Primary School News

Music speaks what cannot be expressed,

Soothes the mind and gives it rest,

Heals the heart and makes it whole,

Flows from Heaven to the soul.

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The culmination of a full term of musical rehearsals came to life on Wednesday evening at the International Convention Centre. The Primary girls were stunning as they sang and played to rapturous applause. The girls were so excited to take part in this whole school community event and particularly loved watching what is to come as they move into the Secondary School.

Thank you to Mrs McIntyre and Ms Hanna for preparing the choir so beautifully and Ms Ashton for training the combined band. Of course none of this is possible without the support of parents. Thank you so much for making the trip into the city. I’m sure you will agree it was well worth the effort.

Next Tuesday evening we will be holding a parent information session on the current approach to Mathematics in the Primary School setting. Laurinda Lomas has been an educator in the independent and public sector for more than 20 years. This includes extensive time in K-6 classrooms as both a classroom teacher, gifted and talented specialist and curriculum leader. Mrs Lomas has also worked as a Mathematics Consultant for the Association of Independent schools across NSW, and is currently completing her doctoral studies in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Mrs Lomas will discuss our approach to Mathematics and will conclude with parents going back to the classroom to take part in some maths problem solving and the opportunity to display their mathematical thinking. Please call Mrs Oliver on 9473 7474 to RSVP.

The National Curriculum has emphasised the use of mathematical language so that the girls are able to verbalise their mathematical thinking. The use of good questioning is also important, so rather than solving a difficult problem for your child, ask, ‘Can you explain your thinking to me?’ ‘Can you show me another way to solve the same question?’

There is a fabulous website developed by the Department of Education that contains video footage of teachers providing great tips for parents to help their children at home.  Everyday activities such as cooking, estimating the grocery bill, planning a trip using travel timetables and playing games such as Monopoly or Sudoku are also helpful.

 

Visual Arts

In response to their studies on Australian immigration, Year 6 Visual Arts classes are creating an installation of figurative ceramic works reflecting the diversity of ‘those who’ve come across the seas’. In preparation for the work, each student has researched a country from which we historically or currently have a large migrant intake. They have chosen an animal native to one of those countries on which to base their ceramic piece and designed a sculpture where the animal is interacting with a suitcase. The girls are now in full production mode using pinch, pot and slab construction techniques to make the form of their animal and suitcase. Next they will be working on their surfaces to create detail and texture. We anticipate displaying the individual pieces as a collective installation work to serve as a reminder of the wide range of people who contribute to Australia’s multicultural society.

 

Mandarin

This Term Year 5 students have explored Chinese New Year customs, learnt Chinese good luck greetings and sang a Gongxi Song.  They have also discovered the legend of the Chinese zodiac and learnt to say and write these Chinese characters for zodiac animals. Students have also learnt about simple greetings and numbers in Chinese. 

The students have also let their creativity shine and showcased the Chinese characters 汉字 through their two Chinese art projects of a red paper envelope and lantern. Finally, they proudly performed the Gongxi and a Chinese number song at our Friday Assembly. 

Year 6 is learning all about countries. Students have learnt the Chinese vocabularies of different countries, nationalities, languages spoken and also which continents the countries belong to. Students also reinforced their knowledge by answering questions on Kahoot and performing songs and role plays in the theme of countries.

 

Congratulations to Breanna Harris and Elyse Stephens for their selection into the IPSHA Representative Teams for Netball and Hockey. Best of luck to all of the girls who will be competing at The King’s School in the IPSHA Cross Country event. I look forward to seeing you there.

 

OSH Club 

Please note that bookings for the April Holiday Program will be running from April 10 – April 24 2017.  (OSH Club will be closed on April 13 for Easter Thursday, April 14, April 17 and April 25 due to National Public Holidays.)  The brochure for the program will be available four weeks prior to the Holiday Program starting. To book the dates you require please log into your account at www.oshclub.com.au

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary