‘He is Risen!’
Welcome back to all families after the Easter break. I hope it was a lovely family time for all. The blessings of Easter and the celebration of the Risen Lord continues to shape our daily actions and interactions as we continue on in the Easter Season as part of the Church’s calendar. I wonder how as individuals we will continue to make this a priority? It is a real challenge when we get so caught up in the busyness of daily life. I hope the Easter story lives on in each of us at Loreto Normanhurst particularly as we move to final preparations for the Music Festival and the final weeks of term. As part of our Easter celebration we opened our Holy Doors of Mercy to the Chapel this week. The Chapel doors are beautifully adorned with flowers and they welcome us in to the Chapel, a central place of prayer for our faith community. Just as Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection challenges us to do and be our best selves so does this Jubilee Year of Mercy. These doors will be a daily reminder to love others and to always be in a state of mind and heart where mercy to others is central to our decisions. It will also remind us of this love each day as we approach our community here at Loreto and our fellow citizens of Australia and the world.
It is fitting in the weeks after Easter that we should turn our awareness of the Close the Gap Campaign that supports understanding and making change to shrink the difference in life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world — but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Did you know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live 10–17 years less than other Australians? Babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. The Close the Gap Coalition, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and community organisations, together with nearly 200,000 Australians is calling on governments to take real, measurable action to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030. At Loreto Normanhurst we want to do all we can to support change and awareness to really close the gap.
Our Modular Buildings program and the landscaping in front of the Gymnasium is starting to take shape. Thank you to parents for your cooperation regarding car movements around the school when bigger trucks are in the area. There will be one more delivery on the 7th April next week and after that we hope all car movements will return to normal. It will be fantastic to have this area complete by early June.
Music Festival preparation is in full swing with our choirs sounding incredible. I hope you are in discussions with your daughters about your travel plans for the night time performance. Remember that traffic will be busy on that day so as they say …plan your trip accordingly. I look forward to seeing our amazing young women perform on Friday week.
Good luck to all those teams competing in finals this weekend and I look forward to catching up with Year 7 parents at the Year 7 Family Dinner on Saturday night.
My Mercy Prayer
Let me remember that
nothing is going to happen to me today
that God’s Mercy and I cannot handle.
Jesus, I trust in you.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins