It is Spring Fair time again. I hope you are joining us on Sunday from 10am–4pm to celebrate our incredible community and the 120-year tradition we share. It will be a fantastic event full of colour and joy. The Parent Association and Development Team have been working very hard to prepare an excellent day for us all and I look forward to sharing the day with the community. Please come along and bring your friends and family; it will be a brilliant and fun-filled day. Please click here to read more about the Spring Fair.
Today we had a wonderful gathering of Grandparents and Special Friends of Year 7. The rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of our visitors who were brimming with pride in their beautiful granddaughters. The day commenced with a moving liturgy prepared by Year 7 students and the Year 7 team. The music and prayers were lovely and the reflection by Maya Rengaswamy’s grandmother spoke volumes about the very special connection between a grandparent and their grandchild.
October marks NSW Mental Health Month and as we do each year at Loreto Normanhurst, we have focused on how to be conscious of good mental health and wellbeing. This week the students and staff have been involved in yoga, a mindfulness walk around the grounds, a digital detox and a board games gathering. The staff has also been involved in its regular book club.
On Thursday as we stopped for the Gong at 12pm for prayer and mindfulness, Mr Madigan explained to the community these interesting facts:
“Did you know that over a 24-hour period we can process up to 70,000 thoughts and this can continue even when we are sleeping. Each day contains 84,000 seconds so that equates to a different thought every 1.2 seconds or two thoughts for every heartbeat. Basically, the brain never stops! Which is why it is important for us to take time to quieten the mind. Something as simple as walking can be one simple strategy to slow things down.
At the start of NSW Mental Health Month, Mental Health Minister, Tanya Davies, urged people to connect with others, to improve their mental health and build resilience. Nearly half of all Australians will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime and those who don’t, will most likely know someone who does. By sharing your journey you pave the way for others to do the same and this breaks down stigma surrounding mental health.”
As we continue Mental Health Month it will be good as a community to bring to mind someone who we know who has been touched by mental health. We keep these people in our thoughts and we think about their challenges and that our role is to be that supportive family member, friend or colleague.
Congratulations to Isabelle Reid, Year 7 who has been successful in moving into the semi-finals for the Youth UN Voice Competition this Saturday at Sydney University and to Charlotte Ainsworth who has been selected to be part of the upcoming Constitutional Convention. We wish both students well in these endeavours. Also, we send our best wishes to students who will be representing the school this weekend at the AHIGS Festival of Speech. The Oratory students and staff have been preparing for this competition and we wish them every success on the day.
Congratulations to Zara Warland, Charlotte Curran, Arabella Price, Sophie Kavanagh, Georgia Arcus, Olivia Colman, Alana Kavanagh, Madeline Playford, Catherine Baxter, Julia Baxter, Eliza Harvey, Charlotte Ryan, Elizabeth Chippendale and Zoe Warland who competed in the NSW All Schools’ Athletics Competition last weekend. There were some fantastic results with Alana Kavanagh, Zoe Warland, Eliza Harvey and Elizabeth Chippendale all running national qualifying times. We congratulate the whole team for their fine results and ongoing commitment to athletics at the school.
My apologies to Monica Bordignon and Adrianna Hanna for the misspelling of their names in last week’s newsletter. We congratulate both students on their efforts in the highly competitive Maths arena.
Good luck to all those students competing in Sport and at the Festival of Speech this weekend.
Lord God almighty,
bless our grandparents with long life, happiness, and health.
May they remain constant in your love
and be living signs of your presence
to their children and grandchildren.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins