NAPLAN testing for Years 5, 7 & 9 has now concluded. Congratulations to all students for the calm and mature way they conducted themselves throughout the testing period.

Literacy and numeracy are critical elements of learning and it is important to understand how each student is progressing in establishing these foundations. The NAPLAN tests provide valuable information to all schools about the performance of their students and supports  schools  to focus teaching on areas of need. The tests also help parents see how their child is progressing against national standards. A NAPLAN report will be issued later in the year.


Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning


 VALID Science Assessment

Year 8 Results from 2017

Current Year 9 students completed the Validation of Assessment 4 Learning and Individual Development (VALID) when they were in Year 8 in November 2017 and parents will be receiving their result in the mail shortly. 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.

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

The highlights are:

  • Students performed at least 10 points above the state mean on all sections.
  • 6 % of students achieved Level 6, which is the highest level – compared with 1.4 % state and 39.6 % achieved Level 5 compared with 20.9 % statewide.
  • Of the 75 short answer questions the school scored more than 10% above the state mean in 40 questions and was above the state mean for 73 questions.
Overall Extended response Knowledge & Understanding Planning Design and Conducting Problem Solving and Communicating
Loreto Normanhurst mean 95.0 92.5 96.3 96.4 94.9
State mean 87.4 87.4 87.9 87.6 87.3


In addition to the test, students also completed 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 high level of enjoyment and connection between the Science they learn in class and their everyday lives.

Congratulations to these students on their fantastic performances and we look forward to continuing to work with them through Year 9 this year.


Mr David Little

Head of Science


Years 7-11 Academic Plenary Meeting Evenings


Academic Plenaries are a valuable opportunity for students, supported by teachers, to share their learning progress with their parents. It is the school’s expectation that all families attend so they can meet their daughter’s teachers and receive valuable feedback.  Teachers will be available for five minute meetings on:

  • Tuesday 22 May – 3.30pm to 6.30pm held in the School Gymnasium

Reservations for the Plenary meetings are made via the PTO Booking System which can be accessed either via the internet online or the free PTO APP (instructions below). The PTO website is now open and will remain open until 10pm on the evening prior to each Plenary.  On the day of the Plenaries changes or cancellations will need to be advised by email to the Learning Office.   If for some reason you are unable to attend you will need to contact your daughter’s Head of House.  Alternative times outside this opportunity cannot be accommodated unless there are extenuating circumstances.



  1. Go to the PTO Login page
  2. The PTO booking site will be launched. Tick OBTAIN PIN/PASSWORD and enter the email address that you have provided to the school as your contact email (the address at which you received this information). Your individual PIN will be emailed to you.
  3. Full instructions for making your bookings will appear on your screen.
  4. Check the times booked and either print the booking schedule or download the PTO App to refer to on the evening.


  1. Download App
  2. Select Region Australia
  3. Add School Code  3z95a
  4. Follow prompts

When making your bookings, please leave adequate time to move between appointments – 5 to 10 minutes is suggested. Teachers will endeavour to meet the appointment time, but there are always inevitable delays. We ask for your patience during the evening. Some teachers may have requested an interview with you in which case the symbol     will be displayed alongside the class name.

Parking will be available on the oval (weather permitting), any carpark on school grounds or in Mt Pleasant Avenue.  Please do not park on Osborn Road.

Prior to attending your meetings, please collect your name label from Mrs Rachael Jarick at the check-in Reception desk located at each venue.   Tea, coffee and water will be available.  In-line with our sustainability focus, it would be appreciated if you could please bring your own reusable cup such as a Keep Cup and/or a refillable drink bottle.

Please email Mrs Rachael Jarick if you have any questions or if you find you are unable to attend an appointment on the afternoon of the Plenaries.



Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning


Dates to Remember –  Term 2 2018

Years 7-11 Academic Plenary Meetings Tuesday 22 May

3.30pm – 6.30pm



Year 12


Year 12 Assessment Term 2 Block 2 Monday 28 May – Tuesday 5 June
Year 10 Subject Selection Evening Wednesday 6 June

6.30pm – 8.30pm



Year 10


Subject Selection Individual Plenaries Term 2: Weeks 7 – 9
Years 11 & 12 Years 11 & 12 Academic Awards Assembly Wednesday 27 June



Year 12 Year 12 Study Skills – Dr Prue Salter (Students) Thursday 28 June


Curran Theatre



Dates to Remember –  Term 3  2018


Years 9 & 10



Years 9 & 10Academic Awards Assembly


Wednesday 25 July




Years 7 & 8


Years 7 & 8 Academic Awards Assembly Wednesday 1 August



Year 12 Year 12 Awards Ceremony Friday 21 September

10:15am for a 10:30am start




Dates to Remember –  Term 4  2018

Years 7 – 11 Years 7 – 11 Awards Ceremony Thursday  6 December



Year 12 HSC Results Principal’s Morning Tea Friday 14 December

10:00am – 11:00am

Mary Ward Quad