Primary School News

Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.

Helen Keller

 

On Thursday the Primary School Swimming Carnival took place. It was an exciting day with great participation, incredible swimming, rousing war cries and wonderful House spirit. It was also a time for student leadership and it was pleasing to see our House Leaders performing their roles so capably. Thank you to Mr Mulroney, the Sport Department and parents for their invaluable support. The presentation of awards will take place at the Primary School Awards ceremony next Thursday.

Today we celebrated our Year 6 transition into the high school with a beautiful Graduation Liturgy and final assembly. Ms Watkins presented the girls with their Graduation Certificates and each student received a copy of ‘Emma,’ by Jane Austen from Mrs Dwyer. This story is centred on family, with a strong female character who I hope will serve as a reminder to the girls to go after their dreams, be courageous, stand up for what they believe in and always remember that connection and belonging is something to be treasured.

Year 6 had some advice to share with Year 5, which included making lots of friends and having fun, but the most important piece of advice was not to leave their work until the last minute because it is way too stressful! The assembly ended with Year 6 presenting the Primary School with a beautiful collaborative artwork which they  made under the expert guidance of Mrs Naaz Hanson-Kerr and Mrs Lucinda Langley. The girls performed ‘The Climb,’ by Miley Cyrus, and showed an iMovie created by the girls highlighting the many magical experiences they shared throughout the year and ending with photos of the girls in Kindergarten and now in Year 6. There was barely a dry eye in the house.

Following the assembly was a lunch in the Primary Quad, including a delicious chocolate cake celebrating transition to the secondary school. Thank you to primary teachers, Mrs Oliver and Mrs Mansfield, parents and friends for your attendance at what was a joyous event.

After a week of inspiring speeches, I am pleased to announce that the School Leaders for Semester 1 2019 are as follows;

School Leaders

Benedicta House Leaders

Clare House Leaders

Dorothea House Leaders

Lucy McKenna Grace Drake Emily Paterson Aoife Berry
Sofia Palermo Zara Wilson Ivy Hain Christiana Vella

 

The girls will receive their badges early next year at the Year 6 Leadership Liturgy.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge every girl for their personal efforts and achievements this year. It has been a remarkable year with so much to be grateful for.

As the year draws to a close, I wish you a joyous Christmas vacation and a peaceful New Year. I leave you with this prayer.

God of wisdom,
we thank you
for all the gifts you have given us
throughout this school year.
We praise you for giving us life,
for saving us in Christ,
and for choosing us to be your people.
As we come to the end of this school year,
we voice our gratitude
for the good things you have done in us,
and we praise you for all who have shared
in the work of this school.
We ask you to bless them in your love
and give them refreshment and peace.
We praise you, God,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

 

With felicitous thanks for a wonderful year,

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary