Newsletter 12 March - 12 March 2021
Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

At the end of the significant year of 2020, a joint initiative between our Pastoral Care, Archives and Facilities teams saw us bury a Time Capsule in our Oak Tree garden to be resurrected in a hundred years.

The burial gave us pause as a community to reflect on our past and our future; to recognise as staff and students that we are living at just one ‘moment’ in ongoing Loreto Normanhurst history.

When addressing the Class of 1887 at Mary’s Mount, Mother Gonzaga Barry famously urged them to “leave after you something on which others may build.” She was not the only Loreto visionary to refer to leadership in these future-focused terms. Our own Year 12 student leaders, who will be the Class of 2021, chose the motto “Here Comes the Sun” to foster a culture of progress and renewal for this new year. The words of our new Strategic Plan for 2023 also echo Mother Gonzaga Barry’s, affirming our mission as one that propels students to be compassionate, intelligent leaders of global change.

Our students are not the only ones to whom this call – to create a legacy on which others may build – applies. It is equally prioritised at all levels of operations. With a large proportion of our staff fulfilling support and operation roles, much of this ‘construction work’ happens behind the scenes in our Boarding, Finance, Human Resources, Grounds, Maintenance, ICT, Administration, Uniform Shop, Marketing and Communications, Enrolments and Community Engagement teams.

Over the past 12 months, new branding was launched to creatively express our unique values in our internal and external communications. ICT staff have expertly incorporated new technologies into daily operations and virtual school events. Our facilities were treated to some updates over summer, including the remodelling of two science labs and installation of an elevator in addition to the “business as usual” tasks that showcase such a beautiful school.  We also welcomed many new faces to our staff to continue to provide the depth in our teaching and professional services. Stage 1 of our Master Plan for 2047 is well under way in the form of our Green Travel Plan with the introduction of allocated shared car spaces and the Metro Shuttle bus. This week’s newsletter includes a detailed Community Update to this end. Importantly, through generous community contributions raising $192,616 for the Building Fund and $95,986 for the Bursary Welfare Fund in 2020 the School will be able to support the education of future Loreto girls.  

These many moving parts all contribute to our ‘moment’ in the history of our community. We can only imagine what their impact will prove to be. But we can be sure that, when they open our Time Capsule, our 2120 counterparts will be busy building a legacy of their own on the foundations we have laid.


Ms Jacquie McCann

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Marketing Officer

Chief Marketing Officer

Open Day 2021

Open Day is such an important opportunity for us to be able to showcase our school to prospective families. The 2021 Open Day was a different experience from past years, but was a fantastic success thanks to the hard work from staff and students.

Having joined Loreto Normanhurst staff as Chief Marketing Officer in January, 30 years after graduating from Year 12 here, I was thrilled that one of the first projects for the Marketing and Enrolments Teams was to prepare for Open Day. With the dreaded COVID restrictions continuing to evolve from week to week, we were forced to prepare for an Open Day like no other: a Virtual Open Day! The key challenge was how to bring to life the experience of Open Day online. We wanted to showcase for prospective families the beauty and expanse of our school grounds, the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model and our FACE curriculum, our Boarding program, our impressive students and staff, and most importantly, the vibrant, warm and down-to-earth ‘feel’ of the Loreto Normanhurst community.

The Virtual Open Day microsite launched on Saturday 6 March at 11am and since then we have had 2800 people visit, for 4300 sessions! One of the upsides of going online was that we have been able to ensure that families who weren’t able to come to Loreto Normanhurst could participate in Open Day. We have had families visiting from rural NSW, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, and from as far away as Singapore, Dubai, London and New York. The most popular feature of our Open Day has been our virtual school tours. This has been a fantastic way to show off our beautiful grounds and to see our school in action. The Virtual Open Day also includes feature presentations from our Principal, Director of Pastoral Care, and our Director of Learning. We overview the Primary School and the Boarding School. The microsite also provides an in depth overview for each faculty presented by the Heads of Department, and a showcase of student experiences and work. For those who have had the opportunity to log on, I am sure you will agree that our Virtual Open Day is a fantastic reflection of life at Loreto Normanhurst.

A late twist to COVID restrictions provided the opportunity to bring families onsite for school tours on Open Day. It has been over a year since we have had a program of regular school tours, so we weren’t surprised when our onsite tours were booked out within 12 hours! We ran 120 family tours onsite, with the help of our new Student Ambassadors from Years 9, 10, and 11. The Student Ambassadors did an amazing job, and did their school proud as they explained the history of the school, as well as its current features, and confidently shared their own Loreto stories with the visiting families. As expected, our touring families were very impressed with our students. The Student Ambassador program will continue throughout the year, as we now embark on a regular program of Twilight Tours for prospective families.

I want to sincerely thank all of the staff and students who helped to make Open Day such a fantastic success. In particular, a big thanks goes to Grace Paraino, Dean of Marketing & Communications, and Lauren Kirkby, Events Coordinator, who ran the project and worked tirelessly to ensure it all came together. For those who have not yet had the chance to visit the Virtual Open Day microsite, please click on the link below and enter the password to access.

Virtual Open Day on Replay
Password: LNOpenDay


Mrs Sarah Ryan

Chief Marketing Officer

Primary School

Primary School

At Loreto Normanhurst we place great importance on providing the girls with a variety of opportunities to participate in all aspects of school life fully and proudly. It has been a very busy week in the Primary School. Please read ahead to see the girls’ reflection on the week that was.

Cross Country Carnival – House Leaders

On Thursday we all participated in the Primary Cross-Country carnival. It was full of energy, enthusiasm, and excitement. There was consistent support and encouragement, and everyone was cheering on their classmates. We have confidence that every single student loved the chanting and cheers and enjoyed the event. There was great House Spirit and sportsmanship shown throughout the whole event and the running was incredible. A huge congratulations out to everyone that participated!! The House Cup and Spirit cup will be presented next week once the points have been counted. The results of the under 10, under 11 and under 12 races are as follows:

Under 10 Girls 2km Race

  • 1st – Georgia Mercer-Witenden
  • 2nd – Charlotte Stephenson
  • 3rd – Lucy Saad

Under 11 Girls 3km Race

  • 1st – Seren D’Souza
  • 2nd – Tessa Young
  • 3rd – Grace Vukasovic

Under 12 Girls 3km Race

  • 1st – Eva Cusick
  • 2nd – Gabi Connell
  • 3rd – Luci Durston

Written by Alyssa Blackman, Sasha Buchanan, Juliet De Zotti, Gabi Connell, Luci Durston, Porsha Gill, Daisy Manassen, Portia Rowland-Stefanic (House leaders & School leaders)

Brainstorm Productions

Brainstorm Productions is a theatre company that provides educational programs using storytelling, music, movement and positive young role models to empower students with practical social and emotional skills. This program is designed to complement our school’s existing cyber safety, student wellbeing and anti-bullying programs. The girls very much enjoyed the program. Please see their reflections below:


We liked that the actors were really in sync with their movements. They knew all their lines perfectly and could do so many things with only two people. We took away the lesson that we should never give any personal information to strangers or people we think we know online, and you should never lie because once you do the lies can become a sea of lies. The story also shows that you should never get aggressive and lose control. It was interesting to see the actors switch roles and costumes so easily. It was a relatable and a cool storyline.

Amy Huang & Chiara Michael – Year 5

We liked the fantastic sound effects, the amazing acting as well as the actions and the moral of the story (the moral of the story is to be kind and don’t listen to bullies). We learnt from this performance that you should have supervision when playing online games, don’t have an Instagram account until you’re 13 and if you are in a mean, toxic group of friends find new ones. What we found interesting is that the internet/social media can be very dangerous if you’re not being safe and that you can’t undo your actions.

Grace Solomon & Aesha Dias – Year 5

We really enjoyed the buddy quest production. It had a lot of comedy and humour, it also reeled us in and made us want to keep watching; it was a great play. We learned how to be a true friend in this performance and we learned to always be kind caring and honest. It was great how well they presented what they wanted to get through to us. We really became interested when they were dramatic. We also found it interesting when they talked about friendships and how to be a good friend, for instance how to tell someone no and speaking nicely. And finally, we were really interested that the internet can be dangerous and how to stay safe.

Adele Sperlby and Ilariya Lawandi – Year 5

Yesterday we watched a play about buddies. In the play there was a little girl called Lucy and a boy called Charlie. Lucy started lying to her friends and stared playing online games with strangers. Charlie started to not believe in himself and throw rocks at windows and steal. We liked how the story was a play not just listing ideas and that it was interactive and funny. We learnt that we need to help our friends stand up for themselves. We also learnt that we shouldn’t play online games without our parents’ permission and supervision. We liked how they made the friendship rings look like they appeared out of thin air when they were finding them on their quest.

Abigail Boyle and Lyla Dooley – Year 5

We found it interesting that they turned it into a creative story/play rather than standing and speaking to us naming all the rules we can and can’t do. They turned it into something that kids will like, and they also actually taught us what could happen from our choices online can be a bit dangerous.

Tayla Miller and Georgia Mercer-Witenden – Year 5

YLead – Year 6

Last Friday, Year 6 had the Y Lead incursion where we learned about how to be a good leader.

It was a fun and exciting! We played games like Cops and Robbers, and persistence games. We were shown the acronym LEAD (Learning from your mistakes, encouraging others, acknowledging your mistakes, and Developing connections), and all the games were based on the acronym.

One of the most popular games was the Cops and Robbers activity where the cops sat on chairs and only one cop was in to get the robber. We learned to work together to benefit the team. Another game we enjoyed was being in groups and representing one of our qualities. We did challenges based on the qualities and learned to acknowledge each other in a group.

It was so much fun, and our instructors were so nice and caring. We hope the Year 5s have as much fun next year as Year 6 did this year. We wish we could do it again!

Olive Ledwidge and Amelia Moyes – Year 6

Happy Birthday

Hip, hip, hooray and happy birthday to Phoebe. We hope you had a wonderful day!


As you have heard from Ms Ugonotti’s communication yesterday, we will be adding an additional stream of Year 5 to the Primary School next year. We feel very fortunate and excited that we will be able to extend our wonderful community.

Good luck to all our sporting teams this weekend.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary



This week the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association held their Annual Conference in Hay, far west NSW. This conference is held in a different location each year and represents the hard work of rural and regional parents to achieve the best educational outcomes for their children from pre-school to tertiary. I am privileged to be able to attend this conference as a representative of Loreto Normanhurst. It is wonderful to catch up with past and current parents, and past boarders, some of who are now parents themselves, representing their areas on the various committees.

The saltbush plains, amazing sunsets and hospitality have made for a brilliant few days in the west.

A big shoutout to our Boarder Council for all the Supergirl Week activities they led each afternoon last week! Enjoy some of the photos below, including a great photo of our rowing girls on Sydney Harbour. Good luck to all for Head of the River this weekend.


Mrs Kate Kovacs

Director of Boarding

Spirituality and Passion Liturgy

Spirituality and Passion Liturgy

Show yourself at all times glad and joyful,
for almighty God loves a cheerful giver.

Mary Ward

Felicity Part 4 – Conclusion

This is the fourth part of an exploration of the way of Felicity as Mary Ward would have understood it and lived it. This week I would like to take you right to the heart of it all for Mary Ward. “Go close to Him”, she said. For Mary Ward, her relationship with God was the source and summit of everything she was and did. “I saw there was no other help and no other comfort for me than to go close to HIM. That I did and HE was there to help me”, she wrote.

To enter a little more deeply into what that relationship may be, what it asks of us and how it may transform us, I am going to draw on another beautiful, profound and yet simple story, The Little Prince, by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. The little prince, who came from Asteroid B – 612, appeared in the Sahara desert, much to the amazement of the author, Saint-Exupery, who was attempting to repair his aircraft which had crashed there.  Engrossed in his repairs, far from anyone and anything, he was startled by a little voice, with a curious request: “Please, draw me a sheep”. And so it was that the author met this enchanting little person of great wisdom and heard all about the little prince’s travels, his encounters with many strange and interesting people and facts on this planet called Earth, his search for friends and of course little snippets about his life on his own tiny planet.  The part I want to draw on is the little prince’s encounter with the fox. It is a story told with such naivete and simplicity, yet full of wisdom, and as you read it I invite you to become aware of the transforming power of relationship, because it is relationship that is at the heart of Mary Ward’s way of Felicity.

Click here to read the story

There are some beautiful images in this story: the fox preparing his heart as the meeting time draws near, the anticipation and then the time together, making one day different from all the others, finding beauty and interest in the wheat fields because they remind him of the colour of the little prince’s hair, and above all, that lovely image of just watching each other, taming each other.  What we see here is the transformation that relationship brings. In this little story we see joy, excitement, trust, open-heartedness  –  and all those things come from a lived relationship which colours the world.

Click here to read more.

Passion Liturgy

This year we are delighted to invite you to join our online Holy Thursday, Good Friday Passion Liturgy.

The online link will be sent to all families and will be available from 9:00am on Holy Thursday, 1 April.

Through word and song, the students of Loreto Normanhurst will lead us through a beautiful reflection as we tell the story of the profound love and suffering of Jesus and contemplate this suffering today in our world. The link will be active until Saturday, 10 April.


Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator

‘Seeking Truth’ Seminar Series

‘Seeking Truth’ Seminar Series

We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting Seeking Truth, a new and exciting series of interactive seminars about feminist theology and the role and experience of women in the Church in 2021.

This pilot program, offered in partnership with the Broken Bay Institute, features leading academics and theologians from around the world, including the UK, USA and Italy. The theme of each seminar is unique, with the opportunity to ask questions and focus on action and the future of women in the Church.

We are delighted to invite students, staff, parents and ex-students to join us onsite for the first of these events.

‘Seeking Truth to Embrace Change’
with Professor Anne Tuohy
Tuesday 23 March, 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Loreto Normanhurst

Register here 


Seminar 1: ‘Seeking Truth to Embrace Change’

What drives the story of who we are as a Church? What are the realities for women, particularly women leaders in the Church? How do we imagine Sophia Christos, the art of feminine? Professor Anne Tuohy will explore these three key questions, which drive her as a woman theologian, through the lenses of ‘Anchor, Aspiration and Action.’

A New Zealand based academic, Anne completed Bachelor and Masters degrees in Theology at the Sydney College of Divinity and was awarded a Doctorate in Philosophy from ACU for her research comparing the Political Theology of J.B. Metz with the Feminist Theological Hermeneutics of Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza.

We hope these Seeking Truth seminars will stimulate discussion, highlight global perspectives and bring an alertness and voice to women’s experience of the Church. Please save the following dates for exciting storytelling and discussions to come later in the year.

Seminar 2: Seeking Truth to Encounter the Divine

Thursday, 13 May, 7.00pm to 8.30pm

Dr Cristine Lledo Gomez and Professor Tina Beattie will unpack concepts of mothering and mystery.

Seminar 3: Panel – Where your learning has taken you

Thursday, 12 August, 7.00pm to 8.30pm

A panel discussion about where the learning of prominent theologians has taken them and how it has engaged their children.

Seminar 4: Seeking Truth for Connection

Wednesday, 17 November, 7.00pm to 8.30pm

Professor Massimo Fraggioli reflects on his daughter’s experiences with a theologian as a father.


Click here to register for the first seminar.

Celebrating 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia

Celebrating 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia

2021 marks 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia, a significant milestone in the education of Australian students. With almost one million students in, and 98,000 teachers and staff across 1,751 Catholic schools in Australia, Loreto Normanhurst is proud to have been a part of this legacy for 124 years. It was in 1875 that Gonzaga Barry led the first Loreto Sisters to Australia at the request of Bishop Michael O’Connor in Ballarat.

“Today, there are seven Loreto Schools in Australia and over 70 throughout the world. Mary’s Mount, Ballarat (1875), Normanhurst (1897) and Kirribilli (1907) in Sydney, Marryatville in Adelaide (1905), Mandeville Hall in Melbourne (1924), Nedlands in Perth (1931) and Coorparoo in Brisbane (1927). Two more, Loreto Osborne (1901) and Loreto Portland (1884) formed local amalgamations and maintain links with their Loreto heritage: John XXIII College in Perth (1977) and Bayview College, Portland (1977). The Sisters also taught in more than 20 parish schools, opened the first free Catholic kindergarten in South Melbourne (1912) and provided commercial training for school leavers in Ballarat and South Melbourne.”[i]

The educational visionary, Mother Gonzaga Barry, was in fact the first educator in Australia to establish a formal teaching training College for teachers in Catholic schools. She was one of the earliest proponents of a holistic education and was influenced by the writings of Froebel. Aware of a chronic shortage of professionally trained teachers who could teach in this way, in 1884 Gonzaga Barry established a teacher training college in Ballarat, followed, in 1896, by the opening of the Albert Park College in Melbourne. She believed that continual professional development fostered excellence in teaching. In calling for ‘A Women’s Education Congress’ where the Heads of girls’ schools could meet in mutual support, she demonstrated Mary Ward’s passionate belief in the capacity of women and the value of their particular insights:

Nothing but mutual advantage can arise from an interchange of ideas and experience; in short, what is to prevent [the Heads] from taking an independent, original view of education from a woman’s standpoint and so checking and correcting and completing the theories on education still in vogue and which we owe nearly all to men – often to ‘doctrinaires’ and charlatans?

Mother Gonzaga Barry (1891). Eucalyptus Blossoms.

Today Loreto Normanhurst continues to provide a strong holistic Catholic education for girls that ‘celebrates a joyous Christian faith which grows from reflection and leads to justice’. We encourage each student to be a woman of conscious faith developing a gentle strength that is both empathetic and reflective, so they can use their voice confidently to respond to the needs of our world.

Our staff are renowned for their excellence and this week at the Broken Bay Diocesan Mass held at the Light of Christ Centre, Waitara, we celebrated more than 25 years of service to Catholic education with Ms Jenelle Minto and Mrs Bridget Andersen. Ms Mary Anne De Mattia was also celebrated but was unable to attend. As a school community we congratulate these women and thank them most sincerely for their service to Catholic education and Loreto Normanhurst.


Mrs Libby Parker

Director of Mission


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Open Day – ‘on Replay’

Open Day – ‘on Replay’

Thank you for attending our Virtual Open Day 2021

We had a wonderful celebration of who we are last Saturday via our Virtual Open Day microsite.

If you missed the day, or would like to have another look at our showcase of faculties, events and programs, as well as our new Virtual Tour, please click the link below. Access to the Virtual Open Day Microsite is available until 31 March 2021.

Click here to access the Open Day Microsite

Password: LNOpenDay

Women of Influence Evening 2021

Women of Influence Evening 2021

On Monday night we welcomed back to school Catherine Livingstone AO (’72) and Natasha Luschwitz (’98) to share their remarkable careers and join with us on International Women’s Day.

Catherine is the current Chair of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Saluda Medical Pty Ltd and Chancellor of UTS. She has had an illustrious career, with extensive business, finance and executive leadership experience, and has contributed to the development of Australia’s banking, telecommunications, science, technology and innovation sectors.

Natasha is the Executive Director of Strategic Coordination in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She was awarded the 2021 Public Service Medal for emergency crisis management for her role in the 2019-20 Bushfire Crisis and COVID-19 Taskforce.

Hosted by our remarkable Year 12 students, with panel questions facilitated by Knowledge and Learning Strategist Liz Green, our Women of Influence shared with us inspirational and insightful stories about their careers and life since leaving school. We were thrilled to have questions submitted from those online as well as those on site, including a Year 7 student who courageously put up her hand twice!

We are also immensely grateful to Hattie Dalton (’90), who was unable to join us remotely on the evening due to difficulties with our connection. Hattie is a BAFTA Award-winning film and theatre writer and director.

With more than 330 registrations for onsite and online participation in this event, our community of students, parents, staff and ex-students raised $5,025 for the Loreto Normanhurst Bursary Fund. We are honoured to provide bursaries to eighteen of our students and thank our school community for your generous support.

Ms Liane Giuliano

Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement



Years 7 & 9 NAPLAN Online Practice Tests
Week 9 – Thursday, 25 March

In preparation for the 2021 Online NAPLAN Testing in May (Weeks 4 and 5, Term 2), students will be given the opportunity to undertake two 40 minute practice tests which will be held on Thursday 25th March (please note this date has changed from 23 March).  The practice tests include an omnibus test (combination of reading, conventions of language and numeracy questions) and a writing test, both approximately 40 minutes in length.  We are confident that our students are well-equipped to engage with the online mode of testing as they utilise technology in the curriculum daily.  The benefits of students engaging in the practice test are that they become familiar with the specific ACARA testing platform and the types of questions asked.  We can also ensure the school-installed locked down browser on student laptops is operational, and that any other concerns can be addressed prior to the official testing in May.  

Students will need to bring headphones and ensure their laptop is fully charged prior to undertaking the test.  As this is a practice test, student work will not be marked and therefore results will not be made available.  If your daughter is absent for the practice tests, no catch-ups are necessary, and your daughter can access the Public Demonstration Site to familiarise herself with the range of questions and onscreen tools, timers and interactive navigation used by the testing platform. 

Further information can be found in the Parent Information Brochure and on the NESA and ACARA websites. The practice tests are a positive opportunity for students to engage with online testing strategies and an important part of the preparation for the school delivering Online NAPLAN Testing in May.  If you have any question, please contact the Learning Office at


Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning

Save The Date:  Year 7 Parents & Students Study Skills Evening with Dr Prue Salter

On Monday, 29 March, Week 10, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Year 7 students and their parents are invited to a virtual presentation with Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services.  Year 7 Parents will be emailed the Zoom link at the end of Week 9.

Click here to view the presentation description.

Dr Salter’s interactive presentation will focus on creating an environment that is conducive to producing good study habits and exploring how students can organise their time productively to avoid last minute stress.  This refreshing and practical presentation will give you plenty to build on with your daughter.

Further information can be found on the Study Skills Handbook website by logging in with the details:   

Username: loretonh      
Password: loretonh

Ms Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning

‘Chill Out’ space in the Library

The Library has a new ‘Chill Out’ space for students to use when they experience some challenging emotions or need a place to help them reset their feelings. Located behind the Careers Office, this quiet space offers an unobtrusive opportunity to calm their thoughts, diffuse a negative emotion or situation before it escalates, and settle themselves down, in a peaceful and safe space.

The furniture is comfortable and relaxing, but more importantly, promotes safety and stability that meets sensory needs. The space has two ‘egg’ chairs that reduces over stimulation and offers some privacy, which will assist students who need some isolation when feeling overwhelmed. There is a large bean bag, a peanut ball balance cushion, weighted blanket and snuggle chair that gives students a soft alternative.

Sensory tactile objects are also available to help the students slow down and self-regulate. In the drawer set they can find stretchy bands, fidget tools, calming bottles, small puzzles, mindful colouring sets and even noise cancelling headphones.

Increasingly, a wide range of students have used this space and it has been observed that it has made a huge difference to their wellbeing in helping them manage their own needs and demonstrate independence in this area.

Ms Simonetta Cesamolo

Head of Diverse Learning

Celebration of Learning

‘Women Speak Up’ – Year 9 English

As an English teacher at Loreto, I am continually impressed by the maturity, insight and compassion of students and by how articulate our girls are. At a time when women around the world and in Australia continue to experience gender inequality and disadvantage, Year 9 Loreto students have stepped forward to speak truth, to question and to advocate for those who are voiceless. 

This year, as part of the ‘Women Speak Up’ unit, the English Faculty tasked Year 9 students with composing a persuasive speech about an issue affecting women today. During Supergirl Week, Year 9 students spoke up as agents of change as they delivered passionate speeches to their peers, ranging in topics such as women in politics, women in leadership, inequity in education, healthcare and the workplace. The girls offered unique perspectives, presented complex arguments and spoke with integrity as they questioned gaps in equity, social disadvantage and discriminate policy negatively impacting women across the globe. 

Please click below to read a selection of speeches composed by our students.

Georgia Taylor – Women in Parliament

Jessica Anderson – Sexism in Politics

Lucy Harrison – Inequality in Education


Ms Alexandra Dockrill

English Teacher

Philosophy Circle Pilot Program – Guest Speaker

This year, Loreto Normanhurst is engaging in a Philosophy Circle Pilot Program which will run fortnightly from Term 1, Week 7. This program comes after deep research in 2020 on the benefits of “doing philosophy.” As summed up by the German philosopher, Leonard Nelson, “effective philosophy teaching is the art of teaching not philosophy but philosophising, the art not of teaching about philosophers but of making philosophers of the students.” There is extensive research on the value of students engaging with philosophical thinking.

On Wednesday, 10 March, the small groups selected to be part of the Philosophy Circle Pilot Program from Years 6, 8, 10 and 12, and some staff, were able to attend a guest lecture by Dr Xavier Symons of the Australian Catholic University. Dr Symons spoke to us about his life as a philosopher and bioethicist, especially his work during the COVID-19 pandemic at St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Click here to read more about the launch of the Philosophy Circle Pilot Program.

Mr Marco Scali

Acting Knowledge and Learning Strategist

Learning for Life – Stories from the Class of 2020

We are delighted to share with you this insight into the experiences of the Class of 2020 during their time at Loreto Normanhurst. This ‘Learning for Life’ publication celebrates the accomplishments of our recent graduates in all aspects of the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model and FACE Curriculum, including their outstanding HSC results, achievements in sport and extra-curricular, leadership of social justice initiatives and more. It also celebrates all that is yet to come; we look forward to hearing from these ex-students about where their Loreto education takes them as they embark on their next steps in life after school.


Please access Learning for Life – Stories from the Class of 2020 here.

Dates to Remember

Year 7


NAPLAN Online Practice

Thursday 25 March (note date change from 23 March)

Year 7 Parents & Students Study Skills Evening – Prue Salter

Monday 29 March
7pm – 8.30pm – Livestreamed

Year 8

Year 8 Parent Information Evening – Continuing Your Daughters Journey at LN

Monday 22 March
7pm – 8pm – Face to face and Livestreamed

Year 9


NAPLAN Online Practice

Thursday 25 March (note date change from 23 March)

Holistic Learning at Loreto Normanhurst and FNQE Education Evening

Tuesday 1 June

7pm – 8pm

Year 10 

Learning at Loreto Normanhurst and Subject Selection Evening 

Wednesday 26 May 

7pm – 8:30pm

Year 11

Year 11 Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 13 October

Year 12

Year 12 Parent Information Evening

Monday 12 July 

Year 12 In-Class Assessment Block

Monday 8 March to
Thursday 18 March



CSDA Public Speaking

Congratulations to the following students who competed in Round 1 of the CSDA Public Speaking Competition on Friday 5 March:

Year 7

Eva Parratt

Charlotte Barnett

Year 8

Ava Martin

Anika Banerji

Year 9

Myra Maini

Ella Khoury

Year 10

Indianna Cane

Frances O’Brien


Erin Longney

Congratulations to the following students who were selected through to the Semifinals of the CSDA Public Speaking Competition.

  • Eva Parratt
  • Charlotte Barnett
  • Ava Martin
  • Anika Banerji
  • Indianna Cane
  • Frances O’Brien
  • Erin Longney

We wish these students the best of luck when they compete virtually tonight, Friday 12 March.

Rostrum Voice of Youth

Congratulations to the following students who competed in Round 1 of the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition on Wednesday 10 March:

Year 8 – Jnr Division

Rose Cunningham

Year 9 – Jnr Division

Tahlia Moses

Year 9 – Jnr Division

Isabella Tesoriero

Year 9 – Snr Division

Ella Khoury

Year 9 – Snr Division

Myra Maini

Year 12 – Snr Division

Erin Longney

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Runner Up in their respective heats:

  • Isabella Tesoriero
  • Myra Maini

Special mention to Myra and to Ella for stepping up into the Senior Division for this competition.

Lions Youth of the Year Quest

Congratulations to Erin Longney who this week participated in the Lions Youth of the Year Quest for the Regional Area Finals. While Erin did not win, she was an incredible Ambassador for both the school and for the Lions Club of Berowra. Erin appeared on the Local Community Radio Station, Triple H 100.1 FM, on Monday 1 March. Along with the winner from the Hornsby Lions Youth of the Year Quest, Erin answered questions on her experience in this competition, her goals and her experiences at school thus far. Congratulations, Erin.

Debating Registrations

Debating registrations will close on Monday 15 March, 2021. An extension has been in place to ensure all students have an opportunity to register their interest. The following table provides same basic information about each competition. Please take time to consider each one before your daughter nominates for debating:


Dates and Times

Year Groups



Fridays, 3:30pm-8:30pm approx.

Click here for CSDA 2021 Dates

Years 7 to 12

2 teams per year group


Fridays, 3:30pm-6:30pm for Years 7 and 8

3:30pm-8:00pm for Years 9 to 11

Click here for Archdale 2021 Dates

Years 7 to 11

2 teams in Years 7 to 9

1 team in Year 10

1 team in Year 11

AIS NGS Super Virtual Debating Competition

Various dates and time through the year

Years 7-10

1 combined Year 7/8 team

1 combined Year 9/10 team

We encourage all debaters to take part in the Oratory Club in Term 2 to complement their training before their respective debates.

Please ensure you have checked the dates for the competitions. The dates are included in the table above.

Secondary students can click here to complete your nomination.

Youth UN NSW Digital Diplomacy Summit

Registration is now open for students in Years 9 to 12 to participate in the Youth UN NSW Digital Diplomacy Summit. The event will be held on Saturday, 17 April at a venue yet to be announced.

For more information please visit the Youth UN Website. If your daughter is interested, please contact the Oratory Department before registering.

Note: Youth UN Events are becoming increasingly popular. If you are interested, register early so you don’t miss out.

ZONTA Young Women in Public Affairs

Nominations are now open for students aged 16 to 18 to nominate for this award. Students are encouraged to read through the information available on this website. Students who are interested must email Ms O’Dwyer directly by Thursday, 18 March 2021.


If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact myself or your House 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.


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

What does it mean to have a good digital reputation?

A ‘digital reputation’ is defined by your behaviours in the online environment; by the content you post about yourself and others. In a world that is reliant on technology, with students engaging with a range of technology platforms, they need to think before they post. A poor digital footprint can affect friendships, relationships and even job prospects. It is important that students are aware of what picture they are painting of themselves online and of protecting their digital reputation. One way in which you can assist with your daughter’s digital reputation is to have your own ‘family technology plan.’

A family technology plan can be helpful in establishing a range of norms at home. These may include: your daughter using technology in open spaces at home, limits on how much time your daughter spends online, being aware of how many social network accounts your daughter has, perhaps being a ‘friend’ of hers on Facebook, mobile and portable devices charging in a central place outside of the bedroom, having open conversations with one another about the engagement of technology and having an agreement that if your daughter’s digital reputation is compromised that she will let you know.

One resource that I highly recommend you visit is the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner website. You can access their site by clicking here. The Office is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online. Their site has excellent resources, research, information about privacy and what steps can be taken to manage offensive or illegal content. Technology is only becoming more ubiquitous, so it is important that you partner with the school to create safe, productive online reputations for your daughters, and our students.

There are a number of upcoming, no-cost parent webinars on cyberbullying and online drama to find out how to support young people to have safe and respectful online relationships. The dates are below and you can find out more about the webinars by visiting this link.

  • 16 March 7:30pm to 8:30pm, 17 March 12:30pm to 1:30pm, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
  • 18 March 3:30pm to 4:30pm, 22 March 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Supergirl Week

“With the 8 March being International Women’s Day, Loreto Normanhurst celebrated Supergirl Week during Week 6 in the lead-up to the day. Throughout the week, the SRC organised many activities aiming to empower all of the young women within the school and encourage them to help girls who don’t have the same opportunities that we do.

The activities included skipping in the quad, Tutor Group trivia, Student vs. Teacher soccer match and mufti on Friday with the money raised going towards Project Compassion.

There are many influential women within our school who are inspiring advocates for the role of women. Mrs Dowers encourages all girls to pursue excellence in Mathematics and is challenging the stereotypes of women in STEM. Annabelle Kingston in Year 12 has worked hard to make a remarkable contribution to drought-stricken communities. Mrs Greville promotes the success of women in sport particularly through her achievements in hockey. Charlotte Forwood in Year 12 has passionately advocated and raised awareness for the Kids Cancer Project. These women were all highlighted throughout the week to showcase the empowered women within our community.”

Annika Shankar

SRC/Communications Captain

*Special congratulations to Annabelle who was this week recognised as a finalist in the ‘Top Ten to Watch’ by Women NSW and the NSW Government.

Year 10 Pastoral Day

Year 10 were highly engaged listening to two outstanding guest speakers, Dannielle Miller, CEO Enlighten Education, and Brent Sanders, Brent Sanders Consulting, on Thursday 25 February.

Dannielle talked (with great flair and humour!) about her own experiences which formed her relationship with her body, her views on feminism and ‘girl power’ and her passion for educating girls about their rights, power and the positive roles they can play in their friendships and communities. Dannielle launched to Year 10 the ‘Walk the Talk’ program, in conjunction with with Women’s Community Shelters. We will be running a year-long project to support Hornsby Women’s Shelter. Today further planning sessions were held, in the context of Mary Ward Connect Day, as Year 10 connected with Loreto schools around Australia. 

Brent presented a powerful talk about consent, the law and conflict psychology. His stories as an ex-police officer were effective teaching examples, drawing from current statistics and an explicit knowledge of the laws around sexual assault. His insistence that young people are entitled to know the specifics of the laws about consent and assault was appreciated highly by Year 10. It would be very worthwhile engaging in conversation about this day with your daughters.

Oak SEED and Wellbeing Survey

All parents of Years 7 to 9 students received an emailed letter about our new Oak SEED program, and the survey we are conducting for Years 7-9 in Term 1. Please take the time to read this letter and return the consent form with both your signature and your daughter’s. The survey will help us considerably to plan relevant pastoral sessions and experiences for your daughters.

Reminder – NSW Youth Advisory Council applications close Sunday, 14 March 2021

Students have received information which outlines the process for applying for the NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Membership with the YAC is open to children and young people between 12 and 24 years of age residing in NSW. Applications are particularly sought from diverse locations, backgrounds and life experiences.

The 12-member YAC provides a direct avenue of communication between young people and the NSW Government. The YAC meets regularly throughout the year to discuss a range of topics and provide feedback on policies, procedures and resources affecting children and young people. Members also provide feedback to community groups, government agencies and Departments and Ministers on issues concerning children and young people.

Please discuss this opportunity with your daughter. Further information and application can be accessed about the YAC by following this link.

If you have any questions you can send an email to or you can speak directly to Mr Madigan.

Teaching Independence

In recent weeks, there has been a number of parents coming to Student Services to drop off items that their daughter has forgotten at home. These items include lunches, exercise and text books, sports gear, medication, pencil cases and laptops. At Loreto Normanhurst, we endeavour to teach the girls independence and also help them understand they need to be organised. Finding students to give them these forgotten items also takes up valuable time. We ask you to help us teach the girls some independence. Thank you for your ongoing support with this matter. 


Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan

Deans of Pastoral Care




LN Sport Wrap

Another massive newsletter wrap from Sport, with Primary School Swimming and Cross Country results, IGSSA Hockey Rep news, previews of the Head of the River, Tildesley Tennis and the IGSSA Swim & Dive Championships and IPSHA Football and Netball trial info – lets go!

IPSHA Swim & Dive

On Tuesday, our Primary School pool stars were lighting up SOPAC as they competed in the IPSHA Swim and Dive Carnival. It was an exceptional meet for our girls, with a staggering 28 personal best times swum in 29 races! Huge congrats to all our swimmers and a massive thanks to our coaches, Nicole and Andrew, who oversaw the squad.

Primary Cross Country Carnival

From the pool to the oval, and it was our runners turn to shine for the Primary School Cross Country Carnival on Thursday. There was colour and noise everywhere, as the triannual battle between Benedicta, Clare and Dorothea played out over 2kms or 3kms. Congratulations to all our runners, with special mention to our podium finishers in each age group:

10 Years – 1st Georgia Mercer-Witenden (Year 5), 2nd Charlotte Stephenson (Year 5), 3rd Lucy Saad (Year 5)
11 Years – 1st Seren D’Souza (Year 5), 2nd Tessa Young (Year 5), 3rd Grace Vukasovic (Year 5)
12 Years – 1st Eva Cusick (Year 6), 2nd Gabriella Connell (Year 6), 3rd Lucinda Durston (Year 6)


As we go to print, we’ve got 4 girls trialing at the IGSSA Hockey U/16’s Representative trials. Fingers crossed for Sophie Fanning (Year 10), Charlotte Spooner (Year 7), Aisling Kennedy (Year 8) and Lucy Ball (Year 8), and I’ll bring you all the updates in the next newsletter.


Best of luck to our rowers who are taking part in the Schoolgirl Head of the River this Sunday at Sydney International Regatta Centre. It’s been a fantastic season of racing for the entire program, and I wish them all the very best and give it their all out on the course.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our Rowing Parent Support Group for all their efforts this season, and a big thank you to our Head of Rowing, Mr Ian Edmunds, for his tireless efforts in his leadership of the rowing program.

Our Schoolgirl VIII and the Year 10 Double will be off to Tasmania next week to compete at the Australian Rowing Championships, and I’ll have a full update in the next newsletter.

There’s also been some awesome success for some LN students and ex-students, with Lily Gavan (Year 12), and ex-students Laura Gourley and Niamh Graham all selected into the NSW Women’s Youth VIII crew who will also be competing at the Australian Rowing Championships. Lily also had some fantastic results at the State Championships recently, picking up a gold, silver and bronze in her U/19 races. Well done to all those girls!

Tildesley Tennis Championships

It’s the culmination of a long preparation for our Tildesley Tennis team, as they take to the courts on Wednesday and Thursday next week against the best of the rest of IGSSA. Best of luck to all our girls involved, and all the results and highlights will be in the newsletter next fortnight.

IGSSA Swim & Dive

On Friday, 26 March, our Secondary Swim & Dive squad will be in action at SOPAC at the IGSSA Swim & Dive Championships. Last season, the squad came away with one of the best results for Loreto Normanhurst at an IGSSA Swim & Dive Carnival, and I know the girls can’t wait to get out there and try to go one better this time round. Best of luck, girls!

Primary CIS Football and IPSHA Netball trials

Coming up over the next two weeks, we’ve got some Primary girls trialing for the representative pathway, with Seren D’Souza (Year 5), Tessa Young (Year 5) and Gabriella Connell (Year 6) trialing for the Primary CIS Football team, and Eva Cusick (Year 6) and Trinity Hanna (Year 6) both trialing for the IPSHA Netball team – good luck to all!

Loreto Sports Girl: Mia Hallinan, Year 10

Current sport/activity: AFL and Badminton

Favourite school sport/activity: My favorites are AFL and water polo.

Highest level of sporting achievement: I play for the fun, not the competition!

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: Too many to name, so probably the adrenaline rush when you’re in the pool or on the field.

Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: Watching the Hawks play in the MCG.

Best subject at school: Food tech/Drama.

Any superstitions before playing sport: I always double knot my shoelaces and tuck them under at the top.

Best tune to listen to before competing: Pump it Up, by Endor


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 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



The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Abraham Lincoln

An important event for Year 12

UAC Digital | Year 12 Conference

21 April 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

UAC Digital is being launched with a conference designed for you: find out about our participating universities, why you should consider them for future study, and what’s coming up for you in 2021. You do not want to miss this event! Each uni will have a 5-minute block to highlight their best qualities, share useful resources and answer your questions. UAC will finish the conference with some key information to help you make the most of your application to uni. Click here to find out more.

ANU Applications are now open

ANU Direct Applications and The Tuckwell Scholarship are open as of Wednesday 3 March 2021. To assist you with the process, please take note of the following information.


  • ANU Applications are open 3 March – 24 May. Students can start their application at any time and log back in as needed to complete the process: click here
    • Students need to include their co-curricular activities with appropriate documentation
    • NSW HSC students do not need to include their reports in their application – the ANU will access their results directly for NESA (same as previous years)
  • Tuckwell Scholarship Stage 1 applications are open 3 March – 18 April: 
    • complete and submit the ANU Direct Application as soon as possible and before 14 April 2021 (11.59PM AEDT); AND THEN
    • complete and submit the Tuckwell Scholarship Stage 1 Application Form as soon as possible and before 18 April 2021 (11.59PM AEDT).
    • The ANU Direct Application will ask if students wish to apply for a Tuckwell Scholarship – answer “yes” if you wish to apply.
    • Within one business day of submitting the ANU Direct Application, students will be invited to the Tuckwell Scholarship Stage 1 Application Form via email. The sooner you submit your ANU Direct Application, the sooner you can access the Tuckwell Scholarship Stage 1 Application Form.

The ANU is running a series of webinars for prospective students throughout the application window. The sessions will run at 4:00pm on Wednesdays, beginning this afternoon with a student panel Q&A, and including sessions about the application process, accommodation, scholarships, and the co-curricular requirements.

Students can register for these events here. 

Interesting reads

University Portfolio Entry

Thinking of studying an arts or design course at university? They might offer an alternative pathway – portfolio entry.
This is your chance to showcase your best work and give your application a boost, even if you don’t meet other requirements.
Learn more about portfolio entry in Study Work Grow’s blog HERE.

Do You Want to be a Firefighter?

Read more here

Career Resource is a resource for students looking to complete accredited training. Recently they have launched a new resource called Job Starter. This website aggregates information from all the funding schemes throughout Australia. Users can easily find a funded course in their area with a study mode suitable to their needs. This is a valuable resource for people looking to join the workforce, change careers or skill up to progress their career but cannot afford to pay full fees.
You can view the Job Starter site here –


Study Work Grow (need to be a member, see how below)  have added a whole heap of competitions into their database – from writing to art, from STEM to music, there’s bound to be one perfect for you. Participating in a competition can be a great way to boost your resume (and maybe your bank balance too). Click HERE for more information and the list of competitions open to YOU!

The Entry to Medicine Handbook

It’s the easiest way to get your head around all the medical programs on offer in Australia. If you’re considering a career in medicine, then this Handbook could set you off on the right path. Get your copy here: Entry-to-Medicine-2022

University News

CSU Parent Information Sessions

2021 Parent Information Sessions are coming up in April and we encourage parents to book their spot. At these evening events, parents and students will meet course advisers, lecturers, support staff and current students. The Future Students team will host the event and run families through everything they need to know to support their daughter’s path to uni.

Albury-Wodonga: Tuesday 6 April

Bathurst: Tuesday 13 April

Orange: Tuesday 6 April

Port Macquarie: Tuesday 13 April

Wagga Wagga: Tuesday 13 April

Online: Tuesday 27 April


University of Newcastle: Ma & Morley Scholarship

Applications Opening Earlier in 2021 – April 1

To provide students more time, the application open date for the Ma & Morley Scholarship has been brought forward to April 1. From this date, students will have access to an application form that allows them to progressively work on their application throughout the year.
If you are a student that wants to be part of the next generation of globally aware and socially conscious leaders, we encourage you look through the information on the Ma & Morley program and tips on how to apply.

The University Of Newcastle 2022 Intro Guide to Degrees and Subject Choices is now available! These guides cover key information including HSC subject selection advice and an updated list of undergraduate degrees – perfect for Year 10, 11 and 12 students!

ACU | Talk with Nurses, Midwives and Paramedics

20 April 2021, 6:00 pm


Join us online to hear from ACU alumni about their experiences working as nurses, midwives and paramedics. Take part in a Q&A session with our graduates and learn what it is like working on the frontline and using your skills to help people when they need it the most.

Find out more.

RECAP: 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.

‘Study Work Grow’

Has a wonderful catalogue of events across Australia, plus wonderful guides on various topics, such as early entry, medicine and much more. It is recommended that Year 11 and 12 students should be subscribing to events of their interest area.

Click here and scroll down to the ‘Use your unique school code’ section and enter the code LRNH19

‘The Career Department’

Focuses on providing students with a comprehensive view of all industries and career paths, through excellent videos, articles, and snapshots.

The Careers Department – login page. School login: Loreto Normanhurst and password: LNH

‘Careers – Canvas Page’  

All students from year 9 and above can access our Canvas page, which is full of information relevant to all areas of careers including GAP years, subject selection, career paths, resume and interview skills and much more.

No login is required – this should be automatically generated for all students from Year 9 onward. If you cannot access this, please contact the ICT team.

Parent Association

Parent Association

I am looking forward to seeing and meeting parents at the Welcome Dinner tonight at the Epping Club. This event is organised by the School and we thank them for hosting this event for parents and for the opportunity for parents to get to know one another better.

With the recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the Year Parent Reps have been busy planning and organising events to provide the opportunity for parents to get to know one another within their daughter’s year group.

Year 7 took the opportunity to be “COVID Creative” and organised a Meet & Greet last Sunday afternoon with parents and the girls. To abide by the guidelines, they organised to meet at different locations around Sydney based on the geographic location of Year 7 families, from Fagan Park in Galston to Buffalo Creek Reserve in Hunters Hill. Year 7 boarders were also able to attend and thank you to those boarding families who were able to make it down to Sydney to join the fun. Thank you to all who attended and especially to the Year 7 Parent Reps who coordinated the afternoon. Please enjoy some photos in the gallery below.

There are also some upcoming events for Year 8 and Year 10 Parents. We look forward to seeing and meeting you at these events.

Mrs Jane Dalton

PAL President

Year 10 Parent Drinks

Thursday 18th March, 7pm – Hotel Pennant Hills

We hope you can join us at this event for Year 10 Parents as we haven’t had many opportunities to meet over the past year. We are happy that we can once again gather in person to share a drink and a meal!

If you have any questions or wish to RSVP please contact Gerri Hadwen at or Kylie Le Lievre at

Year 8 Parent Cocktail Party

Saturday 20th March, 6.30pm – Greengate Hotel

Join other Year 8 Parents for the Year 8 Cocktail Party next Saturday at the Greengate Hotel. RSVPs will close at midnight tonight. Please click HERE to book your tickets. If you have any questions, please contact Sally Lee at or on 0411 331 666.

Click here for the invitation

Loreto Normanhurst Fathers’ Lunch

Friday 4th June 2021

The Parent Association is delighted to announce the inaugural Loreto Normanhurst Fathers’ Lunch on Friday 4 June at The Union Hotel in North Sydney. Please keep this date in your diary, with further information to follow. We hope you can join us for this exciting new event.

Click here for the Save the Date flyer

Enquiries: Preston Foster (Year 8) –

Upcoming Events – Save the Date

City/Country Mothers’ Weekend Away

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd May 2021

Wagga Wagga


City/Country Mothers’ Lunch

Friday 20th August

Aqua Luna Waterfront, Drummoyne

Community Update

Community Update

In November last year we announced via the newsletter that aspects of our Green Travel Plan (GTP) would be piloted as part of the School’s traffic management plan and the ongoing work for Stage 1 of the Master Plan.

We are excited to share that as part of our commitment to a sustainable future a number of pilot initiatives have been progressed or implemented since the start of the school year including carpooling, with ‘Car Share Only’ parking for staff now available, and encouraging the use of public transport and of course, walking and cycling. A comprehensive Travel Access Guide has been developed with information about the different ways to get to Loreto Normanhurst. Click here to view the Travel Access Guide.

From Monday 15 March, a Loreto Normanhurst Metro Shuttle bus service will commence and travel between the School and Cherrybrook Metro Train Station. The service will run at the following times:

    1. 7:00am and 7:45am (with the last shuttle departing from Cherrybrook Metro at 7:45am)
    2. 3:35pm, 4:20pm, and 5:10pm (with the last shuttle departing from the School at 5:10pm)

Please refer to the email received from the Deputy Principal’s office for more information.

For further details, and to read the full Community Update please click here.