Principal’s Message

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to a redesigned Alumni eNews, a platform to connect and communicate news and events from Loreto Normanhurst and share stories about our ex-students.

What a wonderful Loreto Federation we had, connecting past students, family and friends from Loreto Schools around Australia. We joined together to discuss big ideas and issues that impact us today and for the  future and we  were inspired, challenged and motivated throughout the weekend. Thank you to the Federation Committee and the Ex-Students’ Association for a truly incredible weekend. Loreto Normanhurst was honoured to host Federation this year and we were excited to welcome so many proud Mary Ward women to our school, coming together to ‘Be the Change’.

As many of you may know, this is my last year as Principal of Loreto Normanhurst. As part of our well planned transition for the school as we change Principals, I am very pleased to welcome Ms Sophie Kearns to the position of Deputy Principal at Loreto Normanhurst. Ms Kearns is an experienced leader having held a range of senior leadership positions in independent schools in Sydney, in the areas of Learning, Mission and Pastoral Care and she joins Loreto Normanhurst from SCEGGS Darlinghurst where she held the position of Director of Pastoral Care.  Prior to SCEGGS, Ms Kearns was a member of the Leadership Team at Loreto Kirribilli where she was Director of Character Formation and, prior to that, Head of Languages. Ms Kearns will work together with Ms Ugonotti in her current role as Deputy Principal for the remainder of the year to assist with the continuation of the smooth transition of Ms Ugonotti to Principal in January 2019. 

We were recently visited by politicians interested in ground breaking pedagogies and innovation in education who were interested to hear about the work we do at Loreto Normanhurst as part of our Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM). Senator Deborah O’Neill, Shadow Assistant Minister for Innovation and Mental Health (Commonwealth), past parent, Mr Jihad Dib, Shadow Minister for Education (NSW) and Ms Kimberley McDonald, Education Advisor to Tanya Plibersek (Commonwealth) attended the school to discuss and view innovation in education and how our buildings have changed according to the innovative learning model that we operate at the school. It was a really worthwhile visit and it was great to be able to speak to both Shadow Ministers Federal and State about the impact of policy on education. The group were very thankful for the work that we do to innovate and lead change in education as we do so well here at Loreto Normanhurst.

In April, Mrs Helen Gray, Visual Arts teacher who would be familiar with many of our ex-students, celebrated 30 years of dedicated service to Loreto Normanhurst. Mrs Gray, who has often been called ‘Mrs Clay’ for her amazing gift in teaching ceramics, has been a wonderful staff member and educator. I’m sure many of you remember Mrs Gray  as a generous Loreto woman full of care, respect, love and encouragement for everyone.   We thank her for her incredible service to the school  for the past 30 years and celebrate her as a woman and as an educator of talent and determination.

As a Loreto community we are so connected to those on the land and I wish all ex-students and their families in drought-stricken areas much courage as we are tested during this long and arduous drought. It is important for us to support where we can and we pray for all our farmers nationwide, that the Lord will send some drought-breaking rain. 

Alumni e-News is a celebration of the Loreto Normanhurst community and I hope the compelling content will keep you reading about your fellow ex-students and the Loreto Normanhurst community. As part of this new approach, Alumni e-News will be available three times a year in autumn, winter and spring. We hope you already receive our Loreto Life publication, which is published in print, and will now be delivered at the end of the school year.


With prayers of peace and hope,

Ms Barbara Watkins