Director of Boarding
The Boarding School comes together as a faith community every Sunday evening. The mass is the start of our week in boarding and a time to take a breath as the weekend draws to a close. This week marks the start of our graduation celebrations and as our Year 12 boarders have been farewelled from their ‘home away from home’, it has been a time of tears, laughter, reflection and graciousness. There are favourite mass songs, slide shows, beautiful prayers of thanksgiving and reflections on what it has meant to be a boarder for six years or 12 months.
On Monday evening we had our annual Pink Lady Cruise – a night of dancing and a wonderful dinner on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. Not many people would ever get to say they were eating prawns in their pink pyjamas or pink Hawaiian shirts as they sailed past the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park!
Loreto Normanhurst is proudly a boarding school of approximately 85% country boarders, not all are farmers, but all the girls in boarding know and understand the impact of the drought on our land, and in particular what it means for the families that are reliant on the rain that provides the sustenance for all.
This year, our Year 12 boarders’ gift to the Boarding School is a donation to the Gilgandra Country Women’s Association to assist them in their work at this incredibly difficult time. The CWA provides assistance to help meet household expenses for drought affected families. Expenses that can include grocery bills, vehicle maintenance, school supplies, electricity, rates, telephone, and access to, or the cost of, travel to dental and medical treatments. The girls know they have so much to be grateful for as they complete their education at Loreto Normanhurst and they wanted to acknowledge the sacrifices being made on the land by so many.
Our families in the west and north west of NSW are now affected by incredible dust storms that are decimating their paddocks. The Ciesiolka family from Wee Waa have shared some photos of a recent dust storm on their property. It is hard to imagine what it must be like to look at your land and see it blowing away.
We continue to keep our farming community in our prayers.
Mrs Kate Kovacs
Director of Boarding