Our Excursion to CREEC!
Canning River Eco Education Centre
How lucky were we to go on two excursions in two weeks?!
Our class entered the Celebration of Science Logo Competition and were thrilled (Mrs Cogger actually jumped for joy!) to find out our class had been chosen… out of hundreds of classes… as the winner!
We won a class prize of a ‘free excursion’ to CREEC!
Mrs Cogger provided us with the opportunity to participate through her task on our Purposeful Practice Grid so we decided that she had to come too!
We participated in a ‘Bush Detective’ investigation where we…
- used puzzles and examples of animal evidence such as skulls, feathers and nests to investigate what lives in and around the Canning River Regional Park.
- applied our detective skills on a nature walk and recorded our observations by making a model of a bush animal to take home.
Sally…our teacher for the morning… was very impressed with our Science knowledge and lovely manners! We had a fantastic time together and can’t wait to show you what we learnt at our Open Night! Thanks Mrs Cogger for another great opportunity for Science!
And we LOVED the playground!
This week we celebrated National Science Week with Mrs Cogger during Science. Mrs Cogger held the Brain Break quiz for the year 6 students. The students worked in teams of 3 to answer ten Science quiz questions. Mrs Cogger had plenty of prizes to give away all donated by National Science Week.
Our winners with 9/10 were Sienna, Connor and Chanel. They each received a NSW cap.
Second place was Emelia, Meilee and Isabellle. These students received a bookmark and pen.
There were several teams on equal third place.
Mrs Cogger wished to share the National Science Week fun with the teachers. So each morning she emailed out one quiz question. The teachers had to inbox the correct answer. Here are our happy winners.
There were several other National Science Week winners throughout the week. Here are some more happy winners.
This morning the Devereux brothers and and the Backus children met with Mrs Cogger to work in St Emilie’s Community Veggie Garden. Today we had some seed potatoes to plant. These were left over from our donation of seed potatoes from WA Potatoes Seed Potatoes for Schools project. We had been waiting for these last few potatoes to start ‘chitting’. Mrs Devereux also brought along a few of her Royal Blue potatoes that were ready to be planted.
First of all we had to weed the garden bed.
Here we are ‘armed and ready’ with our garden tools.
Then we had to dig a hole to plant our potato.
We are still looking to fill the veggie garden roster with volunteers so if you would like to meet on Friday 17th August at 8am, then please let Mrs Cogger know. Mrs Cogger would like to thank the Devereux and Backus families for volunteering this morning.
Mrs Cogger is delighted to announce that three of our students have been recognised for their fabulous Science designs in the ‘Celebration of Science’ logo competition. This a wonderful way for St Emilie’s to be acknowledged during National Science Week which commences this Sunday.
Our three award winners are
Ellani Limnios 1G
Kieran Ng 4B
Samara D’Souza 6B
The winning entries will be displayed at the Community Science Expo and the winners will also receive a prize. Prizes will be presented to the Logo Competition winners by the City of Canning Mayor at the welcome ceremony which starts at 10am on Sunday 19th August at CREEC.
We hope many of you will be able to attend this ‘free’ event sponsored by
Here are a few of our students entries. As you can see we have a lot of artistic flair and talent in the school!
This design is by Abbey Andrews
Here is Kieran Ng’s ‘highly commended’ entry
Here are a couple more entries
Congratulations to our winners and to all our students who participated in the competition.
If you wish to know more about the Community Science Expo then click on the link below.
Mrs Cogger encourages all families with a keen passion for Science to attend this wonderful community event. Our students are submitting entries to the ‘logo’ competition and hopefully some of our drawings and designs will be on display the expo.
On Friday it was National Schools Tree Planting Day. The Year 3 students planted a ‘Noonjar Bush Tucker Garden’ with tube stock plants kindly donated by SERCUL, one of the local environmental groups that we are in partnership with.
Groups of students worked with Kirsten Devereux and Mrs Cogger to plant out the bush tucker garden. If you would like to take a look, you will find the bush tucker garden along the fence line behind the Year 1 boat playground.
The Year 3 students have been learning about bush tucker plants during their Science lessons this past fortnight so they were very well informed about the different species and the Noonjar uses for them.
Some of the species that were planted are
The Scarlett Runner – Noonjar people use this for making crafts and tools as the stem can be used like a ‘twine’ and the leaves can be brewed to make tea.
The students also planted the Bull Banksia which is used to carry a flame when moving camp sites.
Here are some images of the students working hard on Friday morning. As you can see there was a lot of work to be done.
Of course by 10:30am we were not finished. There were still 12 plants left to go in. So at 2pm Mrs Cogger invited the Year 6 Environmental Committee to help her finish off the project. Thanks Year 6.
Mrs Cogger would like to thank Kirsten Devereux for kindly helping out as it was a huge task to get all of these plants in and she did a fantastic job – helping set up all of the equipment and marking out a planting pattern.
We would also like to thank Natasha Bowden from SERCUL for supporting us with this project and for donating the plants.
Our Year 2 students have taken up the potato challenge through their involvement in the WA Potatoes Seed for Schools program this year. Our materials package from WA Potatoes arrived earlier this term with instructions to have our seed potatoes planted by end of term. So the race was on to get them in.
Mr and Mrs Cogger had chosen Wednesday as the day to plant the potatoes. However, the weather was wet and wintery. We kept watch all morning for a break in the weather. Unfortunately 2B missed out on getting their bed of potatoes planted as during their Science lesson it was ‘pouring’. Finally there was a break in the weather for about 15 minutes and Mrs Cogger called Mr Cogger and ordered him to ‘meet 2G at the veggie garden now!’
Here are a few photos of the students planting the seed potatoes. WA Potatoes Seed for Schools will be following our potato planting journey. The Year 2 students will be learning about tubers and seeds next term and how they are different.
The Devereux brothers were back in business again this week helping out with St Emilie’s Community Veggie Garden. Patrick and Merrick helped harvest ALL the radishes and wow look at that amazing amount of produce!
The boys have fun towing the trolley to the hall to sell our veggie produce to visiting parents and guests.
Here are some of our happy customers this morning.
A group of Year 6 students have taken over the veggie accounts. This a wonderful maths problem solving and accounting exercise for the students. Mrs Cogger gives the students the money made from the sale of veggies and then the students work out their own accounting system. As a team they work out the profits and pay out any debts. At present we are in front.
Mrs Cogger is putting together a new veggie garden roster for Term 3. If you would like to volunteer, then please send Mrs Cogger an email.