bothered to put the rubbish in the bin because they are probably  playing a game or just don't want to so they drop it on the ground and other people don't pick it up.  We probably need bins very close to the playground so then they want to use them.


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.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Prejudice | My speech


This term we had to do a speech about how we can make the world a  better place. So I did my speech on prejudice. I learned how to structure a speech. I can use one part of my speech structure.  Many idea connects to the point of view. 

I think I  used lots of language like vivid verbs. I think in the end I did a good speech because I used some examples in it . One of the examples is’Imagine this you were sitting in class everyone was talking about their weekend and when you wanted to have your say everyone started talking over you.

Please click  here to listen  Or   Look down below if you want to read.                                                                       

 have you ever felt left out or alone?  Maybe At morning tea you were playing hide and seek and you were counting and not looking and your friends just ran away without you, or perhaps you were just left all by yourself with nobody to play with.Or  Pictures  this. Perhaps you are sitting in class and everyone was talking about their weekend and when you want to have your say everyone starts talking over you. Maybe You don't ever  feel like this. Well you are lucky because some people feel like this every day because of prejudice. Prejudice is judging people by where they come from or what they look like and New Zealand has a hidden problem. Many people  experience prejudice here.  

Imagine this. You are at the airport and people go up and say to someone “you can't be here because you are from a different place”. Some people just have people come up to them and say “get back on that plane now” and “go back because you don't belong here”.  This isn't fair at all because they actually can be here. And it's none of their business. How would you feel if you were told you couldn't be in a country, just because you're born somewhere else? I would feel left out and excluded.

One day we had a teacher come into our class and we asked  her some questions. She told us a story about when she came to New Zealand from Iran. One day she was sitting outside  at lunch time and someone came up and said   “Oh, do you have a bomb in your lunchbox?” Also, when she walked up to a cafe the cafe ladies said “What country do you come from?” she said “Iran”, they bowed their heads down, like they don't care. What I have just told you is true. We need to stop doing this New Zealand.

Some people also get judged by their Gender. People say boys can't do ballet because you are a boy but boys can do ballet because I have had a boy in my ballet class before and he was great at it! It happens the other way to people say boys can't do rugby because you are a girl and you are not strong enough to play. If you had overheard either of these examples, what would you have done? Would you just ignore them or would you include them by saying hi or ask them if they would want to play? It is wrong to judge people just by where they are from, what colour their skin is or whether they are a boy or a girl.We should not make people feel bad just because They are different to us. We need to be kind to everyone and not judge people as much as we do now. In the future people will stay in New Zealand so please New Zealand, we can stop being mean to people.  Please stop the prejudice. Enough people feel unwelcome in the world.  Please remember to be kind to  each other and treat people how you would want to be treated.

Thursday, 7 July 2016


she walks outside she hears chatting and whispering. She hugs her lunchbox with sweaty hands as she sits on the cold, damp concrete all alone. The children all lean away and point at her as she sits down. She wants to go home. This is harder than she thought it would be.

New Zealand has a hidden problem. Many immigrants don't feel that welcome here. The hidden problem is one in ten people experienced some form of discrimination in the last year. People have been saying  mean things about their culture.
Prejudice is when you judge someone when you don't know them. This happens before you actually know anything about the person and you say it when you don't know if it is mean or not. An example of this that we learnt from an Iran woman was when she first started school, a boy said to her “Oh, do you have a bomb in your lunchbox?”  He said it to her because she was different to them because she is from Iran. This made her 
feel really sad and she didn't feel that welcome in New Zealand.

When she walked up to a cafe the cafe ladies said “What country do you come from?” she said “Iran”, they bowed their heads down, like they don't care. They didn't listen and she just walked away because they just didn't care so much. It made her feel embarrassed and not welcome at all.

There are many things you  can do to make immigrants feel  more welcome. When you see someone who looks lonely you can go up and say hello and smile at them. You should be nice to them and take some time to talk to them. The effect will make them feel included, happier and more safe in New Zealand.

Include them by inviting them to play and to parties because that will make their day and they will be really included and welcome. Also ask them if they would like to join a club or join them at lunch and morning tea. The effect on them will be that they feel included. It is a thoughtful thing to make them a cup of tea and a biscuit  also it will be nice and kind they would feel happy in New Zealand.

There are many immigrants that feel unwelcome  or alienated. These are the things that are make them feel unwelcome. Whispering , being mean, also ignoring them and that is not nice to see or hear if you just came here. So just stop doing it.

We can do lots of thing to make immigrants welcome. We have to treat immigrants  like you would  treat everyone else and be kind to them. Make a conversation with them and that will make them feel more comfortable and welcome. It is important to stop being prejudice is because we want new people here so we all have new friends to welcome here in New Zealand. So you could include them to your game. The effect on them would make immigrants happy also they will stay. I would want to stay in New Zealand if people were welcoming. In the future people will stay in New Zealand so please New Zealand, we can stop being mean to people.  Please stop the prejudice.

By Lily 

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Tree climbing

                                                        Tree climbing 

I think I am going to die. I glance up at the tree, gasp and shuffle back. I cannot do this. I am 
scared. I cannot do this.

But I am next in line. That's when I begin to start climbing .I am shaking with nervous energy.
I think  ‘I can do this’ but I really just want to go down now.

I look down and I see I am so far up. I cling to the blocks because I feel like I am going to fall. I have nerves creeping up my spine. I want to go higher, but I want to come down as well.

I climb higher. My face is chalky white. I stop. I reach out to the last block. I am scared that I am going to miss it and fall. I am pretty sure the boys aren't looking and they are going to let go of the rope and I will fall straight down. Then I will flop down on the stones, and that would hurt.

“I want to come down now,” I call out, so they pull me down slowly. When I tumble onto the tiny stones, I feel so relieved that I did it. I want to do it again! Millie and I were the only people that made it to the top.

In this writing I was trying to show the emotion, use punctuation and 
Chunk my ideas into paragraphs to improve my writing.

I did well because I used emotional words like” My face is chalky white” in my story because it showed I was nervous. When I read it it was making sense..

My next step is to make more and more punctuation.