Primary School News
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead
It has been a hive of activity in the Primary School this week as we made our final preparations for the Music Festival. A huge thank you to Mrs Helen McIntyre and Ms Alice Hanna for preparing the girls so beautifully. Two of our Primary girls were given the honour of opening the Music Festival and what a splendid job they did. This was no mean feat in front of an audience of 3000 people!
Harmony Day was celebrated with gusto as the whole school congregated in the Senior School Quad. There was a sea of orange as well as students in traditional dress. Saoirse Hickey from Year 6 performed an Irish dance in front of the entire school with such skill and lightness of foot! The central message of Harmony Day that ‘everyone belongs’, was evident as the celebrations continued throughout the day. It is something we do so well at Loreto. The sense of inclusiveness and community is always at the forefront of our minds.
Congratulations to all of the girls who ran so well at the IPSHA Cross Country Carnival last weekend. Charlotte Curran placed 5th in her age group and has now been selected to represent Loreto at CIS. Further congratulations to Zoe Lawson who has made the under 13 representative team for Hornsby Softball Club.
As the term draws to a close I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our families and staff for their support this term. In the meantime, I wish you all God’s blessing for a safe and happy holiday.
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary
In the Primary School
This semester we have been continuing our journey and deepening our knowledge on figurative language techniques and poetry. The students have focused on different forms of poetry such as Haiku, Sonnets, free verse, blank verse (enjambment) and Odes. We have looked at the conventions of Sonnets and have learned from the Bard himself- Shakespeare. Some interesting discussions ensued and it was decided unanimously that Shakespeare was indeed an amazing poet.
The girls then embarked on writing their own Sonnets following the pattern of iambic pentameter, fourteen lines, completed with a rhyming couplet. Visible evidence of learning was contained in the beautiful and sometimes dark examples of the girl’s individual sonnets. I was astounded by the depth and creativity of ideas presented.
In looking at Odes, we decided to study fruit. We commenced by looking at ‘Ode to my socks’ followed by ‘Ode to the Lemon’ by Pablo Neruda. Fruit break took on new meaning as we dissected various fruits in lunch boxes such as raspberries, bananas, apples and kiwi fruit. These humble fruits took on a life of their own as the girls created an Ode in tribute to their chosen fruit. Some very amusing and wonderful descriptions were written. I am sure we will never look at fruit as ‘ordinary’ again.
For our final three lessons this term the girls were able to choose a creative pursuit. This time is called CCTA (Critical and Creative thinking activities). The girls were given the scope to pursue an interest or passion on their own or in groups. We had presentations on interpretive dance, a drama piece, free creative writing, puppetry and a green screen interview with a prominent author. The girls have displayed incredible growth mindsets. They have been willing to take risks and have explored their own creativity through critical thinking, play, passion and purpose.
Next term we embark on our Drama unit with a close study of William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ You might be interested to know that it is 400 years since Shakespeare’s death on 23rd April. The State Library is running some activities and exhibitions during the holidays which might be a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in all things Shakespeare.
Ms Tricia Allen
Learning Enrichment Teacher
Choir – Vibrant Voices
A fantastic highlight of Term 1 was the Primary Choir performing at the Music Festival. Heartiest congratulations to the whole of the Primary School for presenting a confident and polished performance.
It is exciting that Vibrant Voices, a new ensemble for Term 2 will rehearse during second half of lunch each Tuesday in the Mary Ward Centre. Students will have the opportunity to extend themselves, gaining confidence and musical skills through performance.
There will be occasions where this new ensemble leads at various school events showcasing their work and talent. I anticipate our first rehearsal will be straight after the holidays, Tuesday 26th April.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Helen McIntyre
Music Teacher/Choir Conductor
Term 2 begins Tuesday 26 April