Primary School News

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.

Coretta Scott King

On a glorious winter’s day, the Primary School Athletics Carnival took place and was a wonderful display of our girls’ willingness to give their all and participate in the wide range of sporting events on offer. All the girls showed passion and House spirit with rousing war cries and great team work. Benedicta was victorious, claiming the House Cup. It was a very difficult decision to make for the Spirit Cup winners, but the enthusiasm and exuberance of Clare House won on the day.

In the last race of the day, the Primary girls lined the track as the four fastest girls in Primary raced for the title of ‘Queen of the Track’. The final honours went to Lucia Van Der Heiden in first place, Abbie Maley in second place, Hannah Rex Paulin in third place and Sofia Storgato in fourth place.

The 10 years champion went to Kate Gilsenan, 11 years champion to Aoife Berry and the 12 years champion to Lucia Van Der Heiden. Congratulations to these students for their impressive achievements. Thank you also to Mrs Palmer and the Sports Department, the House Leaders and the Primary School staff for helping to make the day such a success, and to the parents for your support and attendance.

Over the last two weeks in the Primary School we have had the privilege of listening to an array of outstanding speeches for leadership positions in Semester 2. All  the girls spoke with such passion about our values, being of service to others and in particular, the pride they feel in being a Loreto girl. As one student said “As a school leader I will try to ensure that every Primary School girl is happy, treating each other and themselves fairly and always inviting God into their lives, looking for guidance. I know we all have our ups and downs but every girl has a right to be safe, respected and happy.” 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.”

Leadership at Loreto Normanhurst is servant leadership and has its foundation in the words of Jesus Christ. We choose to lead through service to others and work for the common good of the school community. 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, the girls spoke about what 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 their roles. 

I am pleased to announce that the Primary School Leaders for Semester 2 2018 are:

 

Primary School Leaders

Chelsea Gleeson and Lauren Lawer

 

Benedicta House Leaders

Annabelle Hartley and Isabella Lynch

 

Clare House Leaders

Holly Gibbons and Phoebe Zammit

 

Dorothea House Leaders

Alexandra Parington and Errin Conlin

 

Congratulations to these students. We look forward to their leadership in these roles.

 

Primary School Kitchen Garden Project

The third pathway in the Loreto Normanhurst Strategic Plan is a commitment to being an ecology–centred school.  I believe that the creation of a Kitchen Garden in the Primary School will help develop students to display:

  • Development of ecological sensitivity so that all actions reflect a care for God’s creation.
  • An ethical responsibility for decisions which promote sustainability across all areas of the community, within and outside Loreto Normanhurst.

The garden will demonstrate how students can reduce their footprint by growing food locally and reducing waste by recycling organic matter, making compost and in turn creating behavioural change that will form positive food habits for life.

  • The purpose of this project is to stimulate a sense of appreciation and respect for the environment through inquiry-based learning experiences that have links to the NSW syllabi, which enhance collaboration, critical thinking, teamwork, an understanding of cause and effect, and increased levels of observation. It will also provide opportunities to deepen student knowledge of environmental sustainability and have a real world experience of what it means to be an ecology-centred school.

The creation of the Kitchen Garden will begin in Term 3. In Week 1 of Term 3 we will be making newspaper pots, so please save toilet paper rolls or newspaper, and we will put them to good use. We will have three vegepods, one for each of the Houses, where we will grow tomatoes, basil, capsicum, chillies, radish, carrots, beetroot and all varieties of lettuce and herbs. If the girls could bring in some seed packets or propagate their own, we would be extremely grateful.

I hope you take the opportunity to have some time with family and friends for rest and relaxation over the upcoming break. We look forward to seeing you when school resumes on Monday 23 July.

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary