Today at Loreto we celebrate Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day with Year 7 students and their families. This is a very special day in the calendar when we are able to celebrate the influence and love of the wider family. The love of Grandparent, parent and those that take on parenting responsibilities for our young women is unique and beautiful. The values and influence of family is evident each day in our young womens’ interactions with each other and the adults that guide them here each day. Life in the 21st Century is certainly complicated for our young women, they are often bombarded with confusing role models in the outside world and confronted by imagery that suggests the world is a broken place where values are relative and relationships fleeting. They look to their parents, Grandparents, Special Friends and to their school to wisely, gently and lovingly guide them as they traverse life giving them a sense of hope and challenging their thinking. Our young women also give us the gift of exuberance, maturity, and abounding love in return and we are grateful that we have young people who are bright eyed and full of hope in our lives.
Mental Health month continues at Loreto with our students working in their Houses this week to discuss who they turn to in times of need and how they grow their own wellbeing. ‘Learn and Grow’ is the theme for this year’s Mental Health Month with staff and students talking a great deal about how we do that well here at school each day in the Boarding School, in classes, on the sporting field and in our daily interactions. I am pleased to say that we have many programs to promote good mental health at Loreto. These programs coupled with a strong vertical pastoral care system here at the school means that our girls are known and cared for appropriately. Mental health is on the agenda at Loreto Normanhurst throughout the year and it is certainly good to highlight its importance during October.
The HSC continues to run well and our Year 12 students are managing the exams with calm and clarity. They have completed the first two weeks of exams by today and for some students next Thursday will be their very last exam and their last day ever as a school student. Please continue to keep Year 12 and their families in your prayers at this time.
Congratulations to Sarah Matthias (Year 11) who has won the National Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) competition, run by CPA Australia. Sarah represented NSW in the competition, which was held last week in Melbourne. What an achievement from Sarah! Congratulations also to the Social Science staff who have encouraged her growth in this area.
Congratulations to our Future Problem Solving teams who recently competed in the Nationals in Melbourne last weekend. They competed well and came 9th overall which means of course that they are 9th nationally a brilliant result. We thank the students and staff who coach and guide the students in this program.
This weekend our girls will be involved in the AHIGS Festival of Speech, a competition of Oratory and Drama with the 32 other Independent Girls’ Schools. It should be a great few days of competition and we wish all competitors well.
October is the month of Mary and we look to her as a role model for us each day. Her sacrifice, her wisdom and her abounding love demonstrate to us the love of God for us all. Today’s prayer is the Hail Mary, a prayer said for centuries and one that we all know and pray during October.
Hail Mary full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death
With prayers of peace and hope
Ms Barbara Watkins