This week the first eucalyptus blossom has flowered, marking a turning point in the season and reminding us that spring will be with us before we know it. It’s lovely to see Mary Ward adorned by that first blossom, to be moved by its beauty and inspired by its reminder to us of Gonzaga Barry’s influence on Loreto education in Australia. The eucalyptus blossom, the name given by Mother Gonzaga Barry to the school magazine, has come to symbolise all it means to be a Loreto girl and how apt it was to have flowered here this week at Loreto Normanhurst on the very day when we announced our newly elected 2019-2020 Student Council. This announcement came after a long period of formation and discernment for all of Year 11. Throughout these weeks and months they have engaged in learning and prayer about what is called of them as Loreto leaders so as to discern the incoming Student Council for the school.
We wish these students every blessing as they take on this very important role in the school after Year 12 graduate at the end of Term 3. At Loreto we ask all of Year 11 to lead our community. I congratulate those who courageously risked nomination for particular roles and look forward to the gifts of the whole year group being shared for the good of the community, knowing that they will do so with humility, energy and a cheerful spirit.
|School Captain||Phillipa Studdert|
|School Vice-Captain||Maria Treacy|
|Boarding Captain||Isabella Price|
|Boarding Vice-Captain||Eliza Harley|
|Academic Activities||Maanya Maini|
|Creative Arts||Ruihuan (Helena) Liu|
|Performing Arts||Gabriella Sposari|
|Social Justice||Luka Swain|
This week we acknowledged the UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. In doing so we reflected on the corporate stance taken by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) – that is, “As members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an international and multicultural congregation of women religious, we pledge to work for the eradication of all forms of human trafficking and its causes, particularly among women and children, wherever we live and minister”. This issue is a global issue. Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. Traffickers the world over continue to target women and girls. Human trafficking generates an annual profit of approximately $32 billion worldwide and responds to and is driven by demand. And so, we must address demand, its causes and consequences, in order to eradicate human trafficking – especially among the most vulnerable of all, children. I spoke with the girls this week about that aspect of this human rights issue and what we can do to better educate and inform ourselves about demand in order for us to take the action we can to put an end to human trafficking.
I’m thrilled to let the community know that this week we received approval from Swimming NSW for the affiliation of the Loreto Normanhurst Swim Club. It’s a very exciting milestone for us and amongst other things it means that our Loreto Normanhurst Swimming Club will be competing at the upcoming NSW State Championships on August 23-25 – what a way to make our club debut!
We are at the point in the year where Year 12 head into the HSC Trial Exam period and I extend my good wishes to them all. The HSC Trial Examinations commenced yesterday and will extend for a two week period. I ask all within our communities to keep Year 12 students and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Of course, this means that we are also preparing to farewell Year 9 on Sunday morning as they depart for the Far North Queensland Experience where they will Care for Country and will be Walking Beside our Aboriginal brothers and sisters. I wish all of Year 9 and the accompanying staff safe travels and all the very best for an enriching experience.
I look forward to seeing many of you on Monday evening as we hear from Dr Elaine McDonald, Head of Policy and Practice at Dublin City University, as she delivers her public lecture: Bearers of a Dangerous Memory: the Prophetic Legacy of Mary Ward. You can register your attendance here.
On Wednesday we marked the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola. So today I draw on the prayer of St Ignatius, with a particular intention for our girls and families of Year 12 and Year 9, and for the staff who accompany those girls here at school as the exams take place or in Far North Queensland as that immersive experience unfolds.
teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve You as You deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for reward
but that of knowing I am doing Your Will.
Ms Marina Ugonotti