For many years Loreto Normanhurst has been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. It is a fantastic program where students test themselves in outdoor activities and generous service. Our students commence the program in Year 9 fulfilling the Bronze Expeditions and performing their community work. Some then go on to the Silver program and only a few move through to challenge themselves to do the Gold program. This week we saw two of our students awarded their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award which is an amazing achievement. Daniella Bianchi (Year 12) and Ellen Parker (Class of 17) received their Gold awards from the Governor of NSW at a ceremony held with other young people who have also chosen to challenge themselves and serve others. We congratulate them on this incredible achievement and for gaining their Gold Award.
It was wonderful to see the Class of 2018 at their Year 12 Formal last night. They looked relaxed and happy, as did their parents, and so very beautiful in all their finery. They spoke of a readiness for the future and a feeling of joy about the HSC Examinations, speaking of their gratitude for the staff that had prepared them so well. The students and their parents were also very thankful for their Loreto school journey, one they will treasure and build on as the years move on. Congratulations to the Class of ’18 and we wish them well for the future.
What a marvellous evening we had this week at our annual ‘Women of Influence’ event. Listening to four inspirational ex-students, Jane Stanton (Class of ’88), Arlie Loughnan (Class of ’93), Claire Velasco (nee Whyntie, Class of ’02) and Irene Fernandez (Class of ’04) speak to us about their journey in life and in their careers in accounting, law, marketing and engineering was enthralling. Their stories of passion for their school and their careers, maintaining relationships, and staying true to who you are as you go through life was fantastic to hear. They spoke of the challenges they had overcome and acknowledged the support they had to achieve their goals, while always being aware of Mary Ward’s words of “Women in time to come will do much”.
Vale Sr Anne Anderson IBVM who passed away last weekend. Sr Anne, a very proud ex-student of Loreto Normanhurst, was a great supporter of the school and a wonderful woman. Sr Anne’s work over her years as an IBVM was vast, encompassing work in all the Loreto schools including a period as principal of the Loreto Kirribilli Junior School. We will miss Sr Anne’s smile and generous spirit and we give thanks for her beautiful, generous and selfless life of service. May she rest in peace.
This week we hosted the annual Ex-Students’ Christmas Liturgy and Luncheon, a celebration for pre-1978 alumni. It was a lovely luncheon with a special commemoration for outstanding ex-students who left the school 75, 70 and 65 years ago. It is amazing to host these connected women who have such pride in their school. We are forever grateful for their connection and give thanks for them and for their support of the school. Their history with the school and their stories are cherished and we honour them as incredible Loreto women.
I look forward to watching Loreto’s Got Talent in the Primary School today. I hope all the students have had fun whilst preparing for the event.
Good luck for the rounds of sport this weekend and I look forward to the event tonight at the Epping Club with parents, ex-parents and ex-students.
“It’s not about how much we give but
how much love we put into giving.”
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins