As we move steadily towards Christmas and the summer student vacation time, the pace seems to quicken to a speed that is sometimes uncomfortable and much too fast for us to deal with. This is the time for us to stop, or to slow the pace and reflect on the deeper things of life. For us, as Loreto people, we have been asked to view the world through the lens of Freedom in 2017, as a way to understand the Gospel and as a way to shape us in these busy times.
Freedom, Justice and Sincerity were at the core of Mary Ward’s spirit and hence we, as modern day Loreto people, take this on as well. We are called to have an inner freedom, accepting of self, open to others and trusting of life whatever the limitations of our circumstances and our humanity. Understanding freedom helps us act out of ‘love not fear’ which is most important as we finish the year and work towards Advent. In a school that promotes this freedom, it is important that we respect others – that we respect the views of all and that we allow those in our community to be free to be who they are and supported by our loving community.
Another aspect of this loving community is how we offer support to those in our local community. Again this year we are looking to support those on the margins in our own geographic community through our regular St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper drive. Students and families will be asked to support the hamper drive so that those around us who may be experiencing difficult family circumstances can feel supported over the Christmas period. Our generosity will support many and so I encourage the community to support this important student-run initiative and help out Vinnies again this year.
Congratulations to Team Kids4Kids who, as part of the Write a Book in a Day competition, were awarded third in their division in NSW for their book ‘A Drafted Friendship’. The students from Year 11, Elizabeth Isaac, Leana Scott, Clodagh Bray, Adelaide Forrest, Dominica Leaver, Claire Phillips, Delaney Mirow, Emily Burke and Kate Vardanega, visited Westmead Children’s Hospital to receive their award. As part of the competition all teams raised funds for children with cancer. Well done to all nine teams from Years 5-11 who took part in the Write a Book in a Day competition.
At Loreto, as a community, we raise awareness about a range of issues each week. Our students, as we know, have a range of interests and a range of views which we as a community support as they find a way to form their considered views and voice them appropriately. This week a small group of Year 11 students had the opportunity to attend Q&A – the student special. Armed with great questions they were ready to test the panel. Unfortunately, their questions were not called upon but it was great for them to be part of the program and be prepared to form and express intelligent views on issues that concern young Australians.
The HSC is finished! Well done to the Class of 2017 for finishing their HSC Examinations this week. The last exam was Drama and loud cheers could be heard in the halls upon its completion. It has been wonderful to see the ‘very relaxed’ Year 12’s around the halls, thanking their teachers and signing off as they collect their school reference. We look forward to sharing some time of celebration with them and their parents at the pre-Formal gathering next Thursday as we say our last farewell before the HSC Morning Tea on Friday 15 December.
What brilliant results our Gymnastics Team have achieved recently at the IGSSA Gymnastics Carnival. Overall, the squad finished 6th in the WAG components, 2nd in the Most Improved Trophy and won the Division 2 Overall Points Score Trophy. They are a very deserving ‘Team of the Week’.
Congratulations to Emma Jones (Year 7) who competed at the Karate National Championships. Emma performed unbelievably well, recording a 1st in 13-15 years sparring points, 2nd in 13-15 years sparring freestyle and 3rd in traditional Karta. As a result, Emma has qualified for the Australian Titles in December. Congratulations also to Juliet Lahood (Year 9) who went to Korea representing Australia in the Kimunyong Cup International Taekwondo Championships.
Congratulations and thanks to the Rowing students and parents on a well-run and successful Loreto Normanhurst Regatta at SIRC last Saturday. Despite the rain and cold it was a great day.
Thank you to the students and staff who will support the Sudanese Community this Sunday as they visit Loreto Normanhurst.
On Armistice Day, we commemorate those who died in war. On this day tomorrow, let us think and pray for peace. Peace in all our relationships, in our homes and in our world.
Prayer for Peace
Peace go with you.
God’s quiet within the noise.
God’s hope within uncertainty.
God’s rest within the toil.
God’s presence within your soul.
Peace go with you.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins