On Tuesday 4th of November, our Year Six students were lucky enough to be the audience for students from Mazenod high school’s travelling drama production! Mazenod students have been visiting St Emilie’s for the last few years, and they have always presented an entertaining and informative experience!
The year 8 students from Mazenod performed a series of short skits featuring issues that our students may face next year in high school. They included things like travelling to school, making friends, peer pressure and much more.
Our students even got a chance to step onto the stage and play the lead role in some other improvised situations.
Aedan P stole the show when he became a “teacher” and stepped in to stop a bullying situation.
Kobe was a star when he made the choice to “do his homework” rather than play a game of soccer.
It was an entertaining afternoon and the performances certainly helped answer some of the questions our students had about high school.
Bravo Mazenod and many thanks!
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!
Our term 3 integrated unit, ‘Earth’s Awesome Forces’, focuses on the power created by the Earth and the curious forces that are produced.
To understand how the Earth produces energy and power we looked at the different layers of the Earth. We read different sources of information and created our own model of the Earth. We then discussed the different types of energy that the Earth produces. Some examples of these are tidal, solar, geothermal, wind and many others.
Students were broken into small expert groups and were given a specific type of energy to research. Once they had become “experts” on their own energy source, they worked with their group members to complete their question sheets. At the end of the lesson, students then stood in front of the group and shared a short summary of their energy source. Now in class, we have begun explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each type of power!
Mrs Fowler & Eric demonstrate how to paper maché our model Earth
It was a delicate process!
The finished product!
Students worked in small expert groups to research a type of energy.
Our iPads were a useful tool to research the different types of energy.
We are having our own Science Week at St Emilie’s in week 8. The year 6 students will need to bring in an empty 2L Coke bottle for their activity like the one below. Step 1
Rinse out the bottle to remove any residue of whatever drink was in there before it was empty. Take your 2 litre bottle and draw a line around it right where the curve ends and the bottle transitions to a straight line. It’s important to draw the line below the curved area.
Next, cut across the line, making sure to cut as straight as possible (parents will need to help with this part). Then flip the top over and invert into the base. Please bring your bottle, cut and assembled as in the images above, ready for our Science Week activity in week 8. Bottles are not required until week 8 so please keep them at home until we are ready.
Thank you, Mrs Cogger
Congratulations to all our House Cross Country winners for 2014 – a fabulous effort! Congratulations also to all students who gave it their very best and finished off their race, earning valuable points for their House team.
The Interschool Team will head off next Thursday to compete between our regional Catholic Primary schools at Tomato Lake. Please make sure your child’s Bus Permission Slip is signed and returned ASAP, thank you.
A special thank you to Mr Davis for organising Cross Country training over the last number of weeks – very generous use of your free time and greatly appreciated in our lead up to the event.
1st Gannon – 139 points
2nd Mazenod – 129 points
3rd De Vialar – 121 points
4th Mackillop – 91 points