A message from the Acting Director of Learning – Year 10 subject selection 

On Tuesday we welcomed our Year 10 students and their parents to our annual Subject Selection Evening.  This event was hosted by the Learning and Careers teams to provide information to parents and their daughters about the Preliminary and HSC courses on offer at Loreto.  Various requirements of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) relating to courses and subjects were explained on the evening.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents and students who were able to attend, along with the many teachers  who made themselves available to share their wisdom and expertise with the students during the Subject Market. 

The content covered during the presentation component of the evening included NESA requirements for the HSC, preconceptions about the ATAR and scaling, the role of the University Admission Centre (UAC) in the ATAR process, the guiding principles of subject selection, changes to the 2018-2019 HSC and the role of parental guidance in the process.   A PODCAST of the evening can be found at: Year 10 Subject Selection Year 11 2018, enter the password: year10loreto.

The Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM) embraces a holistic education that fosters growth across all aspects of our FACE curriculum.  It is imperative that as students transition into their senior studies  at Loreto, they don’t lose sight of this holistic approach.  Whilst the academic focus is essential in Years 11 and 12, a truly enriching and valuable experience can only occur if the faith, community and extra-curricular aspects of the curriculum are equally embraced.  On Tuesday evening, and for the past number of weeks, we have urged your daughters to be mindful of this as they move into this process of discernment with subject selection.  Research and experience tells us that contentment and success arise from making choices that are aligned to our PASSION and our PURPOSE.  It is difficult for Year 10 students to have a clear grasp of their passion   and purpose at such a young age, however if they own their subject choice decisions and they make them whilst being mindful of their interests and motivations, then they will find their senior years sustainable and enriching. 

I include below the prayer that we shared on Tuesday evening.  Given the process of decision-making our Year 10s are about to embark on, I think the poetry and wisdom offered by this prayer is both apt and comforting. 


After a while, you learn the subtle difference

between holding a hand and chaining a soul…

and you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning

and company doesn’t mean security

and you begin to learn that kisses are not contracts

and presents are not promises.

And you begin to accept your defeats,

with your head held high and your eyes open and with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child,

and you learn to build all your roads on today,

tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for your plans. 

After a while, you learn that even sunshine burns

if you get too much.


So plant your own garden,

and decorate your own soul

instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers

and you will learn that you really can endure,

and you really are special

and that you really do have worth.

So live to learn and know yourself

In doing so…you will learn to live.


Changes to the 2018-2019 Higher School Certificate

Please follow this link to read about the changes for the HSC in 2018-2019.  Our Heads of Department and teachers are currently planning for these changes and will be ready to commence teaching new syllabuses in History, English, Science and Mathematics for the Preliminary 2018 courses.  These changes affect all schools in NSW and should not be any cause for concern. 

Further information about UAC and the ATAR can also be accessed on the UAC website


Ms Kieryn Bateman

Acting Director of Learning


Year 12 Study Skills Session – 22 June 2017

To assist our Year 12 students in the development of their study and examination skills and to give all students a greater opportunity to improve and maximise their marks, we have organised a study skills session for the year group on Thursday 22  June. Prue Salter of Enhanced Learning Educational Services  will be conducting the 90 minute session for the students, building on the work done with the girls in previous years.

 The session is titled ‘Maximising Your Results’ and some of the areas covered are:

 Developing a plan of action for the holidays and the weeks before the Trial HSC Examinations.

  1. Improving and finalising study notes (what students can do to improve their study notes in order to make it easier for them to learn the information).
  2. Studying effectively (making your study more efficient and suitable for the way in which you learn best).
  3. Understanding and helping the brain and memory (looking at the implications of the latest research and understanding how the mind and memory works).
  4. Overcoming obstacles (such as procrastination and time management issues).

 The session is designed to help students develop a specific study plan to make the most of the time before the Trial HSC Examinations. Students leave the session with a good understanding of exactly what they should be doing and feel confident about their ability to follow the steps to prepare effectively for their final examinations and improve on their results.


Subject Selection process for Year 11 2018 

Year 10 students have been taking part in the Subject Selection process for Year 11 2018. This has involved a subject selection presentation morning where they heard about the subjects available for study from Heads of Department and the information evening for parents and their daughters. Students, parents and leaders of learning are now involved in Subject Selection Plenaries which are an opportunity for a more personalised discussion about students’ career and study aspirations and how the subjects they select for senior study can help them achieve their goals.

If you are a Year 10 parent and have not yet booked your subject selection plenary please go to the  PTO Login page to make an appointment. Please contact learning@loretonh.nsw.edu.au if there aren’t any suitable times available. If you are a boarding parent and the times available on PTO do not suit please contact either Jo Hallinan   or Suzanne Leahy, the Deans of Boarding for further assistance.


Mrs Carolina Murdoch

Dean of Learning


Dates to Remember –  Term 3  2017

Year 12

Year 12 Parent Information Evening

Monday 17 July

Curran Theatre

Year 10

ASS (Allwell) Progress Testing

Friday  21 July

Year 12

HSC Trial Examination

27 July – 14 August

Years 7 – 12

Year 12 Awards Ceremony

Friday 15 September