Loreto Normanhurst has had a wonderful and enriching week celebrating NAIDOC Week here at school. We are committed to celebrating and promoting Indigenous culture and continuing our journey of understanding and learning about the wisdom that our First People have on our land and spirituality.
We began the term with a whole school smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country by Uncle Laurie, a Guringai elder. Senator Malarndirri McCarthy joined us at a very special assembly on Wednesday where we officially launched the Loreto Normanhurst Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
A Reconciliation Action Plan is a formal statement of commitment by an organisation to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The RAP focuses on building relationships, respect and opportunities within the classroom, across the school community and with the wider community.
OUR RAP VISION IS:
Loreto Normanhurst recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the Traditional Custodians and the keepers of the secrets to our sacred Land. Our vision for the Reconciliation Action Plan is to enable all staff and students to recognise the diversity within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures across Australia and work together to achieve reconciliation. As a community we are shaped and guided by the Loreto Values of Justice, Sincerity, Felicity, Verity and Freedom. These values aim to inform and challenge all within our community and beyond to act in a way that fosters equality and equity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community, in particular through education. Through our shared histories as we walk on this Land, we will be united to help create an equitable and just nation for all.
Our RAP was officially approved by Ms Watkins on Friday 29 June this year and endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. Framed copies of our plan are now displayed in the key reception areas around the school and in Room 95, which is our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learning and community space. Our RAP will also be available on our school website very soon.
Ms Rosanne Timmins
Social Justice Coordinator
Snug as a Bug in a Rug Day
On Wednesday 26 July we held our annual Snug as a Bug in a Rug day. This community event provides another opportunity for our organisation to reduce its carbon footprint through reducing our energy consumption through switching off heating. For maximum impact, we choose the coldest part of the year for this day and, in order to stay snug, we make use of warmer than usual clothing options instead. The students relished the opportunity to don their Ugg boots and there were lots of scarves, jumpers and woolly socks worn by our staff and students alike.
Bill payers are very aware that heating systems require a lot of electricity and, although some of the school’s electricity is supplied by our photovoltaic array, we still rely on the grid to provide the rest. Currently, Australia’s electricity is predominantly generated at coal-fired power stations and it is the burning of the coal that releases the carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Centrally operated heating systems were switched off and staff across all sectors of the school avoided the temptation to switch on the manually operated heating systems. By reducing our demand for electricity on Wednesday, we reduced our contribution to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
A gold coin donation was made for the privilege of wearing mufti and the proceeds from this will be divided between two organisations: Pollinate Energy who provide hardware including solar fans and lighting to slum communities in India and Uplift Project in order to fund the shipping of preloved and new bras to women in need across Australia and the world.
Mrs Elizabeth Cranfield