The newsletter is going green this week for Enviro Week! The green newsletter is symbolic of all the other initiatives that we have been part of that expresses our commitment to the multiple initiatives in the school around caring for the Environment. The students have all been sporting a green ribbon and daily initiatives from the Green Team have us recycling into new garbage bins, recycling coffee pods and old mobile phones, and using Envirocups instead of paper cups at the Curran Café to name a few. The school also continues to increase its commitment to the environment and to lessening its carbon footprint. In the recent work for the Veronica Reid Precinct the school by law must install a detention tank, a tank where any overflow water collects. With Ecology in mind the school decided that this tank should be double the standard size to allow for greater water storage and use of recycled water in the school. Currently the Oval is only irrigated with recycled water from existing tanks and this new tank will mean greater use of recycled water on campus. The Green Team in the school is an impressive team of students and staff who constantly spur us on beyond just awareness raising to clear action. Their passion and advocacy for the Environment continues to keep us focused on caring for this beautiful world in which we live. I hope that all parents have a chance to talk to their daughters about what they are doing at school this Enviro Week and how some of these initiatives can continue in the home. It all begins with turning off a light or two when you leave the room!
Not only has Enviro Week been part of our awareness this week but so has the plight of Asylum Seekers and Refugee children impacted by detention in Australia. Our students were part of a silent sit in, in partnership with CAPSA, Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum. This powerful message promoting freedom and protection made by the students and the staff sends a message to those who make the decisions in this area. Only when we work to provide a voice to the voiceless and advocate for the powerless will governments listen.
Bursary was on our minds this week as the students from St Ignatius’ College came to play the annual Bursary Netball and Touch Football Matches at Loreto. Year 12 throughout their final year hold various events to raise funds for Bursary. These much needed funds go to support several students in the school and many to come in the future who’s families are in necessitous circumstances. It was great to see all of our students pay a gold coin to attend the matches and we were certainly humbled when we heard that a very generous Riverview gentleman collected funds in their Boarding School presenting the school with $160 for the Loreto Normanhurst Bursary Fund. This generosity is what it is all about and coupled with the exuberance and joy of the day it is brilliant that our young people are engaged in pursuits to support other people who need this generosity. Both our Loreto girls and the Riverview boys were demonstrating how they truly are ‘people for others’. People that St Ignatius’ and after him Mary Ward called us to be.
Next week Year 12 will graduate. What an outstanding group they have been. They have joyfully led the school this year and have been happy and hard working. Each year when our Year 12 students graduate I look to the Mission statement and see if we have indeed met the aims of the beautiful word encapsulated within. When I see these students I think we indeed have met the ideals of the Mission Statement. In the graduating class I see strong young women who are independent, compassionate and articulate, I see young women that are fulfilling their academic and personal potential and I see women that celebrate a joyous Christian faith and who take time to reflect on this and their future. We wish the Class of 2016 well in the coming week and throughout the following months as they traverse the final piece of their career at school. Let us all as a community keep them in our prayers now, and in an ongoing way as they take that next big step towards their future.
A Prayer for Hope
Heavenly father, I am your humble servant,
I come before you today in need of hope.
There are times when I feel helpless,
There are times when I feel weak.
I pray for hope.
I need hope for a better future. I need hope for a better life.
I need hope for love and kindness.
Some say that the sky is at its darkest just before the light.
I pray that this is true, for all seems dark.
I need your light, Lord, in every way. I pray to be filled with your light from head to toe.
To bask in your glory. To know that all is right in the world, as you have planned, and as you want it to be.
Help me to walk in your light, and live my life in faith and glory.
In your name I pray,
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins