Primary School News

Primary School News

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.

Helen Keller


On Wednesday we had the pleasure of watching the 28 Public Speaking semi-finalists perform their speeches to the Primary School.

The finalists are as follows:

Ivy Hain Teleportation Imagination
Emma O’Brien Poverty
Catherine Sun Global Environment Protection
Abbey Timmins     Everybody Should Love Reading
Annabelle Whelan Space
Grace Parker      World Ironman Championships
Sinead Hickey Animal Cruelty and Welfare
Tahlia Moses    A Voice for Meena
Lucy Harrison  3 Day Weekends Should be Permitted
Josephine Egan Brain Cancer
Lauren Lawer  Music’s Effect on People’s Lives
Zoe Henville  Plant-Based Diet
Jessica Anderson             Greyhounds
Zoya Hussein       Happiness

We look forward to seeing families next Tuesday 19 June at 7.00pm for the Public Speaking final.


Safe on Social media with Kirra Pendergast

Last week Kirra Pendergast visited the Primary School to talk to us about being safe online. We learnt a lot including:

  • Make sure you are always aware of who you are following and what you post.
  • Be careful about what is in your bio and don’t tag your friends. You can think about using a fake name to be extra safe.
  • Make sure you turn location services off and don’t post when you are on holidays as strangers will know you are not at home.
  • Don’t post or tag your school and be careful when taking photos in your school uniform.
  • Keep passwords safe and don’t share them with anyone, and change them often.
  • On Instagram make sure you follow accounts with the blue verification tick as there are many fake accounts that claim to belong to someone famous.
  • On Snapchat you need to make sure you are on ghost mode because people can find out where you are at any time of the day.
  • is one of the most dangerous apps you can have as once you set up an account you cannot delete it because the creators did not include a delete button. You need to make sure your account is private and make sure your parents know that you have an account.
  • Follow the eSafety Guidelines  
  • The average age of a gamer is 35 so if you want to play a game make sure you check with your parents first.


Eve Foster and Holly Gibbons (Year 6)


Primary Library

This term the Years 5 and 6 students have been developing their information literacy skills with a particular focus on:

  • comparing and contrasting sources;
  • identifying bias;
  • analysing validity and authenticity;
  • checking accuracy of information sources; and
  • recognising purpose and audience.

Some of the activities undertaken by the students have involved creating their own information sources using a range of data and resources from the Loreto Library catalogue, including:

  • World Book online;
  • Biography Reference Centre (databases);
  • Sweet Search; and
  • books from the Library collection.

One particular focus task was to develop an information source concerning the great fashion designer Coco Chanel.  Students had to research the life of Coco Chanel and explore the contribution made to the lives of women.  Some of the products created by the girls have been truly amazing.

The student outcomes have emphasised the development of the six information literacy skill sets of defining, locating, organising, summarising, presenting and evaluating.  These skills will assist the students as they grow and utilise wide ranging information sources in their student lives. 


Ms Caroline Walton

Teacher Librarian



Code Club

In Term 3, starting Monday 30 July, the code club is taking part in the National Computer Science School Challenge.  It is a five week competition with beginner, intermediate and advanced levels in programming.  The cost is $5 per student, which will be charged to your school account.

Code Club will continue every Tuesday morning in the Learning Common. So come along and learn about the wonderful world of coding.


Congratulations to Neve Tierney who competed the CIS Cross Country this week. Neve placed 4th in a field of 150 competitors. What a fabulous achievement!

We look forward to seeing our families at our Public Speaking Competition on Tuesday 19 June from 7.00-8.30pm.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary