Newsletter 18 September - 18 September 2020
Primary School

Primary School

Year 5 Science Fair

It was a hive of activity in Year 5 last week as all things scientific were taking place.

We began the week with the very successful Science Fair where the girls were able to choose their own area of interest and questions about Space. I was amazed by the research, presentations and explanations. I definitely learned a few things I didn’t know before!

Following this the girls were lucky enough to have a Zoom session with Professor Tamara Davis, who is a Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Research and Teaching Fellow at The University of Queensland. Professor Davis is a cosmologist investigating new fundamental physics, such as the properties of dark energy and dark matter and the mass of the neutrino. She performed cosmological analyses for two prominent international supernova surveys, before returning to Australia in 2008 to work with the WiggleZ dark energy survey, which made one of the largest maps of the distribution of galaxies in the universe. Professor Davis is now helping lead the Australian Dark Energy Survey (OzDES), measuring thousands of supernovae and hundreds of supermassive black holes. The aim of all these surveys is to understand our fundamental laws of nature.

Even with all of these incredible achievements, Professor Davis was able to talk to the girls in a way that made the science accessible coupled with some incredible images of the Solar System.

A big thank you to Miss Best and Mrs Anderson for providing the girls with such a valuable learning experience. Please see some of the girl’s reflections.


“Tamara Davis amazed us with how much knowledge she has on Space. On behalf of Year 5 I think we can say we all learnt something new. It fascinated us with how much more there is out in our universe and beyond. It was amazing to find out so much information on craters, planets, black holes & much more. Tamara filled us with her everlasting facts & observations. She took us through a virtual model that showed us what else there is out there for example; the universe, stars & meteors. We all enjoyed her zoom!”

 Lola Rahme and Isla Gooley


“We are in awe at all the intriguing information that Professor Tamara Davis taught and explained incredibly to us. It was fascinating that the Earth seems enormous to us but is absolutely tiny to the universe. We can guarantee that all of Year 5 clearly cherished every piece of valuable learning that we were given.

 Questions were asked, comments were made, and we were amused, amazed and awed by every little fact we were told. We couldn’t believe that Saturn is classified a planet despite it having not cleared the debris/rings around it. We had no idea that so much of our universe had been discovered by space telescopes! We are now encouraged to take care of our planet and the ozone layer because Earth is the only discovered planet that humans can inhabit.

 The amount of information Professor Tamara Davis has taught us, has exploded our brains with things we never thought we would come upon. We’re sure that all of Year 5 are eager to learn and discover even more of what Professor Tamara Davis knows. We are so grateful that such a highly regarded astronomer who has done things like devoting Pluto into a dwarf planet, would take the time to come speak with us and we hope we can learn from her again.

 This experience was extraordinarily amazing!”

 Portia Rowland-Stefanic and Luci Durston


“Professor Davis shared lots of excellent information about life in space with us. What we found most interesting was how many galaxies scientists have discovered and yet billions are yet to be found. Also, the telescopes that astrophysicists use to track asteroids from all around the solar system are impressive to an extent where they can locate how they orbit. Professor Davis is so important in her field that she was a part of the team who had to decide if Pluto was to continue being considered a planet or not. All of Year 5 really enjoyed her zoom and learnt so much. “

Amelia Moyes and Sasha Buchanan


“I found the Zoom really interesting because I learnt a lot, I mean a lot of things that I didn’t know.

My favourite part was when Professor Davis showed us pictures of earth and the video of how much of space that we have discovered. Something I found really interesting was that stars have been in space for over 11 billion years.”

Elizabeth Pennington


“Something I found interesting is when Professor Tamara talked about hadron colliders, and how they smash particles, atoms, and molecules together at really high speeds and heat to try to figure out how the universe was formed and how molecules are made.

Another thing I found interesting is when Professor Tamara talked about Black Holes. She briefly talked about black holes, which along with stars, dark matter/energy, light and energy are my favourite and most researched parts of astronomy, Astrophysics, galactic archaeology and cosmology. I think most of those subjects hold the key to the beginning and end of the universe, and what the Big Bang was, and how it formed.”

Annie Goodall

Write a Book in a Day

Congratulations to our Write a Book in a Day students who undertook this project this week. Under the oversight of the primary school Teacher-Librarian, Ms Caroline Walton and in conjunction with the library staff at the senior school, the primary girls works will be displayed in the senior school library in Term 4. 

Public Speaking 2020

The girls have been busy presenting their speeches to their classmates in anticipation of the Public Speaking finals next Wednesday.

The finalists are as follows:

5A 5B 6B 6S
Amelia Moyes Daisy Manassen Isabel Marks Charlotte Barnett
Portia Rowland-Stefanic Zara Traini Stephanie Knox Jessica Trovato
Eva Cusick Sarah Hayek Amelia Korkor Tayla Moore
Rachel Antony Annie Goodall Monique Travers Josephine Milkins

Merit Certificates

Congratulations to the following girls for receiving Merit Certificates at our Assembly.

5B 5A 6S 6B
Alyssa Bouchahine – Displaying Verity Audrey Esgate – Displaying Verity Leah Kebblewhite – Displaying Verity Mia Khoudair – Displaying Verity
Porsha Gill – Approach to Learning Sophie Katsikogianis – Approach to Learning Emilie Boshoff – Approach to Learning Sophie O’Halloran – Approach to Learning
Sophia Tesoriero – Growth Mindset Sophia Harman – Approach to Learning Chloe Winterton – Growth Mindset Samantha Zahra – Approach to Learning
Sarah Hayek – House Spirit Isabella Moretti – Growth Mindset Stephanie Drummond – Growth Mindset Chloe Leivesley – Growth Mindset
  Jemima McNicol – House Spirit    
Miss Manners –  Juliet De Zotti

Hip, hip, hooray to the following birthday girls.  We hope you had a wonderful day!

Amelie, Josie & Mia

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 23 September                            Public Speaking Competition                      


With the holidays nearly upon us, I hope you take the opportunity to have some time with family and friends for rest and relaxation over the break. School resumes on Monday 12 October and the girls are to return in full summer uniform.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary









HSC Showcase 2020 – on tonight!

HSC Showcase 2020 – on tonight!

Please join us tonight for the HSC Showcase 2020 – brought to you onsite and online!

We are so excited to bring you the innovative projects and performances from the  Class of 2020 in our reimagined HSC Showcase 2020. Featuring displays from Visual Arts, Music, Aboriginal Studies, Drama, Design and Technology, History Extension, English Extension 2 and Textiles and Design. As varied as they are creative, the HSC Showcase celebrates the creativity and talent at Loreto Normanhurst.

Join us for the live streamed Official Opening from 5pm, and then explore and discover the works of the Class of 2020 through live stream performances, an interactive Q&A session, video recordings, 360 tours, images, synopses, and more.

Live stream official opening commences at 5pm

The HSC Showcase microsite is open from 4.30pm

Access to the microsite is at 

Password: showcase2020

View the program here.

We hope you can join us for this wonderful event.

Ms Kieryn Bateman, Director of Learning
Email  or phone 02 9487 3488


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School Captain Message

School Captain Message

Graduation has always seemed like such a distant prospect. Yet, as the ‘lasts’ for the Class of 2020 continue to pass us by, the reality of our departure is beginning to sink in. Questions about plans for the future, alongside laughter over the emergence of Year 7 photos, fill each girl with a sense of nostalgia. With this, I’ve reflected on all of the things that make this community so incredibly special. Not necessarily the big events (although I know we will all miss these too), but the chats with our Year 7 buddies at our lockers, the comfort of speaking to our teachers, and the jokes with our friends in the Year 12 commo as we’re waiting for our toasties to melt.

It all began 2068 days ago on January the 27th 2015, when each of us walked into the school gates for the first time. With my oversized dress and freshly polished shoes, I looked up to the Year 12’s with awe, unsure of how they had survived the mountain of essays and assignments that I knew lay before me.

Although many of us never quite grew into our oversized winter tunics as we had hoped, each of us has grown in so many other ways. From the eager twelve-year old’s that arrived in 2015, Loreto has truly moulded us into women of justice, felicity, sincerity, freedom and most importantly this year, verity. What makes this school so special is that girls are not told to be perfect, but their flawed, yet amazing selves. One of my teachers in Year 9 told me that “practice makes progress, not perfect”, a motto that I know will stay with me for the rest of my life.

The Class of 2020 has undoubtedly faced more challenges than we had expected this year. Whilst we continue to confront these challenges as we plan our futures, we must remember that this rapidly changing world is exactly what our Loreto education has prepared us for. Whether we realise it or not, our double periods of Integrated Learning, our time spent giving advice in tutor group, and our teamwork on the sports field have all prepared us for life beyond the Loreto gates – whatever that may hold.

So, on behalf of the Class of 2020, I would like to thank the entire Loreto community who have supported us along the way. You have embodied the Loreto values, and inspired us to take these with us. Without you, we would not be the women we are today.

While the Class of 2020, along with the rest of the world, doesn’t know what tomorrow holds, I have no doubts that we will be ready to face anything that gets thrown at us.

Let’s go girls!


Phillipa Studdert

School Captain 2019-2020


Boarding Heads of House

Boarding Heads of House

Boarding at Loreto Normanhurst offers a truly unique experience and it is an honour to join the community in our role as Head of House. The laughter, joy and excitement that we hear in the corridors, dorms and during afternoon recreation is reflective of the friendships and connections that are formed between boarders, across different year groups and the care and compassion they offer one another. As we reflect over the past terms it is evident that as a boarding community we have accomplished and experienced many enriching moments through our shared experiences and reimagined events like the Music Festival, Pink Lady dinners and Christmas in July. Over the past few weeks all boarders have worked tirelessly, with a great sense of fun to perfect their performances for the annual Boarder Main Event. Last Wednesday the well-rehearsed performances were showcased and filmed, and we look forward to sharing these soon with our boarding families.

A focus in boarding this term has been around utilising the experience and expertise of our team of nurses in order to revisit the importance of maintaining wellbeing through nutrition and sleep. A healthy sleep routine is necessary for adolescents as it can give them more energy, improve concentration, help them better deal with stress, and keep a healthy headspace[1] . This has been particularly important considering the increased level of anxiety during COVID-19. The nurses guided and explored with the girl’s ways they can implement a variety of strategies which include:

  • Managing fatigue: Remembering that even if you did not get much sleep, or it seemed to be poor sleep, it is not the end of the world. You will get through the next day all right and if you are quite tired, you will probably sleep better the next night.[2]
  • Establish a regular sleep routine including a regular pattern for going to sleep as well as limiting the use of technology one hour before bedtime.
  • Eat well, including a variety of nutritious foods. Limit caffeine, especially late afternoon or evening.
  • Participate in physical activity during the day to improve the quality of your sleep which is supported by the recreation program we offer the girls.
  • Practice relaxation techniques; meditation, listen to soft music and keeping a gratitude journal.
  • Limiting media exposure: not paying too much attention to gossip and some media reports, which may be exaggerated, or may simply be guessing what might happen.
  • Sleep is like a butterfly. You cannot reach out and grab it and catch it. If you stay quiet and still, the butterfly will come to you. It is the same with sleep. You cannot force yourself to go to sleep, so do not try. Simply allow yourself to be relaxed and quiet, and sleep will come to you.

This year in boarding, we have also seen the re-emergence of the Sustainability Committee. It has been open to girls from any year group and has its focus on targeted boarding specific strategies to reduce waste, improve recycling and develop a greater sense of awareness raising amongst the girls. ‘What if I told you Wednesdays’ is one fantastic initiative developed which sees the girls present a sustainable suggestion or idea once a week. This has led to the girls sharing suggestions on shampoo and conditioner bars[3] and planning for ‘Return and Earn’ opportunities within the boarding house.[4]

Our recreation program has continued to provide opportunities for our boarders to participate in organised fitness classes, mindfulness, cooking in the Hospitality Room, meditation sessions and external excursions such as Putt Putt, picnics in Wahroonga Park, bushwalking and enjoying visits to the beach. These have been a real success among the girls and have been a great way for them to relax, unwind and develop meaningful relationships with their peers.

As we continue to navigate the challenges that COVID-19 have brought to so many individuals and families we have been so encouraged by the strong sense of resilience and optimism that exists within the Loreto Normanhurst boarding community. As Heads of House we are so proud to be part of this journey for our girls and thank everyone for their continual support.


Ms Isabelle Tilsely and Mrs Jenelle Minto

Boarding Heads of House






Acting Head of TAS

Acting Head of TAS

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”

Albert Einstein

Innovation and Technology Essential in a Changing World

COVID-19 has created a fundamental change in society across the world. The terms social distancing, contact tracing, and self-isolating have intertwined themselves into our daily conversations, and many of the things we take for granted have changed overnight. However, difficult times have often been the catalyst for innovative solutions to problems, and we are currently amid a revolution.

As people began working from home, communication and networking platforms became essential, leading to innovations and uptake of software packages such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Apps such as house party, Google Hangouts, Bunch and Drawful have been developed to allow people to socialise and stay connected during long periods of involuntary isolation at home.

When ventilators were needed, James Dyson committed his company to providing their expertise gained in home appliances to design and produce what the National Health Service required. Many small businesses such as Drifta changed the core function of their business to producing PPE equipment, and large companies such as Asics have used high tech fabrics to develop face masks for use during exercise. Spending more time in front of computer screens has created a demand for ergonomic office furniture, and improved Audio-visual display technology.  

As restrictions and lockdowns were imposed, the Australian hospitality industry took a big hit, as did the companies which produce the products they sell. However, the sudden need for large quantities of hand sanitiser created opportunities for businesses such as Four Pillars Gin and Cape Byron Distillery to diversify away from their traditional product lines and move into sanitiser. When restrictions were eased, the hospitality industry was also at the forefront of adopting technology which allowed them to provide traditional service, while minimising risk. QR codes have allowed the purchase and service of food and drinks without human contact and recorded the details of guests in the event future contact tracing will be needed. New software has also been developed to allow remote or self-check in procedures at hotels.

The TAS (Technological and Applied Studies) department at Loreto Normanhurst offers students an opportunity to learn and apply creative problem-solving techniques to complex real world problems. They are engaged with a wide range of innovative thinking whether they study Textiles and Design, Hospitality, Design and Technology, Food Technology, or Information and Software Technology (IST).  The skills acquired in these subjects positions our students to be the flexible social innovators of the next decades.

Mr Anthony Horth

Acting Head of TAS

Master Plan – Community Update

Master Plan – Community Update

Many members of our community would be aware that the School has developed a 30-year Master Plan which aims to improve access, movement and spatial relationships throughout the campus, while addressing the School’s progressive growth over the 30-year period of the Master Plan’s duration.

Last year the school launched a State Significant Development Application with the Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment (DPIE); this is a rigourous process and the planning is continuing.

Included below is an update to the community which provides an insight into how the school is responding to what the Department, the community and other agencies have raised, and the matters that need to be addressed. In particular, there is focus on the proposed approach to managing traffic and parking. This is part of the process within the Response to Submission phase that we are currently in.

Please click here to read ‘A community update from Loreto Normanhurst’

Start here. Go anywhere.

Start here. Go anywhere.

For generations of young women, here is where it starts.

In the last school newsletter, Ms Ugonotti shared with the community that the School has been developing a brand visual toolkit in response to project work we have undertaken over the last 18 months to ensure that the wonderful story of a Loreto education  is expressed creatively and authentically. It is important that our communications and our visual expression keep pace with an increasing, changing shift to a digital world, while always remaining true to who we are as a School established over 123 years ago, and with a 400-year mission.

Today, we are delighted to share with you a new video that captures the essence of what it means to be a Normo girl, and what it means to be a member of this community. We hope that you enjoy this video that communicates who we are in spirit and personality that is truly unique to Loreto Normanhurst.

Thank you to all students and staff who were involved in this special project, and we look forward to sharing the unfolding of this new creative expression with you over the coming weeks and months.  




EXTDAY@LNH – apply now for Term 4  

EXTDAY@LNH is an Extended Day Program for day students in Years 5 to 9, and is intended to meet the needs of families and improve individual student growth. We would like to extend an invitation for you to enrol your daughter into the EXTDAY@LNH Program for Term 4.

  • For more information about this exciting program, please Click Here.     
  • To complete an Application Form, please Click Here

Please note applications close Wednesday 7 October 2020. The program commences Monday 12 October, the first day of Term 4.

“We have been using EXTDAY for our daughter since the program started.  We are really impressed with the attention our daughter receives from the various supervisors when there’s homework to be done, and she needs help with something – or just that little push along to concentrate on the task at hand!  We have noticed a marked improvement in her schoolwork as a result. It’s not all work though – the girls have plenty of time to socialise with each other, and to do any after school sport they may have signed up to. We would definitely recommend the program.”

Current parent


Year 12 2021 Campion Booklist  

We would like to remind you that the  Year 12 2021 Campion Booklist  is  available and can be ordered online.   Please use the following Access Code to order: ‘4SYX’

Orders are due today, Friday 18  September 2020, to ensure your daughter receives her books in time for her commencement into Year 12 in Term 4.   You can still order after this date however your daughter may be delayed in receiving her books.  It is anticipated that your order will be delivered to your  nominated address  by Friday 9 October.

The Year 12 Additional Purchases List has also been finalised, outlining the specific stationery and additional materials required for each subject.  Click here to view.

We have also provided information regarding  our second hand text books service through the Sustainable School Shop.  Click here to view.

If you have any questions, please email the Learning Office.


Mrs Rachael Jarick

Assistant to the Deans of Learning

Year 12 – Dr Prue Salter Study Skills Series

Year 12 were emailed last Friday giving them the opportunity to access the final videos of the Prue Salter Study Skills series.  Of all the videos in the series, these are the most important to watch.  The videos in the series will show students how to make a study plan for the rest of the term, and then go through to your daughter’s last exam.    The last video series complements the study skills and retrieval practice activities the students have been covering in FACEtime.  To access the link and password, students will need to refer to the email previously sent.


Ms Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning

Literature Circles

Over a number of years the English teachers have noticed a decline in reading in our students and, as Rebecca Birch (Acting Head of English) reported in her article earlier this year, the borrowing rates from the Learning Resource Centre reflect a decline in borrowing as students age, with a pronounced downward trend by Year 9.

The English faculty is cognisant of the competing priorities when it comes to reading. We want our students to be articulate and well-read individuals, yet they are reading quality texts less and less. The research says that reading is so important for the development of core literacy skills like comprehension, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary12, yet our students have a waning engagement with the kinds of texts that will help them grow in these areas. In data collected from a cross-section of our Year 8 students, a significant number of students reported in an open-ended question that time was the biggest obstacle to their reading for pleasure.

We get it; we live in a society that places ever-increasing demands on our time, from homework to the myriad of activities students pursue outside study to social media. Where are we meant to fit reading in amongst our already cluttered days? Demanding students forgo other passions to read more is certainly not the answer. One student reported that “I feel like reading is… a chore now.”

The English and LRC faculties have been debating how to revive a love of reading in our students and in our research have found that Literature Circles meet the needs of our students345, and both faculties have collaborated to deliver a program to Year 8 in Term 4. Literature Circles involve students being exposed to a variety of quality fiction and non-fiction choices and selecting a few that resonate with them. They are then placed into groups with peers who have also chosen one of their preferences and will read through sections of their book that their group has agreed upon before discussing it in a structured but informal way. Students will have whole periods across several weeks to enjoy their book and digest the ideas in it as they periodically come back together with their group to unpack the meaning they have garnered from the pages. We will be giving back what so many of our students need to enjoy reading again: time.

Through the Literature Circles we are seeking to:

  • Generate a love of literature
  • Normalise discussing books with peers
  • Expose students to quality texts
  • Develop social skills, especially discussion skills
  • Practice comprehension and inference skills in a low-risk environment
  • Build vocabulary through exposure and explicit unpacking

As the holidays approaches you may consider striking up conversations with your daughter about reading (both yours and theirs). Interestingly, in my data collection Year 8 have reported being most interested in the action, drama and mystery genres. We are looking forward to the program.


Mr Victor McGee

English Teacher

For Bibliography References Click Here

Celebration of Learning

Year 11 Science  students internship at Futures Project

This year, Loreto Normanhurst was fortunate enough to take part in the Future Project at The King’s School. The Future Project is an extracurricular internship at King’s state of the art science centre where we as senior interns are partnered with some of the companies based at the facility. The Future Project for 2020 has students from around 11 different schools, with 38 Senior Interns in total. To have one girl from Loreto, let alone three, be accepted into the program is a huge accomplishment. 

Before COVID, we were each assigned to a different company and project.

Ashlyn was assigned to Aegros, a pharmaceutical company revolutionising the field of plasma therapy, Chelsea was assigned to VOW, a company that grows meat in a lab to reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment, and Matilda was assigned to Quantal Bioscience, a company that uses applied microbiology to research and observe microorganisms that live in harsh environments. 

We worked on our respective projects from the PC2 laboratories at King’s, until we were forced into isolation due to COVID-19. All our projects were put on hold, and instead, we partook in ‘Isohack’ on zoom. This was another project hosted by Quantal Bioscience in which we used gene sequencing software to help a biologist, Scott Mitchell, with his PhD research. Scott is currently researching different types of microbial isolates found in horse guts, and how this differs depending on a horse’s location and diet.

When we were able to return to face to face meetings, Ashlyn and Chelsea were able to work with VOW, and spent a week of the winter holidays with our group in the PC2 labs learning about VOW’s cell growing technique and other various scientific concepts from a synthetic biologist working in the King’s Science Centre, Alex Kelly.

We would like to thank The King’s school, as well as Aegros, VOW and Quantal Bioscience for giving us this amazing opportunity. For anyone in Year 10 who has an interest in any science at all or are just curious about what science looks like after high school, we strongly recommend this program for you. It is a great way to make friends with students from other schools and gain insight into the work of scientific researchers.


Dates to Remember – Term 3 2020

Year 12

HSC Showcase Friday 18 September |  5 – 9pm


Dates to Remember – Term 4 2020


HSC Examinations Tuesday 20 October to Wednesday 11 November


Year 10 Examinations Monday 26 October to Friday 30 November

YEARS 7 – 11

Year 7 – 11  Awards Ceremony 2020 Thursday 3rd December 2020


HSC Results Principal’s Morning Tea Mid December – To be advised
Write a Book in a Day 2020

Write a Book in a Day 2020

Having only commenced the role of Knowledge and Learning Strategist at the start of Term 2 (I am acting in the role whilst Liz Green is on leave) I was able to observe the Write a Book in a Day experience in the library with fresh eyes and was most impressed with what I saw. The activities that took place on this day align closely with the most up to date Australian and global research on learning and skill development for the 21st century. 

In 2017, the NSW Department of Education unveiled several reports undertaken by experts that explored future skills needs. The results of these reports revealed competencies such as resilience, flexibility, collaboration, co-operation, communication, planning, time management, project management and problem solving as valuable qualities required to participate actively and effectively in the workforce. These skills (and more) were certainly on display as the girls worked to complete their book in a day! 

As the day unfolded, I soon learned that there was a time schedule with goals to achieve in certain time blocks. This kept the girls focused and allowed them to break the task into more manageable chunks. There were also parameters that needed to be included in each story which forced the girls to come up with creative and innovative ways of working defined parameters such as human characters, non-human characters, settings, issues and random words into their stories. 

What I witnessed in the early stages of the day is how quickly girls collaborated to define various roles that could allow the book to efficiently take shape. Roles were designated such as chapter writers, illustrators, team captains and editors. 

As the day progressed, I observed teams running into natural creative blocks, fatiguing, but then also finding a way through this via discussions. A visit from Ms Ugonotti and Mrs Long in the heart of the day helped reinvigorate teams as they moved into the editing phase. 

At the conclusion of the day I was able to see the finished works and visualise how all those discussions I had heard about random characters as I moved from group to group during the day had come to fruition. Please peruse some of the extracts of illustrations and writing included as pictures attached to this article to see samplings of what the girls produced. They are worth a look!

On reflecting on the experience, when asked what they enjoyed about the day a student stated, “I love WABIAD because you get to collaborate with your friends, utilise all your different skills and make something that you are proud of.” When asked what key skills were learnt on the day, another responded with “teamwork, collaboration and definitely learning to listen to others.” When asked what the most challenging part of the day was, one student observed, “coming up with the ideas is difficult, but once you have it, the whole day just flows.” 

The most touching moment when reviewing the works came when I saw the message the Year 10 Team had left at the start of their book. It read, “For the children in hospital. We can’t imagine what you are going through, but we hope our book gives you a laugh. We wish you all the best on your journey to recovery.” 

Write a Book in a Day most certainly only takes place due to efforts of the hardworking library staff who go to every effort to ensure the girls have a fulfilling and enriching learning experience. Thank you to Mrs Andrea Turner, Ms Ambreen Shah, Mrs Vivian D’Arcy and Ms Rachel Herkes for their dedicated organisational efforts. Most particularly, I would like to acknowledge the fine work of Ms Rowena Curtis who oversees WABIAD from start to finish and coordinates every aspect of the process with meticulousness and care. 

To conclude, there are two observations I noted that show a “culture” that is developing around writing stemming from Write a Book in a Day. 

The first was the message left by Year 12s who had competed in the past for the 2020 participants. Amid their Trial HSC, these Year 12s were able to pause and offer their encouragement to the younger girls through an inspiring letter that was left in every team space at the start of the day. 

The second is the highly enthusiastic approach our primary students are taking towards Write a Book in a Day which will culminate in Weeks 9 and 10 this term. Under the oversight of the primary school Teacher-Librarian, Ms Caroline Walton and in conjunction with the library staff at the senior school, the primary girls are working towards creating works that will be displayed in the senior school library in Term 4. 

Positive learning cultures are infectious as displayed through these two examples and are testament to the power a skilfully tailored learning experience can have in a school. 

Well done to all the girls involved in the 2020 Write a Book in a Day and congratulations on your efforts in not only writing magnificent books but also raising $4954.59 for the Kids’ Cancer Project.  


Mr Marco Scali

Acting Knowledge and Learning Strategist

Future Problem Solving News

Future Problem Solving News

Congratulations to the following girls who have qualified for the Future Problem Solving Nationals. The Nationals will be held virtually early next term and the girls will compete against the top teams in Australia for a place at Internationals. Well done to:

  • Scenario Writing Finalist Senior Division – Gian Ellis-Gannell for her futuristic story on De-Extinction.
  • Global Issues Teams 
    • Senior Division Year 11 – Sophie Earle, Zoe Redwin, Zara Oong, Vivien Li, Ella Donlevy, Emily Stockwell, Georgia Cluff, Charlotte Cluff
    • Middle Division Year 9 – Lucy Johnston, Sophie Mota, Eloise Rose-Helbert, Bella Kachel
    • Year 8 – Natalia Barone, Yvette Alford, Olivia Lee-Jackson, Alexis Taylor

The Global Issues teams qualified with the topic of ‘Gamification’ and will now prepare for the Nationals topic of ‘Living in Poverty’.

The FPS International Team who competed earlier in the year and placed 10th in the world (1st in Australia) for their Global Issues booklet on ‘Terraforming’ and 4th in the world (2nd in Australia) for their Action Plan Presentation finally received their awards from America and you can see these in the photos. Congratulations again to Year 11 students, Georgia Cluff, Charlotte Cluff, Emily Stockwell and Ella Donlevy.

All of the girls and coaches involved in FPS have been amazing this year – they have been flexible, resilient and shown real perseverance. Thank you also to Ms Nairn’s wonderful support as Acting Dean of Extra-Curricular.

In Term 4, I will be running an FPS Introductory Course for all students who are interested in finding out about FPS, particularly our Year 7 students. Look out for an announcement in Sentral next week.

Thank you all and congratulations!


Ms Robyn Roffey

Future Problem Solving Coordinator







We did it! An entire season of Virtual Debating!

Congratulations to all of the Archdale and CSDA teams, coaches and adjudicators! What an incredible achievement! In 2020 – we had four teams succeed to the Semi Finals – that means these teams were in the top four of their respective competitions. An incredible achievement. Congratulations to:

Archdale 8B

Archdale Jnr (Yr 9) CSDA 10A SN2 (Yr 12)
Krisshvi Naarayanan Molly Hanly Ella McKenzie Gian Ellis-Gannell
Ella Khoury Indianna Cane Olivia Alexander Phillipa Studdert
Isabella Tesoriero Charlotte Rigney Brigid Quirk Sarah Scott
Hannah Frith   Michelle Hoffman  


Congratulations to the CSDA 10A team – who are competing tonight in the CSDA Grand Final. We wish the team the best of luck. Follow @LNExtraCurric on twitter for live results.

To get them ‘pumped up’ for their debates, the girls enjoy dancing together before they compete! Good luck girls!



Congratulations to the new AIS NGS Super Virtual Debating Year 7/8 Team. In 2020 we have registered one team to be a part of the AIS NGS Super Virtual Debating Comp. The new team have won both rounds of initial debates and we await the draw for the finals series. Congratulations to:

Tahlia Moses Yr 8
Ella Khoury Yr 8
Isabella Tesoriero Yr 8
Naa Dedei Keenor Sabaa Yr 7
Rose Cunningham Yr 7


Festival of Speech

AHIGS are continuing to finalise their details in regards to this event and students should continue to prepare. As soon as the guidelines are published, staff will share the details with students.

Un Youth Voice

The United Nations Youth NSW will run the annual UN Youth Voice competition virtually. UN Youth Voice is a speaking competition for students in Years 7-10 that focuses on real world issues that affect our community and world.  This year, students in Year 11 can also register, but will not be able to progress to the final rounds to be held in 2021. Students are invited  to register their interest via the following link. Once students have received confirmation from the Oratory Coordinator they can register for the event. For further information please see the UN Youth NSW Voice Website.


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator


Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Practicing Gratitude and Giving Thanks for What we Have

Ignatius reminds us to face life with reality; that desires to love need to be transformed into deeds and that love, if sincere, consists in a mutual sharing…this means a sharing of something we have or are able to give.

There has been much written about the benefits of showing gratitude to others and how this can boost people’s health and happiness. Some effective ‘gratitude interventions’ include writing a gratitude letter, keeping a gratitude journal, or savoring the moment. When one savors the moment they take time to notice the beauty and pleasures in their daily life. Loyola University psychologist Fred Bryant has shown that savoring positive experiences can heighten your positive responses to them. A key to savoring is what Bryant calls “thanksgiving”, or expressing gratitude for the blessings that come your way, large and small.

As Term 3 draws to a close, there is much to be thankful for. For Year 12, it is the culmination of their high school experience as they prepare to leave Loreto Normanhurst. Year 12 give thanks for their Loreto education and all this entails. For others, it might be the gift of friendship or the ability to be engaged in extra-curricular activities or spending time with friends around the campus. No matter the experience, we are lucky to be part of a community that places relationships at the centre of everything we do.

We thank Year 12 for their guidance as Buddies to Year 7 and mentors and ‘big sisters’ in our Tutor groups. We thank them for their care of each other and their commitment to their friendships in a year that has seen the traditional ways we relate to each other stretched and reimagined. We thank them for their leadership through our reinvented school events or initiatives such as the Music Festival, assemblies, our new House Instagram pages and the myriad ways they engaged us and brought felicity to Tutor groups as we experienced ‘iso’ together. Whilst 2020 may be remembered for many things, the resilience, care and imagination of the Year 12 Class of 2020 has left a legacy that we are grateful for.

We wish all students and their families a safe and restful Spring holiday and we look forward to seeing the students back in full summer uniform on Monday 12 October, 2020.

Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan

Deans of Pastoral Care



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Conversations this week: 

Year 12 Finishing in House, With Heads of House
Year 11 Exams
Year 10 Touching base with Ms Ugonotti
Year 9 Learning to Learn with  Ms Albert
Year 8 Explanation of Holistic Plenaries with Advisors
Year 7 Mindful Meditation with Advisors
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Post Logo Winner

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Post Logo Winner

Congratulations to Erika San Diego in Year 8 Aston.

Erika, along with some of her peers from the Mary Word student newspaper, entered a logo design competition run by a new local publication, the Hornsby Ku-ring-Gai  Post. The competition was open to all members of the Hornsby and Kuring-gai area.  Erika’s logo was chosen as the winner and will now appear on each cover of the newspaper, which ran its first issue in September. 

Erika says  that her design was inspired by natural features present in our local area, including gum leaves. As Erika says, the hands in her logo symbolise  a community, “because in a community we hold each other up,” and a circle “because community is forever.” Erika was recognised for this wonderful contribution by Mayor Philip Ruddock.

The following reflection was provided by Erika to the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Post.

How did you feel about winning the logo design competition?
I found out that I won the logo design competition via an email from Mr Scali (my tutor and the supervisor for the Mary Word, the school newspaper). He had told me about the logo competition in the first place. I was quite shocked that I had won. There was obviously a wide range of students who had the opportunity to enter, and out of all of them, I was the one who had been chosen! I was also very grateful that my design was the design chosen to become the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Post logo, and happy that I was able to contribute to the community in a way.

What are some of your interests?
Some of my hobbies and extra-curricular activities include Photography Club, Mary Word which is the school newspaper, Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE), and I also play basketball. I am passionate about music.  I can play the clarinet, guitar, piano and ukulele. I like to writing my own original songs and I love to perform in concerts, especially in SWE.

Do you have any ideas of what you would like to do after school?
I am not completely sure, but I have been quite interested in the topics that we are covering in Science. I am considering doing something in the science field. I have also been learning about engineering in D&T (Design and Technology), which actually perked my interest. I would love to find something that connects those things and pursue that. I would also love to study something that lets me express my creativity, like I can do in Music, but that also leads to a practical job.



Sport Update

Saturday saw another first in a year of firsts – the first regionalised IGSSA Finals and the first live-streamed fixtures!

After the restructuring into regions, our Upper North IGSSA Netball and Hockey teams took to the court and field one final time, as did our Primary AFL and Touch Football teams. Both our Senior 1sts Netball and Hockey teams took on Pymble teams in their grand final and both games were played with exceptional skill and spirit. Unfortunately, both teams just fell short, but the famous Normo grit was on display throughout the weekend, with a number of well-contested games.

A number of those games were seen across Sydney and NSW; with no spectators permitted to attend, we were able to offer live-streaming with a number of Year 12 families being able to tune in to their daughter representing Loreto Normanhurst for the last time.

On that note, I want to acknowledge and wish all the best to our departing Year 12 group – you have always been enthusiastic and passionate participants in Sport at Loreto Normanhurst, and watching you overcome the challenges of the past eight months with determination has only cemented your legacy in LN Sport. I can only hope that during your time here, a love of sport has been fostered and that you’ll continue to be involved in sport and physical activity as you enter the next phase of your life.

Hills Netball

Loreto’s amazing LON 15 Hills Netball Team have been awarded the Lesley Milner Junior Team Sportsmanship Award. This award is given to a Junior team showing the best spirit, respect and attitude over the course of the season and is selected from over 130 teams.

LON 15 were always gracious towards the other teams, umpires and coaches at every game. They were very supportive of each other and continually spoke in a positive and encouraging way. Best of all, they always came to the games and training sessions with smiles on their faces.

The LON 15 coach, Sarah Gillis, is an ex-Loreto student who graduated in 2019. Sarah worked with the team beautifully and ensured the team embraced the Loreto spirit.

Congratulations on your award girls, you are deserved winners.

LON 15

Student name

Year Group

Nikita Bhana Year 7
Nikki Bi Year 7
Abigail Fairbairn Year 7
Claudia Gibbons Year 7
Madeleine Grindon-Ekins Year 7
Katrina Huang  Year 7
Millicent Hughes Year 7
Zoe O’Neil Year 7

Our lovely LON15 team shared what being a good sportswoman means to them:

Best of luck to our Hills teams who are competing in their Semi-Finals this weekend, and for those who make it through to the Grand Final on Saturday 26th, we’ll have our fingers and toes crossed!


As we reach the end of Term 3, it’s time for the Rowing program to kick into gear, with Spring Camp taking place in the second week of the School Holidays. The camp will be held at SIRC and Nepean, and will begin on Tuesday 6 October. We wish our rowers all the best as they start their journey to the Head of the River next year.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Congratulations to Julia Baxter (Year 12) who has been granted her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. To achieve a Gold Award, students require self-motivation, dedication and perseverance – well done Julia on this fantastic achievement!

Staying Safe at Sport

As a reminder, the following protocols are in currently in place for LN Sport:

  • Hills Netball finals will continue with existing restrictions around attendance. If you are unsure of the guidance, please contact Kristie Greville for further information.
  • Rugby 7’s fixtures at Pymble Ladies College are spectator-free events.

We appreciate your ongoing patience and cooperation with these protocols.

Loreto Sports Girl: Elizabeth Powell

Current sport/activity: I currently play hockey for the school as well as rowing.

Favourite school sport/activity: Over my years at Loreto, I have partaken in a variety of sports, all of which have benefited me. I have enjoyed every sport and each one gave me a new set of skills however my favourite would have to be rowing as I have learned so much from it and it has allowed me to be part of a team.

Highest level of sporting achievement: My highest level of sporting achievement would be when my crew and I went to state championships earlier this year.

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: I have had many memorable moments at school sport however my favourite moment would have to be when I rowed in a double and placed first at the start of 2019. It was a great experience and all of the girls were showing lots of Loreto spirit as they ran along the sideline.

Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: At the 2019 schoolgirl Head of the River I was able to see our 1st eight come third. I remember running along the path next to the lake cheering them on and it was great to see their hard work pay off. It inspired me and other girls to train to reach that point as well.

Best subject at school: I am interested in many subjects however some of my favourites are science and history.

Any superstitions before playing sport: My coach last season gave us a tip for what to do while sitting ready at the start line. She told us to smile to help us relax and to also get our attention off of our nerves.

Best tune to listen to before competing: ‘Wild At Heart’ by Birds Of Tokyo is a motivational song to me which I listen to regularly before either training, games, or races.

Wet Weather Information

Please make sure you check the relevant wet weather sites for any news regarding cancellations.

IGSSA Sports:

IPSHA Sports: (via the app)

Hills Netball: HDNA Wet Weather Information

Rugby 7’s: Please check the Loreto Normanhurst Sport Facebook or Twitter page after 11:30am.

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 7s Cheerleading
  IGSSA Touch Football IGSSA Football
  Hayden Fitness Centre AFL


Mr Stephen Charters

Mr David Brock

Mr Ian Edmunds

Mrs laura Bryan

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

Correct Sport Uniform

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

Students who are not dressed in the correct uniform for competition will NOT be allowed to play. In the case that no Loreto Sport Staff member is present, your team coach will have the authority to remove a student from play and/or not allow a student to start play. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. It is our expectation that you will be appropriately dressed and in uniform while representing Loreto Normanhurst.

Here is the list of required items for matches for each Term 3 Sport:

  • IGSSA Netball: LN Netball singlet, LN netball skort, netball white socks, netball shoes.
  • IGSSA Hockey: LN polo, LN skort, long gold socks, moulded football boots, LN cap, mouthguard, shin pads.
  • Rugby 7’s: LN Rugby jersey, LN Rugby shorts, white sport socks, football boots.
  • Hills Netball: LN Netball singlet, LN netball skort, netball white socks, netball shoes.
  • IPSHA AFL: LN navy sport polo or navy singlet, LN shorts, long gold socks, moulded football boots.
  • IPSHA Touch Football: LN navy sport polo or navy singlet, LN shorts, white socks, moulded football boots.


Whilst we aren’t able to engage in our usual sporting program on Saturday mornings and midweek trainings, we would still love to see photos of our students getting physically active and staying engaged in sport. Please send through any photos or videos you have of LN girls staying active at home 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

Sport Contacts Term 3 2020



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


Mr Matthew Mulroney

Head of Sport

Parent Association

Parent Association

We all continue to navigate the changes that COVID-19 has brought upon our society. As parents we thank Ms Ugonotti and her staff who continue to ensure that the well-being, health and safety of our daughters is at the forefront of decisions and planning.

The Year 12 2020 students are especially in our thoughts as their year is very different to what they had envisaged. The staff at Loreto have put a great deal of time, effort and care into their graduation and we wish the graduating Class of 2020 all the best.

Unfortunately COVID-19 has interrupted PAL’s planned events for 2020 but in the meantime the PAL Committee are planning for 2021. If the NSW Health restrictions ease within this year we hope some gatherings may be held later in the year.

PAL at Loreto is open to all parents and carers. Your level of involvement can vary from attending and /or assisting PAL events, becoming a Year Parent Representative or even becoming a member of the PAL Executive Committee. Everyone is welcome to contribute in any way they can, and your contribution is always truly valued. We continue to support Loreto by providing additional funds for important programs and initiatives and we remain committed to keeping our school community connected.

Our main event for 2021 is the Spring Fair which is held in Term 4. PAL are looking for volunteers to join the 2021 Spring Fair Committee. If you wish to be involved in the Spring Fair or any other aspect of PAL please email

If you have any questions please contact:


We are so looking forward to the HSC Showcase this evening and hope you will all be joining us online!

Enjoy the upcoming break and spending time with your daughter.


PAL Executive Committee 2020





Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop

Dear Loreto Normanhurst Families, 

If you require to purchase a uniform item, our 24/7 online ordering services at will be available over the holidays.  This is a great way to purchase any summer uniform items that might need updating and be ready for student collection when school resumes in Term 4.

The Uniform Shop is open, for items that cannot easily be purchased via Flexischools, on the days below:

  • Monday 28th September 9.30am to 1.30pm
  • Friday 9th October 9.30am to 1.30pm

Due to current social distancing guidelines, the number of parents in the shop at any one time will be strictly limited and ideally you may wish to call in advance for an appointment. Parents will need to wait outside until called. If you wish to make an appointment, please contact the Uniform Shop at or on  02 9473 7300.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding at this time.



Year 12 Reminders

Educational Access Scheme

Reminder all forms for the EAS were due to your Head of House by Friday 18 September. If you haven’t already, please contact Careers or your Head of House if you would like to apply for the Educational Access Scheme.


Schools recommendation scheme

Reminder Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) closes this Sunday 20 September – Apply here

  • As a reminder, SRS is another form of early entry, centralised by UAC, however not all universities participate (but many do!) It is a very quick process to apply.


Scholarships Guide

The new ‘Study Work Grow’ scholarships guide is now available if you are interested in applying for scholarships. This has links to all scholarships available for undergraduate study.

If you need our LN password for study work grow, it is LNH.


Portfolio Entry

Did you know that some universities accept Portfolios as an alternative entry for particular courses such as design, visual art or architecture (amongst others)? Check UAC for further information.

UNSW Portfolio information – Built Environment

UNSW Portfolio information – Art and Design

 USyd Portfolio information – Design and Architecture

USyd Portfolio Information – Art and Design


NIDA Applications 

Applications to study at NIDA in 2021 close 30 September.  For passion-driven and imaginative secondary school students, the performing arts industry is rich with options and hungry for creative collaborators like stage managers, costume makers, set designers, scenic artists, set builders, make-up artists, crew members, etc. 

The University of Sydney | Sydney Scholar Awards

These prestigious scholarships reward exceptional Year 12 students to pursue an undergraduate degree. Students may receive: a) $6000 per year for the duration of their degree (up to five years) or b) $6000 for one year of their degree. Applications close 30 September 2020 .

UNSW Women in Engineering (WIE) Scholarships

The Women in Engineering Scholarship Program aims to encourage and assist female students commencing studies in the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW. Applications close Wednesday 30 September. 

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

The Careers office is open to all students. The best thing to do is to send an email indicating your availability (study lessons for the seniors and break times for junior girls). Please email


Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes

Careers Advisers


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Careers Subscriptions

The Careers Department – login page.

  • School login: Loreto Normanhurst
  • School password: LNH

Study Work Grow Subscription: Click here and scroll down to the ‘Use your unique school code’ section and enter the code below

  • Our new unique school code is: LRNH19 Remember, the school code is unique to our school, so please ensure that wherever possible you keep this code within our school community.

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

You will need to login to study work grow, and select our school. NB: The new unique school code is: LRNH19

We suggest you search by the following categories: industry/job areas, institution names or areas of interest (e.g. GAP years). We suggest you browse in list format, which is more user friendly. As a guide, year 12 students should be visiting this link each fortnight to ensure they are clear on events that are relevant to their future studies. 

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