Newsletter 15 November - 15 November 2019
Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

I hope that all our families, particularly families who are from communities affected by the drought and by bushfires, are safe and well. I would like to acknowledge the great strength of our Loreto community who came together to support each other this week. Our request for day families to help look after our boarders from Monday night to Wednesday morning when the school was closed due to fire ratings, was met with an overwhelming response with close to 100 offers for assistance within the first hour. I am so grateful to all our families and the strength and power of our community in responding to people in need. We are a close knit and supportive community and we see this time and time again as we all try to do as much as we can by working together.

I am excited to announce to the community that Ms Sally Munro has been appointed as Director of Pastoral Care, commencing 2020. Ms Munro is currently the Integrated Learning Coordinator at St Ignatius College Riverview where she is leading the creation and development of a whole school integrated learning program. Ms Munro’s background in PDHPE, her Master of Education (Research) in interdisciplinary learning and the theory of integration, as well as her dedication to the wellbeing of young women will be an asset to the future growth of holistic learning at Loreto Normanhurst.  We look forward to welcoming Ms Munro to our community in 2020.

Yesterday parents with daughters in Years 5-9 in 2020 would have received information from the Learning Office in relation to the Extended Day program which will be introduced from Term 1 2020.  By introducing this program, the school intends to meet the needs of families and provide the girls with guided study support. Please refer to the information here and the communication sent to you by email or phone the Learning Office in the Secondary School for further information about how to apply to be part of the Extended Day program in 2020.

This week marks the end of the HSC for the Class of 2019. Congratulations to the Year 12 students who have worked through their exams calmly and purposefully. For these final examinations they have studied hard with dedication and they deserve to do well. The Class of 2019 were able to celebrate the end of their exams and their high school journey at their Year 12 formal on Thursday evening. They looked relaxed and happy, as did their parents, and they are excited for their journey ahead and what the next year will bring for them. The students and their parents were also very thankful for their Loreto education, one they will treasure and build on as the years go by. Congratulations to the Class of 2019, I wish them well for the future.

As one chapter ends, another begins, and this week, we welcomed new families to the secondary school for Orientation. This is a time for something new and different for these families, something they have been looking forward to and wondering about and we know that all our new families will be warmly welcomed by our whole community and I give thanks for that. Our new boarders also enjoyed the experience of their new ‘home away from home’ by sleeping over in the Boarding School last night which does much to ease them into boarding life at Loreto Normanhurst. Orientation is such a positive experience for our new families, and I wish them well as they too build their stories and friendships within our community.

This morning we celebrated the beautiful bond our Year 7 girls have with their grandparents or other special persons in their lives. I know the girls look forward to this day where they can show their special person around the school and give them a sense of what they do here each day. The beautiful liturgy which commenced the day was deeply grounded in the Gospel imperative of love, and what a beautiful expression of God’s love is held in the relationship which exists between grandparents and grandchildren. We give thanks for all the layers of life and love which were celebrated today.

Next Wednesday evening from 7-8pm we have the very special ‘Evening of Song with the Loreto Normanhurst Student Choir’ in our Chapel. This will be a beautiful and inspiring evening where words and notes will merge to raise our hearts and minds as we head towards the beginning of Advent. Afterwards there will be a light supper in the cloisters. I do hope many of you can join us – family and friends are most welcome. Please click here to book for catering purposes.


God of love,
in our hearts you place courage.
We beg you to stay close to our sisters and brothers whose lives have been devastated by recent fires across our land;
may they make wise decisions and receive immediate support.
We implore you to keep first responders safe; may their generosity and skill be a blessing for all.
We mourn the loss of life, livelihoods, animals, ecosystems, property and dreams.
With resurrection hope, may our hearts be broken open in love, may our faith
be strengthened and may we give generously.
As Mary Ward led her siblings safely from a burning house into the arms of her father,
may our land and her people be relieved of suffering at this time.
We make this and all our prayers in Jesus name.



Ms Marina Ugonotti


An Evening of Song with the LN Student Choir – next Wednesday evening

An Evening of Song with the LN Student Choir – next Wednesday evening

You are warmly invited to

An Evening of Song with the Loreto Normanhurst Student Choir

Followed by supper in the cloisters


As we draw closer to that time of light and blessing in our year you are invited to join us in our school chapel for reflection through a beautiful evening of music and readings.

Date: Wednesday 20 November 2019

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Venue: Loreto Normanhurst  Chapel

Please RSVP via the Trybooking link for catering purposes.

We would love to have our beautiful chapel filled …  please extend this invitation to anyone you know who might like to come along and indulge in the beauty and peace of it all. For further information please contact:

Ms Kerry McCullough, Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator

Director of Boarding

Director of Boarding

This week the Boarding School has seen the benefits of the wonderful community of which we are a part of. Over the weekend a number of our North Coast families were watching the bush fire front carefully, preparing and cleaning their properties. Some were evacuated, some were cut off (and still are), some were helping out at evacuation centres and others opened their homes to those who were evacuated. All families and their communities were in our prayers at mass on Sunday night, and will continue to be, as some of the larger fires are still impacting our families and their communities.

On Monday the school prepared for evacuation as the fire warnings in the Hornsby area escalated to catastrophic. Students were told about the school closure by Ms Kearns after lunch, and I then also spoke to the boarders. Communication that was sent to all parents about the school closure,  also asked for support for day families to host boarders for two nights until the fire threat in our area passed. By 3.00pm we had over 90 offers of help and support from Loreto families and all 130 of our boarders were accommodated. We are very conscious that we have not been able to personally get back to everyone and thank them as the volume of calls and emails was huge. So, thank you all so much for every generous offer and words of encouragement that were phoned or emailed in. It is in times like this that the community we are a part of is so important. The connections between day and boarding families are so vital for us to be able to provide all the extra support needed, not only in times of crisis, but also for help with excursions, sport or to just have a meal and a swim.

On Thursday, new boarders in Years 7-11 for 2020 participated in Orientation Day and then had a sleepover in the boarding school followed by a day of family interviews today. On Thursday night the new boarder parents enjoyed dinner together where they could meet a number of current parents and members of PAL, the Boarder Parent Committee, and boarding staff. This is the beginning of their experience as a Loreto parent, and as boarder parents, it adds another layer of connection that goes towards building the village that cares for their daughter.

On Sunday 24 November, we have a community event that families might like to support. The school has a home in Mount Pleasant Avenue that will be used as accommodation for our boarder families when they travel to Sydney from 2020. The home had been occupied for a very long time and is in need of a lot of maintenance work to clean up the gardens, remove wallpaper and old carpets and many other tasks. A number of our boarding families will be helping out with a good old fashion working bee so that the house is ready for the boarders return in 2020. If you have some free time, please come along and join us for a couple of hours. Please email Boarder Reception for further details or phone 02 9487 3500.

Part of our strategic vision in boarding is the growth and strengthening of our community connections. The strength of our boarding community is supported and thriving because of the support from Loreto families. Thank you for all you do to support the boarders.


Mrs Kate Kovacs

Director of Boarding

Primary School News

Primary School News

Wearable Art

In Term 1 this year, Year 6 created beautiful dresses which they painted using fabric paint in a range of vibrant colours and markings. Their designs were intended to reflect the patterns created by micro-organisms. Students explored images of different micro-organisms and selected their favourites to recreate on their garments. On Wednesday, the girls were invited to pay a special visit to the Senior School assembly to showcase their gorgeous Wearable Art. Feeling nervous and excited, they paraded up the aisle between the  senior school students and onto the stage – much to the delight of many of the oldetr students who shared the same experience when they  were in Year 6. To an enthusiastic round of applause, they returned to the Primary School, happy to finally be able to take their creations home. Congratulations to Ms Ellen Kozakiewicz, Visual Arts teacher, for her amazing teaching and guidance that enabled the girls to create such incredible works of art! 

Loreto’s Got Talent

Over the past 2 weeks the Primary School has witnessed an amazing array of skill and ability during the heats, semi-finals and finals of Loreto’s Got Talent. Congratulations to all of the girls who auditioned and displayed their enthusiasm and courage.

There were 13 finalists whose acts ranged from singing, dancing and stirring musical items. It was an extremely difficult decision for the judges but in the end Zoe Kha placed third, playing Hungarian Number 5 on the piano; musical trio, Sofia Palermo, Christiana Vella and Catherine Sun placed second with a song by Imagine Dragons, and Lucy McKenna came first with a dazzling dance routine. Thank you to our skilled judges Mrs Cesamolo, Mrs Trethewey and Mrs Butterfield and Ms Osbourne for attending today, to the parents for their support and of course to the girls for showcasing their amazing talent.


EXTDAY@LNH (Extended Day at Loreto Normanhurst)

On Thursday an email was sent to parents of day students from Years 5 to  9, about an exciting new program to be introduced in Term 1 2020.  EXTDAY@LNH is an after school program intended to meet the needs of families and improve individual student growth.  For more information about the program, please click here.  If you would like to apply, please refer to the application form sent with the email.  If you have any questions, please email


SchoolTV Special Report: Eco-Anxiety

Due to recent media coverage on events relating to impending environmental disasters, SchoolTV believes it is important to understand the effects this can have on children. Anecdotal reports suggest that children of all ages, even pre-schoolers, are being treated by healthcare professionals for what is now termed as ’eco-anxiety’.

‘Eco-anxiety’ is anxiety related to ecological disasters or threats to the natural environment such as pollution and climate change. Almost everyday, the media reports on extreme weather events such as record temperatures, forest fires or melting ice caps. Although this is raising awareness, it is also instilling fear. Adults and caregivers have a responsibility to instil hope and give children a clear vision for a positive future. Discussing the known facts and engaging them in conversations about how they feel, can often diffuse their anxiety. It is important to reassure them and emphasise what countries and individuals are doing to help curb the effects of climate change.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be encouraged to have positive conversations with their children in the hope of dispelling their fears.


Hip, hip, hooray!

Happy birthday to Mia Basic.  We hope you had a wonderful day!


Upcoming Events

Monday 18 November Year 5 2020 and new Year 6 2020 Holistic Plenaries
Tuesday 19 November Year 5 2020 and new Year 6 2020 Holistic Plenaries
Thursday 21 November

 Primary School Swimming Carnival


Saturday 23 November

Primary School Christmas Creations


Wednesday 27 November  Year 5 Leadership Speeches
Friday 29 November

Year 6 Final Liturgy, Assembly & Lunch



Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary



God’s tender fingers reach out from age to age to touch the softened inner spaces of those

who open their souls in hope.

Ann Johnson, Miryam of Nazareth

There is something moving and real and deeply tender in the gesture of open hands.  It is the beggar’s universal gesture of appeal.  It suggests a willingness to receive, to admit need, a desire to be filled.  It is our gesture as we come to Christ in the Eucharist.  It speaks of humility and vulnerability, those qualities not always valued in our culture today.  It is in complete contrast to any form of ‘rape’, and I am referring here to the more general meaning of that word, which is ‘to take by force’, and which can be applied to anything that is ‘taken’ in that way.  Rape of any kind is violent and destructive and suggests greed and ‘neediness’ rather than a deeply discerned need.  The spiritual life cannot be taken by force.  Our spiritual life is the life of God within us, and that cannot be grabbed or forced.  We live in a culture, however, which does promote something of this grabbing, grasping, taking by force.  ‘Get out there and get what you want’ is often the message we are given.  But in our spiritual life, open hands are our most authentic posture.  Receptivity is the path we are invited to walk.  But why does grabbing or grasping, taking by force, not lead to an authentic spiritual life?  And what in fact might it mean to know what we deeply desire and need, and to achieve that in our spiritual growth, without ‘grabbing’? 

Here is a lovely story, told by theologian James Mackey, which invites us into reflection on this.  It is the experience of a man he knew, who was in Africa, on a hunting expedition:

“One morning he left camp early, hiked a few miles into the bush by himself, and shot two wild turkeys.  Buckling these to his belt, he was walking back towards camp, when he heard noises and realized he was being followed.  Frightened, his hands tight on his rifle, he scanned the woods for movement.  His fear was quickly dispelled.  What he saw stalking him was a young boy, about twelve years old, naked and hungry.  He realized instantly that what the boy wanted was not him but food.  He stopped, opened his belt, let the turkeys fall to the ground, and backed away. The young boy ran up to the turkeys, but didn’t pick them up.  Instead he looked towards the man and, in his own language, began asking him for something.  Not understanding what the boy was asking, but sensing that he wanted permission to take the birds, the man began gesturing to him that it was okay. But the boy still was not at ease.  He kept asking and gesturing for something.  Finally, in desperation, the boy took several steps back from the turkeys and stood silently with his hands out, open in front of him – waiting until the man came and placed the turkeys into his hands.  Then he ran off into the jungle.  He had, despite his hunger and need, refused to take the birds.  He had waited until they were given to him”.

Read more

Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator



Write a Book in a Day Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday 25 June of this year, 85 students across Years 5 to 11 worked in teams to ‘Write a Book in a Day’. Together they wrote and illustrated 11 different books that have been given to children aged between 10-16 years who are in hospital being treated for cancer. In 2019, we raised an impressive total of $7248 for The Kids Cancer Project. This extra-curricular activity has been coordinated by the LRC team since 2016. 

This week, on Wednesday 13 November, I had the great privilege of taking one of our Write a Book in a Day Teams to the formal awards ceremony which was held at the University of Technology Sydney. Having been notified of their nomination just a matter of weeks ago, the day was anticipated with great excitement. 

‘Team Bobbinsquad’ is composed mostly of Year 11 students and together they have been participating in this event since they were in Years 7  and 8. Their book is called ‘A Prickly Connection’. One of their requirements was to include a porcupine as a character in the story. Consequently a small image of Michael the Porcupine appears on each page of the book, a clever strategy used as a means by which to engage the reader. At the awards event, we learnt that ‘A Prickly Connection’ had been chosen as the Best Illustrated Book in the NSW Upper Schools Division, out of a total pool of several hundred teams. 

All of our Write a Book in a Day teams deserve to be congratulated as the event is a challenge which requires hard work and dedication. However, we are especially proud of the members of Bobbinsquad whose wonderful work has seen them achieve this great award: 

Year 10

Olivia Holmes

Year 11

Shannan Dower
Gian Ellis-Gannell
Sara Horan
Ruihuan Liu
Elle Nacard
Grace Redfern
Samantha Yao
Nicola Rakuljic
Tanya Visevic


Mrs Rowena Curtis

LRC Team Member

HSC Examinations conclude

Congratulations to our students who completed their HSC examinations this week. The final examination was Design and Technology which took place on Monday.  I would like to congratulate all students who conducted themselves calmly and maturely throughout the examination process. Marking is now well underway and we wish our students well over the coming weeks as they anxiously await their results.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind students to come to the Principal’s Morning Tea on Wednesday 18 December from 10:00am – 11:00am in the Undercroft and Mary Ward Quad.   It is a great achievement to have completed the HSC and be ready to move on to the next chapter of your lives and we would love to celebrate with you.


Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning


EXTDAY@LNH (Extended Day at Loreto Normanhurst)

On Thursday an email was sent to parents of day students from Years 5 to  9, about an exciting new program to be introduced in Term 1 2020.  EXTDAY@LNH is an after school program intended to meet the needs of families and improve individual student growth.  For more information about the program which will be offered to students in Years 5 to  9 2020, please click here.  If you would like to apply, please refer to the application form sent with the email.  If you have any questions, please email


Mrs Rachael Jarick

Assistant to the Deans of Learning


Cotton Australia 

On Monday this week we had an afternoon tea presentation with representatives of Cotton Australia.  It was a fruitful collaboration of teachers from several faculties, integrated learning, boarding and Cotton Australia. We are working in partnership to build awareness and balance perspectives, all for the benefit of the learning of our students.

The conversation was wide ranging including discussions on farming practices, perceptions and the reality of cotton farming, the importance of cotton to the economy and local communities, the consequences of the drought, initiatives in water and energy consumption and how water licenses work.

Following this we moved onto discussions exploring how we can integrate our evolving awareness of this multi-faceted industry and our school’ s strategic plan to be sustainable. We also examined how all this could be applied in the classroom linking not only to subject areas, but also to National Curriculum General Capabilities and Cross Curriculum Priorities.

For the classroom we discussed issues relating to the economics of the industry, the importance of renewable and non-renewable resources in relation to water and energy for science and social sciences, the capacity of innovation through STEM, the application to textiles and design and technology, the link to industrialisation in the history courses and the sociological aspect of cotton farming in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

We look forward to our ongoing relationship with Cotton Australia and we can perhaps build on this by engaging with other peak bodies representing regional and rural/industrial interests related to our school community.


Mr Martin Pluss

Dean of Learning


Campion Booklists 2020

We are pleased to advise that the Campion Booklists for next year are now available and can be completed  online.   When ordering online you will need to use the following Access Code: “PB4H”.   Please place your order as soon as possible or by Friday 6 December 2019  at the latest to ensure your daughter receives her books in time for her commencement next year.   It is anticipated that your order will be delivered to your home, office or any other nominated address by the week ending Friday 17 January 2020.  

Please see below the “Additional Purchases List” outlining the specific stationery and additional items required for each subject, as well as information  in relation to the Sustainable School Shop.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the  Learning Office.


Mrs Rachael Jarick

Assistant to the Deans of Learning


Dates to Remember – Term 4 2019


Year 10 SPRINT & LAUNCH Monday 18 November to Friday 29 November

YEARS 7 – 11

Year 7 – 11  Awards Ceremony 2019 Thursday 5 December –  12:45pm | Gym


HSC Results Principal’s Morning Tea Wednesday 18  December – 10-11am | Undercroft



Congratulations to Gian Ellis-Gannell, Year 11, who attended the NSW Constitutional Convention at NSW Parliament House this week. Gian submitted a response to the posed question ‘What is the most important Constitutional issue facing Australian’s in 2019’. In her response, Gian discussed the ambiguity of Section 44 in modern multicultural Australia. Organisers selected Gian to attend the Convention with a number of students from across NSW; with the focus of the day being to discuss these very issues. At the conclusion of the event, Gian was voted by her peers to be a NSW representative at the Australian Constitutional Convention to held in March, 2020 in Canberra. Congratulations Gian. A very well deserved result. You can read Gian’s submission here.

Congratulations to Year 11 students Samantha Parsons  and Maanya Maini who this week participated in the Lions Youth of the Year, Berowra Club final. Both students were interviewed by a panel of judges where they faced questions regarding their in school and out of school achievements. This was then followed by a dinner which included both students presenting a prepared speech and two impromptus. The impromptus were:

  • Tell us how you feel social networking is impacting on society.
  • What do you see as the two major issues facing people today?

Both girls are to be commended for participating in this event.

For further information, please contact us at


Mrs Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Orientation Day for new students in 2020

Yesterday  we had the pleasure of welcoming students who will be commencing at Loreto Normanhurst in 2020.  We had about 165 future Year 7’s in attendance and about 30 students who will be joining the community in Years 8 to 11.  The morning began with our wonderful House Captains greeting the girls and their parents as they arrived.  Members of the Student Council, Boarder Council and House Councils were also on hand to receive our families as they made their way to  the gymnasium.

Ms Ugonotti and Mrs Long  addressed the new families and welcomed them to Normo.

A huge thank you to Zoe Henville (Year 7) and Olivia Langford (Year 11) who shared their experiences of starting as a new Loreto Normanhurst student.  Their messages were heartfelt and authentic, revealing their genuine joy of being a Loreto girl.  In addition to their insight about Loreto being an environment in which the girls can truly be themselves, they also outlined their tips for meeting new people, their guidelines for maintaining organisation and their suggestions on navigating the school campus.  Several parents expressed their appreciation at hearing this advice from current students, conveying that it had helped to ease some of the anxiety they felt about their daughter settling in. 

House Captains, Year 7 Advisors and Heads of House had time to get to know the incoming individuals better, show them around and help them feel connected to the Loreto Normanhurst community.  All new students had the opportunity to attend Tutor Group prayer with their Tutor Groups for 2020.  They also experienced some of the distinctly Loreto features of our day such as the Midday Gong and use of songs for the bell between classes. 

Current students joined newcomers for morning tea and lunch, and it was heartening to observe the camaraderie developing within and across the Houses.

We hope that our visitors enjoyed Orientation Day and we look forward to welcoming them back on 29 January 2020 for the first day of school.


SchoolTV Special Report: Eco-Anxiety

Due to recent media coverage on events relating to impending environmental disasters, SchoolTV believes it is important to understand the effects this can have on children. Anecdotal reports suggest that children of all ages, even pre-schoolers, are being treated by healthcare professionals for what is now termed as ’eco-anxiety’.

‘Eco-anxiety’ is anxiety related to ecological disasters or threats to the natural environment such as pollution and climate change. Almost everyday, the media reports on extreme weather events such as record temperatures, forest fires or melting ice caps. Although this is raising awareness, it is also instilling fear. Adults and caregivers have a responsibility to instil hope and give children a clear vision for a positive future. Discussing the known facts and engaging them in conversations about how they feel, can often diffuse their anxiety. It is important to reassure them and emphasise what countries and individuals are doing to help curb the effects of climate change.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be encouraged to have positive conversations with their children in the hope of dispelling their fears.


Conversations  this week

Year 11 In conversation with their Tutors, learning a little about their Year 7 Buddies for 2020
Year 10 In conversation with Mrs Long and Mrs Parker
Year 9 In conversation with Mr Merchant and a guest speaker from Project Futures
Year 8 Learning skills for beyond Year 8 – Plagiarism and Referencing 
Year 7 Preparation for Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Friday 15 November



Please feel free to contact me by email  if you have any feedback, questions or concerns.


Mrs Beth Nairn

Acting Dean of Pastoral Care



SSA National Softball Championships

This week Tayla Moore (Year 5) has been representing NSWPSSA at the School Sport Australia National Softball Championships in Blacktown. NSWPSSA have just today won the SSA Softball Championships with 98 runs for and 9 against. Tayla was an integral part of the win as she pitched in nearly every game. NSWPSSA went through the entire tournament undefeated!


IPSHA Cricket attends WBBL

Last Saturday some of our IPSHA Cricket girls got the opportunity to attend the Sydney Sixers Women’s Cricket game and have an on the field experience with some of their players. Grace Parker (Year 6), Juliette Cabuil (Year 6) and Rosemary O’Brien (Year 6) enjoyed watching the game and learning some tips from some of the best players in the game.

Wet Weather Information

A reminder for how to access information regarding ground closures due to wet weather for weekend sport. Please make sure you check the relevant website prior to leaving home to ensure your venue is open for play.

IGSSA Sports

IPSHA Sports

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


MRs Kristie Greville

Mrs Emily Wood

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

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    

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

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


Loreto Sports Girl:  Elli Barron

Current sport/activity: Athletics, Touch Football, Netball.

Favourite school sport/activity: Touch Football.

Highest level of sporting achievement: Qualifying for Nationals in the 2000m Steeplechase.

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: Twilight Athletics

Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: Attending the Invictus Games in 2018.

Best subject at school: Maths.

Any superstitions before playing sport: I’m not very superstitious however I always have to tuck my laces under at the front as I learnt my lesson one day when they came undone mid-race.

Best tune to listen to before competing: Anything upbeat.




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

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

If you’re on Facebook, our page is at


Saturday Sports BBQ

Week 5, Saturday 16 November


BBQ Duty Time

Families Rostered

LON05 7:30am-8:45am Allen, Henderson, Jones, Paul
LON18 8:30am-9:45am Hanich, Tilley, Coulton, Suefong
LON23 9:30am-10:45am Kelly, Fanning, Kandalaft, Williams
LON29 10:30am-11:45am Hudson, Parry, Pokharel, Verma


Duties involve cooking on the BBQ or serving. If you are unable to fulfil your duty you must arrange a replacement (contact other day girls’ families in your team from the team contact list).

2019 Sport Contacts Term 4




IPSHA Sports Mrs Emily Wood
Midweek Activities Mrs Emily Wood




IGSSA Water Polo  Mr Stephen Charters
Hornsby Tennis Mr David Brock
IGSSA Touch Football Mrs Kristie Greville
Hayden Fitness Centre Mrs Kristie Greville
Midweek Activities Mrs Emily Wood
Cheerleading Mrs Emily Wood
Rowing Mr Ian Edmunds
Duke of Edinburgh Award Mrs Laura Bryan
 Head of Sport Mr Matt Mulroney

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


Mr Matt Mulroney

Head of Sport



Online Resource Subscriptions

As a Loreto Normanhurst community member you can register for free our online resource: Study Work Grow – school code: LRNH19

 Note, you will need to log in to Study Work Grow and become a member to access some of the content below. Contact careers if you require assistance.

Lunchtime Workshops – Year 12 2020

Careers are running the following lunchtime workshops for Year 12 2020 students:

Studying Medicine

Friday, 22 November 

Studying at Australian National University/ Tuckwell Scholarship (ANU)

Tuesday, 25 November

If you have not RSVP’d and would like to attend, please email careers.


Part Time Job

Westleigh Bakery is looking for a 14-15 year old to work Saturdays in their bakery. If you are interested and can demonstrate good team work and initiative, please drop your resume into the Bakery.


Job Spotlight:

A career in Politics

Politics is both an art and science that focuses on people. Politicians and politics are at play in nearly every career and life scenario to some extent. Our daily lives are dictated by rules and laws designed to benefit individuals and develop and maintain flourishing communities and countries.


Interesting Reads:

 The importance of work placements during tertiary study (AI Group) – click here

What is Occupational therapy? (video) – click here

My first full time job was a flop and I am ok with it (Opinion piece) – Youth Foundation of Australia – click here


Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes

Careers Advisers

Higher Education Information

Macquarie | Campus Tour

16 November 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Macquarie University

You can never truly know if a uni is right for you until you visit in person and get a feel for the campus.

What to expect on the day?

  • tours usually take about 1.5h
  • on every tour you’ll see:
    • our various lecture theatres
    • our award-winning library
    • MUSE – our flexible and creative study space
    • the Sport and Aquatic Centre
    • the Campus Common, where you can explore the many dining options
  • you will have the opportunity to ask a current student your questions while you walk
  • following the tour, you will also get the opportunity for a private consultation to get all your Macquarie questions answered

Find out more

InspirED | ACE the HSC @ Macquarie University

17 November 2019, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Macquarie University

Designed for both students and parents, our free ACE the HSC sessions prepare you for success at the start of your HSC (or preliminary) year.

In these sessions you can hear from our experts on effective study strategies, assessment technique, stress management & more to help you excel over the next twelve months.

Find out more

UON | Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science Program Launch, Central Coast

21 November 2019, 5:00 pm

Avoca Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Avoca Beach

Is the ocean and coast part of your lifestyle? Are you wanting to learn about our diverse coastal and marine environments?

The Faculty of Science at the University of Newcastle invites you to celebrate the launch of our exciting new Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science ahead of its first intake in Semester 1 2020 at both our Callaghan and Central Coast campuses.

Come along to learn more about our new program. You’ll hear from our leading academics, industry experts and get hands on with some of the unique equipment marine scientists are using every day.

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AIM | Sydney Information Evening

21 November 2019, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Australian Institute of Music, Surry Hills

AIM Sydney invites you to an intimate evening information session where we’ll take you on a personalised campus tour, hear what makes AIM special from our academics and students plus have a chat to our friendly team members who will be able to answer any questions you may have ahead of our January 2020 intake.

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AIM | Open Stage Night

22 November 2019, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Australian Institute of Music, Surry Hills

AIM Sydney is hosting The Final Editions of its Open Stage night for prospective students.

This is a chance for emerging performers to come and experience AIM, meet our staff and students, and most of all come jam with us on stage! All music performers welcome:

  • Bands & Solo Artists
  • Composers
  • DJs & Producers
  • Music Theatre Performers

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Bond | Medicine Program Webinar

25 November 2019, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Do you have any unanswered questions about Bond’s Medicine Program?

The Bond University Medical Program offers students opportunities to bring to life their ambitions to become outstanding practitioners, thinkers and leaders, well equipped to deliver evidenced-based, patient-centred health care that meets the needs of a diverse community.

We invite you to join the Dean of Medicine who will provide an overview of the Medical Program at Bond University via a webinar. Get the answers to all your questions during this live information session.

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University of Sydney | Arts and Social Sciences Online Q&A Session

27 November 2019, 7:00 pm


Join us online and have all your questions answered about studying in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

Learn about the Faculty and chat with representatives online about our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, admissions, scholarships, accommodation, life in Sydney and more.

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MedView | Your Path to Medical School

14 December 2019, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

UNSW, Kensington Campus

You are invited to join fellow aspiring medical students at MedView’s free information session about the journey to doctor-hood. We can help you on your way to medical school, by offering insights, guidance, tips and tricks to support you on your endeavour to medical school.

MedView specialises in supporting prospective medical students in applying to their dream schools. Join us at this event to learn more about a future in medicine.

Delivered by current medical students, the presentation will include:

  • Why choosing a career in medicine might be right for you
  • Information about applying to direct-entry Australian medical schools
  • Acceptance requirements for medical school (ATAR, UCAT, MMI/Interview, etc.)
  • Insights into the academic life of a medical student
  • Comprehensive and strategic tips on successfully gaining admission into medical school
  • Common misconceptions about getting into medical school and life as a med student
  • Q&A with a guest speaker and current students from Australian medical schools

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UTS | Info Week

16 December 2019, 10:00 am – 20 December 2019, 5:00 pm

University of Technology Sydney

Applied to start uni in 2020?

Join us at one of our online and on-campus events during UTS Info Week. It’s your chance to get a taste of university life and ask any last-minute questions before UAC preferences close.

Find out about admission pathways, attend an info session or chat with staff and students about your options.

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UNE | National Agriculture Day

21 November 2019, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

University of New England, Armidale

UNE have put together an exciting program to showcase to high school agricultural students about Australia’s sheep and cattle industries, while providing them with information sessions and practical applications of varying topics.

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UNSW | A&D ANNUAL 19 – Opening Night

3 December 2019, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

UNSW Art & Design, Paddington

The largest national showcase of graduate contemporary art and design, the A&D ANNUAL 19 launches the next generation of artists, designers, makers and digital media creators. Encompassing installation, animation, visual effects, digital media and film, visual communication and graphic design, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, sound, spatial design, furniture and jewellery, textile design, design for social innovation, ceramics and more.

This year over 150 emerging practitioners will present their final projects across four exhibition venues on the Paddington campus, including UNSW Galleries, Kudos Gallery, AD Space, and the Black Box. A companion exhibition of design graduates is also presented at the Australian Design Centre.

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Work Experience

Ready! Work Experience with Animal Logic Studios

Animal Logic is recognised as one of the world’s leading independent creative digital studios, producing award winning design, visual effects and animation for over 25 years.

If you are interested in work experience at Animal Logic Studios, you can apply to be part of our ‘Ready! Work Experience Week’. Currently we host work experience in our Sydney Studio for senior High School students.

During the week you will tour the Animal Logic Studio, meet and learn from artists, technicians and software developers from the various disciplines within the company and be challenged with hands on activities in our dedicated training space. You will have the opportunity to use industry standard software and see how these skills are applied to tell great stories with amazing visuals.

Ready! Work Experience Week is hosted twice a year in our Sydney Studio. Dates are yet to be determined, however they are most likely to be in the months of June and November.

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Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships

Value: Student fee waiver

Open/Closing Dates: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

The NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships mean that students can get training to get the skills they need to get the job they want and their course fees will be covered.

To be eligible for a Fee-Free Scholarship, you must:

  • be wanting to study a Smart and Skilled subsidised Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level qualification on the NSW Skills List, including those qualifications that support apprenticeships and traineeships (use the Course Finder); and
  • meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria.


  • be aged between 15 and 30 years when you start training; and
  • be either the recipient of a specific Australian Government welfare benefit or allowance or the dependant of such a recipient; or
  • be aged 15-17 years and currently in out-of-home care or aged 18-30 years and previously have been in out-of-home care


  • be aged 15 years or over and have a letter of recommendation from a domestic and family violence service, refuge or other support agency

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Apprenticeships and Traineeships Guide

University is a really popular post high school pathway, but it’s not for everyone. If you’re not keen on the idea of University, it’s worth exploring your options available through Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Apprenticeships and Traineeships both offer:

  • Paid employment
  • Training through TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO)
  • A nationally recognised qualification

With hundreds of vocations to choose from, you’ll just need to work out which industry and career is the best fit for you.

Our guide will walk you through the basics of apprenticeships and traineeships, explain the differences between the two, how to find one, the costs and financial assistance available, plus more.

You can DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY right now, it could help you decide if it’s the right pathway for you.

Our dedicated Apprenticeships-Traineeships page provides more information, you can also search current vacancies for apprentices and trainees.

Fee Free Traineeships in NSW

Starting in January 2020, the NSW government will be covering course fees for up to 70,000 new trainees across the state.

With over 390 different traineeship courses to choose from, if you’ve been thinking about starting a traineeship, this could be the perfect time.

Find out more about fee free traineeships here

Audi Certified Apprenticeship Program

The Audi Certified Apprenticeship Program has been designed to equip you with the relevant skills and knowledge to become a fully qualified Audi Technician through an exciting and challenging opportunity to receive nationally-recognised, formal qualifications.

Audi offer a wide choice of career opportunities for all levels of technicians based on experience, aptitude and personality types – whether you are technically minded, a ‘numbers’ person or more people oriented.

Find out more and apply here

Bega Valley Shire Apprentice Boilermaker/Fabricator

Bega Valley Shire is currently taking applications for an Apprentice Boilermaker/Fabricator.

The role will involve several duties including:

  • Design and fabricate metal fittings for Council assets such as; hand rails, security bars, playground equipment, cattle grids, sheds, loading ramps, sewer lids and similar items.
  • Perform welding repairs on bridge components and other fixed Council assets.
  • Perform welding and mechanical maintenance/servicing on Council’s plant and equipment.
  • Assist in diagnosing plant faults and determine extent of required repairs.
  • Provide additional support to other Workshop areas or responsibility as required.

Applications are open until Friday 29 November.

Find out more here

Further Information

UNSW Girls in Engineering Club

The Girls in Engineering Club is a fun, inspiring community for high school girls who are interested in STEM, study maths or science at school, or who just want to explore what engineering is all about.

You can connect and share ideas with fellow high school girls who are also discovering the possibilities of a career in engineering. You will hear from inspiring role models, from UNSW engineering students to female engineers already making their mark on the world. They can’t wait to share their stories with you and answer your questions!

By joining the club you will receive:

  • Exclusive invitations to Girls in Engineering Club events
  • Monthly inspo delivered to your email, featuring profiles of amazing female engineers, study tips and tricks, blogs from our current engineering students, and loads of info to help you explore your career options in engineering
  • Opportunities to be mentored by current female engineering students at UNSW
  • The chance to win prizes through participating in fun STEM activities
  • Access to a closed Facebook community to connect with likeminded girls

Find out more here

Parent Association

Parent Association

Today we shared a  wonderful morning with our Year 7 grandparents and special friends. It was so lovely to see the Chapel filled with  these members of our wider school community and the girls really enjoy showing their special friends around the school and giving them a sense of a ‘day in the life’ of a Loreto girl.

Notice of the PAL AGM

The Parent Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on Wednesday 27 November at 7:30pm in the Curran Theatre.    The Parent Association of Loreto (PAL) is the official representation of parents and guardians of students at the school. We encourage parents/guardians of students from all year levels to join the Executive Committee so we can be a truly representative body.

It’s a great way to be involved with your school community and to meet other parents.

We would therefore ask if any parent (including any existing Committee members) who would like to nominate for a role on the Parent Association Executive for 2020, to please complete the nomination form and return to the PAL Secretary (Mr Lukas Aviani) no later than Friday 22 November 2019. 

 Click HERE for more details and  the voting form.

Year Parent Representatives 2020

In 2020 the PAL ‘Year Parent Representatives’ will play an important role in the Loreto community. The Parent Representative’s role is to build friendships, strengthen community and facilitate communication amongst parents and carers in their year group. This includes organising events for parents, encouraging parent support, assistance and participation at school events and welcoming new families. Through this we aim to bring parents in each year group together as they share their daughter’s journey through Loreto Normanhurst.

If you are interested in being a Year Parent Representative for your daughter’s year group please contact Jane Dalton via email  or on 0410 300 402.

To get in touch with PAL for any questions please contact us via email.

Have an enjoyable weekend,


Paul White & Louise Wytenburg

PAL Co-Presidents


PAL Contact

The Parent Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on Wednesday 27 November at 7:30pm  in the Curran Theatre.


Year 8 parents get together

Monday 18 november

6pm – 8pm

Bluegum hotel, waitara

Drop the girls for their set dance and meet other parents at the Blue Gum for a quick bite and a catch up before it’s time to pick them up again. Everyone welcome including siblings. Let me know if you can make it. 

Contact Gerri Hadwen for any enquiries .


2019 Upcoming Events  – Term   4



Monday 18 November Year 8 Parent Get Together
Saturday 23 November Primary School Mothers and Daughters’
Christmas Creations Afternoon 
Wednesday 27 November Parent Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Curran Theatre at 7:30pm


Ex-Students’ Association Contact 

Ms Patsy Shannon, President:           

The next Ex-Students’ Association meeting will be the AGM  on Sunday 1 December in GBC 1.02 at  2:00pm.