Everyone’s career journey is different. Let’s Find Yours.

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You can still register as Loreto Normanhurst community member for our subscription careers resources.

Study Work Grow – school code: LRNH19

Job Jump – click on “I’m new” – school code: lnh

Note, you will need to log in to these sites and become a member to access some of the content below. Contact careers if you require assistance.


Guest Speakers at School during Lunchtime

Please register if you have not already, and we will send you a meeting request




University of New South Wales Monday 17 June Curran Theatre
University of Technology Sydney Tuesday 18 June GBC
University of Wollongong Australia Wednesday 19 June Curran Theatre
Western Sydney University Friday 21 June Curran Theatre
University of Sydney Monday 24 June Currant Theatre
TAFE NSW Tuesday 23 July (Term 3) Cahill Seminar Room


UAC – Updated information around the ATAR 

ATARs will be released at 1pm on Tuesday 17 December 2019, the same day as HSC results. This will allow students more time to finalise their preferences for December Round 2, the deadline for which is midnight on Thursday 19 December 2019.

5 tips for Year 10 Subject Selection


What is Subject Selection?

Essentially, it’s where you get to choose the subjects you would like to study and the ones you’d like to drop.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? But making big decisions isn’t always easy, so here’s a few tips to get you started.

Compulsory subjects / units

If you’re not sure if there are any compulsory subjects you’ll need to do, now is the time to check that out.

Passion is important

If you love studying a certain subject or you have your heart already set on a career, that’s fantastic. Doing what you love will not only make you happier in both the long and short term, but you’re more likely to do well at it too.

So if for example you love art, don’t stop doing it in favour of another subject that you think typically scales better, just to boost your overall ATAR score.

You should definitely choose subjects that you enjoy, but be realistic about what the long term opportunities those subjects will give you and maybe compromise on one or two.


Before you commit to which subjects you’ll take next year, you really should do some reading.

Whether you’re planning on going on to study further, take up an apprenticeship or start working, you should find out what prospective institutions or employers will need from your high school education.

Keep your options open

Plans change, and what you love now might not be what you love in a couple of years’ time.

Try to choose some subjects that will give you flexibility, just in case you change your mind.

Challenge yourself

If you’re looking at doing Maths or English and similar subjects where there are different levels, carefully consider going for the advanced / higher levels.

You may need to study the higher levels to get into the degree you want, and/or you may find it a bit easier once you get to university if you’ve already covered more, BUT you will be competing against better students and the work will take up more of your brain space.

A few of our recommended DON’Ts when it comes to subject selection include:

  • Don’t just choose what you think are the easy options, you’re wasting your opportunity to be and to do so much more
  • Don’t choose subjects to be with your friends or satisfy your parents’ wishes
  • Don’t choose subjects because you think they’ll scale well or lead to a well-paid career. You might end up hating your time at school and university and putting yourself behind rather than getting ahead
  • Don’t be unrealistic. E.g. don’t choose chemistry and physics because you love animals and think being a vet would be nice. If you’re not great at those subjects and are a bit squeamish anyway, you really need to find new and realistic ways to pursue your dream of working with animals.


Yes, it’s a big decision, but Subject selection in Year 10 will not define the rest of your life.

Give it some thought, do the research and choose subjects that will help you to enjoy your last two years at school.


UAC’s Subject Compass

Choosing subjects that you like and that you’re good at are the best ways to choose what you’re going study. But it’s also important to bear in mind how your choices could help you on the pathway you choose after high school.

UAC have produced the Subject Compass that could help you make your decisions more easily.

You can start your search based on your interests, skills, the university course you think you’d like to do or the career you’re interested in, or even your personality traits.

Once you’ve entered all your information, you’ll end up with a list of HSC courses that best match your profile. It’ll also tell you if you are ATAR eligible based on those options.

It might even be worth a go if you’re pretty certain which subjects you want to take, it could open your eyes to other combinations and pathways.

Read tips and information about how the Subject Compass works, as well as ATAR eligibility before you start your quiz.


Interesting Reads:

Minimum wage rise of 3% announced

Around 2.2 million Australian workers will receive a pay rise after the Fair Work Commission increased the national minimum wage by 3 per cent, amounting to an extra $21.60 a week.

  • The minimum wage from July 1 will be $19.49 an hour, or $740.80 a week for full-time workers
  • The Fair Work decision affects around 2.2 million workers on the minimum wage or modern awards
  • Like the minimum wage, modern award pay rates will rise by 3 per cent on July 1

The commission’s annual review decision takes the minimum wage to $740.80 a week or $19.49 an hour.

Find out more here


Teaching student’s life skills this is from the Australian Career Service (ACS).


Ms Alexi Kayes and Ms Katrina Smith

Careers Advisors



Bond University – Queensland

Bond will be holding a scholarships and careers evening on Tuesday, 25 June at St Andrews Cathedral School. More details to follow. Please find attached information about Bond and their scholarships.

Wednesday 3 July 2019
9:00am – 2:30pm

The University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus will host its annual Schools Visit Day on Wednesday 3 July 2019.

Students have the opportunity to experience what life is like as a first year uni student – attend lectures, take part in hands-on activities and have a good look around campus.


Register your interest for the Newcastle Schools Visit Day here, before Friday 14 June 2019.


Please register and develop your own customised program, with the Schools Visit Day Planner, Students who register before the day, go in the draw to win a $200 Westfield voucher.

James Cook University (JCU)

Book your one-to-one course advice appointment with JCU in Sydney.

James Cook University are coming to Sydney. If you have any questions about JCU courses, accommodation or moving interstate to study, you can book now for a personal appointment with a JCU advisor. We can arrange appointments throughout the day and into the evening.

When: Saturday 22 June – Friday 28 June
Where: Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney

To book your appointment, click the button below to complete the enquiry form and the university will be in touch to confirm.


UNSW Degrees and Scholarships Information Evening

Choosing what to study at university can be a complex decision. That’s why UNSW are holding the UNSW Degrees and Scholarships Information Evening – a series of events for senior students that cover what your students need to know about scholarships and our suite of degrees. 

Students need to register today – each evening covers a different area of study:

Law, Arts and Social Sciences

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: The Roundhouse, UNSW
Sydney, Kensington 2052

Register here

Science, Engineering and Medicine

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: The Roundhouse, UNSW
Sydney, Kensington 2052

Register here

Business and Built Environment

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: The Roundhouse, UNSW
Sydney, Kensington 2052

Register here

Art and Design

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: UNSW Art & Design
Cnr Oxford St and Greens Road
Paddington, 2021

Register here

University of Canberra (UC)

UC Launches New IT Degrees

Designed in close collaboration with industry, UC has launched a new suite of IT degrees, helping students secure a career in one of Australia’s most in-demand industries. Their new degrees put students at the forefront of emerging digital technology and trends with specialisations in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things, Cybersecurity and Data Science. Throughout comprehensive Work Integrated Learning program, students will connect with industry leaders and gain real world experience to help maximise their employability, form industry connections and ensure they graduate ahead of the pack. 

Learn more

Faculty of Arts & Design: UC Design Competition

A Competition for Creative College Students 
(previously known as the Dean’s College Design Competition)

The Faculty of Arts & Design invites all ACT & NSW College students (Years 11 & 12) to enter UC’s annual Design Competition. Submit your best work – a school project or your own creative piece – in one or more of the categories below and you could win a $6,000 Faculty scholarship

Cash prizes for winners of each category and a People’s Choice Award for the ‘most voted’ entry will also be awarded. Winners will be announced at the Faculty of Arts and Design End of Year Student Exhibition in November. Submissions now open. 

Find out more 

ACU | Future Students: Parent Information Sessions – Strathfield

Thursday 25 July | 6.00pm – 7.30pm | ACU Strathfield Campus

Is your teen thinking about tertiary study? Do you want to know how you can support them on their journey to university? Hear from staff and students, learn about the application process and discover how ACU can help you and your teen get ready for university.

Find out more and register

ACU | Parent Information Sessions – North Sydney

8 August 2019 |6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | ACU North Sydney

Australian Catholic University, North Sydney Campus, 40 Edward Street, North Sydney NSW, Australia

Is your teen thinking about tertiary study? Do you want to know how you can support them on their journey to university?

Hear from staff and students, learn about the application process and discover how ACU can help you and your teen get ready for university.

Find out more here

ACU | Talk with Business Graduates

Tuesday 2 July | 4.00pm – 6.00pm | ACU North Sydney Campus

Join ACU at their North Sydney Campus for Talk with Business Graduates. Hear from a panel of ACU graduates on what it’s really like to work in business.

Find out more and register

ACU | Talk with Teachers

Thursday 4 July | 4.00pm – 6.00pm | ACU Strathfield Campus

Join us at our Strathfield Campus for Talk with Teachers. Hear from a panel of teachers on what it’s really like to work in the education industry.

Find out more and register 

US College Information

US College Intensive with Former Stanford Admissions Officer

4 July 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

University of Technology Sydney, Broadway, Ultimo NSW, Australia

Learn exactly what US College Admissions Officers are looking for from Martin Walsh, a former Stanford Admissions Officer who has reviewed more than 5,000 applications!

This is a must-attend event for students in Years 10-12 who intend on applying to US Colleges.

Find out more here

General Information

Fire and Rescue NSW | Recruitment Information Session

17 June 2019, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Reservoir Street, Surry Hills NSW, Australia

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) recruitment information sessions are designed to inform potential candidates about the recruitment process, including the Physical Aptitude Test (PAT). The sessions also give candidates the chance to hear from current firefighters about the rewarding career offered by FRNSW.

Find out more here 

Qantas Group Pilot Academy

Estimates suggest that 790,000 more pilots will be required globally over the next 20 years. To meet this growing demand, Qantas Group will be opening their Pilot Academy in Toowoomba in September.

The Qantas Group Pilot Academy aims to produce industry-ready pilots with a strong focus on safety and quality of training, delivered in an inclusive and supportive environment. Training will be facilitated by Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) with support from the Qantas Group to provide an outstanding student experience.

Qantas will also be offering a scholarship program to make a number of grants available. These range from covering the cost of accommodation through to full training.

If you’re born to fly and serious about a career in aviation, applications for the first intake are now open.

Please note this is for people who are ready to start your career as a pilot in September. However, may be of interest for students for the future.

Find out more and apply 

University of Melbourne | Graduate Degree Packages

The University of Melbourne now offers Graduate Degree Packages. This means that, depending on your results at the end of year 12, you may be offered a place in one of their graduate degrees as part of your undergraduate application.

This means you can start your undergraduate degree and know that there is a guaranteed place in the graduate program for you once you finish. But they also offer the flexibility for you to withdraw from the package if you change your mind after completing your undergraduate degree.

For example, if you leave school with an ATAR of 96.00 and above, you’ll be able to enrol in a Bachelor of Science/Master of Engineering pathway. Your Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in the Master of Engineering is therefore secured.

The ATAR score you need varies from 95.00 to 99.85 depending on which course you would like to enrol in. If you’d like to check out a full list of the packages available and the score you will need, you can view that here.

You can apply for a Graduate Degree Package through VTAC.

Read more about the Graduate Degree Packages here.

UN Youth | Voice Competition

Voice is a unique public speaking competition for students in Year 7-10, running throughout Terms 3 & 4. Voice invites you to solve issues that affect your community, nation and the world. From homelessness to climate change we want to hear you pitch your big ideas.

Why compete in Voice?

  • Develop skills in public speaking and research.
  • Hone your ability to think on your feet, assisting you in leadership positions or debating competition in the future.
  • Build an increased knowledge about areas pertinent to you as students.
  • A chance to meet likeminded and engaged young people.

Find more information about your state/territory competition here:

Registrations for this year haven’t opened yet, but keep an eye on the UN Youth Facebook page to find out when they do.

Find out more about the national competition here.

Holiday Workshops


Exploring STEM Careers

UNSW will be hosting a holiday program designed for female Year 10 students who have an interest in STEM. Students will meet professional scientists and engineers, discover where they work and what they do. Apply online using the link above.

Fashion Illustration Workshop | Winter Workshop (5 Days, Sydney Campus)

Monday 8 – Friday 12 July | 10.00am – 3.00pm | $697.39 | Whitehouse Institute of Design, Sydney

This five-day workshop is a recommended starting point for those wishing to develop their illustration skills in the fundamental areas of fashion illustration. No drawing experience is necessary to undertake this program.

Find out more and book

Image Styling | Creative Direction & Styling Winter Workshop

Monday 8 – Friday 12 July | 10.00am – 3.00pm | $697.39 | Whitehouse Institute of Design, Sydney

Immerse yourself in the creative experience of learning photography as Whitehouse introduces “Photography and Creative direction”. You will learn fundamental aspects of a professional shoot and image styling through an intimate and hands-on approach. Initial concept development through to final shooting will all be covered.

Find out more and book