Buddies Day – Semester One
Loreto Kirribilli held Buddies Day on Sunday the 4th of June. Buddies Day brings together Loreto students from Years 9-11 and a combination of girls and boys from Holy Family Emerton in Mount Druitt ranging from Year 1 to Year 6. The main events of the day were arts and crafts, sports, cupcake decorating and experiments in the science labs. While some of the group were seen letting out their creativity through the arts and crafts by colouring in key rings and drawing, others let out their energy on the courts. Many games of bounce, frisbee, soccer, tennis and bullrush were consistently played throughout the whole day. Other children combined their love for art and sport by decorating the tennis court with chalk.
The students inner Master Chefs came out during the cupcake decorating. There was a range of different cupcakes. Some had a simple look, while others went all out. The students could choose from vanilla, chocolate and strawberry icing, then toppings of jelly beans, smarties, snakes and other confectionery. It didn’t matter how extravagant or simple the cupcake, these were enjoyed by everyone!
The students of Holy Family and Kirribilli were very intrigued and excited by the opportunities of various experiments in the science labs. The stations included making a sour snake, investigating a Van Der Graaff generator, making a bath bomb, changing the colour of a flame from a bunsen burner, collapsing a can and making invisible writing appear using lemon and fire. This science session ended with mixed emotions from both the Holy Family and Loreto Kirribilli girls because of the… lamb heart dissection. Most of the children were engaged and intrigued by this, while others preferred to take a step back. To end the day we held a dance off in which teams had the chance to choose a ‘team song’. These included ‘Roar’, ‘Despacito’ and ‘Rock this Party’. Then each team had their time in the spotlight to show the other teams their best dance moves!
During the day an Emerton girl told a Loreto student “I feel on top of the world here” and that is one of the main reasons we love Buddies Day. It is rewarding knowing the students of Holy Family can have fun and escape from the hardships they may face. We would like to thank the following girls for all their efforts throughout the day: Abbie Walsh, Isabella Bath, Anna McDermott, Annabel Smyth, Juliette Gard, Audrey Heuzenroeder, Caitlin O’Farrell, Camilla Stack, Felicity Sakell, Fiona Mainsbridge, Georgia Landon Smith, Hannah Collins, Isabella Cullen, Isobel Oxenham, Kate Wilson, Kiara McCarthy, Laura Ferguson, Monique Sheman, Sasha McCarthy, Ursula Hickey, Lily Eales, Annabelle Stelzer and Zoe Graham. Special thanks to Ms O’Keeffe especially for organising this fantastic day as without her effort we would not have been able to meet the students from Holy Family. We would also like to thank Ms Lynch, Ms Zwar, Ms Don, Ms Pacheco and Ms Rogan for giving up their Sunday to help the day run so smoothly. (By Monique Sheman, Sasha McCarthy, Isabella Bath and Juliette Gard).
Verity Immersion 2017
Twenty three Year 11 students and staff are busy preparing for the upcoming Verity Immersion to Arnhem Land: Isabella Bath, Ciara Briggs, Elizabeth Burgess, Sophie Chiswell, Eloise Cook, Phoebe Curtis, Charlotte Dainton, Tiana Douroudis, Sophia Eales, Rachel Jilek, Eliza Kozub, Temaeva Legeay-Hill, Aislinn Lenehan, Emily Marshall, Victoria Nicholson, Sally Read, Claudia Sayle, Sophie Scholes, Jessica Snelleman, Camilla Stack, Molly Thompson, Neve Traynor and Lara Walsh. They will be accompanied by Rom Rocca, Virginia Ellis, Annette Lynch, Fergus Stewart and Sharon O’Keeffe. The program itinerary can be found on Ch@lk.
Smith Family – Student2Student Reading Program 2017
Forty five students are participating in the Smith Family Reading program mentor program: Ava Baretta, Sophie Bateman, Sofia Bisoglio, Ciara Briggs, Annabelle Burgess, Sarah Christensen, Luisa Coffey, Lydia Colla, Hannah Collins, Jenna Collins, Saige Conners, Alice Cullen, Bianca Douroudis, Jenna Douroudis, Tiana Douroudis, Sophie Edwards-Argent, Aimee Georgiades, Raquel Gerber, Zoe Graham, Louisa Grundy, Lauren Grzina, Alex Hammond, Ursula Hickey, Amelia Jenkins, Olivia Kehoe, Milly Kellick, Olivia Langford, Meg Lonie, Eleanor Marr, Josie McDougall, Eloise McLarty, Hannah Merlin, Sophie Moran, Emma Murphy, Isabella Nixon, Caitlin O’Farrell, Anjuna O’Loughlin, Cordella O’Loughlin, Isobel Oxenham, Rosie Paton, Charlotte Ross, Lucy Sheller, Audrey Soo, Jessica Snelleman and Abbie Walsh. The student2student program works by matching students who need to improve their reading with peer buddies (our students) who help and encourage them with their reading over a 6 month period.
Further information is available here.
Australian Catholic Youth Festival
Students from Year 7 to 12 have been informed that the festival will be held from December 7-9 (approximately 8am- 9pm each day) in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct. The festival is expected to draw 15,000 youth from across the country. It will feature international and national presenters and performers. The festival exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, celebrate their faith and encounter the vitality of the Church in Australia. It will mark the beginning of the Year of Youth in 2018 proclaimed by the Bishops of Australia to celebrate ten years since World Youth Day was hosted in Sydney. The theme of the Festival is: “Open new horizons for spreading joy: Young people, faith and vocational discernment.” The cost for the three days will be approximately $250.
Further information is available here.
Thank you for your wonderful generosity over the past week. A reminder that the girls bring in items to school and place them in the marked boxes in the Chapel foyer. The final date for collection is Monday 19 June.
The list below is the suggested items for each year group:
|7||Rice, cous cous, pasta, blankets (new and used)|
|8||Soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, blankets (new and used)|
|9||Tetra pack juices (preferably not poppers but larger tetra packs), blankets (new and used)|
|10||Raw lentils, raw chick peas|
|11||Tinned soup, fruit, tomatoes, tuna, salmon (all ring pull), plastic containers of fruit|
|12||Peanut butter, raw almonds, cashews, pine nuts, dried fruit (raisins, apricots), oil (peanut, vegetable, olive, etc). Please ensure that any nut products are in completely sealed/unopened packaging.|
A special thank you to the parents and friends for leading this initiative in its 15th year, and to Fran and Les Parker who organise delivery to newly arrived families through Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).
Save the date
Mary Ward Justice Lecture
Date: Wednesday 26 October 6:00pm
Location: Loreto Kirribilli
Community Spirituality Day
What: A day based on input, reflection and spiritual conversations.
Why: An opportunity to take time to come away from everyday events and to explore in deeper ways Ignatian Spirituality and the unique spirit and vision of Mary Ward.
Date: Sunday 15 October 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: Loreto Kirribilli
PRAYER for Refugee Week
God of Freedom,
No one is a stranger to you and no one is ever far from your loving care.
Watch over those who are separated from their loved ones and homeland;
those who fear persecution and hope for a better life in our community.
May we reach out in welcome to all those who arrive as refugees, embracing one another so that together your hope O God will be our future.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
Wishing you each an enjoyable, memorable and safe semester break,
Director of Mission (K-12)