Primary School News

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn

Benjamin Franklin

 

The Primary School was buzzing with excitement as many parents participated in learning alongside their daughters during Open Classrooms this week. From polygon puzzles in maths, to historical fashion in literacy groups and Shakespearean inspired monologues and soliloquies based on the study of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ The Primary School was alive with learning.

Research indicates that when parents participate in their children’s education, the result is an increase in student achievement and an improvement of students’ attitudes. Productive partnerships between schools, family and the community also provide a strong network of connections that can help protect young people. The most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is not income or social status but the extent to which that student’s family is able to:

  1. Create a home environment that encourages learning.
  2. Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children’s personal potential.
  3. Become involved in their children’s education at school and in the community.

This week the Primary School hosted a Robotics training day which involved members from the NSW RoboCup committee. The learning common was alive with students and teachers sharing their knowledge of programming and building of Lego to create moving Robots in anticipation of the RoboCup, held later this year at the University of New South Wales. We are hoping to enter a team into the Dance, Soccer and Search and Rescue sections. Thank you to Margie Raymond for her organisation and planning of such a successful event.

 

Visual Arts in the Primary School

Year 5

Year 5 students have been investigating the genre of portraiture this semester. They have studied historical and contemporary artist’s works. The students have experimented with a range of drawing materials to create a series of portraits and self-portraits in pencil, ink, acrylics, print utilising the senior school printing press and digital media using their own iPads. Through the exploration of these materials, they have developed their analytical and expressive mark-making skills. The girls have also used their iPads to create and manipulate digital self-portraits.

Ms. Naaz Hanson-Kerr

 

Year 6

Year 6 have completed a print illustrating the Australian and Asian trade products that are exchanged between the two countries. Students researched the products, then made selections from which they composed a drawing that could be transferred in to a print. Printmaking historically, has been used by many artists to represent popular culture and consumerism, in addition to this the different steps in the process was of great interest and joy to the students.

In Term 2 the class explored Australia as a Nation and this was done through the Emblem and the symbols that are represented on it.  Students discussed what is visible and consider why these selections were made, such as the Kangaroo and Emu, but also the gloriously flowering Wattle.  In this they were exposed to more expressive mark making, and thus created their own expressive interpretation of the Australian Emblem. They studied the drawing techniques of Nicholas Harding as appreciation of the practice of a contemporary artist, who works with nature and natural objects and has very expressive and dynamic marks in his own artworks. Both these Units of Work were influenced by the study students have undertaken in-class.

Ms. Monica Boardman

 

OSH Club Holiday Program

The school holiday programs are jam packed with exciting activities and awesome excursions in a safe and friendly environment for Primary School children aged 5-12 years of age. Please have a look and make any bookings online via the website:  www.oshclub.com.au

 

Upcoming Dates

Monday 20 June Primary School Athletics Carnival 9:00-12:00pm
  Term 2 Primary School Academic Plenaries 1:00-6:00pm
Tuesday 21 June Term 2 Primary School Academic Plenaries 3:00-6:00pm
Friday 24 June Last Day Term 2

 

Mrs. Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary