Newsletter 22 February - 22 February 2019
Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

I find myself still trying to let my spirit catch up with my body as I reflect on the joyful and beautiful celebration of the Eucharist last Friday. During this celebration I was anointed and commissioned as Principal of Loreto Normanhurst and I made my pledge of commitment to the community, committing myself to the educational vision of Loreto Normanhurst. This vision is centred in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and in the tradition and values of Mary Ward and the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I am humbled to have had it entrusted to me on Friday. I am grateful for all the blessings of people and time that steered my path to land at these gates, a place where I have found a strong spiritual, intellectual and philosophical sense of home.

It was very special for me to have had students, staff, my family and other guests witness the commitment I have made in leading our precious school. I am very grateful to all those who shared their ministry, gifts and talent with us in the Celebration of the Eucharist. In particular, I’d like to thank and acknowledge Ms Kerry McCullough whose genius and vision so tenderly wove words, prayer, imagery and song, allowing us to transcend space and time.

I give thanks for the the beautiful and loving way in which the girls participated in the Mass. I felt the love of our whole community on that day and from conversations I have had with girls since, I know that they did too. I hope that the girls treasure the pearl pin which they received on Friday.  The ‘pearl’ is an essential part of Loreto’s rich and dynamic history and represents Mother Gonzaga Barry’s belief in a solid and well-rounded education for girls. In a letter to them, Mother Gonzaga Barry described her Loreto children as a ‘row of goodly pearls’.  As each girl wears her pearl pin I hope it brings them fond memories of the evidence of the love that was felt  on Friday, and importantly, that they remember that the pearl symbolises each one of them – goodly and beautiful, formed out of grit, in and from creation.  When strung alongside all the other pearls of our school they come to create something even more beautiful: held together strongly and securely by the love of this community.

I have just now returned from the Chapel where we had the Primary School Leadership Liturgy, commissioning and anointing of our Year 6 students as leaders of the Loreto Normanhurst Primary School. I was moved to be anointing and commissioning them so shortly after my own commissioning last week. What wonderful joy it was to have them come forth individually and see God’s image reflected in the diversity of faces before me, for me to then hold their hands, anoint them and pray for God’s blessing and strength as they carry out their role of leadership. I venture forth into my own vocation of leadership buoyed by the hope central to the vibrancy of youth, the spirit of Mary Ward, and the call of the Gospel.

This Wednesday was the UN World Day of Social Justice. We know at Loreto Normanhurst we strive to do our piece in ensuring a peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among all people.  We also know that there are many people who live in fragile and conflict-affected situations, and that these are often young people. At the heart of our mission is the obligation to develop students who are connected globally to each other and the communities in which they serve, and to be strongly committed to principles of fairness, equity and human rights. The question of “who is my neighbour?” is one which many have tried to answer over the years – from philosophers to jurists to theologians alike. In this morning’s Communion Service, the girls who led us highlighted the simple yet sometimes seemingly radical response that Jesus teaches us as they proclaimed the Gospel through the parable of the Good Samaritan.  In their reflection on this parable the girls reminded us that Jesus answers this question for us by teaching us that the commandment of love is to extend even to those we may not know or love. That in fact, God’s love has no bounds. The beautiful message of unconditional love, of stranger and of enemy, ends with the Gospel imperative to ‘go and do the same.’ And so, we take this as our frame when we engage with our world in the everyday in local and global issues.  That we must go to the outcast, to the downtrodden, to the forgotten and yes, even to the enemy, to extend love and compassion.

Here at Loreto Normanhurst we have an emphasis on building a strong culture of parent-school engagement to contribute to the girls’ holistic learning and growth. This partnership was evident on Monday evening when Dr Tom Nehmy spoke to parents about how their daughters can thrive when facing challenges and change. I thank the many parents who attended this workshop on Monday evening.

Last year, the school informed parents that we were in the planning phase of upgrading the Loreto Normanhurst App to enhance the networks and avenues for communication between the school and parents.  After scope and testing we have decided to instead commit to implementing a customised Student Information System (SIS) to replace our existing system and to better integrate and manage our processes. We look forward to communicating how this new system will enhance and further improve parent engagement throughout the year.

I hope to see many of you at the Parent Cocktail Party this evening. These events are a wonderful way to reconnect with friends across different year groups as well as welcoming new parents to our community and I look forward to enjoying our great community spirit tonight.

Best wishes to all girls venturing out for sport this weekend.  I hope the weather holds off, so you can enjoy your weekend of sport.

I leave you with this beautiful prayer and blessing, written by Mrs Divya Stanger – Head of Aston House.


Lord Jesus, we ask for your help as we navigate through Term 1.

Give us a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with our work and have courage to accept new opportunities.

Make our classrooms oases in the busy world. Make them places of warmth and trust.

May our relationships with our students enable them to know that their opinion counts. Free them to stretch themselves as they seek holistic growth in a safe, nurturing, and caring environment.

Bless us this year, so that we may all experience rich friendships, authentic success, and purpose in all we do.

May those in our school be “pearls” to us, valued for the unique beauty they bring to our communities.



Ms Marina Ugonotti



Head of Primary

Head of Primary

Protecting your daughter’s digital reputation

A poor digital reputation can affect friendships, relationships and even though it seems a long way off for our girls, job prospects. So it is crucial that our students are aware of what picture they are painting of themselves online to protect their digital reputation.

The legal minimum age to open an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Kik, and Snapchat is 13. Research conducted by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner reports that the top five social media services used by children aged between 8-12 years are YouTube (80%), FaceBook (26%), Snapchat (26%), Instagram (24%) and Google (23%). Girls within this age group are most likely to use Instagram and Snapchat. These statistics are alarming.

In the Primary School we took part in a virtual classroom webinar conducted by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. During the session the girls were able to think about strategies for keeping themselves safe online, understanding their rights as a child for safety, respect and privacy as well as being able to identify behaviours online from adults or older students which are inappropriate or unsafe and to know where to find support when they are being cyberbullied or receiving unwanted contact.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed participating in the webinar by answering questions together as a class online and sharing ideas with other schools around Australia. The Primary School is looking forward to further webinar’s conducted by the e-Safety Commission.

This week, Senior Constable Paterson, the Youth Liaison Officer from Hornsby Police Station and father of Emily in Year 6, came to talk to the Primary girls about Cyber Safety. His presentation covered topics such as how young people are using technology to have fun online, online grooming, cyber-bullying, inappropriate content and e-security.

Here are his top 10 tips for staying safe on the internet:

  1. Use a strong password, a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols, eg P@$$w0rd! and change it regularly.
  2. Avoid opening or clicking links in emails from people you do not know and aren’t expecting – they could contain a virus or malicious software.
  3. Don’t give out personal information over the internet or on mobile phones about you, your family and friends.
  4. Only accept friend requests from people you know and trust.
  5. Make sure your social media accounts are set to private or friends only. Check privacy settings regularly as they can change.
  6. Be aware of how to block, report and delete users on all your accounts and apps.
  7. If an image or post is something you would not be comfortable sharing with your parents or grandparents, reconsider, the internet never forgets.
  8. Be careful who you trust online. Making new friends can be fun, but there’s a chance that they may not be who they say they are.
  9. Never say nasty or untrue things about others.

As a community we educate the girls about the risks and challenges of using technology but we shouldn’t lose sight of the enormous positives of the online world and the great benefits it can provide. It’s an exciting time to be growing up, with so much potential to create, connect and communicate. Helping our girls to stay safe and become good digital citizens is key to making sure they get the best out of the online world.

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Music Festival 2019

Music Festival 2019

Tickets for this year’s Music Festival are now on sale!   

Click here to purchase your Music Festival 2019 tickets. 

There is no limit to the number of tickets a family can purchase.

The Loreto Normanhurst Music Festival will be held at the International Convention Centre, in Darling Harbour, Sydney, on Friday 12 April 2019. The show will start promptly at 7pm.

Music Festival is a wonderful celebration of our Loreto Normanhurst community. We look forward to seeing you there!


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Music Festival Coordinator



Women of Influence

Women of Influence

An invitation for students, parents, staff, ex-students and friends of Loreto Normanhurst

Held in the same week as International Women’s Day, we warmly invite you to join us for an evening of inspiration as we share in the stories of four prominent Loreto Normanhurst ex-students to gain an insight into how they established their successful careers.  

On the evening, we will hear from  Jennifer Hughes (nee Hills ’88) Partner, Environmental Markets, Baker McKenzie; Robi Stanton (’89) General Manager, Turner Australia; Denise Cheng (97) Relationship Manager, Equity Trustees; and Annika Stott (’05) Sustainability Strategist, OzHarvest.

Date: Wednesday 6 March 2019
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Venue: Curran Theatre, Loreto Normanhurst

Please view the full invitation and speaker bios here.

Light refreshments will be served. Please register your attendance for catering purposes here.

* Please note the date change – originally published on the school calendar as 4 March – this  event is now on Wednesday 6 March *


There is no cost to attend this event, however, a donation to the school’s Bursary Program at the event will be greatly appreciated to support students currently on bursaries at Loreto Normanhurst and others to come in the future.

Enquiries: Please contact the Development Office at 

Primary School News

Primary School News

We all have the duty to do good.

Pope Francis

Today Year 6 came together to celebrate the gift of leadership in a beautiful Liturgy. All girls were called to be part of the rich Loreto tradition and to lead by example in the way they live and speak and the choices they make. The girls were called to live out the values of Freedom, Justice, Felicity, Sincerity and Verity.

Year 6 made a promise to pledge their commitment and in particular how they will use their gifts to serve our community and lead the Primary School. The girls also wrote individual pledges which illustrated how carefully they had thought about this great responsibility. As one student said, “I pledge to be a responsible and honest leader. I will try my best to live out the Loreto values throughout my whole Loreto school life, I will serve our community and hold my head up high.”

Each girl then came forward to be anointed by Ms Ugonotti and the girls who had been elected to leadership roles were presented with their badges. We concluded the service with a prayer for our Year 6 leaders and a beautiful blessing sung by Sofia Palermo. Girls and parents then joined together in the Primary School to celebrate this important milestone with a morning tea.

Congratulations to Year 6 for their wonderful performance at the Senior School Assembly last week.  They performed a Chinese New Year song in celebration of the Year of the Pig. They are to be commended on their pronunciation and enthusiastic presentation. Thank you to Cao lao shi for preparing the girls so beautifully.

There is great anticipation as the girls have been preparing for our upcoming camp. Next week we will be venturing off to The Great Aussie Bush Camp. This will be an exciting week for Years 5 and 6, enjoying three fun-filled days of outdoor and team activities. It will be a wonderful opportunity for the girls to forge new friendships and build that sense of belonging and connection which is an integral part of the Loreto Normanhurst community.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary




Years 7 – 11 Academic Plenaries – date change

Please be advised that the dates for the Years 7 – 11 Academic Plenaries are incorrect in the Wall Calendar. The correct dates are:

  • Friday 3  May – 1pm-6.30pm
  • Monday 13  May – 3.30pm-6.30pm
  • Tuesday 21  May – 3.30pm-6.30pm

The dates are correctly reflected in the Student Handbook.


Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning

VALID Science Assessment 2018 Results

Students in Year 9 and Year 11 completed the Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development (VALID) test in 2018, when they were in Year 8 and Year 10 respectively. Their results were distributed to the students this week. The VALID Science test is an interactive, multimedia test which contains multiple choice, short response and extended response tasks that are grouped around real-world issues, including scientific investigations. This is a diagnostic test, with tasks framed on outcomes and essential content in the NSW Science Years K–10 Syllabus.

Students achieved some fantastic results and have shown immense growth in their understanding of science.

The highlights are:

Year 8 Results

  • The mean overall result for Loreto Normanhurst students was 96.6 whilst the State mean was 87.4
  • 9% of students achieved Level 6, which is the highest level –and 48.4 % achieved Level 5.
  • Of the 75 short answer questions, the school scored more than 10% above the State mean in 45 questions and was above the State mean in 73 questions.

Year 10 Results

The Year 10 test was interrupted by a failure of the DEC server, which affected students between 5 and 30 minutes. For this reason, the results were not used in any school-based reporting or for ROSA grades, however, they still provide students with valuable feedback on the content and type of questions they will continue to encounter in many subjects. Considering this, our student performance was quite remarkable and indicates their capacity for resilience in a challenging situation.

  • The mean overall result for Loreto Normanhurst students was 101.0 whilst the State mean was 89.9.
  • 6% of students achieved Level 6, which is the highest level – and 45.6 % achieved Level 5.
  • Of the 75 short answer questions the school was above the State mean for all questions and scored more than 10% above the State mean in 45 questions.
  • Particularly pleasing was that 98/171 students achieved above expected growth when compared to their Year 8 results.

In addition to the test, students also completed a survey about their attitudes toward science and other subjects. This data has been used by the Science Faculty to redesign junior programs and inform teaching. It is very pleasing that these cohorts have reported a higher level of enjoyment and connection between the science they learn in class, and their everyday lives.

Congratulations to our Year 9 and 11 students on their fantastic performances and we look forward to continuing to work with them through 2019.


Mr David Little

Head of Science


Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The Year of Sincerity

An evening with Dr Tom Nehmy – thank you

On Monday evening, Dr Tom Nehmy spoke to parents about the importance of cultivating wellbeing and resilience in young people. We had an excellent update from parents who were involved in an interactive and practical presentation to build engagement and support in the lives of their daughters. You can access the take home messages from Tom’s presentation here.

Following on from this, the Healthy Minds Program commenced on Wednesday with Year 8 students and their Advisors. This evidenced-based program is taught to Year 8 students by expertly trained facilitators and members of the Year 8 teaching team. In each session, students and parents have their own homework to complete which results in a rich and powerful teaching moment between home, students and the school.

The Healthy Minds School Program is for school communities that do not equate success as purely by academic achievement or ability, it is far more encompassing then this. Please take some time to look at the Healthy Minds program.  

One of the interesting discussion points raised on Monday, was the importance of school connectedness and how this can have tangible and intangible threads in helping build student resilience. This is characterised in a school where there is active student voice, leadership and where all students are encouraged to initiate no matter what year they are in or if they hold a leadership position. This is what makes Loreto Normanhurst unique. A tangible example is detailed below and I congratulate Tamsyn Coetzee, Academic Activities Captain and her team for their work in this space.

‘Talk for a Minute’

“Last Friday the Academic Activities Council hosted, ‘Talk for a Minute’ in the LRC, an activity designed to deconstruct the negativity and anxiety surrounding public speaking and impromptu speeches.

As part of ‘Talk for a Minute’, girls were asked to draw a question from a hat and then speak for a minute about the topic. Questions that were asked were simple and casual and ranged from “What’s your idea of the perfect day?” to “What’s your dream job?” to “What’s the best TV show on the air today?” Students came from all eight Houses and their participation was recorded on a whiteboard, which was then translated as a contribution to the House Cup. ‘Talk for a Minute’ contributes to the Student Council’s wider aim to build spirit and community at Loreto through activities.

The passion of all the girls was amazing and the spirit and community of the Loreto community really shone through as girls supported and cheered on those who were speaking. We had girls from every year group turn up so consequently the activity was a huge success. The Academic Activities Council is looking forward to hosting subsequent events!

We would like to thank the Student Council, Ms O’Dwyer, all the staff who came to help and the LRC staff for the great venue.”

Tamsyn Coetzee Academic Activities Captain

Loreto Day Raffle Prizes – can you help us?

In preparation for this year’s Loreto Day, we are looking for donations for the Loreto Day Raffle prizes. Are you able to help? Click on this link which outlines what you need to do. Our parents and families are always generous and very supportive. I thank you for your support in making the Loreto Day Raffle a great one for the entire community.

Conversations this week:

Year 12 Learning Conversation with Ms Albert and Mm Martin
Year 11 Tutor Conversations
Year 10 Mission Conversation with Ms McCullough
Year 9 ‘Growing Our Students’ Pastoral Conversation with Mrs Long
Year 8 Healthy Minds Program
Year 7 Advisor Conversations

Upcoming Events

Supergirl Week – All Years Monday 4 March 
Open Day – All Years Saturday 9 March – 11am – 3pm



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Enjoy perusing the photos this week of the students at their House period on Wednesday. The focus was on unpacking the Loreto value of Sincerity which will be further developed in next week’s House time.

As the week draws to a close I wish all families a joy-filled and relaxing weekend together. Next week, Year 12 will participate in their three-day retreat. May it be a time for prayer, reflection and time with their friends and teachers. If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me at 


Mr Justin Madigan 

Dean of Pastoral Care




Talk for a Minute

Congratulations to Tamsyn Coetzee and the Academic Leaders on a successful start to ‘Talk for a Minute’ – a student-led initiative designed to take the fear out of public speaking. One hundred and twenty five students spoke for one minute on a variety of topics and the LRC was loud, chaotic and filled with students who were willing to give public speaking a go. The event will run again in Term 2.

What is high school debating?

To prepare students in Years 7 and 8 interested in debating, a workshop will be delivered by the Academic Activities Leaders and Senior Debaters. This workshop is a one hour session and will run in Week 6 from 3:30-4:30pm on Tuesday 5 March.  This is a great taste tester for students to discover what debating is in high school is all about in a fun and relaxed environment. Students do not need to register as a debater to attend, nor are they then automatically part of the debating team if they do attend. A permission note will be sent directly to Year 7 and 8 students next week.

CSDA and Archdale Debating

Registration has opened for debating for both CSDA and Archdale debating. Please ensure that before your daughter registers, you take the time to ensure that the dates outlined for both competitions do not clash with existing commitments. It is important that students commit to their team and are available for training and debating. The dates for both competitions can be found in the table below  and information regarding fees, selection process and training sessions are available in the Oratory Handbook. Any further questions can be directed to the oratory team.

Please note that this year we will be implementing an attendance policy. This will be communicated via the newsletter in the coming weeks.

To register for debating, please click here.

Registrations close on  Saturday 9 March and trials, if required, will take place after school in Week 8. Students will be emailed information about this in Week 7.

The dates for CSDA Debating and Archdale this year are:

CSDA Debating Dates

Archdale Debating Dates
May 3                     Round 1 May 21            Round 1
May 10                  Round 2 May 28            Round 2
May 17                   Round 3 June 4              Round 3
May 24                   Round 4 June 11            Round 4
May 31                  Round 5 June 18            Round 5
June 14                   Round 6 July 30              Round 6
June 21                    Elimination 2 Debating August 6          Round 7
June 28                    Quarter-Finals Debating August 13        Rescheduled Debates
July 26                    Semi-Finals Debating August 20        Tie Breakers
August 2               Grand Final Debating August 27        Quarter Finals
  September 3   Semi Finals
  September 10 Grand Final


UN Youth Australia

UN Youth Australia offers a number of programs throughout the year. These programs are designed to be fun, educational and give students a taste of UN work. The following opportunities have opened for registration. Please register your interest with Ms O’Dwyer before you complete your registration.


Coaches and Adjudicators           

We are inviting ex-students and parents to be a part of the Oratory@LN team in 2019. We are looking for adjudicators and coaches and no experience is necessary, just simply an interest in all things oratory. You will need a Working with Children number.

If you are interested, please contact the oratory team via

For further information, please refer to the Oratory@LN Handbook and or contact us at


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator


Social Justice

Social Justice

Social justice is the practice of looking at political, social, economic and religious structures and decisions through the eyes of the most vulnerable in society and working with them to respond.

Sr Libby Rogerson IBVM

For those new to our Loreto Normanhurst community, social justice can seem like a daunting concept, but when broken down to its basics, as done in the quote above, it is simply a message of helping the most vulnerable in society and standing in solidarity with them. It is intrinsic to our school community as a way of actioning the teachings of, and emulating the person of Christ. As a school, we are almost always promoting one event or another, and in true Loreto fashion, we have certainly had a big start to the year in social justice here at Normanhurst!

It has been amazing to see so many faces in our first Green Team and JPIC meetings of the year, both new and familiar. Both of these sessions consisted of setting our goals for the year and generally discussing what we, as a student collective, want to see happen. One of my goals in the coming terms is to facilitate and nurture this active involvement in creating tangible change, and it is fantastic to see such a large number of girls brimming with so much passion to share with both the school and wider community.

This week I had the pleasure of leading a discussion with Year 9 in Wednesday’s Conversation Period about how they, too, can embrace the change-making opportunities offered here at Loreto. In going into that session, my goal was to connect with the girls on a deeper level and personally welcome them to join both JPIC and Green Team. In the past, these extra-curricular groups have sometimes been perceived as for ‘seniors only’, and judging by some new additions to JPIC on Wednesday lunch, I think I am well on the way to dispelling that myth!

The one clear message that came out of these discussions over the past two weeks was the importance of giving everyone a voice and the opportunity to use that voice. Green Team and JPIC alike have always shared the message of student-led action, and it is clear, now more than ever, that the youth of society want to ‘have their say’ in their future which comes through in their actions. Over the term of my leadership, I hope I can continue to foster this passion throughout our community, as both Green Team and JPIC move to focus even more on tangible and sustained student action.

Over the next few weeks, we have a few major projects coming up, and these are:

Friday March 1

Schools Clean Up Australia Day

Tuesday March 5

Shrove Tuesday – fundraising for Project Compassion

Wednesday March 6

Ash Wednesday and the launch of Project Compassion

Friday March 8

International Women’s Day – Supergirl Week held in conjunction

Wednesday March 13

Loreto Normanhurst Close the Gap Day

Wednesday March 20

Harmony Day

Friday March 29

Loreto Normanhurst Earth Hour


However, that isn’t all! There are a few more very important announcements to come in the next few newsletters – so stay tuned!

On behalf of the wider Social Justice Council, I warmly invite everyone to come along to both JPIC and Green Team – it isn’t too late to join! They meet alternate Wednesdays at lunch, so grab your lunch and meet us in 1.02GBC.

I would also like to welcome every new girl and her family into the wider Loreto social justice community that we’re all a part of. As I wrote earlier, it can be daunting finding your place in such an established facet of school life, but this term is shaping up to one in which we can all get involved, and hopefully as a school community, we might just create some change in the world.


Isabella Mincher

Social Justice Captain



IPSHA Swim & Dive

It is representative swimming carnival season and the squad to represent Loreto Normanhurst at the IPSHA Swim & Dive Carnival has been selected. Congratulations to the following Primary students who will be competing on March 6th:

Year 5

Year 6

Patricia Boland Kate Gilsenan
Bianca Buchanan Georgia Lee
Kaitlin Cuthbert Lucy McKenna
Tara Doyle Zara Miller
Anna Drake Emily Paterson
Charlotte Horbach  
Grace Ward  
Carina Wen  
Chloe Winterton   

IGSSA Swim & Dive

Following in the footsteps of the Primary team, the Secondary squad will represent Loreto Normanhurst at the IGSSA Swim & Dive Carnival on March 22nd. Congratulations to the following students:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Francesca Davies Ella Cave Samantha Cox Abby Feurtado Abby Hartshorne Sarah Henry
Charli Davis Zoe Clubb Clare Doherty Kate Law-Whitting Grace Napoli Breanna Ivankovic
Cate Smith Charlotte Rigney Ella Fraser Georgia Robertson   Isabella Mincher
  Cordelia Stephen Lily King Abbey Williamson   Zoe Warland
  Maya Yogesvaran Charlotte Lackenby      
    Hannah Saw      
    Felicity Smith      


Well done to Olivia Fanning (Year 11) who has been selected in the NSW U/17’s Indoor Cricket squad that will play at the National Championships in Melbourne in July – what a fantastic achievement!


Best of luck to Juliet Lahood (Year 11) who is off to Europe in March to compete at the Dutch and Belgium Taekwondo Open. Such a wonderful experience and opportunity – we’ve got our fingers crossed!


Congratulations to Yasmin Say (Year 10) who has been selected to represent NSW in the Australasian Under 17 Badminton Championships in South Australia on April 12-20 – good luck Yasmin!

School Tennis Championships

At the time of going to print, the School Tennis Championships are underway – good luck to all the students competing and we’ll bring you an update on results next week.


Good luck to the students selected to represent Loreto Normanhurst in the NSW All Schools Triathlon events at SIRC next week – we have 5 students competing in the Individual event on Thursday, followed by 30 students across 10 teams in the Teams event on Friday.

CIS Softball

Best of luck to Bailey Henderson (Year 11), Peyton Henderson (Year 10) and Samantha North (Year 11) who will be representing IGSSA at the CIS Softball Championships on Monday 25th out at Blacktown International Sports Park.

CIS Basketball

Congratulations to Emily Paterson (Year 6) who  just this morning was selected into the CIS  Basketball team. Emily will now go on  to compete at the NSWPSSA Girls Basketball Championships in Albury. We wish Emily all the best.

Wet Weather Information

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

IGSSA Sports:

IPSHA Sports:

Who to see about what

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




Snowsports IGSSA Tennis Rowing
Swimming Pathway Tildesley Tennis Equestrian
  Triathlon Athletics Pathway
  IGSSA Basketball  
  Cross Country Pathway  
  IGSSA Netball  
  Hornsby Tennis  
  Hayden Fitness Centre  


Ms Emily Wood

Mr Stephen Charters

Mrs Chloe Congdon

Mrs laura Bryan

IPSHA Sports & Carnivals LN Invitational Badminton IGSSA Softball The Duke of Edinburgh Award Program
LN Activities Program IGSSA Hockey Hills  Netball  
Gymnastics Mollie Dive Hockey Rugby 7’s  
Cheerleading IGSSA Water Polo IGSSA Touch Football  
IGSSA Football      


Correct Sport Uniform

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

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


Loreto Sports Girl: Zara Miller

Current sport/activity: This term I’m playing water polo as well as doing IPSHA swimming and gymnastics.

Favourite school sport/activity: My favourite sport is swimming.

Highest level of sporting achievement: Area swimming carnivals.

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: Winning the Queen of the pool race at this year’s primary school swimming carnival.

Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: Going to the Commonwealth Games last year and watching the Australian swimming team win lots of medals.

Best subject at school: Geography.

Any superstitions before playing sport: Have to warm up before each game or event.

Best tune to listen to before competing: Any song by Imagine Dragons.



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

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Events Calendar

Date & Time



6 March 3.30pm Bronze Duke of Ed Registration Session Curran Theatre
17 March Bronze Duke of Ed Training Day DRC



Week 3 Saturday  23 February

Team  & Game Time

BBQ Duty Time

Families Rostered

LON01 – 8:00am 7:45am – 9:20am North, Tassell, Wills
LON07 – 9:15am 9:10am – 10:20am Cameron, Coulton, Edwards, Evans
LON13 – 10:30am 10:10am – 11:30am Eade, Gleeson, Harrison, Holmes


Week 4 Saturday 2 March

Team  & Game Time

BBQ Duty Time

Families Rostered

LON07 – 8:00am 7:45am – 9:20am Hartley, Hoffman, King, Saw
LON03 – 9:15am 9:10am – 10:20am Madigan, Middleton, Thomas
LON08 – 10:30am 10:10am – 11:30am Alexander, Baker, Frith, Harsas


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


2019 Sport Contacts Term 1




IPSHA Sports Ms Emily Wood
Midweek Activities Ms Emily Wood





IGSSA Tennis  Mr Dave Brock
IGSSA Softball Mrs Chloe Congdon
IGSSA Rowing Miss Jess Levy
Badminton Mr Steve Charters
Midweek Activities Ms Emily Wood
Cheerleading Ms Emily Wood
Duke of Edinburgh Award Mrs Laura Bryan
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

Open Day 2019

Open Day 2019

All families are warmly invited to the Loreto Normanhurst Open Day which will be held on Saturday  9 March from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Always a wonderful day of celebration, join us as we welcome members of the wider community, including prospective families, to our vibrant and dynamic school to enjoy the festivities  on the day.

Highlights include the Principal’s Presentation,  student-led tours of the school throughout the day, student music and drama performances, train rides, animal farm, and much more. 

The Parent Association  of Loreto (PAL) will be hosting Devonshire Tea in the gardens, as well as a BBQ, and cake stall. Please visit the Parent Association News page in this week’s newsletter to find out how you can be involved. 

Open Day is a key event for our school community, and all students are expected to attend and fulfill at least two hours of commitment on the day.  Communications  regarding this commitment, and the relevant process, will be communicated in due course via your daughter’s Head of House.

Further information will be available on the Open Day Program which  will be published in next week’s newsletter, as well as on the school  website and the Loreto Normanhurst App.



Please note that photographs and videos will be taken at this event.  These images and videos may be displayed from time to time around the school and published in school publications, on its website, its social media sites and in other marketing and communications material.  If you do not wish to be included in the photographs or videos, please advise the official photographers and videographers on the day.

If you have any concerns, or require additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email


Ms Grace Paraino

Dean of Development and Alumni



Parent Association

Parent Association

At the moment there doesn’t seem to be a week that goes by without at least one event or get together going on and we are truly grateful to all parents who manage to make time to attend these events in your already busy schedules.

Firstly, we would like to acknowledge what a truly beautiful Eucharist and Commissioning ceremony for Ms Ugonotti that we, and all your daughters, had the pleasure of attending last week. Every part of it was truly memorable from the acknowledgement of country  sung in traditional language to how everyone of the girls presented themselves with true grace and sincerity.    

There was an email sent out this week regarding our Open Day on Saturday 9  March with requests for Cake Working Bee helpers and also to get your chef hats on to cook up a treat or two for the cake stall.  Please also join us on the BBQ and Devonshire tea – we will be setting up an online volunteer sign-on page so please keep an eye out for this.

Our Year 7 parents and students will all have the chance to put on their ‘bootscooting’ boots and join in the fun on Saturday 30  March.  Every year this event is attended by most Year 7 families and a link to buy your tickets will be sent out shortly, so please make sure you get in quick to reserve your table.

Also, bookings will open soon for the City/Country Mothers’ Lunch on Friday 12  April so keep an eye open as the seats do go very quickly.

PAL will once again be offering  Entertainment Books to members of the Loreto Normanhurst community.  Entertainment Books are now available in a digital format, allowing you to carry  everything that the Entertainment Book offers with your smart phone.  For more information about the benefits of a  digital membership, please click HERE or if you would like to purchase  an Entertainment Book,  click HERE.

Lastly, we will be forming our Spring Fair Committee soon and ask now for anyone or any group of parents who would like to join us on the main organising team.  We usually have 10-12 parents who are happy to work with a team to organise one of the areas, for example the school stalls, or the kids corner, so if that’s you, then please let us know via

As always, please let us know if you would like to join the wider team as our Year Parent Coordinators.  Usually there are two to four for each year and we run an information session to provide details to those who are interested or who volunteer straight away.  If you are interested in becoming a coordinator this year then please send us an email.

Looking forward to saying ‘Hi’ at these events and continue friendship building, fundraising and enjoying being a Loreto parent.


Kind regards

Paul White  & Louise Wytenburg

PAL Co-Presidents


Primary Parent Welcome Dinner and Maths Information Evening

6pm Monday 18 March 

Teresa Ball Primary Centre

Primary parents are warmly invited to attend the Primary Parent Welcome Dinner and Maths Information Evening on Monday 18 March. This is an evening for all Primary Parents to meet members of the school’s leadership team , primary staff and other parents. Further information about the dinner and the maths information evening will be sent out early next week. Please mark this date in your diary and we hope you can join us! 


Year 12 City/Country Mothers’ Weekend Away – Escape to Mudgee

Friday 22 – Sunday 24 March

For some, another daughter is entering her last year of school, for others, it’s our first time experiencing the beginning of all ‘the lasts’ with the Year 12 cohort of 2019.

To mark this occasion we have booked a weekend away to share our stories and laugh and reminisce about the very special years we have shared together at Loreto Normanhurst with the Year 12 graduating Class of 2019.  

Date: 22-24 March 2019
Venue: Mudgee

Use the link below to register for the Year 12 City/Country Mothers’ Weekend Away and pay a $50.00 deposit that will be reimbursed before departure. Once we have  firm numbers we can finalise bookings with the venues.

Come along, catch up with old friends make a few new ones.  Enjoy some time out, rest and relax at one of the lovely accommodation venues available in Mudgee. Attend all or only one of the events we will plan, it is totally up to you as it’s your time to share with others or enjoy a little quiet time for you.

To reserve your place, please click HERE

We look forward to hearing from many of you. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to Louise or myself.

Louise Wytenburg (0417 330 377)   and   Sue Whipps (0436 414 336)


PAL Contact

2019 Upcoming Events  – Term 1



Wednesday 6 March  Women of Influence Evening – 6.30pm
Curran Theatre
Saturday 9 March Open Day – 11:00am – 3:00pm
Monday 18 March Primary Parent Welcome Dinner –  7:00pm
Teresa Ball Primary Centre  (following on from Maths Information Evening)
Friday 22 – Sunday 24 March PAL Year 12 City/Country Mothers’ Weekend Away – Escape to Mudgee
Saturday 30 March PAL Year 7 Family Dinner  & Boot Scooting  (organised by our Year 8 Parents) – 6:00pm
Friday 12 April City/Country Mothers’ Lunch  – 11:30am – 2:30pm
Gonzaga Barry Centre 3.01- 3.04


Ex-students’ Association Upcoming Events – Term 1



Saturday 2 March

Loreto ACT Chapter & Districts Annual Mass and Lunch. More details here. 

(Please note that as the RSVP date has passed, we ask that you contact the organiser directly if you would like to attend.)

Wednesday 27 March Reconnecting Drinks, Greenwood Hotel, North Sydney 7:00- 9:00pm. More details here.


Ex-students’ Association Contact 

Ms Patsy Shannon, President:




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

Would You Like to Receive Careers News Directly?

Loreto Normanhurst has subscribed to TWO career-based web resources:

Study Work Grow (formerly known as MHSCareers). This is free for all parents and students to access.

  • It is easy to register and allows access to all their resources individually here at school or at home.
  • To help with this process, Study Work Grow have created a ‘How To’ guide to show you step-by-step how to register.
  • Our new unique school code is: LRNHST0119. The school code is unique to our school so please ensure that wherever possible you keep this code within our school community.

Job Jump

  • Students simply go to the following website.
  • Click on the “I’m New” purple button.
  • Enter your school email and the school’s password is: lnh


Interesting Reads

Here are some interesting reads, from The Conversation and World Economic Forum, regarding the future of work and graduate employment, plus ideas around careers from

Graduate Employment and finding a job

5 things to know about the future of jobs

Tips and ideas about jobs and careers


Ms Katrina Smith & Ms Alexi Kayes

Career Advisors

UAC admissions opening early

If you’re a Year 12 student in NSW, or an interstate student planning on applying in 2020 to a university in NSW through UAC, there’s some good news.

You can now start the undergraduate admissions process from 9am on 3 April 2019 (in previous years you had to wait until August). So if you know what you want to study and where, you could get your university applications done early in the year, leaving more time to focus on study closer to your exams.

Pathways to Economics

Queenwood School for Girls would like to invite students from Loreto Normanhurst to attend their “Pathways to Economics” event on Wednesday 6th March, 4.40-5.30pm. 

At the event will be an esteemed panel to discuss careers in economics.  The panel members include Jacqui Dwyer (Reserve Bank of Australia), Richard Holden (Professor of Economics, UNSW Sydney), Emma Martinho-Truswell (Co-founder of Oxford Insights) and Joanna Nash who lectures at New York University and is Portfolio Manager of Acadian Asset Management.  

Attendance is free.  If students would like to attend, bookings can be made here.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Info Sessions

September 16 | 6pm – 7.30pm | Penrith Campus

September 17 | 6pm – 7.30pm | Campbelltown Campus

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Students Information Evenings at Western Sydney University are an opportunity to hear about what courses are on offer and how Western can help you during your studies.

At the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Students Information Evenings you will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • Courses available
  • How to apply
  • Entry pathways
  • Scholarships
  • Support Services
  • Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education
  • Campus Life

Light meal and refreshments will be made available.

Find out more. 

ANZ Bank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Opportunities

ANZ is a national employer with reach into metropolitan, regional and remote communities across Australia, giving us an excellent opportunity to help create more employment opportunities for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This Opportunity Bank has been set up to allow Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people express an interest in current or future work opportunities at ANZ.

This Opportunities Bank is proactively managed and supported by the ANZ Indigenous Employment Team. We will contact you to discuss your application for current positions or when suitable positions matching your profile become available.

You must identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person to register a profile in this Opportunities Bank.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Opportunities Bank – NSW 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Opportunities Bank – ACT

Find out more.

University of Sydney Year 10 Info Evenings

Join us on campus for a fun and informative evening where we will answer the important questions: How does scaling work? What should you consider when selecting your subjects for Year 11 and 12? What are prerequisites and assumed knowledge? What is university really like? You will hear from a range of speakers including university staff and students.

  • Thursday 4 April 2019
  • Tuesday 7 May 2019
  • Thursday 16 May 2019

Register now

UCAT Dates 2019

Candidates taking the UCAT in 2019 for entry to universities in Australia and New Zealand in 2020 should note these key dates:

Registration and booking opens

1 March 2019

Concession scheme opens

1 March 2019

Concession deadline

10 May 2019 at 5pm AEST

Access arrangement application deadline

10 May 2019 at 5pm AEST

Registration closes

17 May 2019 at 11:59pm AEST

Final booking deadline

17 May 2019 at 11:59pm AEST

Cancellation deadline

17 May 2019 at 11:59pm AEST

Testing begins

1 July 2019

Last testing date

31 July 2019

Results delivered to universities

Early September 2019

Find out more here.

UCAT Free Practice Papers


NSW Engineering Link Project

3 & 4 October | UTS Sydney

An Engineering Link Project is a two-day event for Year 10, 11 and 12 students who are interested in finding out what engineering REALLY is!

Everyone will participate in two full-day workshops in different engineering disciplines.  Each workshop is designed to challenge your creativity, your knowledge of the maths and science you are learning at school, and introduce you to the engineering paradigm.

Professional engineers describe their career and what a day in the life of an engineer is, and present a problem or scenario that has to be solved in teams. 

Find out more.

Young Women Leaders in AI

It’s a 12-month journey, starting with our 6-day AI Leadership camp, followed by ongoing mentorship.

We’re  scouting Australia for talented individuals who are ready to think big. If you’ve already got AI ideas, or if you simply like the sound of pursuing a passion that really will change the world, then get your application in as soon as you can. Places in the program are capped to achieve a remarkable mix of young women.

Who? Women ages 16-26 from all over Australia.

Leadership Camp – 12th to 17th April 2019 | Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast, QLD

Applications close 17th March 2019. Participation in the program is free. However, any cars, planes, trains and accommodation you need are not included in the camp.

Find out more.


#STEMstart – $20k grant for the next superwoman of STEM

Are you the next superwoman of STEM? Do you know someone who is keen to expand their skill set and kick-start a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics? Enter for your chance to win a $20,000 grant to support your career in STEM.

Applications are open for female Australian residents aged 17+ and applications close 30 April.

Find out more.

Hansen Scholarship

Worth up to $108,000, the Hansen Scholarship is a flagship scholarship program at The University of Melbourne. From 2020, The Hansen Scholarship will be awarded to talented undergraduate students whose financial circumstances present a challenge to accessing a first-class education. Recipients will be awarded accommodation, an allowance, and financial and personal support.

Applications open  Friday 1 March 2019 and close 21 March 2019

You’ll get: 

  • a standard room for 48 weeks each year, at no charge, for the standard full-time, three year undergraduate degree at Little Hall residence in Lincoln Square South;
  • an allowance of $4,000 per year for general living expenses for the standard full-time duration of the undergraduate degree;
  • a one-time grant of up to $4,000 to support an approved activity for the Scholar’s development such as an international exchange, an international subject, an internship or similar role;
  • access to a mentoring program, pastoral care, and enrichment programs available to all students at Little Hall as well as a tailored program of mentoring and support exclusively for Hansen Scholars;
  • priority access to graduate accommodation at Little Hall should the Hansen Scholar wish to pursue graduate studies at Melbourne after completing their undergraduate degree; and
  • next steps funding in the year after completion of the scholar’s undergraduate degree (up to $10,000 for a short-term activity or up to $20,000 for further study)
  • Value up to $108,000

Full benefit details

Find out more