Mary Ward Circle Program
We congratulate the following girls who participated in the inaugural Mary Ward Circle Program this year:
Annabelle Williams, Elise Gooley, Elizabeth Burgess, Elizabeth Greiner, Elizabeth Law, Emily Brown, Georgia Lowden, Grace Dorney, Harriet Nolan, Isabelle Hawtin, Lucy Evans, Neve Traynor, Tara Ellevsen, Temaeva Legeay-Hill and Lily Fitzgibbon.
Gathering twice per term the aims of the program are 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 are student reflections from the program:
“I have thoroughly enjoyed and valued my participation in the Mary Ward Circle program this year. It has taught me many useful and insightful methods of how to become a woman of influence and to end the gender ambition gap. I have become aware of challenges we may face as women in the workplace and how to tackle these issues in a variety of effective and diplomatic ways.”
“We were exposed to the truths about female attitudes towards promotion and how this is reflected through our personal beliefs and emotions. This program taught us how we can address a scenario with confidence and pride. The Mary Ward Circle Program has not only revealed how we can make changes in our presentation but has forever changed our perception of the world.”
“The Mary Ward Circle Program has introduced me to the impact belief has on our results. We have realised how we subconsciously use our results, such as an exam mark, to determine beliefs about our personal abilities. This is a particularly important consideration for women, who today are conditioned with lower self-esteem than males, a topic we also explored during the program. I have applied this new knowledge to my academic school life as well as broader goals, and it has proved a valuable takeaway.”
LSAC Student Leaders Retreat
Freedom. What does this word mean to you? In Mary Ward’s context, freedom was the ability to refer all things to God, and have access to God’s loving care. It is an inner freedom, accepting of self, open to others and trusting of life. From 25-27 November, we were asked to ponder the meaning of Freedom in our own contexts when we attended the Loreto Schools Conference in Ballarat. As we sat alongside the other School and Vice Captains across all of the six Loreto secondary schools in Australia, from Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Ballarat and Normanhurst in Sydney, as well as the Loreto affiliated John XXIII College from Perth, we realised the importance of reflecting on this broad concept and we encourage our community in Kirribilli to take 5 minutes now to do the same.
On Friday, 25 November, we gathered at Loreto Toorak (Melbourne) to hear wise words of leadership from Sister Trish, a Loreto Sister who has worked for 20 years with Mary Ward International in Vietnam, building schools. Sister Trish did not fail to impress, with her straightforward words of wisdom about leadership coming from a very real place. Her insistence to thoroughly get to know those we are serving is advice I will never forget. We also heard from the Executive Officer of Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA) about the many projects that our Loreto social justice organisation has around the world. Every Loreto school has specific ties to different projects to show both the international reach of Loreto’s social justice programs, and also call us to even more opportunities to help improve our own action as global citizens. We are extremely lucky to have ties to an amazing organisation such as MWIA, and we encourage girls to consider taking gap years or similar visits after school to any of the project sites, found here.
Over the next two days of the retreat, as a group of 18, we wrote a prayer of Freedom for 2017 which will be used in Masses and liturgical celebrations throughout the year. Collaborating on such an important prayer was really important to us, and the main goals we are striving for within the year are included. Schools of inclusivity, spirit and freedom from prejudice are what we aim for.
It was truly inspiring to see how well the captains from all of the Loreto schools got along- just going to show the unexpected commonalities between us all. We all had the same drive to improve our respective communities and our excitement to increase spirit in our schools is a testament to the positivity found at the core of every Loreto school. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to refresh in our minds what makes Loreto students special; and it truly is having an open heart and mind, an ability to look out for others, a passion for doing good, an intrinsic motivation to improve oneself and an overarching drive to improve our school and local communities, fostering faith, felicity and spirit.
In the year of Freedom in 2017, it is quite clear that every Loreto school around Australia will be working towards creating a much more united community to foster these qualities and will be working towards even stronger communities of which to be a part.
Mia Toda and Sophie DeAngelis
School Captain and Vice Captain
Christmas Hamper Appeal
A MASSIVE thank you to all families for their generosity and support of our Christmas Hamper Appeal. This year, 45 families in the Campbelltown region who are experiencing some type of struggle have been offered relief, even if only temporarily though our school’s generosity. Atlantis will deliver over 100 boxes filled with Christmas gifts to both Vinnies Services in Campbelltown and Holy Family Parish in Emerton.
On Sunday, 4 December, an excited group of 20 Loreto girls will make their way to Luna Park for a Buddies Day with the children from Holy Family Primary School in Emerton. Buddies Day is a program aimed at providing children in need within the community with a fun filled day away from their own lives, as well as providing their parents/guardians with a well-deserved respite.
We thank the following students for providing a wonderful outing to Luna Park and for their service to our wider community:
Isabella Bath, Dominica Barrett, Ciara Briggs, Juliette Gard, Elise Gooley, Bianca Hickey, Charlotte Kearney, Clare Leask, Fiona Mainsbridge, Sasha McCarthy, Emma McKellar, Alicia Phillips, Sally Read, Monique Sheman, Sophie Shepherd, Elle Solferini, Annabelle Stelzer, Natasha Tanudji, Annaliese O’Grady and Abby Morgan.
2016 in Reflection
Reflecting over the year at Loreto, I am filled with deep gratitude for the blessings and new challenges that this year has offered. As a Catholic community I am constantly in awe of the support and involvement of our parents and friends. I have also valued the commitment, passion and sense of sincerity evident in each student.
The year has been filled with extraordinary events, in our school community, especially May Day and in the realm of our generosity to our sister school in Gari-uai in Timor Leste. So what have we achieved in the area of faith formation and service for your child in 2016? As a whole school we have continued our formal events including, Friday Mass each week in the Chapel, along with Masses for special liturgical and school events. Additionally, the school community participates in DEAR (Drop everything and Reflect) each Friday and retreats and reflection days are held for different year groups. Ignatian Spirituality Courses are offered to staff, parents and Year 9 students. Community Service activities are undertaken and students can participate in a variety of Student Councils (JPIC / Benenson / Environment / Vinnies / Liturgy). This term, eight, Year 11 students completed their training to be Extraordinary Ministers of Communion and we continued our rostered involvement with Vinnies through Brekky Van and a Buddies Day at Luna Park. We also undertook our fourth Aboriginal immersion to Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory this year. We are looking forward to building upon the ways in which we instil the Loreto values in your daughter in 2017. Please feel free to email or phone me, if you have any questions or suggestions, to continue the inspiration of Mary Ward and the spirit which she hoped would characterise her followers.
Finally and significantly, thank you for your continued support during this year of FELICITY. I look forward to 2017 as we live out the value of FREEDOM.
Wishing each of you a faith filled and safe Christmas break,
Sharon O’Keeffe (Ms)
Director of Mission (K-12)