Welcome back to Term 2. It is lovely to see all our students returned and happily settled back into the Boarding School and to classes. I hope that families had a great break over the Easter weekend particularly. It is such a beautiful time for gathering with family.
Upon our return this week amidst all the talk of global politics it was brilliant to hear from Pope Francis and his very important message for us and for our world. This last week Pope Francis took to a very popular means of communication by presenting a TED talk. If you have not watched it I suggest you do. He speaks to us personally to make the world a better place for all. He makes the message personal by saying the future is YOU, the future is US. He reminds us that we can only go forward as humans of the world by showing compassion and love to all people.
He speaks too of tenderness and that only out of this tenderness will we find and build peace across the world. Pope Francis engages us in this message by placing this responsibility on us to make change. His message is perfectly timed for us as global citizens and for us here too as Loreto people. When we consider our two pathways from the Loreto Normanhurst Strategic Plan – the Person-Centred School and the Faith-Centred School – we can take much from this message and make his heartfelt statements about love and the other person, about looking after the most vulnerable and peace, into our daily action and into our daily prayer for the world around us. Unless we make these words come alive in actions here as a community each day, we too could be like the Levite passing by the beaten man in the parable of the Good Samaritan.
As the students were enjoying their last day of the vacation the Loreto Normanhurst staff were taking part in a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting Professional Learning Day. It was called a ‘Conference for us- by us.’ It was a day where we commenced with talking about the changing nature of work with a keynote presentation from me as Principal called ‘Work of the Future – the Future of Work’. After this session staff chose from a multitude of workshops on a wide range of topics on Grit, Growth Mindset, Coaching and Mentoring, and Team Work to name a few, all run by members of our staff.
It is wonderful, I must say, to work with such outstanding professionals at Loreto Normanhurst. Our 250 staff from all sectors, demonstrate themselves to be life-long learners and this day showed the capacity we have within the staff to present thought provoking material for each other. We have started Term 2 as a staff with great energy and our learning from that day will permeate our work for our students and the organisation throughout this term and the year ahead.
Our students commemorated Anzac Day at Wednesday’s assembly in fitting fashion led so ably by our History students. It is important for our young women to remember those who have fallen fighting for us as Australians so they understand the sacrifice others have made on our behalf. This time of Anzac Day and the moving readings and ceremonies that go with it, focus us on peace and the power we all have to create a peaceful world. Lest we forget.
Thank you to all who attended the Year 5 and 6 Dinner on Wednesday night. It was a good night for our new parents in Year 5 to connect and for our Year 6 parents to reconnect and extend the open circle of friends at Loreto. These dinners are a great way for parents to make connections and I am very happy so many parents were able to attend.
Congratulations to our Senior 1sts Football Team who played the first round of the CIS Cup at Loreto in tough conditions on Wednesday afternoon. Loreto played very well to defeat Covenant Christian School 3-1. Their next round will be in Coffs Harbour against Bishop Druitt College in the coming weeks. We wish them well for the season.
Good luck to our CSDA Debaters who commence their competition on Friday evening, to our Hills Netball players in their ongoing competition and to all who are playing any sport this weekend. The Veronica Reid Oval looks particularly beautiful at the moment having been lovingly prepared by our grounds staff who we thank for their hard work.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins