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A note of thanks for organising the St Emilie’s Band to play this morning at the Catholic Performing Arts Concert. My son was so excited to be part of the band this year and he loved getting the opportunity to play in the concert. He was so nervous and excited this morning getting ready for school! I thought the band did a wonderful performance and really showed their diversity of skills in playing different instruments. The kids all looked so confident and happy to be involved. Thank you for all the additional work that goes into organising such an event, it was lovely to watch and be a part of.
(Parent Name withheld)
For those who missed the performance, the band will play again on Friday, Week 4 14th August at the Year Two Assembly 8.45am – 9.30am.
Please read the following note which asks each family to give some thought to how you might be able to support us in the lead up to the St Emilie’s Inaugural School Fete to be held in Term 1 next year on Sunday 13th March.
In addition to ideas for stalls and a commitment by families to the date, we also are really needing SPONSORS (more information to follow) and DONATIONS that can be used as prizes. So please make some time to fill out the form and return it by Friday week, 12th August.
CLICK HERE: P&F Fete Planning Stall Ideas – form
Year Four Gold have been busy learning how to use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps. We started by learning about grids and co-ordinates (the horizontal axis being named before the vertical one). We had a go using co-ordinates in a fun way by playing a variety of games such as ‘Battleships, ‘Co-ordinate Dice’ and ‘Dingo’s Lair’. We also worked as secret agents and used co-ordinates to crack code.
As a class, we brainstormed the different language that is used when giving directions or describing position. The language we came up with was:
- Right / left
- Forwards / backwards
- Turn / quarter turn / half turn
- Before / after
- Next to / beside
- North, south, east, west
- North-east, north-west, south-east, south-west
- Straight ahead
We then completed tasks that provided us with the opportunity to have-a-go at giving and following directions. During one task we worked with a partner and we had to take turns to direct each other to designated positions around the school. We discovered that giving accurate directions and listening carefully is very important.
Our class then moved onto investigating the features of maps and plans. Some of our discoveries were:
- Maps and plans have coordinates / grid references
- Measurements of the size of rooms or the distance between points are included
- Maps and plans are labelled
- A legend / key is often included
- Most maps and plans are detailed
- A compass is generally included on a map
- Commonly maps and plans include a scale
We then learned about ‘scale’. Scales are used on maps so that areas can be reduced to fit on a piece of paper.
Compass directions were revised. We used the rhyme ‘Never eat soggy weet-bix’ to help us remember the different points on a compass.
Each of us then completed a variety of activities that provided us with the opportunity to use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps.
We did a great job and learnt a lot!
Please find below the Year Four ‘Purposeful Practice Grid’ for Term Three – Weeks Two and Three.
CLICK HERE: Year Four Purposeful Practice Grid – Term 3, Weeks 2 & 3
Please read our class newsletter to find out what we are learning about in Year Four Gold during Term Three.
Year Four Gold Term Three Newsletter 2015
The following information was emailed to all Year 4 families from St Emilie’s on 2 July 2015
As you will read in the note from Lyn Harkins, the Parish Sacramental Co-ordinator, the sign-up sheets for the First Eucharist masses will be available in the church foyer from Saturday 4 July. The masses are due to be held on the following dates and the number of candidates at each mass will be limited to 14! If you have particular dates, times that are best for your family, I suggest you go to the church before 6.30pm mass on Saturday to ensure you have the date you require.
Saturday, August 15th at 6.30pm Mass Sunday, August 16th at 9.00am Mass
Saturday, August 22nd at 6.30pm Mass Sunday, August 23rd at 9.00am Mass
Saturday, August 29th at 6.30pm Mass Sunday, August 30th at 9.00am Mass
Saturday, September 5th at 6.30pm Mass
Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Please click on the link below to view the letter from Lyn Harkins, Parish Sacramental Co-Ordinator
1st Holy Communion Mass Register & Workshop
As part of our Sustainability Unit, Year Four Blue have been investigating the important area of recycling.
Recycling is the process of making or manufacturing new products from a product that has originally served its purpose. If these used products are disposed of in an appropriate, environmentally friendly way, the process of recycling has been set in motion. We watched an episode of Behind the News (BTN) to further our understanding of the process of recycling.
We have designed posters to help people understand the importance of recycling. Have a look at the wonderful ideas that the students presented in their posters.
Also take a look at this BTN episode with your chid – the link is below!
Click here to the BTN link
In the final weeks of this term we have had a wonderful time learning about the beautiful folktales of the Philippines and the main religions of the country.
The Philippines are mainly Catholic. Like us in Australia, the Philippines have a diversity of religions but are mainly Catholic. We explored some beautiful Spanish churches and compared them with our own in Australia and found some amazing similarities!
In keeping with our learning “habit of Mind” skill of applying past knowledge, we compared our learning of Vietnamese Buddhist temples with what we now know of the churches in the Philippines.
The senior classes -years 4-6 watched the Philippine folktale- Tung kung Langit and compared it with our own “Creation story” from Genesis in the Bible and the junior classes watched “The First Pineapple” and discussed the origins of folktales and the life lessons they teach- In this lovely folktale the life lesson is to be diligent when doing your chores and to help out Mum and Dad when they are busy! What a great example!
Below are some of the results of our discoveries in the last few weeks!
Today is St Emilie de Vialar’s Feast Day and we are celebrating in a variety of ways!
All families are warmly welcomed to our whole school Mass at 9.00am.
Cheesies and a sausage sizzle lunch and icy pole package for lunch – thanks to the generous donations of a few amazing parents in our school community (who wished to remain nameless!)
Our Year Six leaders have organised the stalls and games for…
and classes will engage with the St Emilie story and the power of prayer back in the classroom.
Money raised will …
‘help others in difficult times’
just as St Emilie did!
Thank you for supporting this day of celebration and fund-raising for those who need our help xxx