Year 12 Parent Information Evening

Surviving the final months of the HSC – A family Guide

Whether you are a new parent to the HSC or have been on this journey before, each student will navigate their own journey with their highs, lows, struggles, achievements and joys.  This information session will give you some insight into ‘Surviving the final months of the HSC’ and provide some useful strategies and information to help you support your daughter through the final stages of her HSC year. 

Date: Monday 23 July 2018

Time: 7PM

Location: GBC 3.01 – 3.04

Open to all parents and Year 12 students the session will explore:

  • strategies and tips for approaching the HSC Trial and HSC examinations
  • key milestones in the lead up to the HSC
  • career, post school and other options


Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning


ACARA Item Testing Term 3

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)  oversees the delivery of tests for NAPLAN and they have been working with schools to shape future online NAPLAN testing.  In 2017 Loreto Normanhurst participated in a program to test our ICT readiness. This year the school has been selected by  ACARA to undertake online Item Testing in Reading and Numeracy  for Years 7 and 9  where they will test the types of questions they may ask in future NAPLAN tests.  

For the 50 students participating in the ACARA Item Testing, there is no need to prepare for the questions and the results will not be recorded.  ICT will work with the nominated classes to ensure the girls  have the correct IT infrastructure for the test. 

The trial will not only be useful for ACARA but will also assist the school in our preparation for future online NAPLAN testing.

The students participating will be notified by their teacher in due course, and their parents will be notified by email at the beginning of Term 3. 

The dates and times for the testing are as follows:

Year 9

Date: Tuesday 31 July – Periods 1-4

Year 7

 Date: Thursday 16 August – Periods 1-4

If you are informed that your daughter will be participating and you have any queries please contact the Learning Office.


Mr Martin Pluss

Dean of Learning




The subject selection process has begun for Year 8 students who, in Week 1 of Term 3, will be choosing their elective subjects. An initial presentation was made to Year 8 during Conversation Period last week, and they will receive more in depth presentations by the Heads of Departments in Week 1 next term regarding the elective subject choices available to them. An Elective Subject Selection Handbook will also be made available to Year 8 students and parents in the next few days.


Students in Year 10 are continuing to engage in some discernment relating to their subject choices for Years 11 and 12. There have been a number of considered, robust and reflective conversations occurring between students, parents and members of staff during the Subject Selection Plenaries allowing students to make informed and appropriate choices for their pattern of senior studies.


On Friday 27 July in Week 1 of Term 3, Year 10 will complete a series of educational tests in Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, Spelling and Written Expression.  The tests will be conducted on behalf of the school by Academic Assessment Services (AAS) and will provide valuable information as to the progress of the students.  These results, in conjunction with other results from students’ ongoing assessments, help us to plan more effectively to meet the needs of students and the year group as a whole.  Results will be forwarded families later in the year.


This week Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services  conducted a study skills session with Year 12, building on the skills learned last year in Year 11.  The focus of the session was looking ahead to the approaching examination blocks and how students can ensure they are well-prepared.  Students explored steps to make effective study notes and also reflected on the study techniques they traditionally use, while exploring new techniques they could implement from the latest research in order to improve their results. Students also discussed how much time they should allocate to schoolwork during term time (2-3 hours per night) and the type of independent learning they should consistently be doing throughout the year.  Students were given guidance for planning their study time in the holidays prior to the Trial HSC Exams and HSC Exams. All secondary students at our school also have access to a great study skills website to help them develop their skills. To access, go to the Study Skills Handbook website   and enter:  Username: loretonh and Password:  loretonh


Ms Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning 



Dates to Remember –  Term 3  2018


Parents and Students of Year 12

Year 12 Parent Information Evening

Date: Monday 23 July 2017

Time: 7PM

Location: GBC 3.01 – 3.04


Years 9 & 10



Years 9 & 10 Academic Awards Assembly


Wednesday 25 July




Years 7 & 8


Years 7 & 8 Academic Awards Assembly

Wednesday 1 August



Year 12

Year 12 Trial HSC Examinations

Thursday 2 August to Monday  20 August

School Community


Friday 31 August

Year 11

Year 11 Examinations

Monday 3 September to Friday 14 September

Year 12 Year 12 Awards Ceremony

Friday 21 September

10:15am for a 10:30am start




Dates to Remember –  Term 4  2018

Year 12 HSC Examinations

Thursday 18 October to Friday 9 November

Year 10 Year 10 Examinations Monday 5 November to Tuesday 13 November
Year 10 Year 10 YCON 2018

Monday 19 November to Friday 30 November

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