Year 10 Canberra Excursion

This week Year 10 day students have received permission notes and medical documentation to complete for their Canberra excursion, which will take place from Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 May 2021 (Week 4, Term 2).

This exciting excursion is organised by the History and Integrated Learning Faculties in order to fulfill the site study requirements of the Stage 5 Mandatory History Course. Students will be visiting sites of national importance in Canberra and therefore gaining a deeper understanding of Australian identity and active citizenship.  Please note that this is a compulsory excursion for all Year 10 students. Each student will need to return their Permission Note and their Student and Family Detail Report confirming contact details and medical information. Both of these forms are due back completed and signed to the Learning Office by Monday, 29 March 2021 at the latest.

If your daughter is required to take any medication during the excursion, it will need to be submitted on the day in a zip-lock plastic bag with the completed Prescription and Non-Prescription Medication Form.

Please do not hesitate to email the Learning Office with any queries.

Ms Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning

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. 

To Access the Zoom Link for this event at the time of the event – Click Here 

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

Year 8 Parent Information Evening – Podcast 

We thank you to those parents who attended our Year 8 Parent Information Evening, either in person or online, on Monday 22 March 2021.

For those parents who were unable to attend this event, please click here for a Podcast of the evening.

Password: yr8loreto


A remarkable achievement

We are proud to extend our congratulations and recognition to Lua Pellegrini, Class of 2019, who was acknowledged by NESA on Friday, 12 March at the AGM of the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.  Lua received an award from NESA for her achievement as the highest ranking Aboriginal student in NSW in Aboriginal Studies in 2019.  The award ceremony was unable to take place in 2020 because of Covid-19, but we were thrilled to attend the evening this year and recognise Lua’s achievements with her and her parents. 

Lua also addressed the audience on the evening, sharing her own experiences about the power of Aboriginal Studies as a subject area and the value that she places on her educational experiences as a whole.  Lua also graciously demonstrated her gratitude to her teacher of Aboriginal Studies, Mr Tim Lennon, and thanked the school community by donating her prize cheque to the Loreto Normanhurst Bursary Fund.  We thank Lua for her generosity and want to extend our congratulations to her again – we are very proud of her and all of her achievements.

Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning

Celebration of Learning

Chinese Lessons

In Chinese lessons, students have learnt about language patterns related to their daily life and authentic Chinese culture through the celebration of the Lunar New Year. Differentiated learning activities have been created to cater for the learning needs of two different groups: students with no prior knowledge or Chinese background, and Chinese heritage students. Our Chinese Language Assistant has provided extra support to extend heritage students’ knowledge and enrich their learning experience. Please see below for feedback from students.  

“Chinese lessons at Loreto Normanhurst have given us an engaging, interactive, and fascinating experience. Chinese characters are shown in a form of pictures and scenarios so they are simple to memorise. Games are incorporated such as shuttlecock kicking which is active learning of counting in Chinese, and also an integration of authentic culture. In addition, ImmerseMe provides a platform where everyone can speak in Chinese to a native speaker virtually to widen our knowledge.”

Olivia You, Year 8

“Chinese lessons are an enjoyable and creative experience that helps us to understand Chinese language and culture. We have participated in a wide range of activities to help us memorise new vocabulary and sentence structures. We play games like Flyswatter, Find the Spider-Man and Memory Game. We reinforce our lesson contents through ICT tools, such Education Perfect, Kahoot, Quizlet and Textivate. We have also learnt about Lunar New Year celebration customs and tried traditional paper cutting.”

Sofia Storgato, Year 8

Mrs Stefania Thomsett

Head of Languages

Social Science Events

Year 7 Geography Excursion to the Blue Mountains

Year 7 Geography students experienced the magnificent heights of the Blue Mountains as an important landform through a nature walk whilst learning the importance of the interconnections and liveability of this landscape with the Indigenous communities.

Year 8 Geography Excursion to Taronga Zoo

The Year 8 Geography students had an exciting leaning experience at Taronga Zoo learning about sustainable use of recycled water in the animal exhibits for their ‘Water in the World’ topic. They also gained insight into the human impact on the ecological balance through excessive palm oil deforestation which is endangering the Sumatran tigers as well as sustainable practices like use of MSC certified seafood and waste management.

Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies AFP Workshop Incursion

An exciting day for the Social Science faculty! The AFP ran workshops in individual Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies classes using real case studies and a Kahoot quiz. This partnership with the Australian Federal Police enhances student understanding of the role of law enforcement agencies and international crime.

Ms Gauri Gupta

Head of Social Science


Dates to Remember

Years 7-11

Academic Plenaries 

7 May and 18 May

Times TBC – Via Zoom

Year 7


Year 7 Parents & Students Study Skills Evening – Prue Salter

Monday 29 March
7pm – 8.30pm – Livestreamed


11 May to 17 May


Year 9


Holistic Learning at Loreto Normanhurst and FNQE Education Evening

Tuesday 1 June

7pm – 8pm


11 May to 17 May

Year 10 

Year 10 Canberra Excursion

12 May to 14 May

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 Term 2 Assessment Block 17 May to 28 May
Year 12 Parent Information Evening

Monday 12 July