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.
in 2020 our Year 6 Environmental Committee will be offering the following recycling services to our school community.
Greenbatch Foundation partners with schools allowing students to collect their old PET plastic bottles through recycling, providing PET which is used in research and development for 3D printer filament. By recycling through Greenbatch we can save plastic from entering landfills, oceans and waste incinerators.
Our green and purple Greenbatch bins will be placed in the undercover area on Wednesday mornings. You are very welcome and encouraged to bring in your HDPE and PET plastics. PET plastic is the type found in drink bottles and food packaging such as strawberry punnets or peanut butter jars, and has the number 1 inside the recycling symbol.
We will also continue to offer our battery collection. The yellow battery bin will be placed out in the undercover area on Wednesday morning along with the Greenbatch bins. Please bring along your unwanted batteries and place them in the bin. Once the bin is 3/4 full we contact the City of Gosnells and the batteries are taken away for recycling.
If you bring your batteries or plastics to school on any other day you will find both the yellow bins and the purple bins parked up by Learning Hub.
Thank you for your continuing support and to our students for their efforts and contributing towards the health of the planet by conducting these recycling projects.
Congratulations to Maria Gourley in 4G for her winning photo entry in the Chevron Focus Environment Competition.
Maria placed 3rd in the Years 3-6 category Focus on: WA’s habitats and ecosystems.
There were more than 100 entries from schools across WA. Both Year 4 classes entered the competition this year. Mrs Cogger took the students to the school bushland in Term 3 after giving the students a presentation about photography and how to capture a ‘good’ photo.
Maria’s photo will appear in The West Australian newspaper this week. Mrs Cogger’s father gets the newspaper each day and he has been alerted to look out for it!
Maria receives a $100 gift card and a certificate and St Emilie’s school has received $250. Mrs Cogger will add this money to her Science budget.
Here is Maria’s wining photo and caption.
Title: Bark and blossoming plants. Caption: ‘Among the bark, there are plants beginning to grow and bloom. All thanks to the source of sunlight’.
On Friday schools across Australia celebrated National Schools Tree Planting Day. National Tree Day is a call to action for all Australians to put their hands in the earth and give back to their community. Each year, about 300,000 people volunteer their time to engage in environmental activities that educate individuals about the world around them. It was a day for our Year 4 students to venture outdoors and get to get their hands dirty and have some fun!
St Emilie’s is also proud to announce that we recently received a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant. This money was used to purchase 10 large eucalyptus trees to replant in our school bushland. Mr Cogger purchased tree species suited to our bushland setting in the southern suburbs and also resistant to dieback.
Here are some photos of our Year 4 students enjoying the experience. Mrs Cogger and the students would also like to thank the parents who volunteered and assisted small groups of students to plant the trees.