Welcome back to Term 4. It has been a smooth start to the term with all our students looking well turned out in their summer uniform. As I walked around on Monday, the topic of discussion was ‘how much have I grown this year?’ This always seems to be measured by the length of the summer uniform and how close the hem comes below the knee. There has been lots of smiles as the term commenced and the school feels vibrant once more.
This week our 120 year celebrations continued with a very special event for the IBVM, our Loreto Sisters. Twenty-five of the Sisters returned on Wednesday to celebrate their time at Normanhurst as student, staff member or member of the Novitiate. It was a truly beautiful day where we were able to celebrate the legacy that the IBVM have given us. Sr Wendy Hildebrand IBVM, Province Leader for Australia and South East Asia, was in attendance and spoke warmly of the Sisters’ love of Normanhurst and blessed us all for the next 120 years.
On Wednesday as well as celebrating the IBVM, we celebrated the ‘Day of the Girl’. At Loreto we constantly talk and reflect on the girls in the world who are poor, marginalised and do not have the gifts that we enjoy each day and on Wednesday we stood in solidarity with them, and all the other young women of the world, so that all girls may live a happy and fulfilled life.
Congratulations to Lucy Beer, Year 11, for being awarded First Place in the Division 1 (Individual entries) of the NSW Segment of the CPA Australia 2017 Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition. Lucy is a well-deserving recipient of this award and we congratulate her.
Congratulations also to Tiffany Fong, Year 11, for receiving the 2017 E. Paul Torrance Youth Award for generosity and dedication to Future Problem Solving. It was lovely to see Tiffany recognised for her service in this extra-curricular area. We wish our FPS Teams well as they compete in the national competition next weekend.
Congratulations to our Mathematics students in Year 9. Adrianna Hanne and Monica Bordigon, for winning the National Mathematics Talent Quest (Group category) with their ‘Fairytales!’ investigation. It is great to see our students do so well in this area of learning.
Good luck to our athletes competing in the NSW All Schools Track & Field Championships today and on the weekend. They are our Team of the Week!
O God, we pray and beseech you
to guide and protect young women
from the dangers that are ever present in our world today.
Be with them, as they experience both sickness and health,
sorrow and joy,
loneliness and friendship,
success and failure.
give to them the courage and strength
to make the right decisions
as they journey through life.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit,
may they come to know and experience your loving care.
We make this prayer through Christ
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins