On Friday afternoon a small group of Year 5 students visited Cromarty Gardens Reserve to conduct a ‘site assessment’. This is the first part in a series of visits as part of a group research project about the wetlands. We were joined by Deb Taborda from SERCUL (South Eastern Regional Centre for Urban Landcare). Deb is an environmental education officer at SERCUL and Mrs Cogger has invited her to assist us with our project.
Deb shares her knowledge about wetland environments with the Year 5 students
We found out that feeding the ducks with bread is no longer a healthy practise as the ducks become reliant on human food and it is not good for their health. Ducks need to search for and eat their own food.
It was great to see the students listening carefully, making observations and recording their findings.
The highlight of the visit was seeing a mother duck take her ducklings out for an afternoon stroll.
Next week we are going to test the water quality at the wetlands. Stay tuned…..
Congratulations to our wonderful Christian Dance Troupe who performed on Thursday the 6th of August at the
Catholic Performing Arts Festival at Mercy College.
They performed ‘The Prayer’ effortlessly and brought their teachers to tears!
Thank you to all 23 students for their hard work and dedication.
Your performance was indeed a beautiful prayer and we are so proud of you all.
We would like to thank the parents who came to support the Christian Dance Troupe at St Emilies Parish
and also to the parents and grandparents who made the trip up to Mercy Collage Parish.
Your ongoing support is very much appreciated.
This week we have started researching for our inquiry project on a charity or organisation that… HELPS CHILDREN IN NEED
We are enthusiastically learning about what each of these charities do to help prevent POVERTY.
–Oxfam–UNICEF–Salvation Army–Red Cross–
–Save The Children–World Vision–
This term we are excited to study and learn about the incredible diversity and richness of India.
We have planned a term full of creative and though provoking learning with a focus on cultural similarities and differences, social Justice issues in India, as well as fascinating festivals, traditional dress, history and of course…Food!!!!
This learning will culminate on our Open Night in Week 9 where all the children’s hard work and progress will be on display!
This fortnight the children have had a great time learning about where India is exactly, as well as its neighbours, and the meaning behind the national flag, as well as looking at some entertaining you-tube clips of Bollywood dancing and discovering some famous Indians!
We have been discovering the different regions within India and its geographical neighbours.
Here we learnt the significance of the colours of the Indian Flag.
White- Peace and purity.
Green- New life and Prosperity.
Blue Wheel- Ashoka Chakra- Wheel of law.
Here we discussed all the fascinating things we want to lean about India and the wonderful questions we want answered this term!
We really enjoy the you tube clips and here we are learning how to speak in Hindi (One of the many languages within India) “Namaste” can be used both as hello and goodbye. It means- “I honour you”.
LISTEN TO A SNIPPET HERE!
A much appreciated parent email… feedback is motivating and appreciated!
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.
This term we will be reading a variety of text types and responding to questions based using a variety of reading skills including:
Recalling Facts and Details
Recognising Cause and Effect
Word Meaning in Context
Fact and Opinion
THE MORE WE READ. THE MORE WE LEARN!