Newsletter 23 April - 23 April 2021
Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

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Primary School

Primary School

It was so lovely to see the girls return to school looking relaxed and rejuvenated for what will be a jam-packed Term 2.

We are looking forward to welcoming parents on-site for the Mathematics Evening next Monday. The night will be run by Dr Laurinda Lomas. Dr Lomas has been an educator in the independent and public sector for more than 20 years. This includes extensive time in K-6 classrooms as both a classroom teacher, gifted and talented and mathematics specialist and Deputy Principal. Dr Lomas has also worked as a Mathematics Consultant for the Association of Independent schools across NSW and has completed her doctoral studies in the teaching and learning of Mathematics. She will discuss our approach to Mathematics and will conclude the session with parents returning to the classroom to take part in some Mathematical problem solving and the opportunity to display their mathematical thinking. It certainly is a night not to be missed.


NAPLAN Year 5

11th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 5 Writing

12th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 5 Reading

13th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 5 Language Conventions

14th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 5 Numeracy

Please be assured that your daughter is well prepared for NAPLAN, as the work that she completes across all of her subject areas is ample preparation for these assessments and there is no need to for her to undertake additional study.  Students have also engaged in online practice tests last term to familiarise themselves with the testing platform. Our key message is that these tests are diagnostic in nature, providing your daughter and her teachers with a snapshot on where she sits on the learning continuum for Numeracy and Literacy, and to identify the skills and areas where your daughter can experience future growth.  It would be appreciated if you could reinforce this message with your daughter in your conversations at home.   

Your daughter will need to bring the following to the testing:

  • Laptop – fully charged
  • Headphones or ear buds – preferably plug in
  • A pen, as working out paper will be available

It would be appreciated if you could please support us in helping your daughter to be organised with these items.  The NAPLAN Information Sheet is provided for your reference.  Further information can be found on the NAPLAN website and samples of NAPLAN questions can be found on this link.

We have planned for catch up testing on 17th May.  If for some reason your daughter is unwell of the day of a NAPLAN test and is unable to attend school please email the Learning Office before 8.30am on the day of the tests.  We thank you for your assistance with ensuring your daughter is prepared on each day of the assessments.


Sporting Superstar Update

Emma Dinca from Year 5 attended the Gymnastics State Championships during the holidays. Emma has now qualified in the NSW Team (top 6) which will represent NSW for Level 9 Under at the upcoming 2021 Australian Gymnastics Championships, held on the Gold Coast. Emma was also awarded a Bronze medal for Vault. A fantastic achievement, Emma. Good luck for the Nationals!


IPSHA Cross Country

Congratulations to the following girls who took part in the IPSHA Cross Country at The King’s School on Wednesday. All girls performed very well. Special commendation to Seren D’Souza who placed 9th in her race and therefore has been selected to compete at the CIS level later this term.

Inayah Absar

Seren D’Souza

Molly Mein

Lucy Saad

Charlotte Stephenson

Anna Ward

Georgia Mercer-Witenden

Grace Vukasovic

Alyssa Blackman

Josephine Harman

Gabriella Connell

Eva Cusick

Lucinda Durston

Porsha Gill

 


Happy Birthday

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

Charlotte, Tessa, Grace, Adele, Stella, Aisling, Juliet, Carissa, Isabella, Fleur


Drop off / Pick Up

A gentle reminder that students are to be dropped off and picked up from the Slip Rd off Osborn Road. Please do not use Mount Pleasant Avenue for this purpose.


Upcoming Events

Monday 26 April Parent Maths Evening  6.00-7.00pm
Tuesday 4 May Year 5 Excursion to the Sydney Writers’ Festival
Wednesday 5 May School Photo Day
Friday 7 May Primary School Mothers’ Day Breakfast – 8.15am followed by Year 5 Identity Project – 9.00-10.00am

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head of Drama

Head of Drama

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” “Never be afraid to play and never be afraid to fail.”

These quotes can be found on the walls of our Drama classrooms. They are reaffirmed by teachers who shout out “Take a risk!” and “Try something new!” during warm up games and performance activities.

Our goal is to remind students that our classrooms are places where they are safe to experiment with their learning and try new things. Of course, taking a risk and stepping out of one’s comfort zone in any situation is easier said than done. So many of us (not just students) feel the need to succeed immediately and anticipate that future failure will be upsetting. Our instinct is to safeguard ourselves from feelings of embarrassment, disappointment and frustration. This mindset can be debilitating for a learner and limits their growth.

In creative pursuits, the desire to succeed the first time seems to be even more pronounced. As Drama teachers, we see this often. Students will often label themselves as untalented if they aren’t funny, engaging or ‘original’ the first time they attempt a performance activity. Keith Johnstone, a British and Canadian pioneer of improvisational theatre, actually cautions against trying to be original. He states that “striving to be original takes you far away from your authentic self and makes your work mediocre”.[1]

Comedian and feminist writer Deborah Frances-White adds that the biggest enemies of success in creative endeavours are fear and ego. She tells young performers to let go of the fear of failure and to remove themselves from the work, emphasising that the focus should be on the process instead of the outcome. She makes a comparison to scientists. When a scientific experiment fails, a scientist is unlikely to throw their hands in the air and say “I’m an untalented scientist. I’m terrible. I’m a failure”. Instead they will understand that to find the best process you have to keep going and try again, all the time ruling out what doesn’t work[2]. Imagine if we treated all learning like this? Not just in the classroom but in all aspects of life; treating every experience as a ‘data collecting activity’ where we learn more about ourselves and how to improve the processes we take to achieve our goals.

One of our aims as a department this year is to keep investigating ways to encourage our students to embrace failure as a learning opportunity and to measure a student’s ability to take risks. We have had some rich discussions about processes we can use in the classroom to recognise and reward these attributes in our students.  

If you would like to listen to more thoughts about failure, I recommend a podcast called ‘How to Fail with Elizabeth Day’. In this podcast, award-winning journalist Elizabeth Day interviews philosophers, writers, actors, directors and more about what they have learned from things going wrong. Great listening.

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome back to the team Mrs. Chris Woods and Mrs. Casey Scoines who took periods of leave in 2020.

We also look forward to seeing you at some performances this year, particularly our School Musical, as we start to open our spaces again to parents and members of our school community.

 

Ms Anna-lea Russo

Head of Drama

 

[1] Keith Johnstone (2012). “Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre”, p.88, Routledge

[2] Elizabeth Day (2019).How to fail with Elizabeth Day”. https://open.spotify.com/episode/3i5swPhTgTcDpawje4PN05

 

School Musical 2021

School Musical 2021

We are so excited to announce we will be staging the production of Matilda JR in 2021!

This one-hour, junior-length musical of the full Broadway production will showcase and celebrate the many talents at our school and offer students the opportunity to build skills in creativity, collaboration, and self-expression, all while having a great time!

The production will take place in our School Gymnasium in Term 4
on Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 October 2021

Auditions

Students from Years 5 – 10 are invited to audition to be a part of this production. Auditions will take place in Week 4 this term. Students in Years 7-10 have received information regarding the show, auditions and rehearsals via Sentral. Primary students have received this information via email.

We encourage all students who are interested to step forward to audition. We know auditioning can be a daunting process, however, we aim to make the experience positive and enjoyable.

More information about the show, auditions and rehearsals can be found in the Information and Audition Pack.

Please read this with your daughter and encourage her to see me with any questions.

Ms Anna-lea Russo

Director, Head of Drama

 

EXTDAY@LNH – Extended Day Program

EXTDAY@LNH – Extended Day Program

This program has been invaluable to us as we both work and to see her enjoy both the social and study components of the program has been wonderful.

As per this quote from a current parent, our EXTDAY@LNH program has been really popular and has many benefits for families.

Our Extended Day Program at Loreto Normanhurst operates from 3.00pm until 8.00pm each Monday to Thursday during the school term. EXTDAY@LNH is an after-school program offered to all day students in Years 5 to 9.

EXTDAY@LNH offers flexibility around school pick-up times and provides an engaging environment where students can enjoy social interactions with peers from different year groups. It also delivers the opportunity for students to receive attentive after-hours supervision and participate in sustained periods of guided study, ably supported by qualified teachers and homework helpers.

Incorporated into this offering are a variety of supervised recreational activities plus access to a wide range of extra-curricular initiatives held on the school campus. EXTDAY@LNH participants will join the boarding community for components of their daily schedule. Dinner is supplied to the students just before at 6.00pm, with boarders joining with the group at various times during the term. Afternoon tea and dinner are included in the daily charge.

EXTDAY@LNH is overseen by teaching staff from Loreto Normanhurst. Families can choose which day(s) of the week a student will attend each term. For Loreto Normanhurst students this program offers the opportunity to foster personal and social development and develop key life skills such as independence, self-efficacy and tenacity.

If you are interested in enrolling or re-enrolling your daughter in EXTDAY@LNH please complete this application form.

For any further questions or queries you can contact us at extday@loretonh.nsw.edu.au


EXTDAY@LNH Schedule Overview

3.00-3.45pm

  • Sign-in at the Mary Ward Centre when school day concludes
  • Afternoon tea

3.45-4.45pm

  • Supervised recreation & Extra-curricular activities
  • Year 5-6 Sport ends at 4.30pm, students return to MWC

4.45-4.55pm

  • Group relocates to Level 2 Gonzaga Barry Centre
  • Year 7-9 Sport ends 5.00pm, students meet group in GBC

4.55-6.00pm

  • Study Session 1: Homework help and guided study with boarders

6.00-6.30pm

  • Dinner (packaged Boarder’s dinner delivered to the GBC)

6.30-7.00pm

  • Flexible time: Board games, quiet reading, craft, sewing or other hobbies

7.00-8.00pm

  • Study Session 2: Homework help and guided study with boarders
  • Year 5-6 students may choose to read or engage in other independent activities

Feedback from current families

Please see a selection of the feedback that has been received from families:

“This program has been invaluable to us as we both work and to see her enjoy both the social and study components of the program has been wonderful.”

“My daughter attends twice per week and loves it.”

“[My daughter] really enjoys the homework assistance, which is leading to gradually increasing confidence in her assessment work. She also enjoys the feeling of camaraderie and increased participation in the life of the school outside of normal school hours.”

“[My daughter] thinks [EXTDAY@LNH] is the greatest thing she’s ever done. It’s an excellent program and offers so much supervision, assistance and interaction for the girls.”


 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of the EXTDAY@LNH Program?

$50 per afternoon billed to student accounts. Enrolment is for an entire term.

How will EXTDAY@LNH be staffed?

EXTDAY@LNH will be overseen by members of the teaching staff. Boarding supervisors will also be present during supervised study sessions.

Where does the program take place?

Students meet in the Mary Ward Centre (MWC) and move to Level 2 of the GBC for guided study sessions. Dinner is in the dining room in the Boarding House.

Will my daughter need to attend every afternoon or every week?

You select the day(s) of the week on which your daughter will attend. She must attend those days each week for the term. You will be charged for the whole term.

How do I notify the School if my daughter is sick or has an appointment or otherwise will not be attending EXTDAY@LNH?

Please send details to extday@loretonh.nsw.edu.au prior to 3.00pm.

If my daughter is absent will I still be charged? Are make-up days available?

Your account will be charged for the term. At this stage, make-up days are not available.

What happens if a Public Holiday falls on my daughter’s EXTDAY@LNH day?

EXTDAY@LNH will not operate on a non-school day and you will not be billed for that afternoon. The total cost for the term will take into account any public holidays or pupil free days falling within the term.

How will EXTDAY@LNH accommodate my daughter’s extra-curricular commitments?

Sometimes students have sport training or other extra-curricular commitments until 4.30pm or 5.00pm. Students involved in these activities will join the EXTDAY@LNH group at the conclusion of their extra-curricular commitment. Students are able to join the program at the MWC or GBC, depending on timing, and then participate for the remainder of the Program until 8.00pm. Please note, that you will still be charged the full fee for afternoon.

Do students need to wear uniform to EXTDAY@LNH?

Yes. Students will generally be in their uniform anyway. If students join the group after sport training, they may attend in their training attire.

Will the School facilitate transport home?

We ask parents to make all arrangements to collect their daughters between 6.30pm and 8.00pm.

You will be asked to provide the details of guardians who may be collecting your daughter.

Where do I collect my daughter at the end of the evening?

All student pick-ups will occur in Slip Road (on Osborne Road).

Can parents arrange car-pooling for pick up?

We encourage parents to use efficient means to collect their daughters from EXTDAY@LNH. You will be asked to provide the details of all individuals who may be collecting your daughter.

Am I able to pick up my daughter before 8.00pm?

We prefer that students are collected after 6.30pm. There may be times when it is necessary to collect your daughter earlier than this. Simply email extday@loretonh.nsw.edu.au or provide your daughter with a note outlining the time you will collect your daughter. Please note that you will still be invoiced the full cost of the Program for that afternoon.

Can my daughter’s individual dietary needs be catered for?

Yes. Upon application, you will be asked for these details.

How do I apply?

Please complete this application form.

What if I have other questions?

For all questions, comments or other feedback, please contact extday@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

 

 

Spirituality

Spirituality

Now, you and I see shadows, stirring and shaping character and plot, awaiting the new…

Marlene Marburg

 Here we are in this wonderful Season of our Church Year, the Season of Easter.  And we begin with a question: What has Easter got to do with me?  

To start our reflection on Easter here is a little anecdote about the Irish visionary and eco-poet, John Moriarty: “Moriarty was walking through muddy patches near his home, wondering how those bits of heaven could emerge from such a drab place. ‘How could something so yellow as a buttercup come out of soggy brown earth’? he asked. ‘How could something so purple as an orchid and so perfect as a cowslip come out of it?  Where does the colour and perfection come from?’ ”.

We too may ask that question as we gaze in wonder at the exuberant budding and flowering that happens all over the planet, as we see a seemingly withered tree burst into life or tiny shoots of greenness.  We too are surprised by the power of life when it appears.  And often in the most unlikely of places and experiences.   

This is what Easter has to do with us.  It is about the power of life.

Click here to read more.

 

Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator

Learning

Learning

Term Dates 2022

Please click here for the Term Dates for 2022.

We publish these dates now to give families sufficient time to organise holidays that fall within the Student Vacation dates in the year ahead.

It is a condition of enrolment at Loreto Normanhurst, and part of the contract of enrolment entered into with the School by parents, that students be in attendance at school for the duration of each school term.  Exemption from school or approval for leave from school for the purpose of travel will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. 

Please make note of the Term Dates for 2022 and keep them for future reference. You will also have received an email with the dates attached.

Deputy’s Office


Years 7 to 11 Academic Plenaries

Academic Plenaries are opportunities for students, supported by teachers, to share their learning progress with their parents and receive valuable feedback.  Teachers will be available for 5 minute meetings on Friday 7th May – 1.00pm to 8.30pm, and Tuesday 18th May – 3.30pm to 8.30pm.  The plenaries will be held via Zoom and only one booking per teacher can be made for each student.  Please note the 7th May is an early dismissal for Years 7-12 students. Private school buses will run twice on this day, once at 12.40pm and then at 3.15pm as normal.

Please click to view the following PDF links for further information on the finer details of the process. All necessary information is included in these three documents.

Reservations for the Plenary meetings are made online through the PTO Website which will open on Monday 3rd May at 1pm.

This site will remain available for you to access your teacher Zoom meeting links at the time of your meeting.  You will be able to change your PTO appointment times until 10am on the day prior to each plenary date.  If there are any changes that need to be made after this time, please email the Learning Office.  When booking your plenaries, if your daughter is a day student, please factor in the time it will take for her to travel home, so that she is able to attend the Zoom Plenaries with you.  

All parents are encouraged to book PTO Zoom Plenary meetings and if there are circumstances that prevent you from conducting meetings using the Zoom format, please contact your daughter’s Head of House.

We thank you for your assistance. Please email learning@loretonh.nsw.edu.au if you have any questions.

 

Mrs Rachael Jarick

Assistant to the Deans of Learning

 


Years 7 and 9 NAPLAN

NAPLAN will take place in Week 4 of this term, Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th May.  The schedule is as follows:

Year 7

11th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 7 Reading

12th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 7 Writing

13th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 7 Language Conventions

14th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 7 Numeracy

Year 9

11th May – Periods 3 & 4 – Year 9 Reading

12th May – Periods 3 & Conversations – Year 9 Writing

13th May – Periods 3 & 4 – Year 9 Language Conventions

14th May – Periods 3 & 4 – Year 9 Numeracy

Please be assured that your daughter is well prepared for NAPLAN, as the work that she completes across all of her subject areas is ample preparation for these assessments. There is no need to for her to undertake additional study.  Students have also engaged in online practice tests last term to familiarise themselves with the testing platform. Our key message is that these tests are diagnostic in nature, providing your daughter and her teachers with a snapshot of where she sits on the learning continuum for Numeracy and Literacy, and to identify the skills and areas where your daughter can experience future growth.  It would be appreciated if you could reinforce this message with your daughter in your conversations at home.   

Your daughter will need to bring the following to the testing:

  • Laptop – fully charged
  • Headphones or ear buds – preferably plug in
  • A pen, as working out paper will be available

It would be appreciated if you could please support us in helping your daughter to be organised with these items.  The NAPLAN Information Sheet is provided for your reference.  Further information can be found on the NAPLAN website and samples of NAPLAN questions can be found on this Link.

We have planned for catch-up testing on 17th May.  If for some reason your daughter is unwell of the day of a NAPLAN test and is unable to attend school, please email the Learning Office before 8.30am on the day of the tests.  We thank you for your assistance with ensuring your daughter is prepared on each day of the assessments.

Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning

 


Year 10 Canberra Excursion

The Canberra Excursion is taking place from Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th May 2021 (Week 4).

If your daughter is required to take any medication during the excursion, it will need to be submitted on the day in a zip-lock plastic bag with the completed Prescription and Non-Prescription Medication Form.

Please do not hesitate to email the Learning Office with any queries.

Mr Marco Scali

(Acting) Dean of Learning

 


Celebrations of Learning

Year 8 Mathematics Incursion

Our Year 8 girls recently participated in a Maths incursion which focused on problems, patterns, pictures and puzzles. The students enjoyed working together on a range of original hands-on problems.

“Attending the Inquisitive Minds Maths incursion last term has been one of my highlights of mathematics this year. I thoroughly enjoyed working collaboratively with my partner to solve the various problem-solving questions, especially with the time limit and point-earning system which gave all the students a sense of competitiveness and adrenaline and made the incursion that more enjoyable and memorable. I highly appreciated the explanations and diverse strategies that our instructors showed us, which we could apply to each question. I liked how there were different ways we could approach the overall course, with varied levels of difficulty and outcomes. Overall, I very much enjoyed this opportunity we were given to expand our knowledge in mathematics, problem-solving and collaborative skills.”

Elina Degani

“The Maths incursion was, to borrow a mathematical term, of infinite value in expanding the boundaries of our finite minds. Not only did we engage competitively with fellow students in our class but also with girls in all the other classes for mouth-watering chocolates. During the competition, we learned about alternative ways to calculate simple problems; different but quick and effective ways. The competition engendered a spirit of camaraderie and friendly rivalry. It helped to make us cooperative learners and at the same time fiercely independent thinkers, who can truly ‘think outside the square’.  We learned as much from bouncing ideas off one another as we did from the questions themselves. This incursion allowed us to work in teams productively and overall, it was an achievement that rendered me speechless with the sheer pleasure of the many ‘aha’ moments my partner, Aimee Harrison and I shared upon discovering short-cuts to solutions.

Christiana Vella 

Mrs Sally Brimfield

Head of Mathematics


Dates to Remember

Years 7-11

Academic Plenaries 

7 May – 1.30pm to 8.30pm 18 May – 3.30pm to 8.30pm Via Zoom

Year 7

 

Year 7 Parents & Students Study Skills Evening – Prue Salter

Monday 29 March
7pm – 8.30pm – Livestreamed

Year 7 NAPLAN

11 May to 14 May

 

Year 9

 

Holistic Learning at Loreto Normanhurst and FNQE Education Evening

Tuesday 1 June

7pm – 8pm

Year 9 NAPLAN

11 May to 14 May

Year 10 

Year 10 Canberra Excursion

12 May to 14 May

Learning at Loreto Normanhurst and Subject Selection Evening 

Wednesday 26 May 

7pm – 8:30pm

Year 11

Year 11 Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 13 October

 

Year 12

Year 12 Term 2 Assessment Block 17 May to 28 May
Year 12 Parent Information Evening

Monday 12 July 

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Welcome back to our returning students and families and in particular, a very warm welcome to our new students and their families. We are off and running for Term 2 and we are particularly impressed by the way the students are settling into their studies, wearing their winter uniform correctly and are ready for a busy and productive term together.


Loreto Day Update

Term 2 is a particularly exciting term for us as we watch Year 11 work together to produce the magic that is Loreto Day. Loreto Day is on Friday 28 May, 2021, at the end of week 6.

Pope Francis has much to say about injustices in the world. He says: “It is no easy task to overcome the bitter legacy of injustices, hostility and mistrust left by conflict. It can only be done by overcoming evil with good.” Loreto Day is a unique experience for our community. As a community we are blessed to have what we have. This day is an example of the entire school community working together to support others in the world who are not as fortunate as we are.

Each year, Year 11 students across the eight Houses research causes aligned with the work of Mary Ward International and the Loreto Sisters. This year’s presentations were outstanding and the Year 11 cohort voted to support Barry House’s cause which is the eradication of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya. Alice Kevans, Michelle Hoffman and Nihara Gunasekara from Year 11 Barry, delivered an inspiring presentation launching this cause to the school community on behalf of their peers at assembly on Wednesday. Over the next few weeks, the community will learn more about the cause and the power and significance of giving to others in need. A copy of the the student’s powerpoint presentation is provided for you so that you have a context and understanding of the cause. This is one way that we as a school can do much to raise awareness of the needs of others in our broader world community.

Raffle Ticket Information

Like last year, our Loreto Day Raffle will be conducted online. There are some wonderful prizes up for grabs this year. Click here to explore the prizes on offer and to also purchase your tickets.

Year 11 students have prepared these Loreto Day logos, as a powerful reminder of the need to eradicate FGM in Kenya.


Transdev Bus Service

Please see notification from Transdev regarding change to bus services due to a road closure at Wahroonga Station.


SPECIAL REPORT: Vaping & E-Cigarettes

Vaping is becoming a trendy pastime that is growing in popularity across Australia, especially amongst teenagers. It is the act of inhaling a vapour created by an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette. Many teenagers are succumbing to peer pressure around this risk-taking activity due to the ease of accessing and hiding vapes. They are often cheaper than conventional cigarettes, making it more cost-effective and attractive to young people.

Although under 18s are not legally allowed to purchase any type of e-cigarette or vaping product in Australia, teenagers are finding ways to access them online. Australia has strict regulations in place for nicotine-containing products, and attempts are being made to regulate vaping and ban the importation of them. Many of the flavoured liquids associated with vaping, contain not only high levels of nicotine, but other potentially harmful additives. Many of these “e-liquids” contain chemicals that are likely to be toxic, that when inhaled or vaped repeatedly, can cause severe damage to the lungs.

Vaping is often marketed as being the “healthy” alternative to smoking. However, doctors strongly advise that if you do not smoke, then you should not start vaping. Most teenagers are unaware of the associated risks and potential impact vaping can have on their development and overall health. Parents are encouraged to discuss the dangers of nicotine addiction and include e-cigarettes in the discussion alongside alcohol and drugs.

This Special Report highlights the facts around vaping and e-cigarettes and what are the potential risks. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Click here to access this special report. 


Wishing all our students and their families a wonderful start to Term 2. 

Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan

Deans of Pastoral Care

 

Extra-Curricular and Oratory News

Extra-Curricular and Oratory News

Science Club

In Term 1, Science Club took advantage of the rainy weather and went searching for frogs within the Loreto Normanhurst grounds. During this activity we became citizen scientists contributing to the Australian Museum Frog ID project. We learnt about the importance of amphibians to the environment, the impact of climate change and how we can record meaningful data which goes to larger scientific studies. Click here for more information about Frog ID.

We also had fun using trial and error, as well as our understanding of how electrical circuits work when making Scribble-bots. This STEM activity was a great success and we created noisy, wobbling drawing machines. Our artwork is on display in Lab 56.

Science club runs every second Thursday after school for students in Year 7 and 8. New members are always welcome and can email Mrs Turkovic for more details.

Mrs Turkovic, Mrs Cantin and Mrs Truong


Theatresports Competition

Congratulations to the Years 9, 10 and 11 students who participated in our school-based Theatresports competition on Tuesday afternoon. Theatresports is a form of improvisational theatre performed in the format of a competition. The aim of this extra-curricular activity is to allow students to build their confidence, flex their dramatic muscles, and develop collaboration and communication skills – all while having fun.

The competition was a great way to start the term. Students fearlessly took to the stage to perform improvised scenes that were funny, engaging and incredibly clever. The competition was hosted by Ewan Campbell, a renowned improvisation comedy performer and the performances were accompanied by Year 11 pianist Ying Li. Our judges were Drama teachers Mrs. Chris Woods and Mrs. Amy Perry and our school Principal, Ms. Marina Ugonotti. A very big thank you to Ms. Hannah Montgomery who has trained the students on Tuesday afternoons and provided them with the skills and support needed to step so confidently into the unknown and create engaging performances completely on the spot!

A selection of participants will now go forward to represent our school at Impro Australia’s regional heats for the School Theatresports Challenge. We wish them luck!  

Below is a full list of the participants. Thank you girls for your energy and commitment. Your audience and the judges were extremely impressed by your willingness to jump in and work with your team mates to create theatre magic!

Sally Dalton

Ryleigh Bladen

Rosie Vaguhan

Audrey Kha

Olivia Clancy

Amreen Pandher

Ella Khoury

Lauren Lawer

Ella Taylor-Harvey

Jane Dobeson

Bella Kachel

Eloise Rose-Helbert

Jess Anderson

Isabella Lynch

Harriet Carmichael

Gabrielle Benson

Tahlia Moses

Charlotte Marks

 

Ms Anna-lea Russo
Head of Drama


Oratory News

Mock Mediation

Congratulations to our Mock Mediation team who participated in their 1st Round of the season and in Loreto Normanhurst’s first ever Mock Mediation. We await their results as this goes to print however well done to the following students who took on an active role.

Harriet Carmichael

Tahlia Moses

Jane Dobeson

Maria El Haddad

Hannah Cho

Monica Teng

Reserves: Saskia Chapman and Sairsha Davies


Mock Trial

Goodluck to our Mock Trial team who are participating in Round 2 of the competition against Normanhurst Boys this coming Tuesday. Make sure you check our results live via our Twitter handle @LNEXtraCurric. #LetsGoLoreto


Debating

Please find attached the Updated Draw for CSDA. Please note that the start of the season has been pushed back by one week. Students in this competition will now begin in Week 2.

Please also find the finalised draw for Archdale Debating.

We highly recommend all debaters participate in the Oratory Club for Term 2. Particularly students in Years 7-10. This will allow debaters to strengthen their skills in developing an argument.


Oratory Club

Nominations are still open for Oratory Club for Term 2. Students can register via this link.

As mentioned last term, students will engage in Current Affairs Topics, with the focus being on allowing students the opportunity to present a well-constructed and well considered argument, opinion or idea.

We encourage all debaters to take part in the Oratory Club in Term 2 to complement their training before their respective debates.


Youth UN NSW Evatt

Registrations are now open for NSW Youth UN Evatt competition. More information can be found here. If you are interested, you must register your interest first via oratory@loretonh.nsw.edu.au.

Students can nominate with their own partners. Guidance will be provided in the leadup to the event by a member of the Oratory Team.

 

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact myself or the Academic Activities Leaders.

We are also looking for ex-students and parents who wish to be coaches or adjudicators for the Oratory program in 2021. Please contact the Oratory Team for further information

 

 

Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator

bodwyer@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

Sport

Sport

LN Sport Wrap

Welcome back to our students – I hope you’ve all had a restful and refreshing Easter break and are looking forward to getting stuck back into Term 2 Sport.

I can’t wait for our IGSA Basketball and IGSA Football teams to get going on Saturday, along with our Hills Netballers down at Pennant Hills Park. We’ve also got IPSHA Netballers and IPSHA Hockey/Minkey players starting this weekend, with students also involved in Mollie Dive Hockey and Cheerleading.

This term we’ve got some big events coming up, including the IGSA Cross Country Carnival, the School Secondary and Primary Athletics Carnivals, Coonabarabran Equestrian Expo, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze Adventurous Journey and so much more!


IGSSA → IGSA Sport

No, it’s not a typo – there’s been an update to the way we’ll refer to some of our Secondary Sports. The Association of Heads of Independent Girls Schools (AHIGS) has updated their name to Independent Girls’ Schools Association (IGSA), which means that their sporting program will now be referred to as IGSA Sport.

What does this mean for our students and families? Not very much at all – this is a branding change only and will not affect the programs themselves. We will continue to refer to our sporting programs as IGSA Sports, and you can expect the same high-quality, enjoyable sporting offerings we provide at Loreto Normanhurst. We are currently discerning the responses from the survey earlier in the year regarding potential structural changes to our IGSA Sport offerings, and I look forward to sharing those with you soon.


Swimming & Diving

We had a record-breaking day at the IGSA Swim & Dive Carnival at the end of Term 1, with the LN Swim & Dive team finishing 3rd overall and recording the best finish for a LN Swim & Dive team ever! The squad, led by Swim & Dive Captain Georgia Robertson (Year 12), swum so well, competing for every place in every race. Some highlights were Maddison Hinds (Year 10) winning all four strokes in the 50m MC division and retaining the Annabelle Williams Shield, Tilly King (Year 11) bringing home a gold medal and Lily Whalan (Year 7) finishing 4th in the U13 Years Springboard.

Further congratulations to the following girls who qualified to compete for IGSA at the NSW CIS Championships next week:

  • Meghan Andren (Year 11)
  • Abby Feurtado (Year 12)
  • Regan Garufi (Year 18)
  • Maddison Hinds (Year 10)
  • Hayley Kable (Year 11)
  • Tilly King (Year 11)
  • Kate Law-Whitting (Year 12)
  • Cordelia Stephen (Year 10)
  • Abbey Williamson (Year 12)
  • Lily Whalan (Year 7)

Over the break, we had a number of swimmers in action at the National Age Swimming Championships, with Maddison Hinds, Cordelia Stephen, Tilly King, Regan Garufi, Kate Law-Whitting and Hayley Kable all competing and putting in some outstanding results. Again, Maddie Hinds had a stellar meet, picking up a haul of medals and PB’s, with the highlight being a gold medal in the 50m MC Butterfly! Well done to all the girls who competed and achieved such incredible results.


Rowing

Congratulations to our 1st VIII crew who capped off an amazing season with a fantastic 7th place overall in the A Final of the Australian Rowing Championships in Tasmania. This was a great achievement for the crew, who also finished a very narrow 2nd in the Schoolgirl Sprint on the Saturday.

A big thanks to Mr Edmunds, Mrs Greville and the coaching staff who looked after the girls throughout the week of Nationals.

We also had some success for Normo girls competing with external clubs – well done to Lily Gavan (Year 12) who won a gold and two bronze medals at the National Championships and has gone on to be selected in the U19 Australian Rowing Team! Way to go, Lily! You can get to know Lily better as she’s our Sportsgirl of the Week – you can also read a Q&A with Lily here.


Primary IPSHA Cross Country

We had 14 girls in action at the IPSHA Cross Country which was held at The King’s School on Wednesday – this event was rescheduled from last term due to the rain. All the girls put in a fantastic effort on a challenging course, and a big congrats to Seren D’Souza (Year 5) who finished 9th overall and has qualified to represent IPSHA at the Primary CIS Cross Country Championships later in the year.


Representative Team Selection News

Well done to Mikayla Paul (Year 9) and Jessica Ingham (Year 9) who have both been selected into the IGSA Netball U/15’s Representative Team!

Well done to Rebecca O’Brien (Year 10) who has been selected into the IGSA Basketball Open Representative Team!


Athletics

More great news during the break as our athletes competed at the Australian Track & Field Championships out at Homebush. Claudia Wilson (Year 10), Elli Barron (Year 10), Sophie Kavanagh (Year 11), Arabella Price (Year 11) and Zara Warland (Year 11) all put in some fantastic efforts. A massive congratulations to Sophie Kavanagh who won silver in the U18’s high jump, clearing 1.68 metres!


Equestrian

Congratulations to our very talented Felicity Orman (Year 11) who competed in three events at the Royal Easter Show and placed in all three!

Felicity and her horse MyWhistler Roco came 3rd in team of 4’s, 3rd in the individual rider event and 2nd in pairs.

Well done, Felicity.


Loreto Sports Girl: Lily Gavan, Year 12

Current sport/activity: Rowing!

Favourite school sport/activity: Swimming and cross country

Highest level of sporting achievement: Getting selected into the Australian Junior Rowing Team.

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: Deciding to randomly participate in the NSW All Schools Triathlon having done no training and thinking that it was going to be easy. I thought wrong!

Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: I think one of my favourite sporting moments as a spectator would be being able to watch my older brother row and win at the AAGPS Head of the River in 2017.

Best subject at school: Not too sure if they are my best subjects but I really enjoy Community and Family Studies and PDHPE.

Any superstitions before playing sport: Before any regatta, I actually have a very specific ritual which consists of wearing the exact same socks, wearing the same hair style (ponytail with a plait) and wearing what I call my “lucky crop top”. I also only eat one thing on regatta days and that is McDonald’s cookies. If you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend it!

Best tune to listen to before competing: My go-to tunes before competing are actually quite old-school. I often listen to the entire Rocky album on repeat. Some of my faves from the album would have to be No Easy Way Out and Going the Distance.

Click here to read more about Lily in our special Q&A newsletter feature celebrating her outstanding results!


Wet Weather Information

IGSSA Sports: https://m.ahigs.nsw.edu.au/venues
IPSHA Sports: via the IPSHA Sport App – search for ‘IPSHA’ in the App Store
Secondary AFL: All wet weather updates/cancellations for Secondary AFL will be announced via the Sport Facebook & Twitter accounts.


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 sport@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

Mr Matt Mulroney

Mrs Kristie Greville

Mrs Emily Wood

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

 

Mr Stephen Charters

Mr David Brock

Mr Ian Edmunds

Mrs Laura Bryan

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

Correct Sport Uniform

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

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


Photos

We love to see photos of our students getting physically active and staying engaged in sport. Please send through any photos or videos to sport@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

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 www.facebook.com/LoretoNHSport

If you’re on Instagram, follow us at the newly created @loretonhsport page.

 

Saturday Sports BBQ 

There will be no Sports BBQ this term.

 

Sport Contacts Term 2 2021

Primary

Secondary

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

 

Mr Matthew Mulroney

Head of Sport

Q&A with Lily, U19 Australian Rowing Team

Q&A with Lily, U19 Australian Rowing Team

We’re extremely proud to share with the community the outstanding achievement of Lily Gavan, Year 12. During the holidays, Lily went to Canberra to trial for the Junior Under 19 Australian Rowing Team. Ultimately, Lily and her Pair partner, also named Lily, were selected as the Junior Pair for Australia.

We were thrilled to be able to hear from Lily, who shared humbly and eloquently about her experience and what rowing means to her. Please enjoy the following Q&A with Lily and join us in cheering her on!

 

How do you feel about your selection to the Australian team? What does the selection involve?

Obviously I am really proud to be representing our great country, even if it is an underage level. To be selected is not only an amazing opportunity but more importantly a privilege to be able to represent my country and I couldn’t have done this without the support of my family, rowing coach and the ongoing support from the Loreto community.

Wearing our national colours is a big responsibility, so all I am focusing on now is working hard in training so that I can perform at my very best at the World Cup in June. The selection regatta at National Trials was a daunting process to be honest, but all part of the experience, I have been told!

What does it entail to row at such a high level?

I really don’t spend much time thinking about ‘what it takes.’ Like anything you want to be successful at, the key is to really try to enjoy every aspect of the process and make sure that what you are doing is ‘your’ dream, not anybody else’s. Obviously training is hard. Five mornings a week I am on the water by 5:30am, followed by an hour of Cross Training every afternoon, as well as Core Stability and Mobility exercises. This season I have loved transitioning into ‘crew boats’ and nothing beats competing as a team…it is shared torture and misery…

What does rowing mean to you?

Rowing really has been a way for me to challenge myself and keep myself fit. The discipline that it has developed in me has helped in many areas of my life. I have been lucky to travel to different parts of the world and of our great country and we have had some great family adventures along the way with it all. The friendships I have developed are far more important than any achievement I have been lucky enough to secure.

Are there any key moments from rowing that stand out for you?

My favourite memories of Rowing are not actually of any great victories at State or Nationals Championships. They are actually things like a road trip to Grafton with my dad and brother, summer camps in Perisher, getting dressed up for the Henley Regatta or an acai bowl and coffee with my mum after training on a Saturday.

Why is sport important to you? What does ‘sportswomanship’ mean to you?

I love the challenges and routine that sport brings to my life. Above this, the life-long connections and relationships that are built are important reasons why I love sport so much. ‘Sportswomanship’ is perhaps one of the most critical aspects of being involved in sport. While it is important to be a strong competitor, it is equally important to be humble, gracious and have perspective on who you are and what you are doing. Achievements in sport, at any level, will come and go very quickly but who you are as a person lasts forever. People will forget what you achieved very quickly if you are not a kind, caring and considerate person. We should celebrate these qualities more than anything else!

How do you strike a balance between sport and your other commitments?

I can’t ‘sugar coat’ it and say it is easy and that I have always been able to have a perfect balance. I can get overwhelmed at times, but communicating clearly with my parents, coaches and teachers about where I am at and how I am feeling allows me to get the support I need.

Do you have any plans or aspirations beyond school?

I try not to look too far ahead because it stops me from enjoying where I am at. My ‘rowing’ aspirations lie in being well-prepared, training hard, being a great team mate and someone others want to row with and trying my best. I am not sure where that will take or where this part of my life will end, but when it does, I know that I will have given it everything I have. Beyond rowing, I am really looking forward to doing further study at university, travelling where I can and spending time with my family and friends.

Lily Gavan, Year 12

Principal’s Country Road Trips

Principal’s Country Road Trips

Ms Marina Ugonotti, Principal, and Mrs Kate Kovacs, Director of Boarding will soon be embarking on the first leg of the Principal’s Country Road Trips. They are looking forward to meeting with current, past and future families, as well as ex-students and friends of Loreto Normanhurst from Dubbo through to Bourke and Narromine.

Principal’s Country Road Trip

Central and North West NSW

Friday, 14 May to Wednesday, 19 May 2021

This Country Road Trip will include a luncheon at the Armatree Hotel on Sunday 16 May and dinner at Diggers on the Darling in Bourke on Monday 17 May, to which you are warmly invited. Please see the invitation for more details and for the links to make a booking for these events.

There will be two more Country Road Trips later in the year visiting Far West NSW and the Riverina region. Please see this Save the Date flyer for specific dates and details of the routes.

Seeking Truth Seminar 2

Seeking Truth Seminar 2

The second instalment of our Seeking Truth Seminars is coming up soon!

We were pleased to welcome many of you on site to a very successful first seminar of our Seeking Truth series. Presented by Prof Anne Tuohy, last term’s seminar involved wonderful participation from the students, staff, parents and alumnae in our audience. If you missed out on the evening, please enjoy the recording here or embedded below. Otherwise, we are delighted to invite you to the second of our Seeking Truth Seminars.

‘Seeking Truth to Encounter the Divine’

with Dr. Cristina Lledo Gomez and Prof Tina Beattie

Thursday 13 May, 7pm to 8.30pm

Loreto Normanhurst

Register here

The topic for the evening is Seeking Truth to Encounter the Divine. Special guests Dr. Cristina Lledo Gomez and Prof Tina Beattie (UK) will be exploring concepts of mothering and mystery as they relate to the experience of Church.

Dr. Cristina Gomez, a Systematic Theologian, holds a Presentation Sisters Lectureship for BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education. The lectureship is directed towards teaching, researching and networking in eco-theology, women’s spirituality and feminist theology. Cristina is also Pastoral Associate for Staff at Australian Catholic University, North Sydney. Previously, she held the roles of Diocesan Social Justice Coordinator and high school Maths and RE teacher. She has a doctorate in Theology from Charles Sturt University and a Master of Theology from Sydney College of Divinity (Catholic Institute of Sydney).

Christina will be joined via Zoom by Professor Tina Beattie. Tina left her post as Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton in August 2020. She continues in her role as Director of Catherine of Siena College, based at the University of Roehampton. Much of her research focuses on the relationship between the Catholic tradition and contemporary culture, particularly in areas to do with gender, sexuality and reproductive ethics, Catholic social teaching and women’s rights, and theology and the visual arts. She has a keen interest in Marian theology, art and devotion, and in the relationship between medieval mysticism, sacramental theology, and psychoanalytic theory. More recently, she is engaging in research into environmental theology in the context of Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’, approaching environmental issues from the perspectives of literature, poetry, art, music, gender theory and sacramentality. She writes for the Guardian.

We look forward to another thought-provoking evening about what it means to be Church in 2021.

‘Come from Away’ – Loreto Theatre Party

‘Come from Away’ – Loreto Theatre Party

Loreto Normanhurst and Kirribilli Ex-Students invite you to

COME FROM AWAY – THE MUSICAL

Capitol Theatre, 3-15 Campbell Street, Haymarket, Sydney

Thursday, 17 June 2021 commencing at 7pm

in aid of Mary Ward International

The Loreto Normanhurst Ex-Students’ Association is delighted to extend their invitation to Loreto Normanhurst families.

Please note that this event occurs the evening before our Music Festival, which will be held on Friday, 18 June. 

This night is a fundraiser for Mary Ward International social justice programs, focusing on the empowerment of women and children, community development, social justice, poverty reduction, healthcare and protection against violence and trafficking.

We have an exclusive reservation for 200 premium seats in the Capitol Theatre, at a group booking price of $150 each (including all ticket and GST fees).  The producers of ‘Come From Away’ have kindly offered a Q&A with the cast after the show (which is 100 minutes) exclusively for our group.

If you are booking for yourself and your friends through the TryBooking website, please remember to keep a list of names of those in your group so you can distribute the tickets when you receive them – this is very important. 

Click here to make your booking by 30 April 2021.

If you are unable to join us, please consider making a donation to the amazing works of Mary Ward International by clicking here.

Getting excited? Read up more about this Tony and Oliver Award-winning musical by visiting their website and discovering the heart-warming story of a tiny town in Newfoundland, Canada when thousands of passengers were stranded upon 9/11. 

Enquiries to:
Patsy Shannon – 0418 211 352
Email: pat.shannon@bigpond.com

 

Loreto Normanhurst Metro Shuttle Bus Service

Loreto Normanhurst Metro Shuttle Bus Service

As part of our commitment to a Green Travel Plan, in mid-March we began a trial of a shuttle bus service between the school and Cherrybrook Metro Train Station. This service is open to all students and staff at Loreto Normanhurst and runs twice in the morning and three times in the afternoon.

Thank you to those who have taken up this opportunity. We will continue to monitor the uptake of the shuttle bus service and extend the free trial for the next week. If your daughter intends to use the service, please register her details via this form.

Please note the following:

  • This pilot service will continue to be free for Weeks 1 & 2 of Term 2.
  • Students need to be at the Cherrybrook Metro/Slip Road at the times listed below.
  • Please note the arrival times are approximations and will be dependent on traffic conditions.

The schedule below outlines the shuttle service times:

Departing from

Time

Arrival at Loreto

Cherrybrook Metro

7:00am

7:20am

Cherrybrook Metro

7:45am

8:05am

 

 

 

Departing from

Time

Arrival at Cherrybrook

Loreto Normanhurst

3:35pm

3:55pm

Loreto Normanhurst

4:20pm

4:40pm

Loreto Normanhurst

5:10pm

5:30pm

 

Thank you for your support with our Green Travel Plan initiatives. For more information about travelling to Loreto, click here to read our Travel Access Plan.

Please direct any questions about this service to the Deputy Principal’s Office at deputyprincipal@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

Reminder – School Photographs 2021

Reminder – School Photographs 2021

Main Photo Day – Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Siblings and Extra-Curricular Photo Day – Thursday, 6 May 2021

Order now at www.advancedlife.com.au

Enter the code: 6DG E39 QM6

A reminder to all families that school photographs are scheduled to be taken by advancedlife School Photography on Wednesday, 5 May and Thursday, 6 May.

An envelope has been distributed to students containing online ordering information. It also allows those wanting to pay by cheque or cash to return the envelope directly to the photographers on the day. Please note that the School does not accept the envelopes; they are only for the direct collection of the photographers.

It is preferred that you place your photo orders online where possible, to reduce administration and maximise security. In this case, there is no need to return the envelope as the order will have been placed and secured online.

Orders can be placed securely online on the advancedlife website using our school’s unique 9 digit order code.

Go to www.advancedlife.com.au and enter the code: 6DG E39 QM6.

Please ensure that your orders are placed by Tuesday, 4 May (the day before Photo Day) to avoid a late fee. Portrait and group package orders are due by photography day.

Should you wish to purchase a sibling photograph online, the order must be placed in advance, no later than the day before photography day. Sibling photographs will only be taken if an order has been placed.

Should you have any queries concerning school photographs or online ordering, please direct them to www.advancedlife.com.au/contact.

Notice of Filming and Photography

Notice of Filming and Photography

Please note that photos and videos will be taken at various locations across the school next week on Tuesday 27 and Thursday 29 April.  

These images and videos may also be displayed from time to time around the school and published in school publications, on our website, social media sites and in other marketing and communications material.  

If you do not wish for your daughter to be included in the photographs or videos, or for any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email

 

Marketing and Communications Team

Parent Association

Parent Association

Welcome back to Term 2, we hope all parents and girls had a lovely and relaxing Easter Break.

The PAL Meeting for Term 2 will be held on Wednesday 12th May at 7.30pm. We hope you will be able to join us to hear about the upcoming events and plans for PAL.


Year 12 Mothers’ Weekend 

How wonderful it was to gather with the beautiful mothers and carers of Loreto Normanhurst’s graduating Class of 2021. Everyone was exceptionally grateful that we could come together celebrating our daughters’ final year.

With an impressive turn out at dinner on Friday, the Fairmont Resort highlighted cascading cliff imagery with the Blue Mountains as our backdrop. Over 70 mothers and carers then joined together for a long lunch at the Ambermere Inn in Little Hartley, set in a gorgeous country style barn. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful scenery and we were blessed with exceptional weather – what more could we have asked for!

Thank you to Gin Cluff for organising the well-appointed venues together with the rest of the Year 12 2021 Representative team, and to Cathy Stockwell and Sally Oong for organising and finalising the finer details. Thank you to Bec Kingston for a truly wonderful speech on her experience with three, and nearly four, daughters at Loreto Normanhurst.

ALL LANYARDS FROM THE EVENT MUST BE RETURNED TO STUDENT SERVICES.

Hope to see you all again and many more at the next PAL event.

The Year 12 2021 Parent Reps – Gin Cluff, Cathy Stockwell, Sally Oong, Louise Shand and Giannella Merhi

 


City/Country Mothers’ Weekend Away

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd May

Wow, what a response to the City/Country Mothers’ Weekend Away!

We are blown away by the reception for this event with the majority of tickets having sold out in a matter of hours. While we have sold the same number of tickets that we have in the past and even increased the number of tickets available, we have never sold out before so thank you for your support of this event.

We know some of you may be disappointed having missed out on tickets to the weekend and so we are doing our best to see if we can allocate some more tickets to accommodate those who missed out.

If you have missed out, please email pal@loretonh.nsw.edu.au or nicsykes2@gmail.com and/or join the waitlist on Trybooking. We will then know to contact you if additional tickets become available.

If you have booked tickets for others who managed to book for themselves or find that you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can refund your tickets and give another person the opportunity to attend.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the options for the weekend.


Upcoming Events

Mother Daughter Eucharist

Sunday, 2 May

9.15am for a 9.30am start

Gymnasium

Loreto Normanhurst mothers and other significant women in the lives of their daughters are warmly invited to join us on Sunday 2 May for the Mother Daughter Eucharist.

The Eucharist will be held in the Gymnasium this year and morning tea will follow the Eucharist outside the gym.

Students are asked to wear full winter school uniform including their blazer (hat is not required)

Click HERE to RSVP.

 

Normanhurst/Kirribilli Morning Tea

Wednesday, 12 May, 10.30am

Loreto Normanhurst

Please join us for the annual Normanhurst/Kirribilli Morning Tea on Wednesday 12 May. While we gratefully acknowledge Loreto Kirribilli as the official host of the event, due to space considerations at Loreto Kirribilli, the event will be held at Loreto Normanhurst.

We are delighted that the event can be held this year and thrilled to confirm that the guest speaker is one of our very own alumnae, Kirsty Robertson (’95), CEO of Caritas Australia.

All Loreto Normanhurst parents are warmly invited to join us for this special event between our schools.

Click HERE to RSVP

Alumnae/Current Parent Morning Tea

Friday, 21 May, 8am

Chapel & Reception Room

Alumnae who are current parents are warmly invited to Friday Communion with your daughter in the Chapel followed by morning tea in the Reception Room. Please extend this invitation to any current parents who you know are alumnae of other Loreto Schools.

An invitation for this event will be sent next week.  

 

Fathers’ Luncheon

Friday, 4 June, 12.30pm

The Union Hotel, North Sydney

Details to be announced shortly!

Click HERE for the Save The Date


Year Parent Events

There are several upcoming parent events this term. Thank you for to the Year Parents for organising these events and we hope you can join your year group at one of the events below.

 

Year 11 Parent Drinks

Friday, 30 April, 6pm to 10pm

The Epping Hotel

Whilst our girls are at their Dinner Dance, please join other Year 11 Parents for drinks at The Epping Hotel (across the road from the Epping Club) from 6pm.

Click HERE for the invitation

RSVP & Enquiries – Louise Hyde 0419 190 367 or Jane Dalton 0410 300 402

 

Year 9 Parent Dinner

Saturday, 1 May, 7pm

Hotel Pennant Hills

Join us for canapes and drinks with other Year 9 Parents at the Hotel Pennant Hills. RSVPs for this event will close at midnight on Monday 26th April, we hope you can join us!

Click HERE for Invitation

Click HERE to book tickets – https://www.trybooking.com/BQCNR

 

Year 5 Parent Drinks

Friday 7,  May, 7.30pm

Greengate Hotel, Killara

Join other year 5 parents at The Greengate Hotel, Killara on Friday 7th May. Bookings will close at midnight Monday 26th April, we hope you can join us!

Click HERE for Invitation

Click HERE to book tickets – https://www.trybooking.com/BPTOS

 

Save The Date!

Year 9 Fathers’ Drinks   

Friday, 28 May

 

 

Mrs Jane Dalton

PAL President

pal@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

 

Careers

Careers

Loreto Normanhurst ‘Careers Week’

We are pleased to remind all our students that next week is LN Careers Week.

The Careers team have designed a large amount of activities to celebrate Career paths, and encourage career development and exploration.

All year groups are invited to attend the activities.

Some of the activities of interest will include:

  • Nursing/Paramedics visit from University of Tasmania (Monday lunchtime – Gym) – this will involve an ambulance being onsite as a demonstration on the Gym apron.
  • Teacher’s Career Path Panel at which teachers will be talking about their own career journey before joining Loreto Normanhurst. Can students guess which of your teachers was a lawyer? A published scientist? Who worked in hospitality? And more…  (Tuesday lunchtime – Curran Theatre)
  • Mock Interview afternoon when students will be able to participate in a practice interview. (Wednesday afternoon)
  • Medicine lunchtime market with visitors from many universities (Friday lunchtime – GBC Level 3)
  • Careers Competition that you can enter throughout the week.
  • Family Career Conversation which will be sent next week to all families and we encourage you to chat about Careers with your family members.

We look forward to celebrating Careers Week with our community. 


Careers News and Events

University Applications – University Admissions Centre (UAC)

As communicated with Year 12 over the past few weeks, the students have just received their UAC PIN which allows them to apply for university.

UAC is the University Admissions Centre, and this PIN is regarding university applications.

We are pleased to advise parents that UAC will be visiting school during week 3 via FACEtime to discuss the application process with students. For more information in the meantime, please contact us. There is no rush with this process – early bird applications are open from now until 30 September and university applications can still be made after this date.

UAC – Let’s Chat webinars

Registrations are now open for UAC Let’s Chat series of webinars on courses and careers in medicine, business and economics, communication and much more. During each webinar, university professors, lecturers and student ambassadors will give prospective students an insight into their chosen area of study.

All dates and registration links are available from the UAC website.


UNSW Guide to UAC Preferences

Applications to study at UNSW in 2022 are now open through UAC.

Applying to a university can be a confusing process for some students. Every year, UNSW hear of students who missed out on what they really wanted because they didn’t understand the UAC preference process. UNSW have produced a UAC preferencing guide for students to ensure they have everything they need to know to put them in the best position to land their dream degree. Access this guide here.

UNSW – Year 11 & 12 LAT Information Evening – 6 May

Any students considering studying law at UNSW? Join UNSW online to learn about the Law Admission Test (LAT), an entry requirement for all undergraduate law double degrees at UNSW. UNSW will cover detailed program and faculty information and key LAT dates for the year ahead. Register here.


ANU – Early entry reminder

A brief reminder that the Australian National University early entry will close on 25 May. Please ensure you see Careers if you haven’t already so we can assist you with the documents required.

Most other university early entry programs will only close later this year (July onwards).


Residential Colleges

Most applications for residency at residential colleges, especially those based on the University of Sydney campus, are now open!


University of Newcastle – Parent Webinar – Year 11 and 12 

Tuesday 8 June 2021
6:00pm – 7:00pm
To register, CLICK HERE

Sam Doherty, the Senior Manager of Admissions, will be running a live University of Newcastle Parent Webinar, covering key topics such as how to apply to university and the various entry schemes that are available for your child.

A great session for parents with students in Year 11 and 12.


Year 10 Subject Selection Process 

Students have been asked to complete their Morrisby Career assessment quiz during the holidays. There is still time to complete this and students will be reminded of this in the coming weeks, as well as advised of the full subject selection process that is undertaken at LN. This will take place during term 2 and 3. 


University of Newcastle – Year 10 Subject Selection Webinar 

Tuesday 25 May 2021
6:00pm – 7:00pm
To register, CLICK HERE


Wednesday webinars with University of Sydney (USYD)

Join USYD online each Wednesday afternoon to learn more about what the University can offer you! Upcoming webinars include:

  • Bachelor of Advanced Studies
  • Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme
  • Which music degree is right for me?
  • Design computing portfolio pathway
  • Sydney Law School student panel

Learn more here


HSC Subject Support Series – University of Wollongong (UoW)

UoW HSC Subject Support Series is designed in partnership with InpsirED to provide additional resources for students to successfully complete their final year of school and maximise their academic results.

From next Monday -26 April, UoW are running 18 free subject-specific online sessions delivered by experienced teaching professionals. In each hour-long session, students will be able to boost their knowledge and understanding of key subject content, and discover what exam markers and assessors are looking for.

For more information and to register, students should visit the UOW HSC Subject SupportSeries website.


Engineering Webinars

UTS Webinar 

During the months of April and May, UTS is hosting a series of live webinars with a team of academics, staff, and current students to answer all your engineering questions.

These live webinars are a great opportunity to learn more about different areas of engineering and related undergraduate courses with a dedicated session for each course area.

 Registrations are now open, with the first webinar on the 27th of April. Click here to register for the UTS Engineering Webinars. 

Schindler Lifts Panel 

Schindler Lifts Australia brings together a panel of Schindler female employees to share their experience within the construction industry. Led by women from various roles, they will discuss why they pursued careers in the industry, and the successes and challenges they have experienced along the way.

The panellists will also share recommendations that they have for any woman considering to pursue a career in the construction industry or apply for a trade qualification.

Learn more about Careers with Schindler.


Careers Subscriptions:

The Careers Department – login page.

  • School login: Loreto Normanhurst
  • School password: LNH

Study Work Grow Subscription:

Click here and scroll down to the ‘Use your unique school code’ section and enter the code below

Our new unique school code is: LRNH19

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


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

The Careers Office is open to all students. The best thing to do is to send an email indicating your availability (study lessons for the seniors and break times for junior girls). Please email  careers@loretonh.nsw.edu.au.

 

Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes

Careers Advisors