Primary School News

Primary School News

Only when our clever brain and human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our true potential.

Jane Goodall

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent Loreto Normanhurst at the Independent Primary School Heads Association (IPSHA) Swimming Carnival at Homebush this week. Congratulations girls on a fabulous performance:

Year 6

Year 5

Kate Gilsenan Patricia Boland
Georgia Lee Bianca Buchanan
Lucy McKenna Kaitlin Cuthbert
Zara Miller Tara Doyle
Emily Paterson Anna Drake
  Charlotte Horbach
  Grace Ward
  Carina Wen
  Chloe Winterton


Year 6 Science and Technology

Thunder cracks as lightning streaks across the black sky. The wind howls and flings debris through the air and the rain pounds ceaselessly into the earth. The ground lurches and rocks tumble while lava leaches down the mountainside. Enormous waves race across the landscape and rivers swell with a relentless current. No, this isn’t the most recent in a long line of apocalyptic movies hitting the big screen – this is the Year 6 classroom as 6S explores the causes and effects of natural disasters in Science and Technology this term.

In the last six weeks, 6S have learned to identify different types of natural disasters, focusing on earthquakes. We have looked at how the movement of tectonic plates can cause earthquakes and explored their effects. In our most recent lessons, students were challenged to design a structure using toothpicks and marshmallows that could survive an “earthquake”. We sat each completed structure in a tray of jelly and shook the tray to simulate three different earthquakes of increasing intensity and recorded our observations. We found that structures that were low to the ground with a wide base were more likely to survive the strongest earthquakes. In the weeks to come, 6S look forward to completing more hands-on challenges to learn about other types of natural disasters.


Miss Jennie Speter

6S Classroom teacher


This week on SchoolTV – Grief & Loss

Grief is a natural response to loss. It might be the loss of a loved one, relationship or even a pet. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief is likely to be. Children and adults grieve differently due to their developmental stage, and this can prove difficult for parents to understand.

Young children fluctuate in and out of the stages of grief rapidly, as they may not comprehend the permanency death. They express their grief more physically. Teens on the other hand may not know how to express their grief and will need some space to process their loss. Some may choose to grieve alone, not wanting to stand out or be seen as not coping. Whilst others, who may have a greater understanding, can start to question their own mortality.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents can learn how to acknowledge their child’s feelings and the best way to support them through their grief.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your daughter at any time, please do not hesitate to be in touch with her Head of House.


Open Day

Just a reminder that our annual Open Day is to be held at school tomorrow, Saturday 9 March from 11am – 3.00pm. The girls will need to arrive at school at 10.45am for the Primary School choir performance. Summer dress and blazer is to be worn. There will be Event Parking on the school oval which can be accessed via Osborn Road. If you  park in the surrounding streets, please consider our neighbours when parking. We look forward to seeing you there.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary