Just a reminder to all families, that our Year 6 Environmental Committee offer the following recycling services to our school community.
Greenbatch Foundation partners with schools allowing students to collect their old PET plastic bottles through recycling, providing PET which is used in research and development for 3D printer filament. By recycling through Greenbatch we can save plastic from entering landfills, oceans and waste incinerators.
As from Term 3, our green and purple Greenbatch bins will return to the undercover area on Wednesday mornings. You are very welcome and encouraged to bring in your HDPE 2 and PET 1 plastics. PET plastic is the type found in drink bottles and food packaging such as strawberry punnets or peanut butter jars, and has the number 1 inside the recycling symbol.
We will also continue to offer our battery collection. The yellow battery bin will be placed out in the undercover area on Wednesday morning along with the Greenbatch bins. Please bring along your unwanted batteries and place them in the bin. Once the bin is 3/4 full we contact the City of Gosnells and the batteries are taken away for recycling.
If you bring your batteries or plastics to school on any other day you will find yellow battery bin in the undercover area and the purple Greenbatch bins parked up by Learning Hub.
Thank you for your continuing support and to our students for their efforts at contributing towards the health of the planet by conducting these recycling projects.
Just a reminder – if you haven’t entered your vote for St Emilie’s Bush Forever Journey, please get your vote in soon as voting closes this Sunday.
St Emilie’s Catholic Primary School has submitted an entry in this year’s Quality Catholic Education Awards. Many other schools throughout WA have also submitted entries – approximately 80 in total.
Our schools entry is called the St Emilie’s Bush Forever Journey. It documents some of the learning opportunities that have taken place in our bushland setting over a long period of time 2013 – to the present. In our submission we have included two statements (100 words and 500 words) as well as supporting documents (web posts, learning plans and Open Night displays) about our journey.
This year there is a People’s Choice Award so we are encouraging all our families to vote for St Emilie’s. Please click on this link and you will be taken to the nomination page.
This term the Year 2 students are learning a new unit from Primary Connections and it is a very exciting topic. The topic is all about the fascination children have with machines. From an early age their world is surrounded by machines that move, make noises and light up.
Some machines are so simple that they might not be considered to be a machine at all, such as ramps and seesaws. However, all machines wither complicated or simple help us to do work.
The students were introduced to Rube Goldberg. Rube Goldberg made simple tasks more complicated by creating and constructing intricately designed machines to do every day simple tasks. The majority of forces in a Rube Goldberg machine are push and pull forces.
This week the Year 2 students made their first initial attempts to construct a Rube Goldberg machine by investigating ‘What different ways can we push or pull a toy car to make it move?’ Here are a few photos of the students at their team investigations.
This week Mrs Cogger provided some interesting Science Activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week. Across Australia NAIDOC Week is usually celebrated in schools in the last week of Term 2. This year due to the COVID pandemic, NAIDOC week was moved to November. However, many schools went ahead with their plans to celebrate in week 10 just as they always do.
The Year 2 and 3 students learned of a Noonjar Dreaming Story that tells us how the Southern Cross was formed.
The Year 4B students learned about the Noonjar season of Makuru and explored the bushland to look for signs that Makuru has started.
The Year 5B students made Aboriginal digging sticks used for digging up bloodroot, yams, honey ants and Witchetty grubs.
The Year 6 students learned about Aboriginal engravings and rock art. After observing many different forms of art, the students created a shield with symbols of their own Dreaming Story.
Just recently the Year One students have been using playdough to investigate how everyday materials can change. Each student was given a small piece of playdough to create their own model. Then we discussed all the ways we could manipulate the playdough. The students had a brainstorm and together we listed these words – bend, stretch, squash, press, roll, curl etc.
Here are a few images to share of the students with their completed creations. There are a few students who are yet to do the activity and we look forward to sharing images of their creations in another web post.
Our Year 4 students were invited to join Cecily from Earth Science WA to learn more about soils through a ‘virtual incursion’. Mrs Cogger received an invite from Cecily through Microsoft Teams and the call went through at 9am on Thursday. Our Year 4 students were all seated and excited to try this new way of learning.
Cecily conducted the incursion via the big screen in MPR and Mrs Cogger did all the ‘hands on’ work.
Here is Cecily telling us about ‘soil profiles’ and Aiden giving his answer.
The students had to use a baton and identify whether the soil was fine, medium or coarse.
At the conclusion of the incursion the students used antibacterial wipes to clean all the equipment and prepare the kit for collection by Cecily.
We would like to thank Cecily for offering this alternative to a face to face incursion. It was a huge success. The students loved it and were engaged with the topic on soils. Our IT tools worked perfectly to support this new way of learning. We can see this being a wonderful opportunity for learning about our Earth in remote and regional WA.