Loreto Rural Partnership Immersion 2018
Create the oneness that moves us across boundaries
IBVM Call 5 (GC Calls 2014)
When the foundation stone for Loreto Normanhurst was laid in February 1897, the school was envisioned, first and foremost, as a boarding school for students at the Loreto Convent in Randwick. Loreto Normanhurst, now firmly placed in the hustle and bustle of Sydney life, has never lost sight of this initial vision. Rural Australian life is still celebrated with the presence of the many boarders that enrich our school community.
The Loreto Rural Partnership (LRP) is an annual immersion program to Dunedoo in central western NSW and provides six Year 10 students the opportunity to experience life in a country town. The partnership enriches the lives of Loreto Normanhurst students and staff by pushing them out of their comfort zones, providing new experiences and creating a ‘oneness’ that moves beyond the boundaries of geography. This is at the core of what an immersion experience is.
The program is a reciprocal relationship between Loreto Normanhurst and St Michael’s Primary School, Dunedoo, a Catholic primary school with 37 students from Kindy to Year 6, and a dedicated team of teachers and support staff. The sharing of knowledge and stories between the staff and students of St Michael’s and Loreto Normanhurst places emphasis on the value of education and the value of building relationships, which is why this immersion experience is called a ‘partnership’.
The students were accompanied for the week by Mrs Melanie Oxley and Mr Phillip Merchant, and Ms Barbara Watkins, Principal and Mrs Libby Parker, Director of Mission, joined us on Wednesday. Special thanks to the people of Dunedoo and to the Dent Family for their support of this program and assistance during the week.
Mr Phillip Merchant