Archbishop’s Award 2016
On Thursday, 8 September, one student from each of the 48 Sydney Catholic secondary colleges was honoured with the prestigious Archbishop of Sydney’s Award for Student Excellence. Awarded in September each year, and held at St Mary’s Cathedral, the award recognises the students’ exceptional achievements in a range of areas including school leadership, faith commitment, support for social justice and environmental issues, academic performance, sport, music and community engagement.
In the company of family, friends and staff, our award recipient, Georgina Henry, was presented with a commemorative medallion and certificate by Archbishop Anthony Fisher. A personal citation that outlined her achievements during her years of Catholic secondary education was read to the assembled community by Alice Best. In addressing the congregation, Archbishop Fisher told the students how he was immensely grateful for the contribution each had made to their communities, and for representing their families, peers and the schools with such distinction. Dr Dan White, Executive Director of Catholic schools in the Sydney Archdiocese, was also glowing in his praise of the students. All citations speak of a group of young men and women passionate about their faith and strongly committed to the promotion of Catholic values. The following is the citation for Georgina:
Georgina is a thoughtful and sincere young woman who embraces a wonderful school spirit and exemplifies the Loreto values. Georgina reflects her faith in action through her active participation in Brekky Van and Buddies Days and the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Network. She completed the Mary Ward Spirituality Course. With an innate understanding that servant leadership and followership are our calling as Christians, Georgina contributes selflessly to our school community. She is a Leader of the St. Vincent de Paul Council, an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and altar server.
This is the 18th occasion that the Archbishop Award for Student Excellence has been bestowed upon a student from each Sydney Catholic secondary school. Congratulations Georgina.
Virtue Awards- Semester 2, 2016
The following students have received a ‘Virtue Award’ for displaying the virtue of Felicity. Each student has been nominated by their peers for acting according to the values, beliefs and principles of our Catholic ethos; modelling a consistency between words and actions; and relating to others honestly and accepting difference in others.
Blue: Emma Murphy, Freya Saldanha, Emily Smith
Gold: Zoe Witts, Taylah Honan, Sarah Munstermann
Green: Jessica Fitzgerald, Isabelle Constantain, Ava Farrugia
Orange: Olivia Newell, Michaela Gordon, Alex McMillian
Purple: Isabelle Sharpe, Amelie Hoad, Grace Poon
Red: Abby McMillan, Isabella Tooher, Rosie Paton
Blue: Kara Howard, Emma Whineray, Elizabeth Newman
Gold: Abigail Van Vliet, Eliza Payne, Annabel Smyth
Green: Cate Carlson, Isabella Nixon, Siena Giles
Orange: Grace Agostino, Alice Cullen, Amelia Ferguson
Purple: Phoebe Welsh, Adelina Rupolo, Emily Adler
Red: Sophie Shirriff, Mia Taylor, Ella Garling
Blue: Charlotte Kearney, Georgia Silva, Jemima Roe
Gold: Anna Coleman, Georgia Harvey, Ally De Matteis
Green: Madison Howse, Sophie Moran, Jessica Coley
Orange: Prudence Farmer, Monique Quinn, Samantha Schnellhaus
Purple: Lucia Cozzi, Katherine Burgess, Deanna D’Allesandro
Red: Izabella Rizzo, India Rogers-Liston, Nina Savage
Blue: Grace Roberts, Tegan Burns, Carla Fields
Gold: Samantha Ridgeway, Lucy Evans, Bridget Barkus
Green: Sofia Albertoni Calleja, Rachel Jilek, Georgia Lowden
Purple: Emma Hartan, Angelique Manconi, Emily Marshall
Red: Catherine Gellert, Isabelle Swan, Zoe Carlton
Congratulations to each student on the wonderful way you live out our Loreto value of Felicity. The Loreto Sisters are active champions of justice and freedom for women and children, advocating for equality in access to health and education and promoting respect for our natural resources. Many Sisters have formed, and are a part of, crucial networks and partnerships to strengthen their voice and capacity for action. The following prayer and the example of the Loreto Sisters are a constant reminder of our aim to be sincere and in right relationships with all people.
Dear Christ Jesus,
You say: ‘Learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly of heart.’
What are the seats of honour we occupy today?
Where are the places we seek prestige, power and possessions?
Where are the poor in our life today? Where are the crippled, the lame, those who limp, the difficult,
the sick, the different, those rejected, the outcasts? Are they in our front row at our tables, at our celebrations, invited to our party?
Gentle Lord, to enter that ‘narrow door’ we need to be with the poor. Show us how to be humble and honest in who we are, nothing more, nothing less. ‘God’s beloved’ welcomed to an ‘open house’.
Tender Lord, let us remember where we stand and in whose presence, which places of honour we need to vacate.
Remove our fear and indifference to our poor sisters and brothers, they are rich in faith and have gifts they can give us. Give us the soft eyes of Christ Jesus when we look out for the poor.
Accepting Lord, we come to your table, into your holy presence, embrace our humanness, our brokenness, our humble hearts.
We come as we are – God’s children, God’s beloved, Christ’s body Chosen, Blessed, Broken and Given to the world.
Sharon O’Keeffe (Ms)
Director of Mission (K-12)