Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Supporting gifted students during the lockdown

Dear Families,

As we enter the third week of the lockdown we embark on the next phase of  -  online
home learning. The lockdown can be challenging for gifted children as they may
exhibit increased anxiety, sadness, intense feelings, and out-of-the ordinary behaviour.
This may be the case for children also not identified as gifted. Please click on the tips
(link below) if you would like to get some tips to support your child during this lockdown.
This has been developed by the NZ Association for Gifted Children. The link below also
includes how you can support your child at different developmental stages. 
The National Association for Gifted Children (USA) has also developed 
a tip sheet for supporting your gifted child during Covid-19.(Please click 
on this link to open)
We hope this message finds you feeling well and safe in your bubbles. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Celebrating excellence in Mandarin

Last week 17 children were selected to receive a prize for demonstrating excellent
learning in Mandarin from St Albans School. The Chinese Prize Giving was held
at St Margarets College. The evening included the presentation of certificates from
primary to tertiary level, a Chinese folk song, a Chinese dance and a demonstration
of Kung Fu. We have been very fortunate this year to have the wonderful tuition from
Qihang who has taught whole classes and extension groups across the school from
Years 2-6. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Chinese culture
and their language. We would just like to take this opportunity to thank Qihang for all
her expertise and hard work in providing our tamariki with wonderful engaging lessons. Congratulations to the children who were awarded certificates: Pictured from left front:
Matilda, Hannah,Isabel, Eliza, Cameron, Viktor
Middle: Clark, Digby,  Evan, Josh, Leo, Sam
Back row: Qihang, Emma, Fiona, Angie, Bell
Absent: Angel

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tournament of Minds

Last weekend our Tournament of Minds Team (TOM) competed in the
2019 Regional Competition. TOM offers teams of students the opportunity
to solve authentic, open-ended challenges that foster creative, divergent
thinking while developing collaborative enterprise, excellence and
teamwork. Teams are required to work together on a long term challenge for
six weeks without assistance from teachers, parents and peers. They are
encouraged to explore possibilities and experiment with ideas as they endeavour
to produce a creative and original way to communicate their solution to others.
On competition day they also participate in a Spontaneous Challenge which
requires quick, creative thinking skills. Throughout their long term challenge our
St Albans teams showed amazing teamwork producing 2 quality performances.
Kāhu North team performed 'A Kiwi Quest' winning 1st place and Kāhu South
team performed 'The Wizard of Aus' winning 2nd place honours. We are so very
proud of all the hard work these two teams have put into planning, preparation and
developing polished performances.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Robo-Cup 2019

Robocup 2019
Last Saturday two St Albans teams competed at the Robocup competition.
Our teams have spent weeks under the expert tuition of Sam Pelham, designing,
building and coding their robots to meet the criteria of the competition. The Rescue
team competed in 4 rounds which included 4 different courses.  After 2 rounds it
was a quick return to the pits to make adjustments for the final 2 rounds. The Soccer
team had two robots- a player and a goalie. They competed against an Intermediate
team playing 3 games in total. Final result 2-1 to the opposition. A BIG congratulations
to both our teams for developing awesome robots, clever codes and being awesome
Robocup Soccer team from left: Kody, Sam, Harry,Sam Y,Emily, Sam G (Absent Joe)
Robocup Rescue team from left: Lachlan, Luci, Nate Kody, Lachlan, Neave



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Epro8 Challenge

Congratulations to our 2 St Albans teams who competed in the Epro8
Challenge this week. From left: 
The St Albans Circuits: Jinudhi, Charlie, Sophie and Ben
The St Albans Circuits: Lachlan, Bella, Harry and Stella

Both teams finished a very credible 5th equal competing against tough

competition and solving tricky challenges. They made St Albans proud by
competing in the spirit of the competition, showing excellent teamwork and
problem solving skills. A BIG thank you to our parent helpers and supporters.


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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Epro8 Challenge

This week our 2 teams were preparing for their Epro 8 Challenge competition that they will be competing in next week.  They had 2 and a half hours to complete a variety of challenges.

Out teams include:
  • Lachlan F, Harry F, Bella Stella
  • Charlie, Sophie B, Ben and Jinudhi
At the Epro8 Challenge competition teams compete to:
  • build large sized structures
  • solve practical problems
  • engineer using pulleys, motors, gears, wheels and axles
  • invent machines that can complete simple tasks
  • undertake unusual and fun experiments.
  • construct basic electronic circuits.
  • solve interesting problems using practical maths
Each team of four will be based at a workstation containing an impressive 
assortment of easy to use parts and equipment. Teams will be given a booklet 
containing a number of challenges. All the challenges are of an entertaining physical nature.

Teams will choose which challenges they wish to undertake. The harder the 
challenge, the more points it is worth. There is not enough time to finish all 
the challenges - so strategy is required to know which ones to go for.

Here are some of our team members working on their practice challenges.
Challenge 1: Create a 4 wheel driverless scooter that can move without humans 
moving it.

Challenge 2: Create an alien with 5 distinctive 'alien' features that moves under a barrier without a person coming within 2m of the alien. These were great challenges that challenged creative thinking, problem solving and team work. 

NZ Children's Book Awards and Writers Workshop

This week 21 enthusiastic

writers attended the NZ

Children’s Book Awards which featured a selection of the finalists at St Margarets

College. We heard 3 writers

speak: Kirsten Slade writer of
The Mapmakers Race,

Sarah Pepperle writer of

Art-tastic and James T Guthrie
writer of Bulls Eye Bella. 
After the Book Awards session author James T Guthrie came back to St Albans to run
a writing session with our group of writers. The children had an awesome afternoon
learning more about the process of writing and of writing a book.  The activity they did was called the Writers Dice where the children created a table of words that had to be included in their story. This was challenging and created some very funny stories! Once the children had finished writing they joined James in presenting their creative writing to the group.

Some of the key learning to be an awesome writer was to persevere, to show not tell,
to edit, edit(rework/re-craft) and edit some more. It was very cool to work alongside a published