Check out this youtube channel for some great yoga - an excellent alternative to fitness on a wet day.
Due to bad weather our trip to Spencer Park will not go ahead today. Children are still able to wear mufti and we will have a sausage sizzle lunch back at school. We will look into the possibility of arranging another day at Spencer Park in the upcoming weeks.
Today we had an exciting hui with all of the Year 5 and 6 children along with Mrs Warren and Mr McKenzie.
We talked about the special responsibilities we have as senior role models and ways we can help around our school. We also talked about swimming sports - those children who want to enter swimming sports stayed with Mr McKenzie and put their name down for the events they want to do.
The came the exciting bit!
Our new Heads of School were given their red tops.
It was a very special day for Annabel, Aoife, Rory, Max and Evania.
We are very proud of you all and look forward to seeing you in your wonderful new school uniform. We know you will be excellent leaders, role models and St Albans stars.
St Albans School has been without a library for such a long time that many of the tamariki in our class had never visited a library at school until today! A few of our older children had memories of the old library from when they first started school.
We have been creative and found ways to ensure there have always been library books for the children to read but today was an exciting day as we explored our brand new library for the first time.
We were excited to find a quiet place to curl up with a great book. We loved that there are so many brand new books in our library and also some very cool furniture.
It was a very quiet time with everyone enjoying this wonderful new space.
We have been learning about the Census.
We spent time working on the Census at School. This is a great way for us to experience the types of questions our family will complete as part of Census NZ 2018.
We had lots of fun measuring arm spans, feet, weighing school bags and approximating times. We did so much maths and had great fun along the way.
It was great doing maths in a fun, practical way.
Our next step is to analyse some of the data and think about how we can use it.
We are learning about the support we have and the support we can give in our community.
Today we created Circles of Support to add to our inquiry learning.
Please check your child for headlice as we are aware of an outbreak in our hub.
Thanks so much
We had so much fun at AquaGym today.
We were proud of the way the children organised themselves and loved seeing some fantastic swimming.
The senior school offers our wonderful tamariki many opportunities to be leaders.
Some of these roles are applied for by the children and then the successful children are selected by Mrs Warren and Mr McKenzie.
We have already had four amazing Heads of School selected at the end of 2017.
On being successful in earning these roles.
This week children are are keen to be part of the Student Council have the opportunity to present a speech to their Home Base.
The Student Council representatives are determined by a student vote. At the end of the speeches each child will vote for the two children they would like to see represent their class on the Student Council.
Speeches are to be presented to the Home Base on Thursday 15 February. There are no specific criteria, we just want the children to speak from their heart about why they believe they will be fantastic at this role.
Children wanting to be Digi Ops & Communications Leaders or Eco Warrior Leaders need to write a letter of application and hand it to Mr McKenzie by Friday 23 February.
There are many other opportunities for children to take on leadership roles within their day to day school life. Helping younger children in the playground, being a buddy to a new entrant child, role modelling St Albans School Values, showing initiative within our hub or school, leading a sports team (as captain or by demonstrating an excellent sporting attitude) are all excellent examples of leadership skills being demonstrated.
While these roles are not rewarded with a badge they are certainly noticed and appreciated by our school community and make a difference in the lives of others.
On Thursday we welcomed Ros back to St Albans School.
We are so happy to have her teaching in Ōtākaro most Thursdays this term while Renee is on release.
Ros had an awesome lesson about optical illusions to share with us.
There was an excited buzz in the air as the children were able to discover all sorts of interesting tricks our brain can play on us!
Check out these optical illusions
Each of our Home Bases is now going to create our own optical illusion.
We discovered to do this we need to be very good at ruling lines that are straight and evenly spaced.
We spent the last part of our lesson on Thursday practising ruling the lines we need for our class art. We discovered this was much harder than we expected! We all know that practising this skill will be very helpful before we try to create our art next week!
This year New Zealand is holding a census.
This only happens every five years.
We are participating in Census for Schools as part of our statistics learning in maths.
We don't want to give away too much information just yet as we want the children to investigate this topic for themselves, however these are some key links we will be using
2018 Census - information about the census
More information about Census 2018 - why do we have a census?
Census for Schools - login here
O3 use login code 64340
02 use login code 29168
This is the Official Advertisement
Our school/class is taking part in a nationwide survey through CensusAtSchool NZ.
CensusAtSchool is a biennial online census involving students from Years 5 through to 13.
It is part of an international project where some questions are in common with other countries to provide comparisons between countries, while tailoring the remainder of the questionnaire to reflect the interests of New Zealand children. Other countries participating are Australia, Japan, South Africa, UK, Ireland, USA, Korea and Canada.
Schools take part voluntarily once teachers have registered to get a code for their class. Students complete the survey during lesson time, and then submit their data online to contribute to an international database. CensusAtSchool does not gain any information that would in any way identify any student’s response so it is an anonymous survey.
A census of this type provides teachers with a collection of real, relevant student data which is supported by activities for each year level in which students can ask investigative questions and explore the data. Results and sample data are made available to teachers once the ‘census’ is complete. It provides an opportunity for students to use ICT in a positive and interesting manner, and to understand important issues such as managing the collection, analysis and use of data.
In the last census, we had over 30000 NZ students participate!
Visit www.censusatschool.org.nz/ to learn more about our census.
A reminder that Wednesday 7 February is our Learning Information Evening. We would love to see you there.
Our hub time is 630pm in Ōtākaro.
We are really enjoying getting to know each other in Ōtākaro and getting to know about how being a senior works at St Albans School.
We have been working together to create a collaborative piece of art using our hand prints.
We have also been playing some fun games that encourage us to work together, talk to new people and challenge ourselves to solve problems.
We are working hard to create a title page for our first topic Our Big Back Yard, Turangawaewae. We are so excited about this topic and what it will mean for our learning this year.
What a great start to 2018!
We had such a lot of fun meeting and reconnecting with the beautiful Ōtākaro children and their families. It was so exciting to see so many eager, excited faces arriving at school ready to learn.
We feel so proud of the way everyone was able to follow routines and instructions. The children were ready and organised before the day began and did a great job all day despite the heat.
We talked about being responsible for yourself and your belongings. We are looking forward to the children returning their permission forms independently tomorrow!
We are also certain the children will remember to bring along a chapter book to read at school each day and to ensure their togs are packed!
This afternoon we worked on a collaborative art task where each person traced around their hand, decorated it and cut it out. When they are all finished the hand will be stapled onto the wall to create some fantastic flowers.
We hope everyone has a great sleep tonight and comes along ready for another great day tomorrow.
We have had a lot of fun setting up our space ready for the wonderful Ōtākaro children to arrive tomorrow.
It was fantastic to meet so many children today and we loved chatting to you and your family.
We are excited to see you all tomorrow ready to start a wonderful year of learning.
Please bring a bottle of cold water to school to keep you well hydrated on these hot days.
We are really looking forward to the school year starting on Thursday 1 February.
Here is a list of the stationery we would love you to bring along - named and ready to go please :).
Community Event for 2018 On Wednesday 31st January 2018
We invite students and whānau to visit our hubs between 12pm and 2pm. This is an opportunity for families to check in with staff, drop off stationery items and get a feel for the year ahead. School will start the following day on Thursday 1st February 2018.
Information Evening On Wednesday 7th February
Hub staff will host an information session for whānau.
Tōtara and Kahikatea 6.00pm
Waimakariri and Ōtākaro 6.30pm
We would love those children who have access to a BYOD device to bring it along to school each day. If you have any queries about devices please feel free to contact Sam - email@example.com