Years 7 & 9 NAPLAN Online Practice Tests
Week 9 – Thursday, 25 March

In preparation for the 2021 Online NAPLAN Testing in May (Weeks 4 and 5, Term 2), students will be given the opportunity to undertake two 40 minute practice tests which will be held on Thursday 25th March (please note this date has changed from 23 March).  The practice tests include an omnibus test (combination of reading, conventions of language and numeracy questions) and a writing test, both approximately 40 minutes in length.  We are confident that our students are well-equipped to engage with the online mode of testing as they utilise technology in the curriculum daily.  The benefits of students engaging in the practice test are that they become familiar with the specific ACARA testing platform and the types of questions asked.  We can also ensure the school-installed locked down browser on student laptops is operational, and that any other concerns can be addressed prior to the official testing in May.  

Students will need to bring headphones and ensure their laptop is fully charged prior to undertaking the test.  As this is a practice test, student work will not be marked and therefore results will not be made available.  If your daughter is absent for the practice tests, no catch-ups are necessary, and your daughter can access the Public Demonstration Site to familiarise herself with the range of questions and onscreen tools, timers and interactive navigation used by the testing platform. 

Further information can be found in the Parent Information Brochure and on the NESA and ACARA websites. The practice tests are a positive opportunity for students to engage with online testing strategies and an important part of the preparation for the school delivering Online NAPLAN Testing in May.  If you have any question, please contact the Learning Office at learning@loretonh.nsw.edu.au


Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning

Save The Date:  Year 7 Parents & Students Study Skills Evening with Dr Prue Salter

On Monday, 29 March, Week 10, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Year 7 students and their parents are invited to a virtual presentation with Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services.  Year 7 Parents will be emailed the Zoom link at the end of Week 9.

Click here to view the presentation description.

Dr Salter’s interactive presentation will focus on creating an environment that is conducive to producing good study habits and exploring how students can organise their time productively to avoid last minute stress.  This refreshing and practical presentation will give you plenty to build on with your daughter.

Further information can be found on the Study Skills Handbook website by logging in with the details:   

Username: loretonh      
Password: loretonh

Ms Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning

‘Chill Out’ space in the Library

The Library has a new ‘Chill Out’ space for students to use when they experience some challenging emotions or need a place to help them reset their feelings. Located behind the Careers Office, this quiet space offers an unobtrusive opportunity to calm their thoughts, diffuse a negative emotion or situation before it escalates, and settle themselves down, in a peaceful and safe space.

The furniture is comfortable and relaxing, but more importantly, promotes safety and stability that meets sensory needs. The space has two ‘egg’ chairs that reduces over stimulation and offers some privacy, which will assist students who need some isolation when feeling overwhelmed. There is a large bean bag, a peanut ball balance cushion, weighted blanket and snuggle chair that gives students a soft alternative.

Sensory tactile objects are also available to help the students slow down and self-regulate. In the drawer set they can find stretchy bands, fidget tools, calming bottles, small puzzles, mindful colouring sets and even noise cancelling headphones.

Increasingly, a wide range of students have used this space and it has been observed that it has made a huge difference to their wellbeing in helping them manage their own needs and demonstrate independence in this area.

Ms Simonetta Cesamolo

Head of Diverse Learning

Celebration of Learning

‘Women Speak Up’ – Year 9 English

As an English teacher at Loreto, I am continually impressed by the maturity, insight and compassion of students and by how articulate our girls are. At a time when women around the world and in Australia continue to experience gender inequality and disadvantage, Year 9 Loreto students have stepped forward to speak truth, to question and to advocate for those who are voiceless. 

This year, as part of the ‘Women Speak Up’ unit, the English Faculty tasked Year 9 students with composing a persuasive speech about an issue affecting women today. During Supergirl Week, Year 9 students spoke up as agents of change as they delivered passionate speeches to their peers, ranging in topics such as women in politics, women in leadership, inequity in education, healthcare and the workplace. The girls offered unique perspectives, presented complex arguments and spoke with integrity as they questioned gaps in equity, social disadvantage and discriminate policy negatively impacting women across the globe. 

Please click below to read a selection of speeches composed by our students.

Georgia Taylor – Women in Parliament

Jessica Anderson – Sexism in Politics

Lucy Harrison – Inequality in Education


Ms Alexandra Dockrill

English Teacher

Philosophy Circle Pilot Program – Guest Speaker

This year, Loreto Normanhurst is engaging in a Philosophy Circle Pilot Program which will run fortnightly from Term 1, Week 7. This program comes after deep research in 2020 on the benefits of “doing philosophy.” As summed up by the German philosopher, Leonard Nelson, “effective philosophy teaching is the art of teaching not philosophy but philosophising, the art not of teaching about philosophers but of making philosophers of the students.” There is extensive research on the value of students engaging with philosophical thinking.

On Wednesday, 10 March, the small groups selected to be part of the Philosophy Circle Pilot Program from Years 6, 8, 10 and 12, and some staff, were able to attend a guest lecture by Dr Xavier Symons of the Australian Catholic University. Dr Symons spoke to us about his life as a philosopher and bioethicist, especially his work during the COVID-19 pandemic at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Click here to read more about the launch of the Philosophy Circle Pilot Program.

Mr Marco Scali

Acting Knowledge and Learning Strategist

Learning for Life – Stories from the Class of 2020

We are delighted to share with you this insight into the experiences of the Class of 2020 during their time at Loreto Normanhurst. This ‘Learning for Life’ publication celebrates the accomplishments of our recent graduates in all aspects of the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model and FACE Curriculum, including their outstanding HSC results, achievements in sport and extra-curricular, leadership of social justice initiatives and more. It also celebrates all that is yet to come; we look forward to hearing from these ex-students about where their Loreto education takes them as they embark on their next steps in life after school.


Please access Learning for Life – Stories from the Class of 2020 here.

Dates to Remember

Year 7


NAPLAN Online Practice

Thursday 25 March (note date change from 23 March)

Year 7 Parents & Students Study Skills Evening – Prue Salter

Monday 29 March
7pm – 8.30pm – Livestreamed

Year 8

Year 8 Parent Information Evening – Continuing Your Daughters Journey at LN

Monday 22 March
7pm – 8pm – Face to face and Livestreamed

Year 9


NAPLAN Online Practice

Thursday 25 March (note date change from 23 March)

Holistic Learning at Loreto Normanhurst and FNQE Education Evening

Tuesday 1 June

7pm – 8pm

Year 10 

Learning at Loreto Normanhurst and Subject Selection Evening 

Wednesday 26 May 

7pm – 8:30pm

Year 11

Year 11 Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 13 October

Year 12

Year 12 Parent Information Evening

Monday 12 July 

Year 12 In-Class Assessment Block

Monday 8 March to
Thursday 18 March