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!
A few reminders about procedures for dropping off and picking up your children here at St Emilie’s.
Please give way to cars at the crosswalk so Amherst Road can be cleared as much as possible of traffic. In the afternoon there is a teacher on duty to facilitate this.
When dropping off/picking up children, drive through as far as possible. Do not stop in front of the administration building if there is space in front of you to drive forward.
Please do not enter through the gate near the Church or the gate on Philadelphia Parade as these are exit gates only.
Only cross at the crosswalk, there are a number of families crossing in front of where the staff park their cars.
When being dropped off and picked up, children should only exit/enter their cars on the left hand side of the car, school bags should not be in the boots of cars. If your child is unable to do up their seat belt independently, please do not use drive through.
Last year we started a project aimed to assist children who may find navigating the highs and lows of playground life a bit overwhelming. We wanted to offer an opportunity for all children to be more aware of the needs of others and become closer as a community by inviting them to care for one another during recess and lunch breaks.
We created our very own version of a “Buddy Bench” – a safe place where students can sit if they have lost their friends or are having trouble finding someone to play with.
When a child sits on the buddy bench they can be easily spotted by other students who can invite them to play, or be spotted by a staff member who may offer some suggestions about who they can play with.
We were fortunate enough to have two benches, one for junior students and one for senior students, donated by the activities organiser, Brodie Hall, of Bunnings Warehouse in Harrisdale.
The colourful design you see on the benches was made possible by Jim McClenaghan of The Painters, who donated his time and skills, painting the benches by hand.
We are very thankful to all those who generously contributed, allowing this project to come to life.