Newsletter 22 November - 22 November 2019
Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

“It had been raining, but just as the nuns arrived at the site, the sun burst through the clouds and formed a beautiful rainbow over the estate. Rev. Mother gave voice to her delight; her quest was over.” This reflection of Mother Gonzaga Barry’s sighting of a rainbow over the site on which Loreto Normanhurst would be built forms the beginning of our school’s rich and dynamic tradition.  The Loreto Sisters have had an ongoing presence on this very site since establishing Loreto Normanhurst in 1897 as a day and boarding school for girls.  Next year, the Loreto Sisters will vacate their community home here at Normanhurst. Over these nearly 123 years, this sacred land has been a boarding school, home, convent, novitiate, and final resting place for so many sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). Early next year we will mark this significant point in time for our school and for the IBVM in a ceremony to celebrate and give thanks for loving and generous service of the Sisters over all these years.

This week the Loreto Normanhurst Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) received approval for its renewal, following a process of review and renewal steered by our RAP Working Group. The RAP is a formal statement of commitment to Reconciliation. A lot of work has been done over the past 16 to 18 months within the RAP framework to develop relationships, respect and opportunities in the classroom, around the school and with the community. We will continue to focus on these three key areas of action across the tenets of relationship, respect and opportunity, and to focus on embedding Aboriginal perspectives within teaching and learning across the school.

Congratulations to Year 10 who have been working to solve real problems this week in Sprint Week. Throughout the week students engaged in the sprint methodology, a very real methodology used in the business world and the world of social enterprise, to solve real problems for real clients – business problems, community problems and social problems. The complexity of the problems faced highlighted that there is more than a singular solution for resolving a problem, and therefore what is needed is the diverse perspective and collaboration that each team member brings to the process. In my conversations with the girls throughout the week, I was particularly struck by the empathy they drew on to really understand the issue in order to design a solution for those posing and experiencing the problem. What was also quite engaging as we walked past their team workspaces, was the evidence of the process of learning that was unfolding minute by minute.  The workspaces provided visible indicators of the fact that ‘hard fun’ is good learning – collaboration, communication, negotiating, inquiry, giving and receiving feedback were evident in the work of Year 10 this week. So well done to Year 10 and thank you to the teachers and industry experts who have accompanied our Year 10 girls this week.

The school community has continued this week in doing what we can to learn more about the drought in NSW and what we can do to help local communities in the bush.  Five Year 11 boarders from country NSW spent some time in the primary school this week, sharing their stories of how the drought is impacting them and families and communities.  Their depth of understanding about farming, agriculture, the local and global economy was insightful, and they spoke with such honesty and heart that allowed the Years 5 and 6 girls to be engaged throughout the conversation. The curious and thoughtful questions the primary girls had for the boarders highlighted to me once again the richness and depth that comes from being in a boarding school and learning community of such diversity.  The girls were keen to go home and talk to their families and friends about the conversation, so I do hope that you enjoyed that dinner conversation on Wednesday night. Well done also to our Year 9 Commerce classes for their work on the innovative Commerce in the Quad. All the proceeds from this great commercial experience will go to the Drought Angels to support our farmers ravaged by drought.

This Sunday, 24 November, a few our boarder families are coming to Sydney for a working bee at the home on Mt Pleasant Avenue that will be re-purposed from 2020 as accommodation for our boarder families when they travel to Sydney. The home is in need of maintenance work to clean up the gardens, remove wallpaper and old carpets and many other tasks. If you have some free time, please come along and join us for a couple of hours from 9am – 3pm. Please email for further details or phone 02 9487 3500.

World Toilet Day is celebrated on 19th November every year. To those of us with easy access to toilets, we may not think much about their value. A toilet is not just a toilet, it’s a life-saver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker. Toilets save lives, because human waste spreads killer diseases. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which promises sanitation for all by 2030. The theme for 2019 is “Leaving No One Behind” which is about drawing attention to those people being left behind without sanitation. Whoever you are, wherever you are, sanitation is your human right; and yet, today, 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation. How can anyone lift themselves out of poverty without sanitation? It is about justice for all people. So, let us pray:

Creator God,

You have given all peoples one common origin.
It is your will that they be gathered together
as one family in you.

Fill our hearts with the fire of your love
and with the desire to ensure justice for all.
By sharing the good things you give us,
may we secure an equality for all
our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

May there be an end to division, conflict and war.
May there be a dawning of a truly human society
built on love and peace.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord.



Ms Marina Ugonotti


Head of Primary

Head of Primary

Leap and the net will appear.

Zen proverb


As we reach the end of another school year, it is time for Year 6 to transition to the Senior School and for the Primary School to welcome some bright and shiny new students and their families into the Loreto Normanhurst community. Taking that next step forward can sometimes be a confusing cocktail of emotions, that heady mix of excitement and nerves. If there is one thing that is constant in life, it is change.

You can’t control change, but you can control your response to change, just as our thoughts control our actions. Change is often easier to manage when we feel we have some control and influence over what is happening.  Dr Justin Coulson provides some helpful tips for reframing our thinking and seeing change as an opportunity for personal growth.

Above all we value relationships at Loreto. Building connections and a sense of belonging are crucial to who we are as Loreto people. The building of relationships began as our Year 5 girls reached out to their buddies in the form of a letter and then met face-to-face at Orientation. Year 5 took on the responsibility of caring for their buddies with gusto.

Research by John Hattie states that one of the greatest factors for student success is the relationship between the teacher and student. This special bond creates an immediate sense of connectedness and psychological safety, so that the girls will be able to flourish and strive to meet their personal potential. Having the opportunity to meet the newest members of the Primary School in a holistic plenary was the first step in cultivating that relationship.

One of the qualities that can lead to success, is having the courage to delve into the unknown, to sit with uncertainty.  Be patient with yourself, give yourself time, think positively, and you will not only adjust, but thrive as you find your place. If you are prepared to have courage and open yourself up to the endless possibilities, you might be surprised, as is evidenced by this recount from Year 6 student, Jacqueline McDonald.

“I have absolutely adored my time at Loreto Primary, I have met so many new friends and learned all sorts of new things. I was so nervous to come to Loreto but found on my first day that I felt as if I already belonged to the Loreto family. At Loreto I could try new sports and activities that I hadn’t played or maybe even known about if I hadn’t come to Loreto primary. I have made so many new friends and I feel so lucky to have met these wonderful friends and started new relationships with everyone. I have loved working on projects and assignments, especially the Evening of Eminence where I got to be Jacqueline Kennedy and learn all about her. I will miss my time at Loreto Primary but I am looking forward to moving into the high school and expanding my knowledge and imagination.”


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary

Primary School News

Primary School News

Loreto Normanhurst Extended Day Program

Last week an email was sent to parents of day students from Years 5 to  9, about an exciting new program to be introduced in Term 1 2020.  EXTDAY@LNH is an after school program intended to meet the needs of families and improve individual student growth.  For more information about the program, which will be offered to students from Years 5 to  9 in  2020, please  click here.  Please access the Application Form here.  If you have any questions, please email

Swimming Carnival

On Thursday the Primary School Swimming Carnival took place. It was an exciting day with great participation, incredible swimming, rousing war cries and wonderful House spirit. It was also a time for student leadership and it was pleasing to see our House Leaders performing their roles so capably. Thank you to Mrs Wood, Mr Mulroney, the Sports Department and parents for their invaluable support.

The overall House Cup was won by Dorothea and the Spirit Cup was won by Benedicta. Congratulations to our age champions – Chloe Winterton, 10 year age champion, Charlotte Horbach, 11 year age champion, and Zara Miller, 12 year age champion.  The hotly contested 100m invitational saw the fastest eight swimmers in the Primary school thrashing it out with Zara Miller taking out first place (by a finger tip) and the title of Queen of the Pool.   

IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge

“On Thursday 14 November we  participated in the IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge. It was really exciting and challenging. The lead up to it was engaging and when preparing our speeches, we had a number of speed bumps to overcome. In the end we made it and we both think we  did extremely well. 

The topic ‘Re-imagine’ tested our abilities as the topic was different but also similar to ‘imagine.’ We needed to think of something original and entertaining.

There were many students from different schools there and we were split into 11 rooms for the first round. There were around 9-10 people in each room and the winner from each room went to the final round. In the final round the competitors had to do their speeches and also prepare and present their impromptu speech on the topic ‘A simple life.’ 

There was one winner chosen from the final round and we both congratulated her. We both think she was a capable winner and was amazing on the day.

The day was fun and energetic and we both loved it very much!”

Josephine Milkins and Kaitlin Cuthbert, Year 5

ICAS English & ICAS Writing

Congratulations to the following girls for their excellent results in the ICAS English and Writing Competitions.


Merit Credit Distinction High Distinction
Sophia Singh Hannah Kent Ava Hallinan Ruby Harrison
Isabella Scotti Emily Fairbairn Amelia Shepherd Abbey Timmins
Sofia Bartucciotto Zoe Kha Madeleine Grindon-Ekins  
Elina Degani Monique Travers Rosemary O’Brien  
Lucy McKenna Rose Cunningham    
Stephanie Wilkins Sofia Palermo    
Sarah Zammit      



Merit Credit Distinction High Distinction
Sofia Bartucciotto Charlotte Barnett Kaitlin Cuthbert Elina Degani
Aoife Berry Sophia Singh Emily Fairbairn  
Sofia Palermo Monique Travers Ava Hallinan  
  Rose Cunningham Hannah Kent  
  Lucy McKenna Nicole Del Rio  
    Rosemary O’Brien  


Outstanding Sporting Success

Tayla Moore from Year 5 recently competed at the Australian All Schools National Softball Championships. The championships were held at Blacktown International Sports Centre with teams from QLD, SA, ACT, VIC and NSW competing. The NSW Team went through the competition undefeated, with only one draw to QLD 2-2. Tayla played in over 90% of the games and was the pitcher for about 70% of that time – which is extraordinary given she was the youngest member of the team. She batted very well also with three home runs for the championships. Congratulations Tayla, you are a sporting star!


The HOPE Project

The Primary School is happy to partner with CatholicCare and the HOPE Program this Christmas. The HOPE Program supports vulnerable young mothers with a gift hamper for themselves and their baby. The program provides one-on-one support to young women aged 16-25 who are pregnant or have a child under the age of two who have complex needs such as homelessness, mental health or a history of abuse or trauma.

We are hoping to create 26 gift hampers, each with a present for the mother and baby.

Please click the link for more information on the program.

Upcoming Events

Saturday 23 November

Primary School Christmas Creations


Wednesday 27 November Year 5 Leadership Speeches
Friday 29 November

Year 6 Final Liturgy, Assembly & Lunch


Thursday 5 December

Primary School Awards Ceremony

9.30 – 10.30


We are looking forward to seeing mums and daughters for the Christmas Creations tomorrow in the Primary School COLA.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary  



What do we do with our lonely moments?

Loneliness: “A depressing feeling of being alone, dejected by the awareness of being alone, unhappy as a result of being without the companionship of others”.  These are a few of the descriptions of loneliness.  And yes, they certainly do capture something of how loneliness might feel.  The loneliness of aloneness.  The pain of being alone.  But loneliness can also be deeply felt when surrounded by people, when busy and leading a full life, or in a relationship with someone.  Loneliness can be crippling and destructive.  It can eat away at the spirit.  So what is aloneness and what is loneliness, and how might we live creatively with them?    

The early to mid-twentieth-century theologian, Paul Tillich writes: “Man is alone because he is man!  In some way every creature is alone.  In majestic isolation every star travels through the darkness of endless space.  Each tree grows according to its own law, fulfilling its unique possibilities.  Animals live, fight and die for themselves alone, confined to the limitations of their bodies.  Certainly, they also appear as male and female, in families and in flocks.  Some of them are gregarious.  But all of them are alone!  Being alive means being in a body –  a body separated from all other bodies.  And being separated means being alone”.  Tillich then goes on to say this about the particular human experience of aloneness: “He is not only alone; he also knows that he is alone.  Aware of what he is, he asks the question of his aloneness.  He asks why he is alone, and how he can triumph over his being alone. For this aloneness he cannot endure.  Neither can he escape it.  It is his destiny to be alone and to be aware of it”.  Long before Tillich, the Psalmist of ancient Israel, in the Book of Psalms, uttered this cry of awareness too, “Turn to me and be gracious for I am lonely and afflicted” (Psalm 25).  

Read more

Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator



Loreto Normanhurst Extended Day Program

Last week an email was sent to parents of day students from Years 5 to  9, about an exciting new program to be introduced in Term 1 2020.  EXTDAY@LNH is an after school program intended to meet the needs of families and improve individual student growth.  For more information about the program, which will be offered to students from Years 5 to  9 in  2020, please  click here

Please access the Application Form here.  If you have any questions, please email


Campion Booklists 2020

We are pleased to advise that the Campion Booklists for next year are now available and can be completed  online.   When ordering online you will need to use the Access Code: “PB4H”.   Please place your order as soon as possible or by Friday 6 December 2019 at the latest to ensure your daughter receives her books in time for her commencement next year.   It is anticipated that your order will be delivered to your home, office or any other nominated address by the week ending Friday 17 January 2020.  

Please see below the “Additional Purchases List” outlining the specific stationery and additional items required for each subject, as well as information  in relation to the Sustainable School Shop.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the  Learning Office.


Mrs Rachael Jarick

Assistant to the Deans of Learning


Dates to remember – Term 4 2019


Year 10 SPRINT & LAUNCH Monday 18 November to Friday 29 November

YEARS 7 – 11

Years 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

Staying safe on social media

Technology has transformed culture and values across the globe. In the span of a few decades, smartphones, the internet and social media have become an integral part of our daily habits. Whilst there are many benefits from these technologies, the rise of cyberbullying is well known and cyberbullying statistics worldwide can be alarming.

Cyberbullying Statistics

  • About 38% of cyberbullying victims are willing to admit it to their parents.
  • Global cyberbullying awareness is at 75%.
  • Over 80% of children own a mobile phone and have multiple social network accounts.

Read more here.

Sexting, Nudes and Nudies…

One of the most discussed modern phenomena is sexting.

In a 2017 eSafety survey of young people aged 14 to 17

  • 5% said they had sent an intimate image, and 19% of these said they did it because they trusted the person they sent it to.
  • 15% reported being asked for an image, with 52% of requests coming from someone they did not know.
  • 73% said they did not send an image after being asked (82% of 14 year olds compared to 66% of 17 year olds).

The term ‘sexting’ is not often used by young people or in popular culture where this practice is more likely to be referred to by other terms such as ‘sending nudes’. It is important to talk with our young people about the possible consequences of sending or sharing intimate or sexually explicit messages, images, photos or videos.

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner (Australia), Netsafe (New Zealand) and UK Safer Internet Centre with the University of Plymouth (UK) collaborated on research to present a report on young people’s experience of sending and sharing nude and nearly nude images. This report was titled “Young People and Sexting – Attitudes and Behaviours

The purpose of this research was to better understand the:

  • prevalence of sending and sharing of both solicited and unsolicited nude or nearly nude images or videos, and
  • young people’s influences and motivations for this behaviour.

In this research, when presented with a number of options the most popular responses about why nudes are sent were:

  • because they wanted a relationship (67%)
  • to be told they are attractive (68%)
  • because they were pressured into doing it (66%).

Young people may be exposed to persistent demands for images, feeling peer pressure to engage in these practices. However, many could not see anything wrong with being subjected to this sort of pressure.

Nearly 50% of teen girls cite pressure from boys as a reason to send explicit images or message, while only 18% of teen boys say they have been pressuring girls. This is potentially indicative of power imbalance, self-esteem issues or boys not realising that they are pressuring girls.

Peer pressure is not always about coercion though. When young people see their peers engaging in image sharing within relationships, their interpretation is that sexting is a successful technique to achieve a relationship. Being in a relationship often signifies a heightened level of popularity and attractiveness, two things that carry great currency in the lives of our teenagers.

‘Victim blaming’ is a common phenomenon whereby the person who generated an image receives abuse from the wider community, despite the recipient of the image being the one responsible for it being spread further. In the survey data almost 75% of respondents said the person responsible for the image is the person who took it.


Why Is Sexting a Problem?

In a technology world where anything can be copied, sent, posted, and seen by huge audiences, there’s no such thing as being able to control information. The intention doesn’t matter. In the hands of teens, when revealing photos are made public, the sexter almost always ends up feeling humiliated. Bullying and harassment are a common fallout when photos and messages get shared beyond the intended recipient, with resulting emotional and social consequences. Sexting can result in charges of distributing or possessing child pornography. 


What can Parents do?

Talk early and talk often. Start the conversation – before you have an incident.  You can also use news stories or plotlines in television shows or movies as a conversation starter.  The recent SBS four-part miniseries, The Hunting, tells the story of two high school teachers who discover that students are sharing sexually explicit photos of their underage friends and peers online.

It is key that a non-judgmental and informational approach is adopted. Our young people know that sexting is bad and that they should not do it, and can repeat verbatim the messages that are delivered to them. Keeping the dialogue open leaves room for them to talk with you rather than hiding things away. Ensure they know that you are approaching the conversation from a position of care and support. Also, be aware that they may have a different name for sexting, so you’ll need to be clear about the topic you are discussing.

Remind your adolescents that once an image is sent, it can never be retrieved – and they will lose control of it. Talk about the pressures to send revealing photos. Teach your young person that the buck stops with them. When they make a choice, they must accept the ultimate responsibility for their decisions.

Make sure you listen. Your young person may not agree with your opinions about appropriateness of certain behaviours and she may have some compelling reasons why. Encourage her to consider the possible consequences and how she wants to be seen by others.

There are ways you can help if things go wrong. If your child tells you that she (or a friend) has been sexting, address the issue calmly. Ask about the circumstances and what led to sending or receiving the photo or message. Problem-solve together on what should be done now and how to prevent a recurrence.

Let them know that they can always approach you and that you will support them. The eSafety Commissioner website has some advice on having hard-to-have conversations with your child.

You may also like to read the Common Sense Education’s Sexting Handbook. This resource gives families the language and support to take texting and smart phone power back into their own hands. It’s also a great resource for parents who are uncomfortable dealing directly with this issue.

Sexting and the law

There are commonwealth and state and territory laws against asking for, accessing, possessing, creating or sharing sexualised images of children and young people under 18. This means a young person who asks for, accesses, possesses, creates or shares sexualised images of someone under 18 may be at risk of criminal charges and thus a criminal record and possible registration as a sex offender.

Find out more about image-based abuse

Image-based abuse is when someone shares or threatens to share your nudes online without your consent. Find out more about image-based abuse and how to take action if your nudes have been shared or if someone is threatening to share them.


If you have any concerns about your daughter, or would like further information, please so not hesitate to contact us.


Mrs Beth Nairn

Acting Dean of Pastoral Care


SchoolTV: Sexting


Sexting among teens is, unfortunately, very common. Many parents are shocked to hear how casually teens discuss how prevalent it is. Why do teens do it? To show off, to entice someone, to show interest in someone, to prove commitment, or even as a joke. Click here to here for this week’s edition of SchoolTV and take the quiz to see how much you know about Sexting.



Conversations Period this week

Year 11 In conversation with Heads of House
Year 10 With Mrs Parker discussing Immersions in 2020
Year 9 In conversation with Tutors 
Year 8 Digital Tools for Organisation  
Year 7 Mindfulness


Upcoming Events

Week 7  
Wednesday 27 November Swimming Carnival
Week 8  
Monday 2 December SRC Christmas Cup
Wednesday 4 December Light Entertainment Assembly
Thursday 5 December Awards Ceremony




Social Justice

Social Justice

Green Team Wrap UP

This week’s ‘Did You Know?’ at Assembly focused on how we package gifts for Christmas. The presenters reminded us to avoid metallic-plastic and other plastic wrap and ribbons as these are not recyclable and to remove tape, ribbon and bows from paper wrap before recycling. Alternative options, such as wrapping in newspaper, fabric and reusable bags/boxes were suggested to reduce the consumption of paper.

Thursday marked the final Green Team meeting of the year and it was a hive of activity. Some of the girls chose to make Christmas gift jars containing the dry ingredients for brownies or cookies. This type of gift is largely consumable, with a reusable jar – and is the perfect gift for those who really have everything they want already. There are lots of different options for filling Mason jars or similar that make great gifts – Pinterest is great for inspiration!

Other students sorted the bras and underwear that we have collected that will be donated to the Uplift Project and Days for Girls charities who provide these necessary items to women in Australia and overseas. More details on the work these charities do and how you can donate, can be found online by clicking on the hyperlinks above.

Some of our students diverted dysfunctional pens and other plastic writing tools from landfill and they are boxed up and ready to send to Terracycle for recycling through the Bic-sponsored recycling scheme. The Colgate Oral Care box is almost heavy enough to send to Terracycle, but not quite, so keep sending in your old toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss packets. These schemes and others are continuing into 2020. More details around what we collect at Loreto Normanhurst can be found here. 


Mrs Elizabeth Cranfield

Ecology Coordinator




Saturday Sport

There is predicted to be more poor air quality around Sydney tomorrow, which may impact on some Saturday Sport fixtures or training sessions. All students have received an email with information regarding tomorrow, but as a reminder, before leaving home please make sure you check on the IGSSA Venue Closures website, the HKDTA website or the IPSHA App for any venue closures across Sydney. If air quality affects rowing training or cheerleading training, an email will be sent directly to those students as soon as a decision has been made. Please remember that unless you hear from the Sport Department directly, or from the sources listed above, your game will be going ahead as scheduled. There will be different conditions across Sydney tomorrow, so please don’t assume that because the weather is clear at your place that it won’t be smoky at your venue (and vice versa). All decisions will be made with the health and safety of participants as a primary concern – fingers crossed for a clear day!


Primary Swimming Carnival

Our Primary superfish were in the pool on Thursday, competing at the Primary School Swimming Carnival. There was colour and noise aplenty as the three House, Benedicta, Clare and Dorothea, battled it out to see who would walk away with the Spirit Cup and the all-important Overall Point Score Trophy.

There were some awesome races, including both the 4 x 50 House Relay and the 50m Invitational both being decided by a touch at the wall!

We are currently crunching the numbers and we’ll have a full wrap of results once they’ve been finalised.



On Wednesday, our superstar team “Loreto Heat” competed in the Cricket NSW T20 Cricket Blast Regional Finals. They won selection in this competition after winning the local gala day earlier in the term. Our girls competed to the highest level and came away with 3rd place overall, which is a tremendous effort. One of the highlights of the day was watching Frances O’Brien  (Year 8) belt three consecutive 6’s straight down the ground and bring up a huge total of 150! Well done, girls!


Secondary Swimming Carnival

As we count down the final weeks of the year, there’s still one major event to go – the Secondary School Swimming Carnival is on again next Wednesday 27 November at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Homebush. Racing begins at 8am with the 200IM, 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle – the pool will be open from 7:30am for warmups. Good luck to all students competing; and don’t forget your goggles!


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 enquiries about sport at Loreto should be sent to


MRs Kristie Greville

Mrs Emily Wood

Snowsports IGSSA Softball IPSHA Sports & Carnivals
  Cross Country Pathway LN Activities Program
  Hills  Netball Gymnastics
  Rugby 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    
  Swimming Pathway    

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:  Mia Hallinan


Current sport/activity: Gymnastics, water polo and cheerleading.

Favourite school sport/activity: Water polo.

Highest level of sporting achievement: Coming 1st at the Battle at the Beaches competition two years in a row.

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: Participating in a new sport each term.

Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: Watching any AFL game.

Best subject at school: English.

Any superstitions before playing sport: I always double knot my shoelaces and tuck them under at the top.

Best tune to listen to before competing: Bounce by Calvin Harris.


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

Week 6, Saturday 23 November


BBQ Duty Time

Families Rostered

LON07 7:30am-8:45am Baxter, Curran, Dickinson, Harris
LON28 8:30am-9:45am Alford, Middleton, Pardey, White
LON21 9:30am-10:45am Lee, Roberts, Ingham, Saliba
LON20 10:30am-11:45am Kevans, Cairns, Munoz


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 4




IPSHA Sports Mrs Emily Wood
Midweek Activities Mrs Emily Wood




IGSSA Water Polo  Mr Stephen Charters
Hornsby Tennis Mr David Brock
IGSSA Touch Football Mrs Kristie Greville
Hayden Fitness Centre 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



Online Resource Subscriptions

As a Loreto Normanhurst community member you can register for free our online resource: Study Work Grow – school code: LRNH19

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

Lunchtime Workshops – Year 12 2020

Careers are running the following lunchtime workshops for Year 12 2020 students in Term 4:

Studying at Australian National University/ Tuckwell Scholarship (ANU) Monday, 25 November

If you have not RSVP’ed and would like to attend, please email careers.


Job Spotlight


Passionate about dancing? Explore Careers in Dance.


Interesting Reads:

The Best Places to Work in 2019 – HRM Online

What is selection criteria? – University of Melbourne Careers

High School Graduates Attend Year 13 – ABC News


Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes

Careers Advisers

Higher Education Information

UNSW Info Day

19 December
10am to 3pm
Kensington Campus

Info Day is the perfect opportunity to get your last minute questions answered.

Attend lectures, explore campus and chat to academics and current students in the Advisory Centre.

Come and see what studying at UNSW is all about. We look forward to welcoming you on campus.

For more information

TAFE InfoFest

9-13 December
20-24 January

Discover the perfect course for you, at TAFE NSW InfoFest.

With over 1,200 courses, diplomas and degrees, InfoFest is a great opportunity to get the info on your career.

Whether you’re a school leaver wanting to get qualified faster, wanting to build new skills to land a promotion, thinking about an exciting career change, or just looking for some essential skills that can help to successfully launch your business – you can explore all of your options at TAFE NSW InfoFest.

Our doors open early in December as well as mid-January, allowing future students a chance to get the course information they need, as well as any assistance in finalising their enrolments for Semester 1, 2020.

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University of Sydney | Info Day

19 December 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The University of Sydney, Camperdown

How do I plan my dream degree? What if I didn’t get the ATAR I need? Get answers to all your questions before finalising your preferences for the December Round 2 offers.

Learn more about the subject choices on offer, our unparalleled student experience and the many admission pathways into uni.

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Notre Dame | Info Day

19 December 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney

Get a taste of University life. Join us for The University of Notre Dame’s Info Day – it’s the perfect opportunity to chat with our academics, get an understanding of our course offerings and have your last-minute questions answered.

Whether you’ve already applied to study at Notre Dame or you’re still considering what you’d like to study, all prospective students are welcome to come along and find out more about the opportunities available, including mentoring and leadership programs.

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ACU | Know Your Options

Strathfield: 17 December 2019, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

North Sydney: 18 December 2019, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Come along to Know Your Options, an event where you can talk to experts about your course and career path, learn about alternative entry and admission pathways, and explore our campus.

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Work Experience

Work Experience with Fine Music 102.5

​Fine Music 102.5 offers work experience for Year 10 students who play an instrument and are passionate about classical or jazz music, to sample an operational radio station based in St Leonards in Sydney.

Work experience at Fine Music provides opportunity for students to meet musicians, composers, audio engineers, and other performance students, and to find out more about the Sydney musical scene.

Students are given a broad introduction to most aspects of our radio station including:

  • Editing pre-recorded programs using audio software
  • Programming from our extensive music library
  • Scripting and program research
  • Presenting pre-recorded programs
  • Administrative work
  • Copy-writing for our social media platforms, website and in-house newsletters.

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Work experience at Hunter Water

Work experience at Hunter Water will provide students with hands on experience as well as teach them many valuable workplace skills. Students will be provided with exposure to an operational work environment while gaining guidance and feedback from a skilled supervisor in a work team.

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Work Experience at Newcastle Art Gallery

Work experience at Newcastle Art Gallery is an option for creative secondary school students with a passion for art to connect with and learn from the Gallery’s professional staff, significant collection and range of programs. We scaffold the student’s experience across the whole Gallery team, to ensure an even coverage of all elements of Gallery operations.

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Work Experience with Blacktown City Council

Blacktown City Council are committed to providing meaningful work experience opportunities. We see it as a valuable contribution to the community and we will do all that we can to make it a professional, enjoyable and successful program.

Eligibility for work experience placements is normally from students that are currently studying at High School who are currently in Years 10, 11, or 12; TAFE students or University students.

Some of the most popular work experience placements take place in the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Key Venues (leisure and aquatic)
  • Animal Holding Facility
  • International School’s Program, ‘Duke of Edinburgh’
  • Trades (Plumbing, Electrical and Carpentry).

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Contevo Digital Marketing​ Scholarship

Value: $1,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 29, 2019 – December 31, 2019

The team at Contevo recognises young ambition and talent. Our aim is to share the next generation of students and future leaders to the world. If you’re a student studying SEO, PPC or Social Media Marketing or simply have a passion for marketing, please apply and share your interest with everyone.

A successful applicant of our digital marketing scholarships should:

  • Be listed as a current graduate or undergraduate student in a technical institution, community/junior college, or at a university for the current year or
  • Intend to enter a technical institution, college, or an institution of higher education on a part-time or full-time basis, in Australia, USA, UK or NZ for the current academic year
  • Sustain high academic achievement
  • Preferably be obtaining Marketing, Communications, Web or Design degrees or
  • Be obtaining a Business Marketing, Digital marketing, or Search Engine Marketing degree

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Mediations Australia Scholarship Program

Value: Conference attendance and accommodation up to $1,000

The Mediations Australia Scholarship Program gives one successful student the opportunity to attend for free the widely accepted, best annual mediation conference in Australia, the “National Mediation Conference.”

The National Mediation Conference is a three-day event of which keynote speakers are sourced both nationally and globally to share their insights of mediation in 2020 and beyond.

The successful applicant must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • An undergraduate student in the field of law
  • An interest in alternate dispute resolution.

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The Droga Indigenous Architecture Scholarship Program

Value: $50,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: November 11, 2019 – February 14, 2020

Established with the aim to develop meaningful representation in Australian Architecture of Indigenous professionals and supporting a thriving Indigenous contribution to architectural culture and production in Australia, representing approaches to issues of design, construction, sustainability and landscape. The scholarship is open to indigenous students undertaking an undergraduate or Masters degree in Architecture at UTS.

  • be of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent and provide either:
  • be an undergraduate student:
    • commencing full-time enrolment in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (single or combined), and
    • have achieved an ATAR or equivalent of 69 or above, excluding bonus points or be an applicant who has accepted an offer through the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research direct entry program, and
    • be a current school leaver, or be a non-current school leaver under 25 years of age at the commencement of the relevant year; and
    • provide a copy of their high school report (showing subjects studied) and if available a school reference, OR
  • be a Masters Student:
    • commencing enrolment in the Masters of Architecture, and
    • have achieved a Weighted Average Mark of 70 or above in the undergraduate degree that formed their basis of admission; or
    • continuing enrolment in the Masters of Architecture having completed no more than 24 credit points, and
    • have achieved a Weighted Average Mark of 50 or above in their Masters undertaken to date, and
    • All Masters applicants must provide a curriculum vitae
    • The Recipient must maintain a minimum Pass (WAM 50+) average in each session

To apply:

  • All applicants must apply using the UTS online Scholarships Application form to be eligible.
  • All applicants must be available to attend an interview in person.
  • Please submit the online application form by midnight Friday 2nd February 2019.

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University of Sydney J Alan Gibson Scholarship

Value: $24,000 per year

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

This scholarship aims to support recent school leavers from rural and remote areas commencing study in engineering.

You must:

  • be a recent school leaver
  • qualify and enrol into any of the undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Engineering
  • be from an outer regional, remote or very remote area as classified by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard
  • demonstrate financial need.

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Macquarie Accommodation Scholarship

Value: ~$10,000 per year

Open/Closing Dates: November 1, 2019 – February 21, 2020

The Macquarie Accommodation Scholarship is designed to support regional or rural recipients whose opportunities to study at university may have been hampered by situations out of their control.

The successful applicants for this scholarship will be:

  • Able to demonstrate financial hardship. Applicants need to be in receipt of Youth Allowance or other means tested Commonwealth support.
  • Relocating from a regional or rural area to study at Macquarie University.
  • Studying as an internal student

Consideration is also given to applicants who, in addition to financial hardship, demonstrate any of the following:

  • Capacity to triumph over hardship
  • Indigenous background
  • Carer responsibilities
  • Geographic Disadvantage
  • Non English speaking background
  • Long term medical condition or
  • Ongoing effects of abuse

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MQ Iglu Scholarship

Value: 50% off accommodation fees

Open/Closing Dates: August 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Macquarie University and Iglu – Chatswood are offering scholarships for students to live at Iglu – Chatswood.

The successful applicants for this scholarship will be able to demonstrate:

  • Sufficient academic progression
  • That they are an undergraduate or postgraduate domestic student at Macquarie University
  • Commitment to study
  • A positive contribution to their community through leadership, volunteering or other means

Financial disadvantage and other disadvantages are also considered. These include:

  • Capacity to triumph over hardship
  • Indigenous background
  • Carer responsibilities
  • Geographic disadvantage
  • Non English-speaking background and/or
  • Long term medical condition and/or ongoing effects of abuse.

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Parent Association

Parent Association

Notice of the PAL AGM

The Parent Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on Wednesday 27 November at 7:30pm in the Curran Theatre.    The Parent Association of Loreto (PAL) is the official representation of parents and guardians of students at the school. We encourage parents/guardians of students from all year levels to join the Executive Committee so we can be a truly representative body.

It’s a great way to be involved with your school community and to meet other parents.

We would therefore ask if any parent (including any existing Committee members) who would like to nominate for a role on the Parent Association Executive for 2020, to please complete the nomination form and return to the PAL Secretary (Mr Lukas Aviani) by Monday 25 November 2019. 

 Click HERE for more details and  the voting form.

Year Parent Representatives 2020

In 2020 the PAL ‘Year Parent Representatives’ will play an important role in the Loreto community. The Parent Representative’s role is to build friendships, strengthen community and facilitate communication amongst parents and carers in their year group. This includes organising events for parents, encouraging parent support, assistance and participation at school events and welcoming new families. Through this we aim to bring parents in each year group together as they share their daughter’s journey through Loreto Normanhurst. 

Please come along to the meeting on Wednesday 4 December at 6.30pm in the GBC 1.02 to find out more.

If you are interested in being a Year Parent Representative for your daughter’s year group please come along to the meeting or contact Jane Dalton via email  or on 0410 300 402.  

To get in touch with PAL for any questions please contact us via email.

Have an enjoyable weekend.


Paul White & Louise Wytenburg

PAL Co-Presidents


PAL Contact

The Parent Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on Wednesday 27 November at 7:30pm  in the Curran Theatre.


2019 Upcoming Events  – Term   4



Saturday 23 November Primary School Mothers and Daughters’
Christmas Creations Afternoon 
Wednesday 27 November Parent Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Curran Theatre at 7:30pm
Wednesday 4 December 2020 Parent Representative Meeting – 6.30pm – GBC 1.02


Ex-Students’ Association Contact 

Ms Patsy Shannon, President:           

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