Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

As our Term draws to a close today there is so much to reflect upon and for us to be grateful for the events and our community.

This Term has been a wondrous one of all the normal activities with an additional layer of incredible experiences to celebrate the 120 years of Loreto Normanhurst’s excellence in education. I commend our students for their hard work for the Term. They have enthusiastically gone about their learning as well as embraced new friends. Our new students this year appear to be settled and have come to be an integral part of our community.

We have examined our environmental footprint and come together as a community of prayer as well as celebrating our vibrant and energetic community through song and dance at the Music Festival.

It is now time to take rest. I have spoken to the students and staff about the importance of this rest so that they can come back energised for the work of Term 2. Please encourage your daughters to rest and enjoy the holiday break. If your daughter is in Years 11 and 12 and she has work to do in the holidays, try to assist her to work this into a couple of days, not the whole student vacation. Please stress the importance of sleep and taking in some sunshine. Easter should be all about family time and if the girls do anything during this  time it should be only catching up on reading that novel they have been waiting to read for pleasure.

What a brilliant day we had on Wednesday for the Senior School Athletics Carnival. The day was the right mix of tough competition with records being broken throughout the day to rousing House support through cheering and evident team work. Congratulations to all the students and particularly the following students who broke records on the day:

  • Olivia Colman (Year 8) who won the 100 Invitational Sprint
  • Zoe Warland (Year 10) broke the 15 years 200m record (27.31)
  • Sarah Playford (Year 12) broke the Senior 400m record (1:00.53)
  • Georgia Arcus (Year 8) broke the 13 years 800m record (2:34.00)
  • Maye broke the Junior 100m relay record (56.24)

Congratulations also to all of our current students, staff and ex-students who competed in the recent National Athletics Championships at Homebush last weekend with great success. Our students performed strongly and they were:

Eliza Harvey (Year 11), Breanna Ivankovic (Year 10), Madeleine Playford (Year 9), Sophie Kavanagh (Year 7), Georgia Arcus (Year 8), Charlotte Ryan (Year 10), Zoe Warland (Year 10) and Alana Kavanagh (Year 8).

Our staff members who performed on the day were Miss Dominica Jenkins and Miss Lora Storey. Both performed exceptionally well with Lora winning the 800 metres in tough conditions to become the National Champion. This has led to Lora’s selection in the National Relay Team that competes in the World Championships very soon.

As well as these amazing students and staff we have some outstanding ex-students also vying for selection for the Commonwealth Games. Abigail Regan (Class of ‘08) and Heidi See (nee Gregson Class of ‘06) also becoming the National Champion in the 1500 metres. Congratulations to all of these incredible athletes for their commitment as well as their success.

Congratulations also goes to the following students and teams for their selection in representative teams this term.


  • Breanna Harris – selected in the IPSHA Netball team to compete at the CIS Championships.
  • Elyse Stephens – selected in the IPSHA Hockey team to compete at the CIS Championships.
  • Neave Tierney – in the IPSHA Cross Country team to compete at the CIS Championships (Lucia Van Der Heiden is 1st reserve).


  • Rachel Osborne, Zara Allen and Alana Kavanagh – selected in the 16/Us IGSSA hockey team to compete at the CIS Championships.
  • Rachel and Alana were then selected from those Championships in the 16/Us CIS team to compete at the Pacific School Games trials.


  • Ainsley Woods – selected in the IGSSA basketball team to compete at the CIS Championships.

Rowing Nationals:

  • 1st VIII crew 1st in ‘C’ final at the National Rowing Championships.
  • U/17 VIII crew 1st in ‘B’ final at the National Rowing Championships.

Surf Lifesaving:

  • Lily Tancred – Gold Medal in the U/17’s Mixed First Aid event at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Titles on the Gold Coast


As parents are aware, we communicated with you earlier in the Term regarding the Sports Review. I am pleased to report that we have been working hard to unpack all items raised throughout the process last year and the recommendations that came forward as part of the review. The key areas identified were Philosophy of Sport, Coaching, Organisation and Communication. Ms Ugonotti and I, along with the Sports staff, have met throughout the term to work through these four key themes and we have also met with the Parent Sports Task Force to assist us in the process. During next term we will be reporting back to parents about the progress the school is making on meeting the recommendations. This robust approach is necessary as Sport is such an important and integral part of Loreto Normanhurst and the holistic development of our young women. Addressing all these areas effectively will take some time and I would like parents to know that we are working hard to do this well.

With the resignation of Mrs Stooke taking effect last week I let parents know today how the school will manage the area of Pastoral Care for the remainder of this year and beyond. Mrs Libby Parker, Director of Mission, will take on the additional role of Acting Director of Pastoral Care until the end of 2017. The School will advertise the permanent position of Director of Pastoral Care later this year to commence in 2018.

In terms of Pastoral Care, Mrs Parker will work closely with Mr Justin Madigan, Dean of Pastoral Care. Together they will work on the strategic needs and development of Pastoral Care at the school. Mr Madigan and the Pastoral Team, made up of the Heads of House, Counsellors, Deans of Boarding, and the pastoral support team, are the students’ and parents’ port of call. All pastoral issues should be addressed with your daughter’s  tutor/advisor first and then her Head of House. These staff are trained to manage or  provide support with issues that students and parents may face. Please address any concerns you may have of a pastoral nature to those who deal directly with your daughter on a daily basis. For any learning issues these should be addressed directly with your daughter’s  teacher and, if necessary, the Head of Department.

I wish all families safe travel this student vacation period and a restful and blessed Easter time. I pray for the whole community at this time of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection – a time when we are reborn again full of hope for a future unknown.

Easter Prayers
Life anew
Father, we praise you for Christ our living Lord.
His death has destroyed death for us.
His rising has given us the promise 
of everlasting life
which begins here on earth.
In him a new age has dawned,
the long reign of sin  is ended,
a broken world has been renewed
and we are once again made whole.
Praise you Father, for your goodness to us
in Christ. Amen.


With prayers of peace and hope,


Ms Barbara Watkins