Primary School News

Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them but you always know they’re there.

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Years 5 and 6 have returned refreshed and rejuvenated following two days of adventure in the beautiful surrounds of Broken Bay. They have enjoyed an array of exciting experiences including archery, kayaking and canoeing. They also undertook a high ropes course and bravely took to the flying fox. The girls enjoyed an afternoon marine walk where our guide told us about the historical relevance of the beautiful rock formations. The night time entertainment consisted of a County Fair where the girls were stall holders and collected tokens to earn their night time treats.

Camp provides a variety of experiences for the girls and builds important life skills such as self-awareness, building positive relationships, working as part of a team and the ability to meet challenges head on. It also affords the opportunity for the girls and teachers to get to know each other in a more relaxed context. In addition, it offers the perfect occasion to grow not only the individual but also the sense of belonging and connectedness to the Loreto Normanhurst community.

 It was wonderful to hear the girls talking about how much fun they were having and how much they had learned about themselves. As one student said, ‘I was scared of trying out the flying fox as I had never done it before but I stepped out of my comfort zone and did something new. It was so much fun.’ It was such a delight to share in this experience with the girls and to witness the care and compassion with which they treated each other. I’m sure you have enjoyed hearing all about their adventures since their return.

 

In the Primary School this week

Safer Internet Day

This week in 5R we have all been learning how to stay safe online during our cyber-safety sessions. A large part of our journey has been discussing ways we can ‘enable helpers’ or strategies to assist our learning online when we are exploring and participating on the internet.

On Thursday we dialled into a virtual classroom webinar conducted by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. During the session the girls were able to think about strategies for keeping themselves safe online, understanding their rights as a child for safety, respect and privacy as well as being able to identify behaviours online from adults or older students which are inappropriate or unsafe and to know where to find support when they are being cyber-bullied or receiving unwanted contact.

The  students thoroughly enjoyed participating in the webinar by answering questions together as a class online and sharing ideas with other schools around Australia. The Primary School is looking forward to further webinar’s conducted by the e-safety commission.

 

Ms Margie Raymond

Primary School Teacher

 

Virtual Reality

This year Mr Adams is starting up an exciting new lunchtime club – Virtual Reality –  using Google Cardboard.  This club will give the girls an opportunity to go on Virtual Field Trips, watch 360 Videos, take their own 3D Images and learn how to design their own Virtual Reality. We would like to ask for donations of old iPhones that are no longer of use. We do ask if you are able to donate to this new club that you first terminate your service on that phone and delete all memory and stored data. Our aim is to upload a very basic set of apps for the girls to use during this club.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mr Adams.

 

Good luck

Hannah Fenech and Emily Burns will be attending tryouts to gain selection on the IPSHA Basketball team this week. We wish them the best of luck.

 

Upcoming Events

Date Event Time and Venue
Friday 24 February         

Year 6 Leadership Liturgy

Morning Tea for Year 6 Primary School Parents and Students

 10:50am–11:20am in the Chapel

11:20am- 12:00pm in the Primary School COLA

Tuesday 28 February   Shrove Tuesday  
Wednesday 1 March    Ash Wednesday  
Thursday 2 March           Year 6 Leaders’ Mass (Cluster Mass)  
Friday 3 March

Parent Information Evening

Cocktail Party

 7:00-8:00pm in the Learning Common

8:00-9:30pm

 

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary