Primary School News
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
Only two weeks to go until the Frangipani Fair market day. Start your Christmas shopping early with wonderful products to purchase ranging from dream catchers and wind chimes by Sleep, Dream, Repeat, DIY Phone Accessories by Miss Maker, nachos and refreshing drinks from Nacho Business, or stop by The Cozy Corner to visit the Relaxation Bar. Please come along to our market day and perhaps purchase some of the clever creations on offer with all proceeds going to ‘Buy a Bale’ to help our farmers.
This morning the Primary Dads streamed into the Primary Quad for the for the Fathers’ Day breakfast. A sausage sizzle, a lot of laughter and conversation ensued and even a game of soccer was played. Community events such as these provide a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and form those close connections that will only strengthen as the years progress. We hope all our Dads have a wonderful Fathers’ Day on Sunday.
As you are aware, Year 6 students recently participated in an educational tour of Canberra. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians visiting the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributed funding of $20.00 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs.
As result of our integrated unit of work on Animal Survival, Year 5 suggested theming our class reward system after a wild animal. In recognition of the Loreto beliefs and values, it was decided that the lovable African Meerkat displayed many of the qualities that Loreto students strive for in their learning. As a class, we decided on a positive reward system which would celebrate the demonstration of Meerkat-like qualities through the awarding of individual African beads. The beads would then be collected at the end of each week with students earning small prizes according to the amount of beads they earned. Here are some student reflections on the initiative:
“This reward system has motivated me to include some of the meerkat qualities in my learning and everyday life at school. I have always tried my hardest to earn as many beads as possible and the mini prizes at the end of the week are a great incentive! In particular, I feel that striving to be a risk taker in my learning has been of benefit. I notice that a risk taker is just like having a growth mindset which is a big part of Loreto.”
“After the arrival of our new Africa loving teacher, Mr Alagna, Year 5 heard about his favourite animal, the meerkat. We noticed that meerkats are: curious learners, team players, problem solvers, organisers and risk takers. By risk takers we mean trusting our instincts when faced with learning challenges. We noticed that many of these qualities were similar to ours at Loreto and because we were also learning about wild animals this term, we suggested to him that we use this animal as inspiration to create a new reward system. ”
“ I like this reward system because I think everyone enjoys the feeling of earning beads when they display good learning qualities. My favourite meerkat quality is that of a curious learner. I showed I could be a curious learner with some of my questions about animal adaptations. I also think our mascot, Nachos the Meerkat, looks so cute in his habitat we made for him.”
“ We have a reward system which involves a large stuffed meerkat called Nachos. Earlier this term, my friends and I decided to design a habitat for it. I brought art supplies and a big cardboard box to keep Nachos in. For the rest of the week, Chloe, Steph, Aoife, Abbey, Jemima and myself painted the box to look like the African savannah. We cut up the cardboard box flaps into the shape of long grass which we painted green. We think Nachos feels at home now.”
A reminder to Primary families that the correct place to ‘drop off’ and ‘pick up’ your daughter is the slip road off Osborn Road. Please be considerate of our neighbours and do not use Mount Pleasant Avenue. Thank you.
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary