During the last week it has been wonderful to witness our vibrant learning community in action. Learning conversations were taking place all around the school in a variety of ways. In only a week we have listened to history experts, seen students and teachers interact all around the school at scattered tables, assisted Years 5, 7 and 9 through NAPLAN and had Year 8 experience a vital part of their personal learning through the Year 8 Camp.
One of the most special gatherings in our learning model is the Academic Plenary attended by parents with their daughters. This week the halls were abuzz with good conversation, curiosity and challenge between parents, students and staff as feedback was exchanged on our students’ learning. The engagement of parents in their daughter’s learning is a significant factor in their success, as is the collaboration in this learning journey with the staff of the school. Appropriate feedback and challenge is necessary for us all to improve what we do and I am always impressed by our students as they discuss their learning maturely with our staff who know their students so well. I encourage parents to continue this learning conversation with their daughters engaging in that growth mindset together of… ‘I have not achieved that YET… but I will keep trying.’
There has been so much in the media about NAPLAN this last week with many confusing reports about levels of achievement. When students sit for NAPLAN the school receives data later in the year. This data is examined by the school and fed straight back to the teaching staff so they can work with our students to improve their learning outcomes. No matter what level of achievement they are at when they receive their NAPLAN results we will work with them to improve their learning outcomes as we always have. As an open-entry school we have students on a wide spectrum of learning and our past history shows that we have achieved great academic results for our students by knowing them, challenging them and working with them to achieve the goals they set for themselves. Now NAPLAN is done for another year parents can rest assured that when we receive the data we will put it to good use to support our students to achieve their best.
Congratulations to the CIS Cup Football Squad who travelled to Coffs Harbour on Wednesday to play Bishop Druitt College. The team came away with a fantastic 8-3 win, with Isabelle Hatton leading the charge scoring five goals. The team played superbly and we congratulate them and their coach and name them the ‘Team of the Week’.
Last weekend we had so much joy celebrating together at all of our successful events. All of the events were so well attended by parents and students and it was great to celebrate our community at the Main Event for the Boarding School, the Year 7 Dinner, the Mother Daughter Eucharist and the Morning Tea for Ex Students who are now current parents, as well as Sport and the Academic Plenary Meetings. Thank you to all parents who made the effort to attend these special events and for sharing in, and building on, the Loreto Normanhurst joy and ever evolving story.
Today I had the joy of attending the annual Loreto Normanhurst/Kirribilli Morning Tea hosted here at Normanhurst with special guest Mrs Cathy O’Connor, CEO of Nova Entertainment and Kirribilli parent. It is always special to gather together as Loreto people and be inspired by our tradition and charism as well as the stories of our community. Cathy’s presentation was thought provoking, witty and insightful and the room very much enjoyed her practical and inspiring stories of risk and leadership.
I wish all of our Loreto Normanhurst Mums a very special Mother’s Day and hope that you have a beautiful day together celebrating the wonders of motherhood.
Prayers for Mothers
O Loving Lord,
You have created mothers in love and blessed them with children.
As they work tirelessly to support their families may they be showered with your blessings.
Give mothers strength to exercise compassion as they live each day under your care.
May those who are joined in your love, support mothers by their fervour of spirit and devotion to prayer.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins