Principal’s Message

School holidays have arrived today for students with much joy and excitement. At the time of writing, many Boarders are on their way home and the final bell will soon sound. This has been a term of hard work and endurance. Many students and staff have been sick, but have soldiered on throughout the term and now it is time to rest. I hope that all students including Year 12 will rest, sleep in, have a different routine and reconnect with family and friends so that they can restore their energy for the second semester. Time wasting is an important pastime and reinvigorates our spirit so I hope you can waste a bit of time together as a family in this winter break.

We wish our Music Tour to Europe, our NASA group to the US, and our Yarrabah Community Service group every success as they depart over the next few days. We hope that they enjoy this time of personal discovery whilst away. We wish the students and staff safe travels and we look forward to hearing of their adventures on their return.

On Monday we celebrated the wonderful and generous life of Sr Anna Gaha IBVM at her requiem mass at Lavender Bay. Sr Anna was a Loreto Normanhurst sister and proud ex-student and supported the school enormously throughout her life. In the 70s she was Head of the Junior School as it was known then, and she is well loved by all who knew her, particularly by her dear school friends who were in attendance at the funeral. Sr Anna’s joy and love of people was always evident and we will miss her. Please pray for her and her family and the IBVM at this time of loss.

The Team of the Week this week are the senior and junior Mollie Dive Teams. The Mollie Dive Hockey Competition is a girls’ competition that is external to the school and it is highly competitive. Our senior and junior teams have trained hard and performed extremely well in the competition and we congratulate them for their hard work and commitment to hockey at the school.

At the end of 2016 the School undertook  a Sports Review. This Review was comprehensive and many recommendations were put forward as actions from the Review. I am happy to report that the school staff and the Sports Parent Task Force have been going through all the recommendations in great detail. It has been wonderful to work with parents and staff to analyse what is necessary for Sport to function well at Loreto and for actions to be decided upon. Already in six months we feel that we have made great inroads into actioning many of the recommendations in the areas of philosophy, coaching, staffing and communications. Please read the articles from  Ms Ugonotti and Mr Mulroney  in today’s newsletter so that as parents you can see where we are up to with the Review. The work of course continues and we will keep on reporting via the newsletter on the work that ensues.

Congratulations to our newly elected Student Leaders for 2017/2018! It was a very exciting day on Wednesday when the new Student Council were announced. It is great to see that Year 11, who voted for these new leaders, understand what is required in a Loreto leader as this has been demonstrated in those they have selected. We wish these students every blessing as they take on this very important role in the school after Year 12 graduate at the end of Term 3. Congratulations to all of Year 11 for taking the risk to nominate themselves for a role of leadership in the school and for the maturity shown throughout the process.

Congratulations to the following Year 11 students:

School Captain

Yvette Crouch

School Vice-Captain

Jessica Drummond

Boarding Captain

Clodagh Bray       

Boarding Vice-Captain

Sophie Stanley   

Extra-curricular Captains


Academic Activities

Gabrielle Couter


Angelina Gu

Creative Arts  

Alexandra Reeks


Claire Phillips


Yasmine Barrakat

Performing Arts

Lily Black

Social Justice

Dominica Leaver


Tatum Bird

House Captains



Rachel Osborne


Isabella Hamblin


Isabelle Hatton


Isabella Davey


Eliza Harvey


Kiarra-Williams Browne


Lucy Beer


Georgia Abbott


World Refugee Day occurred on Tuesday 21 June and as a school we stopped to think about and pray for those who have been displaced from their homes and are refugees. I spoke to the students at Assembly about the sadness associated with leaving one’s home and the impact of violence and fear. We pray this week for refugees around the world as they are victims of war, violence, poverty and pain; and we stand in solidarity on doing all we can to pray for a peaceful world where these victims of violence and war may once more find a place where they belong.


With prayers of peace and hope,


God bless our eyes
so that we will recognise injustices.
God bless our ears so that we will
hear the cry of the stranger.

God bless our mouths so that we will speak
words of welcome to newcomers.

God bless our shoulders  so that we will be able to
bear the weight of struggling for justice.

God bless our hands so that we can work
together with all people to establish peace.


Ms Barbara Watkins