We welcome back Year 12 to their final weeks of schooling and we support them as they manage these weeks of revision, practical examinations and last days. Welcome back also to Year 9 from their FNQ Experience. This immersion has a big impact on Year 9 and we encourage them to continue to reflect on the importance of their time away together. Welcome back also to Year 6 after their Canberra excursion this week. The girls were immersed in hands-on learning in civics, citizenship and history and I hope they have come back inspired by their visit, full of new learning and vision.
National Science Week was officially last week, but we celebrated it this week so Year 9 and 12 could join in the fun. It has been a great week with students and staff participating in many interesting experiments under the theme ‘Destination Moon – More Missions, More Science’. It is great to see the collaboration of our students from all years and to celebrate our great scientists, recognise the wonderful inventions that have immeasurably improved our lives and encourage our students to be fascinated by the world we live in. I encourage the celebration of weeks like this as we aim to instil a positive attitude and confidence in our girls to pursue science and other STEM subjects throughout their school years and beyond.
Congratulations to our incoming school captains, Phillipa and Maria, for efficiently piloting their ‘L plates’ School Assembly on Wednesday! Our current captains Evelyn and Anastasia were on hand to support them in true Loreto Normanhurst style, empowering and guiding them through these beginning stages of their school leadership.
We look forward to the gathering of fathers and daughters this weekend for the Father Daughter Eucharist on Sunday morning in the Chapel. Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and godfathers are all such important role models for our girls, particularly in these formative years, and it is great to be able to celebrate the father daughter relationship together this weekend.
This Sunday is also the World Day for Migrants and Refugees. This is an occasion to express concern for many different vulnerable people on the move, to pray for the challenges and increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers. This year, Pope Francis has chosen the theme “It is not just about migrants” to make sure no one remains excluded from society, whether a long-time resident or someone newly-arrived.
God, no one is a stranger to you and no one is ever far from your loving care.
In your kindness watch over migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, those separated from their loved ones, those who are lost and those who have been exiled from their homes.
Bring them safely to the place where they long to be, and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and those in need.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, who too was a refugee and migrant who travelled to another land searching for a home.
Ms Marina Ugonotti