This is a place where children involved in GATE at St Albans can share their thinking, ideas, process and work.
It is also the place for parents and caregivers to find information about Gifted and Talented Education at St Albans.
Over the next few weeks we have teams of children participating in the following events:
Monday 5th August- NZ Book awards and Writers Workshop with James Guthrie author of Bullseye Bella.
We have a selection of children from Year 4-6 who are attending the NZ Book Awards at St Margarets College. They will get to hear various authors present their work. Following the awards they will have a Writers Workshop with author James Guthrie to develop their craft of writing. We are very excited to be working with James.
Tuesday 13th August- Epro 8 Challenge. We have two teams entered in the Epro8 Challenge which is a competition, an engineering and problem solving race. Read more here about this event.
Saturday 24th August Robocup: We have two teams entered in this competition in two events: Robo-Soccer and Robotic Rescue. These teams have been busy building their competition robots under the expert tuition of Sam Pelham. A big thank you to Sam for all her work with the team.
Saturday 31st August- Tournament of Minds(TOM): Tournament of Minds is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.
Teams are required to work together on a Long Term Challenge for six weeks without assistance from teachers, parents or peers. They are encouraged to explore possibilities and experiment with ideas as they endeavour to produce their best possible solution. They develop a creative and original way to communicate this solution to others, working within predefined parameters such as limited materials, complex challenge criteria and the deadline of Tournament Day.The Tournament process provides a platform for excellence and equips participants with twenty-first century skills and strategies.
Provide the stimulation of real, open-ended challenges
Develop creative problem solving approaches and techniques
Foster cooperative learning and team work
Promote knowledge and appreciation of self and others
Encourage experimentation and risk taking
Expand and reward creative and divergent thinking
Stimulate a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning
Our teams have been working hard over the past term developing their creativity, collaboration, communication and problem solving skills.
2019 INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS AND ASSESSMENTS FOR SCHOOLS(ICAS)
ICAS will be online this year, with only ICAS Writing for Year 4 & 5 on paper.
Registrations are now closed for the 2019 ICAS exams and Australian Maths Competition.
The dates for the 2019 examinations are below.
Australian Maths Competition- Thursday 1st August 2019Digital Technologies – Tuesday 3 September 2019
Science – Thursday 5 September 2019
Writing – Tuesday 10 September 2019
Spelling – Thursday 12 September 2019
English – Tuesday 17 September 2019
Mathematics – Thursday 19 September 2019
Good luck to all our teams competing over the next few weeks and to those that have opted into sitting the ICAS exams and AMC competition.