Primary School News
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh
Today we celebrated our Year 6 transition into Secondary School with a beautiful liturgy and assembly. Ms Watkins presented the girls with certificates and each student received a copy of ‘Little Women’ by Louisa May Alcott. This story is centred around strong female characters who I hope will serve as a strong reminder to the girls to go after their dreams, be courageous, stand up for what they believe in and always remember that connection and belonging is something to be treasured.
Year 6 had some advice to share with Year 5 which included making lots of friends, keeping a clean desk for a clean mind and having fun, but the most important piece of advice was not to leave their work until the last minute because it is way too stressful! The girls performed ‘This Place that We Call Home,’ which was written by Lilya Ragg and Grace Sukari from Year 6 to the music of ‘Rip Tide’ by Vance Joy. An iMovie created by Ms Hislop highlighted the many magical experiences throughout the girls’ time in the Primary School and ended with photos of the girls in Kindergarten and Year 6. There was barely a dry eye in the house! The assembly ended with Year 6 presenting the Primary School with a beautiful collaborative artwork which they made under the expert guidance of Mrs Langley. Following the assembly was a celebratory lunch which was greatly enjoyed by all.
Thank you to Ms Watkins, the Leadership Team, Primary teachers, parents and friends for your attendance at what was a lovely, joyous event.
Music in the Primary School
As we near the end of 2017 our Primary School girls continue to show their joy and love of music through involvement in ensembles and classroom lessons. In this year of Freedom, Years 5 and 6 have had many opportunities to develop and share their musical gifts and talents. They have displayed excellent collaboration in class activities, a willingness to learn and the courage to challenge themselves.
All students participate in a specially designed music program that uses the Orff Schulwerk approach. This approach to music education is internationally recognised and provides all students with an inclusive, supportive environment to be free to experience music in a way that encourages their individual growth.
Year 5 Music
This year Year 5 have continued their exploration of the musical concepts of duration, tone colour, structure and pitch. Some highlights include performing arrangements of ‘The River is Flowing’ through singing, playing and moving. In addition to learning about structure, the girls learnt about phrasing, through movement games and challenging body percussion patterns. Most recently students have designed superheros and villains, composing a theme for each using specific melodic devices and finally using their graphic notation skills to notate their themes. Additionally, students who had singing lessons or were learning an instrument with a music tutor have been invited to perform a solo in front of their class to encourage further development of performance skills. Our Year 5 students are to be commended on their willingness to embrace performance opportunities and share what they have been learning with others.
Year 6 Music
As our Year 6 students look back on their Primary School music classes, they have shared memories of enjoyable learning experiences, research tasks and practical lessons. Students have embraced their ‘Around the World’ unit with enthusiasm and sensitivity to other cultures. They have explored many genres of music, studied instruments from various cultures and participated in song and dance from different countries. To conclude this unit, students studied the influence of popular music in Australia and were introduced to song writing before accepting the challenge to write a song that reflected their time as students at the Loreto Normanhurst Primary School, using the chord progression from Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’ song. All Year 6 students enthusiastically performed their arrangements highlighting their positive experiences as a Loreto girl.
Concert Band & Strings
The Primary School strings, conducted by Mrs Helen McIntyre, have displayed excellent commitment and enthusiasm to rehearsals resulting in a beautiful performance at this year’s Spring Fair. The Concert Band have enjoyed exploring a range of repertoire and all girls have continued to show dedication to rehearsals and performances. After a confident performance at the Spring Fair, they are now finalising preparations for their performance at the Primary School Awards Ceremony.
Miss Sarah Ashton
Last week we had the privilege of listening to an array of outstanding speeches for leadership positions for Semester One 2018. The teachers and I are so proud of each and every one of the girls who put themselves forward for leadership positions. It took courage, confidence, intelligence and passion and we saw these characteristics in the girls.
They all spoke with such passion about our values, being of service to others and in particular, the pride they feel in being a Loreto girl. I greatly enjoyed reading their letters. As one student said ‘I love Loreto and the values that shape how we live, act and learn.’ 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.’
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, I spoke to 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 roles.
I am pleased to announce that the School Leaders for Semester One 2018 are as follows;
Alexis De Zotti & Tahlia Moses
Benedicta House Leaders
Neve Tierney & Jessica Roche
Clare House Leaders
Lucy Harrison & Abbie Maley
Dorothea House Leaders
Zoe Henville & Kayla McKeown
The girls will receive their badges early next year at the Year 6 Leadership Liturgy.
Good luck to Breanna Harris from Year 6 who will be travelling to Adelaide to represent NSW in netball at the Pacific School Games. This is a wonderful achievement Breanna – congratulations!
OSH Club Holiday Program
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I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge every student for their personal efforts and achievements this year. It has been a remarkable year with so much to be grateful for. As the year draws to a close, I wish you a joyous Christmas vacation and a peaceful New Year.
I leave you with this prayer.
God of wisdom,
we thank you
for all the gifts you have given us
throughout this school year.
We praise you for giving us life,
for saving us in Christ,
and for choosing us to be your people.
As we come to the end of this school year,
we voice our gratitude
for the good things you have done in us,
and we praise you for all who have shared
in the work of this school.
We ask you to bless them in your love
and give them refreshment and peace.
We praise you, God,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns forever and ever.
With felicitous thanks for a wonderful year,
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary