This term the student’s sporting experiences will be Athletics based, in order to prepare children for our Athletics Carnival at the conclusion of the term. Health classes will focus on the benefits of Physical Activity, Healthy Eating. I will also be supporting classroom teachers with the teaching of the Keeping Safe Curriculum content this term.
YEAR 1,2 & 3
Sport – Students will learn and practice Spiky Ball, Flag Relay and Baton Relay in preparation for the carnival.
They will also learn correct sprinting technique and compete in 70 metre time trials that will influence the divisions they will compete in on carnival day.
Health – Topics this term will include:
- ‘Core Foods’ and importance of a balanced diet
- Packing a Healthy Lunchbox
- Food Groups
- Importance Of Physical Activity and how it affects our body
- Physical Activity in the community
YEAR 4, 5 & 6
Sport – Students will compete in 3 carnivals this term.
- Cross Country
- Jumps & Throws (Field Events)
- Athletics Track Events
Sport classes will focus on the skills to prepare students for each of these carnivals.
This includes team game practice for Corner Spry, Leaderball, Baton Relay and Sprint Time trials. Students will also learn the correct technique for Field Events that include : Turbo Javelin, Shot Put and Long Jump.
Health – Topics this term will include:
- Food groups and Nutrients
- Nutrition and Reading Labels
- Importance of Exercise and Fitness
- First Aid
- Importance of Personal Cleanliness
IMPORTANT PARENT REMINDER
A well balanced lunch box includes:
1) Sandwich, wrap or crackers
Remember that wholegrain and wholemeal varieties of breads and crisp breads are best. Try to also include a protein rich filling such as ham, tuna, chicken breast or egg on sandwiches as the protein helps to keep kids full throughout the afternoon.
2) Piece of fruit
Fresh fruit is always best as dried fruit, fruit juice, fruit sticks and straps are high in sugar and digested quickly.
3) Dairy food
Dairy foods including milk, cheese, yoghurt and dairy snacks provide both calcium and protein for healthy bones, teeth and growth. Look for the very few yoghurts that do not contain added sugar where possible.
Aim for snacks to contain less than 400kJ or 100 calories per serve and options that are made from whole grains — see the list detailed below. Naturally homemade snacks such as banana bread or mini muffins are better options nutritionally if you do have time to make them.
Water should always be the drink of choice for children. Fruit juice, cordial and flavoured waters are high in sugar and not consumed regularly.
Term 3 Music at St. Emilie’s – with Mr Dabbs!
Yr 5/6’s will be undertaking a ‘note story’ project. Students will be writing a story using ‘music’ letters/notes to make up some of their words. For example words such as ‘ace’ ‘cabbage’ and ‘be’ are all words made up of the first 7 letters of the English alphabet and hence the musical alphabet. They will be given class time to complete their project and it will be due in week 5 of term. They will be also continuing on with their Sol-fa singing and theory programme from the music tool chest resource.
Yr 2-4’s will be continuing on with their class band projects and sol-fa singing. The year 2’s will be starting off with ‘Au Clair de la lune.’The year 3’s ‘Jamaican Jack and the year 4’s with ‘Hide and Seek’. The year 3’s and 4’s will also be continuing with their theory programme from the Music Tool Chest Resource.
Yr 1’s will be looking at form in music. Namely A and B form and what constitutes an A and B section. They will also be looking at how ‘dynamics’ effect music. A number of songs and musical activities will be again be taught and sung throughout the term using the ‘Music Room’ Lower Resource.
Yr 4-6 Choir will be performing 2 songs for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival namely ‘Al-shlosha’ a Hebrew song of peace and ‘May the Road Rise to meet you’ a song set to a traditional Irish blessing.
St. Emilie’s school band will be focussing on our 2 songs for the CPAF in August. They will be a ‘Rockin’ train’ and ‘Gina.’
Time certainly flies, so let us all make the most of the time we have in this second half of the year. Here at school, we are continually challenged to use our time as wisely and as effectively as we can, for the good of each child’s learning and wellbeing. Teachers have spent much time planning the learning opportunities ahead and we are all looking forward to supporting your child to aim high this term, in all areas of school life.
As a Catholic school, we continue to support children to look at the world through eyes of wonder and awe. May we strive to be the very best people and role models we can be to the children under our wing and may we be sustained in our vocation as parents and educators, by our faith in a God of great love and goodness.
Learning to ‘step back’ from the busyness and flurry of daily life and to reflect; taking stock of where we are heading; reassessing our priorities; and reinvesting in the really important areas of family life, especially in regard to our spiritual journey and relationships, has the potential of bringing our family much joy, peace and well-being.
Family life has a number of challenges to navigate. The stronger our community, the more authentic our genuine care and regard for one another, the greater the support for families navigating their way through a time poor, tech challenged world of mixed and competing values.
It has been wonderful catching up with children after their holiday break and despite the drizzly conditions, they all appear to be very excited and happy to be back at school, ready for another ten weeks of learning and fun!
As always, we will be monitoring their academic progress and their social and emotional progress throughout the semester, to support their growth as positive, confident, cooperative, creative, kind and responsible students in our school. When this is mirrored at home as well the child has an amazing opportunity to really FLOURISH!
Staff are also rearing to go after a good rest. Over the holidays we had some exciting news – Miss Fee, one of our Education Assistant’s in Year 2 was proposed to! An Engagement is of course always cause for much celebration on staff and we wish her and her new fiance a lifetime of happiness ahead!
Term Three is Performing Arts term – a time for our students to showcase their wonderful talents in the Arts Learning Area! We are very much looking forward to watching our : school choir; school band; Christian dance troupe; contemporary dance troupe; speech and drama students.
Parents are asked to please check the Term Three Planner
Our school cross country is to be held this Friday – please look out for a web post from Mr Davis regarding details of this event!
Thank you to all families for:
- greeting all families and staff warmly as you move around our school
- communicating respectfully and thoughtfully to teachers – in emails, on the phone and in face to face communications.
- supporting your child with their Purposeful Practice grids
- meeting your commitment with school fees and staying in touch with us if you need extra time or consideration.
- getting behind P&F initiatives – the school disco and drinks and nibbles night is coming up soon and sponsor sheets for the Family Colour Run are coming home this week.
- working on creating a family life that does no harm; a place where your children learn the value of good manners; of appreciating difference; of contributing to the greater good; of saying sorry; of learning to forgive; of working hard and playing hard too; of being kind – to ourselves and to one another; of the power of prayer; of giving service to others….
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.
In Year 2 we are enjoying learning about the world around us. We have explored our suburb, our city, our state and our country.
Last week we shared some of our knowledge about Aboriginal Culture and in particular, Aboriginal symbols.
We learnt that the Aboriginal people have their own languages and also use symbols to tell stories and communicate.
We learnt how to draw and interpret some of these symbols.
We also had a go at writing our own short stories using these symbols.
We had a lot of fun using our imaginations to create our stories and sharing them with our friends was really cool too!
In Mathematics we have enjoyed learning all about measuring length, area and weight.
We also enjoyed learning all about Capacity, exploring this concept through a number of ‘hands on’ activities.
We estimated how many uni-fix blocks it would take to fill up our lunch boxes!
Our estimations were way off 🙂 but that was all part of the fun!
We also estimated and measured the capacity of different cups.
We used sand from the playground and spoons from the lunch bag. Our estimations were pretty close this time! YAY!
It is fun learning and then applying these concepts to our everyday lives!