There is no doubt that the problems facing us in our daily lives and communities grow in complexity and ambiguity. What is required to solve such problems is a range of skills and knowledge and openness to growth and collaboration. Loreto Normanhurst has enjoyed tremendous success in the Future Problem Solving (FPS) competition over many years. FPS is an international educational program that is well-aligned with our model of learning here at Loreto Normanhurst – working collaboratively, thinking creatively and grappling with challenge to solve some of the significant issues facing today’s world. The students involved are highly dedicated and are to be congratulated for their commitment to the program and advocacy for their chosen topics.
Last weekend 20 girls travelled to Brisbane to compete at the FPS National Competition supported by staff members, Mrs Robyn Roffey, Ms Hannah Truong and Ms Maddy McLachlan. All students competed well and we congratulate the Year 10 Global Issues team and the Year 10 Community Problem Solving team who have been invited to the International Conference in Massachusetts, USA next year to compete against the top teams all over the world. We also congratulate Nitasha Dewan from Year 12 who was awarded the 2019 ‘E Paul Torrance Award’ for her contribution to Future Problem Solving. This is a tremendous effort and it is worth noting that a senior student from Loreto has been the recipient of this award for the past five years.
I would also like to extend well wishes and congratulations to Mrs Robyn Roffey, FPS Coordinator, for being awarded the ‘E Paul Torrance Coaches’ Award’ for outstanding contribution to FPS within Australia. We are proud of this acknowledgement of Mrs Roffey’s contribution to the program and grateful for her commitment to the growth of many girls through FPS over a number of years.
This week we have celebrated Environment Week. As an Ecology-Centred school, we have focused on the beauty and wonder of our planet and the responsibility we have to protect our common home. On Tuesday a group of Year 10 students participated in the Clean4Shore Program, helping to clean up the waterways on the Hawkesbury River while learning about the local ecosystem. A big thanks to these students and staff for supporting the Clean4Shore program which is producing outstanding outcomes for our environment.
On Thursday 31 October, the Mary Ward Justice Lecture will be hosted at Loreto Kirribilli. The topic for discussion this year is Homelessness. It will examine the rapid increase in the rise of homelessness in Australia in the past five years across all socio-economic backgrounds. Our community is warmly invited and I hope many of you will be able to make it. To view the invitation and details, please click here.
Spring Fair is just 10 days away on Sunday 3 November and I thank the PAL Spring Fair Committee for all their hard work to make this a wonderful day for the enjoyment of our community. I do encourage you all to attend and help out on the day if you can spare an hour or two. Please see the link here to volunteer for this terrific community day.
We wish all students well for the Festival of Speech competition held at Meriden this weekend, as well as the rowing community as the season is launched in anticipation of the Normo Regatta the following weekend. Good luck to all of our sportswomen as they compete this weekend.
Aboriginal Thanksgiving Prayer
God of Holy Dreaming, Great Creator Spirit, from the dawn of creation you have given your children the good things of Mother Earth.
You spoke and the gum tree grew.
In the vast desert and the dense forest, and in the cities and at the water’s edge, creation sings your praise.
Your presence endures at the rock at the heart of our Land.
When Jesus hung on the tree you heard the cries of all your people and became one with your wounded ones: the convicts, the hunted, the dispossessed.
The sunrise of your Son coloured the earth anew, and bathed it in glorious hope.
In Jesus we have been reconciled to you, to each other and to your whole creation.
Lead us on, Great Spirit, as we gather from the four corners of the earth; enable us to walk together in trust from the hurt and shame of the past into the full day which has dawned in Jesus Christ.
[Permission to use this prayer was given by Lenore Parker.]
Ms Marina Ugonotti