We take an inside look at an Australian boarding school that has prepared generations of young women to make a difference in the world. Loreto Normanhurst is a leading Sydney Catholic, independent boarding and day school for girls from Years 5 to 12, with boarding for girls from Years 7 to 12.
A word from the principal
“Loreto has been a boarding school since we opened in 1897,” says principal Ms Marina Ugonotti. “Parents have told us there is a sense of friendliness, of home; that there’s something really special here.”
A word from the students
Ex-student Suzuki is from Hong Kong and boarded at Loreto Normanhurst (affectionately referred to as “Normo” by students) for the experiences and opportunities the school offered.
“Loreto taught me how to grow with confidence, to embrace challenges, and to live life with integrity, helping me become the strong, independent woman I am today. I was also exposed to many aspects of leadership at Normo, which promoted my desire to step up as a leader and service the boarding community as Boarder Vice Captain.
Year 11 boarder Emily says the welcoming nature of the staff and students helped greatly. “My transition into the school was very smooth and I love the boarding community for its uplifting, motivating and inclusive nature, as well as the beautiful people and endless opportunities. The friends I’ve made at Normo I know will be lifelong and lasting.”
Emily’s family lived in Singapore before relocating back to Australia and she says boarding was the right move for them. “I learnt so much, from making decisions on my own, to managing different situations, and living with other girls and their own unique personalities. The smooth transition also meant my parents felt comfortable and secure with our decision.”
Find out more, including details of an Open Day in March, at loretonh.nsw.edu.au.
This article first appeared in the City Guide 2020 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.