Primary School News

Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do something. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.

Gertrude B. Elion

 

Last Friday, Year 5 was visited by Dr Maree Zammit. As an expert in all matters electrical, Dr Zammit came to present to the girls as part of our science unit on electricity. The presentation was relevant and informative and contained an interactive element for the girls to enjoy! Please read some reflections from the girls:

“When Dr Zammit came to talk to us about electricity I learnt about safety and how you should stay at least eight metres from a fallen power line. I also learnt how electricity gets from one power station to our homes. I really enjoyed learning more about this topic and the experiment at the end! Thank you Dr Zammit, I learnt a lot.”

Emma O’Brien

 

“I really enjoyed learning about circuits and being part of one in Dr Zammit’s presentation.”

Annabelle Whelan

 

“Dr Zammit made learning about electricity fun. We got to find out about Dr Zammit’s job, play with an electrical (safe) toy that runs by our electricity that is in us, learn about how to be safe around electricity and learn how electricity works. I learnt that if you ever see a power line on the ground you must always assume that it still has electricity in it, then you call an electrical company.”

Sofia Bartucciotto

 

“When Dr Zammit came in she explained to us that there are five main focus points when we’re looking at electrical safety. She showed us a cool machine called an energy stick. The stick contained lights and electricity volts of a very low value, so we were able to touch it. On either side of the cylinder machine there were two pieces of tape. In order to make the lights turn on you had to complete the circuit with the tape. It was an amazing, exciting and fun experiment.”

Sarah Zammit

 

Visit to Parliament House  

“Earlier this term we were invited to represent Loreto Normanhurst Primary at the 2018 Primary School Leaders Morning Tea. As the Semester 1 leaders we were able to experience an amazing day! We met so many other leaders from different schools. It was so fun meeting new people!  When we first arrived we walked in and were scanned at security, then we entered Parliament House. It was so beautiful and very well maintained. We were directed to the library which is massive. There are levels and books everywhere. We then made our way to the House of Representatives. We learnt so much and got to ask many questions.

We were then taken into the Senate. The Senate was our favourite place as Alexis got to ask lots of questions and Tahlia got to  role play as the Government’s leader. Next we headed back to the library for some recess. We had a politician who came to speak to us about the responsibilities of being a leader and how it is such a prestigious role. He also let the students and some parents ask questions.

At the end of the day, we were all handed our certificates. We were given an award and had our photo taken. We were about to leave when we thought to ask Tahlia’s mum if we could get a quick photo in the Senate. We asked the person who worked there and he let us go in to get a photo as he knew that we came from such a great school! He led us into the Senate and opened the gates for us and let us sit on the Speaker’s Chair. We got photos and we were so thankful and grateful for the opportunity. Overall, it was an absolutely fantastic day and we are so lucky to have experienced it!”

Tahlia Moses and Alexis De Zotti

 

Wearable Art

Year 6 have been investigating how artists have been influenced by science by creating wearable art. They concentrated on the microscopic world and  selected micro-organisms on which to base their own patterns for a wearable artwork. Artists who inspired this unit of work include Sue Benner, David Goodsell, Fernan Federici and Martin Oeggerli. Each of these artists have a scientific background and work in a variety of media from textiles to painting and photography. The culminating activity was a fashion parade during the secondary assembly where the girls showed off their designs.

 

At the end of the year we will bid farewell to Mr David Alagna and Ms Mary Ann Chatfield who have decided to pursue other opportunities. We thank them for their dedicated service, the contribution they have made to the Primary School and wish them well for the future. We welcome Mrs Tiffany Anderson and Ms Jennie Speter who will commence in 2019.

We are looking forward to welcoming parents to the Primary Swimming carnival and the Year 6 final Liturgy, Assembly and luncheon next week.

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary