Student Leadership program Parliament House
We had the honour of beginning a unique school day with a trip to NSW Parliament House and Government House through the NSW Senior Students Leader Program. It was a privilege meeting so many influential, courageous leaders such as Mike Baird (Premier of NSW) and various members of Parliament, in particular our Hornsby Member of Parliament, Matt Kean. We shared a lunch in the Governor’s Lunchroom discussing key issues concerning youth such as the current lock out laws and mental illness. It was such a unique experience meeting other similar-minded school leaders with whom we shared our personal perspectives and therefore gained greater insight.
The second half of the day included a historical tour of Governor’s House but also an opportunity to meet His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and his wife, Linda Hurley. Not only were we able to discuss the matter of female equality in the workplace but we both were part of a group which spontaneously sung Sound of Music’s ‘Do Re Mi’ with Mrs Hurley. The surreal moment began when Mrs Hurley was discussing her fondness for music and her firm belief that music is the key to happiness!
The day was filled with endless laughter and joy, yet equally enchanted with the emphasis and importance of youth leadership. On our wondrous adventure to the city, we were able to strengthen relationships with other schools across NSW but furthermore, enrich our understanding on the importance of young people in deciding the future of Australia; as John F. Kennedy did state, “The future promise of any nation can be directly measured by the present prospects of its youth”.
Angelique Nelis and Analiese McKelvey
Year 9 Far North Queensland 2016
An information evening on the Far North Queensland Experience will be held for Year 9 Parents on Friday 13 May at 7.00 pm in the Curran Theatre.
This is a worthwhile evening for all parents. The trip to Queensland will be explained in full and all queries will be addressed.
This Week at Loreto
On Wednesday the House Choirs and the Boarder Choir presented their songs at the Music Festival Rehearsal Assembly. All the choirs did a magnificent job. The quality is very high this year and it is for this reason one does not envy the role of the adjudicator in choosing the winning House choir next Friday evening. Thanks must go to the students in Year 11 and Year 12 for the leadership they have displayed during all the Music Festival rehearsals this term. Girls are reminded to ensure their uniforms are in an immaculate state for this lovely annual occasion.
Year 11 Alcohol and Other Drugs Awareness Forum on Friday 1 April
Year 11 participated in a forum at school on the 1 April. On this day they listened to a number of speakers from the Health, Police and Education sectors of the community.
- Dr John Crozier – associated with the Trauma Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
- Rhys Baxter – from the NSW Wheel Chair Sports Association
- Stephen O’Sullivan – General Manager Trent Driving School Pty Ltd. His presentation is centred on the concept of “Safety Driving”. The intended outcome is for Year 11 students to understand the common dangers they face on the road and how to avoid them.
- Senior Constable Julie Jones – Youth Liaison Officer from Hornsby Police. Julie’s talk will be about the legal ramifications when teenagers are involved in risk taking behavior.
- Armondo Hurley – motivational speaker. He runs programs on racism, bullying and most importantly self respect. He has a moving story to tell and delivers it with such passion and it leaves the room spellbound. He has spoken to over 100,000 students. Students approach him 10 years later and say they remember his visit and the story and how it impacted on their life.
Did you know?
Raising a happy teenager begins at home.
We all want a teenager who is happy, confident, articulate and compassionate. Here are some points to think about.
- Make your home a safe haven
- Make your teenager feel important
- Listen to them
- Ask questions
- Set clear rules at home. Make them help with the chores
- Encourage and praise them
- Take in your stride their differing opinions and sometimes wacky hairstyles
- Give them hugs, no matter how tall they are
- Above all continue saying “I love you”
Mrs Elsa Vink
Acting Dean of Pastoral Care