Primary School News

Primary School News

To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us.

Pope Francis


Last week Year 6 ventured to the North Head Quarantine Station at Manly. From the 1830s the Station was used to isolate people suspected to be carrying contagious diseases such as Spanish Influenza, Smallpox or the Bubonic Plague. This strict quarantine was enforced in the hope that these deadly diseases would not reach the general population in Sydney. 

The girls reflected on their excursion:

“The Quarantine Station is the place where people with infectious diseases would have been isolated in the past from the healthy population because the government did not want diseases to spread. The whole grade got a chance to go to the old morgue and we got a huge fright when, as a sheet was being pulled off a fake body, our guide kicked a bucket that was hidden under the table, and it made a crashing noise. Everyone was screaming and it was so funny! We had a very nice lunch on the beach and we got to explore all the interesting locations of the Quarantine site, like the hospital and showers, and models of the boats quarantined people would arrive on, and we walked up some very steep stairs on which part of the TV show The Biggest Loser was filmed. It was a very interesting and fun excursion, with a lot of interactive activities, and lots of learning experiences.”

Errin Conlin, Alexis De Zotti and Lauren Lawer


“We learnt about different diseases and why people got sent there. We started off the day by going to a remake of the rooms on the ship. It was very interesting finding out how people were selected into 1st, 2nd and 3rd class according to their wealth. We got to see the differences in a 3rd class room to a 1st class room. 1st class got clean beds and their own bathroom, while 3rd class had to share rooms with dirty bunk beds and a bowl as their toilet. We ventured into the shower rooms, hospital and even the morgue! Overall it was a fantastic day and we are very lucky to have experienced it!”

Tahlia Moses, Charli Middleton and Alexandra Parrington.


The girls have been busy presenting their speeches to their classmates in anticipation of the Public Speaking evening on Tuesday 19 June. Congratulations to all the girls in the Primary School for their bravery and creativity. Next Wednesday we will watch the 28 semi-finalists perform their speeches to the Primary School.

The semi-finalists are as follows:

5A 5I
Student Topic Student Topic
Elina Degani                                    JK Rowling Grace Parker World Ironman Championships

Ivy Hain

Teleportation Imagination Indiana Thom Brothers
Emma O’Brien                                 Poverty Zara Wilson Siblings
Catherine Sun                                 Global Environment Protection Olivia Kent The Titanic
Abbey Timmins                               Everybody Should Love Reading Jessica Summerton If I had a super power what would it be?
Christiana Vella                               What Would You Invent? Sinead Hickey Animal Cruelty and Welfare
Annabelle Whelan                         Space Aoife Berry Big Wave Surfing


6B   6C  
Student Topic Student Topic
Tahlia Moses                                   A Voice for Meena Chiara Leonardi                              Reality TV

Lucy Harrison                                 

3 Day Weekends Should be Permitted Chelsea Earle                                   Global Warming
Annelyse Seymour                        Suffragettes Zoe Henville                                    Plant-Based Diet
Josephine Egan                               Brain Cancer Jessica Anderson                           Greyhounds
Lauren Lawer                                  Music’s Effect on People’s Lives Zoya Hussein                                  Happiness
Ivana Antony                                   Lessons Learned In My 11 Years Ariana Burgio                                  My Dream Job
Alexis De Zotti                                 Social Media: Do our Parents really need to worry? Avery Benbow                                Can We Believe Everything We Read?


A reminder that the Safe on Social media presentation with Kirra Pendergast will take place on Wednesday 6 June at 6.00pm-7.00pm. This is a whole school approach to educating and raising awareness in this area.  Staff and all students from Years 5- 12 will hear from Kirra Pendergast between 5 – 7 June.  Kirra is an expert in this field and for ten years she has focused on social media security, privacy, investigation and education in schools and businesses across Australia.

We look forward to seeing you at our Open Classrooms on Monday 4 June from 9.00am-10.30am.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary