Wednesday, 26 October 2016

hide and seek

...50,51,52,53...
We're still looking for a place to hide
“Guys over here,” Jett yelled.
...61,62,63...
the smell of pee lingers around us.
I wish the smell would go
...71,72...
“Jett take your jacket off,
you will get us caught.”
...81,82,83...
Don't sit in the pee.
...97,98,99...
“Ready or not here we come.”
The sticks crumble beneath us.
The teacher walks past us not once
but twice
and still didn't spot us.
Yay we're going to win.
We see the teacher walks past
Once again,
But josh had to cough at that exact moment.
“I found you!”
Josh yelled “Gucci mano,”
We look at Josh in disappointment.




Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Not being valued


  Not being valued

This term I have written a speech about “not being valued enough”. I was learning how to structure my speech, like how to use a rhetorical question for a hook. We also learnt how to connect the start of the speech to the end.  
My speech is well organised  showing connections and flow between all parts of the speech structure. Many ideas connect to my point of view. It uses several language devices to persuade and connect the audience, for example I started with a rhetorical question.
I felt nervous  but when I went up to share it I felt proud of l,..how myself.

Click here to listen to my speech on soundcloud  or scroll down to read it.          
https://soundcloud.com/waimairisounds/ari-speech


Have you had that feeling when others don't value you? Like when you don't get picked to get into the school you want to, or you think your going to win a competition, but when you're about to stand up to hug your trophy, they say a completely different name and someone else gets all the fame. Once my dad was giving an award out to my rugby team, he said my name, and then said “Nope sorry I meant Jeff.”

Maybe people like that do things to annoy you and they think it’s funny, but really it’s not. By being forgotten. It makes people feel like they aren't valued enough. It’s so frustrating but there is something that makes me really mad.



Once after my band practice, my mum was at a friend’s house talking and my band practice had finished. One hour later, it felt like I'd been waiting years, band practice started at  3:00 and finished at 4:00 AND SHE PICKED ME UP AT 5:00. The silence of  no one around me  frightens me, sometimes I would hide behind the couch in the office every few seconds peaking over. That's my worst experience with being forgotten. This drove me up the wall.  



Another time, my mum dropped me off at rugby practice at Hagley Park. It csuddenly started pouring down with rain, and rugby had finished.  I was soaked  in water, I think to myself will I be here dripping with water until darkness? Will kidnappers take me away and my mum starts searching for me and could never find me? Ten minutes later she picked me up and gave me a towel. This also  got on my nerves.


On the other hand mum does do things that are special like a holiday, special dinner and just feed me.
Recently, I broke my ipad case by dropping it.  Instead of making me feel stink, my mum has gone out of her way to buy me a new one - they cost seventy dollars each. These experiences made me realize that my mother does value me, and she does try her hardest to make it on time. I’m going stop being so hard on her when things don’t quite go right.   Wouldn’t you?








https://soundcloud.com/waimairisounds/ari-speech

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Prejudice

 Prejudice
New Zealand has a hidden problem. Many immigrants don't feel welcome. 1 in ten people in New Zealand feel discriminated against. The most common way to be discriminated against is based on their race, ethnicity or nationality . What can we do to make immigrants feel more welcome?

What is prejudice?
Prejudice is being mean and making fun of someone's race or difference. There are different kinds of prejudice like racism, sexism, classism and ageism. An example of prejudice is saying someone that lives in a country that's in war “do you have a bomb in your lunch box?”  Being prejudiced can spread because if a father is prejudiced his son can spread that prejudice, that's the effect.


We have interviewed many immigrants to find out what actions made them feel included. Some said a wave or just a simple hello will make them feel better. An immigrant said that someone bought them a coffee. People that invite immigrants to a party are the people that improve the amount of immigrants coming to New Zealand.


Ways that immigrants feel isolated is that immigrants get abused by people they don't even know. People that make immigrants upset are usually the people that tease them and stare at them.

Tips to make immigrants feel Included :
Make a conversation
Treating them like everyone else
Help them learn your language 
Don't tease them

It's important to make immigrants feel welcome because if an immigrant doesn't feel welcome he/she might tell their friends and they will think that NZ isn't a good place. 
So we should make it a good place so their friends come and feel welcome and think that NZ is good place to be.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Tough ride

We make our way to the shack. We grab our bikes, which the instructor rolls over to us. The instructor starts blabbing on about something called safety, I still listen though.

I clip on my helmet and start riding down the track, thinking to myself “I'm going to die, I’m going to die!” My heart starts pounding in my chest. I slowly turn a corner then... boom! I fall off my bike. I start screaming at the top of my lungs.

 The adults come down, one saying “Stay there I'm going to get the first aid kit.” Tears start pouring out of my eyes like a waterfall. I hop on my bike and the adult pushes me down hill. 

“It's so much fun!” think to myself.
 
We get to camp : The adult lays me down and chucks the ice pack on my ankle. “Don't do that!” I scream, tears crawling down my face.  Even though I hurt myself I still carried on. I learnt a lot at camp because I hurt myself and carried on with  . I did that because I persevered through the challenge’s. 
                          Reflection
In this writing, I tried to use  punctuation as much as I could  and I did I used speech marks, full stops and comma. I  used because a few times and like too. I think that made my writing improve - when I was adding that in, I used complex sentences. I learnt a lot at camp and I'm going to remember that for the rest of my life.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

This term's learning

Reflection

This term I have been learning how to use musical elements so I can communicate to any culture, Music is a universal language.
I give my soundscape a multistructural because I used four musical instruments and the beat goes with the rhythm. When I whistled I tried to stay with the rhythm. When I used a shaker I tried to stay in beat with the drums. Overall I enjoyed the musical soundscape. There were tough times and stressful times but I got it finished which was the good thing. 

This my  soundscape.

Here's my poem in my photo.
Under the 
dusty
trees Coco,
lurks
in the
shadows
watching a bird, 
like a hawk.

I hear the the birds 
squawking 
while my dad puts 
sausages on the BBQ .

My next door 
neighbor,
has fish & chips 
it pollutes 
the air,
forcing 
It up my nose.

I see a
mysterious round
creature crawling
across my lawn
it looks as if it
has thorns rising
out of his back.

That's a place I can call home. 

By Ari

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A place I can call home

Under the 
dusty
trees Coco,
lurks
in the
shadows
watching a bird, 
like a hawk.

I hear the the birds 
squawking 
while my dad puts 
sausages on the BBQ .

My next door 
neighbor,
has fish & chips 
it pollutes 
the air,
forcing 
It up my nose.

I see a
mysterious round
creature crawling
across my lawn
it looks as if it
has thorns rising
out of his back.

That's a place I can call home. 

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Anonymous cat


I hear the cat creeping, 
hauling his treasure
on his back.

On the tv the cat 
has gone to court, 
I see the judge say
“You are guilty for prowling into
people's houses and stealing
the other cats’ food.”

He looks like he has a plan 
to escape.

What's that cat that's lurking in the gloomy dark with all that treasure?
What has the cat done to end up in prison by himself with no one?

Painting by
Yvonne Todd 

My reflection: 

This term we are learning how to use metaphors instead of simile. 
If you don't know what a metaphor is this poem will show you what it is.
I mostly learnt about simile but I wanted to take that one step further.

Painting by
Yvonne Todd