INTER SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY
Today we took along 30 St Emilie’s children to take part in an Inter school cross country competition.
After winning the event last year, we went into today feeling very confident. Our children had trained for a number of weeks leading up to this event and we had selected a very strong group of runners to represent our school.
We began the day very strongly with Taylah Haboldt winning the year 4 girls race and Taj Forrest running second in the boys event.
Our year 5 team was up next. All of our year 5 runners were able to run consistent races and we had a number of top 10 finishers.
Finally it was the year 6s turn. Shenae Hartree absolutely dominated her race, winning by more than100 metres and then Matteo Rossiello ran an amazing second in his race that contained a big sprint to the finish.
At the end of the, St Emilie’s finished in 2nd place.
It was an extremely close count, with only 5 points separating us from winning the competition.
A big thank you to the many parents who turned up to support and cheer on our kids.
We have a an exciting group of athletes at St. Emilie’s and we are already looking forward to the Track and Field events later this term.
And yes, the weather cooperated which was excellent!
Year Four Gold have been busy learning how to use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps. We started by learning about grids and co-ordinates (the horizontal axis being named before the vertical one). We had a go using co-ordinates in a fun way by playing a variety of games such as ‘Battleships, ‘Co-ordinate Dice’ and ‘Dingo’s Lair’. We also worked as secret agents and used co-ordinates to crack code.
As a class, we brainstormed the different language that is used when giving directions or describing position. The language we came up with was:
- Right / left
- Forwards / backwards
- Turn / quarter turn / half turn
- Before / after
- Next to / beside
- North, south, east, west
- North-east, north-west, south-east, south-west
- Straight ahead
We then completed tasks that provided us with the opportunity to have-a-go at giving and following directions. During one task we worked with a partner and we had to take turns to direct each other to designated positions around the school. We discovered that giving accurate directions and listening carefully is very important.
Our class then moved onto investigating the features of maps and plans. Some of our discoveries were:
- Maps and plans have coordinates / grid references
- Measurements of the size of rooms or the distance between points are included
- Maps and plans are labelled
- A legend / key is often included
- Most maps and plans are detailed
- A compass is generally included on a map
- Commonly maps and plans include a scale
We then learned about ‘scale’. Scales are used on maps so that areas can be reduced to fit on a piece of paper.
Compass directions were revised. We used the rhyme ‘Never eat soggy weet-bix’ to help us remember the different points on a compass.
Each of us then completed a variety of activities that provided us with the opportunity to use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps.
We did a great job and learnt a lot!
CLICK HERE : Term 3 2015 Welcome Back letter
Please find below the Year Four ‘Purposeful Practice Grid’ for Term Three – Weeks Two and Three.
CLICK HERE: Asylum requiem concert – information on where to get tickets from
This concert (2.30pm Sunday 11th October 2.30pm at St Mary’s Cathedral) is it to raise funds for: Mercy Care, who work to both assist asylum seekers and to educate the wider Australian community about asylum seekers; and, The Humanitarian Group, a group of lawyers who voluntarily provide legal assistance for asylum seekers.
This concert performance of ‘Requiem’, by the contemporary Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, is a very accessible work, combining the traditional prayers of a requiem with vibrant Japanese Haiku poetry & flute and drum. This performance will feature “Lux et Veritas” (choir) and “Camerata 1685” (orchestra).
While reflecting on loss of life, the aim of the concert is to invite sensitive support for asylum seekers and encourage just solutions to this situation.
Alison needs a few more helpers to join with other volunteers on the night of the disco please,
Decorating hall 1pm – 3pm: 2 parent helpers
Snack Stall 5.15 – 6.30: 2 parent helpers
Novelty stall: 5.30 – 7pm: 1 parent helper
if you can assist, please contact her on : firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK HERE: P&F milo muffins order form 2015
Order forms due back to school by Wednesday 12th August.
Muffin and Milo Morning Tea on Wednesday 19th August.
Please click on the link below to download our Year 6 newsletter for Term 3.