Newsletter 1 February - 1 February 2019
Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

Welcome to all families for the start of 2019 and to what I know will be a wonderful year of growth and joy. I also extend a very warm welcome to our new families who have joined our beautiful school and are now part of our Loreto story.

New beginnings are always accompanied by a mixed bag of emotions – nervousness, excitement, apprehension, curiosity – and I shared these feelings with the staff and students who have started the first chapter of their story at Loreto Normanhurst this year.  I spoke to Years 5 and 6 about the ‘butterflies’ that had paid me a little visit this week, being early days of this new chapter for me in my role as Principal. My butterflies were settled by the first day squeals and hugs as the girls greeted each other around the Mary Ward statue. They were further settled by the genuine interest with which girls asked me how my holidays were, the bright spark which lit girls’ faces as they smiled and said hello, and the sincerity with which they asked me about “day one as Principal” when we saw each other at the gates at the end of the day. It is our relationships with one another, relationships marked by trust and respect, which give us the freedom and courage to be our own natural selves and thereby strengthen the richness of the whole community to which we belong.

The arrival of our students over the last couple of days has returned the heartbeat and pulse of our school.  Our boarders have settled in well to their ‘home away from home’ since their return and our new boarders continue to embrace boarding life and all the opportunities it brings. I look forward to joining the boarding community for their Commitment Weekend.

After having welcomed Years 5 and 6 and their families on Thursday morning, we sensed immediately that our community was whole again.  Sometimes we see each other more than once in a day and I love that each time we do, we greet each other with a smile, with ‘hello’, with some acknowledgement that each one of us creates the oneness of our community – that we bring our unique gifts, backgrounds, perspectives and stories – those of our families and those of our growing selves – to the whole.

A lot has happened since we were together as one community. For some of our families it has also been a time of hardship and sadness.  If there is any way that the school can support you through these times, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. On Monday afternoon I was speaking with many boarder families and they told me of the impact which the extreme heat conditions and ongoing drought are having in local communities and families, including  some areas having Level 4 water restrictions which will escalate to Level 5 (reliance on bore water) by March should there not be a significant change in conditions.  Please continue to keep our boarder families and communities in your prayers.

In our local communities, nations and world we have been challenged by stories of children and people who remain in offshore detention, of violence against women, reports of power struggles and conflict, and shocking images of the state of our rivers and waterways. Sometimes we can be dragged down so quickly by the dark shadow cast by these images and words. One blessing of being surrounded by young people is that this sort of darkness is very brightly overshadowed by future-focus and hope through the very fact of their youth and by their courage to act out of love and not fear.  One example of this is that given by the group of Year 11 students who took part in the Yarrabah immersion experience just after school ended in December. I commend these girls for their generosity of spirit, humility and grace and give thanks that they showed the wider community what it means to be young women for others. I also sincerely thank Ms Samarasinghe and Ms Morosin who accompanied the girls on the journey.  

This year, along with all Loreto schools in Australia, we are celebrating the value of Sincerity and what that means for us as a community. As we commemorated ‘Mary Ward Week’ which commenced on the day of Mary Ward’s birth, 23 January, and ended on the day of her death, 30 January, it was timely to reflect on what we can learn from her life as we focus on Sincerity. Throughout her life, Mary Ward strove to act in response to the deep stirrings of her heart and spirit, by listening fully and openly to God.  Mary listened to her own heart, and through the process of discernment came to fully embrace the gift of who she was. Like Mary Ward, we remind ourselves that it is through our own self-knowledge that we are able to have authentic relationships with ourselves and with others.

I write my reflections this week  having just returned from our first Friday Morning Communion Service, so beautifully led by our Year 12 Eucharistic Ministers. Joining in this celebration this morning, being nourished by the Eucharist and the reflection of our Year 12 leaders who thoughtfully broke open today’s Gospel, it really did affirm that we are ‘back’ and ready to take on a new year with grit and grace.

I share with you the Opening Prayer from this morning’s Communion Service as a blessing as we begin this new year together.


Dear Lord,

We open our hearts and our minds to let your loving presence bless us this morning.

At the beginning of this new year, let your warmth and support guide us into a year of joy, kindness, and importantly the value for this year, Sincerity.

We pray that you give us strength to be resilient and passionate in our faith and our trust in you.

Teach us to be honest to ourselves and to those around us in order to create truthful and sincere relationships in the year ahead.

This we pray, through Christ Our Lord.




Ms Marina Ugonotti



Deputy Principal

Deputy Principal

Why I love languages, especially the language of Loreto

How is it that a monolingual English speaking kid came to a good degree of fluency in several languages? Part of the reason I love languages is that they are proof to me that within everyone there is something waiting to be ignited, and often it takes an inspiring teacher to light the flame!

My foray into languages came as a complete surprise to me. I grew up in an English speaking family, I only had access to an English speaking community and environment and I had never travelled to a non-English speaking country. But I did have a very proud maternal grandmother of Italian heritage who romanticised endlessly about her ancestors. On my first day of Year 7, a very stately, glamourous and fashionable Parisian walked into my classroom. My French teacher. I still remember the learning of the day, as will anyone reading this who was educated in the audio-lingual era. “Allô, c’est Philippe Ledoux?” Well, I was hooked. As soon as I was able to make my elective choices for Year 8 I hurriedly added Italian to my study of languages, as much to make my grandmother proud, I’m sure. I then added Portuguese to the armoury whilst on a 12-month exchange to Brazil. This truly awoke my senses to what it means to speak, dream,  think, understand and feel in another language. This also meant appreciating other people’s culturally bound motivations, limitations and worldviews, including my own.

What I love most about learning languages is that one’s inner world can feel more expansive for everything that languages bring. There is a word in Portuguese, ‘saudade’, which can only be best translated as longing or nostalgia or homesickness, but the actual sentiment is deeper, more raw and there is no equivalent word in English. I know what it feels to experience ‘saudade’ in a way that I didn’t fully understand before learning Portuguese. I have always loved how my junior French classes would laugh every time I said ‘Oh là là’! Then I would hear several whispers of imitation as it became internalised in their being, waiting for the right moment to be used one day. Something in their understanding of that ‘Oh là là’ recognised that no such expression in English holds quite the same meaning.

In the same way that my inner life would be poorer for not having immersed myself in languages for many years, it would be poorer again without the language of Loreto to give my life shape, direction, richness, anchoring, fullness, hope and love. It might be my favourite language, if the truth be told. Sincerity, verity, felicity, justice and freedom of spirit…I savour these words that have taken on a renewed flavour and meaning in my life since I joined this language lesson, to the extent that they make me feel differently. In properly seeking to understand this language, these words and ideals challenge me. They stretch me. Like any good learning, it is not meant to be easy; it is meant to make us fuller humans in order that we might live better, love better, contribute more. That is growing fluency right there. A beautiful thing to behold.

The roots of a language are fascinating things to study. The language of Loreto, brought forth into a modern world by a daring woman, has its roots firmly grounded in the Gospel. Inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus, Mary Ward challenged her contemporaries into a new way of being that afforded a broad, liberal education for girls with faith at the core. I think the world remains thirsty for languages like Loreto, at once counter cultural yet enduring. How blessed are we to be part of a rich international community, united by this language of the heart, mind and spirit.

Dare I suggest that wherever you may be on the ‘language of Loreto’ proficiency scale is exactly where you are meant to be. May the teachers of this very alive language – our beloved Loreto Sisters, staff, students, ex-students, and parents alike – continue to take good carriage of this precious offering to the world and through their very example of a life well lived be testament to this ongoing gift.

My warmest wishes to you all as we embark on our new year held in this familial, celebratory, gentle and strong Loreto Normanhurst community.


Ms Sophie Kearns

Deputy Principal

Director of Learning

Director of Learning

Loreto Normanhurst – A Community of Growth

2019 has begun with great energy and anticipation.  With sincerity guiding us as our value for the year we are reminded of what it is to be true to ourselves, to act with authenticity and to be open to the growth of ourselves and the growth of others.  What a perfect lens for us to reflect on our roles in educating the girls who are in our care – for parents and teachers alike.  As such, our teachers here at Loreto have been reflecting on what student growth looks like and how we can develop conditions that are optimal for our students to flourish. 

The value of sincerity has been so beautifully articulated by our student leaders in our sincerity prayer as they offer up the words: our God “accept[s] our strengths and struggles, delight[s] in our diversity and uniqueness”.  Indeed, the strengths, struggles, diversity and weaknesses that enrich our community should be at the forefront of our minds, as we work with our students and daughters to bring them to their own self-acceptance.  This self-acceptance and self-love will in turn lead to their development and growth across the FACE curriculum. 

It was precisely this topic – the growth of our students – that we were able to celebrate at the conclusion of 2018 at our Years 7-11 Awards Ceremony on 7 December.  We were delighted to see so many parents present to celebrate the successes of our students across a wide array of areas.  There were over 1000 certificates, medals and trophies issued on the day, and a plethora of major awards also bestowed on worthy recipients.  I would like to take this opportunity to again acknowledge the major award winners:

ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award

Caitlin La Rose – Year 10 2018

Reuben F.Scarf Award for exceptional commitment, integrity and generosity

Sarah Donnison – Year 11 2018

Johanna Roach Memorial Shield for a student in Year 8 who demonstrates kindness, generosity and creative flair

Eden Thomas – Year 8 2018

Sister Veronica Reid Award for Environmental Stewardship

Emma Davies – Year 10 2018

Burgett Family Award for a student who supports the values of the school and the school community

Anastasia Leaver – Year 11 2018

Macquarie University Professional and Community Engagement Prize

Abigail Mulcaster – Year 11 2018

Sydney University Prize for Academic Excellence in Year 10

Isabella Greenhalgh – Year 10 2018

The Cath Leary Prize for Service to Social Justice

Luka Swain – Year 10 2018

The Sister Eileen Kean Year 10 Award for Excellence in Mathematics

Olivia Carrozzi – Year 10 2018

The Matt Kean Award for Leadership

Susannah Coady – Year 11 2018

The Dr Leoni Degenhardt Award for Distinguished Achievement in Holistic Learning

Abby Hartshorne – Year 10 2018

The Hornsby Shire Council Award for Academic Excellence in Year 11

Grace Campbell – Year 11 2018

The Merril O’Halloran Year 10 Award for Excellence in PDHPE

Grace Napoli – Year 10 2018

The Jennifer Trotter Award for Australian History

Isabella Greenhalgh – Year 10 2018.


There were also many students recognised for their academic achievement with the Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence – we extend our congratulations to these students. 

We also acknowledge Grace Campbell, who was the recipient of the Academy Access Award from Western Sydney University.  Grace and her family attended a ceremony at the university on 11 December 2018.  This award acknowledges the academic excellence of a Year 11 student, providing the recipient with an incredible range of options in the future such as overseas development programs, internships, mentoring programs and UN forums in Asia, to name a few.  Congratulations to Grace for demonstrating a truly holistic approach to her learning and embracing so many opportunities here at Loreto. 

I look forward to sharing many more student growth stories with the community as the year unfolds. 

Grace Campbell,Year 11 2018, recipient of the Academy Access Award from Western Sydney University 


Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning

Launching SchoolTV – Partnering with Parents 

Launching SchoolTV – Partnering with Parents 

Welcome back to all families as we look forward to another year of sharing in the care and growth of your daughters. The buzz in the air around the school grounds this week has been palpable – it is indeed a reminder of the need to celebrate the energy and enthusiasm that our young people bring to this community. 

A unique aspect of our Pastoral Care roles is the privilege of working in partnership with families. In this year of celebrating the value of Sincerity we continue to nurture this relationship, as together we work to grow our girls as independent and confident women of truth and compassion. As we are aware, young people today are faced with wonderful opportunities; yet at times, there may be challenges as they work to balance the demands of study, extra-curricular activities and a healthy social life. The upper primary and adolescent years are a time of rapid growth and change and it is often during this period that some concerns may surface. Parents and educators are well positioned to support young people during these years. At a time when the wellbeing of our youth has never been more challenged, staying connected with your daughter and keeping abreast of the challenges she may be facing is particularly important and provides her with a sense of security and confidence.

In order to assist our parents in navigating their way through the challenges of modern-day parenting, I am pleased to inform you that Loreto Normanhurst will be providing access to SchoolTV, a digital platform which aims to inform and empower parents in dealing with the issues faced by today’s youth. Every month, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg introduces a new topic and interviews specialists  to offer their advice. Information is presented in bite-size pieces that you can watch and read anywhere at any time on any device. 

SchoolTV aggregates information from many leading organisations and offers useful articles, fact sheets, apps, websites and other recommended video content. This creates an easy to access resource at your fingertips, providing accessible and empowering information in a unique and easy to understand manner. 

SchoolTV is now available for the Loreto Normanhurst community and we launch with two editions: ‘School Transitions’ and ‘Surviving Year 12’ – addressing topic areas that we know all our families will appreciate at this time.

SchoolTV can be accessed at any time via this link, which you are advised to bookmark for easy access in the future.


School Transitions

Whether it is starting at a new school for the first time, moving up to a higher year group or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. However, transitioning is an ongoing process. It can continue long after students have entered their new environment and they may encounter difficulties at a number of different stages. These stressors may appear as anxiety and frustration and result in negative or disruptive behaviours. Such behaviours can become problematic making the transitioning process even more difficult for children and parents. In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn practical strategies to assist your child during the transition process and reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Here is the link to this month’s edition.


Surviving Year 12

It was wonderful to have so many parents attend our Year 12 Parent Information session ‘The Year Ahead’ on Wednesday night. You and your daughter were provided with useful information and strategies to navigate the year ahead.  As we heard, the HSC year is a time of hard work and a huge commitment for students. With so much going on it can be hard to find the balance between study and life and it is often a time when personalities start to emerge, there are more complex interpersonal relationships and there is the pressure to perform academically. With all of this going on, it’s not surprising that some students have an emotional response and it is therefore extremely important for parents to know how to support their daughter during this time. In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice for students and parents to help get through the final year of secondary school.

Here is the link to this month’s edition.


We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and do hope that you find the information and the resources available within the links valuable. If you have any concerns about your daughter at any time throughout the year, or would like further information, please so not hesitate to contact us


Mrs Lynn Long

Director of Pastoral Care



Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in our heart.

 Rumi, a thirteenth century Sufi


A few years ago there was an advertisement on SBS television portraying people who have drifted into some form of work without having given the nature of that work or their desire for it much thought, or who took on a job for just a few months but ended up staying in it much longer than they ever intended, as the years drifted by.  It was aimed at encouraging people to think about what they really want to do and then to take action, realizing that it is never too late to study or train for that work.  The catch line was:  I want to do the work I really want to do!  Particularly at this time of the year as people return to work after the summer holiday, the question of work and career and just how happy or content we may be can loom large in our thinking.  Our work, our career, may span up to 40 or 50 years and we are directly engaged in that for a large portion of each week and each day.  It is something that deserves much thought and discernment, and indeed, soul-searching.                

When the great Indian leader, and deeply spiritual, Mahatma Gandhi was asked if he had a message to give the people, he replied, ‘My life is my message’.  Gandhi’s life of simplicity and service was his message.  This is what he valued, and therefore it was how he lived.  Each of our lives is also a message which says something of the philosophy and the beliefs we hold.  This includes beliefs about the nature of life and of ourselves, what is beautiful and good and true, the spiritual dimension of life, and most significantly, what is worth devoting our life to.  Much of this lies deep within us and may often be unconscious and unrecognised.  We need to bring it into our awareness.  In order to make our life our message, as Gandhi did, we need to discover and acknowledge those deepest principles and beliefs about life and ourselves and seek to embody them and express them in our work.

To what is your heart drawn?  What is really important in your life?  What really matters?  What would you be better off doing more of, less of?  These are the essential questions we must reflect upon.  Deep within every life there is something eternal happening.  St Ignatius of Loyola exclaimed that we are ‘from God, of God and for God’.  If we truly believe that, then we will recognise that what lies deep within us is indeed sacred, holy.  It is of God.  It is, in fact, God come to visible expression in each of us!  When we look at ourselves in this way we see the immense significance of what we do, our career, our work.  This is what we mean when we speak of a vocation.  The word ‘vocation’ comes from the Latin vocare, to call, and that is truly what it is, a calling.  The work, the career we choose, when understood to be a vocation, is a calling forth of who we most deeply are.  And we then need to make the necessary choices in order to pursue the path that will allow us to express and fulfil that.

Read more

Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator

Primary School News

Primary School News

Friendship is a sheltering tree.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge


There was excitement in the air as the Primary School welcomed returning students and our new Year 5 girls to commence the fifth year of the re-opened Primary School. The girls beamed as they found their lockers, their Year 6 buddies and their place in the Learning Common. It is a joy to welcome the girls and their families into the Loreto Normanhurst community. 

As the girls settled into their classrooms and beautiful learning spaces there was much joy, laughter and the beginnings of new friendships. Other highlights from this week include onboarding of the iPads, House time and walking to the Senior School for specialist lessons in Art, Music, PE and back to the Primary School for Chinese. We visited the Chapel and started to learn about the history, values and traditions we have at Loreto. Today we started to learn the musical items that we will be performing at the Music Festival in March.


Charlotte and Mia from Year 5 summed up their experiences so far, stating:

” I loved seeing all the happy smiles and meeting all the friends I made on Orientation Day.”

Charlotte Horbach


“I loved the community and the environment and how everyone is so nice and friendly.”

Mia Khoudair


As we settle into the rhythms and routines of the school year, much of the novelty (and nerves) of the first few days has dissipated into a general feeling of calm with students now ensconced in their new classes and engaged in their learning. It has been wonderful to observe how seamlessly our new students have transitioned and integrated into the community.

A reminder that our Parent Information evening is on next Wednesday 6 February from 7.00-8.00pm in the Primary School Learning Common. This is a must for all parents as it outlines the roadmap for the year.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary



‘Together for a better internet’

The 2019 theme for Safer Internet Day is: ‘Together for a better internet’ and this week we spoke to Years 10-12  about ICT expectations for this year. We will also speak to Years 7- 9 students in the following weeks.

The following points were discussed:

  • We would like students to take appropriate care of their laptop. This starts with using a carry case and being mindful of where they place their laptop when they are working.
  • We encourage students to take their laptop to the ICT Help Desk for minor issues so that they can be fixed under warranty or accidental damage.  This will ensure that they will have a fully operational laptop for three years.
  • It is important that students back up their work and check that their work is being fully synced to the cloud. We also suggest a backup of work to a hard drive at home.
  • Becoming a digitally organised learner is a skill which develops over time. We specifically discussed the need to use folders and perhaps rules in their Outlook email and suggested developing the good structure for note taking  through the use of OneNote or folders and subfolders if the preference is to use Word documents.

Tuesday 5 February is   Safer Internet Day 2019 .  #eSafety is important for all of us to understand and act upon.


Mr Martin Pluss

Dean of Learning


Dates to Remember:

yEARS 7 – 12

Assembly Years 10 & 11 RoSA 2019

Wednesday 13 February

11:55am – 12:55pm


Year 12

Year 12 Academic Plenary Meetings

Friday 22 February  3:30pm – 6:30pm


Year 12 Assessment Block 1

Monday 18 February – Thursday 22 February

Year 12 Assessment Block 2

Monday 18 March– Monday 25 March

Year 11

Year 11 Parent Information Evening

Monday 4 February

Year 10

Minimum Standards Testing

Thursday 28 February – Friday 1 March

Careers Evening

Tuesday 12 March

Year 7 & 9

NAPLAN Online Practice

Monday 25 March – Friday 29 March

Year 7

Year 7 Parents & Student Study Skills Evening with Prue Salter

Monday 1 April   7:00pm – 8:30pm



Bell Shakespeare Artist in Residence Program

Bell Shakespeare Artist in Residence Program

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Following seven years of successful collaboration with the Bell Shakespeare company we are once again delighted to provide the opportunity for our Year 10 Drama students to immerse themselves in the world, words and wonder of Shakespeare.

Next week both Year 10 classes will participate in the Bell Shakespeare Artist in Residence Program under the direction of Christopher Tomkinson. Mr Tomkinson will run a week long program of workshops which will allow students to delve into the mischief and magic of A Midsummer Night’s Dream whilst honing their performance skills and working as an ensemble to create their very own abridged version of this well-known comedy.

Date of performance: Friday 8 February
Time: 6:00pm
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes.
Location: School grounds. 

The precise location will be confirmed via the school’s social media channels. We hope to see you there.


Ms Anna-lea Russo

Head of Drama

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

‘Start the year how you wish to finish’

We are off and running for a new year and it is wonderful to have the students back at school. The classrooms and campus grounds are buzzing with the girls and it is lovely catching up with them and hearing about their holiday adventures. Welcome back to our returning students and families and in particular, a very warm welcome to our new students and their families. New beginnings like this enable us all to set goals and priorities and I am confident that students will spend time thinking about these, along with their aspirations for the year ahead. I spoke to students this week about starting their year and how they wish to finish it. This might sound like a challenge for the girls, however, I think it is easily achieved by wearing the uniform correctly and with pride, treating others well, being kind, organised and optimistic about learning and giving everything a go.

This year, students will have opportunities to reflect on and engage with the Loreto value of Sincerity and what this means for them as individuals. Sincerity is all about being in right relationships with others, self and with God. The House curriculum will be one place where students will have opportunities to engage with the value of Sincerity and to reflect on their understanding of it and how it applies to their lives. Encourage your daughter to embrace the myriad of opportunities available to her at school and talk to her about what it means to be sincere, kind and in positive relationships with others.


Student Services Team

Staff work behind the scenes to ensure that your daughter’s school life is seamless. This year our Student Services Team consists of Mrs Emily Visnjic, Office Manager, Mrs Bridget Anderson and Mrs Fiona Hughes. They provide tremendous support to the students in a range of areas including: managing attendance, paperwork for camps, retreats, excursions, immersions, whole school events, liaising with parents, external bodies, supporting Heads of House, Mrs Long, myself and so much more.


Safer Internet Day

A valuable resource for families is The Office of the eSafety Commissioner. This year’s ‘Safer Internet Day’ is being held on Tuesday 5 February. This is an international event to create a safer internet environment for our young people. It began in Europe in 2004 and this year’s theme is ‘Together for A Better Internet’. The Student Council and Year 12 students will lead an activity on Tuesday in Tutor time to raise awareness of this important issue and the need for all of us to engage with the internet in a positive way. I encourage families to discuss issues such as this, including your family technology plan around the use of devices at home. One simple and effective strategy is for mobile phones to be switched to silent in the evening at a designated time and not left in your daughter’s bedroom.

Here is a link which provides you with more information about safer internet day.

Any new year can present challenges for your daughter and she may at times feel anxious and worried about school. Ask questions and keep in touch with us if you think there is something wrong. Please do not hesitate to phone your daughter’s Head of House or the School Counsellors on 9487 3488.


Parent Evening with Dr Tom Nehmy

We are very excited to have Dr Tom Nehmy presenting to parents on Monday 18 February in the Curran Theatre. This year, Dr Nehmy will present on: ‘How to Thrive with Challenges and Change: Cultivating Wellbeing and Resilience in Your Daughter’. We look forward to hearing from Dr Nehmy and hope to see as many parents on the evening. Click here to view the invitation.


Uniform Reminder

 Please support us in relation to school uniform. Your daughter should be wearing her full school uniform to and from school including her hat. One earring in the lower ear lobe that is plain gold or silver studs or sleepers or small white pearls is allowed. No student is permitted to wear excessive makeup, nail polish, necklaces or multiple earrings, sparkly or other shaped earrings. Nails are to be natural and not acrylic or shellac.  If your daughter arrives at school with makeup she will be asked to remove it. Repeated issues with jewelry will result in a conversation with her Head of House or myself. Information pertaining to the Uniform Code is found on pages 23-25 of your daughter’s handbook.


Upcoming Events

Year 7

Traditioning Day

Wednesday 6 February

8.30am to 3.15pm

Year 7 Camp

4pm Wednesday 6 February to

3.15pm Friday 8 February 

Year 7  – 12

Music Festival Rehearsals

Tuesday 12 February

Lunch time


I wish you and your daughters a successful start to Term 1. Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care


Parent Workshop with Dr Tom Nehmy

Parent Workshop with Dr Tom Nehmy

How to Thrive with Challenges & Change: Cultivating wellbeing & resilience in your daughter

PresentED by International Speaker, Dr Tom Nehmy


All parents are encouraged to attend this workshop focusing on wellbeing and resilience as well as strategies for engagement and support.

When: Monday 18 February 2019

Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Where: Loreto Normanhurst – Curran Theatre

Dr Nehmy is an award-wining psychologist, recognised for his work on the resilience, wellbeing and mental health of children and adolescents. He has worked extensively with students, parents and teachers to build their psychological skills. Dr Nehmy provides training, keynote presentations, facilitating and parent education throughout Australasia. He is involved in the accreditation and training process of all Healthy Minds schools.

Click here   to view the invitation.

Social Justice

Social Justice

For some, the term ‘social justice’ equates to addressing the plight of those members of humanity who are in the margins, disadvantaged or at risk. At Loreto Normanhurst, we recognise that addressing environmental issues also fall under the umbrella term of ‘social justice’ – whether it be climate change, pollution or habitat destruction, there is a fall out for people as well as all the other organisms on this planet.

2019 has brought with it unprecedented summer temperatures in Australia, exacerbating the drought. Whilst many continue to use the term global warming to describe the impact of industrialisation and over consumption on our atmosphere, it is more correct to use the term climate change. In the northern hemisphere for example, we have seen record snowfalls and low temperatures in Europe and dangerously low temperatures in the USA this week.

Climate change affects us all, but for many, the effects of drought, flood and bushfires in Australia are felt very intensely. Entire communities continue to be challenged by the drought and the implications of water restrictions and dwindling water supplies. When one considers the strain on communities living through these conditions, it’s easy to see how environmental issues and social justice are interconnected. Globally, our poorest nations are at greatest risk of the effects of climate change, which include food and water shortages, displacement and conflict.

So many of us in the community have succeeded in reducing our use of single-use plastic in our families and Loreto Normanhurst has changed many practices to incorporate reusable items in place of disposable items. Make 2019 the year that you rise to the challenge of reducing electricity consumption in your homes; until there is a seismic shift away from coal-fired power, most units of electricity generated in Australia has a hefty carbon footprint. This article contains some practical, realistic ways in which you can start today.


Mrs Elizabeth Cranfield

Ecology Coordinator



Welcome and Welcome back

And we’re off! On behalf of Sport, I’d like to welcome all the new students and parents to the school and welcome back our returning families – it’s going to be another fantastic year of sport at Normo, with the veritable smorgasbord of sport ahead of us in 2019!


New Faces

We welcome two ‘new’ faces into the Sport Department in 2019 – I say ‘new’ because they’ve both been huge contributors to the school prior to this year as coaches, with Mr Steve Charters (ex-Senior 1sts Football Coach) and Mrs Chloe Congdon (ex-Head Rowing Coach) both coming on board. We welcome them and I know their experience and knowledge are going to be huge assets to the department and the school going forward.


January Rowing Camp

What an incredible week! During the 3rd week of January our rowers were already working, taking part in the annual January Rowing Camp, which returned to Canberra this year. An old adage in sport is you can only control the controllables, and the weather certainly didn’t fit into that category with temperatures up and over 40 degrees for most of the camp. That heat did nothing to deter the girls, who gave their all in preparation for the second half of the season ahead. A big thank you to everyone involved, including Ms Jess Levy and the members of the Sport Department, Mr Matt Curtin and his tremendous group of coaches, the parents who were able to keep our rowers fuelled up across the week and last but not least, the rowers who put in so much effort across the week – bring on the next regatta!


Year 7 grading day

On Saturday 2nd February, there will be a final grading day for all students who are taking part in a Term 1 Sport this year. Students in Year 7 who are playing IGSSA Tennis, IGSSA Softball and LN Badminton will meet in the Gymnasium at 7:45am on Saturday morning. Grading sessions will run from 8am to 10am to allow our coaches and staff to finalise the teams for the upcoming season. Sport-specific gear, such as softball mitts and tennis racquets will be available for students to borrow for the sessions, however all students need to bring their cap and a water bottle. Students playing softball must also bring shin pads and a mouthguard.



We are currently waiting on IGSSA to release the draws for softball and tennis – once the draws are finalised, we will distribute them as soon as possible to all students involved.


Who to see about what

As a handy reference guide, the table below outlines which staff members will be responsible for sports and activities across the year. All enquires about sport at Loreto should be sent to




Snowsports IGSSA Tennis Rowing
Swimming Pathway Tildesley Tennis Equestrian
  Triathlon Athletics Pathway
  IGSSA Basketball  
  Cross Country Pathway  
  IGSSA Netball  
  Hornsby Tennis  
  Hayden Fitness Centre  


Ms Emily Wood

Mr Stephen Charters

Mrs Chloe Congdon

Mrs laura Bryan

IPSHA Sports & Carnivals LN Invitational Badminton IGSSA Softball The Duke of Edinburgh Award Program
LN Activities Program IGSSA Hockey Hills  Netball  
Gymnastics Mollie Dive Rugby 7’s  
Cheerleading IGSSA Water Polo IGSSA Touch Football  
IGSSA Football      


correct sport uniform

An important note regarding correct sport uniform for Saturday competition sport:

Students who are not dressed in the correct uniform for competition will NOT be allowed to play. In the case that a Loreto Sport Staff member is not present, your team coach will have the authority to remove a student from play and/or not allow a student to start play. Thank you in advance, for your cooperation in this matter. It is our expectation that you will be appropriately dressed and in uniform while representing Loreto Normanhurst. Please see your sport specific booklets for full details on what uniform is required for your sport.



We love seeing photos of our girls enjoying sport but, unfortunately, we can’t be everywhere at once. If you’re out and about over the weekend at your daughter’s fixtures, please send through any snaps you get to

If you’re on Twitter, you can follow us at @loretonhsport – tweet us and use the hashtag #LetsGoLoreto and we’ll retweet as many as we can!

If you’re on Facebook, our page is at


2019 Sport Contacts Term 1




IPSHA Sports Ms Emily Wood
Midweek Activities Ms Emily Wood





IGSSA Tennis  Mr Dave Brock
IGSSA Softball Mrs Chloe Congdon
IGSSA Rowing Miss Jess Levy
Badminton Mr Steve Charters
Midweek Activities Ms Emily Wood
Cheerleading Ms Emily Wood
Duke of Edinburgh Award Mrs Laura Bryan
Acting Head of Sport Mr Matt Mulroney


For IGSSA competitions, the full draw points table, venue lists and wet weather details see the IGSSA website here.


Mr Matt Mulroney

 Acting Head of Sport

Development News and Events

Development News and Events

Welcome back to Loreto Normanhurst  for our returning families and a very warm welcome to our new families.  We  hope that your daughters are settling in well and that they have had an enjoyable first week.

There are a number of upcoming events in Term 1 for parents. The Welcome to 2019 Parent Cocktail Party on Friday 22 February is our first whole-school parent event for the year and we would love to see you there where you can hear from our Principal, Ms Marina Ugonotti and to share in an evening of friendship and  celebration. 

Please check the events calendar below for details of this event and other upcoming events.  We hope you can join us and we wish you all the best for the start of 2019!

Welcome to 2019 Cocktail Party

The Principal, Ms Marina Ugonotti, warmly invites you to  join friends and new families as we celebrate the vision for Loreto Normanhurst and mark the start of the new school year  at the Welcome to 2019 Parent Cocktail Party on Friday 22 February. 

Time – 7pm – 10pm

Cost – $30 per person

Click HERE for the invitation 

Click HERE to book tickets


Parent Association of Loreto (PAL)

The PAL Executive Committee members for 2019 extend a warm welcome to new and current parents to the start of the year. It was wonderful to see so many of you at the school on the first day this week. It’s a very exciting time and we look forward to meeting you as the new year unfolds.

This year is going to be a big one with our biennial Spring Fair on Sunday 3 November. It’s a great way to join in and meet other parents whilst having some fun, so please get involved by contacting PAL here.

We also encourage you to read the school newsletter each week as it’s the main source of information regarding what’s on  for your daughter and how you can get involved.

This year’s PAL Committee Members  are as follows:


 Paul White & Louise Wytenburg

Co-Vice   Presidents:

Jane Dalton & Sue Whipps

Treasurer & Assistant Treasurer:

Joanne West & Tracy Hall

Boarder Liaison:

Suzie Sherwood

Primary School Parent LIAISON:

Sally Lee 



Committee Members:

Angela Quinn, Sally Oong, David Fitzsimmons, Paul Nettelbeck, Martha Heaton, Peter Bentley, Suze Barron, Margie Harmey

Secretary & Assistant secretary:

Lukas Aviani & Janet Doyle


If you would like to get involved with PAL in 2019 or have any questions,  please contact Paul and Louise via email here. 


Upcoming Events  for your Diary



Wednesday 20 February Parent Association Meeting – 7:30pm, Curran Theatre
Friday 22 February Welcome to 2019 Parent Cocktail Party – 7:00pm, Gymnasium
Saturday 2 March Year 12 Parent Cocktail Party (offsite)
Wednesday 6 March – (Note: date change) Women of Influence Evening – 6.30pm
Saturday 9 March Open Day – 11:00am – 3:00pm
Monday 18 March Primary Parent Welcome Dinner –  7:00pm,  Gonzaga Barry Centre
Friday 22 – Sunday 24 March Year 12 Mothers’ Weekend Away
Saturday 30 March Year 7 Family Dinner – 6:00pm, Gymnasium





Welcome to Careers at Loreto Normanhurst 2019

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome on board to the Careers team, Ms Alexi Kayes. From Week 4 of this term Ms Kayes will be in the office Monday and Tuesday and Ms Smith will be in the office Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week.

The Careers team at Loreto Normanhurst can help in many ways including:

  • Subject Selection
  • Work Experience
  • Writing Resumes
  • Gap Year Options
  • Part Time Work
  • Post School Pathways


We welcome all students in all years

Would you like to make an appointment with a careers advisor?

The Careers office is open to all students. Girls are most welcome to drop in but at times we can be busy with students, so the best thing to do is to send an email indicating your availability (study lessons for the seniors and break times for junior girls) or drop in with your diary to schedule a time.

Please email  the Careers Team


Would you like to receive careers news directly to your inbox?

 Loreto Normanhurst has subscribed to Study Work Grow (formerly known as MHSCareers). This is a free service for all parents and students to access.

It is easy to register and allows access to all their resources. To help with this process, Study Work Grow have created a ‘How To’ guide to show you step-by-step how to register.

Our new unique school code is: LRNHST0119. Please note, the school code is unique to our school so please ensure that wherever possible you keep this code within our school community.


Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes

Career Advisors