Principal’s Message

Lately, I have been thinking a great deal about parents and parenting. It is, as they say, one of the toughest, yet most rewarding experiences in life. The other comment we often hear is that ‘there is no parent book’ on how to parent. We learn our parenting skills by observing our own parents and by osmosis; learning from colleagues, parents and family when our children are young. That kind of education slows down when our children become teenagers probably because we have become more experienced. As we know, at this time we need to lean in a little closer, where as parents, we are a vital compass, for our children to traverse the complexities of life.

Today, like never before, our young people have access to influencers and influences beyond our control. So, does that mean we should shun new technologies that confuse us, or embrace them so that we too have an understanding of the world our young people manage? At Loreto, we believe an educated and wise parent in matters that pertain to a young person’s world, is a fantastic and active parent. Strong, calm, consistent and informed parenting is powerful and necessary to raise good, young people. Partnerships with the school on matters of parenting are also a great protective factor for our young people, something we take seriously at Loreto Normanhurst. In the coming weeks the school has invited parents to come and join us for an evening on Drugs and Alcohol Awareness and another on Safety Online. I hope parents will make the effort to attend these nights to gain insights into the world of the adolescent and receive good information to discuss with your daughters. Sound and joy-filled parenting is powerful and should be congratulated and I am pleased to say that is what I see in evidence here at Loreto Normanhurst. However, we can always grow our skills and these information nights should help us do just that. You will receive more information about the parent forums and on the controversial series ’13 Reason Why’  by reading the pastoral report in today’s newsletter.

Our students seem to have had a good experience of NAPLAN 2018 and along with you, their parents, and with their teachers, the girls have kept the whole experience in perspective. Again, as I do each year, I remind parents that NAPLAN is about obtaining data that we can put back into the holistic growth of their daughters, something we have always done here at school.

Thank you for the wonderful feedback received on the Academic Plenary Evenings so far. It has been great to witness the sound preparation of the students and staff for the night and the collaboration with parents as good discussion has ensued about each girl’s progress.

We shared a beautiful Kirribilli Normanhurst Morning Tea this week and listened to Ms Stephanie Lorenzo, Founder, Project Futures and Ms Clare Pearson, CEO, Project Futures both speak of their inspiring work to end human trafficking. It was enjoyable to connect as Loreto people for such an important cause. We will be doing that this weekend as well, as we work to “Be the Change” at Loreto Federation held here at Normanhurst. It is the 30th gathering of Loreto people in Australia for Federation and we are excited for the weekend.

Congratulations to all the boarders for going ‘pink’ this week in celebration of National Boarding Week and thank you to all the parents who attended Main Event last week, it was a truly wonderful display of the inclusiveness and camaraderie in the boarding community at Loreto Normanhurst.

Congratulations also to our 14’s Cross Country group finishing 1st overall in the IGSSA XC Team event in Frensham today. Wonderful effort girls!

May the Holy Spirit fill us this weekend as we celebrate Pentecost.

 

With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God

Col 3:16

With prayers of peace and hope,

Ms Barbara Watkins

Principal