Welcome to the latest edition of Alumni eNews – a platform to connect and communicate news and events from Loreto Normanhurst and share stories about our ex-students.
After four years as Deputy Principal at Loreto Normanhurst, I am absolutely delighted to have the joy of leading our wonderful school – a welcoming, dynamic and supportive community, and to continue a legacy of over 120 years of excellence in girls’ education.
New beginnings are always accompanied by a mixed bag of emotions – nervousness, excitement, apprehension, curiosity – and I shared these feelings with other staff and the students who started the first chapter of their story at Loreto Normanhurst this year. At the start of the year I spoke of the ‘butterflies’ that had paid me a little visit, being early days of this new chapter for me in my role as Principal. However, my butterflies were settled by the first day squeals and hugs as the girls greeted each other around the Mary Ward sculpture. They were further settled by the genuine interest with which girls asked me how my holidays were, the bright spark which lit girls’ faces as they smiled and said hello, and the sincerity with which they asked me about “day one as Principal” when we saw each other at the gates at the end of the day. It is our relationships with one another, relationships marked by trust and respect, which give us the freedom and courage to be our own natural selves and thereby strengthen the richness of the whole community to which we belong.
This year, along with all Loreto schools in Australia, we are celebrating the value of Sincerity and what that means for us as a community. As we commemorated ‘Mary Ward Week’ which commenced on the day of Mary Ward’s birth, 23 January, and ended on the day of her death, 30 January, it was timely to reflect on what we can learn from her life as we focus on Sincerity. Throughout her life, Mary Ward strove to act in response to the deep stirrings of her heart and spirit, by listening fully and openly to God. Mary listened to her own heart, and through the process of discernment came to fully embrace the gift of who she was. Like Mary Ward, we remind ourselves that it is through our own self-knowledge that we are able to have authentic relationships with ourselves and with others.
The school community is blessed to have the support of the ex-students who are active advocates of their alma mater, willingly giving their time, sharing their experiences and inspiring our current students. I thank you for your continued support of the school and I look forward to working with you as we continue to celebrate and experience life at Loreto Normanhurst.
I share with you this blessing as we begin our journey together.
We open our hearts and our minds to let your loving presence bless us .
Let your warmth and support guide us into a year of joy, kindness, and importantly the value for this year, Sincerity.
We pray that you give us strength to be resilient and passionate in our faith and our trust in you.
Teach us to be honest to ourselves and to those around us in order to create truthful and sincere relationships in the year ahead.
This we pray, through Christ Our Lord.
Ms Marina Ugonotti
image gallery: principal’s commissioning, held on 15 february 2019: