Refugee Welcome Hampers K-12 Appeal
This year our Refugee Welcome Hampers will be distributed through JRS (Jesuit Refugee Service). You may wish to make a financial donation as outlined:
Donations can be made specifically for our foodbank or to assist in our general support services for asylum seekers in the community. Here are some examples of how financial donations will assist people and their families:
- $50 could provide a vulnerable family with a supermarket voucher, enabling them to buy essentials such as rice, flour, tea, and fresh vegetables for the week.
- $150 would provide a fortnightly allowance for the food, travel, and medical needs of asylum seekers living in the JRS Blanket Shelter in Elizabeth Bay
- $450 would assist a family seeking asylum with their basic fortnightly living expenses; including food, travel, and medical needs.
- $40 would pay for an Opal Card to help pay for weekly train and bus fares to get asylum seekers to and from important appointments with lawyers, doctors, and potential employers.
Collection for the annual Refugee Welcome Hampers will commence next Thursday 8 June. We ask that the girls bring in items to school and place them in the marked boxes in the Chapel foyer. The final date for collection will be Monday 19 June.
The list below is the suggested items for each year group:
|7||Rice, cous cous, pasta, blankets|
|8||Soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, blankets|
|9||Tetra pack juices (preferably not poppers but larger tetra packs), blankets|
|10||Raw lentils, raw chick peas|
|11||Tinned soup, fruit, tomatoes, tuna, salmon (all ring pull); plastic containers of fruit|
|12||Peanut butter, raw almonds, cashews, pine nuts, dried fruit (raisins, apricots), oil (peanut, vegetable, olive, etc). Please ensure that any nut products are in completely sealed/unopened packaging.|
Please note: JRS do not require the following items as they are difficult to distribute and will have to be redistributed to other charities or disposed of:
- No vegemite, porridge, baked beans, tinned spaghetti or tinned vegetables.
- Heavy or bulk items that are difficult to split
- At this point we cannot accept material items such as clothing, furniture, books, toys or appliances. Please talk to us if you have these items and we can recommend organizations that can accept them.
The Loreto Kirribilli community has always been most generous in supporting this wonderful cause and we thank you for your support again this year.
Red Shield Door Knock Appeal
On Sunday 25 Year 11 and 12 girls joined with the Salvation Army to raise funds through door knocking. Students visited our Kirribilli neighbours and were delighted with everyone’s contribution to this worthy cause, raising just short of $1,800. It was a great opportunity to help out the Salvation Army and raise funds for important work carried out by this organisation.
Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week
National Sorry Day commemorates the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their homes and families. The day has been commemorated, nationally, since the 1998 release of the report Bringing Them Home. In the Christian – Catholic tradition for an expression of sorrow to be genuine it must culminate in restitution and a desire to do better. National Sorry Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the challenges they face. Year 11 students attending the Verity Immersion lead a school prayer last Friday and made the words SORRY to raise awareness of the ongoing importance of working for Reconciliation.
At the school assembly on Wednesday Juliette Marchant and Tara Ellevsen provided an inspiring address on the importance of recognizing Aboriginal people in the Australian Constitution and becoming politically aware of issues facing Australia. Senior students were also encouraged to visit the Recognise website.
Further information can also be obtained here.
Mary Ward Spirituality program
Students in Year 9 have been invited to participate in a six week spirituality program that I will facilitate next term. Held in the beautiful Convent Chapel the students will gather each Monday afternoon 3:15-4:30pm to discern some of the following questions and more:
- Do you like having time to stop and think about your life?
- Do you call God friend? Would you like to? What about getting to know Jesus better?
- Do you appreciate prayer and stillness?
- Do you try to be a better friend?
- Do you try to be more accepting of yourself?
- Do you know what your character gifts and strengths are?
- Do you have dreams for your life or are you wondering when they might come to you?
- Do you think you could benefit from some skills in making decisions?
- Do you forgive yourself and others?
Students in Year 10 and 11 have been invited to attend the next Kairos Retreat to held at The Centre, Randwick from Friday 22 September until Monday 25 September. In 2000, Saint Ignatius’ College, Adelaide, became the first Jesuit school in Australia to run a Kairos retreat. Since then Fr Chris Middleton had facilitated over fifty Kairos retreats at Saint Ignatius’ College, Adelaide and St Aloysius’ College. These retreats have been a very significant experience for those who have undertaken them. Kairos is certainly regarded by many students as a key moment in their Ignatian education. The Kairos retreat has its origins in the United States. It has been adopted by many Jesuit high schools and some Jesuit universities in America. The purpose of Kairos is to allow those doing the retreat to come to see more fully who they are and to explore issues of identity, relationships, spirituality and faith, all in the context of an experience of community. With the support of others, those doing the retreat can more easily look within themselves and find their true worth as persons and reflect on their relationship with others and with God. Kairos is an experience of Christian community, with a series of talks given by peers and adults. Prayer and worship are an essential part, as well as the participants’ involvement in discussions and various exercises.
Twenty four students from Year 9 to 11 along with five staff will host a Buddies Day for twenty two students from Holy Family Emerton this Sunday. Buddies Day is an initiative run by the School to support children in need within the community of Emerton (where some of our Year 11 students go on their Emmaus Service Ministry Retreat). They are one-day events in which children aged 5-12 years participate in recreational activities and are designed to offer children a fun day. They also serve as a respite to parents/guardians and their trust in the program and in the students of Loreto Kirribilli is greatly valued. The day is also wonderful as our girls run the day under our supervision.
During Reconciliation Week make us ambassadors of reconciliation. Open our ears that we may listen with respect and understanding. Touch our lips that we may speak your words of peace and forgiveness. Warm our hearts that we may bring wholeness to the broken-hearted and dissolve the barriers of division to keep moving forward as one. Help us and all people shape an Australia where all will have a place, where the flames of hatred are extinguished, and where all can grow together for equality.
Director of Mission (K-12)