School Captain

It doesn’t seem like too long ago that the Class of 2019 were walking through the heritage gates on Pennant Hills Road for the first time. Our hats were lopsided, our dresses a little too long and our hair beautifully pulled into high-side ponytails! How far we have come! These days, our hats are less blue and a little more worn and sit more surely on our heads, our dresses have been hemmed down a few times and the classic high-side pony can no longer be spotted among Year 12.

As the day quickly approaches when we will walk out of the school gates for the final time, it’s hard to fathom that our time at Loreto is coming to an end. A strange mix of excitement and sadness wafts around the Year 12 Commo, and as plans for next year’s gap year are discussed, formal dresses are uploaded more frequently to Facebook and the countdown to the final HSC exam is officially on, nostalgia creeps in.

Loreto Normanhurst has been our home for many years. Of course, we will miss the animated halls, familiarity of a uniform and the beauty of the environment in which we learn, however, Loreto is a place that extends far beyond the walls of buildings and small moments of time captured in photographs.

Loreto Normanhurst is a place that is unique in its sincerity and joy even in the mundane, little things of everyday life. From smiles in the corridors from girls and teachers, chatting in the line for the bubbler to unpacking causes that embody the values of our school, Normo is an environment in which love is at the centre of every exciting aspect of our school. Love for learning and for our friends, love in the pride for our school and in caring for those on the fringes of society. Love is the core of all Loreto values, celebrations in the school and in every relationship that is formed.

Loreto exudes felicity as seen through every Normo girl’s love for her school, whether it be Dancing in the Quad at Long Recess, breaking out in song when the bell for the week comes over the loud speaker or joining in with the choir at Friday Morning Communion. Most profoundly, at Normo noone is expected to be anyone but their flawed, yet remarkable selves. Sincerity is celebrated in every girl’s strengths and struggles and in their striving to learn from mistakes.

Year 12 will miss all of the little things that we love at Normo – the immense, yet understated pride and spirit in being a Normo girl, the kindness and care for all that is so evident and the deep connections that we have with our peers. It’s hard to know if we are ready to leave a place that has intricately moulded us into the young women we are today, however, we take comfort in knowing that what we have learnt about ourselves and our world in the spirit of our beloved Normo will be with us for the rest of our lives. It may be the voice in the back of our heads pushing us to take a seat at the table, the reassurance in validity of our opinions or the gentle reminder to be kinder to ourselves and those around us.

As the Class of 2019 we do not know what lies waiting for us, but we do know that our time together at Normo will stay with us forever because “once a Normo girl, always a Normo girl”.

 

Evelyn O’Brien

School Captain 2019