Primary School News

Primary School News

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh


Premier’s Reading Challenge 2016

Congratulations to the Loreto Normanhurst Primary School students for their wonderful achievement in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. 80 students completed the Challenge this year and each will be receiving their certificates this week.  A special mention goes to the following students who attained the Gold or Platinum levels:

Gold: Lily Cohen, Keira Conlin, Veronica Dodd, Chelsea Dove, Lara Gibson. Lauren Ho, Estelle Kyriazis, Alexandra O’Brien and Samiksha Rajesh

Platinum: Mia Hartley, Clare Horan, Keely O’Sullivan, Madeline Studdert and Kate Walters

The following girls have also completed the Challenge:

Year 5:

Genevieve Bolster, Amber Buchanan, Renee Bugeja, Emily Burns, Ashleigh Chapman, Saskia Chapman, Zoe Clubb, Aiveen Creak, Maria El Haddad, Hannah Fenech, Lara Granelli, Mia Hallinan, Molly Hanly, Maddison Hinds, Charlotte Joseph, Phoebe Locke, Lily Low, Abigail Mayer, Gabrielle Milkins, Isabella Onsley, Elizabeth Powell, Lilya Ragg, Amy Saad, Emily Singh, Elyse Stephens, Grace Sukari, Georgia Tapner, Edie Tassell, Xin Teng, Zara Trovato, Jemma Vaughn and Rebecca Zammit.


Year 6:

Bourke Erin,  Bower Emma,  Madeleine Campbell, Olivia Carr, Sarah Carrozzi, Charlotte Curran, Nicola De Zotti, Imogen Fish, Kaitlin Forder, Hannah Forman, Sarah Gardiner, Stephanie Gough, Scarlett Harsas, Cheri Hui, Amelia Jones, Audrey Kha , Zoe Lawson, Olivia Lucas, Chloe Mackay, Mia Matek, Amelie Mauri-Dooris, Ella McKenzie, Charlotte McLennan, Katerina Negro,  Lara Parington,  Robyn Paskell,  Brigid Quirk,  Isabelle Reid,  Eliza Rossell,  Remy Savell-McKean,  Saoirse Watkins, Madison Webster,  Olivia Williamson and Piper Wytenburg.


Jane Austen High Tea

This week Year 6 students celebrated the literature of Jane Austen with a Georgian High Tea.  The girls wore their hair in Georgian-styled buns, wore bonnets, shawls, gowns and drank tea from delicate tea cups.  The girls also presented their insightful and entertaining research projects reflecting on Jane Austen’s literature and the issues faced by women in the Georgian era.


Mrs Caroline Walton

Teacher Librarian


Year 5 Hour of Code

Next week will see all of the Year 5 students participate in a nationwide program known as, Hour of Code. The initiative encourages all students from ages 9-11 to engage with coding skills in creating and completing activities on an app known as Scratch. Together with Code Club Australia, the program has grown in popularity and competition as students use their creative and collaborative skills to complete challenges to produce a game. The game can then be demonstrated and utilised by their peers.

This challenge continues as part of the many initiatives our Year 5 cohort will complete as part of the iPad program at Loreto Primary and further supports the outcomes from the Digital Technologies Curriculum as outlined through BOSTES.


Ms Margie Raymond

Primary School Teacher


Graduation Liturgy

Today we celebrated our Year 6 transition into the high school with a beautiful Graduation Liturgy and final Assembly. Ms Watkins presented the girls with their graduation certificates and each girl received a copy of ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ by Jane Austen from Mrs Dwyer. This story is centred on family, a strong female character who I hope will serve as a reminder to the girls to go after their dreams, be courageous, stand up for what they believe in and always remember that connection and belonging is something to be treasured.

Year 6 had some advice to share with Year 5, which included making lots of friends and having fun but the most important piece of advice was not to leave their work until the last minute because it is “way too stressful!”. The assembly ended with Year 6 presenting the Primary School with a beautiful collaborative artwork which they had made under the expert guidance of Ms Boardman. The girls performed, ‘History,’ by One Direction followed by an iMovie  created by Ms Brandon, Ms Hislop and the girls highlighting the many magical experiences throughout the year and ending with photos of the girls in Kindergarten and now in Year 6. There was barely a dry eye in the house.

Following the assembly was a lunch, including an incredible cake made by Ms Kylie James. It was quite spectacular and was greatly enjoyed by all.

Thank you to Ms Watkins, Ms Ugonotti, Mrs Stocke and Ms James, Primary teachers, parents and friends for your attendance at what was a joyous event.


After a week of inspiring speeches, I am pleased to announce that the School Leaders for Semester 1 2017 are as follows;

School Leaders                

Indianna Cane
Rebecca Coulton

Benedicta House Leaders

Stephanie Fusca
Molly Hanly

Clare House Leaders

Saskia Chapman
Isabella Onsley

Dorothea House Leaders

Zoe Clubb
Edie Tassell


The girls will receive their badges early next year at the Year 6 Leadership Liturgy.

We bid farewell to Ms Tricia Allen, who leaves our community at the end of this year. We thank her for the  contribution she has made to the Primary School and wish her the very best for the future. Ms Brandon will be taking 12 months leave. We will see her back in the Primary School at the beginning of 2018.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge every girl for their personal efforts and achievements this year. It has been a remarkable year with so much to be grateful for.

As the year draws to a close, I wish you a joyous Christmas vacation and a peaceful New Year.

I leave you with this prayer


God of wisdom,
we thank you
for all the gifts you have given us
throughout this school year.
We praise you for giving us life,
for saving us in Christ,
and for choosing us to be your people.
As we come to the end of this school year,
we voice our gratitude
for the good things you have done in us,
and we praise you for all who have shared
in the work of this school.
We ask you to bless them in your love
and give them refreshment and peace.
We praise you, God,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns forever and ever.



Upcoming Events

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

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



With felicitous thanks for a wonderful year,


Ms Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary