This time of year marks the final weeks of schooling for our Year 12 girls and the rituals and celebrations that come with that. One of these occasions is the Leadership Ritual which we celebrated today. This is a special ceremony where our Year 12 leaders bestow leadership on our incoming 2020 leaders. Rituals are an important and rich way in which to mark our movement from one state of being into another. When done in prayer and symbolism, we allow for the grace and presence of God to guide us through this movement of life’s passage and to strengthen us in the surety that God does not lead us into places where He will not sustain us. This is so for Year 11, who take on the leadership of the school, and for Year 12 who leave their legacy and influence firmly imprinted in our community as they prepare for whatever the future may hold for them.
In the Leadership Ritual today the girls were blessed by the school and together Year 11 made their pledge of commitment and service to the Loreto Normanhurst community. Their pledge is grounded in our Loreto values and in the values of our Catholic Christian tradition and the example of Jesus; and is a pledge which reflects the aspirations and commitment of Year 11 in taking on the student leadership of Loreto Normanhurst.
It was Michelangelo who said “if people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” There has been so much hard work by our Year 12 students over the years and this year. Tonight, at our HSC Showcase, we will celebrate and showcase some of that hard work and the resulting mastery it has delivered as students present their work in Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Aboriginal Studies, Design and Technology, History Extension, Science Extension and English Extension 2. Please do come along and be inspired by the wonderful beauty of creative and performing arts, scientific inquiry, wonder and thought expressed in word. The overflow of the curious eye and mind of our girls will be fully on display tonight and I congratulate all students and their teachers. Our Year 12 Drama students also completed their HSC Drama practical exams this week with the performances going very well and our Year 12 Languages students continue their oral exams into September.
Students across the school have enjoyed some wonderful success and experiences in their various sports. Congratulations to our snowsports girls who represented Loreto at the SSA Northern States Interschools Snowsports Championships last week and to Dominique Rossell, Year 12, Millie Price Year 12, and Eliza Rossell, Year 9, for their invite to Nationals. Good luck girls.
Our primary athletics girls represented the school proudly on Monday at the IPSHA Athletics Carnival. Congratulations girls, I am very proud of your efforts. Further congratulations to Sofia Storgato, Year 6, and Tayla Moore, Year 5, who have progressed through to CIS after some amazing results in their events. Congratulations to our secondary athletics girls who competed at the IGSSA Athletics Championships on Wednesday and Thursday this week, finishing an amazing 6th overall! This matched last year’s fantastic effort, however this year we recorded more points than last year’s team for one of our best results ever! Great work girls.
Well done to Charlotte Ryan, Year 12 who represented NSW at the SSA National Cross Country Championships last weekend. Charlotte finished 24th in her individual events, 2nd in the relay event and 3rd as part of the NSW Team, earning her a sliver and bronze medal.
I am also very excited to report the brand new Loreto Normanhurst Swimming Club debuted in style over the weekend at the NSW Senior State Age Championships. Our nine swimmers competing won eight medals, and had 20 top 10 finishes out of a total of 25 swims between them. Fantastic results. Well done to all swimmers and to Loreto Normanhurst students Abby Hartshorne, Year 11, Sarah Henry, Year 12, Maddison Hinds, Year 8, and Cordelia Stephen, Year 8.
We have had some wonderful success in Archdale Debating and I congratulate the Year 7 and Year 10 Archdale Debating teams who had their quarter finals on Tuesday night. Further congratulations to the Year 7 team consisting of Chelsea Earle, Ella Khoury, Krisshvi Naarayanan and Isabella Tesoriero who won their debate progressing them through to the semi final. This is big news for Loreto Normanhurst debating and I congratulate you all and wish you the best of luck for the finals. Well done to all our Archdale debaters, you should all be very proud of yourselves.
Congratulations to Tahlia Moses, Year 7 and Frances O’Brien, Year 8 who participated in the Regional Finals for the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition. Unfortunately, they were not selected to go through to the semi finals, but both girls did a brilliant job, competing against Year 9 students. Well done girls, you should be very proud of yourselves.
Last Sunday morning our dads and daughters enjoyed the beautiful Father Daughter Eucharist. Thank you to Anthony Whipps and his daughter Gabriella, Year 12, for their very moving reflection of the special nature of the father daughter relationship. We wish all our Loreto dads a happy day on Sunday for Father’s Day.
Strength of a Mountain
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … Dad
Ms Marina Ugonotti