As we move fast to the end of the year it is good to reflect on the many events and give thanks for the many close relationships formed that have grown throughout the year. This week that has been demonstrated in so many different ways. The anticipation of the weekend to come in Mudgee for 100 of our Loreto Mums and the joy in the planning that has taken place. The celebration today of the Loreto volunteer parents this morning from sport, in the uniform shop, and in the Parent Association and finally at the PAL AGM on Wednesday night when the final reports were read out and all reported strong relationships, collaboration and generosity as a theme when working with the Loreto Normanhurst community. I am very thankful that together, between home and school, we work for our girls so that they see us as adult role models who are the ‘cheerful givers’ that Mary Ward described, and that they will do the same. I know the year is not over yet so there is still more time to enjoy these close relationships that we have at the school.
In the last couple of weeks we have held events to celebrate some special relationships within our community and beyond. At the inaugural Appreciation Luncheon for Priests, we welcomed priests from parishes in the surrounding areas . The event was a wonderful way for us to show our appreciation for the work that they do and the guidance that they provide for us as a faith-filled community. On Wednesday we celebrated our beautiful ex-students who graduated pre-1975 for the Annual Ex-Students’ Christmas Luncheon. It was a privilege to be able to share in their stories of the school and break bread together.
Thank you to the Parent Association of Loreto (PAL) for the generous donation of $22K to the school from the events held this year. These funds will go toward new shade cloth over the new tiered seating that edges the Veronica Reid Oval. These funds will be put to immediate use as this shade cloth will now be put up for the beginning of 2017.
Congratulations to the Primary students for their enthusiasm displayed in the Primary School Swimming Carnival and Loreto’s Got Talent this week. The energy and talent of Years 5 and 6 and the Primary School staff is limitless and their capability to create such fun for all to share brings great joy to us all. Thank you to the many parents who attended these events.
Next week Year 10 commence their annual YCON (Youth Conference) week. A week long exercise that will have our students listening thinking about and working on areas such as the Sustainability Development Goals. The areas they will work on will be Poverty, Women’s’ Rights, education for all children in the world and other areas such as racism, the discrepancies in the world between first and third world countries and many other topics of enquiry. It is a great week of debate, collaboration, robust thinking and knowledge building and sharing and we wish Year 10 well for the week. The guest speakers from here in Australia and from the UN in NYC will challenge them to think broadly about these issues and discuss how they may work for change.
Good luck to all those competing in Sport this weekend and please keep all our Mums travelling to Mudgee in your prayers.
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you
All things are passing away
God never changes
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing
God alone suffices
-St. Teresa of Avila
With prayer of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins