Head of House – Kuring-gai
“Three little birds sat on my window.
And they told me not to worry.”
Put Your Records On, song selected for Kuring-gai House, Music Festival 2021
As you are reading this article, we are again facing uncertainty in the world and experiencing the challenges of online learning. Despite this, there is one thing I know for sure and that is that we need not worry, as the 2021 value of Felicity is still strong at Loreto Normanhurst and will guide us through.
‘Felicity’ – an attitude of mind, a disposition of the heart which manifests itself in cheerfulness, good humour, joy, happiness, hope, optimism, friendliness, courtesy, positive thinking, inner peace, self-acceptance and courage.
These characteristics have most certainly been witnessed throughout this year in Kuring-gai House and the wider school community.
In Term 1, we started the year with hope and optimism, reconnecting in Tutor Groups and re-establishing those close ties and friendships. Year 12 and Year 7 tested their knowledge at the SRC Trivia night, Year 7 experienced their first high school camp and Year 12 experienced their last school retreat. Music Festival rehearsals started outside with everyone wearing face masks and, while this was an unusual experience, girls participated with positivity and good humour.
Term 2 came along and there was Photo Day, as well as camps for Year 8 and Year 10. The Athletics Carnival showed Kuring-gai spirit and excitement as girls dressed up in costumes for the theme ‘Kuring-gai Kountry’. There was much cheerfulness led enthusiastically by our Sports Leader, Charli Fidler, as she cheered “Ooo Yeah, Kuring-gai Yeah.” Towards the end of term, we celebrated Loreto Day and saw more optimism led by the Year 11 girls, who worked hard to raise awareness of their selected Loreto Day cause. Finally, we ended Term 2 with a night of celebration at Music Festival. Girls showed cheerfulness, joy and happiness as they celebrated and sang Put Your Records On together. Kuring-gai House were led graciously and joyfully by our House Conductor, Eva Frith. Our accompanist, Laura Nutt, showed courage and resilience, truly depicting the values of a Loreto girl. It was truly a beautiful evening of spirit and felicity.
Throughout Term 1 and 2, Kuring-gai House Captain Sabrina Haaf has been pivotal in creating Felicity. Her newsletter, ‘Keeping up with the Kuring-gals’, sharing a snapshot of House spirit.
Mary Ward said that Felicity grows with each opportunity we take to be grateful for all we have been given, trusting that somehow small actions come together and create new possibilities in God’s time. As we reflect on the year so far and as we embark on Term 3 and Term 4, let us be grateful for all we have experienced so far. Let us look forward to the new possibilities of the future, knowing that we are all together as one community, sharing in ‘Felicity’.
Ms Erinn McMahon
Head of Kuring-gai House