Good leaders invigorate lives; they’re like spring rain and sunshine.
This week Year 6 came together to celebrate the gift of leadership in a joyful Liturgy. The newly elected Semester 2 leaders were called to be part of the rich Loreto tradition and to pass this on to others by the way they live, speak and act. The girls were called to live out our values of Freedom, Justice, Felicity, Sincerity and Verity.
Ms Ugonotti and the Semester 1 leaders presented the Semester 2 leaders with their badges. Due to the current restrictions, we were unable to invite parents or listen the the choir but we were able to hear from three talented pianists, Ainsley Benbow, Emily Nguyen and Zoe Kha who played magnificently during the ceremony.
Recently at a Primary School Leadership lunch, the Semester 1 Primary School leaders were invited to share the knowledge and wisdom they had gained during first semester. I was so proud of the mature way in which the girls conversed with one another. One of the leaders offered her advice stating that, “You need to speak clearly and confidently even if your tummy is full of butterflies. When I first started presenting at assembly, I didn’t think I could do it but I’m so glad that I persevered because now I have learned a skill that will be really helpful in life.”
Grateful thanks to Ms Ugonotti and Mrs Long for attending this special occasion.
Meet the Primary School Leaders
“My name is Stephanie and l am one of the Primary School Leaders for Semester 2. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone in the Primary School, including my fellow leaders, and trying all the different activities and experiences that l am going to do in this position such as hosting Loreto’s Got Talent (not the real version) on rainy days. I also have enjoyed leading mini games while we wait for the teachers. I hope to be a fun, trustworthy leader always ready to listen and help, and a role model to the rest of the Primary school girls.”
Stephanie Knox – Year 6
“My name is Ava Hallinan, and I am one of the school leaders for Semester 2, 2020. I am looking forward to leading the Loreto Normanhurst Primary School for the next semester. I am looking forward to doing the assemblies and doing music at long recess on Wednesdays. I’m also looking forward to working with my fellow leaders on ideas for the Primary School.”
Ava Hallinan – Year 6
What makes a powerful speech?
From historic moments to the present day, the English language has given us some extraordinary examples of the spoken word. A powerful tool in the right – or wrong – hands, spoken English can, and has, changed the world.
The most famous speeches range from celebrated, world-changing pieces of rhetoric to our personal favourites, but most importantly they still rouse our emotions when we hear them today.
This Term, Year Five has engaged in a deep investigation into ‘What makes a powerful speech?’ The girls have looked at many speeches in detail which they have compared and contrasted in a variety of ways. They have been introduced to techniques of powerful speeches and how to persuade or inform others, as is evidenced below.
“Growing up isn’t a race that you can win. It is a challenge that you face, and everyone goes through it… Piglet noticed that even though he had a small heart it could hold a large amount of gratitude. Don’t believe in age, believe in energy.”
Eva & Rachel – Year 5
“As Paulo Coelho said, ‘The only way a dream is impossible, is the fear of failure’. Failure is the key to success, so don’t be scared of it… There is a long path of failure until you reach your dream. It’s like climbing a tall mountain.”
Gia & Katie – Year 5
“Like that dude Bon Jovi said, ‘Life isn’t a merry-go-round, it’s a roller coaster.’ It has ups and downs. When it is going down, you need to make it go up. Like a roller coaster, you have to elevate it to your highest level of awesome!”
Audrey & Carissa – Year 5
“A quote; ‘I don’t believe in waiting for doors to open.’ This tells us that we have to open the doors ourselves. When given a choice, choose the one that is challenging because on the other side it will be all right!”
Luci & Briony – Year 5
“What would have happened if Louisa May Alcott let war and poverty stand in front of her? She wouldn’t have succeeded in her race! ‘I’m not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship’ is what she always says.”
Portia & Amelia – Year 5
“Everyday is a second chance, so don’t stop believing and give it a chance. If we didn’t have powerful women in the world, how would we have Loreto? Even if you’re scared, don’t be afraid! Reach as high as you can and try again.”
Isabella & Jemima – Year 5
“This game will be yours even if you lose. At the end of the day you are a part of the team and you put in effort. That’s all that matters.”
Sasha & Annabel – Year 5
Hip, hip, hooray to the following birthday girls. We hope you had a wonderful day!
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary