The purpose of Education is to build a happier society, we need a more holistic approach that promotes the practice of love and compassion.
This week the words of the Dalai Lama have been on my mind as we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the UN World Day of Social Justice. For justice and freedom to grow in any society we need good education systems that value a spirituality and faith that not only nurtures the soul but penetrates deep into our whole being which then motivates our actions. We also need a robust and respectful critique of the structures that exist in the world helping our students to understand that to question and challenge the status quo for the betterment of others is necessary for society to improve.
This week I was again so heartened by the way our students, staff and wider community are connected on these most important issues. At our assembly, our Social Justice Leaders gave thanks for what they are grateful for in our world. We also had Stephanie Lorenzo (Class of 2002) CEO of Project Futures speak to us about the scourge of human trafficking and the great work we have actively supported through Project Futures with her team, to affect change. At Loreto Normanhurst I feel we are working towards what the Dalai Lama speaks of and what Mary Ward wanted a Loreto education to be: a place that promoted young women to be “Seekers of Truth and doers of Justice”.
Congratulations to our Years 10 and 11 students of 2016 who we celebrated this week for their success in their Record of School Achievement (RoSA). It was wonderful to have many parents and extended family members attend the assembly. To reward excellence is important in all areas and it is important that the students who achieved outstanding results were rewarded for their hard work. These students, just like those we celebrated last week, have been very active Loreto women and will continue to be so as they now embark on their Year 11 and 12 studies. Learning is a collaborative pursuit and we wish all of Year 11 and Year 12 well as they apply themselves to their HSC studies.
Our students constantly amaze me and this week is like no other in that respect. More than 160 students competed in the Triathlon competition this week. How incredible that we have so many students who want to participate in this incredibly strenuous and tactical sport. Congratulations to all who attended the event and for those that excelled on the very hot days. Thank you also to the Sports Department for their organisation of the day.
Next Tuesday evening at 7.00pm -8.30pm in the Gonzaga Barry Centre the School will report back to parents on the Sports Review that was conducted in 2016. I do hope you can attend to hear the recommendations and about the actions the School has taken thus far. If you cannot attend the event will be recorded and podcast to parents as well.
Congratulations to our Year 6 students who were commissioned as leaders in today’s Leadership Liturgy. It was wonderful to celebrate this achievement with the Year 6 students and their families.
I hope you have RSVP’d to the Cocktail Party on next Friday 3rd March. It is shaping up to be a fantastic event. The staff at the school led by Mrs Alicia Maunsell, Director of Development, are working hard to prepare a superb evening. The year group meetings prior to the Cocktail Party will be meetings where very relevant information is shared so please come along to a night that is both informative and fun. At the Cocktail Party you will have the chance to mix directly with other parents, School Board members, members of the Leadership Team of the school as well as the wider staff. Please RSVP so that we can cater appropriately for you on the night. I look forward to seeing parents at the event.
It was such a joy to see our students compete last week at sport, good luck to all who are competing in any sporting teams or other school events this weekend.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Peace is not the product of terror or fear.
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent result of violent repression.
Peace is the generous,
tranquil contribution of all
to the good of all.
Peace is dynamism.
Peace is generosity.
It is right and it is duty.
― Oscar A. Romero
Ms Barbara Watkins