Bright and early on Thursday morning, Year 5 left Loreto bound for Bathurst to enhance their studies of Australian history. The first stop was the Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters at Echo Point, a beautiful backdrop for morning tea. The next activity was the Macquarie River Tour, where the girls dressed up and learned about life in colonial Australia and the excitement of mining quartz and grinding it down to discover gold. From all accounts there were quite a few budding actors! The day concluded with some fancy footwork, as the girls took part in a line dancing class.
After a tour of the Bathurst goldfields, it was time for the highly anticipated gold panning activity. The girls took to it with gusto and vial after vial was filled with tiny specks of gold. As one of the girls said, ‘I didn’t find my retirement stash of gold but I had lots of fun, even though the water was freezing!’
Lastly, it was time for a lunchtime sausage sizzle and then home. The girls came back to school weary but happy and into the open arms of their parents. One student was overheard saying, ‘I enjoyed our excursion to Bathurst because I had lots of fun and learned some new and interesting facts about the gold rush.’
Thank you to Ms Best, Mrs Anderson, Mrs Trethewey and Ms Ball for accompanying the girls.
Please enjoy some lovely photos from the trip below.
Loreto Day is fast approaching so please read the information to be prepared as we take part in this wonderful community event.
- Loreto Day is mufti day. As it will be cool, make sure that your clothing is warm, neat and modest with lots of colour as it is a day to celebrate together. You also need to wear closed-in shoes.
- There are mufti day guidelines in your Student Handbook on page 26 that you should read before the day.
- On the day make sure you bring gold coins so you can visit the various food and activity stalls to support our charity, ‘Call for Kenya.’
- A BBQ lunch is provided for all students, so please ensure you collect your sausage sizzle lunch and it is BYO plates and cutlery.
- Information about the food and activity stalls will be made available next week.
All the proceeds go to the elimination of FGM (female genital mutilation) in Kenya. With a week to go until Loreto Day, there is still time to purchase your tickets. Also feel free to send this link to your family and friends.
We look forward to welcoming families onsite on Monday 31 May to take part in Open Classrooms with your daughter. This will be an opportunity for you to take part in your daughter’s learning . Please feel free to stay for morning tea with your daughter in the grounds at the conclusion of this event.
Hip, hip, hooray and happy birthday to the following girls. We hope you had a wonderful day!
Seren, Milla, Ivy, Annabel, Amelia
Friday 28 May Loreto Day
Saturday 29 May Mother/Daughter Dinner – The Epping Club
Monday 31 May Open Classrooms 9.00am-10.30am
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary