Our Year 10 World Youth Day pilgrims have arrived in Krakow and are now immersed in the World Youth Day experience. I am receiving updates from Ms Berlage who has informed me that the opening Mass was beautiful and that the girls and staff are having a wonderful, faith-filled experience. The formation of our students’ spirituality is a priority at Loreto. During Term 3, students have the opportunity to participate in a Mary Ward Spirituality Course in the Sisters’ Chapel. This course provides Year 9 students with time to reflect, pray and deepen their relationship with God. I thank Ms O’Keeffe for all her work in offering this excellent spirituality course.
I thank all students involved in our School Assembly this week. Year 9 prepared the liturgy which was focused on our 2016 Mission for Justice priority to build and resource the Loreto pre-school in the village of Gar-uai Timor Leste. The assembly inspired girls to consider experiential learning opportunities offered during the holiday period. Special thanks to Year 11 who prepared a video reflection of their Verity Immersion to Arnhem Land concluding with a call to action. We thank the Year 8 and 9 students who developed video and power point presentations of their 14 day NASA base camp.
Year 10 have engaged in their subject selection interviews, information evening and Parent and Teacher Night. All have been very successful and we are receiving positive feedback from parents about the extensive information provided to support the girls in their decision making. Thank you to all staff involved in supporting our students through this very exciting period of discernment.
We have another very busy two weeks ahead. The Trial HSC exams commence on Monday, 1 August and conclude on Wednesday, 18 August so I ask that you please keep Year 12 in your prayers. As you know the HSC is more of a marathon than a sprint and the girls will need all of our support as they reach the final stages of their HSC journey.
I have had the pleasure of hosting lunch meetings with Mr Bain, Ms Rocca and all of Year 12 in groups of 12-14 throughout Term 2 and the commencement of Term 3. I have enjoyed the opportunity of chatting with the girls and listening to them share the special qualities that they appreciate about each other. They discussed the study strategies that they are finding most effective during this important year and also provided feedback about the strengths of Loreto Kirribilli and the opportunities for strengthening the school even further.
CONGRATULATIONS to Georgia Worner Year 12 who has been selected to represent Australia in the international Geography Olympiad in Beijing. Georgia and three other Australian students attending Sydney Grammar, Canberra Grammar and Lyneham High School will represent Australia. We wish them all the very best.
Finally, I congratulate our Year 11 students and their partners on their manner and conduct at their Year 11 Semi-Formal last Saturday night. I thank Ms Bleby, Ms Rocca and the Year 11 homeroom teachers for hosting a delightful evening.
Anna Dickinson (Mrs)