The Year of Freedom
Loreto Schools Australia Committee (LSAC) Student Conference Update
Last week when I wrote to families, the Captains and Vice Captains of the school and Boarding School were participating in the annual LSAC Student Conference. This week’s Pastoral newsletter article is a chance for the community to learn more about their weekend. I am sure you will enjoy reading about their experiences and the photos in the gallery that capture their time away.
On the first day of the conference we heard from our beloved Sister Libby Rogerson IBVM who inspired us with a challenge to become “myth busters”, to take the lead in the area of social media. She challenged us to be proactive in the use of technology and to use it for the very best. We heard about the plight of domestic workers and the call to protect the environment. Sister Libby challenged us to watch the film, ‘Blue’ and to move our leadership into the transformational.
Tori Anderson’s presentation from Mary Ward International Australia challenged us about the need to work for a more humane, just and sustainable world. Mary Ward International Australia calls on its network of friends to make a concerted effort to proactively tackle global inequality and poverty, by promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which came into action on 1 January 2016. We were quickly understanding through these presentations and stories that in our privileged leadership positions we need to advocate for change in a world that needs it.
At the end of the first day, we departed Loreto Toorak for Ballarat. We hit the ground running on day two with an inspiring presentation by Robin Scott, Archivist, Loreto Ballarat. Robyn reminded us of the richness of the Loreto Sister’s story and their inspirational work. At that point it dawned on us that we have a fundamental calling to keep their legacy burning bright through our leadership. We visited Mother Gonzaga’s grave which was so humbling and a poignant reminder of her vocation to her faith, the sisters and her work to educate girls in Australia.
The history of Loreto Toorak and Ballarat played a vital role in the influence of the prayer of Justice for the year of 2018. Together as a group of student leaders from the six Loreto schools we discerned our hopes and dreams for our schools as we collaborated to write the Justice prayer for 2018.
As part of the conference, each Loreto school prepared a presentation that centred around leadership. Our question was: “How does service learning enhance student leadership at Loreto Normanhurst?” This question was multi-layered so we first discussed how integrated learning has equipped us to be independent and critical thinkers of the 21st century, along with the global awareness skills gained from the week long Youth Conference (YCON). The Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model has been instrumental in helping shape our leadership by equipping us with critical thinking skills that are required to lead in today’s society.
Here is a quote from each of the participants about the experience.
“It was awesome to get to know the girls from our sister schools across the country and to share both the differences and commonalities. We all got along extremely well and have agreed to use our newfound friendships, combined with our influence as leaders, to make a difference in the lives of young women in Australia and the greater world in this year of Justice.”
School Captain 2018
“After the inspirational speeches from both Sister Libby Rogerson and Tori Anderson, I have been motivated to strive to overcome the injustices in our world, both locally and globally, knowing that each voice counts. This is a message that I will definitely be sharing with the other members of our school so that they too can strive for justice.”
Vice School Captain 2018
“Each leader brought her own aspirations and dreams for their schools which allowed us all to connect and discern what the year of justice should aspire to be; making our changes tangible and promoting peace through our relationships with each other and God. I intend to work and learn with the team at Loreto Normanhurst to bring about justice and peace this coming year, both within our close community and beyond the borders of Australia.”
Boarder Captain of 2018
“It was so great to meet girls that go to different Loreto schools from all over Australia and see how all the schools have the same values, however, so many aspects operate so differently. Through learning the different ways of doing things, we all became inspired to implement new ideas within each school revolved around this year of justice.”
Boarder Vice Captain of 2018
We all left feeling inspired having made new friends and with a mandate to be women who will do much in our final year of school as the Loreto leaders. We look forward to the year ahead and we thank our teachers and Mr Madigan for their unending support.
This week the Houses enjoyed the annual Light Entertainment Assembly and we congratulate Barry House on their winning performance. It was a time of tremendous community spirit and collaboration amongst those who performed.
Finally, as the school year draws to a close, I wish all families a peace-filled Christmas and a wonderful school holiday. I look forward to seeing you in 2018.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care
Conversations this week:
There were no conversations this week due to the Light Entertainment Assembly.
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If your daughter is leaving school to attend an appointment, it is important for our duty of care that she has a note explaining why she is leaving school. If your daughter is absent from school and you have phoned, emailed or sent an SMS, your daughter is still required to bring in a signed note explaining her absence when she returns to school, as per the NSW Attendance guidelines.
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There are two ways to contact the school:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Phone: contact the Student Attendance Line on 02 9473 7354 – leave a message that includes your daughter’s name, House, Year and a brief explanation for her absence.
Please inform the school of your daughter’s absence before 8:30am. If your daughter’s absence remains unexplained after 8:45am, an SMS message will be sent to your mobile phone reminding you to contact the school and explain her absence.
On your daughter’s return to school, a signed note by a parent or guardian explaining the absence is required. You can use the perforated slips in the back of your daughter’s Student Handbook. The note needs to be handed to Mrs Andersen or Ms Storey in Student Services within seven days of the absence. The absence note is a legal requirement.
If your daughter arrives at school after 8:20am, she will be required to sign in late using her Student ID Card. A signed note will need to be provided by a parent or guardian to verify the lateness with an explanation. If your daughter is required to leave the school grounds earlier than 3:15pm, she will be required to sign out using her Student ID Card. A permission note, not an email, must be provided, clearly stating the reason for the leave and the time of departure. Again, the signature of the parent or guardian is required.
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