Primary School News

Primary School News

‘I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading. How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book.’

Jane Austen


The da Vinci Decathlon academic gala day saw our students competing against 115 schools in the areas of Mathematics, English, Science, Engineering, Art and Poetry, General Knowledge, Code Breaking, Creative Producers, Philosophy and Cartography. The energy in the room was electric as each team worked enthusiastically through the activities and displayed fabulous team work.

Both teams performed extremely well. This year the Year 5 consisted of Genevieve Bolster, Elyse Stephens, Becca Zammit, Jasmine Paskell, Estelle Kyriazis, Lara Granelli, Indianna Cane, Ashleigh Chapman, Gabrielle Milkins (reserve). The Year 6 team included Cheri Hui, Keira Conlin, Erin Bourke, Veronica Dodd, Grace Watkins, Madeleine Campbell,  Brigid Quirk, Scarlett Harsas , Charlotte McLennon (reserve).

We congratulate all who participated and thank Ms Allen and Ms Raymond for their assistance in preparing the girls for this event.

In the warmth of the Wednesday sun, the girls in the Primary School gathered in the Quad to test their creations for the boat building challenge Mr Adams posed last week in our ‘See, Think, Wonder,’ session. There was a wide range of building supplies that could be purchased to build boats, such as styrofoam balls, aluminium foil, sticky tape, paddle pop sticks, masking tape and PVA glue. The results were very close but in the end the winning designs were awarded to:

The most sustainable boat – Olivia Williamson, Piper Wytenburg, Renee Bugeja, Amber Buchanan and Pavarisa Wen.

The boat that that could hold the most weight without sinking with a mighty 900g was Samiksha Rajesh, Jasmine Paskell and Eliza Rossell.

National Reconciliation Week begins on Friday 27 May – Friday 3 June. It is an annual celebration and a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, and on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.  The week is framed by two key events in Australia’s history that provide strong symbols of the aspirations for reconciliation.

May 27 marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 Referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and recognise them in the national census. 

June 3 is Mabo Day – On this day in 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which overturned the notion of ‘terra nullius’ and legally recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ connection to their country, a connection that existed prior to colonisation and continues today. This recognition paved the way for the Native Title system.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of us all as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples.


Primary School Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Primary School has achieved 100% participation in the Premier’s Reading Challenge this year, which is a fantastic effort.  Congratulations to the girls who have already completed the challenge and to those who are in line for notable awards including the gold and platinum certificates.  Loreto Normanhurst Primary School will be upholding the very high standards set last year by the likes of Eliza Rossell (6B), who achieved the prestigious PRC Medallion, as well as a number of other students, who achieved gold and platinum awards.

All girls have had their individual passwords since Easter and have been busily submitting their books online.  The Premier’s Reading Challenge website can be accessed here.  The challenge closes on 19 August, 2016.


National Simultaneous Storytime

This week the Loreto Primary School participated in the National Simultaneous Story time along with other schools across Australia.  The chosen book this year was I Got This Hat by Jol and Kate Temple.  The girls enjoyed a live-streamed reading of the book and participated in other literacy-based activities.  To celebrate the event staff and students came to school wearing their own favourite hats. 


Sorry Day

We also observed Sorry Day on Thursday 26 May in Library lessons with a reading of the book, Stories for Simon by Lisa Miranda Sarzin.  The students discussed the meaning of reconciliation and reflected on the importance of story in creating a strong culture and history. 


Book Reviews

This term in Library lessons students have been writing book reviews and creating book trailers, focusing on visual literacy skills and analysing the layers of meaning that can be drawn from literature.  Our focus book was Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau by Andrea Beaty which explores the themes of identity, loss/grief and belonging.

Here’s a snapshot of books the girls in the Primary school are reading at the moment.

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau is a great book with a lot of hidden messages in the illustrations. Every time I read it I learn new things about diversity and friendship.”

Clare Horan 6B

“For the pain, suffering and hurt caused, we say sorry. Stories for Simon   is a wonderful book inspired by Kevin Rudd’s apology speech from 2008.”

Belle Reid 6B

“Stories for Simon is a wonderful book that reminds us about National Sorry Day.  It helps to teach us about respect and reconciliation.”

Lara Gibson 6B

“Wonder will leave you inspired by the life of 10 year old Auggie Pullman, a boy with a rare medical facial deformity.  I was mesmerised by this book and I just could not put it down.”

Charlotte McLennan 6H

“Ugly is a humorous, inspiring autobiography about growing up and trying to fit in with a disability. “

Ella McKenzie 6B


Mrs Caroline Walton

Teacher Librarian


Upcoming Dates

Friday 3 June Loreto Day
Wednesday 8 June Whole School Photos & Siblings
Thursday 9 June    Pupil Free Day
Friday 10 June Pupil Free Day
Monday 13 June Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Tuesday 14 June Extra-Curricular Photo Day
Wednesday 15 June Primary School Open Classroom 9.00-10.30am
Monday 20 June Primary School Athletics Carnival 9.00-12.00pm
  Term 2 Primary School Academic Plenaries 1.00-6.00pm
Tuesday 21 June Term 2 Primary School Academic Plenaries 3.00-6.00pm

Friday 24 June

Last Day Term 2


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary