There have been significant announcements for our Loreto community since the publication of our last newsletter.
Every three years the Loreto Sisters appoint a new Province leader to lead the Loreto Sisters and be responsible for their overall mission, which includes Australia, Timor Leste, the Philippines and Vietnam. We congratulate and offer our best wishes to Sr Wendy Hildebrand IBVM on her appointment as the new Province leader and deeply thank Sr Margaret Mary Flynn IBVM for her outstanding leadership of the province for the last three years. Please find below a copy of the media release from our Loreto Province.
Loreto Sisters Announce New Province Leader
Wendy Hildebrand ibvm has been appointed as the next Province Leader for a three year term commencing July 1, 2017.
For the last seventeen years Wendy has held a number of senior management roles in social service organisations, most recently at Mission Australia, directing a wide range of programs responding to the needs of people who are marginalised and disadvantaged.
Prior to this Wendy was a secondary school teacher and taught at Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak in Melbourne and Loreto Normanhurst in Sydney as well as being the Director of the Boarding School at Normanhurst.
Wendy was chosen as the new Provincial Leader following a detailed selection process. Sisters were asked to consider who had the gifts, skills and experience to lead the Loreto Sisters and be responsible for the overall mission of the province. Nominations were sent to the Loreto International Leadership Team (based in Rome) who then made a decision following prayerful discernment, extensive consultation and interviews.
Wendy said she felt honoured to be nominated by fellow Loreto Sisters and draws strength from the fact that she walks in the footsteps of many wise and courageous women who have gone before.
“I’m looking forward to connecting more closely with the Sisters and working together with them and the wider circle of Loreto colleagues and friends as we continue to explore new ways of responding to the needs of the times in the spirit of Mary Ward,” said Wendy.
Current Province Leader, Margaret Mary Flynn ibvm, is pleased to welcome Wendy to this leadership position.
“Wendy will bring a gentle and wise presence to her many responsibilities involved in caring for the life and ministries of the Sisters spread across Australia, Timor-Leste, the Philippines and Vietnam. We are indeed blessed that she has accepted this new call.”
A new Leadership Council will be appointed in the coming months following a recommendation by province members. Sisters Mary Wright, Christine Burke and Denise Desmarchelier have completed a three year term, whilst Maria Bongiorno will be continuing on the Council for another year. We look forward to announcing members of the new Council in the weeks ahead.
Last week you received an email which outlined the work of the Board and School Executive over the past few years in developing a long-term Masterplan, to ensure the School’s physical environment keeps pace with our vision for girls’ education. Our Masterplan for the Kirribilli site is now at concept stage, requiring extensive consultation with staff, parents and neighbours to refine the designs for lodgement for planning approval. An invitation to a briefing session was emailed to you last week. We are offering a choice of two information session timeslots for parents and guardians, Monday, 27 March and Tuesday, 28 March, commencing at 7:00pm in the Auditorium. Please register you attendance at this link.
The email you received recently outlined the work of the Board and School Executive over the past few years in developing a long-term Masterplan, to ensure the School’s physical environment keeps pace with our vision for girls’ education.
You are also welcome to attend the Drop-in Community Information sessions on Thursday, 30 March from 6:00-8:00pm or Saturday, 1 April 10:00am -12:00pm. These sessions will be held in the Gonzaga Barry Centre (GBC). These information and Drop-in sessions will offer our Loreto and broader community the opportunity to engage and provide input into the process, so that we can work in partnership to determine what the Loreto site will look like in 50 years. If you are unable to attend any of the consultation sessions you can find out more information about the Masterplan on our website, or if you have any subsequent inquiries please call our consultants, JBA, on 1800 743 436 or email.
The first step we took in preparing for our Masterplan was to envisage the future beyond our current strategic plan ‘Navigating the Future 2015-2018’. The purpose of a School Masterplan is to turn clear educational goals into a physical development framework to support the aspirations, vision and needs of our school well into the future. A stimulus paper that the School Executive developed in 2015, ‘Vision for the Future’, helped inform the School Board, Loreto staff and our architects, FJMT. FJMT have been engaged to develop the Masterplan and design the first phase of the project, which is now at concept stage. We are now in a position to commence the community consultation process. I thank the architects FJMT for their work in consulting with our School Board, School Executive, parents and students, in the development of the Masterplan to concept stage.
Our long-term masterplan is designed to ensure the School’s physical environment keeps pace with our vision for girls’ education.
At Loreto Kirribilli, we believe it is our responsibility to offer relevant, contemporary education, which inspires and engages the girls for a future that is rapidly changing through technological advances and a job market demanding new and evolving skills. Our responsibility is to keep pace with the times to ensure our girls have growth mindsets, who are critical thinkers and who have enjoyed diverse learning experiences so they will thrive in the 21st Century and for some the 22nd Century.
2018 marks the 110th anniversary of our School on its current site at Kirribilli, and it is timely to ask how we can project the vision and values of our founders into the next century.
A component of our vision is a 50 year Masterplan to gradually redevelop or replace buildings with dynamic, versatile spaces and studios, which will foster cross-curricular and innovative learning including STEM; enabling us to better utilise our landlocked site, and enhance the site’s accessibility for people with disabilities.
Each phase of the Masterplan will commence after community consultation, when sufficient funds have been raised.
The first phase of the Masterplan is at concept stage and now requires extensive consultation with parents, teachers and neighbours to refine the designs and to ensure they maintain the openness and beauty of the current site and neighbourhood.
This first phase is a new and exciting learning hub – which hopefully will commence within the next few years. I hope to see you at one of the consultation sessions.
Anna Dickinson (Mrs)