It sounds like a simple question but you’d be surprised at the variety of answers. So varied, in fact, that it’s been chosen as the focus of this year’s first Faith At Work Dialogue. Conducted by the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER), the Dialogues feature prominent Australians whose ideas stimulate debate and promote reflection on how our personal, Catholic beliefs translate into our professional lives.
CCER Director, Tony Farley will launch 2017’s Faith At Work series by speaking with Professor Richard Rymarz, Head of Religious Education and Director of Research at the Broken Bay Institute (The Australian Institute of Theological Education).
You are invited to join them in examining the nature of Australia’s Catholic education system and its changing role in a society that has become increasingly secular. They will be asking what parents want from Catholic schools, and consider what makes a school uniquely, authentically Catholic?
Promoting social awareness has always been an incredibly important part of our school. This year, we will focus on one cause each term beginning this term by continuing our fundraising for Project Compassion run by CARITAS. The thrust of their work aims at eliminating poverty in many countries around the world – particularly in third world countries. Additionally, we will be raising awareness of the Girl Up Campaign. This United Nations Foundation is aimed at empowering and educating adolescent girls in developing countries as well as refugees.
In Term Two, we will be fundraising for Mary Ward International. However, there’s a twist. As Term Two is a term of House competition, each House has been allocated a Mary Ward International Project, with an aim of raising as much money as possible throughout Term Two. The house projects are:
BARRY = Primary Education in Timor-Leste
HEATON = Tertiary Education in Vietnam
MILSON = Decreasing mortality rates in Zambia
WARD = Ending Gender Inequality in Kenya.
In Term Three, fundraising will centre around promoting awareness of, and assisting refugees and asylum seekers. Since it’s the year of freedom, it is vital for all of us to do as much as we can for refugees in their own pursuit for freedom on many levels.
I’m sure you can gather that we have a big term, semester and year ahead of us. We want to see everyone in the school contributing to our social justice initiatives this year so… Start thinking of ideas and get excited because it’s going to be a fantastic year.
Student Representatives 2017
Alongside our Senior Leadership positions, two students per year group / per House are nominated by their peers to be the Student Representative of the following Councils: Student Representative Council, Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Council and Liturgy. Click here to view more details.
Congratulations to the students who have been elected by their House and year group peers to positions of responsibility for 2017. Each student received their badge at assembly this week as they were commissioned to lead in the pursuit of God’s will and with the freedom to put their abilities into practice. Year 7 will hold their nominations after Year 7 camp when they have had the opportunity to settle into their routine in Senior School.
International Women’s Day
Annually on Wednesday, 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. Many global corporations have also started to more actively support IWD by running their own internal events and through supporting external ones. So make a difference, think globally and act locally! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding. For more information click here.
Student Leadership Survey
In line with Loreto Kirribilli’s Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018 Priority Area 2.4 and our new pastoral structure this semester we are reviewing the Senior School Leadership structure with the aim of clarifying role descriptions and creating a more dynamic, effective student leadership structure to better serve the school community into 2018 and beyond.
The aim of this review is for the Loreto Kirribilli student leadership structure to:
- Have within it positions that are relevant to our school context in their nature and responsibilities
- Provide authentic leadership opportunities and training for leadership in a diverse range of positions
- Contribute in an active way to the vigorous belief of Loreto schools in the capacity and responsibility of women to contribute significantly to society and to the Church
A survey will be emailed to parents shortly. Please contact me at by Wednesday, 8 March also if you would like to be part of the parent/ex-student focus group.
Our school community will commence our Lenten journey through an Ash Wednesday liturgy next week. When we will welcome our guest speaker from Caritas Australia. Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal – Project Compassion – is an extraordinary, ongoing demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of the Catholic congregation and caring supporters throughout Australia to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. We have set ourselves the target to raise $15,000. Further information can be found here.
To commence our Project Compassion Appeal – pancakes will be sold before school next Tuesday, 28 February for $2. Cans of drink will also be sold at recess and lunch for $2.
May each of us allow the love of God, as revealed in Jesus’ life and actions, enrich us and ensure our relationships are right, with God and neighbour and all of creation throughout this year of Freedom.
Sharon O’Keeffe (Ms)
Director of Mission (K-12)