Learning

Write a Book in a Day Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday 25 June of this year, 85 students across Years 5 to 11 worked in teams to ‘Write a Book in a Day’. Together they wrote and illustrated 11 different books that have been given to children aged between 10-16 years who are in hospital being treated for cancer. In 2019, we raised an impressive total of $7248 for The Kids Cancer Project. This extra-curricular activity has been coordinated by the LRC team since 2016. 

This week, on Wednesday 13 November, I had the great privilege of taking one of our Write a Book in a Day Teams to the formal awards ceremony which was held at the University of Technology Sydney. Having been notified of their nomination just a matter of weeks ago, the day was anticipated with great excitement. 

‘Team Bobbinsquad’ is composed mostly of Year 11 students and together they have been participating in this event since they were in Years 7  and 8. Their book is called ‘A Prickly Connection’. One of their requirements was to include a porcupine as a character in the story. Consequently a small image of Michael the Porcupine appears on each page of the book, a clever strategy used as a means by which to engage the reader. At the awards event, we learnt that ‘A Prickly Connection’ had been chosen as the Best Illustrated Book in the NSW Upper Schools Division, out of a total pool of several hundred teams. 

All of our Write a Book in a Day teams deserve to be congratulated as the event is a challenge which requires hard work and dedication. However, we are especially proud of the members of Bobbinsquad whose wonderful work has seen them achieve this great award: 

Year 10

Olivia Holmes

Year 11

Shannan Dower
Gian Ellis-Gannell
Sara Horan
Ruihuan Liu
Elle Nacard
Grace Redfern
Samantha Yao
Nicola Rakuljic
Tanya Visevic

 

Mrs Rowena Curtis

LRC Team Member

HSC Examinations conclude

Congratulations to our students who completed their HSC examinations this week. The final examination was Design and Technology which took place on Monday.  I would like to congratulate all students who conducted themselves calmly and maturely throughout the examination process. Marking is now well underway and we wish our students well over the coming weeks as they anxiously await their results.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind students to come to the Principal’s Morning Tea on Wednesday 18 December from 10:00am – 11:00am in the Undercroft and Mary Ward Quad.   It is a great achievement to have completed the HSC and be ready to move on to the next chapter of your lives and we would love to celebrate with you.

 

Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning

 

EXTDAY@LNH (Extended Day at Loreto Normanhurst)

On Thursday an email was sent to parents of day students from Years 5 to  9, about an exciting new program to be introduced in Term 1 2020.  EXTDAY@LNH is an after school program intended to meet the needs of families and improve individual student growth.  For more information about the program which will be offered to students in Years 5 to  9 2020, please click here.  If you would like to apply, please refer to the application form sent with the email.  If you have any questions, please email EXTDAY@loretonh.nsw.edu.au.

 

Mrs Rachael Jarick

Assistant to the Deans of Learning

 

Cotton Australia 

On Monday this week we had an afternoon tea presentation with representatives of Cotton Australia.  It was a fruitful collaboration of teachers from several faculties, integrated learning, boarding and Cotton Australia. We are working in partnership to build awareness and balance perspectives, all for the benefit of the learning of our students.

The conversation was wide ranging including discussions on farming practices, perceptions and the reality of cotton farming, the importance of cotton to the economy and local communities, the consequences of the drought, initiatives in water and energy consumption and how water licenses work.

Following this we moved onto discussions exploring how we can integrate our evolving awareness of this multi-faceted industry and our school’ s strategic plan to be sustainable. We also examined how all this could be applied in the classroom linking not only to subject areas, but also to National Curriculum General Capabilities and Cross Curriculum Priorities.

For the classroom we discussed issues relating to the economics of the industry, the importance of renewable and non-renewable resources in relation to water and energy for science and social sciences, the capacity of innovation through STEM, the application to textiles and design and technology, the link to industrialisation in the history courses and the sociological aspect of cotton farming in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

We look forward to our ongoing relationship with Cotton Australia and we can perhaps build on this by engaging with other peak bodies representing regional and rural/industrial interests related to our school community.

 

Mr Martin Pluss

Dean of Learning

 

Campion Booklists 2020

We are pleased to advise that the Campion Booklists for next year are now available and can be completed  online.   When ordering online you will need to use the following Access Code: “PB4H”.   Please place your order as soon as possible or by Friday 6 December 2019  at the latest to ensure your daughter receives her books in time for her commencement next year.   It is anticipated that your order will be delivered to your home, office or any other nominated address by the week ending Friday 17 January 2020.  

Please see below the “Additional Purchases List” outlining the specific stationery and additional items required for each subject, as well as information  in relation to the Sustainable School Shop.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the  Learning Office.

 

Mrs Rachael Jarick

Assistant to the Deans of Learning

 

Dates to Remember – Term 4 2019

YEAR 10

Year 10 SPRINT & LAUNCH Monday 18 November to Friday 29 November

YEARS 7 – 11

Year 7 – 11  Awards Ceremony 2019 Thursday 5 December –  12:45pm | Gym

YEAR 12

HSC Results Principal’s Morning Tea Wednesday 18  December – 10-11am | Undercroft