Recently our Year 6G students conducted a waste audit of all our recess and lunch waste from Years 1-6. Robyn Brown from Rivers Regional Council presented and conducted the waste audit with the students. At the time of the audit she indicated how impressed she was with the waste management at St Emilie’s in particular, our reduced use of ‘single use plastics’ such as Gladwrap.
Robyn Brown took our table of findings back to her office at Rivers Regional Council to analyse them and prepare a report. Just this week Mrs Cogger received an email from Robyn with her recommendations about how we can continue to effectively manage our waste. We will be addressing these improvements over the duration of the school year.
Here is Robyn’s reply
Your waste audit results reflect what we found on the day….a fairly large sum of food scraps compared to anything else.
The whole of annual school waste is quite low for 462 students at 1092kg. Some schools of your size would be throwing that out in paper alone!
Make sure you do congratulate everyone for following the principles you have been teaching, including parents!
I am happy to come again and chat with you or your Green Team about the next stages for accreditation or any other waste wise matter.
If you wish to see our waste audit results open the attachment below.
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Today the Year 2 and 3 classes enjoyed a thoroughly informative visit from one of our regular visitors to St Emilie’s. Amy Krupa from SERCUL came to present a Frog Incursion. The students have been learning about life cycles with our main focus the life cycle of a frog. Amy came to tell us all about the 17 frog species that live in the Perth region. Two of the frogs – the Motorbike frog and the Slender Tree frog live most of their life cycle in trees. The remaining 15 Perth frogs live underground in burrows or on top of the ground.
The Year 2 students learned about the different frog species. Each team was given a frog sample in a jar and an information sheet. Their task was was to identify the size, colour, diet, noise and habitat of the specimen in their jar.
Amy invited each team of students to listen to a recording of the frog croaks. To conclude each team presented their findings to the class.
The Year 3 classes learned about the special breeding habits of the 17 different frog species. The students examined the different frog samples and read the information sheets and then recorded their findings on a worksheet.
Amy is a regular visitor to St Emilie’s and we enjoy learning about local wildlife from her and how to look after habitats and conserve our natural environment.
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.
Our Year Six students will be entering a team in the Synergy Schools Solar Challenge that will be held later this term. Entering this competition means we receive resources, including equipment and curriculum support material, to help deliver STEM learning based around solar energy.
Mrs Cogger picked up our kit on Monday from STAWA (Science Teacher’s Association of WA) and had a practise run at home before presenting the challenge to the 6B students today.
Here are a few photos of the students participating in the construction of their cars. Once the cars are constructed we will be conducting several investigations with the cars such as… ‘Which panel angle generates the most power?’ and ‘Which wheels give the car it’s greatest speed over 20m?’
We look forward to sharing more information about our Solar Car Challenge journey throughout the term.
I would like to wish all our students and their families a most Happy Christmas full of warm summer sunshine and good cheer. Take care and look after each other and I will see you again in 2017 for more exciting St Emilie’s Science.
I would also like to thank you all for your encouragement and support throughout the year.
And to all the parents who helped out with the Year 2 and 3 Veggie Garden Project – whether it be washing the gloves, weeding, planting, picking or selling – a big thank you. I hope you enjoyed the produce!
Our last lesson with Mr Sayer for 2016 was learning about volts, amps and ohms in an electric circuit. We started out our session with a class discussion on
- What is electricity?
- What do we use it for?
- Where and how do we source electricity?
To complete the tasks the students needed to learn many new words and their meanings. For example:
Then the students were placed in their teams to complete the challenges. The students took readings from the multimeter to measure the pressure in the battery and readings from the ammeter to measure the rate at which the current would flow. Here are a few images of the students conducting their circuit challenges.
Something new that we learned by conducting the challenges was OHMS law. The students were able to measure resistance using the data from the ammeter and multimeter readings.
We thank Mr Sayer for his continued mentoring in Science at St Emilie’s and we wish both Mr Sayer ands wife Suzanne a very Happy Christmas.
The Year 6 Science inquiry students met with Mr Sayer this week for a most interesting task – dissembling an engine. Firstly Mr Sayer explained the difference between a 2 stroke and a 4 stroke engine. For todays activity we were just going to focus on the 2 stroke engine.
We started out with a brainstorm about ‘combustion’ which means the burning of any fuel. The students understood that for combustion to occur there must be three elements –
Then Mr Sayer slowly pulled apart the engine of a weed trimmer taking care to explain each component and it’s role in the engine system.
Here are a few photos with supporting facts to show what we learned about 2 stroke engines.
SPARK PLUG: Ignites fuel air mixture above the piston to cause the fuel to burn (combustion)
CRANKSHAFT: Converts up/down motion of piston to rotary motion.
MAGNETO: Electric generator to create spark at correct moment in the cycle.
PISTON & CONNECTING ROD: Gas at high pressure forces piston down.
FUEL TANK: holds petrol and oil mixture.
AIR FILTER: prevents dirt and dust entering engine and causing wear.
CARBURETTOR: mixes fuel into air in correct proportions and controls amount of fuel entering engine to control power output.
CORD PULL STARTER: provides initial rotation to start engine.
We thank Mr Sayer for providing such an interesting activity with an accompanying powerpoint to help explain all the important facts.
St Emilie’s has placed a ‘post’ on the Waterwise Schools ‘Brag about it’ page. Please click on the image below to learn about our role in educating students about being Waterwise. We also need you to ‘vote‘ for us. So please click the like button if you support what we have been doing to educate the students about being Waterwise.
October is always a special month for Waterwise schools and being a Waterwise School means that the students at St Emilie’s take time to stop and learn more about our most precious resource. The National Water Week theme fro 2016 was Water, Life, Growth.
National Water Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves and teach others that water must be used wisely if there is to be enough to meet the needs of our future generations. While the week is dedicated to encouraging communities to take action to protect our vital water sources, it’s also a celebration of innovation and water achievements that have and will contribute to Australia’s sustainable future and economic prosperity.
At St Emilie’s this students enjoyed several activities that focused on water and it’s importance in the growth of plants. Here is a snapshot of some of the activities that the students were engaged in using our mini magnifying microscopes donated to the school from the Rotary Club.
The Year 4 and 5 students investigated how a plants root system brings water from the ground to the surface parts of a plant. The students used their mini microscopes to investigate the roots of a plant and how they work.
The Year 3 students learned that stems are a plant’s water pipeline. Inside the stems are lots of thin tubes that carry water and minerals from the roots while others transport sugars from the leaves to all parts of the plant. The students used their mini microscopes to investigate the water transport system in celery.
The Year 6 students learned how a plant loses water through it’s leaves in a process know as ‘transpiration’. Water escapes through tiny holes found on the underside of leaves known as ‘stomata’ which allow carbon dioxide and oxygen in and out. The students used their mini microscopes to observe and investigate four different types of leaves from the bushland – Banksia, Gum, Sheoak and Wattle.
The Year 2 students were shown various images of drought affected areas of Australia. The students created their own raindrop with a water saving message.
Finally our little Year One students created a mini-green house with a plastic glove so that all the sprouting and growing inside would be visible to young inquisitive minds. The gloves are on display in the Year One classrooms. The students will monitor the growth of the different seeds inside the glove over the next few weeks.