Create the oneness that moves us across boundaries
Call 5 of the IBVM
Loreto Normanhurst is a school that constantly asks students to challenge themselves. This involves taking calculated risks in their learning and stepping out of their comfort zone in a variety of ways. Central to our Mary Ward and Ignatian traditions are Immersion experiences which similarly challenge students and staff to engage in the complex realities of the world while reflecting on the values of human dignity and service.
An Immersion experience at Loreto Normanhurst requires students and staff to:
- do more than simply visiting as a tourist;
- involve themselves with another culture and way of living for a period of time that fosters a sense of understanding between cultures and communities;
- not sleep in your own bed;
- undertake a thorough formation and preparation program and re-entry program; and
- engage actively in evening reflections, prayers, liturgies before, during and after the Immersion in order to find God in our lives and the lives of those we encounter.
A cornerstone Immersion experience at Loreto Normanhurst is the Far North Queensland Experience. Initiated in 2005, this two-week Immersion involves all Year 9 students and over 20 staff in a number of activities in Far North Queensland including the exploration of the Daintree Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and an iconic sunrise on Cape Tribulation Beach. While these are memorable and exciting learning opportunities, the Immersion is grounded in multiple days of community service at local primary schools, aged care centres and respite centres. Students also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and spirituality of Yarrabah, a predominantly Indigenous community outside Cairns.
The 2017 Far North Queensland Experience departs on Sunday 30 July and returns on Friday 11 August.
In addition to this, there are a number of other Immersion experiences that are open to students. These include the Year 10 Loreto Rural Partnership which is a week spent in the rural NSW community of Dunedoo, and the Years 10 and 11 Yarrabah Community Service week, which is one week of community service in Yarrabah. Opportunities are also available for students to participate in the Two Wolves Abroad gap year experiences and Project Futures fundraising expeditions.
We must be constantly challenged to be people of Mary Ward, inspired by the person of Jesus to respond to the needs of the world around us.
Mr Phillip Merchant