Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2016. We have had a wonderful week of festivities to celebrate the girls throughout the week. Our graduating class has embraced their holistic education here at Loreto Normanhurst and have excelled in all areas of FACE and we are proud of them. As I said to Year 12 and the community today:
The world needs energetic women of deep values that are authentic, to move the world towards equality and away from entitlement. Your Loreto education should have formed you to always be a person for others, to be just and to be constant, efficacious and loving as Mary Ward described so long ago.
Your time at school, and your Loreto education has been preparing you for this next step into life. Whether you knew it or not we have been gently teaching you how to lead, how to be a peacemaker, how to be authentic, how to handle tough situations, how to be resilient, how to be sincere and happy,
It is important, Year 12, as you leave today that you stop and reflect on what is really important in life and what your Loreto education has given you.
We pray for Year 12 as they leave us today and head into their study vacation period prior to their HSC.
I leave you with the words of the Desiderata, a prayer that was read to the students as part of their final liturgy.
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons…
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
-Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata”
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins