Principal’s Message

Welcome to Term 4, it’s good to be back. I hope you’ve had a restful break – that it was a time of rest and relaxation, of good books and lazy afternoons in the sun, of family and of fun.

On Thursday the Class of 2019 commenced their HSC examinations. Many students I have bumped into through the grounds and halls expressed relief in having the first exams done and were feeling confident about the upcoming days and weeks. Please continue to keep Year 12 and their families in your prayers at this time.

Our new Student Council launched their overarching vision for 2020, Girls by Girls, at Assembly on Wednesday.  They explained to us that they discerned this vision with a focus on the message that girls are in it together and we can help and learn from each other by standing together and openly supporting and lifting each other up. I commend the Student Council for their initiative. It’s a timely reminder as Term 4 begins and we focus on Mental Health Month. This week the student-led initiatives were about ‘getting outdoors’ and the simple things we can do daily to connect with one another, with nature, and with activities that keep us ‘mentally fit’. One in four people suffer from some form of mental illness at some time in their life and so it is important for us as a community to be kind and look out for each other.

Earlier this week was the United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women which celebrates and honours the role of rural women and recognises rural women’s importance in enhancing  agricultural and rural development worldwide. Rural women make up a quarter of the world’s population. They grow much of our food, strengthen economies and build climate resilience.

Yet, on almost every measure of development, because of gender inequalities and discrimination, they fare worse than rural men or urban women. Women in rural communities often hold the communities together and I know that we have some of those rural women in our Loreto Normanhurst community.  We stand in solidarity with them and with rural women everywhere as they seek to influence the decisions that shape their lives.

The final of the Principal’s Spelling Bee was held in the Primary School today.  All of us who gathered to witness this were impressed by the composure, accuracy and varying techniques used by the girls as they spelled difficult words before a gathered audience. It was a testament to their openness to growth, their deliberate practice, and their great love of words. Congratulations to the primary teachers and to all girls.

I’d like to acknowledge the following girls who have been quite busy over the break or towards the end of last term. Congratulations to the Years 10-11 Write a Book in a Day Bobbin Squad team of authors and illustrators of a wonderful story called ‘A Prickly Connection’ that was written as part of Write a Book in a Day. These girls, many of whom have been involved in the competition since Year 8, have been nominated for an award which is most deserving and the story is just wonderful. Well done girls.

Congratulations also to Erin O’Brien, Year 10, and Charli Fidler, Year 10, who have been invited to be part of the Greater Western Sydney Giants Netball Academy and to our Sports Captain Greta Kraszula, Year 11, who has been invited to the pre-season training and possible selection with the Western Sydney Wanderers. I would also like to congratulate Mrs Kristie Greville, Sports Administrator, who has been selected as a shadow player in the Australian hockey squad. Best of luck to all girls for the first round of Term Four sport.  

This week has been anti-poverty week and so I leave you with this prayer for the eradication of poverty.

 

For these millions of children twisted by the pain of hunger,
no longer able to smile, yet still yearning to love.
For these millions of young people,
who have no reason to believe or even to exist,
and who vainly search for a future in this senseless world.

God of compassion and justice hear us

For these millions of men, women and children,
whose hearts are still pounding strong to the beat of struggle,
whose minds rise in revolt against the unjust fate imposed upon them,
whose courage demands the right to priceless dignity.

God of compassion and justice hear us

For these millions of children, women and men
who do not want to condemn,
but to love, to pray, to work and to unite,
so that a world of solidarity may be born.
A world, our world, in which all people would have given the best of themselves before dying.

God of compassion and justice hear us

We pray for a world
where people no longer live in hunger,
where they are free from HIV AIDS,
where mothers no longer die in childbirth,
where children no longer die of preventable diseases,
where every child has the right to quality education,
where poverty and inequality have been overcome.

God of compassion and justice hear us

May all those who pray
find a hearing in God’s presence
and receive from God the power to remove misery from humanity,
the humanity created in God’s image.

God of compassion and justice hear us

Based on Universal Prayer for Poverty Eradication
Adopted from Joseph Wresinski, October 17, 1987,

 

Ms Marina Ugonotti

Principal