Head of Ward House
2016 has been a very busy year so far. The focus of Term One was of course the Music Festival, which was again a very enjoyable experience for all involved. Ward House was led by Isabelle Athayde as Conductor and Lucy Hardyman as accompanist and House Music Leader. The Ward House song for this year was Heaven is a Place on Earth, and the girls gave a wonderful performance on the night. The award of the Spirit Cup to Ward House was a reflection of how well the entire House worked as a team while preparing for the performance.
Term One also has a Social Justice focus through raising awareness and funds for Project Compassion. This was ably lead by Rachel Ramien as the Ward House Social Justice Leader. It is now the turn of Year 11 in Term Two as the preparations for Loreto Day are well under way. The Year 11 students are all involved in raising awareness of the needs of the children in the Nyumbani Children’s Home. Preparation has also started in the lead up to the Athletics Carnival, which will be held early in Term Three. Our Year 12 leaders are encouraging the girls to try out for the various events.
There have been staff changes in Ward House since the start of 2016: we farewelled Mr Gallagher after over 5 years and then welcomed Mr Mitchell Hughes as Ward 2 Tutor. He joins Mrs McIntyre (Ward 1 Tutor), Mr Rafe (Ward 3 Tutor), Mrs Cunningham and Mrs Thistlethwaite (Ward 4 Tutors), Ms Willis (Ward 5 Tutor), Mrs Roffey (Ward 6 Tutor) and Ms Potalia (Ward 7 Tutor). Ms de Mattia is Ward Year 7 Advisor and Ms Osborne is Ward Year 8 Advisor. Mrs Cahalane has returned from maternity leave and joins Mrs Miller and Mrs Wallace as an assistant tutor for Ward House.
Our new students have settled in well and have been involving themselves in different activities and forming new friendships. The Year 7 students recently enjoyed the Buddy Liturgy and Breakfast with their Year 12 buddies. All students are enjoying their participation in a variety of extra-curricular activities as well as working hard on their academic studies. As Term 3 draws nearer, Year 9 look forward to the challenges and enjoyment of the Far North Queensland trip and Year 10 prepare for the Dinner Dance, while Year 12 work consistently towards their HSC Trial exams. All the students are accompanied on their Loreto journey by their Tutors who offer support, care and good humour.
Mrs Peta Patton
Head of Ward House