Primary School News

Primary School News

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have.


Margaret Mead


As I write this newsletter final preparations for our Club Kidpreneur Market Day are underway. The girls have been working so hard and have many exciting and interesting products at their stalls for purchase. After much consideration, all profits from our Market Day will be donated to the House of Welcome.

The House of Welcome works with asylum seekers who live in the community whilst they are awaiting the outcome of their protection visa applications.  They also offer support in the initial settlement and transition into Australian life once they have been granted their protection visas and are recognised as refugees.

People from all over the world walk through the doors of the House of Welcome. They are currently working with families and individuals from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Georgia, Nigeria, Columbia and Iraq to name just a few. We are so happy to be able to be of service to this wonderful organisation. Thank you to Sister Libby for her guidance.


In the Primary School…

 Learning Enrichment

 How do we keep students engaged and encourage them to become lifelong readers?

This term, the Primary School has commenced its use of Literature Circles to enhance the knowledge, depth and comprehension of carefully selected texts in a collaborative and critical way. Literature circles are based on sound educational theories, supported by evidence which highlights that:

  • Reading is a strategic process
  • Reading is a transaction among reader, text, and context
  • Independent reading is linked to reading gains
  • Scaffolding enables learning
  • Collaborative (social and interactive) learning is beneficial
  • There can be multiple interpretations of a text

They afford students the opportunities to self-select what they will read, discuss and provide opportunities to interpret their readings in cooperative groups. When teachers engage with their students in well-chosen literature, combined with purposeful and reflective discussion, this creates an environment that promotes curiosity and questioning (inquiry) and extends reading, writing, thinking, feeling, talking and action beyond the obvious.

Perhaps the easiest way to understand what literature circles are is to examine what they are not.

Literature Circles are . . .

Literature Circles are not . . .

Reader response centred

Teacher and text centred

Part of a balanced literacy program

The entire reading curriculum

Groups formed by book choice

Teacher-assigned groups formed solely by ability

Structured for student independence, responsibility, and ownership

Unstructured, uncontrolled “talk time” without accountability

Guided primarily by student insights and questions

Guided primarily by teacher- or curriculum-based questions

Intended as a context in which to apply reading and writing skills

Intended as a place to do skills work

Flexible and fluid; never look the same twice

Tied to a prescriptive “recipe”


Roles are assigned to members of the group to help the group function more productively and remain focused on the chosen book or related topic. These roles are:

With active participation all students are able to deepen their comprehension skills, construct meaning together as a group, debate and challenge each other respectfully and ultimately connect with books on a deeper level. Harvey Daniels (1994) sums up the power of this learning:

literature circles have the potential to transform power relationships in the classroom, to make kids both more responsible for and more in control of their own education, to unleash lifelong readers, and to nurture a critical, personal stance toward ideas. (Daniels, p.31)

The Primary School girls continue to immerse themselves in quality reading, in critical and creative ways.


Ms Tricia Allen

Learning Enrichment Teacher


Year 5 Chopsticks Competition 2016

In Week 7, Year 5 had their annual Chopsticks Competition during Mandarin Lessons. Mrs Cao  introduced the Chinese characters for chopsticks and then taught the girls how to hold and use chopsticks. Girls were divided into groups and practiced moving smarties from one plate to the other. The girls had a lot of fun while helping each other, sharing their personal experiences. Finally, the finalists were chosen. Congratulations to Monica (5A) and Zara (5R) who became the class chopsticks champions.


Mrs Cathy Cao

Mandarin Teacher


OSH Club 

Please note that bookings for the September/October Holiday Program are now open online.

The program will run from the 23rd September – 7th October 2016. (3rd October is closed due to a Public Holiday). The brochure for the program will be available 4 weeks prior to the Holiday Program starting. To book the dates you require please log into your account at


Upcoming Dates

Thursday 22 September  Last Day of Term 3 for Students
Monday 4 October Term 4 Begins


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary