A magnificent day of weather, enthusiastic parents and wonderful Spring Fair organisers, staff, students and members of the community all combined to ensure our Spring Fair was a wonderful success. In particular, I thank the organisers, Danielle Crews, Justine Latham and Kate Fitzgerald and the Spring Fair committee, the P&F Presidents Louise McCoach and Niall Ronan and their committee members, our Events & Community Liaison Officer Mrs Debbie Henry, Ms Lanneke Jones, members of our School Executive, and all staff involved.
Thank you also to Ms Josie Ryan, Ms Madeleine O’Connor and Mrs Linda Walburn for the beautiful Mass that launched and blessed the day. Thank you to Fr Chris Gleeson SJ, the Australian Jesuit delegate for Ignatian formation, for celebrating Mass for us; to the readers, musicians and choir, those who served at Mass and in the offertory procession. Eucharistic celebration is at the heart of our faith. It is the way that we, as a Catholic community, unite in prayer and thanksgiving, while also receiving the grace and blessing of the sacrament of Communion. To commence the Spring Fair with Mass is a wonderful tradition.
Thank you to the scores of parents who worked for months and on the day to make it such a success. Our Spring Fair has several aims. Firstly, it is a major fundraising event for the school. But equally important is the sense of community it promotes, with everyone working together for a common cause. The interaction of parents, staff and students for this event is one of the keys to the success of our school. A third aspect, although not quite an aim, is that it showcases the school to the wider community, especially those families considering a Loreto Kirribilli education for their daughters. Many of you probably came to the Spring Fair before your daughters commenced here and experienced the school spirit shining through as it did on Sunday. Last Sunday was also Refugee and Migrant Sunday, a time to reflect on the lives of those people in the world who do not enjoy the peace and democracy of Australia. We often remind our students that they live very privileged lives, and that with this privilege comes responsibility – the responsibility of making a difference in the lives of others who do not have access to the privileges that we enjoy.
Ex-student Centenary Dinner Dance
Last Friday night we celebrated the centenary of the ex-student union with a dinner dance in the Centenary Hall. I thank our President of the ex-student union Jacquelyn Fingleton and committee members Meg Martyr, Aylie O’Hanlon , Claire McClintock and Ruth Tighe for all their work in making their dream of hosting this Centenary Dinner a reality. I also thank members of our staff for their support of the ex-students, in particular, Mrs Debbie Henry (Events & Community Liaison Officer), Ms Kathleen Cash (Design & Communications Manager), Mrs Julianne Liddicoat (Archivist) and our Maintenance team. This wonderful celebration was in acknowledgement of the extraordinary commitment and support that the Loreto Kirribilli Ex-students’ Union has given our community over the past 100 years. We are confident and feel truly blessed that this commitment and support will continue strongly into the future.
Canonisation of Mother Teresa
A lovely article in the latest Loreto Networker speaks of the links between Mother Teresa and the Loreto Sisters. As I am sure you are aware, this wonderful woman is to be canonised on 4 September. In the article, Sr Christine Burke IBVM writes that Mother Teresa was originally a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary and that in some ways she had not left the IBVM but taken Mary Ward’s charism in another direction. I share with you some of Sr Christine’s words.
What can Loreto Sisters say about her? I think we thank God for her gift to the church and the world. Each era is shaped by needs and opportunities, and by prophetic responses. There are two separate but linked Calls in this area of love of the poor: one is to tend the broken, to bind up wounds and to ensure dignity as they face death. The other is to advocate and educate people who might change the system of greed and power which divides and destroys lives. After Vatican II more emphasis has been given to advocacy work, to questioning the structures that leave so many excluded from the right to participate in our society. In India and elsewhere Loreto Sisters work in new ways with justice advocacy and educating young people to critique society. However, Mother Teresa’s love and care is so symbolic of the heart of the Gospel that it has a special word to all people of good will. Loreto Sisters from many provinces are going to Rome to celebrate her canonisation and I am sure many will feel that Mother Teresa carried forward the commitment at the base of the mission of all Mary Ward women: to go where the need was greatest. We rejoice wholeheartedly with all the Missionaries of Charity and pray that this work will continue to flourish.
Mother Teresa’s canonisation will be an occasion of great joy not just within our Church but throughout the world as she is so universally loved for her work here on earth.
I wish all fathers a Happy Fathers’ Day this coming weekend. We keep in our thoughts and prayers all our families who are grieving the loss of their fathers, in particular we pray for Pru Farmer (Year 8) and her family and Mrs Miriam Berlage and her family.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15: 9-12
Georgia Worner, Year 12, was a member of the Australian Geography International Olympiad Team that recently won FIRST place out of 46 countries at the 13th International Geography Olympiad held in Beijing last week. Please read the article written by Social Sciences Coordinator, Mr Keith Hopkins, outlining the team’s success.
Anna Dickinson (Mrs)