Welcome back to our returning students and families and in particular, a very warm welcome to our new students and their families. We are off and running for Term 2 and we are particularly impressed by the way the students are settling into their studies, wearing their winter uniform correctly and are ready for a busy and productive term together.
Loreto Day Update
Term 2 is a particularly exciting term for us as we watch Year 11 work together to produce the magic that is Loreto Day. Loreto Day is on Friday 28 May, 2021, at the end of week 6.
Pope Francis has much to say about injustices in the world. He says: “It is no easy task to overcome the bitter legacy of injustices, hostility and mistrust left by conflict. It can only be done by overcoming evil with good.” Loreto Day is a unique experience for our community. As a community we are blessed to have what we have. This day is an example of the entire school community working together to support others in the world who are not as fortunate as we are.
Each year, Year 11 students across the eight Houses research causes aligned with the work of Mary Ward International and the Loreto Sisters. This year’s presentations were outstanding and the Year 11 cohort voted to support Barry House’s cause which is the eradication of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya. Alice Kevans, Michelle Hoffman and Nihara Gunasekara from Year 11 Barry, delivered an inspiring presentation launching this cause to the school community on behalf of their peers at assembly on Wednesday. Over the next few weeks, the community will learn more about the cause and the power and significance of giving to others in need. A copy of the the student’s powerpoint presentation is provided for you so that you have a context and understanding of the cause. This is one way that we as a school can do much to raise awareness of the needs of others in our broader world community.
Raffle Ticket Information
Like last year, our Loreto Day Raffle will be conducted online. There are some wonderful prizes up for grabs this year. Click here to explore the prizes on offer and to also purchase your tickets.
Year 11 students have prepared these Loreto Day logos, as a powerful reminder of the need to eradicate FGM in Kenya.
Transdev Bus Service
Please see notification from Transdev regarding change to bus services due to a road closure at Wahroonga Station.
SPECIAL REPORT: Vaping & E-Cigarettes
Vaping is becoming a trendy pastime that is growing in popularity across Australia, especially amongst teenagers. It is the act of inhaling a vapour created by an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette. Many teenagers are succumbing to peer pressure around this risk-taking activity due to the ease of accessing and hiding vapes. They are often cheaper than conventional cigarettes, making it more cost-effective and attractive to young people.
Although under 18s are not legally allowed to purchase any type of e-cigarette or vaping product in Australia, teenagers are finding ways to access them online. Australia has strict regulations in place for nicotine-containing products, and attempts are being made to regulate vaping and ban the importation of them. Many of the flavoured liquids associated with vaping, contain not only high levels of nicotine, but other potentially harmful additives. Many of these “e-liquids” contain chemicals that are likely to be toxic, that when inhaled or vaped repeatedly, can cause severe damage to the lungs.
Vaping is often marketed as being the “healthy” alternative to smoking. However, doctors strongly advise that if you do not smoke, then you should not start vaping. Most teenagers are unaware of the associated risks and potential impact vaping can have on their development and overall health. Parents are encouraged to discuss the dangers of nicotine addiction and include e-cigarettes in the discussion alongside alcohol and drugs.
This Special Report highlights the facts around vaping and e-cigarettes and what are the potential risks. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Wishing all our students and their families a wonderful start to Term 2.
Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan
Deans of Pastoral Care