When a story touches your heart, it is given to you. You must take action.
Dr Sara Townend – Mary Ward Justice Forum 24 October 2018
What an incredible event the Mary Ward Justice Forum was last Wednesday evening. We were so thrilled to host the Forum this year and so thankful that Mrs Libby Parker, Director of Mission and Sr Libby Rogerson IBVM were able to gain such eminent Australians as our guests and speakers for the night – Mr Julian Burnside AO QC, Professor Dr David Isaacs and Dr Sara Townend.
Ably moderated by Ms Liz Green, Knowledge and Learning Strategist, the topic focused on human rights and spoke of the reality for the many who seek refuge in Australia. The presentations from each of our guests and the discussion than ensued was enthralling and confronting and the questions asked by the audience, our students and visitors, were insightful and gutsy. There were so many strong messages of justice, compassion and looking for hope and action that touched our combined Loreto audience. It was a tremendous event calling us to action, not only for the children on Nauru, but for the men on Manus Island and for a focus on human rights. With the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights coming up on 10 December 2018, I wonder will we, as Loreto people, focus on those who seek refuge in Australia and ask ourselves, do we see these refugees as human beings? – a must for us as Catholics and as Loreto people.
Congratulations to Isabella Mincher (Year 11) and Luka Swain, Anika Bharadwaj, Esha Arora and Maanya Maini (Year 10) who attended the Future Problem Solving National Competition last weekend supported by staff members, Mr Mark Tyler and Ms Sonia Prees. All students competed well and Isabella gained first place in the Scenario Writing section. Congratulations also to Swetha Kumar for being awarded the ‘E Paul Torrance Award’ for outstanding dedication to FPS. This is the third year in a row a student from Loreto Normanhurst has won this award and only two are given in Australia each year.
This week we have celebrated Environment Week. A week of focus on the beauty and wonder of our planet and the responsibility we have to protect our earth. Our Green Team have led the school in a multiplicity of activities and we have all worn a bit of green to focus our energies in our ecology-centred school.
Welcome to all of our new families and new students who attended Orientation over the last two days. The sleepover for boarders went well as did all of the activities for the new Year 7s. We look forward to welcoming our new Year 5s and a few Year 6 students in the coming weeks.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day, held during the week, was a lovely event with so many grandparents and special friends attending the day. It was lovely to see our Year 7 students take care of their guests so beautifully and to share their Loreto story with them on the day.
The HSC continues and our Year 12 students continue to take each exam in their stride. With two more weeks to go we keep them in our prayers.
We pray for the Baddock family as they mourn the loss of Mrs Karen Baddock, mother of Ashley in Year 12. We pray for Garry, Ashley and her brother Joshua at this sad time of loss and give thanks for the beautiful life of Karen. May she rest in peace.
As part of the 30-year Master Plan preparation I would like to invite parents to be part of the Community Consultation phase of the submission to the State Government. We invite parents to attend a presentation of the Master Plan on Tuesday 30 October from 7-8.30pm in the Mary Ward Centre, where you will be able to view the plans for the school going forward and give feedback. As well as this night for our Loreto parents, we will host two meetings for our local community on Wednesday 31 October from 6.30-8.00pm and on Saturday 3 November from 1pm-3pm.
We wish all students well for the Festival of Speech competition held this weekend as well as the rowing community as the season is launched this evening. Good luck to all of our sportswomen as they compete this weekend.
“The human family has received from the creator a common gift NATURE.”
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins