Last week I mentioned that many of our staff and students attended the Mary Ward Justice Forum – an annual gathering of the Loreto schools and their communities with the focus this year on asylum seekers and what has transpired on Manus Island this week. During the week since that lecture our students and staff have been engaged in voluntary letter writing to the Prime Minister on the issue.
At Loreto Normanhurst we help our students take a peaceful and meaningful stance on issues that we as Australians are part of and are concerned by. We support and encourage this Christian action and social justice, and concern for the other. These issues cannot by their very nature be anything other than political and this can often make us feel uncomfortable. Our Loreto tradition spurs us on to be the voice for the voiceless and that is why these letter writing campaigns are very important for our students, who, with good factual information, can and do make a decision to write or not, as they decide.
It was lovely to see all our new Primary students attend orientation today. The experienced ‘old hands’ – our current Primary students – were wonderful hosts and welcomed the new students into the Loreto ‘Open Circle’. It was great to connect with so many parents and new students.
Congratulations to Year 11 students Charlotte Ainsworth, Gabrielle Couter, Kate Roberts and Angelina Gu who competed in the Kirby Cup Mooting Competition last week making it to the semi-finals. The students were only marginally beaten by Queenwood. It was an incredibly tough competition. The ‘judges’ who were practising solicitors or members of the Western Sydney Law Faculty, were tough. The questions were hard and fast and our girls were brilliant. They stood their ground, spoke articulately, and referred to High Court judgements and law. Well done to these students, they are our Team of the Week!
Congratulations to Tatum Bird, Year 11, for her part in the Australian Under 17 Women’s 7s Rugby Team who beat New Zealand in the Final last Friday. What a great achievement.
Thank you to two of our Primary School Leaders (for Semester 1), Indianna Cane and Rebecca Coulton who represented the school as invited guests to the Ku-ring-gai Primary School Leaders Morning Tea at Parliament House on Thursday 2 November hosted by Mr Alister Henskens SC MP, Member for Ku-ring-gai. Thank you also to the Choir and Vocal Ensemble who will be performing at Relay For Life on Saturday night at Rofe Park, Galston. Mrs Karen Bruce, Choir Director, Ms Alice Hanna, Accompanist, and Mrs Kim Irik, Head of Music, will be with the girls on the night for this very special community service. Also great thanks must go to the students and staff who have assisted again this term with providing the music for the Queen of Peace 9am Sunday Mass. The parishioners are very appreciative of their support this year.
We wish all students well as they compete in sport over the weekend including the Rowing Squad who will host the opening Regatta of the Season at SIRC this Saturday.
We bring to the altar, the light of the love and the light of the spiritual bond
which unites all of us here today and all who have passed from this life.
We light a candle for all people, wherever they are in the world, who have lost
someone dear in their lives – the precious loved ones who have gone before them.
We light a candle for our own family members who have died –
we thank God for their lives, their love and all they have passed on to us.
We light a candle for all the Saints, those named as Saints in the Church and those unknown
– their lives reveal God to us and inspire us to follow Jesus as they did.
We light a candle for all those who have died in war, violence, terrorism and other brutality.
Shine your light, O Lord, upon their loved ones in their sorrow.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins