How do we continue to glow when the lights turn out? All we can do really is keep placing one foot on the earth, then the other, to seek out ancient paths and forests, certain in the knowledge that others have endured before us. We must love. We must look outwards and upwards at all times, caring for others, seeking wonder and stalking awe, every day, to find the magic that will sustain us and fuel the light within – our own phosphorescence.
Dr Julia Baird, Phosphorescence
Here we are at the end of 2020. No one could have predicted the way this year was going to unfold, and through the many challenges, there have also been silver linings. Even though Year 5 had only been at Loreto Normanhurst for seven weeks before we moved into lockdown and online learning, relationships continued to grow virtually. Students and teachers alike yearned for that sense of face to face community, and so the return to school in Term 2 was welcomed with much happiness. I have been so impressed by the agility, flexibility and resilience that the girls have shown in this unprecedented year and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge every student for her personal efforts and achievements this year.
To read about today’s celebration of our Year 6 students, please see the page about our Year 6 Final Liturgy and Assembly.
We were so happy that the Swimming Carnival was able to take place this year, albeit with a few modifications. Due to the fact that cheering and war cries weren’t possible, the girls came up with some inventive ways to make sure the House spirit was alive and well. It was wonderful to see our House Leaders performing their roles so capably, leading and encouraging their Houses.
The level of participation was extremely high, with many girls taking part in nearly every event for their age group. Congratulations to the following students for their impressive achievements.
|10 Years Age Champion – Porsha Gill|
|11 Years Age Champion – Amelia Moyes|
|12 Years Age Champion – Charlotte Horbach|
|100m Invitational/Queen of the Pool – Charlotte Horbach|
The House Cup and Spirit Cup will be announced at our Awards Ceremony next week. Keep your eyes peeled on the Primary School Facebook page!
A huge thank you to Mr Mulroney, Mrs Wood and the entire Sport’s Department, the House Leaders and the Primary School teachers for helping to make the day such a success.
After a week of inspiring speeches, I am pleased to announce that the School Leaders for Semester One 2021 are as follows:
Benedicta House Leaders
Clare House Leaders
Juliet De Zotti
Dorothea House Leaders
The girls will receive their badges early next year at the Year 6 Leadership Liturgy.
Hip, hip, hooray to the following birthday girls. We hope you had a wonderful day!
Alyssa, Gia, Arabella, Sophie, Kayla, Ruby, Sophia T, Eloise, Annie, Charlotte, Emilie, Sidney, Leah, Olivia, Mia, Milly, Sophia S.
Thursday 3 December – Primary School Awards Ceremony livestreamed at 1.30pm.
As the year draws to a close, I wish you a joyous Christmas vacation and a peaceful New Year. I leave you with this prayer.
God of wisdom,
We thank you for all the gifts you have given us throughout this school year.
We praise you for giving us life, for saving us in Christ,
and for choosing us to be your people.
As we come to the end of this school year,
we voice our gratitude for the good things you have done in us,
and we praise you for all who have shared in the work of this school.
We ask you to bless them in your love and give them refreshment and peace.
We praise you, God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns forever and ever.
God bless and take care.
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary