Saturday, November 24, 2018

Congratulations to our Young Writers
Congratulations to the following St Albans Y6 young writers who have all become published
authors! Their poetry writing has been selected for publication in the ‘Write On’ magazine:
Issue 51.  These children attended the Young Writers Workshop in Term 3 where they had
the opportunity to develop their poetry writing skills and rework their various poems under
tuition from the School for Young Writers. We are very proud of our young writers. Please
enjoy the following poems which were chosen for the publication.


LEGO tower
Building, forever changing,
erupting from the ground,
growing,


into an unexpected thing
tall as a skyscraper, leaning,
red as fire, mini figures
yellow as the sun.


Cracking, collapsing,
smashing into the ground
like a wrecking ball.


Rising up, building, creating
something new, wide as
an airplane.


Playing, having fun,
until a voice shouts:
“Tidy up your room! I can’t stand this
LEGO!”


By Lachlan Fletcher 2018, Year 5, St Albans School


The Old TV

Buzz, buzz, bizz!
Buzz, buzz, bizz!

The old TV goes
buzz, buzz, bizz!

The wind blows buzz
and the wind blows bizz!

And the old TV goes
buzz, buzz, bizz!

Buzz!
Bizz!

Written by Lachie Wallace, Year 5, St Albans School

The Poetry Team were a part of the  Poetry Pentathlon competition where they competed in
5 events. For this event the team were given a prompt- a disco ball, and then as a team, they
had 10 minutes to write this poem! Collaborating and creating under pressure!  Well done team.

Ode to a Disco Ball

Oh! Disco Ball,
You are so small
Yet you bring joy to the party
Big or small
Your tiles fall
In the blink of an eye
Nails elevate you higher in the sky
The parties you have seen
Gone and been
Oh! Glimmer Ball
The projections you cast upon the wall
Oh! Disco Ball,
You are so small!

St Albans School Y6 Pentathlon Poetry Team
Rory Forsythe, Cooper Gallagher, Erin Darnton, Olivia Donaldson and Magnus Telford

Monday, November 19, 2018

Young Writers Workshop

Last week some of our Year 3 and 4 students were selected to participate in a two day Young Writers Workshop. This workshop was run by Gail from the School for Young Writers.
On the first day, the students used metaphor, simile and other language devices, such as appealing to the senses, to write their poems. Writing list poems and persona poems, they learned about shaping words into line-breaks and stanzas.

On the second day, the students worked on some aspects of sound, namely using rhythm, repetition and onomatopoeia in their poetry. They also worked on re-drafting and publishing their poems, which have been sent to Write On magazine for consideration for publication.

This group of students were engaged and hard-working, and some wonderful creative work was produced.
Please enjoy a sample of the children's poetry.

AMI Stadium
The people just come in
and yell, scream, count down
the seconds. I can smell
donuts, chips and burgers
The people watch the All Blacks
play with the ball,
the Crusaders kicking, Hurricanes
versus Highlanders.
The people leave.
Nothing’s going on.
I get so lonely, but
the next night
it all happens again.
Archie McCormick, Year 4, St Albans School
Sam’s pet
Down the street, I was walking
with my pet, Speedy
the Cheetah.
People gazed at Speedy and
Speedy gazed right back.
“Sam, you forgot your lunch!!!” yelled Mum.
Speedy was spotted,
Monty wanted to race
Speedy. So did Tommy
and Jill.
Do you want to see Speedy?
My cheetah, oh please come,
come to me!
Olivia Walker, Y4,St Albans School
Scratching
Scratch scratch
Go the branches on the roof.
Scratch scratch
Go the cat’s claws on the wood.
Scratchy scratch
Meow
Ollie Ellis year 4 St Albans School

The very hot, deserted island
What I need here:
A spare army of mosquitos
so the mosquitos on the island
don’t bite me
A heater to heat me on a cold day
A shovel to dig for gold
A bucket to make sandcastles
A plank of wood to
attack dangerous animals
A surfboard to go surfing on
An icepick to climb the ice
if it snows
A skateboard to have fun when I’m bored
Training wheels for the skateboard
An electric guitar
A cup to drink the salty water
Coffee to drink if I don’t l don’t like the salty water
Hot chocolate to drink if I don’t like the coffee
A flag so savers can see me
waving on the beach
Gus Strieker Year 4 St Albans School
Sydney Harbour Bridge
On high rocks
I stand astride
I see ferries, fishing boats and freights
sailing past me.
Trucks, Mitsubishis and two-wheel cars
cruise on and off me.
My best friend has enormous sails
but cannot float.
I love my life, but
I wish I were a car.
Bella Tume y4 St Albans School
The beach
The sand beneath my toes
a bed of feathers.
The waves and sea
cold as melted ice
when I dip my toes
in the water.
Monty Baker, Y3 St Albans School
The jacuzzi
The steaming air above me, the feel
of my jets, spying people
in my water, playing,or relaxing.
When night falls
I get switched off
And have a still sleep.
Monty Baker, Y3 St Albans School
Blowing bubble gum
Pop goes my gum
Pop pop goes the
Fireworks over
head as I lay
in bed
pop pop pop.
Audrey Worsley, Y3 St Albans School

Having a pet blobfish
I have a pet blobfish.
He is very blobby.
When I take him for walks,
people point and stare,
And then they say
“Look it's a blobfish, one of the top ten ugliest animals”
I feel sad for my pet,
but then I think
“what if he could be famous.”
Luciana Willmott Dalton Year 4 St Albans School

Going to the sun!

I need enchanted macaroni that cooks itself
in case I get hungry,
maybe a sun-bathing towel
so I can get a tan!

I will take my fire-proof bed
in case I get sleepy,
a wooden plank to stand on,
(which will burn straight away)
so I don’t get burnt!

I will take a trained penguin,
(it’s not trained)
to teach me how to keep cool,

I’m going to take a very light, light bulb
in case it gets dark!
(it’s the sun, it won’t get dark)

One last thing…
My house!!!

I’m going to live there!!!

Daisy Makin, Y4 St Albans School

Thursday, October 11, 2018

ICAS Results

Many St Albans children choose to take part in these annual competitions.
They are organised through the University of New South Wales and children
from Australasia and the Pacific take part. Special congratulations to those
children that scored particularly well.


ICAS Mathematics Results
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Distinction (top 11% of participants)
Harry Woodhouse

Rory Forsythe
Credit (next 25% of participants)
Ollie Ellis

Magnus Telford
Merit (next 10% of participants)
Joseph Ward
Sophie Barnes
Hanako Yoshihara

Emily Thompson


Lachie Wallace

Participation (all other participants)
Zena Collier-Mazur
Johnny Creighton
Annabel Allen
Archie McCormick
John McInerney-Boon
William Campbell
Ben Thomson
Fiona Oliver
Tim Ryan

Samit Suresh
Asuka Ueda


Lily Young


ICAS English Results
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Distinction (top 11% of participants)
Harry Woodhouse
Sophie Barnes
Olivia Donaldson
Credit (next 25% of participants)
Ollie Ellis
Lachie Wallace
Ava Strieker
Merit (next 10% of participants)


Rory Forsythe
Aoife Maher
Participation (all other participants)
Indie Reid
Johnny Creighton
Mae Wilson
Evie Ryan
Samit Suresh

Rosie Simpson
Emily Thompson


Thomas Wilson



Australian Maths Competition run by the AMT
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
High Distinction
Harry Woodhouse


Distinction

Joe McInerney- Boon
Rory Forsythe
Credit

Lachie Wallace
Lily Young
Proficiency

Gisele Da Silva
Magnus Telford


Annabel Allen


Tim Ryan
Participation

Samit Suresh



ICAS Writing Results
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Credit (next 25% of participants)
Evie Ryan

Emily Dickey


Olivia Donaldson


Aoife Maher


Ava Strieker
Merit (next 10% of participants)
Zena Collier-Mazur


Participation (all other participants)
Indie Reid
Alexander Whelan
Rory Forsythe
Rosie Simpson
Samit Suresh



ICAS Spelling Results
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Distinction (top 11% of participants)


Rory Forsythe
Credit (next 25% of participants)
Evie Ryan
Tyler Dunbar
Tahnul Alahakoon
Harry Woodhouse
Alexander Whelan
Magnus Telford
Merit (next 10% of participants)



Participation (all other participants)
Zena Collie-Mazur
Johnny Creighton
Annabel Allen
Archie McCormick
Jessica Kumar
Mae Wilson
Indie Reid
Joe McInerney-Boon

Rosie Simpson
Fiona Oliver


Samit Suresh


Emily Thompson



ICAS Digital Technology Results
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Credit (next 25% of participants)


Tahnul Alahakoon


Rory Forsythe


Henry Church
Merit (next 10% of participants)

Lachie Wallace

Participation (all other participants)

Johnny Creighton


ICAS Science Results
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
High Distinction (top 1% of participants)
Harry Woodhouse

Rory Forsythe
Distinction (top 11% of participants)
Hannah Rewi


Credit (next 25% of participants)

Lachie Wallace
Tim Ryan


Magnus Telford
Merit (next 10% of participants)
Joey Ward


Participation (all other participants)
Indie Reid
Johnny Creighton
Tahnul Alahakoon

Samit Suresh
Henry Church

Alex Whelan
Olivia Donaldson