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Primary News- 13 May 2022

Year 5 share their reflections on the Bathurst Excursion, we congratulate the girls who took part in the IPSHA Cross Country Carnival and share some of our upcoming events.
13 May 2022
School Newsletter
Year 5, Bathurst Excursion
Year 5, Bathurst Excursion

Bathurst Overnight Excursion

Bright and early last Thursday morning, Year 5 left Loreto bound for Bathurst to enhance their studies of Colonial History. First stop was the Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters at Echo Point, a beautiful backdrop for morning tea.

We started our day with a tour of the Bathurst goldfields, where the blacksmith showed us his remarkable skills while the girls fanned the fire with the bellows, complete with protective gear. After cooking damper loaded with maple syrup, it was time for the highly anticipated panning for gold. The girls took to it with gusto and each vile was filled with tiny specs of gold. The day concluded with some fancy footwork, as the girls took part in a line dancing class.

The following day was the Macquarie River Tour, where the girls were able to dress up and learn about life in colonial Australia and experience the excitement of mining the quartz and grinding it down to discover gold. From all accounts there were quite a few budding actors.

Lastly, it was time for a lunch and then homeward bound. The girls came back to school weary but happy. One student was overheard saying, ‘I enjoyed our excursion to Bathurst because I had lots of fun and learned some new and interesting facts about the gold rush.’

Thank you to Miss Speter, Miss Perkins, Miss Rahme and Mrs Trethewey for accompanying the girls.

Please see some further reflections.

"The camp wasn’t just fun for us, it was very educational too. When we were learning how to cook damper, we realised that if you put it too close to the fire it would get burnt! We also learnt how to make mud bricks which was what gold miners used to make their house. They used mud because there was so much of it around. It was a very messy activity, but it was my favourite."

Mikayla Zammit

"Making damper was one of my favourite things we did. We made it out of flour and water and at the end we got to eat it with maple syrup; it was delicious."

Annie Sheppard  

"I loved the gold panning because finding gold made me really feel like I was really in the gold rush and whenever I found gold I would yell, EUREKA! I loved making damper with Ms Sarah because it was really easy to make and eating it with the golden syrup was DELICIOUS!"

Kristina Frangi

"I loved watching Anthony / Merv work in the blacksmith workshop, and it was amazing how big the bellows were. At the end everyone was really pleased when they gave us a fire poker that had twists and turns in it. We got to bring that back to Loreto. My last favourite thing was when we went line dancing. I loved when the teachers had to dance on stage and we all had to copy them. My favourite dance was when Miss Speter showed us the dance she did."

Sophie Doyle

"I enjoyed learning about all the machines they used to get the gold because it was very interesting seeing how all the machines worked."

Charlotte Hordern-Smith

"My favourite part was making new friends and meeting new people."

Cleo Knispel

Primary Parents Maths Evening

We are looking forward to welcoming parents onsite for the Mathematics Evening next Monday. The night will be run by Dr Laurinda Lomas. Dr Lomas is an Early childhood and Primary Mathematics lecturer at Macquarie University. She has been an educator in the independent and public sector for more than 20 years. This includes extensive time in K-6 classrooms as both a classroom teacher, gifted and talented and mathematics specialist and Deputy Principal. Mrs Lomas has also worked as a Mathematics Consultant for the Association of Independent schools across NSW and has completed her doctoral studies in the teaching and learning of Mathematics. Dr Lomas will discuss our approach to Mathematics and will conclude with parents going back to the classroom to take part in some mathematical problem solving and the opportunity to display their mathematical thinking. It certainly is a night not to be missed.

Please contact Primary reception to register your attendance.

Celebration of Student Growth

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, Displaying the value of Freedom and Miss Manners. Congratulations to the following girls:

6S: Miss Scroope

Having a positive approach to learning - Chiara Michael and Isla Johnston

Displaying freedom – Lily McKeown and Isabella Cao

6J: Miss Jordan

Displaying freedom - Katherine Starke & Darcie O’Leary

Having a growth mindset - Scarlett Reisch

Having a positive approach to learning - Molly Mein

6B: Miss Ball

Having a positive approach to Learning - Amelia Bosotti & Kate Huang

Displaying Freedom - Emma Dinca & Tayla Miller

5P: Miss Perkins

Having a positive approach to learning – Kate Dean & Emily Littleford & Elena Brinkmann

For showing excellent House Spirit – Sienna Smith

5S: Miss Speter

Having a positive approach to learning - Lily Bradshaw & Emma Lilley

Displaying Freedom - Chloe Jang

For showing excellent House Spirit - Juliet Simon

5R: Miss Rahme

Having a growth mindset - Alisha Stokes

Displaying Freedom - Annie Sheppard 

Having a positive approach to learning - Chloe Granelli

For showing excellent House Spirit - Melanie Moorcroft 


Miss Manners – Pearl Kennedy

IPSHA Cross Country Team

Congratulations to the following girls who took part in the IPSHA Cross Country Carnival. A special commendation to Seren D’Sousa who placed 7th out of 100 competitors and now moves on to CIS. Congratulations on your great results, girls.

10 Years:

  • Lucinda Walter
  • Medha Lingam
  • Elizabeth Bowe
  • Octavia Chaaya
  • Eloise Hartshorn

11 Years:

  • Chloe Granelli
  • Ella Pattie
  • Georgia Mercer-Witenden
  • Elizabeth Peng
  • Holly Macphail

12 Years:

  • Seren D'Souza
  • Tessa Young
  • Mahira Hasan
  • Emma Dinca
  • Olivia Seale


Hip, hip, hooray and happy birthday to the following girls. We hope you had a wonderful day! 

Lucinda, Sienna, Ivy, Ella, Evie

Upcoming events

Wednesday, 18 May                       

  • School Photos

Thursday, 19 May                             

  • School Photos

Sunday, 22 May                                

  • Mother Daughter Eucharist (Chapel) 9.15am
  • Mother Daughter Lunch (Miramare Gardens) 11.30am

Tuesday, 24 May                              

  • Year 5, Sydney Writers' Festival - Chatswood

Friday, 27 May                                   

  • Year 5 & 6 Incursion - Opera Australia “Cinderella”


Maryanne Dwyer | Head of Primary

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