Love Your Body and Mind Week
By Claire Baxter
Friday 21 September, 2018
An annual Mornane initiative dedicated to spreading the message that #youarebeautiful, Love Your Body and Mind week was once again a huge success. All students were welcomed into school on Monday morning with a positive and empowering phrase on a sticky note attached to their lockers. Some said uplifting words such as ‘gorgeous’ or ‘you look amazing!’, while others offered amusing pick-up lines such as ‘did it hurt when you fell from heaven?’ (And yes, it did).
The positive atmosphere lasted throughout the entire week with a massive dance party in the Quad being a popular highlight. On top of that students were also allowed to wear comfy casual clothes, which reinforced the idea that everybody deserves to be comfortable in their own skin. Looking around, it was clear that our classmates and other students felt relaxed and able to express themselves.
While the week was run by Mornanians, it was even more powerful to see that students from every year level had taken the initiative to write kind messages to their peers and anonymously let them know something positive they appreciate about them.
The overall message of Love Your Body and Mind Week still comes back to showing kindness to yourself, and in doing so, spreading kindness towards others. This week proved to so many just how powerful a moment of reflection is in how we view and treat ourselves. The many students who participated in Just Dance saw this, as they quite clearly felt a lot brighter and better about themselves after moving around and having a dance with friends. The notes on lockers also proved how important it is to surround ourselves with people who lift us up, and help us to feel better about ourselves.
With activities such as these, Love Your Body and Mind Week absolutely stayed true to its name, encouraging girls to lift each other up and to love yourself first.
Friday 21 September, 2018
Interaction Day, as a Year 7, is filled with all sorts of excitement. Just the sheer aspect of going on an excursion to St Pats, where a lot of girls have never even stepped foot before, to the thought of doing lots of different activities, was exciting.
We started the day or afternoon (depending on the group) by walking down to St Pats. It was odd at first with a clear line between both schools, but then we started to interact. Some kids starting with games of down ball, others just chatting with people they knew. Then we got right into to it.
We all filed into the gym and sat down in our groups. There were far more boys than girls. The idea of the day was to create connections while doing puzzles. The first puzzle was ‘the name game’ where the idea was to get us started and learn each other’s names. And it worked. Soon after that, we were all chatting like we hadn’t met 10 minutes ago. With each puzzle we worked better together. Some we breezed right through and others we had to stop and think. One of the best games was the end one. Trivia. The Year 11 students from both schools asked questions or played songs and we had to the answer or the name and artist of the song. After this we said bye and headed on our way back to Loreto.
Overall, the day was exciting, meeting new people who we got along with. The puzzles really helped get the awkwardness out of the way as we all wanted to win. The teachers did a great job organizing and putting us in our groups. In the end, the day did what it was meant to do and made connections between our two schools.