This term in Religious Education, we have been wondering at the beauty and variety in Creation.
As a class we had a discussion about the different types of nature, what makes it beautiful, how it is different from man made things, and who we thought created nature.
To celebrate this learning about nature, we decided to go on a nature walk through our lovely bush area, and collect fallen items that we thought were beautiful and unique. We discussed the variety and beauty of these items as a class and we looked at some things we could create with them. We decided to create Nature Bugs, which we will showcase to you on the upcoming Open Night!
Here are some photos of us on our walk and describing our nature to the class:
Please take a couple of minutes to read this great article by Michael Grose.
With Two-Way Parent Teacher meetings going on over the next fortnight it is a good time to recommit to developing a quality relationship between home and school.
Every child is relying on this relationship being as fruitful as possible.
Click on the link below to find out all about Clean Up Australia Day Schools and the activities and learning experiences offered to the students at St Emilie’s in week 5.
This final week of our KINDNESS FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT focus, looks at EMPATHY.
9 Essential Habits of Empathetic Children
Habit 1: Emotional literacy. Teaching emotion literacy as the gateway to empathy so children can recognise and understand the feelings and needs of others in their body language, voice tone or facial expressions.
Habit 2: Moral Identity. Helping children develop ethical codes and caring mindsets so they are more likely to adopt caring values that guide their integrity and activate their empathy to feel with and help others.
Habit 3. Perspective taking. Stretching perspective so children can step into others’ shoes to understand another person’s feelings, thoughts, and viewpoints.
Habit 4. Moral Imagination. Using elevating, emotionally-charged images in literature, film, news and images as a source of inspiration to help children connect with empathy.
Habit 5. Self-Regulation. Helping children learn ways to manage strong emotions and reduce personal distress to keep their empathy open, avoid the Empathy Gap and be more likely empathise and to help others.
Habit 6. Practicing Kindness.Developing and exercising kindness and pro-social behaviours to increase children’s concern about the welfare and feelings of others and enhance the likelihood that they will step in to help, support or comfort others.
Habit 7. Collaboration. Cultivating teamwork and collaborative abilities to help kids work with others to achieve shared goals for the benefit of all and develop a WE, not ME mindset.
Habit 8. Moral Courage. Promoting moral courage and teaching children ‘Upstander’ as opposed to ‘bystander’ skills and situational awareness to embolden them to speak out, step in, and help others.
Habit 9. Compassionate Leadership Abilities. Cultivating altruistic leadership abilities to motivate children to make a difference for others, no matter how small it may be and boost their chances of becoming Social Change-makers.
What Are You Doing to Cultivate the Nine Habits?
Which empathy habits are you helping your children acquire within your family?
Which empathy habits might you be overlooking?
In Year 2 we have been exploring the Sacrament of Baptism. We have learnt about the significance of the Holy Water and why white is an important colour in relation to Baptism.
We were very lucky because we met Fr Giovanni at the church.
We loved seeing the Baptismal font, the Baptism candle and the oils of Catechumens and Chrism.
Fr Giovanni explained the importance of each of these items and why they are special to this Sacrament.
We have also enjoyed sharing our very own Baptism photos with each other.
Many thanks to one of our St Emilie’s parents, Maneesha Free who always offers her time and talent to our school at all community events.
All the money she raised on the Family Fun Night was donated to the P&F. We are so grateful for her incredible generosity and the support she gives to our school and we are of course in awe of her very special talent!
Thank you for helping to make our night a success Maneesha!
Check out her Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/facepaintandballoons/