Connections, collaborations and networking are so important for us as human beings. It protects us from isolation and loneliness, it brings us into the warmth of relationships and it promotes support either personal or professional. At my ‘Morning Tea with Ms Watkins’ this term and next, small groups of Year 12 and I talk about their connections and the importance of their own Loreto networks as they leave the security of school and enter their new adventures outside our community.
Over the weekend at Loreto Federation we witnessed this Loreto network and community-building in full swing. I must say it was awesome to behold. Loreto women of all ages and from all over Australia connecting, as well discussing, discerning and getting ready to ‘do’ something to the ‘Be the Change’. What an inspiring group of Loreto people they are, clearly filled with “the fire of God’s love” that Mother Teresa Ball spoke of so many years ago.
Our discussions for the weekend were wide ranging from Catholic social teachings, to indigenous issues, from social entrepreneurism and awareness, to looking after our land. All the speakers and contributors were enthralling. The energising days were capped off by fantastic evening events with a beautiful liturgy in the Chapel to open the event and a superb cocktail party on Friday night in the Reception Room where we listened to the extraordinary talent of Ms Katie Hardyman (Class of ’88) as she played for us, accompanied by our beautiful singers and musicians. On Saturday evening we attended the Federation Dinner in the city where we listened to an outstanding performance from Elise McCann (Class of ’02) as she performed a medley of songs from musical theatre that she has been involved in, including from her famous role of Miss Honey in Matilda. All in all, it was a brilliant weekend and one that spurred us on as Loreto people to find new ways to impact positive change in our sphere of influence and our world.
Congratulations to our CIS Football team who continue to do well in the CIS competition beating Abbotsleigh during the week. They move forward in the competition and we wish them every success. I think the girls showed how amazing and tough they are when they played so brilliantly in the ‘Staff v Students’ Football match this week to raise funds for the House of Welcome, our Loreto Day cause. The ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ were loud and the game a great competition! Well done to all who played their part in this fun way to do good for others.
Congratulations to all of our CSDA Debaters winning 11 out of 12 debates last Friday night. It is fantastic to see so many of our young women involved in oratory and debating and it is brilliant to see this success as well.
Thank you to all the parents who attended the information forum with Paul Dillon on Monday night. It was great to see so many parents at the evening. As always, Paul was so informative about the statistics and issues connected with drug and alcohol abuse. For those parents who were not able to come a copy of the presentation is available here and Paul’s Blog is worthwhile having a look at as it contains information that is invaluable for parents.
I hope you have registered to attend the Kirra Pendergast presentation on Wednesday 6 June. Kirra will be speaking about eSafety and helping parents understand some of the dangers of your daughter’s use on social media. The school makes these talks available to parents and I assure you they give parents a great deal of information, so please join us at this next forum.
Good luck to all those competing in debating or sport this weekend.
With prayers of peace and hope,
“I want you to be happy in the Lord,
What I want is your happiness.”
Ms Barbara Watkins