Primary School

Primary School

Year 5 Identity Project

Today marked the end of a term-long History project for Year 5 students.  The students in Year 5 were asked to think critically about their own identities and reflect on how their heritage and 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 and Year 5 classrooms were buzzing with energy and excitement as Year 5 students showcased their Identity Projects to parents, Year 6 students and special guests.  Thank you to Ms Best and Mrs Anderson for providing such an engaging study of personal history.


Sydney Writers’ Festival

At the Sydney Writers’ Festival there were five authors – Nat Amoore, Jessica Townsend, Kirli Saunders, Emily Rodda and Andrew McDonald. There was also an illustrator, Ben Wood. The author I enjoyed the most was Nat. She was funny and entertaining. I liked how some authors were calm and some were really funny which made the whole day interesting. I learnt that to write a good book, you have to write a book that suits you; a book that you find enjoyable to write. There were so many differences in the presentations, such as how they presented their writing and how they spoke. A lot of the authors were inspired by something. For example, Jessica was inspired by London to write the Nevermore series.

Kate Shepherd – Year 5

 

What happened? We got to listen to four different authors and hear about their writing career. Each author had 45 minutes to perform. We got to ask questions and do some little activities such as a live mystery and a meditation. I liked how most authors have only written a few books, but Emily Rodda has written over 100 books. I also enjoyed how we got to be a part of the live mystery. In the live mystery it was funny when Ben Wood (a pigeon) and Nat Amoore (a bread thief) were chasing each other. It was also funny how each time a new author would come Nat would make us do something funny.

My favourite author and illustrator is Ben Wood and Andrew McDonald who wrote and illustrated Real Pigeons. Their performance was funny and entertaining because Ben Wood got to draw live.

Some books were like a comic and funny. Others were scary, child-friendly, interesting, different and spiritual.

Seren D’Souza – Year 5

 

When we shuffled through the crowd, I was excited. When the music started, I was excited. When the lights went out, I was excited. Then Nat came onto the stage showing us some dance moves. I really liked the Real Pigeons by Ben and Andrew. They made it funny and interesting at the same time. They gave us mystery to solve. PLOT TWIST! Nat was the bread thief and none of us saw it coming.

My favourite presenters were Andrew and Ben because they were very entertaining, funny and interesting. I also liked Nat Amoore because she made the whole day really fun and she was very funny. She would get us all excited to meet the next author. I really enjoyed all the presentations and how different all the authors’ personalities were. Kirli was very calm, while Andrew and Ben were so entertaining and full of energy.

Anna Ward  – Year 5

 

Yesterday Year 5 had the privilege of going to the Sydney Writers’ Festival at Chatswood. One of the inspirational authors there was Kirli Saunders. She is an Indigenous author who has written many great books. She was originally a primary school teacher but she decided to stop and follow her dreams of looking after country and sharing her elders’ stories. Something that really spoke to us was how passionate she was about looking after her self and country.

Another amazing author that we both enjoyed was Emily Rodda. She is a world-famous author. Something that was quite amazing to us was that both our older siblings used to enjoy reading Emily Rodda books. We liked the tips she gave us all to encourage us to write a book. I liked how she used to read her books to her 7-year-old daughter before they were sent to the publisher.

Lyla Dooley and Tayla Miller – Year 5


Sporting Superstar Update

Pearl Kennedy from Year 5 competed in the Gold Coast Open on the weekend in Tae Kwon Do.

Pearl placed first in the Under 11’s Blue Belt category for her age, weight and belt. This is a fantastic achievement Pearl, well done!


Happy Birthday

Hip, hip, hooray and happy birthday to the following girls. We hope you had a wonderful day! 

Emma, Kate, Stella, Georgia, Carissa, Annabel


Happy Mothers’ Day

We wish all our beautiful mums a very Happy Mothers’ Day this Sunday. I hope you have a wonderful time with your families and have the opportunity for a bit of rest and relaxation. We loved welcoming our mothers, grandmothers and friends to a lovely morning tea on Friday.

Loving God,
as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,
so you watch over your Church.
Bless these women,
that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.                                      

Amen

 

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 11 May

NAPLAN Writing – 9.00am

Musical Auditions for Primary 1.00 – 3.00pm with Ms Russo

Wednesday 12 May

NAPLAN Reading- 9.00am

Senior School SRC to visit Primary School at lunch time to spend time with the girls in conversation

Thursday 13 May NAPLAN Language Conventions – 9.00am
Friday 14 May NAPLAN Numeracy – 9.00am
Monday 17 May NAPLAN catch up day – 9.00am
Thursday 20 May Year 5 depart for Bathurst Excursion
Friday 21 May Year 5 return from Bathurst Excursion

 

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary