The Year of Sincerity
What matters most in what we learn from school and home is not the knowledge we accumulate, but the kind of person we become.
Lord Rabbi Johnathon Sacks
There is much that can be taken from these words about the work we do with the students at Loreto Normanhurst and the partnership that exists between our families and the school. This week, Year 7 students, new students in Years 8-11 and new staff were welcomed into their House community. Having a sense of belonging is very important to all of us and it means that we share in common experiences with others. A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter. Feeling that you belong is most important in seeing value in life and in also being able to cope when things do not go the way we want. We welcome everyone who is new to the school and look forward to walking this journey with you.
This week, Year 11 were involved in a thought provoking Mission and Pastoral discussion with Ms McCullough and myself on the value of sincerity and how to live a life grounded in the work of Mary Ward and the IBVM’s 5 calls. This is the start of many valuable conversations as Year 11 begin to prepare for their work for Loreto Day in Term 2. We look forward to working with all students to explore the Loreto value of Sincerity throughout the year. What is particularly distinct of a Loreto education is the ability to infuse the school’s charism and mission into our everyday actions.
To assist you in having a conversation with your daughter about the importance of sincerity, you could ask her one of the following questions:
- If you could change one thing in your life to experience a greater sense of ‘sincerity’, what would it be? Why?
- Can you have ‘sincerity’ without responsibility? Why or why not?
- What does ‘sincerity’ look like for you at school? What action could you take to bring this about?
The development of a child’s character is important and it is through the Loreto values and the discernment of the place of these values in a child’s life that their character is formed. They take precedence in their life when they are valued equally in their home life and modelled by parents; hence the significance of the support of parents in reinforcing the values of the school.
Loreto Day Raffle Prizes – can you help us?
In preparation for this year’s Loreto Day, we are looking for donations for the Loreto Day Raffle prizes. If you are able to help please click on this link which outlines what you need to do. Our parents and families are always generous and very supportive. I thank you for your support in making the Loreto Day Raffle a great one for the entire community.
Parent Evening with Dr Tom Nehmy
We are very excited to have Dr Tom Nehmy presenting to parents next Monday 18 February in the Curran Theatre. This year, Dr Nehmy will present on the following topic: ‘How to Thrive with Challenges and Change: Cultivating wellbeing and resilience in your daughter’. We look forward to hearing from Dr Nehmy and hope to see many parents on the evening. Please click here for further details.
Immunisations for 2019
Information regarding immunisations for 2019 can be found by clicking here and also here. Year 7 will have their Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (Dose 1) and Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis next Tuesday 19 February 2019 in the Mary Ward Centre.
Enjoy perusing the photos this week of the students at their House inductions which were held on Wednesday.
As the week draws to a close I wish all families a joy filled and relaxing weekend together. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me via email.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care