For our final Term this year, we are studying Indonesia!
Its very exciting for many of our students as anyone who has been to Bali has visited Indonesia and many of our families here at St Emilie’s have found Bali to be a great place for a family break.
Indonesia is one of our closest Asian neighbours and important as one of Australia’s trade partners. In turn we are just as influential to Indonesia’s tourism industry.
Here are some highlights of our fortnights learning:
Learning greetings and speaking indonesian to one another.We practised the words”Halo”- which means Hello, and “Sampai Jumpa” which means See you later.
It was a great discovery to the year 1 and 2 classes that Indonesia is made up of many different islands and we found out where Bali is in Indonesia, and that the capital city is Jakarta.
Here we are learning the numbers 1-10 is Indonesian. Our clever year 4-6 classes could read out their phone numbers to partners by the end of the lesson!
Last weekend marked a very special time in our Year Six student’s lives as they received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Masses were held on Saturday night, Sunday morning and Sunday evening and involved both students from our school and the St Emilie’s parish.
Candidates were supported at the Mass by their families and their sponsors, who are special people students have chosen to assist them spiritually in the years ahead – these sponsors are also a sign of the ongoing support of the entire Catholic community.
The Mass began with the students entering the church with their sponsor. Later, Father Chien confirmed each candidate by anointing their head with the oil of Chrism and making the sign of the cross, saying “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit”.
Students have really been preparing for their Confirmation over all their years of primary school, as each year they have been learning more and more about this Sacrament during Religious education lessons.
Each student chose a saint they admired, after studying the choices they made and the life they lived. Students completed a project to find out more about their saint and reflected upon ways they could go out and make a difference, just like their saint had.
We discussed the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and gave examples of how each gift could help strengthen us in our daily lives. Students learned that our soul gives both life to our body and inner strength for goodness. We looked at ways in which Jesus revealed heroic, spiritual strength to obey his Father. We also explored ways in which other Christian heroes have been strengthened by the Holy Spirit, and how Catholics are promised this strength through the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Thank you to everyone who attended provided their support over the weekend, and a big congratulations to all Confirmation candidates.
God Bless You All.
Mr Naden and Mrs Fowler
This term we have been learning about different styles of poetry and poetic devices. We have been focusing on:
Imagery Poems: We came up with some wonderful imagery poems for our Fruit of the Holy Spirit focus, ‘Love’ and created artworks to accompany them:
Simile Acrostics: We wrote an acrostic poem to match one of our passions, then we made each line a simile to describe it.
Alliteration Rhymes: We used our names as inspiration when writing funny alliteration poems. It was very tricky getting each stanza to rhyme!
Haikus: Did you know a haiku is a Japanese poem, usually based on nature? It is a three-lined poem with 5 syllables on the first line, 7 syllables on the second line and 5 syllables on the third. We created some fantastic ‘What Am I?’ haikus related to animals and wildlife.
Limericks: A Limerick is a poem that is 5 lines long. Lines 1, 2 & 5 have 7-10 syllables and rhyme with each other. Lines 3 & 4 have 5-7 syllables and rhyme with each other. These poems can be difficult to write but quite funny!
Concrete Poems: These are poems that takes the shape of the subject you are writing about. They are very descriptive and can include similes and metaphors.
Idioms: As part of our poetry unit, we have also looked at idioms. Idioms are words, phrases, or expressions that cannot be taken literally. In other words, when used in everyday language, they have a meaning other than the basic one you would find in the dictionary. Every language has its own idioms. Learning them makes understanding and using a language a lot easier and more fun!
In Art, we illustrated some idioms too. Take a look!
Idiom: Cat got your tongue?
Idiom: To get cold feet.
Idiom: Want to hang out?
Dear Students We had a wonderful visit from Mr Sayer and learned all about pressure. We observed as Mr Sayer showed us three investigations. First he crushed a 4 litre can, then a smaller plastic container, Secondly he showed us how pressure causes holes in a 1 litre bottle to flow at different rates and finally we investigated how water comes out of a small polystyrene cup as it falls to the ground. You now have a homework task to complete. Please get onto the task while the investigations are still fresh in your memories. The task is to be handed in by Thursday 21st August. Here is a copy. Mrs Cogger
The Year 5’s and 6’s have made a great start in our MAI numeracy sessions where we have been exploring more about the relationship between multiplication and division. We have been working hard to learn our times tables with fun and with confidence!
Playing “Connect Three”. In partners, we took turns to turn over a card from the middle pile and answer the algorithm on the card. If we had the answer on our game board, we covered it with a counter. The first person to get three in a row, won.
Playing “More Group Matching”. Students match the corresponding multiplication algorithm with the visual and the numeral.
Playing “Coin Toss”. In this card game we made multiplication and division sums with one digit whole numbers. Heads = multiplication, Tails = division.
Playing “Turn the Tables”. The students had to roll 2 dice and correctly call out the answer to the multiplication sum made by the 2 numbers on the dice. Next they had the find the answer on the game board and cover it with a coloured counter. When a player had 4 counters in a row horizontally, diagonally or vertically they would win that round.
Playing “Card Calculations”. For this activity, we had to pick four cards and create a number sentence from them that would score us the most points. For example, 4, 5, 7, 2 might make the sentence “5 x 4 ÷ 2 – 7 = 3… 3 points ”Scores had to be single digits and after five rounds, we added our scores to find a winner!