Year 12 Trial Examinations

The formal Year 12 Trial Examination period is currently in progress, concluding on Monday 31 August.     Students  are to be congratulated on their  calm and responsible manner displayed towards their exams so far.

Year 12 students are reminded to carefully read the student instructions attached to the trial timetable, with particular attention to the following:

  1. Students are to arrive 15 minutes before each examination is due to begin. The starting times are indicated on the timetable. No allowance will be made for students who have misread the timetable.
  2. If a student is absent from an examination due to illness/misadventure she must:
    1. Notify the school before 8:00am and leave her name, examination subject and phone number with the Learning Office on 9473 7336; and
    2. Submit an online Illness & Misadventure application  AND provide a medical certificate /written documentation to the Learning Office as per normal procedure.  Students should also notify the school when they are returning to school so make-up examinations can be arranged. Make-up examinations generally take place on the first day the student returns to school unless other arrangements have been made with the Learning Office.

The Trial Timetable and further  information can be found here.

We continue to wish all the best to our Year 12 students and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to  contact the Learning Office.


Mme Maryse Martin 

Dean of Learning

Study Skills Tip for August


 Some students are naturally able to find a good balance between all the facets of their life: schoolwork, sports, activities, friends, family, technology and all the other aspects of life that keep us busy from when we wake to when we sleep.

Other students struggle to fit in their schoolwork during the evenings and weekends. Some students come home after school and just sort of ‘wait’ until they feel like working.  Unfortunately, what happens is they never feel like it so they just don’t get started.

Some students start work not long after they get home, but they drag their work out over the whole night doing work in front of the TV, or the computer or their phone. It takes them the whole night, but they hardly get any work done and they don’t feel like they have had a break at all.

A much more effective way to approach home study each evening is to keep your school work and your personal life separate. Don’t do your work in front of the TV, don’t do it while on social network sites or while using messenger apps; instead, work in 20-30 minute blocks of time and during this time make the conscious choice to actually remove or turn off things that are going to distract you. As it is only for a short block of time, it is bearable. Train yourself to have breaks from your distractions for the blocks of time when you do schoolwork.

By doing this you will learn to really focus and concentrate on what you are doing for a block of time. You will be amazed at how much work you get done and how productive you are during this time. Then at the end of that half hour period you have a proper break and really enjoy your free time.

 You can find special software for blocking distractions on computers and phones in the “Dealing with Distractions” unit on the Study Skills Handbook website.

Username:  Loretonh
Password:   Loretonh

Ms Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning


Celebration of Learning

Short Story Competition

The English faculty recently conducted a very short story competition. It was encouraging to see so many juniors enter. Erin Longney and Eloise Carey kindly offered their judging expertise and nominated the winner;  Charlotte Marks of Year 8.   The Encouragement Award was won by Jessica Anderson of Year 7.

We are currently hoping for just as much interest in our very short film competition. Please enjoy Charlotte’s writing below:



by Charlotte Marks, Year 8

“I had only been watching a clock when I received a visit from Father Time. The hands ticking, circling in a never-ending loop.

I had sat there, reminiscing over all the places you loved to go and the things you loved to do. The fence you always climbed, the garden you’d play in, the dolls you would collect, the people you held close, and the way you kept warm from the love you received.

When he arrived, it looked as if he had always been there, and it felt like it too. As if I could sense his presence even before materialising.

He seemed both genteel and stern all at the same time. He looked like how people envisioned Santa Claus, to some extent. Though there was a lot of resemblance, Santa was thought of to be all round and jolly, while Father Time was as thin as a stick. And his white beard was at least three times as long.

He wore a long, tidy coat with more than enough pockets. It was a dark shade of navy, with what looked like stars spread across it.

He didn’t say any words, he didn’t need to. All he did was offer his hand, and I took it gratefully. Just like Father Time had, the new environment appeared as if it had always been there. I had been expecting a world full of clocks and watches. But now I’m standing here and it’s nothing like I could have imagined.

There are endless rows, as far as the eye can see, filled with candlesticks. Each one labelled with someone’s name, and all at a different point of melting. Hanging from the ceiling is Father Time’s candle. Unlike the others, it’s made of diamond, unbreakable. 

As I walk alongside the shelves, I can see the names of everyone I’ve ever known. Everyone I’ve ever had a connection with.

My walking suddenly comes to a halt, as one candle stands out to me. Its wax nearly fully melted away.

I am suddenly overwhelmed with grief though no one is yet to die. Memories arise from the depths of my mind and my heartbeat quickens as I try to catch my breath. Though my eyes are blurry with tears, I won’t let myself look away.

All the pain melts like the candle, as I see the flame go out, and say goodbye to you. One last time.”

Visual Arts

Northern Beaches Art Prize

Emily Stockwell submitted her landscape “Spirit of Place”  to the Northern Beaches Art Prize.  It is with great joy that Emily’s submission won a prize as one of ten winners from 90 submissions.

Year 10 Incursion

On the Year 10 incursion for Visual Arts, students explored marking through materiality in Visual Arts, charcoal and ink on paper. They also completed a session on textiles in Visual Arts and how the stitched line relates to mark making.  Students prepared their own fabric with dyes and washes and stitched in designs.   It was an incredible learning experience and the girls really loved it.


Diverse Learning News – Gifted Parenting Series

The Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC) at the UNSW School of Education is presenting an eight-part online series about parenting gifted children. The series will address current research in the field and provide information about  managing the educational needs of gifted children at home and at school.

The series will be delivered online via Zoom, from 7pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights across September. It is led by Assoc. Prof Dr. Jae Yup Jung, Dr. Geraldine Townend and Dr. Pete Hay from GERRIC. 

For more details and to register, click here.  Information about GERRIC and the programs they offer can be found here.

If you have further inquiries about Gifted Education as it relates to your daughter, please email Mrs Robyn Roffey from Diverse Learning at Loreto at. Robyn has her Masters in Gifted Education from the University of NSW and will be able to assist you.

Dates to Remember – Term 3 2020

Year 12

Year 12 Trial HSC Examinations Monday 17 August – Monday 31 August


HSC Showcase Friday 18 September |  5 – 9pm

Year 11

Year 11 Examinations Monday 7 September – Friday 18 September