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.
In mathematics, Year 2 we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes.
We have had a lot of fun naming, describing, drawing, building and manipulating a variety of shapes and objects!
We love a challenge, and some of these tangram cards certainly tested our problem solving skills!
Creating with pattern blocks is a great way to explore tessellating shapes.
We have learnt more about the features of three dimensional objects through a variety of building and drawing challenges!
Next term, we look forward to further investigating flips, turns and slides, as well as putting our mapping skills to the test!
We have had a busy end to Term Three!
We have enjoyed learning about Social Justice and different cultures this term. After reading the story, Speak Chinese Fang Fang, we spent time talking about how we would feel if we were new to our school or country and how we could make others feel welcome. We used the words fairness, acceptance, respect and understanding to help frame an ‘I Message’ – what we would do to welcome people from a different country into our school. We are becoming fantastic writers!
“I will show fairness by if they fall down in the playground I will not laugh at them”. Jerrin
“I will show respect by showing them around the school and I will not pick on them and I will not laugh at them and I will not make fun of them”. Ava
“I will show understanding. If they speak a different language I will listen really closely and I might hear a little bit of English. If I know how to speak their language I will know what they are saying. If they are speaking to someone else I can translate so everyone will know what they are saying”. Evan
Footy Colours Day
We had a fun afternoon enjoying the Footy Colour Day activities organised by the Year Sixes. It was great to spend time with our Buddies who were wonderful in encouraging us to try new things!
Jesus Calms the Storm
We have spent time exploring God’s Creation and the many wonderful things in our world. We also learnt that Jesus spent a lot of time in nature either praying or teaching others about God’s love. We watched a story called Jesus Calms the Storm and discovered, not only Jesus enjoying God’s creation with His Disciples, but the miracle He performed in calming the wild storm.
We have had a busy term but have learnt many new things along the way! We can’t wait for our holidays! Stay safe and we will see you soon for our final term of Year One!
Today our delightful Year 3 students received a presentation form Natasha and Janine from the Backyard Bandicoots research program at Murdoch University. Mrs Cogger has been liaising with Murdoch University about our own bandicoot living in St Emilie’s Bushland and she was keen to encourage the researchers to come out to the school for a visit.
The visit commenced with a powerpoint presentation about ‘Quendas’ which is the Noonjar word for the Southern Brown Bandicoot which is using our bushland habitat. Here are a few photos of the powerpoint presentation.
Natasha showed the students the night activation camera that they use to record images and videos of bandicoots.
Mrs Cogger was excited to be using the Learning Hub for the first time.
Click on the link below to hear Natasha explain how big a bandicoot is.
The students have been learning about Quendas during Science so they were confident at answering the questions posed to them by Natasha.
The students were also keen to share their bandicoot habitats that were constructed in Science this term.
Natasha and Janine shared a digital game with the students. Each student had their own Mac on which to play the game. In the game the bandicoot explored a bushland habitat and the students had to answer questions to move to the next level.
To conclude the visit Natasha and Janine played a quiz with the students. The students who answered correctly received a ‘bandicoot card’.
Click on the links below to hear Louis and Thomas share what they enjoyed most about the visit.
Mrs Cogger would like to sincerely thank Natasha and Janine from Murdoch University for coming to share their knowledge and research with the students. Both Natasha and Janine have given Mrs Cogger some ideas on how we can continue with this project with possible ideas for further investigations about the behaviour of Quendas.
We have been integrating writing opportunities into our morning Fine Motor Groups. This week the children had to respond to a question posed by the teacher in our Thought Bubble. Children are encouraged to talk, draw, write and share on their journey to becoming more confident and flexible writers.
You can help by encouraging children to write for a range of relevant and meaningful purposes at home – creating shopping lists, letters and cards to family and friends, writing emails, keeping a holiday diary, labelling items and photos and leaving notes.
Give children opportunities to read aloud their writing attempts. Listen and focus on the message that they were trying to convey. If children are encouraged to express their meaning and are acknowledged, they will be more inclined to attempt to write.
Provide a quiet place for your child to write with lots of writing materials. Leave notes and messages for each other and engage in writing games. Write together and have FUN!
Acknowledging our Building Partners
Last Friday night the Board, P&F and staff gathered together to formally thank Nigel Yoxall (Yokkers Property Maintenance) and Jon Dunne (Celtic Builders) for the superb job they did in remodelling our old undercover area into a modern, new Learning Hub! The money spent on this initiative has been such an incredible investment already, with new opportunities for student learning and multi-purpose functionality. The time, attention to detail, professionalism and integrity that these men and in my absence, Mr Munro, brought to this project, was second to none.
On this evening we also formally thanked Mrs Anne Aquino for the wonderful contribution she has made to our school community over a number of years. Below is a copy of my speech to Anne on behalf of us all:
Whole School Mass and Morning Tea
Our whole school Thanksgiving Mass this week was an opportunity for parents, grandparents and children to pray for Mrs Aquino and to wish her all the best for the years ahead. Every time we meet as a community around the Lord’s table of love, it is a special opportunity to call to mind our own needs and the needs of our friends, families and community. We prayed for Anne and for two of our teachers, Miss Kristy Foong and Miss Ruby Carroll, who are soon to be married in the school holidays.
Our Performing Arts students presented a liturgical movement after Communion that was very beautiful and very prayerful – special thanks to Miss Goodall for organising this for us, we are very grateful.
Whole School Open Night – Social Justice Focus
Thank you once again to all families for making the effort to join us on our whole school Open Night – it is always really special when we are altogether!
.Every two years the children explore the concept of Social Justice as part of their integrated studies
Across the school these units of work support students to learn more about how to make and keep friends, the importance of rules and ways to accept differences of opinion;; the special value of multiculturalism in Australia; social justice issues experience by people with disabilities; the law and the rights of children everywhere.
As a staff we also look at this important concept through a Catholic lens by exploring what the church documents have to say in regard to ensuring justice for all.
We hope you enjoyed the experience and we look forward to showcasing our learning in this way again next year!