WELCOME back everyone……
I extend a warm welcome to our new students, families and staff and, of course, it is a great pleasure to welcome back all those returning to Loreto. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is looking forward with hope and confidence to the year ahead.
Holiday periods are joyful, but can also be periods of sadness and challenge. Over the holiday period we received the sad news that Sr Anna Gaha ibvm is very unwell. Please keep her and our Loreto Sisters in your thoughts and prayers.
Our Loreto Kirribilli community believes that the intangibles really matter: verity, justice, sincerity, felicity, freedom of mind and spirit. Our goal is to nurture these qualities in our students to help them develop into mature, well-educated, socially responsible women. Each year we focus on a particular value, bringing it to life through prayer, word, symbol and action. This year we focus on the value of freedom. Quoting from the Loreto schools of Australia Mission statement 2010:
“The qualities of freedom, justice and sincerity are at the core of Mary Ward’s spirit. Her most profound understanding of freedom was grounded in her sense of personal relationship with God, her belief that each one of us, in our ordinary experiences of life, has access to God’s loving care. This is the truth that sets us free. It is an inner freedom, accepting of self, open to others and trusting in life.
Whatever the limitations of our circumstances and our humanity, we are called to grow in this freedom beyond the narrowness of self-interest and the crippling of self-doubt. In this process we will be able to respond more creatively to the needs of others and develop resourcefulness in the face of difficulty.
Allowing for the process of growth, this freedom includes the capacity to face and learn from the mistakes and failures that are the natural part of human experience. In the same spirit, the relationships in the school community will be the presumption of good will”.
Please find below the Freedom Prayer for 2017, written collaboratively by the Loreto School Captains across Australia at the LSAC Student Leadership Conference:
Loving God, creator of us all.
We are grateful for the many opportunities we have to develop the gifts we have received.
In this year of Freedom, may we grow in acceptance of ourselves and others.
Help us to serve one another humbly and to work to secure an equal opportunity for all.
May we work sincerely, harmoniously and collectively in the pursuit of happiness and freedom,
for being free is a continual journey fueled by love, felicity and acceptance.
In challenging all that restricts our God–given freedom, may we let go of fear and open our hearts to love
so that we may truly find the courage to be free. May we find resilience in the face of challenge.
Let it go. Let it be. Only then shall we be truly free.
From the scriptures 2 Corinthians 3:17:
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”.
Welcome back to the following staff who are returning from periods of leave:
Ms Danielle Inman and Mrs Lynda Ellem to the Maths team, Mr Chris Fryar and Ms Alanna Clancy to the PD.H.PE team and Mr Michael Key to the Science team
We welcome the following new staff, some of whom are permanent members of staff, others are temporarily replacing staff on leave. Some positions are newly formed emerging from our strategic plan:
|Ms Helen Imienionek||Compliance Manager|
|Ms Andrea Zakopcanova||Sport Administration Secretary|
|Mrs Julie Zwar||Academic Support Teacher|
|Mr Jonathon Mascorella||0.5 Technology Innovation Facilitator/ 0.5 TAS teacher|
|Ms Helen Wright||English Teacher|
|Dr Diana Harris||English Teacher|
|Ms Vivienne Sartain||English Teacher/ Debating Convenor|
|Mrs Jacqui Field||Public Speaking Convenor|
|Ms Ellesha Canty||History & RE Teacher|
|Mrs Beatriz Ponte||TAS Teacher|
Best wishes to staff who have commenced in new roles from Term 1 2017, we wish them all the very best in their new positions:
Changes to roles:
|Ms Yolande Jury||PDHPE Coordinator Term 1|
|Mrs Linda Walburn||Music Coordinator 2017|
|Mr Richard Cameron||Academic Programs Administration Coordinator|
We also wish the House Academic Care Coordinators and the Year Wellbeing Coordinators all the very best as we launch our new Pastoral structure in the Senior School.
We also congratulate Ms Mary Costello on her appointment as the Creative and Performing Arts Coordinator at Edmund Rice College West Wollongong. Ms Costello has been an exceptional teacher at Loreto for the past 25 years. We will miss her greatly, but also congratulate her on her promotional position, in a location very close to her home.
We wish also thank Mr Ian MacGregor, our Horticulturist, for his outstanding service to our grounds and maintenance team. During Mr MacGregor’s tenure at Loreto we have entered and won gardening competitions through North Sydney Council. We wish Mr MacGregor all the very best as he moves to the Northern Territory with his plans of working with and supporting Indigenous communities.
Finally we wish much health and happiness in retirement to Mr. John Mahoney who has been on our maintenance staff for many years. John has been a wonderfully reliable bus driver whose regular services have been much appreciated particularly by our rowers. We thank John for his years of dedicated service to Loreto Kirribilli.
Holiday works: a very big thank you……
Many of our support and maintenance staff, including our grounds, maintenance, office, ICT, Communications and Development Office team members, returned to work in early January and have been preparing for the return of teachers and students. Their preparation work ensured an excellent start to the school year.
An extraordinary number of tasks have been achieved. I thank our staff for their work and commitment to excellence.
Higher School Certificate Results
Emily King and Sophie Lloyd share the academic leadership of the HSC class of 2016 as joint duxes, each achieving an ATAR of 99.75. Our data informs us that their class cohort included:
- 5 girls over 99.00 ATAR
- 13 girls over 98 ATAR
- 36 girls over 95 ATAR
- 50% of our girls (66 girls) over 90.00 ATAR
These excellent results are a product of a culture of excellence. I thank all staff for their commitment in supporting and challenging our students to achieve their very best; building their confidence as learners and promoting a life-long love of learning.
Please refer to the HSC report within this newsletter from the Director of Academic Programs, Ms Sandra Duggan.
LAUNCHING THE 2017 YEAR our first week of school
The 2017 school year has started exceptionally well. This has included the induction of new staff, middle leaders and executive training in GROWTH Coaching, timetable finalisation, preparation for the welcome back Staff Mass and Opening School Mass, Year 7/10 Big Sister Little Sister Induction Day, HSC analysis with staff, and Junior School readiness. Our school year always commences with days of important information, spiritual enrichment and professional learning. All of this takes an enormous amount of time, planning and preparation. I am always delighted with the wonderful spirit of collegiality and professionalism that is evident at Loreto, it is embedded within our culture.
I congratulate your daughters on their return to school and thank parents for ensuring the girls have returned in full school uniform adhering to our high expectations.
On the Horizon…….
Term One Parent Information Sessions 2017:
Our Parent Information Evenings this year will be held over three nights, each commencing at 7:00pm in Centenary Hall
- Year 7 and Year 10- Wednesday, 8 February
- Year 8 and Year 9- Wednesday, 16 February
- Year 11 and Year 12- Tuesday, 28 February
The purpose of these very important information nights will be to firstly launch our new pastoral structure, introduce the House Academic Care Coordinators and provide Year Wellbeing Coordinators (YWC) with the opportunity to set the scene for the needs, events and academic expectations of each Year group.
Explaining the role of the Circle Teachers will also be an important part of the evening. As you are aware, each Circle Teacher will be taking responsibility for 12-14 girls throughout the time the child is enrolled at the school. This very special relationship is at the heart of our model, with additional support from the House Academic Care Coordinator and the Year Wellbeing Coordinator. Each Wednesday, the girls will also have the support of their Year Teacher who is assigned to support the YWC at morning assembly and deliver the period 4 pastoral program.
Last year the Home Room teachers contacted parents by phone, early in term 1, to establish a relationship with the parent in support of the child. We received an overwhelming response from parents, signaling how greatly this was appreciated. The Circle Teachers will be fulfilling this very important role from 2017.
Parents, please ensure that you attend these critical information nights. These nights will provide valuable information to assist you in supporting your daughters as they commence this next year of schooling. Our school/home partnership is built on evenings such as these.
Looking forward to a wonderful year ahead.
Anna Dickinson (Mrs)