This year, St Emilie’s Catholic Primary School formed their first Mini Vinnies group. The response was fantastic, and over 80 students from Years 4-6 participated in Social Justice activities throughout the year.
Every Thursday during lunch, the students volunteered their own time to meet and discuss ways in which they could help others in need. They chose social justice issues that are important to them and reflected their personal values, and they engaged in initiatives to help others. Participating in the Mini Vinnies program has allowed students to learn how their actions, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in the wider community.
A big thank you to all the families who generously donated to the Winter Appeal. The clothes you donated made a huge difference in people’s lives, as the winter months are always a difficult time for those less fortunate.
This term, children worked hard sorting the donated food into Christmas hampers that will go to families in need this Christmas time. During the Christmas season, we reflect on what it means to follow Jesus’ teachings and help those in need.
Our students and parents can be very proud of children’s efforts – it is wonderful seeing our school community come together for such an important cause.
All the best
Miss Simone Hilton
Georgia Curulli from Young Vinnies (High School Program) addresses our students
This week we read two wonderful Dreamtime stories. The first was called ‘How the Birds got their Colours’ and the second was ‘When the Snake bites the Sun’. The students enjoyed the story and the art work so much that we placed the books on the craft table. We then began to create paintings related to the Dreamtime stories and wrote about them. Come and have a look at our paintings hanging in the Pre-Primary Blue Art Gallery!
We then learnt about the indigenous flag and what each colour means. We loved learning about and painting the flag.
Learning letter names and sounds is an essential part of our development. They are the foundation for learning to read and write, and shape the way we communicate with the world around us. Each week in Pre-Primary we have a letter focus, starting with every student going for a letter hunt. This allows the students to look at home for objects with the matching letter sounds. Students then bring that object in to share and discuss it with the class. We also include a language experience, with this week being baking bread for the letter “Bb”.
We started by reading a story called ‘Zed’s Bread’ by Mick Manning and discussed how bakers make bread. We then went through the ingredients and watched the bread being made. The whole classroom smelled wonderful – there is nothing better than the smell of fresh bread baking!
This term we have been learning about how the seasons change and how that affects the world around us. We first went for a nature walk to look at the different types of leaves around our school, then we collected the leaves to investigate how the colours change over time. We had so much fun learning about how the leaves change between seasons!
This term we have been developing our Fine Motor skills through hands on activities. Fine Motor skills allow us to complete everyday tasks like tying our laces and hanging up washing. These skills are essential for writing and being able to control a pencil and form correct pencil grip.
Take a look at some of the writing and fine motor activities we have been learning!