Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

The last weeks have been full of many wonderful experiences at the School. As there is so much to report each week on the vibrant happenings of the School I realised I had not filled in parents on the Principal’s Overseas Trip which commences on Sunday, since I mentioned it in my newsletter article in December 2016.

For many years now our parents and ex-students have implored us to visit them to connect with them and talk to them about ongoing support of the School. This year, as part of the 120 year celebration, we agreed that we would take that big step to visit them. As you would know many schools do this on a regular basis every year or every two years. This is the first time that we have ventured into this space.

The aims of the Principal’s Overseas Trip are:

  • To connect with our families in Hong Kong and the UK (yes there are some that far away);
  • To visit our Gap students;
  • To build new Gap possibilities for all of our students both Day and Boarding;
  • To reconnect with ex-students and past parents;
  • To further connect or reconnect them with the Loreto Normanhurst community;
  • To form key staff members in the work of Mary Ward our foundress and to;
  • Research boarding and schooling in other parts of the world.

Loreto Normanhurst has always been a school that has looked outside its walls to improve what goes on within them and we do not take this trip lightly. Mrs Kovacs, Director of Boarding, Mrs Maunsell, Director of Development and I will be away from Sunday March 12 to Monday March 27 and we have every day of the trip booked with visits and functions. Whilst in Hong Kong we are hosting a function for over 30 current and past parents as well as ex-students and associated Loreto people. Also whilst in HK I have been asked to address a breakfast of clients and associates at the offices of Kirkland and Ellis HK, on the topic of Women in Leadership and how we are growing leadership in our young women at Loreto Normanhurst. It is such a privilege to be asked to present these ideas to a firm that runs the ‘Women’s Leadership Initiative,’ promoting women in leadership in law throughout their international network.

When we head to the UK we will not only catch up with our recent ex-students and see them in action at their GAP placement, we will be also building new networks in this area so that we can have reciprocal arrangements for our girls when they are keen for a Gap placement each year upon graduation. We have been so touched by the interest of ex-students from as far back as 56 years out of school to graduates in the 50s, 60s, 70s and right through to 2016 who wish to support us and who will be attending the events in the UK. While in the UK we will also be visiting two Loreto Schools, St Mary’s Cambridge and St Mary’s Ascot, as well as a Jesuit School, Stoneyhurst College.

All in all the trip will be extensive, full and productive on all counts. At Loreto Normanhurst we talk about the ‘open circle’ of Loreto and our circle extends far and wide and across the world. I hope that parents will support this trip and pray for us as we fly out on this important venture for the School which will open many ongoing opportunities for our girls and the ongoing development of the School.

Congratulations to our IGSSA Swimming and Diving Team who did so well yesterday. Loreto Normanhurst came 5th overall and our Diving Team did exceptionally well to win the Division 2 point score. Congratulations to Jacqueline Feurtado the Swim Captain for her leadership of the team.

Supergirl Week has been an outstanding week at the school. We have witnessed staff and student fun, the Supergirl Soapbox, exercise in the Gym, cake stalls and discussions all centred on the topic of what is great about being a girl. I am very proud of the students for their involvement in this spectacular week. Well done to Phillipa Rich, Communications and SRC Captain and the SRC as well as the Student Council and all of Year 12 for leading us in all of the enjoyable activities. 

As well as Supergirl Week we welcomed our Mary Ward Connect visitors from Loreto Marryatville in Adelaide, and Loreto Toorak in Melbourne. Our Year 10 students were hosts and travellers and they extended the Loreto friendship to these students and staff as part of the national Loreto network.

Whilst hosting our Loreto visitors other Year 10 students were also part of the Loreto Rural Partnership Immersion Experience to Dunedoo. This is an experience where our students work with the rural community in the area and the local school of St Michael’s to support their work there. As you would be aware the Dunedoo area has experienced the devastation of the recent bushfires and so our students and staff were able to assist the town and the school through this difficult period. Thank you to the staff who  attended and to Mr Phillip Merchant, Immersions Coordinator, who worked with the Dent Family to make the week long experience such a success.

Thank you to the over 550 attendees at the inaugural Loreto Normanhurst whole school Cocktail Party held last Friday in the Gymnasium. It was a brilliant event. It was lovely to mingle and chat with so many parents, Board members and staff. It was an excellent night of information for all year groups as well as the enjoyment of the catch up at the Cocktail Party. Thank you to the Development Team who organised the event and to the many members of staff who led the information section of the evening. 

It looks like we may have some sunshine for Open Day tomorrow. It is shaping up to be another brilliant event at the school. I look forward to seeing parents and students here at school tomorrow celebrating our beautiful Loreto Normanhurst community together.



Women are a reflection of the glory of God. Today we honor the women of all times and all places:

Women of courage.
Women of hope.

Women suffering
Women mourning.
Women living fully.
Women experiencing joy.
Women delighting in life.

Women knowing the interconnectedness of the human family.
Women honoring the sacredness of the relational, the affective.

Women quietly tending the garden of human flourishing. 
Women boldly leading the transformation of unjust global structures.

Women seeking Wisdom. 
Women sharing Wisdom.

Women receiving Love.
Women giving Love.

Women: life-giving.
Women: the image of God.

Loving God, we celebrate your faithfulness and love. On this day we commit ourselves to the promotion of the full humanity of all women everywhere. We know that whatever denies, diminishes, or distorts the full humanity of women is not of God.

Help us to be faithful to your call to love.


With prayers of peace and hope,


Ms Barbara Watkins