Primary School News

‘Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can do something. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.’

Gertrude B. Elion

 

Wednesday evening saw a large group of Primary parents return to the classroom. Mrs Laurinda Lomas spoke to the parents about the approach to the teaching of mathematics in the Primary School.

Parents worked together, explaining their mathematical thinking and learning new strategies to solve problems, with the focus always on teaching for understanding. We discussed the dispositions of successful students, being those that seek challenges, value effort, persist in the face of difficulties and have a love of learning (Mike Askew 2006). Learning the essential skills for success in today’s world, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration directly links to the Working Mathematically outcomes which are at the core of the syllabus. Thank you to the parents who attended the evening. There was great discussion, lots of laughs and a few ‘aha’ moments.

 Next Tuesday the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) begins. Below are some handy hints to help your daughter prepare for the week.

  1. Focus on doing their best and trying hard: As with all their learning activities place your focus squarely on effort rather than results.
  2. Listen to any concerns they have: If your daughter confesses to some nerves then validate her feelings.
  3. Give her some relaxation ideas: Anxious or nervous children will benefit from some simple relaxation strategies. Taking some deep breaths, changing their thinking and exercising the morning of the test are some simple ways to help get some feeling of control.
  4. Have your daughter prepared with a good night’s sleep, an adequate breakfast, getting to school on time and having a pencil and a rubber to do the test.

 

In the Primary School this week – Building Bridges

As part of our, ‘See Think Wonder,’ time on Wednesday we had three amazing guests come to visit us, Anna, Mark and Liana. They shared with us their careers as mechanical engineers. They taught us all about STEM (Which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and how it is used in so many different careers and how it is important for us. We focused on mainly the engineering side of STEM.

Our challenge was to build a bridge that had to be 20cm long. We were given 10 straws, 2 pieces of paper and a roll of sticky tape. The rules of this challenge were that we could not stabilise the bridge by sticking it to the land (which was two tubs spaced 20cm apart), the bridge could not fall into the river, the weights or the cup were not allowed to touch the carpet. The last rule was that we could get extra straws, but it would come with a penalty! The aim of this activity was to try to make your bridge able to hold as much weight as possible in a styrofoam cup, which was placed on top of the bridge then the weights (which weighed 50grams each) were put inside of the cup without the bridge falling over. We were all in groups of 5 and teamwork was very important to build the bridge. My team and I found it very challenging to get our bridge to balance and we had to make lots of changes in order for our bridge to be a success.

This task has helped us to work as a team and to show us the really cool and creative side of science and maths and that everyone can be an amazing engineer in some way.

My favourite part of building a bridge was definitely being able to use our hands and our creative and imaginative minds to make something amazing. I think that doing this task was not just showing us how to build a bridge but also showing us how bridges are made and used. Our visitors were so inspiring and have brought me so much closer toward my dream of being a mechanical engineer. I think that they have really opened up our minds and showed us just how important engineers are.

By Keira Conlin 6B

 

We wish all of our beautiful Primary mums a wonderful and hopefully relaxing Mothers’ Day!

 

Upcoming Dates

Saturday 7 May Primary School Family Twilight Picnic – 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday 10 May Year 5 NAPLAN – Language Conventions and Writing
Wednesday 11 May    Year 5 NAPLAN – Reading
Thursday 12 May Year 5 NAPLAN – Numeracy
Sunday 15 May Mother Daughter Eucharist
Saturday 21 May Parent Association Trivia Night – 7:00pm-10:00pm 

 

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary