This morning Mrs Cogger had the pleasure of taking four of our Year 6 students to Mazenod College to compete in the Synergy Solar Car Challenge. Synergy and STAWA (Science Teacher’s Association of WA) provided solar car kits to schools who had registered for the project and challenge. The kit included enough materials for the students to build solar cars. The students have conducted investigations with the solar cars such as
- Which wheels give the car it’s greatest speed over 20m?
- What panel angle generates the most energy?
At 9:30am the competition commenced. The students had 80 minutes to build a solar car from scratch and test it out. There was a ‘hum’ of enthusiastic and engaged Year 6 and 8 scientists at work in the hall at Mazenod College.
The goal of the competition was to race the car along a 20m track made out of corflute board. One student set their car at the start line and at the finish line another student had to ‘catch’ the car so that the car didn’t crash into the sand bags.
Mrs Cogger would like to add her own comments about the day. The students were a delight to take to the competition. They used their problem solving skills and faced all the challenges with a positive attitude. They were polite and extremely well -behaved. The students were happy to celebrate the success of the other competitors.
And to top it off we came 3rd. Congratulations to Josh D, Josh H, Loren and Joanna.
To view photos of the Synergy Solar Car Challenge click the link below.
Year 6B enjoyed an incursion today with Curtin Science Outreach.
To find out more click on this link.
On Friday 3rd November the Year Six students met with their Year Two buddies to talk about the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The Year Two’s made special Confirmation cards to give to their buddies, which was a very thoughtful gesture and the Year Six students were very touched by the beautiful cards they received.
It was a very special time spent together!
National Water Week is held in October each year to help us understand and take action to protect and conserve our precious water resources and habitats. As a registered Waterwise School, St Emilie’s always celebrates this week by educating our students about the value and conservative use of water.
The theme for National Water Week this year is ‘Water – the Heart of our Culture’ which encourages young people to explore how water shapes our everyday lives through recreational activities, the natural world and our community values. The focus here at St Emilie’s was the value of water to the Western Australian lifestyle.
The week was a call to action, challenging us all to make changes to our day-to-day lives to protect this essential resource which shapes almost everything we do. It also gives us a huge opportunity to start conversations and encourage people to learn more about the technologies and the people that keep our taps running and ensure Australia has a sustainable water future to support our economy and our communities.
Below are a few of the Waterwise learning experiences that were offered in Science this week.
The Year One students investigated ‘dripping taps’ around the school. And they found one in Year 5!! We predicted how much water would be collected from the drip and marked this on bucket.
Then we left the bucket under the drip to collect the water while we went back to class to do our work. Here are our findings.
We had a discussion about what we can do if we see a dripping tap. ‘Turn it off!’ were the replies. However, Olivia in 1G informed us all that if the drip won’t stop then, ‘call a plumber!’
We didn’t wish to waste our collected water so Mrs O’Donnell carefully poured the water onto the lawn.
Our Year 2 students did some work on their potato crops. It was time to ‘mound up’ the soil around the potatoes. Mr Cogger assists us by managing the sprinklers and turning them on, only on our designated watering days here at St Emilie’s.
Our Year 5 and 6 students learned about our big blue planet and how much ‘fresh water’ is actually available for drinking, growing food and keeping plants and animals alive. It works out that there is about 2%. This helps us to understand the importance of water conservation and why in our drying climate in WA we need to look after our most precious resource.
In Year Six we have been preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
We understand that Confirmation strengthens the spiritual gifts we received through Baptism, and offers us the special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread the Good News in our actions and words. The Sacrament of Confirmation will help to strengthen us in our faith as we renew our baptismal promises and recommit to being a Christ follower.
As well as completing classroom activities that assist us with understanding more about this Sacrament, we were very lucky to have a visit from Bishop Donald Sproxton. Bishop Don, along with Father Giovanni and Father Chien, visited St Emilie’s on Tuesday 16th October and spoke to us about this wonderful and very special Sacrament.
On Wednesday 17th October we attended a Confirmation workshop with parents or sponsors.