Primary School News

Primary School News

If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning. That way their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.

– Carol S. Dweck

A warm welcome back to all of our families. We hope you all had a wonderful break and are feeling refreshed and renewed for the term ahead. The girls are already busily working away and are already embracing the exciting learning opportunities that have been planned.

Next Tuesday evening we will be holding a Parent Information Session on the current approach to Mathematics in the Primary School setting. Laurinda Lomas has been an educator in the independent and public sector for more than 20 years. This includes extensive time in K-6 classrooms as both a classroom teacher, gifted and talented specialist and curriculum leader. Mrs Lomas has also worked as a Mathematics Consultant for the Association of Independent Schools NSW, and is currently completing her doctoral studies in the teaching and learning of Mathematics. Mrs Lomas will discuss our approach to Mathematics and will conclude with parents going back to the classroom to take part in some maths problem solving and the opportunity to display their mathematical thinking. Please call Mrs Oliver on 02 9473 7474 to RSVP.

The National Curriculum has emphasised the use of mathematical language, so that the girls are able to verbalise their mathematical thinking. The use of good questioning is also important, so rather than solving a difficult problem for your child, ask ‘Can you explain your thinking to me?’ ‘Can you show me another way to solve the same question?’

There is a fabulous website developed by the Department of Education that contains video footage of teachers providing great tips for parents to help their children at home. It can be found at here . Everyday activities such as cooking, estimating the grocery bill, planning a trip using travel timetables and playing games such as Monopoly or Sudoku are also helpful.

Today marked the end of a term-long history project for Year 5 students.  The students were asked to think critically about their own identities and reflect on how their 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 was buzzing with energy and smells of delicious foods as Year 5 students showcased their Identity Projects to Year 6 students and special guests.  Some of the girls reflected on their learning journey and remarked;

 ‘I have learnt that my family and where I live is a big part of me.’ Phoebe Locke (5A)

 ‘I found out where my grandparents are from and how they got here.’ Elizabeth Powell (5A)

 ‘I learnt more about my family history. My grandfather told me about WWII.’ Georgia Tapner (5A)

 ‘I learnt about the importance of setting yourself deadlines, so that you have the opportunity to plan, change ideas and refine ways of thinking and presentation. It‘s how people become great. They have the opportunity to make mistakes, change ideas and put in maximum effort. I also learnt about the history of Thornleigh.’ Elyse Stephens (5R)

 ‘I liked having a term to have time to add depth and put in effort. I also learnt that my grandmother had a role in breaking the Enigma code in World War 2. I really enjoyed getting to know more about me and my history.’ Abigail Mayer (5R)

Over the next few weeks I am very much looking forward to inviting Year 5 and our new Year 6 students to share in morning tea. We will meet in groups at the Genius Bar for cupcakes, juice and conversation.


Upcoming Dates

Tuesday 3 May Years 5 & 6 Parent Information Evening ‘Current Approach to Mathematics in the Primary School.’ 7.00-8.00pm
Saturday 7 May  Primary School Family Twilight Picnic. 3.00-5.00pm
Tuesday 10 May          Year 5 NAPLAN – Language Conventions and Writing
Wednesday 11 May  Year 5 NAPLAN – Reading
Thursday 12 May Year 5 NAPLAN – Numeracy
Sunday 15 May             Mother Daughter Eucharist                        
Saturday 21 May   Parent Association Trivia Night 7.00-10.00pm Gym


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary