Year 10 Loreto Rural Partnership 2021
The Loreto Rural Partnership is an immersion experience offered to Year 10 in Term 1 each year where students spend a week in the rural communities of Coolah, Dunedoo and, for the first time this year, Gulgong. The partnership aims to foster connections between Loreto Normanhurst and the communities we visit.
Being a part of Rural Partnership was really important as there is a need to better understand our rural towns in NSW, build connections, create a sense of community between the city and rural experiences and engage with primary students.
Pip, Year 10
Students complete community service at local Catholic schools by helping teachers and running lessons. They also interact with the communities they are in, including many of our own boarding families, and get to participate in daily rural life. In doing so, our students gain an authentic and lived understanding of rural experiences and the students of the schools we visit gain an understanding of urban living and high school; the love of learning from both sides is infectious.
One of the most rewarding parts of our immersion was helping out around the school,
either getting to know the kids and helping them with their work or helping teachers with jobs around the classroom.
Indianna, Year 10
For the first time we welcomed All Hallows Catholic Primary School Gulgong to the partnership. They joined Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School at Coolah, who have been involved for three years, and St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Dunedoo, who helped develop the partnership initially, and have been involved for eight years.
Overall working with the kids was a really special experience
as we madeimportant connections and learnt many new skills.
Jennifer, Year 10
We look forward to welcoming the students, staff and parents from St Michael’s Dunedoo in the Loreto Normanhurst Boarding School in December this year when they come for their excursion to the big smoke!
A special thank you to Mrs Hannah Truong, Mrs Melanie Oxley and Mrs Isabelle Asquith who accompanied students on this immersion.
Mr Victor McGee