Newsletter 17 May - 17 May 2019
Deputy Principal’s Message

Deputy Principal’s Message

As I sit to write about the events of the week in Ms Ugonotti’s absence on the Principal’s Country Road Trip, I have the sun on my back. The sun on my back is one of my most favourite sensations in the world and it always has been. I notice that I seek it out whenever I can take the chance to do so. Sometimes it just beckons. And yet, it was only through my introduction to Ignatian spirituality that it made complete sense to me.

When discerning the signs of the spirit within, it helps to simply notice if we are feeling content, or cranky, or generous, or mean, or open hearted, or jealous.  St Ignatius found a way to describe these ‘stirrings’ of the spirit. The words he uses are consolation and desolation and we all have both within us, all the time. I cannot deny that it is the languages teacher within me that is drawn to the essence of these words. Consolation…con sola…with the sun. This is what crystallised the love of the sun on my back; I am drawn to it so that my body and spirit might experience or bathe in the consolation that is freely offered in that moment, leaning and leading into God’s soothing, warming love.

There is much to report on this week and I think that the most fitting place to start is National Boarding Week. Now, most schools celebrate this over one week. We quite like a celebration at Loreto Normanhurst and have managed to draw this celebration over a three-week period this year! I experienced my first unforgettable ‘Main Event’ on Friday 3 May which highlighted the talents and spirit of our boarding community. Parents and siblings of boarders, as well as the staff, enjoyed the song and dance extravaganza over a chicken schnitzel (and sensational potato wedges). I was lucky enough to play judge on the night and declared Year 7 2019 the victors with their joyful ‘Hairspray’ act. Year 11, disguised as 43 ‘Freddie Mercury’s’, came a close second. We will enjoy another rendition of each at Assembly next week; they were too fun not to enjoy a second time.

Ms Ugonotti and Ms Kovacs have spent the week on the road visiting current and prospective boarder families around NSW which we will learn more about next week. I have loved learning more about boarding life in my short time here and hearing stories of home. I admire the girls and the families for holding each other from a distance for such prolonged periods of time, all the while dedicating themselves fully to the Loreto Normanhurst family.  We will round off National Boarding Week with the Boarding School Commitment Weekend next weekend, full of activities and experiences that articulate the importance of being together.

It has been an unusually quiet week onsite with Year 10 on their Canberra excursion and Year 8 on Camp at Collaroy. They were both graced with blue skies to revel in the learning and newness of their days. The Year 10 excursion is three days dedicated to their History/Integrated Learning Program. The aim is to immerse the students in the historical, artistic and political arenas focusing on democracy, sources illustrating World War I and various art forms. The girls have been involved in role plays and various activities about which there will be a comprehensive update in next week’s newsletter.

The Year 8 Camp theme is ‘Brave not Perfect’ (I will just take this side bar to recommend the Brené Brown talk on Netflix, or anything she has written about courage and vulnerability, in the unlikely event that you have not come across her already). Through a series of outdoor activities aimed at extending one’s comfort zone safely, team building with war cries and strengthening relationships across the cohort, I can only imagine that the girls are having a great time. Serendipitous but true, as I began writing this, Mrs Parker sent me a photo of the girls doing an Ignatian-based reflection while sitting in their own quiet spaces on the beach in Collaroy…all with the sun on their backs…

I commend the students in Years 5, 7 and 9 for their calm approach to NAPLAN, taking it maturely and in their stride. The Year 12 students led the way in displaying equanimity, balancing their assessment week with their ongoing school work, extra-curricular commitments and hopefully finding space to be present to family life too.

Of course, I could report on so much more; schools are full and plentiful and rich in activity. What we don’t see with the naked eye are the quantum leaps of growth made every day, the smallest moments where a new understanding has just occurred.

Wherever you may be this weekend, may the sun be shining on your back.

 

Dear God
We give thanks for places of simplicity and peace;
let us find such a place within ourselves.
We give thanks for places of refuge and beauty;
let us find such a place within ourselves.
We give thanks for places of nature’s truth and freedom,
of joy, inspiration and renewal,
places where all creatures may find acceptance and belonging.
Let us search for these places;
in the world, in ourselves and in others.
Let us restore them.
Let us strengthen and protect them and let us create them.
May we mend this outer world according to the truth of our inner life
and may our souls be shaped and nourished by nature’s eternal wisdom.
Amen

A prayer from Michael Leunig

 

Ms Sophie Kearns

Deputy Principal

 

Head of House – Ward

Head of House – Ward

#SquadGoals in the Year of Sincerity

We have continued our work in the Pastoral Team this year on the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships and our recent focus has been on group dynamics.

Being part of a group at school is often what girls strive for, it feels good and it can feel safe. Finding your friendship niche is one of the big challenges facing many teenagers. We know that having good friends and feeling a belonging is key to feeling happy in school, while feeling excluded or socially isolated can be a major cause of stress for students. It’s no secret that teenagers fear feeling alone and, unfortunately, this means they can sometimes make poor choices in their friendships to avoid this. To some, they would rather have a bad friend than no friend at all.

If groups are formed around shared interests, and when they are flexible, open and inclusive, then groups can work well. Indeed, they are a normal part of the process of working out your identity and where you belong. However, the complexities of group dynamics are one of the leading causes of student concern and we regularly hear the same worries in our Conversations with girls:

  • “What if someone in my group doesn’t get along with my friend from another group?”
  • “My current group isn’t working – how do I move away/switch to another group without causing confrontation?”
  • “I really like my group except for one girl – we really don’t get on at all. What do I do?”
  • “Our group is getting too big and we need to split but we don’t want to upset anyone. How do we manage this?”
  • “What if I want to be in more than one group?”

In the year of Sincerity, we have aimed to be clear in our message that every student is an individual; with unique strengths and weaknesses, different interests and ultimately not all personalities work beautifully together. Each friendship is unlike every other, but as long as a friendship is based on trust and respect, it is a sincere friendship.

Ms Ugonotti talked with Year 8 students last week during Conversation on the difference between ‘fitting in’ – often changing who you are in order to be accepted by others – versus ‘belonging’ – being authentic and knowing your own self-worth. This was followed up during Photo Day with the Heads of House and Advisors where the students shared how much they liked the idea that, “We can feel we belong, even when we’re alone. We can feel we belong, even if we don’t get invited to every birthday party. We can feel we belong, even if our friend is hanging out with another friend.”

Through our value of Sincerity, we hope our students recognise the importance of self-compassion and self-worth; to strive to be who they truly are and not what they think others want them to be. For girls who are struggling to ‘find their squad’, or challenged by the dynamics of current friendships, I often suggest they are best to focus not on trying to join or belong to a group, but instead on trying to make connections with individual girls who share their values and interests.

Glennon Doyle Melton, creator of blog Momastery and author of Love Warrior, recently posted a story on Instagram encouraging people to switch to horse shoes instead of circles when they’re sitting with a group. At Loreto Normanhurst we often reinforce this idea with our ‘Mary Ward Open Circle’. An open circle is welcoming, it’s a fluid shape allowing new people to join, or others to choose to leave. Hopefully, we can give our students the ability to widen their circle, while equipping them with the tools to understand we are each individuals who can belong without ‘fitting in’ and who are free to make choices about their own friendships.

Congratulations to Ward who were so proud to be presented with the Spirit Cup at Music Festival 2019. This was well-deserved and a real testament to the girls’ camaraderie and team work. Sarah Maguire, Year 12 (Conductor), Tessa Rabeau, Year 11 (Accompanist) and Imogen Whitnall, Year 12 (Music Leader), worked tirelessly with assistance from Isabella Taylor, Year 11, to deliver a heartfelt performance of Dolly Parton’s Working Nine to Five.

 

Mrs Emma Hughes

Head of Ward

 

For more information:

kidshealth.org

psychcentral.com

raisingchildren.net.au

Deans of Boarding

Deans of Boarding

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.

Thomas Dekker 1609

 

Throughout human history the need for sleep has been constant in the pursuit of good health and wellbeing.  In recent times we have seen a renewed engagement in the importance of sleep, as our lifestyles continue to provide more alternatives to sleep than ever before.

It is widely acknowledged that sufficient sleep is necessary for adolescents to stay alert in class, retain information, maintain a level mood and adopt a healthy attitude towards nutrition and exercise. Developing positive sleep patterns for secondary students can be challenging.  The changes in hormones and circadian rhythm during puberty as well as hectic extra-curricular schedules, academic demands and technology habits can all be barriers to optimum sleep.

According to The Sleep Connection, over 30% of primary school children and 70% of teenagers are sleep deprived. This means that they are consistently falling short of the recommended average of nine hours of sleep per day.  Fuzzy-headedness, irritability and fatigue associated with sleep deprivation are the result of significant impacts on the brain.  These include lost memories, language processing difficulties, impaired decision making, brain stem cell damage and emotional volatility.

For teenagers both the quantity and quality of sleep is important. Each night there should be periods of deep sleep, which is the most restful phase of sleep.

Some strategies to promote deep sleep include:

  • Establishing a consistent routine which includes regular sleep and waking times.
  • Avoiding the use of devices such as phones, laptops and iPads in the hour prior to bedtime.
  • Maintaining the bedroom as an electronics free zone.
  • Finding a relaxation technique that works. Reading, controlled breathing, meditating, and listening to quiet music can all be of assistance.
  • Ensuring that where you sleep is a sanctuary is also helpful. The temperature should be right and it should be quiet and dark.
  • A warm non caffeinated drink just prior to bed can also assist with relaxation.

Sleep workshops for the boarders have been facilitated by Lisa Maltman from The Sleep Connection and Lisa has worked with staff in the boarding school to review current practices.  The students and staff have explored the cognitive (learning and memory), physiological (body systems), psychological (mood) and psychosocial (decision-making and relationships) signs of tiredness and the ‘sleep thieves’ that cause them.

In the Boarding School a number of strategies are built into our evening routine to assist students in getting a good night’s sleep. Boarders have staggered bed times – students in Years 7 and 8 have main lights out by 8.45pm and all lights out by 9pm on weeknights. Year 9 timings are 15 minutes later, and Year 10 and 11 have an additional 15 minutes on top of this. Year 12 have all lights out by 10.30pm.  Phones and laptops are handed in each evening and stored securely away from students’ rooms.

The Boarding School has trialled sleep apps such as Headspace and some students have used a device called a Dodow. This metronome sleep light emits a blue signal on the ceiling that students focus on, with the aim of synchronising their breathing to its rhythm.  This in turn relaxes the body and allows sleep to occur naturally.  Staff work with individual students to develop their own personal sleep routines that can be adapted to the communal sleep context of boarding.

 

Mrs Suzanne Leahy and Mrs Joanne Hallinan

Deans of Boarding

 

For more information:

thesleepconnection.com.au

www.sleepshack.com.au

www.weforum.org

raisingchildren.net.au

www.health.harvard.edu

www.headspace.com

Spirituality

Spirituality

God on our side?

There is a kind of religious adherence that leads people to take on the self-appointed role of judge.  It claims to be God’s spokesperson and to mete out God’s judgement and punishment.   It condemns sinners and relegates them to the outside of the community.  And it claims that God is on their side.  We would all be aware of the sad situations where life-long family break-ups occur as family members’ choices, lifestyles and actions are judged by those claiming to speak for God.  Communities have been torn apart because of this.  People have been ostracised and have lived lonely lives cut off from those who have judged them harshly. 

You may know that wonderful TV series, set in the early 1960s, Brides of Christ.  Set in a school, it tells the story of a few young women who entered the convent at that time, and it portrays many of the attitudes and practices of the day as well as the confusion and inner turmoil for some as the changes made by The Second Vatican Council began to be implemented.  There is an unforgettable scene where the divorced mother of one of the girls turns up at a sewing bee in response to a request for help in making the costumes for a play the girls were putting on.  As she walks into the hall the whole room falls silent as all the other mothers, the ‘godly’ and ‘righteous’ women, turn and stare coldly at her as she makes her way to the front.  And the most ‘godly’ of them all steps forward and says to this mother that her help is not needed.  A cutting and cruel judgement on her ‘less than perfect’ life. 

Sadly, a mark of too many religious people seems to be their self-appointed role as judge.  They believe they have God on their side.  And this ‘God’ who is ‘on their side’, they have all neatly wrapped up, boxed up, and more often than not, made in their own image and likeness.  And they claim to speak for God.   Perhaps it is all too easy for any one of us to go there at times.                     

So can we ever speak for God?  Well, the answer is yes, but with an important proviso.  Intimately linked to that ‘yes’ is a great humility and, at the heart of that humility, the ability to get ourselves out of the way.  What is needed is that we turn that phrase around – ‘God on our side’ –  and instead we go over to God’s side.  To be on God’s side requires of us that we really do let God be God.  It is about surrendering to God and letting go of the foolishness and the arrogance that would have us give divine sanction to our judgements of others.

God on our side

 

Ms Kerry McCullough
Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator

Spirituality Evening

Spirituality Evening

What makes a Spiritual Classic? It reaches beyond the tradition from which it emerged. The writer has an authority that derives from their unusual circumstance, and the importance of what they have to say is recognised by others, over the generations.

Dr Rachel Kohn
Former presenter of the Spirit of Things
ABC Radio National

You are invited to enjoy an evening of conversation on the thoughts and insights of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, M Scott Peck’s The Road Less Travelled, Simone Weil’s Waiting for God and the sermons of Martin Luther King Jr. We’ll reflect on how these spiritual classics touch us, challenge and inspire us and speak to the concerns of our twenty-first century world.

All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

Date: Wednesday 22 May 2019
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Loreto Normanhurst, Gonzaga Barry Centre, Room 1.02

Parking available in the Oval Carpark, entry via Gate O4, Osborn Road.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP by Monday 20 May 2019 to  Ms Kerry McCullough

 

Ms Kerry McCullough
Spirituality & Liturgy Coordinator

Primary School News

Primary School News

Compassion matters. It starts with you, it spreads to those around you, and then to the whole planet.

Kinari Webb

Doctor-Ecologist

 

The House system is an integral part of developing the whole child at Loreto. When the Primary School reopened in 2015, the very first students had the exciting opportunity to create the motto and symbol that best represented Benedicta, Clare and Dorothea Houses. These three strong and formidable Loreto sisters had a strong influence on the culture and direction of Loreto Normanhurst.

Mother Benedicta Fallon was passionate about music and began the orchestra at Loreto Normanhurst. She was much loved by her students and the orchestra quickly became famous with Sunday afternoon concerts held from as early as 1900. Mother Benedicta died on the 27 June 1942 and is buried in the Bush Cemetery.

During Mother Clare Birrane’s time at Loreto, the Chapel was built and a new Junior School was purchased in 1961. The students and the parents appreciated her interest and her generosity in giving educational opportunities to many when times were difficult. She was a true friend to all and a ready listener, highly valued for her kindness, wisdom and above all her trust.

Mother Dorothea Frizelle travelled with Mother Gonzaga Barry and the pioneering nuns from Ireland to Australia in 1875. Dorothea was respected for her judgement and business acumen, her ability to relate to the sisters and her deep spirituality. She spent the final seven years of her life at Normanhurst and was a wise and valued member of the community.

In our See Think Wonder session this week, Mrs Libby Parker, our Director of Mission, led us to the Bush Cemetery as the culminating activity of our Loreto Traditions unit from last term. The girls were quite moved by the experience as is noted in the following reflections.

“I enjoyed learning about all the Sisters that we named the Houses after. Since I am in Clare House, I love the fact that Mother Clare Birrane helped people pay school fees if they could not afford to send their children to Loreto Normanhurst. This made me feel so proud to be in Clare. I also found it interesting when we found out where the names of the Houses in the high school came from.”

Rachel Walsh – Year 6

“When we went to the Bush Cemetery, the moment I stepped in I felt a wave of peacefulness come over me. This year Mrs Parker, the Director of Mission, told us some interesting pieces of information about the cemetery and the people laid to rest there. I am in Dorothea House, and I found it very special to find that Mother Dorothea was buried at the school, considering she is an important part of  Loreto schools and in particular Loreto Normanhurst. Mother Benedicta was buried there too, but Mother Clare was buried in Ballarat. I found it really interesting to hear stories and historical moments about the different sisters.”

Grace Parker – Year 6

 

SchoolTV 

SchoolTV is a digital resource for parents to assist in navigating your way through the challenges of modern-day parenting. Every month, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg introduces a new topic and interviews specialists  to offer their advice. Information is presented in bite-size pieces that you can watch and read anywhere at any time on any device.  Click the image SchoolTV image to access the website. Please bookmark for easy access in the future.

 

Good luck to Emily Paterson, Year 6, who is competing at the CIS Netball Championships today.

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary

Learning

Learning

NAPLAN Online 2019

Congratulations to all of our Year 5, 7 and 9 students for their calm approach to the NAPLAN testing this week. 

By now all parents would have heard via the media coverage that there were technical issues with the delivery of NAPLAN online from ACARA.  Our students were part of the cohort across the country to move to NAPLAN online this year and did experience some technical issues with the testing, however our teachers managed these issues on a case-by-case basis and notified ACARA of these interruptions.  All students affected have been assured that their results will not be adversely impacted due to these difficulties.  ACARA and NESA have assured us that they are working on refining the system for future testing. 

Please note that the transition to online testing does have benefits, despite these technical glitches.  Online testing is more accessible for native users of technology, and is also far more accurate as a diagnostic tool; the tests are adaptable, as they are responsive to student answers, providing them with a more challenging extension of work if required.  This will ensure that the data about each student is more accurate to inform teacher practice. Additionally, online testing has the added benefit of a faster feedback process, as results should be available to schools, parents and students in a more timely manner. 

We thank all students and parents for their patience with the testing.  We are also very grateful for the dedication of our Loreto staff in managing this new process. 

Ms Kieryn Bateman, Director of Learning and Mme Maryse Martin and Ms Michelle Albert, Learning Deans

 

Dates to Remember –  Term 2 2019

Year 12 Year 12 Assessment Term 2 Block 2 Monday 27 May – Wednesday 5 June
Year 12 Study Skills – Dr Prue Salter (Students)

Thursday 27 June
8.45am | Curran Theatre

Year 10 Year 10 Canberra Excursion Wednesday 15 May – Friday 18 May
Subject Selection Evening Wednesday 5 June 
7.00pm – 8.30pm |  GBC-DRC
Subject Selection Individual Plenaries Over Term 2 Weeks 7 – 9
Year 9 NAPLAN Tuesday 14 May – Monday 20 May
Catch-up on Monday 20 May
Year 7 NAPLAN Tuesday 14 May – Friday 17 May
Catch-up on Monday 20 May
Years 7-11 Academic Plenary Meetings Friday 3 May
1:00pm – 6.30pm |  LRC-GBC-DRC
Monday 13 May
3:30pm – 6.30pm |  Gymnasium
Tuesday 21 May
3.30pm – 6.30pm |  Gymnasium
 
Music News

Music News

Eileen Yang, L. Mus A

Congratulations to our Year 12 Music 2 and Music Extension student, Eileen Yang who recently completed her Licentiate of Music Examination (L. Mus A).

Eileen has been preparing for this Diploma for approximately two years and was required to present a 45-minute recital in front of Australian Music Examination Board state and federal examiners.

Her programme consisted of a Bach Prelude and Fugue, an entire Mozart sonata, a Chopin Ballade (which many of you would have heard Eileen playing at the Music Festival) and a contemporary work by the Australian composer, Nigel Sabin, Another Look at Autumn. Eileen also had to answer questions about the composers and their style and have a thorough knowledge of other repertoires written for the piano.

This is a wonderful achievement as it is very difficult to pass this exam, especially for someone so young, however Eileen has worked extremely hard and is very humble about her achievements. Congratulations Eileen! 

 

Mrs Kim Irik

Head of Music

Oratory

Oratory

Congratulations

To CSDA teams for their great efforts last week.

To Erin Longney (Year 10) and Maanya Maini (Year 11), for participating in the Plain English Speaking Awards on Tuesday. Further congratulations to Erin Longney who was selected to proceed to the next level of the competition next Wednesday.

To Tahlia Moses (Year 7) for participating in the Zone finals of Rostrum Voice of Youth.

 

CSDA Reminder

Round 3 will now be held at Loreto Normanhurst instead of Gilroy College. Year 10 students and Year 8 students have been informed while they are on camp.

CSDA will be aiming for a coin toss at 6:00pm this week against Gilroy College. We will return to our usual meeting space in the DRC and students are reminded to be there for coaching at 3:30pm.

 

Archdale Debating

Archdale Debating begins next Tuesday 21 May. Please note that this is also a designated Plenary evening. Students who are in Archdale teams will not be able to participate in Plenaries on this evening.

Archdale has made a change to their procedures to fall in line with other competitions. Students will now only have 45 mins to prepare for their debate. Despite this change, I am sure our debaters will rise to the challenge under the guidance of their coaches.

Students will finish their debates at the same times as previous years – Years 7 and 8 at 6:30pm and Years 9, 10 and seniors will finish at 7:30pm.

 

Evatt Youth NSW

Nominations have opened for Evatt Youth NSW for students in Years 9-12. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in debating, public speaking, current affairs and diplomacy to get involved in a UN style debate. Students are able to work in pairs of their own choosing.

Loreto Normanhurst is unable to provide supervision at the events, however we will provide training and support here at school.

There are a number of dates and venues available to choose from. Students have been emailed an online nomination as well as information about the competition. It would be great to see a number of students participating in this event. To nominate, please follow this link. For more information, please see the EVATT Youth NSW website.

For further information, please contact us the  Oratory team

 

Mrs Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Resourceful Adolescent Program Update

The theme for Year 7 Integrated Learning is Discovery. The students have spent Term 1 discovering Loreto Normanhurst’s traditions and the history of our foundress Mary Ward. Currently Year 7 are discovering values, what is meant by a value, and how values influence people’s behaviour.

As part of the ‘Discovering Our Values’ unit, Year 7 are participating in the Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP) designed by Queensland University of Technology. This program endeavours to prepare students for the ups and downs of life and how to manage the day-to-day issues that we all face. RAP is based on the analogy of the Three Little Pigs, in that we want the girls to build their emotional homes out of bricks, rather than sticks or straw. So far,Year 7 have learnt what their personal strength bricks are, the difference between risky and resourceful thinking and how to identify the body clues that tell them they are feeling stressed.

At Loreto we pride ourselves on delivering evidence-based pastoral care and student wellbeing programs such as this.  Future lessons include using ‘thought court bricks’ that help us to challenge these risky thoughts, how to keep the peace and what to do if the downs of life don’t start to get better.

RAP is running for the rest of the term and  students will be bringing their workbook home towards the end of the term. I encourage you to have conversations with your daughter about this program.

For more information on the program please click here.

Mrs Livinia Coombes

Year 7 Team Manager

 

Loreto Day   Update

This week, Year 11 have continued their efforts in building awareness around the Baby Milk Project. As Loreto Day is approaching, we have focused on furthering our understanding of the importance of the Project. As a school community we discussed the successes of the work of the IBVM sisters in Zambia over the years. This demonstrated the incredible impact of the cause on the lives of individuals and communities.

In this week’s Tutor group activity, Year 11 told stories of two Zambian families adversely affected by HIV/AIDS. The aim of sharing these stories was to provoke empathy and thought. It stressed the reality and gravity of the struggles of babies and families affected by AIDS and made the emotional results (such as relief, gratitude, appreciation) of the cause more tangible to the girls and staff. These stories were followed by a series of reflective questions – the girls were asked to place themselves in the shoes of those suffering, to help to achieve a more spiritual understanding of why this cause is such a pivotal one.

This week, Year 11 launched the selling of the Loreto Day ribbons. The purpose of these ribbons is to promote the cause, and keep it in the forefront of people’s minds, so they can make a more active and conscious contribution. These ribbons are sustainable and biodegradable to keep in tune with the sustainable aspect of our school. This week, we sold baby pink coloured ribbons, and it was lovely to see the pops of pink on girls’ skirts and blazers. It was truly humbling to all to see the ribbons completely sold out by Wednesday.

Next week, Year 11 will be launching the next coloured ribbon – teal! We’re hoping for similar success next week. Let’s all back this fantastic cause.

Furthermore, raffle tickets have been sent home. A reminder that  $20 will buy all the tickets in the book, giving you the chance to win a computer, headphones, makeup and beauty vouchers, and more!  For a full list of the prizes, please click here.

Again, we’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing support. It’s been amazing to see the Normo community enthusiastically supporting the Baby Milk project. Let’s keep this up!

Loreto Day is on Friday 31 May, which is in two weeks! Remember to start saving your coins and notes so you can donate wholeheartedly and have tons of fun on the day!

Sleeps until Loreto Day: 13!

The Year 11 Awareness Raising Team

 

SchoolTV 

SchoolTV is a digital resource for parents to assist in navigating your way through the challenges of modern-day parenting. Every month, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg introduces a new topic and interviews specialists  to offer their advice. Information is presented in bite-size pieces that you can watch and read anywhere at any time on any device.  Click the image SchoolTV image to access the website. Please bookmark for easy access in the future.

 

Years 8 and 10 experiences

This week our Years 8 and 10 students are experiencing school life in different spaces. Collaroy has been home to Year 8 as they participate in their three-day camp. The theme of the camp is ‘Brave Not Perfect’. Year 10 students are currently in the nation’s capital, Canberra, experiencing their History and Integrated Learning at a very exciting time, election time! We will hear more about these experiences in next week’s Pastoral newsletter.

 

Dropping off items to Student Services

Just a friendly reminder to parents to not drop off items to the school if your daughter forgets something. It is important that the girls be as organised as possible and take responsibility for packing their bags the night before school. Your cooperation is appreciated.

 

Conversations this week:

Year 12 In Conversation with the Deputy Principal, Ms Kearns
Year 11 Tutor Conversations
Year 10 ACT Excursion
Year 9 Ecology Conversation with Mrs Cranfield
Year 8 Camp  at Collaroy
Year 7 In Conversation with Advisors

 

Upcoming School Events

Year 10 Brent Sanders ‘Back Off’ Seminar, Thursday 23 May
Year 10 Vaccinations, Tuesday 28 May
All Years Loreto Day, Friday 31 May

 

This week’s photo gallery includes our Year 12 House activity on Wednesday where they were involved in an art activity led by Ms Boardman.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me.

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

 

Social Justice

Social Justice

Is knowledge power?

Knowledge does indeed lead to power, but not directly; there is a missing component of this equation and that is action. Just as we read in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke about not hiding our light, but rather using our talents well, it is important that we use our knowledge to inform action. Within the Loreto Normanhurst student body, we currently have lots of young women who are using their knowledge about environmental issues to inform action in their own lives as well as influencing their family and peers.

The Green Team continues to go from strength to strength in both membership and achieving their goals. They are currently working on a variety of medium-term projects addressing the overarching theme for 2019 of Loreto’s War on Waste, including litter management, energy wastage and diverting waste from landfill.

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on the lampstand and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God.”

Matthew 5:15-16 (NRSV)

Students of Loreto Normanhurst rarely leave the school gates at graduation without a strong sense of striving for justice. Amongst our alumni are philanthropist Tara Hunt, née Barry (Class of 1980 d.2017) and singer/songwriter Jessica Cerro (Class of 2013), aka Montaigne. Tara, who sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2017, was co-CEO of 1 Million Women, the organisation that empowers women in particular to combat climate change through their daily actions by providing education and strategies.

This organisation celebrates its 10th anniversary this month and to mark this momentous occasion, they are holding a massive event at the Carriageworks, Eveleigh on Saturday 25 May. It promises to be an unmissable opportunity where you will hear from a sensational lineup of musicians, speakers and experts who all prioritise fighting climate change. The musicians include Montaigne, Midnight Oil, Emily Wurramara and Katie Noonan – something for everyone! If you would like to attend, head to this link to purchase your tickets. At $15 for students and $30 for adults, it really is a steal!

 

Mrs Elizabeth Cranfield

Ecology Coordinator

Music Festival 2019 Video – Available to Order

Music Festival 2019 Video – Available to Order

Music Festival Video 

Experience the beautiful music and performances from the Music Festival 2019 all over again!

Available for purchase is a video of the entire event, which features every student at Loreto Normanhurst.

The video is provided on a custom Loreto Normanhurst USB wafer card,  which can either be delivered to your home or collected at school. 

The Music Festival video is a wonderful way to relive the joy and vibrancy of this very special  event. Enjoy the highlights video, and purchase  your copy of the the full show via the link below.

To purchase the 2019 Music Festival video   visit this link

Please direct all enquiries by email to   the Marketing and Communications Office.

 

 

 

Sport

Sport

Swimming

A fantastic finish to the schoolgirl swimming season with our CIS representatives competing at the All Schools Swimming Championships on Monday. The 6 x 50 All Age relay team finished as the 4th best squad in NSW which is an amazing achievement, with Maddison Hinds (Year 8) and Claudia Stratton (Year 9) also putting in sensational efforts in their events. Maddie has qualified for the School Sports Australia Championship later this year and we wish her all the best for that event.

NSW All Schools Touch Football

Well done to our Year 9/10 Touch Football squad who competed at the NSW All Schools qualifiers on Monday – they had a great run of games through the round matches, showing a combination of attacking flair and defensive strength. Unfortunately, their run was halted in the semifinals, going down in drop off to Westfields Sports High. Well done girls!

Cricket

Congratulations to Olivia Fanning (Year 11), who has been selected in the Cricket NSW Female Academy Under 17 Metropolitan squad. Great achievement Liv!

Netball

Good luck to Emily Paterson (Year 6) who is representing IPSHA at the CIS Primary Netball today – we’ll have a full wrap of the day in next week’s newsletter but fingers crossed for Emily!

Duke of Ed

Our 2019 Bronze Duke of Ed students will be undertaking their practice canoeing journey this weekend in the Berowra Valley area. We wish these 75 girls and five parent representatives a wonderful time in the outdoors and on the water.

Wet Weather Information

With a few clouds around, 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 enquires about sport at Loreto should be sent to sport@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

MR MATT MULRONEY

MRs Kristie Greville

Ms Emily Wood

Snowsports IGSSA Tennis IPSHA Sports & Carnivals
Swimming Pathway Tildesley Tennis LN Activities Program
Rowing Triathlon Gymnastics
Equestrian IGSSA Basketball Cheerleading
Athletics Pathway Cross Country Pathway IGSSA Football
  IGSSA Netball  
  Hornsby Tennis  
  Cricket  
  Hayden Fitness Centre  

 

Mr Stephen Charters

Mrs Chloe Congdon 

Mrs laura Bryan

LN Invitational Badminton IGSSA Softball The Duke of Edinburgh Award Program
IGSSA Hockey Hills  Netball  
Mollie Dive Hockey Rugby 7’s  
IGSSA Water Polo IGSSA Touch Football  
     

 

Correct Sport Uniform

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

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

 

Loreto Sports Girl:  Greta Kraszula

Current sport/activity: Football.

Favourite school sport/activity: Football.

Highest level of sporting achievement: Represented NSW at Nationals at the AIS and train with Sydney FC.

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: The annual Student vs Teacher football games and playing netball in a peer team.

Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: Watching the W-league grand final and any World Cup Games.

Best subject at school: History and Aboriginal Studies.

Any superstitions before playing sport: I don’t have any!

Best tune to listen to before competing: Any pump-up playlists on Spotify.

 

Photos

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 sport@loretonh.nsw.edu.au.

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 www.facebook.com/LoretoNHSport

 

Events Calendar

Date & Time

 Event

Venue

18-19 May Bronze Duke of Ed Practice Canoeing Journey Berowra Valley
30 May-6 June North West Equestrian Expo Coonabarabran
11 June Secondary School Athletics Carnival Homebush

 

Saturday Sports BBQ Roster

Week 3,  Saturday 18 May

Team  & Game Time

BBQ Duty Time

Families Rostered

LON 04 – 8am 7:45am – 9:00am CARRIGAN, COETZEE, COOPER, GRAHAM
LON 07 – 9am 8:45am – 10:00am COX, HOFFMAN, KAVANAGH, KEVANS
N/A 9:45am – 11:00am GAP STUDENTS/SPORT STAFF
LON 01 – 11am 10:45am – 12:00pm HANSEN, KRASZULA, LA ROSE

Week 4,  Saturday 25 May

Team  & Game Time

BBQ Duty Time

Families Rostered

LON 04 – 8am 7:45am – 9:00am MAGUIRE, TASSELL, TUTTLE, WHIPPS
LON 07 & LON 8  – 9am 8:45am – 10:00am THOMAS, WILCOCK, ARCIULI, GRANELLI
LON 06 – 10am 9:45am – 11:00am DONLEVY, FEURTADO, HAWKINS-MUNRO, NALYWAJKO
LON 09 – 11am 10:45am – 12:00pm BUTTERFIELD, CURRAN, LUCAS, MATEK

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 2

PRIMARY

Sport

Co-ordinator

IPSHA Sports Ms Emily Wood
Midweek Activities Ms Emily Wood

 

SECONDARY

Sport

Co-ordinator

IGSSA Basketball  Mrs Kristie Greville
IGSSA Football Ms Emily Wood
Hills Netball Mrs Chloe Congdon
Equestrian Mr Matt Mulroney
Mollie Dive Hockey Mr Steve Charters
Midweek Activities Ms Emily Wood
Cheerleading Ms Emily Wood
Duke of Edinburgh Award Mrs Laura Bryan
Loreto Normanhurst Swimming Mr David Brock
Acting Head of Sport Mr Matt Mulroney

 

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

 

Mr Matt Mulroney

 Acting Head of Sport

Parent Association

Parent Association

Spring Fair, on Sunday 3 November, is a highlight of the Loreto calendar and provides a great opportunity for parents to get to know each other whilst having a ton of fun and making a lasting contribution to our wonderful school.  To join the organising team please drop an email to PAL.  Do you have a business  or product you would like to include in this year’s Spring Fair? Perhaps you have a skill or talent to contribute? Or maybe you would like to meet other parents and get involved in our community?  Please get in touch as we would love to hear from you!

To find out more about Spring Fair planning, all parents are invited to the following information night:

Spring Fair & Year Parent Coordinators – Information Night
7:00pm, Tuesday 11 June

 

Please also see below for other PAL meeting dates.

To all the Dads out there, don’t forget to RSVP to the City/Country Fathers’ Dinner which is on next Saturday 25 May. To RSVP please click HERE.  This event will stand in place of the Fathers’ Weekend Away and is open to all dads. 

The annual Loreto  Normanhurst Parent Association Trivia Night will be held on Saturday 22 June  in the Gymnasium.  This year’s theme is ‘Go Green’ and we encourage you to be as creative as possible  as  prizes will be awarded for best dressed!  We are also looking for prizes for the raffle on the night. If you have something you’d like to donate such as a gift voucher, accommodation at a holiday home,  or an experience, please send us an email!  Please see the invitation here.

We will continue to enjoy more gatherings together with  friendship building, fundraising and being a Loreto parent!

To get in touch with us, please contact us via email.

 

Paul White & Louise Wytenburg

PAL Co-Presidents

 


 City/Country Fathers’ Dinner (in place of the weekend away)

Saturday 25 May
7:00pm
The Ranch Hotel – North Ryde
RSVP: Thursday 23 May  

Join us for a pub meal and good conversation! This event is open to all dads and we encourage you to grab your friends and join us! Meals and drinks will be at your own expense. To RSVP please click HERE. The booking fee will go towards a lucky door prize on the night!.

Click HERE for invitation

Click HERE to RSVP

Enquiries – please email Peter Bentley.


Mother Daughter Dinner – this event is now sold out

 Saturday 1 June
6:15pm
The Epping Club

The Mother Daughter Dinner is a highlight on the Loreto Normanhurst calendar. The event has now sold out and unfortunately we are unable to add any extra tables due to the venue capacity. 

Click HERE for the invitation  with details about the event.


Loreto Normanhurst/Kirribilli Morning Tea

Friday 14 June
10:00am – 12:00pm 

GBC 3.01 – 3.04
Guest speaker:  Ms Frances Rush, OAM  – CEO, Asylum Seekers Centre

The annual Loreto Normanhurst Kirribilli Morning Tea will be hosted by Normanhurst this year. Our guest speaker is Ms Frances Rush  OAM who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Asylum Seekers Centre.  All Loreto Normanhurst parents are warmly invited to join us for this special event between our schools. 

Click HERE for the invitation

Click HERE to RSVP

Enquiries – please email Louise Wytenburg 


PAL Trivia Night ‘Go Green’ 

Saturday 22 June
7:00pm – 10:00pm 

Gymnasium
Theme: ‘Go Green’

A highlight on the calendar and a head-scratching event as we tickle your brain cells. The Theme is ‘Go Green’ – so get creative as prizes will be awarded for the best costumes!  We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Click HERE for the invitation

Click HERE to RSVP


PAL Contact 

pal@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

NEXT PAL MEETING: The next Parent Association meeting will be on Wednesday 31 July at 7:30pm in Curran Theatre – all welcome 


2019 Upcoming Events  – Term  2 & 3

DATE

EVENT

Saturday 25 May City/Country Dads’ Dinner – 7:00pm – Click HERE for the invitation 
Saturday 1 June Mother/Daughter Dinner – 6:15pm – Epping Club
Tuesday 11 June PAL Spring Fair & Year Coordinators’ Information Night – 7:00pm – GBC 1.02
Friday 14 June Normanhurst (host)/Kirribilli Morning Tea  – 10:00am – Click HERE for the invitation 
Saturday 22 June PAL Association Trivia Night – 7:00pm – Gymnasium – Click HERE for the invitation

Term 3

 
Wednesday 31 July PAL Exec Meeting – 6:30pm – GBC 1.02 – Followed by regular PAL Meeting – Curran Theatre, 7:30pm
Wednesday 23 October PAL Spring Fair Exec Meeting – 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Cahill Seminar Room

 


Ex-Students’ Association – Theatre Party Event

‘Muriel’s Wedding – The Musical’
Thursday 8 August
Lyric Theatre, Sydney

For more details, and to book your tickets:      CLICK HERE


Ex-Students’ Association Contact 

Ms Patsy Shannon, President:

exstudents@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

NEXT EX-STUDENT ASSOCIATION MEETING:  Tuesday 23 July at 7:00pm in the Cahill  Seminar Room

Careers

Careers

Upcoming Careers lunchtime speakers at school in Term 2: 

University of New England

Monday 20 May

Bond University (Gold Coast)

Tuesday 4 June

TAFE

Thursday 13 June

Macquarie University

Friday 14 June

UNSW

Monday 17 June

UTS

Tuesday 18 June

Western Sydney

Friday 21 June

University of Sydney

Monday 24 June


Year 10 Reminder

Morrisby Online Vocational assessments are to be completed at home as soon as possible. If you are unsure or need further information please contact Careers.

To commence the assessment, click here.


Online Resource Subscriptions

You can still register as a Loreto Normanhurst community member for our subscription careers resources:

  • ‘Job Jump’ – school code: lnh
  • Study Work Grow’ – school code: LRNH19

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


Interesting Reads 

Women in Mining

Maintenance, engineering, dump truck driver, road train driver, and food preparation are just a few of the jobs that women are currently employed in within the mining sector.

Here’s an  article  about where to look for work and the kind of working environment you can expect to experience.

10 Study Tips to Help beat Stress

Whether you’re in Year 9 or Year 12, stress can sometimes be overwhelming. Studying is a habit and the good news is that you can train yourself into good habits. Taking some time to organise and prepare yourself now, could save you some stressing towards the exam periods.

Here’s  10 study tips  that could help you get through high school with your sanity intact.

 

Ms Alexi Kayes and Ms Katrina Smith

Careers Advisors

 

UAC News – For Year 12

KEY DATES FOR 2019/20 ADMISSIONS

For a full list of dates, including offer rounds for 2020 admissions, visit UAC’s website.


Year 12 Students – APPLY NOW

UAC has already received thousands of applications from Year 12 students for study in 2020.

To start their application students will need their Year 12 student (NESA) number  (issued through their school) and their UAC PIN (supplied by UAC).

Once they have applied they can use their UAC Application Number (generated once they input their personal details) and UAC PIN to login and manage their application.


CHOOSING COURSES

Institutions haven’t provided all 2020 course information to UAC, but let your students know that they can select any course commencing in 2020 for now to complete their application and come back later to review and update their preferences. All courses will be available through UAC by August.


ACCESS AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS ARE OPEN

Educational Access Schemes, Equity Scholarships and Schools Recommendation Schemes  are all open for applications. This gives students more time to fill out their applicant statement, obtain supporting documentation like medical impact statements and Centrelink information, all before the pressure of final exams.


Bond University – Gold Coast

Scholarship applications are now open at Bond. Click here for the 2020 scholarship guide for more details.

Also, the Bond Open Day is coming up on Saturday 27 July. If you are interested (or potentially interested), please contact the Careers office – as Bond can arrange the following:

  • Overnight accommodation for two guests (i.e. student and parent) on Saturday 27 July 2019
  • Return coach transfers from the hotel to Bond University Open Day
  • VIP lunch with Bond staff and students

Places are limited, so please let us know ASAP.


Western Sydney U Day – Register now

Western Sydney University believe their students have unlimited potential and provide opportunities to those with the talent, drive and ambition to succeed. Western Sydney University believes in a future that is unlimited for its students and the community. Western Sydney U Days are designed to help year 10 and 11 high school students prepare for tertiary education and assist them in exploring courses and careers.

In 2019 they have enhanced the student experience to create themed days that highlight areas of interest, linking students to the facilities and campuses where they could study. Generic presentations will still be available that highlight our wide range of areas of study offered on other campuses.

Wednesday 12 June 2019 | Campbelltown Campus
Health*, Business and Law
*Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery

Tuesday 19 November 2019 | Parramatta Campus
STEAM*, Business and Law
*Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics
(Arts refers to Communication, Creative Industries and Visual Communication)

Thursday 21 November 2019  | Penrith Campus
Teaching and Education, Social Sciences*, Psychology and Arts**
*Criminology, Humanitarian Development Studies, Policing, Criminal and Community Justice, Social Work and Social Science.
**Music, Creative Industries, History, Languages, Communication, Art and International Studies.

 

As these events reach capacity each year, students must register individually to plan their day.

Registration instructions for students

Registrations close:

Campbelltown: Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Parramatta: Monday, 11 November 2019

Penrith: Wednesday, 13 November 2019


UCAT ANZ Closing Date Reminder

A reminder that the UCAT ANZ registration and online booking closes on 17 May 2019 at 11:59 pm AEST. There are no late registrations. UCAT ANZ has replaced UMAT from 2019 (for university entry 2020).


Reminder: Applications to ANU will close on 31st May 2019

Domestic school leavers willing to study at ANU and intend to commence in 2020 have until the 31st of May to submit their applications. Many students have already completed the application process, which is open to domestic students who are currently in Year 12. Our admissions model looks beyond ATAR scores to consider a student’s all-round character and will be unique in its focus on holistic student assessment. Please note, it is a very detailed process, so if you haven’t already started, please contact careers asap.

Click here to apply for ANU.


Exploring STEM Careers

Science 50:50 and UNSW Women in Engineering are collaborating for an exciting one-day holiday program exploring careers in STEM! The holiday program is designed for female Year 10 students who have an interest in STEM.

Registration is needed, and as this program is competitive, completing an application form does not necessarily mean you receive a spot.  

Register here

Applications close Friday, 7 June. Students will be notified of the outcome of their application by Friday, 21 June.


ACU Parent Information Sessions and Career Expo

ACU is holding their Parent Information Sessions to help parents, guardians and carers support their teen’s journey to university.

Register North Sydney
Register Strathfield

Learn about the application process and discover how the uni can help you and your teen get ready for university.

ACU are also running an information expo for future students from 4pm. Bring your teen along and hear from staff and students, learn about courses, tour the campus and discover how we can support your teen to be their best.


Hairdressing expo

Are you interested in being a hairdresser?

Register to win tickets to the Hairdressing expo here

Please note you must take someone aged over 18 with you.


Study a degree in creative industries – University of Newcastle

Open your eyes to the possibilities – become a trailblazer with the entrepreneurial skills to innovate across a range of creative industries.

The Bachelor of Creative Industries is a breakthrough degree designed for those looking to make real cultural, political and social impact through innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to creative output.

Whether you are planning to be a solo practitioner, part of a start-up, or just want to maximise your opportunity for employment across a range of sectors, the Bachelor of Creative Industries will prepare you for careers of the future.


La Trobe Aspire App

Want to make your mark and create lasting change in your community?

Join the next generation of high school students in Years 9 to 11 who are growing their personal and professional skills through volunteering.

By getting involved, you’ll develop valuable knowledge and experience that will help you through university and beyond.

Volunteering with community organisations can help you:

  • Gain skills and experience that will take you further
  • Connect with like-minded peers and mentors to build your network
  • Have the opportunity to participate in leadership events.

No matter what your age, you can make a difference.

Download the app

Download the Aspire Generation app for  iOS  and Android (coming soon) and:

  • Discover volunteer opportunities close to you
  • Connect with current Aspire Generation members and previous Aspire students in a supportive, online environment
  • Gain experience and get on track to be accepted into the Aspire Program.

DOWNLOAD THE ASPIRE APP


STARportal

The STARportal provides a comprehensive collection of STEM related activities, programs and events happening throughout Australia.

With a great searchable database, you can find out about STEM projects and happening in your community that students can get involved with.

There are also downloadable resources available.

Simply  sign up.


Webinar: Demystifying VET

Thursday 30 May | 7.30pm – 8.30pm | $30 | Online

This webinar will introduce to you the huge range of futures available to people who choose courses in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. Presented by Craig Robertson, CEO of TAFE Directors Australia, the session will explore the VET system and the range of courses to suit the career aspiration of many Australians.

Find out more and register


Deakin Webinar Series: Study Nutrition and Dietetics

Thursday 13 June | 12.00pm | Online

Do you have a passion for food and nutrition? Are you looking to explore a career in dietetics? Find out about the role of nutrition and dietetics in the health sector and how you can make a real difference in your career.

Find out more and register


Deakin Webinar Series: Your Career in Writing and Literature

Wednesday 5 June | 5:00pm | Online

Whether you want to write the first chapter of your own Ulysses or change the narrative of your career, a writing or literature course at Deakin can help you unlock your potential.

Find out more and register


Deakin Webinar Series: Inside the Career of a Business Analyst

Tuesday 4 June | 12:00pm | Online

Find out how to equip yourself with the skills to thrive in this growing industry with Deakin’s Bachelor of Business Analytics and Master of Business Analytics.

Find out more and register


Deakin Webinar Series: What It’s Like to Study Online

Tuesday 4 June | 5:00pm | Online

Online study at Deakin’s Cloud Campus brings the classroom to you using innovative technology. World-class teachers, comprehensive support services, and your course content – it’s all available at your fingertips, when and where you want it.

Find out more and register


University of Wollongong | Open Day

Saturday 3 August | 10.00am – 4.00pm | UOW Wollongong Campus

Join one or more of 100+ info sessions, talk to students and staff in the expo hall, jump on a tour, get hands-on at one of the many exhibitions or just chill out on the duck pond lawn. This is your chance to see what it’s like being a student at one of Australia’s best modern universities.

Find out more and register


Year 11 Science Seminars – UNSW Sydney

LEARN FROM SOMEONE WHO ACHIEVED A 99.80 ATAR:

  • Put you miles ahead of your cohort for upcoming assessments & exams
  • Make the rest of 2019 easier and less stressful
  • Give you access to  a science legend who has aced their HSC and excelled at uni.
  • Show you the cutting edge facilities UNSW has to offer scientists.
  • IT IS COMPLETELY FREE!

Year 11 Ace Physics Seminar

Saturday 18 May | 9.30am – 11.40am | UNSW Sydney

Year 11 Ace Chemistry Seminar

Saturday 18 May | 12.30pm – 2.40pm | UNSW Sydney

Year 11 Ace Biology Seminar

Saturday 18 May | 3.30pm – 5.40pm | UNSW Sydney 


Academy of Film, Theatre & Television | The Fundamentals of Filming for Social Media Workshop

Saturday 22 June | 9.30am – 4.30pm | $120 | Academy of Film, Theatre & Television

This one day course will provide a solid skill set in content creation that can be used to up your social media game. Whether you’re just starting out or want to take your production value to the next level, you’ll learn valuable skills in creating meaningful social media content that will wow your followers!

You must be 15+ to register for this Short Course.

Find out more and register


UOW | Women in Maths

Tuesday 14 May | 11.30am – 2.30pm | UOW Wollongong Campus

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is hosting an event in the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics on May 14 to celebrate the first Women in Mathematics Day, in honour of the birthday of Maryam Mirzakhani (who was an Iranian mathematician and a professor of mathematics at Stanford University). The event is a number of presentations, including talks from our newest DECRA recipient, Dr Valentina-Mira Wheeler, and our newest professor Prof Marijka Batterham. These will be followed by a networking lunch and discussion.

Find out more and register


CRE8 – Design and Build Day! @UoNmakerspace

Saturday 11 May | 10.00am – 3.00pm | $5 | UoN Makerspace

UoN Makerspace is bringing to you an event that is sure to quench your making thirst. There are many activities planned for the day, with the flagship event allowing you to build your very own drone!

Find out more and purchase tickets


UNSW | Girls in Business Camp

Monday 8 – Wednesday 10 July | 9.30am – 2.30pm | UNSW

Girls in Business – High Risk to High Tech is an immersive winter camp designed for girls in year 10 and 11 who want to explore their future in the Information Systems and Actuarial industries. This exciting new program is a collaboration between UNSW Business School and industry partners to build confidence and participation in the Information Systems and Actuarial industries within females.

Find out more and register


UNSW | Exploring STEM Careers Application

Monday 8 – Tuesday 9 July | 9.00am – 5.00pm | UNSW Kensington Campus

Join Science 50:50 and UNSW Women in Engineering for an exciting one-day holiday program exploring careers in STEM! Together we will visit various organisations, meet professional scientists and engineers, discover where they work and what they do.

The holiday program is designed for female Year 10 students who have an interest in STEM.

Find out more and register


More Technology, More Stress: Managing Technology-Induced Stress

Friday 31 May | 6.00pm – 8.00pm | Macquarie University City Campus

The Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance at Macquarie University is hosting this interactive workshop to raise awareness of the negative impacts that technology can have on you and those around you; access tools to help you better manage your use of technology and improve your resilience to technology-induced stress.

Find out more and register

Community Notices

Jesuit Mission – Movie Night

7pm Wednesday 22 May 2019 

Ron Dyer Centre
42 Ridge Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060

Cost: $10

Please join us on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 for the screening of the beautiful documentary, ‘Staging Post’.  Enjoy the film and stay for the Q and A.

‘The Staging Post’ follows the lives of two Afghan Hazara refugees stranded in Indonesia. Facing many years in limbo, they built a community and started a school which inspired a refugee education revolution.This uplifting documentary illustrates the power of friendship and connection. The movie is suitable for adults and teens, with all proceeds from the event being shared between Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia and Jesuit Mission. JRS Australia works with refugees and people seeking asylum in our community. Jesuit Mission supports projects in Indonesia that assists refugees like those portrayed in this film.This is an opportunity not only to see this truly inspirational film, but also to support the wonderful work of these two Jesuit organisations.

To book  click here 

For more information contact  engagement@jesuitmission.org.au


Marist Eastwood Market Day

The Marist College Eastwood Market Day will be held on Sunday 26 May from 9.30 am till 2.30 pm.  

Click here for more information.