Tomorrow, February 13, marks the Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations. Our whole school stopped to witness the momentous occasion eight years ago when the Prime Minister at the time, Kevin Rudd, delivered the apology. We were in awe of its significance then, and its message still resonates strongly with us today. As a community, Loreto Normanhurst supports all continuing efforts for reconciliation in Australia.
I include below an excerpt from Mr Rudd’s historic apology to the Stolen Generations on February 13, 2008:
To the Stolen Generations I say the following: As Prime Minister of Australia I am sorry. On behalf of the Government of Australia I am sorry. On behalf of the Parliament of Australia, I am sorry. We offer this apology to the mothers, the fathers, the brothers, the sisters, the families and the communities whose lives were ripped apart by the actions of successive governments under successive parliaments.
Year 7 students continue to settle in well and this week they have been enjoying a myriad of activities. On Traditioning Day, they learnt about our Loreto heritage from Sr Frances Browne IBVM, and were engrossed with stories of our past from ex-students Mary Poirrier and Mary Angela Bellingham, Class of ’57. They then headed off to the Year 7 Camp, which was a tremendous success. I had the privilege of being with the girls for a day at the camp and it was delightful to see so many new relationships and friendships forged, which I hope will last for many years to come. I thank all parents and staff who have supported Year 7 in their transition to high school.
Our boarders enjoyed fun and friendship in the sun at the annual Boarders’ Commitment Weekend. The strength of our boarding school is in the closeness of its community, and it was a joy to see over 180 girls bonding like sisters over the two days.
This week, we started preparations for the Lenten season, a time when we reconnect with the story of Jesus. In this time of Lent we hope and pray that we will hear God’s call and that it will bring us closer to Him. At school, we celebrated Shrove Tuesday with pancakes in the quad, and Year 12 students did an excellent job on raising awareness and funds for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion. I also congratulate our Year 12 students who have taken up ministry to become Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and who led our Ash Wednesday Liturgies so beautifully. It is wonderful to see our young women working so gracefully in this sacred ministry for the Church.
Year 10 Drama students have had an outstanding week with our Artist in Residence from Bell Shakespeare. We look forward to seeing them put their learning into practice when they perform Macbeth live tonight at 6pm in the Drama Space.
Come Holy Spirit,
Enlighten my mind and heart.
Cast your light of love and justice into all the dark places within.
Lead me honestly and joyfully through these 40 days of repentance and change,
trusting in your love and your ever-present call to me to turn to you.