Year 7 Open Circle Experience
Congratulations to Year 7! They made history as the first group of Loreto students to attend Tallong Campus, sleep in a tent and participate in their outdoor education program. They did so with enthusiasm, tenacity and good humour. Wholeheartedly this year’s Year 7 cohort took up two challenges in an effort to ‘open their circle’ of inclusiveness: who could spread the most joy and who could spread the most kindness. Year 7 supported each other, encouraged each other and expressed their gratitude to the Tallong group leaders and kitchen staff with kind and respectful manners.
Activities included the ‘flying fox’, group physical challenges such as navigating low ropes, beams and problem solving activities, and a reflective session. In this session, students received their Listening Book and discussed the Mary Ward story, our School values and ways they could use “G.E.M” – gratitude, empathy and mindfulness – as strategies to enhance their wellbeing and that of the group.
One night was spent camping under the stars. After a bushwalk, students learned how to cook a delicious Mexican meal using trangias, and share stories around the campfire. Despite some nerves and concerns about this, all students sought strategies and supported each other to complete the camp out – a fantastic result!
A huge thank you to the Year 7 Team of Advisors and Mr MacDonald, Ms Mannes and Ms Montgomery for their attendance, wise counsel and good humour throughout the Open Circle Experience.
Applications are open for the NSW Youth Advisory Council 2021
Students have received an email from Mr Madigan which outlines the process for applying for the NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Membership of the YAC is open to children and young people between 12-24 years of age residing in NSW. Applications are particularly sought from diverse locations, backgrounds and life experiences.
The 12-member YAC provides a direct avenue of communication between young people and the NSW Government. The YAC meets regularly throughout the year to discuss a range of topics and provide feedback on policies, procedures and resources affecting children and young people.
Members also provide feedback to community groups, government agencies and Departments and Ministers on issues concerning children and young people.
Applications close 14 March, 2021.
Please discuss this opportunity with your daughter. Further information about the YAC and the application process can be accessed by following this link.
Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan
Deans of Pastoral Care