Primary School News
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
Bright and early on Thursday morning, Year 5 left Loreto bound for Hill End, Bathurst for our Year 5 study of Colonial History. First stop was the Blue Mountains where we were able to see the Three Sisters at Echo Point, a beautiful backdrop for morning tea. The next activity was at Tambaroora Creek, and the highly anticipated panning for gold. The girls took to it with gusto and collected many tiny specs of gold.
As we approached the town of Hill End, we passed the local school which opened in 1870 and had a total enrolment of 10 students. Our guide Lorraine, dressed in full period costume, showed us the centre of town and explained what it was like in its halcyon days. We discovered the town had about 2km of shops during the gold rush but gradually the town died down and now only has one general store. The day concluded with some fancy footwork, as the girls took part in a line dancing class.
On Friday we are looking forward to exploring the mines, doing some more gold panning in our last chance to strike it rich and visit the souvenir shop before we begin our journey home. Thank you to Miss Best and Mrs Anderson for accompanying the girls.
The girls reflected on their time in Bathurst;
‘The gold panning was really fun. It was also difficult to find gold. The water was freezing. It felt like I had frost bite.’
Samantha Zahra & Sidney Dixon
‘I enjoyed the night dancing because it brought back memories of when I was younger, doing the Hokey Pokey.’
‘It was so much fun going on the treasure hunt in Hill End as we got to learn more about gold rush and times gone by. We had to use our sleuthing skills to find the answers to the clues.’
Mia Khoudair & Monique Travers
‘The gold panning was a lot of fun as we got to experience different things that we haven’t experienced before.’
‘I liked the dancing because it showed how the colonies would have celebrated.’
‘This camp has been super fun because we have learnt more about the gold rush and tried new things.’
Public Speaking Competition
On Tuesday 18 June we were treated to a wonderful evening of outstanding entertainment. The Public Speaking Competition represented the culmination of a process of devising, refining and rehearsing speeches on topics that have captured the interest, imagination and passion of each of the girls. All of our Years 5 and 6 students are to be commended on participating in this process.
We had the pleasure of witnessing thought provoking speeches ranging from the courageous story of Malala, the terrifying Great White Shark and the History of Music. The adjudicators had a very tough decision but in the end Grace Parker was awarded 3rd place, Annabelle Whelan 2nd place and the winner was Sarah Zammit who spoke to us about the life of Malala. Thank you to the Primary staff for attending the evening, to the adjudicators, Mr Phil Trethewey, Mrs Sammy Cesamolo and Mrs Darcie, to the parents for their support and of course the girls for showcasing their skill, inspiration and curiosity.
CIS NSW Primary School Basketball
This week, Emily Paterson from Year 6 competed in the CIS NSW Primary Schools Basketball championships in Albury. Emily was a starting guard for the CIS team and played brilliantly, just missing out on a spot in the NSW team. Emily also had the opportunity to meet star basketballer, Lauren Jackson. A wonderful achievement Emily!
Due to the predicted rain over the weekend and on Monday, the Primary School Athletics carnival will be postponed. The carnival will take place in Term 3, date to be confirmed.
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary