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Pastoral News - 19 November 2021

Our Deans of Pastoral Care explore the process of goal-setting and announce our Vinnies Christmas Hamper appeal for the end of the year.

Persistence makes all the difference - time to look back

2021! Where has the time gone? As we move towards wrapping up for the school year, now is the time to start thinking about the things that we have accomplished as students, members of staff or as a family.

Bear Bryant is considered by many to be the greatest college football coach of all time in America, and he had much to say about goals and aiming big. He said: "Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit." We can learn so much from this sentiment; that persistence matters and that if you are passionate about a goal or dream of yours then don't stop until you achieve it. Do whatever it takes. Persisting in the face of adversity is what builds character and it is for this reason that goals are important.

Many students ask the question, “why do we set goals in the first place?” Goals help you improve on something and provide motivation and direction in your life. When you reach a goal, there is tremendous satisfaction that you have achieved something. When we plan for a goal, it is also important to think about the ‘obstacles’ that might get in the way. This step in the goal setting process is particularly important, but it is one that is often overlooked. Next year, students will set goals with this in mind. Goal setting will be unpacked with Heads of House, Advisors and Tutors in Term 1.

As the school year draws to a close, spend some time thinking about the goals you set for yourself in 2021 and the degree to which you achieved them. What were the things that may have assisted or hindered you in meeting your goals? How did you feel when you realised you achieved your goal?

The Art of Giving – Vinnies Christmas Hampers

At this time of the year, as a School community we focus closely on the Vinnies Christmas Hampers initiative. There are people supported by St Vincent de Paul who are truly disadvantaged and this could be the only gift they receive at Christmas.

As Loreto people, we are formed by our values and social justice principles. We want to focus on the Vinnies Christmas Hampers. Let these be generous and overflowing so that families in need can have a special Christmas together. Your daughter can bring in non-perishable items and other things to her Head of House. If your daughter asks to participate in a Secret Santa, please encourage her to refrain from doing so and make the suggestion to focus instead on the Vinnies Hampers.

We wish all our students, their families and staff a successful end to the school year and a peace-filled Christmas and holiday break. For students, school resumes on Friday, 28 January 2022 and we look forward to seeing you then. Our best wishes!

Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan

Deans of Pastoral Care

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