Primary School News
Only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our full potential.
Jane Goodall – Primatologist
A warm welcome back to our families. We hope you all had a wonderful break and are feeling refreshed and renewed for the term ahead. The girls are already busily working away and are embracing the exciting learning opportunities that have been planned.
At the end of last term, I had the great pleasure of sharing in morning tea with our new Year 5 and Year 6 girls. We met in groups in the Learning Common for cupcakes, juice and conversation. Each of the girls brought in something that was special to them to share. Pictures of their beloved pets was the most common item and amazingly nearly everyone named ‘aqua,’ as their favourite colour. We also talked about what they have enjoyed so far about being at Loreto Normanhurst. This is what the girls had to say.
“I enjoy that you can just be yourself. I also loved learning about all the Loreto traditions. I chose my confirmation name, ‘Mary,’ after Mary Ward because I was so inspired by her.” – Cartier Tsagaris, Year 5
“I love our buddies and how everyone wants us to do our best.” – Charlotte Horbach, Year 5
“I really enjoy the sport, even if you’re not athletic, you’re still included.” – Tayla Moore, Year 5
How much do you know about internet addiction?
For children and teenagers, there is no doubt that the internet can be an excellent resource for information, communication and entertainment, but parents are becoming increasingly concerned about excessive time online.
Today’s youth are the early settlers in a remarkable new world. Unfortunately, parents feel as though they are shut out of this world, often not knowing, nor understanding, what happens in this online environment.
Internet addiction is an umbrella term that refers to the compulsive need to spend a great deal of time on the internet, to the point where relationships, work and health begin to suffer. It is up to parents to monitor, not just what their children do online, but also the length of time they spend online. Many of the online games children play, do have parental controls. However, parents do not always choose to use them. Experts suggest that banning is not the answer. A better strategy is to give your child access, but remain informed, set some rules, monitor and supervise. To ignore this responsibility could create psychological and social problems in years to come.
We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and do hope that you find the information and the resources available valuable. If you have any concerns about your daughter at any time, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to be in contact.
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How To Spot A Digital Addiction In Your Family
For further information about digital addiction in teens please click on the link to hear David Gillespie (author of Sweet Poison and Teen Brain) discussing how to spot a digital addition in your family.
We look forward to welcoming our mothers and grandmothers to celebrate Mother’s Day next Friday. This will be followed by the Year 5 Identity Project presentations in the Learning Common.
Best of luck to all of the girls who will begin Term 2 IPSHA sport tomorrow – go Normo!
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary