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Primary School News

05.07.17

Image: Students enjoyed an informative FYI (For Your Information) Secret Agent activity.

As the term draws to end I would like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement as the Acting Head of Primary. I have thoroughly enjoyed the term in this new role and being able to work in the different classes throughout the Primary School.

The teachers and students are busy finalising their reports and assessment tasks that they will bring home in their portfolios at the end of the term. Please take the time to look at the report alongside the portfolio of work. Your son will be able to discuss and describe the different tasks and how they went in the task and areas for improvement.

On Tuesday 4 July, the Year 5 classes went on an excursion to The Planetarium as part of the work they are doing in Science on the Solar System. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the excursion and had plenty of stories to tell on their return.  Thank you to Mrs Oosterbaan, Miss Sullivan, Mrs La Forgia and Karyn Cotter for organising and accompanying the students. On the same day, the Year 2 class went on an excursion to the local butcher shop. They were able to walk there and back, avoiding the rain.  Thank you to Mrs West, Mrs McGinty and Mrs Renney for their help on the excursion as well.

While the Year 2 students were at the butchers they were able to buy some ham for the Reception classes as they were making bread back at school. Both classes made bread from scratch as part of the work they were doing in technology – “Where our Food Comes From.” It was great to see the boys involved in making bread, and each group had chosen different ingredients to use in their scrolls.  The ingredients they could choose from were vegemite, cheese or ham.  The boys all loved making these and I believe they tasted delicious as well.

This week is also the last week that Miss Sullivan will be part of our community as she leaves to take up a teaching position at Westminster School. Miss Sullivan has been teaching at Blackfriars for the past five years and has taught in several different year levels (Year 2, Reception, Year 1 and Year 5). We would like to wish her all the very best for the rest of the year and thank her for all her hard work and dedication while teaching at Blackfriars Priory School.

Reflecting on the term, there is a reason why the teachers and students deserve a well-earned break.  Here are a few of the many events that have taken place this term plus all the learning that takes place in the classrooms:

  • RAA Street Smart
  • FYI Education Sessions
  • Whole school masses and assemblies
  • Primary Arts Evening
  • Co-curricular training and games
  • Crows Cup
  • Athletics Carnival
  • Table tennis tournament
  • Robotics sessions
  • ICAS tests (Digital Technologies, Science, Spelling and Writing)
  • Music Soiree
  • Primary Assemblies
  • Multicultural Day
  • School Photos
  • Excursions and Incursions
  • Music excursions
  • Work experience teachers
  • Confirmation evenings

During Week 8, all the Primary classes attended an FYI Education session with Richard Rowland. Here is an article written by Isaac Jacobs about his class’ session.

FYI Secret Agent Report

Isaac Jacobs 6NR
The FYI (For Your Information) Secret Agent activity was a fun educational lesson on life skills. It was in a big blow up dome in the library and we had a wonderful presenter named Richard who used a computer system to talk to us through a microphone and do a quiz with us. All children in the Primary School got to learn about different things related to healthy choices. In Year 6 we learnt about how to handle decisions about drugs, which we may need to make in high school and beyond. We described what we thought a drug was; then we found out that a drug is something that isn’t food, water or oxygen. Caffeine, medications and alcohol are some examples of drugs. It was a fun, educational experience that we all truly enjoyed.

I wish you all a safe and restful break and look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 25 July for the start of Term 3. Monday 24 July is a Pupil Free Day and OSHC bookings are welcome.

Mrs Alison Ronoastro
Acting Deputy Principal – Head of Primary