Parent Association

Parent Association

Co-Presidents’ Message  

Last week members of the PAL Executive met up with existing and new parents interested in continuing or commencing as volunteer parent coordinators at Loreto Normanhurst.  It was a lovely night to catch up with parents involved in this role in prior years, whilst also getting to know some new members of our parent community commencing in 2017.  

As a result we are delighted to announce, welcome and thank the following parents who will be our parent coordinators for the coming year: 

Year 5

Tanya Critchlow

Emma Maley

Jo West

Majella Egan



Year 6

Indu Rajesh

 Emma Cabuil





Year 7

Kerri Cooley

Louise Johnston

Jenny Stout

Lorna O’Sullivan

Kate Remgaswamy


Year 8

Rebecca Bissett

Emma Maley





Year 9

Danielle Pringle






Year 10

Carolyn Bagster

Cathy Duncan

Wendy Maccioni

Sally Oong

Sue Whipps

Louise Wytenburg

Year 11

Anita Burke

Melanie Aldridge





Year 12

Ann Coffey

Louise Duursma






These parents will be supported by a couple of members of the PAL Executive who will work closely with them across the year to provide support and guidance as needed.  Thanks to Jane Dalton (Secondary) and Katrina Leonardi (Primary) who will take on this role.   A communication will go out to all families shortly providing contact details for the parent coordinators.  It’s not too late to volunteer to be a parent coordinator – drop Jane Dalton or Katrina Leonardi an email and they will get in touch.  


What’s On?

Over the next couple of weeks our PAL Executive will be focused on early planning for key school and  PAL events that will be taking place this year.   In particular, planning for Term 1 events: 

Information evening & 120 Year Celebration Cocktail Party  
Friday 3rd  March from 7.00pm

We are really looking forward to catching up with parents at this very special event for 2017.   What a special occasion to have the entire parent body across Years 5–12 join together to share in the celebration of this significant milestone in the Loreto Normanhurst story.  We will have the opportunity to hear from Ms Watkins and the school leadership teams  with important information updates for each particular year group.  Make sure you don’t miss out – use the link here to book your tickets.  

School Open Day
Saturday 11  March from 11.00am–3.00pm.  

PAL host three stalls on this day;  BBQ, Devonshire Tea and Cake Stall.  This is a great day to welcome prospective families into our school environment.  Not only to showcase the wonderful curriculum and facilities within our school but also to demonstrate the very strong and inclusive culture that defines our parent community.   In a few weeks you will receive an email  with a link to the “TryBooking” system to register as a volunteer  to help out on one of these stalls during Open Day.  We appreciate any time you can spare on this day.

Open Day cake stall working bee

9:30am Friday 24 February 2017  in the Boarders Dining Room

There will be a working bee on Friday 24 February 2017 at 9:30am – 12:00pm (approx) in the Boarders Dining room to put together the cake ‘kits’ for the Open Day Cake Stall. The Open Day Cake Stall is an annual fundraiser organised on behalf of the PAL and contributes to PAL’s fundraising goals for the year.

Kate Brown is organising the cake stall this year and would very much appreciate your help at the working bee if possible, even for some of the time. All welcome and morning tea will be provided. We need at least 20 people so if you can spare any time Kate would be very grateful.

The working bee is an excellent opportunity to get together, meet  new parents and friends and get involved with the Loreto Community. If you would like to be a part of the working bee please email  Kate Brown  or phone on 0407 408 908. We look forward to seeing you there.

City/Country Mothers Lunch – save the date
Wednesday 29th March from 11.30am

A great event where we have the chance to come together as city/country mums to re-connect, make new friends and share our stories over a casual meal, whilst also having the chance to hear from an interesting guest speaker.    Our country team have set a high benchmark for this event, creating the function theme and bringing this to life with fresh produce, beautiful table arrangements, raffle prizes including beautiful country fare; gourmet jams, wine and condiments.  Make sure you book early when this invitation comes out as spaces are limited.

General PAL meeting
Wednesday 8 March at 7.30pm in the Curran Theatre

Don’t forget to diairise our first general PAL meeting for 2017 in the Curran Theatre.   Come along to hear firsthand from Ms Watkins on plans for the year ahead across the school. 

We hope to see you at the many events throughout the year, but feel free to contact either Louise or Sue  in the meantime if you have any question in relation to PAL – we would love to hear from you.


Best wishes,

Sue Whipps & Louise Wytenburg


Upcoming Events





Friday 3 March Whole School Cocktail Party and Information Night, Loreto Normanhurst 7:00pm
Wednesday 8 March Parent Association Meeting, Curran Theatre 7:30pm
Saturday 11 March Loreto Normanhurst Open Day  
Saturday 25 March Primary Family Twilight Picnic, Primary Oval and Multi-Purpose Court 3:00pm
Wednesday 29 March City / Country Mothers’ Lunch, Boarders’ Dining Room 11:30am







Tuesday 21 February Ex-Student Association Executive Meeting, Brewer Room 7:00pm



Loreto Normanhurst Ex-Student’s Association welcomes ex-students who graduated between 1995 and 2016 to join your friends for drinks.

Venue: The Cocktail Lounge, Greenwood Hotel, 36 Blue Street, North Sydney
Time and date: 7:00pm-10:00pm Thursday 16 March 2017
RSVP: Thursday 2 March 2017 to the ex-students email 

Enquiries: Hayley Smith (’99)

We hope to see many of you there – please bring your friends!

Click here to view the invitation.