Primary School News

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”                                                                                                                       

                     Jane Goodall

 

 

Welcome back to Term 4. I hope you had a restful time with family and friends and enjoyed the glorious weather.

Last term I wrote about the opportunity the girls had to write a pitch about their business idea to enter the Club Kidpreneur Challenge. I am thrilled to announce that Cheri Hui, Elyse Stephens and Charlotte Joseph from ‘Charli’s Cute Cups and Accessories,’ submitted a video pitch which was one of ten winning teams selected from a panel of independent judges. Their business team won the title ‘Kidpreneurs of the Year’ and some awesome prizes for the school.

 The School prize includes: 1 x HP Sprout All-in-One Desktop Computer plus 3D Capture Stage bundle by HP Australia Pty Ltd, total value $4,589.

The Kidpreneurs’ prize includes: A money-can’t-buy Kidpreneur-in-Residence one-day business experience at the IGNITE partner Moose Toys Head Office in Melbourne, as well as a goodie bag from Moose Toys valued at $100.

Sr Libby came to the Primary School today to accept a cheque from the Kidpreneur Market Day proceeds for $2939.80 to give to The House of Welcome. Sr Libby has worked with the House of Welcome since its very beginnings. She spoke to the girls about the work she does and told us stories about the people she has helped. She said that the most important thing the refugees want is a place where they can feel safe. We feel very privileged to know that we have helped to make that dream a reality.

Mental Health Month is celebrated each year in the month of October in NSW. This awareness month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing. This month gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help seeking behaviours when needed. The theme for Mental Health Month is ‘Learn and Grow.’ According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), mental health is the state of well-being in which every individual with their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to their community (WHO, 2014)[1].

Nearly half of all Australians (45%) will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime, and those that don’t will most likely know someone that does. But there’s still a lot of stigma and confusion around the topic and that’s where learning and growing comes in.

It’s important to make sure that as many people as possible know what mental illness looks like and what can be done to treat it – even if it’s not an issue for you right now, it might be one day, either for you or someone you know.

The main message of this theme is to prioritise our mental health and wellbeing just as much as we would to maintain our physical and social health. In the Primary School we have talked about Mental Health through picture books, group discussion, relaxation, guided visualisation and making it our goal to think about the needs of others. We have also begun yoga and a mindfulness program.

The girls have been working hard to prepare for our annual Principal’s Spelling Bee Finals which will take place next Tuesday from 9.30-10.30am. Parents are warmly welcome to attend. The finalists are as follows:

  • Amy Saad
  • Abigail Mayer
  • Jemma Vaughn
  • Beccy Coulton
  • Indianna Cane
  • Becca Zammit
  • Zoe Clubb
  • Emily Burns
  • Lara Granelli
  • Emily Singh
  • Amber Buchanan
  • Gabrielle Milkins
  • Elyse Stephens
  • Genevieve Bolster
  • Pavarisa Wen
  • Remy Savell-McKean
  • Charlotte McLennan
  • Audrey Kha
  • Jessica Webster
  • Erin Bourke
  • Lara Gibson
  • Belle Reid
  • Brigid Quirk
  • Chloe Mackay
  • Mia Hartley
  • Saoirse Hickey
  • Cheri Hui
  • Veronica Dodd
  • Imogen Fish
  • Lilya Ragg

 

 

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 18 October      Principal’s Spelling Bee  – 9.30-10.30am
Friday 21 October    IPSHA Gala Debating at Barker College
Tuesday 25 October The Evening of Eminence  – 7.00-8.30pm
Thursday 27 October Year 7 2017 Orientation Day
Friday 28 October Year 7 2017 AAS Placement Test
Saturday 29 October Mother/Daughter Dinner , The Epping Club – 6.15-10.00pm

 

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary