Year 10 Conversation Time – The Getting of Wisdom

This week the Careers team had the opportunity to present to Year 10 students in Conversation time.  A panel of Year 12 students shared their insight, experience and wisdom on the theme ‘What I wish someone told me when I was in Year 10!’  The captivated audience heard about:

  • the importance of choosing subjects you love as opposed to trying to predict a possible ATAR advantage or doing what your parents think is best;
  • the importance of volunteering and embracing community service;
  • the value of continuing to play team sports and engage in extra-curricular opportunities such as music, debating and public speaking;
  • to be really aware, really early, of possible Early Entry pathways, application expectations and scholarships so that you can be in with a chance; and
  • to develop good study habits early and listen to the advice given.

Did you know you can learn a lot about life and careers from Disney movies?

In the second part of the session we linked the wisdom gained from our Year 12s and the lessons learnt from some of our favourite Disney movies.  For example, from the movie ‘Brave’ we can learn that fate lies within, if we’re only brave enough to see it.  ‘Tangled’ teaches us to step outside our comfort zone, for that’s where life truly begins.  The ‘Princess and the Frog’ teaches us about the hard work and determination required to reach our dreams.  And even Dory from the movie ‘Finding Nemo’ teaches us to ‘just keep swimming’ and not to give up!

Many thanks to the Year 12s who shared their wisdom with Year 10.

A careers resource for students and parents

Job Jump is a resource that all students and their parents can access.  This tool will help students to research thousands of careers, courses available plus a range of alternative options.

Job Jump            

  •                                 When you begin on Job Jump you will need to select I’m New.
  •                                 STEP 1   In the first white box enter the first few letters of Loreto Normanhurst.  Click on the full name of the school when it appears.
  •                                 STEP 2   In the second white box, enter your email address and then click the Login button.
  •                                 STEP 3   A new screen will appear which asks you to type in lower case your school’s password: lnh

There are a few more quick questions and then you are underway.  You can enter as many careers as you like and can change them at any time.

Using the MY ATAR feature can help to quickly sort out relevant courses, institutions and the mark required.  Each listed course has links to specific information.

All Open Day information is listed via the MY COURSE feature.

If you have any problems navigating the site, please do not hesitate to contact the Careers office.


Have you enrolled to vote?

It’s easy to enrol online, that way you can join in and make your voice heard on the important issues. You must be 18 years or older to vote.


Do you need a Tax File Number (TFN)?

Your tax file number (TFN) is your personal reference number in the tax and super systems.

Your TFN is an important part of your tax and super records as well as your identity, so should be kept in a secure place.

Your TFN is yours for life. You keep the same TFN even if you change your name, change jobs, move interstate or go overseas.

You don’t have to have a TFN, but without one you pay more tax. You also won’t be able to apply for government benefits, lodge your tax return electronically or get an Australian business number (ABN).

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Careers Meetings

Year 12 are encouraged to call into the careers office in their final weeks at Loreto Normanhurst.

The office is open every day and all students are welcome and encouraged to drop in with their diaries or send an email to book a time.  Appointments can be made before school during lunch or after school, senior students can book during a study period.  Please email


Careers Team

Mrs Carmel Donnan, Ms Katrina Smith and Mrs Jo Hallinan



Educational Access Scheme

All forms need to be returned to the Careers office by Friday 8 September 2017

Educational Access Schemes (EAS) aim to help students whose education has been negatively affected during Year 11 and/or Year 12 receive an offer to university. Institutions use EAS to help eligible applicants gain admission to university if their ATAR is below a course cut-off by allocating bonus points, or places, to eligible EAS applicants.

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To successfully manage the applications if you are applying and/or would like some further information, please come to the Careers Office to discuss.

myfuture: Career Bullseyes

The myfuture Career Bullseyes have information on different careers you could undertake depending on what you’re interested in and what level of study you want to undertake.
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Mathematics Public Lecture: How to Bake Pi with Dr Eugenia Cheng

Macquarie University

Mathematics can be tasty! It’s a way of thinking, and not just about numbers. Through unexpectedly connected examples from music, juggling, and baking, Eugenia will show that math can be made fun and intriguing for all, through hands-on activities, examples that everyone can relate to, and funny stories. Eugenia will present surprisingly high-level mathematics, including some advanced abstract algebra usually only seen by math majors and graduate students. There will be a distinct emphasis on edible examples. This is a free event presented by Macquarie University, open to people of all ages to attend.

Date: Wednesday 16 August, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: 12 Wally’s Walk, Level 8, E7A Building Macquarie University

How to bake pi with Eugenia

Register here

University of New England Regional Bonus Points

UNE’s Regional Bonus Scheme adds 5 points to your ATAR, OP (or equivalent), and is for applicants from regional, rural and remote locations Australia-wide. It complements UNE’s long-established Early Entry Admissions Scheme for domestic Year 12 and TAFE students.
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University of Western Sydney Early Offer Program 2018

HSC students can now start planning their futures early by registering with Western Sydney University’s Early Offer Program. Register online with your details today and get advance notifications about their exciting offers program.
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Paramedic Traineeships

Applicants who have no prior medical experience can apply for the Trainee Paramedic (vocational entry) role. Through the Trainee Paramedic vocational entry training pathway, you will undertake the nationally-accredited Diploma of Paramedical Science over three years, delivered by the NSW Ambulance Education Centre, Rozelle, Sydney.
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Becoming a paramedic

Becoming an apprentice

Australian Apprenticeships Pathways can help you when you’re looking for an apprenticeship. Visit this page on their website for a step-by-step guide to finding and securing the best apprenticeship for you.
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Youth at the Zoo @ Taronga Zoo

Boral Youth At The Zoo (YATZ) is a fun, educational program for 13 – 19 year olds, held at Taronga Zoo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Teens participate in a variety of activities both inside and outside of the zoos, throughout all school holidays and occasionally during the school term. Participants get the opportunity to learn about many aspects of our zoos, while the zoos benefit from having access to a group of young people with energy, motivation and a genuine interest in animals. 

There is a waitlist, and the next intake in November 2017

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The Young Endeavour: 2017 Youth Development Voyages

The Young Endeavour undertakes around 20 voyages each year with 24 young Australians and nine specially trained Royal Australian Navy crew, usually for an eleven-day adventure at sea. The ballot is now open for applications, eligible Australians aged 16 – 23 can apply for Youth Development voyages sailing December 2017.

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Common job interview questions

Year 13 has some common questions you’ll likely be asked in any job interview. It’s a good idea to have prepared answers for them next time you have an interview.
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Macquarie University – Doctor of Medicine

Macquarie University launched its Doctor of Medicine (Macquarie MD). It’s a new four-year postgraduate program that integrates applied medical sciences with clinical practice, professionalism and research, with a strong focus on the development of cultural responsiveness.