Primary School News
Learning never exhausts the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci
The excitement has been growing all week in the Primary School in the lead up to Loreto Day. Year 6 have been sharing their stories from last year with Year 5 and it is sure to be a wonderful day. Auditions for the Loreto Day concert have finished and congratulations go to Eve Foster, Holly Gibbons, Alexis De Zotti, Alexandra Parington, Katrina Bolger, Errin Conlin, Chelsea Earle, Natalia Barone and Ivana Antony who will dazzle us with their fancy footwork at the Loreto Day concert.
The da Vinci Decathlon academic gala day saw our students competing against 115 schools in the areas of Mathematics, English, Science, Engineering, Art and Poetry, General Knowledge, Code Breaking, Creative Producers, Ideology and Cartography. The energy in the room was electric as each team worked enthusiastically through the activities and displayed fabulous team work.
Both teams performed extremely well. The effort and focus displayed by the girl’s throughout a very long day was outstanding. This year the Year 5 team consisted of Amy Bourke, Ruby Harrison, Rosemary O’Brien, Sofia Palermo, Rachel Walsh, Indiana Thom, Emma O’Brien, Lucy McKenna, Lily Sorensen (reserve). The Year 6 team included Errin Conlin, Lauren Lawer, Tahlia Moses, Annelyse Seymour, Chelsea Gleeson, Chiara Leonardi, Ivana Antony, Josephine Egan and Alexis De Zotti (reserve). We congratulate all who participated and thank Mrs Cesamolo for her assistance on the day.
G.A.T.E.W.A.Y.S ‘Equations that changed the world’
Some our mathematical masterminds from Years 5 and 6 attended a mathematics workshop called, ‘Equations that changed the world,’ run by G.A.T.E.W.A.Y.S education where the girls participated in three hands-on workshops . ‘Radical Relativity’ explored the maths behind the famous equation e=mc2. ‘Imagine That!’ looked at the number i, an unreal number that actually makes maths easier and more elegant. Students used imaginary numbers to make patterns and found out how the combination of ‘real’ and ‘imaginary’ numbers called ‘complex numbers’ changed mathematics completely and brought a new tool to the fields of electronics and quantum mechanics. In ‘Logarithia Shaking!’ the girls had to pretend to be seismologists, given the task of graphing and comparing the magnitudes of earthquakes on the island of Logarithia using the Richter scale. Exponential numbers, graphs and algebra were used to calculate the enormous numbers needed by the architects and engineers to create buildings that could withstand the effects of the earthquakes.
The girls had a fabulous time and learned about the importance of being a creative problem solver which is essential for their future.
Congratulations to Abbie Maley (Year 6) who gained selection into the CIS Netball team. We wish her the best of luck at the NSWPSSA Championships in July.
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary