The Origins of The Mary Word

The Mary Word is a student newspaper composed, edited and designed by the students of Loreto Normanhurst.

The idea for the newspaper was conceived in 2015 by Academic Activities Captain, Polina Nesterova, as a way of giving students more of a voice and an opportunity to work as journalists. It was decided early on that the newspaper would fulfil the ecology-centred goals of the school and be delivered on-line. In 2017, a new official role of Design Editor was created and Gian Ellis-Gannell revitalised the platform of the newspaper, providing it with a new, user-friendly design and URL internet location.

Since 2015, the paper has moved from strength to strength and now has a professional structure which mirrors that of major newspapers.


The Mary Word team is headed by Editors-in-Chief who work alongside each other in the construction of the paper. Under these editors are separate teams of journalists who work under Team Editors. Team Editors have more than two years-experience as journalists for the paper, graduating up through the ranks from cadet journalists (1st year) and journalists (2nd year). The team at The Mary Word  meets each week, working together to produce one to two issues of their publication per term.

Currently, our Editors-in-Chief are Alessia Anderson, Isobel Chambers and Erin Longney. They work collaboratively with Design Editor, Olivia Holmes. 


The team is passionate, driven and remains committed to the original goal of the newspaper which was to give students an opportunity to have their own voice in the Loreto Normanhurst community.

How to be involved

All students from Years 5 to 12 can be involved in The Mary Word team and no experience is required. If you have an interest in writing, big ideas, or creative design, or want to develop your skill set and meet some new people, this is the place for you. 

In 2020 the team will meet in GBC 2.11 from 1PM every Friday. In 2021, this meeting time will likely shift to Monday @ 1PM and be in the Library. Stay tuned for further details early in 2021. 

If you are interested in joining, send an email to Alessia Anderson, Isobel Chambers, Erin Longney or Mr Scali. The team is super friendly and all are welcome!

Past Editors-in-Chief and Design Editors of The Mary Word Student Newspaper

2015           - Polina Nesterova, Therese Lynch, Regan O'Connor
2015/2016- Hope Hyatt, Anastasia Klasen, Cara Stone, Eleanor Cooper , Caterina Klasen 
2016/2017- Lecquia Chang, Isabella Davey
2017/2018- Lecquia Chang, Isabella Davey. Design Editor: Gian Ellis-Gannell
2018/2019- Gian Ellis-Gannell and Nicola Rakuljic. Design Editor: Gian Ellis-Gannell
2019/2020- Gian Ellis-Gannell and Nicola Rakuljic. Design Editor: Gian Ellis-Gannell

2020/2021- Alessia Anderson, Isobel Chambers, Erin Longney. Design Editor: Olivia Holmes