President’s Message

Dear Ex-Students,

I hope that you are enjoying life and your connections with Loreto, either in the school community, or as an ex-student.  I would like to welcome the Class of 2019 who have joined our Association as life members and trust that you will enjoy a continued connection in the spirit of Loreto and Mary Ward, both in Sydney and worldwide.

 

scheduled events  and the situation around covid-19: 

As you would be aware, the situation around Coronavirus restrictions changes rapidly.   The School has complied with the advice of Australia’s Chief Medical Officer who has recommended the cancellation of all large gatherings (defined as being 500 plus people).  This has meant the cancellation of major events including the Music Festival.

We wholly support the direction the School has taken and have also considered the health, wellbeing and safety of our ex-students in connection with future planned events.

For that reason, we have taken the decision to cancel the following ex-student events:

  • Drinks gathering prior to the Music Festival on 8  April;
  • High Tea on 3 May;
  • Loreto Lunch and Lyrics (organised by the School) on 19  May.

At this stage, our Theatre Party on 20  August “Come from Away” is still proceeding until further notice.  The producers will let us know by July if they have to close the show.  If this happens, all ticket monies will be refunded through TryBooking.

Loreto Federation, which was scheduled to be held in Adelaide on 9-11  October, has been postponed until 2021.  

Our country luncheon proposed for this year has been postponed.

I hope you can all understand the challenging times we are in and be patient with us as recommendations change from day to day.

There have been many events and updates since the last issue of Alumni e-News. I have included my report from our 2019 events for you below:

 

2019 REPORT:

Thank you to those ex-students who joined us for our events held last year, particularly those events which supported fundraising for drought relief and the school’s Bursary Welfare Fund.  Loreto friendships are life-long and we value connectedness and we welcome you to all our events – please feel free to come along.

I was honoured to represent the ex-students at the Year 12 Awards Ceremony in 2019 where I presented the Pat Taylor Award, together with Margot Dwyer (nee Taylor), for “strong commitment to Loreto” to student, Anna Mossie.  This award is presented to a student who consistently contributes over a number of years at Loreto through reliable, supportive and helpful service to the school.

At the AGM of 2019, we presented a cheque for $20,000 towards a part bursary for a senior student, in compliance with our annual commitment to the school. Thank you to all ex-students who have helped raise donations and who have donated at your reunions for the school’s Bursary Welfare Fund.

Also at our 2019  AGM, we took the opportunity to farewell Sr Libby Rogerson as she moves from Normanhurst.  Libby has been the IBVM presence in Normanhurst for many years and has been a ‘woman in time who has made many changes’ to a world where she has seen injustice and poverty.  

I met with Ms Marina Ugonotti, Principal, in connection with working with the school to implement the Federation Resolution on Mentoring.    We will work in partnership with the school to provide younger ex-students to mentor current students.  The opportunity arose this year when the school held a Careers Conference and invited a number of younger ex-students as mentors. This will be an ongoing support to the girls and the school.

 

 Country Ex-Students

A number of the Ex-Students’ Association members attended the Ex-Students’ Luncheon in Dubbo in 2019.  This was a luncheon hosted by the ex-students to coincide with the Principal’s Country Road Trip. We were delighted to gather together with Marina, as well as the Director of Boarding, Mrs Kate Kovacs, and the Director of Mission, Mrs Libby Parker.  We also had current and prospective parents join us and it was a great day.

 You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers for sustaining rain.

 

MWIA – THEATRE PARTY, LORETO NORMANHURST AND LORETO KIRRIBILLI EX-STUDENTS

The Muriel’s Wedding Theatre Party, which we held jointly with Loreto Kirribilli Ex-students in 2019 was very successful and we handed a cheque to MWIA for $3,000 in compliance with the rules of our Constitution.

 

SPRING FAIR

Janneke Chudleigh worked tirelessly with PAL and the Development Team over the Spring Fair preparations and our participation and support of the Fair.    It was a very successful day selling plants, flowers and memorabilia and we raised  over $2,000. A special thank you to Janneke for all her hard work on the Spring Fair project. 

We are delighted to be working with PAL and supporting their events. 

 

Reunions

In 2019, we have had a number of class reunions.  These reunions are a great way for ex-students to reconnect.   We are also very grateful to the organisers of a number of reunions who presented a donation to the ex-students for the bursary program.  Thank you for your generosity.

 We are always pleased to hear of any class reunions being organised and welcome photos for our e-News.

 

Register your details

It is very important for all ex-students to register their current details on the school website.  Unless you do this, you may miss out on invitations and communications from the school.

 

Future EVENTS

With large gatherings uncertain at these times, we will endeavour to keep you posted.

Save the date – Thursday 10 September – Loreto Kirribilli Ex-Students’ Bursary Fundraiser Golf Day to be held at Manly Golf Course. Details to be announced at a later date.

See “Upcoming Events” for  ex-student related gatherings on the school website and the school’s Alumni Facebook Page.

 

Thank you

A special thank you to Marina for embracing the ex-students into the school community;  it’s greatly appreciated.

Thank you to the Development Team, led by Ms Grace Paraino, Dean of Development and Alumni, for your support and hard work on behalf of the ex-students.

Thank you to Ms Rowena Curtis, the school archivist, who approached her job with such passion and interest and loved to hear stories of our school days and provided us with help when organising school reunions. We look forward to working with Ms Rachel Vaughan this year.

Thank you to Sr Libby who has been on our Association for many years and also the Federation Committee.  Libby has always provided unstinting support and wise words of guidance – we will miss you Libby!

Finally, a very special thank you to the Association members for their ongoing support for which I am very grateful.

 

I would like to invite any ex-students who have the time and commitment to give back to our wonderful school by joining our Association to ensure that the ex-students remain a loyal force of support and presence in the school community.  We welcome a diversity of ex-students who have different talents to offer.

Mary Ward said “Women in time to come will do much” – that lesson of empowerment and challenging yourself resonates with all ex-students who have been immersed in the Loreto education values of felicity, justice, freedom, sincerity and verity as their moral compass concomitant with tradition, honour and respect for the IBVM.

Please contact me at exstudents@loretonh.nsw.edu.au.  I would be delighted if you would consider stepping up to join the committee as “women in time to come will do much”.

 I would like to advise that I will be stepping down from the role of President in November after four years.  I am grateful for the honour bestowed on me for this position which has humbled me in many ways as I see what we can together achieve as Loreto women. The Executive will also be stepping down in November 2020 and we hope that new talent will step up and run the Ex-Students’ Association of Loreto Normanhurst.

 

Sincere best wishes,

Ms Patsy Shannon

Ex-Students’ Association President