Principal’s Country Road Trips
Last year, Ms Marina Ugonotti, Principal, together with Mrs Kate Kovacs, Director of Boarding, embarked on a three-part Principal’s Country Road Trip travelling from country to coast, through the beautiful Riverina, Central, Far West and North West NSW, and the North Coast to meet with current, past and future families, ex-students and friends of Loreto Normanhurst.
It was particularly important for Ms Ugonotti, in her first year as Principal, to have an opportunity to visit some of the areas that are home for our country boarders and their families and it was wonderful to be embraced by their warm hospitality. The stories about the drought and the conversations with families in country areas of NSW became immediately more real and the tenacity of those living and working in rural and remote areas was humbling to witness.
The Country Road Trips included visits to family farms, primary schools and towns in regional NSW. Thank you to the Ex-Students’ Association for hosting a wonderful lunch in Dubbo. It was a lovely afternoon to meet and catch up with some of our ex-students from that area.
We are all aware of the drought conditions being faced across NSW and the added disaster of the bush fires this summer. Loreto Normanhurst has a very proud tradition of country boarding, with just over 80% of our boarders coming from regional, rural and remote areas of NSW and we are committed to this tradition continuing. We are doing all we can to assist families in these hard times and the impact of the drought in NSW needs our collective response.
If you have not yet taken the opportunity to contribute to Annual Giving, I encourage you to contribute whatever you can by following this link, thereby supporting the Bursary/Welfare Fund which offers financial assistance to families in necessitous circumstances. Through this fund, and the support of the Loreto Normanhurst community, these families can access the opportunity of a Loreto education.
We look forward to visiting our country families again.