Welcome to the winter edition of the Alumni eNews. Since our last edition, there has been considerable change in our Loreto Normanhurst community and in communities around the world. After a period of learning from home, it was lovely to have all the pieces of the Loreto Normanhurst puzzle back together, as our students returned to the day and boarding schools for a busy Term 2.
In May, we marked National Reconciliation Week. It was a significant time for us at the school as we committed to growing the spirit of reconciliation, as well as recognising and valuing the First Nations peoples of Australia and their histories, cultures and futures. In light of the heartbreak that has occurred of late in the Pilbara and downtown Sydney, as well as recent movements for justice and equality across the globe, this shared mission of recognition, education and healing is as imperative as ever.
Our Year 11 cohort discerned under different circumstances the cause that our community supported for Loreto Day 2020. This year, we raised awareness and funds for ACRATH, the Australian Catholic Religious Against Human Trafficking, which seeks to eradicate the trafficking of humans and educate communities about how they can stand against it. With openness and creativity, Year 11 adapted the tradition of Loreto Day into The Festival of Loreto Day 2020 in support of this cause.
We also joined together for Laudato Si Week and World Environment Day. As an ecology-centred school, we are inspired by the encyclical written by Pope Francis five years ago about our call to listen to the cry of the earth. We were reminded that our responsibility to people and planet begins in our backyard.
It was wonderful to see ex-student and Australian rower Emma Fessey (Class of ’14) feature on 7News as she trained on her family’s property in far north-west New South Wales in pursuit of Olympic gold. We also celebrate the achievements of singer-songwriter Jess Cerro (Class of ’13), a.k.a Montaigne, who was nominated as the Australian finalist for Eurovision and we look forward to seeing what Jess brings to Eurovision 2021.
I am delighted to share with you that Ms Liane Giuliano has been appointed to the role of Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement. Liane comes to Loreto Normanhurst with excellent expertise and experience across industries, in the Catholic Church and in independent girls’ schools and will work on all aspects of the School’s philanthropy and community engagement. I look forward to introducing her to many of you in the weeks and months ahead.
As you know, we were not able to join together at the close of Term 1 for our Music Festival at the International Convention Centre in Sydney as normal. Instead, we will be making history with an online event at 7pm this Saturday 27 June. I invite all members of our community to join us in this remarkable expression of felicity and community spirit. Register here to receive the livestream link.
Prayer from Laudato Si
All powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon is the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no-one.
Oh God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not pray on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. ETach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognise that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.
Ms Marina Ugonotti