News from Ex-Students


Sophie Wills – Class of 2016

Recipient of NSW Ministry of Health – Healthier Communities Award as part of the NSW/ACT 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards 2020.

A registered Paramedic, Sophie founded the non-profit Community Defib Project in Wiseman’s Ferry. The project successfully applied for a grant to provide  community access to a defibrillator, with the first community AED installed late last year.  The Community Defib Project now has 23 AEDs installed, covers more than 100 kilometres and has more than 20 volunteers. Sophie was recognised by the NSW Ministry of Health for her leadership of this expansive initiative.

Sophie works for NSW Ambulance as a Graduate Paramedic Intern. She also volunteers for the NSW Rural Fire Service, and was awarded a Premier’s Bushfire Emergency Citation for her efforts during the 2019/2020 bush fire season.

While at Loreto Normanhurst, Sophie was the recipient of the Samantha Marr scholarship, gifted by the Farrell Family Foundation.

Ainsley WoodS – Class of 2019

Recipient of University of Rhode Island Athletic Scholarship

Congratulations to Ainsley Woods (’19) for receiving a full athletic scholarship to the University of Rhode Island in New York for rowing. The University of Rhode Island has a very competitive rowing program and competes in the highly regarded ‘Atlantic 10’ competition, generally with great success. Ainsley was first spotted while rowing at Loreto by a Yale University coach, who recommended her to Rhode Island.  

“I thought, ‘wow, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,’ and went on to take the SATs,” says Ainsley, of first being recommended for a scholarship. She  reports that the “staff at URI worked very hard to get me over to the US and awarded me with a full scholarship, which I’m very grateful for.”

Ainsley has been in the United States for just over a month. She says that training is now in full swing after the cancellation of the autumn season and that she hopes the spring season will go ahead in March. 

Prior to her departure to the US, Ainsley had been heavily involved in LN Sport as a coach with Rugby 7’s and IGSSA Netball. 




  • The family of Sheila Christian (Adams, ’42)
  • The family of Ingrid Callil  (’60)
  • Barbara Murray (Montague, ’57), on the death of her sister, Anne Galbraith (Montague, ’54)
  • Julia Merkel (’64) on the death of her mother, Paula; aunt of Linda King (Merkel, ’72), Fiona Merkel (’71), Helen Merkel (’69), Jane Merkel (’69) and Sr Libby Rogerson ibvm (’61)
  • Jill Slennett (Brady, ’73), Margot Wynn (Slennett, ’05), Annie Joseph (Brady, ’72) and Lucy Joseph (’07) on the death of their son,  brother, nephew and cousin, Daniel Slennett.
  • Judith Bonner (’67) on the death of her mother, Joan Bonner (Cassells, ’42)
  • Sally Glover (’12) and Sr Libby Rogerson ibvm (’61) , on the death of their grandmother and aunt, Marie Liddle
  • Marianne Keighery (Kearney, ’71), Gail Barrett (Kearney, ’65) and Linda Griffiths (Kearney, ’67) on the death of their sister, Carolyn Kearney (’69), cousin to the Hollingdale family
  • Genevieve Lusher (Hollingdale ’69), Camille Hollingdale (’70), Deborah Griffin (Hollingdale ’71), Penelope Robson (Hollingdale ’72),  Gillian Hollingdale (’78), Georgina Hollingdale (’79), and Michael Hollingdale (Loreto Old Boy), on the death of their brother, Patrick Hollingdale (Loreto Old Boy).