These days we read so much about the most sought after traits in the world of the future. We do not just hear about IQ anymore and how well trained or educated one might be. Thankfully, and as we have done for many years here at Loreto Normanhurst, we hear more and more about the EQ or Emotional Quotient or the Emotional Intelligence. We are reading a lot more on the impact of the agility and flexibility quotients and about creativity and the ability to ideate and innovate. Schools are places where we assist young people to grow these skills. At Loreto, students know that they can test their skills, possibly fail, but always dust themselves off and attempt the problem again for learning, growth and/or success.
Last Friday’s HSC Showcase showed the community a group of Year 12 students fully alive in their creativity. It was wondrous to see students perform and showcase their HSC work for us. Works that speak of who they are as young people, with great minds, talents and honed problem solving skills. Not only was there beauty to behold in the works they produced, but it was very obvious that there was grit in the planning, practice and performance.
It was an impressive night and the HSC Showcase demonstrated just how incredibly talented our young women truly are and it showed us so powerfully that the Class of 2018 are ready for any work or learning environment they will join in the future. I thank our dedicated staff who have nurtured and supported the students along the way. Their support, and equally, their challenge, has helped Year 12 students to reach a high standard of work. We keep Year 12 and their families in our thoughts and prayers in these last weeks of formal schooling as they traverse the very important rites of passage and leave the school that has loved and challenged them.
At a school like ours we always look to build our community spirit with the students and their families and the wider Loreto community. We all contribute to this community spirit-building in various ways. The team that is tasked to focus on this role in the school is our Development Team. They are the dedicated team who greeted you when you enrolled your daughter, organise our school events, prepare communications and marketing and Loreto Life, support the Bursary Program, and actively support the Parent Association of Loreto (PAL) and the Ex-students’ Association. As you can see from the newsletter each week, the events alone make for a busy schedule for them and for us all. At these events they assist us all to feel relaxed, happy and ready to mix and mingle with those we know and those new to us.
This team has been rightly celebrated this week at the International Educate Plus Conference in Auckland where the beautiful book that they produced for the school’s 120 years’ celebrations – ‘120 Inspirational Loreto Women’ – won first prize in the Alumni and/or Community Publication category. This amazing book was put together by Mrs Alicia Maunsell, Ms Grace Paraino, Mrs Clare Friend and Ms Lynnette Jones and myself as Principal. Additionally, Ms Grace Paraino, Dean of Development and Alumni, was a worthy recipient of the Fellowship Award for her leadership and dedication towards constant improvement in the development community.
These awards are only bestowed every two years and are very hard to receive and we are thrilled that the school’s dynamic Development Team received the award. This team, who generously go about their daily work, is so ably led by Mrs Alicia Maunsell, Director of Development who will retire from her position at the end of the year. The team consists of the following hard working and creative staff: Mrs Grace Paraino, Dean of Development and Alumni, Mrs Odette Perkins, Enrolments Manager and Mrs Karyn MacQuillan Enrolments Assistant, Mrs Clare Friend, Marketing and Communications Coordinator and Mr Francis Solinap, Design and Publications Coordinator, Ms Lauren Kirkby, Events Coordinator and Ms Lynnette Jones, Development Coordinator. We thank them for their continued hard work for the school and for their dedication to the Loreto values, which they live out daily, in the important work they do for the school.
In a previous newsletter I reported on Phase 1 of the safety and security upgrade to the school which included surveillance cameras outside and inside Boarder Reception. I write to inform parents that we are about to enter into the next phase of this plan which is to install cameras at other entries and exits to the school to promote safety and security on our very expansive site.
Good luck to all those in semi-finals this weekend.
“My grace is enough for you.”
2 Corinthians 12.9
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins