HSC Examinations 2020

On Wednesday 30 September, Year 12 parents and students were emailed  an important letter from me regarding the HSC Examinations.  Please click here  here to view.

A further email was  sent to Year 12  Students on Tuesday 13 October, providing them with additional detailed instructions, and also included  a link to the recorded Zoom Meeting.  Please click here  here to view.

It is very important that you and your daughter have engaged with the  information provided as COVID-19 has added another layer of complexity to this year’s HSC Examinations.

Most importantly, if your daughter is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms during the HSC period, or will be absent for an examination, please contact the Learning Office as soon as possible on 02 9473 7336 or email:  learning@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

We would like to take this opportunity to  wish all Year 12 students the very best for their upcoming exams.    When I spoke to them via Zoom on Monday this week,  Mrs Long, Madame Martin and myself gave them words of encouragement and assured them that they are ready and well-prepared.  

Best wishes Year 12 – we are with you every step of the way!


HSC Results Morning Tea

This year the HSC results and the ATAR (UAC) will be released on the morning of Friday 18  December.  We would like to take this opportunity to invite all of our Year 12 students to return to school to celebrate the conclusion of their HSC and their hard work and commitment.  We will be hosting an HSC Results Morning to on this day at 10am in the Mary Ward Quad.  We hope to see as many Year 12 students’ smiling faces as possible on the day!  It is a lovely chance to share your success with your teachers and say one final goodbye.  Please contact learning@loretonh.nsw.edu.au if you have any questions regarding this event.

View the invitation here.


LRC update

Students have been informed about changes to accessing our Learning Resource Centre this term.  In order to ensure that our Year 12 students are minimising their contact with members of the school community throughout their HSC examinations (due to COVID-19 restrictions), we have decided to reserve the LRC space for Year 12 student access only.  We want to assure parents that we have created an alternative LRC space for students across Years 7-11 to access during this time. 

From Wednesday 14  October until the final day of the HSC exams, Wednesday 11  November, the alternative LRC space for Years 7-11 students is GBC 1.02.  Students will still be able to borrow reading and research books via our Click and Collect process and a photocopier/scanner has been installed in this space.  There will be LRC staff supervising and guiding students in this space and the opening hours remain the same, 7.30am-6pm Monday – Thursday and 7.30am-4pm on a Friday.  We thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this as we all work to support our Year 12 students during their HSC exam block.


Parent Engagement and Information Evening – ‘Welcome to your HSC Year’

Year 11 parents and students, please find below a link to our Parent Engagement and Information Evening “Welcome to your HSC year”. 

It is important that families engage with this webinar and make time to discuss the contents.  The information included covers practicalities for your HSC year, how to successfully navigate the year ahead and information about wellbeing and maintaining balance.

LINK: Click here for the video link.  (Links to an external site.)

PASSWORD: lnhyr11

If you have any questions regarding this content or the year ahead please do not hesitate to contact us at learning@loretonh.nsw.edu.au. 


Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning

Year 10 Examinations

On Monday 26 October, Year  10 Examinations will commence.    To view the Year 10 Examination Timetable and other important information regarding the examination process,  please  click here.


Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning

Celebration of Learning

Year 8 Languages:    Do You Want to be Amazed?

Watch these videos of some of our Year 8 French and Italian students and read their letters in French and Italian. Did you know that your daughter could do this?

From the beginning of the year, students of Italian and French have been learning and using “sentence builders”  to communicate ideas, either in written or spoken form, about their personal world. Here is an example of a sentence builder.

Their Term 3 formative task required students to demonstrate their language knowledge and skills by writing a letter to a pen pal and recording a conversation with a peer. To prepare for this, students were given small writing tasks in class after which their teacher would provide them with individual feedback. In the following lesson, students had to work on the next written task proving that they had applied the teacher’s feedback, showing growth and improvement in the quality of their work. The lesson before their task was due, they were shown the task itself so that they knew exactly what to expect and an example of what their final product could look like.

In the example shown, all the text was familiar to them as it was taken from the sentence builders they have learned from the beginning of the year – and voilà! – they did it! They did it so magnificently well that we must celebrate this outstanding achievement. A similar process was applied to prepare for their conversation where a list of questions based on their sentence builders were given to students and they had to collaborate by discussing the content and practising their pronunciation and fluency. At the HSC, continuers students are required to write approximately 275 words. Some of these students have managed to write up to 600 words. In the HSC speaking examination, students need to conduct a 10-minute conversation with the examiner. Some of our students managed to talk to each other for up to 10 minutes. In Year 8, this is just amazing!


Mrs Stefania Thomsett

Head of Languages


Year 8 Literature Circles Program

This week, English teachers Ellen Lincoln and Victor McGee put over 150 books into the hands of Year 8 students in preparation for our Literature Circles program. The program builds on the social aspects of reading, helping students to build their self conception as a reader. Parents and students frequently report a love of reading but say that the commitments of family life can sometimes crowd out available time. So we are delighted to be able to give this time back to our community of Loreto readers in the form of three weeks of timetabled lessons for reading and discussion. 

Students self-selected a novel according to their interest and were then placed with four to five other girls interested in the same novel. The girls have been very diligent so far in their organisation  and scheduling of their reading, reflection and discussion. Now that they have started engaging with the program in earnest, Year 8 parents may wish to start a conversation about the novel, about the group dynamics in class, or even about your own reading. 

A huge thank you goes out to Ellen Lincoln for her patience, motivation and attention to detail; Victor McGee for programming and support; and of course our LRC staff, Andrea Turner, Rowena Curtis, Vivian D’Arcy, Ambreen Ghazala and Marco Scali. 


Ms Rebecca Birch 

Acting Head of English 




Dates to Remember – Term 4 2020


HSC Examinations Tuesday 20 October to Wednesday 11 November


Year 10 Examinations Monday 26 October to Tuesday 3 November

YEARS 7 – 11

Year 7 – 11  Awards Ceremony 2020 Thursday 3rd December 2020


HSC Results Principal’s Morning Tea Friday 18 December – 10am in the Mary Ward Quad.