Primary School News
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Primary Learning Enrichment has been involved in diverse learning opportunities this term. We hit the ground running with our Early Morning Maths and Writing workshops, MacqLit, as well as being involved in preparation for Maths Games, Olympiad and The da Vinci Decathlon Competition in Term 2. We celebrated our writing with our Rainbow Writing Competition and took part in the Gateways Eureka workshop.
MacqLit is the ‘gold standard’ in group based reading intervention and is a natural progression from what some students were doing in the past with the MultiLit Reading Tutor Programme. The program addresses aspects of reading such as accuracy and fluency as well as comprehension and also targets spelling strategies. MacqLit is a research-based, explicit instruction, group approach to reading intervention and has been developed by the MultiLit team.
Our Early Morning Maths class focused on addition, subtraction, multiplicative reasoning and built concepts around division. Twice weekly the students used their “growth mindset” to consistently demonstrate perseverance and dedication to learning and achieving goals.
The Early Morning Writing workshop on a Tuesday and Thursday morning had similar targets whereby the students practiced their writing skills to gain proficiency and extend their performance.
Maths Games and Olympiad preparation has commenced for the upcoming competition in Term 2. Students worked diligently on a Wednesday during lunchtime to extend their mathematical and problem solving capabilities. We had a record number of eager participants who work collaboratively with their peers to solve very tricky questions!
The da Vinci Decathlon competition held at Knox Grammar on the 30 May requires a team of Year 5 and Year 6 students to work collaboratively under time constraints to think outside the box and solve complex problems and to test their strengths in 10 disciplines: engineering, mathematics and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, philosophy, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge. On a Friday morning our students have been stretching their thinking in these areas.
Five of our students participated in the Eureka Gateways Challenge this term which focused on physics, in science.
Participants reported, “At Gateways, we learnt about Isaac Newton’s Theory of Physics; where every action has an equal and opposite reaction. We did an experiment where we put vinegar and bicarbonate of soda in a canister and stuck the cap on really fast before it exploded into the air. We also learnt that if a bowling ball and a feather are dropped at the same time, they will always hit the floor at the same time if there is no air.
The second workshop that we had was about Crash Course Collisions. In this workshop we had to look at the weights of different objects and had to decipher the velocity of the objects by using our scientific calculators.
Next we looked at crumple zones of a car, then created our own made of aluminium foil and bubble wrap to protect the ‘playdough guy’. Our crumple zones were very successful and the ‘playdough guy’ was safe from the falling block. We looked at a situation of a car crash and had to answer questions about whose fault it was and where it started.
Finally, we learnt about the weather and Pythagoras’ Theorem. In this we learnt about wind speed, nautical miles and lots more. We drew a parallelogram, vector diagram, and we did an experiment of wind speed with a fan.”
Supervisors and presenters from the program enjoyed welcoming our students and were impressed by their level of curiosity, engagement and their ability to hypothesise. They reported that our students worked extremely well together – questioning, experimenting, predicting, problem solving and making discoveries on the day.
This term’s Rainbow Writing Competition was won by Ainsley Benbow, Year 5. Congratulations to her on her action packed, heart racing account of a very challenging PE class which won her a movie voucher to enjoy during the holidays. We look forward to another term packed with exciting learning opportunities soon.
Mrs Simonetta Cesamolo, Mrs Michele Mannes and Mrs Rosita Butterfield
Primary Learning Enrichment
Project Compassion update
The Social Justice Club have worked tirelessly this term to raise awareness and funds for Project Compassion. After the very successful morning tea this week, the final total raised is $1,354.60. Thank you to the Loreto community for your generosity and to Mrs Andersen for leading the Social Justice Club in this very important work.
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It has been a very full and rewarding term and we are so pleased to see how the girls have flourished in this time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our parent for embracing the Loreto Normanhurst community. In the meantime, I wish you all a blessed Easter and God’s blessing for a safe and happy holiday.
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary