BTN NZ Earthquake

This BTN is about the earthquake that struck New Zealand in 2011, the effects and why it happened.

In 2011, Christchurch, New Zealand, was struck by a terrible earthquake. It killed more than 100 people and injured many more. It was so powerful that the earthquake tore down buildings and reduced everything to rubble. The magnitude of the quake was measured up to 6.3, a dangerous and damaging rate. Unfortunately, Christchurch was still recovering from a previous earthquake which had happened in the last 6 months and was measured to have a magnitude of 7.1. What has me interested is that the most recent earthquake (with a lower magnitude), caused more damage than the one before. This is because the earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 was far deeper in the earth than the one scored with 6.3, meaning it wasn’t as close to the surface as the other. The most recent earthquake was only 5 km below ground which was why it caused so much damage.

Surely by now you must be thinking, why does New Zealand get so many earthquakes? To answer that we must take a look at the earth’s crust. See, the earth is made up of tectonic plates that are constantly moving, only by the tiniest amount. When two plates are edging towards each other, eventually they will collide or rub against each other and with that sudden movement, an earthquake occurs. Now, sadly, New Zealand is situated right on top of both the Pacific Plate and the Australian Plate which means they would experience more earthquakes then many other countries.

Touching on that, something that I now wonder is are there many other countries that are in the same unfortunate position as New Zealand? If so, are they more vulnerable or safe?

Thank you.

100 WC

Please Note: The verses have been split due to rhythm differences.


Rushing rivers,

Beauty slithers,

Through the tall trees,

And the summer breeze.


You would only hear of such place,

A place that holds such elegance and grace.


With the fluffy clouds bouncing and the clear sky’s blue,

It’s almost like a dream just wishing to be true.


As dusk falls,

The wolf calls,

And the birds all chirp and sing.

Saying farewell to their friends and resting beneath their wings.


Night has finally come now and darkness covers all,

As they scurry off to that home of theirs, creatures great and small.

Then seeping through the scene, oh what a wonderful sight,

Of beautiful, glowing fireflies, illuminating the night.


This weeks prompt….

Firefly Forest


The goal I had for this 100 WC was to write a nice, descriptive poem. I often don’t write poems for my 100 WC, or for anything for that matter, but I thought it might be a good thing to take a different approach into this weeks prompt.

BTN Seed Bank (Persuasive Text – Negative)

I believe that the “Seed Bank” is a complete waste of money due to the facts that the reasoning behind it is unrealistic and irrelevant. I mean, when is the world suddenly going to come to an end and if so, do we really need every seed that’s in there?

Firstly, I see absolutely no point in saving a bunch of seeds for earth’s destruction. How many times have scientists told us that “the end of the world will be on …” yet we are all sitting here today very much as alive as we were before? Plenty of times as I remember. And if the world did end, that means no one would be alive, am I right? So what’s the point in saving something if it’s never gonna be used?  Or, just say, it wasn’t the end of the world but something terrible did happen that whipped out all the plants on our earth? I have never even heard of such thing and I would think it highly unlikely to happen any time in the near, or distant future. So, I’m asking, what’s the point of this “Doomsday Vault”?

Secondly, I can’t understand why we have to spend so much money building space, importing and exporting over half a million seeds when we could be putting this money to a better use. And that’s only the food crops! Do we really need all those plants or are they just for decoration? We could be using the money we waste on much more beneficial things. For instance, if something terrible did happen to our world, why not build a safe and succour shelter or tanks to hold water? Instead you use it to create a spot to store seeds that we don’t even need? I don’t know about you but I see no point in that. So, once again I ask, why do we really need this “Seed Bank”?

So, in conclusion, I see no relevant reason to have something such as the “Doomsday Vault”. I believe this purely because it’s wasting valuable money, it’s unreasonable and both unrealistic and irrelevant.

Thank you.


This week, I decided that I wanted to challenge myself and write for the side I disagree rather than agree with. I found it quite difficult firstly, to find reasons why we shouldn’t have it (since it was written in such a positive way) and secondly to expand and really sell those ideas. I hope I’ve been able to at least get my readers to acknowledge the points I have written down here and have given something for them to think about.

Unit Goals: Extreme Weather

As a result of this unit, I will


Unit Learning Goal 1: Science


I will understand key extreme weather terms, including:


List words here

Tectonics, Continental Lithosphere, Seismograph, Epicenter, Mantle Convection.


Unit Learning Goal 2: Science


I will understand how scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives



Unit Learning Goal 3: Science


I will discover how scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions



Unit Learning Goal 4: Science


I will compare data with predictions and use evidence in developing explanations.


Unit Learning Goal 5: Reading and viewing


I will select, navigate and read texts for a range of purposes, applying appropriate text processing strategies and interpreting structural features, for example table of contents, glossary, chapters, headings and subheadings



Unit Learning Goal 6: Writing


I will plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience



Personal Learning Goals: During this unit, I will . . .


Plan and conduct a project/experiment that will test my academic ability and challenge myself. I will pick a field or area that I am not confident about and I plan to turn that around by the end of the term. I would like to achieve this goal because it would be good preparation for high school where not everything is just a walk in the park.

BTN Election

This BTN is about the tight, recent election Australians have just experienced and breaking it all down for you.

During the 8 weeks of endless campaigning and preparation for this election, things got quite hectic. It is amazing how all the possible candidates up or election have remained so calm, collected and organised. I guess they are going to have to be to be taking up the huge job. It is always good to have some experience in this field before plunging straight into the world of politics. That’s why all the popular/well known/highly voted candidates came from well-educated jobs. Before joining politics, both Malcolm Turnball and Bill Shorten were lawyers, which was before moving onto something more business related. Having this lawyering experience has definitely benefited them in the jobs they hold now. Even one of the minor parties, The Greens, has a leader who was well taught. Richard Di Natale was a doctor until he entered the political world. Having seen so much damage being caused to people that any doctor wouldn’t be able to unfix, he decided to become a politician to make that change. I understand from these people you need to be highly educated to be leading a party in politics.

While briefly following this election, I realised that each party have different beliefs and intentions they wish to act upon. For example, the Liberal Party like to focus on having a strong Australian Economy, the Labor Party likes to help working class Australians and the Greens, for instance, believe we should legalise gay marriage and pay more attention to the environment around us. Something I then understood about becoming a politician is that you have to know, for sure, what your intentions are or else you’re basically a lost cause.

A question I am now left with are why is it that only Labor and Liberal are the main parties who win elections? What’s negative about the other parties and their intentions? What advice could we give them to allow them a minimal chance in being elected?

100 WC Week #1 (Special Writing Project)

Her hands were like ice, her lips were purple. Why must she experience this? What has she done to deserve it? Only 7 and she has now experienced more terror then most would in their lifetime. Another explosion sounds, violently shaking the cold, cramped basement that my sister and I have been packed into. She curls up in my arms, frightened that any moment may be her last. Explosions everywhere. Debris and even people flew every-which-way. To think, moments before, we were outside and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. Now, we are wedged into a tiny cellar… fearing for our lives.


Recently, I had realized that only some things on my blog are realistic. This means, for me, that I only write about realistic things that are happy or in your everyday life, but sometimes life isn’t always happy. This week I wanted to write about and unfortunate real life crisis because, unfortunately, life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows.