Dear Loreto Community Members,
We have come to the end of Term 1 with so many achievements to celebrate. I am very proud of all of our staff and students and the difference they make in the lives of those who need our support and care. Examples include the contributions by members of our school community to raise funds for Caritas Australia. I also thank our P&F for their successful charity luncheon, which raised funds for Camp Quality. Please see the reports within this newsletter, which provides detail about both these important term one initiatives.
Term 1, ends with Palm Sunday, the last Sunday of the Lenten season. On Palm Sunday, we remember Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem, while understanding that amidst the celebrations of this entrance, Jesus knew what was to happen later that week. Palm Sunday marks the commencement of Holy Week, a week when we remember Christ’s suffering and death. Hopefully, this remembrance helps us to focus on being the best people we can be in our daily lives. Christ’s suffering was to help us to be closer to God, He modelled a life for us to emulate, particularly in the acceptance and help He gave to the outcasts and underprivileged of His time. The first week of the school holidays is Holy week. I encourage you to attend the ceremonies of Holy Thursday and Good Friday, as well as Easter Sunday, with your families. The Resurrection of Christ is at the heart of our beliefs as Catholics. Christ was born and died for us, giving the gift of our hope and belief in everlasting life. I hope that all families have a wonderful Easter holiday break and really value the opportunity to appreciate each other and show the love which can sometimes remain hidden in our hearts in the busyness of daily life.
During this final week of lent, let us pray
fervently that Easter will be a celebration of renewal in Christ
By the holy Cross of Christ,
Save us and raise us up, O God.
Forgive our sins and lead us to eternal life.
Through Christ our Lord.
YEAR 12 EXAMS and Year 11 and 12 RETREAT
Year 12 concluded their mid-HSC course examinations last week. The next stage in the process is using the outcome of these exams to identify areas of strength and those areas which require greater focus. The HSC is often described as a marathon rather than a sprint, so it is very important that the girls pace themselves, remain positive, intrinsically motivated and confident in their capacity to achieve their goals. We wish the girls all the very best and I ask that you include Year 12 in your prayers. I was delighted to be able to spend time with Year 12 earlier in the week and witness the girls enter wholeheartedly into the spirit of their retreat. I thank all the teachers who spent three days with the girls supporting them, as they reflected on their lives, their relationships with each other, and with God. The Year 11 Emmaus Retreat provided our girls with the opportunity to engage in a week of service ministry, with the aim of deepening their understanding of ministry through practical immersion and reflection. I also thank the staff who visited our girls throughout the Emmaus retreat experience.
Ahead in this newsletter, you will read about our students’ successes in a range of sports and debating. I congratulate our girls for their commitment to their training, their perseverance, teamwork, determination and achievement.
Masterplan community consultation
I thank all parents who were able to attend the Masterplan Parent Information evenings or the Community Drop-in sessions last week. Our consultation and briefing sessions, held over a week, were very successful providing us with valuable feedback. Each phase of our long-term Masterplan will commence after community consultation and when sufficient funds have been raised through our capital appeal. We hope all parents will be in a position to assist with our fundraising for phase one, which we hope to commence within the next few years. We are now at a point where the first phase of the Masterplan, the planned construction of a new and exciting Learning Hub, has been developed to concept stage. Our extensive consultation with staff, parents and neighbours will enable us to refine the designs for lodgement for planning approval. Our long-term Masterplan will ensure the School’s physical environment continues to support our vision for girls’ education. This vision is to ensure our contemporary modes of teaching and learning are supported and enhanced by dynamic, flexible learning spaces and state-of-the-art resources enabling us to continue to provide the very best education, so that our girls are leaders of the future.
The Loreto Kirribilli School Board and Senior Executive have been developing this 50-year Masterplan over the past few years and, ahead of the School’s 110th anniversary next year, it is timely to ask how we can project the vision and values of our founders into the next century.
I wish everyone a wonderful Easter holiday break and I look forward to our return to Term 2.
Anna Dickinson (Mrs)