Principal’s Message

This week I wrote to families in relation to the Loreto Normanhurst Aquatic Centre and our swimming programs, to inform you that the School has decided to establish and fully operate its own Swim School and Swim Club effective from 1 July 2019. For over a decade, the Loreto Normanhurst Aquatic Centre has been leased by the School to Aquabliss, who have operated the swimming programs and swim club at the pool and this arrangement will end on 30 June 2019.

We are excited to announce that the School has engaged Mr Bobby Hurley as Head Swimming Coach. Mr Hurley is known to our swimmers and those families who swim here at Loreto and I am thrilled to welcome Mr Hurley to the Loreto Normanhurst staff, confident that his expertise, experience and knowledge of our community will continue to enhance the high standard of extracurricular offerings at Loreto Normanhurst.

If you would like your daughter to continue or commence swimming at Loreto Normanhurst, please follow this link to submit an expression of interest form. We are very excited to offer swimming under the Loreto Normanhurst banner and we will continue to keep you informed of developments as they progress.  In the meantime, if you have specific questions please contact Mr David Brock, Senior Sports Administrator, via swimming@loretonh.nsw.edu.au.

In May, Mrs Kate Kovacs, Director of Boarding and I will begin the first of our three-part Principal’s Country Road Trips visiting the beautiful Riverina, specifically Griffith, Wagga Wagga and Canberra. We will also be visiting Bourke and Dubbo in June and going from country to coast in August visiting Mudgee, Burren Junction, Port Macquarie and a whole lot in-between! These trips are so important for us to connect with our current, past and future parents and ex-students and I am looking forward to it greatly. It’s also important to me, in my first year in the role of Principal, to appreciate the local and regional contexts of our boarder families and the diversity of our whole community. Click here for the save the date information flyer.

This week, we are reminded of the theme for Project Compassion in 2019: ‘Giving Lent 100% in the name of hope’. Hope enables us to rise above our fears and help those in great need to shape a better future for their communities. Contributing to Project Compassion is an opportunity for us to show our support to those who need it most, and open up our hearts out of love. The JPIC Team held another push for Project Compassion today with a coin trail in the quad and we are all encouraged to dig deep to meet our target of $12,000. This money will do so much good for those who need it and I congratulate the JPIC Team for their wonderful efforts.

Well done to all our students and staff for their preparation of the annual Music Festival to be held at the ICC Sydney next Friday night. From what I saw at the final rehearsal of the choirs this week, it looks like it will be an amazing show. Prior to the Music Festival on Friday, many of our mums will gather together for the City Country Mothers’ Lunch held in the Boarders’ Dining Room. This will be such a beautiful lunch of story-sharing about the first term for students and families and I hope many of you can attend. These events, and all the others we have here at Loreto Normanhurst, are a great celebration and a coming together of our whole community and I look forward to sharing these with you.

A very well-attended Year 7 Family Dinner was held last Saturday. I’m so pleased so many families were able to attend as it’s such a great way for our new Year 7 families to get to know each other and to become further immersed in the Loreto Normanhurst community. Thank you to everyone involved in organising the event.

Good luck to all our students competing in finals sport this weekend. We wish them well.

Do you ever find that a song you have heard either enters your mind or lingers with you hours after you have heard it?  Today for me it has been the hymn Restless by Audrey Assad which was sung as the reflection piece at our Communion Service this morning. I offer an excerpt of this beautiful prayer to you, with blessings of peace and light.

 

You dwell in the songs that we are singing,
Rising to the Heavens, rising to Your heart, Your heart.
Our praises filling up the spaces
In between our frailty and everything You are
You are the keeper of my heart

Oh, speak now for my soul is listening
Say that You have saved me, whisper in the dark, the dark.
‘Cause I know You’re more than my salvation
Without you I am hopeless, tell me who You are
You are the keeper of my heart
You are the keeper of my heart

Still my heart, hold me close
Let me hear, a still small voice
Let it grow, let it rise
Into a shout, into a cry

And I am restless, I’m restless
‘Til I rest in You, let me rest in You
And I am restless, so restless
‘Til I rest in You, ’til I rest in You, Oh God
Let me rest in You.

 

Ms Marina Ugonotti

Principal