Today as a school community, we pray for All Saints (November 1) and All Souls (November 2). We remember all the saints who showed us how to live in faith and trust in God, doing good and bringing God’s love into the world. We also remember those who have died and have continued on their journey to God. We pray for our loved ones who have passed away, and as a community, we continue to pray for them during this month of November.
This week at Assembly we congratulated Future Problem Solving students for their outstanding commitment and success in FPS this year. FPS is an international educational program that is well-aligned with our model of learning here at Loreto Normanhurst – focusing on the development of critical, creative and futuristic thinking skills, and challenging them to apply their minds to some of the significant issues facing today’s world. Loreto Normanhurst has enjoyed tremendous success in FPS over many years. The students involved are highly dedicated, and are to be congratulated for their commitment to the program and advocacy for their their chosen topics. Congratulations to all students, and especially to Swetha Kumar who was awarded the prestigious E Paul Torrance Youth Award, and to Isabella Mincher who achieved First Place in Australia in the Scenario Writing Competition and was also awarded Best Writer at Nationals this year.
On Wednesday 14 November, the Women of Influence evening will be held in the Curran Theatre. This evening recognises and celebrates ex-students from Loreto Normanhurst – women from all walks of life who are making a positive difference in the lives of many. Join us for an evening of inspiration as we share in the stories of four prominent Loreto Normanhurst ex-students, Jane Stanton (’88), Professor Arlie Loughnan (’93), Claire Velasco (’02) and Irene Fernandez (’04) Click here to view the invitation. I hope to see you there.
A wonderful aspect of our school community is how we offer support to those in our local community. Again this year we are looking to support those on the margins in our own geographic community through our regular St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper drive. Students and families will be asked to support the hamper drive so that those around us who may be experiencing difficult family circumstances can feel supported over the Christmas period. Our generosity will support many and so I encourage the community to support this important student-run initiative and help out Vinnies again this year.
Tomorrow, Saturday 3 November, we will host the Loreto Normanhurst Regatta at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith. Our rowers, supported by their parents and the Sport Department, have been working very hard in preparation of this significant event. We wish them well for our home Regatta this weekend and hopefully many students and parents will be there on the day supporting and representing our blue and gold.
We bring to the altar, the light of the love and the light of the spiritual bond
which unites all of us here today and all who have passed from this life.
We light a candle for all people, wherever they are in the world, who have lost
someone dear in their lives – the precious loved ones who have gone before them.
We light a candle for our own family members who have died –
we thank God for their lives, their love and all they have passed on to us.
We light a candle for all the Saints, those named as Saints in the Church and those unknown
– their lives reveal God to us and inspire us to follow Jesus as they did.
We light a candle for all those who have died in war, violence, terrorism and other brutality.
Shine your light, O Lord, upon their loved ones in their sorrow.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins