I am sure you were just as shocked and saddened as I was following the news of the attack of terror and hatred in Christchurch last Friday. Our teachers took some time with students this week to acknowledge what had happened in Christchurch and we have had more than one opportunity to gather in prayer for the victims and their families, the people of Christchurch and for peace and solidarity in our world. This link is to an article you may find useful when having conversations with your children. I hope that if any of you have family or connections in New Zealand, and Christchurch in particular, that they are all safe and well. Yesterday we marked Harmony Day, a day that coincides with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and calls us to celebrate our cultural diversity. The theme this year was “Everyone Belongs”, calling us all to commit ourselves to learning about one another and including one another through actions and words. We will only live in a world that operates out of love and not hatred, out of what unites our humanity and not what divides us out of fear and bigotry, when we are the ones sowing love, shining light and bringing joy.
School excursions and incursions are an important and effective means of motivating students and engaging them in active learning experiences. Excursions are carefully planned as part of the educational program at each year level and students take part in excursions both locally and beyond. This week at Loreto Normanhurst students from Years 5 to 11 enjoyed the experiences and challenges that excursions and incursions provide, giving them the chance to gain new perspectives on the world, build closer bonds with their classmates, and experience new environments while enjoying a day away from the classroom. I hope your daughters have enjoyed their excursions and incursions this week by actively engaging in these wonderful opportunities to enrich their learning. You can read more about them in this and upcoming newsletters.
Congratulations to Cate Smith, Year 7, and Frances O’Brien, Year 8, who have been selected to participate in the Catholic Schools Debating Association (CSDA) Public Speaking Grand finals tonight at Marist North Shore. Both students have worked hard to reach this level of the competition and have shown incredible dedication to oratory and I wish them the best of luck. CSDA covers all catholic schools in the metropolitan Sydney area and it is a very high-level competition. Congratulations to all students and staff involved in the CSDA competition and in Oratory and Debating. Thank you to Ms O’Dwyer, who runs the program, for the wonderful work she does for the school.
Thank you to all parents who attended the Primary Parent Dinner and Maths Evening on Monday night. This was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and form those close connections that will only strengthen as the years progress. Our presenter for the Maths Information session, Mrs Laurinda Lomas, looked at Loreto Normanhurst’s current approach to maths and how the girls in Years 5 and 6 learn and use maths in the Primary School. I hope this session was beneficial to you and will help you support your daughter’s maths learning journey. A lot of laughter and conversation ensued at the dinner and it was wonderful to hear of how well the girls have settled in and are enjoying their friendships and learning.
Today the Primary School held their Cross Country Carnival and it was wonderful to witness the support, enthusiasm and team spirit displayed by the girls. I was unable to get to the oval to be there firsthand, but I did get an aerial view from the Learning Resource Centre and was uplifted to see the colour and movement of the girls in full cross country flight. Congratulations to our winners and to all participants for showing that a Loreto Sports girl is strong, resilient, competitive and loves a challenge!
Well done to our representative Swim & Dive Team who came fourth at the IGSSA Swim & Dive Championships today. This is such a great result for the team led by Swim Captain Sarah Henry (Year 12). Congratulations to everyone.
I wish our Year 12 mothers an enjoyable weekend away as they share stories and reminisce about the very special years they have shared together at Loreto Normanhurst with the Year 12 graduating Class of 2019. Good luck to all students participating in Saturday sport.
I leave you with the grace and solace of the Prayer of St Francis of Assisi.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Ms Marina Ugonotti