A big thank you to all families who came along to our Two Way (Kindy & PP) and Three Way (Year 1 to 6) Interview Day on Wednesday. These interviews are an important part of the reporting process and a great chance to celebrate the wonderful learning that is happening here at St Emilie’s.
We wish everyone a happy and safe long weekend and look forward to seeing everyone back here on Wednesday morning.
Thanks to all who came to our Mother’s Day Morning Tea in the hall after our wonderful Year 2 assembly this morning. It was great see some many members of our school community enjoying the chance to have a coffee/tea and have a chat with each other.
A big thank you to Alison from the P & F and her helpers who catered for the morning tea, and the amazing staff and students who helped out with setting up, serving and cleaning up.
We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
Thanks to all
On Friday 17 March the students of Gannon House celebrated Gannon Day.
Our House Patron, Sister Margaret Mary Gannon, is a Sister of St Joseph of the Apparition. We celebrate our house day at this time, as the Feast Day of St Joseph is on March 19.
During our morning assembly, we shared the message of our house motto, ‘Serving with Humility’. We seek to honour this motto by working together to serve others in our community.
We can serve others with humility by…
Saying an encouraging word
Buying or making a small gift for someone
Donating to the needy
We finished of our assembly with a bit of fun, sharing our own rendition of ‘Gannon Style’!
The students in Gannon House also spent the day putting our house motto into action, by donating items to be made into “Care Packages” for needy families in our local community.
We gathered together in the Science Room to put our care packages together.
We displayed great teamwork, and had a lot of fun both decorating and filling our boxes.
Our completed care packages have been delivered to Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre, where we hope they put a smile on the faces of many children and families.
A big thank you to all of our Gannon families for their thoughtfulness and generosity when donating items.
A PRAYER FOR HUMILITY From Psalm 131
keep our hearts from being too proud,
keep our eyes from mean and unkind looks,
keep our minds from thinking only of ourselves,
keep our spirits calm so we may consider the needs of others
Keep our feet on the path to justice
Make us people of courage and humility for you are our hope now and always.
Throughout term one the Year 6 students have been working on a solar car project. Synergy and STAWA (Science Teacher’s Association of WA) provided solar car kits to schools who had registered for the project and challenge. The kit included enough materials for the students to build up to ten solar cars. At each lesson this term the students have conducted investigations with the solar cars such as
- Which wheels give the car it’s greatest speed over 20m?
- How does cloud cover affect the solar energy output of the solar panels?
- What panel angle generates the most energy?
The project came to a climax today when 8 of our students competed in a race day at Willetton Primary School. We departed St Emilie’s at 8:45am in our maxi taxi and arrived at Willetton fully prepared to confront the challenge ahead of us. Mrs Cogger took 8 students – 4 competitors, 2 students with a model car and 2 spectators.
Immediately the coordinators ‘eyed off’ our model that had been carefully designed and constructed by Riley and Cohen and moved it onto the trophy table.
At 9:30am the competition commenced. The students had 60 minutes to build a solar car from scratch and test it out. There was a ‘hum’ of enthusiastic and engaged scientists at work in the hall at Willetton Primary School.
As luck would have it one of the schools that had registered did not show up, so the coordinators asked if our 4 spectators would like to enter. The team got off to a later start but they managed to have their vehicle build in time for the race. So now we had a St Emilie’s A and a St Emilie’s B team. Smiles all round as our spectators were now involved and also getting an opportunity to showcase their skills.
There were three race tracks set up in the hall so that the students could test out their cars.
The goal of the competition was to race the car along a 20m track made out of corflute board. Here are a few photos so that you can see the challenge that the students had to confront.
Unfortunately given today’s overcast conditions the students had to use battery packs as an alternative to the solar panel. Two students set their cars at the start line and at the finish line another pair of students had to ‘catch’ the cars so that they didn’t crash into the sand bags.
And the final result……
St Emilie’s Team A came fourth.
And Cohen and Riley won the best model prize
Mrs Cogger would like to add her own comments about the day. The students were a delight to take to the competition. They used their problem solving skills and faced all the challenges with a positive attitude. They were polite and extremely well -behaved. The students were happy to celebrate the success of the other competitors.
This is the first time that a solar car challenge event has been offered to primary and secondary students. The event was very well run and the coordinators were approachable, creating a positive atmosphere for learning and competing.
Mrs Cogger would also like to thank Mr Sayer our mentor through the Scientists in Schools program for giving up his time to work with the students and discuss such challenges as the angle of the panel, how to keep the car running straight and other obstacles and problems as they arose.
Last Friday, 3rd March, was Clean up Australia Day for schools. After registering on the Clean Up Australia website. Mrs Cogger received a kit including bags, gloves, information and promotional materials.
Students from Kindy to Year 6 were allocated an area, on the school grounds, to clean up. Everyone put on their gloves, or used the special robot arms, to pick up all the litter in their area.
After lunch, Mrs Cogger gathered the Year 6 Environmental Ministry Group for a photo before sending the litter all classes had collected to the skip bins.
In the afternoon 6G participated in a Waste Audit with Robyn Brown from Rivers Regional Council. A Waste Audit involves the students going through our recess and lunch waste and categorising it e.g., single wrap plastics, packaging, fruit scraps, containers etc.
After the students had categorised the waste it then had to be weighed and the measurements recorded.
The results from our Waste Audit will be collated and a pie graph of our findings prepared for us by Robyn Brown.
This will inform our school community about the effectiveness of our current waste management strategies and how we can continue to make improvements.
Mrs Cogger would like to thank 6G and Miss Hynes for their mature and positive attitude throughout the Waste Audit. You will be hearing more from the Environmental committee about Waste management at St Emilie’s in the future.
Palm Sunday – March 25 – all children are invite to participate in the Entrance Procession.
Wednesday, March 28
2nd Rite of Reconciliation at 7pm
Tuesday, April 11
Chrism Mass – 7pm at the Cathedral
Holy Thursday – April 13
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm – Please wear white
All-night Adoration at the Altar of Repose will be available IF there are 2 people rostered at all times.
Good Friday – April 14
Stations of the Cross at 10.00am in the Church grounds
Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord at 3.00pm – Please wear red – There will be one collection for the Holy Places.
Saturday – April 15
Celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection at 8.00pm – Please wear white or gold
Easter Sunday – April 16
Masses at 7.15am and 9.00am – Please wear white or gold
Please note there will be NO 5.00pm Mass on Easter Sunday
The City of Gosnells held their first Operation Bike Identification at St Emilie’s last Monday. Children were encouraged to bring in their scooters and bikes to be engraved to deter theft.
Sixteen scooters and bikes were engraved by the Community Safety Project Officers from the City of Gosnells. We are very proud that the children involved who were congratulated on being polite and using their manners at all times.
Congratulations to Lee B from Year 6 who was the lucky winner of the Bike Lock prize.
Thank you to all families and, of course, staff who supported our first community social event for 2017 – the St Emilie’s Family Fun Night.
Although the 39 degree weather may have put some people off, those that came along enjoyed a very pleasant night filled with great fun, good conversation, some great dance moves, friendly (?) competition and delicious food.
A huge thank you to Alison, Bec and their fantastic support team for all your preparation and hard work both prior to and on the night – the Sausage Sizzle, drinks and ice-creams were very much appreciated.
Thank you to Mr Cogger and his Year Six helpers for setting up the barbecues, tents and shades.
Thank you also to the special people who stayed behind and assisted with packing away at the end of the evening – your generosity was greatly appreciated.
We noted some very tired little cherubs heading home after a great time together – staff included!