During the week the community received the announcement of my resignation as Principal of Loreto Normanhurst at the end of 2018. I am sure this news came as quite a surprise to the community and at the Assembly I spoke to the students and staff about why I have made this decision. As you know I love Loreto Normanhurst and will have had the great privilege to be a part of the fabric here for 18 years when I finish at the end of 2018. The school is currently in a great position and there is still work to be done. This is the perfect time for a new and equally energetic Principal to take the school to the next years of its growth and development.
As for my future, it is time for me to take a long rest first and then look for new opportunities beyond Loreto. I have had the amazing opportunity to develop a set of skills that I will take with me to new and exciting opportunities in the future. I know it will be very hard for me to leave Loreto when it is my time to go, but I know I will go with the prayers and love of the community. Thank you to all the parents, students and staff who have written to me and stopped me in the corridors over the last couple of days to send me messages of thanks. This is so deeply appreciated.
This week we have celebrated National Boarding Week. The Boarding School has been wearing their pink and they have been involved in many activities celebrating what it means to be a Boarder here at Loreto Normanhurst. At Assembly during the week our Boarder Captains spoke to us of the unique part Boarding has always played at Normanhurst and for them personally. Each of our Boarders has had the opportunity to speak in their Tutor groups about where they come from and why they came to Loreto to board. There has been fun runs and special dinners, all to celebrate the young women and their families that make up our amazing Boarding School. A fitting celebration in our 120th year celebrating Boarding at Loreto Normanhurst. I thank our incredible Boarding Staff, led by Mrs Kate Kovacs, Director of Boarding, for their daily work with our Boarders.
Team of the Week then has to be the Year 11 Boarders for their incredible singing, dancing and acting talent in the recent Main Event for Boarders. Year 11 displayed team work, energy, innovation and synchronicity to win the Shirley Dewberry Trophy at the Main Event. We congratulate them as the ‘Team of the Week’.
I had the privilege this week of listening to our brilliant and talented musicians who performed at the inaugural Loreto Lunch and Lyrics in the Reception Room, the last event prior to its restoration this year. The music was heavenly and the ex-students who were present were so impressed with the passion and talent of our students. Thank you to the students who performed, to the Music Faculty and the Development Team for organising the event, and to Ms Katie Hardyman who performed ‘Felicity’ for those assembled as a special treat. This will become an annual event at Loreto for ex-students and one to look forward to each year.
Good luck to our CSDA Debaters who debate at school tonight and to all our teams playing sport on the weekend. We hope our Dads enjoy their weekend away together in Orange, a great way for them to connect as Loreto fathers.
Today Lord Jesus
I give you my hands to do your work.
I give you my feet to go your way.
I give you my eyes to see as you do.
I give you my tongue to speak your words.
I give you my mind that you may pray in me.
I give you my heart that you may love in me-
Your Father and all people.
I give you my whole self that you may grow in me,
so that it is you, Lord Jesus,
who live and work and pray in me.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins