HSC Minimum Standards 2020

We recently communicated to all Year 9 parents via the Parent Information Evening, email and the newsletter about the changes to the HSC minimum standards that will come into effect in 2020, when our current Year 9 students complete the HSC. 

For further information regarding these minimum standards please visit the NESA website, or follow the link to engage with sample questions for the Literacy and Numeracy demonstration tests. You are always welcome to contact us via email

Year 12 parents and students, please note that the HSC Trial Examination block will run from Thursday 27 July 2017 to Monday 14 August 2017.  The Trial Timetable will be released to students early in Term 2.  Additionally, the HSC exam timetable is yet to be released, however the NESA website has released key dates for the HSC examination block and dates for the practical examinations. 


Ms Kieryn Bateman

Acting Director of Learning


NAPLAN Testing

On 9 –  11 May, Loreto students in Years 5, 7 and 9 will be undertaking NAPLAN testing. There has been some debate about the purposes of NAPLAN testing and a number of contradictory opinions about the value of the tests. Nevertheless, educators agree that diagnostic testing is a valuable tool to help teachers identify the learning challenges faced by their students. Diagnostic testing is undertaken by all teachers in some form or another and is one of a number of important tools used by teachers to measure student progress.  This kind of testing allows teachers to ascertain exactly where each student stands in relation to particular skills and understandings.

So why does there exist such controversy around these tests? NAPLAN is national diagnostic testing and the results are shared with the community via the Federal government’s MySchool website. As a consequence, NAPLAN has become a means of comparing schools and many are uncomfortable that a snapshot of students’ learning, at a particular point in time and at such young ages, can become the way  we judge the success of a school community.

What exactly is the value of such testing? NAPLAN is without doubt a narrow test undertaken in a few hours, nevertheless the level of data that this testing provides teachers is rich and gives us valuable information. At Loreto we use such data to target teaching both for groups and individuals. NAPLAN results give teachers the opportunity to identify what students need to improve and target teaching to the particular skill or knowledge that needs to be developed.

How does NAPLAN impact the HSC? You may have heard that the government has recently launched a minimum HSC standard in literacy and numeracy from 2020 onwards via the “Stronger HSC Standards” policy. Under this policy the first time  students will be able to demonstrate they have reached the standard is by achieving a Band 8 in the Year 9 NAPLAN tests. It is important to note that this is simply the first of many opportunities that students will have to meet the standard. If a student does not achieve  Band 8 in NAPLAN in Year 9, this does not mean that she will not be awarded an HSC. There will be numerous other opportunities for students to reach the standard by passing the online reading, writing and numeracy tests, which will be available for students to sit in Years 10,  11 and  12 and even for up to five years after beginning their first HSC courses.

For parents of students in Years 5, 7 and 9, as you talk to your daughters about the upcoming tests remind them that these tests are not about passing or failing but about identifying how they can improve their skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. While we as a school advocate familiarisation with the test format, coaching to the test is not encouraged. Your daughter’s learning journey is really only just beginning and NAPLAN is just a traffic light on that journey. So encourage your daughters to see NAPLAN as an opportunity to understand how they can become better learners; students that understand that being a successful learner is about what you do not about who you are.

You can read more about the NAPLAN tests here.

You can find out more about NAPLAN and the HSC here.


Ms Kieryn Bateman, Acting Director of Learning

and Mme Maryse Martin, Acting Dean of Learning  


Parent Information Evening – PODCAST Recordings – Friday 3 March 2017 

For parents who couldn’t attend the Parent Information Evening on Friday 3 March, information from the evening is provided below in a podcast for you to view. Please note, this information will only be accessible until the end of term.

Year 7 Information Night       Password: year7loreto

Year 8 Information Night       Password: year8loreto

Year 9 Information Night       Password: year9loreto

Year 10 Information Night    Password: year10loreto

Year 11 Information Night       Password: year11loreto


Dates to Remember –  Term 1 2017

Year 12

Year 12 Assessment Block 2

Monday 20th March – Tuesday 28 March 2017

Students will receive notification of any changes to the assessment dates.

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

On Monday 3rd April, Dr Prue Salter will speak to year 7 students and their parents about how to develop effective study skills. Her presentation will focus on how to create an environment that is conducive to good study habits. Dr Salter also considers upon developing good communication between students and their parents so that conversations about school work are solutions focused rather than fraught with tension. Prue’s presentation is interactive and gives our students and their parents an opportunity to talk about how girls can organize their time efficiently so that they can work productively and avoid last minute stress. It is refreshing and practical presentation and we ask that all year 7 students and their parents attend. Please aim to arrive at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.


Looking Ahead  – Dates to Remember –  Term 2  2017

Years 7-11

Academic Plenary Meetings

Friday 5 May 2017

1:00pm – 7:00pm

Various classrooms

Monday 8 May 2017

3:30pm – 7:00pm

School Gymnasium

Information and booking link will be provided next term

Years 5, 7, 9


Tuesday 9 May 2017

 Wednesday 10 May 2017

 Thursday 11 May  2017

Year 12

Assessment Block 1

Monday 15 May 2017 –  Friday 19 May 2017

Please note that due to scheduling constraints Assessments may fall outside of the block. Students are issued with Assessment Task Notifications and advised of any revisions to the schedule.

Assessment Block 2

Monday 29 May 2017 – Wednesday 7 June 2017

Please note that due to scheduling constraints Assessments may fall outside of the block. Students are issued with Assessment Task Notifications and advised of any revisions to the schedule.

Year 10

Year 11 2018 Subject Selection Evening

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Students attend with parents

Deirdre Rofe Centre