Dear Loreto Community members,
A very warm welcome back to Term 3. I hope all parents enjoyed the opportunity to spend some additional quality time with their daughters during the term holiday break.
Holidays can be times of great joy but also of great sadness. On Friday we received news of the horrific incident in Nice. In response we held a gathering in our Chapel for Year 12 2015 on Monday afternoon followed by a brief prayer service. We ask our school community to continue to pray for our Year 12 girls who were on holiday in Nice at the time of the incident, their families and the victims of this senseless atrocity and all those affected by it. All our girls are safe and supporting one another. May the thoughts and prayers of all around the world help those affected by this violent, incomprehensible tragedy.
At the commencement of Term 3 we welcome to our Loreto community:
- Mrs Louise Booth returning from her Maternity Leave to her job-share position in TAS Faculty
- Mrs Bernadette Jacka becoming a member of the Academic Support Faculty
- Ms Charlotte Putman commencing as our Visual Arts Assistant
- Mrs Denise Roberts joining the Library Team as Teacher Librarian
- Ms Sarah Cameron joining the Visual Arts Faculty replacing Mrs Isabella Fabrizio while she is on Maternity Leave
- Ms Nina Seeto joining the Science Faculty
- Ms Karen Mitchell joining the Science Faculty while Mr Chris Hook is on Long Service Leave weeks 1-6
- Mrs Virginia Ellis who assumes the role of Year 8 Coordinator for Semester 2
- Ms Charlotte Pearson who assumes the role of Year 7 Academic Advisor for Semester 2
During the holiday period the school was a hive of activity. A range of school events were also in full swing beyond the school gates.
A very special thank you to Ms O’Keeffe, Ms Duggan, Mr Stewart, Mrs Trevisan and Ms Bleby for offering 24 Year 11 students a wonderful Verity Immersion program in Arnhem Land for 10 days. Particular thanks to Ms O’Keeffe for her organisation and planning of the trip and for the leadership required to ensure this experience was so successful.
Thank you to Ms O’Keefe and Ms Fraser for offering nine students in Years 8 and 9 an amazing 14 days of experiential learning at NASA, deepening their passion for Science, Mathematics and Technology. Another group of Year 10 and 11 students will be attending in December, thank you in advance to Chris Hook and Ms O’Reilly.
We look forward to the Verity Immersion and NASA presentations at our next School Assembly.
Thank you also to Ms Baker, Mr Cameron, Mr Allen, Mr Fryar, Mrs Cook, Mrs O’Donell, Ms Cluff, Ms Jauncey, Ms Jury, Ms Cooper, Ms Gori, Ms Coleman and Miss Connell for supervising 110 girls attending the Snowsports Camp in the first week of the holidays. Special thanks to Ms Baker for all the organisation and leadership of this event and also her involvement in the interschool races.
A special thank you to staff for offering our Year 12 students additional classes during the holiday period. Classes for practical and a range of non-practical courses were conducted. The girls have expressed their deep appreciation for these classes and also their gratitude for the feedback they received for essays and test responses they submitted during the holiday period. The students also greatly appreciated the use of the school library during the holiday period.
Term 3 Activities
Term 3 is another very busy term with subject selection processes, leadership training and elections. It is a term where all students have the opportunity to deepen their engagement in learning using the great advice given to them by their teachers in their Semester 1 reports.
Term 3 is also very important for Year 12, their last as students of Loreto Kirribilli before the commencement of their HSC exams early Term 4. We wish Year 12 the very best as they continue their journey towards graduation.
Principal’s Writing Awards
So many aspects of my role as Principal of Loreto Kirribilli are enjoyable, but what I probably enjoy the most is when I engage with the learning our girls do on a daily basis in their classrooms. One of the opportunities I have for this is when I judge the Principal’s Writing Awards each year. Once again I was greatly impressed by the quality of work which I had the pleasure to read and assess.
This year’s writing tasks were based on our 2016 value of Felicity. I have to say that I was deeply impressed by the work I read, from the joyful and beautifully evocative writing of our Year 7 students through to the very deep maturity and strongly presented arguments of our Year 12s.
I particularly enjoyed the writing of Year 7 students as they wrote their autobiographical pieces, often exploring lovely family relationships or the exhilaration of the young.
Congratulations to our Year 7 runner up Lucy Rathbun and our Year 7 winner for 2016 Grace Shattock.
Given the fact that we live in a world where negativity can be very present, our Year 8s were most positive in their writing about how we can find and experience felicity in this world. Congratulations to our Year 8 runner up Meg Lonie and our Year 8 winner Amelia Warburton.
Year 9s presented very positive responses to the task of grappling with cultural division in our city and the wider world. The optimistic view expressed by our Year 9 writers was very heartening. Congratulations to our Year 9 runner up Sophie Howard and our Year 9 winner Sophie Colless.
I was quite moved by the narratives written by our Year 10 students who used very personal stories on the difficulties of experiencing felicity amongst tragedy. We congratulate Year 10 on the sensitivity of their work and particular congratulations to our Year 10 runner up Emma Hartan and our Year 10 winner Lucinda Hogan.
Year 11 were asked to take the very well-known story Faustus, a man who sold his eternal soul to the devil for pleasure in this world. They did this very well, with quality writing that showed maturity in their responses. Congratulations to Year 11 runner up Samantha Rogers and our Year 11 winner Juliette Marchant.
I was very impressed by the quality of writing and the sophistication of the arguments of our Year 12s who wrote with great maturity for their required task where they were set the challenge of exploring relationships between people and landscapes and its relevance to a deeper understanding of felicity by referring particularly to texts they had studied. Congratulations to our Year 12 runner up Sophie Gallagher and Year 12 Principal’s Writing Award winner for 2016 Georgina Henry.
Congratulations to the Loreto Mock Trial Team who have successfully completed the round robin section of the competition undefeated. The team comprises Elyssa Berry, Hannah Conlon, Daisy Harding, Niamh Hremiako, Honor Madden, Deirdre McGinn, Juliette Marchant and Mia Toda. Last night the team defeated Wenona 275 v 251, they have previously competed successfully against Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney Girls High and North Sydney Boys High. The team now move into the knock out section of the competition.
World Youth Day
On a final note we wish our World Youth Day pilgrims all the very best as they make their final preparations for their journey to Krakow, Poland. We thank Ms Berlage, Ms O’Keeffe and Mrs Sircelj for accompanying our students and also wish Ms O’Keeffe all the very best as she assumes a significant role as Pilgrimage Leader of Prague Direct which consists of two buses or 60 people including Loreto and OLSH students and staff.
Prayer for World Youth Day, Krakow
God, merciful father, in your son Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love
and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the comforter, we entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman.
We entrust to you in a special way young people of every language, people and nation:
Guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.
Heavenly Father, grant that we may bear witness to your mercy.
Teach us how to convey the faith to those in doubt, hope to those who are discouraged, love to those who feel indifferent, forgiveness to those who have done wrong and joy to those who are unhappy.
Allow the spark of merciful love that you have enkindled within us to become a fire that can transform hearts and renew the face of the earth.