Primary School News

Primary School News

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was one of the world’s greatest thinkers. da Vinci demonstrated an ability to perceive the interconnected nature of knowledge and embraced learning with a lifelong passion and determination to uncover the unknown. The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines including engineering, mathematics, code breaking, art and poetry, science and general knowledge. The Decathlon competition places a particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, problem solving, creativity and most importantly teamwork.

When selecting the teams for the Decathlon, we considered the program’s criteria and the skills the girls demonstrated through a series of problem solving challenges and a written application as to how they could contribute to the team and evidence of when they had displayed great team work. Our aim was to provide an eclectic balance of skills that contributed to the synergy of a creative team.

Next week we will send two teams of girls from Years 5 and 6 to participate in the da Vinci Decathlon competing alongside 115 schools which will take place at Knox Grammar School. Congratulations to the following girls who were selected to represent Loreto Normanhurst:

Year 5

Year 6

Sophia Singh Rose Cunningham
Stephanie Knox Christiana Vella
Ava Hallinan Rosemary O’Brien
Emily Nguyen Sofia Palermo
Zoe Kha Lily Sorensen
Isabella Scotti Grace Parker
Amelia Shepherd, Amy Bourke
Kaitlin Cuthbert Ruby Harrison
(Reserve: Mia Khoudair) (Reserve: Emma O’ Brien)


Focus on mathematics

The mathematics K-10 syllabus provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in mathematics and working mathematically. Students are given the opportunity to develop increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, communication, reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems relevant to their present and future needs.

In the Primary School the girls are involved in a wide range of mathematical tasks and are encouraged to continually deepen their mathematical abilities and understanding. The girls participate in daily warm-ups, problem solving activities and challenging open-ended tasks. They continue to strive for success and love to challenge each other to achieve their best, while mastering new skills.

Recently Year 5 have undertaken a unit of study in mass. The girls have learnt about mass versus weight, different units of measurement, converting units of measurement and net and gross mass. It has been an exciting unit to witness the girls’ growth in their understanding and application of content to real world examples. They have measured using a variety of scales and have enjoyed the connection of this unit to their everyday lives.

Mrs Tiffany Anderson

Year 5 Teacher


I learnt that when you convert grams to kilograms you need to divide by one thousand and when you convert kilograms you need to multiply by a thousand. I enjoyed the lesson when we were able to weigh different objects from around the classroom and work in small groups.

Ashley Merhi – Year 5


I have enjoyed learning about mass, in particular weighing different objects. I have loved learning about net and gross mass and the different types of packaging. The most interesting part has been learning that the ‘e’ on a package stands for ‘estimate’ because I didn’t know that before.

Stephanie Knox – Year 5


I have learnt how to convert different units of measurement and I enjoyed using the scales to measure things accurately. I didn’t realise or think that an iPad was less than one kilogram, but it is.

Anna Drake – Year 5


Hearty congratulations to Charlotte Horbach from Year 5 who competed in the NSW Elite Junior State Championships for Diving last weekend. This is an incredible feat as Charlotte had been unable to compete for 7 weeks as she had a broken finger. She placed second in both her events receiving silver on the three metre springboard and the one metre spring board. An amazing achievement!


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Just a reminder for our Primary School Dads that the City Country Fathers’ Dinner (in place of the weekend away) is on this Saturday from 7pm at the Ranch Hotel in North Ryde. Join other dads from Loreto for a nice meal and good conversation!  It’s not too late to RSVP – please click here for the invitation and  here to RSVP. For any enquiries – please email Peter Bentley.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary