Primary School News

Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them but you always know they’re there.

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Years 5 and 6 have returned refreshed and rejuvenated following three days of adventure in the beautiful surrounds of Tea Gardens at The Great Aussie Bush Camp. They have enjoyed an array of exciting experiences including orienteering, canoeing and the giant swing. They also undertook a high ropes course and bravely took on the dual flying fox. The night time entertainment consisted of group trivia and a disco. The greatly anticipated mud world did not disappoint. The girls were put through their paces on an obstacle course and had an absolute ball covering their entire bodies in mud. 

Camp provides a variety of experiences for the girls and builds important life skills such as self-awareness, building positive relationships, working as part of a team and the ability to meet challenges head on. It also affords the opportunity for the girls and teachers to get to know each other in a more relaxed context. In addition, it offers the perfect occasion to grow not only the individual but also the sense of belonging and connectedness to the Loreto Normanhurst community. It was wonderful to hear the girls talking about how much fun they were having and how much they had learned about themselves.

 

“I enjoyed the dual flying fox because you got you do it with your friend and they encouraged you if you were feeling scared. It was super fun and cool to fly over the river.”

Ivy Hain, Year 6

“I loved the giant swing because everyone was cheering me on. If you didn’t want to you didn’t have to go all the way to the top, which was very high! It was so funny that my shoe flew off into the air.”

Georgia Lee, Year 6

 

It was such a delight to share in this experience with the girls and to witness the care and compassion with which they treated each other. I’m sure you will enjoy hearing all about their adventures over the weekend.

Congratulations to Emily Paterson for gaining entry to the CIS Representative Basketball Team. A wonderful achievement.

Our annual Open Day is to be held at school on Saturday 9 March from 11am – 3.00pm. This is the time when we open the school to prospective families who are considering a Loreto Normanhurst education for their daughter.  This will be an opportunity to experience the school ‘in action’ with activities during the day as well as special displays, performances and presentations. Girls are to wear their summer dress and blazer. 

Your daughter will bring home an Open Day Commitment Card. To fill in the card she must sign up to an activity for at least two hours on the day. if she is unable to attend on Open Day, she will stay back on Friday after the other girls leave at lunchtime to complete her commitment. The Private Bus Service next Friday 8 March, will leave at 12.35pm in addition to the usual afternoon services.

Please be prepared for some congestion around the school on Open Day. Weather permitting, there will be event parking on the school oval which can be accessed via Osborn Road. If you need to park in the streets please consider our neighbours when you park. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

MOMO Challenge

You may have read in recent news articles about the “MOMO challenge”, which presents a significant concern for young people. Please click on the link here to a recent SMH article to understand and be on alert as to what your child may be exposed to.

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner today have produced some advice for parents. I provide an excerpt of this advice below. Full details available here.

 

From the Office of the eSafety Commissioner:

It is concerning when young people have been exposed to any content that scares them or plays on their emotions, like those reported via the MOMO Challenge. Unfortunately, the MOMO Challenge is not the first, nor will it be the last, harmful online “challenge” or phenomenon to target our children.

Our research shows 81% of parents hand their child an internet-connected device by the age of four, so active parental engagement and oversight of a child’s online activities is critical from the start, to help ensure they are prepared for what they may encounter. As young people often do not have the maturity or judgement to cope with confronting content online, it’s important to guide and instil critical reasoning skills, so they are aware that not everything they see or receive online is real.

   Social Media and Digital Reputation

The digital world we have come to rely on in so many ways is a source of valuable communication and entertainment, and has indeed become a great tool for education. What has become apparent is that we need to assist young people to strike the right balance between online time for education and online social networking. Social media has become an integral part of teenagers lives and can be an area of concern when not used appropriately. Parents are well positioned to assist children in choosing quality media and putting healthy screen time habits into practice.

 “What kids do and post online, the sites they visit and the things they say is permanent. This digital footprint denotes their digital reputation and there’s nothing to stop someone from saving and storing that information about your child.” – Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

 

Click the SchoolTV image above to access valuable parent information on the topic Social Media and Digital Reputation.

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary