Head of TAS

Head of TAS

Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.

 Julia Child


Last term we were fortunate enough to have ex-student, Lauren White, speak with students about her journey since leaving Loreto Normanhurst in 2011. Lauren studied three courses within TAS inclusive of Hospitality, Food Technology and Information Processes and Technology. She spoke of her passion for each of the subjects she elected to study and her desire to become a pastry chef on completion of Year 12.

After graduating Lauren decided not to pursue her career as a chef, instead, she completed an Advanced Diploma of Business (Event Management) and Bachelor of Business (Event Management) at William Blue College of Hospitality Management at Torrens University. She also completed a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at the APM College of Business and Communications also at Torrens University.

Lauren shared her passion and journey  and spoke of the opportunities she has been presented with since leaving school and the risks she has taken in her career journey to enable her to be where she is today, currently the Events Manager at Torrens University.  As students in Years 8 and 10 currently make decisions on the subjects they will elect to study in 2020, we encourage them to choose courses that they have an interest in, to continue to take risks and challenge their learning, enabling them to achieve their personal best.

This year we have started the implementation of the new Technology syllabus into Year 7. Students in Year 7 have completed a unit in Food and Agriculture. The girls have worked independently and collaboratively problem solving to design and create a recycled planter to grow herbs that could be used in a healthy dish that could be consumed for lunch. They thoroughly enjoyed the building of their planters and the practical experience in the Food Technology room experimenting with their solutions. We had a range of healthy lunch options from homemade pizza and pasta to salad alternatives. Later this year in Year 7 Integrated Learning the girls will learn how to assemble a flip robot and about the practical application of coding. As parents we hope you enjoy seeing the many creations that are currently being undertaken in the TAS classrooms.

We have also re introduced Senior Textiles and Design at Loreto Normanhurst. Year 11 students have thoroughly enjoyed following their passion for fashion design and textiles. They have challenged their practical and folio skills with the completion of their first textile project that involved them creating an apparel item using the inspiration of ‘Modern Classics’ demonstrating creativity and innovation in design through the use of modern textile techniques on a classic apparel silhouette. The girls experimented with a range of surface decoration techniques that enabled them to successfully convey their chosen inspiration. They also participated in the Whitehouse Fashion Design Illustration workshop with Year 10 students. The students were engaged and enjoyed the day learning skills in fashion drawing and rendering. We congratulate Tess Montague, Year 11 for being selected from the workshop to attend the Whitehouse School holiday workshop for three days to further her skills.

The Year 12 Design and Technology students have been working tirelessly throughout the year on their Major Design Projects and are in the final stages of bringing their design proposals to fruition. Each student is to be congratulated on the level of excellence they have achieved with both their product and folio. Our Year 12 students are looking forward to displaying their works on Friday 30 August at the Year 12 Showcase. Keep an eye on the newsletter for more information on the evening. We hope you can join us on the evening to help celebrate the results of their hard work. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Blackburn who has supported and guided the students along their design journey.

During the holidays and last week our Year 11 Hospitality students have completed their hours of work placement with a host employer in the hospitality industry. The girls are to be commended on the initiative and commitment they gave to their experience in the industry. Throughout the year, the students in Year 12 Hospitality have prepared and served a range of menu items to the Loreto staff for morning tea and lunch to complete their service periods. We have thoroughly enjoyed the range of culinary skills in preparation and service they have showcased. We wish Year 12 well as they continue to complete their HSC Trial examinations.

At the beginning of this year we warmly welcomed Mr Anthony Horth and Miss Lily Whitton to the TAS Faculty.  With the continual changes in the TAS syllabus in Stage 5 in 2020, the TAS staff will continue to work collaboratively, planning changes to our teaching programs to maintain student engagement, finding more opportunities for students to engage in innovative design thinking and creative learning experiences.


Mrs Jenelle Minto

Head of TAS