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Thank You

Thank you to everyone who supported us with our Christmas Bursary Appeal.

Together we raised a total of $113,513!

We are delighted to provide more young women with the life-changing gift of a Loreto Normanhurst education.

We give a special thanks to our Ex-Students' Association for matching funds which inspired greater giving and acts of kindness.

Tessa Regan ('04)
Bursary Recipient

‘The bursary fund provides girls such as myself a promising future that would not have been possible at home.’

Growing up in Coonamble, NSW, Tessa Regan ('04) commenced boarding in Year 9 in our “home away from home”. Watch the video to hear Tessa describe how she benefitted from a Loreto Normanhurst Bursary in her own words.

Third oldest in a family of six, Lua is the first of her siblings to complete Year 12 and the first in her family to go to university, where she now studies Fine Arts, with a major in Indigenous Studies and a minor in Human Resource Management.

“I had lots of learning difficulties, and I didn’t really get any support for those at the primary school I went to. And they weren’t really engaged in Indigenous culture.”

Her mother heard about Loreto Normanhurst from a nursing colleague and investigated opportunities for Lua to attend as a day student supported by the GO Foundation.

Starting as a Year 7 student, Lua didn’t immediately appreciate the differences of the Loreto Normanhurst experience - “but as I’ve gotten older, I appreciate it and value it so much and the opportunities I was given. When comparing the support I received from school with my friends outside of school I realised how lucky I was”.

Lua comes from a multicultural family with her father being Italian and her mother being a proud Wiradjuri Woman. Lua’s great-grandmother and grandmother were part of the stolen generations and connecting back with family has been difficult. Through living on Darug Country, Lua and her family have connected deeply instead with the Western Sydney Aboriginal Community.

Lua’s favourite subject at school was Aboriginal studies. She was very grateful for the opportunity to study this subject as it is not offered at many schools across NSW.

"Being able to do Aboriginal Studies, and feeling respected by the Aboriginal Studies staff and students, made me feel like I could integrate culture and education, rather than have them be separate.”

Through the support of Loreto she ended up achieving Band 6 in all of her Year 12 subjects, ranking 3rd in the state for Aboriginal Studies. With her HSC results, Lua said she suddenly realised she had a lot more opportunities than she thought she would. Embarking on her first year of tertiary study at UNSW in 2020, Lua is set to complete her double degree in 2023.

A true role model for young Aboriginal women, Lua was the first in her family to attend university. Alongside her studies, Lua has spent a term chairing the NSW Youth Advisory Council advocating for children and young people across NSW, this year Lua was selected to design the Sydney Swans 2022 Marn Grook guernsey.

“My family are all very proud of me, that I’m here in this position. I’m the first in my family to go to university”

Lua said: “My Loreto education gave me the tools to further my education, however, it was ultimately up to me to utilise them”.

“I had received a small bursary in Year 7, but after that I was a full fee student all the way through. I can tell you that a bursary would have significantly reduced the amount of stress at home. I was one of many boarding students in a similar situation. We just got on with it though and tried to capitalise on the opportunities we had in front of us in the meantime, knowing the sacrifices being made for us to be at school. Overall the sense of community in the school, but particularly amongst the boarders, was tangible. The further I got through school, the more friends across all year groups in the boarding school I collected – much like sisters. I think that had a lot to do with how I became Boarder Captain for year 12 – I always say I wasn’t overly academic but school gave me much more in other ways. It is so important that Loreto continues to turn out community-minded young women who can go in to their communities, contribute, and help address the many challenges these areas face in a world that continues to change at an ever-increasing pace. They deserve to have the gates of opportunity opened for them in the form of bursaries, and to live and learn in an environment that is designed for them to thrive.”

Grace Murray (‘09) arrived as a boarder from Louth, north west NSW, in Year 7. Grace has a Criminology degree from Armidale University and has worked in Dubbo with Community Corrections and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. She currently works alongside her husband and his family in their agricultural operation and is the youngest and first female president of the Bourke Show Committee, is on the executive of the Enngonia Race Club and Louth Turf Club and has recently joined the Bourke Shire Council as a Councillor.

"I have had so many fantastic opportunities thus far in my life, and a lot of them have been directly and indirectly facilitated through my Loreto education. I have developed so many skills, and exhibit many qualities that were taught to me throughout my time at Loreto... I don't think I would be so fortunate if it wasn't for my Loreto education."

Sarah Palmer ('15) is a fourth-generation Loreto girl who arrived as a boarder from Dubbo in Year 7. Sarah is currently studying Medicine at the University of New South Wales through the rural clinical school in Port Macquarie, which is her second degree after completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2019. Sarah is working as a registered Physiotherapist at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, and Port Macquarie Base Hospital while studying.

What our Students are doing to Give Back


As the Year 12 Bursary Committee of 2022, we are a small group of students who are deeply passionate about raising awareness and fundraising for the Bursary Fund.

Working together with the entire Loreto Normanhurst community, we aim to build awareness surrounding our own Bursary Fund, generating conversations and genuine action to assist our fellow friends, much like ourselves, in achieving a Loreto Normanhurst education. 

During this upcoming year, through the efforts of the students, staff, parents and alumnae of Loreto Normanhurst, the Year 12 Bursary Committee hopes to re-establish the pre-existing Normo spirit, by aiming to fundraise to help offset the negative impacts of the pandemic, which impacted both our previous efforts and the families within our community.

As the Loreto Normanhurst Bursary Fund has supported over 52 students in the last 22 years, we express our deepest gratitude for these amazing efforts by our community that have helped many families in necessitous circumstances. We commit ourselves to continuing to expand and assist families in providing our sisters with a Loreto education. 

Watch our news stories for upcoming efforts for the Bursary Fund.

Thank you

Year 12 Bursary Committee 2022

Watch our News Stories for updates on upcoming efforts from this team.

1897 Society - Bequests and Gifts in Will

"Leave after you something on which others may build."

Mother Gonzaga Barry (1834-1915)

Honouring Community and Generosity

The 1897 Society has been established to demonstrate our gratitude to those who wish to support Loreto Normanhurst by making a legacy gift or bequest in their Will. A gift to girls education is indeed a powerful one to bestow.

By joining the 1897 Society, we can acknowledge your profound commitment to future generations of Loreto women, in your lifetime, and invite you to connect with other like-minded donors and members of our community.

We invite you to read more in the 1897 Society brochure link below.

If you wish to contact us for more information or to discuss your bequest, please contact or (02) 9473 7307.


Help make this place our Home

Over the last 125 years, we have had generations of Loreto women call our 1897 heritage building ‘home’, but a 19th century building can no longer meet the needs of contemporary students. By building a modern and ecologically sustainable home for our Boarding students, we are honouring our traditions and looking to the future.

Our new Boarding School will open in 2025,
with modern facilities and spaces designed to be used by both Boarding and Day students.

Introduction to our new Boarding School

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