Two Loreto Link forums are scheduled this year. These evenings, generally held in the intimate surroundings of the school's Performing Arts Centre, provide a networking opportunity that is loosely based on careers and themed topics of interest, providing an opportunity for members of the Loreto community to connect at a professional level for the benefit of students and young ex-students. Whether or not they are looking for careers direction, Loreto Link creates a networking opportunity for all connected with Loreto and helps to celebrate the success of some of our extended Loreto family members. We encourage Loreto-linked individuals or families to mingle with parents or students, past, present or future and enjoy the opportunity to connect. Before each forum, drinks and canapés are served, providing a social edge to the evenings and adding to the attraction of the forums. You are asked to register by email if you wish to attend as space is limited and name tags are provided at the door to enhance the networking experience. A generous donation is requested at the door to defray the significant cost of staging these events.
Senior students gain immeasurably from the insights that are shared during each forum, where each of the panellists has some connection with Loreto. The panel interview session is followed by questions from the floor. After the forum, the panellists each host a table for a “thinking outside the square” workshop, where members of the audience can approach the speakers for more one-to-one careers information and advice. This frequently leads to work experience opportunities for the students and young ex-students, creating a cohesive link with the school.
Seldom are there opportunities for such natural interaction between the various groups associated with the school, so the connections provided by Loreto Link are unprecedented and are growing in popularity.
Annual Mary Ward Justice Lecture
Highlighting the close connections between the Loreto schools and the Loreto Sisters, Loreto Kirribilli hosted the inaugural Mary Ward Justice Lecture in 2005. Convened by the Loreto Sisters' Justice and Peace Committee, this annual event is generally scheduled in November and is held alternately at one of the two Sydney schools, Loreto Kirribilli and Loreto Normanhurst. The 2009 Lecture is scheduled for Normanhurst.
Sr Libby Rogerson ibvm and members of the JPIC committee have developed an engaging format where thought-provoking topics are discussed and the plight of the marginalized is highlighted. Past speakers have included Sharan Burrow, President of the ACTU, Fred Chaney, AO, Head of the Native Titles Tribunal, Linda Burney, first Indigenous Member of Parliament and Jenny Brockie, presenter of SBS Television’s Insight program.
Student Social Justice representatives of Kirribilli and Normanhurst play an active role, while members of the Loreto Link committee help to facilitate the event.
Further information about the Loreto JPIC committee and other Loreto works are available on the IBVM Website.
For photos of past Mary Ward Justice Lectures, click on the following link: Mary Ward Justice Lecture Photo Gallery
For details of Past Loreto Link Forums click here.