Primary School News

Primary School News


Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.

Helen Keller


Our annual Open Day will be held at school tomorrow, Saturday 10 March from 11am–3.00pm. This is the time we open the school to prospective families who are considering a Loreto Normanhurst education for their daughter.  It is  an opportunity to experience the school in action, with activities during the day as well as special displays, performances and presentations. Girls are to wear their summer dress and blazer. The girls will begin the day with choir and they will need to be at school by 10.45am. They will then take part in the activities Primary has in store for the day. The time and activity has been written in their diaries.

Congratulations to the Primary School IPSHA Swimming Team – Zara Miller, Kate Gilsenan, Georgia Lee, Lucy McKenna, Emily Paterson, Catherine Sun, Molly Gibbs, Annabelle Hartley, Isabella Lynch, Neve Tierney and Lucia Van Der Heiden who did Loreto proud at Homebush this week. The stand out performance was from Kate Gilsenan from Year 5  who came 1st in her heat of the Girls 10 years 50m Freestyle, 1st in her heat of the Girls 8-10 years 50m Backstroke, 1st in her heat of the Girls 8-10 years 50m Breaststroke, and 3rd in her heat of the Girls 8-10 years 50m Butterfly. Well done to all of you.


Year 5 Science Experiments – I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

“During our Science lesson this week we were set a challenge to turn a liquid into a solid by making ice-cream! We couldn’t freeze the ice-cream in a freezer like most people do. We had a plastic zip-lock bag, a bigger bag, ice and salt. We used these items to freeze the ice-cream, then we put our liquid ice-cream in the small zip lock bag and put that bag into the other bag filled with salt and ice and shook it for about 10 minutes. Everyone who made the ice-cream used salt because the salt melts the ice quicker and also makes it colder. In the end my group’s ice-cream was a success and it tasted really good!”

Zara Wilson


“We made Oreo ice cream with Oreos and chocolate buttons! It was sooo delicious.

Even though it didn’t freeze completely, it still was the easiest, yummiest ice cream ever! (If we kept it in the ice then it would have frozen completely.) Our ice cream was put into a big plastic bag with ice and salt in it. It may seem silly to put ice with salt because it melts the ice, but it also drops the temperature right down and will keep anything cold. Everyone should try to make Oreo ice cream!”

Sofia Storgato


“I loved my ice cream making experiment. My ice cream was delicious but it was a bit too sweet. My group all worked together very well and we all helped each other. Even though my ice cream didn’t really work I had fun and I learnt a lot too.”

Jacqueline McDonald



This week Years 5 and 6 students attended a day-long Eureka program through G.A.T.E.WAYS Education. The girls participated in three hands-on workshops based on a theme. The theme for this term was ‘Science Alive!’ The girls had a fantastic time and wrote reports on the day – please see a few of these reports below.

“Gateways was really interesting and exciting. We had three main activities to complete which were all equally fun. The first one we had was to complete tasks without using our hands. Some of the tasks  were to try and point to an object without using your hands or fingers. People used legs, tongues, elbows and knees! The problem was, if the object was up high (for example the roof) and you were using your leg to point, you would have to be really flexible! Another task was to time how quickly you can tie up your shoelace with one hand! Some people found that challenging, but it only took one boy 17 seconds! (To be fair he used his mouth as well. Eww!)

The second activity was to dissect a sheep’s kidney which most girls found gross. Once we had cut it open, we had to identify the different parts of the kidney such as the ureter, renal pelvis, renal vain and the hilum. We also had to do an experiment to explain how a dialysis machine works (the machine filters your blood  if your kidneys aren’t functional). The experiment was to put water and food colouring in a dialysis tube and put the tube in a bowl of water. If the experiment worked, the water in the bowl would be darker and the water in the tube will be lighter.

The final activity was to do with water. We had to investigate and figure out a set problem: there had been a flood near Queensland’s sewerage pipes which were close to the main water supply. The sewerage pipes had burst and had flooded into the water supply. We needed to find a way to get rid of the sewerage and bacteria in the water.

In this task there were smaller tasks set in the main task. Some of them were to create your own water filter. The most popular materials were coffee filters, cotton buds and paper towel.

Another task was to check if the water test results were okay to drink and if they weren’t, how would you get rid of the bacteria in the water? Chlorine was the most common and some people said they would use filtering to get rid of it, but I discovered that the chemicals are so microscopic the holes in the filter would be like a crater to the chemicals. So I thought we could boil it to get rid of the chlorine. I was correct (hooray!).   I would highly recommend going as it was a delightful experience.” – Grace Parker,  Year 5


“Gateways is a exciting excursion that can be about anything but this year it was about science and some girls and I were lucky enough to attend.

The first challenge was all about our hands and we had to find out what it would be like to lose a hand. Firstly, we did some activities (touch, grab and point) which were quite challenging. Next, we made bionic hands which actually worked! We could choose to make either a grabber made out of straws or a hand made out of string, straws and paper.

The next activity was quite interesting and it challenged me a lot. It was a station about kidneys and kidney failure and we got the opportunity to dissect a sheep kidney. It was absolutely disgusting and the smell was horrible but I managed to touch the kidney…for a bit, but then I left the room. When I came back in we did an experiment about a dialysis machine and how it works. Thankfully that experiment did not contain sheep intestines!

The last activity of the day was my favourite because it was all about how we could filter water to improve the drain system.There were four stations that were all really fun. At the first station we looked at some information about diseases that can be found in water and how to get rid of and treat them. At the second station we looked at pond water under microscopes and tried to find out if there was anything living in the samples. At  the next station we made filters out of different materials and we had to filter dirty water from a bottle. The last station was definitely my favourite because it was the most interactive. We did a challenge where we had to fit drops of water onto a five cent piece which is so hard but I managed to get 31 drops on it.

I loved Gateways and it was especially exciting for me because I had never been before. It was all really fun and I learnt loads!” –  Rosemary O’Brien, Year 5


During ‘See, Think, Wonder’ this week, Ms McCullough, Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator, came to talk to the girls about the life of St Ignatius and the profound influence he had on Mary Ward’s journey. Ms McCullough asked the girls where they find God in their everyday life. The girls’ responses included, ‘We see God in each other’ and ‘I find God in my feet because he leads me.’ We finished our session with the Ignatian Examen, where the girls sat in the Open Circle reflecting over their week, where they found God and asking for God’s help when things might not have gone so well. Thank you to Ms McCullough for providing such a beautiful experience and adding to the traditions that make Loreto such a wonderful place to be.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary