Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Stacey-the billionaire

A girl, flashy and full of herself, lifts out of her private jet. Peach stilettos click as she struts towards you. Her arm rises, showing off her designer bag. Hair curves into the perfect shape and makes you insecure as you touch your face. She has deep, cold eyes that pierce you as she flutters her lashes, fake as plastic.

She looks straight into your eyes, with a sneaky yet slightly intimidating smirk. Her cold soul hunches, starved of kindness. She reaches into her bag, grabs her phone and uses it as a mirror, while she puffs up her hair.

Her plush skin glitters in the light. Spoiled to shallowness. Full of wealth, full of acrimony, she is full of plastic.
“People gasp as I walks past but they got the wrong girl ” she says,
You reply, “aren't you?”  She stops you there.
“The daughter of Liam Fly Car, yes. The spoiled brat that deserves nothing but a spine. No, I work hard for what I do!” She grins.
“Nice to meet you, I'm Stacey-the billionaire!”
You shake hands, then she turns and tootles back to her jet. As she steps inside, she gives you a good bye wave and a big grin.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Scientific rubbish findings



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 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 dot rubbish (rubbish found before Lunch) is caught up in the fences and bushes, because the wind would have blown it around. Than it would have got stuck. Kids may have dropped it there at morning tea or lunch because they cannot be bothered going to the bin and putting it in their lunchbox.     

The spread of rubbish is different all around the school, most of the rubbish is found around the eating area because kids sit there and leave their rubbish where they were sitting. 

Some areas attract more rubbish of certain types than others. The place that attracted the most rubbish is around Darren's shed area and this is because children drop their rubbish at morning tea time when they are running around, because this is a commonplace that children like to play. The area we call the “forest” behind He Tangata has a pathway that carries on towards Darren's shed and drop it when nobody's looking.
Most of our data is found to be correct, but some are not because lots of rubbish was placed in the same spot so we had to spread the dots out so we would know how many pieces of rubbish were found. The wind affects lots of the school because it gets blown into bushes and caught under buildings, and when the children walk around and the rubbish is in their pocket the wind blows the rubbish out of their pockets and onto the ground accidentally. 

We have learnt a lot over this experience, about how dirty Waimairi school can be. It is really very disappointing because Waimairi is a lovely school, but our rubbish problem grows worse by the day. There is a few things we can do to solve this, why put rubbish on the ground when you can put it in the bin or keep it in your lunchbox. Don't have it hanging in your pockets work on putting it in the bin.  Also help others not forgetting if you see RUBBISH don't walk past put it in the bin you can always wash your hands afterwards. Overall in this experience we have learnt that we need to put RUBBISH in the BIN to make our world a good and cleaner place!



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 . 

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? 


LUNCHTIME 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.

Monday, 19 September 2016

How rude (speech 2016)

This year at school we have been creating speeches.I created a speech called “ How rude” Which is about manners. We learnt about rhetorical questions, having a good structure, and the power of three. The basic structure was first to have a hook where you use your rhetorical question for example - “ Have you noticed how rude the world has become? “ Secondly, you would have your position statement, which is where you give hints as to what your speech is about. Then you would have your 3 stories about your speech. Once you've finished your stories you end with a conclusion where you try to connect back to your hook.  My speech is well organised and flows nicely between ideas. Many of Ideas connect to the point of view. And I use lots of language  devices  to persuade my audience with them. Most of the language devices I used were vivid verbs, precise nouns and exaggeration. My focus while I was writing my speech was trying to connect to my audience as much as I can because it will hook everyone in.  If you want to listen to my speech please click on this link - https://soundcloud.com/search?q=How%20rude%2C%20by%20Izzi%20leifi
Or you can read my speech below ⬇️ ENJOY!!!

Have you noticed how rude the world has become? So rude,  if we had a graph we would line up with Donald trump, on Wa rudeness scale.
 Pushing and shoving for example, I know ya gotta go somewhere, but I do too, and I'd like it if I wasn't hurt on the way! 
By now all of us should know most of the common manners, ya know! yes please, no thank, thank you, good thanks.
 that kind of stuff, but do you really use them, think back to the last time that you did use them, when was it last week, this morning,or even a year ago?  

We could all make a change by having a better attitude in public, actually talking to someone when you have important news, 
and of course telling them to pass the sauce with a please in there!  But some people have a bit of trouble when comes to manners.
How do you feel, when someone is taking over their own face with their sticky saliva and chewed up food? The sounds make you cringe to the point where you're paralyzed, not even listening to the words they're saying  ,

The squish and the smack of the food in their mouth, creates a vivid nightmare in your mind!  Before you know it, there's a bouncy ball of food lodge on your cheek. 

Your mind goes blank, what do you do? Do you just sit there, in horror or scream! But screaming would be a bit rude! Wouldn't it? 

24/7 more and more and more, people are being shot at with monster sauce,  terrible pasta , and scary meatballs. Okay let's get real here. Eat then talk. 

We all have someone we know that one person who eats the food that's carefully placed in front of them, then spits it back out, on you! 

But how can we change that, I know! we could make a see through mask that can block the food off when it's spat at you ,

 or we could get machine that catches the food before it gets to you…  or we could always tell them to finish their  mouth full and then tell us about their  amazing story, but that's far too boring!

You know what's not boring, snapchat! It's soaddictive , we all can agree! But there's something wrong about it.  it's so addictive , you put your phone down for two seconds and  it starts calling to you “ pick me up, pick up, pick me up!”you don't have the strength to leave it alone,

 even when there's others around! For example, when my grandma came around the other day, I just couldn't resist to not touch my phone for about two minutes just to snap to my friends.

 Why didn't I just take that time to be with my  grandma! I know it's addictive but that's no way to treat my relatives! I'm regretting it already!

We all have a relative or friend who stayed over one night, and needed to do something while you were sleeping. You heard them get up but you didn't think much of it, but then they yawn really loudly, and stomp on the carpet and it sounds like a baby elephant.  

Then are slight figure stands at the door of your room touching the side of the wall, all of a sudden the light of a thousand suns beams in your eyes! “You did not just turn the light on!”

There isn't much happiness when it comes to this situation, what to do when your so called “friend” nearly blinds you! Scream, screaming is the only way to get it in there head, I can't believe someone could be so ignorant! 

Now is there someone on the top of your rudeness scale? Or Is there someone who has done all these things to  you? Maybe? Maybe not?  But remember, maybe you haven't been rude today, but there was a time that you hadn't been so nice too, Maybe rude people are having a bad day or too much work having to be done, they're people too! 

Next time, to make sure that you're not rude, start by  not talking with your mouth full, put your phone down when your grandma comes over, and do not turn the light on when others are sleeping. 

So next time you're having a bad day,  how will  you treat others?


Thursday, 7 July 2016

Prejudice report

Prejudice 

I believe New Zealand has a bigger problem than we think. Migrants are being discriminated against far too much. 6% of respondents in a survey (an estimated 187,000 New Zealanders) believed racial discrimination was the reason for them being treated unfairly or unfavourably. The most common way people are being discriminated against is by their skin colour, race, ethnicity or nationality. This is because of prejudice.

Prejudice is a thought or statement you have about people before you get to know them. Prejudice is “pre-judging” people. It is a label. For example you could think that someone is weird because of the way they look, their race, the way they talk,walk or the things that they wear. Most people don't realise they are being prejudice. We interviewed a girl who said when she first went to school she was asked “Is there a bomb in your lunchbox?”
That made her feel unwelcome and felt like she didn't belong. 
Later on, when she worked at a cafe she was asked “Where do you come from?” 
She answered “ I come from Iran.” 
The customers turned and didn't talk to her again. These mean comments are influenced by social media, tv shows, movies, books, and friends and family. Our family and friends can peer pressure us to believe in the things we should not believe in.

But our actions now can make a big effect on our future generations. We can not help others thoughts but we can help the effect it has on the people. If we don't, we will have even more isolation, and insecurity. I am sure you don't want to make people feel sad.

There are many ways you can make immigrants feel welcome though. When you see someone looking lonely you can go up to them and say “hello!” with a smile on your face, sit down next to them, and start a conversation with them. Take time to talk to them. What you're doing is being nice. Make sure if they are new to your country or area make them feel welcome by inviting them over or invite them to a party. This will surely make them feel welcome, safe and secure.

Things that make them feel isolated and insecure are pointing at them, whispering, saying mean comments and staring at them. There are many more, for example, when a new student starts in your class she is from Iran, you simply go up to her and say “What kind of clothes are those, they are weird” and letting everyone laugh and stare at her she puts her hands to her face and runs off. This is called prejudice, and it is not nice at all. It will make her feel alienated and unwelcome .

Tips and advice:
Make sure you're communicating with immigrants and if they speak another language, take time to learn their language. You can connect with them and build a friendship. If you see someone being prejudice to another, go up to them and say that is not funny and then sit next to them and smile! You can even help them learn your language, but start with the simple words like “hello!” Or “how are you?” This will also, make them feel like they belong and like they have someone there for them.

Albert Einstein once said,  “People do not destroy the world because what they do, people destroy the world by what they watch and not do anything about.” Even the smallest things, like smiling, can have a big impact on someone's life. It will not only make them feel happy but you too! Make the most of life and do it how it's supposed to be done. Will you be the one who will make a change?

Monday, 6 June 2016

Hidden in the dark

My mind is a blank canvas. What am I doing out here? I should be inside cuddled up on the couch, not out here in the dark!

I was feeling like a slob, as my slippery Mac ‘n’ cheese flops around. It just will not stay still! 
“Izzi?!” My ears prick up.
“Can you take the bins out?” 
A light, calm voice shouts back “Uhh... sure.” I squeak. You gotta be kidding me!

I slip into the living room and out the door into pitch black darkness. I can't see a thing. I clench the decaying bins. If I do it fast, it will go more quickly. I roll the bins down the driveway. I hear a booming rustle from the bush, and I stop. What was that? I turn around, a shiver rolls down my spine. Who's there? My mind flickers with thoughts. The rustle gets louder and louder as it comes closer and closer. I clench my fists, close my eyes and hold my breath.  My life ends now.
 “Meow,”
I open my eyes, and a sigh of relief bursts out of me. It’s just a black cat. Wait, my neighbors don’t have cats, and neither do I. I quickly turn and open the gate. I hear noises like footsteps and I flinch. What was that? I chuck the bins on the side of the road and start to sprint back inside. Someone is chasing me, I can hear them their calls, their footsteps, all of my childhood nightmares are after me! 

I scatter inside, where I am safe and sound with my mum and dad cuddled up on the couch.



Reflection

In this piece of writing I was learning to show a scared  emotion and appeal to my senses, I was focusing on the present tense and chunking my paragraphs. In my first sentences I tried to hook my reader in (making them want to read more). The most hardest part of the writing would have to be when I was writing the hook because I didn't know how to create the feeling. I went well because I showed emotion for example “ I clench my fists, close my eyes and hold my breath. My life ends now.” My next step is to appeal to my senses and have a better hook, I will get a better hook by using my bright sparks and extending my idea.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

My learning

This term I have been learning the 5 elements of music. We discovered that music is a universal language because no matter where it comes from or who made it they all have the elements which everyone can connect too. 
To show this learning I created a soundscape based on a poem that I wrote this year. My soundscape is relational because I used many elements in my music, and can explain why I choose them and their impact. I chose to use a creaky old lazy Susan to make the sound of trains on a track. I did that by spinning it round and round. 
Overall I am very happy with how I went because I stayed focused and persevered. 



 Check out my soundtrack 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼 https://soundcloud.com/waimairisounds/izzis-soundtrack 



                                Christchurch
                             It's  my home.


All around,
Green nature stalks us, 
revealing it's inner beauty.

Above the treetops,
Songs of birds,
fog the air - a misty cloud.

Outside, 
Cold refreshing air,
revives us all - a magic potion.

Hidden in the water,
Smelly fish,
Stink 
the beach out.

Lying on the stoney road,
Mystical orange cones 
Guard us from hidden danger.

At dawn,
A warm breeze,
filters our minds, 
Into oblivion.

Curled up on the beach, 
seagulls scoff down
stolen chips - 
A mystery suspect.

Hidden under the sand,
Jandals drag,
Clinging on to my feet -
a slithering snake.

This is the place I call home
Ōtautahi, Christchurch.













Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Christchurch

                                Christchurch
                             It's  my home.


All around,
Green nature stalks us, 
revealing it's inner beauty.

Above the treetops,
Songs of birds,
fog the air - a misty cloud.

Outside, 
Cold refreshing air,
revives us all - a magic potion.

Hidden in the water,
Smelly fish,
Stink 
the beach out.

Lying on the stoney road,
Mystical orange cones 
Guard us from hidden danger.

At dawn,
A warm breeze,
filters our minds, 
Into oblivion.

Curled up on the beach, 
seagulls scoff down
stolen chips - 
A mystery suspect.

Hidden under the sand,
Jandals drag,
Clinging on to my feet -
a slithering snake.

This is the place I call home
Ōtautahi, Christchurch.