Thursday, 22 September 2016


Have a safe and enjoyable holiday. If you do anything exciting or interesting these holidays, collect a leaflet or bring in some photos on the first Monday back.

Please remember to keep collecting the little plant pots from New World and bring them a long to class at the beginning of Term 4.


Rimu hub have now had two sessions playing percussion instruments with Mrs Emeleus. They have been learning about musical notes and how long each note lasts for.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Friday Football Fun...

This Friday, Matt from Mainland Football will be taking our class for a football session and holding a house competition! Each child need to bring a t-shirt the colour of their house - IN THEIR BAG - to wear for this activity.

Children in WHERO house get to wear mufti this Friday as the house who has earned the most points this term - well done!

Monday, 19 September 2016

Geometry - Shapes

We have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes.  Do you know the difference?  Ask a child from the Rimu Hub and hopefully they can tell you!  

Room15 made these 3D shapes using toothpicks and chick peas. The chickpeas are the vertices and the toothpicks are the edges. You have to imagine where the faces are! 
This was a fun way of learning about shapes!

Sunday, 18 September 2016



A thinking puzzle.
  • The tangram is a flat puzzle with seven shaped pieces, which when put together correctly, create a large square.
  • Tangrams can be arranged into many different shapes, such as a person or dog, and can be put together in an infinite number of combinations, and since the 1800s, there has been over 6500 documented, different tangram puzzle arrangements.
  • The tangram rules are that you must use all seven shapes (‘tans’); they must all touch; and they are not to overlap.
  • It is believed that tangrams were most likely invented in China between 960-1279 AD.
  • Tangrams were brought home to America and Europe by various merchants in the early 1800s, as gifts and souvenirs from their business trips to Canton, China, and became very popular.
  • Tangrams also became popular in World War I, probably due to their portability and good entertainment value.
  • The origin of the word ‘tangram’ is uncertain, and there are a variety of theories about it, including that it comes from an old English word ‘tramgram’ meaning puzzle or trinket.
  • Tangrams were originally made from glass, wood, ivory or turtle shell, and are now commonly made from plastic.
  • The tangram shapes are two large right angled triangles; one medium right angle triangle; two small right angle triangles; one square; and one parallelogram.
  • Tangram shaped tables and condiment dishes have been produced during the past couple of hundred years, with the sets of condiment dishes, made from a variety of materials, being popular in the 1800s and early 1900s.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Cultural Celebration Day...

What a great day we had today celebrating the many cultures within St Albans School!  We were treated to an amazing Wearable Arts display, an inspirational Kapa Haka performance, a range of talented performances and even took part in a whole school Carnavalito dance!  Check out the excitement that fizzed all day!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

New World's Little Garden

Next term Rimu's Inquiry involves looking at plants. We would love donations of small pots and seeds from New World's current promotion 'Little Garden'. If you also have any family or friends who shop at New World please can you ask them to collect them for us and send them along to class. Thank you.