This morning two of our St Emilie’s families met with Mrs Cogger to work in the veggie garden. The tasks were to pick and bag rocket and to pick, wash and bag radish. BTW Mrs Thuijs loves our radish!! Unfortunately she missed out on a bag this week as we sold out!
If you would like to volunteer for the veggie garden roster then please send Mrs Cogger an email as she is still looking for helpers to fill the roster. Her email is
We meet on the Friday mornings when there is an assembly. We work from 8-8:30am in the veggie garden and then take our produce to the hall to sell at the assembly.
Mrs Cogger would like to thank the Devereux boys Patrick and Merrick and Solomon Bonney for working so hard this morning.
Welcome back to Term Two! 🙂
We are all rearing to go and really looking forward to all that lies ahead! We hope that you are all safe and well and have enjoyed the opportunity to invest in your beautiful children, perhaps in a slightly different way over the school holiday break.
As you know, we have just had two Professional Learning days – essential days in terms of staff development.
On Monday we revisited all things Occupational Health and Safety, including our policies, plans and procedures. While this type of day is huge in terms of the denseness of the subject matter, it is of course very important that we continue to up-skill, mitigate risk and ensure that we are as prepared as possible in the case of an emergency. St Emilie’s has partnered with an external provider to assist us with ongoing compliance and internal audits.
On Tuesday we met with the wonderful Brendan Spillane, an acclaimed Australian educator, speaker and coach. As an accredited International Executive Coach he works with a range of senior leaders from business, education and elite sports. A former teacher and principal, Brendan has held senior roles at executive level on professional associations at both state and national level in Australia.
A highly engaging speaker and presenter, Brendan uses a powerful blend of story, metaphor and humour to create the conditions for a more authentic and insightful dialogue. His professional expertise includes cultural change, establishing feedback systems that work and supporting people to develop the skills to lead critical conversations effectively. He is passionate about capacity building in individuals and teams, developing leaders and identifying the key behaviours that underpin a high performance mindset. He is also a father and has many wonderful insights in this space!
We are currently in discussions with Brendan about offering a parent opportunity here at St Emilie’s. We will be aiming to find a date in Term 3 so please watch out for this wonderful opportunity.
The Educational Psychologist attached to our school sent us the following two Parent Pages giving you information regarding local workshops / information sessions for parents. We would urge you to take a look to see if any of these might be helpful to you.
Below is an adapted version of the YEAR OF YOUTH prayer that we used at the start of our PL day yesterday. Hopefully it may continue to inspire us all to embrace the joy, the curiosity, the innocence and the enthusiasm of the young into our own daily lives!
Have a great day everyone!
We look forward to another wonderful term in Year Four.
Mrs Chaves & Miss Corkhill
This term our focus sports have been Basketball, Street Hockey and Tee Ball.
With all of these sports being Team orientated, one of our major focuses for the term was being able to demonstrate great teamwork and to get all team members involved in the game.
Specific skills such as passing, ball control, shooting, hitting and game awareness were also a featured during our lessons.
Next term we will be focussing on some Winter ball sports that include AFL, Netball, Soccer. This will also be a major focus for our Year 6 students who will have a very busy term with the Eagles Cup Inter school Competition taking up a majority of the term.
Cross Country training will also begin mid way through next term. Students will be notified when morning sessions are to be conducted.
Finally, Our Interschool swimmers did a fantastic job of representing our school last Thursday.
Even though we did finish 5th, our swimmers put in an amazing amount of training and effort throughout the term.
St.Emilie’s had 2 swimmers take out individual awards, with Jessica Ladiszlai winning the Year 5 Champion Girl award and Taylah Gates winning the Year 4 Girls Runner Up Champion award.
This is an amazing effort, considering how strong the opposition was on the day!
Health & PE Specialist
Loose Parts Play
Loose Parts are materials that can be moved around the indoor and outdoor environments and used in endless ways.
The provision of loose parts in our indoor and outdoor environments adds quality to our play experiences. Open ended materials – loose parts – provide children with never ending ways to transform things into whatever they can imagine.
The versatility of these materials provide children with endless ways to create something new. Having access to a variety of materials during play and exploration assists with:
- Problem Solving
- Hand-eye coordination
- Fine motor development
- Gross motor development
- Language and vocabulary building
- Mathematical thinking
- Scientific thinking
- Social/emotional development
- Valuing sustainability by using recycled materials
- and more…
Children have the freedom to explore the materials, use them as they wish, and take them to any area of the classroom. The children will use the same material in many different ways.
We welcome donations to build our collections of loose parts and recycled materials. Do you have any interesting materials lying around at home? PVC pipes, milk crates, small rocks, pebbles, off cuts of lino, carpet, tiles, wood, nuts, bolts, buttons, bottle tops, cotton reels, old photo/picture frames… The possibilities are endless!
THE SUN CHANGES EVERYTHING!
The emphasis within this module is on the influence of the SUN’S energy on a child’s everyday life and how the SUN’S energy creates changes.
We have a class mascot called FREDA the frilled neck lizard, who introduces us to Reptiles and their need for the SUN’S light energy.
We have researched the REPTILE family and noted their characteristics and need for the SUN’S energy to hunt for food and escape from predators.
We are following a sequence of activities to investigate the power of the SUN.
We identified how we warm and cool our bodies, what we know about the SUN, SUN safe behaviours and conduct simple experiments to investigate how a range of familiar objects can change if left in sunlight.
Our reptile Park has been a very popular spot in Kindy as the lizards, snakes, turtles and crocodiles have adventures in the habitat we created for them.
Look out for all of this and our Observational Drawings Of Freda , along with other learning experiences at OPEN NIGHT Wednesday of Week 9 of term.
Hope to see you there!
The children in Pre Primary Gold have made a great start to the new school year. There have been lots of smiles, fun and laughter as the children have been exploring their new environment and building new relationships with teachers and class friends.
Our outdoor learning environment promotes children’s connection with nature. Children love being outside to enjoy the freedom, fresh air and change of pace that the outdoor environment offers. Our outdoor environment provides many opportunities to learn – respect for nature, social skills, managing risks and physical skills and stamina.
Our Fine Motor Stations aim to develop fine motor skills, language and handwriting. The activities help to develop strong, flexible fingers and promote better hand-eye co-ordination, differentiated movements and dexterity.
The language experience approach is a wonderful way to engage children in reading and writing. In language experience children are engaged in a rich learning experience to provide an experience that children will want to talk about. Teachers take dictation from the children, (or they have a go with their own writing) then use the children’s own words in shared reading experiences.
The children have been building relationships between numbers and a represented item. Counting and representing numbers with objects or pictures allows children to make connections between the real world and their developing math skills.
We engaged in drawing and painting self portraits. The children have been considering their personal identity and learning that everyone is unique and different.