K-12 OPENING SCHOOL MASS
Our K-12 Opening School Mass symbolised the official commencement of the school year providing us with the opportunity to give thanks for the blessings bestowed upon us, to pray for those in need and to commit ourselves to making a difference to those who require our support and care. We officially welcomed Kindergarten, our additional Year 5 stream, Year 7, new students in other year groups and our new members of staff to our school community. We thank our Loreto Sisters, Ms Kathryn Greiner, Chair of our School Board, and representatives of the Board for their presence, and Fr Chris Gleeson for celebrating Mass for our school community.
SPECIAL EVENTS over the last fortnight:
The Loreto Kirribilli spirit of Felicity was certainly evident at our Senior School Swimming Carnival on Friday. The House Captains and their teams are to be congratulated for the outstanding displays of leadership, enthusiasm and pride, and the immense energy which was continuously exerted in the pool and by supporters on the sidelines.
Thanks and congratulations to Ms Donna Baker and the PDHPE staff who were responsible for the excellent standard of organisation and smooth running of the day. I also thank the Senior School teachers for their contribution to this day of great spirit and energy. It was wonderful to see so many parents at North Sydney pool to share the achievement and effort that so positively marked the day.
Another highlight of the past week was the Dux Assembly. The joint Dux address was delivered by Emily King and Sophie Lloyd, both attaining the outstanding ATAR of 99.75. We congratulate the girls and wish them all the best in their future study and careers. Emily has enrolled in a double degree in Science / Law at the University of Sydney and Sophie a combined Bachelor of Engineering with Honours and a Bachelor of Project Management at the University of Sydney. It was a delight to see so many of the class of 2016 in attendance at the assembly, as this gave the school community an opportunity to offer each of them our congratulations on their excellent results. Our Duxes’ speech offered excellent advice and encouragement to all the students present. It will be published in the school magazine and on CH@LK for the girls to read and reflect on.
I congratulate our P&F Presidents Ms Danielle Crews and Mr Ian Yard-Smith and our P&F committee for our very successful Welcome Cocktail Party held two weeks ago. We were blessed to have a night of beautiful weather enabling the large gathering of parents and staff to enjoy each other’s company in lovely surroundings. It was a very joyful night where relationships were rekindled and new ones commenced. One of the traditions I enjoy at our annual Cocktail party is greeting all our guests on their arrival. I thank parents for you attendance and for making this event one of our highlights in the year.
Many thanks to the grandparents and granddaughters who attended our inaugural Grandparents High Tea. The event was a huge success with our guests enjoying the special company of their granddaughters who provided a tour of the school, a tour of our Learning Management System CH@LK and also supported their grandparents navigate the world of social media. We were delighted with the success of this event and therefore have made a commitment to add this to our annual list of events in the Senior School calendar.
Last Tuesday evening we held our first School Board meeting for the year. One of the primary roles of the Board this year will be engaging with the School Executive and school community in the final development and consultation process for the School Master Plan. The School Board meet twice a term as a full board, has a retreat/strategy weekend in May and has subcommittees, for Finance, Audit and Risk, and Building and Facilities which also meet twice a term. I am very grateful to these wonderful people who so generously serve in this voluntary governance position.
- We congratulate Emily Hopper, Class of 2016, for achieving a NSWCCC Blue Award for Cross Country at the presentation earlier this Term and who was selected to represent Australia at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships to be held in Kampala Uganda, however due to an injury, she has unfortunately had to withdraw.
- Congratulations to our students, staff and parents who are actively involved in the commencement of the 2017 sporting season. I wish our Water Polo, Rowing, Touch, Tennis, Netball and Hockey teams all the very best and encourage the girls to approach their sport with a growth mindset – challenge yourself, persist and remain positive, embrace feedback and act on it, learn and be inspired by the success of others. Most importantly always give of your best as members of a team.
- We also wish students who are preparing to participate in the range of public speaking and debating competitions all the very best. I look forward to sharing their achievements throughout the term.
Anna Dickinson (Mrs)