Director of Mission
International Women’s Day
Annually on 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 supporting external ones.
To mark International Women’s Day at Loreto Kirribilli Circle Class prayer was lead over the P.A.system. The Student Executive took a photo in the Quad at recess, which will be sent to the UN Girl Up initiative. The girls have also introduced a “Women’s Themed Raffle” for which they will sell tickets for over the coming weeks, and the funds will be donated to Project Compassion. Our three Benenson Leaders represented the school at the UN International Women’s Day breakfast, while ten Year 10 girls attended a breakfast at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College. On Friday, three Year 12 students attended a breakfast and listened to Dr Kakenya Ntaiya, a globally recognised entrepreneur and international women’s rights advocate from Kenya. The library also has a display on significant women. Further information click here.
Student Leadership Survey
Details regarding the Student Leadership Structure review were emailed to parents on Wednesday, 1 March. Thank you to all who have provided input already. The invitation continues for all to share their views on our current Student Leadership structure by this Friday, 10 March. Click here for questionnaire.
Please contact me by Monday, 13 March if you would like to be part of the Parent/Ex-student focus group.
Mary Ward Circle Program
The Mary Ward Circle Program (modeled from Lean in Circles) has commenced for students in Years 10 and 11. This program provides girls the opportunity to participate in workshops that aim to:
- Build leadership capacity in your daughter to lead and thrive as a rising young woman of influence
- Understand how to spot biased behaviours in the workplace and in the world today
- Create and realise your daughter’s own ideas around what works for women
- Learn some practical takeaways to deal with the challenges of speaking up and being heard
- Explore ways to initiate and lead others
The following girls: Katherine Burgess, Evangeline Butler, Anna Coleman, Alejandra De Matteis, Darcey Evans, Ruby Fitzgibbon, Sophie Jackson, Felicity Kelly, Fiona Mainsbridge, Rebecca McGlade, Sophie Moran and Jaida Brown shared some of their hopes for this year long program:
- I would like to be heard and be able to speak freely
- Share my ideas and opinion to make a difference
- Remove self-doubt and uncertainty
- Be more confident and articulate myself better
Our school community commenced our Lenten journey through an Ash Wednesday liturgy. We are all encouraged to give generously this Lent as we have set ourselves the target to raise $15,000. On Tuesday a Run for COMPassion was held. Thirty Five girls and ten staff members ran, jogged or walked over the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House and back. Thank you to those who participated and all in our community who are giving generously this Lent.
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)