Last Friday the year 6 girls had a a Robogals incursion. Robogals offers technology workshops free-of-charge in their local communities, focusing on encouraging girls from primary to secondary school to explore an interest, as well as cultivate self-confidence, in these areas. Introducing female engineering students to girls at a young age also provides visibility to female role models, of which there is a significant deficit in the STEM field.
Aaron and Kim arrived with a case full of Lego Mindstorms robots and laptops. The session started with a presentation from Aaron about Robogals, STEM and the need in the community for females to study STEM courses. Then Kim explained to the girls about how to use ‘code’ to operate and control their robot.
The students made up teams of three and collected their equipment.
Our first challenge was to make the robot travel in a square.
Some of the students took the task seriously and even drew a rough plan.
Our Year 6 girls requested a group photo with Aaron and Kim from Robogals and with their robots. Mrs Cogger and the girls throughly enjoyed the incursion. We are sure that the visit has ‘sparked’ some interest in the girls considering STEM courses for a future career.
Ava and Mia created this iMovie about the incursion. Click on the link below.
Lastly Mrs Cogger would like to say that she arrived at school this morning and waiting on her desk was a lovely thank you card from the Year 6 girls. It made her day.
Recently our Year 6G students conducted a waste audit of all our recess and lunch waste from Years 1-6. Robyn Brown from Rivers Regional Council presented and conducted the waste audit with the students. At the time of the audit she indicated how impressed she was with the waste management at St Emilie’s in particular, our reduced use of ‘single use plastics’ such as Gladwrap.
Robyn Brown took our table of findings back to her office at Rivers Regional Council to analyse them and prepare a report. Just this week Mrs Cogger received an email from Robyn with her recommendations about how we can continue to effectively manage our waste. We will be addressing these improvements over the duration of the school year.
Here is Robyn’s reply
Your waste audit results reflect what we found on the day….a fairly large sum of food scraps compared to anything else.
The whole of annual school waste is quite low for 462 students at 1092kg. Some schools of your size would be throwing that out in paper alone!
Make sure you do congratulate everyone for following the principles you have been teaching, including parents!
I am happy to come again and chat with you or your Green Team about the next stages for accreditation or any other waste wise matter.
If you wish to see our waste audit results open the attachment below.
On Friday 10th February, students from years 5 and 6 took part in our ‘wellbeing day’. Students were grouped in their houses and rotated through four different activities for the day. Miss Hynes & Miss Thomas led a healthy eating session where students enjoyed delicious, fresh dips along with celery and carrot sticks. Mrs Ryan held a meditation session which incorporated reflective music and quiet activities and finally, Mr Naden and Jacob Aquino organised different fitness stations and team building activities which involved a lot of running, jumping, muscle building and communication. All activities were aimed at improving our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and of course, our teamwork skills and house spirit!
The day was a huge success and we look forward to more Wellbeing Days in the future!
This term in Integrated Studies, students have have been working on an economics small business project. After learning about how our needs impact on where and how we live, students chose their own groups and came up with an idea for a business that could address a need or a want.
The initial stages of the project involved creating a company name, logo and vision statement. A Year Six stock exchange was then set up and groups share prices fluctuate according to their output each week. Each company was given a list of ethical decisions that had consequences for each choice, and they produced an analysis of an Asian country and Australia to help identify potential customers.
Students have also set up a company website to store all their work throughout the unit, and they have begun filming advertisements for their companies. This project focuses on how Asia and Australia are connected and provides students with the knowledge of how understanding money and its management can help us to meet our wants. Students have investigated why trade is necessary and through their business decisions, they begin to discuss financial concepts like wages, tax, budgets and inflation with the goal of becoming more financially astute in order to make more informed and considered decisions about the products they purchase or request to be bought for them.
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