In a holistic approach to student development the spiritual nature of the human person must be given the necessary care and attention. At Loreto Normanhurst, founded by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we believe that the Ignatian tradition should be the model used to provide that spiritual care. We set time apart from the ordinary to focus on nurturing and strengthening the spiritual, so that the ordinary may become transformed and we may truly “find God in all things”. Through the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM) we endeavour to weave our Christian faith into all that we do. It underpins the spiritual care we provide to our students.
During the school day and week opportunities are provided to students to engage with their spirituality. Each day at midday the sound of a gong gently invites us all into a minute of silence which ends with a short reading from the Scripture for that day. On Thursdays during tutor time students and staff pray together. On Friday mornings a Communion Service is led by Year 12 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The Sunday night Eucharist celebrated by the Boarding community is a beautiful weekly gathering and is very much at the heart of Loreto boarding life.
The spirituality program provides time and space for students to immerse themselves in their spirituality. Spirituality Days are held for Years 7, 8 and 10, and Retreats for Years 11 and 12. Spirituality Days and Retreats are integral to the life of all Loreto Normanhurst students. During the Far North Queensland Experience, Year 9 usethe Australian landscape as the source of inspiration for the liturgies they celebrate. The spirituality program focuses on the Ignatian practice of reflection, discernment, action and reflection upon this.