In Year Six we have been preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
We understand that Confirmation strengthens the spiritual gifts we received through Baptism, and offers us the special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread the Good News in our actions and words. The Sacrament of Confirmation will help to strengthen us in our faith as we renew our baptismal promises and recommit to being a Christ follower.
As well as completing classroom activities that assist us with understanding more about this Sacrament, we were very lucky to have a visit from Bishop Donald Sproxton. Bishop Don, along with Father Giovanni and Father Chien, visited St Emilie’s on Tuesday 16th October and spoke to us about this wonderful and very special Sacrament.
On Wednesday 17th October we attended a Confirmation workshop with parents or sponsors.
This week our 6B students had an incursion with Joel Booth from Murdoch Science Outreach. A crime scene investigation was brought to life in this workshop. The students explored the chemical properties (such as solubility and pH) of different white powders and then used their reasoning skills to identify an unknown substance recovered from a crime scene.
The workshop commenced with Joel putting on his white lab coat and talking to the students about the investigation.
Here are some images of the students using the pH indicator to identify which colour their solution matched with on the pH scale.
Each team of students had four powders to investigate.
The students also did an iodine test with Betadine to test their powder for starch.
The final activity was to identify two ‘mystery powders’ and then use their skills from the first part of the lesson to work out what these powders were. Each team had success with this as they were able to work out what their powders were.
Joel will be returning to St Emilie’s next week to conduct the investigation with 6G. It was a great experience for the students to work with a chemical sciences student and to hear about Joel’s experiences in the lab and his plans for a career in chemical sciences.
Welcome back to Term 4 everyone! We hope the holidays have gone well for you all and that children are rested and ready for the next nine weeks of learning!
Yesterday the staff enjoyed a wonderful Professional Learning opportunity with Mr Brendan Spillane – an acclaimed Australian educator, speaker and coach. A former teacher and principal, Brendan has held senior roles, in an executive capacity, on professional associations at both state and national level in Australia. We thoroughly enjoyed the insights he had to share. He spoke with great wisdom, discernment, humour and passion and there were many ‘take home’ reminders and messages for us both personally and professionally
We are all feeling energised and ready for a productive, positive and rewarding term ahead!
All the very best to you and yours, be kind to each other and may we continue to strive to make our community an authentic reflection of the Gospel values we believe in.