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A farewell from our Captains 2020-21

Our 2021 School Captain, Grace, and 2021 Boarding Captain, Annabelle, reflect on their time at Loreto and say their farewells as they prepare to graduate.
Lilly, Grace, Annabelle and Sophia - School and Boarding Captains 2020-2021
Lilly, Grace, Annabelle and Sophia - School and Boarding Captains 2020-2021

Whenever I am asked about my time at Loreto, I am flooded with memories; dancing in the quad during Wednesday recess, cheering on our performers at the Loreto Day concert, and singing in my House choir at Music Festival. These unique experiences make us a close community and are some of the things I will miss the most.

On my first day of Year 7, I was welcomed with a hug from my Year 12 buddy, Cat. She had a huge influence on me, providing so much support and showing me what it means to be a Normo girl. Her confidence and caring demeanour are qualities I have tried to emulate throughout my time here, especially as part of the leadership team in Year 12.

Having had the opportunity to lead the Student Council has been an absolute privilege and I could not be happier with all we have achieved. One of my fondest memories as School Captain started with bad news. We were told an exciting initiative that we were planning might not go ahead due to COVID restrictions. Immediately we were brainstorming, throwing around new ideas and working as a team to adapt what we had prepared. I was amazed at the determination and enthusiasm of our Council and filled with pride to be part of this dedicated group.

With graduation fast approaching, I am sad to know my time here is coming to an end. However, I take with me the many values and lessons my Loreto education has provided, one of these being the importance of authenticity. Remembering that we all have our strengths and weaknesses, but as long as we develop trust in ourselves and confidence in our abilities, our potential is endless. 

Grace Gillies

School Captain 2020-2021

 

As our time at Loreto comes to an end, we look back and reflect on our time here. Although our final year has been quite fragmented, we have many warm and happy memories to depart with. My fondest memory from my time at Loreto is my very first Commitment Weekend in 2019. It was such a fulfilling and welcoming weekend. My nerves about attending a new school - let alone a boarding school - and meeting new people instantly vanished. As I met more and more people, I couldn’t believe how kind everyone was.

Loreto helped me to understand the importance of community. Coming from a small town, I knew what a sense of community felt like and the impact it could have, but I was unaware of this in a school sense. Wednesday long recesses and Christmas Cup bring our school together and create the most incredible atmosphere.

The opportunity to lead the Boarding house for 2020/21 was of great significance to me. I loved being able to bring joy to others with my fellow captain, Sophia. We took pride in leading with a sense of authenticity and fun. Each day bought a new experience, from Christmas in July dinners being held in the rain, to our annual Boarder Cruise, but most importantly, spending time with our fellow pink ladies.

My time here at Loreto has been nothing short of amazing and graduating in the year of Felicity is a true testament to this. My message to you all is to embrace all opportunities that are thrown at you, take it all on board and just live in the moment. It sounds very cliché, but after the last two years it is now more important than ever to not take anything for granted and just engage with everything and anything that brings you happiness.

Annabelle Kingston

Boarder Captain 2020-2021

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