|18 Nov 2021|
Last Wednesday, we had the highly anticipated Principal’s Spelling Bee. There was great excitement and a few nerves as the 18 finalists took to their seats. The girls performed with confidence as the audience cheered them on. The final three spellers - Portia Rowland-Stefanic, Genevieve Rizk and Ava Carroll - fought it out for the final places. In the end, Portia won the title of best speller, Ava in second place and Genevieve in third place. A special mention to Inayah Absar for fourth place.
Many thanks to our special guest Ms Ugonotti and to the teachers for supporting the girls through this process and encouraging them to become passionate about words.
This week, during our See, Think, Wonder session, we reflected on the events of 2021. I have been so impressed by how resilient and courageous the girls have become with all that they have had to manage this year. Reading over their reflections was fascinating. The girls were honest and open and it gave new insight into how they navigated the challenges of 2021. I asked the girls a series of questions and this is what they had to say.
My best learning experience was doing asynchronous learning, when I got to take a break from doing all the Zooms. That was fun because I also got to have bit of a say in my curriculum and the way I did things.
Audrey Esgate – Year 6
The best learning experience I’ve done was the Principal’s Spelling Bee. I’ve never done anything like that before and it pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’m also proud of myself because I got into the finals and last year, I got out in the 2nd round. Another learning experience that I have been enjoying is the Eminence project. I have been enjoying this because I love researching and making up poems so this project has been one of the best for me.
Ruby McDonald – Year 6
My best learning experience would definitely have to be the Father’s Day pancake bake off because I learnt so much about my Dad. We both had so much fun and I even learnt some of his cooking tricks.
Trinity Hanna – Year 6
I think the Science Fair was really fun for me because I found out so much about exoplanets and I did a watercolour painting of Proxima Centauri B, which is the closest exoplanet to Earth. It taught me so much and I loved every bit of it.
Maybel Hooper – Year 5
I’ve loved House sport and the Public Speaking Competition as they were both extremely enjoyable and exciting. I’m glad I made it so far in the Speech competition and can’t wait till next year. I’ve grown in confidence and can now speak even better in front of large crowds and this might even be the reason why I’m so motivated to go up for House Leader position. Our House Leaders were also very supportive and kind and helped me to take my mind off work at the end of the day and just play games with my friends or do some mindfulness activities like colouring. Our House Leaders did a great job during online learning and face-to-face learning and I hope I will be as kind and supportive as them.
Inayah Absar – Year 5
I loved doing the Father’s Day pancake bake off as it gave me time to connect and spend time with my Dad and it was really fun to do. Even though our pancakes didn’t turn out the best it was still a really fun experience to have that I will never forget.
Sasha Buchanan – Year 6
I did Philosophy Club in the first semester this year and I really enjoyed it. I liked being able to speak about our ideas and learn what other people think. Sometimes other people's ideas on topics changed my whole idea on what I had thought before. It also helped me learn to think deeper about things which helped in every day life, even out of Philosophy.
Luci Durston – Year 6
I have loved being at Loreto this year. There have been many highlights of my experience, such as making new friends, having really fun teachers and activities to do during class, having a great playground that I can have fun in, participating in sport, specialist lessons and a lot more. Some of my lowlights were not always having a big enough space to play freely on and online learning for me wasn’t a blast. Online learning had great lessons but because 50 percent of school is social, 50 percent of everything wasn’t there so I missed my friends. Coming back to Loreto was one of the best days of my life.
Annabel Taylor – Year 5
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 and House Spirit. We have been so impressed by how the girls took to remote learning that we added an award for ‘being a digital warrior.’ Congratulations to the following girls:
Hip, hip, hooray and happy birthday to the following girls. We hope you had a wonderful day!
Alyssa, Hannah, Olivia, Arabella, Inayah, Aesha
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary