Pastoral Care

Student Alliance Networking Group Showcase  # Press for Progress

The school took great pride in hosting the Student Alliance Networking Group Schools’ Showcase on Tuesday 23 October. This group meets once a term and allows students from a range of girls’ schools to come together to explore and reflect on issues concerning women in today’s modern society.

We were privileged to have Cate Stuart-Robertson, a proud Loreto Normanhurst ex-student, as the Showcase guest speaker. Cate is the founder of TKT, a creative consultancy firm and is a mentor to young graduates.  She inspired and engaged the audience with her passion for women’s issues and advised the girls to be “brave and firm in their conviction.”

This year the Showcase theme was inspired by the 2018 International Women’s Day theme #Press for Progress.  The girls worked in teams comprised of students from a variety of schools. Their challenge was to create a two-minute video advertisement to raise awareness on a particular issue, as well as suggest an Action for Change. The topic areas included:

  • Body Image – the Disney effect
  • Breaking down stereotypes
  • Women in the workforce
  • Sexualisation of women
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Female trafficking
  • Finding a voice- time’s up movement
  • Depiction of women in Hollywood

The advertisements were impressive and thought provoking and evoked much discussion on these topical issues, which can also be confronting.

Congratulations to the Loreto Normanhurst Student Alliance group for their commitment  throughout the year and for their inspiring presentations. Special thanks must go to Mrs Beth Nairn who has worked tirelessly with the group, as well taking on the enormous task of hosting the showcase.


Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Ashlea Ahmed

Sophie Earle

Vivien Li

Thea Whittaker


Sabyn Baker

Tahlia Jones

Luka Swain


Grace Campbell

Anna Hanselmann

Claire Heo

Swetha Kumar

Evelyn O’Brien


Student reflections:

“Being involved in the Alliance of Girls’ Schools is a rewarding experience. It gives us the chance to express our opinions amongst other girls who have the same passion and aspirations as we do”.  

“Having this experience we are also able to learn a variety of new things about how women are disadvantaged in society and what we can do to make this problem better for us all”.

Well done and congratulations to these students, who are firm in their belief “Women in time to come will do much”.   May the passion and courage of Mary Ward continue to inspire their actions.


Mrs Lynn Long

Director of Pastoral Care