On Thursday May 26 we commemorated National Sorry Day, a day when we remember the Stolen Generations and our commitment to Reconciliation in Australia. Loreto Normanhurst recognises its obligation to Justice, Human Rights and Reconciliation and is committed to the promotion of education in this area. As a school not only do we offer Indigenous Bursaries to many Indigenous students at the school we do all we can to continue our valued partnership with the Indigenous elders in Far North Queensland whom we have known for more than 12 years. We will continue to find new ways for our Loreto women to be educated in their understanding of Reconciliation and to build a path towards absolute unity in the years ahead.
Thank you to the amazing PAL Executive Team for the incredible Trivia Night held last Saturday night. It was a great night of fun and frivolity. It was brilliant to see all of our parents and their friends dress up on the night as either an ‘L’ or an ‘N’. The costumes were colourful and clever. The Trivia was testing but we all managed to have our skills tested and we emptied our pockets to support the fundraising efforts for the year for PAL. Thank you to our Presidents of PAL and the Executive Committee for their hard work to prepare such a brilliant night.
I am excited about our Master Plan Dreaming Night on Monday 30th at 7pm in the Gonzaga Barry Centre. It is shaping up to be a great night of idea sharing. There is still the opportunity to attend and we welcome all parents, students and staff to the night. Once the initial ideas are shared and collected on Monday night there will be opportunity for further comment going forward over the months ahead. I look forward to seeing members of the community on Monday evening.
Next week is going to be an excellent week with our annual ‘Women of Influence’ Evening on Wednesday featuring three brilliant speakers. Are you attending with your daughter? I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed. Our speakers are Annie Crawford (’81), Katherine Sainty (’77) and Kerry-Anne Walsh (’71). They will enthrall us with their stories and I know it is a night not to be missed. Mums, Dads and daughters come along and enjoy the night together.
With only a week until our school feast day next Friday I hope your daughters have shared with parents the cause for the year, the Nyumbani Children’s Home in Kenya. Year 11, who will commence their leadership preparation as soon as Loreto Day finishes, are working very hard to provide a memorable day for the school community. As in past years we will welcome students from St Edmunds and St Lucy’s as our guests for the day. We are also blessed to welcome Bishop Peter Comensoli to celebrate our Loreto Day Eucharist to commence the day.
Holy Father, God of Love
We thank you for
the survival of Indigenous cultures
Our hope is in you because
your son Jesus Christ came
to reconcile the world to you.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins