Primary School News

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one who gets the people to do the greatest things.

Ronald Reagan

 This week in the Primary School we had the privilege of listening to an array of outstanding speeches for leadership positions in Semester 2. All of the girls spoke with such passion about our values, being of service to others and in particular, the pride they felt in being a Loreto girl. As one student said:

‘I love Loreto and the values that shape how we live, act and learn. With the 2016 value being Felicity, I would love to share joy and celebration as a school leader.’

Another candidate said:

‘I think I would be a good leader and with guidance I may even be a great one. But even if I am never a leader, I will always be proud to call myself a Loreto girl.’

Leadership at Loreto Normanhurst is servant leadership and has its foundation in the words of Jesus Christ. We choose to lead through service to others and working for the common good of the school community. The current Primary School leaders have done a superb job over the last Semester. It has been such a joy to watch them grow in confidence in their roles. During the week, the girls spoke about all they had learned and what they will impart to the incoming leaders. I am extremely grateful for the way they have conducted themselves and the leadership they have displayed in these important roles.  

I am pleased to announce that the Primary School Leaders for Semester 2 2016 are as follows;

Primary School Leaders

Kiera Conlin & Madeleine Campbell

Benedicta House Leaders

Erin Bourke & Olivia Lucas

Clare House Leaders

Remy Savell-McKean & Katerina Negro

Dorothea House Leaders

Madeline Studdert & Clare Horan

 

Congratulations to these students. We look forward to their leadership in these roles.

 

Music in the Primary School

Concert Band & Vibrant Voices

Year 5 and 6 students have been enjoying the opportunity to be involved in the extra-curricular life of Loreto Normanhurst this semester. Vibrant Voices, conducted by Mrs Helen McIntyre and accompanied by Ms Alice Hanna, commenced rehearsals in Term 2 as an optional choir for students to participate in after a highly engaging and successful performance by all primary students at the Music Festival in Term 1. They have enjoyed learning a range of songs and are looking forward to some exciting performance opportunities later this year.

The Primary School Concert Band rehearse each Wednesday morning at 7.45am and have been working hard to perfect a number of new pieces, including their most recent achievement “Latin Fire.” Over 30 primary students form the Concert Band and play a variety of instruments including flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, French horn, bass guitar, violin, percussion and piano. All students approach each rehearsal with enthusiasm and have made significant progress in their ability to sight read music and work together as an ensemble.

Year 5

This semester, Year 5 have explored the concepts of Duration and Tone Colour through experiencing an Orff Schulwerk based program. Students participate in a wide variety of activities including musical games, challenges and analysis. They obtain a thorough understanding of each concept by exploring a range of pieces including works by female Australian composers, such as Elena Kats-Chernin. Student engage in group discussion at the conclusion of each lesson, in addition to creating a summative mind map at the end of each unit to ensure they have an understanding of the concept, can link it to their practical experiences and confidently use accurate musical terminology related to the concept. This week students have enjoyed learning about Tone Colour with the assistance of Pongo the Pirate and are enthusiastic about continuing exploring this further before looking at Structure and Pitch in Term 3 and 4.

Year 6

Students in Year 6 continue to expand their musical knowledge through singing, playing, moving, composing and completing listening analysis of various musical styles. This semester began with the idea of change – not only the change from Year 5 Music to Year 6 Music, but also how we can approach composition tasks by making minimal changes or developments to musical themes. To enhance the compositional process, Year 6 took a trip to space to commence their topic Around the World, with the assistance of the fourth movement of Antonin Dvořák’s ninth symphony “from the New World,” before exploring the London Underground and Steve Reich’s challenging piece “Different Trains.” Students have experienced arranging and composing using thematic material from these pieces through practical means, written analysis and discussion. Most recently, students have enjoyed revising their knowledge of the concepts studied so far in class by completing analysis of popular music they listen to regularly. This has allowed for a diverse and interesting Music program for Year 6, with the aim for students to gain an appreciation of a wide range of musical styles.

 

Ms Sarah Ashton

 

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 visit  www.oshclub.com.au    for more information on the program and bookings.

 

Upcoming dates

As Term 2 comes to a close, I wish everyone a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Term 3 begins on Monday 18 July.

Monday 18 July 2016 First Day of Term 3 
Tuesday 19 July 2016 Primary School Science Fair  |  6:30pm to 7:30pm
Friday 29 July 2016 Year 6 Leadership Liturgy & Parent Morning Tea  |  10:50am to 12:00pm

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary