Pastoral Care

 Loreto Week 2016

This week the Student Council planned a vibrant, energetic and fun-filled Loreto week to raise some money for the bursary fund this year. Thank you to all who participated and especially thank you to the teachers who joined the fun to make this extra special.

 

Tutor Time

Lunch

Time out Tuesday

Tutor Trivia

Movie – but due to IT problems we danced in the gym!

Wiggle it Wednesday

Dancing in the Quad

Movie – Curran

Talent filled Thursday

Mufti gold coin collections

Fitness workout in the gym with 5 teachers and Claudia as instructors

Fabulous Friday

LN tattoos and face painting  

Student-Teacher football match on the Oval

 

 This morning, as Loreto Week draws to an end, we celebrated our weekly Communion Service with a focus on living as disciples of Jesus – in a spirit of Felicity.  This is the reflection prepared and shared with the community by Caterina Klasen who is a year 12 Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. 

The Gospel text the girls chose for this morning’s Liturgy is this passage:

 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!  (Matthew 6:19ff)

Henry J.M Nouwen wrote “joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day”. As our Loreto week festivities draw to a close, it is an understatement to say that we have been both challenged and extended from the numerous events of the week, and again we see this further highlighted in today’s Gospel reading.

Felicity, an attitude of cheerfulness, joy and self-acceptance that emanates into the lives of those that surround us is something that we as a school community have drawn inspiration and motivation from, particularly over this year. Given recent worldwide events that have permeated us with fear, it is critical that we turn to both the Gospel and each other for guidance and support, but we as disciples are also called to go one step further, and be active agents of change, to be a voice for the voiceless and above all, to spread love.

It is with the healthy eyes spoken about in this passage that we are called to see the injustices in the world and with a spirit of felicity and the knowledge and understanding of the Loreto values that we must act in the spirit of God and for the betterment of the world.  It is through seeing the injustices and becoming instruments of change and peace that we become filled with the light and love that we as Christians are called to spread.

Felicity is as much outwardly focused as it is about the individual and their own journey. Having a spirit of Felicity guides us to act with gratitude, just as Jesus did, and it is through finding a sense of balance and self-acceptance that we allow ourselves to be open to God’s light and treasures. We see inspiring examples in our everyday lives of those who live in gratitude for a multitude of reasons, such as Sulu*, who shared her inspiring story at Assembly.

Through a spirit of gratitude and empowerment, we as a generation have the potential to rewrite history, so that atrocities like the Orlando shooting and violence all over the world do not become one of a multitude of statistics, because at the end of the day, these heinous acts are born not out of love, but out of hate. Acts committed against those who were exercising their right to be who they are and express themselves safely; acts committed against those who haven’t done any wrong and are ultimately innocent; and acts that directly oppose Jesus’ desire for love, justice and unity.

However, as a community, we have the potential to change this. It is with an attitude of felicity –  open-hearted and generous – that we create a world where people are free to be themselves and express themselves in places they should feel safe.  It is with an attitude of felicity that we not only accept ourselves but we accept those around us.  It is with an attitude of felicity that we create a world where people can celebrate life, and it is with an attitude of felicity that we change the mentality of people on a worldwide scale to instil tolerance, compassion and above all love, so that the actions and behaviours of our generation do not become another frightening statistic, but rather the generation that stepped up and changed the course of the world.

Through living by Jesus’ example of ultimately loving one another and opening our eyes and hearts to God’s light, we can collectively change the world and positively impact the lives of those around us.  No matter who you are, no matter where you’re from, no matter how you identify yourself and what you let define you, you possess immense potential to challenge and change the world.

Caterina Klasen

*Sulu is a refugee from Fiji who is currently employed at Loreto Normanhurst as part of this school’s participation in the Work and Welcome programme. This week she shared with us all her powerful and moving story.

 

SRC 2016-2017

On Wednesday we congratulated our new SRC members for the next term of office.  They are:

House

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Aston

Kristen Nettlebeck

Ainsley Mallett

Abigail Ardron

Barry

Phillipa Studdert

Maddison Bell

Emily Kevans

Kendall

Lily Martin

Tamsyn Coetzee

Angelina Gu

Kuringai

Grace Napoli

Gabriella Whipps

Kate Book

Maye

Eloise Hansen

Eve Whittaker

Yasmine Barraket

Mornane

Madeline Playford

Anna Mossie

Kyah Kraszula

Mulhall

Tahlia Jones

Katrina Oong

Abigail Glezos

Ward

Jaya Reddy

Tiana Dolores

Gabrielle Couter

 

 

Conversations this week

Year 12

Were in Conversation with their Tutors on all aspects of their FACE curriculum

Year 11

Shortlisted from the nominations for the new student leaders.

Year 10

Were in conversation with Ms McCullough on stillness in the chapel.

Year 9

Were in Conversation with Mr Arruzza following up from a letter sent to Year 9 parents from the Principal last week about Years 7 & 10 BYOD. They went over the FAQ for the program and also viewed responses from a preliminary poll on which devices they could possibly bring in 2017.

Year 8

Proudly presented their Integrated Learning work at the Cockatoo Island Expo

Year 7

Were in conversation with Snr Constable Lynda Hart about being safe online

 

 

Events coming up

 

Year Group

Event

Date

All students

New student council announcement

22 June

Year 12

Prue Salter Study Skills Session

23 June

 

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Elsa Vink

Acting Dean of Pastoral Care