It was great to see a little rain on Thursday night in Sydney and we eagerly anticipate good rain in NSW over the coming days. We hope our prayers for rain will come to fruition to ease the burden of our own families and the farming families in eastern Australia.
This week at assembly four of our boarding students talked to us about their lives as boarders from the land and country towns of NSW. They spoke of the challenge and the great resilience of their families and their communities. All the stories were different and equally unique so it is important that we realise as a community the complexity of life for families on the land who are primary producers and the community members who support them. We keep them all in our prayers.
As a Loreto Normanhurst community our drought relief campaign continues with a very successful sausage sizzle on Wednesday and next week the Boarding School will host a ‘Parma for a Farmer’ event, inviting staff to join our boarders for dinner in the Boarders’ Dining Room for this great cause. Even if the rains come we know that there will not be an immediate change so our efforts need to continue.
Congratulations to our IGSSA Athletics Team who competed at Homebush on Thursday this week. The team came 8th overall which is a brilliant effort from the team and their coaches. Thank you to Year 7 and the staff who were a fantastic cheersquad on the day.
We welcome back Year 12 to their final weeks of schooling and we support them as they manage these final weeks of revision, practical examinations and last days. Welcome back to Year 9 from their FNQ Experience. The Year 9 students have been immediately changed by this experience and we encourage them to continue to reflect on the importance of their time away together. We support them as they traverse new friendships and continue to shape their world view from the experience away.
Year 6 have been in Canberra for the last few days. I hope they have enjoyed their time in the nation’s capital and come home full of learning of the past from the War Memorial and Parliament. Let us hope they are inspired to be leaders of the future, full of integrity and vision.
Science Week has been a hit this week and the students and staff have been participating in many interesting experiments. It is great to see the collaboration of our students from all years showing science in the everyday. Science in all its forms is loved at Loreto Normanhurst and it is great to celebrate not only the love of science, but the wonder of the universe.
We look forward to the gathering of fathers and daughters this weekend for the Father Daughter Dinner on Saturday night at the Epping Club and the Eucharist on Sunday morning in the Chapel. I look forward to seeing our community gather for these events.
Know I am with you always.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins