As Term 2 rapidly moves into its final week we give thanks for the hard work of both students and staff during the term and congratulate them for their success and for working through the challenges that have been presented.
Over the coming weeks academic reports that have been prepared for Years 5-12 will arrive home. These academic reports show progress for the students and will also highlight any areas of concern. Coupled with the Academic Plenary Meeting they are a good source of information on the progress of each student. Staff have taken time to give feedback to students and parents on their daughter’s progress through the report and I hope that parents will sit with their daughters over the break and reflect on their progress thus far in 2017 and return in Term 3 with renewed energy for the terms ahead. If you have any questions about your daughter’s progress please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that a conversation about these concerns can be arranged.
Loreto Day, our school feast day, was a beautiful day led by our Year 11 students. The Year 11 students discerned the cause which was Loreto Rumbek in South Sudan. On the day not only did the students and staff raise awareness and funds for this cause but we invited, as we always do, the children of St Lucy’s and St Edmund’s to share in the day of celebration.
Fr Michael Stoney SJ led our Eucharist to commence the day and the day unfolded as a beautiful celebration of the school’s values and a joyful coming together of the community and sharing our gifts with those less fortunate. For the first time in keeping with our strategic plan pathway of an Ecology-Centred School, the Year 11 students were charged with the challenge to make the day as sustainable as possible. The students took this on incredibly well with great success. It was an outstanding day and I congratulate Year 11 on leading us superbly on what was another very special Loreto Day.
The Year 11 Leadership Process began straight after Loreto Day where Year 11 have placed themselves forward for leadership positions to lead the school in the coming year. We have spoken to the Year 11 students about servant leadership as demonstrated by Jesus, Loreto leadership and the difference between small ‘l’ and big ‘L’ leadership. I am confident the students of Year 11 understand what it is to be leaders at the school and I look forward to announcing the new student leadership team for the school by the end of this term.
Last Friday the staff attended their annual Retreat Day led by the Loreto Mission Team. It was an excellent day of focus, challenge and action in the area of Justice in Australia. All staff were placed in groups to do one of the following: preparing food for the less fortunate, cleaning up waterways, doing bush regeneration, sewing dresses for Africa, Wrap with Love, helping at a community aide centre and visiting the elderly, and maintenance work at the House of Welcome. It was a superb day starting and ending with prayer and reflection and working together for others in the middle of the day. It is great to see all staff support the day so beautifully and take part in this beautiful spiritually-fulfilling day together.
Congratulations to our Team of the Week – the Loreto Normanhurst Coonabarabran Expo Equestrian Team. Our Team performed superbly over the days of competition. They rode with precision and such confidence and many of the team came away with ribbons.
Congratulations to Madelyn Nelson who led the team so ably over the days of competition and many thanks to parents Mrs Kerri Barr and Mrs Lisa Soames for their care of the team over these days of competition and throughout the year.
Congratulations to the winners of the Athletics Carnival.
Maye House were the overall winner, the first time in 17 years, and Kendall House were the winners of the Spirit Cup. Congratulations to all the students who performed so well and are listed a little later in the newsletter.
Commiserations to the Football CIS Team who were defeated by Oakhill College in a penalty shootout after a valiant effort this week. Well done to the team and coaches.
Good luck to all for the final games of the term this weekend.
With prayers of peace and hope,
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.
Ms Barbara Watkins