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.
The Year One students planted their potatoes on Friday 24th May. Every week they visited the garden beds along with Mrs Cogger and Mrs Roberto to see how many potatoes had come up.
Every week more and more potatoes popped up! This week we counted 39 potatoes. Here are a few photos of our students examining their potato seedlings.
Thanks to Seed Potatoes for Schools WA for supporting us with this project. We are all thoroughly enjoying it.
Recently the Year 4, 5 & 6 students have been learning about Earth & Space Science. As part of these studies, we had a visit from Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA) on the 16th of May. The Year 5 students took part in some hands-on activities and learned about how farmers can use chemistry to test rocks to help them improve their soil.
The Year 6 students learned about the different types of volcanoes and completed an investigation about the viscosity of their lava. Thanks to WASP, an initiative supported by Woodside and ESWA, for an exciting incursion.
This week our Year One students planted their seed potatoes. This is a partnership with WA potatoes. Students all across the state are growing their own potatoes through the Seed for Schools program.
St Emilie’s received a kit with plenty of seed potatoes, educational resources for teachers to use in classrooms, and there is a monthly e-newsletter with gardening tips and stories of progress from participating schools.
This is a highly successful initiative and St Emilie’s is proud to be involved. It was great to see our students getting their hands dirty and having some fun while planting, nurturing and learning about potatoes.
Mrs Cogger would like to thank Mr Cogger for preparing the garden beds and our parent helpers for supervised the planting of our four garden beds.