Primary School News
Compassion matters. It starts with you, it spreads to those around you, and then to the whole planet.
The House system is an integral part of developing the whole child at Loreto. When the Primary School reopened in 2015, the very first students had the exciting opportunity to create the motto and symbol that best represented Benedicta, Clare and Dorothea Houses. These three strong and formidable Loreto sisters had a strong influence on the culture and direction of Loreto Normanhurst.
Mother Benedicta Fallon was passionate about music and began the orchestra at Loreto Normanhurst. She was much loved by her students and the orchestra quickly became famous with Sunday afternoon concerts held from as early as 1900. Mother Benedicta died on the 27 June 1942 and is buried in the Bush Cemetery.
During Mother Clare Birrane’s time at Loreto, the Chapel was built and a new Junior School was purchased in 1961. The students and the parents appreciated her interest and her generosity in giving educational opportunities to many when times were difficult. She was a true friend to all and a ready listener, highly valued for her kindness, wisdom and above all her trust.
Mother Dorothea Frizelle travelled with Mother Gonzaga Barry and the pioneering nuns from Ireland to Australia in 1875. Dorothea was respected for her judgement and business acumen, her ability to relate to the sisters and her deep spirituality. She spent the final seven years of her life at Normanhurst and was a wise and valued member of the community.
In our See Think Wonder session this week, Mrs Libby Parker, our Director of Mission, led us to the Bush Cemetery as the culminating activity of our Loreto Traditions unit from last term. The girls were quite moved by the experience as is noted in the following reflections.
“I enjoyed learning about all the Sisters that we named the Houses after. Since I am in Clare House, I love the fact that Mother Clare Birrane helped people pay school fees if they could not afford to send their children to Loreto Normanhurst. This made me feel so proud to be in Clare. I also found it interesting when we found out where the names of the Houses in the high school came from.”
Rachel Walsh – Year 6
“When we went to the Bush Cemetery, the moment I stepped in I felt a wave of peacefulness come over me. This year Mrs Parker, the Director of Mission, told us some interesting pieces of information about the cemetery and the people laid to rest there. I am in Dorothea House, and I found it very special to find that Mother Dorothea was buried at the school, considering she is an important part of Loreto schools and in particular Loreto Normanhurst. Mother Benedicta was buried there too, but Mother Clare was buried in Ballarat. I found it really interesting to hear stories and historical moments about the different sisters.”
Grace Parker – Year 6
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Good luck to Emily Paterson, Year 6, who is competing at the CIS Netball Championships today.
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary