Years 7 & 9 NAPLAN Online Practice – Week 9

In preparation for the 2019 Online NAPLAN Testing in May (Weeks 3 and 4, Term 2), students will be given the opportunity to undertake a 45 minute practice test which will be held this term in Week 9.  This is an Omnibus Test comprising of a combination of reading, numeracy and language convention questions.  The benefits of students engaging in the practice test are to assist them to become familiar with the testing platform and the types of questions asked.  It will also ensure the school-installed locked down browser on student laptops is operational, and that any other concerns can be addressed prior to the official testing in May.  

Students will need to ensure that they bring headphones and that their laptop is fully charged prior to undertaking the test.   As this is a practice test, student  work will not be marked and therefore no results will be available.   If students are absent on the day of the test, no catch-up is required.   Samples of the questions can be found at this link.   For further information, please refer to the ACARA Information Sheet  and information from NESA

We are asking parents and students to view the practice test as a positive opportunity to engage with online testing strategies and an important part of the preparation for the school delivering Online NAPLAN Testing in May.  If you have any questions, please contact the Learning Office.


Mr Martin Pluss

Dean of Learning


Year 10 Canberra Excursion

This week Year 10 students have received permission and medical documentation for the Canberra excursion, which will take place from Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 May 2019 (Week 3,  Term 2).

This exciting excursion is run by the History Department and Integrated Learning and gives students the opportunity to visit sites of historical, cultural, social and political importance. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to engage with concepts of active citizenship and Australian identity and is a compulsory excursion for all Year 10 students. Each student will need to return a permission note and a student and family detail report confirming contact details and medical information. Both of these forms are due back completed and signed to the learning office by Friday 22 March 2019.

It is important that even if there are no changes to your daughter’s medical information that the form is still signed and returned to school along with the signed permission form.

Please do not hesitate to email the Learning Office  with any queries.


Year 7  Parents & Student Study Skills Evening with Dr Prue Salter

On Monday 1 April from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Year 7 students and their parents are invited to a presentation from Dr Prue Salter from  Enhanced Learning Educational Services  in the Deirdre Rofe Centre (DRC) at Loreto Normanhurst. 

Dr Salter’s interactive presentation will  focus on creating an environment that is conducive to producing good study habits and exploring how students can organise their time productively to avoid last minute stress.  This refreshing and practical presentation will give you plenty to build on with your daughter.

Further information can be found on the  Study Skills Handbook website  by logging in with the details:   

Username: loretonh      
Password: loretonh


Ms Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning


Dates to Remember –  Term 1 2019

Year 12 Year 12 Assessment Block 2 Monday 18 March – Monday 25 March
Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN Online Practice Test Tuesday 26  March – Thurs 28 March
Year 7 Year 7 Parents & Student Study Skills Evening with Dr Prue Salter

Monday 1 April
7:00pm–8:30pm |  Deirdre Rofe Centre

Dates to Remember –  Term 2 2019

Year 12 Year 12 Assessment Term 2 Block 1 Monday 13 May – Friday 17 May
Year 12 Assessment Term 2 Block 2 Monday 27 May – Wednesday 5 June
Year 12 Study Skills – Dr Prue Salter (Students)

Thursday 27 June
8.45am | Curran Theatre

Year 10 Year 10 Canberra Excursion Wednesday 15 May – Friday 18 May
Subject Selection Evening Wednesday 5 June 
7.00pm – 8.30pm |  GBC-DRC
Subject Selection Individual Plenaries Over Term 2 Weeks 7 – 9
Year 9 NAPLAN Tuesday 14 May – Monday 20 May
Catch-up on Monday 20 May
Year 7 NAPLAN Tuesday 14 May – Friday 17 May
Catch-up on Monday 20 May
Years 7-11 Academic Plenary Meetings Friday 3 May
1:00pm – 6.30pm | LRC-GBC-DRC
Monday 13 May
3:30pm – 6.30pm | Gymnasium
Tuesday 21 May
3.30pm – 6.30pm | Gymnasium