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.
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.
This week Year Six Gold and Year Six Blue visited the Life Education Van. We took part in the Life Ed module ‘It’s Your Call’ which focuses on improving decision-making skills by exploring the safe and appropriate use of technology, the short term and long term consequences of a range of legal drugs, factors that influence decisions such as friends, family, media and laws and the decision making process.
Visit http://www.lifeeducation.org.au/parents for more information on how you can continue this learning at home.
On Thursday, the 10th of August, the Year Five and Six students experienced, firsthand, what it is like to be homeless. Students participated in a homeless sleep out, which aligns with our Social Justice focus this term. The students were only allowed to bring a sleeping bag, a pillow, warm clothes and a mug and spoon. They had to find a spot to sleep on the cold floor of the undercover area and had to use their mug for every meal.
We were extremely lucky to have some guest speakers share experiences of helping people who are homeless and lack basic necessities in life, which many of us may take for granted. The students developed their empathy, as they immersed themselves fully in the experience of being homeless. Staff and students were immensely grateful for the heartfelt contributions of soup and other food items kindly donated by families.