Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

Welcome back to Term 3 for another term full of action, hard work and wonderment. It was great to see the students and staff return rested and ready for the term ahead. In a week’s time our Year 12 students commence their Trial HSC Examinations and Year 9 embark on the Far North Queensland Experience. We pray for both groups and the staff who are supporting them at this time.

We welcome back Ms Marina Ugonotti from a period of study leave in the USA. Her time away was productive and enriching and we look forward to hearing of her experiences. As part of our well planned transition for the school as we change Principals, I am very pleased to welcome this week, Ms Sophie Kearns to the position of Deputy Principal at Loreto Normanhurst. Ms Kearns, as reported previously, is an experienced leader having held a range of senior leadership positions in independent schools in Sydney, 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 the Leadership Team at Loreto Kirribilli where she was Director of Character Formation and, prior to that, Head of Languages. Ms Kearns will work together with Ms Ugonotti in her current role as Deputy Principal for the remainder of the year to assist with the continuation of the smooth transition of Ms Ugonotti to Principal in January 2019. Our students and staff have warmly welcomed Ms Kearns this week and I know she looks forward to meeting parents over the coming months as she settles into her new role.

This week at school we have been celebrating NAIDOC Week (National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee). This is an Australian observance lasting a week and celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year the theme for the week was, ‘Because of Her, We Can’. During the week we have been privileged to have Uncle Laurie at the school to share with us the stories of this area and to lead us in a smoking ceremony and many other events run by our Mission Team and indigenous students.

At Assembly we were excited to host Senator Malarndirri McCarthy who spoke to us of so many stories of hope and love from her own life as an indigenous woman growing up in Australia in the careers of journalism and politics.  It was fitting that we hosted such an inspirational woman at the school as we also launched the Loreto Normanhurst Reconciliation Action Plan which is a formal statement of commitment from the school towards reconciliation. Senator McCarthy’s words on our aboriginal history, as our shared history, moves us forward to remain focused on reconciliation in Australia. We will endeavour to continue to do this at Loreto Normanhurst. 

Congratulations to our newly elected Student Leaders for 2018/2019! It was a very exciting day on Monday 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

Evelyn O’Brien

School Vice-Captain

Anastasia Leaver

Boarding Captain

Ella Anderson

Boarding Vice-Captain

Suzuki Yun

Extra-curricular Captains


Academic Activities

Tamsyn Coetzee


Breanna Ivankovic

Creative Arts  

Beatriz Fernandez


Charlotte Duff-Clarke


Jayda Gursel

Performing Arts

Isabelle Humphries

Social Justice

Isabella Mincher


Zoe Warland

House Captains



Sophie Dwyer


Ella Nicol


Charlotte Ryan


Gabriella Whipps


Amelia Kenny


Lillian Barker


Hannah Cowap


Gabriella Black


So much happens at the school even when we are not onsite. Congratulations and thank you to the following groups for their work as ambassadors of the school in faraway places.

Thank you to the Year 10 students and Ms Tilsley and Ms Willis, who gave up their holiday break to spend time with the people of Yarrabah on a community service week. This is an important and ongoing relationship with Yarrabah and it is wonderful to see the commitment of the students and the generosity of the staff who attend with the students. Our second Yarrabah immersion is in the first week of the holidays in December.

Congratulations to the students who attended the Project Futures Cambodian Schools Challenge and to Mrs Kylie Nalewabau who attended as a participant as well. Raising awareness and money to end human trafficking is so important and a strong theme at the school and I thank all those involved for their generosity.

Thank you to the Year 8 and 9 students and Ms Oxley who attended the CASE Space School in conjunction with NASA in the US. We understand they had a fantastic time and we look forward to hearing about what they learned whilst away.

Finally, well done to our Loreto Normanhurst Snow Sports Team. Students and their parents attended the School Girl Snow Sports Competition in the student vacation and they performed extremely well with so many personal bests. We congratulate them all for their dedication to such a difficult sport. Well done girls! Thank you to Mr Mulroney, Acting Head of Sport, for attending with the students.

Year 10 students are very excited for their Dinner Dance tonight and we wish them well for the event. Good luck to all for the opening round of Term 3 sports.


“Be not content only to love God, but strive to be…wholly lost in His Love”

Mary Ward


With prayers of peace and hope,

Ms Barbara Watkins