Mother Daughter Mass and Year 12 Lunch – Thank you
I hope that you all had a wonderful Mothers’ Day last Sunday. Thank you to all of the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, staff, Loreto sisters and to our girls for attending our Mother Daughter Mass. The Centenary Hall was filled to the brim. I especially thank Fr. Jamie Calder SJ for celebrating Mass with us. I am still receiving messages from those who attended, thanking Fr. Jamie for his wonderful homily and the way in which he engaged us all in the Mass. I also thank Ms Jacqui Fingleton, President of the Ex-students Association for the organisation of the Mass, ably supported by Ms Josie Ryan. I thank the Ex-student Committee, supported as always by Mrs Debbie Henry, for the morning tea that followed. The music was beautiful and I thank Ms Madeleine O’Connor and Mrs Linda Walburn for supporting the instrumentalists, soloists and choirs. Thank you also to the readers, those involved in the offertory procession, the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and to the Altar Servers for their special involvement. The Mass concluded with Mrs Kate Halley and her daughter Phoebe (Year 12) offering their reflection on their very special relationship. After the conclusion of Mass, Year 12 students and their mothers enjoyed their Mother Daughter luncheon at the Crystal Palace. This luncheon is part of our Year 12 rite of passage. I thank our Year 12 parent organisers Mrs Bella Church, Mrs Kathleen Davidson & Mrs Emma Janssen for their work in ensuring our function was lots of fun and a beautiful occasion for our girls and their mothers.
Our Loreto spirit is a key strength of our school. As a result, events such as our Athletics Carnival are wonderful experiences. I thank Ms Donna Baker and the PDHPE staff for planning another very successful carnival and for their outstanding organisation that ensured the girls were recognised with medals and trophies the following Monday. Congratulations to all students for their great participation and effort. The House Captains and Vice Captains are to be congratulated for inspiring the girls to participate and cheer. We witnessed the best of the Loreto spirit once again. I thank the parents, grandparents and friends who attended and participated in the wonderful atmosphere.
Dance Night Festival
An excellent commitment to rehearsals and adjudications resulted in an outstanding Festival of Dance. The standard of every dance routine was exceptionally high. We witnessed the culmination of many hours of dedication and passion for dance and excellent leadership modelled by the Dance Captains and Vice Captains.
Dance education is a movement art form that promotes learning to communicate and express ideas, feelings, perspectives, and concepts through kinaesthetic modes of learning. Our evening of dance and our dance classes are opportunities for our girls to experience the benefits of dance education.
Special thanks to Ms Jones, Ms O’Connor and Mr Bleier and congratulations to all house performers, in particular to Barry for winning the Spirit cup and to Heaton House for their winning performance. We look forward to Heaton performing once again at the Music Festival in July.
Excellence in Photography
We celebrate with Emilia Kendrick-Smith (Year 10) for becoming a finalist in the prestigious Head On Student Portrait Prize. Her photograph, entitled Poison Eyes, represents the three plotting witches from Macbeth. This work will be on show at the Museum of Sydney until the 9th of June.
Initiative with St Aloysius
A very warm thank you to Mrs Jacqui Field for her planning and execution of Saturday’s “Shakespeare Bites” drama performances, in collaboration with St Aloysius students. The Year 10 girls involved displayed enthusiasm and talent in their enactment of some key scenes from the Bard.
Debating – ISDA, CSDA and Archdale and Public speaking news
Our school enjoys competing in three major debating competitions. Congratulations to all the students who participated in the ISDA Debating Competition which is now coming to the end of its season. Our Primary B, Year 7, 8 and 10 teams were successful in making it through to the next round of the competition, the Octos round. We congratulate our Year 8 team for their success in their Octos round and wish them all the best in the quarter finals. We also wish our Year 10 teams all the very best in their Octos round this Friday night. Our CSDA Competition has started off well with the Loreto Kirribilli teams successfully winning against St Leo’s last Friday night despite a big day at the Athletics Carnival, followed by another successful night competing against Champagnat College with Years 7, 9, 11 and 12 teams winning their debates. A huge thank you to Monique Sheman and Sasha McCarthy for assisting as chairpeople each week. Also thank you to Ms Simpson, Ms O’Keeffe, Ms Partington and Ms Berlage for volunteering as CSDA adjudicators – the generosity of their time is much appreciated by myself and the girls. The Archdale Competition began on Tuesday evening and we congratulate all teams on the strength of their debates, in particular Year 7B, Year 8B and Year 10 teams, who won this initial round. I also thank Ms Vivienne Sartain for all her work coordinating our debating competitions throughout the season.
We congratulate Madeline Gelagin, Year 11 and Carla Field, Year 11 for their outstanding performance in the local finals of the NSW Plain English Speaking Awards. Both girls spoke extremely well. We congratulate and wish Carla all the very best in the Regional finals.
Library Initiatives – After hours homework help
In 2015 we commenced opening the Library for Year 12 during holiday blocks. Making the Library available as a study centre for Year 12 in holiday periods proved to be a very worthwhile and widely appreciated initiative, which we have continued.
During the school term, the Library is opened to all Senior School students until 6pm with the Head Teacher Librarian offering supervision and support. Last year we piloted an expanded support structure which we have continued this year by recruiting academic leaders from the HSC classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 to function as Homework Study mentors (homework help) each week night from 4-6pm. Two Homework Study mentors are rostered on each week night. The response to this additional support has been received very positively from the students and I encourage you to discuss with your daughter the benefits of this additional support the school is offering.
Anna Dickinson (Mrs)