Primary School News

Noble and great. Courageous and determined. Faithful and fearless. That is who you are and who you have always been. And understanding it can change your life, because this knowledge carries a confidence that cannot be duplicated any other way.

Sheri L. Dew

‘Eyes Up Girls’

The girls have been busily presenting their speeches to their class mates in anticipation of the Public Speaking evening next Tuesday. On Wednesday we watched the 24 semi-finalists perform their speeches to the Primary School. We were amazed at the courage, confidence and poise that the girls displayed as we were treated to a wide variety of interesting topics. Congratulations to all students for taking part in this very worthwhile learning experience. Thank you to Miss Best, Mrs Anderson, Miss Speter and Miss Ball for guiding the girls through this process.

The finalists are as follows:

Year 5 Year 6
Ainsley Benbow – Deliciously or disgusting? Ivy Hain – K. POP More than just Music
Kaitlin Cuthbert – The Greatest Invention of All Time Lucy McKenna – Animals Have Rights Too
Mia Khoudair  – Technology Sofia Palermo – The Power of Music
Tayla Moore – Homework Grace Parker – Great White Sharks
  Christiana Vella – History of Music
  Annabelle Whelan – Embrace Who You Are
  Sarah Zammit – The Life of Malala
  Aoife Berry – Child Refugees

We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening of entertainment next Tuesday 18 June at 7.00pm.

 

The Value of Teenage Sleep 

Healthy sleep patterns are essential for adolescent growth and development. Lisa Maltman from the Sleep Connection recently visited the school and presented a workshop to Year 9 Students “Sleep for Better Health, Resilience and Performance”. Lisa highlighted the importance of sleep in the holistic development of a young person including the following:

  • Learning and academic performance: sleep helps concentration and motivation along with consolidation and strengthening of new information and memories.
  • Emotional and mental health: studies show teenagers who are sleep deprived are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, negative body image and low self-esteem.
  • Behaviour and decision making: sleep deprivation affects decision making capacity, has a negative effect on behaviour and relationships, and increases the risk of accidents. 
  • Body systems: sleep deprivation affects teenager’s physical growth, brain development, immune system and plays a key role in weight gain.

Essentially sleep is vital to a child’s wellbeing. When they sleep well, they are settled, happier and ready for school the next day. Sleep also strengthens their immune systems and supports their overall development 

Click here for the latest edition of  SchoolTV, which provides some excellent resources on the importance of sleep and useful strategies for promoting healthy sleep patterns.

Congratulations to Charlotte Horbach, Year 5, who has recently been selected to represent NSW and the NSW Institute of Sport at the Australian Elite Junior Diving Championships later this month in Brisbane. The Championships will take place from June 24-July 1. This is an outstanding achievement. Best of luck Charlotte!

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary