HSC Examinations

The HSC examinations commenced last week with the first English paper completed by all HSC students in NSW.  The HSC common module deals with texts and human experiences and this paper examines students’ comprehension and analytical skills, making it challenging in terms of the variety of skills it draws upon. 

Over the past few weeks there have been a range of papers every day, with the final exams concluding on Wednesday 11 November. 

This year the HSC results will be released on Friday 18 December. I encourage all Year 12 students to celebrate their success with their peers and teachers at the HSC Morning Tea in the Mary Ward Quad at 10am. Please view the invitation here.

We have been so impressed with our girls, who have approached the exams with the felicity we expect from Loreto Normanhurst students.  Most girls greeted us with “I am just excited to get the exams started,” which was music to our ears, after the year that it has been!  We are genuine in our praise of all students as they have approached these exams with composure, grace and determination. 

Additionally, I would like to take this moment to congratulate and thank all HSC parents. Keeping the home front calm and orderly whilst trying to normalise the examination process during a pandemic is no easy task, but it is clearly one that our Loreto families are mastering. 

Best wishes to all students as they continue their exams.

Any questions or concerns, please direct to  learning@loretonh.nsw.edu.au.


Ms Kieryn Bateman, Director of Learning,  and Mme Maryse Martin, Dean of Learning

Our Year 12 Ancient History girls marched into their HSC exam with pride and courage, true Spartan-style!



Reports will be released over the coming weeks. They will be accessible to parents via the Parent Portal on Sentral before they are released to students. Further instructions on how to view the reports will be provided in due time.


Year 12 2020-2021 Assessment Handbook

An email was sent to Year 11 parents today regarding the Year 12 2020-2021 Assessment Handbook.  To access, please Click Here.

A key aspect of our learning model at Loreto is the development of students as independent learners. We encourage all students to adopt a proactive approach to effectively manage their time and oversee their assessment schedule.  Students can access necessary information on their assessments by referring to  the attached Assessment Handbook and viewing the internal Assessment Calendars.  Please note that the indicative dates published in the handbook are a guide only and may be subject to change. Students will be notified of such changes via formal written notifications. We request that students populate their Student Handbooks and/or their Outlook calendar themselves, seeking guidance from their Tutor or teacher if required.   

In addition, we wish to draw your attention to the Assessment Policy (pgs 9 to 18) which outlines specific requirements regarding assessments and the Illness and Misadventure procedure.

We hope that your daughter can share this information with you, so that you can have informed conversations together at home about your daughter’s learning and approach towards her assessments.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.


Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning


Celebration of Learning

Maths Challenge Competition Results

Earlier this year, over 100 girls from Years 7 and 8 and about 50 girls in Year 9 competed in the Australian Mathematics ‘Trust Maths Challenge Competition’.

Girls are given six long problems to work on over a three week period. Working in pairs, they submit their own solutions showing their detailed working out. The level of reasoning and communication required is high.

We were delighted to receive the following results. Congratulations girls!


In the Intermediate competition:

High Distinctions were awarded to Ashley Zhao and Molly Hanly.

Distinctions were awarded to Elli Barron, Georgia Galouzis, Caitlin Blackburn, Harriet Johnson, Bella Kachel, Sophie McKenna, Sophie Mota, Elyse Stephens and Xin Teng.

There were 14 girls who received Credits.

In the Junior competition:

Distinctions were awarded to Anna Ziolkowski and Jessica Ingham.

There were 16 girls who received Credits.


Can you answer one of the problems? We encourage you to have a go at the following problem with your daughters. Good luck!


Ms Sally Brimfield

Head of Mathematics
















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