This Friday we will be participating in Pink Shirt Day. Children are welcome to accessorise with something pink. It may be socks, ribbon, bit of face paint etc. It is not a mufti day.
Have a chat at home about what pink shirt is all about. We certainly will bet talking about it in our hubs.
We're looking forward to seeing all of the pink on Friday.
Welcome back to term 2. It’s been lovely to catch up with everyone and hear about their holidays. The children appear to be really refreshed and eager to learn. We have lots of wonderful things in store for the term.
Our reading continues to be based on using a variety of comprehension strategies to help us understand what we are reading and to develop breadth and depth in our knowledge. In writing, we will begin with a focus on paragraphing. Number knowledge and strategy learning will be the main focus in mathematics this term.
Ros Emelus will begun a music programme with our hubs. We will be singing a variety of songs and learning new singing skills. The song lyrics can be found on our blog. Ros will start with Kāhu 8, 9 & 10 this Friday from 10:30 - 11:20 over a five week period. From week 6 onwards; Ros will work with Kāhu 11, 12 & 13.
The children have been training hard and are excited to celebrate their efforts at our annual cross country. This event is about full participation and all children are encouraged to do their best. Our top 6 competitors in each race from each year group will have the opportunity to compete in the Zone competition in week 3. Children, please ensure you are wearing appropriate footwear whilst practising as well as on the day. Families, we look forward to seeing you there to celebrate your child’s hard work and personal achievement. Our senior students will be competing from 9:15am on Tuesday 7th May.
Health and PE
We will be shifting our focus this term to invasion games. Children will improve on their ability to find and create space, along with working on their passing and catching skills and basic movement skills. Part of this programme includes developing children’s ability to manage games themselves, change rules to make games fairer and solve disputes without adult assistance.
Winter sport begins on Friday 17th May. We have teams competing at Hagley Park in netball, football and rugby as well as our hockey teams who are playing at Nunweek Park. Children who have made school teams will be competing against each other on our grounds and English Park as well.
We are very grateful to the children who bring along their own device each day as this helps our learning programmes run smoothly. If you have a device at home that your child is able to bring along we would appreciate it a lot. We have 24 school devices across our hub available to the children who do not bring their own. If you have any questions regarding BYOD please feel free to chat to Sam.
This year’s camp is at Wainui on the Banks Peninsula. As we have such a large group of year 5 and 6 students we will be going in 3 groups:
Camp 1 - 2nd to 4th December
Kāhu 8 & Kāhu 10
Renee & Niamh’s classes
Camp 2 - 4th to 6th December
Kāhu 9 & Kāhu 13
Trish, Julie & Adela’s classes
Camp 3 - 9th to 11th December
Pouakai, Kāhu 11, Kāhu 12
Carmen, Sam & Hollie’s classes
We will need approximately 12 parents helpers for each camp. We will put out a letter later in the term to gain an indication on who would be keen to attend.
Cross Country Holiday Training Programme (13th – 28th April)
This is a suggested training programme to follow over the school holidays for those children who are hoping to make the school team or would like to improve on their performance from last year. Training really does make a difference! You may be fit, but it is important to practise running for a sustained period to build up endurance. When it comes to the Zone and especially the Canterbury cross country you need to be fit enough to do a near sprint start and then be able to settle to a steadier pace. With the holidays being later this year, it does not give us as much time to train before the zones, so it is important that you start now!
Tuesday 7th May– St Albans School cross country
Wednesday 14th May – Zone cross country – Murchison Park
Make sure you do a proper warm up and cool down.
There was a lot of fun at the English Language Learner's dinner held on Thursday night.
June and Trish did a wonderful job hosting this evening with a great turnout. There was fun and delicious food shared by our amazing and diverse community.
Thank you everyone for a great night.
Expression of Interest for the Primary Schools Duathlon
St Albans School is looking to send a team of 16 year 5 and 6 boys and girls to the Primary Schools Duathlon on Monday 25th March at Ruapuna Raceway. It is a competitive event comprising of a 2km run, 6km bike and a 1km run. Due to the nature of the event parents will be required to transport their child and bike to and from Ruapuna Raceway and be responsible for them during the event. The children will need to be at the course prior to 9am and will be unable to collect their bike until the end of the final race at approximately 1pm. If your child is an able runner and cyclist and would like to be considered for the event they need to get a form from Julie and return it by Friday 22nd February.
If more than 4 children in each year/gender group express an interest in the event then we will look to hold a school trial to select the fasted athletes and more details will follow.
If you require any further information please see Julie Worthington or check out the dualthlon information on the Primary Sports Canterbury website: http://www.primarysportscanterbury.org.nz.