Principal’s Message

Welcome back to Term 2. This week at Assembly we commemorated Anzac Day. It was a moving ceremony. Our Year 12 History students told the amazing story of John Monash and his part in World War 1. This year is the 100-year anniversary of the end of WWI and in remembrance we all wore a sprig of rosemary. As we know, Anzac Day is not about glorifying war it is about praying for those who were lost, commemorating their bravery and working towards a global understanding of peace and how we must all work towards that each day and in all our relationships.

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Sophie Kearns to the position of Deputy Principal at Loreto Normanhurst, commencing 23 July 2018. The recruitment process attracted a large number of experienced applicants and it was a unanimous decision of the Selection Panel to recommend Ms Kearns as the preferred applicant in this strong field.

Ms Kearns has held a range of senior leadership positions in the areas of Learning, Mission and Pastoral Care and she joins Loreto Normanhurst from SCEGGS Darlinghurst where she held the position of Director of Pastoral Care.  Prior to SCEGGS, Ms Kearns was a member of staff at Loreto Kirribilli where she was Director of Character Formation and, prior to that, Head of Languages.

We look forward to welcoming Ms Kearns in Term 3 to work together with Ms Ugonotti in her current role as Deputy Principal and to assist with the continuation of the smooth transition for Ms Ugonotti to Principalship in January 2019. This transition continues to proceed well. Ms Ugonotti will be taking the last few weeks of this term for some study and further preparation overseas and she will return to Loreto Normanhurst with Ms Kearns in Term 3.

On Wednesday our Year 11 students launched the Loreto Day cause for this year. The whole school, led by Year 11, will be supporting the House of Welcome. The House of Welcome, in the western suburbs of Sydney, is well known to us at Loreto Normanhurst. It exists to give welcome and support to refugees or those seeking asylum regardless of their age, gender or religion. We will support them in their work to provide client-centred holistic work to support and nurture hope, advocate for justice and promote self-reliance whilst recognising the dignity of each person.  Loreto Day is on Friday 1 June and I hope the whole community will support this very worthy cause.

Federation for all Loreto communities and ex-students Australia-wide will be held at Loreto Normanhurst this month on 18-20 May  with the theme ‘Be the Change’. It will be a fantastic weekend of engaging and thought provoking speakers as well as the coming together of Loreto friends. The invitation to attend is open to the whole Loreto community. If you would like to attend please click here for more information and to register.

This weekend is the Loreto Normanhurst celebration for Mothers’ Day events and I look forward to seeing our mothers and daughters together for our dinner at the Epping Club on Saturday night which I believe has around 450 mothers and daughters attending. We will follow that with the Mother Daughter Eucharist on Sunday morning in the Chapel. I look forward to seeing many of our families over the weekend.

Serving the Community Around Us
God give me the strength
To look up and not down,
To look forward and not back,
To look out and not in,
To lend a hand.

– Edward Everett Hale


With prayers of peace and hope,

Ms Barbara Watkins