This morning the Devereux brothers and and the Backus children met with Mrs Cogger to work in St Emilie’s Community Veggie Garden. Today we had some seed potatoes to plant. These were left over from our donation of seed potatoes from WA Potatoes Seed Potatoes for Schools project. We had been waiting for these last few potatoes to start ‘chitting’. Mrs Devereux also brought along a few of her Royal Blue potatoes that were ready to be planted.
First of all we had to weed the garden bed.
Here we are ‘armed and ready’ with our garden tools.
Then we had to dig a hole to plant our potato.
It was so cold this morning that we were all breathing out ‘steam’. So Mrs Cogger took a photo of us all being little ‘puffing billies’. Can you see the steam?
We are still looking to fill the veggie garden roster with volunteers so if you would like to meet on Friday 17th August at 8am, then please let Mrs Cogger know. Mrs Cogger would like to thank the Devereux and Backus families for volunteering this morning.
Mrs Cogger is delighted to announce that three of our students have been recognised for their fabulous Science designs in the ‘Celebration of Science’ logo competition. This a wonderful way for St Emilie’s to be acknowledged during National Science Week which commences this Sunday.
Our three award winners are
Ellani Limnios 1G
Kieran Ng 4B
Samara D’Souza 6B
The winning entries will be displayed at the Community Science Expo and the winners will also receive a prize. Prizes will be presented to the Logo Competition winners by the City of Canning Mayor at the welcome ceremony which starts at 10am on Sunday 19th August at CREEC.
We hope many of you will be able to attend this ‘free’ event sponsored by
Here are a few of our students entries. As you can see we have a lot of artistic flair and talent in the school!
This design is by Hannah Ozaraga in Year 6.
These designs are by Alexis O’Donnell 5B and Jaydee Laborte 6G.
This design is by Abbey Andrews
Here is Kieran Ng’s ‘highly commended’ entry
Here are a couple more entries
Congratulations to our winners and to all our students who participated in the competition.
If you wish to know more about the Community Science Expo then click on the link below.
National Science Week is from 11-19 August and there are several events being held throughout the metropolitan area and many of them are free.
If you would like to find out more, click this link and you will find the WA events finder for National Science Week. Some of these events would make a great day out for a family of Science loving individuals!
Mrs Cogger encourages all families with a keen passion for Science to attend this wonderful community event. Our students are submitting entries to the ‘logo’ competition and hopefully some of our drawings and designs will be on display the expo.
On Friday it was National Schools Tree Planting Day. The Year 3 students planted a ‘Noonjar Bush Tucker Garden’ with tube stock plants kindly donated by SERCUL, one of the local environmental groups that we are in partnership with.
Groups of students worked with Kirsten Devereux and Mrs Cogger to plant out the bush tucker garden. If you would like to take a look, you will find the bush tucker garden along the fence line behind the Year 1 boat playground.
The Year 3 students have been learning about bush tucker plants during their Science lessons this past fortnight so they were very well informed about the different species and the Noonjar uses for them.
Some of the species that were planted are
The Scarlett Runner – Noonjar people use this for making crafts and tools as the stem can be used like a ‘twine’ and the leaves can be brewed to make tea.
This is known as a Bloodroot and can be roasted and eaten like a potato.
The students also planted the Bull Banksia which is used to carry a flame when moving camp sites.
Here are some images of the students working hard on Friday morning. As you can see there was a lot of work to be done.
Of course by 10:30am we were not finished. There were still 12 plants left to go in. So at 2pm Mrs Cogger invited the Year 6 Environmental Committee to help her finish off the project. Thanks Year 6.
Mrs Cogger would like to thank Kirsten Devereux for kindly helping out as it was a huge task to get all of these plants in and she did a fantastic job – helping set up all of the equipment and marking out a planting pattern.
We would also like to thank Natasha Bowden from SERCUL for supporting us with this project and for donating the plants.
The Devereux brothers were back in business again this week helping out with St Emilie’s Community Veggie Garden. Patrick and Merrick helped harvest ALL the radishes and wow look at that amazing amount of produce!
The boys have fun towing the trolley to the hall to sell our veggie produce to visiting parents and guests.
Here are some of our happy customers this morning.
A group of Year 6 students have taken over the veggie accounts. This a wonderful maths problem solving and accounting exercise for the students. Mrs Cogger gives the students the money made from the sale of veggies and then the students work out their own accounting system. As a team they work out the profits and pay out any debts. At present we are in front.
Mrs Cogger is putting together a new veggie garden roster for Term 3. If you would like to volunteer, then please send Mrs Cogger an email.
Mr and Mrs Cogger are delighted to inform the school community that we have managed to get some coverage of the quenda living in St Emilie’s Bushland. Recently Mrs Cogger purchased a ‘night activation camera’. Over the past few weeks we have been setting up the camera in different spots around the bushland with the hope of capturing some images of the quenda.
Finally we had some luck.
This image shows the quenda on the far right bottom corner
We also found a mouse on the tree trunk.
If you click this link below you will see the video coverage of the quenda.
Our Year Ones are learning about nocturnal animals. The students will be having a presentation from Amanda Kristancic from the Backyard Bandicoot project based at Murdoch University. We will be very excited to share these images with her.