Creative Arts at Loreto Normanhurst

Beatriz Fernandez, Year 12 Creative Arts Captain has been selected as a finalist in the Mosman Art Youth Prize, with her delicate and truly beautiful paper plate print of curling bark, titled Bark. Beatriz created this artwork last year whilst she was in Year 11, in the Unit of Work, Landscape – Spirit of Place. The task required a suite of prints as representation of the landscape of the Loreto bush. Beatriz was taken by the very long pieces of bark that were shedding off the heritage protected blue gum trees. The long limbs curling and twisting in muted browns were quite abstract to look at. Beatriz’s print shows the meticulous detail of fragile strips of bark, formed into a scratched and gentle abstraction by etching into the paper plate details that were reminiscent of the squiggly marks in the gum. Working in a large format 560mm x 760mm the actual plate took one hour to ink up, wipe back and print. Of particular note in this print is the decorative and joyous nature of the patterning; it demonstrates restraint, balance and is superbly printed on fine art paper, at first seeming tonal, but it is actually a maze of small controlled cut marks.

Beatriz is a highly creative person, humble, a deep thinker and a quiet observer who has the ability to make extraordinary representations of our world, through her intuition, knowing and refined technical skills.

Being selected for this exhibition is a great honour as this is a very well respected prize that is often a trajectory for artists in their future successes. The 2019 Prize was judged by Sydney artist Liam Benson. Beatriz is to be congratulated for this wonderful achievement.


Monica Boardman
Head of Visual Arts


Year 11 2020 Subject Selection Process

On 9 April, Year 10 parents received an email from the Learning Office regarding the Subject Selection Process.  This process comprises three steps and will be implemented throughout this term:

  1. Morrisby Online Career and Aptitude Assessment Program – students have completed this program
  2. Subject Selection Evening
  3. Subject Selection Plenary Meeting


Date: Wednesday 5 June 
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm
GBC 3.01 – 3.04

The evening will commence with a presentation about the HSC, which provides an overview of the core subject areas of English, Mathematics, Religion and Science.  Parents and students are then invited to speak to representatives of other subject areas of their choice in the DRC.  If you are unable to attend, a PODCAST will be available in the school newsletter after the event. 


In the final step of the subject selection process, we are asking parents to attend a plenary meeting with their daughter and a member of staff.  This meeting will be an opportunity for parents to ask relevant questions about subjects, and for us to provide valuable advice on teacher feedback and the results from the Morrisby Assessment Program.  This meeting will take approximately 20 minutes.  These appointments, made through the PTO booking system,  will be available at a range of times from 17 June to 26 July.  The link to make appointments will be emailed to you when the PTO booking system has been prepared.

Please contact the  Learning Office  if you have any further questions. 


Ms Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning


Dates to Remember –  Term 2 2019

Year 12

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

Subject Selection Evening Wednesday 5 June 
7.00pm – 8.30pm |  GBC-DRC
Subject Selection Individual Plenaries Over Term 2 Weeks 7 – 9