This morning at our beautiful Friday morning Communion Service, run by our newly commissioned Eucharistic Ministers, we centred our reflection and prayers on what it is to be grateful. It was lovely to focus ourselves on what others have done for us in our lives. This week, like no other, I have been overwhelmed by the generosity and care of our Loreto Normanhurst community and I am so thankful and grateful to be part of such an extraordinary community.
The Eucharist of Farewell yesterday was so very moving and it was so incredibly special to have my family members attend with our students and staff and special guests. From the exquisite acknowledgement of country in dance and in language, to the sweet singing, to the floral setting and to the special ribbons in the girls’ hair, it was a very moving and special day and one I am very thankful for. Thank you just does not seem to be enough for such a wonderful occasion.
I do give thanks though for yesterday’s event and for last Friday’s gathering of parents, past parents and ex-students at the Epping Club. It was a great gathering of friends from over so many years and the joy in the room was palpable. The speeches from parents, past and present and ex-students, involved funny vignettes of my time at the school and the speakers encapsulated the warmth and camaraderie that is our school.
Thank you to all who attended both occasions. The school gifted me with a beautiful piece of art called the ‘Infinity Knot’, a piece I will treasure forever. From the bottom of my heart thank you and as I move to the last weeks of the year and my final day on December 31, I will take all these incredible memories with me.
Congratulations to Ella McKenzie, Loren Bambagiotti, Michelle Hoffman and Maia Henville who won the CSDA Year 8 Debating State Finals on Friday night. The team debated St Mary’s Star of the Sea from Wollongong and performed superbly. Well done to these students and to their parents and coaches.
Congratulations also to two of our students who entered of their own accord and won places in the Edmund Rice Centre Justice Literary Writing Competition this year. Hannah Nicholson (Year 10) was Highly Commended in the 2018 Justice Literary Writing Competition (Video Years 10-12) Category for her work The Wires and Cate Fitzpatrick (Year 8) was one of the winners in the 2018 Justice Literary Writing Competition. She won a prize in the Writing Category (Years 8-9). Well done girls for putting yourselves forward for this competition.
Next Thursday at school we are holding our first Ethical Christmas stall to encourage the practice of buying second hand and considering what we truly need. We will encourage our students to do more thrifty shopping over the years and particularly this Christmas season to lessen our ecological footprint and to lessen waste in the world. Please join in with the cause next week.
Well done to Year 9 for their work on the sustainable Commerce in the Quad. All the proceeds from this great commercial experience will go to the ‘Buy a Bale’ group.
Congratulations to Year 10 who have been working to solve real problems this week in the Sprint Week exercise, home grown by our amazing staff. It has been great to see Year 10 so engaged with this agile new program. Well done to Ms Green and all the staff and external providers that have been a part of the week.
“I am the vine,
you are the branches –
those who abide in me
and I in them,
bear much fruit.”
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins