Primary School News

The future does have a name…and its name is hope.

Pope Francis

 

Project Compassion

 At Loreto we endeavour to provide a wide variety of experiences for the girls. This year we have added a number of lunchtime clubs which have been taken up by the girls with gusto. One such club is the Social Justice Club which is run by Mrs Anderson. Their focus this term is Project Compassion.

Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. Millions of Australians come together in solidarity with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. This year’s theme is 100% hope, lives change when we give 100%.

As this is a school-wide focus, the Social Justice Club felt empowered to lead the Primary School in standing in solidarity with the most vulnerable and marginalised men, women and children around the world. This student-led initiative included a target to raise $600 and host a morning tea on Wednesday 10 April at recess. The girls will be able to purchase fruit skewers, popcorn, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, a lucky dip and have a guess in a guessing competition. All monies raised will be added to the school-wide collection. Thank you to Mrs Anderson for all her work in facilitating this wonderful project.

 

 Chinese

In Term 1, Year 5 and Year 6 students have explored Chinese New Year through some fun activities. Year 5 made lanterns by drawing beautiful Chinese themed pictures including handwritten Chinese characters and they also performed a Chinese New Year song at the Senior School Assembly. Year 6 created traditional red couplets with Chinese New Year good wishes and they also enjoyed learning Chinese through quizlet activities.

Ms Cathy Cao

Chinese Specialist Teacher

 

 Visual Arts

 Year 5 students have been busy exploring new materials and techniques within their specialist Visual Arts lessons as they develop visual narratives of their experience at Loreto Normanhurst to date. Drawing parallels to learning experiences within their own classroom such as the Geographical concept of mapping, the girls have considered ways in which environments and experiences can be recorded. Watercolour, oil pastel, ink, posca pens and charcoal have been used to manipulate and combine colour, imagery and text symbolic of the school’s history, traditions and values. The girls have also enjoyed drawing from their own experiences at school as a source of inspiration in their artmaking.

Inspired by their investigation of Science and micro-organism in class, Year 6 students have begun to develop wearable dresses reflecting shapes, colours and patterns seen under the microscope. The girls have taken time to carefully research micro-organisms, considering visual characteristics before translating their observations into a dress design. Both classes have worked enthusiastically and delighted in using fabric paint to mix and apply colours to their designs. The dresses will be completed and sewn before their unveiling during an assembly at the end of Term 2.

 

Ms Ellen Kozakiewicz

Visual Arts Specialist Teacher

 

This week on SchoolTV – Coping with Trauma

Children and teens will experience events during their lives that will affect them emotionally and physically. How they react to these events depends on their age, personality and past experiences. Children can experience strong feelings of fear, sadness, guilt, anger or grief, making it difficult for them to cope with everyday life.

There are a number of ways that parents and caregivers can support children after a traumatic event. Your reaction to an event, will impact your child’s ability to cope and recover as children will look to the adults in their lives to help them better understand a traumatic event so it is important to ‘tune in’ to their fears and provide them with the comfort and support they need.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to gain a better understanding of trauma and how it affects children of all ages. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please do not hesitate to be in touch with your daughter’s teacher for further information.

Here is the link to this month’s edition.

 

Mrs Lynn Long

Director of Pastoral Care

 

Music Festival

The Music Festival is fast approaching and the girls have been singing their little hearts out in preparation for this wonderful community event under the expert guidance of Mrs Helen McIntyre. Please ensure that your daughter has a clean pressed blazer and summer uniform, polished shoes and a white ribbon in her hair for the event next Friday 12 April.

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary