Primary School News

We all have the duty to do good.

Pope Francis

Comic Workshop

This week the primary school girls had the opportunity to take part in a Comic-Making Workshop run by Mr Mike Barry. Mr Barry is a writer, artist and author of ‘Action Tank,’ a graphic novel for kids about friendship, discovery, and what you’re really capable of.

The workshop began with some fun theory about comics. Then, with Mr Barry’s help, each girl created their own character, chose a setting, came up with a story and made their very own one-page comic.

Read below for some Year 5 girls reflections on their experiences:

‘Even if you weren’t a great artist, we could all make a great comic.’
Jessica Trovato

‘He didn’t just tell us what to do he was interactive.’
Chloe Winterton

‘It started this creative spark which I was able to express through my drawing and writing.’
Charlize Smyth

‘I loved how we could just go for it and be as creative and crazy as we liked and have fun with it. I loved it!
Charlotte Barnett

The workshop also created a powerful context for developing some key learning areas, including creative writing, visual literacy and storytelling, and early conceptual thinking. Thank you to Ms Green for organising this wonderful opportunity.

 

Leaders’ Day

Last week we went to the Broken Bay Diocesan Primary School Leaders Commissioning. First, we listened to Fr David Ranson give an inspiring speech about the six lessons of leadership. These lessons are:

  1. Leadership is about people, not power.
  2. Leadership involves creating a community.
  3. As a leader, we must always ask ourselves the question, “Where are we going?”
  4. Leadership involves solving problems through conversation.
  5. Good leaders never demand affection or perfection.
  6. Leadership is a way of loving.

We shared Eucharist at the Year 6 Leaders Commissioning Mass, and after a fun lunchtime when we got to play and talk with students from other schools in the diocese, we came back together to share our experiences as leaders in our schools. We listened to students from St Bernard’s and St Kieran’s speak about how their schools work to help others, following the example of Jesus.  We then got into small groups to share the ways in which we serve others in our own school communities. Some ideas that inspired us were:

  • The Head, Heart and Hands approach:
    • Head- Identifying a problem and some potential solutions.
    • Heart- Educating others and building empathy through shared experiences.
    • Hands- Doing something about it.
  • Fasting: Going without food in some way (e.g. giving up recess, only eating a cup of rice for the whole school day) in order to raise money for those who are going hungry.
  • Chores: Doing extra jobs around the home or having an event like a car wash to fundraise for a worthy cause.  
  • Winter Appeal: collecting blankets and warm clothes to donate to the homeless.

We returned to school in the afternoon filled with enthusiasm to share what we learned and lead the primary school in future activities to help the less fortunate. Thank you to Miss Speter for accompanying us.

 

Sofia Palermo, Lucy McKenna, Zara Wilson & Aoife Berry, Year 6

 

IPSHA Cross Country Team

 Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected to represent Loreto Normanhurst at the IPSHA Cross Country Carnival on Saturday 6 April at The King’s School, Parramatta. Good luck girls!

 

 Name

Year

Age Group

Anna Drake

5

U10

Alannah Frangi

5

U10

Tara Doyle

5

U10

Charlotte Symons

5

U11

Sophie O’Halloran

5

U11

Ainsley Benbow

5

U11

Patricia Boland

5

U11

Zara Middleton

5

U11

Emily Fairbairn

5

U11

Tayla Moore

5

U11

Talia Nicholson

5

U11

Samantha Zahra

5

U11

Aoife Berry

6

U12

Stephanie Wilkins

6

U12

Hannah Guvlekjian

6

U12

Emily Paterson

6

U12

Grace Drake

6

U12

Lucy McKenna

6

U12

Zara Miller

6

U12

Sofia Storgato

6

U12

Lily Sorensen

6

U12

Sinead Hickey

6

U12

 

In further sporting news, Emily Paterson, Sofia Palermo, Cartier Tsagaris and Patricia Boland were selected to trial for the IPSHA Netball Team. Congratulations to Emily for gaining entry into the team.

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary