Acting Deputy Principal
The real-world value of a holistic FACE education
It is incumbent upon educators today to ensure that the students in their care emerge from their educational journey with a powerful sense of awe of the world around them and be invested with the challenge to build a better world for all. If educators do not see this as their mandate then we need to challenge ourselves to re-imagine the realm of education. If we are to follow in Pope Francis’ lead in Laudato Si, it is essential that “we care for ecology and for the common good” and encourage “a capacity for wonder which takes us to a deeper understanding of life.” (LS #225)
We are in a privileged position here at Loreto Normanhurst to be able to harness the power of the FACE curriculum to invoke this sense of wonder and responsibility in our students. Our unique curriculum structure that blends all facets of education in every student’s day enables all teachers to deliver a holistic education. Through the integration of faith, academia, community-involvement and extra-curricular pursuits the Loreto student is capable of viewing the world through a real-world, holistic lens, rather than from the segregation of discrete key learning areas. Through the delivery of such an integrated curriculum across Years 7-10, we prepare our students for the reality of the world beyond the Higher School Certificate, as they are able to draw connections across the Key Learning Areas and appropriate their skills to a variety of situations. It is precisely this adaptability that will ensure that Loreto students will rise to the challenge of the Melbourne Declaration of 2009, which established the goal that “all young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens.”
In my role as Dean of Learning we often discuss with our senior students the necessity of resilience, an essential characteristic in any journey of growth. The parents and educators of our community need to lead our students in the development of resilience, aligning this with the Loreto pursuit of justice and freedom. In doing so we place our Loreto women in a powerful position to leave the confines of the Loreto Normanhurst community and face the global challenges of the 21st Century. Harnessing their sense of awe, understanding the necessity of their pursuit of these values in a complex and ever-changing world, and maintaining a sense of felicity is more pertinent than ever. Mary Ward’s words indeed still resonate, “women in time to come will do much.” Let us all be called to action to harness the power of our young women to ensure a better future for all.
Ms. Kieryn Bateman
Acting Deputy Principal