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St. Andrews Samakee Blog

Our regular blogs will keep you up to date with what is happening at Samakee!


Year 9 Materials Science

Year 9 studied a topic about materials science, and how composite materials have different properties from the material ingredients that make them up. This involved the students mixing their own concrete samples, then breaking them to identify which was the strongest.

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Middle School Sleepover – Cooking

This term, the Middle School students took part in their annual sleepover and some had the opportunity to take responsibility for making the dessert for the evening meal. The children worked collaboratively to read and follow the recipes, weigh the ingredients and work safely in the kitchen. It was fantastic to see the older students supporting and...

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The Teepee Farm Treehouse

In term 2, 2018, the Teepee Farm Treehouse, proposed by the Student Council, became a whole school building project involving children from Nursery through to Year 9. Through this community hands-on learning experience on our school farm, all the children have the opportunity to develop confidence and self-esteem as they work together to achieve a real and meaningful objective using...

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Loose Parts Play

“Have you ever noticed that if you leave old junk lying around, kids will almost inevitably play with it? Whether it be old cardboard boxes, wooden pallets, pieces of wood, old tires [sic], bits of rope or string, kids will use their imagination and ingenuity to make something. This may make your garden look like a junkyard sometimes, but the experience...

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Why do we spend so much time outdoors?

We spend lots of time

learning outside the classroom

at Samakee, but why?

    Evidence repeatedly shows connecting with nature and the wilderness works. Playing and learning outdoors is good for social and emotional development improves self-awareness, and makes children more co-operative.        Studies show that children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have...

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Welcome Back to School

On behalf of the Samakee staff, I would like to give you all a very warm welcome as we start the beginning of the new Academic Year, 2016-2017. I do hope that you have had a pleasant summer and that you are looking forward to the term ahead. We are eager to get to know our new children, their families...

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Mangrove Forest Trip

As part of their Thai topic this term, Year 5 visited The Learning Center in Samut Sakorn Province on Friday to learn about mangrove forests in Thailand. As can be seen in the photos, there were many activities for the children to explore such as, planting seeds, walking through the mangrove forest, and drawing about and experiencing forest activity. [gallery type="square"...

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Maths Parent Workshop

This week our Maths Team Leaders invited parents to a Maths Workshop where the team and parents had the opportunity to discuss the strategies and methods that your children use in multiplication. The Maths team offered clear explanations of how we use problem-solving activities to support your child’s Maths thinking and parents also had the opportunity to take part in...

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Aliens Love Underpants

Recently, early years enjoyed a topic about space and read the story Aliens Love Underpants. The children then decided to design and made their own underpants in the Art room. Children chose from a variety of resources to make their underpants, including wax crayons, glitter, collage material, stars, hearts, shapes, buttons, paint and much more. The children looked at different designs,...

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