Primary School News

‘Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.’

 Pope Francis

 This week Dominica Leaver, the school’s Social Justice Captain, came to talk to the girls about Lent and Project Compassion. Project Compassion is a whole school initiative that explores  how Caritas Australia is helping the world’s poorest people establish sustainable food; walking with them as they free themselves from the burden of food insecurity and developing new, improved income streams for a better future.

The theme for Project Compassion for 2018 is, ‘A Just Future.’  As Pope Francis says ‘Education is an act of hope,’ so this year Project Compassion celebrates the power of learning and the many ways in which Caritas Australia is working with local partners around the world to provide vital learning and renewed hope to children, women and men most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice.

To support this theme, every week a story featuring a new country will explain the issues faced in that country. The stories also highlight how Caritas Australia is working together with vulnerable people, helping them to develop their strengths and create change in their own communities.

We have been talking to the girls about their Lenten promises and how we can help to support the people who will benefit from Project Compassion. Some girls decided that the money they might spend on a weekly treat could be put to better use by donating their money to the project.  Our collection box can be found at the Student Services desk next to Mrs Mansfield.

Here are some of the girls’ Lenten Promises:

 

‘Not to eat chocolate and sugar and to help my brothers and sisters with their rooms and to do more chores around the house.’

Kayla McKeown, Year 6

 

‘I chose to give up ice cream because I thought it would be difficult.’

Alexis De Zotti, Year 6

 

We are fortunate that Mr Henville (father of Zoe Henville, Year 6) will once again be running a Coding Club in the Primary School. He would like to extend this opportunity to all girls in the Primary School with two trial lessons. The classes are run on Tuesday morning at 8.00am in the Learning Common. I urge you to come along and learn all about coding.

Years 5 and 6 have been at camp for the past two days, enjoying the beauty, serenity and activities Broken Bay has to offer. The girls have been involved in many activities, learning and taking risks in raft building, archery and high ropes, while supported by their buddies and forming new friendships. I will write a full account of the Primary Camp in next week’s newsletter. For now, enjoy some of the photos.

 

We are looking forward to meeting all parents at our Information Evening tonight.

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary