Dear Loreto Community Members,
Of interest recently, was the announcement by the Vatican of the publication of a new magazine which will focus on the voice of women in the Church. A Vatican spokesman said the new magazine, Women-Church-World, serves not only to make the presence of women in the Church known, but to “pave the way to a new and positive habit” of listening to women.
The front cover of the magazine’s May issue features an icon of the Visitation. Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth, as described in the first editorial, is not just a moment of solidarity between women but a manifestation that both are “able to see the true and profound meaning of the events they are going through, to discern the divine even when it is still hidden…The Visitation therefore is the icon of our project: women who bring to light, to the knowledge of the world, what other women have to say or have said and written in the past; what they do or have done.”
As we celebrated the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Tuesday of this week, it is appropriate and heartening to note that the recognition of the voice of women now and into the future, the voice of the young women who graduate from Loreto Kirribilli in particular, will be heard by the wider Church.
Last Tuesday we acknowledged National Sorry Day; an annual event to remember the mistreatment of our continent’s indigenous population. This day reminds and raises awareness among politicians, policy makers, schools and the wider public the significance of the forcible removal policies and their impact on the children that were taken, and also the impact on their families and communities. Year 11 students Mia Toda, Grace Roseby, Abby Morgan and Sarah Findlay lead the school community in prayer in recognition of Sorry Day. Please find below their address to the school community:
“Sorry Day is a day of national commemoration in which we as Australians recognise a new era of reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. National Sorry Day recognises the day which an Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, apologised to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, past and present, for the injustice, pain and dispossession caused by European settlement. The arrival of Europeans in Australia led to much damage to Indigenous culture, language, land and people. Recognition and acceptance of our accountability for the attempt to eradicate our indigenous people from their land, is the first step towards reconciliation and healing. The establishment of Sorry Day was just the beginning of this ongoing process, and as we know, there are still inequities facing Indigenous people today. Today we still see major inequity in outcomes, between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, in health care, infant mortality rate, suicide rates and relative incarceration rates. May our annual commemoration of Sorry Day help us to go into the modern world and address these issues.
We now ask God to help us in our journey of reconciliation, education and kindness.”
Let us pray
Almighty and loving God,
You who created all people in your image,
Lead us to seek your compassion
as we listen to the stories of our past.
You gave your only Son, Jesus,
who died and rose again so that sins will be forgiven.
We place before you the pain and
anguish of dispossession of land,
language, lore, culture and
family kinship that Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples have experienced.
We live in faith that all people
will rise from the depths of despair and hopelessness.
It is a privilege to educate young women in a school that is prepared to seek awareness and challenge what is wrong in local and global society. Our Loreto tradition was founded by Mary Ward, a woman of faith, love and courage who was willing to stand up against what was obviously wrong in society in her time and inspire us to do the same in ours. Mary Ward’s vision was for girls’ education based on knowledge and a love of the Church, as the way to reach God and to do God’s will. It is inspiring to witness our students demonstrating the courage to do God’s will by challenging injustice in the world and serving those in need. I thank the students who gave up their time on Friday from 7-9am to collect funds and raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis – ’65 Roses Day’. I also thank the students who generously gave their time to raise funds on Sunday for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal. The annual Corporate Regatta was once again a day of fun and celebration for parents and family members from Loreto Kirribilli, St Ignatius Riverview and St Joseph’s Hunters Hill. This year a novice crew emerged to compete against crews of great experience. The crew of ‘Anna and the ArgoOARnauts’ trained hard for four weeks and were proud recipients of the award for best dressed crew! We were blessed to have an excellent coach, ex-Loreto student Amelia Halley, and extremely resilient, caring and patient coxes, Claudia Sayle and Celeste Carter. Many thanks to my mighty fellow crew members, Ms Kathryn Greiner, Ms Maree Johnstone, Mr Fergus Stewart, Mr John Halley, Ms Yvonne Le Bas, Dr Maureen Palmer and Ms Kate McElhone. The mood was, dare I say it: buoyant!
- Congratulations to our undefeated Mock Trial team who recently defeated North Sydney Boys’ High by 26 points. Many thanks to Mr Bain, Ms Pearson and Ms Bleby
- Congratulations to our debating teams competing in ISDA, Archdale and CSDA competitions. Many thanks to Ms Amanda Johnstone
- Congratulations to all girls who competed in the Da Vinci Decathlon in particular our Year 7 team who won the Art and Poetry section of the competition. Many thanks to Ms Sabaddin
- Congratulations to Eliza Dunlop and Chloe Kirk who represented LK in the CGSSSA Gymnastics Competition. Both girls gave very impressive performances in all 4 apparatus – well done.
Anna Dickinson (Mrs)