This week already the hum and rhythm of school has returned. Although our new students are still finding their feet, we can see that everyone is going about their daily tasks with determination, energy and joy.
The Year 7 activities have gone well with Traditioning Day and the Year 7 Camp to Elanora Heights. The activities of this week help our students to understand the community they have joined or are continuing in and to find where they belong on this senior school journey. Year 7 were so responsive to the inspirational story of Mary Ward and came to understand from her story that amazing things can happen in life when you are courageous, strong, hope-filled and focused on others and not yourselves. The girls described the impact of Mary’s story on them with words such as love, determination, devotion and courage. What rang true for Mary Ward 400 years ago as she started the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) rings true for us today as new students, families and staff – we may not know the way, but we know we must be hope-filled and open as we become part of the Loreto Normanhurst open circle.
Last week on Commitment Weekend, Boarders enjoyed getting to know each other and the commitment to Boarding at Loreto with lots of fun and games. It was great to see the Boarder Captains and the Boarder Council, along with Year 12 Boarders, run the weekend with our amazing Boarding Staff. Welcoming our new Boarders and helping them settle into Boarding School is most important as we commence 2018.
Assembly this week was very special as we celebrated the Class of 2017’s HSC Results, the High Achievers and Best in Subject recipients. It was wonderful to celebrate the achievements of the group, and to share in this celebration with their families. We said to the students then, as we always do, that a Loreto education is about preparing for life in all its facets, and these high performing students demonstrated that they understood this well – from their dedication to their studies, and also through their commitment in all areas of the FACE Curriculum (Faith, Academic, Community and Extra-curricular). Sarah Playford, Dux of the School for 2017, spoke beautifully of the relationships with her teachers and about making the most of your time at the school. We congratulate Sarah and the Class of 2017 on their fine results and we wish them all well for their future endeavours.
Project Compassion was launched this week which is something that we are part of each year during the Lenten season. This year our aim is to raise $12,000 to support the work of Caritas worldwide who provide support and care for groups or families living in poverty for at least 12 months. $2 a day from each one of us will do this and it is good to aim high. Please join us on this journey during Lent.
Congratulations to Juliet Lahood (Year 10) who has been selected to compete in the Taekwondo Championships in Bulgaria and the Netherlands in March. We wish her every success.
Good luck to all competing in the first round of IGSSA Sport this weekend.
You, O Lord know my heart!
Make this heart complete
as you would have it be.
My heart is ready,
O God, my heart is ready!
Put me where you want me to be.
I am in your hand.
Turn me this way or that,
as you desire.
I am yours,
ready for anything.
– Mary Ward
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins