Primary School News

 Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.

 Pope Francis

This week Rachel Parsons, Social Justice Captain, came to talk to the girls about Lent and Project Compassion. Project Compassion is a whole school initiative that explores  how Caritas Australia is helping the world’s poorest people establish sustainable food, walking with them as they free themselves from the burden of food insecurity and develop new, improved income streams for a better future.

The theme for Project Compassion for 2016 is, ‘Learning more, creating change.’  As Pope Francis says ‘Education is an act of hope,’ so this year Project Compassion celebrates the power of learning and the many ways in which Caritas Australia is working with local partners around the world to provide vital learning and renewed hope to children, women and men most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice.

Caritas Australia is working to empower the most marginalized communities in Malawi, one of the smallest countries in Africa and one of the poorest in the world. As part of the Caritas program, each family has mapped out a vision for their future. It includes setting goals, such as getting better access to food, water and education. They call this process ‘dreaming in colour.’

We have been talking to the girls about their Lenten promises and how we can help to support the people who will benefit from Project Compassion. Some girls decided that the money they might spend on a weekly treat could be put to better use by donating their money to the project.  Our collection box can be found at the Student Services desk next to Mrs Mansfield.  

Year 5 had the opportunity to meet their Year 9 buddy in the Primary School Quad for a special recess get together. The girls sat together, sharing stories and getting to know each other. Mrs Stooke, Director of Pastoral Care, was overwhelmed  with the number of girls who applied for the positions. The criteria was as follows : To be a good buddy to a Year 5 or 6 student at Loreto Normanhurst, a Year 9 or Year 10 student must have a strong commitment to:

  • making time to spend with their buddy
  • getting to know them and assist them in a reliable and responsible manner
  • commit to regular communication and contact with their buddy
  • demonstrate exemplary behaviour and be  a good role model for each Year 5 and Year 6 student
  • be friendly and approachable

Year 6 continue to meet with the buddy that they were paired with last year. It is wonderful to see how these friendships have flourished.

Congratulations to Keely Clarke who participated in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon last weekend. The race consisted of a 150m swim, 6km bike ride and a 1km run. Keely completed the race in 31 minutes. Well done Keely!


Upcoming Events

Friday 19 February

Leadership Liturgy & Year 6 Parents Morning Tea

Tuesday 23 February

Parent Information Evening Years 5 & 6 – 6.00 pm

Monday 29 February

Year 5 & 6  Broken Bay Camp

Tuesday 01 March

Years 5 & 6 return from Broken Bay Camp

Friday 04 March

Year 6 Cluster Mass

Monday 07 March

Years 5 & 6 Primary School Parents’ Welcome Dinner 7.00 pm

Tuesday 08 March

Primary School Photos incl. Sibling Photos

Wednesday 09 March

Primary School Cross Country Carnival – School Oval 1.20 pm


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary