Year 10 Mary Ward Connect Day: Engaging with the Bigger Picture
Last Friday,19 March, Year 10 connected to other Loreto schools around Australia and heard from Loreto sisters in countries such as Vietnam and South Sudan. The theme of this special Mary Ward Connect Day this year was ‘Engaging with the Bigger Picture’. Prior to this, Catherine Knox from the Hornsby Kuring-gai Women’s Shelter talked to Year 10 about the experiences that shaped her mission to support women and provide shelter to women fleeing domestic violence. Year 10 then reflected on their learning and explored the concepts of privilege, feminism and the integrity inherent in all of us, before brainstorming their ideas for the “Walk the Talk” project to support the shelter and its work. Enjoy reading the reflections from Year 10 on the day:
“Feminism. Connectedness. Community. During Mary Ward Connect, we explored the value of female empowerment through education, particularly in developing countries around the globe. Listening to a range of speakers from different walks of life allowed us to discover intersectionality and other aspects of feminism.” – Abigail Wehrhahn and friends
“Mary Ward Connect Day and the guest speakers who attended highlighted to us what Loreto schools around the world are doing and what we can do to support girls and young women to be given equal opportunity to thrive and succeed, as well as to feel empowered and be the best version of themselves”. – Molly, Sophie, Phoebe and Alana
“Did you know that young girls in South Sudan are forced into arranged marriages before the age of 18 in exchange for cows, resulting in very few girls finishing Secondary School? Loreto Rumbek provides Primary and Secondary education in South Sudan, allowing girls to build the foundation to improve life for themselves and their communities”. – Libby Weston and friends
“Year 10 were given the opportunity to gain knowledge of other Loreto lives all over the country, as well as the benefits of a Loreto education, specifically in countries such as South Sudan and Vietnam. We also had the privilege of learning about feminism, and how we can help the broader community around us, such as the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s shelter”. – Maria El Haddad and friends
“Today Year 10 had the amazing opportunity to experience Mary Ward Connect. Although in a different format to usual, it was still an incredible experience to be able to Zoom with other Loreto schools around the globe, listen to Catherine Knox (Director of the Hornsby Kur-ringai Women’s Shelter) and learn more about our school’s values. It was particularly insightful listening to Sister Orla Treacy IBVM, who works in Loreto South Sudan. It is very uncommon to receive a full high school education in South Sudan, especially for a girl. After hearing about this school and seeing a photo of school children excitedly running through the Loreto South Sudan gates, it made us realise how privileged we are to receive an education, especially at Loreto Normanhurst. Overall, it was a super fun day and we are so excited to continue the Walk the Talk program!” – Becca, Jacqui, Milly, Lucy
Year 8 Camp
We are excitedly preparing for Year 8 Camp in Week 2 of Term 2 – 28 – 30 April. Year 8 students should have returned their camp forms to school by now. Please attend to this if you have not done so already. Year 8 students should take the opportunity in the holidays to be independent and gather the items they need for camp.
Student Services has a high volume of items in its lost property including blazers, jumpers, hats, drink bottles and other sundry items. Please do an audit of your daughter’s uniform and ask her to come to Student Services to collect items that are missing. Any items not collected by the end of Week 1 of Term 2, will be donated to the Uniform Shop.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all students and their families a restful term break and every blessing over the Easter season. We hope it is a time for rest and a chance to reflect on the term that has been and to think about how to embrace the opportunities of Term 2.
We look forward to seeing all students back at school on Monday 19 April in full winter uniform.
Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan
Deans of Pastoral Care