Loreto Kirribilli reinforces the importance of the school working in partnership with parents in the education of their daughters. This week I was delighted with the excellent attendance at the first of our series of three Parent Information Nights. Our first evening was for parents of Years 7 and 10. We launched our new Pastoral structure; introducing parents to their daughters’ House Academic Care Coordinator, Year Wellbeing Coordinator and we explained the important role of the Circle Teacher and their coach. The evening also provided advice regarding learning and pastoral needs of each year group. We also informed parents of the addition to our CH@LK parent portal: the new parent communication portal, IGLOO, which we intend to activate for all parents on Friday, 17 February. We also anticipate excellent attendance at the Year 8 and 9 Parent Information evening on Thursday, 16 February and the Year 11 and 12 Parent Information evening on Tuesday, 28 February.
In conjunction with the academic development of our students, the most important role that we share with parents is in the formation of their child’s faith and spirituality. Within our school environment, we attempt to do this in many ways, working to ensure that our Catholic faith permeates all that we do and is the foundation for all the programs in the school.
Our structures for religious knowledge and faith formation include formal Religious Education lessons, commencing each day with Circle Class prayer, a sacramental program stretching over the year, reflection days and retreat experiences. We draw on the wisdom of the Gospels, Mary Ward and Mother Gonzaga Barry, providing our girls with quotes for reflection and discernment. We also engage the girls in the Ignatian spiritual exercises, a prayer that creates time for awareness of God’s loving presence and promoting gratitude in our girls’ lives.
Coupled with this is our wellbeing program, aiming to create a culture in which our students and staff understand their strengths and use them to enhance personal and community well-being and achievement. Our program integrates the values of the Loreto Charism – Felicity, Freedom, Sincerity and Verity in particular – with an understanding of human growth, which is focussed on a multi-faceted framework of wellbeing.
Last week our Year 10 students hosted the Big Sister Little Sister afternoon tea with a range of fun activities for the girls. All staff were very impressed with the leadership of our Year 10 students ensuring that the afternoon was engaging and fun for our Year 7 students. Year 7 also immersed themselves fully in the afternoon demonstrating gratitude for the support of their big sisters.
As I write this newsletter I look forward in anticipation to another wonderful P&F Welcome Cocktail Party. This P&F event provides all parents with the opportunity to welcome our new parents and also mingle with and enjoy the company of Loreto staff.
Navigating the Future 2015 – 2018
We are now in the third year of implementing our strategic plan ‘Navigating the Future 2015-2018′. We have able to implement all the projects we established as priorities during the past two years and anticipate the same for 2017.
The 2017 Annual Implementation plan contains a number of significant projects. These projects include to:
- Deepen and integrate into daily practice students’ skills in critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication.
- Complete the Senior School Curriculum Review including the review of Assessment, Feedback and Reporting procedures.
- Implement the new Pastoral framework and structures including the integration of a coaching culture.
- Review and re-structure the Senior School student leadership model for full alignment with our new Pastoral structure.
- Refine and embed our K-12 Staff Appraisal model.
- Engage all stakeholders in a consultation process for the school Master Plan and then launch the capital campaign program.
- Install SMART technology air conditioning throughout the Senior School.
- Further develop the use of IWISE, implement IGLOO and research a Human Resource package that integrates with relevant software.
- Fully implement the Loreto Kirribilli Risk Framework.
Anna Dickinson (Mrs)