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.
On Wednesday 13th September we opened our classrooms to showcase the learning that has been happening in Year Six Blue. It was wonderful to see so many families coming along! Our Social Justice concept starred as the foundation for many of our showcased learning activities. The students have worked hard over the term and have a great deal to be proud of.
This week Year 6 completed a first aid course delivered by Stacey from St John’s ambulance.
During this incursion, we learned how to use DR SAB to help someone who is unconscious. Each letter in this mnemonic represents a life saving action.
D: Danger. Is it safe to approach the person? Can you hear, see or smell danger?
R: Response. Does the person respond to your voice? Do they respond to a squeeze of their collarbone?
S: Send. Is there someone nearby who can send or call for help? Do you or the unconscious person have a mobile phone to call ‘000’ on?
A: Airway. Is their airway blocked? Can you clear it of any debris and tilt their head back to open their airway?
B: Breathing. Are they breathing? Have they taken at least two breaths in the last ten seconds?
We also learned how to safely place someone into the recovery position while waiting for help to arrive.
On Tuesday 22nd August the Year Five and Six classes had the pleasure of a visit from author Nadia King to celebrate this year’s Book Week. Nadia is the author of Jenna’s Truth, a touching story inspired by true events about a young girl who was bullied in school. Nadia also told us about her life and offered these tips for getting started as a writer.
- Dream your story
- Use writing prompts
- Live your life
- Be nosey
Overall it was a very relevant and interesting presentation by Nadia. The students asked some thoughtful and meaningful questions which will assist students when writing their own narratives.