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In the final weeks of this term we have had a wonderful time learning about the beautiful folktales of the Philippines and the main religions of the country.
The Philippines are mainly Catholic. Like us in Australia, the Philippines have a diversity of religions but are mainly Catholic. We explored some beautiful Spanish churches and compared them with our own in Australia and found some amazing similarities!
In keeping with our learning “habit of Mind” skill of applying past knowledge, we compared our learning of Vietnamese Buddhist temples with what we now know of the churches in the Philippines.
The senior classes -years 4-6 watched the Philippine folktale- Tung kung Langit and compared it with our own “Creation story” from Genesis in the Bible and the junior classes watched “The First Pineapple” and discussed the origins of folktales and the life lessons they teach- In this lovely folktale the life lesson is to be diligent when doing your chores and to help out Mum and Dad when they are busy! What a great example!
Below are some of the results of our discoveries in the last few weeks!
Today is St Emilie de Vialar’s Feast Day and we are celebrating in a variety of ways!
All families are warmly welcomed to our whole school Mass at 9.00am.
Cheesies and a sausage sizzle lunch and icy pole package for lunch – thanks to the generous donations of a few amazing parents in our school community (who wished to remain nameless!)
Our Year Six leaders have organised the stalls and games for…
and classes will engage with the St Emilie story and the power of prayer back in the classroom.
Money raised will …
‘help others in difficult times’
just as St Emilie did!
Thank you for supporting this day of celebration and fund-raising for those who need our help xxx
Wow! We can’t believe that it’s nearly Week 9 of Term 2! Time certainly flies when you’re having fun!
We have been learning about capacity!
The children have shown a real interest in this topic and they can be seen incidentally measuring capacity during outdoor play in the sandpit.
So what does capacity mean? We looked high and low, inside and outside of the classroom for different objects that can hold liquids and solids. We used water with blue edicol dye in it, rice and sand to measure the capacity of various containers.
Thank you for your donations, we used all of them to learn about capacity!
The children have engaged in ‘hands on’ activities involving shape recognition, matching shapes, tracing and drawing shapes, building shapes and discovering shapes on a ‘Shape Walk’ in our school environment.
We viewed art work by the famous artist Piet Mondrian. We were really interested in his shape paintings and designed our own shape drawings reflecting his style.
Creating a Shape Picture
Making a Shape Pizza
Using Play dough to Make Shapes
Creating polygons using K’Nex
Inspired by the artworks of Piet Mondrian
PMP or Perceptual Motor Program, is a program which aims to develop the children’s perceptions and understandings through movement and motor experiences.
Perceptual-motor activities require children to use their brain and body together to accomplish tasks.
To perform well in the classroom, children must do many things that require their mind and muscles to work together as a team.
All communication skills — reading, writing, speaking, and gesturing — are motor-based abilities.
In learning to write, a child must not only know the alphabet and understand how words are formed by combining letters but also translate that knowledge into action by gripping, moving, and stabilising a pencil while using perception (sight) to adjust her or his movements in order to create the correct pattern.
In order for the child to learn, the mind and the body must work together. Participation in perceptual-motor activities enables children to develop body control and encourages greater effort in all areas of the curriculum.
The Pre Primary classes conduct weekly PMP sessions on a Wednesday morning and we rely on parent volunteers for our group rotations.
Thank you to all parents who have volunteered their time to assist in this valuable programme.
Come along and join in the FUN and know that your presence really makes a difference and is very much appreciated!
Welcome to Week 5!
Last Friday, we had a special visit from Maria’s dad who is a police officer. He bought two of his colleagues along for a visit too. The children had a fantastic opportunity to learn about how police keep us safe in our community.
We also had a look inside a police car, checked out the special equipment police use as part of their work and we had a go at ringing the police siren! ( As you can imagine, this was a real highlight!!)
We also had an opportunity to ask lots of questions like, ‘Do you have police cats?’ We found out the police officers don’t have cats, though some do have dogs as part of their work and we also discussed how cats CAN catch ‘baddies’ on the roof!
Thank you to Constable Deryck, Constable Michael and Constable Jaco for facilitating Pre-Primary Blue and Gold’s wonderful morning, allowing us to explore police cars, equipment and answering many questions. We had such a fun filled morning and are convinced that being a police person is a very important job indeed.