Primary School News

Primary School News

Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Angela Lee Duckworth


As this week comes to an end, the Primary School playground has become much quieter with the Year 6 girls down in Canberra for three days. We look forward to hearing about all the exciting activities and destinations from staff and students when they return.

Earlier this week I attended a NAPLAN Online course at James Ruse Agricultural High School. As Year 5 parents would be aware from an email earlier from Mrs Dwyer, the girls will undertake NAPLAN Readiness testing later on this term. As we continue to move towards an increasingly digital age, this transition from pen and paper to digital assessments is a significant milestone. The NAPLAN Online testing will provide more diversity in tasks, tests tailored to student achievement and a faster turnaround of information. Teachers and support staff will be involved in training to become administrators in this new and exciting assessment platform.

Last Friday we celebrated the winners of the Primary School Athletics Carnival. There were some fantastic results across both track and field, with special mentions to the following award winners:

10 Years Age Champion Alice Mackenzie  (Year 5)
11 Years Age Champion Lucia Van Der Heiden  (Year 5)
12 Years Age Champion Lara Granelli  (Year 6)
Queen of the Track – Winner of the 100m Invitation Lara Granelli  (Year 6)
Spirit Cup Benedicta House
House Champions Clare House


I would like to thank Ms Ugonotti, Primary Staff, Mr Mulroney and the Sports Department for their support during the Sports Carnival and the awards presentation.


An Update from 6H

This term in Science Year 6 are learning about natural and man-made disasters. So far, we have researched about many different disasters that have had an impact on many people’s lives. Last Thursday, 6H individually designed and made a prototype of an alarm to warn others nearby that a natural disaster is about, or just starting, to occur. We drew a plan for the alarm and wrote the equipment that was needed to build our alarm. We brought the equipment in and spent Thursday afternoon constructing our new alarms. There were many great ideas to avoid a range of disasters including, avalanches, floods, fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, snow storms and tornadoes.

By Lara Granelli and Hannah Fenech

Class of 6H


Mr Jonathan Adams

Acting Head of Primary