Primary School News

“Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future.” 

Gail Lumet Buckley

Today marked the end of a term-long history project for Year 5 students.  Students were asked to think critically about their identities and reflect on how their environment has shaped them. Students had the opportunity to ask friends and family members about their local community and culture and how it has shaped them into the person they are today.  This morning the Learning Common was buzzing with energy and smells of delicious food as Year 5 students showcased their Identity Projects to Year 6 students, parents and special guests. 

Some reflections on their learning journey:

  • ‘I have learnt that my family and where I live is a big part of me.’ Ava Basic (5A)
  • ‘I found out where my grandparents are from and how they got here.’ Avery Benbow (5R)
  • ‘I learnt more about my family history. I learnt about my grandfather who was captured during the war and was taken to a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp.’ Tahlia Moses (5A)
  • ‘I learnt about the importance of setting yourself deadlines, so that you have the opportunity to plan, change ideas and refine ways of thinking and presentation. Alexandra Gessner (5A)
  • ‘I liked having a term to have time to add depth and put in effort. I really enjoyed getting to know more about me and my history.’ Francesca Byrne-Fister (5R)

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

  • Focus your daughter on doing her best and trying hard: as with all learning activities, place her focus squarely on effort rather than results.
  • Listen to any concerns she has: if your daughter confesses to some nerves, then validate her feelings.
  • Give her some relaxation ideas: anxious or nervous children will benefit from some simple relaxation strategies. Taking some deep breaths, changing her  thinking and exercising the morning of the test are some simple ways to help get some feeling of control.
  • Make sure your daughter is prepared with a good night’s sleep, an adequate breakfast, arrives at school on time and has a pencil and a rubber to do the test.

Over the next few weeks I am very much looking forward to inviting Year 5 and our new Year 6 students to share morning tea. We will meet in groups at the Genius Bar for cupcakes, juice and conversation.

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary