What a tremendous week we have had at Loreto. It has been full of energy, good will, ideas and the celebration of women.
‘Supergirl Week’ is a week at Loreto Normanhurst where our students embrace the power of being a girl – where this term is celebrated and unpacked. At assembly this week our School Captains led us in a quick quiz on the issues facing women. The statistics remain startling on issues such as the gender pay gap, domestic violence and the human trafficking of young women and girls. It was great for us to understand these issues and debate them throughout the week at the Soapbox on Wednesday and in the Year 9 English classroom where these topics were addressed in some exceptionally well prepared speeches. With International Women’s Day this week it was fantastic to see our students being advocates for continuing change for themselves and for the women they speak out for, when they #pressforprogress.
When reading about International Women’s Day, I was pleased to see the worldwide ideals of the day – Justice, Dignity, Hope, Equality, Collaboration, Tenacity, Appreciation, Respect, Empathy and Forgiveness. These ideals are represented in our work each day here at the school and they are evident in our Loreto values. We all endeavour each day to achieve these ideals with our students and I can see evidence of this lived out by our young women in their actions and their words. Long may this be the case.
Year 10 students have been very busy this week for Mary Ward Connect and the Loreto Rural Partnership. It was fantastic to welcome fellow Loreto students from Loreto Ballarat and Loreto Coorparoo for our annual collaboration week of Mary Ward Connect. Our students also travelled to these other Loreto schools as ambassadors of our school. The networking, sharing of stories and the camaraderie shared is so important for our young women to experience and this week celebrates the Loreto values lived out in each Loreto school.
I had the absolute pleasure to visit Dunedoo to see our Loreto Rural Partnership in action on Wednesday night and Thursday this week. Our six Year 10 students were absolutely outstanding as they held lessons in Science, Italian and Music, looked after the Maths Groups and played games with the 27 students at St Michael’s Dunedoo. In exchange they gained experience in shearing, learnt about the geography of the area, took part in yabby catching and many more fun events. This partnership assists the Dunedoo students and staff in their daily school work and it also gives our Loreto students the opportunity to give generously and learn more about the area and themselves. It is a brilliant opportunity for sharing and growth and it is great to see so many students of Year 10 apply for the experience. Well done to the six students selected for doing such a great job during the very full week and thank you to Mr Merchant and Mrs Oxley for supporting the students.
I look forward to sharing Open Day with staff, students and parents tomorrow celebrating our beautiful school with our broader community. Loreto Normanhurst has so many positive stories to tell and our young women do that superbly. Happy Open Day to everyone.
Let us pray for all women around the world so that they may be blessed with:
The strength to persevere,
The courage to speak out,
The vision to seek a renewed ministry,
The faith to believe in you beyond all systems and institutions,
So that your face on earth may be seen in all its beauty.
We call on the holy and courageous women who went before us.
We ask them to intercede for us so we might be given the grace and vision to follow in their footsteps,
as we work together for the recognition and encouragement of women as witnesses to the joy of the gospel.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins