Year 11 Dinner Dance
“Last Friday, the Year 11 girls were fortunate enough to celebrate their postponed Year 10 Dinner Dance due to the effects of Covid-19 in 2020. The wait was well worth it as we spent the night at The Epping Club with a sit down dinner and a night of dancing and fun. The evening started to fill up at 6pm with introductions and non-stop squeals of excitement from the girls as they were transformed into glamorous women for the evening. Later after the delicious three course meal and non-stop pictures, the excitement of the room intensified with the big reveal of a dance floor and DJ which was filled with music and lots of sore feet in heels! Overall the Year 11 Dinner Dance was lots of fun and a chance for the girls to be with their friends. We would like to thank the Pastoral Team for supervising the evening and to Ms Kirkby for coordinating the planning of the event with Mr Madigan.”
Clare Stevenson and Bridget Whittaker, Year 11
Year 8 Camp – April 28th – 30th
The Class of 2025 were the first Year 8 cohort to enjoy their camp at Tallong Campus. Activities included mountain biking, a high ropes course and group activities such as problem solving challenges and a low ropes course. Spending one night in a tent under the stars and around a campfire, cooking burritos for dinner, roasting marshmallows for dessert and making damper for breakfast, were experiences that many Year 8 students have not experienced before. Their enthusiasm, bravery and kindness were noted by Tallong campus and Loreto staff, and they supported each other to calm any nerves and build resilience. Year 8 learnt how to cook using trangias, navigate a simple bush walk and uses harnesses safely. They also learnt some fun, silly and rowdy games during after dinner entertainment!
We are proud of them and hope they have enjoyed making new friends and learning about themselves during their camp.
Year 11 have chosen the Loreto Day cause ‘Call for Kenya’ as it addresses the important issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is a non-medical practice, mainly used as a cultural practice, that involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia, which can lead to serious medical consequences. Over 200 million women and girls all over the world are impacted by FGM. Between the ages of 15 to 49, an estimated 1 in 5 women has undergone this procedure. This cause is significantly related to our key values at Loreto, especially justice and freedom. Call for Kenya is a Mary Ward International organisation tackling the IBVM call of “going where the need is greatest.” By supporting Call for Kenya, we can empower girls in these communities by reducing the occurrence of FGM. Educating these communities about the dangers and false superstitions surrounding this cruel practice will increase bodily autonomy and reduce harm; fewer girls will face infection, urinary or reproductive problems and the related physical pain.
The money raised from Loreto Day will go towards a few key elements outlined by the cause for the prevention of FGM:
- Training/educating communities on FGM
- More research into the causes of FGM and eradication of the issue
- Campaigning for the protection of women and children affected by this
- Assisting survivors of FGM in their recovery
- Conducting seminars to educate women and children to safeguard themselves
- Producing materials in different languages, to give to communities in order to help them
Year 11 Communications Team for Loreto Day 2021
Update on Pastoral Sessions
‘House time’ is an important time where students experience House, Year or community based sessions that aim to build relationships and social emotional skills and wellbeing. On Wednesday 28 April, Year 12 enjoyed Mindful Drumming; Year 11 had a Careers morning and then their GPs in Schools Program, and Year 9 and 10 heard from cybersafety experts; ySafe. This week we held a parent information session on cybersafety with a presentation from Yasmin London from ySafe. In Week 4 during House time, Years 7 and 8 will also hear from ySafe. Please watch this space for further information about our school cybersafety ‘hub’ launched this week.
At Loreto we believe that students’ learning and development takes place across the whole FACE curriculum and that they deserve opportunities to be informed about their world and be provided with ways to build skills to be their best. On Wednesday 9 June, Paul Dillon will be presenting to Years 10, 11 and 12 about drugs and alcohol, as well as to parents of all years that evening. Please mark the date in your calendars.
Hillsbus Update – Route 3531
Please note that the Hillsbus bus route 3531 will now depart 4 minutes earlier from Oakhill College, commencing Monday 10 May. A reminder that all students must have a valid Opal card to travel on all school buses and must tap on and tap off morning and afternoon.
Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan
Deans of Pastoral Care