Primary School News
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
Gardening Club Update
Every Monday at lunchtime the very keen girls from the Gardening Club tend to the veggies and plants we have been growing over the past year. We are most thankful to Mr Chris Howell from Landscape Solutions who has been a font of knowledge of all things green, and has been very generous with his time in helping the girls. Please see an update from the gardening gurus.
“The Gardening Club has developed well over the past year. We have been growing a series of plants. They all have been thriving and growing well. We have grown tomatoes, sunflowers, basil, rosemary, carrots, cucumbers, silver beets, beetroot, spinach, snow peas and many more edible goods. Quite a few weeks ago, we ate our first radish, and it tasted delicious and had a satisfying crunch! Once our crops have grown, we hope to make some delicious meals to share with the school community. We were able to observe our fruit and veggies as they grew and get first-hand experience as mini farmers. The Loreto Primary Gardening Club Corner will soon be overflowing with colour and life.”
Juliette Cabuil, Rosemary O’Brien & Grace Parker – Year 6
“In Gardening Club we hope to purchase stingless native bees and maybe even a coop full of chooks. We really enjoy gardening even when the caterpillars attack! Mr Chris Howell from Landscape Solutions comes down on Monday at lunch to help us with our gardening endeavours. Soon we will be planting strawberries ready for next summer.”
Madeleine Grindon-Ekins – Year 6
Quarantine Station Excursion
In History this term, Year 6 are learning about Australia’s migration history throughout the 20th century. Last Friday we gained a new perspective on the migrant experience when we went on an excursion to the Quarantine Station. Located at Sydney’s North Head, the Quarantine Station was the first (and in some sad cases, also the last) port of call for many migrants arriving into Sydney from the early 1830s up until 1984. Today it is a historical landmark and a popular destination from which to view the beauty of Sydney Harbour.
“On our visit to the Station, Year 6 were escorted to several key sites. In the hospital ward, students learned about how doctors and nurses cared for their patients and managed (or failed to manage!) the spread of infectious diseases. We walked out of that particular location with our skin crawling and a new appreciation for advancements in modern medicine! Down by the wharf, we enjoyed inspecting the many inscriptions carved on the surrounding rock faces, some of which date back to the 1800s. Students had the chance to make their own mark in clay, which they then got to take home as a souvenir of their experience. Year 6 also got to explore replicas of ship cabins for lower and upper class passengers travelling to Australia in the 1900s, and to use a collection of historical artefacts to interpret the story of individual migrants who came to the Quarantine Station at different points throughout its history. We finished our visit with lunch on the beach, where we enjoyed stunning views and the gentle lapping of the waves against the shore. With pockets full of sand and seashells, Year 6 returned to school with a greater understanding of what migration was like for many people who now call Australia home.”
Miss Speter – Year 6 teacher
Congratulations to Sidney Dixon who recently took part in the National Chinese Eisteddfod. She performed a poem entitled, ‘Little Bird’ in the 8-12 year section and came first in her division. Well done, Sidney!
We’ve just received word that our Year 6 team received 2nd place in Engineering at the da Vinci Decathlon. Great work girls!
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Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary