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Term Dates 2022

Please click here for the Term Dates for 2022.

We publish these dates now to give families sufficient time to organise holidays that fall within the Student Vacation dates in the year ahead.

It is a condition of enrolment at Loreto Normanhurst, and part of the contract of enrolment entered into with the School by parents, that students be in attendance at school for the duration of each school term.  Exemption from school or approval for leave from school for the purpose of travel will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. 

Please make note of the Term Dates for 2022 and keep them for future reference. You will also have received an email with the dates attached.

Deputy’s Office


Years 7 to 11 Academic Plenaries

Academic Plenaries are opportunities for students, supported by teachers, to share their learning progress with their parents and receive valuable feedback.  Teachers will be available for 5 minute meetings on Friday 7th May – 1.00pm to 8.30pm, and Tuesday 18th May – 3.30pm to 8.30pm.  The plenaries will be held via Zoom and only one booking per teacher can be made for each student.  Please note the 7th May is an early dismissal for Years 7-12 students. Private school buses will run twice on this day, once at 12.40pm and then at 3.15pm as normal.

Please click to view the following PDF links for further information on the finer details of the process. All necessary information is included in these three documents.

Reservations for the Plenary meetings are made online through the PTO Website which will open on Monday 3rd May at 1pm.

This site will remain available for you to access your teacher Zoom meeting links at the time of your meeting.  You will be able to change your PTO appointment times until 10am on the day prior to each plenary date.  If there are any changes that need to be made after this time, please email the Learning Office.  When booking your plenaries, if your daughter is a day student, please factor in the time it will take for her to travel home, so that she is able to attend the Zoom Plenaries with you.  

All parents are encouraged to book PTO Zoom Plenary meetings and if there are circumstances that prevent you from conducting meetings using the Zoom format, please contact your daughter’s Head of House.

We thank you for your assistance. Please email learning@loretonh.nsw.edu.au if you have any questions.

 

Mrs Rachael Jarick

Assistant to the Deans of Learning

 


Years 7 and 9 NAPLAN

NAPLAN will take place in Week 4 of this term, Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th May.  The schedule is as follows:

Year 7

11th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 7 Reading

12th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 7 Writing

13th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 7 Language Conventions

14th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 7 Numeracy

Year 9

11th May – Periods 3 & 4 – Year 9 Reading

12th May – Periods 3 & Conversations – Year 9 Writing

13th May – Periods 3 & 4 – Year 9 Language Conventions

14th May – Periods 3 & 4 – Year 9 Numeracy

Please be assured that your daughter is well prepared for NAPLAN, as the work that she completes across all of her subject areas is ample preparation for these assessments. There is no need to for her to undertake additional study.  Students have also engaged in online practice tests last term to familiarise themselves with the testing platform. Our key message is that these tests are diagnostic in nature, providing your daughter and her teachers with a snapshot of where she sits on the learning continuum for Numeracy and Literacy, and to identify the skills and areas where your daughter can experience future growth.  It would be appreciated if you could reinforce this message with your daughter in your conversations at home.   

Your daughter will need to bring the following to the testing:

  • Laptop – fully charged
  • Headphones or ear buds – preferably plug in
  • A pen, as working out paper will be available

It would be appreciated if you could please support us in helping your daughter to be organised with these items.  The NAPLAN Information Sheet is provided for your reference.  Further information can be found on the NAPLAN website and samples of NAPLAN questions can be found on this Link.

We have planned for catch-up testing on 17th May.  If for some reason your daughter is unwell of the day of a NAPLAN test and is unable to attend school, please email the Learning Office before 8.30am on the day of the tests.  We thank you for your assistance with ensuring your daughter is prepared on each day of the assessments.

Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning

 


Year 10 Canberra Excursion

The Canberra Excursion is taking place from Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th May 2021 (Week 4).

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.

Mr Marco Scali

(Acting) Dean of Learning

 


Celebrations of Learning

Year 8 Mathematics Incursion

Our Year 8 girls recently participated in a Maths incursion which focused on problems, patterns, pictures and puzzles. The students enjoyed working together on a range of original hands-on problems.

“Attending the Inquisitive Minds Maths incursion last term has been one of my highlights of mathematics this year. I thoroughly enjoyed working collaboratively with my partner to solve the various problem-solving questions, especially with the time limit and point-earning system which gave all the students a sense of competitiveness and adrenaline and made the incursion that more enjoyable and memorable. I highly appreciated the explanations and diverse strategies that our instructors showed us, which we could apply to each question. I liked how there were different ways we could approach the overall course, with varied levels of difficulty and outcomes. Overall, I very much enjoyed this opportunity we were given to expand our knowledge in mathematics, problem-solving and collaborative skills.”

Elina Degani

“The Maths incursion was, to borrow a mathematical term, of infinite value in expanding the boundaries of our finite minds. Not only did we engage competitively with fellow students in our class but also with girls in all the other classes for mouth-watering chocolates. During the competition, we learned about alternative ways to calculate simple problems; different but quick and effective ways. The competition engendered a spirit of camaraderie and friendly rivalry. It helped to make us cooperative learners and at the same time fiercely independent thinkers, who can truly ‘think outside the square’.  We learned as much from bouncing ideas off one another as we did from the questions themselves. This incursion allowed us to work in teams productively and overall, it was an achievement that rendered me speechless with the sheer pleasure of the many ‘aha’ moments my partner, Aimee Harrison and I shared upon discovering short-cuts to solutions.

Christiana Vella 

Mrs Sally Brimfield

Head of Mathematics


Dates to Remember

Years 7-11

Academic Plenaries 

7 May – 1.30pm to 8.30pm 18 May – 3.30pm to 8.30pm Via Zoom

Year 7

 

Year 7 Parents & Students Study Skills Evening – Prue Salter

Monday 29 March
7pm – 8.30pm – Livestreamed

Year 7 NAPLAN

11 May to 14 May

 

Year 9

 

Holistic Learning at Loreto Normanhurst and FNQE Education Evening

Tuesday 1 June

7pm – 8pm

Year 9 NAPLAN

11 May to 14 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