Deputy Principal’s Message

This week at school it’s been quieter in the hallways and grounds with Year 9 in Far North Queensland enjoying their experience with some sunny weather and also some rain. If you are following their journey on the Facebook page, I’m sure you’ll agree that it will take a lot more than some rain to dampen their spirits. Students and staff are all safe and happy and you can read all about their first week in the FNQ article further on in the newsletter. We look forward to their safe return next Friday evening and to hearing all their amazing stories.

Our Year 12s continue their HSC trials this week with a range of exams being held. The girls are calmly working through the trials with peer and staff support keeping them focused and driven to reach the end of the trial period in just over a week. Best wishes also to the Italian Continuers students who tomorrow have their HSC Speaking exams.

Despite all of Year 9 being in Far North Queensland, the debating rounds of the Archdale Debating Competition must go on. As such, the 8A Archdale debating team stepped up and debated against the Year 9 SCEGGS Darlinghurst team on the topic “that the media should not report on the lives of politicians.” Congratulations to Sophie Earle, Yasmin Say and Erin Longney who stepped in to that space – not only did they debate in the Year 9 division, they also won the debate. Well done, girls.

The first Year 11 Drama Performance Evening was held last night and the girls will be performing again tonight. Last night the girls confidently took to the stage to present original pieces of theatre in a variety of theatrical styles. The theme of the evening was Past, Present, Future…..Tense, with all performances responding to issues deemed to be most relevant to our lives today. I highly recommend the performances to you – if you can make it tonight to support the girls, they would love to see you at 6.30pm in the Drama Space. Congratulations girls and good luck tonight.

The Green Team has this week stepped up its campaign in advocating for the eradication of plastic bags. You can read more about this in their report further in the newsletter.  Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14), the Ocean’s Goal, is humanity’s only universally agreed measure to conserve and sustainably manage the resources of the ocean.   In response to this, the Green Team is raising awareness and advocating for change at a personal and government level. As we know, raising awareness is key to changing attitudes and behaviour and so they created this video.  The video was created at the time of the UN Ocean’s Conference, at the suggestion of Sister Libby Rogerson IBVM, to show the wider community that our young people are concerned about the current situation with ocean pollution and their hopes for the future.

It was my pleasure this morning to assist with the Primary School Athletics Carnival presentations.  This year’s carnival had to spread across two events due to poor weather that we faced in term two. The girls have done very well to wait patiently to know the results since that first race last term.  Congratulations to Lara Granelli who was named Queen of the Track, to Benedicta House for taking out the Spirit Cup and to Clare House on being crowned Overall Athletics Championship House for 2017.  

The team of the week are the mighty Loreto Cadet 5 team who won their Hills Netball (Crazy Hair/Crazy Sock Day) game on Saturday.  They backed up well from their extra round game on Friday night, to convincingly smash Hills Grammar 41-24. The Hills Grammar girls played a decent, friendly game and were gracious in defeat. Our girls played their best game of the season and were very deserving winners! Well done girls.

This Monday 31 July was the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  For both St Ignatius and Mary Ward, the ordinary of the everyday is where we find God at work and we can only be tuned in to this through prayer and reflection. As we seek to be people of Freedom, Justice, Sincerity, Verity and Felicity we are called to reflect on our experiences as they unfold in the everyday. We give thanks for the Charism of Mary Ward and the spirituality of St Ignatius and the nourishment they bring to our community.

Lord,
Teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve,
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labour, and not to seek reward,
Except that of knowing that I do your will.
Amen

 

Ms Marina Ugonotti

Deputy Principal