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Our Time is Now

As school community, we have all been impacted by the events of the last few years. From drought, bushfires, floods, the recent mice plague and the universal impact of COVID-19, we have all been affected in ways that we could never have imagined. It is these events that have led us to financially support 19 current students on our bursary program and push forward with our plans to build a new Boarding School.

"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.

Sarah Palmer ('15)
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.

Tessa Regan ('04)
Bursary Recipient

1897 Society - Bequests and Gifts in Will

Honouring Community and Generosity

“Leave after you something on which others may build.” Mother Gonzaga Barry (1834-1915)


Loreto community members, like you, are the custodians of a proud tradition of girls’ education spanning more than 400 years. Our foundress, Mary Ward (1585-1645), was a woman of profound faith and strong conviction that “women in time to come will do much.” Her legacy was continued by the pioneering Loreto women who spread her mission around the world, including Mother Gonzaga Barry who founded Loreto Normanhurst in 1897.

It is in honour of these visionary women that we have established the 1897 Society, 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. As a member of our 1897 Society, for those who have made a bequest or gift in their Will, 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.

Should you wish to join with others who have notified us of a bequest or gift in their Will to Loreto Normanhurst, we invite you to read more in the 1897 Society brochure and complete the form.

If you wish to contact us for more information or to discuss your bequest, please contact
Ms Liane Giuliano, Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement, via or (02) 9473 7307.


What our Students are doing to Give Back


"As the Year 12 Bursary Committee of 2021, we are a small group of students who are deeply passionate about promoting and fundraising for the Bursary Fund. Working together with the entire Loreto Normanhurst community, we aim to build awareness and amplify spirit in order to generate conversation and genuine action to help fellow females, much like ourselves, achieve 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 has already raised over $1200 and is still counting! For this, we would like to show our appreciation and gratitude to our amazing Normanhurst community and encourage you to give to the Bursary Fund to aid the individual lives of others. 

Thank you, Year 12 Bursary Committee 2021"

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

The Class of 2021 Year group challenge!

Our current Year 12 students are working hard to support the Bursary Fund and they would like to extend the Year Group Challenge to other Year Groups. Regardless of what year you left Normo, any donations that you make to the Bursary Fund will be allocated to your Year Group.

We know that the Class of 1971 have already started collecting donations for the Bursary program in recognition of their 50 years since leaving the school! Will the Class of 1971 raise more funds than the Class of 2021? Will the Class of 2011 raise more funds than 1971 and 2021 combined? Over the rest of this year we will update this page with Year groups participating and see the efforts - with a special commendation and bragging rights to the Year that raises the most funds.

2021 Year Group Challenge Accepted!

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