During the week we have seen many images of the 98% of Australia in drought. Predominantly the drought is being experienced in NSW and Queensland with many of our boarder families impacted directly. As we have read and understand, a drought as devastating as this has a profound effect on the families on the land, their wellbeing and their livelihood. As the Loreto community is so connected to those on the land, it is important for us to support where we can and to pray for rain and for this drought to break. Our boarding families and our boarding students from the land are strong and resilient and they are tested at the moment during this long and arduous drought. Please pray for all our families on the land here at school and for all our farmers nationwide, that the Lord will send some drought-breaking rain.
Good luck to Year 12 as they commence their HSC Trials this week and for the next two weeks. Year 12 students are ready and they have the full support of their teachers who have prepared them well. This is a time where anything the students do not know will be exposed, which is just as it should be. Let us keep Year 12 in our prayers in the coming weeks and months.
Year 9 depart on Sunday for the Far North Queensland Experience and they are full of anticipation for the journey ahead. I thank in advance the 25 members of staff that will accompany them on this journey. It is their dedication and support of the program and the students that will make the experience a big success.
During the week we were visited by politicians interested in ground breaking pedagogies and innovation in education and eager to hear about the work we do at Loreto Normanhurst as part of our Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM). Senator Deborah O’Neill, Shadow Assistant Minister for Innovation and Mental Health (Commonwealth) and past parent, Mr Jihad Dib, Shadow Minister for Education (NSW) and Ms Kimberley McDonald, Education Advisor to Tanya Plibersek (Commonwealth) attended the school to discuss and view innovation in education and how our buildings have changed according to the innovative learning model that we operate at the school. It was a really worthwhile visit and it was great to be able to speak to both Shadow Ministers Federal and State about the impact of policy on education. The group spent some time in Year 8 Integrated Learning and ‘See, Think, Wonder’ in the Primary School. The visitors enjoyed their time with us and their interactions with students and staff, and were very thankful for the work that we do to innovate and lead change in education as we do so well here at Loreto Normanhurst.
Good luck to all those in the finals of Debating and to all our sports teams this weekend.
Almighty God, we are in need of rain. We realize now, looking up into the clear, blue sky, what a marvel even the least drop of rain really is. To think that so much water can really fall out of the sky, which now is empty and clear! We place our trust in You. We are sure that You know our needs. Look to our dry hills and fields, dear God, and bless them with the living blessing of soft rain. Then the land will rejoice and rivers will sing Your praises, and the hearts of all will be made glad.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins