“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we try to make sense of the tragic event in Manchester this week, yet again we are confronted by a senseless act of violence. This attack on youth, exuberance and joy is particularly abhorrent. In these times of distress, it is important to check in with our young people and reassure them of the security of our own community and that they are blessed and surrounded by love. Yet again we are reminded that these acts are not made in the name of religion. They are performed by people who are devoid of faith. What we must promote daily is peace. Peace in the way we treat and think about others, peace in our hearts and peace in our daily actions. Whilst we grapple with this dreadful act we who are far away join in solidarity with those around the world who promote peace, a peace that must ring out in times such as these.
Loreto Day is fast approaching at the end of next week. As a school we are very excited about our feast day and Year 11 has been working hard to raise awareness for the plight of the girls in Loreto Rumbek in South Sudan, the cause we are supporting this year. South Sudan is a country ravaged by famine. Year 11 chose Loreto Rumbek so we as a school can support the Irish Loreto Sisters in South Sudan who have created a school for young women. This school gives these young women food, shelter and an education. We will dig deep to support Loreto Rumbek and their wonderful work and we stand in solidarity with these young Loreto women in South Sudan.
Congratulations to the team of the week: the Year 5 Netball Team who last week won their first game for Hills Netball 15 to 3. The girls were quick to let me know that they had a lot of support from parents and played extremely well as a team. They also let me know they love their coaches Alex and Lily from Year 11 and the whole team is very thankful for everything they do for them.
Today on May 26 we commemorate National Sorry Day, a day were we remember the Stolen Generations and our commitment to Reconciliation in Australia. Loreto Normanhurst recognises its obligation to Justice, Human Rights and Reconciliation and is committed to the promotion of education in this area. As a school, not only do we offer Indigenous Bursaries to many Indigenous students at the school, we do all we can to continue our valued partnership with the Indigenous elders in Far North Queensland we have known for more than 13 years. We will continue to find new ways for our Loreto women to be educated in their understanding of Reconciliation and to build a path towards absolute unity in the years ahead.
The first Spirituality Evening for the year was held on Tuesday evening. I’d like to extend my thanks to Libby Parker for organising the night and to Sr Sandra Perrett IBVM and Caitlin Douglas (Class of ’87) for guiding us through a night of spiritual conversation and sharing the stories of Mary Ward, Teresa Ball and Gonzaga Barry as we celebrate our 120th anniversary of Loreto Normanhurst.
The 2017 staff vs students soccer match was held today at lunch time with a big win for the staff! Congratulations to the staff team for avenging last year’s loss. Thank you to everyone who cheered and supervised to make a fun event like this a success. Thank you also to Matt Mulroney for organising the game in the spirit of sportsmanship, team work and good fun.
Good luck to all students debating and playing sport this weekend.
Peace and Justice
lead us from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world and our universe.
Let us dream together, pray together and work together,
to build one world of peace and justice for all. Amen.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins