Parent Association

A windy cold snap has arrived this weekend and some of us will be in our winter woollies on the sidelines watching sport, while others might be warm and cosy inside with a hot drink! Throughout the change in seasons we continue to enjoy and look forward to a number of events coming up in the next few weeks.

Next Wednesday 16 May is the Loreto Normanhurst/Kirribilli Morning Tea, hosted this year by Kirribilli.  Join us  for a lovely cuppa and delicious treats whilst hearing from fabulous speakers – Stephanie Lorenzo (LN, ’02), Founder of PROJECT FUTURES, and Clare Pearson, CEO. See information below in the Event section.

Also next Wednesday is the next PAL Meeting at 7.30pm in the Curran Theatre. All parents are welcome. We would love for you to come along to hear the latest update from our Principal, Ms Barbara Watkins, as well as share in all the exciting plans for our upcoming events.

Thank you to all parents, friends and ex-students who attended the Careers Expo on Wednesday evening for their  invaluable contribution of experience and knowledge. It was a very well-attended event, one that I am sure has given our girls much food for thought.

The Principal’s Country Road Trip is coming up in June.  Please see details below, including how to book your place for the various events being held in the Orange, Young, Wagga Wagga and Griffith regions.

It was such a special evening at the Mother Daughter Dinner last Saturday night at the Epping Club. Everyone was in high spirits and enjoyed the company, laughter, great food and fun dancing!   The following morning we gathered at the Chapel for the Mother Daughter Eucharist where we enjoyed a beautiful liturgy before venturing out into the glorious autumn sunshine for morning tea. Many thanks to all parents who supported these events.

This Sunday is Mothers’ Day and we hope everyone has a wonderful day. For some, it may be a time to reflect on the memories of their mothers. We also acknowledge the fathers who parent alone and the many women who contribute to parenting in positive ways through the community. It is quite true of the proverb that,   “It takes a village to raise a child.”

PAL would like to wish all mothers a Happy Mothers’ Day this Sunday and we hope your families spoil you.

If  you have any questions about getting involved with PAL,   please email Tracey. Everyone is welcome!


Tracey Hartshorne & Rob Critchlow

PAL Co-Presidents

Upcoming  Events


When:  Saturday 12 May 2018
Time: 7.00pm

Where: At the home of Michael & Jacqui Nelson

Please join us at the home of Michael and Jacqui Nelson for the Year 12 Parent Wine & Cheese Evening tomorrow night. Cheese plates and nibbles will be provided, please BYO drinks. Click here to RSVP. Invitations have been sent via email to all Year 12 parents.



When:  Wednesday 16 May 2018
Time:  10.00am – 12.00pm
Where: Loreto Kirribilli, Gonzaga Barry Centre

Each year we take turns with Loreto Kirribilli  to host  morning tea and this year Kirribilli are our hosts.  Our guest speakers are Stephanie Lorenzo (Normanhurst ’02), Founder of Project Futures and Clare Pearson, CEO, Project Futures. All Loreto Normanhurst parents are invited to join us for this  event between our schools. Click here  for invitation details  and book tickets here.



When: Wednesday 16 May 2018
Time:  7.30pm – 9.00pm

Where: Curran Theatre



When: Friday 18  – Sunday 20 May  2018
Where:  Loreto Normanhurst

Join us for the 30th Gathering  of Loreto Federation and enjoy presentations from a broad range of challenging and inspirational speakers as they bring  their unique perspectives to the theme  ‘Be the Change’. Hear their insights and stories as they share their personal journeys to action change in our world. This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a gathering of  past students, family and friends from Loreto schools around Australia.

Join us for the full weekend, for one day, or just the Gala Dinner!

Full speaker profiles and further information, including registration,  is available here.


CITY/COUNTRY FATHERS’ WEEKEND AWAY – save the date and rsvp to rob now!

When: 25 – 27 May  2018
Where: Hunter Valley

A great weekend is unfolding! Join  other dads for a weekend away in  Pokolbin, Hunter Valley.  On Friday evening we will go Irish at Harrigan’s Pub and Saturday’s activities will include wine tasting and a horse stud visit. Dinner that evening will  feature guest speakers Ralph and Kathy Kelly from The Stay Kind Foundation. (Venue TBA). On Sunday choose between playing a few rounds of golf or perhaps go ‘up, up and away’ in a hot air balloon! Please let Rob  know asap  – numbers are required for bookings.  All dads are most welcome  for a weekend to relax as a group in pleasant surroundings.  

Contact   Rob  Critchlow   for more details.     



When: 13 – 15 June 2018
Where: Central West & Southern NSW

The Principal, Ms Barbara Watkins, together with Mrs Kate Kovacs, Director of Boarding, and Mrs Alicia Maunsell, Director of Development, will embark on the Principal’s Country Road trip, travelling through Central West and Southern NSW to meet with current, past and future families, ex-students and friends of Loreto Normanhurst.  You are warmly invited to join the journey. Click here for more information.



When:  Saturday 23 June 2018
Where: Loreto Normanhurst Gymnasium
When: 7.00 – 10.30pm
Cost: $30 per person

On your marks, get set, go!  Let the Games begin! Can you run rings around the opposition? Join us for a sporting evening of brain Olympics!  This year ‘s theme is “A Year in Sport – Winter Olympics Edition” !  Don your Steve Bradbury and Torah Bright inspired costumes because prizes for the best costume will be awarded so get creative! More information and invitations will be sent out in the coming weeks so keep an eye on your inbox!



When:  10 – 12 August 2018

This weekend is well underway in planning! Please let Louise or Sue  know if you are interested in helping organise the weekend. All are truly welcome and once our team is formed there will be representatives across different year groups to help ensure you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend.   Can’t wait to catch up with everyone at our 2018 weekend away! Trybooking details will be available soon. Watch this space!

Contact either   Louise Wytenburg  or Sue Whipps    for more details.


Ex-students’ Events


When:  22 May 2018
Time: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Where: Reception Room

A special celebration in our beautiful Reception Room  for our Golden Jubilarians: Loreto Normanhurst ex-students who graduated prior to and including 1968. Please click here for the invitation.