What a wonderful time of celebration we have had this week with the announcement of Ms Marina Ugonotti as the new Principal of Loreto Normanhurst from January 2019. When the announcement was made to staff and students in the gymnasium the community erupted with joy. Ms Ugonotti is well loved by the students, staff and parents for her warmth, her love of the school and all things Loreto and for her calm and gentle presence. These attributes coupled with her enthusiasm and felicity makes her the perfect new Principal to lead Loreto Normanhurst into the years ahead. We wish Ms Ugonotti every success and blessing as she eases her way into the new role over the next 12 months. Obviously the school will now need a new Deputy Principal. The school will advertise for Ms Ugonotti’s replacement as Deputy Principal in 2018. To read Ms Ugonotti’s message to the school community, please click here.
The Year 12 Formal took place on Thursday night this week at Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour. It was a lovely night with the Year 12 students, their parents and many staff meeting for a pre-Formal gathering. It was fantastic to chat to the very glamorous and relaxed students and to hear of their plans for the next couple of months and the years ahead. It was also wonderful to reminisce with parents about the Loreto journey. We wish Year 12 every blessing as they embark on life outside Loreto Normanhurst.
This evening we will host another beautiful and historic event at the school. The launch of the ‘120 Inspirational Loreto Women’ book created this year as a celebration of the enormous contribution of the IBVM, the ex-students, staff, friends and volunteers of the school since it began in 1897. This book launch will coincide with the re-opening of the newly restored Reception and Brewer Room in the heritage part of the school. More than 150 special guests will attend the event tonight so that we can celebrate them and thank them for their contribution to our great school.
The Team of the Week for this week is our Write a Book in a Day group who were placed 3rd at the NSW/ACT Best Book Upper Secondary Division. Congratulations to the team for their ingenuity and their creativity.
Congratulations to our Primary students for their efforts in the pool this week at the Swimming Carnival and for their amazing talent displayed in the ‘Loreto’s got Talent’ Competition held this week. It is so brilliant to see our students involved in so many enjoyable extra-curricular activities.
Pope Francis has declared this Sunday 19 November to be the ‘World Day of the Poor’ – this is the first such day. This has come out of the fact that poverty is so widespread in our world and indicates just how significant a reality it is. As people who have faith in a God who is Life itself and desires that life for all people, we are invited to think seriously about this and pray this Sunday for the poor in our world. I have attached Pope Francis’ words here.
Prayer for the poor and needy
You came to give honour to the least, those forgotten, overlooked and misjudged.
You came to give first place to the last, those left behind, misunderstood and undervalued.
You came to give a warm welcome to the lost, those who are orphaned, abandoned and destitute.
Help us to be your ears to listen to their cries.
Help us to be your voice speaking out love and acceptance.
Help us to be your feet walking beside those in need.
Help us to be your hands to clothe, feed and shelter them.
You came for the least, the lost and last of this world.
Lord, hear our prayer.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins