Welcome to the summer edition of Alumni eNews – a platform to connect and communicate news and events from Loreto Normanhurst and share stories about our ex-students.
Lately I feel like my various email inboxes have been inundated with notices and messaging about ‘Black Friday’ and Christmas sales; messaging urging us to spend more and buy more, to accumulate ‘stuff’ because the opportunity is there. In stark contrast to this messaging, was the message at our final Friday Morning Communion Service where the Year 11 Eucharistic Ministers spoke about Jesus’ message of abundant love. The girls reflected on how they express generosity and gratitude at this time of the year and challenged us to think about how we share and give, and to whom we extend that generosity. We particularly think of those who have less at this time of the year – whether that be material goods or that which feeds the spirit: the companionship of friends; the safety and security of family and home.
As a school, we focus on the people who make up our community; our students, their families, our staff both past and present and of course, our ex-students. This focus on people is very appropriate as we seek to celebrate community. In particular, it is wonderful to hear about the achievements and the interesting life experiences of our ex-students. Throughout 2019 I enjoyed meeting and reconnecting with ex-students in regional and remote areas, and welcoming many of you back to Loreto Normanhurst at various gatherings and events. I congratulate the Ex-Students’ Association for their busy and productive year. The same Loreto spirit brings you all together to work in support of the current students of Loreto Normanhurst. I thank Ms Patsy Shannon, President, for her support and good work and I look forward to working with you all as we continue to celebrate and experience life at Loreto Normanhurst.
It saddens me when I hear this time of the year being referred to as the ‘silly season’. Saddened because we know that the Season of Advent can be one of great anticipation and preparation, and that of Christmas, one of hope and joy. I can appreciate why such a turn of phrase has come about, though, as freneticism rises, expectations become a burden, and true meaning can be quickly overshadowed. As we move further into this time, I hope that all families and friends have the opportunity to slow down and take time for all that is life giving.
Take time to rest, it is the foundation of health and vitality,
Take time to think, it is the source of achievement.
Take time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to play, it is the secret of staying young.
Take time to be quiet, it is the opportunity to seek God.
Take time to share, it is too short a life to be selfish.
Take time to be aware, it is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the heart.
Take time to be loved, it nourishes the soul.
Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.
Take time to pray, it is the greatest power on earth.
Take time to dream, it is the well of inspiration.
There is time for everything.
Ms Marina Ugonotti