Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Oil Pollution Speech

Kia Ora. Ko Nyah toku ingoa. Kia Pai au ki a koe. Girls and Boys, Teachers and
Visitors of Ruma Tahi, Today I am here to talk to you about oil pollution.


Mother Nature has managed to contain hydrocarbons for millions and millions of
years. However, since mankind has managed to invent ways to extract oils and
uncontrolled oil pollution we have got more and more oil pollution. Oil pollution is
caused when cruded oil or refined oil products are released into water or on land.


Common Oil Pollution is a like a leaking car. The oil from the car is leaked onto the
road that look like those little rainbow spots you see at the petrol station, which are
then washed into the gutters which run into the drains and flow to our harbours.
Another form of is when old oils are incorrectly disposed. You will find that today,
at your local dump or refuge station that there is a dedicated oil disposal reciprocal
in which is to dump all waste oil.


Global oil pollution is in everyday occurance as we see an increase in huge oil
tankers on our seas. There are also an increase in larger oil tankers on our roads.
These tankers are involved in more and more accidents everyday which cause
catastrophic damage to the environment around you and me, and contribute to oil
pollution. An example to this topic is the oil company who my dad works for. The
company had a large oil tanker: Exxon Valdez. Valdez caused an oil spill which
polluted the Prince William Sound near Alaska in 1981. Valdez polluted 28,000
square kilometres. Sydney is 12,000 square kilometres so think about it,
The spill was huge. The tanker released nearly 11 million gallons of cruded oil
into the ocean.


Another example was Deepwater Horizon which was caused by human errors
in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The explosion dumped 210 million gallons of oil.
It effect the gulf of Mexico and surrounding communities and is still causing drama
8 years later. In 1991, the Iraq Gulf War oil spill was intentionally released by the
Iraqi Forces. 300 million gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf near Dubai which
killed 82,000 birds over 102 species and 25,900 sea marine mammals were killed.

You may think there is no solution to fix this global problem, Wrong. There is.
There is actually two. You may not have access to this but all oil companies do.
Boomers and Skimmers clean up all the dirty messes that the companies make. The
Boomers contain the oil so that the skimmers can suck the oil up. But here is an
solution you may have access to. Education. If schools had more education on oil
pollution, We wouldn’t have  half of the problems of oil pollution that we have
right now.


Personal Comment.
I really enjoyed doing this speech. It really helped me spread out my knowledge of
oil pollution and learning of oil spills. When I came into this speech unit.
I didn’t know that there was a solution.

Thank you for taking your time to listen to my speech.

Geometry D.L.O

Te Uru

W.A.L.T participate in the learning of others
Why: Building on our transition into high school
Success Criteria: Be active participants in a new cultural game and use our listening skills, watch,
questions and practise.


Yesterday, We had Class 10CH from Grey High School walk up to Karoro School to teach us a traditional
maori game called
Te Uru”. 10CH came up to our school because of a learning unit they were doing. Their task was to
learn a maori game, play the game and then teach the game to younger students. I think that it was really
cool that 10CH chose our school.


Before we started to do anything for the game, 10CH introduced themselves to Ruma Tahi. After
10CH told us about the game, they showed us how to play it. Once they had explained how to play,
we split off into our groups that we had know prior to this game.


Ruma Tahi went through 3 skills and drills workshops going through passing to one another, defensive
work and working as a team. Once each team went through each station, 10CH set up the field. 2 of the
3 teams put blue and green band on and 1 team stayed in our uniform. First, Team Blue and Team Green
played against each other, Blue winning 3-2. Then Team Blue and Team Plain played against each other,
Plain winning 2-1. Then every team played but Plain won.


After we actually played the game, it was time for 10CH to walk back to the high school. One of my
friends, Caitlyn, thanked 10CH on behalf of Ruma Tahi for teaching us Te Uru and then 10CH returned
the favour and thanked Ruma Tahi for letting them teach us.

I think that next time, 10CH should contribute to Te Uru so Ruma Tahi could play alongside them.
Otherwise we all had a lot fun.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

The Story Of Sabah

Bringing Sabah Back To School: Sabah

“It was 2014 when I first met Sabah, a shy, 11 year-old who had been uprooted
several times already in her short life”

11-year-old Sabah has seen things no child should see. But even being confronted
with violence on almost a daily basis, going back to school was her dream. She had
fled her home with her mother and 7 year-old brother. Her family travelled for three
years, here and there, until Sabah turned up with her family, in the house next door to
mine.

In Syria it is common to welcome new people to the neighbourhood. So soon after
Sabah moved in, I went with my mother to welcome the new family into our hood.
The first time I saw Sabah, she was standing next to her mother, looking at the floor.

“They are dreaming of going back to school, but haven’t seen the inside of a classroom in
more than two years,” their mother told me.

Even after all the violence Sabah and her family have gone through, her dream was to go
to school in peace. So I decided to do something positive for these children. I started
visiting their house every day to help them study English, Arabic, Maths and Science
so they could catch up with their peers at school. I went with the family to gather all
the required paperwork to enrol the children in the nearest school. They were so excited
to be back in school again.

Only days after Sabah and her brother started school, her school became under-fire with
mortar shells that hit the school and the surrounding areas.

Luckily, Sabah and her brother survived, but they were shivering with fear when they
returned home.

“We were in the basement and the roof starting shaking.” Sabah had told me, “I never
want to go back to that school.”

It was a huge tribute to the Sabah and her brother that they decided to continue their
education and not let fear stand in the way of their learning. We enrolled them in a
different school in a relatively safer neighbourhood to complete the school year.

Earlier this year, Sabah started Year 7, now 13 years old. She still braves challenges
every day living in Aleppo, the most dangerous city in the world.

I’m so proud and honoured to watch Sabah improve at school every day. I don’t
pretend that I helped Sabah - she’s the one who gave hope and value to my life.
There are more than 1.7 million children like Sabah in Syria. And it's our responsibility
to make sure they get the education they deserve.