Last Sunday we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension and this Sunday we celebrate the joy of Pentecost. At Jesus’ ascension, his apostles were no doubt downcast. The Jesus they knew was gone. In Acts 1:11 we are told that two men in white say to them, Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking to the sky? As the apostles lowered their eyes from heaven to earth and contemplated the mission they now would embark on, the inspiration they received to do so would be in the form of the Holy Spirit who appeared to them at the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost can be said to mark the beginning of the Church.
These are joyous times in the Church’s year.
At such special times in the Church’s year, it is hard to reconcile the tragedy and sadness of the recent horrific events of the Manchester terror attack. It seems such a senseless act to us, that the target of this appalling act was a gathering of young and innocent people enjoying a musical event, as happens on so many occasions in so many places in the world.
Jesus tasked the apostles with the continuation of his work here on earth. The Holy Spirit gave them the strength and courage to do. As their successors, it is important that we too, in these sometimes terrible times, continue that work with love, with peace and with hope. As we are reminded in the Peace Prayer of St Francis, Lord, make ME an instrument of your peace.
Of great importance this week is National Reconciliation Week which runs from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively. In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. We commemorated Sorry Day at school last Friday as the girls gathered to form the letters of SORRY as one small gesture. The theme for this week’s National Reconciliation Week is Let’s Take the Next Step, and in support of this I invite you to pray the Prayer for Reconciliation.
Lord God, bring us together as one, reconciled with you and with each other.
You made us in your likeness. You gave us your Son, Jesus Christ. He has given us forgiveness from sin.
Lord God, bring us together as one, different in culture, but given new life in Jesus Christ, together as your body, your church, your people.
Lord God, bring us together as one, reconciled, healed, forgiven, sharing you with others as you have called us to do.
In Jesus Christ, let us be together as one.
Juliette Marchant and Tara Ellevsen (Year 12) delivered a brilliant joint address at our Senior School assembly this week. Their address informed the student body about the steps the Australian community could take to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a place in the constitution. They explained that the indigenous leaders from across the country had called for more than recognition, for a First Nation’s Voice representative body to be enshrined in the nation’s founding document, and a process to consider in draft a treaty. Juliette and Tara challenged the girls to reflect on this important topic, speak to at least one person and have a discussion or debate to deepen their awareness and then, hopefully, cultivate a willingness to advocate for the rights of our indigenous sisters and brothers.
One of the many pleasures of my role as Principal is to read and see some of the wonderful work that our students do in their classrooms under the guidance of their teachers.
In recent weeks I have read the entries for the Principal’s Writing Awards. This year, entrants from each year group were challenged to explore the theme of our Loreto value of Freedom in a particular way. I was very impressed by the variety and depth of our students’ work, and as you would expect, to choose the best of these is not easy! I congratulate all the winners and those students who achieved Highly Commended. Their names are published below.
A very special thank you to Mrs Debbie Henry, Ms Rom Rocca, parents Mr Ian Yard-Smith, Mr John Eales, Matthew Coleman and the 90 guests who attended our inaugural rugby lunch and game. The event was very successful and was topped off with a win to the Waratahs. We thank Mr John Eales for his inspirational speech. I know those who attended are hoping to build this event and have some wonderful ideas for next year.
Congratulations and thanks
Thank you to all the staff who attended the Year 10 Social on Saturday night. In particular I thank Ms Berlage, Ms Rocca, Mr Bain and the Year 10 teachers. The event was a beautiful occasion for our Year 10 girls and it was supported also by Year 9 parent chaperones.
A very special thank you to the 26 students from Year 11 and 12 who participated in the Red Shield Door Knock appeal on Sunday. Thank you also to Mrs Cecile Heyen for supervising our girls.
Congratulations to the girls who participated in the Da Vinci competition. Excitingly, the Year 7 team came first in Mathematics and second in Engineering, and the Year 8 team came first in Art and Poetry. This was out of over 70 teams in each year as well! Many thanks to Ms Sabbadin for preparing the girls for this competition and also to teachers who have developed the problem solving, critical and creative thinking skills of the girls this year and in the past – our girls needed to collaborate and communicate throughout the entire day of the competition.
Congratulations to our Mock Trial team for their win on Thursday night against Willoughby Girls’ High School.
Congratulations to our CGSSSA Cross Country team. Our girls experienced a great carnival with a number of girls qualifying for NSWCCC in June. Loreto Kirribilli came 2nd in the overall point score. Congratulations to the Sport Staff.
Congratulations to Alexandra Hely who competed for Loreto in the Australian Senior Sabre School Championships on Saturday winning a GOLD MEDAL.
Congratulations to Natalija Lambert (Year 7) who performed at the Women of Achievement Charity Luncheon during the week.
Congratulations to Ms Mandi Whittaker and our Senior Dance troupe who won first place in the Eisteddfod at Pittwater House last Saturday. We also congratulate our Junior Dance troupe and Jazz troupe for achieving Highly Commended.
Congratulations to all recipients of the Honour Pocket and Loreto Awards presented at our assembly on Wednesday.
Anna Dickinson (Mrs)
Loreto Pens 2017
|7||Principal’s Writing Awards Winner||Lydia Colla|
|7||Principal’s Writing Awards Runner Up||Lotti Wonhas|
|8||Principal’s Writing Awards Winner||Bridget Currie|
|8||Principal’s Writing Awards Runner Up||Grace Shattock|
|9||Principal’s Writing Awards Winner||Amelia Quinlan|
|9||Principal’s Writing Awards Runner Up||Zoe Graham|
|10||Principal’s Writing Awards Winner||Georgia Loadsman|
|10||Principal’s Writing Awards Runner Up||Caitlin Hickey|
|11||Principal’s Writing Awards Advanced English Winner||Louisa Grundy|
|11||Principal’s Writing Awards Advanced Runner Up||Laura Ferguson|
|11||Principal’s Writing Awards Standard English||Grace Cargill|
|12||Principal’s Writing Awards Advanced English Winner||Mia Toda|
|12||Principal’s Writing Awards Advanced Runner Up||Tess Deverall|
|12||Principal’s Writing Awards Standard English||Isabella Conti-Morato|