Primary School News
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but they will never forget how you made them feel.
Mental Health Week
Mental Health Month is celebrated each year in the month of October in NSW. This awareness month encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing, regardless of whether we may have an experience of mental illness or not. This month gives us the opportunity to understand the importance of mental health in our everyday lives and encourages help-seeking behaviours when needed. The theme for Mental Health Month is ‘Share the Journey.’ Connecting with others is important for our health and survival. Research tells us that feeling connected, valued and loved by others gives us a sense of security, support, purpose and happiness. Close connections and good relationships with others allows us to enjoy the good times in our lives and helps us deal with the hard experiences we face. Unfortunately in today’s society, we have many demands on our attention and time, and more people experience loneliness in Australia than ever before. For those experiencing or living with mental illness, loneliness can be far worse as individuals can face social exclusion, stigma and discrimination. As social beings, this can affect all aspects of our wellbeing.
We had a wonderful week of activities to raise awareness for Mental Health Week beginning with our screen free Tuesday, games at lunchtime and yoga and relaxation in the learning common.
Last week Mr Adams wrote about the wonderful opportunity afforded to the primary girls to name the Surface Miner which will assist in the delivery of the underground motorway connecting the Hills M2 Motorway at West Pennant Hills and the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga.
To be eligible to enter the competition the name suggestions had to 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
After much deliberation, Tahlia Moses from Year 5 was chosen with her submission of Turia Pitt.
Tahlia wrote, ‘The name I have selected originates from an Australian Mining Engineer, Turia Pitt. Turia is also an elite athlete and at the age of 24 she became trapped in a grass fire while competing in a 100km ultramarathon. 69% of Turia’s body was burnt. This inspiring young woman has a heart like no other, a courageous heart. Turia Pitt is an incredible, strong and powerful woman just like the Surface Miner – so strong and powerful that it gets through anything. I believe her name will be very suitable for the Surface Miner.’
We contacted Turia’s management and she is absolutely delighted to have her name on the Surface Miner. The naming ceremony will take place next Friday.
ICAS Mathematics Competition
Congratulations to the following girls for their excellent results in the recent ICAS Mathematics Competition:
- Chelsea Gleeson
- Alexis De Zotti
- Gabrielle Milkins
- Francesca Byrne-Fister
- Zoe Henville
- Zoya Hussein
- Laura Nutt
- Phoebe Zammit
- Indianna Cane
- Ashleigh Chapman
- Maria El-Haddad
- Lara Granelli
- Mia Hallinan
- Abigail Mayer
- Monica Teng
- Jemma Vaughn
- Becca Zammit
- Josephine Egan
- Annelyse Seymour
- Pavarisa Wen
We look forward to seeing many families at the Spring Fair this Sunday. It is sure to be a wonderful day. Please click here to view the program for the day!
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary