Principal’s Message

In previous newsletters this year and in 2017, I reported to the community on the development of the Loreto Normanhurst Master Plan 2017-2047. All Loreto schools in Australia were asked to work on a Master Plan for their particular school. Upon the completion of the Loreto Normanhurst Master Plan it was submitted to the Loreto Ministries Board for ratification. The 30-year Master Plan has  been ratified by the Loreto Ministries Board which means the school can now progress to implementation over the years to come.

The Master Plan for the school is exciting and robust and leaves all areas of the 121-year-old site reviewed and improved in some way over the next 30 years until 2047. With a 30-year plan like the one we have developed, submission to the State Planning Authority of the NSW State Government is required. The school has lodged the Master Plan and now we enter into the work of planning for the first stage which includes a new Boarding School and an Early Learning Centre.

There has been some media interest recently which may have been triggered by the lodgement of the Master Plan with the NSW Government. The school will regularly communicate with our parents and other members of our school community via the newsletter, and to the wider community through the school website, regarding the planning and progress of the first stage of the Master Plan.  This is an exciting time for the school where a beautiful plan for its future, in keeping with our tradition and values, has been prepared. I thank the Leadership Team of the school for their ongoing work, as well as the School Board and the Property Committee of the school for their ongoing support and guidance. Please see below the photo of the Master Plan.

Last week I congratulated our IGSSA Athletics Team for coming 8th overall.  IGSSA has checked the scores and it appears Loreto Normanhurst actually came in 6th place overall in the competition. What an amazing effort from our athletes! They managed injury and for some, a very tough lead up to the competition, and we are extremely proud of their efforts. Well done to all!

Today, we celebrate new leadership with our handover Liturgy for Year 11. This is a special ceremony where our Year 12 leaders will bestow leadership on the new leaders to come. They will be blessed by the school and together Year 11 will pledge an oath they have written themselves on Loreto Leadership. We wish them well as they traverse the ‘tightrope’ of leadership to come. We also let them know that they will be supported and loved in our community as together as a year group they lead our school forth at the end of this year and into 2019. Year 12 of course are still our school leaders until graduation day in a few weeks’ time. Year 11 also embark on their Preliminary Year Examinations next week and we wish them well.

The support for the ongoing drought continues at Loreto Normanhurst. This week the boarders held a ‘Parma for a Farmer’ fundraiser at school and invited all staff. It was a fun night of celebration of our farmers. Congratulations to  the Loreto community on all the efforts of support that continue. Even though a little rain has fallen, as we know there needs to be more. We continue to pray for rain, for the farmers and for our Loreto families on the land and in our country towns.

What a fun night we all experienced at the Father Daughter Dinner last Saturday night. It was wonderful to see so many dads and daughters enjoying each other’s company. Mr John Lee (Father of Georgia in Year 5) did an amazing job as MC and commenced the evening with some very touching stories of love from the Year 5 girls to their dads. There was a lot of fun and a lot of dancing and it was a great celebration. This was followed on Sunday morning with a beautiful Father Daughter Eucharist. Thank you to Mr Kevin Smith and his daughter Charlotte (Year 12) for their very moving reflection of the special nature of the father daughter relationship. We wish all fathers of the school a happy day on Sunday for Fathers’ Day.

I hope you are attending the Year 12 HSC Showcase this evening; the event will be an amazing array of talent and a display of creativity and growth. I look forward to seeing the community there.

God, bless all the fathers in the world.
Guide them to be good role models
and loving to all their children.
Help them to be a father like You are.
Give them grace and patience
to handle situations in a loving way.
Amen

 

With prayers of peace and hope,

 

Ms Barbara Watkins

Principal