Welcome back to all our Families! Please download the following document to discover the exciting learning experiences planned for Term Two.
Welcome back to Term Two – I hope that everybody had an enjoyable Easter and holiday break with their families and friends.
I was blessed to spend Easter camping with family, and was able to celebrate Easter Sunday in the beautiful St Peter’s Church in the small township of Greenough. When we think of Easter and the message of new life, we also need to reflect on the hopes and prayers from the Archbishop of Perth, Timothy Costelloe for Easter;
“That we recommit ourselves to walking in his footsteps. In this way the promise and hope of Easter will not be a fanciful dream, or something for which we must wait until the next life, but rather, albeit in a limited and fragile way, a reality which like the mustard seed of which Jesus speaks in the Gospel begins in small and hidden ways but gradually grows into a vast tree which provides a home for everyone.”
The Year 6 Mazenod leaders and Mrs Aquino led the Year 1 to 6 children in a moving Anzac Day ceremony after recess this morning. As we commemorate Anzac Day, we think back on some of the horrors of war and conflict that have occurred and are still occurring in the world today, and give thanks for the courage and compassion of those who served and those who continue to do so.
It is this courage and compassion which we remember each ANZAC Day. ANZAC Day is a time for us to pay tribute to these brave men and women, who fought and died for our country, so that future generations like ours could live in freedom. This act of self-sacrifice is remembered every year, when we take the time to pay our respects and say thank you for the freedom that we have today.
Over the next few weeks, there will be a number of articles from Michael Grose that we will be placing on the website which give advice on a number of issues facing us as parents today. Please read them and take what you can from them, there are some great insights and learning to be had.
Please have a look at the Term Planner for Term Two and check the weekly reminders on the website and your emails regularly. It promises to be a busy, but rewarding term for all.
Welcome to Term Two!
We hope that all our families had a wonderful and restful holiday!
Please click on the link below to see what is planned for the term.
Miss de Gooijer and Miss Foong
We hope you had a lovely and safe school holidays with your families.
Please click the link to view our Term Two Parent Letter.
We are looking forward to another action-packed term in Year Four.
Ruby Carroll & Louise Corkhill
During the last week of term one Mrs Cogger invited Rod Smith and the team from Birdlife WA to visit our Year 4 and 5 students and give a presentation about bird adaptations. The students had been learning about animal adaptations with the main focus being our unique Australian native animals. To help prepare the students for the visit, Mrs Cogger asked them to research the animal adaptations of their favourite Australian bird. This task was on the students Purposeful Practice Grid.
The incursion commenced with a presentation by Rod to highlight the unique adaptations of birds.
Rod shared his knowledge with the students about such facts as – bird habitats, plumage, camouflage, beak shape and size and feet shape and size.
Then the students were placed into smaller teams and taught how to use a binocular. There were enough binoculars for each child to have a set. These were provided by Birdlife WA.
Now the students were ready to go touring around the school grounds on a search for local birds.
To conclude the incursion Rod invited the students to share their findings and we recorded these on the whiteboard.
Mrs Cogger had set up her own bird display as Rod and the Birdlife WA team had visited St Emilie’s a few years ago. Mrs Cogger was interested to see if any new birds had been sighted.
In addition to the birds in the image above, we now have the following birds coming in and out of our school grounds
- red tailed black cockatoo
- singing honeyeater
- a silvereye
- a new Holland honeyeater
- common bronzewing
- welcome swallow
Mrs Cogger would like to thank Birdlife WA for once again coming to St Emilie’s to spend time teaching our students about WA birds. It was a most informative visit.