Primary School News

Leap and the net will appear.

Zen saying

 

Years 5 and 6 returned refreshed and rejuvenated this week following two days of adventure in the beautiful surrounds of Broken Bay. They have enjoyed an array of exciting experiences including archery, and designing and constructing a water safe raft. They also undertook a low ropes course and the flying fox. The night time entertainment consisted of a County Fair where the girls were stall holders and collected tokens to earn their night time treats. The stalls were as varied as ten pin bowling to palm reading, face painting to guessing competitions and a great night was had by all.

Camp provides a variety of experiences for the girls and builds important life skills such as self-awareness, building positive relationships, working as part of a team and the ability to meet challenges head on. It also affords the opportunity for the girls and teachers to get to know each other in a different context. In addition, it offers the perfect occasion to grow not only the individual, but also the sense of belonging and connectedness to the Loreto Normanhurst community.

It was wonderful to hear the girls talking about how much fun they were having and how much they had learned about themselves. As one student said, “I got to spend time with girls I hadn’t met before and I made lots of new friends. I also did something I never thought I could – the Flying Fox – it was so much fun!”

It was such a delight to share in this experience with the girls. No doubt you have enjoyed hearing all about their adventures since their return.

Today Year 6 came together to celebrate the gift of leadership in a joyous Liturgy. All girls were called to be part of the rich Loreto tradition and to lead by example in the way they live and speak and the choices they make. The girls were called to live out the values of Freedom, Justice, Felicity, Sincerity and Verity.

Year 6 made a promise to pledge their commitment and in particular how they will use their gifts to serve our community and lead the Primary School. They also wrote individual pledges which illustrated how carefully they had thought about this great responsibility. One student said, “I pledge to uphold the Loreto Values with love, kindness and compassion. I will stay an appropriate and courageous role model and help others in their time of need. I shall have faith in God and never give up as God is always with me.”

Each girl then came forward to be anointed by Ms Watkins and the girls who had been elected to leadership roles were presented with their badges. We concluded the service with a prayer for our Year 6 leaders and a beautiful blessing sung by Lauren Lawer, Laura Nutt and Lucy Harrison. Girls and parents then joined together in the Primary School to enjoy a celebratory morning tea.

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary