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Awards and Donors

We remember the legacies of Pat Taylor and Teddy Coolican, remembered through the generous donation of awards received by our students.

The legacy of a significant member of our Loreto Normanhurst community is sometimes remembered through the generous donation of an award or scholarship. We acknowledge two of our past families whose memories live on in this recognition of achievement and service among current students. 

Pat Taylor Award

Pat Taylor attended both Loreto Normanhurst and Kirribilli between 1921 and 1931. Her extensive contributions as President of the Ex-Students’ Association, including cementing the organisation’s support of the School’s Bursary Fund and fundraising efforts for those living in poverty, saw her honoured as its Patron in 1972. Her tireless service to the Association and her compassion for others is remembered by many current committee members who were mentored by Pat. Pat also served as President of the Mothers’ Committee and a Loreto Federation President. Pat passed away in 2001. 

The Pat Taylor Award for Commitment to Loreto Normanhurst is donated by the Ex-Students’ Association in her memory. It is awarded to a Year 12 student who is heavily involved across multiple areas of the school community and is reliable and supportive in nature, making a consistent contribution behind the scenes.

The recipient of the 2020 Pat Taylor Award for Commitment to Loreto Normanhurst was Molly Carter, for her engagement in all facets of community life across the FACE Curriculum and her leadership as Aston House Captain.

Teddy Coolican Cup

Dr Raphael Francis Edward Coolican, known as Teddy, was born in England in 1924. His family moved to Japan in 1932, where his father practiced medicine. Teddy himself studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, which he represented in swimming, rugby and boxing. In 1946, Teddy played rugby for Ireland against Wales.

After graduating, Teddy moved to Australia and took over a medical practice in Bourke, NSW, where he met his wife Natalie who was also a doctor. While in Bourke, Teddy launched a junior sporting program aimed at improving the health of local young people. Teddy and Natalie had six children – four daughters and two sons. Margaret and Hilary Coolican attended Loreto Normanhurst after the family left Bourke.

The Teddy Coolican Cup is presented to a Year 12 student who is generously involved in many areas of school life such as sport, oratory, music and liturgy. 

The recipient of the 2020 Teddy Coolican Cup was Phillipa Studdert, who was a role model for students and humbly shared her talents with our community.


We deeply appreciate those families that support our current students with these legacy gifts. If you would like to donate an award in honour of a family member, please contact our Community Engagement Team at 

This article first appeared in Loreto Life 2020.

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