HSC 2020 minimum standards in Literacy and Numeracy

There has been an introduction of minimum standards in Literacy and Numeracy for students who will complete the Higher School Certificate in 2020; the first cohort that this will affect is the current Year 9 students.  We urge all parents and students not to be concerned about this introduction of minimum standards, as students will be provided with several opportunities to demonstrate that they meet these standards throughout their schooling. 

NESA – NSW Education Standards Authority (formerly known as BOSTES) is developing resources for principals, teachers, parents and students further explaining the minimum literacy and numeracy standard for the HSC from 2020.

The attached flyer provides an overview of the:

  • minimum standard that has been set
  • online tests available for students to demonstrate they meet the standard.

Importantly, these materials clarify the role of the Year 9 NAPLAN tests which provide students with an early opportunity to meet the standard.  With a stronger focus on literacy and numeracy in schools, modelling indicates the vast majority of students will demonstrate the minimum standard by the end of Year 12.  No student will be ineligible to sit the HSC on the basis of their Year 9 NAPLAN results. Students will be provided with ongoing testing opportunities throughout Years 10, 11 and 12 to demonstrate that they meet the minimum standard if necessary.  Those who meet the standard in Year 9 NAPLAN will not be required to undertake further testing to be eligible to complete the HSC. 

NESA continues to work with principals and other stakeholders to plan for the implementation of the requirement in 2020.  We will keep you up-to-date as details are finalised.


Learning Office Roles

Please note that there have been recent changes to the roles and responsibilities of the Deans of Learning at Loreto this year.

Dean of Learning: Ms Carolina Murdoch

Ms Murdoch will be working with teachers and students to develop programs that meet our students’ learning needs across Years 7-12.  Ms Murdoch will also work closely with the Heads of Department, the Heads of House, our Careers Team and our Learning Enrichment Team to ensure that your daughter’s learning needs are met.  Students will be advised to speak with their tutor, Head of House or Ms Murdoch should they have any questions or concerns about their learning this year. 

Dean of Learning: Mme Maryse MArtin

Mme Martin will be working with Heads of Department and teachers on matters of curriculum and pedagogy.  At times she will work with students  regarding timetabling issues or NESA requirements for their patterns of study. Mme Martin will also have responsibility for oversight of assessment schedules, Illness Misadventure applications and examination scheduling. 

Dean of Learning: Mr Martin Pluss

Mr Pluss will have responsibility for the intersection of learning with ICT infrastructure and software.  He will work closely with our ICT team on student and teacher use of devices and will be responsible for working with teachers to develop programs for effective, innovative and safe ICT use for students and teachers. 

To contact the learning office please use the email address: learning@loretonh.nsw.edu.au


Year 12 Parent Reference PODCAST

Year 12 2017 – Parent Information Evening – “The Year Ahead” – Monday, 30th January 2017 : 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Password: year12parent


Best wishes for a wonderful year of learning in 2017.

Ms Kieryn Bateman

Acting Director of Learning


VALID Science Assessment

2016 Year 8 Results 

2016 Year 8  students completed The Validation of Assessment 4 Learning and Individual Development (VALID) in November 2016 and parents will be receiving their result in the mail this week. The VALID Science 8 test is an interactive, multimedia test which contains multiple choice, short response and extended response tasks that are grouped around real-world issues, including scientific investigations. This is a diagnostic test, with tasks framed on Stage 4 outcomes and essential content in the NSW Science Years K–10 Syllabus.

The students achieved some fantastic results and have shown immense growth in their understanding of Science.

The highlights are:

  • As shown in the table students performed at least 10 points above the state mean on all sections



Extended response

Knowledge & Understanding

Planning Design and Conducting

Problem Solving and Communicating

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  • 8.1% of students achieved level 6, which is the highest level – compared with 1.7% state and 51.6% achieved level 5 compared with 18.9 % state-wide.
  • Of the 75 short answer questions the school scored more than 10% above the state mean in 61 questions and was above the state mean for 72 questions.

In addition to the test, students also complete a survey about their attitudes toward Science and other subjects. This data has been used by the Science Faculty to redesign junior programs and inform teaching. It is very pleasing that this cohort has reported a higher level of enjoyment and connection between the science they learn in class and their everyday lives.

Congratulations to our 2016 Year 8 students on their fantastic performances and we look forward to continuing to work with them through Year 9 in 2017.

Mr David Little

Head of Science


Parents of Year 12

A reminder that Year 12 Academic Plenary meetings will take place on Friday 24th  February from 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Booking information will be sent to you early next week.


Kind regards

Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning


Dates to Remember –  Term 1 2017


Year 12

Year 12 Academic Plenary Meetings  

Friday 24 February 2017

3:30pm – 6:30pm

School Gymnasium

Year 12 Assessment Block 1

Monday 20 February 2017  – Friday 24 February 2017

Year 12 Assessment Block 2

Monday 20 March 2017 – Friday 24 March 2017

Year 7

Year 7 Parents & Student Study Skills Evening with Prue Salter

Monday 3 April 2017

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Gonzaga Barry Centre Level 3 : 3.01-3.04

All Years

Careers Evening (optional)

Tuesday 14 March 2017

3:30pm – 7:00pm

Gonzaga Barry Centre