On the 17th of June we celebrated the Feast of St. Emilie de Vialar. Throughout the day we were able to celebrate St. Emilie’s inspiring life and legacy, learning more about why our school was named after her and why she is a such a role model for all. St. Emilie was a kind, caring and compassionate person, who dedicated her life to the needs of others. Something that we can all inspire to achieve throughout our daily lives.
Whilst discussing St. Emilie’s life, we also learnt about religious medallions. A religious medal is usually metallic, cast either in a round or oval shape, depicting the image of our Lord, the Blessed Mother, or another saint. This image should motivate us to fulfil our religious duties and put our faith into action. We all designed a religious medal for St. Emilie, as a celebration of her faith filled life and devotion for others. We can now use our St. Emilie medallion as a personal reminder to use our own actions to be kind and caring towards all, just like St. Emilie.
For our science activity this week, Mrs Cogger set us all the challenge to see how we could change different materials. We enjoyed changing materials in many different ways such as, tearing, folding, stretching and snapping. After we had made these changes, we began to ask ourselves the question, were these changes irreversible? Some materials were able to be returned to their original state, but others couldn’t! We also discovered that some materials are a lot easier to change than others. For example, we could easily tear cotton wool, but struggled to make changes to our rocks!
Here are some photos from our changing materials experiment:
In Year 4 our first writing focus for Term Two is poetry. To celebrate and learn more about Anzac Day, we discussed the roles that different animals played throughout the war. We looked at the importance of camels, dogs, birds, navy cats and horses. We discovered more about what these specific animals did, and how they helped the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for us. We found it interesting that some of the animals we have as pets also played a part in keeping our country safe all those years ago!
We then spent time writing acrostic poems for an animal of our choice, describing and explaining their role throughout the war. See some pictures of our Anzac Day Animals acrostic poetry below!
Our Year 4 students were invited to join Cecily from Earth Science WA to learn more about soils through a ‘virtual incursion’. Mrs Cogger received an invite from Cecily through Microsoft Teams and the call went through at 9am on Thursday. Our Year 4 students were all seated and excited to try this new way of learning.
Cecily conducted the incursion via the big screen in MPR and Mrs Cogger did all the ‘hands on’ work.
Here is Cecily telling us about ‘soil profiles’ and Aiden giving his answer.
The students had to use a baton and identify whether the soil was fine, medium or coarse.
At the conclusion of the incursion the students used antibacterial wipes to clean all the equipment and prepare the kit for collection by Cecily.
We would like to thank Cecily for offering this alternative to a face to face incursion. It was a huge success. The students loved it and were engaged with the topic on soils. Our IT tools worked perfectly to support this new way of learning. We can see this being a wonderful opportunity for learning about our Earth in remote and regional WA.