Primary School News
Nationally, many place names for our suburbs, rivers, mountains and parks are Indigenous language words. Noticing and paying attention to these words will generate greater appreciation and respect for the significance of language among all Australians.
Welcome back to all our families. We hope you had a relaxing holiday time with family and friends.
NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The theme for 2018 is, Because of her, we can! Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play – active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.
We came together as a community to celebrate NAIDOC week with a symbolic Smoking Ceremony with Uncle Laurie, a Guringai Elder. The girls reflected on the morning stating that:
“It was amazing to be able to participate in an Aboriginal tradition, the smoking of the eucalyptus leaves.”
“We were given the opportunity to walk around the smoking ceremony and take a moment to think about the original elders of this land.”
“NAIDOC week is an amazing week that we are privileged to be a part of and we look forward to participating again next year.”
This morning the Primary School came together to celebrate the gift of leadership as the Semester 2 leaders were appointed by Ms Watkins. All girls were called to be part of the rich Loreto tradition and to lead by example in the way they live and speak and the choices they make. The girls were called to live out the values of Freedom, Justice, Felicity, Sincerity and Verity. Isabella Lynch reflected on the role ahead in this Prayer of the Faithful.
As we take on our leadership roles, let us be affirmed by the leadership we witness in your son Jesus. Let us walk in the path He has set and help us to make the right decisions when carrying out our new and challenging roles. We pray that with your guidance, we will endeavour to be fair, loyal and cooperative leaders, working as a team and helping one another to be good role models for the Primary School. May Gods’ light inspire us to be the best leaders that we can possibly be.
We concluded the service with a prayer for our Semester 2 leaders and a beautiful blessing sung by Laura Nutt, Chelsea Earle and Lucy Harrison before joining together in the Primary School to enjoy a celebratory morning tea.
With the Year 6 excursion to Canberra quickly approaching, we strongly suggest that if the girls have not purchased a Loreto polar fleece it might be wise to do so given the icy conditions in Canberra. Uniforms are available to be purchased through the Flexischools website and will be delivered directly to your daughter at school.
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary