Newsletter 2 August - 2 August 2019
Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

This week the first eucalyptus blossom has flowered, marking a turning point in the season and reminding us that spring will be with us before we know it. It’s lovely to see Mary Ward adorned by that first blossom, to be moved by its beauty and inspired by its reminder to us of Gonzaga Barry’s influence on Loreto education in Australia. The eucalyptus blossom, the name given by Mother Gonzaga Barry to the school magazine, has come to symbolise all it means to be a Loreto girl and how apt it was to have flowered here this week at Loreto Normanhurst on the very day when we announced our newly elected 2019-2020 Student Council. This announcement came after a long period of formation and discernment for all of Year 11.  Throughout these weeks and months they have engaged in learning and prayer about what is called of them as Loreto leaders so as to discern the incoming Student Council for the school.

We wish these students every blessing as they take on this very important role in the school after Year 12 graduate at the end of Term 3. At Loreto we ask all of Year 11 to lead our community. I congratulate those who courageously risked nomination for particular roles and look forward to the gifts of the whole year group being shared for the good of the community, knowing that they will do so with humility, energy and a cheerful spirit.


School Captain Phillipa Studdert
School Vice-Captain Maria Treacy
Boarding Captain Isabella Price
Boarding Vice-Captain Eliza Harley

Extra-curricular Captains

Academic Activities Maanya Maini
Communication/SRC     Jaya Reddy
Creative Arts   Ruihuan (Helena) Liu
Liturgy Sarah Scott
Music Sophie Andreou
Performing Arts Gabriella Sposari
Social Justice Luka Swain
Sport Greta Kraszula

House Captains

Aston   Molly Carter
Barry Emma Davies
Kendall Lily Martin
Kuring-gai Nicola Sherwood
Maye   Bernice O’Brien
Mornane Madeline Playford
Mulhall Abby Hartshorne
Ward   Mia Circosta


This week we acknowledged the UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. In doing so we reflected on the corporate stance taken by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) – that is, “As members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an international and multicultural congregation of women religious, we pledge to work for the eradication of all forms of human trafficking and its causes, particularly among women and children, wherever we live and minister”.  This issue is a global issue.  Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. Traffickers the world over continue to target women and girls.  Human trafficking generates an annual profit of approximately $32 billion worldwide and responds to and is driven by demand.  And so, we must address demand, its causes and consequences, in order to eradicate human trafficking – especially among the most vulnerable of all, children. I spoke with the girls this week about that aspect of this human rights issue and what we can do to better educate and inform ourselves about demand in order for us to take the action we can to put an end to human trafficking.

I’m thrilled to let the community know that this week we received approval from Swimming NSW for the affiliation of the Loreto Normanhurst Swim Club.  It’s a very exciting milestone for us and amongst other things it means that our Loreto Normanhurst Swimming Club will be competing at the upcoming NSW State Championships on August 23-25 – what a way to make our club debut!

We are at the point in the year where Year 12 head into the HSC Trial Exam period and I extend my good wishes to them all. The HSC Trial Examinations commenced yesterday and will extend for a two week period. I ask all within our communities to keep Year 12 students and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Of course, this means that we are also preparing to farewell Year 9 on Sunday morning as they depart for the Far North Queensland Experience where they will Care for Country and will be Walking Beside our Aboriginal brothers and sisters. I wish all of Year 9 and the accompanying staff safe travels and all the very best for an enriching experience.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Monday evening as we hear from Dr Elaine McDonald, Head of Policy and Practice at Dublin City University, as she delivers her public lecture: Bearers of a Dangerous Memory: the Prophetic Legacy of Mary Ward. You can register your attendance here.

On Wednesday we marked the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola. So today I draw on the prayer of St Ignatius, with a particular intention for our girls and families of Year 12 and Year 9, and for the staff who accompany those girls here at school as the exams take place or in Far North Queensland as that immersive experience unfolds.

teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve You as You deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for reward
but that of knowing I am doing Your Will.


Ms Marina Ugonotti



Mary Ward Public Lecture on Monday evening – book now!

Mary Ward Public Lecture on Monday evening – book now!

You are warmly invited to attend a lecture on Bearers of a Dangerous Memory: The Prophetic Legacy of Mary Ward, presented by Dr Elaine McDonald, Head of Policy and Practice at Dublin City University. This free public lecture is open to all students, parents, ex-students, past parents, staff and friends of Loreto.

Dr McDonald will explore some elements of the life of Mary Ward that mark her out as a prophetic leader and introduce us to the resilience of the followers of Mary Ward in keeping alive her memory and vision. In doing this, she hopes that we will uncover parallels between the landscape of Mary Ward’s life and the landscape of our lives as ‘bearers of a dangerous memory’.

7pm Monday 5 August
Curran Theatre
Loreto Normanhurst

Dr Elaine McDonald is the Head of Policy and Practice at Dublin City University and a great proponent of the vision of Mary Ward and the educational legacy of the Loreto Sisters. Sponsored by the Loreto Sisters and Loreto Ministries, Dr McDonald is undertaking a speaking tour of Australia across July/August 2019, including public lectures, and visits to all Loreto schools.

Click here to download the invitation.

Head of TAS

Head of TAS

Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.

 Julia Child


Last term we were fortunate enough to have ex-student, Lauren White, speak with students about her journey since leaving Loreto Normanhurst in 2011. Lauren studied three courses within TAS inclusive of Hospitality, Food Technology and Information Processes and Technology. She spoke of her passion for each of the subjects she elected to study and her desire to become a pastry chef on completion of Year 12.

After graduating Lauren decided not to pursue her career as a chef, instead, she completed an Advanced Diploma of Business (Event Management) and Bachelor of Business (Event Management) at William Blue College of Hospitality Management at Torrens University. She also completed a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) at the APM College of Business and Communications also at Torrens University.

Lauren shared her passion and journey  and spoke of the opportunities she has been presented with since leaving school and the risks she has taken in her career journey to enable her to be where she is today, currently the Events Manager at Torrens University.  As students in Years 8 and 10 currently make decisions on the subjects they will elect to study in 2020, we encourage them to choose courses that they have an interest in, to continue to take risks and challenge their learning, enabling them to achieve their personal best.

This year we have started the implementation of the new Technology syllabus into Year 7. Students in Year 7 have completed a unit in Food and Agriculture. The girls have worked independently and collaboratively problem solving to design and create a recycled planter to grow herbs that could be used in a healthy dish that could be consumed for lunch. They thoroughly enjoyed the building of their planters and the practical experience in the Food Technology room experimenting with their solutions. We had a range of healthy lunch options from homemade pizza and pasta to salad alternatives. Later this year in Year 7 Integrated Learning the girls will learn how to assemble a flip robot and about the practical application of coding. As parents we hope you enjoy seeing the many creations that are currently being undertaken in the TAS classrooms.

We have also re introduced Senior Textiles and Design at Loreto Normanhurst. Year 11 students have thoroughly enjoyed following their passion for fashion design and textiles. They have challenged their practical and folio skills with the completion of their first textile project that involved them creating an apparel item using the inspiration of ‘Modern Classics’ demonstrating creativity and innovation in design through the use of modern textile techniques on a classic apparel silhouette. The girls experimented with a range of surface decoration techniques that enabled them to successfully convey their chosen inspiration. They also participated in the Whitehouse Fashion Design Illustration workshop with Year 10 students. The students were engaged and enjoyed the day learning skills in fashion drawing and rendering. We congratulate Tess Montague, Year 11 for being selected from the workshop to attend the Whitehouse School holiday workshop for three days to further her skills.

The Year 12 Design and Technology students have been working tirelessly throughout the year on their Major Design Projects and are in the final stages of bringing their design proposals to fruition. Each student is to be congratulated on the level of excellence they have achieved with both their product and folio. Our Year 12 students are looking forward to displaying their works on Friday 30 August at the Year 12 Showcase. Keep an eye on the newsletter for more information on the evening. We hope you can join us on the evening to help celebrate the results of their hard work. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Blackburn who has supported and guided the students along their design journey.

During the holidays and last week our Year 11 Hospitality students have completed their hours of work placement with a host employer in the hospitality industry. The girls are to be commended on the initiative and commitment they gave to their experience in the industry. Throughout the year, the students in Year 12 Hospitality have prepared and served a range of menu items to the Loreto staff for morning tea and lunch to complete their service periods. We have thoroughly enjoyed the range of culinary skills in preparation and service they have showcased. We wish Year 12 well as they continue to complete their HSC Trial examinations.

At the beginning of this year we warmly welcomed Mr Anthony Horth and Miss Lily Whitton to the TAS Faculty.  With the continual changes in the TAS syllabus in Stage 5 in 2020, the TAS staff will continue to work collaboratively, planning changes to our teaching programs to maintain student engagement, finding more opportunities for students to engage in innovative design thinking and creative learning experiences.


Mrs Jenelle Minto

Head of TAS

Careers Advisors

Careers Advisors

Getting the most  out of Open Days

Universities, TAFE and private institutions typically open their doors to the public each year during August and September. When institutions are ‘open for inspection’, they try to convince you that their campus is the number one. However, beyond all the impressive give-aways and friendly faces, how do you work out what is the best place for you?

In the Careers Department at Loreto Normanhurst, we believe there is no ‘one size fits all’ place to study. An Open Day is one step towards deciding what is right for you and below are some tips to help you make an informed decision for your continuing education.

everyone should attend

Contrary to what some may think, an Open Day is not just for year 12 students. The sooner you visit an Open Day, you can explore your options and get to know an institution. Family members and friends are more than welcome too.

At Open Days, universities do not only advertise their degrees, but also programs that are on offer for high school students, for example, study programs, seminars, and early entry schemes. This can help you plan your senior years.

Before you go

Work out which universities offer your areas of interest. Create a shortlist of what you might like to study before you go. Some degrees are offered by many institutions, and others, the options are limited.

You can obtain a university undergraduate guide from the Careers Office listing all the different courses available for study, or make an appointment with a  Careers Advisor, who can talk you through courses and other resources that will assist you.

Find out when the Open Days are taking place

All NSW institution Open Day dates are listed in the Study Work Grow Open Day Guide 2019. Check out the schedule, and ensure you ear-mark the institutions you are most interested in.    

Register for any seminars and activities

Most Open Days have a jam-packed schedule, so its great to register for interesting events or download university apps so you can secure a spot. Ensure you search for talks in your areas of interest. Also, plan your transport, as the days are very popular.   

Create a list of questions to ask

You will have the opportunity to speak with current students and staff. Make a list of your pressing concerns, and the aspects of study that are important to you. The questions you may like to ask might include:

  • Why do you like studying at this uni?
  • What study support do you provide here?
  • What is the lecture/tutorial size in my course?
  • What clubs/extra-curricular/sport is on offer?  
  • Do you offer exchange opportunities?
  • What internship and professional development opportunities are on offer as part of the course, and what support do students obtain to find these?
  • What are the modes of transport to get there and if I don’t want to travel, can I stay on campus?  

Tips for when you are there:

  • Remember, all the institutions want to you to choose their campus, so don’t be shy in asking questions – everyone will be very friendly and happy to help.
  • Seek out current students and teachers, especially those in your course of interest – they will tell you the real stories of what to expect.
  • Take a map! Many of the campus’s are huge, so its good to plan a route that will allow you to see the most relevant areas.


After you have attended Open Day, make a list about what you enjoyed from the day and the pro’s and con’s that need to be prioritised. Writing down these points straight after the day will help you to work through them later. Following this, have a conversation with a careers advisor, teacher, tutor or parent. They can help you think through your options and give you more information for how to move forward.

We hope you enjoy Open Day season, and remember, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to visit the Careers team or email us.  

For more tips and a complete list of open days, you can download the  Study Work Grow Open Day Guide 2019. Further Open Day resources are also available on the Loreto Normanhurst Careers Canvas page.


Ms Alexi Kayes and Ms Katrina Smith

Careers Advisors

Principal’s Country Road Trip

Principal’s Country Road Trip

Travelling to  the Central Tablelands/North West and North Coast

moNDAY  12 august – wednesday 14 august

mudgee | dunedoo | coonamble | wee waa | narrabri |  gunnedah | port macquarie

The Principal, Ms Marina Ugonotti, together with Mrs Kate Kovacs, Director of Boarding, warmly invites current, past and future families, ex-students and friends of Loreto Normanhurst to join them on the third stage of the Principal’s Country Road Trips 2019.

For details of the events, please click here for the invitation.

The invitation is extended to all members of our community and we are looking forward to seeing everyone who is able to attend.  

For enquiries, please email 



Words lose their force when they are constant and never ending!

Is there another way of communicating?

We are immersed in words, many words, and sometimes it can feel as if we are drowning in words!  The gift and power of speech is without question a remarkable thing, a blessing to humanity, and good words are able to teach, inspire, correct, soothe, give hope and comfort, open up worlds of meaning and truth and discovery, create intimacy, right a wrong, forgive, express love and joy… .  A wonderful conversation with someone is one of life’s truly great delights.  Watching a baby develop her power of speech is awe-inspiring, nothing less than what I would call a miracle – divine creativity and power in all its loveliness!  And what we know today about the development and potential of the brain cannot fail to bring us to our knees in the face of the wonder of this Presence and Power.  But there is a point at which we may well say ‘enough’!  We all know that feeling at the end of a long day of being ‘spoken at’, when we no longer hear what is being said.  Or the effect upon us of those who will just not stop talking!  Or who push a point ad infinitum!  The delightful chit-chat and camaraderie soon give way to overload and cabin fever.  As Thomas Merton said: “If we strive to be happy by filling all the silences of life with sound …  we will only succeed in producing a hell on earth”.  

Words lose their force when they are constant and never ending.  There is a point at which words simply become noise.  And there’s noise everywhere today.  Screens, speakers and signs abound everywhere.  In our homes, in lifts and waiting rooms, along the roads, in stores, in cafes, on the streets  –  and of course, we carry that ‘plug-in’ capacity with us wherever we go and into whatever we are doing.  From all sides we are constantly bombarded with thoughts that are externally generated and not our own.  Often they simply replace our own.  And this abundance of noise, and words passed speedily back and forth among us, or simply thrown at us, in many cases takes the place of real connection and intimacy with others.  One of the most striking images of our day is that of people sitting in a café, each absorbed in the sending and receiving of words to an absent person.  It makes me wonder about presence –  presence to one another –  that great gift of simply being with, attentive to, another.  This is in fact the gift and blessing of being human.  We are bodily beings and our presence matters.  In the context of so much noise and words, silence becomes the enemy.  Words become an addiction and silence is like withdrawal.  The addiction to noise only makes us more dependent upon it and less able to do without it. 

Read more


Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator

Spirituality Evening

Spirituality Evening

God who gives to the clouds air,
and winds their way,
their course and path,
will also find a way where our feet can go.


You are warmly invited to join us for our Term 3 Spirituality Evening – an evening of storytelling, reflection and conversation.

Pilgrim paths and pilgrim doors.  The path in the image below is across the Isle of Iona in the Scottish Hebrides, an ancient place of prayer and pilgrimage, where we find these beautiful words on a wall in the old abbey church: a thin place where only tissue paper separates the material from the spiritual.

Pilgrimage is an ancient practice, part of many religious and non-religious traditions and journeys.  Pilgrimage engages us physically, emotionally and spiritually, and takes us to places we would not otherwise know.

Join us to hear pilgrim stories and reflect on what it might mean for you to see your own life in the light of pilgrimage.

Date: Wednesday 21 August 2019
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
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 19 August 2019 to  Ms Kerry McCullough


Ms Kerry McCullough
Spirituality & Liturgy Coordinator

Primary School News

Primary School News

An understanding of the natural world is a source of not only great curiosity, but great fulfilment.

 David Attenborough


The girls have quickly settled into the rhythm and routine of Term 3. We have a busy term full of learning, including Book Week in Week 4. The theme is, ‘Reading is my Secret Power.’ Families are invited to celebrate with us and watch the Book Week Parade on Friday 16 August from 9.00am-10.00am.


Science in Year 5

In Year 5 this term we are focusing on the Living World in Science. We have begun our investigations of what plants need in order to survive; water, light and nutrients.

By conducting an experiment, the students have continued to develop their scientific investigation skills specifically looking at how to document the process, observations and conclusions from their experiment. 

Prediction was an important part of our experiment as used their prior knowledge of how plants survive to create a testable question. Our experiments led to some interesting and thought-provoking discussions as students described their individual observations and the possible impact of being able to create a fair test across each group.  


“Our prediction for the cup with nutrients was correct and the one without nutrients surprised us because we didn’t think that the seeds would sprout and they did. However, the cup with lots of nutrients sprouted very green leaves whereas the one without any nutrients sprouted very little pale green/yellow leaves. We really enjoyed doing this experiment and watering the plants to see what would happen at the end.”

– Stephanie Drummond, Bianca Buchanan and Veronica Day


“What a wonderful experience!”

Our group really enjoyed designing our own plant that we made changes to. Our experiment was unsuccessful because our results did not match our hypothesis. One of the plants went missing which left us with no results but the other plant was successful! The changes we made to our plants was that one had a lot of water and one had less water. If we were to conduct this experiment again we would make sure that we place our cups in a safe place so they don’t get affected by the wind. We had lots of fun doing this experiment and learnt to take more care of the plant.

– Charlotte Symons, Cartier Tsagaris, Mia Khoudair and Milly Stone


“During this exciting experiment we found it very intriguing to learn that cress seeds still sprout without sun, but when given  sunlight they grow better. We think it is crucial that all scientists or people doing experiments come up with a hypothesis before testing. We think this because it shows other people what you think will happen. This experiment was fascinating and we hope to do something like it again.”

– Sidney Dixon and Hannah Kent


“We thought that our plant with sunlight was going to grow and our plant without sunlight would not grow, but we were wrong. The sunlight plant did work but the non-sunlight plant grew bigger! The non-sunlight plant turned yellow. Animals in caves are normally a light colour so maybe it has something to do with that. We also think that maybe we put a bit too much water so it could possibly have made our plants growth slower. If we were to do it again we wouldn’t add as much water and would keep it an equal amount.”

– Zoe Kha, Alannah Frangi and Eliana Savvides


“Our test was to compare whether plants could survive without sunlight. Daily, we put one tablespoon of water into our cups, which contained cotton balls and cress seeds. We didn’t know that we were receiving such a small amount of cotton balls, and our original watering amount overflowed the cup. We had to work around these problems. One plant grew more, but the other grew less and  the appearance was a pale yellow on the leaves. Our results show that even though without sunlight, there is still a chance of growth.”

– Amelia Shepherd, Isabel Marks and Charlotte Symons




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We look forward to seeing families at the Athletics Carnival on Monday from 11.00am.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary



Year 12 Trial Examinations

The formal Year 12 Trial examination period  began yesterday Thursday 1 August and will conclude on Monday 19 August. During this time, students in Year 12 will not be required to attend regular classes.

Year 12 students are reminded to carefully read the student instructions attached to the trial timetable, with particular attention to the following:

  1. Students are to arrive 15 minutes before each examination is due to begin. The starting times are indicated on the timetable. No allowance will be made for students who have misread the timetable.
  2. If a student is absent from an examination due to illness/misadventure they must:
    1. notify the school before 8:00am and leave their name, examination subject and phone number with the Learning Office on 9473 7336; and
    2. submit an online Illness & Misadventure Application  and provide a medical certificate /written documentation to the Learning Office as per normal procedure.

For more information, an email has been sent today to Year 12 parents  providing  a copy of the recently amended  Handbook which includes the Illness/Misadventure process on pages  9-14.  

Students should also notify the school when they are returning to school so make-up examinations can be arranged. Make-up examinations generally take place on the first day the student returns to school unless other arrangements have been made with the Learning Office.

Best of luck to all Year 12 students.


Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning


Dates to Remember – Term 3 2019

Year 12

Year 12 Trial HSC Examinations Thursday 1 August – Monday 19 August
HSC Showcase Friday 30 August  
Year 12 Graduation Awards Ceremony Friday 20 September – 10:30am | Gym

Year 11

Year 11 Examinations Monday 2  September – Friday 13  September


Dates to Remember – Term 4 2019

Year 12

HSC Examinations Thursday 17 October to Monday 11 November

Year 10

Year 10 Examinations Monday 28 October to Tuesday 5 November
Year 10 SPRINT & LAUNCH Monday 18 November to Friday 29 November

Years 7 – 11

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

Year 12

HSC Results Principal’s Morning Tea Friday 22 November – 8:30am | Reception Room
Year 11 Performance Evenings

Year 11 Performance Evenings

Journey Through Life

Journey Through Life is a series of group devised pieces created by Year 11 Drama. Through the use of a variety of theatrical styles including Expressionism, Magical Realism and Physical Theatre, Year 11 will take you on a journey through the different stages of a woman’s life.

Please join us in the Drama Space to view Year 11 interpretation of Journey Through Life.

Date: Thursday 8  and Friday 9 August at 6.30-8pm

Cost: $5 per person

Click here to download the invitation.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. All profits will go to the Bursary fund.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Ms Anna-Lea Russo

Head of Drama

HSC Showcase 2019

HSC Showcase 2019

Save the Date

The Loreto Normanhurst HSC Showcase 2019 will be held on Friday 30 August to celebrate HSC projects across all subjects with practical components. 

Students will be provided with an opportunity to showcase their talents and efforts in these subjects, sharing their creativity and passion with the school community.

Featuring displays from Visual Arts, Music 1, Music 2, Aboriginal Studies, Drama, Design and Technology, History Extension and English Extension 2.

Friday 30 August 2019
Loreto Normanhurst

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




To the staff and students who were involved in this week’s Teacher vs Student Debate! The topic of discussion was, “Students should be allowed to order in lunches”, with the teachers taking the affirmative side and students the negative. It was an outstanding debate with some great moments to pop in the memory banks of our students. Congratulations to all involved and well done to the students on their victory.

To the 11A CSDA team who participated in the semi finals for CSDA on Friday night of last week. The students were narrowly defeated and were very gracious in their loss. The team consisted of:

  • Gian Ellis-Gannell
  • Abigail Roberts
  • Olivia Carrozzi
  • Tessa Rabeau


CSDA Debating

This week marks the conclusion of the CSDA season. Thank you to all staff and students and of course to our parent community for all that they have done for CSDA Debating. The students are to be commended for the improvements that they have made in their skills this year and we look forward to seeing you in other events and competitions.


Archdale Debating

Round 6 will be held at Ascham this coming Tuesday. Year 7 and Year 8 debates will begin at 5:30pm and Years 9,10, and 11 will begin at 6:30pm.

You are warmly invited to join us as the girls love an audience.



 To Sophie Earle (Year 10) and Charlotte Cluff (Year 10) who are competing in the United Nations Youth UN NSW Negotiations Competition this weekend.

To Tahlia Moses (Year 7) and Frances O’Brien (Year 8) who will represent Loreto Normanhurst at the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition this week.


UN Youth Crisis Point

NSW United Nations Youth are running a crisis point summit for students in Years 7-10. It is a practical problem-based one day activity, where students work together in real time to develop a real working solution to a problem that is given to the students on the day. This is a new initiative run by Youth UN and is for students who want to challenge themselves. If you are interested, please contact Ms O’Dwyer ASAP.


UN Youth NSW Junior Leadership Weekend

Registrations are now open for students in Years  7 and 8 who are interested in making a change and being a leader. This is a two day program run by Youth UN NSW and held in September. Take a look  here and if you are interested, please contact Mrs O’Dwyer. 


Graham Freudenberg – the Donald Bradman of speech writing

Recently, Graham Freudenberg, the Donald Bradman of speech writing, passed away at age 85. Graham Freudenberg worked for Australian politicians for over 30 years as a speech writer and is credited with many of the pivotal speeches presented by the Labour Party.

While Freudenberg’s political alliance was always with the Labour party, he was revered across all political parties for his incredible art. Freudenberg was able to intertwine words into a wonderful tapestry that appealed to all walks of life.

Freudenberg still had the first speech that he wrote when he was a young boy. He knew at a young age that words had strength and power and that when crafted, they had an incredible ability to move into the soul and hearts of those who heard them.

In the middle of the academic year and with the passing of such an inspirational speech writer, it is a timely reminder of the power of our words and the tapestry that comes from carefully crafted words. For students who may be nervous or unsure about tasks that require speaking, I encourage you to reach out to your academic leaders for guidance and assistance.

For those interested in the works of Graham Freudenberg, see the following article posted by the ABC in regards to his passing.


For further information, please contact us via email.


Mrs Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Student Council success

Student life can be edifying and uplifting, complicated and confusing, and is punctuated with excitement and also moments of disappointment. This week was one which would have been filled with mixed emotions for our Year 11 students as the new Student leaders on the Student Council were announced.

Some students were successful, however, others who nominated missed out. What makes student life so interesting is the ability, and the willingness for students, to take risks, step up and apply for something with the knowledge that there may be disappointment in the end. Moments like this are learning ones which can result in opportunities regardless of success or disappointment.

There was much joy and excitement when Ms Ugonotti announced to the School community the 2019/2020 Student leaders. We congratulate all of Year 11 and in particular the following students on their new leadership roles.


School Captain Phillipa Studdert
School Vice-Captain Maria Treacy
Boarding Captain Isabella Price
Boarding Vice-Captain Eliza Harley

Extra-curricular Captains

Academic Activities Maanya Maini
Communication/SRC     Jaya Reddy
Creative Arts   Ruihuan (Helena) Liu
Liturgy Sarah Scott
Music Sophie Andreou
Performing Arts Gabriella Sposari
Social Justice Luka Swain
Sport Greta Kraszula

House Captains

Aston   Molly Carter
Barry Emma Davies
Kendall Lily Martin
Kuring-gai Nicola Sherwood
Maye   Bernice O’Brien
Mornane Madeline Playford
Mulhall Abby Hartshorne
Ward   Mia Circosta


Year 7 & 8 Holistic Plenaries – Term 3

Holistic Plenary Meetings are an important part of a student’s learning at Loreto Normanhurst.  These are 20 minute meetings which provide an opportunity for your daughter to reflect on her overall learning and growth, naming achievements, challenges and goals with her parents and her Advisor.  These Plenaries will occur for Year 7 & 8 Parents from  Monday 19 – Thursday 22 August and from Monday 26 – Thurs 29 August. Parents are required to make ONE appointment only per student in order  to meet with your daughter’s Advisor.

These bookings are made through our PTO system which will open to parents on Tuesday 6 August. Parents will receive an email next week with details of login procedures and instructions.

We thank you for taking the time to attend the plenaries in order to support your daughter in her holistic growth.


Upcoming School Events

 Year 12 HSC Trials – Until Monday 19 August 2019

Year 9 FNQE Program – From Sunday 4 August to Friday 16 August

Year 11 – Road Safety Presentation on Wednesday 14 August from 11.55am to 1pm




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This week we say goodbye to Year 12 and Year 9 for the next few weeks as they embark on two very important milestones in their school lives. For Year 12, they have commenced their Trial HSC examinations and on Sunday, Year 9 head off on their FNQ experience. We keep the girls in our thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks. Last Friday evening, Year 10 danced the night away at their dinner dance at The Epping Club. There was lots of good music, photographs and conversation had by all and I am sure you will enjoy looking at some of the photos taken from the evening in the gallery below.


Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care




Well done to Felicity Orman (Year 9) who recently competed at the Inter-Schools Horse Extravaganza in Tamworth. Felicity was awarded the following places in this competition:

  • 2nd in pairs
  • 4th in riding Class
  • 2nd in showjumping AM7
  • 7th showjumping AM5
  • 9th working horse challenge
  • 12th ODE

Great job Felicity!


Well done to Claire Evans (Year 10) – during the school holidays, she competed in the 2019 US Rowing Junior National Championships in Ohio. She was selected in the Sydney University Boat Club U17 Women’s squad and reached the semi-finals of the U17 quad sculls. Way to go, Claire.


Great job by Maddison Hinds (Year 8), who was competing at the School Sports Australia National Swim Titles in Melbourne this week. Maddie swam in the Multiclass 13-15 years 100m breaststroke, 200m freestyle, 200m IM and 100m backstroke, finishing 5th, 6th, 4th and 5th respectively! She smashed her PB in three of those events which is a phenomenal achievement – well done Maddie!

Year 12’s, HSC Trials and Sport

As our Year 12’s begin their Trial HSC period, it’s a good opportunity to remind all our families of the benefits of combining a regular physical activity program during periods of study to maximise their performance. According to  Harvard Medical School, “the parts of the brain that control thinking and memory (the prefrontal cortex and medial temporal cortex) have greater volume in people who exercise versus people who don’t.”

All year 12 students are required to attend all their regular training and matches during this exam period, unless there is a direct clash between an exam and a training session.

Wet Weather Information

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

IGSSA Sports

IPSHA Sports

Who to see about what

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


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 Softball Hills  Netball  
IGSSA Touch Football Rugby 7’s  
  Hayden Fitness Centre  
  Hornsby Tennis  


Mr Stephen Charters

Mr Tim Graham Robinson

Mrs laura Bryan

LN Invitational Badminton IGSSA Netball  The Duke of Edinburgh Award Program
IGSSA Hockey    
Mollie Dive Hockey    
IGSSA Water Polo    


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: Aoife Berry

My current sports are snowboarding, touch football, AFL, hockey and basketball.

My favourite school sport is cricket because I’ve been playing it since I was little (with my family).

My highest level of sporting achievement was getting to State level for snowboarding in GS (giant slalom) and boarder cross.

My best moment of Loreto Sport was getting the Primary Cross Country Age Champion award. I got it last year and I was
so excited. I felt like I was leading Dorothea to victory.

My favourite sporting moment as a spectator was when Scott McLaughlin won his car race. He was in a Shell Mustang car.

My best subject at school is Visual Arts.

I have no superstitions before playing sport, but if I could take someone’s I would take Raphael Nadal’s, who has many.

The best tune to listen to before competing is The Dogs are Talking by The Angels because it
psyches me up.



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

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

If you’re on Facebook, our page is at


Saturday Sports BBQ Roster

There will be no Sports BBQ this  term.

2019 Sport Contacts Term 3




IPSHA Sports Ms Emily Wood
Midweek Activities Ms Emily Wood





IGSSA Hockey  Mr Stephen Charters
IGSSA Netball Mr Tim Graham Robinson
Hills Netball Mrs Kristie Greville
Rugby 7’s Mrs Kristie Greville
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

Thank you to all the parents who joined us at the PAL meeting on Wednesday. Thank you also to Ms Ugonotti for joining us and sharing her highlights from last term and plans in hand for the remainder of this year and into next.

Heading in to Term 3 our first event is for the mums who will enjoy a  relaxing and fun weekend away at the City Country Mothers’ Weekend in Mudgee on the weekend of 9th – 11th August. Our thanks go to the organising team  of Suzanne Barron, Virginia Cluff and Judi North-Coe.

Our attention is also with the planning of our Spring Fair on Sunday 3rd November. Please see the meeting dates  in the Spring Fair table below. For those who are interested in helping, we invite everyone to the next couple of meetings.   From the 4 September, we’ll  have  Team Leader meetings for the various sections and they will coordinate with their team members. We will bring everyone together for a final debrief on timings and procedures in the final week before big day.

We have been very successful with filling the team lead roles for Communications, Operations, Finance, Entertainment, Boarder Pavilion, Ex-Students, Retail stalls, School stall and Food stalls so thank you all who  have volunteered for the challenge! We are still seeking assistance with someone / a team who can help to coordinate sponsorship and donations from the community so if you’ve done anything like this before or would like to learn what it involves then please call or email Paul or Louise to find out more. 

 If you are interested in joining a team, please contact Paul or Louise, email PAL or come along on Wednesday 7th and 21st August at 7:00pm, in  GBC 1.02 (near the Mary Ward statue, next to Student Services)  to find out more.

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable weekend as we 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

Upcoming Events


Father Daughter Eucharist

Sunday 25th August 2019

Chapel & Front Drive

9.15am for a 9.30am start

Join us for our special Loreto Normanhurst Father Daughter Eucharist on Sunday 25th August in the Chapel followed by morning tea on the front drive. Please be seated in the Chapel at 9.15am for a 9.30am start. Students are reminded to wear full school uniform including their blazer. 

Click HERE for Invitation

Click HERE to RSVP

Father Daughter Dinner

Saturday 7th September 2019

Epping Club


Please join us for this special event for Loreto Normanhurst fathers and daughters.  Tickets for this event are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment! The evening is always a fun with plenty of dad dancing, laughter and fantastic prizes in the raffle! We look forward to seeing you there!

Click HERE for invitation

Click HERE to book tickets 

PAL Contact

NEXT PAL MEETING:   Please refer to the Spring Fair Meeting Schedule below:

PAL – Spring Fair Meeting Schedule

Wednesday 7 August GBC 1.02 – 7:00 – 8:30pm
(All Welcome – meeting of Team Leaders & helpers)
Wednesday 21 August GBC 1.02 – 7:00-8:30pm
(All Welcome – meeting of Team Leaders & helpers)
Wednesday 4 September GBC 1.02 – 7:00 -8:30pm 
(Team Leader Meeting)
Wednesday 18 September GBC 1.02 – 7:00-8:30pm
( Team Leader Meeting)
Wednesday 16 October GBC 1.02 – 7:00-8:30pm
(Team Leader Meeting)
Wednesday 23 October GBC 1.02 – 7:00-8:30pm
(Team Leader Meeting)
Wednesday 30 October GBC 1.02 – 7:00-8:30pm
(Team Leader Meeting)
Saturday 2 November Set Up
Sunday 3 November Spring Fair

2019 Upcoming Events  – Term  3



Monday 5 August Dr Elaine McDonald Public Lecture – The Prophetic Legacy of Mary Ward – Curran Theatre – 7:00pm – Click HERE for the invitation. This is a free event, however  please RSVP for catering.
Friday 9 – Sunday 11 August City / Country Mothers’ Weekend – Mudgee (Please note this event has reached capacity)
Friday 16 August ‘Far North Queensland Experience – Welcome Home’ Parent Gathering for Year 9 Parents
Sunday 25 August Father  Daughter Eucharist – Click HERE for Invitation
Friday 6 September Year 12 Mothers’ Eucharist & Lunch
Saturday 7 September Father Daughter Dinner (Years 5 – 12) – Click HERE for Invitation


Ex-Students’ Association Contact 

Ms Patsy Shannon, President:           

The next Ex-Students’ Association meeting will be on Tuesday 10 September, 7.00pm – Cahill Seminar Room



Everyone’s career journey is different. Let’s find yours.

Online Resource Subscriptions

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

Study Work Grow – school code: LRNH19

Job Jump – click on “I’m new” – school code: lnh

 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.


Defence Jobs – Win a VIP ADFA Open Day Experience

Aged 16-22? You’re eligible to enter this competition to win a 2-day, all expenses paid, VIP, tour of ADFA at UNSW’s campus.

All you have to do is take the quiz


Are you Moving Away to Study?

If you are moving away from home to begin your study, you may be entitled to claim Fare Allowance from Centrelink. Fare Allowance can help you cover the costs of transport if you need to travel for your study. If you study on campus, you can use the allowance for all of these:

  • 1 trip from your home to your place of study per year
  • 1 trip from your place of study to your home per year
  • 1 additional return trip home per year once you’ve received your payment for over 6 months for tertiary study.

To get Fares Allowance you must be both:

  • a tertiary student
  • getting Youth Allowance, Austudy or Pensioner Education Supplement.

You can read more about Fare Allowance and find out if you’re eligible  here.


Volunteer at the Colour Run

Volunteering at the happiest 5k on the planet is a great day out and an awesome way to meet other people like yourself, plus you’ll bag yourself a super-cool volunteer t-shirt! You’ll also be looked after with food, drinks and loads of colourful fun.

There are several volunteer roles you can be joining in the fun with:

  • General Helpers
  • Packet Pick-up
  • Colour Zone

You can currently register as a volunteer for Colour Run events in the Gold Coast, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.

Find out more and apply here.


Job Spotlight:


Study options at TAFE NSW in Maritime provide the opportunity for your students to be hands-on. Our marine digital simulators can help them really appreciate the practical nature in these career options. Get them job ready!

Find out more


Ms Katrina Smith & Ms Alexi Kayes

Career Advisors

UAC News

All 2020 Courses Online in August

All 2020 courses from UAC’s participating institutions will be available on UAC’s website today –  Friday 2 August.

For students who have already applied, please re- log in to your application to review and update your preferences.

For students who haven’t yet applied, now is the perfect time. The early bird application period ends at midnight on Monday 30 September, at which time the processing fee increases, so even if you are not sure, apply now!

Educational Access Scheme (EAS) – Application Guide

A reminder that if you have applied for EAS you will need to provide supporting documentation for each disadvantage you claim.

UAC has produced a quick reference EAS application guide to make the process easier.

University Information

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

UNSW Kensington & Paddington campuses.

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Open Day is the best opportunity for students to explore everything that UNSW has to offer and get all their questions answered. Throughout the day there will be over 100 mini-lectures on offer, faculty demonstrations and workshops, campus tours and our Scientia Advisory Centre where attendees can speak one-on-one with our academic and faculty representatives. 
Students can register here to receive the latest updates and download the Open Day Uni-Verse app to help them make the most out of their day.

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Community Achiever Program applications – closing soon

The Community Achiever Program (CAP) rewards students involved in volunteering and community service with early offers to study the ACU undergraduate course of their choice.
Applications are closing soon, so make sure you submit them as soon as possible.

Apply here


CAP applications close

North Sydney

3 September


3 September


10 September


Passion for Business (P4B) early offer program

For the 2020 intake, you can apply for direct entry into an ACU business course and be made an early offer in Year 12, if you have completed Year 11 and a business-related subject. This means that you can rest assured well before Year 12 is over that you have been awarded a place in the degree of your choice.

You will need to complete Year 12 to satisfy ACU’s English prerequisite requirement before entry.

Students apply for the P4B program directly to ACU – which means you don’t have to apply through UAC to receive an offer.

Find out how to apply


Passion for Law

If you are passionate and committed to a career within the legal profession, the Passion for Law program can help you.

Benefits include:

  • early offer to study law with ACU
  • access to our academic skills workshops, CareerHub and networking events
  • study abroad opportunities
  • participation in our pro bono program
  • $500 textbook voucher
  • access to our leading with impact program.

The application process includes a 200/300 word statement demonstrating why you are passionate about studying law at ACU and your future career goals.

Apply now


ACU Open Days are fast approaching

Attending an ACU Open Day is a great idea for students considering going to uni. They provide an opportunity for you to get the vibe of ACU, explore the campus, and to talk to course experts and current students. ACU hold an Open Day at all campuses.

Brisbane Campus
21 Jul 2019
9am – 2pm

North Sydney Campus
24 Aug 2019
9am – 2pm

Canberra Campus
31 Aug 2019
9.30am – 3pm

Strathfield Campus
7 Sep 2019
9am – 2pm

Learn more about Open Day


ACU Student Accommodation

Living in student accommodation is a great way to get the most out of your university experience. You’ll get academic support, make lifelong friends, and be a part of a diverse and close-knit community. ACU living and learning communities offers you safety and security with the flexibility of an off-campus lifestyle. Their student communities encourage greater academic achievement, promote health and wellbeing, help to develop teamwork skills, and provide a positive overall student experience.

For more information or to book a tour visit our website or email us on

The University of Western Sydney

The Academy Global Leaders Program

To gain a competitive edge when you graduate, you need to think differently, see things from multiple perspectives and anticipate, navigate and adapt to change.
The Academy Global Leaders Program will challenge students and expose you to the concepts of ethical leadership; community engagement; creativity; innovation; entrepreneurship; design and systems thinking; research methods; as well as mastering the uses of big data. Additional workshops, events and projects will also help you become an agile thinker with practical experience and adaptable skills.

On the application form students will be asked to document any leadership roles that they have held and describe how they have contributed to community-based activities. Applicants are then also given the opportunity to upload supporting certificates, testimonials or references that relate.  

As a future leader you will receive:

  • An unconditional guarantee of a place at Western Sydney University before the HSC commences.
  • Automatic membership of The Academy.
  • A $2,000 ‘Smart Start’ scholarship.
  • An overseas academic or leadership experience, sponsored by the University.
  • Immersion workshop series – featuring industry and community leaders, social change agents and leading thinkers. 

How to apply
1.     Complete the online application via the  link  by midnight on 8 September 2019.
2.     Apply through UAC for your preferred degree at Western as first preference by 22 September 2019.
The Academy Global Leaders Program (AGLP) is run independently from the Academy Access program and applying to the AGLP will not impact any Academy Access Award benefits.

For more information, download our Academy Global Leaders Program flyer


Design Portfolio Day

This day is aimed at Year 12 students who are looking for a career in graphic design, photography, illustration, art direction, or digital media design. 

Students will have the opportunity to secure an early offer into the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) degree by attending an interview and presenting their portfolio. Find a Session Here


Bachelor of Music

This program has an early offer pathway. To be eligible to receive an early offer into a music degree, students must book an audition in the early audition dates of September 16-19.

Auditions will be held

November 25-28

December/January and early February Tuesdays and Thursdays

Book an Audition


Book a Tour

Students can explore all Western Sydney University has to offer. On the first Friday of each month we open our doors to prospective students, their family and the general public for guided campus tours. 

Each month offers the opportunity to explore one of the university’s campuses. 

Find a Tour Here

Charles Sturt University (CSU)

The Charles Sturt Advantage is their way of recognising Year 12 students who demonstrate how students have displayed resilience, empathy and a commitment to creating a world worth living in (like your motivation to study your chosen degree). The program also rewards students with some pretty great opportunities!

  • The first is an early conditional offer to study an undergraduate degree of their choice (from the list of eligible courses).
  • Successful Charles Sturt Advantage students will be offered a conditional offer in mid-September – ahead of when they are due to sit their final exams
  • Alongside this, Charles Sturt Advantage students are subject to minimum ATAR requirements connected to select courses – which are outlined on our early entry website

The Charles Sturt Advantage students will also have the opportunity to be a part of an exclusive nurture program, which will provide them with access to a range of resources, events and programs – connecting them with a community of likeminded students.

Students will be a part of our exclusive mentoring program to start their degree off on the right foot, receiving email support, free merchandise (like a Charles Sturt hoodie!), access to networking opportunities and early access to the STRIVE leadership program.


Who is eligible?

  • Year 12 domestic students – to receive an early conditional offer through our early entry program students must:
  • Apply direct to Charles Sturt via our Charles Sturt Advantage Program and also via UAC/VTAC
  • Select up to three courses in order of preference on our website in your application
  • Upload application responses to the online portal prior to the 31 August


Key dates to remember

  • Applications open – 1 July 2019.
  • Applications close – 31 August 2019.
  • You’ll receive your conditional offer – September 2019.
  • Receive your official study offer – December 2019.
  • Start studying with us – March 2020.


Students can apply for a wide variety of our undergraduate courses for 2020 via the Charles Sturt Advantage program. Check out our website to see our courses and how the advantage can help, there is a full list off courses available, resources to help develop an application, FAQ’s, key dates and how to apply.

Open Days August 2019 – Register and Plan your day NOW!


Charles Sturt Open Days

This is a chance to get to know what CSU is all about – find the right course and study plan for you. Students can explore the Expo Hub and chat to their friendly team about all things Charles Sturt – like living on campus, the support services we offer and how to make the most out of your time studying with us (whether that’s on campus or online).


By registering and Planning your day you will get the opportunity to find out what is happening across our campuses including:

  • Jump on a campus tour and check out our state-of-the-art facilities and accommodation
  • Get detailed info about courses – and find out the exciting careers they could lead to
  • Chat to current students about what studying with Charles Sturt is really like
  • Meet our expert teaching staff and find out what to expect in lectures and tutorials
  • Discover the fun side of life at Charles Sturt through our clubs, societies and sporting teams
  • There’s plenty of fun stuff like; live entertainment, giveaways, competitions, free food.


Check out website to see individual campus programs, FAQ’s, key dates and how to register your interest.

  • Bathurst – 4th August 2019
  • Wagga Wagga – 11th August 2019
  • Albury-Wodonga – 18th August 2019
  • Port Macquarie – 25th August 2019
  • Dubbo – 30th August 2019
  • Orange – 6th September 2019

Griffith University – Gold Coast

Disappointing high school results? You can still get to university with Griffith College
Students who don’t meet the entry requirements have other ways of getting into university. Griffith College offers one-year diploma pathways, providing entry to a second year of the associated Griffith bachelor degree so students lose no time in graduating.
Read more

CQUni – Sydney

CQUni Sydney Open Day will be held on Thursday, 22 August.

This event is a great opportunity for any of your students, their family or friends that are interested in further study – we can help them complete the picture on the best study choice for them.

The event will allow participants to:

  • Explore our facilities
  • Participate in a range of interactive information sessions covering both course and study information
  • Meet teaching staff and current students
  • Get career advice
  • Scout out the best study options

Open Day

University of Wollongong (UOW)

  • UOW Early Admission

 Applications for the 2019 Early Admission program will open Thursday 1 August at 10am –  UOW Early Admission website , and will close on Friday 30 August at 5pm.

This year, UOW has partnered with the Universities Admissions Centre to power our applications system; some highlights are:

  • Students will be able to register for Early Admission using their social media logins (facebook/Google/Linkedin), or they can login using their email address. As always, we ask that students don’t use their School email address, because we will need to communicate with them after they have left school.
  • When students’ progress past the first section (entering their personal details), they will receive an email to confirm they have begun their application, and will be provided login details so that they can log into their application to make edits.
  • As part of the application, students can nominate a person (usually a parent) to act on their behalf – this nominee will be able to access the application, call UOW on the student’s behalf to ask questions etc.
  • Students in NSW/ACT will need their NESA/Student ID number and 4-digit UAC PIN. Having these details means that their qualifications will automatically import into their application from UAC.
  • All applicants will be required to answer four questions pertaining to the UOW Indicators of Success which will demonstrate applicants’ passion and dedication for tertiary study.
    These questions are:

Academic Readiness – What are your study strategies for the HSC exams?

Motivation and Passion – Why do you want to study at UOW?

Communication and Collaboration – Describe a time when you worked with others to achieve a goal.

Planning and Persistence – How do you manage your time around your studies and other activities?  Include three strategies that you’ve used in Year 12 to prioritise tasks and organise your time.

Once students have submitted their application, they will be able to amend the application up until 5pm on Friday 30 August. Students will then be contacted in mid-September about the compulsory Early Admission Days held between Monday 30 September – Friday 4 October. Some students will be required to attend an interview as part of their Early Admission Day. This will depend on the course applied for and their application.

Students that are successful for Early Admission will receive an official UAC offer between 14 – 16 October.

The Early Admission website includes more details including FAQs;  and there will also be Early Admission sessions at UOW Open Day:


UOW Open Day, next Saturday 3 August

UOW Open Day is the perfect opportunity for your students and their parents to spend a day exploring the university rated with 5 stars for student experience.  

Academic advice will be available for  all study areas  in the main hall. can plan their day at the Open Day website.


UOW Accommodation

From 2020 a new price structure will be applied to all of our student residences. 

When students choose to live in a UOW residence, they gain access to a safe, supportive environment, and an extensive range of wellbeing, cultural, social, sporting and academic programs.

Applications for 2020 are now open. Any interested students and parents can download the UOW Accommodation fees structure here.


UOW Scholarships

Apply for UOW Scholarships. Many of the scholarships are open for application now. A full listing is here.


UOW Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation

Commencing in 2020, the UOW Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation is for students who are intellectually fearless and ready to ask the big questions.

Students can study the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation as a single degree or double degree combination with the Bachelor of LawsBachelor of International StudiesBachelor of Creative Arts, or Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Interested students and parents can register interest here and view the subject outline for further information.

UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Program

Starting next year, the UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Program will offer UOW students a unique opportunity to study a UOW or UOW College while also developing their football (soccer!) skills with training provided by fully qualified coaches from English Premier League (EPL) club Tottenham Hotspur.

Applications are open now at . Successful students will undertake 16 – 20 hours of football training each week tailored around their academic study and will have opportunities for selection to compete at a local, national and international level.

The University of Melbourne

Open Day is on Sunday 18th August.

In order to apply for a course at the University of Melbourne, applicants need to apply through VTAC. The VTAC lines open on 5th August and applications for courses can be made here.

The University of Newcastle (UON)

Start planning your 2019 Open Day experience by downloading the MyUON: Official app! Use the app to find out what to see and do on the day, session times and campus maps. Search MyUON: Official on your preferred app store to download.

The 2019 Open Days will be held on:

  • Central Coast Open Day – Saturday 3 August
  • Newcastle Open Day (Callaghan & NeW Space) – Saturday 31 August


Early Entry Scheme for Indigenous Students Studying Law

The University of Newcastle Law School is offering Indigenous students the opportunity to gain early entry to our Law degree. Recognising the need to increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian legal profession and allied fields, Newcastle Law School is inviting Indigenous students currently preparing for their Higher School Certificate to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined

Not only will students get early entry into this degree, they will have access to:
• A guaranteed place in University Accommodation at the Callaghan Campus
• A pre-law orientation program
• A mentoring scheme pairing new Indigenous students with more senior Indigenous students and legal practitioners
• Support services available via the Wollotuka Institute

Applications close 12 September 2019. Click here for more information.


New Degrees in Science at University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle will be offering four new science degrees from 2020. These programs will enable students to discover solutions to scientific challenges, think innovatively and conduct research in a variety of areas. Let your students know about these exciting opportunities.

  • Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science – An engaging and practical degree that delves into challenging areas including resource management, sustainability, conservation and ecology.
  • Advanced Degrees – Three new Advanced degrees will be on offer in the areas of Science, Mathematics and Psychological Science. Aimed at high achieving students, these degrees provide students the opportunity to be mentored by leading researchers, engage in active learning based on extensible materials, complete industry engaged projects, and build professional connections to increase career outcomes.

UK & US Information Session

Planning Ahead: Your US & UK Application Timeline

28 August 2019, 6:30 pm

Northside Conference Centre

Are you in Year 9, 10 or 11 and thinking about applying to universities like Harvard, Stanford, Oxford or Cambridge? The single biggest mistake Australian students make is leaving the application too late. Many students try to start their overseas application during a busy Year 12. With a steady stream of exams, many students simply don’t have time to put together every element of their US or UK application.

At this event, expert speakers from Crimson Education will use successful student case studies to map out all the steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of gaining admission to top US & UK universities.

Find out more 

Private Colleges

Macleay’s Open Day

Open Day at our Surry Hills Campus on Saturday the 24th August.

During the day students will have a chance to explore the campus, chat to lecturers, graduates and students, have a look at some of the student projects and enjoy lunch.


  • 09:30AM – Registration
  • 10:00AM – Business Presentation
  • 10:30AM – Advertising and Digital Media Presentation
  • 11:00AM – Journalism Presentation
  • 12:00PM – Lunch (free)

During the faculty sessions and day students can:

  • Get specialised advice on how to fast-track their career in a casual, ask anything environment
  • Ask industry experts any questions they may have and learn where our diploma and bachelor degrees in Business, Journalism, Advertising and Digital Media can take them
  • Work out which area of study suits them
  • Enjoy some other fun activities


Macleay Sydney Campus, Level 1, 28 Foveaux Street, Sydney

For directions click here. 

For more information click here. 

Residential Colleges Information

Trinity College Residential Scholarships now open

Full residential scholarships are available at Trinity Residential college in Melbourne.

Interested students and their parents are welcome to visit the college anytime, however, there are two organised open days which may suit.

The main, full-day Open Day aligns with the University Open Day on Sunday 18 August (10am–4pm) and we have a mini open morning on the Victorian AFL Grand Final holiday, Friday 27 September between 10–11.30am. 

Find out more here

News from St Hilda’s College, the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne’s Open Day is on Sunday 18th August. The University will run many information sessions on courses and all of the residential colleges will be open for tours. If your students are unable to attend the Open Day they can view the colleges here.

St Hilda’s College is a wonderful place to live and study at the University of Melbourne. St Hilda’s is a warm and supportive community, where every individual belongs. College is a wonderful place to transition from high school to the life of a university student.

How to apply:
Once you have made your application for your course through the VTAC website, you can go onto the intercollegiate website where you select your college of first preference and then list the other 9 colleges in order of preference. (yes VTAC allows up to 9 preferences).


Submit intercollegiate colleges application

  • Send documents to college of first preference (email preferred) – school report, references, privacy declaration, payment
  • Provide ATAR or IB once received to college of first preference
  • The college will then organise an interview for you

St Hilda’s will make provisional offers by December for great applicants and further offers after the University’s official offers come through.
Applications close on Monday 25th November, 2019 for the Semester 1, 2020 intake.

SANCTA Sleepover 2019

Saturday 31 August – Sunday 1 September

Sancta are very excited to be welcoming female HSC students from all over regional and metro NSW, and across Australia, to this year’s Sancta Sleepover –  happening in just a few weeks!

The Sancta Sleepover is a chance for female students to visit their universities of interest, meet current Sancta residents, and experience what it’s like to live in the residential college environment whilst studying in Sydney. 

Student registrations close this Friday 2 August!

Sign up here if you are interested

Information Sessions

NSW Police Recruitment Information Session – Parramatta

10 August 2019, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

NSW Police Headquarters – The Curtis Cheng Centre

Come and join us for an information session about the NSW Police Force recruitment process. There will be speakers from the NSW Police Force and Charles Sturt University who will provide an overview of the academic and professional suitability requirements for entry into the NSW Police Force including information on the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials (UCWE) and the Police Academy. Recruitment Officers will be on hand to discuss your current or future application and to answer specific questions relating to the process.

Physical Training Instructors will also be available to discuss the physical testing standards, medical requirements and tips for training.

Find out more


Nicholas Purcell Studio Scholarship for Creative Practice

Value: $3,500

Open/Closing Dates: 01/07/2019 – 30/11/2019

This scholarship celebrates the creative arts. Nicholas Purcell Studio believes in supporting high achieving students in the creative practices through a scholarship aimed to recognise, support, enrich and reward these students.

Selection criteria

  • Enrolled into any Higher Education institution studying any creative practice degree either full-time or part-time.
  • Evidence of Undergraduate academic record.
  • Applicants to include online link to their work.
  • Applicants to outline what they would use their prize winnings for i.e. to purchase paint.
  • Applications will be evaluated on the strength of their work.

Find out more.

UNSW Women In Engineering Scholarships

Value: $10,000

Open/Closing Dates: 11/07/2019 – 01/10/2019

The Women in Engineering Scholarships aim to encourage and assist female students commencing studies in the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW. By applying for the Women in Engineering Scholarships you may be considered for the following scholarships.

  • Tidswell Family Women in Engineering Scholarship
  • Alexandria Ada Lam Scholarship in Engineering
  • Klabe Family Women in Engineering Scholarship
  • Charles Warman Women in Engineering Scholarship

To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Female
  • Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident
  • Completed the NSW HSC (or interstate equivalent) or IB, either:
  • in the year prior to commencing study at UNSW, or
  • in the previous two years prior to commencing at UNSW, provided no tertiary study was undertaken during this period.
  • Commencing full-time undergraduate study in an eligible UNSW Engineering program
  • Applicants will be assessed on the basis of:
  • Academic Merit
  • Demonstrated or potential leadership skills
  • Extra-curricular activities (sporting, cultural activities, volunteer/work experiences)
  • Aptitude and commitment to studies in an area of Engineering

Find out more.

Monash Relocation Grant

Value: $2,000

Open/Closing Dates: 05/08/2019 – 11/10/2019

Do you live outside Victoria? You may be eligible for this grant if you have a low income, are an Indigenous Australian, or attend an under-represented school. Recipients will receive $2000 to assist with relocation costs. Submit a scholarship application through VTAC now.

You must be one of the following:

  • An Australian citizen
  • A New Zealand citizen
  • Australian permanent resident
  • Australian humanitarian visa holder

You must meet the following criteria:

Commencing an on-campus undergraduate degree at a Monash campus in Australia

A current interstate resident, as demonstrated by the address on your VTAC scholarship application

Have a low income, attend a Monash listed under-represented school, or are an Indigenous Australian

Find out more.

Western Sydney University Opportunity Scholarship

Value: $5,000 per year

Open/Closing Dates: 18/04/2019 – 13/03/2020

The Opportunity Scholarships aim to assist individuals in the Western Sydney region who face economic, social or other disadvantage which makes university participation very difficult.

Applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • reside in or have undertaken their Higher School Certificate (HSC) in Western Sydney
  • demonstrate academic potential through a minimum ATAR of 80 or equivalent
  • be able to demonstrate financial or other hardship
  • be applying for any undergraduate degree at the University OR be currently enrolled in a full-time or part-time undergraduate degree and have maintained a minimum Grade Point Average of 5 (credit average)
  • Non-current school leaver applicants will be considered on the basis of work experience and educational qualifications

Find out more.

School Holiday Programs

Honeywell Engineering Summer School                    

Monday 9 – Friday 13 December 2019

For 4 current Year 11 students, who will be sitting their HSC in 2020.

Now in its 21st year HESS is organised by Engineers Australia, and supported by the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, and Honeywell.  The program is a collaboration between Engineers Australia and the 5 universities and 5 Industry partners.

Registration assistance for Students:

For help with Registration fees we suggest you contact your local Rotary Club – they are strong supporters of the program and may be able to assist with registration fees.

Draft Program

Students will visit the following universities and split into smaller groups for problem solving activities that range across Engineering disciplines.

▪   University of Sydney

▪   University of Wollongong

▪   University of NSW

▪   Macquarie University

▪   University of Technology Sydney

 They will visit the following engineering organisations: –

▪   RAAF Richmond (Defence/Mechanical/Electrical/Aerospace)

▪   Cochlear (biomed/mechatronic/mechanical/materials/sound & acoustics)

▪   BlueScope Steel in Wollongong (materials/structural/mechanical)

▪   Additional site visits to be confirmed

Interested students please chat with the Careers Advisors and check out this Link to Pre-Register

Community Notices

Community Notices

Sacred Heart Church Trivia Night

When: Saturday 24 August
Where: Marian Hall – Sacred Heart Church
Time: 7:00 – 10:30pm

Click here for download the invitation.