This week I feel like my various email inboxes have been inundated with notices and messaging about ‘Black Friday’ sales; messaging urging us to spend more and buy more, to accumulate ‘stuff’ because the opportunity is there. In stark contrast to this messaging, was that put forward at this morning’s Communion Service where the Year 11 Eucharistic Ministers spoke about Jesus’ message of abundant love. The girls reflected on how they express generosity and gratitude at this time of the year and challenged us to think about how we share and give, and to whom we extend that generosity. We particularly think of those who have less at this time of the year – whether that be material goods or that which feeds the spirit: the companionship of friends; the safety and security of family and home. We continue our commitment to give generously to those in need over these next few days with our Vinnies Christmas Hampers. Donations close on Tuesday, so please give generously.
Today we celebrated our Year 6 girls’ transition into high school with a beautiful liturgy and final assembly. The girls are sad to leave their primary years behind but are full of anticipation for the new experiences high school will bring. Year 6 have been generous leaders of the Primary School this year and fine examples of compassionate young women of action. We wish them well as they go forth into their senior school years, encouraged to fulfil their academic and personal potential.
It is with great delight that I can share news of nominations and selection of works of students from the Class of 2019. These nominations and inclusions relate to bodies of work, projects and performances completed as part of their HSC studies. Inclusion of nominated work into the final exhibitions of ENCORE and SHAPE 2019 are still to be confirmed. Congratulations to these graduates and thank you to the teachers of the following girls and their Heads of Department for their commitment, care and expertise as they guided the girls over the years.
|OnSTAGE nominations (Drama)||
Individual Performance: Antonia Tassell, Charlotte Tillbrook, Isabelle Sullivan
Group 1 – Charlotte Tillbrook, Anastasia Leaver, Angeline Raggett, Lucy Samuelson, Emily Franco, Bridget Downes
Group 2 – Isabelle Sullivan, Lucy Illek, Abby Roman, Eve Whittaker, Larissa Vella
Individual Project: Lara Kirkwood (selected for inclusion), Grace Campbell
|ENCORE nominations (Music)||Jayda Gursel, Tanaya Kumar and Eileen Yang|
|SHAPE 2019 nominations (Design and Technology, Industrial Technology, Textiles and Design)||Arabella Barr, Emmaline Fountain and Anne Stephenson|
|ARTEXPRESS nominations (Visual Arts)||Charlotte Tillbrook (selected for inclusion) and Grace Corkery|
The AGM of the Parent Association of Loreto (PAL) was held this week. At the meeting we gave thanks to the outgoing team of parents who have led PAL this year, and we announced the new president and team for 2020. Thank you to Mrs Louise Wytenburg and Mr Paul White, Co-Presidents for 2019, and their outgoing PAL Executive Team for their generosity and hard work for the year. We also welcomed the new President Mrs Jane Dalton and the incoming Executive Committee, and I wish them well for 2020.
There was great spirit on display at the senior Swimming Carnival this week. Our seasoned swimmers moved up and down the pool with such incredible speed, technique and elegance. The competition was strong and healthy. Just as impressive was the overwhelming spirit, good will and volume of participation from all girls as they cheered and swam for House points. Sincere thanks to the House Councils and all staff who made the carnival such an amazing success.
On Tuesday and again today, our Year 9 drama students performed their wonderful version of Aladdin to a very engaged and enthusiastic audience of Kindergarten and Year One students from visiting primary schools. Is there anything more felicitous than the giggles of 6-year olds as Aladdin is chased by Ping and Pong the incompetent police officers? Congratulations to Year 9 on a wonderful display of dialogue, singing, colour and movement. Next week we will have the thrill of Light Entertainment and I congratulate all girls in advance for their hard work to make this a special and fun event for their Houses and the school.
Good luck to students participating in their last round of sport this weekend and a further good luck to those competing in finals.
It saddens me when I hear this time of the year being referred to as the ‘silly season’. Saddened because we know that the Season of Advent can be one of great anticipation and preparation, and that of Christmas, one of hope and joy. I can appreciate why such a turn of phrase has come about, though, as freneticism rises, expectations become a burden, and true meaning can be quickly overshadowed. As we head into this time, I hope that all families and friends have the opportunity to slow down and take time for all that is life giving.
Take time to rest, it is the foundation of health and vitality,
Take time to think, it is the source of achievement.
Take time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to play, it is the secret of staying young.
Take time to be quiet, it is the opportunity to seek God.
Take time to share, it is too short a life to be selfish.
Take time to be aware, it is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the heart.
Take time to be loved, it nourishes the soul.
Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.
Take time to pray, it is the greatest power on earth.
Take time to dream, it is the well of inspiration.
There is time for everything.
Ms Marina Ugonotti