Our Year 6 students recently enjoyed an incursion with Cecily from Australian Earth Science Education. The topic was ‘lava viscosity’.
The students were shown a presentation where Cecily shared her wealth of knowledge about volcanoes.
To conduct the investigation the students were put into their teams and given a clipboard and three different liquids to test. The students are familiar with ‘fair testing’ so they knew how to identify the different variables in this test.
The students put a blob of each liquid (tomato sauce, glue and honey) onto the clipboard, then elevated the clipboard to measure viscosity.
The students were easily able to identify the lava flows of a ‘shield volcano’ and a ‘stratovolcano’.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the activities that Cecily had prepared for us. Cecily is a regular visitor to St Emilie’s and Mrs Cogger highly values her expertise. Thanks Cecily and Australian Earth Science Education.
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.