Director of Development
Last week as we welcomed ex-students Jane Stanton (’88), Professor Arlie Loughnan (’93), Claire Velasco (Whyntie ’02) and Irene Fernandez (’04) to speak at the 2018 Women of Influence evening, it was a wonderful reminder of the importance of the friendships we build within and beyond the Loreto Normanhurst community. Jane, Arlie, Claire and Irene spoke of their time at school, their successes and challenges as they forged their careers and the values that have guided them. Listening to their stories was joyful and inspirational and it was wonderful to see friends from their school days in the audience – present to share the excitement of their memories and to applaud their successful journeys.
It was with great joy that we celebrated Mrs Monica Cotter at the Ex-Students’ Christmas Luncheon last week. Monica graduated from Loreto Normanhurst 75 years ago in 1943 and continues to visit and support the school at every opportunity. Joining us also were ex-students celebrating the milestone reunions of 70, 65, 60 and 50 years since graduating.
During this very same week we hosted a morning tea for pre-schoolers who will join us in Year 7 in 2025 and Year 5 in 2027. In many years to come these little ones who are at the very start of their Loreto journey, will be celebrating their Loreto education and friendships just as Monica and the Christmas Luncheon group do each and every year.
Our work in Development celebrates such relationships – relationships with the school and our relationships with others. We are connected by our shared values, by our love of the Loreto history and traditions and so importantly, the role we play in the Loreto Normanhurst story of today. The Development Team is committed to building opportunities for parents, staff, past parents and alumni to engage with the life of the school. As a life-long community, we foster a rich network of friends and supporters who are deeply valued for all that they contribute in so many varied ways to Loreto Normanhurst.
As I write my final newsletter article it is fitting to reflect on my past 20 years at Loreto Normanhurst. It has been a time of great joy, a time of personal and professional growth and a time of continuous gratitude for the community that is at the very heart of my work in Development. I thank all those who I have travelled alongside– staff, parents, ex-students and friends of Loreto – it has been a very special journey and the memories of which will stay with me always.
Mrs Alicia Maunsell
Director of Development