On Monday the 29th November the year Three classes attended The Fremantle Literacy Centre in Fremantle.
The Literature Centre is a unique place to nurture young people’s interest in reading and writing, using engaging techniques to explore and interpret literature. Uniquely located within the walls of the Old Fremantle Prison, it is the only centre of its kind in Australia.
During our visit the students had some wonderful learning opportunities such as hearing about the amazing story of Moondyne Joe, Western Australia’s real life outlaw hero. The students looked at the amazing artwork of Mark Greenwood, the author and illustrator of ‘The Legend of Moondyne Joe’. Next the students learned about the storybook titled, ‘Queen Celine’, a funny, eco-friendly, politically-relevant picture book by super-talent Matt Shanks.
After an engaging and fascinating time learning about so many interesting aspects of these amazing stories and the talents of these Australian authors the students travelled to Bibra Lake for some lunch and fun on the adventure playground. Thanks to the Pham Familiy’s Bibra Lake Lunch bar menu, we were spoilt with some delicious food. The students were lucky enough to have the whole playground to themselves.
Looking at the spot where Moodyne Joe escaped.
Overall this was a wonderful and exciting learning experience that was made even more perfect by the wonderful cooperation and attention of our Year Three’s as well as the perfect sunny weather.
This week was National Homelessness Week (1-7 August) . This is an annual campaign coordinated by Homelessness Australia and seeks to raise awareness around people experiencing homelessness – the issues they face, and the action needed to achieve long-lasting solutions, including increasing the supply of housing and services.
In year Three we looked at this growing problem and some of the ways that we can help people in need. Next we worked in pairs to design a shelter that could accomodate someone who needs a home. We chose from three different places, a jungle, a desert and the mountains. The students drafted a short plan and then began their final pictures including labels to show what they created. The students came up with some very creative ideas such as creating a home underground to protect people from the elements and a fish pond so that they would have food. We are still completing these wonderful pieces of work but we look forward to some completed samples of work to place on display.
On Friday 4th June St Emilie’s students participated in Crazy Hair Day to raise funds for LifeLink. We were all amazed and in awe of the wonderful effort and creativity the Year Three’s showed with their wonderful “Crazy Hair” creations.
Imagine astronauts reading stories from space to school children & families in an exciting new program that combines literature with science! On Wednesday the 19th May St Emilies participated in the National Simultaneous Story Time from space! NASA astronaut Shannon Walker read the story, “Give me some space”, while floating in space!
‘Give me some Space’ is about a girl named Una who dreams of a life in Space. Life on Earth is just so ‘so-so.’ But how will she get there? And will she complete her mission to discover life in Space? And did she remember to feed Neil the goldfish?
This fantastic story linked into our class Sustainability theme with students coming to the understanding that It is our mission to take care of the Earth so that we can explore the universe for ‘light years to come!’ The students then completed an activity where they drew themselves as an astronaut with a caption explaining their own ideas for taking care of the Earth.
Shannon Walker reads from space!
A space themed just dance brain break helped everyone get up and move.
In Year Three we are learning how to write procedures. A procedure is a text that explains how to make or use something. This week we made Fairy Bread and then we applied our knowledge of procedural text structures and language features to write our own procedure.
We enjoyed this hands on experience with our friends and the Fairy Bread was really delicious!
We hope you all enjoyed the holiday break with your families and are excited to be learning again!
We have had a great start to Term Two! We have been busy planning for remote learning, working with the students who are attending school and supporting children at home.
This beautiful sunshine has provided many opportunities to learn in the fresh air. It has been wonderful to see the smiling faces of our Year Threes and it will be wonderful when we are altogether again!
Science- will it sink or float?
Experiments are underway!
FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FOCUS – Gentleness
Our current Fruit of the Holy Spirit Focus is ‘Gentleness’.
We discussed and practised being gentle when passing around a ‘very full’ cup of water. We talked about how this water is like our feelings, and we can act gently by showing polite, restrained and compassionate behaviour towards others.
We also planned and acted out scenes to demonstrate how we can show gentleness to others. We know that especially during challenging times, it is important to show gentleness and compassion to all of those around us.
Planning a video for gentleness.
We miss our friends who are learning from home but we have really enjoyed being back at school! 🙂
We are off to a good start in Year Six Blue, preparing for our end of term Edu-Dance concert. Every Thursday afternoon 6 Blue have been focused on learning our dance steps. While it can be challenging to learn these new moves the students are focused and trying their best and it is already shaping up to be highly entertaining not to mention a great memory and fitness workout! Well done 6B!
On the 22nd August St Emilie’s celebrated Book Week with the theme, ‘Reading is my Secret Power.’ The Year 2 Blue and 6 Blue buddies spent some time participating in shared reading together in the beautiful sunshine. It was wonderful to see the students dressed creatively as a character from a book, which has inspired them.
On Tuesday 2nd July the Year Five and Six students participated in Keeping Safe Activities. The focus for this afternoon was on Relationships and we covered the topics; Rights and responsibilities of children and young people and Trusted Networks. The activities the students completed are all based on these focus areas.
Below is a link to the Rights of a child clip that the students viewed before completing the activities.
Overall, the teachers found that students were engaged and completed each activity, contributing some very insightful and interesting thoughts and opinions to each session. This was also a good precursor for next term’s learning about the concept of Social Justice.