Welcome back to Term Two – I hope that everybody had an enjoyable Easter and holiday break with their families and friends.
I was blessed to spend Easter camping with family, and was able to celebrate Easter Sunday in the beautiful St Peter’s Church in the small township of Greenough. When we think of Easter and the message of new life, we also need to reflect on the hopes and prayers from the Archbishop of Perth, Timothy Costelloe for Easter;
“That we recommit ourselves to walking in his footsteps. In this way the promise and hope of Easter will not be a fanciful dream, or something for which we must wait until the next life, but rather, albeit in a limited and fragile way, a reality which like the mustard seed of which Jesus speaks in the Gospel begins in small and hidden ways but gradually grows into a vast tree which provides a home for everyone.”
The Year 6 Mazenod leaders and Mrs Aquino led the Year 1 to 6 children in a moving Anzac Day ceremony after recess this morning. As we commemorate Anzac Day, we think back on some of the horrors of war and conflict that have occurred and are still occurring in the world today, and give thanks for the courage and compassion of those who served and those who continue to do so.
It is this courage and compassion which we remember each ANZAC Day. ANZAC Day is a time for us to pay tribute to these brave men and women, who fought and died for our country, so that future generations like ours could live in freedom. This act of self-sacrifice is remembered every year, when we take the time to pay our respects and say thank you for the freedom that we have today.
Over the next few weeks, there will be a number of articles from Michael Grose that we will be placing on the website which give advice on a number of issues facing us as parents today. Please read them and take what you can from them, there are some great insights and learning to be had.
Please have a look at the Term Planner for Term Two and check the weekly reminders on the website and your emails regularly. It promises to be a busy, but rewarding term for all.
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.
This term we have been learning about Place Value. We have talked about how Place Value means the value of where a digit is in a number. Today we used cards to make the bigger number. In partners we got a deck of cards and shared them between the two of us. From our piles we drew out three cards. With theses three cards we had to make the biggest number. The person who had the bigger number won the cards. We then tried making the biggest four digit numbers using the cards.
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Today the Year Three’s were very lucky to head over to the Year Four classrooms to do some reading with them. We were put into groups and given an informational text to read and discuss. In our groups, we took turns reading and talked to our peers about what we had learnt. We are looking forward to reading groups again next Wednesday!