Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Congratulations Aoife Maher

A very BIG congratulations to Aoife Maher who is a St Albans Year 6 student, for becoming our very own published author.  Earlier in the year Aoife attended the YWW here at St Albans which was run by the 'School for Young Writers.' During the workshop she worked and reworked her writing to create the 'Lonely Eel'. Her work has been published in Write On- the best New Zealand writing by kids for kids:  Issue 50. We will post Aoife's writing as soon as it is received.

Congratulations Aoife, we are very proud of you. 

Term 3 GATE events

Here are our upcoming events for our Term 3 GATE programmes.

  • ICAS English: Week 2 Tuesday 31st July
  • Australia Maths: Week 3 Thursday 9th August
  • ICAS Maths: Week 4 Tuesday 14th August
  • YWW(Young Writers Workshop) for our Y5 tamariki: Week 5 TBC
  • Robotics competition: Date and time TBC
Any queries please contact Mrs Lidstone

Monday, June 18, 2018

EPro8 Technology Challenge

In T2 Week 7, 8 children from St Albans Year 5 and 6 competed in the EPro8 Technology Challenge. Team 1: The St Albans Einsteins consisted of Charlotte, Sophie, Magnus and Isaac.
Team 2: The St Albans Wizards consisted of Josie, Erin, Rory and Tim.

Throughout the competition the teams had 2 1/2 hours to complete 4 major challenges which included numerous mini challenges. Both teams had to work collaboratively as a team to problem solve. Congratulations to both our teams who made St Albans proud competing against tough competition and in tough challenges.

Young Writers Workshop

A few weeks ago a small team of Year 3 and 4 students were chosen to work alongside Gail Ingram in the Young Writers Workshop.  This workshop was held over 2 days and their writing focus was on developing their poetry skills. These children beavered away over the two days creating, drafting and re-crafting their wonderful imaginative ideas.

Pictured here are Luca, Hannah, Joey, Harry, Evie, Mikko, Millie, Zena, AJ and Rosie working with Gail. Here is a small sample of some of their awesome poems.

Scribble world  

I see ABSOLUTELY nothing
but arguments. The colours
are screaming and shouting.
Purple yells, “Why am I even here?”
Blue answers, “Because
Joey scribbled you!”
Brown screams, “Stop arguing or
you’ll get rubbed out.”

By Joey Ward Y4 St Albans School

Mad Dad

My dad is very mad,
he’s a beast all the time,
he doesn’t even pat the cats!
he doesn’t let me do a thing,
he has no respect,
agh help! my dad’s tickling me
to death.

By Luca Maxwell Y3 St Albans

Poseidon’s Realm.

Poseidon’s Realm   
under the sea,
it’s 12:00 midday.
It feels happy and cozy,
yet it is
under the sea.

He hugs and smiles,
rolls his eyes,
and gives his son
a call. His wife Nythia,
a water nymph,
smiles at her husband.

In Poseidon’s realm,
you can feel the water
moving, the sea creatures
bob in and out,
in and out,
in and out,
the marble
columns are sea-green
like Poseidon’s eyes.

It’s exactly the right
Nothing to
fear, it’s all

By Evie Ryan Y4 St Albans

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Welcome to 2018

Tuesday 8th May 2018

Welcome to our GATE Blog for 2018

Dear Whanau, Please see upcoming events for our GATE programmes.

Term 2:
  • ICAS Digital Technologies - Today(8th May)
  • YWW- Young writers workshops for Kahikatea - Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th May
  • ICAS Science- Tuesday 29th May
  • ICAS Spelling- Wednesday 13th June
  • ICAS Writing- Thursday14th June
Term 3: 
  • ICAS English- July 31st
  • Australia Maths- August 9th
  • ICAS Maths- August 14th 
  • YWW- Young writers workshop 4th and 5th September Year 5
Term 4:
YWW- 6th 
This Thursday the 10th May is Robotics group from 1.30-3pm.  Later in the term we look forward to sharing their awesome work with our viewers. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017


Last week we participated in Robocup. We have been working on our robots for several weeks. There were three teams chosen from year 5&6. Our team chose to do rescue, where you follow a line and the goal is to find a can and push it out of a green area. It sounds easier than it is. Other teams did soccer. It's basically a robot soccer. 

We used Ev3 to build everything. At the competition we had lots of malfunctions but it was still a learning experience. Our favourite thing was that there were so much cool stuff we could make our robot do.

Blogpost by Cindy and Rory

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Year 6 Cantamaths Competition

A Year 6 Cantamaths Competition was hosted by Susan Rogers and her Year 8 class at Heaton last week. St Albans school had spent a couple of weeks preparing for this event. The questions were similar to Otago Maths problem solving questions. We entered three teams of four students.

St Albans 1: Rico, Thomas, Jacob and Mani

St Albans 2: James H, Ron, Neo and Samuel

St Albans 3: Emily, Phoebe, Max and Lucy H

Congratulations to James, Ron, Neo and Samuel who won the whole competition. This bodes well for 2017 as this team are all Year 5 students.