School Captain Message

Graduation has always seemed like such a distant prospect. Yet, as the ‘lasts’ for the Class of 2020 continue to pass us by, the reality of our departure is beginning to sink in. Questions about plans for the future, alongside laughter over the emergence of Year 7 photos, fill each girl with a sense of nostalgia. With this, I’ve reflected on all of the things that make this community so incredibly special. Not necessarily the big events (although I know we will all miss these too), but the chats with our Year 7 buddies at our lockers, the comfort of speaking to our teachers, and the jokes with our friends in the Year 12 commo as we’re waiting for our toasties to melt.

It all began 2068 days ago on January the 27th 2015, when each of us walked into the school gates for the first time. With my oversized dress and freshly polished shoes, I looked up to the Year 12’s with awe, unsure of how they had survived the mountain of essays and assignments that I knew lay before me.

Although many of us never quite grew into our oversized winter tunics as we had hoped, each of us has grown in so many other ways. From the eager twelve-year old’s that arrived in 2015, Loreto has truly moulded us into women of justice, felicity, sincerity, freedom and most importantly this year, verity. What makes this school so special is that girls are not told to be perfect, but their flawed, yet amazing selves. One of my teachers in Year 9 told me that “practice makes progress, not perfect”, a motto that I know will stay with me for the rest of my life.

The Class of 2020 has undoubtedly faced more challenges than we had expected this year. Whilst we continue to confront these challenges as we plan our futures, we must remember that this rapidly changing world is exactly what our Loreto education has prepared us for. Whether we realise it or not, our double periods of Integrated Learning, our time spent giving advice in tutor group, and our teamwork on the sports field have all prepared us for life beyond the Loreto gates – whatever that may hold.

So, on behalf of the Class of 2020, I would like to thank the entire Loreto community who have supported us along the way. You have embodied the Loreto values, and inspired us to take these with us. Without you, we would not be the women we are today.

While the Class of 2020, along with the rest of the world, doesn’t know what tomorrow holds, I have no doubts that we will be ready to face anything that gets thrown at us.

Let’s go girls!

 

Phillipa Studdert

School Captain 2019-2020