Pastoral Care

Practicing Gratitude and Giving Thanks for What we Have

Ignatius reminds us to face life with reality; that desires to love need to be transformed into deeds and that love, if sincere, consists in a mutual sharing…this means a sharing of something we have or are able to give.

There has been much written about the benefits of showing gratitude to others and how this can boost people’s health and happiness. Some effective ‘gratitude interventions’ include writing a gratitude letter, keeping a gratitude journal, or savoring the moment. When one savors the moment they take time to notice the beauty and pleasures in their daily life. Loyola University psychologist Fred Bryant has shown that savoring positive experiences can heighten your positive responses to them. A key to savoring is what Bryant calls “thanksgiving”, or expressing gratitude for the blessings that come your way, large and small.

As Term 3 draws to a close, there is much to be thankful for. For Year 12, it is the culmination of their high school experience as they prepare to leave Loreto Normanhurst. Year 12 give thanks for their Loreto education and all this entails. For others, it might be the gift of friendship or the ability to be engaged in extra-curricular activities or spending time with friends around the campus. No matter the experience, we are lucky to be part of a community that places relationships at the centre of everything we do.

We thank Year 12 for their guidance as Buddies to Year 7 and mentors and ‘big sisters’ in our Tutor groups. We thank them for their care of each other and their commitment to their friendships in a year that has seen the traditional ways we relate to each other stretched and reimagined. We thank them for their leadership through our reinvented school events or initiatives such as the Music Festival, assemblies, our new House Instagram pages and the myriad ways they engaged us and brought felicity to Tutor groups as we experienced ‘iso’ together. Whilst 2020 may be remembered for many things, the resilience, care and imagination of the Year 12 Class of 2020 has left a legacy that we are grateful for.

We wish all students and their families a safe and restful Spring holiday and we look forward to seeing the students back in full summer uniform on Monday 12 October, 2020.

Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan

Deans of Pastoral Care

 

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Conversations this week: 

Year 12 Finishing in House, With Heads of House
Year 11 Exams
Year 10 Touching base with Ms Ugonotti
Year 9 Learning to Learn with  Ms Albert
Year 8 Explanation of Holistic Plenaries with Advisors
Year 7 Mindful Meditation with Advisors