Primary School News
Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love.
This week, Senior Constable Murray, the Youth Liaison Officer from Hornsby Police Station came to talk to the Primary girls about Cyber Safety. Her presentation covered topics such as how young people are using technology to have fun online, online grooming, cyber-bullying, inappropriate content and e-security.
Here are her top 10 tips for staying safe on the Internet:
- Use a strong password, a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols, eg P@$$w0rd! and change it regularly.
- Avoid opening or clicking links in emails from people you do not know and aren’t expecting – they could contain a virus or malicious software.
- Don’t give out personal information over the internet or on mobile phones about you, your family and friends.
- Only accept friend requests from people you know and trust.
- Make sure your social media accounts are set to private or friends only! Check privacy settings regularly as they can change.
- The legal minimum age to open an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Kik, and Snapchat is 13.
- Be aware of how to block, report and delete users on all your accounts and apps.
- If an image or post is something you would not be comfortable sharing with your parents or grandparents, reconsider, the Internet never forgets.
- Be careful who you trust online. Making new friends can be fun, but there’s a chance that they may not be who they say they are.
- Never say nasty or untrue things about others.
This was an excellent opportunity to dispel some myths about keeping yourself safe online. Below are some reflections from the girls.
The most interesting thing I found out during the Cyber-safety talk was that if you had Bluetooth turned on in your car and forget to turn it off people can take your personal information from your phone within 15 seconds.
We were told about how you can be any age to watch a YouTube video, but at least 18 to upload anything on YouTube.
I learnt that some older people online would do anything to make younger kids think that they are their friends. They would ask questions like, Where do you live? Where do your parents work? When younger kids answer all these questions they do not know that they are helping that person ﬁnd them.
Year 6 trip to Canberra
Canberra was a great experience where we explored the history of Australia. When we arrived, we went to Old Parliament House and explored the Senate and the Parliamentary library. After that we went to Questacon and explored the science displays. Everyone loved Questacon and was very excited when we got there. The displays were excellent and very interesting.
On Thursday we went to the National Museum of Australia and explored how Australia came to be by looking at artefacts from the gold rush, convicts jail, bush fires and many others. At Parliament House we watched question time, it was very fascinating and interesting how the politicians ‘cooperated’. We had a tour of Parliament House and explored the Senate and House of Representatives.
On Friday we went to the Australian War Memorial. We got a tour of the museum and saw some old warships, quilts and lots of paintings. Canberra was an awesome experience filled with fun activities and lots of learning.
Physical Education Update – Racquet Sports
‘Racquet Sports’ is the Physical Education curriculum theme during Term 3, providing students an opportunity to experience a broad range of physical activities to further develop their movement competence and confidence.
Year 5 – Tennis
Year 5 students are participating in tennis games and activities. They will develop individual hand/eye/racquet coordination skills required to participate in modified games of tennis. This will include the forehand, backhand, volley and serve. Emphasis is placed on combining motor skills and tactical knowledge to improve individual and team performance.
Year 6 – Badminton
Year 6 girls will learn the basic skills of badminton. Competition is not the main focus of the unit, rather gradual skill acquisition to foster an appreciation of physical activity. Students will participate in game-centered approaches to learning, with active exploration and thinking about play.
The girls are really enjoying both the Tennis and Badminton units and are getting ready for their mini tournament!
Ms Melanie Mayer
Primary PE Specialist
Congratulations to Lucia Van Der Heiden from Year 5 who has been knitting up a storm with her grandmother for the Wrapped With Love initiative. She has donated over 100 knitted squares to the charity. Well done Lucia!
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary