Primary School News

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Anthony J. D’Angelo


On Wednesday the Primary School Swimming Carnival took place. It was an exciting day with great participation, incredible swimming, rousing war cries and wonderful House spirit. It was also a time for student leadership and it was pleasing to see our House Leaders performing their roles so capably. Thank you to Mrs Palmer, Mr Mulroney, the Sports Department and parents for their invaluable support.

The overall House Cup and the Spirit Cup was won by Dorothea. The 10 years age champion was Zoe Clubb, the 11 years age Champion was Olivia Williamson and the 12 years Champion was Charlotte McLennan.  The hotly contested 100m invitational took the fastest 8 swimmers in the Primary school who thrashed it out with Charlotte McLennan taking first place and the title of Queen of the Pool.   


IPSHA Public Speaking Competition

The inaugural Public Speaking challenge through IPSHA (Independent Primary School Heads of Australia) was held at Abbotsleigh on Tuesday 8th November. Molly Hanly (5A), Jessica Webster (6H) and Saoirse Watkins (6B) were selected to attend.

Speakers had to prepare a short two minute speech on the topic of ‘Heroes.’ On arriving at Abbotsleigh the girls were ushered into separate rooms for the preliminary rounds with approximately ten speakers in each room. One finalist from each room was then selected to give their speech in front of all candidates and teachers.  In addition, a one minute impromptu speech also had to be prepared. Finalist speakers had ten minutes to prepare and only one minute to present their impromptu speech. The topic given on the day was ‘How kids can change the world.’

Jessica recounted:  “It was a rewarding experience. I was proud of my effort. Even if I was not chosen for the final round, I felt that I had already achieved a milestone in giving a speech in front of an unknown audience. Having only ten minutes to prepare a speech on an unknown topic was daunting but fun at the same time. The support of the audience helped me to overcome my nerves. It was an amazing opportunity and I plan on now continuing with public speaking.”

Molly said, “It was entertaining listening to the other speakers whose topics included Malala, Nelson Mandela and Ghandi. I liked writing my speech and it was a good experience to challenge myself in front of an audience.”

Saoirse was excited to participate in the competition and enjoyed the opportunity to speak in front of an audience and give her point of view. “It was extremely interesting hearing all of the different speeches and different interpretations of the topic ‘heroes.’ I learnt so much about how to speak in front of an audience, using gestures and vocal variety. I felt honoured to represent Loreto.”

Congratulations to all three girls who represented Loreto with poise and maturity.

Jessica was selected for the final round. Her speech was heartfelt and dealt with the limited portrayal of women in Disney films. Jessica’s impromptu speech reflected her depth of understanding and sophistication in arguing a given topic.

All girls were exemplary role models and shining examples of the power of words and resilience in the face of challenge. Congratulations!


Great Cycle Challenge

Well done to Lara Granelli for participating in the Great Cycle Challenge. Lara’s target was to ride 80 kilometres to raise funds for childhood cancer. She ended up riding 91.8 km. Her sponsorship target was $300, she surpassed this and finished with a total of $545.11. With her brother, their team raised a total of $1,045.42. This is a wonderful achievement.

Further congratulations to Mia Hartley who has just become a Junior Life Saver and has performed her first patrol on Copacabana Beach.  She was also selected to attend a Rookies Camp at Broken Bay.


OSH Club Holiday Program

Bookings are now open for the OSH Club Holiday Program. Please click here for further information.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday 23 November Year 5 2017 Academic Plenaries  |  3:45pm – 6:30pm
Thursday 24 November Year 5 2017 Academic Plenaries |  3:45pm – 6:30pm
Tuesday 29 November Primary School Open Classrooms | 9:00am – 10:30am
to be followed by Parent Morning Tea with the Primary Students
Friday 2 December Year 6 Graduation Liturgy/Assembly/Lunch | 11:00am – 1:30pm
Thursday 8 December Primary School Awards Ceremony | 11:00am – 12:00pm
  Whole School Christmas Liturgy | 1:25pm – 3:00pm
  Last Day of Term 4 for Students


Ms Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary