Congratulations to Year 12 on their graduation from Loreto Normanhurst this week. We have had many beautiful ceremonies celebrating their gifts and achievements. Yesterday after the final liturgy, the sun shone and the girls released the doves and rose petals signifying freedom and letting go. Today the girls were farewelled from their House and we shared their accomplishments at the final Awards Ceremony. This evening we will bless and send the girls forth from our beautiful chapel which is a fitting way for the girls to finish their time at school. We wish Year 12 every success as they traverse the world beyond Loreto Normanhurst. We keep them and their parents in our prayers as the girls prepare in earnest for their HSC.
Well done to all students for their performances at their various sporting finals and grand finals with more to be completed this weekend. It was great to see such skill and camaraderie on the courts during the grand finals at Hills last week. Thank you to all students who have represented their school so well this term.
Next week Year 11 embark on an important week. They commence the week with their Leadership Day and then they attend their Retreat. We wish them well for the week and keep them in our prayers as they begin to traverse their final twelve months at Loreto Normanhurst.
amid the noise and haste
and seek what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible be on good terms
with all people.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others;
even the dull and ignorant,
they too have their story.
If you compare yourself with others you may become vain and bitter,
for there will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements
as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble:
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune,
but do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars.
You have a right to be here,
and whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive God to be.
And whatever your labours and aspirations
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul.
Strive to be happy.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins