Head of House – Kuring-gai

So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.

Romans 12:5

Late last year I was delighted and privileged to be appointed as successor to Mr Justin Madigan to the role of Kuring-gai Head of House.  As many of the community would be aware, these were big shoes to fill, but I looked forward to the challenge with enthusiasm and confidence.  The staff and students of Kuring-gai have generously welcomed, guided and assisted me as I have navigated this new domain.  In much the same way, the student members of Kuring-gai House are supported by our wonderful group of Tutors, Assistant Tutors and Advisors.  The experience, care and empathy of my colleagues are crucial aspects of this extraordinary community.  I extend my thanks to them for all that they do.

The girls of Kuring-gai House have embraced the year with enthusiasm, led by our sincere and passionate captain, Madeline Viney, and her resourceful House Council.  The Kuring-gai House motto of “Many Bodies, One Spirit” has resonated with us as we have explored the diversity of our community and what it means to be a Loreto woman (or man).  We have been bestowed with diverse talents and gifts and each distinct collection creates unique individuals.  The fabric of our community is strengthened by the manner in which our gifts contrast, complement and enrich each other.  When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

Throughout this year of ‘Freedom’ each student has been encouraged to learn more about herself, discover her strengths, ponder the impact of her decisions and imagine the qualities of the woman she wishes to become.  We have collaborated in Year groups, Tutor groups and as a House to acknowledge our specific gifts and to learn to use them with confidence, with wisdom and in the service of others.

During our exploration of these ideas we considered the importance of adopting a growth mindset to push beyond our personal impediments; to cultivate flexibility in our thinking and to embrace the freedom to face and learn from our mistakes.  Resilience is fundamental in overcoming obstacles and tackling life’s challenges, but it is not an innate quality, rather one that is learned.  As with all things learned, the benefit is heightened by regular repetition and establishment of routines.  Deliberate practice will fundamentally change us.  This spirit of purpose is evident in Mary Ward’s words:

“Gather for yourself in your youth a great treasure of virtues and good habits, which in old age may prove your support and your consolation.”

Moving forward, the Kuring-gai community will foster its ability to create meaningful connections, cultivate mindfulness, invest in life-long learning, remain physically active, give generously to others in various capacities and aptly contribute to self-care.  There is more learning to be done and we will embrace it with conviction and determination, sharing what we learn with those around us.

We are each gifted in a unique and important way.  It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.

Evelyn Mary Dunbar

 

Ms Beth Nairn

Head of Kuring-gai House