Primary School News

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

 

The girls have  been at school for just over a week and there is a definite feeling of calm in the Primary School as they are industriously working away and forming connections with new classmates and their teachers.

You can rest assured that the girls are in very good hands. We have much to offer and we know from research just how significant an effective partnership between the school and parents is for your daughter’s development and education.  We are working towards a common goal for each girl to reach her personal potential within a dynamic and nurturing learning environment and to eventually be prepared for the world beyond our gates.

I would like to thank all parents who attended the Parent Information Evening on Wednesday night. The evening provided a roadmap for the year ahead and an opportunity to understand the diversity of our curriculum and address a wide range of matters from daily routines to programming and assessment. Thank you to the Primary team for delivering comprehensive presentations and to Ms Ugonotti, Mrs Parker and Mr White for attending.

In the Secondary School assembly on Wednesday, the Dux of the Class of 2018 talked about the importance of balance in life. The girls will be tired, the days are long and the expectations are high. They will want to be part of everything that Loreto has to offer, but it is important to promote and model balance.

The technological world is moving at lightning speed and often the girls know more than us when it comes to being online. At home, there should be a shared space for use of technology and an encouragement for non-tech family time. Please discourage group chats if possible and reinforce that messages online should be suitable for  a grandmother to read. When the girls come to school their phones are locked away for the day and are given back to them at home time. This is a school wide policy. 

You might have seen in the newsletter last week a parent resource called SchoolTV. It is a digital platform to assist in navigating the challenges of modern day parenting. It was created by a team of experts and is endorsed by Michael Carr-Gregg, one of Australia’s leading authorities on teenage behaviour. Each month new content will be available along with supportive fact sheets and an ongoing online newsletter.  You can view this week’s topic here.

There are many ways to stay connected at Loreto Normanhurst – weekly newsletters, parent evenings, social events, social media, the Loreto Normanhurst App and the Parent Association. If you have something positive to report or any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Primary Reception

I wish all girls participating in the first round of IPSHA sport this weekend the best of luck.

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary