With examinations and assessments now completed it has been a busy term and a half for all our students. Year 7 has been focused on the role of community and importantly the place of Mary Ward and Mother Gonzaga Barry in making us, here at Kirribilli, a truly Loreto school. The Year 7 students made short movies as an explanation for our Sister Loreto School in Timor Leste. The objective was to show the spirit of a Loreto education and could include works of either Mary Ward or Mother Gonzaga Barry. The students displayed a rich creativity and imagination in their presentations and are to be congratulated for their efforts.
Year 8 have been exploring the early Christian Church and considering the influence Jesus had on those he encountered and those He healed and forgave. The students have been studying the Gospel stories that tell of Jesus’ miracles and considering the role of parables in passing on the timeless message of the mission of building the Kingdom of God.
The Great Synagogue build in 1878 was the site of the Year 9 excursion last term. The students saw first hand the splendour of this sacred building including the Ark, containing the sacred scrolls of the Torah and the Ner Tamid or eternal light which is suspended above the Ark and serves as a constant reminder of the light that burned in the temple in Jerusalem. The students then crossed Hyde Park to St Mary’s. They toured our Diocesan Cathedral with its flying buttresses, sandstone columns and breathtaking rose window. The group of stained glass windows that retell the story of Sydney’s first priests and Mass were a suitable connection to the next Year 9 unit looking at the origins of Christianity in Australia from the time of first European settlement.
Community Service has been keeping Year 10 busy with half the year group spending their Thursday afternoon assisting in local nursing homes and homeless shelters. The students have been wonderful ambassadors for the school working above and beyond to ensure those in most need are cared for and valued. Often it is as simple as a listening ear that can provide comfort and consolation for those who may feel neglected or forgotten by society. At the end of this term the group will change over and allow those who have been looking at the Church’s role in history to move into the Community Service placements.
Years 11 and 12 are in the midst of their Preliminary and HSC Studies of Religion courses and are studying topics such as the Nature of Religion and Belief through to Islamic Environmental Ethics and significant figures such as the Dalai Lama and Martin Luther.
Year 12 Retreat at the end of last term was a felicitous experience for all involved. With a focus on our 2017 value ‘Felicity’ the retreat was joy filled and delightful. The girls were engaged in a range of activities from meditation to Reconciliation, making individual images of God and considering the value of friends, family and God in their past and their journey ahead. We spent time ‘framing felicity’ with photo booths and explored our own core memories and significant moments. Overall it was a wonderful end to the term.
Teaching in the Religious Studies department is Mrs Clark, Mr Cameron, Mr Dunn, Mrs Ferguson, Miss Fowler, Mrs Heyen, Mr Magner, Ms O’Keeffe, Ms Partington and Ms Ryan.
Christina Ryan (Mrs)
Religious Studies Coordinator