Learning

Year 11

Year 11 are in the process of busily preparing for the Yearly Examinations block in Weeks 7 and 8.  The Year 11 students have received their examination timetable and should have developed study plans to maximise their time in the lead-up to the examinations. 

A reminder that there is an information session for Year 11 parents next Friday 25th August at 4pm.  This information session will provide parents and students with invaluable information and guidance as we move into the yearly examinations and transition into the HSC courses in Term 4. We look forward to seeing many parents at the information session next week to discuss this important time of transition and explore the most appropriate approaches to study and learning in the HSC year. 

 Year 12

Over the coming weeks our Year 12 students will be preparing for graduation whilst consolidating their knowledge, learning and skills in preparation for the HSC examinations.  It is a very exciting time but also a time that will be challenging and daunting for many.  We would like Year 12 to be aware that their teachers are available to support them in the coming weeks and months as their schooling draws to a close. 

Many of our students have already begun their HSC examinations!  We congratulate the Language students and also extend our prayers and thoughts to them, as they began their Language HSC practical examinations last weekend and continue to undertake the exams across the coming weekends.  Our HSC practical examinations for Drama occur onsite on Tuesday next week and our Design and Technology and Visual Arts students officially submit their Body of Works and projects in the next fortnight.  We also extend our support and prayers to the Music students who will complete their HSC practical examinations in the coming weeks.  It is a very busy time for all students with the culmination of a year’s worth of work occurring in the coming weeks and we reassure all of our Year 12 students that are thoughts and prayers are with them.   

The Year 12 Graduation occurs in Week 9, on Friday 15th September.  This is the date that Year 12 officially  graduate from Loreto and a time when the Loreto community acknowledges their success.  After this  date Year 12 students are encouraged to attend the school between Monday 9th October and the commencement of the HSC on Friday  13th October to engage with their teachers and each other  for revision purposes. We know from our historical data that if students collaborate in their preparation for the examinations, working together to improve, the results of the entire cohort benefit.  It does not pay for the girls to compete against each other – it is in their best interests to support each other and continue with what they do so well here at Loreto, collaborative learning. 

Additionally, Year 12 students are advised to have  a break in the last week of Term 3 from the 18th to 22nd September; they will not have access to the LRC or to their teachers during this week.

Students are invited to study in the LRC throughout the HSC period in Term 4.

Please visit the NESA website for key HSC dates, the HSC timetable and general study advice. 

Best wishes to all of our Year 12 students as they take on the final challenges of their schooling journey! 

 

Ms Kieryn Bateman, Director of Learning                    

 Madame  Maryse Martin , Acting Dean of Learning

 

NAPLAN Results

Parents of Year 5, 7 and 9 students have been sent their daughter’s Naplan results and should receive these in the mail early next week. Loreto Normanhurst Naplan results were extremely strong, with students in Years 7 and 9 achieving well above the national and state averages in all areas of testing.

Year 5 students in the Loreto Normanhurst Primary School achieved excellent results in their Naplan testing and should be commended for their efforts, with 67% of students attaining the top two bands ( State- 40%) in Reading,  53% of students achieving the top two bands for Spelling ( State -39%) and 24% reaching the top two bands in Writing (State- 18%). Numeracy results were equally strong with 41% of student achieving in the top two bands ( State – 33%).

Our Year 7 students should also be congratulated for their strong performance in their Naplan tests with 53% of students achieving in the top two bands for Reading  (State 31%) , 64% of students reaching in the top two bands for spelling (State 41% ), 39% of students achieving in the top two bands for writing ( State 21%)  and  50% of students achieving in the top two band for numeracy ( State 35%). These results provide a strong foundation for learning for these young women who are at the start of their learning journey in the senior school.

For students in Year 9, Naplan testing provided an opportunity for them to reach the HSC Minimum Literacy and Numeracy standards if they achieved a Band 8 or above in the areas of Reading, Writing and Numeracy. Year 9 students should be congratulated on their achievements in these areas where they achieved well above the rest of the state. 90% of Loreto Normanhurst students reached the Band 8 or above in Reading      (State 58%), 77% in Writing (State 45%)  and 86% in Numeracy (State 55%). 

It is impressive that many students have already met the HSC minimum standards, however it is not expected that all Year 9 students will have met the standard by this stage. There will be plenty of opportunities for all students to reach the HSC minimum standards before they undertake the HSC and targeted teaching programs will support our students as they work towards reaching these standards. If your daughter did not achieve a Band 8 in one or more areas, please reassure her that she will be well supported in reaching them. 

For parents of students in Years 5,7 and 9, as you talk to your daughters about their Naplan results remind them that these tests are not about passing or failing but about identifying how they can become better readers, writers and mathematicians. Your daughter’s learning journey is really only just beginning and Naplan is just a traffic light on that journey. So encourage your daughters to see Naplan as an opportunity to understand how they can become better learners; students that understand that being a successful learner is about developing a growth mindset and working hard.

 

Canberra Excursion

Year 10 students will be visiting Canberra in the last week of Term 3 from Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 September.  This two-night excursion will allow our students to engage with their understanding of Australian citizenship through visits to Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, the High Court, the National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Australia. Permission notes for this excursion have been sent home to parents and need to be returned to the Learning Office by Friday  1 September. Please do not hesitate to contact the Learning Office  if you have any questions or concerns about this excursion.

 

Mrs Carolina Murdoch

Dean of Learning

 

Upcoming Dates to Remember –  Term 3  2017

 

Year 11 &  Parents

Year 11 (2017) Parent Information Afternoon

Friday 25 August

16:00 – 16:45

Mary Ward Centre

All Students and Parents

Year 12 Showcase Evening

5:00pm – 5:30pm 2017 SHOWCASE OPENING & Light Refreshments – Mary Ward Quad

5:30pm – 9:00pm 2017 SHOWCASE

Friday 25 August

17:00 – 21:00

Various locations around the school

Light refreshments will be served

Year 11 

Year 11 Examinations

Monday 28 August –  Friday 8 September

Years 5 & 7

NAPLAN Readiness Testing Monday 28 August

Year 9

NAPLAN Readiness Testing

Tuesday 29 August

Years 7 – 12

Year 12 Awards Ceremony

Friday 15 September

10:30 – 13:00

Gymnasium

Year 10

 Canberra Excursion

19 –  21 September