|13 Aug 2021|
This week the LRC team arranged a virtual author visit for the Primary School. Students in Years 5 and 6 had the privilege of experiencing an author talk via Zoom with Children and Young Adult author, Sue Whiting. Ms Whiting has extensive experience in the book publishing field and now pursues her passion for children’s literature by writing her own books. Her most recent publication, ‘The Book of Chance’, has been shortlisted for this year's Children’s Book Council Book Week awards.
Ms Whiting discussed her writing strategies which included extensive research in order to fully understand the sights, sounds and setting of a book before writing it. She also shared that she used daily journaling to gather and record writing inspiration as well as describing the way she plays with truth and facts in order to capture the interest of her reader. Year 5 and 6 students were very intrigued by a story she told of being left behind at school whilst a school excursion was taking place, only to discover that this story was in fact an embellishment of the truth.
Year 7 students along with their teachers were also fortunate enough to be able to enjoy Ms Whiting’s talk during their English classes and hope to be able to employ some of her writing tips and suggestions with their own tasks.
One of the Primary Library monitors, Isabella Moretti, described afterwards what she most enjoyed about the talk:
"I found Sue Whiting very engaging as all students got to learn her amazing writing tricks. We all had the opportunity to learn about her books such as ‘Missing’ and also ‘The Book of Chance’. I’m sure the girls enjoyed the lovely experience of learning about how she writes and what it took for her to become a writer. After the Zoom I had to straight away ask mum and dad to let me buy one of her books. This was so fun and I can’t wait for another author visit next time."
Ms Rowena Bryce
Every fortnight at our Primary School Assembly, girls are recognised and celebrated for their growth in the areas of Approach to Learning, Displaying a Growth Mindset, House Spirit and Miss Manners. We have been so impressed by how the girls have taken to remote learning, we have decided to add an award for ‘being a digital warrior.’ Congratulations to the following girls:
Wednesday saw the Closing Ceremony of the Loreto Normanhurst Community Olympics at the whole school assembly. The primary girls were so engaged with the competition and we were so impressed by their creativity, drive and House Spirit. In the end, the medals awarded went to:
Special commendation goes to Kate Fox-Smith and Aisling Conroy who jointly received the Pierre de Coubertin award for spirit.
As part of the celebrations of the Feast Day of St Mary MacKillop, Australia's only saint, our Year 5 and 6 students joined the Secondary School Religion classes in creating beautiful prayer spaces in their homes. They reflected on hope and the faith and legacy of Mary MacKillop, including her famous quote: "never see a need without doing something about it."
Hip, hip, hooray and happy birthday to Jemima. We hope you had a wonderful day!
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary