Primary School News

Primary School News

Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do something. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.

Gertrude B. Elion

Tuesday evening saw a large group of Primary parents return to the classroom. Mrs Laurinda Lomas spoke to parents about our approach to teaching mathematics in the Primary School. Parents worked together, explaining their mathematical thinking and learning new strategies to solve problems, with the focus always on teaching for understanding. We discussed the dispositions of successful students, being those that seek challenges, value effort, persist in the face of difficulties and have a love of learning (Mike Askew 2006). Learning the essential skills for success in today’s world, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration directly links to the Working Mathematically outcomes which are at the core of the syllabus. Thank you to the parents who attended the evening. There was great discussion, lots of laughs and a few ‘crunchy eyebrow’ moments.


Cross Country

On a glorious morning the following girls competed at the IPSHA Cross Country last Saturday. Lucy Knox, Sophie West, Francesca Byrne-Fister, Olivia Klostermann, Neve Tierney, Lucia Van Der Heiden, Abbie Maley, Lucy Harrison, Lara Granelli, Maddison Hinds, Alex O’Brien, Pavarisa Wen, Ava Basic, Eve Foster, Jessica Roche, Phoebe Zammit, Emily Saliba, Jessica Anderson, Annabelle Hartley, Rhiannon Doyle, Indianna Cane, Charlotte Joseph, Xin Teng, Phoebe Locke and Elyse Stephens.

Neve Tierney and Lucia Van Der Heiden came 2nd and 16th respectively in the 11 years, racing against 270 competitors. Neve has made it into the CIS carnival which will be held next term. Fantastic effort girls!


Music in the Primary School

Concert Band and Choir

Years 5 and 6 students have been enjoying the opportunity to be involved in the musical life of Loreto Normanhurst this term. The enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by all students resulted in two outstanding performances at the Music Festival last week and at Open Day earlier this term. The whole school Choir, conducted by Mrs Helen McIntyre and accompanied by Ms Alice Hanna, have worked consistently throughout the term and have enjoyed learning a range of songs to perform.

The Primary School Concert Band rehearse each Wednesday morning at 7.45am and is open to all Years 5 and 6 students who have been learning a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument for at least six months. Approximately 30 students form the Concert Band and play a variety of instruments including flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba and piano. The Concert Band is also thankful to have Matilda Hardy, a Year 8 student, who accompanies the ensemble on drum kit at our rehearsals and performances.

All students approach each rehearsal with positivity and have made significant progress in their ability to sight-read music and work together as an ensemble in such a short amount of time.

Year 5 Music

This term, Year 5 have explored the musical concept of Duration through experiencing an Orff Schulwerk based program. Students participate in a wide variety of learning activities including musical games, challenges and listening analysis. They obtain a thorough understanding of the musical concepts by exploring a range of pieces, including works by Australian art music composers. Students engage in whole class discussion at the conclusion of each lesson, in addition to creating a summative mind map at the end of each unit to ensure they have an understanding of the concept, can link it to their practical experiences and confidently use accurate musical terminology related to the concept.

Based on student reflection, some highlights this term include learning the school song, Cruci, through movement-based activities, exploring the difference between beat and rhythm by participating in learning games that challenged coordination, accepting opportunities to perform solo in front of the class on a wide variety of instruments and learning the Loreto Normanhurst Primary School Rap – a body percussion chant that was composed for Year 5 students.

Year 6 Music

Students in Year 6 continue to expand their musical knowledge through singing, playing, moving, composing and completing listening analysis of various musical styles. This term began with the idea of change – not only the change from Year 5 Music to Year 6 Music, but also how we can approach composition tasks by making minimal changes or developments to musical themes.

Students have experienced arranging and composing using thematic material from classical repertoire through practical movement and playing tasks, written analysis and discussion. To further enhance the compositional process, this week Year 6 completed pilot training and took a trip to space as part of their topic Around the World, with the assistance of the fourth movement of Antonin Dvořák’s ninth symphony “from the New World.”

Students have engaged in all lessons this year with a sense of excitement and willingness to learn. The music program for Year 6 aims for students to access and gain an appreciation of a wide range of musical styles, and students are looking forward to exploring more music from different cultures and genres of music this year.

Miss Sarah Ashton

Music Teacher



Year 6 has had heaps of fun learning songs and how to do mirror, canon and echo. One of my favourite activities was when Miss Ashton taught us a song. Throughout the duration of the song a girl would change something about her and we had to guess what had changed. This relates to the topic All around the world because it shows us that we all live on earth but we look different. In our last lesson we were travelling to space through music then came back to earth to explore the world. We had to learn a song and actions about getting ready to go to space and leaving, it was really funny. In concert band we had the privilege to have flutes, violins, piano, tuba, trombones, drums, trumpets and saxophone, conducted by Miss Ashton. We learnt a piece called Latin Fire and Over the Rainbow, we performed both of these at Open Day, and Latin Fire at Music festival.

Lara Granelli 6H


Winter uniform

A reminder that when students return at the start of Term 2 they should be in winter uniform. The winter uniform includes: tunic, long sleeved white shirt, tie, blazer and black stockings. The uniform shop will be open Monday 10th April – 9am to 3pm and Friday 21st April – 9am to 3pm. We will continue to offer our online ordering services over the holidays. This is a great way to purchase any winter uniform items that might need updating and be ready for collection when school resumes in Term 2. 


OSH Club 

Please note that bookings for the April Holiday Program will be running from April 10 – April 24 2017.  (OSH Club will be closed on April 13 for Easter Thursday, April 14, April 17 and April 25 due to National Public Holidays). The brochure for the program is available on the OSH Club website. To book the dates you require please log into your account at

It has been a very full and rewarding term. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents and hard-working staff for their support this term. In the meantime, I wish you all a blessed Easter and God’s blessing for a safe and happy holiday. 


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary