Primary School News

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!  When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

 

‘Find Your Treasure,’ was the theme for this year’s Book Week. The Book Week parade saw wonderful characters such as Katniss Everdeen, Pollyanna, Dorothy, The Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts just to name a few and even the teachers and some of the senior school teachers joined in the fun. The parents cheered and clapped as the girls made their way down the runway.

Prizes were awarded to the best borrowers from each class and the winners of the colouring competition.  Thank you to our librarian, Coco Chanel (Mrs Caroline Walton) for such a wonderful day.

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary

Author Visit

Yesterday we were treated to a series of writing and illustrating workshops with the talented and newly-published children’s picture book creator, Daniel Gray-Barnett.  Daniel’s book, Grandma Z, explores the themes of transformation, belonging and the importance of imagination.  It is filled with a feast of visual imagery and symbolism.

Daniel showed us how he creates his stories using a storyboard to organise his ideas.  The girls then had the opportunity to create their own storyboards and link their ideas with some of the events that take place in the book.  Daniel also shared a variety of techniques that he uses to match his illustrations with text.

The most important pieces of advice that he left us with were that ideas can come from everywhere (especially from the people around you) and that persistence and hard work are more important than natural talent.

 

Mrs Caroline Walton

Teacher Librarian

 

Primary Learning Enrichment News

It was a busy first semester in the Primary School where learning enrichment has helped to shine the light on students, extending their learning and expanding their horizons.

Most students have eagerly participated in the fortnightly Rainbow Writing Competition where House points and prizes have been awarded to exemplar texts that showcase creative flair. The students have excelled at creating poems, narratives and songs that entertain and capture the audience. Lauren Lawer, Year 6, reflected that, “The writing competition helps us to respond to different writing prompts and to practise different styles of writing while dreaming creatively.”

In Term 2, Early Morning Maths Groups focused on building proficiencies in numerical tasks and featured the girls’ workshopping their skills through games and engaging activities. The Year 6 participants excelled at their tasks and celebrated with an in-house Pizza Party. Giselle Rowland- Stefanic, Year 6, was our overall achiever and other Year 6 students, Archella Zalm,  Emily Wardell,  Lucy Knox, and Saskia Wytenburg said, “We love learning in the small groups and working together with the other girls across Year 5 to learn more things.” These sessions will continue in Semester 2.

Mrs Butterfield and Mrs Mannes, our Learning Enrichment assistants, have been supporting learning during literacy and numeracy rotations in class as well as providing valuable interventions through our Multi Lit programme.

During the past few months, students have enthusiastically participated in extension programmes designed to stimulate and inspire their learning. Gateways has provided opportunities in Mathematics, Science and Literature. Ariana Burgio, Year 6, a participant in one of the Eureka challenges recounted that she, “…enjoyed opening my mind to new experiences that led me to try new challenges.” Phoebe Zammit, Year 6, enjoyed dissecting kidneys which she found “exhilarating and disgusting!”

 The Da Vinci Decathlon was an exciting, joyful day which saw two teams of Year 5 and 6 girls cooperate and collaborate while competing against many other schools. Chiara Leonardi, Year 6, and Chelsea Gleeson, Year 6, commented that the teamwork within their group as well as meeting new students from other schools was a great experience and pushed them to their limits.

Maths Games and Maths Olympiad continue this term to provide stimulating and challenging puzzles to ponder. This term, students have commenced Maths Investigations in preparation for participating in next year’s national competition, in which we hope to have many entrants.

Our focus throughout the year is on positive learning attitudes and encouraging a growth mindset while reflecting on individual learning paths. Learning is always achievable when passion and purpose are reflected in a “can do” attitude!

 

Mrs Simonetta Cesamolo

Learning Enrichment Teacher