We are thinking of you and wishing you all the very best for the coming school holiday break. Thank you for your much appreciated support of staff, children and other families throughout the term. Every kind word, every generous offer, every time you have withheld judgement and given others the benefit of the doubt, every smile, every prayer prayed … it all helps to build our community up and keep it strong.
We pray that this Easter will be a wonderful opportunity for us all to reconnect with our loved ones, to reassess and re-prioritise our lives. And may our Lord of Easter Promise, continue to guide us all in the way of love, hope, justice, peace and reconciliation in our daily lives. May the way we choose to live be GOOD NEWS to all we meet.
All the very best and see you in two weeks!
LEADERSHIP DAY 2019 POST For LEADERSHIP DAY we took part in 4 activities to understand what it means to be a good leader and to develop our skills and talents to be the BEST LEADERS we can be!
Activity 1: Mr Munro:
For Mr Munro’s activity we were put in partners. One person had the blindfold, and the other person didn’t. The person with the blindfold had to listen and place their trust in the person who was not blindfolded to hit the golf ball into the cone.
Activity 2: Mr Thuijs:
Together we created an acrostic poem, on the words and phrases of leadership, responsibility, resilience, or bounce back.
Activity 3: Miss Thomas:
In this activity we talked about different emotions and feelings we may have already experienced or might experience in the future. We discussed some scenarios and how to respond appropriately whilst protecting our own feelings and the feelings of the other people involved.
Activity 4: Mrs Ryan:
In this story reflection session we listened to the audiobook of Wilma Jean The Worry Machine, and Mrs Ryan talked to us about what is okay to worry about, and what we shouldn’t worry about. We can control our worries and if we can’t then we shouldn’t let our worries get the better of us.
We ended the day by playing a game of AMAZING RACE – leadership version. We had many different tasks to complete in order to get the next clue. We had to work together as a team if we wanted to succeed and move onto the next level. It was a really great day!
Our school bushland is enjoyed by our students and of great aesthetic value to our school environment. Mrs Cogger enjoys taking the students to the ‘bush classroom’ each term for various activities.
Unfortunately many years ago we found out that the trees had ‘dieback disease’. Since then we have embarked on an injection program every few years. In 2013 the Dieback Working Group came to the school and supervised the students with the injection program and provided all the materials and phosphate. Here is a photo of Alyssa and Bayley from Year 6 2013.
The next time the the trees were due to be treated was in 2016 and we had the help of Conservation Volunteers WA. Here is a photo of the team.
The trees in our bushland are due to be treated again. This is high priority if we have any chance of saving the most vulnerable species like the Banksias. As well as other species like Sheoak, Macrozamia, grass trees etc. Our bushland is also home to a family of Southern Boobook Owls, a Southern Brown Bandicoot, a Bobtail Goanna and other native species.
We have a BUSY BEE planned for Saturday 4th May commencing at 8am. Mrs Cogger would like to invite you to help ‘save our bushland’ by assisting with the injection program on Saturday morning. Chris (father of Kadyn Year 6 and Kiara Year 3) has kindly offered to hire the gear from Murdoch University and instruct us on how to inject the trees with phosphate. All we need now is a team of committed parents to assist us on the day. BYO drill, rubber gloves and goggles if you have any.
If you have would like to volunteer your time please register via this link
If yo ave any questions about the dieback injector program please contact Mrs Cogger or Mr Munro.
Once our trees have been treated we will be able to commence our replanting program with the grant funds recently received from Woolworths Junior Landcare.
In anticipation of a productive BUSY BEE…
Our reported Ava Thorpe shares her experience of the day.
Hello staff, parents and students. St Emilie’s have been to the grand final of the Synergy Schools Solar Car Challenge at Optus stadium on the 9th of April 2019. We went in a maxi taxi at 9:00am. We were all feeling very excited and nervous about the day ahead.
We arrived there at 9:30am and after we got signed in, we found our table and had a look at our equipment. At this point we were quite excited but nervous. We hoped our car would be good on the day.
We went through our box to make sure we had everything. At 9:45am we got prepared for the building process. We went outside and had a look at the track to see what it was like.
By 10:17am and we were ready to start the building process scheduled for 10:30am and at this stage we were so super nervous about today’s challenge. We started off well and first we took out our supplies. First Sophia E and Jacob put the guide pins in. Sophia C, Sophia E and Jacob put the axel and the wheels into the chassis.
Jack attached the wires to the motor and switch. Jack also attached the alligator clips to the wires so it could connect. Everyone helped to put the gears into the wheels. We placed the spacers into the axels to make the wheels run more smoothly. Then we attached the cable ties to the switch to hold the switch in place. We exchanged the small wheels for all big wheels.
We kept the solar panel in the shade. We decided to elevate the solar panel a little bit so we could get more sun. Attaching the solar panel was a bit harder than it looked. Jack and Jacob also attached the battery pack in case it was too cloudy for the solar panel. It was a hot day but thankfully was also a sunny day. Placing the wires on the alligator clips was very hard to do.
Once completed we went outside to test drive it. Our car wasn’t going fast enough. Our average time for 20 metres was 8 seconds. We were confused with what was going on with our car. We spent the time trying to figure out what was wrong with our car by giving it a few more test drives. We got the time down to 7 seconds. Our car improved.
7 news were there recording our challenge. We thought we could work out what was wrong with our car. We placed the solar panel in the exact same spot as before and put the small wheels back on. We put double sided tape on the wheels to make it sort of stick. It did the trick last time, so we have high hopes for this time.
By 11:16am we were happy with our car and have we have come up with a name for our car. We named it ‘Weapon’. We polished up our car to make it the best we could. We did one more try for good measure. Our car was really slow. There were only 19 minutes left until the races start. There was so much going on!
At 11:30am we went to get some morning tea and we had a chocolate muffin. There are 5 minutes left of the building process. At 11:40am we went outside to start racing and we were really excited. We were in round 3 and we were versing Huntingdale PS and Amaroo PS. On both races we came second and on the third race we came third. Thankfully we were into the next round. We fixed our car and it was performing better.
On the next round we were versing Amaroo and Bunbury. On the first race it was a false start on the second race we came third. On the third race we had another false start. We did not go on to the next challenge. The best place we could achieve was either fifth or sixth. We did one more race and we came 6th place.
After the award ceremony a drone flew over us and took photos and videos. The school that won was Amaroo PS but overall we had an amazing time and everyone who participated should be very proud. Even though we didn’t win, we were the first year sixes to get in the grand final from St Emilie’s CPS. Thank you for reading and thank you Optus stadium, Synergy and STAWA for having us. We really appreciated it. Also thank you Mrs Andrews and Mrs Cogger for coming on this amazing journey with us. Thank you parents and everyone who came to support us.
Goodbye and thank you so much for having a chance to read this amazing journey and opportunity for us.
Thank you and have a great day!
By Ava Thorpe
Here is a video recorded and put together by Jayden Victor.
On Wednesday 3 April St Emilie’s opened up the classrooms to showcase the wonderful learning that has been happening here at school. In Six Blue we had many families visit our classroom and see the learning that has taken place in what has been an extremely busy term. It was lovely to see grandparents visiting and having a go at some of the challenges that were on offer such as the Roman Numeral Card Match game and the BIMDAS challenge. The students were very proud of all their hard work and everything that they have achieved We wish all families a safe and happy Easter.