This week we started to talk about what St. Emilie’s Primary School might have been like in the past. We made some predictions and shared some things that we already knew.
- We thought our school was somewhere between 17 & 30 years old.
- We know there were different teachers
- We know there were different house colours
- We know that the school has changed a lot
Next, we invited some special guests from Year Four to share the research that they have been doing and to share the interviews they conducted with significant members of the St. Emilie’s community.
Wow! We discovered SO many things that we didn’t know and even found it hard to imagine about the St. Emilie’s of the past.
We are looking forward to sharing our findings with you on Open Night!
As you know our amazing St Emilie’s Dance Troupe performed last Friday, at the Perth Convention Centre, in the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival Creative Dance section.
We have been awarded a certificate of merit for the outstanding performance. The students should all be so proud, as we are, of their hard work for the many weeks rehearsing after school as well as their brilliant performance.
And here it is…enjoy!
This term we have been talking a lot about how much we love reading!
We know that reading is very good for us and we can definitely see why. We could sit and talk about books for hours on end, but we don’t always have time for that. What we have made time for, is special reading experiences like…
Enjoying our books outside on fine days.
Discussing our favourite authors. Some of these include…
Ahn Do, Dav Pilkey, J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Judy Blume, Morris Gleitzman, Tim Cahill, Andy Griffiths, Jeff Kinney and so many more.
Looking at how authors get us to think, feel, react and more…
We love how authors can create amazing pictures in our heads with their clever use of words, so we have been exploring some figures of speech like similes and metaphors, and experimenting with them in our own writing.
We have also discovered that we all connect with different characters and have our favourites from different books. Lots of us could actually name an all time favourite. How amazing it is that we can connect and feel as though we really know a fictional character in a story!
Something truly magical happens when you get lost in a good book.
In the holidays our sculptures and research for the Earth Assist Recycled Art Competition were entered! We are so proud of our sculptures and we gained lots of valuable knowledge in researching information in order to answer the competition questions.
Part of our research involved finding out how long it takes for some of the materials we use to break down in the environment.
Did you know…
‘A paper take away bucket can take between six weeks and three months to break down and a plastic bottle will take hundreds of years.’ Claire & Conor
‘Some plastics take 1000 years to decompose’ Mia & Thomas
‘A 1L plastic bottle can take 450 years or more’ Ethan & Trent
Our Recycled Art Sculptures
We are looking forward to our next learning adventures in Term 3!
As part of our focus on sustainability we have been discussing lots of ways to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’. We came up with lots of ways to do this…
‘walk or ride instead of driving a car’
‘handing down clothes to younger siblings or cousins’
‘having a compost bin’
‘reusable shopping bags’
‘repurposing old materials and making something new’
‘washing cars on the lawn’
Just to name a few!
We had a go at repurposing old T-shirts and turning them into a bag. They look great and after testing them out we are happy with how much they actually hold too!
We are also, creating sculptures out of recycled materials to enter in the ‘2019 Earth Assist Recycled Art Competition.’ Some pretty creative creatures are starting to take shape…
We cant wait to show off the finished product!
These are a work in progress, but I wonder if you can tell what type of animal each one could be? Stay tuned for the end result!
It’s hard to believe that our first term in Year 3 is almost finished. The last few weeks have been spent celebrating our achievements and consolidating our learning. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to visit us on Open Night and share in our learning journey.
“I loved showing my family my magazine profile art and having them guess who was me. It was challenging and fun!” – Trent
“My favourite part was showing my narrative on Book Creator because I was very proud of it.” – Ava
“I loved playing the Maths games with my family because it was fun being the teacher and for once I felt like I knew more about something.” – Abby
“I was so happy showing my family everything because I put in a lot of effort.” – Thomas M
As you know we have also been preparing ourselves to be great role models for our Kindy Buddies and this week we finally got to meet them. We shared a story with our buddy and worked together on an Easter colouring activity.
The Year 3 students made their buddies feel so welcome and safe. They did a fantastic job of finding out a bit about what their buddy likes, answering questions that their buddy had and giving their buddy lots of praise for their amazing colouring in, drawing and writing.
Dear Parents, Thank you for your support this term. I hope you have a wonderful Easter break and I look forward to working together again in Term 2.