Head of House – Mornane

Head of House – Mornane

Welcome to Term 2!  Mornane has had a great start to 2017 building on our aim to achieve “a united House where everyone is welcomed and respected.”

In Term 1 a fresh group of Year 7 students settled well into high school life. It was a pleasure to welcome students who graduated from the Primary School and also students from other schools. The students have moved with ease into high school life and school expectations, ably assisted by their Year 12 buddies who introduced and guided them in the ways of Loreto. We also welcomed our new Year 8 – 11 students who have also easily embraced a new school and new expectations.

The Year 7 camp was held at Elanora Heights and we were blessed with beautiful weather. The camp is an opportunity for the girls to get to know each other better and to learn to be both accepting and tolerant of differences. They enjoyed games and learning together and were most excited to spend the night with our Mornane Captain, Sarah Playford, who shared her experience of being a ‘Loreto girl’ with the new cohort.

Year 7 also had an amazing night of fun and challenges with their Year 12 buddies at the SRC Trivia night. Pizza was enjoyed by all and their collective knowledge of all things trivial made for a wonderful evening of bonding!

The Music Festival was a fun and exciting experience and the girls rehearsed with commitment and cooperation, ably led by our Mornane Music Conductor, Laura Campbell and our Accompanist, Margaux Choo. Laura created an amazing rendition of Seasons of Love and conducted the House with professionalism and enthusiasm. She is to be congratulated on receiving the award of Best Conductor on the night of the Music Festival, an accolade she justly deserved. Margaux is also to be congratulated on her skilful playing during rehearsals and on the night of the concert. Her commitment to performance was outstanding! The new venue, the Sydney Convention Centre at Darling Harbour, was truly amazing and allowed the Houses to sing with vigour and enthusiasm and also afforded the audience an opportunity to really appreciate the effort the girls put in for the Music Festival.

Term 1 also involved a commitment to Project Compassion and I would like to thank our Liturgy Leader, Rachel Doherty, for encouraging the girls to make this a priority and give generously and willingly for the cause.

With the Music Festival over we moved into the Athletics Carnival held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, Homebush. Unfortunately, the bad weather created many difficulties with events but we were blessed with sun on the day. Congratulations to all students who competed and gave their best! We were in our finest form and dressed in memories of the 1980s: ‘Mornane Material Girls’, influenced by the vitality and fashion sense of Madonna!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the “driving force” behind Mornane House – the House Council. They have all worked well together to create a harmonious and united House. These are our House Captain, Sarah Playford, Sport Leader, Tahlia Vecchio, Social Justice Leader, Rachel Doherty, Performing Arts Leader, Camille Morrison, Communication/SRC Leader, Madeline Roberts, Creative Arts Leader, Elsa Stromquist, Music Leader, Molly Carr and Academic Activities Leader, Claire Hassall.

Mornane House would not be as united and committed without our dedicated team of Tutors, Advisors and Assistant Tutors. Ensuring we create an environment of safety and community where all girls can work to maximise their leadership potential is at the centre of the Mornane House philosophy and this is reflected in Mother Stanislaus Mornanes’ amazing words “…the brave heart.” We are a House of “brave hearts” and this sentiment is reflected in our aim to achieve a united House where everyone is welcomed and respected. A big thank you to my team of Tutors, Assistant Tutors and Advisors for their commitment and care of the girls: Helen Gray, Chris Woods, Sarah Ashton, Adam Chesterman, Jason Currao, Isabelle Tilsley, Marie Bugge, Livinia Coombes, Mitchell Blackburn, Florianne Calleya-Jones and Monica Cunneen.

Ms Linda Guthrie

Head of House – Mornane