Primary School News

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!  When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

 

Is there any greater joy than curling up with a good book? With that thought in mind, today marked the very first Primary School book swap. The girls were asked to bring in a pre-loved book from home with a short written recommendation attached. At lunch time a flurry of excitement hit the Primary School Quad as girls stocked up on books. A gold coin was donated for each chosen book. All money raised will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

 

The opening of the Australian Constitution Centre  (ACC)

On Monday 9 April, the Australian Constitution Centre was opened at the High Court, Canberra. Rhiannon Doyle from Year 6 was a special guest as her mother is  the Schools’ Director of the Constitution Education Fund, Australia, and had the task of bringing this important piece of Australian history to life. This is Rhiannon’s account of the day.

“The opening of the Australian Constitution Centre in the High Court of Australia was amazing. I met so many inspiring people including the first female Chief Justice, Susan Kiefel, Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, Julian Lisa, the member for Berowra, the former Minister for Defence, The Hon Peter Lindsay MP as well as many other notable people. Mrs Kerry Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of the Constitution Education Fund Australia (CEFA), the organisation that created the ACC. The ACC is pitched at primary school students but offers a lot for adults to discover as well. Personally I learnt so much about separation of power, the rule of law and federalism.

The highlight of the ACC  opening was watching the film, Banjo and Matilda, because it sums up the creation of the Australian Constitution.‘I now declare the Australian constitution centre open!’ were the words of Chief Justice Kiefel as Mrs Kerry Jones walked up to the podium with the stars of the film, to slice into the huge constitution chocolate mud cake!  Finally the ACC is open to the public and I can’t wait for Year 6 to visit on our Canberra excursion.” – Rhiannon Doyle, Year 6

 

Chinese

“In Term 1, as part of the Chinese curriculum, Year 5 went through a series of activities to celebrate Chinese New Year. Students learnt to sing the Chinese New Year song – Gong Xi Gong Xi, write the Chinese New Year greeting 恭喜, and make Chinese lanterns. They had a lot of fun!

Year 6 learnt the topic of ‘Countries, Cities and Continents’ in Chinese. They are now able to say different countries, famous cities and seven continents in Chinese and mark them on the world map with pinyin, the official system for Standard Chinese. In the last lesson this term, the girls also learnt to write different countries with Chinese calligraphy pens. They really enjoyed the traditional Chinese Arts.”

Mrs Cathy Cao

Teacher of Languages (Chinese)

 

It has been a long and rewarding term and the girls have settled beautifully into life in the Primary School. If you have a chance during the holidays, ask your daughter to tell you about the Loreto traditions and stories we have learnt about this term. The girls were particularly moved by our visit the Bush Cemetery and Ms Watkins’ sharing her stories and wisdom.

Wishing all families a relaxing and enjoyable time with friends and family over the holiday break. Term 2 commences on Monday 30 April in winter uniform.

Please see the  OSH Club Vacation Care Brochure   here.

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary