The sunsets this week in Sydney have brought the beauty of creation so vividly into our consciousness. So much so, as students left school after an evening class this week they squealed with delight at the pinks and oranges as the sun set over the pines outside my office. It was brilliant to share in the beauty of creation and be in awe of it. It is great to be reminded of God being present in the small things, the every day. Sometime we forget this and this week we have had an exquisite reminder. As the term gathers momentum I hope you find time to gaze at the sunset and feel God in the everyday.
This week there has been a great deal in the media about the proposed changes from the Federal Government to the school funding model and a great deal of discussion about Gonski 2.0. Loreto Normanhurst was not one of the 24 schools that will have immediate impact on their funding. We are a school that will be impacted gradually over 10 years. No one can deny that all students in Australia should receive funding and that the schools with the greatest need for funding is where the funding should go. These proposed changes will of course only change when legislation is passed by the Federal Government. Parents should be aware that Loreto Normanhurst is not funded the same as other Loreto schools and just because a school is in our local area does not mean we are at the same funding level. As we have always done at the School Board, Finance Sub Committee and Leadership Team level, we continue to be fiscally responsible with all government funding that the school receives and also for the fees our parents pay for their daughter’s education. All funds received by the school are poured immediately into the students’ education and growth.
I am very proud to relaunch the ‘Team of the Week’ for the Principal’s newsletter page. I was thrilled to receive an email this week from a Santa Sabina parent singing the praises of the Year 7 Basketball Team LON24. Santa Sabina arrived to play Loreto Normanhurst and discovered that they did not have enough players. They were thrilled when our coach and the girls offered to share our players and have a game – in fact their first for the season. The parent was so thankful and appreciative of our student’s sense of ‘fair play’ and for the support of the Loreto Normanhurst parents. Well done to these students, their coach and their families, we congratulate LON24 as ‘Team of the Week’.
This coming weekend is one of Loreto Normanhurst’s ‘Big’ weekends at the school with the Academic Plenary Meetings, Debating and Main Event for Boarders tonight, Sport and the Year 7 Dinner tomorrow night and the Mother Daughter Eucharist on Sunday morning. The school places these events on one weekend so all our boarding families can get to as many events as possible when they travel long distances to be in Sydney to see their daughters. These events are great opportunities to share our friendship and grow our community and I look forward to seeing parents over the weekend.
A Prayer for Our Earth
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 recognise 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.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si, n 246.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins