This week we invited Vivienne back to St Emilie’s to talk to the students about waste management. Vivienne is the Education Officer for Cleanaway and she is one of our favourite visitors. We look forward to seeing her every couple of years. Cleanaway is the company that collects all the waste throughout the City of Gosnells. It is also National Recycling Week so it is important to think about our future and make plans on how to better manage our waste.
The students learned about what we should place in our General Waste and Recycling Waste bins by playing several team games.
The students learned about Waste Free lunches and how to choose products that require less packaging.
Vivienne showed the students how you can save money by buying a large 1kg block of cheese that has only one wrapper compared to a pack of 10 cheese sticks.
The students in Year 4, 5 and 6 learned about how long it takes different materials to decompose.
The students also learned about the 3 R’s hierarchy model. We should be doing MORE Reducing and sending less to landfill.
Each student will bring home a survey. Please complete the survey with your child. This will help inform Cleanaway about their waste management services and assist them to make future changes. Each students who returns the survey will receive a pop out cardboard rubbish truck and go in a draw to win a mini wheelie bin.
I hope the students have been sharing all their new knowledge about waste management and are assisting you to make changes. A few changes have already been put into place at the Cogger household!
We have been having lots of fun in our BBB sessions this term. The Balls, Body and Brains is a fitness program designed to develop and improve children’s perceptual motor and fundamental movement skills.
Practicing Ball Skills
Balls, Body and Brains offers children the opportunity to work through a sequence of experiences to develop their perception, motor and memory skills.
Let’s dance and move!
As the children’s confidence grows, language skills and fundamental sports skills are learned and developed in our BBB sessions.
The experiences enable the children to build the confidence needed to move competently into structured games and activities, and have so much FUN along the way!
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.
On the 16th of August 2019 the Year 6 girls had an incursion with UWA students David and Sestley. They introduced our girls to a fun project called Robogals!
This programme is specifically just for girls. Unfortunately only 14% of women are in engineering careers. There are different types of engineering like chemical, electrical, software, civil and mechanical engineering.
We were split into 3-4 groups and each group got a robot with a code name on it. In my group I had Maureen, Olivia, Mia S and myself. Our robots name was The Hobbot. Each group got an Ipad and went onto an app. On our app you could programme your robot to move in any direction.
Emily Warren Roebling was a developer who was known for her contribution to finish building the Brooklyn Bridge after her husband Washington Roebling died from Caisson Disease. After Emily’s husband died she found loads of books on civil engineering and taught herself from scratch. Emily’s husband was a civil engineer and the Chief Engineer during the construction of the Bridge. Sadly Emily died on the 28th of February 1903.
We learned that there are different types of engineering that can do different types of things, for example Aerospace engineering helps with space. Generation engineering helps with GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms).
Towards the end of the incursion we got to create a little dance or song and perform it to the other girls.
This was a really fun incursion for the girls because it encourages us to dream big and be whatever we want to be.
A special thanks to Mrs Cogger for letting us have this opportunity.
And thanks to David and Sestley from UWA for volunteering to do this.
You both helped us out a lot and it is much appreciated.
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!