This Saturday 5th September from 2.30pm to 5.00pm, you are invited to come and join the Parish Pastoral team, Fr Chien and Fr Anibal, Anne, Stuart and I and parishioners from St Emilies, to pause and reflect upon the idea of Christian service, in relation to being a volunteer here at St Emilie’s. Ministry teams will share in small groups about their journey so far and what they hope to achieve into the future.
There are many different ministries operating in the St Emilie’s parish and they are always looking for new people to join them, as new people bring fresh ideas and new energy! If you would like to come and see if there is a ministry that you might like to be part of please come along!
Please BYO small plate for afternoon tea if you can and phone Kim or Ashana on 92569696 to RSVP.
Hope to see you there! 🙂
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On Tuesday 25th August 2015, Ivy’s dad, Officer Kevin Renting visited Kindy Gold with his team to teach us about his role in the Police Force. He brought along a Police vehicle for us to explore inside. It was very exciting! We all had a turn of sitting in the front seat and pressing the buttons to turn the sirens on.
Mr Renting used the special Police radio in the car to speak to attendants back at the Headquarters. The attendants over the radio greeted us as a class, “Hello everyone at Kindy Gold, St. Emilie’s!” We had to reply back using special police “code.” We then had some time for questions and were able to examine some real handcuffs. Mr Renting spoke to us about the uniform that Police Officers wear, about how fast they have to travel when ‘catching the baddies’ and especially how the Police are there to help and keep the community safe.
We then moved into the classroom to discuss “Forensics.” Since we have been investigating “prints” in our Science Inquiry unit, Mr Renting brought along some official Police documents used for fingerprinting people and we all had a turn at creating our own fingerprints on these documents. Mr Renting discussed with us the reason why Police wear gloves when collecting evidence at the scene of a crime and how fingerprints can be lifted and used as evidence.
Thank you Officer Renting and your team! We had an AWESOME time and are growing closer to solving our own class mystery. Thanks for the goodies we were able to take home with us too!
Dear Kindy to Year Two families and staff,
Thank you so much for making the effort to come to the 1:1 Info Night last night after a long day at work and in the staff’s case, conducting 2 Way and 3 Way parent meetings all day … your presence was really appreciated.
Sincere apologies we ran over time – we know our hall chairs re not the most comfy of seats at the best of times!
Some of the key messages were:
Here at St Emilie's we are not about technology for technologies sake...
It's always about the learning...
We believe that good teaching lies at the heart of good learning - tech is a tool that, in the hands of a very good teacher, can push learning opportunites to places that are notpossible with paper and pencil.
Children’s Book Week throws the spotlight each year on READING and on the importance and joy of being able to read.
Here in primary school we are charged with the privilege of supporting your child in the early years to discover how letters carry meaning and when formed together in certain combinations, create sounds and words.
We read class books together and we hover over words of interest and pictures that capture our imagination … we hold 30 children in suspense, on the edge of their seats … we talk about characters and how they often point us to a new idea or a feeling … we laugh, we cry, we rise to the defence of… we are stirred to act… we imagine… we create pictures in our heads…
Of course as a parent, you are in the unique position to join all the above with an even more personal experience and snuggle time. There is nothing quite so special as snuggling on a lounge with a beautiful book and a child.
Our challenge as educators and parents is to make every week a book week and by example, give the wonderful gift of reading for pleasure to your children!
Thank you to all those parents who made such sacrifices to be at today’s 2Way and/or 3Way meetings and when you arrived, for the interest and gentle encouragement that you gave to your child. To those parents who were not able to make it, we know you would of, if you could of.
All of us do more and do better when we are encouraged and when someone believes in us.
As parents, we have a responsibility to be encouraging to our children of their efforts – no matter how small their achievements are in our own eyes.
Encouragement, support and challenge walk hand in hand – you are doing a great job Mums and Dads, keep it up!
We have continued our Fairy Tale journey with “The Three billy Goats Gruff”.
Our building challenge was very exciting as we came up with super ideas and used many types of materials to assist the Billy Goats with their Troll dilemma!
Our next Fairy Tale was “Jack and the Beanstalk” which took us to lofty heights during the building challenge!
We also had great fun playing a dice game called “Veggie Stack”, a game for four players. We had to roll the dice, read the colour, find the matching veggie and add it to the stack. Things could get a bit wobbly as the stack got higher an higher!
Our LINES investigations have continued with us drawing the different types of lines from the dice, then filling the spaces carefully with water colour paints to create a pleasing design. This takes a great deal of time and patience to really slow down and not rush our work!
We also drew individual lines onto the back of folded coloured paper and then cut along the lines carefully with scissors- very tricky!
When we opened the paper, hey presto, a great shape would emerge!
We assembled and glued these shapes onto a black background to create some wonderful designs that Matisse would have enjoyed!
Rhyme Time is lots of fun too as we read stories that rhyme, find items that rhyme with a word we hear and match pairs of rhyming pictures!
Always lots to do in Kindy Blue!