Loreto Nor­man­hurst wel­comes city board­ers

Monthly Chronicle - - School In Focus - www.lore­tonh.nsw.edu.au

Loreto Nor­man­hurst is a Catholic, in­de­pen­dent, board­ing and day school for girls in Years 5 to 12. The school of­fers full-time board­ing from Year 7 and is a ‘home away from home’ for over 150 young women, mainly from coun­try NSW. From this year, the school is also of­fer­ing flex­i­ble board­ing op­tions for city-based stu­dents.

Ms Bar­bara Watkins, Prin­ci­pal of Loreto Nor­man­hurst, says max­i­mum flex­i­bil­ity and op­ti­mum use of fa­cil­i­ties will con­fi­dently sup­port the ed­u­ca­tion of Loreto Nor­man­hurst’s young women into the fu­ture. “As we look to­wards the fu­ture, with our Strate­gic Plan and a new 30-year Mas­ter Plan, it is timely that we re­view and im­ple­ment strate­gic changes to our cur­rent prac­tices. This in­cludes di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of our cur­rent model of board­ing, while keep­ing board­ing and our tra­di­tions at the heart of what we do.”

The full-time board­ing model is still at the core of Loreto Nor­man­hurst board­ing, but now in­cor­po­rates full flex­i­bil­ity on week­ends. For coun­try and city-based board­ers alike, this means board­ing all week with greater ac­cess to week­end time with fam­ily and friends. This model of board­ing can also take some of the pres­sure off busy fam­ily life and help stu­dents meet their aca­demic and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar com­mit­ments.

“These de­ci­sions are made by the school so that board­ing con­tin­ues to re­main strong at Loreto Nor­man­hurst into the fu­ture. These changes will serve to pro­mote coun­try along­side lo­cal Syd­ney board­ing to fam­i­lies who have long as­pired to join the board­ing com­mu­nity at Loreto Nor­man­hurst,” says Ms Watkins.

Es­tab­lished in 1897, Loreto Nor­man­hurst re­mains one of the largest girls’ board­ing schools in Syd­ney. Board­ers foster a close-knit com­mu­nity of ca­ma­raderie, re­ceive a well-rounded ed­u­ca­tion and are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate to the fullest ex­tent in school life, to dis­cover their gifts and take ad­van­tage of every op­por­tu­nity for per­sonal growth. It’s a com­pas­sion­ate, sta­ble and safe en­vi­ron­ment where all staff work in part­ner­ship with par­ents to make the most of the board­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“A vi­brant and dy­namic school, Loreto Nor­man­hurst is con­tin­u­ally striv­ing to of­fer out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tion for young women, rel­e­vant to the chang­ing time in which we now live,” says Ms Watkins.

Loreto Nor­man­hurst is hold­ing an Open Day on Satur­day 10 March 2018 from 11am to 3pm and hope many mem­bers of the wider com­mu­nity will join them at what is al­ways a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion for their school com­mu­nity.

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