Welcome to another exciting year full of many highlights and rewarding moments. The Religious dimension of a Catholic school is multi-faceted and this year will see many events and opportunities for you and your family to join with us in enriching our Charism that makes Loreto Kirribilli the dynamic school that it is.
Year of Freedom
The insight Mary Ward had about freedom in prayer came at an early age when she realised that in following practices of prayer which became burdensome and difficult she could not freely express her love of God. She also understood the freedom that comes from the virtue of indifference which is mentioned in the First Principle and Foundation of The Spiritual Exercises, being free from the attachment to earthly things.
“It seemed a friendly separation from diverse things of this world, so as they had no part in me nor I in them. I could easily have or want them, see them and not love them, like them and not live in them. One is ready to do or not to do, yet indifferently resigned to what happens. One seeth the danger of adverse things, but without fear, anxiety or trouble, a quiet confidence that God will do his will… One is free from all, and desires only one, which is to love God, and here one remains free and contented.”
Mary Ward had special insight and wisdom in knowing the value of freedom in her devotional practices. She said: “I will do these things with love and freedom or leave them alone.” In 2017, may we all, let our love be the guiding principle and the driving force of our lives – the love that drives out fear.
Wednesday’s assembly was a very exciting and much anticipated one. After praying the national Loreto Freedom prayer with the school, we were ready to launch the year of Freedom in Kirribilli.
It’s a new year, with new goals, new friendships and new experiences. The most exciting of all, of course being our opportunity to board the “Freedom Flight” in 2017. The year of freedom has only been seen once before by the current Year 12s, where way back in the year of Call Me Maybe, Gangnam Style and the first Hunger Games movie, we watched the Year 12s put on their freedom shoes and walk with empathy in the footsteps of others. Of course, our wonderful new Year 7s are embarking on their first year at Loreto in the year of freedom, and will revisit it in the year 2022.
Freedom at LK has three layers. Think of freedom like… a plane. It is made up of two wings and a body. These three parts are what make up the machine – a perfect work of engineering, where every single part is essential for a successful flight. This flight has the power to transport a person anywhere.
As Mary Ward says, “it is an inner freedom, accepting of self, open to others and trusting of life.”
So, the first layer of our freedom is the freedom to love ourselves- otherwise known as the left wing of our plane. Although loving ourselves may seem a little strange or self-centred, self-love is actually an incredibly important part of our lives. Self-love is the
reason we get up in the morning and dress ourselves; it’s the reason we want to make friends and connect; it’s the reason we love one another.
Loving ourselves can sometimes be easy. In a high school full of girls, our #girlpower has the ability to lift us up. We’re always congratulating one another and showing great spirit.
But, sometimes it can be difficult to love ourselves. In a school where we strive for excellence in all our work, we can be too harsh on ourselves. Or sometimes we might feel the pressure of social media, where our image defines how much others “like” us and we begin to lose ourselves and who we really are.
We must remind ourselves that we are so much more than our image. Just as we value the wing of a plane not on its outside, but on the intricate engineering on the inside, we too must value our own wires and cogs that work together to make us who we are. This year, we must free ourselves from the judgment of exteriors and have the courage to treasure our unique selves.
The second layer is the freedom to love one another – the right wing of our plane. We all come from diverse backgrounds, bringing so much life to our school. This means that we have different opinions and slightly different values. But letting differences come between us is not the right approach.
Just as the wing of our plane has to undergo constant repairs and renewals to become the best model, so should our perceptions of each other become constantly renewed. Starting everyday with a fresh mindset will help us t
o form stronger bonds with one another.
Finally, the body of our plane is our freedom to follow our faith.
Mary Ward’s definition of freedom was the ability to divert all things for her faith, as she grew up in a time where she was persecuted for being Catholic. Mary fought for her freedom with her family, never giving up their relationship with God. She would have been so grateful that we at least do not have that prejudice against us. She would, however, look to help others who have their freedoms restricted.
Keeping that in mind, we have to remember that the body of our plane contains diverse passengers – each with a story. Outside of every window of every seat, there is a different view. Our ability to view each person equally and trust that our journeys are the same is a really great message to start off the year.
So, 2017 is our year to undertake a “Freedom Flight”. This is the year we set aside judgment and are free to be ourselves, spread love to others and, well, we wouldn’t be Loreto Kirribilli without a bit of silly fun. Have courage this year. Take flight. Mia Toda (School Captain).
Student Representatives 2017
Alongside our Senior Leadership positions, this year two students per Year level / per House are nominated by their peers to be a student representative of the following Councils: Student Representative Council; Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Council and Liturgy. Meeting fortnightly, click here to read more about these student representative positions. Students will vote in their House colour next Wednesday. Student Representatives will fulfil this position for the duration of the year.
All students from Year 7 to 12 are strongly encouraged to involve themselves in the many facets of Loreto life. Students have been informed that their academic, service, leadership and sporting involvement is tracked and will be recognized through a ‘Certificate of Recognition’ which all students will receive at the end of their academic year.
To enhance our lived commitment to our school community, all Year 7 and 8 students are encouraged to attend at least one sporting or cultural activity outside of school hours (wearing school uniform) to support their peers and demonstrate school spirit.
A number of school based activities, such as Buddies Day, being a tour guide, attendance at forums and more are communicated directly to students via email or CH@LK. If you require further information on ways your daughter can get involved, please email me directly.
Sharon O’Keeffe (Ms)
Director of Mission (K-12)