I hope that all our families, particularly families who are from communities affected by the drought and by bushfires, are safe and well. I would like to acknowledge the great strength of our Loreto community who came together to support each other this week. Our request for day families to help look after our boarders from Monday night to Wednesday morning when the school was closed due to fire ratings, was met with an overwhelming response with close to 100 offers for assistance within the first hour. I am so grateful to all our families and the strength and power of our community in responding to people in need. We are a close knit and supportive community and we see this time and time again as we all try to do as much as we can by working together.
I am excited to announce to the community that Ms Sally Munro has been appointed as Director of Pastoral Care, commencing 2020. Ms Munro is currently the Integrated Learning Coordinator at St Ignatius College Riverview where she is leading the creation and development of a whole school integrated learning program. Ms Munro’s background in PDHPE, her Master of Education (Research) in interdisciplinary learning and the theory of integration, as well as her dedication to the wellbeing of young women will be an asset to the future growth of holistic learning at Loreto Normanhurst. We look forward to welcoming Ms Munro to our community in 2020.
Yesterday parents with daughters in Years 5-9 in 2020 would have received information from the Learning Office in relation to the Extended Day program which will be introduced from Term 1 2020. By introducing this program, the school intends to meet the needs of families and provide the girls with guided study support. Please refer to the information here and the communication sent to you by email or phone the Learning Office in the Secondary School for further information about how to apply to be part of the Extended Day program in 2020.
This week marks the end of the HSC for the Class of 2019. Congratulations to the Year 12 students who have worked through their exams calmly and purposefully. For these final examinations they have studied hard with dedication and they deserve to do well. The Class of 2019 were able to celebrate the end of their exams and their high school journey at their Year 12 formal on Thursday evening. They looked relaxed and happy, as did their parents, and they are excited for their journey ahead and what the next year will bring for them. The students and their parents were also very thankful for their Loreto education, one they will treasure and build on as the years go by. Congratulations to the Class of 2019, I wish them well for the future.
As one chapter ends, another begins, and this week, we welcomed new families to the secondary school for Orientation. This is a time for something new and different for these families, something they have been looking forward to and wondering about and we know that all our new families will be warmly welcomed by our whole community and I give thanks for that. Our new boarders also enjoyed the experience of their new ‘home away from home’ by sleeping over in the Boarding School last night which does much to ease them into boarding life at Loreto Normanhurst. Orientation is such a positive experience for our new families, and I wish them well as they too build their stories and friendships within our community.
This morning we celebrated the beautiful bond our Year 7 girls have with their grandparents or other special persons in their lives. I know the girls look forward to this day where they can show their special person around the school and give them a sense of what they do here each day. The beautiful liturgy which commenced the day was deeply grounded in the Gospel imperative of love, and what a beautiful expression of God’s love is held in the relationship which exists between grandparents and grandchildren. We give thanks for all the layers of life and love which were celebrated today.
Next Wednesday evening from 7-8pm we have the very special ‘Evening of Song with the Loreto Normanhurst Student Choir’ in our Chapel. This will be a beautiful and inspiring evening where words and notes will merge to raise our hearts and minds as we head towards the beginning of Advent. Afterwards there will be a light supper in the cloisters. I do hope many of you can join us – family and friends are most welcome. Please click here to book for catering purposes.
God of love,
in our hearts you place courage.
We beg you to stay close to our sisters and brothers whose lives have been devastated by recent fires across our land;
may they make wise decisions and receive immediate support.
We implore you to keep first responders safe; may their generosity and skill be a blessing for all.
We mourn the loss of life, livelihoods, animals, ecosystems, property and dreams.
With resurrection hope, may our hearts be broken open in love, may our faith
be strengthened and may we give generously.
As Mary Ward led her siblings safely from a burning house into the arms of her father,
may our land and her people be relieved of suffering at this time.
We make this and all our prayers in Jesus name.
Ms Marina Ugonotti