Today is World Teachers’ Day, and at Loreto Normanhurst our staff has been celebrated by our amazing students and parents. The students have thanked us for the work we do and have expressed short exchanges of gratitude in the corridors and around the school. All staff were also gifted with lovely cards with heart-warming messages of appreciation and dedicated blessings at the Communion Service. The Parent Association, on behalf of all parents, provided staff with morning tea on Wednesday, and we thank them for their generosity and warm hospitality. We are truly blessed to be part of such a wonderful community.
At the Mary Ward Justice Forum on Wednesday we were inspired and challenged to take action as we listened to powerful and thought-provoking talks from Elizabeth Farrelly (Author, Columnist in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, & Associate Professor at the UNSW Graduate School Of Urbanism), and Phil Glendenning (Director of the Edmund Rice Centre and President of the Refugee Council of Australia). Led and facilitated by Julie Edwards (CEO of Jesuit Social Services), we engaged in meaningful conversations on the fascinating topic of Humans, God, Nature: Creative Collaboration or Fight to the Death?. We thank Sr Libby Rogerson ibvm for giving us the opportunity to host and be part of such an inspirational event .
On Thursday and Friday we welcomed our newest Loreto families to the school for Orientation Day. It was lovely to witness their excitement and anticipation in joining our Secondary School, and we trust that their Loreto journey will be a happy and fulfilling experience.
Our Year 11 students have continued with their transition into Year 12. As they move into this next and final phase of their schooling, it is important that they have regular and frank discussions with their parents about the changing scope of their life. It is vital that they keep strong, positive and mutually respectful relationships not only with their parents, but also with their teachers, and with each other. It is also important for them to seek support when necessary, and the school will do our best to offer this support.
The HSC journey has started to come to an end for many of our Year 12 students as they completed their Studies of Religion Examination this week. All students will gradually finish over the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing the Class of 2016 again and sharing a great night of celebration with them at their Year 12 Formal on Thursday, 10 November.
Congratulations to Jessica Webster (Year 6) who has achieved a Bronze Award in the 2016 Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) annual writing competition, ‘WriteOn’ . With over 400 entries received from around NSW, this award from BOSTES is a significant achievement. Well done, Jessica.
We look forward to seeing those attending the Mother Daughter Dinner on Saturday night. I believe we are at full capacity, with around 400 people expected to attend. It promises to be a wonderful night of dancing and fun, in celebration of the beautiful relationship between mothers and daughters.
On Friday 18 November I will be hosting the Principal’s Appreciation Morning Tea. I look forward to celebrating the contributions of the members of our community who so generously give their time and effort to volunteer in various sectors within the school. Please click here for the invitation.
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
(from Laudato Si, Pope Francis)
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins