Primary School News

Primary School News

Try to be the rainbow in someone’s cloud.

Maya Angelou


Welcome back to Term 4. I hope you had a restful time with family and friends and enjoyed the glorious weather.

Last term the Debating Club began, ably led by Miss Ball and Mrs Knorr. The girls learnt the skills of debating, including how to structure a speech, rebuttal and working under pressure. They were also supported by two talented debaters from the Secondary School. Finally their skills were put to the test in a mock trial. Eight girls were chosen to take part in the IPSHA Gala Debating Day at Barker College which will take place next Friday.

Good luck to the following girls:

  • Lilya Ragg
  • Indiana Cane
  • Becca Zammit
  • Genevieve Bolster
  • Molly Hanly
  • Olivia Pate
  • Amber Buchanan
  • Lucy Harrison


Coding Club

Last term the Coding Club participated in the NCSS Grok Challenge which had the girls competing with other students across the world. With the help and guidance of Mr Henville, the girls showed how capable they were with programming using Blockly and Python. This term, the girls will have the chance to participate in more competitions, create games using the coding software Scratch and collect and analyse real data.  All girls are welcome to come along on Tuesday mornings at 8:00 to the Learning Common starting Week 2 of Term 4.  


NorthConnex Surface Miner Naming Competition

NorthConnex has commissioned a surface miner to assist with tunnelling and earthwork on the $3 billion underground motorway project. Students at Loreto Normanhurst Primary School have the opportunity to name the surface miner which will assist in the delivery of the nine kilometre underground motorway connecting the Hills M2 Motorway at West Pennant Hills and the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga.

What is a surface miner?

A surface miner is commonly used in surface mines such as in the Pilbara, Western Australia to remove Iron ore. This surface miner will help excavate the on and off ramps at the tunnel exit to Pennant Hills Road as well as helping to remove rock from the tunnels.  About 21 kilometres of tunnels need to be excavated for the project in addition to earthwork on the surface to build the connecting ramps.The machine costs about $3.5 million and is driven along a rock surface, removing up to half a metre of rock via a special cutting drum which cuts and crushes the rock.

Tunnelling machines are traditionally named after females.

To be eligible to enter the competition the name suggestions must meet at least one of the three criteria:

  • Name needs to have relevance to the local area
  • Name needs to be a female who has contributed to the community
  • Name recognises achievement in science, technology, engineering or mathematics

To submit your name to the competition please complete the Google Form sent by Mr Adams.


Mental Health Month 2017 – Share the Journey

Mental Health Month is celebrated during October each year to encourage us all to reflect and think about the importance of looking after our mental health and wellbeing. This year’s theme, Share the Journey, focuses on the importance of social connections. Building and developing connections with others is essential to our mental health. Feeling connected, valued and accepted by others allows us to live healthy and happy lives. Close, positive relationships with others improve our overall mental health and wellbeing, and build our resilience.

Next week the Primary School will celebrate Mental Health Week through a range of activities designed to foster the development of connections to others.

  • Monday 16: Visit from Year 11 students to introduce Mental Health Week and the theme
  • Tuesday 17: Screen Free Day – there will be no use of technology throughout the school day. Students will not need to bring their iPads to school. Phones are allowed but will be collected by teachers for the school session and returned at home time.
  • Tuesday 17: Board Games at lunchtime
  • Thursday 19: Meditation/Yoga at lunchtime



Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary