May Day Reflection
May Day, as usual, was an extremely special event for all of us which started off with the reverent placing of the flowers around the statue of Mary. After this, we proceeded to attend a beautiful liturgy which included the special coronation of Mary by the youngest girl in the school helped by our school captain. After the liturgy, we all changed into our house colours to show some true spirit and were then able to purchase some food from stalls that were organised by Year 10. Then all of us moved onto having fun coordinated activities with our Year. In my case I was participating in a fun kahoot. The next event was the long anticipated battle of the houses, which was fantastic to watch and participate in. Each house sang their anthem with spirit and enthusiasm and everyone was enjoying it. After the fabulous performances, the student representative council plus Ms Ryan and Ms O’Keeffe collected the bouquets of flowers to then deliver to the residents of James Milson Nursing Home. I can’t tell you how beautiful it was to see the residents light up as they received flowers. It had to be hands down one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences of my life! May Day this year was such a wonderful event and I can’t wait for next year’s event!
Ignatian Interschool Forum
The second Ignatian Interschool student forum for this year was held on Monday at St Vincent’s College, Potts Point. The Ignatian Interschool Forum was, once again, very interesting and a worthwhile experience. Congratulations to the following students who have represented our school with confidence and wisdom throughout all discussions under the guidance of Ms Ashleigh Fowler: Elizabeth Burgess, Temaeva Legeay-Hill, Harriet Nolan, Agnes Kim, Jessica Snelleman, Saskia Heyen, Lara Walsh, Carla Field, Georgia Lowden, Alexandra Pappas and Isabella Linschoten.
I thoroughly enjoyed the forum we had this evening at St Vincent’s College. The discussions evolved around something called a ‘Magis Circle’. Never having done one before, it was my first time contributing my thoughts to one and I found it very interesting and effective.It allowed for everyone’s thoughts and opinions to be extracted without interruptions, but at the same time offering opportunities for discussion and debates. I hope to introduce this kind of discussion within our school as I first hand was able to see its benefits.I was very pleased to be given the chance to interact and discuss such imperative issues with such intelligent students.It allowed us to make sure that we consider our issues first hand, rather than always leaving it to officials such as politicians to do all the work for us.
Agnes Kim, Year 11
The next Ignatian Interschool student forum will be hosted by St Ignatius Riverview in Term 3 on Monday 14 August. A different group of ten Year 11 girls will be invited to participate in Semester Two as we encourage students to build networks with our brother/sister schools.
The Smith Family Reading Program
48 students from Year 7 to 11 are participating in the student2student (peer mentoring literacy program) this year. Students have received training through the Smith Family and have been matched up with students in Years 2-8, in disadvantaged communities. With their assigned buddy they will read together for 20 minutes, three times a week. Students are provided with book packs and OPTUS provide mobile phones, to facilitate the reading over an 18 week period. Many of the students are up to four years behind in their reading at program commencement. Post program, 95% of participants improve with 59% demonstrating reading age gains of 8 months or more.
Please click here for further information. We are very proud of the generosity of time of these students to make such a significant difference to the lives of others.
Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal 2017
On Sunday 28 May, the national Salvation Army Red Shield Door knock Appeal will have Loreto Kirribilli as one of its meeting points for collectors. The collection area is called the Neutral Bay zone and we, along with local community members, are responsible for door knocking in the southern area of this zone. Students in Years 11 and 12 are invited to participate in this event and we require a minimum of 40 student volunteers to act as collectors. Each collection team is made up of 5 people – one adult driver and four student collectors (who work in pairs). Check in time is 8:30am on the Front Drive and most teams should finish by 11:30am. Please contact me via email (email@example.com) by Monday 22 May, if you are willing and able to participate in what is always an uplifting day.
Australian Catholic Youth Festival
Students from Year 7 to 12 have been informed that the festival will be held from December 7-9 (approx. 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.
For further information go to http://youthfestival.catholic.org.au/ Details will be provided in the coming weeks regarding our school participation and registration information.
At the end of Term 1, 5 Year 11 students: Charlotte Alexander, Emmanuelle Macken, Carla Field, Alicia Shih, Eliza Sheldon and myself attended a Kairos Retreat for the first four days of the holidays. Kairos has its origins in the United States in the mid-1990s and has been adopted by many Ignatian high schools and some Jesuit universities around the world. This year, our students joined with students from St Vincent’s Potts Point and St Columba’s College Essendon. The students reflected on their relationship with others and with God while exploring issues of identity, relationships, spirituality and faith. Kairos involves a series of talks presented by peers and adults. Prayer and worship are an essential part, as well as the participants’ active involvement in discussions and various exercises. We are planning to hold another Kairos Retreat in September this year.
Prior to going on Kairos, I asked many friends who had been on previous occasions what the retreat entailed, each time receiving responses along the lines of “it’s just Kairos”. Only after taking part in this experience do I realise why I was told that “it’s just Kairos” – there is simply no other adequate description for it. Below are 13 reasons why I loved Kairos:
- I finally found out what Kairos was, and why it is loved by so many people
- I felt as though it helped me to truly take a break from the stresses of being a teenager – the fact that watches and phones were strictly not permitted meant that I did not have any connection to the wider world, which although annoying at times eliminated the pressures I usually face in day to day life
- I managed to build stronger relationships with the other girls from Loreto, learnt more about them, and ultimately became much closer to them than I had been before Kairos
- There was an oversupply of Milo, which I haven’t had the chance to consume in a long while
- I had the opportunity to further develop my relationship with God, as well as keep in touch with my spirituality
- I met so many wonderful people from St Vincent’s and St Columba’s, many of whom I learnt so much from
- I was able to create joy using my musical talents, something I truly love doing
- I learnt more about myself, how to trust myself, and how to be truthful to myself
- The food was great, especially the cookies!
- I undertook activities I might not have taken part in if I were allowed my phone, such as singing “Loreto bangers” to the Vinnies and St Columba’s students, learning how to play the ukulele, and playing card games with other retreatants
- I learnt so many things during each session that I can apply to my daily life, such as how to lead confidently, and the difference between my values and ideals
- I had time to reflect on my life and my relationships, which I previously not have had time to do – as small as it sounds, it made me feel more at peace with myself, and
- I felt truly accepted by all those around me.
Overall, I had such a wonderful time during this retreat, and honestly cannot wait to pass the gift of Kairos onto other students later in the year!
Request for Volunteers
Volunteer English/ESL teachers needed for (mainly) women students at St Bakhita Centre for the South Sudan Catholic Community, right near Flemington Station. The Loreto community have provided many of our volunteers since the Centre began. This year, we need more teachers for our Friday English classes, 10:00am-12:30pm. Some experience is desirable, plus enthusiasm to assist the women to learn to read and write, or to help them with TAFE courses they have undertaken. Most of these students have been in Australia now for 10 or more years, and have learned to deal with English in daily life. But literacy is difficult for them, having never been to school in their own country arriving in Australia. The rewards of working among this joyous community are enormous. Please contact Denise Shakeshaft firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you can help or call Margaret Clark 9428 3503 to hear more about the work.
Save the date
Mary Ward Justice Forum
Date: Wednesday 26th October 6pm
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
Time: 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: Loreto Kirribilli
God of freedom, there are times in life when we need to know the difference between the good and the greater good and to choose that which seems more pleasing to you. 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.” Let your love be the guiding principle and the driving force of our lives – the love that drives out fear. Amen
Director of Mission (K-12)