Newsletter 20 September - 20 September 2019
Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

From the Principal’s Address,  Year 12 Graduation 2019:


“Year 12, congratulations.

Remain forever attentive to the stirrings of your heart. Pursue your love of learning. And, as you begin this next phase of your life, may your heart be open to surprise, your eyes open to the beauty of Creation, your mind open to curious inquiry, your hands always open to serve those in need, and your feet always open to walk gently on this Earth, carving paths yet trodden and marking possibilities yet known.

Go confidently and boldly, my dear girls, knowing that you are enough.”


Go placidly
amid the noise and haste
and seek what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible be on good terms
with all people.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others;
even the dull and ignorant,
they too have their story.

If you compare yourself with others you may become vain and bitter,
for there will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements
as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble:
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Be yourself:
nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune,
but do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle with yourself.

 You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars.
You have a right to be here,
and whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive God to be.

And whatever your labours and aspirations
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul.

Strive to be happy.

(Words from Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata)



Ms Marina Ugonotti


Director of Boarding

Director of Boarding

The Boarding School comes together as a faith community every Sunday evening. The mass is the start of our week in boarding and a time to take a breath as the weekend draws to a close. This week marks the start of our graduation celebrations and as our Year 12 boarders have been farewelled from their ‘home away from home’, it has been a time of tears, laughter, reflection and graciousness. There are favourite mass songs, slide shows, beautiful prayers of thanksgiving and reflections on what it has meant to be a boarder for six years or 12 months. 

On Monday evening we had our annual Pink Lady Cruise – a night of dancing and a wonderful dinner on the beautiful Sydney Harbour. Not many people would ever get to say they were eating prawns in their pink pyjamas or pink Hawaiian shirts as they sailed past the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park! 

Loreto Normanhurst is proudly a boarding school of approximately 85% country boarders, not all are farmers, but all the girls in boarding know and understand the impact of the drought on our land, and in particular what it means for the families that are reliant on the rain that provides the sustenance for all.

This year, our Year 12 boarders’ gift to the Boarding School is a donation to the Gilgandra Country Women’s Association to assist them in their work at this incredibly difficult time. The CWA provides assistance to help meet household expenses for drought affected families. Expenses that can include grocery bills, vehicle maintenance, school supplies, electricity, rates, telephone, and access to, or the cost of, travel to dental and medical treatments. The girls know they have so much to be grateful for as they complete their education at Loreto Normanhurst and they wanted to acknowledge the sacrifices being made on the land by so many.

Our families in the west and north west of NSW are now affected by incredible dust storms that are decimating their paddocks. The Ciesiolka family from Wee Waa have shared some photos of a recent dust storm on their property. It is hard to imagine what it must be like to look at your land and see it blowing away. 

We continue to keep our farming community in our prayers.  


Mrs Kate Kovacs

Director of Boarding

Head of House: Kendall

Head of House: Kendall

Stay in touch, stay connected, or disconnected?

On my recent long service leave I travelled with my wife through parts of Europe and Singapore. I was stunned by the number of people who are so connected to their phones and other devices. The number of times people nearly walked into us was astounding; heads down, not looking where they are going, and obsession with selfies. This is still a problem in Australia, however we are in a position to do something about it. Here at Loreto Normanhurst we speak of our students as “eyes up girls”.

I remember a motivational speaker who addressed Year 11 and said, “The mobile phone in your hand is amazing. It can connect you with 6 billion people throughout the world, but disconnect you from the person sitting next to you.” The day I heard this I saw four boys at a bus stop, they all had their heads in their phones and no one was conversing with the other sitting right next to them. It was a powerful image that still disturbs me.

Loreto Normanhurst adopts a  limited phone policy when the Year 9 girls head to Far North Queensland. The girls are not allowed to have sim cards in their phone so they can’t talk and text and they have no access to wifi, but they can take photos. They go for a period of two weeks of “Digital Detox” which allows them to be more present and in the moment. On reflection the girls will often say that although they were reluctant at first, they actually really enjoyed the freedom associated with not being connected to their phone 24/7.

Jamie Lee Curtis has just released a children’s book “Me Myselfie and I.” It’s a story about a Mum who received a smartphone for her 40th birthday and became obsessed with taking selfies which led to the detriment of her family life and embarrassment of her children. The mum became engulfed into a different world that kept her disconnected from those around her. It is a cautionary tale that Jamie Lee was driven to write after witnessing the changing nature of the selfie photo.

My wife is a pre-school teacher. She has parents who drop their children to pre-school with other younger children in prams. The parents will often give the youngest child in the pram their phone just to keep them quiet. How young is too young and how much screen time should children have? The Queensland government has published screen time guidelines that assist parents with how long they should allow their children to access screen time. They recommend for 5  to 18 years, no more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time including watching TV or looking at a computer or phone. The Queensland Government claims that too much screen time can affect children’s health including, physical, social, psychological and cognitive development.  The Year 8 Team and the Pastoral Team also addressed the issue of screen time and “Digital Health” with Year 8 a few weeks ago.

Earlier this term the staff were addressed by Dr Danielle Einstein who has written a book called “The Dip, a practical guide to take control of screen addiction and reconnect your family”. In her book Danielle is concerned that children who have unlimited screen use are likely to avoid building their “in person” social skills and display a reduction in basic manners, and this can lead to greater anxiety. This is a simple and quick read that may assist in helping to set boundaries.

I know that at our house we have a no phone rule at the dinner table and as a family we try to have dinner together as much as possible. This is the time that we learn all about what’s going on in the lives of our teenage sons. I know I am not the perfect parent, however I do believe that it is important that we stay connected to our kids as much as we can for as long as we can.

So perhaps we need to stay connected by disconnecting once in a while.


Mr Julian Moran

Head of Kendall House

Head of House: Mulhall

Head of House: Mulhall

Learning from the Legacy of the “Little Mother”

In the wake of Elaine McDonald’s talk about the legacy of Mary Ward earlier this year, I was prompted to think about Mother Stanislaus Mulhall, the special Loreto woman after whom our own House is named. When I read her biography a number of years ago, I couldn’t help but recognise the resonances between her story and that of the contemporary members of Mulhall House and thus, we have been working to advance the awareness of her story within our own community this year.

Born in 1851 in Ireland, Barbara Stanislaus Mulhall was a gifted musician, an avid reader of fiction and a budding dramatist. One of 13 children, she was never able to resist a dare from her younger brother, a fact which often led her into trouble. She was sent to Loreto boarding school at the age of 12, experiencing great homesickness at being away from her beloved home. One of the stories recounted about this period in her life told of a school walk from which she absconded in order to sneak off to buy sweets, earning her a sharp scolding from none other than Mother Gonzaga Barry herself.

At the age of 15 she recognised her calling to join the Loreto sisters, believing that each person has a unique purpose in life and that each one of us needs to discern that purpose and find the strength to carry it out. While not part of the first group of Loreto sisters to journey to Australia, she followed eight years later, believing (mistakenly) that in following her call to serve God through her mission to the children of Australia, she would never see her homeland again. While on the journey she saw porpoises playing as she stood wrapped in a borrowed dressing gown, saw a far off light that turned out to be Krakatoa, and upon reaching Adelaide, refused the offer of a banana, believing them to be too exotic to be safe.

Spending much of her ministry in Ballarat, Mother Mulhall was a teacher and founder of the first Loreto orchestra. In 1884 she was appointed Mistress of Novices – a position she was very anxious about assuming. One of her novices wrote, “The years of the novitiate were a foretaste of Heaven; made so, largely by her sweetness, sympathetic understanding of character and happy cooperation in all our undertakings.” By no means an ‘easy mark’ however, another novice remembered, “Her displeasure which focused on me was an experience not to be forgotten in a lifetime.”

After the death of Mother Gonzaga Barry, Stanislaus Mulhall was appointed as the second Provincial of the Institute in Australia, a position which she again, felt unsure about. But just like before, she recognised the call to service, put aside her fears and took a risk.

Mother Mulhall had a tendency to be very strict with herself, giving up many things she loved in order to focus her energy on what she perceived to be most important. She would often get frustrated with herself and her friends and guides would often counsel her to be more compassionate with herself – advice that I suspect might be as valid for all of us today.

We often draw on the words of Mary Ward and Gonzaga Barry to inspire us as a community, and as a House we also draw on the spirit, history and wisdom of our own “Little Mother” who advised, “Let us not lose one moment of that life and let us make it full. God calls us to be instruments in His hand; let us be fit instruments…Never do anything by halves, be earnest in all you do.”


Ms Patti Taaffe

Head of Mulhall

Spring Fair – less than 100 tickets left for the Car Raffle!

Spring Fair – less than 100 tickets left for the Car Raffle!

Spring Fair Car Raffle – less than 100 tickets left available!

Tickets in the Parent Association of Loreto Normanhurst Spring Fair Car raffle are selling fast, and limited numbers are available, so be quick and purchase your ticket today!

  • One lucky person at this year’s Spring Fair will be the winner of a brand new MG3 Hatch worth $20,252.
  • The prize is a metallic Bristol red MG3 Hatch and includes dealer delivery, boot liner and floor mats, window tint, plates, registration, CTP third party insurance and stamp duty.
  • Only 300 tickets will be sold at $100 each and the winner will be announced at the Spring Fair.
  • For full terms and conditions click HERE

Tickets are on sale until the Spring Fair on Sunday 3rd November or unless sold out prior.

 Enter HERE for your chance to win. The Parent Association would like to acknowledge the help and support from Sydney City MG3 to offer this fantastic prize!         



Cake Kits Working Bee

All hands are required for a working bee to set up the cake kits for the Spring Fair. The working bee has been set for Friday 25 October in the Boarders’ Dining Room between 09:30am and 12:00pm. Please contact Kate Brown on 0407 408 908 or if you can help out.

Spring Fair Newsletter

Read issue one of the Spring Fair Newsletter here.

Spring Fair Committee 2019



year group


Spring Fair Convener  Louise Wytenburg Years 7, 9, 11 and 12
Spring Fair Convener  Paul White Year 12
Spring Fair Convener  Jane Dalton Year 9
Operations Coordinator Paul White Year 12  
Finance Coordinator Jo West Year 7
Communications Coordinator Michael Cooper Year 12
Sponsorship Coordinator Kris Holmes Years 7  & 10 
Volunteer Coordinator Sue Whipps Year 12
Slushie Coordinator Lisa-Jane Malmgron Year 8
Entertainment Coordinator Angela Quinn Year 12
Boarder Stalls Coordinator Suzie Sherwood Year 11
Ex-Students’ Stall Coordinator Janneke Chudleigh n/a
Retail Stalls Coordinator Julie Moriarty  Year 12
School Stalls Coordinator

Sally Lee – Primary School  

Jane Dalton –  Senior School

Year 6

Year 9

Food & Drinks Stall Coordinators Margie Stephen-Harmey & Jane Dalton

Years 7 & 8

Year 9

General Assistance Joanne Cini Year 7
General Assistance Sarah Hickey Year 6


PAL – Spring Fair Meeting Schedule

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
(Meeting of Team Leaders & helpers)
Saturday 2 November Set Up
Sunday 3 November Spring Fair


Relive Spring Fair 2017!


Thank you to our Sponsors



Wrestling with God

Each year at this time as our Year 12 students graduate and prepare to move beyond the walls of Loreto Normanhurst I wonder where their path will take them –  spiritually, religiously.  They will each find their way and make their own choice.  But one thing I do pray for them – and I always talk to my class about this – is that they may indeed engage in the conversation, the soul-searching, the argument, that they may listen to the whispers in their heart as much as to the voices around them, that they may never walk away disinterested –  I pray that they may wrestle with God and that, dare I say, as the old ascetic in the story below says, that they may lose.     

“Working up courage, I entered the cave and proceeded toward the voice.  The ascetic was curled up on the ground.  He had raised his head, and I was able in the half-light to make out his face as it gleamed in the depths of unutterable beatitude … .   I did not know what to say, where to begin   …   Finally, I gathered up courage.  ‘Do you still wrestle with the devil Father Makarios?’ I asked him.  ‘Not any longer, my child.  I have grown old now, and he has grown old with me.  He doesn’t have the strength.  I wrestle with God.’  ‘With God!’ I exclaimed in astonishment.  ‘And you hope to win?’  ‘I hope to lose, my child.  My bones remain with me still, and they continue to resist’.  ‘Yours is a hard life, Father.  I too want to be saved.  Is there no other way?’  ‘More agreeable?’ asked the ascetic, smiling compassionately.  ‘More human, Father’.  ‘One, only one’.  ‘What is it?’  ‘Ascent.  To climb a series of steps.  From the full stomach to hunger, from the slaked throat to thirst, from joy to suffering; the devil sits at the summit of a comfortable life.  Choose’.  ‘I am still young.  The world is nice.  I have time to choose’.  Reaching out with the five bones of his hand, the ascetic touched my knee and pushed me.  ‘Wake up, my child.  Wake up before death wakes you up’.  (Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco)

If you haven’t read Report to Greco I highly recommend it.  It is an utterly absorbing account of a spiritual search and journey and is set in Greece, the author’s homeland.  The extract above tells of Kazantzakis’ visit to Mount Athos, in the peninsula of Halkidiki, also known as the peninsula of Athos.  It is a place completely dedicated to prayer and worship of God.  The peninsula is 50 kilometres in length and 8 – 12 kilometres in width.  Its highest point is like a huge cone, rising 2033 metres.  It is also known as The Holy Mount and is the centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism.  The area is divided into twenty ‘cardinal areas’.  Each area has a cardinal monastery and some other establishments around it, such as cottages, cloisters, cells and hermitages.  The monks in each monastery live in community, having common prayer and liturgies and they do some form of work.  The Holy Mount is self-governed – each monastery elects a superior for life and together they form the Holy Assembly which has legislative authority.  It is here, on the Holy Mount, that Kazantzakis meets the monk whose transparency to God is the fruit of a lifetime of struggle and surrender.  He speaks to Kazantakis of something that is profoundly biblical –  wrestling with God.  It is also profoundly human.  And the great moment of insight in this exchange is in the words, ‘I hope to lose!’

Read more


Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator

Primary School News

Primary School News

Frangipani Fair Update

The coins have all been counted and I am pleased to announce that the Primary School will be donating $6271.75 to ‘Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer.’  What a unique opportunity it was for the girls to develop business ideas, work in a team, make a product, market it and sell to the public. We are very grateful for the wonderful community support of such a worthy cause.

Frangipani Fair Reflections

At the beginning of Term 3, we started to plan for Frangipani Fair. We started by choosing our groups of three. We then discussed what we wanted to sell for the Frangipani Fair. We had to come up with three ideas. Our three were cupcakes and lucky dip, raffle tickets and lolly guessing, and stationery. We then took our ideas to our house teacher and they chose what we are going to do for our store out of our three ideas. They chose stationery. We had to come up with a name so we chose Stationery Styling. We decided to start making posters for our store on Pic Collage. After that we looked at Kmart to find the right items for our store. One of us went to Kmart to buy the items a couple days after we decided what items we needed. The next time we got together to work on Frangipani Fair, we started to make our product. We designed on Art Set what our store would look like. On the day of Frangipani Fair, when we arrived at school, we put everything needed under the table. Later when the bell rang, at 8:40, we went to set up our store. When the Frangipani Fair started at 10:30, we all went to do our assigned jobs. As we got further and further into the day, we started to sell out of stationery until we had nothing left. When this happened, we were free to go buy things from other stores. We all had a lot of fun and it was a great experience.

Amelia Korkor (Year 5), Hannah Kent (Year 5) and Niamh Hornby (Year 6)


The Frangipani Fair was a very memorable process. There were many steps to get to the day; when it comes to the day there is a lot of preparation involved. Some of the steps include organising the costing, the posters, the logo and who is responsible for getting the materials. The second step is to bring in the resources and items from home. After that, we needed to organise sustainable packaging. We needed to use paper straws and bio degradable cups so that our stall was sustainable. Then the most exciting part was setting up and waiting for people to come to our stall! It was a very fun time to go around and buy things, meet new people and learning to serve people our product. There were so many stores to buy from such as Friendly Frappuccino’s (us), Cookie Creator, AKA Deserts and many body products. We loved to explore everything and it was a great experience. Ultimately the Frangipani Fair was a fundraiser and we are glad that we could make a good contribution.

Emily Paterson (Year 6), Georgia Lee (Year 6) and Allegra Xiberras (Year 5)


When we were preparing for the fair we were struggling to think of something everyone in our group would enjoy and like to do. We thought of some ideas that would be fun and successful on the day. We ended up with fruit skewers and were really happy with our given stall. Our group found it very difficult to think of prices for all the skewers and dipped strawberries. We discussed and thought about, if we were a customer what we would pay for it? We wanted to think about our profit and make sure we were making money too. Before the day we were also talking as a group about what our name wanted to be and we ended up working as a team and choosing the name. The things that were really fun were learning more about each other while getting on with our work. We also enjoyed planning our table design and buying extra decorations that would look nice. It was fun designing the logo and testing out the colours that would match with our theme.

On the day we were anxious to see if our store would go well or not. We were wondering if anyone was going to come to our stall at all. However, we began to get customers and our confidence lifted. We kept smiling and giving out sales to attract more customers. It was fun to talk to people and have conversations with them. We went around selling the food on little plates with deals, which was a really good idea. At the end of the day we ended up selling a bit of our food for a very small donation since we wanted to sell out of our items. We had a great experience working as a team. We were constantly working on our communication skills and overall we think the day was very enjoyable and successful.

 Sarah Zammit (Year 6), Ivy Hain (Year 6) and Talia Nicholson (Year 5)


Visual Arts

During Visual Arts specialist lessons this term, students from Years 5 and 6 have explored their world through experimentation and inquiry of new expressive forms, materials, techniques, the practice of relevant artists and the creation of their own artworks.

Year 5 students have loved finalising their ceramic work from Term 2 and have begun to explore the practice of the Tjanpi Desert Weavers in response to class investigations of animal adaptations. The study of this indigenous collective has allowed the girls to consider the land as a source of inspiration for indigenous Australian artists. Selecting an Australian animal of their choice, the production of their own textile sculpture has also allowed girls to explore weaving as a form of traditional indigenous women’s craft.

Year 6 students have resolved their wearable dresses inspired by microscopic forms which begun last term and will be displaying their work for Year 5 and senior students in an assembly early in Term 4. An event the whole school is waiting with great anticipation for!

The girls are now working in response to the 2019 value of Sincerity. Through an exploration of its origins and meaning, the girls have come to understand this value as self-awareness, self-acceptance, a desire for growth, openness and honesty with kindness, trust and integrity. Using flowers to express their understanding, students are currently working with acrylic paint to develop a composition embodying Sincerity.



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As this is the last newsletter for the term,  I hope you take the opportunity to have some time with family and friends for rest and relaxation over the upcoming break. School resumes on Monday 14 October and the girls are to return in summer uniform.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary



Year 12 HSC Preparation

Firstly, we would like to wish Year 12 all the best as they process the amazing events of the past few days.  They have been working diligently and certainly deserve the beautiful farewell that they have received. 

Secondly, we think it timely to send a few words of wisdom out to students and parents at this time of the year.  Please note that there is tremendous opportunity now for consolidation of the learning that has taken place over the past year.  Students are advised to be sure to look for any gaps or areas for improvement and begin revising their work in order to address these areas.  It is often tempting to revert to the areas of study that make you feel comfortable – the areas that you know well.  Whilst this can be comforting, it will not lead to growth.  True growth comes when we acknowledge the areas that require attention, accept feedback on these areas, and work deliberately to address these areas. 

Year 12 students, the key to achieving growth in the lead up to the HSC is to avoid panic, set clear goals, work deliberately towards these goals and engage with your teachers for feedback.  We cannot emphasise enough the value in engaging in deliberate practice and completing past papers and practice questions during the weeks ahead. 

Also, a message for Year 12 students: a reminder that next week is a week of rest for you all – you will not be able to attend school to access your teachers for support.  Please take a few days to rest initially, and then use the time to work independently or collaboratively with peers at each other’s houses or at the local library (or for boarders, via skype/google etc).   It is important that you then send your work via email to your teachers to obtain feedback.  Your teachers will be available first week back of next term and throughout the HSC if you need support.  We look forward to seeing you all next term.


Ms  Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning


Report Distribution

Please note the following reports have been mailed out this week:

  • Year 12 Academic Transcripts
  • Years 7 and 9 NAPLAN Results
  • Year 10 AAS Test Results

If you have any questions, please contact the Learning Office


Mrs Rachael Jarick

Assistant to the Deans of Learning


Dates to Remember – Term 4 2019


HSC Examinations Thursday 17 October to Monday 11 November


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


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

Pastoral Care

The importance of gratitude and giving thanks

St Ignatius of Loyola reminds us to face life with reality, 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.

This week, Year 12 students led their House in a time of reflection, where they spent time sharing stories with their Tutor Groups about what their Loreto education has meant to them and what it has equipped them to do when they leave school. This particular time together is so personal and moving, where all of a sudden there is the realisation from Year 12 that it is time to move on. At the heart of their conversation is gratitude and giving thanks to their tutors, teachers, Heads of House and the girls who have enriched their lives whilst they have been at school. The savoring of the Loreto Normanhurst experience is a poignant and important rite of passage for girls in their last House time. It is one that leaves a mark on all who hear her story. We wish our Year 12 students much joy and happiness as they graduate and spend the next few weeks preparing for their upcoming Higher School Certificate examinations.



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Conversations this week: 

Year 12 Finishing School Conversation with Heads of House
Year 11 Tutor Conversations
Year 10 Learning Conversation with Ms Albert
Year 9 Service to Others Conversation with Mrs Parker
Year 8 Critical Thinking Skills Conversation with Year 8 Advisors
Year 7 Gratitude Conversation with Year 7 Advisors


As this is the last Pastoral Newsletter for Term 3, I take this time to wish you, your daughters and families a restful spring break and I look forward to seeing the girls back on Monday 14 October in their full summer uniform. It has been a busy and productive term and it is now time to rest and enjoy the spring sunshine over the break.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

Social Justice

Social Justice

If you want peace, work for justice.

Pope Paul VI

It is hard to believe that almost a year has passed since I formally began my tenure as Social Justice Captain. 

Term 4 last year commenced with tremendous momentum as we closed out the Year of Justice with the Mary Ward Justice Forum. The night was truly inspiring and an insightful discussion of the ethics of the concept of ‘legality’ regarding refugees and those seeking asylum, with the importance of compassion and the humanity of those in need central to the evening.

Also last year, we launched our inaugural Ethical Christmas stall, raising over $500 for the St Vincent de Paul Society through the sale of donated items, an accompanying shopping guide being released a few days later to the rest of the student body. This was done alongside our annual Vinnies Christmas Appeal, each tutor group putting together a hamper of essential items for families in need over the holiday season. Such individual impact was also exemplified by our Lenten Project Compassion Appeal, in which small donations proved to have a life-changing impact on those in our local and global communities.

Personal donations grew into collective advocacy with our extension of Close the Gap Day into Close the Gap Week, as we focused on educating the whole community about the continuation of the health and education gaps between white and Indigenous Australians. Throughout the week, we were able to sign and send off a multitude of signed petitions, unpack our school’s comprehensive Reconciliation Action Plan, and relay the importance of the Uluru Statement of the Heart to action going forward. It calls for makarrata, the coming together after a struggle; for “a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a better future for our children based on justice and self-determination”. We continued to reflect on this core tenant of the modern struggle for First Nations “to be heard” throughout the year, viewing it in a new light in both Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.

Undoubtedly, this has also been a phenomenal year for service leadership. Last year, my cohort started the charge during Enviroweek, collecting over sixteen kilograms of litter to exemplify the importance of preserving our school ecosystem. As always, Loreto Day saw Year 11 take the reins, banding together to support the work of the Baby Milk Project in Zambia, and engaging the school through their already incredible leadership skills. I have no doubt that the school will be in very capable hands next year, under the brilliant guidance of the incoming Social Justice Captain, Luka Swain – the Class of 2019 is very excited to see what our younger peers achieve going forward, and I wish them the best of luck!

One of the most exciting developments over the past year, however, has been the introduction of our ‘Green Team Junior Team’ – a collective of ten girls from Years 7 and 8 passionate about making a change on a local level. In the words of climate activist Greta Thunberg, “you are never too small to make a difference”, and these girls have wholeheartedly demonstrated this, organising a Low Waste Bake Stall, Hot Chocolate Stall on Snug as a Bug in a Rug Day, and presenting their debut ‘Did You Know?’ at assembly just last week. The whole Junior Team should be commended for their drive, as well as the courage in standing up and joining into an increasingly complex and potentially disturbing debate.

Today, people across the globe are marching for climate change; to send a message to those in power that, for the good of humanity, our practices must change. We must change. The high profile nature of these growing protests has led me to reflect further on the power of a unified community to create a change for future generations. There is an abundance of quotes from far more qualified voices that could sum up such an idea in a more eloquent manner, and at this point I will defer to one of Green Team’s favourite quotes; “unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not”.


Isabella Larkin

Social Justice Captain 2018-19



Farewell Year 12

To the Class of 2019, thank you all for your enthusiasm and involvement in Sport at Loreto Normanhurst. We hope you have made memories that you will cherish, and that you have developed a passion for sport and physical activity that you will take with you.

Hills Netball Finals

A beautiful spring day greeted our Hills Netballers last Saturday as they took to the courts to compete in their Grand Finals. There were 8 LN teams in action, and at the end of the day, it was the law of averages that won out as we took home 4 trophies and 4 runners-up positions. Congratulations to LON05, LON07, LON13 & LON18 who triumphed in their match ups and commiserations to LON03, LON08, LON14 & LON16 who all played tremendous matches but just missed out at the final hurdle. A huge thanks to all the coaching staff, parents and the all-important players who made the season such a successful and enjoyable one!

Saturday Sports Finals

If it’s Grand Final action you want, it’s Grand Final action you’ll get, as our IGSSA Hockey and IGSSA Netball teams face off this weekend to be crowned the season’s victor. LON02 are flying the hockey flag, and there are 6 netball teams in action this weekend. I strongly urge all students who aren’t involved in finals this weekend to get down to the Normo Gym at 8am this Saturday and cheer on our Senior 1sts Netballers as they take on Pymble for the title of S01 Champions. That’s not all – there are 3 more fantastic games after that, each a Normo vs Pymble grudge match! It would be amazing to have an incredible atmosphere in the gym and across the other venues for these matches, particularly for the Year 12 girls who’ll be representing Loreto Normanhurst for the last time. Congratulations to all the teams who have made the Grand Final and best of luck for the weekend!


Congratulations to our Loreto Cheerleading squad who placed 3rd overall at the AASCF State Championships!! Well done on this fantastic achievement girls!


It’s been a full on week for Greta Kraszula (Year 11) as she has been in Queensland with the NSW All Schools Football team at the School Sports Australia National Football Championships. At the time of going to print, the NSW team has been dominant, notching up wins against SA, Victoria and Tasmania so far. The big match will be against Queensland on Thursday followed by WA on Friday – good luck, Greta!


From the Primary School there was awesome news for Tayla Moore (Year 5) this week as she competed at the School Sports Australia Track & Field Championships in Darwin. Representing NSW, she came 5th overall in U/11’s discus, throwing a personal best of 30.04m in the process! That is a fantastic achievement, competing against the best of the best across Australia – well done, Tayla!”

Unfortunately, the rain put a dampener on the NSW Schools Relay Championships on Tuesday, with all racing cancelled due to poor conditions. Fingers crossed the weather improves for next Tuesday as our representative Athletics squad dons the pink, white and black of IGSSA to compete at the NSW CIS Track & Field Championships at Sydney Olympic Park. Best of luck to all our competitors!

There’s no time to rest, though, as our athletes are back in action later next week at the NSW All Schools Track & Field Championships, and we have our fingers and toes crossed for those competitors as well.

Netball Schools Cup

A big good luck to our Netball Schools Cup team, who take on the best teams in NSW next week in the State Championships of the Netball Schools Cup competition. These girls have been crowned best in the region and best in the Sydney Metro area, so fingers crossed they can make it a hat trick of crowns at the State Champs next Wednesday – go well, girls!

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

Mrs Emily Wood

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

Mr Stephen Charters

Mr David Brock

Mr Ian Edmunds

Mrs laura Bryan

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

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:  Charli Davis

Current sport/activity: Netball, Hills District representative Netball, Touch football, Horse riding and Athletics.

Favourite school sport/activity: IGSSA athletics, Cross-country, Touch football

Highest level of sporting achievement: playing at state age for representative netball and running at CIS for cross-country.

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: Playing Touch Football Year 7 firsts, IGGSA swimming team, IGSSA cross-country, IGSSA athletics and running at CIS for cross-country.

Best subject at school: Art and PDHPE

Best tune to listen to before competing: I get knocked down but I get up again.



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

There will be no Sports BBQ running this weekend.

2019 Sport Contacts Term 3




IPSHA Sports Mrs Emily Wood
Midweek Activities Mrs Emily Wood




IGSSA Hockey  Mr Stephen Charters
IGSSA Netball Mr David Brock
Hills Netball Mrs Kristie Greville
Rugby 7’s Mrs Kristie Greville
Midweek Activities Mrs Emily Wood
Cheerleading Mrs Emily Wood
Rowing Mr Ian Edmunds
Duke of Edinburgh Award Mrs Laura Bryan
 Head of Sport Mr Matt Mulroney

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


Mr Matt Mulroney

Head of Sport



Opportunities don’t happen; you create them

 Online Resource Subscriptions

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.


Interesting Reads

  • Want to study in the US/UK, for more information – click here (Study Work Grow)
  • Understanding alternative pathways to UNI – click here (Study Work Grow)
  • The rise of social media recruitment – click here (SMH)


Job Spotlight – Agriculture, Vet Science and Rural Careers

 From agriculture and horticulture, forestry and fisheries, to dairy farming or biosecurity, you can build a career that gets you outside. Cutting-edge tech is transforming this industry, and you could find yourself monitoring herds via drone, investigating marine stocks via minisub, or developing crops that feed more people with less drain on resources.

 Click here for more information.


Early bird fees Closing – UAC and other interstate equivalents

If you’re applying for University in 2020 through a Tertiary Admissions Centre (such as UAC), then you’ll know that an application fee applies (with the exception of UTAS applications).

There is still plenty of time to get your applications in, but if you’d like to take advantage of the early bird (lower) fees, then you’ll need to get your applications submitted by the following dates.


UAC  (New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory), applications submitted before midnight 30 September 2019 will only be charged a $70 fee.

After this date (up until applications close on 7 February 2020), the fee goes up to $200.


VTAC  (Victoria) submit your application by 5pm 30 September 2019 if you only want to pay $39.

After this date the price goes up to $113 for applications submitted by 5pm 1 November 2019, and $148 for applications after that up until 5pm 6 December 2019.


SATAC  (South Australian and the Northern Territory) application fee is $45 if you get it submitted by 30 September 2019. After the early bird cut off date, the fee will be $185.


TISC  (Western Australia) only pay $50 for your application, if you submit it before 11pm 30 September 2019. After that date it’ll go up to $165.


QTAC  (Queensland) only have one fee of $44 per application right up until 29 February 2020. So there’s no need to hurry to make the most of the early bird fee, but applying earlier could remove some of the pressure during your final exam period.


UTAS  (Tasmania) don’t charge an application fee, but they do list their ‘on-time’ application closing date as 5pm 30 September 2019.


Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes

Careers Advisers

Higher Education Information

True Rewards – Western Sydney

For Year 12’s interested in True Rewards (early entry) at Western Sydney, they have released a new summary page of the program, which is a lot clearer than the website previously was.

Please see here for details. There is a portal where you need to apply, click here for more information. If you have any questions, please contact careers.

ACU | Campus Tour

25 September 2019, 10:00 am

Australian Catholic University, North Sydney Campus

Get a feel for campus life before you even start. Join one of ACU’s monthly tours to see what’s on offer.

Find out more

Charles Sturt Early Entry Information

If you have applied for CSU early entry, Students are reminded that they will need to have their offered course as their first preference in December Offer Round 2, in order for it to be changed over to unconditional.

University of Sydney | Business School – Honours Information Session

27 September 2019, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The University of Sydney, Camperdown

Discover the Business School’s honours program and be inspired as you develop research skills designed to fast track your future. This session will give you the opportunity to interact with current and past honours students.

Find out more

Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme

University of Sydney’s Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme helps students transition to university and eases the financial pressure of their first-year studies. For those completing EAS, Financial applications only. Applications are accepted via UAC’s Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) and close on 11.59pm, 30 September 2019.

UTS | Honours in Science – Info Evening

1 October 2019, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

University of Technology Sydney

Meet researchers and current students, and learn about the exciting science research areas available for honours at UTS:

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Medical and Molecular Biosciences
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Applied Physics and Nanotechnology
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • Forensics
  • Biomedical Physics

Find out more

UTS | Jumbunna Pathways program 

This pathway program gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students an opportunity to show their capability and motivation for higher studies. Selection is based on factors including previous education, life and work experience.

Applications are open

University of Sydney | Campus Tour

4 October 2019, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The University of Sydney, Camperdown

Are you a future student? Come and join us for a guided tour of our Camperdown/Darlington campus led by our Student Ambassadors. Our Visit Sydney University Tours allow you to gain an insider’s look at the campus and get the answers to any burning questions you have about university. Friends and family are welcome.

Tours are run from 4 to 5pm on the first Friday of every month.

Find out more

CQU | STEPS Information Session, Sydney

20 September 2019, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

CQUniversity Sydney

Need a little help to meet the entry requirements of your chosen university course? Or perhaps you just want some additional support to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully enter and undertake further study.

Find out how CQUniversity can be the support to your study and take the first step toward a brighter future with our Skills For Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) course.

STEPS is a free, Centrelink approved enabling course that is designed to help you acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to gain entry into university.

Find out more

UTS | Campus Tour

22 October 2019, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

University of Technology Sydney

Explore Australia’s most innovative campus, located in the heart of Sydney with the best the city has to offer. Our experienced Student Ambassadors will lead you through the Broadway and Haymarket precincts, including a stop at the iconic Dr Chau Chak Building and the 220 seat multi-disciplinary Super Lab. They can help you answer your questions about courses, university life and all the exciting opportunities available to students at UTS.

Find out more

Apprenticeship Information

Master Builders Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Are you wanting to do a construction apprenticeship, but aren’t sure if you have the necessary skills?

Master Builders have created a three week Pre-Apprenticeship Program designed to help you gain the knowledge you need to become an apprentice. During the program you will learn all about tool handling, earn your White Card, learn about first aid and site safety, and participate in a hands-on simulated workshop environment.

The program is run at the Master Builders Education Centre in Norwest.

Find out more and register your interest here

Electrical Apprenticeship with HVTC

HVTC are currently taking applications for an Electrical Apprenticeship in Bomaderry, starting in 2020.

During the apprenticeship, you’ll be employed by HVTC while completing on-the-job training with the host employer Manildra Group.

You will complete a Certificate III in Electrotechnology over 4 years through a combination of formal training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and practical on-the-job experience.

Throughout your formal training and practical experience in the workplace, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Perform general and preventative electrical maintenance
  • Read electrical and mechanical diagrams, drawings or specifications to determine job requirements
  • Plan the layout of wiring systems
  • Test for, locate and repair electrical faults
  • Install new electrical systems
  • Carry out other duties that are within the limits of apprentice skills, competence and ability as required by Manildra Group

Applications are open until Friday 22 September.

Find out more and apply here

Holiday Workshops

WSU | Public Astronomy Night: How to be a Cosmic Revolutionary

21 September 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Western Sydney University Penrith Campus (Kingswood)

Our universe is a strange place, but have scientists made it a bit too weird? Expanding space? Curved space? Dark matter and dark energy? Redshift? Why do scientists think that the Big Bang is a good idea? Dr Luke Barnes will explain the evidence for the Big Bang, and how you could try to do better.

Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).

Find out more

Wild Heart Creatives: Workshop Sessions

1 October 2019, 10:00 am – 10 October 2019, 2:30 pm

1 Castlereagh Street, Penrith

Wild Heart Creatives bring to Penrith industry workshops and training in artist development, vocal skills and more for upcoming artists.

Founded by Nicholas Leech, Wild Heart Creatives is a first of its kind; a Creative Initiative designed to aid artists in reaching real-industry goals, breaking down the barriers of the current creative climate, and bringing together upcoming and established artists to create real industry change.

Bringing its Artist Development Initiatives to Penrith, Wild Heart Creatives has worked with artists nationally and internationally on productions, performance coaching, vocal skills, artist development, songwriting camps and coaching, and more.

UOW Big Ideas Festival

16 October 2019, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

University of Wollongong, Wollongong Campus

The UOW Big Ideas Festival is a biannual event showcasing the University’s ground-breaking research and outstanding academics.

This free event for the community will see ten Professors give a 10-minute talk on their big idea related to their research. With presentations investigating the importance of green spaces in our cities, financial literacy, diseases of the brain, the importance of purple coloured foods, delirium vs dementia, educational inequalities and more – the program is insightful, varied and relevant.

The evening will also feature a high profile guest speaker, interactive research stalls, local entertainment and refreshments.

Find out more

Hello Big Institution: Online Course

Hello Big Institution (HBI) is a free online course created with Australian artist Lara Thoms for young people in years 8–11.

HBI is a playful online course created to challenge students to rethink what art can be. Created in collaboration with artist Lara Thoms, the course introduces students to works from a broad range of artists, many of whom present work outside of the traditional gallery space. Teachers can enrol a whole class and facilitate the course, or motivated young learners can complete the course individually during the summer holiday session.

The course is completely free for all students in Australia.

Find out more and register your interest here

Curtin | Communicating with Robots and Bots MOOC

Curtin University has released a new Massive Online Open Course titled “Communicating with Robots and Bots”. This course explores how people communicate with robots and bots in everyday life, both now and into the future.

Robots and bots are being developed to populate our homes, workplaces and social spaces, as well as the online spaces we frequent. How do people communicate with robots and bots? What does the future hold for human-robot communication and collaboration?

During the course you will learn:

  • Some ways to define what robots and bots are
  • How people interpret robots and bots as communicating, social, even emotional others
  • Whether robots and bots need to communicate in humanlike ways to be understood
  • The potential of robots with non-humanlike form, behaviour and communication

The course is completely free and can be completed online.

Find out more and enrol here

ATAR Notes HSC Lectures – October School Holidays

ATAR Notes are once again hosting a series of their popular HSC Lectures during the upcoming school holidays.

Running at both UTS and Macquarie University, these lectures will give you the information you need to know about acing your HSC exams. They have workshops for all subjects, including Sciences, History, English, Maths, Arts and more.

Best of all, they are completely free!

See all the upcoming sessions and book your place here


Nimble Supporting Women in STEM Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: July 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020

At Nimble, we are proud to support female students entering the STEM field with our Supporting Women in STEM Scholarship. Nimble has always actively supported a number of local charities and we continue to seek opportunities to explore educational partnerships. Our community efforts continue to grow and these efforts include the empowerment of emerging women in the STEM field.

To qualify as eligible for this scholarship, you must be:

  • A female Australian citizen
  • Enrolled full-time and studying for a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship at an accredited Australian Tertiary Education Institution in any of the following areas related to STEM:
    •  Science
    •  Technology
    •  Engineering
    • Mathematics

Find out more Scholarship Program

Value: $5,000 USD

Open/Closing Dates: August 10, 2019 – January 28, 2020 is proud to launch its 2019 Scholarship Program to provide students with the opportunity to advance their education! The scholarship will be open to all currently studying or enrolled in an online or on-campus course.



Find out more

Canstar Future of Finance Student Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2019 – December 1, 2019

As Australia’s biggest financial comparison website and one of the country’s fastest growing tech companies*, Canstar actively supports the future of the finance and technology industries. That’s why we’re offering a scholarship to the university student who’s as passionate about these areas as we are.

We understand how much going to uni can demand of students – not just in dollars and cents – so the successful applicant will get a helping hand towards covering their uni costs, plus invaluable career guidance to help set them apart when the time comes to make their next career move.

To be eligible to apply you must:

Find out more

University of Sydney The Gregg Indigenous Scholarship

Value: $20,000

Open/Closing Dates: July 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020

This scholarship provides financial support to indigenous students in the Faculty of Science or the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

You must:

Find out more

University of Sydney James Strong – Rip Curl Undergraduate Scholarship

Value: $6,000

Open/Closing Dates: September 3, 2019 – February 3, 2020

Generously donated by the Rip Curl Group in memory and legacy of James Strong, this scholarship provides financial support to enable students to study Science at the University of Sydney. You must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • enrol full-time in an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Science
  • have achieved an ATAR (or equivalent) of at least 90.00 in the NSW HSC (or equivalent) in the year of application.

Note: The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and outstanding ability in sport. Preference will be given to applicants who have competed in sports at the state, national or international level.

Find out more

Further Information

Study in the US or UK

Now is the best time to start turning your ideas into action!

The US and UK application process is doable but if you’re aiming for top unis, expert support and planning is crucial to your success.

Click the link to learn more and to request to speak to a Crimson Education US and UK uni expert for free.

YFU | Online Information Session

10 October 2019, 6:00 pm

Going on exchange provides you with a unique opportunity to travel and study overseas with the support of Youth For Understanding Student Exchange organisations, a volunteer host family, a school and its community and local support people. Join one of YFU’s information sessions and they will help you to plan your intercultural exchange to have the time of your life!

Find out more

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand | LIVE Online Info Session

25 September 2019, 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The LIVE Online Info Session is conducted by a senior member of our staff using a service which allows us to meet online or over the telephone. You will be able to meet our representative over a video internet connection, ask any questions and watch a presentation.

Our LIVE online session will cover the following topics.

  • Introduction to Student Exchange, the regulatory environment & benefits
  • Program options, destinations & eligibility
  • Safety and Wellbeing, our support system & where you will stay
  • Money Matters, including available discounts & scholarships
  • Deadlines & how to apply
  • Why choose Student Exchange?

Find out more

Australian Volunteers Program Information Session, Sydney

15 October 2019, 6:15 pm

Museum of Sydney, Phillip Street

The Australian Volunteers Program supports thousands of skilled Australians to volunteer overseas. Learn how you can get involved.

Come to an information session and meet:

  • Australian Volunteers Program staff who will share insights into the application process. They can also explain what support you receive as an Australian volunteer.
  • Returned Australian volunteers who can share their experience on the program and give you a glimpse of what life is like as a volunteer.
  • Other like-minded Australians interested in sharing their skills overseas.

Find out more

Parent Association

Parent Association

It has been an emotional yet joy filled week for our Year 12 parents and their daughters as they  attended various graduation events.  We wish those families and their daughters all the very best for their upcoming HSC exams and for a bright future  ahead.

Recently fathers and daughters enjoyed some special time together at the annual Father Daughter dinner at the Epping Club. Dad dancing, laughter and fun was enjoyed by all!

The Spring Fair Committee is working hard behind the scenes planning and coordinating what will be a spectacular community day. Please read the Spring Fair page  to find out what’s going on and how you can help.   We’ll be sending out cake kits next term and ask our wonderful families to help supply delicious cakes and sweet treat contributions for the Spring Fair cake stall.  The “Cake Kit Working Bee”  will be on Friday 25 October – see the Spring Fair page for more information.

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable weekend .

To get in touch please contact us via email.


Paul White & Louise Wytenburg

PAL Co-Presidents


PAL Contact

Upcoming events

Year 11 Parent Drinks 

Saturday 2nd November

7pm – 11pm 

Home of Nick & Caitlin Studdert

Year 11 parents are warmly invited to join fellow Year 11 Parents for drinks at the home of Nick and Caitlin Studdert on Saturday 2nd November. 

Click HERE for the invitation

Click HERE to purchase tickets

Year 12  End of Year Cocktail Party

Thursday 14th november

7.15pm (after the parent drinks at the formal)

Year 12 parents are  warmly invited to  the End of Year Cocktail Party at Helm Bar and Bistro after the Parent Drinks at the Year 12 Formal. 

Click HERE for Invitation

Click HERE to purchase tickets

2019 Upcoming Events  – Term   4



Friday 25 October Spring Fair Cake Kit Working  Bee – Boarders’ Dining Room  (Please contact Kate Brown on 0407 408 908 or if you can help out.)
Saturday 2 November SAVE THE DATE – Year 11 Parent Drinks – Click here for the invitation
Sunday 3 November Spring Fair – read all about it here
Friday 15 November Grandparents & Special Friends’ Day
Saturday 23 November Primary School Mothers and Daughters’ Christmas Creations
Wednesday 27 November Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting


Ex-Students’ Association Contact 

Ms Patsy Shannon, President:           

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

Community Notices

Community Notices

Hornsby Meals on Wheels

Do you have a car and a few hours a week, fortnight or month to spare between 10:30am & 12:30pm and help out Meals on Wheels?

Click here to download the flyer.

Hornsby Child and Youth Mental Health Service: Parenting Through the Ups and Downs of Adolescence

Monday 4 November 2019


Hornsby Hospital Meeting Room 1 near Gate 1

Click here to download the flyer