National Boarding Week

The inaugural National Boarding Week was celebrated by Boarding schools around Australia from the 14th to 20th May.  To mark the occasion, the Loreto Normanhurst Boarder Council co-ordinated an array of events for students and staff.  The week was an opportunity for the Boarders to raise awareness of Boarding life within our school and to participate in events in solidarity with the 21,000 fellow Boarders around the country.

The Boarding house kicked off the festivities with a fun run around the school wearing their brightest pink attire, with the option of running or walking one kilometre and each girl was also given a pink ribbon to wear to school on Wednesday.

A trivia competition at dinner was next. The girls were given trivia questions about Boarding at Loreto and worked in groups at their dinner tables to complete the quiz. To celebrate what Boarding means to the girls, they were also asked to summarise Boarding in 25 words or less. It was a very successful competition, with girls being able to articulate very clearly why they loved boarding at Loreto Normanhurst.

During the whole School Assembly, the Boarder Captains, Abigail Downes and Sophie Dent, gave a presentation about life in boarding and how the Boarding community is a vital aspect of how Loreto Normanhurst began. This presentation was complemented by the one given by Ms Rowena Curtis, Records Manager and Archivist. In this presentation the entire school discovered the history and origins of the boarding school, with photographs from the archives giving a clear understanding of how Boarders lived their daily lives in the previous century, including the daily morning mass and recreational activities. After the Assembly, the Primary school girls were given tours of the Boarding house by Year 12 boarders. These tours gave the Primary girls an insight into the life of a Loreto Normanhurst Boarder.

On Thursday night, in honour of Loreto Normanhurst history, girls set the tables with cutlery, napkins and flowers picked from the gardens. In addition, Year 7 girls wrote letters home to their grandparents. The week finished off on Friday night with the girls gathering with their popcorn and blankets for a movie night in the LRC.

Through the past week celebrating Boarding life, the Loreto Normanhurst community has truly come together and celebrated the importance of Boarding and the special bonds that are created by each individual as they experience life in Boarding.

 

Sophie Roche

Year 11