Would you like to make an appointment with a careers advisor?


The Careers team  at Loreto Normanhurst can help in many ways including: subject selection, work experience, writing resumes, gap year options, part time work and post school pathways.

The Careers Office is open to all students. We are available in the office, located in the LRC, before and after school, and at recess and lunch. Girls are most welcome to drop in but at times we can be busy with students, so the best thing to do is to send an email indicating your availability or drop in with your diary to schedule a time.

Please email  the Careers Team.


For lovers of all things science

NYSF Year 12 (2019) Program  Applications Open in March

The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage them to continue their studies in these fields. The next program is in January 2019 and there are scholarships available.

Ella Gray, Year 12, attended the National Youth Science Program in January. Her account is below.

In the past holidays, I was lucky enough, along with 200 other like-minded individuals from across Australasia, to participate in the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), which had three different sessions across January. The NYSF is an annual 12-day Rotary-sponsored residential program designed to give Year 12 students with a passion for STEM, a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available to them in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, encouraging them to pursue study within these fields.

The application process was fairly rigorous including multiple interviews and a debate.  Following these interviews, I received an email that congratulated me on receiving a place in the coming NYSF program.

After some initial nerves on the first day of session, I felt at home surrounded by 200 other individuals united by a passion for STEM and crazy socks. We lived in Burgmann College, on campus at the Australian National University (ANU) and immediately felt incredibly grown-up in that we were living the everyday lives of university students. While the schedule was hectic, everyone loved the fast-paced feel and revelled in the incredible things we got to learn from amazing scientists daily. For example, our first lecture was given by Astrophysicist and Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt, who detailed his work on proving the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate which won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2011.

The 200 students on session were divided into ‘interest groups’.  I elected to be a member of the biology interest group – ‘Fenner’ – and together we toured CSIRO labs that were developing genetically-modified cotton, visited Mulloon Farm where we learnt about holistic gardening and stopped by the ANU Biology Teaching and Learning Centre. There were also chances for elective visits as well, and I was lucky enough to attend a Forensic Chemistry workshop at the Canberra Institute of Technology and a Paramedicine workshop at the Australian Catholic University.

We were also shown the numerous ways that STEM interacts with external fields. For example, I participated in a STEM/Music workshop where, using Arduinos, we built and programmed keyboards, theremins and even made a banana-piano.

The NYSF was a place where ‘nerd’ was an endearing term, everyone loved to wear crazy patterned socks, skipping was the best mode of transport and dancing to songs from High School Musical was the best way to pass the time waiting for lunch. Each day was fun-filled from breakfast right until lights out and I made life-long friends from Townsville, Perth, Hobart and beyond, each one brilliant, hilarious and eager to make the world a better place through science.

For anyone who is even remotely interested in STEM, this is a program I couldn’t recommend highly enough. For me, the NYSF has opened so many doors and right now, thinking about university, there are so many courses that this program has inspired me to chase.

Ella Gray, Year 12


Any Year 11’s who would like to experience the wonder that is the NYSF in January 2019, applications open on Thursday 1 March and more information can be found at here.     Start thinking about your application and find out more here .


Ms Katrina Smith & Mrs Carmel Donnan

Career Advisors


Coming Up

UMAT Registrations are Now Open

Registrations close 1 June and the testing date is 25 July 2018.

Find out more

Australia DEFENSE Force Gap Year Applications Now Open

A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is more than just a great way to try out a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force. It’s a fulfilling year of adventure, experiences, mateship, learning, leadership and travel.

Find out more 

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School Open Day

When: Sat  3rd  March
Time: 9:30am to 2pm

Personalised tour of the campus, interactive practical workshops, chat with lecturers, instructors and students and a free lunch.

Where: 1 Chambers Rd, Leura NSW 2780

Reserve your spot now

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School Career Focus Days

Registration is now open for this 3-day residential program for students considering a career in the hospitality industry, designed for 16 years and over.

Cost is $325 which is credited to your fees if you subsequently enrol.

Dates for 2018: July 11-13, November 14-16 and November 27-29

Register now

Torrens University Business Open Day

Saturday 21 April, 10am to 2pm, The Rocks Campus

Open Day is a great opportunity for you to discover the strong industry partnerships, the modern campus facilities and interactive online platforms that give our students the best possible academic experience and positive career outcomes.

Register here

The ‘Career Kickstarter’ Evening

Save the Date

Years 11 and 12 students interested in commerce, business  and accounting should visit the ‘Career Kickstarter’ evening  at Luna Park onWednesday 23 May.
The evening will look at:

  • Work experience and scholarship opportunities
  • Networking with business leaders
  • Industry presentations

Registration details to follow.

ANU Tuckwell Scholarship

This scholarship provides significant financial support for students planning to study at ANU in the future. It is awarded based on a number of criteria, including high academic performance. You can attend a webinar to understand more about the scholarship before applying.

Webinar dates:

Wednesday 21 February, 4pm AEDT

Tuesday 6 March, 7pm AEDT

More details

UTAS Marine Discovery Scholarship

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies is offering a scholarship to four Tasmanian and five interstate students to live the life of a marine biologist on Maria Island for five days. The program is open to Year 11 and 12 students and will run 18–23 April. Completion of the program will also count towards one unit of study at the University of Tasmania. Applications close Tuesday 27 February.

Application forms can be found via the website.

Want to run your own business one day?

Top Startup Business Tools

Every business is unique, and if you’re planning to join the 2.1 million small businesses currently in Australia then you’ll need the tools to get you on your way.

Learn about what’s out there (most of them have free versions of the software to get you started).

Read the article 

Summer in Oxford Program

The CBL International Summer In Oxford offers high school students between the ages of 14 to 19 an exclusive opportunity to catch a glimpse of studying at prestigious universities in the United Kingdom.

Summer I: 1 July – 14 July 2018
Summer II:  15 July – 28 July 2018
Summer III:  29 July – 11 August 2018
Summer IV:  12 August – 25 August 2018

To apply, simply fill out the   application form  online.

They also offer a few scholarships

Find out more