Principal’s Message

As the world watched the USA elections unfold over the last few days, there has been much discussion and debate on a range of issues around leadership. We also waited  in anticipation of  the possibility of a woman becoming elected as President for the first time in America’s 238-year history. Although this did not eventuate in this particular instance, there are positive messages that can be taken away from the journey that we all witnessed. I share with you below some words from Hillary Clinton’s concession speech. The message is an important one for all girls around the world including the young women in our care here at Loreto Normanhurst:

“To all the little girls watching…never doubt that you are valuable and powerful, and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.”

Last Friday night we celebrated the members of the Student Council 2016/2017 at the Principal’s Student Leadership Dinner.  Sr Libby Rogerson IBVM provided an inspirational talk, challenging us, as leaders, to constantly broaden our way of thinking and to continue to forge a path to justice for all. School Captain Annie Clarke also spoke beautifully on the night, and I have no doubt that she, together with the rest of the Student Council, will lead our community with felicity and grace  in the coming year.

We also congratulate our Cheerleading team for achieving First Place in their division at the ‘Battle of the Beaches’ competition held at Manly Beach last Sunday. Well done, girls.

Congratulations to all our rowers for their performances at the Loreto Kirribilli Regatta on Sunday. Unfortunately due to inclement weather, our Loreto Normanhurst Regatta was cancelled after the morning session, however we thank the rowing community for their efforts in organising this event. At the Kirribilli Regatta we achieved incredible results with 21 of 28 crews gaining a place in the Top 3. Loreto Normanhurst was crowned as the Overall Point Score winner, which is a tremendous achievement. All Loreto Normanhurst rowers are to be commended not only for these amazing results, but for their ongoing dedication and commitment to their sport. We wish them well for the season.

Last night we had the opportunity to say a final farewell to the Class of 2016 at their Year 12 Formal, held at Darling Harbour. It was lovely to chat to the girls and their parents about their hopes and dreams beyond Loreto Normanhurst, now that they have completed their HSC. The girls looked beautiful and absolutely carefree last night. On 16 December, when the HSC results are finalised and announced, we host a morning tea at school to celebrate with the girls, and I  hope that they can all attend. Good luck and go well Year 12.


Today, on Remembrance Day,

let us think about how we can choose

the path of peace in our daily lives,

and object to the ignorance and lack of tolerance

that has historically caused conflict.

Let us use the lessons of the past

to guide us wisely as we try to navigate

the path to creating a better future.



With  prayers of peace and hope,

Ms Barbara Watkins