Student Induction Liturgy
The commencement of Term 4 has been filled with felicitous spirit, with the induction of a new student representative body. On Wednesday, we saw the induction of our 2016/2017 Student Executive, House Leaders, Council Leaders and appointed Student Leaders as a result of thorough discernment throughout last term. In light of what will be an exciting year ahead, it is appropriate to ask – what does it mean to be a leader? In many regards, leadership often resembles guidance and service. The reading from Matthew in this liturgy further clarified this message of selflessness in saying, Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of righteousness; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs. In the blessing of our newly badged leaders, the commemoration of servant faith is displayed not only through sharing our gifts and skills, but also creating a vision that establishes the ideals of a Catholic community.
At Loreto Kirribilli, this empowerment of initiative not only applies to our school context, but also operates through engagement with world issues. As we continue to evaluate the value of Felicity, we must focus on what it truly means to be young women with a voice (a right we often take for granted) who can share her awareness with her contemporary society. With this in mind, this induction creates the opportunity to broadcast our voices in a community undergoing positive change. Congratulations to each new leader – we wish them every success for the coming months of service.
The UN International Day of the Girl Child – 11 October
There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. There are glaring gaps in data and knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that girls face.
What gets counted, gets done. The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, on Tuesday, 11 October, Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement, is a call for action for increased investment in collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data. One year into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, improving data on girls and addressing the issues that are holding them back is critical for fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals.
One such issue that is standing in the way of girls’ progress is child marriage. The data is daunting—one in three girls in developing countries (except China) get married before they turn 18. Girls who are child brides miss out on education, are more vulnerable to physical and sexual violence, and bear children before they are physically or emotionally prepared. The cycle of violence that begins in girlhood, carries over into womanhood and across generations. The 2030 Agenda must address their needs and unlock their potential. On the International Day of the Girl Child, we stand with the global community to support girls’ progress everywhere.
Year 7 Exodus Can Drive
Each year in Term 4, Year 7 at Loreto Kirribilli donate tinned food to the needy through the Exodus Foundation. Monday marks the two week can drive for Year 7. Supporting the Exodus Foundation, Year 7 students have been encouraged to bring in non-perishable food such as tinned fruit, vegetables, tuna, soup, rice, pasta etc. We ask that donated goods have a clear description of what it is e.g. a picture and a ring-pull on all cans if possible; though not necessary. Colgate Whitening toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, deodorant are also requested. Please NO soft drink.
The Exodus Foundation provides services to some of the most marginalised people in our community. Many who come to Exodus find sanctuary no where else. The experience of Exodus is one of kindness, safety and the restoration of human dignity. Those who contribute by bringing in tinned food or non-perishable items can feel proud as they have taken part in an act of kindness and generosity towards people who live day-to-day and sometimes in desperate circumstances.
We pray for God’s abundant blessings to be with our Year 12 students as they commence their Higher School Certificate, with our new Student Leaders as they participate in their Leaders Retreat this Thursday and Friday and for our student community as we commence the joys and adventures of our final term for 2016.
Brekky Van 2017
Please find attached a letter from Graeme Roche, the Diocesan Executive Officer for Sydney Archdiocese Central Council, St Vincent de Paul Society. The letter is in regard to the review of the involvement of students under the age of 18 in Sydney Vinnies Van Services (Sydney Night Patrol, Sydney Brekky Van and Liverpool Night Patrol). Unfortunately (and most disappointingly), this means that our school involvement in Brekky Van will cease at the end of this year.
We are currently investigating other possible outreach opportunities to allow our girls to serve the wider community in such a positive way as they did through the Brekky Van. Sincere thanks to all students, parents and staff that supported the Brekky Van over the past two years.
Sharon O’Keeffe (Ms)
Director of Mission (K-12)