Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Zeba's Speech

One child, one book, and one pen can change the world. Malala Yousafzai (pause) an activist for children's rights. She lived in Pakistan, a country where girls had no legal rights to a free education, yet we are taking our learning for granted. Malala was actually shot in the head because she went to school.  Can you believe that?She knew she was in danger. She was being threatened by the Taliban. Yet young, brave and confident Malala risked her life for her education. Would you do the same?

As most of you may know my name is Zeba, and I'm going to tell you why your education matters. Education is a big part of your life even if you don’t think so! It helps you build up your knowledge to make great choices and opinions
Think about your future, think about what your dream job would be. If we take our education seriously and realise education matters, we can reach our long life goal and accomplish what we want .

Did you know we as part of the Manaiakalani are very fortunate? We have digital technology. We  are not oppressed by anyone around us like Malala was. We do not get mocked because of our differences because we all have them and this makes us unique. So we can get along and focus on what is important. What do you love doing most? Is it sports, art, dancing? Whatever it is it all starts right here and the decisions you make about your education. Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.

.Did you know being unfocused on your education means 25% of students are most likely to drop out of school. This means 1 out of 4 students in this class does not take education seriously. Now that’s a lot at risk but this can be prevented with hard work and determination because having the two values you can get anywhere in life but not concentrating on your education and dropping out of school is like throwing a big part of your life away. How would you feel if you ended up being a rubbish truck driver? ( pause 1,2,3) I would absolutely hate that job? This also affects your social life and your family, you will not be able to support your parents How do you think your parents will feel about your future job? taking part in education also means feeling good within because you have worked and achieved your goals. You should be working on being the best you can be.

Education is one of the biggest things that matter in your life, this is something that should not be forgotten. If you are not willing then no one can help you but if you are determined then no one can stop you.

This is my persuasive speech I will be performing to the class on Wednesday. This will determine whether I will be performing a speech in front of the whole school.

Sajiha's Speech

You are unique. No one is like you. You are one of a kind. This is what we are told over and over again but yet we are stereotyped into different groups. Wait, what are stereotypes?
Imagine you're an asian and a stranger walks up to you and says ‘I bet you are really good at maths. Well that's a stereotype.’ We are stereotyped because some people can't accept the fact that we are all different and that everyone is born unique.

So, they try to slap labels on people and to try to fit them into convenient boxes just to make them like everyone else. But the thing is, it is impossible to be like everyone else! You were born original so don’t become a copy. Good afternoon/morning. As the majority of you know, my name is Sajiha. Today, I’m going to talk to you about (1) my personal journey with stereotypes; (2) Why stereotypes are dangerous and (3) why we have to take responsibility for the stereotypes in our society.

Let me start by telling you the ways I am stereotyped. I am a girl, a muslim, I wear a hijab and I am proud of who I am. But no matter how satisfied you are with yourself, you can always be stereotyped. When I first started wearing my hijab people were constantly asking me

“Sajiha, have you gone bald?” or “Oh have you joined Isis yet?” and the way I responded to all of these comments was to take them as joke and I would laugh. But these stereotypes were more than just a bunch of words to me. Soon I started to question myself, my religion, the way I looked. I started wanting to be like others.

People who are put down by stereotypes eventually start to believe that they are what they are told, even if it is not true. Asians are smart, hard working and over achievers. Girls are weak, flirty and moody. Muslims well, they will just blow this room up right now. Well that is somewhat true because I will blow up this room (pause) with my speech, of course.

Why do stereotypes have an enormous impact on how we feel. They make us feel marginalised. They can make us feel like we are worthless. Stereotypes can create psychological pressure too. When we stereotype we are making, assumptions and categorizing people without thinking about what the consequences are. People who are stereotyped are most likely to end up believing that label and living a life that lives up to that label.

People also often blame the media for stereotypes. “It's all the media’s fault for showing asians as over achievers”, “It's all the media’s fault for showing women as weak…” “it’s all the Media’s fault for….Media! Media! Media!.”  STOP! Who is the media anyway? The Media is influenced by you, by all of us. Those posts people have been putting up saying #basicwhitethings are the sorts of things that eventually create a stereotype and then at the end of the day we blame the media, thinking that we are not part of it.

We are the ones who can define society. Yet we blame society? We need to realize the effects of stereotypes on people before we say something or post something. The way we can do this is to first accept ourselves. Next time you look in the mirror say ‘I am as perfect as I can be.’ By accepting yourself we can then accept each other. So don't be afraid of who you are. We should keep stereotypes out of the picture, make the word ‘stereotype’ extinct. We are the ones who can make a change. Stop judging people before you even get to know them. Also, don’t listen to stereotypes. Don’t be afraid to be different, to be unique, to be you.

Today, we have presented our speech to groups. My group has worked together to work out where I am with my speech. The rubric above shows that I have made eye contact with my audience, I have memorised my speech and have used expression.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Introducing our new playground...

A few photos of our very excited senior students enjoying our brand new senior playground. 

Monday, 27 June 2016

Learning to solve division with reminders

Today we learnt to solve division problems with reminders. We know that dividing means sharing into equal groups. Sometimes this doesn't work out and we are unable to share the total amount into equal groups. The amount that is left over or can not be shared is called the reminder.

Five friends shared a bag of sweets so that each friend had the same amount. There were 26 sweets in the bag. How many did each friend get? How many were left over?
eg: 26  5 = 5 r1

Strategies we used to solve the division problems:
  • equal sharing
  • times tables
  • skip counting

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Congratulations CJ and Sylis!

Congratulations CJ and Sylis! A certificate for showing respect to other cultures. Well done boys this was noticed by all the teachers during our Inquiry rotation.


This week we started our Orienteering coaching with Leon and Irene. We had an introduction to learn what the symbols on the maps meant then headed outside for the warm up training. Everyone had a lot of fun looking for the alphabet flags so they could clip their clue tickets.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Congratulations Latham, Micaiah, Jane and Jessie!

Congratulations Micaiah and Jane! Players of the day at Netball. Congratulations Latham and Jessie! A certificate for creative ideas. Well done all of you!

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Dawn Blessing

This morning many of us arrived at school before dawn so that we could take part in the blessing of Learning Space 1 and Learning Space 2.