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.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Fabulous Fudge Fantasia

Today we enjoyed tasting delicious fudge. The purpose of the day was to learn to establish and apply criteria in order to judge something. Next week we will be applying this learning when selecting the best solution to develop into an action plan for our Global Problem Solving Booklet. Today Noah's fudge was selected as the winner!

Thanks to all the children for their enthusiasm although it is easy to get excited about fudge!

Here are some of the recipes.

Lucy used the Edmond's recipe

 Noah's winning fudge!
 George's unique fudge
 Emily's Russian fudge

Monday, May 16, 2016

Dabrowski's Overexcitabilities

Gifted children are often prone to sensitivities and being extra sensory. This is a great article to start you thinking about whether this sounds familiar at your home or workplace.

The five areas identified are:

  • Psychomotor
  • Sensual
  • Intellectual
  • Imaginational
  • Emotional

Monday, March 21, 2016


Mindfulness is gaining popularity at the moment and simply put means being present in the moment with openness and curiosity. This is a useful reading from the Institute of Educational Advancement that explores the concept of mindfulness and how this can be a very useful tool for gifted students.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Creative Writing With Heather

Some talented writers from Year 6 are working with Heather today. They are working on creative writing via googledocs and Heather will given them feedback over the next few weeks as they continue on with their work both in class and at home.

 Hard at work. Children will have tired brains today!

Heather also shared a simple but effective quote about poetry.