Newsletter 12 February - 12 February 2021


This week we continue our exploration of the Mary Ward Value, Felicity, which we are celebrating this year.  Our story this week is a re-telling of that well known Gospel story of the ‘Woman at the Well’ that we find in John’s Gospel.  This is a truly inspired re-telling and extension of the story by a man called John Shea, and the link to the full story is below.  But just to remind you of the story: it’s about a Samaritan woman who encountered Jesus at Jacob’s well as she went out in the heat of the day to fetch water. The Samaritans were neighbours of the Jews but were looked down upon by them.  She is also a divorced woman, she has had five husbands, and as a result is an outcast in her little village.  So she is triply despised: she is a woman, a Samaritan and divorced, and living in the shame of all that.  But let’s see what happens! 

To read John Shea’s story click on the link here.

The woman in this story, a nameless woman of Samaria, is taken on an amazing journey.  A journey from humiliation, fear, marginalization, shame, loneliness, defensiveness, to a fountain of living water bubbling up inside her!  So much so that she ran off to share that with the very people she had been afraid of!  And they saw it in her. Great joy. So what happened?

Click here to read more.

Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator


Ash Wednesday

This coming week, on Wednesday 17 February, we celebrate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent. On Wednesday your daughter will be participating in an Ash Wednesday liturgy.  During this liturgy, the girls will be marked with the sign of the cross in ash on their foreheads. 

All students, those who are Catholic and those who are of other Traditions, are invited to receive the ashes.

Ash Wednesday is also a day of fasting and abstinence.  Catholic practice is that on this day no meat is eaten and that we fast by avoiding sweet treats and over-indulgence.  It is recommended that meals be simple and healthy on that day. On Ash Wednesday our school campus will be meat-free: no meat will be served in the café, canteen or in the boarding school.

In keeping with the spirit of this significant day for our community, we ask that your daughter not bring meat for recess or lunch on Ash Wednesday.

Director of Mission

Director of Mission

Fratelli Tutti – The Encyclical of Pope Francis on fraternity and social friendship

The pandemic has provided us with a unique lens through which to view the world at this particular time and highlights to us and brings to our awareness the fragility of life, the effect isolation has on relationships and the human person, the impact that divisive political practices can have on societies both at home and abroad and the need to care for this one and only creation.

In October 2020 Pope Francis released his third encyclical entitled Fratelli Tutti in an attempt at healing the divisions within the world in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pope Francis throughout his papacy has made it very clear, not only to the 1.2 billion Catholics of the world, but to everyone, that we must place the needs of the poor and marginalised at the heart of our ministry. Pope Francis says that, “We are all involved in the construction of a better world”, especially now during this crisis. We are called to action and to show fraternity to our fellow humans and care for creation. This is the “sole way towards integral development and peace,” he says. Pope Francis uses the parable of the Good Samaritan as a guide or symbolism to highlight the choices we need to make. We can either pass by or we can help. Francis observes “These ancient stories, full of symbolism, bear witness to a conviction which we today share, that everything is interconnected, and that genuine care for our own lives and our relationships with nature is inseparable from fraternity, justice and faithfulness to others” (LS. 70).

In order to fully understand what Francis means by ‘brotherhood/sisterhood’ he says, “God is universal love, and as long as we are part of that love and share in it, we are called to universal fraternity, which is openness to all.” There are some very basic norms that Francis calls us to observe and apply to how we live. One of those is a better kind of politics. We have been witnessing all kinds of destructive politics around the world, that instead of working for the common good and the dignity of each person, they are tearing away at the very fabric of what it means to have dignity. We have seen countries amplify their own interests at the expense of the poor, the vulnerable or to serve their own political and economic power. Whether we like it or not, politics is a key to ensuring societies can flourish, that the environment and creation is protected and those on the margins of society are embraced and supported. Francis points out that some leaders around the world are responding more to the opportunity to gain votes, and therefore short-term advantage, rather than doing what is right and just, which may require a much longer and more arduous road to ensuring people can develop and earn a living by their own efforts.

As usual, Francis’ message seems simple enough; recognise that all we encounter and those we don’t, are all from the same ‘womb’ as the Greek word for brother and sister means. We are in communion together; we must seek dialogue and openness and build social friendship so that we can encounter ‘the other’ wherever they may be or whoever they be.


Mrs Libby Parker

Director of Mission

Director of Learning

Director of Learning

You can’t be what you can’t see

Yesterday the global community paused to recognise the role that women play in the world of STEM, with the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science.  We recognised this day at Loreto Normanhurst with a reflection during the midday gong, when girls were challenged to reflect upon the critical role that women have played as researchers in the fight against Covid-19.1  Students were also given the opportunity to meet with a female scientist via a webinar hosted by the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne and organised by Head of Science, Mr Little, and our Careers Department.  Such opportunities for our girls are essential, as we know that we need to inspire them to see what is possible for women in the realm of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  

As a community, we have committed to developing Women for our times in our current Strategic Plan for 2021-2023. There are many objectives that will ensure that our community grows graduates who will tackle our current and future global challenges. One key element of this commitment is to deepen our students’ engagement in STEM subject areas whilst they are at Loreto, in order for them to see the powerful roles that they can play in this arena beyond the Loreto school gates. This objective responds directly to UNESCO data (2014 – 2016), which indicates that “only around 30 per cent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education [whilst] globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in ICT (3%), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5%) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8%).”2  As an educational community, we are committed to fighting the global perception that women do not have a seat at the STEM table, brokering opportunities to empower our students to play a role in dissolving this troubling gender gap. 

The first step in this battle is our exploration of many exciting opportunities and projects that will ensure our community plays a pivotal and powerful role in this global issue. We have already had a number of our Year 11 students participate as interns in The Future Project, which provides opportunities for students to work with scientists and engineers, engaging with real-world research in industry-grade laboratories. In addition to this we are also exploring partnerships within the engineering and construction industries.  

I would encourage all students and parents to engage with the additional resources that I have included here, as it is important to keep an open mindset about the role that we can all play in the STEM arena. We may not all see ourselves pursuing careers in this space, but we owe it to women throughout the world to broaden our horizons and challenge entrenched gender stereotypes.   

When we engage in such dialogue and provide our students with real-world experiences we will ensure that our girls will most definitely come to ‘see what they can be’.  

Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning

Additional Resources

Dissolving the Gender Gap in STEM

How to Get More Women in Tech

The GiST – Girls in STEM Toolkit



Primary School

Primary School

Making a difference in our community

I would like to share an email I received this week from Robyn Monro Miller, CEO, Kids Giving Back:

“I write to advise that students from your school were participating in community volunteering programs at Kids Giving Back (during the school holidays). 

The contribution of your students has resulted in over 3700 meals and resources being prepared and distributed during the December/January school holiday period. Your students have undertaken these opportunities in their leisure time and program facilitators have been unanimous in their praise for the enthusiasm and engagement of all our young volunteers. 11 charities were assisted as a result of their work which supports the homeless and vulnerable in the community.

The following Year 6 students participated in one or more of our programs during these school holidays: Kate Fox-Smith, Audrey Esgate and Isabella Moretti.”

Congratulations girls, we are so very proud of your willingness to give of your time to improve the lives of others. You are young women of action, in the service of others – true Loreto girls!

Year 6 Leadership Liturgy

On Wednesday, Year 6 came together to celebrate the gift of leadership in a joyous Year 6 Leadership Liturgy. All students were called to be part of the rich Loreto tradition and to lead by example in the way they live and speak and the choices they make. The girls were called to live out the values of Freedom, Justice, Felicity, Sincerity and Verity.

Year 6 made a promise to pledge their commitment and explained how they will use their gifts to serve our community and lead the Primary School. They also wrote individual pledges which illustrated how carefully they had thought about this great responsibility. As one student said, “I strive to always be a role model in the Primary School. I promise to always display good manners, initiative, integrity, and pride. I promise to make fair decisions and never be a barrier to anyone.”

Each student then came forward to receive a blessing from Ms Ugonotti and the girls who had been elected to leadership roles were presented with their badges. We concluded the service with a prayer for our Year 6 leaders. The girls then joined together in the Primary School COLA to enjoy a celebratory morning tea.

Introducing our Primary School Leaders – Portia and Daisy

“As the Semester 1 Primary School leaders for 2021, we were wanting to introduce ourselves to the Loreto Normanhurst community. Our names are Portia Rowland-Stefanic and Daisy Manassen, and we are both in 6S. We feel privileged to have been elected to represent the Loreto Normanhurst Primary School.

As leaders we will strive to show kindness, positivity, encouragement, and hopefulness. We will display the value of felicity by demonstrating our optimistic thinking towards all areas of our lives and sharing good humour with our peers. Following in Mary Ward’s footsteps, we endeavour to show open circles using inclusivity to spread cheerfulness throughout this school.

Running Assemblies, The Great Aussie Bush Camp, and playing music at recess are all events we are enthusiastic about participating in. We both look forward to helping every member of the wider Loreto Normanhurst community and getting to know them better. Helping the Year 5 students, showing them the ropes and making them feel comfortable in their new school is also something we hope to achieve.”

Portia Rowland-Stefanic & Daisy Manassen

Happy Birthday

Hip, hip, hooray to the following birthday girls:






Upcoming Events

Monday 15 February Year 5 and 6 ‘Cyber Safety’ Incursion, 11.30-12.30pm
Thursday 18 February AAS Catch Up Test
Wednesday 24 February Primary School departs for the Great Aussie Bush Camp, 8.30am
Friday 26 February Primary School returns from the Great Aussie Bush Camp, 3.00pm

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary




Loreto Boarding is committed to developing and promoting a strong sense of community. Our community weekends (one each term) provide a time to build positive relationships within the Boarding School between both staff and boarders and boarders and their peers, to enhance their Loreto experience. A community weekend provides an opportunity to build horizontal and vertical relationships and general boarder spirit in an atmosphere of joy and celebration.

Our first weekend of the year is Commitment Weekend. In between all the games, movies, sport, bingo, dancing and food, we have time to sit and chat, sleep in and cruise Sydney Harbour. There is time to meet and get to know new friends who have just started boarding and catch up with old friends who the girls haven’t seen for a while over the holiday break.

Mrs Kate Kovacs

Director of Boarding


Open Day 2021

Open Day 2021

From the Deputy Principal:

Our annual Open Day is to be hosted on Saturday, 6 March. This is an important day for our community and presents a key opportunity to showcase our school as we open our doors to prospective families who are considering a Loreto Normanhurst education for their daughters.

Given that COVID-19 Guidelines will limit our ability to host the numbers of people on site that this event usually attracts, this year’s Open Day will be hosted virtually through our curated Open Day Microsite. The Virtual Open Day will go live on March 6 at 11:00am, and will bring families the rich offerings of our School through feature presentations, a 360 walkthrough virtual tour, a showcase of Life at Loreto, community engagement opportunities and programs, and live Q & A sessions.

In addition to the Virtual experience, we will also offer limited onsite tours of the Day School, which will be led by a team of staff and students.  The girls are immensely proud of their school and the impact their enthusiasm has on our visitors is always something on which they comment, either on the day or in future enrolment interviews.  It may well have been the same experience for you when you were choosing a school for your daughter(s).

A lot of work by staff and students has gone into the preparation of engaging videos and content for our Virtual Open Day. In addition, many will be required to assist with setup, support and tours; therefore there will be an early dismissal from school for students on Friday 5 March.


Early Dismissal on Friday 5 March, 12.35pm

  • To assist with the planning and organisation of Open Day, there is early dismissal of students (except for Year 6) on Friday 5 March and classes will conclude at the end of period 4 (12.35pm).
  • If you require your daughter to remain at school until 3:15pm (Secondary) and 3pm (Year 5), supervision will be provided in designated areas; however, you must register her attendance in the form below.
  • Boarder students will be provided with their usual supervision and are not required to complete this form.
  • On this day, the private buses depart at 12.35pm. They will also run again at 3.15pm.

Year 6 Students

  • Year 6 students will be engaged in the Ylead Leadership program and will be dismissed at the regular time at 3pm.

 Student Assistance

  • If your daughter is involved in conducting tours, you will receive separate communications in the coming days.
  • Please note, if your daughter remains at school until 3:15pm (3pm Year 5) she may also be required to assist with some of the preparation.

CLICK HERE to register that your daughter will remain at school until 3:15pm (Secondary) and 3pm (Year 5).

Thank you for your support with this.

Parents are most welcome to join us for the virtual Open Day through the Microsite, and we hope you enjoy the highlights of life at Loreto Normanhurst.


Mrs Lynn Long

Deputy Principal


Women of Influence

Women of Influence

An invitation for students, parents, staff, ex-students and friends of Loreto Normanhurst

Held to coincide with International Women’s Day, we warmly invite you to join us for an evening of inspiration as we share in the stories of four prominent Loreto Normanhurst ex-students to gain an insight into how they established their successful careers.  

On the evening, we will hear from ex-students who are having a positive impact in their communities and the world:

Catherine Livingstone AO (’72) – Chairman of Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Natasha Luschwitz (’98) 2021 Public Service Medal winner – Executive Director at Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW

Hattie Dalton (’90) – Filmmaker/Director/Writer/BAFTA Award Winner  

Penny Graham (’84) Chair of CareerSeekers


Date: Monday, 8 March 2021
Time: 7pm

Further information, including the format for the event, will be published next week. 



Notice of Filming and Photography

Notice of Filming and Photography

Please note that photos and videos will be taken at various locations across the school next week for upcoming events, including our virtual Open Day.  

These images and videos may also be displayed from time to time around the school and published in school publications, on our website, social media sites and in other marketing and communications material.  

If you do not wish for your daughter to be included in the photographs or videos, or for any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email


From the Marketing and Communications Team




Year 12 Academic Plenaries

Academic Plenaries are opportunities for students, supported by teachers, to share their learning progress with their parents and receive valuable feedback.  Teachers will be available for 5 minute meetings on the 19th February 2021 from between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.  The plenaries will be held via Zoom and only one booking per teacher can be made for each student. 

Please click to view the following PDF links for further information on the finer details of the process. All necessary information is included in these three documents.

Reservations for the Plenary meetings are made online through the PTO Website.  When booking your plenaries, if your daughter is a day student, please factor in the time it will take for her to travel home, so that she is able to attend the Zoom Plenaries with you.  The PTO website is will be opened on Monday 15th February at 11am and will remain available for you to access your teacher Zoom meeting links at the time of your meeting.  You will be able to change your PTO appointment times until 10am on the 19th February.

If there are any changes that need to be made after this time, please email the Learning Office.  All parents are encouraged to book PTO Zoom Plenary meetings and if there are circumstances that prevent you from conducting meetings using the Zoom format, please contact your daughter’s Head of House. 

We thank you for your assistance. Please email if you have any questions.

Rachael Jarick

Assistant to the Deans of Learning


Year 10 Minimum Standard Testing

The NSW Government announced that from 2020, all Year 12 students must reach a minimum standard of functional literacy and numeracy to receive the HSC Certificate.  The reason for this is to help ensure that all students leave school with the necessary skills to achieve success in life.  To meet this benchmark, students are given the opportunity to undertake the 3 online tests when they enter Year 10.   The official testing for Minimum Standards for our school will take place on the mornings in Week 5, Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 February.

In preparation for the Minimum Standard Testing, a special Lock Down browser is being installed on students’ laptops by the school.  Next week, your daughter will be given the opportunity to complete Reading, Numeracy and Writing Practice Tests in class. 

We wish to reassure you that if your daughter is not successful at meeting the Minimum Standard benchmark after the first tests, she will be fully supported and will continue to be offered to sit in the test rounds until she qualifies, prior to the end of Year 12.  

Below please find links providing additional key information from NESA which may be of interest to you.  If you have any further information, please email the Learning Office.

HSC Minimum Standards Fact Sheet 

Information regarding the Minimum Standard Tests  

Minimum Standard Demonstration Tests 

Information for Students


Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning


AAS Testing Catch-up

Upon commencement at Loreto Normanhurst all students are required to complete a series of educational tests in Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, Spelling and Written Expression.  These tests are conducted on behalf of the school by Academic Assessment Services (AAS) and provide valuable information about the progress of our students. There is no requirement to study or prepare for these assessments. The 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. 

While the majority of Year 7 students undertook this testing last November during Orientation, the remainder of students will participate in a catch-up testing day on Thursday 18th February.

Students who are required to undertake this testing are:

  • Year 7 Boarding students
  • Year 7 students who were absent for the AAS test last year
  • Years 8 – 11 new students

If your daughter is involved she will receive further information regarding the testing. 

Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning


Dates to Remember

Years 7 – 12

Assembly  – HSC 2020 Results

Wednesday 3 February
11:55am – 12:55pm – Gym


Assembly – Year 11 RoSA 2020

Wednesday 3 March
11:55am – 12:55pm – Gym

Year 7

Year 7 & 8 Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 10 February
7pm – 8pm –  Livestreamed


NAPLAN Online Practice

Tuesday 23 March


Year 7 Parents  & Students Study Skills Evening – Prue Salter

Monday 29 March
7pm – 8.30pm – Livestreamed

Year 8

Year 7 & 8 Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 10 February
7pm – 8pm –  Livestreamed

Year 9

Year 9 & 10 Parent Information Evening

Friday 26 February
7pm – 8pm – Livestreamed


NAPLAN Online Practice

Tuesday 23 March

Year 10

Minimum Standard Testing

Tuesday 23 February
Wednesday 24 February


Year 9 & 10 Parent Information Evening

Friday 26 February
7pm – 8pm –  Livestreamed

Year 11

Year 11 Parent Information Evening: The Year Ahead

Monday 1 February
7pm – 8pm –  Livestreamed

Year 12

Year 12 Parent & Student Academic Plenary Meetings

Friday  19 February
3.30pm – 7.30pm – Via Zoom


Year 12 In-Class Assessment Block

Monday 8 March to
Thursday 18 March

Bell Shakespeare Program 2021

Bell Shakespeare Program 2021

During Week 2, Year 10 Drama students participated in the Bell Shakespeare Artist in Residence Program under the direction of Chris Tomkinson. Throughout the week, a series of workshops allowed our students to delve into the dark and complex world of Shakespeare’s famous ‘Scottish play,’ Macbeth. Their hard work culminated in an extremely engaging performance on Friday evening in the Drama Space. 

This year we are celebrating 10 years of a highly successful partnership between our school and the Bell Shakespeare Company. Year after year it is a wonderful to see the growth and learning that takes place. Congratulations to our students on your commitment, energy, creativity, and teamwork! 

Thank you to Mrs Amy Perry and Mrs Chris Woods for their hard work throughout the program and thank you to our parents who joined us via a livestream.

If you missed the livestream and would like to watch, you can view a recording here:


Password:   drama2021


Ms Anna-lea Russo

Head of Drama


Below are some reflections from Year 10 students about their learning experiences during the program:

“This year we had the privilege of taking part in the Year 10 Bell Shakespeare workshop. During this experience we learnt valuable skills to give us a deeper understanding of Drama. Some particular lessons we learnt were vocal musicality, pulling at the vowels and using consonants like knives, using emotion in physical and vocal elements and how to use blocking on stage.”

Teresa Youn and Ella Cave

“A week full of hard work but also fun was had working with Chris from Bell Shakespeare. He taught us many new ways to interpret text and how to bring forth it’s meaning through different art forms such as performing on stage.”

Ella Taylor-Harvey and Lizzie Heilman

“Throughout the week with Bell Shakespeare we learned multiple skills including how to breathe, make eye contact with the audience and convey the true meaning of the Shakespearian language which all culminated in a successful performance. Our highlight of the week was the excitement of the hours leading up to stepping out on stage, and being able to work with such amazing people.”

 Charlotte Rigney, Lucy Deloughery and Mia Hallinan



Welcome to Loreto Normanhurst Oratory for 2021 and a warm welcome to all new students. Oratory is building up for another year of exciting events and we look forward to once again seeing many of our students partake in the varied opportunities that we provide at Loreto Normanhurst.

Over the coming weeks, information will be emailed to students regarding the various teams and competitions they can enroll in. I encourage you to sit with your daughters and discuss their goals for extra-curricular this year. There are several opportunities that cater for all levels.

Sydney University Mock United Nations

Congratulations to Cheri Hui (Year 11) who during the holidays participated in the Sydney University Mock United Nations as an intern for the International Law Commission. Cheri was selected to participate based on her nomination to the organisers at the end of last year. Please enjoy her reflection here:

These holidays, I had the pleasure of participating in SydMUN (Sydney University Mock United Nations) 2020 as an intern for the International Law Commission. As a committee, we worked to come to a resolution over the topic of Reservations to International Human Rights Treaties, specifically regarding the VCLT (Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties). This was an extremely valuable experience as most members of the committee were university students who guided us interns through the process of debating, drafting and proposing a memorandum paper. Over the course of three days we debated and worked together in our committee, heard many inspirational talks, including one from The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, as well as participating in fun challenges like dance-offs. Overall, the experience opened my eyes to the world of international politics and helped me form valuable connections with new people.

Lions Youth of the Year Quest

Congratulations to Annika Shankar (Year 12) who this week participated in the Lions Youth of the Year Quest and was awarded the Public Speaking winner. A great start to the season for Annika and Oratory@LN.

Goodluck to Erin Longney (Year 12) and Michelle Hoffman (Year 11) who will also compete in this competition in the coming week.

Public Speaking

Registrations have opened for Public Speaking and students are encouraged to sign up via this form. Please see the Oratory Desk at the Extra-curricular Fair at lunch on Monday 15 February to find out more information. Registering now will mean that you will trial for either the CSDA Public Speaking Competition and/or the Rostrum Voice of Youth. Coaching will be conducted on a Thursday afternoon in the lead up to these events if you are selected to participate. Parents please ensure that you read the Public Speaking Dates 2021 for Term 1 with your daughter to ensure she is available to attend.

Please note that these events are not held at Loreto Normanhurst and students are required to make their own way to the venues. Staff will be present, but will be adjudicating, so parent supervision will be required. All Public Speaking events occur after school hours.

Registrations will close on Monday 15 February at 5pm and trials will be held on Thursday 17 February in the afternoon. Information will be sent directly to students.

Mock Mediation/Mock Trial

This year we are offering students the opportunity to expand their legal skills and are offering the opportunity for students in Years 9-10 to participate in Mock Mediation. This program focuses on the mediation process. Students have been invited to trial for both Mock Mediation and Mock Trial. We wish these students the best of luck as they prepare.

Ethics Olympiad

We are pleased to announce that the Ethics Olympiad will be an Extra-curricular Competition offered at Loreto Normanhurst in 2021. Students have already nominated and trialled in Years 10-11. Congratulations to the following students who were selected:

  • Alice Kevans (Year 11)
  • Madeleine Campbell (Year 11)
  • Sophie McKenna (Year 10)
  • Isabella Knox (Year 11)
  • Rebecca Zammit (Year 10)
  • Indianna Cane (Year 10)
  • Sophia Zybenko – (Year 10)
  • Maya Yogesvaran –(Year 10)
  • Molly Hanly – (Year 10)
  • Michelle Hoffman (Year 11)

We wish these students and their coaches, Mr Adam Saleh, and Ms Jessica Koppman, the best of luck as they prepare for the Ethics Olympiad in May.


Registrations will be open for debating next week. Students will be sent information through their Newsfeed and an announcement will be included in FACE Online – Extra-curricular page.

Oratory Club

In 2021, Loreto Normanhurst will offer a new program for all students in Years 7-12. Oratory Club will focus on teaching students the skills of debating and public speaking. We aim to give students the confidence to ‘have a go’ in a safe and secure space. Participation will require a commitment to attending Thursday afternoon sessions from 3:30pm-5:00pm each week for a term at a time.

Each term will have a different focus. Term one will focus simply on developing the confidence in our students to speak in public. This will coincide with various curriculum activities and also the start of the public speaking program.

Registrations will open in Week 5 and the program will commence in Week 6. 

Please see the Oratory desk at the Extra-curricular Fair at lunch on Monday 15 February for further information.

The YMCA Youth Parliament

Registrations are currently open for students in Years 10-12 to nominate for participation in the YMCA Youth Parliament. Nominations close early March and there is a cost and time commitment required for this event. Take a look at this website and then register your interest with

Oratory Contacts

Students can make contact with their respective House Academic Activities Leader or the School Academic Activities Captain. This year, these students are:

School Academic Activities Captain: Sophie Earle

Aston: Scarlet Pidcock

Barry: Abbey Curtin

Kendall: Julia Reuben

Kuring-Gai: Samantha Barron

Maye: Jacqueline Dwyer

Mornane: Lydia Thomas

Mulhall: Zara Oong

Ward: Hallebeth Jones

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact myself or the Academic Activities Leaders.

We are also looking for ex-students and parents who wish to be coaches or adjudicators for the Oratory Program in 2021. Please contact the Oratory Team for further information at or at


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator


Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

SRC Year 7 & 12 Trivia afternoon – ‘Dynamic Duos’

The annual Year 7 & 12 Trivia afternoon is a much-anticipated event hosted by the SRC. This year saw the continuation of the tradition last Friday 5 February. Each girl embraced the theme of ‘Dynamic Duos’ and we saw some of the most iconic and cleverly thought-out outfits ranging from Donald Trump and his ‘Spray Tan Bottle’ (who took out the ‘Best Costume’ prize), to Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. The night was led by another memorable duo, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, whose humour and entertainment facilitated an exciting atmosphere.

The afternoon was imbued with plenty of laughter, trivia rivalry and excitement with the development of prospering friendships among our new Year 7 girls. The trivia was both diverse and challenging in nature with some categories including general knowledge, ‘Which teacher said this quote?’, ‘Guess the Dynamic Duo’ and ‘Finish the Lyric’. In a fun-filled and lively environment, the Trivia afternoon truly showcased the strength and value that lies in Normo’s Buddy Program, which works to establish meaningful and authentic connections between the Year 12 and Year 7 girls.   

The success of the night was an amalgamation of valuable input, dedication and hard work from a variety of staff and students, namely the Student Representative Council (SRC) whose constant efforts and planning were imperative to the running of the night. Further, I extend my thanks and gratitude to members of the Pastoral Team who thoughtfully managed to ensure that the current social climate of our global community didn’t dampen the spirits of our Year 7 & 12 girls, allowing them to accumulate valuable memories here at Loreto Normanhurst.

Annika Shankar

SRC/Communications Captain

Parent Engagement and Education Program, “It Takes a Village” – Dr Danielle Einstein

As part of the Parent Engagement and Education Program, “It Takes A Village”, we are excited to draw your attention to our Guest Presentation – Dr Danielle Einstein, Clinical Psychologist, on Wednesday 24 February from 7pm-8.30pm. At this session, we will launch ‘Oak SEED’, a Loreto Normanhurst program that aims to support Social and Emotional Educational Development in our students. The School has been working with Dr Einstein to develop this bespoke program, which will promote resilience and enhance the capacity of our girls to manage uncertainty. Some further information will be sent to you shortly. We look forward to seeing you on the evening.

Click here to read more about Dr Danielle Einstein.

Immunisations for 2021

Information regarding immunisations for 2021 can be found by clicking here. Year 7 will have their Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (Dose 1) and Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis on Tuesday 23 February 2021 in the Loreto Normanhurst Gymnasium.

2021 Loreto Day Raffle Prizes – can you help us?

In preparation for this year’s Loreto Day, we are looking for donations for the Loreto Day Raffle prizes. Are you able to help? Click on this link which outlines what you need to do. Our parents and families are always generous and very supportive. We thank you for your support in making the Loreto Day Raffle a great one for the entire community.

Uniform Reminders

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 jewellery will result in a conversation with her Head of House or the Deans of Pastoral Care. 

In our next Pastoral newsletter we will share more with you about the Year 7 Open Circle Experience. Wishing you all a restful weekend and a great week ahead.


Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan

Deans of Pastoral Care


Year 12 Bursary Committee

Year 12 Bursary Committee

At its core, the Bursary Fund Program distributes our values in action and contributes to the rich diversity of students here at Loreto Normanhurst. Through the Program, our school is able to provide support to both students and families through the generous donations that we receive. Following the years of drought, flash-flooding, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing families in necessitous circumstances seek financial assistance in order to give their daughters a Loreto Normanhurst education. 

In light of the challenging and unprecedented year which 2020 offered, we would like to extend a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who so kindly donated to the Bursary Fund last year. Due to your amazing support, we saw the largest amount of funds raised from our annual Music Festival, with a record breaking $47,587 raised! Similarly, a new ‘Staff Carwash Initiative’ with the help of our phenomenal car-washers and part time Year 12’s, was able to raise an enormous $935. Thank you to all staff members who donated to the cause and put your cars in the very capable hands of our students, and thank you to all staff who assisted with organising and setting up the day. 

The Year 12 Bursary Committee consists of a dedicated group of Year 12’s, all fundamentally concerned with helping to provide to others the education which we are so incredibly lucky and appreciative to have. We are driven by our Loreto mission to help others and to give back to our school community. Over the upcoming year, we have numerous awesome initiatives planned and we cannot wait to build a stronger, more connected community by raising both awareness and funds for the Bursary Fund. We understand the true value of a Loreto education and aim to strive for equality through generating funds to provide the same educational opportunities for others. 

Again, we would like to say thank you; we are so incredibly grateful for your support over 2020, and your support for our Bursary Fund. We look forward to what 2021 has to offer.

To begin our year and make a genuine difference, you are able to make a donation at any time, anywhere! If you would like to donate or are curious and want to find out more about the Bursary Fund Program and the vital role it plays within our community, you can visit our Giving Page on the website.

Lucy Perosin, Isabella Leonardi, Brynnin Barr, Charlotte Hartmann, Eloise Carey, Emma Wills, Sally Kearins, Chloe Reeves, Lucy Findlay, Ashlea Ahmed, Chelsea Tran, Elizabeth Bronk, Jorja White and Lilly Dean.

Year 12 Student Bursary Committee



IGSSA Sport Survey

As you may have seen in Ms Ugonotti’s video address, we are pleased to announce that IGSSA will be embracing a new model for their seasonal sport programs, beginning in Term 4 this year. The new model will give each member school the option to choose between running each IGSSA sport across a single term as we currently do, or across two terms (as two individual one-term seasons as opposed to a single two-term season).

Please click here for a more in-depth breakdown of the proposal.

It’s important that any changes that we as a school choose to make reflect the views and values of our school community, so I am asking for your feedback to aid our discernment of this decision regarding the direction of the LN Sport program. We have prepared a short survey for students in Years 5-11 and their parents – if you participate in all 4 terms or just 1 term of sport, we’re keen to know your views.

Please click here to submit a short survey on your thoughts about the model change.

The survey will be open until Monday March 1st; from there, we will discern what will be the most optimal program offering that best suits the Loreto Normanhurst Sport Community.

I look forward to providing you with updates in this space about the LN Sport program later in the year!

Sport Canvas Page

I was lucky enough to chat with some of our new parents on Wednesday night, and to assist with their transition into a new world of LN Sport, we’ve put together a resource that may be handy for parents of all students who are looking for a centralised information source for all things LN Sport.

Please click here for the LN Sport Canvas Parent Guide.

Saturday Arrangements

It was a fantastic first weekend of Secondary Sport fixtures – the oval, pool, gym and courts were abuzz with activity and excitement on Saturday morning, and I was lucky enough to be down at Pymble on Saturday afternoon to watch our Year 7/8 1sts AFL team kick 3 goals in the last quarter to come from behind vs Pymble in a cracking game!

This weekend, we welcome our Primary girls into their first round of fixtures for the year, with our IPHSA Football and IPSHA Flippaball/Water Polo teams in action. Best of luck to all our teams and a special mention for our Year 5 girls who will be representing Loreto Normanhurst for the very first time!

Please be aware that it looks like there is some heavy rain scheduled across Sydney on Saturday – make sure you’re aware of the procedures for your sport and venue closures; all the details for that are further down in the Sport newsletter.


Well done to our Schoolgirl VIII and Under 17’s Doubles crews that competed at the NSW State Rowing Championships – both crews had tough heats but qualified for their final, with both crews finishing 5th overall. Well done to the girls in both crews and best of luck for the double-header regatta this weekend, with PLC/Kings on Saturday and the IGSSA Regatta on Sunday!

At the PLC/Kings Regatta, we also have 4 girls taking part in the inaugural Schoolgirl Representative Eight races, with Elizabeth Bolster and Maya Jones, Year 12, and Paige Critchlow and Olivia Lucas, Year 11, who will be competing as part of the IGSSA 2nd VIII, and we wish those girls all the best for that races.

Representative Trials

Well done to Tessa Young (Year 5) and Ava Christofides (Year 5) who participated in the IPSHA Basketball trials this week, and a further congratulations to Tessa who was selected into the IPSHA Basketball Team and will represent Loreto at the CIS Basketball Trials next week. Way to go, girls!

At the time of going to print, we’ve got 3 girls showcasing their best cover drives and in-swinging yorkers, with Skye Halmarick (Year 8), Isabella Tesoriero (Year 9) and Matiese Wadwell (Year 11) taking part in the NSWCIS Cricket Trials. Good luck girls!

We have more girls in action today looking for representative selection – our softballers are in action vying for a sport in the IGSSA Softball team. Best of luck to Peyton Henderson (Year 12), Kendal Henderson (Year 9), Eliza King (Year 10) and Chelsea Gleeson (Year 9).

We’ll update you with all the selection news in the next newsletter and on the Sport Twitter and Facebook pages.

Term 2 Sport Nominations

Nominations for Year 8-12 students for Term 2 Sports closed today – if you haven’t yet submitted a nomination form and want to play IGSSA Basketball, IGSSA Football, Hills District Netball or Cheerleading, please email the Sport Department ASAP!

Year 7 students will sit down with the Sport Department on Wednesday 17th February and walk through the nomination process – if your daughter is in Year 7 and is planning to play one of the above sports, please ensure you’ve discussed this with her before Wednesday so she is prepared to submit her nomination on the day.

Expressions of interest are also open for students interested in participating in the Mollie Dive Hockey competition – there is more info on the Canvas page or on your student newsfeed. Please contact Mr Charters if you have any questions or would like more information.

IGSSA Cross Country

Calling all runners! This Thursday morning, we’ll be trialing secondary students who wish to represent Loreto Normanhurst at the IGSSA Cross Country Carnival. The trial will start at 7:45am on the Oval, so students should arrive around 7am to go through a warmup and course briefing. All students are welcome to trial, with the top 8 in each age group qualifying to run at IGSSA later this year.

IGSSA Swimming

On Wednesday February 24th, we’ll be looking to light up the pool with our new Secondary Students Swim Trials. All Year 7 student and any students who are new to the school in Years 8-12 are invited to come down to the Aquatic Centre on Wednesday after school to record times to be considered for selection into the Loreto Normanhurst team at the IGSSA Swim & Dive Championships. A nomination form will go round to all students ahead of the trials – please complete a nomination and you’ll get further information ahead of the trials.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Today we held our first information session for Year 9 students interested in taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh program. The Duke of Edinburgh program is an excellent way for students to broaden their horizons and involve themselves in a range of different opportunities. More information has gone to Year 9 parents with a link to a Zoom session on Wednesday 17th February at 5:30pm.


Good luck to Emma Romeo (Year 10) who will be competing in the Randwick Equine Clinic Sydney Eventing Summer Classic at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre later this month. Emma will be competing in the 80cm show jumping, cross country and dressage events. All the best Emma!

Read more about Emma in the Loreto Sports Girl feature below.

Ex-student news

Some awesome news for an ex-LN Sport Star – Lizzy Clay ran a 12.84 in the 100m hurdles over the weekend, which was both an Olympic qualifying time and the 3rd fastest time for an Australian female ever! Way to go, Lizzy and we can’t to watch her go up against the best in the world later this year!

Loreto Sports Girl: Emma Romeo

Current sport/activity: My current sport is Equestrian where I do eventing.

Favourite school sport/activity: My favourite school sport is athletics and touch football.

Highest level of sporting achievement: Highest level of sport at school was state athletics.

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: As I am new to the school, I haven’t done any sport with Loreto yet but I will be riding my horse for Loreto in a competition in a couple of weeks.

Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: My favourite moment as a spectator was watching my trainer Ginger Soames compete on her horse which was amazing.

Best subject at school: My best subject at school would be sport and agg.

Any superstitions before playing sport: No superstitions I just stay calm and get excited.

Best tune to listen to before competing: Best tune would be Feel So Close by Calvin Harris.

Wet Weather Information

IGSSA Sports:
IPSHA Sports: via the IPSHA Sport App – search for ‘IPSHA’ in the App Store
Secondary AFL: All wet weather updates/cancellations for Secondary AFL will be announced via the Sport Facebook & Twitter accounts.


Who to see about what?

As a handy reference guide, the table below outlines the staff members who are responsible for sports and activities throughout the year. All enquiries about sport at Loreto should be sent to

Mr Matt Mulroney

Mrs Kristie Greville

Mrs Emily Wood

Snowsports IGSSA Softball IPSHA Sports & Carnivals
  Cross Country Pathway LN Activities Program
  Hills  Netball Gymnastics
  Rugby 7s Cheerleading
  IGSSA Touch Football IGSSA Football
  Hayden Fitness Centre AFL


Mr Stephen Charters

Mr David Brock

Mr Ian Edmunds

Mrs Laura Bryan

LN Invitational Badminton IGSSA Tennis Rowing The Duke of Edinburgh Award Program
IGSSA Hockey Triathlon    
Mollie Dive Hockey IGSSA Basketball    
IGSSA Water Polo IGSSA Netball     
Athletics Pathway Hornsby Tennis    
  Tildesley Tennis    
  Secondary School Carnivals    
  Swimming Pathway    

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 no Loreto Sport Staff member is 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.

Here is the list of required items for matches for each Term 1 Sport

– IGSSA Tennis: LN singlet or polo, LN skort, white socks, non-marking sandshoes, LN cap.
– IGSSA Softball: LN polo, LN shorts, gold socks, moulded football boots or softball clears, LN cap, mouthguard, shin pads, softball glove.
– LN Invitational Badminton: LN polo, LN shorts, white socks, non-marking sandshoes.
– ISC AFL: LN AFL guernsey, LN shorts, gold socks, moulded football boots, mouthguard.
– Rowing: LN zootie, LN cap, white UV shirt
– IPSHA Football: LN polo, LN shorts, gold socks, moulded football boots
– IPSHA Flippaball/Water Polo: LN racing swimsuit.


We love to see photos of our students getting physically active and staying engaged in sport. Please send through any photos or videos 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

Saturday Sports BBQ 

There will be no Sports BBQ this term.

Sport Contacts Term 1 2021



For IGSSA competitions the full draw points table, venue lists and wet weather details are also available from the IGSSA website here. 


Mr Matthew Mulroney

Head of Sport

Parent Engagement and Education Program – Dr. Danielle Einstein

Parent Engagement and Education Program – Dr. Danielle Einstein

As part of the Parent Engagement and Education Program, “It Takes A Village”, we are excited to draw your attention to our Guest Presentation:

Dr Danielle Einstein, Clinical Psychologist
Wednesday 24 February from 7pm-8.30pm

At this session, we will launch ‘Oak SEED’, a Loreto Normanhurst program that aims to support Social and Emotional Educational Development in our students. The School has been working with Dr Einstein to develop this bespoke program, which will promote resilience and enhance the capacity of our girls to manage uncertainty. Some further information will be sent to you shortly and we look forward to seeing you on the evening.

Further information about this event will be communicated next week.

Dr. Danielle Einstein

BSc (Psychol) (Hons) MPsychol (Clinical) PhD MAPS MACPA MAACBT

Dr Danielle Einstein is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the treatment and prevention of anxiety, depression and OCD. She works with schools to develop tailored approaches to enhance emotional health from Years 5 to 12. She has led teams to develop and evaluate wellbeing initiatives, co-authored internationally used internet programs for anxiety, depression and focused on awareness building for healthy community responses to uncertainty (Chilled Plus, Climate Social Anxiety program, Chilled and Considerate teacher and parent wellbeing programs). Danielle has worked closely with Bell Shakespeare, Medapps, and staff from many distinguished schools internationally and in Australia.  Her current research as an Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University explores the impact of device use and classroom wellbeing programs on mental health.


Parent Association

Parent Association

PAL Meeting

Wednesday 17th February, 7.30pm – Curran Theatre

The first Parent Association meeting for 2021 is on next Wednesday 17th February in the Curran Theatre. All parents are warmly invited to attend to hear about the upcoming year for the Parent Association and to share your thoughts. We kindly ask that if you wish to attend to please send an email to so that we can keep a register of attendance as part of the School’s Covid Safe Plan. You will be required to sign in on arrival. We hope you can join us!

Parent Representatives

Your parent reps are in the process of sending out communications to your year group to introduce themselves and to share information about the year ahead. If you have any questions about being a Year Parent Representative or about PAL, please contact Jane Dalton 0410 300 402 or

Year 12 Mothers’ Weekend Away

Friday 26th March – Sunday 28th March

We hope Year 12 Mothers can join us for a weekend away in Leura in March! We have arranged for an enticing weekend away not too far away from Sydney. We hope you can attend to catch up with old friends and meet some new friends as our girls complete their final year of high school at Loreto Normanhurst.

To book your tickets for the weekend, please click HERE.

RSVP 28th February 2021

Click HERE for the Invitation

Please email any question or queries to

Hope you can join us!

Gin, Gianella, Sally, Louise and Cathy

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop

The changeover to Winter uniform is Monday 19 April. NEW Loreto Normanhurst students are invited to make a Winter uniform fitting appointment. 

Fittings are by appointment only, with dedicated appointments during Term 1. Appointments take approximately 20 minutes and we are happy to assist students if a parent is unable to attend.

Please follow the link below to make your daughter’s appointment:

Appointments are available in the periods noted below and can be booked by following this link:

Monday: Before school & lunch time

Tuesday: Before school

Wednesday:  Before school, recess, lunch time & after school

Thursday: After school

Friday: Lunch time & after school

Saturday 6 March: 9am – 3pm

Online orders are available 24/7 at

Primary School orders will be delivered to the Primary School.  Senior School orders may be collected from the Shop. Please ensure your order is placed prior to Friday 26 March to allow ample time for collection or delivery.


Ms Senika Wilkinson

Uniform Shop Manager

(02) 9473-7391 |





“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

Careers Online Resources

The Loreto Normanhurst Careers team has curated three complementary resources to ensure our students are up to date with ‘all-things’ Careers. These are free for all parents and students to access. It is easy to register and allows access to all their resources individually here at school or at home. Remember, the school codes are unique to our school, so please ensure that wherever possible you keep this code within our school community.

  •  ‘The Career Department’- login page. School login: Loreto Normanhurst and password: LNH
  • Canvas page’ – No login is required – this should be automatically generated for all students. If you cannot access this, please contact the ICT team.

We welcome all students in all year groups.

The Careers team (Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes) can help in many ways including: subject selection, work experience, writing resumes, gap year options, part time work and post school pathways.

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

Ms Kayes and Ms Smith

Careers Advisors 

Interesting reads

Fair Work Resources for Students and Young People

The Fair Work Ombudsman has some great resources for young people and students who are starting a new job. These resources can help you prepare by knowing your rights, being ready for your first day, learning about issues that can arise, myths on unpaid work, and much more.

If you already have a job and are feeling like something isn’t right, these resources can help as well. You can also check out their Record My Hours app to make it easy to keep track of your hours worked and other important information.

Take a look at the resources on the Fair Work website here

How to talk to your teen about their career – Article by Study Work Grow

Events and News

You can now view ALL Careers Events via this link: Study Work Grow Events

You will need to login to study work grow, and select our school.

NB: The new unique school code is: LRNH19


We suggest you search by the following categories: industry/job areas, institution names or areas of interest (e.g. GAP years). We suggest you browse in list format, which is more user friendly.

As a guide, year 12 students should be visiting this link each fortnight to ensure they are clear on events that are relevant to their future studies. 

Please note students may not be excused from class to attend events and must attend those outside of school hours/during lunchbreaks/study periods.

Taronga Work experience – Year 10 or 11 students

Applications are now open for work experience at Taronga Zoo and close at the end of February. Information regarding the program can be found here.

Spots are extremely limited, so please send a paragraph to careers regarding why you would be interested and complete the application for work experience which you can find here.

Careers will then submit the best applications to Taronga.

Applications to careers are due by Friday, 19 February.

NIE | Simulated UCAT Day Workshop Online

27 February 2021, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm


The workshop is designed to cover fundamental techniques in navigating all five sections of the UCAT. Students will spend the day with our specialist teachers and will be able to ask questions and address any concerns they may have about the test.

There is also a follow-up online session, run within a week of the full-day program. It will provide insightful and extremely valuable information about the application process into medicine and guidance for future planning strategies.

Find out more here

Sydney Flight College | Open Day

10 April 2021, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Sydney Flight College, Bankstown Aerodrome

Whether you are looking to learn to fly for fun, or even kick-start your professional flying career, look no further than SFC. We have been training pilots for over 50 years, and we love what we do.

Operating out of state-of-the-art headquarters at Bankstown Airport, this is your opportunity to view our facilities and fleet, sit in our aircraft, have a go on our full-motion flight simulator, and have an in-depth chat to our course advisors who will be able to answer all your aviation questions.

Find out more here

ANU – Applications Open in March 2021

ANU encourages all domestic HSC school students interested in studying at ANU in 2022 to apply directly to us in March 2021. Within this free application, students apply for admission, guaranteed accommodation, and over 200 scholarships.

If you are interested in applying directly to ANU, please make an appointment to meet with us by emailing as well, we suggest to sign up to receive information on applying by completing this form

  • Offers released on 9 August 2021 are based on Year 11 results and these will be honoured for study in 2022 as long as students complete Year 12 and achieve an ATAR.
  • If  Year 11 results don’t meet our entry requirements, we will automatically consider Year 12 results in the December offer round.
  • Students will need to meet the co-curricular or service requirement and ANU have adjusted their requirements due to the disruptions of COVID-19

Macquarie University – 2021 KEY DATES

  • Tuesday 4 May
    Year 12 Information Evening
  • Wednesday 5 May 
    Year 10 Subject Selection Evening
  • May 11 – June 22
    Weekly Q&A Series for Years 10 -12 Tuesdays at 5pm
  • Saturday 14 Aug
    Open Day
  • December
    Explore Your Options Week