This week we came together to celebrate all of the wonderful diverse cultures that make up Loreto Normanhurst in honour of Harmony Day. This day is a time to stop and reflect on the need for tolerance and acceptance in our world and the richness that diversity has brought to a nation like Australia.
Girls were invited to perform in a lunchtime concert, hosted by Social Justice Captain, Cara Fagan, to showcase their cultures and passions. The Main Quad was filled with students and teachers gathering to watch, dance and cheer on our performers. A big thank you to Ella McKenzie of Year 7, Saoirse Hickey and Erika White of Year 8, Khushi Arora of Year 10, Sanjana Ramachandran of Year 11 and Mr Stitt from the English Faculty for participating in a wonderful moment of celebration and diversity.
Other girls contributed to the day by bringing in delicious food from their cultures for the International Food Stall run by the JPIC students. This year students could choose to either make a gold coin donation, bring in old bras for Project Uplift or food and goods for the House of Welcome drive. The generous response of the girls was fantastic.
Finally, the girls could also demonstrate their support for harmony and inclusiveness in Australia by signing their name to a petition letter which will be sent to either Local MP Matt Kean, the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian or Prime Minister Turnbull urging them to promote the importance of diversity.
It was fantastic to see the passion and support our girls have for making our country an even more accepting and inclusive country.
Exciting Close the Gap Day news
Our Years 11 and 12 Aboriginal Studies classes are the official school prize winner of the Close the Gap Campaign for 2017!
Students participated in Close the Gap with a Snap! an annual, National Close the Gap Day Instagram challenge where high school students from across Australia post photos to Instagram to reflect five Close the Gap themes. Close the Gap is Australia’s largest campaign to improve indigenous health.
Our school has won a beautiful 46x46cm original artwork (pictured below) called Desert Flowers from Central Australian artist Sacha Long from @betterworldarts which represents the wildflowers that grow in Utopia, many of which have medicinal properties.
This is a wonderful achievement and a testimony to the hard work of the class, Mrs De Sousa, Ms Bailey and Mr Lennon.
Miss Rosanne Timmins
Social Justice Coordinator