Dear Loreto Community members,
Shortly we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. How quickly this wonderful season of the Church’s calendar seems to arrive each year. To me, Advent is heralded by the colour of jacarandas, cheering the landscape with their beautiful purple blooms.
Advent is the season of new beginnings, a season of longing and light, and is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation and of preparation. A new liturgical year begins on this First Sunday of Advent with images of transformation and hope. Week by week, candles are lit on the Advent wreath signifying our longing for the light of Christ, as the time of his birth draws near. Yet Advent heralds more than Christ’s birth. It paves our way toward celebrating Christ as God-with-us, God in human flesh. This is a profound mystery at the heart of our faith, and it is the cause of our joy at Christmas. During this upcoming Advent season we pray:
You govern all creation with your strong yet tender care;
O come and show your people the way to salvation.
As we draw closer to the end of term we offer our thanks and congratulations to those members of our school community who have volunteered their services to support our school. Last Monday evening Ms Brent, Ms Berlage, Ms Rocca and I attended the P&F Liturgy and AGM. On behalf of the school community, we congratulate and thank the 2016 P&F Executive for their outstanding service: Louise McCoach, Niall Ronan, Jennifer Stenhouse, Tanya McDonald and Denise Greene. And we welcome the newly elected 2017 P&F Executive team: Danielle Crews, Ian Yard-Smith, Fran Parker, Michael Collins, Mark Schnellhaus, Sophia McGinn, Anna Wyke and Rebecca Hingerty and thank them for their willingness to serve our school throughout 2017.
Last Sunday we enjoyed hosting our 2017 Year 7 students and their families for Year 7 Orientation Day. The day was highly successful and I offer thanks to our Year 7 Council who led school tours, our School Captain Mia Toda for her outstanding address highlighting Student life at Loreto, our Vice Captain Sophie De Angelis for leading prayer, our Year 7 Coordinator Mrs Kristy Ferguson for unpacking all that parents and Year 7 students need to know for a smooth transition to Senior School and Ms Danielle Crews and Mr Ian Yard-Smith for providing parents with information about our P&F Association and encouraging their involvement. Special thanks to Mrs Pauline Shuttleworth, Mrs Miriam Berlage, Mrs Debbie Henry, Ms Romalina Rocca, Mr Chris Durante and our Class Parents and Helpers for all their work in the organisation of the day.
The Mass and AGM of the Loreto Kirribilli Ex Students’ Union followed our Orientation Day last Sunday. I thank Jacquelyn Fingleton and her executive team for all their support during the year and for their highly successful centenary celebrations. The bursaries provided by the ex-students make all the difference to families who are suffering financial crisis. It is truly wonderful to be able to offer these bursaries to families so that their daughters can continue to flourish at Loreto Kirribilli.
I enjoyed thanking all our volunteers at our Volunteers Thank You Lunch on Friday for their continual support throughout the year. Our volunteers add great value to the school and are at the heart of our Loreto Kirribilli Spirit. Examples of our volunteers include:
- P&F Committee members
- Class parents
- Tuckshop workers and those who help out by providing barbeque lunches
- Sport assistants
- Rowing committee members
- Musicians at major Masses
- Eucharistic Ministers
- Examination Scribes for students with disabilities
- Uniform Shop helpers
- Junior School – excursions, costume helpers
- Academic scholars for our Junior School mentor program
- Parent guest speakers
- Ex-students’ Union members
On behalf of the entire school community I thank our volunteers for their wonderful spirit of service to our community.
During 2015, our Provincial leader Sr Margaret Mary Flynn ibvm, requested that each Loreto school in Australia target their fund raising initiatives in 2016 to help provide education facilities for early learners in the village of Gari-uai Timor Leste. Each school was encouraged to reach a target of $120,000. I am delighted to report, that as a result of the efforts of the Loreto Kirribilli community, $133,626.98 has been raised by our school for Mary Ward International Australia who will ensure our funds are targeted for Gari-uai. It was very special indeed to share the sum raised with Sr Margaret Mary at the volunteers lunch.
Breakdown of MWIA Fundraising: $133,626.98
- Parents (incl. P&F) $22,502.20
- Golf Day (incl. sponsors) $60,715.11
- Senior School students $32,474.67 (May Day and other initiatives)
- Junior School students $16,525.00 (Mission Days)
- Ex-students $ 4,410.00
The HSC exams have concluded. We are now receiving the first results from practical subjects, including:
- 14 nominations for Art Express – Visual Arts (more than half the class): Louisa Fitzgerald, Emily King, Sophie Lloyd, Olivia Armistead, Genevieve Becker, Greer Fraser, Stephanie Greenslade, Tess Herron, Kate Lee, Lisa Maggs, Imogen Passas, Eliza Scanlen, Charlotte White and Eloise Williment
- 3 Nominations for On Stage – Drama (a quarter of the class): Alice Best, Anna McGinley, Eliza Scanlen
- 1 Encore nomination in Music – Isabelle Kahout
I thank you once again for the prayers offered by the school community during the HSC period and acknowledge our outstanding teachers.
- Congratulations to Juliette Marchant, who was selected to participate in the New South Wales Schools Constitutional Convention at Parliament House as one of 150 delegates. Juliette studied three main referendum issues in Australia’s history and as a result of her knowledge and expertise was selected in the top 30 to represent NSW as a state delegate in Canberra next year. Well done Juliette!
- On Sunday, 6 November we hosted a very successful Loreto Kirribilli Regatta placing second for the highest overall point score on the day. A very special thank you to Mr Lachlan Allen, Ms Donna Baker, Ms Jess Howard, Mrs Kirsten Inches and all the coaches for their work in preparing our girls for the commencement of the rowing season. Many thanks to members of the School Executive for their participation in presenting medals to recipients. I also thank parents for their significant involvement, in particular Mr John Halley for his outstanding work as announcer.
Anna Dickinson (Mrs)