We are even managing to find art amongst our maths!
We have been creating symmetrical patterns using geoboards and peg boards.
It has been so much fun using this hands on equipment.
This week we have been working on creating our own animal puppet.
This follows on from our reading programme this term which has been based on nonfiction texts about mammals.
We are also creating a fact file about our animal.
Art madness is all of the rage in Ōtākaro this week. Each home base is heading off to the Art Gallery to look at the latest collections and create their own 3D dream house. We are also having a fabric and fibre focus at school. Children are using felt and learning different types of hand stitching to create their own felt animal. Keep checking in to see what's going on.
Cashmere Club was full of skilled boxers and their supporters on Saturday night. Josh is a member of A Town Boxing and was in a tough bout against a rival he lost against recently by split decision. It has to be noted that he lost this bout whilst boxing with a broken hand. It was time to settle the score and Josh was victorious on Saturday. Congrats! We are all super proud. I went along to watch him and... wow! The level of fitness and talent is insane!
We had some students from SCLI - a Japanese Language School - visit Ōtākaro.
There were 15 Japanese girls who came along and sang some songs to us.
Then they worked with us to complete a survey about what school life is like in New Zealand - we were also able to ask them some questions about school life in Japan. We discovered it is very different - it was also fun to talk about how much school has changed at St Albans since we began just five or six years ago - it was a bit of a surprise even to us just how much things have changed since we were little new entrants! After we had completed the survey we worked with our buddy to create some amazing origami creations - we were very excited and proud of what we made.
The visit happened during Kapa Haka time so those children who don't go to Kapa Haka could choose to come with the Japanese visitors or work on other tasks. We had about 24 children work with the visitors.
It was such a pleasure to see this in action. The children from both schools were excited and keen to talk to each other. Our Ōtākaro children made us so proud as they were patient, explained their ideas clearly and were passionate about sharing our great school with their new friends. We loved seeing how engaged and interested all of the children were and how carefully they listened to each other. It was so fantastic to see our St Albans values in practise.
Thank you SCLI and thank you Ōtākaro for making this such an enriching experience for all those involved.
We are all so excited by the changes we are seeing around our school.
There is so much new building and our classrooms are so modern and lovely spaces to be.
We feel we are very lucky to be part of St Albans School at the moment.
We noticed that despite the classrooms looking fantastic on the inside our school still looks a bit shabby on the outside. This is partly because there is still so much building work going on and partly because the courts are still a bit bumpy from the earthquakes and partly because this is an area that isn't yet being upgraded - the exciting thing is it WILL be upgraded soon!
We decided it would be a great idea for the children from our school to be part of the design team that is able to come up with great ideas to make our school look great on the outside.
We split into teams of 3-6 children. We walked around the school looking for things we love about our school grounds and also to think of ways we could make our school look even better. To begin with we brainstormed lots and lots of ideas - they could be big or small, realistic or big dreams, cheap or expensive - every idea was a great one.
From there we had to consider our options and spend time thinking about one idea that we could continue with. We had to agree as a group - this meant some negotiating, compromising. convincing and a bit of debating had to take place.
Each group has now selected one idea they think would help enhance our school.
The next step was to make a concept drawing that had labels, identified the type of materials to be used, where the materials might be sourced from and so on.
Our next steps are
It's a big project filled with big ideas, ambition and excitement.
We can't wait to see the impact our learning can have on our school environment - kids making change!
Today we say Good Bye to Hunter S. Hunter is leaving St Albans School and heading to Reefton.
He hosted a fantastic farewell for our Hub today.
There was folk dancing, balloons, laughter and lots of delicious fudge on offer.
Hunter presented a farewell speech to the Hub.
Hunter - we love your wonderful sense of fun, your passion for sharing your learning and interests with others and your incredible knowledge about things you are excited by.
We will miss you a lot and wish you well at your new school in Reefton.
Today Lily and Ayla presented their Passion Projects - thank you girls.
Ayla's can be seen here.
This week the Year Six children from Ōtākaro have been participating in the Cycle Safety programme. The children worked in two groups for two days each.
This is a two day course. On the first day the children spent time learning about how to fit their helmet correctly and how to ensure their bike is safe. Constable Debbie spoke to everyone about the laws everyone must follow when they ride their bike on the road. All bikes and helmets were put through a safety check.
Finally the children spent some time on their bikes! They practised riding safely through a course. They learned the hand signals for turning and stopping.
After lunch on the first day the children spent some time learning about the road rules.
On the second day of the course the children who have passed all of the activities on the first day are taken on a road ride.