Congratulations to Maria Gourley in 4G for her winning photo entry in the Chevron Focus Environment Competition.
Maria placed 3rd in the Years 3-6 category Focus on: WA’s habitats and ecosystems.
There were more than 100 entries from schools across WA. Both Year 4 classes entered the competition this year. Mrs Cogger took the students to the school bushland in Term 3 after giving the students a presentation about photography and how to capture a ‘good’ photo.
Maria’s photo will appear in The West Australian newspaper this week. Mrs Cogger’s father gets the newspaper each day and he has been alerted to look out for it!
Maria receives a $100 gift card and a certificate and St Emilie’s school has received $250. Mrs Cogger will add this money to her Science budget.
Here is Maria’s wining photo and caption.
Title: Bark and blossoming plants. Caption: ‘Among the bark, there are plants beginning to grow and bloom. All thanks to the source of sunlight’.
Congratulations to the following students who won awards at the Community Science Expo run by SERCUL and the City of Canning. The students were awarded their prizes at the opening ceremony on Sunday at CREEC.
Alicia was selected as the Year 1 winner
Jermaine was selected as the Year 3 winner.
Lyana was selected as the Year 6 winner.
Zavier and Ella were awarded Highly Commended for their entries and also received a prize.
Mrs Cogger is keen to encourage all our budding scientists at St Emilie’s to attend this local event. Our students have entered the Design a Logo competition and the winning entry (yet to be announced) will feature in the Community Expo banner.
On Friday schools across Australia celebrated National Schools Tree Planting Day. National Tree Day is a call to action for all Australians to put their hands in the earth and give back to their community. Each year, about 300,000 people volunteer their time to engage in environmental activities that educate individuals about the world around them. It was a day for our Year 4 students to venture outdoors and get to get their hands dirty and have some fun!
St Emilie’s is also proud to announce that we recently received a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant. This money was used to purchase 10 large eucalyptus trees to replant in our school bushland. Mr Cogger purchased tree species suited to our bushland setting in the southern suburbs and also resistant to dieback.
Here are some photos of our Year 4 students enjoying the experience. Mrs Cogger and the students would also like to thank the parents who volunteered and assisted small groups of students to plant the trees.
Recently the Year 4, 5 & 6 students have been learning about Earth & Space Science. As part of these studies, we had a visit from Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA) on the 16th of May. The Year 5 students took part in some hands-on activities and learned about how farmers can use chemistry to test rocks to help them improve their soil.
The Year 6 students learned about the different types of volcanoes and completed an investigation about the viscosity of their lava. Thanks to WASP, an initiative supported by Woodside and ESWA, for an exciting incursion.
This week our Year One students planted their seed potatoes. This is a partnership with WA potatoes. Students all across the state are growing their own potatoes through the Seed for Schools program.
St Emilie’s received a kit with plenty of seed potatoes, educational resources for teachers to use in classrooms, and there is a monthly e-newsletter with gardening tips and stories of progress from participating schools.
This is a highly successful initiative and St Emilie’s is proud to be involved. It was great to see our students getting their hands dirty and having some fun while planting, nurturing and learning about potatoes.
Mrs Cogger would like to thank Mr Cogger for preparing the garden beds and our parent helpers for supervised the planting of our four garden beds.
We also appeared in the WA Potatoes blog. Here is a peek….
Our school bushland is enjoyed by our students and of great aesthetic value to our school environment. Mrs Cogger enjoys taking the students to the ‘bush classroom’ each term for various activities.
Unfortunately many years ago we found out that the trees had ‘dieback disease’. Since then we have embarked on an injection program every few years. In 2013 the Dieback Working Group came to the school and supervised the students with the injection program and provided all the materials and phosphate. Here is a photo of Alyssa and Bayley from Year 6 2013.
The next time the the trees were due to be treated was in 2016 and we had the help of Conservation Volunteers WA. Here is a photo of the team.
The trees in our bushland are due to be treated again. This is high priority if we have any chance of saving the most vulnerable species like the Banksias. As well as other species like Sheoak, Macrozamia, grass trees etc. Our bushland is also home to a family of Southern Boobook Owls, a Southern Brown Bandicoot, a Bobtail Goanna and other native species.
We have a BUSY BEE planned for Saturday 4th May commencing at 8am. Mrs Cogger would like to invite you to help ‘save our bushland’ by assisting with the injection program on Saturday morning. Chris (father of Kadyn Year 6 and Kiara Year 3) has kindly offered to hire the gear from Murdoch University and instruct us on how to inject the trees with phosphate. All we need now is a team of committed parents to assist us on the day. BYO drill, rubber gloves and goggles if you have any.
If you have would like to volunteer your time please register via this link