Message from Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.                      

Sir Isaac Newton                                            

This quote may be the inspiration for this year’s Annual Giving appeal, but it also reflects the very spirit and legacy of the entire Loreto Normanhurst community: teachers who help to foster a love of learning among our students; parents who shape a strength of character among their daughters; professional staff who nurture a caring environment from the earliest enrolment touchstone through to graduation and beyond; ex-students who volunteer their time and continue to give back, giving meaning to the tradition of “Once a Loreto girl, always a Loreto girl.”

Stepping into my role as Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement, I joined the hardworking team in the Development Office who also stand on the shoulders of those who have come before. It has been heart-warming to be welcomed into this kind community. This kindness has been demonstrated not only in thoughtful actions for me as a new staff member (chocolate mousse delivered to my desk!) but in the generosity of the community in supporting our students through the Music Festival.

As I write this, 250 members of our community—including staff, board members, current parents, past parents and ex-students – have contributed $46,597 towards the Bursary Fund. This will help open doors to a Loreto education and change the lives of girls who might not otherwise have this opportunity. This is in addition to 53 donors who have thoughtfully contributed to the Building Fund and Bursary Fund this year. Thank you for giving to this important program for our girls – during these challenging times, your support matters more than ever.  

I’ve received many questions since commencing my position here at the end of Term 2, the most common being “What does the Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement do?” 

The Community Engagement part of my title is the easiest to explain – the Enrolments, Marketing and Communications and Development teams fall within my remit. Together, we engage with the community in the widest sense of the term, including the dedicated and invaluable volunteers of the Parent Association of Loreto and the Ex-Students’ Association. Some of the projects that we are currently working on include a pilot mentoring program in collaboration with our wonderful Careers Team (more to come) and celebrating and honouring our Golden Jubilarians (more to come on this as well!)

The Community Engagement component of my role might be large, but it is the first part of my title – Philanthropy – where my passion lies. As an Arts graduate (History/Heritage Studies/Art History), I appreciate the gifts and sacrifices that people make for the benefit of future generations. Philanthropy, defined as “the love of humanity,” recognises the value placed on the welfare of others. Many people assume that in order to be a philanthropist, you must be a billionaire. It is, however, the prioritisation of meaningfully giving to a community, no matter how small the donation, rather than responding to request for a donation, that makes one a philanthropist. Those who have given, and continue to give, to the Loreto education of young women are the giants on whose shoulders we stand.

It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the impact that this year has had on our wider community. To our alumni in Victoria or overseas, in aged care facilities and to all those who have endured extensive quarantine restrictions; please know that you are in our prayers. To those in our rural and regional areas, we also hold you in our prayers as you have been significantly impacted by drought, bushfires and harvest workers kept away by COVID-19. We are keenly aware that there are many current families in the school who have also been significantly impacted by the recession and job losses.

We are seeing increased need for financial support through our bursary program to assist those in necessitous circumstances to achieve a Loreto Normanhurst education for their daughter. I would like to take this opportunity to ask those who can afford to do so – would you make a donation to our Bursary Fund, please? We had hoped to raise $50,000 through the Music Festival this year and we only need $3,403 to reach that target. We are hoping that the many alumni who receive this newsletter might be able to help us reach this achievable goal by clicking on this secure link  and making a donation with your credit card.

Alternatively, you may feel like you would prefer to discuss more meaningful options, such as a one off or regular donation or joining those who have left a gift in their Will. Mother Gonzaga Barry IBVM called upon us to “leave after you something on which others may build” and it is this that sums up philanthropy. I look forward to working with you and others in the Loreto Normanhurst community to honour the legacy of those who have come before, and those who will follow in your footsteps.

I encourage you to contact me if there is anything that I can assist you with via email at or phone 02 9473 7300 .


Ms Liane Giuliano

Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement