Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Firstly, I wish all our families a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I hope that no matter what you do over these holidays, it is filled with much joy and laughter. I pray that you will all return safely to us in 2021.
For the families who will not be returning in 2021, I wish you the very best.
Last night we had a wonderful Graduation Ceremony followed by a beautiful supper in the Mary Ward courtyard. The event, atmosphere, company and weather could not have been more perfect. Congratulations to all our Award Recipients for 2020.
Below you can read my speech.
Year Six Graduation Speech
Good Evening, Year Six Students, Distinguished Guests, Parents, Families and Friends and Staff of Loreto Community.
It has taken me a while to write this speech because I wanted it to focus on you. After all, tonight, is all about you, looking at the past, present and more importantly into the future.
As you leave Loreto, you will take three essential powers with you. Funnily enough, the acronym is KPI which stands for Key Performance Indicators:
Your parents, teachers, families and friends have all contributed towards these powers. However, you hold the key to unlock them.
As individuals, and collectively as a group, what you have achieved academically in the classroom, on the sports field, musically, technologically and at various events both at school and in the community throughout your years here at Loreto is astounding. In your approximate 12 years of life, you should be very proud of yourselves. I congratulate all of you on the various leadership roles that you have undertaken here during your time at Loreto.
Good days, bad days, and just OK days — they’re all part of life. But always remember, God is there for support through all the ups and downs. He sees the decisions, the tribulations, and the celebrations that are all part of your everyday life. Your faith plays an important role in your life, and it is important to continue to strengthen your relationship with God.
I want to say a prayer…
During this season of new beginnings, we ask that you would make our graduate’s way clear. We ask that you would keep their footsteps firm and remind them that you are with them, always. May they sense the freshness of your Spirit over their lives in amazing ways, may they be strengthened, instilled with hope, for the new roads you have in store. We ask for your wisdom and clear direction over their lives that you would give them understanding beyond their years.
We pray that you would direct their steps, that your plans for them would prosper; that every place you have determined for them to walk would be paved clear. We ask for you to open doors that need to be opened and close everyone that should be shut tight.
Allow every gift and treasure you have placed inside their lives to grow, develop, and flourish. May they feel your peace and security.
Today I visited the Year 6s in their classroom and read them a popular book by Dr Seuss titled “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” The book was first published in 1990. Thirty years ago and yet it is a wonderful piece of literature. This year I have heard Dr Seuss quoted by several students during their various speaking presentations so I thought that it would be fitting to finish their time here at Loreto with a little bit of Dr Seuss. As I have already read the book, I would like to conclude by reading a few pertinent sentences.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
The generosity of our staff and families has been overwhelming for our Loreto Giving Tree. There are approximately 75 gifts that go way beyond the Christmas Tree. Our Saint Vincent de Paul representatives John Shea and Frank Prendergast was extremely grateful and excited that so many children would wake up to a brighter Christmas morning because of your generosity.
What fun we had today. It was super dooper exciting. A massive thank you to the P&F for organising.
Kindy and Pre Primary Concert
Today our little ones showcased their talent during their Concert and Nativity Plays. It was so gorgeous watching the children and seeing the many smiles on parent’s faces. I look forward to watching them grow in their years at Loreto.
Save the Date
Friday, December 11 is set aside to say thank you to you as parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts etc. who have freely given your time to support Loreto this year in so many ways. Please join us for Morning Tea as our way to say thank you to you.
All members of the Loreto Community, big and small are welcome to join us for The Loreto Welcoming Picnic in 2021 which is being held on Friday, 12 February 2021.
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas Break.