Newsletter 24 May - 24 May 2019
Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

Last week was National Boarding Week and you would have read  about the activities and focus we had here at school to celebrate our proud history as a Boarding School in last week’s newsletter. This week at assembly we were treated by our Year 7 and 11 boarders sharing their Main Event entries with the whole secondary school. Boarding brings such nuance, diversity and richness to our community and it is wonderful to witness our boarders working together in celebration of their love of boarding.  This weekend is Commitment Weekend for our boarders and I know they will have a wonderful time together truly enjoying the inclusiveness and camaraderie of the boarding community at Loreto Normanhurst.

Mrs Kovacs, Director of Boarding, and I spent some time in the beautiful areas of Griffith, Wagga Wagga and Canberra last week for the first of three Principal’s Country Road Trips planned for this year. It is particularly important to me, in my first year as Principal, that I have an opportunity to visit some of the areas that are home for our country boarders and their families. I was humbled by their hospitality and am grateful to all parents and ex-students who were able to join us.  

You might remember that last year our Year 10 students and teachers participated in the very successful ‘Sprint Week’; which was designed by our Year 10 integrated teachers as a ‘real-world’ Design Sprint to work on real world problems. Design Sprints are a five-day problem solving methodology that helps organisations to grow their ideas and businesses, aiming to push the bounds of what’s possible. The school submitted a video narrative of ‘Sprint Week’ to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 2030 Future of Education and Skills Project and I am delighted to report that it has been accepted by OECD to feature on their website as part of the 2030 Teaching and Learning Examples. This is a great recognition of how we prepare students for the future by equipping them with a sense of purpose as well as the competencies they need to fulfil their own potential, contribute to the lives of others and help make a better future. Congratulations to our Year 10 Integrated teachers for such wonderful recognition of all the work you do. I share the video link with you here.

Each year we hold a special celebration event for our ex-students who graduated prior to and including 1969. ‘Loreto Lunch and Lyrics’ was held on Tuesday this week and it was a lovely celebration of beautiful and enduring friendships and of the influence their Loreto Normanhurst education has had on the lives of so many women over the years. Those gathered were treated to a beautiful concert by Year 11 Music students whose performances raised the hearts and minds of all in the Reception Room.  I would like to acknowledge and congratulate two ex-students – Ex-students’ Association President Patsy Shannon, and Kathy Richardson, both members of the Class of ’69 – who were celebrated as Golden Jubilarians.

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) has invited me as Principal to take part in a roundtable discussion which will focus on the model of sustainable governance required for Catholic organisations to respond to the uniquely complex challenges of our times. The roundtable will be held next week at the ACU campus in Rome. It will include a Papal audience as the program draws heavily on Pope Francis’ teachings on human flourishing and the common good as well as the life and inspiration of his namesake St Francis of Assisi. I will be sharing the learnings of this experience with the community upon my return. I will be contactable throughout next week via our Deputy Principal, Ms Sophie Kearns.

Congratulations to our 13’s and 17’s Cross Country groups, both finishing third in the IGSSA XC Team event and eighth overall  in Frensham last week. What a wonderful effort, girls! Good luck to all those competing in sport this weekend.

The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal is also on this weekend and I have been informed that 90% of the volunteers in our local area are Loreto Normanhurst students. On behalf of our local community, I thank and commend the service our girls will give to the community this weekend by volunteering for the Red Shield Appeal.

At this morning’s Communion Service, the focus was on our Loreto Day Cause for this year – the Baby Milk Project. In the reflection on the Gospel and the prayers of the faithful that followed, the girls led us to pray for all those in our lives and world who are struggling. It led me to think of the beautiful painting, Mary Undoer of Knots. In Augsburg, Germany, Mary Ward Sisters sometimes pray in St Peter’s Church under this painting. These knots are the problems and struggles for which we do not see any solution, and so today, we call to mind our Loreto Day cause and its aim to bring help to both mothers and children who suffer from AIDS and HIV. We call to mind our lives and the possible knots and daily struggles we may face and I offer you this prayer which calls on the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for us all, to untie the knots in our lives, so that we may be closer to God.


Mary our Mother, you undo the knots that suffocate us.
Extend your merciful hands to us.
We entrust to you today the knots of our lives and world, and all the negative consequences that they provoke.
We give you these knots that torment us and make us unhappy and so draw us away from God.
We ask you for the grace, Mary Undoer of Knots, because we trust you and know that you never ignore those who come to ask you for help.
Mary Undoer of Knots, Pray for Us.



Ms Marina Ugonotti


Dean of Learning

Dean of Learning

A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald titled “The rise of the helicopter parent at Australian universities” discussed the increase in the number of parents who want to “rescue” their adult children.  (SMH April 28, 2019). While relatively new in universities, this phenomenon has been apparent in schools for many years now as parents try to protect their children from failure and disappointment. Of course, it is important that parents remain engaged in the lives of their children and take an interest in their studies. There is however, a fine line between wanting success for our children and not allowing them to falter or experience disappointment. Not allowing children to fail can in fact achieve the exact opposite of what parents would hope to achieve.

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.

J.K. Rowling

Failure, while painful, is a vital part of living and is one of life’s best teachers. There are many lessons to be gained from failing at something. First, we gain experience. When we do not immediately succeed at something, we are altered and walk away with firsthand experience. This allows us to reflect on what occurred and helps us to develop a deeper understanding. We gain knowledge. As a result of failing, we learn directly what works and what doesn’t. We become more resilient. We learn that in order to succeed we need to persevere and that success does not always come easily. We grow. When we fail and try again, we change and adapt. We learn to value our failures. In fact, we often learn more from our failures than from our successes. The real issue is that society tends to celebrate the successes rather than highlighting the epic journeys towards success that are filled with trials, tribulations, upsets, setbacks, and failures.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

Thomas A. Edison

Here at Loreto, we encourage our students to take risks in their learning. We understand that failure is an important part of the learning experience and that learning to respond to failure is critical. Failure is an inevitable, and essential, part of life. Failure can bolster the motivation to overcome the obstacles that caused the failure. It shows children what they did wrong so they can correct the problem in the future. Failure connects actions with consequences which helps students gain ownership of their efforts. By reframing failure as a natural part of the learning process rather than as a negative end result, the stigma can be taken out of failure and students can learn to see failure as their friend. The skills we want our students to take with them beyond school are ones they’ll practise throughout their lifetime. We can begin by equipping them with the understanding that embracing failure and overcoming fear are both a part of living and learning.


Mrs Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning

Head of Languages

Head of Languages

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Asking the right questions at the right time can be a powerful way to stimulate new thoughts and generate great ideas. As a parent, you know the vital and unique role you play in your daughter’s life. Your values, your guidance, your conversations and your relationships will shape the beautiful adult she will become and whom you will be proud of. You probably also wonder what place she will take in society and how her actions will form a history that is yet to be told.

As teachers and as a school community, we engage ourselves in the questioning process tirelessly to think, to listen, to understand and to act. The action plans devised as a result of this practice lead to growth and to decisions which involve commitment, collaboration and expertise. Reflection and evaluation of past experiences do not always help us achieve the best outcomes in the future, but often they can help us to make improvements along the way, learning more about our identity and our potential.

Our vision is to promote the profile of languages in the community and develop global citizens who are life-long learners. This is one of the reasons why in Term 1 we planned a new excursion to Sydney University for Year 10 languages students, where they met and talked to current university students enrolled in various courses who are also studying languages. Many of our ex-students who are following different career paths have greatly benefited from studying languages at Loreto Normanhurst and words cannot truly express our sense of gratitude and accomplishment in acknowledging our (perhaps not so small) contribution for these students.

As a future university student of languages, it will be worth investigating the options of sitting the CELI (Italian), DELF/DALF (French) or HSK (Chinese) exams in authorised centres or universities in Australia. They are internationally recognised qualifications which will allow your daughter to take full advantage of her languages skills in an unlimited capacity, such as completing a Bachelor Degree at a prestigious French university.

In Term 1, the Year 11 Chinese students went to the NSW Art Gallery to visit the Heaven and earth in Chinese art exhibition. The excursion concluded at Chatswood, where they enjoyed a beautiful Yum Cha and paid a quick visit to the Mandarin Centre. Year 11 French students watched a French movie at Palace Chauvel Cinema and concluded their day with a magnifique French lunch in the city. We also had Year 6 students of Chinese perform at the secondary school assembly singing the Chinese New Year song Gong Xi Gong Xi (“congratulations”) and it was a beautiful explosion of joy, colour and language skills! To conclude the term, language students from different year groups presented at assembly for the “Close the Gap” whole school initiative to understand and embrace linguistic and cultural diversity in our own community.

In Term 2, Year 12 students will attend the Mock Speaking Trial excursions to help them prepare  for their Trial and HSC examinations. In Term 3, Year 8 students will participate in the long-awaited and traditional Languages Day incursion while students in Year 12 will sit their HSC speaking examinations. In Term 4, the recipients from Years 8 – 11 of the Patricia Webb Reading Competition will be awarded medals personally from Ms Webb, a former Head of Languages at Loreto Normanhurst, who established and continues to fund this special tradition at our school. Students in Years 10 and 11 who achieve a high distinction in both reading and listening skills in the ALC (Assessment of Languages Competence)  will be awarded their certificates at Assembly in Term 4 as well.

As mentioned in our newsletter last year, students of Years 5, 6, 7 and 9 are now learning languages following the new K-10 syllabus and this is why new outcomes will be shown in their Semester One reports from this year. The new outcomes will also appear for students in Years 8 and 10 next year.

At the beginning of this year we  warmly welcomed our new French teacher Ms Clara Marsh and our new Italian  Languages Assistant Mrs Katya Polimeni, and our new Chinese Language Assistant Fu Xie. I would like to thank all Languages teachers and assistants for their ongoing commitment to their profession and to your daughter’s learning and wellbeing.


Mrs  Stefania Thomsett

Head of Languages


Annual Giving 2019

The origin of the word ‘courage’ comes from the Latin word ‘cor’ – meaning heart. To encourage means ‘to draw out the heart of the other.’

This is what I ask of you today. I encourage you to give generously to the 2019 Annual Giving Campaign so that, together, we can build on the legacy of Mary Ward and continue to educate and empower young women, as we live out the values that are at the very heart of Loreto Normanhurst.”

Ms Marina Ugonotti, Principal


Your Opportunity to Encourage and Empower  for the Future

A Loreto Normanhurst education is one which develops independent, articulate and compassionate women of integrity. Inspired by Mary Ward’s vision over 400 years ago that “women in time to come will do much”, we encourage every student to fulfil her academic and personal potential in an atmosphere of freedom, care and respect.   There is much felicity and joy, vibrant and dynamic learning happening here every day. Our holistic model of learning prepares our students for life  in an ever-changing 21st century world. 

The 2019 Annual Giving Campaign provides you with an opportunity to contribute to the future of Loreto Normanhurst so that we can continue to encourage and empower future generations of girls to come.   


How You Can Make a Difference

The Bursary Welfare Fund offers financial assistance to families in necessitous circumstances. Through this fund, and the support of the Loreto  Normanhurst community,  these families are able to access the opportunity of a Loreto education.

Our students at Loreto Normanhurst enjoy wonderful facilities, many of which were built on the generosity of others who have come before us.  We need your help to continually improve and maintain our heritage buildings and modern learning spaces to ensure our students have access to the very best environment in which to learn and develop. 


Your support of the Bursary Welfare Fund, and the Building Fund, will help to change the lives of many, and will have a great impact on our school community. 


To make a donation or find out more, please click here.

All gifts are tax-deductible.


We value your support, and look forward to an exciting future as we continue to provide our students with a holistic education and memories of a nurturing and empowering school experience.

Please direct all Annual Giving Campaign enquiries to Ms Grace Paraino, Dean of Development.


With warm regards,

Ms Marina Ugonotti





We become what we surround ourselves with

Have you ever wondered what you might have become, what kind of person you might have been and what values or perspectives on life you might have held had you been born in another place or time?  So much of what seeps into our very souls is not the result of conscious choosing, but is rather that which is just there, often unnoticed, yet lived and breathed like the air which fills our lungs and brings life to every cell in our bodies.  And it profoundly shapes us, often quietly and slowly, day by day, year by year.  When we do pause and become mindful of this we begin to see the enormous significance of where we are, who we are with, what we listen to.       

In Egypt in the fourth and fifth centuries of the current era, the Christian desert tradition began and flourished.  This is the tradition of those men and women known as the desert fathers and mothers.  They were people who withdrew themselves from the society of their day.  At that time, following the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, Christianity had become the official religion of the Roman Empire.  This brought to an end the period of the persecution of Christians and the extreme witness to commitment to Christ that those early martyrs showed. As a result, that radical Gospel call to leave everything and follow Christ, which had been so courageously lived out in the period of persecution, seemed to lose its edge and Christianity now seemed to be ‘watered down’ to a comfortable level of religiosity.  It had lost its converting power. These abbas and ammas of the Egyptian desert thus left the wealth, compromise and lukewarm spirituality they felt now existed in the cities and chose the solitude, silence and prayer of the desert as the new way of being living witnesses to the crucified and risen Lord.  They became in a sense the new martyrs, not witnessing by the spilling of their own blood but by the humble life of manual work, fasting and prayer.  Their life was often a painful struggle to find their true identity.  They fled a world which said, ‘You are what you have’.  They were conscious that not only society but the church too had become corrupted by this motto.  In the desert they were able to slowly, over time, shake themselves free of all the layers of the deceptive self and the illusion of truth which society offered, and reclaim their true self. 

Read more


Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator

Primary School News

Primary School News

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was one of the world’s greatest thinkers. da Vinci demonstrated an ability to perceive the interconnected nature of knowledge and embraced learning with a lifelong passion and determination to uncover the unknown. The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines including engineering, mathematics, code breaking, art and poetry, science and general knowledge. The Decathlon competition places a particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, problem solving, creativity and most importantly teamwork.

When selecting the teams for the Decathlon, we considered the program’s criteria and the skills the girls demonstrated through a series of problem solving challenges and a written application as to how they could contribute to the team and evidence of when they had displayed great team work. Our aim was to provide an eclectic balance of skills that contributed to the synergy of a creative team.

Next week we will send two teams of girls from Years 5 and 6 to participate in the da Vinci Decathlon competing alongside 115 schools which will take place at Knox Grammar School. Congratulations to the following girls who were selected to represent Loreto Normanhurst:

Year 5

Year 6

Sophia Singh Rose Cunningham
Stephanie Knox Christiana Vella
Ava Hallinan Rosemary O’Brien
Emily Nguyen Sofia Palermo
Zoe Kha Lily Sorensen
Isabella Scotti Grace Parker
Amelia Shepherd, Amy Bourke
Kaitlin Cuthbert Ruby Harrison
(Reserve: Mia Khoudair) (Reserve: Emma O’ Brien)


Focus on mathematics

The mathematics K-10 syllabus provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in mathematics and working mathematically. Students are given the opportunity to develop increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, communication, reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems relevant to their present and future needs.

In the Primary School the girls are involved in a wide range of mathematical tasks and are encouraged to continually deepen their mathematical abilities and understanding. The girls participate in daily warm-ups, problem solving activities and challenging open-ended tasks. They continue to strive for success and love to challenge each other to achieve their best, while mastering new skills.

Recently Year 5 have undertaken a unit of study in mass. The girls have learnt about mass versus weight, different units of measurement, converting units of measurement and net and gross mass. It has been an exciting unit to witness the girls’ growth in their understanding and application of content to real world examples. They have measured using a variety of scales and have enjoyed the connection of this unit to their everyday lives.

Mrs Tiffany Anderson

Year 5 Teacher


I learnt that when you convert grams to kilograms you need to divide by one thousand and when you convert kilograms you need to multiply by a thousand. I enjoyed the lesson when we were able to weigh different objects from around the classroom and work in small groups.

Ashley Merhi – Year 5


I have enjoyed learning about mass, in particular weighing different objects. I have loved learning about net and gross mass and the different types of packaging. The most interesting part has been learning that the ‘e’ on a package stands for ‘estimate’ because I didn’t know that before.

Stephanie Knox – Year 5


I have learnt how to convert different units of measurement and I enjoyed using the scales to measure things accurately. I didn’t realise or think that an iPad was less than one kilogram, but it is.

Anna Drake – Year 5


Hearty congratulations to Charlotte Horbach from Year 5 who competed in the NSW Elite Junior State Championships for Diving last weekend. This is an incredible feat as Charlotte had been unable to compete for 7 weeks as she had a broken finger. She placed second in both her events receiving silver on the three metre springboard and the one metre spring board. An amazing achievement!


SchoolTV is a digital resource for parents to assist in navigating your way through the challenges of modern-day parenting. Every month, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg introduces a new topic and interviews specialists  to offer their advice. Information is presented in bite-size pieces that you can watch and read anywhere at any time on any device.  Click the image SchoolTV image to access the website. Please bookmark for easy access in the future.

Just a reminder for our Primary School Dads that the City Country Fathers’ Dinner (in place of the weekend away) is on this Saturday from 7pm at the Ranch Hotel in North Ryde. Join other dads from Loreto for a nice meal and good conversation!  It’s not too late to RSVP – please click here for the invitation and  here to RSVP. For any enquiries – please email Peter Bentley.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary



Year 11 2020 Subject Selection Process

On 9 April, Year 10 parents received an email from the Learning Office regarding the Subject Selection Process.  This process comprises three steps and will be implemented throughout this term.

  1. Morrisby Online Career and Aptitude Assessment Program – students have now completed
  2. Subject Selection Evening
  3. Subject Selection Plenary Meeting



Wednesday 5 June  | 7pm – 8.30pm 
GBC 3.01 to 3.04

The evening commences with a presentation about the HSC, which provides an overview of the core subject areas of English, Mathematics, Religion and Science.  Parents and students are then invited to speak to representatives of other subject areas of their choice in the DRC.  If you are unable to attend, a PODCAST will be available in the school newsletter after the event. 


In the final step of the subject selection process, we are asking parents to attend a plenary meeting with their daughter and a member of staff.  This meeting will be an opportunity for parents to ask relevant questions about subjects, and for us to provide valuable advice on teacher feedback and the results from the Morrisby Assessment Program.  This meeting will take approximately 20 minutes.  These appointments, made through the PTO booking system,  will be available at a range of times from 17 June to 26 July.  The link to make appointments will be emailed to you prior to the Subject Selection Evening.

Please contact the  Learning Office  if you have any further questions. 


Ms Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning


Eventful weeks in Learning 

What eventful weeks we have had in Learning at Loreto.  The Learning Office has been an hive of activity, orchestrating the NAPLAN testing –which moved to online for us this year, Academic Plenaries across Years 7-11, the Canberra trip for Year 10, academic report writing for students across Years 7-11 and planning for the upcoming Year 10 Subject Selection process, which commences in Week 6 for Year 10 students. 

Parents, please note that the student reports for students in Years 7-11 will be issued across the remainder of this term.  We remind students and parents that these reports should be viewed with a lens of growth – students should consider the learning gains that they have had since last year and focus on potential areas for improvement and growth moving forward.  On that note, I would like to thank all of the teachers and Heads of Department who work tirelessly on tracking student growth and documenting student progress via our student reports and the academic plenary process. 

Bests wishes for a lovely weekend after a busy few weeks. 


Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning


Dates to Remember –  Term 2 2019

Year 12

Year 12 Assessment Term 2 Block 2 Monday 27 May – Wednesday 5 June
Year 12 Study Skills – Dr Prue Salter (Students)

Thursday 27 June
8.45am | Curran Theatre

Year 10

Subject Selection Evening Wednesday 5 June 
7.00pm – 8.30pm |  GBC-DRC
Subject Selection Individual Plenaries Over Term 2 Weeks 7 – 9

Year 9

NAPLAN Re-Sit Writing Test Tuesday 28 May  8.25am – 10.15am

Year 7

NAPLAN Re-sit Writing Test Tuesday 28 May 8.25am – 10.15am


Canberra Trip 2019

Canberra Trip 2019

The annual pilgrimage of Year 10 to our nation’s capital took place between Wednesday and Friday last week. The girls were immersed in a learning experience intended to deepen their understanding of Australia’s history, the political and legal system, art and culture, and issues related to sustainability and the environment. This year had the added excitement of a looming election on the day after we left. Certainly a historic time to be in Canberra, given further resonance by the passing of Bob Hawke on Thursday evening and our visit to Parliament House on the Friday.

The excursion coincided with preparation for a Year 10 History learning task on the Western Front which motivated the girls to comb through the Australian War Memorial for sources and evidence. We were also very fortunate to participate in commemoration services at the War Memorial on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon where Loreto Normanhurst students were able to lay a wreath on behalf of the school community.

Some highlights of the trip included a tour of the embassy district, where students noted the strict security around the US and Israeli embassies as well as the new block of land recently purchased by Russia to build an embassy in Canberra. At the National Museum of Australia, the girls learnt about the inspirational story of Nova Peris through artefacts connected with her life. At the National Gallery of Australia, the girls were taken through a selection of works and were particularly struck by the wax sculpture by Swiss artist, Urs Fischer, entitled “Francesco.”[i]  At the National Tree Arboretum girls were able to indulge in the spectacular views of Canberra and learn about the art of Bonsai pruning.  

These types of experiences are just a small snapshot of the valuable experiential learning that took place on this trip. Being able to absorb these experiences through talking to guides and listening and observing their surroundings intently, showed the girls that the best learning often takes place outside the walls of the classroom.

It should be acknowledged that this tour was supported by the Australian government who recognise the importance of all young Australians to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian government funds $20 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program. This rebate is paid directly to the school at the completion of the excursion. This shows how aligned Loreto is to the values of the Australian government on this issue of Civics and Citizenship education.

Overall, the girls fully embraced all aspects of the Canberra experience and returned from their visit in high spirits and reinvigorated by the alternative approach to learning they experienced during their time away.    

Mr Marco Scali

Head of History

[i] Read more about Fischer and “Francesco” here

Religion News

Religion News

On Tuesday 21 May, Year 12 Studies of Religion 2 Unit students were very fortunate to be given the opportunity to listen to Rabbi Cohen discuss some very important topics within Judaism.

One particular focus area was that of Jewish feminism. Rabbi Cohen provided students with insights about powerful women in the Bible, such as Ruth, as the Bible seems to be misrepresented when it comes to the overwhelming dominance of males within the sacred text. Rabbi Cohen also provided many examples of how contemporary Jewish feminists such as Rabbi Regina Jonas and Rabbi Sally Pries and have impacted Jewish practices and how their powerful voices have paved the way for Jewish women today. He also provided examples of women in Judaism being given the opportunity to engage in Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, read from the Torah and be ordained as rabbis. Many such areas that would not have been successful without the hard work and determination of women and their willingness to stand up for what they believed was right.

Students were also given the opportunity to ask Rabbi Cohen a range of different questions about Judaism that were of general interest to them, as well as ask specific questions relating to bioethical issues and marriage. This was a great way for both staff and students to engage with members of our wider religious community and a great way to respectfully understand faith and how it is expressed in different ways. It was a true example of interfaith dialogue.

I would like to thank Rabbi Cohen for providing the students with such thoughtful information. This opportunity not only gave students access to the curriculum, but allowed them to see how the powerful voice of women in the world can lead to significant changes.


Mr Jason Currao

Head of Religious Education





To the CSDA teams for their efforts last week.

To Erin Longney (Year 10) for her participation in the Regional finals of the Plain English Speaking Awards

To the Mock Trial team, who won their trial against Brigidine College. The final point score was 300 to 274. Congratulations to Isobel King (Year 11), Chloe Pereira (Year 10), Lily Martin (Year 11), Thea Whittaker (Year 10), Lily Hudson (Year 10) and Annika Shankar (Year 10) who worked tirelessly in preparing for this weeks’ round.

To all students who participated in this week’s Talk for a Minute. It was great to see so many students participating and the LRC was buzzing with the sound of student voices, confidently speaking and sharing ideas. Congratulations to Tamsyn Coetzee (Year 12), Academic Activities Captain for her superb organisation and to all the Academic Activity Leaders for hosting such a wonderful event.

To all students who participated in Interhouse debating. The finals will be held today and results will be published next week. Don’t forget you can follow @LNExtraCurric on Twitter to see live, up-to-date results.



To those student participating in various Evatt Youth NSW events over the next two weeks.


CSDA Reminder

Round 4 will now be held at Loreto Normanhurst instead of St Pius X, Chatswood. CSDA will be aiming for a coin toss at 6:00pm again this week and we will return to our usual meeting space in the DRC.  Students are reminded to be there for coaching at 3:30pm


Archdale Reminder

Archdale, Round 2 will be held at Abbotsleigh. Students must return their permission notes by 3:30pm on Monday 27  May.

Students will finish their debates at the following approximate times:

  • Years 7 and 8 at 6:30pm
  • Years 9-12 will finish at 7:30pm.

The bus should return to Loreto Normanhurst at approximately 8pm.

For further information, please contact  the Oratory Team.


Mrs Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The power of a classroom with no limits!

Learning does not just happen in the classroom with students and their teacher. Learning can happen anywhere and has no boundaries. This week, Year 10 students were involved in a robust conversation with Mr Brent Sanders, who spoke about how they can protect themselves when exposed to risk, bullying, sexual harassment, crime and discrimination. Brent’s presentation is impactful and punctuated with real world stories and statistics. This is a clear example of the school’s commitment to evidence-based student wellbeing programs that are ‘real-world’, timely and equip students with information and skills that they need in their lives. Last week, our Years 8 and 10 students participated in powerful learning and student wellbeing experiences in Collaroy and Canberra respectively. I know you will enjoy reading about these powerful programs that transcend classroom learning and offer significant transformations in our students. The Year 8 report is below and you will find the Year 10 report as a stand-alone report in the newsletter.

Year 8 Camp, Collaroy Centre

At midday last Thursday, while the majority of the Loreto Normanhurst community worked diligently in their classrooms, Year 8 students were flying through the bush on a 65m flying fox, leaping off the top of a 13m telegraph pole and navigating a two-story high ropes course!

Across Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Week 3, Year 8 headed to the Collaroy Centre to strengthen their relationships with their year group and build the confidence to be ‘Brave, Not Perfect’; the theme envisioned by their Year 8 advisors. The students enjoyed the hands on program run by the Burn Bright organisation where they practised skills to develop positive relationships with their peers – and themselves – through experiential learning activities, and lots of loud music! The positive relationships between the girls were manifested during the physical activities in particular, where it was truly heart-warming to watch them coach each other down the abseiling wall, cheer and clap each other to pull the cord on the giant swing and then run head on into each other during a friendly game of bubble soccer. A highlight for many students was the final morning of camp where advisors led their groups in personal reflections against the backdrop of the Collaroy headland.

Year 8 camp was a chance for many students to extend their connections beyond their usual friendship groups and develop more meaningful relationships with their advisors. It provided the students with safe spaces to take risks and, most importantly, have fun.

Ms Madeleine Conn
Year 8 Advisor


“‘Brave, not perfect’ is what Mr Lennon told us was the theme of our camp when we arrived to the sea breeze of Collaroy. Everyone was excited – some nervous – but we were all ready to face our fears and have a great time on Year 8 camp.

On day one, the Burn Bright program taught us about how being our authentic, original self is not always easy, but it is who we are as it’s all in our DNA. We also met new people in the first 30 minutes through Burn Bright’s challenges and activities. One highlight of the program was the skipping rope challenge, where our whole year had to make it through a moving skipping rope without touching it. The Burn Bright program taught us a lot about what it means to work as a team and that who we are is in our DNA.

Before camp started we were told that one main focus of camp was to meet new people, and we were able to do this through our cabins as we were split up with one girl from each House in each cabin, which was a great way for all of us to get to know more about each other. After our first night, we got up bright and early to get into House groups for fun activities. We completed these throughout the day, with some of our favourites being the high ropes course, the 13m drop pole, the flying fox and a match of bubble soccer. After a long day, every girl was ready for bed, but not before a competitive and creative song-making challenge about our camp experiences so far. The ‘9’ cabin snatched the title with their original rap piece!

Feeling a little down about leaving Collaroy on the final morning, we all walked down to the beach and had a relaxing session of focus and reflecting on our experiences on the sand.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the fun, challenging and exciting experience that was Collaroy Camp 2019.”

Zoe Clubb and Mia Hallinan
Year 8 Students


Loreto Day! One week to go…

There is a real buzz in the air as we move into the last week of preparations for Loreto Day! Year 11 have been incredible in working together for The Baby Milk Project, Zambia, a project run by a team of dedicated IBVM sisters under the mentorship of Sister Patricia Hanvey in Lukulu, Zambia, Africa.

So on the day, we encourage everyone to bring plenty of gold coins for the various stalls, $5 for lunch and $5 for the concert entry. Also, the Raffle tickets are due on Thursday 30 May. Please click here to look at the fantastic prizes on offer. As a community, let us unite with spirit and compassion to support the Baby Milk Project, Zambia. Let’s do it for the mothers, children and babies who need our love, care and support.

Together, lets MILK FOR MIRACLES.


SchoolTV is a digital resource for parents to assist in navigating your way through the challenges of modern-day parenting. Every month, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg introduces a new topic and interviews specialists  to offer their advice. Information is presented in bite-size pieces that you can watch and read anywhere at any time on any device.  Click the image SchoolTV image to access the website. Please bookmark for easy access in the future.

Dropping off items to Student Services

Just a friendly reminder to parents to not drop off items to the school if your daughter forgets something. It is important that the girls be as organised as possible and take responsibility for packing their bags the night before school. Your cooperation is appreciated.


Conversations this week:

Year 12  Tutor Conversations
Year 11 Leadership Conversation with Ms Ugonotti
Year 10 Careers Conversation with Ms Smith
Year 9 Values Conversation with Ms McCullough
Year 8 Friendships Conversation with Heads of House
Year 7 Advisor Conversations


Upcoming School Events

Year 10, Meningococcal Vaccinations  Tuesday 28 May
Loreto Day  Friday 31 May
Year 9, The Sleep Connection Program Wednesday 5 June
Year 11, GPs in Schools Program Wednesday 5 June


This week’s photo gallery includes photos from Mr Brent Sanders work with Year 10 and the Year 8 Collaroy Camp.  

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


Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care

Social Justice

Social Justice

Wrap with Love

At Loreto Normanhurst our vibrant and energised student body are passionate in advocating for a number of initiatives. As a community, we are working towards raising funds and awareness for the Baby Milk Project as part of Loreto Day. As well as this, our JPIC Social Justice Group has started their annual Wrap with Love initiative.

This initiative involves students  knitting squares at lunchtime once a week, and in their own time, in order to eventually donate these to the Wrap with Love organisation. Here is a little bit about their organisation:

Cold humanity is our concern, people caring about other people.

There are millions of people in the world suffering extreme cold. In 1992 Wrap with Love began with the idea to help as many people as possible by providing warm wraps to ward off hypothermia and in the past 23 years we have sent more than 400,000 wraps to people in over 75 countries, including Australia, with the help of our hardworking and generous volunteers.

In advocating for this organisation, the students of Loreto Normanhurst are calling to mind the homeless and others in need during the colder months. While we are yet to feel that winter chill in Sydney, it will be a time of great struggle and hardship for those who are homeless.

If you would like to get involved in knitting for Wrap with Love please drop your squares to Student Services. This initiative will run for the rest of Term 2 and all of Term 3. The specifications for each square can be found here.


Mr Phillip Merchant

Acting Social Justice Coordinator

Music Festival 2019 Video – Available to Order

Music Festival 2019 Video – Available to Order

Music Festival Video 

Experience the beautiful music and performances from the Music Festival 2019 all over again!

Available for purchase is a video of the entire event, which features every student at Loreto Normanhurst.

The video is provided on a custom Loreto Normanhurst USB wafer card,  which can either be delivered to your home or collected at school. 

The Music Festival video is a wonderful way to relive the joy and vibrancy of this very special  event. Enjoy the highlights video, and purchase  your copy of the the full show via the link below.

This recording has been made under a licence from APRA|AMCOS and ARIA for educational purposes only.

To purchase the 2019 Music Festival video   visit this link

Please direct all enquiries by email to   the Marketing and Communications Office.






IGSSA Cross Country

It was a magnificent morning in Mittagong last Friday for the IGSSA Cross Country Championships. The Loreto Normanhurst team arrived from all over the place, with the Year 8 girls leaving their Collaroy camp on Thursday night and the Year 10 girls heading up from their Canberra excursion on the morning of the event – thank you to everyone for ensuring the girls arrived at Frensham in time for the Championships.

There were some awesome results across the board with a number of top 15 finishes. Well done to the following girls – we’ll let you know who’s been selected for the IGSSA team to run at the CIS Championships once it is announced.

Year 7

Charli Davis

Neve Tierney

Year 8

Elli Barron

Grace Pellarini

Year 9 

Arabella Price

Year 10

Georgia Arcus

Year 11

Sabyn Baker

Madeline Playford

Year 12

Charlotte Ryan

Gabriella Black



Following on from last week’s great cricket news, congratulations are also in order to Isabella Tesoriero (Year 7), who has been selected into the Cricket NSW Female Academy Under 13 Metropolitan squad and to Grace Boulding (Year 9) who has also been selected with Olivia Fanning (Year 11), in the Under 17’s Metro Squad. Well done Bella and Grace! 


Great news for Sigourney Berkery (Year 10) who has been selected into the NSW U/16’s All Schools Team to play at the Australian School Sport Hockey Championships from 3 August – 10 August 2019 in Newcastle.

On top of that awesome achievement, after playing in the U18’s State Championships in Taree earlier this month, Sigourney was selected into the AAP (Australian Accelerated Program) for 2019-2020 – great job, Sigourney!


Well done to Charlotte Horbach (Year 5) who competed in at the NSW Elite Junior Championships for Diving. Charlotte placed second in both her events receiving silver on the 3 metre springboard and 1 metre springboard – fantastic results!


Well done to Emily Paterson (Year 6) who represented IPSHA at the CIS Primary Netball Championships last week – the IPSHA team came 6th overall. Congrats, Emily!

Duke of Ed

Huge congrats to the 74 Bronze Duke of Ed participants, who last weekend undertook their first Adventurous Journey in the Berowra Valley. The girls conquered all challenges in their path, canoeing, camping and cooking their way through the weekend and are now well prepared to face the challenge of their qualifying journey later in the year. A big thank you goes out to the five parents who volunteered their time and care to accompany the girls on this journey as the school’s representatives.

Balmoral Burn

Good luck to our two teams who will be taking on Awaba Street in Mosman this Sunday in the ‘Head of the Hill’ Senior Girls Relay! It’s a 420m sprint relay on an incline that is not for the faint of heart! Good luck, girls!

Wet Weather Information

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

IGSSA Sports

IPSHA Sports

Who to see about what

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


MRs Kristie Greville

Ms Emily Wood

Snowsports IGSSA Tennis IPSHA Sports & Carnivals
Swimming Pathway Tildesley Tennis LN Activities Program
Rowing Triathlon Gymnastics
Equestrian IGSSA Basketball Cheerleading
Athletics Pathway Cross Country Pathway IGSSA Football
  IGSSA Netball  
  Hornsby Tennis  
  Hayden Fitness Centre  


Mr Stephen Charters

Mrs Chloe Congdon 

Mrs laura Bryan

LN Invitational Badminton IGSSA Softball The Duke of Edinburgh Award Program
IGSSA Hockey Hills  Netball  
Mollie Dive Hockey Rugby 7’s  
IGSSA Water Polo IGSSA Touch Football  


Correct Sport Uniform

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

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


Loreto Sports Girl:  Chloe Lee

Current sport/activity: Invitational Badminton, Hills Netball, Netball Umpiring and Touch Football.

Favourite school sport/activity: Netball.

Highest level of sporting achievement: Winning the grand finals in Badminton this year!

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: Being able to play with friends in peer teams.

Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: Watching a NSW Swifts match with my friends!

Best subject at school: Music.

Any superstitions before playing sport: Doing a team cheer before every quarter of the game.

Best tune to listen to before competing: Yes Girl by Bea Miller.



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


Events Calendar

Date & Time



30 May-6 June North West Equestrian Expo Coonabarabran
8 June Long Weekend – No Saturday sport N/A
11 June Secondary School Athletics Carnival Homebush


Saturday Sports BBQ Roster

Week 4,  Saturday 25 May

Team  & Game Time

BBQ Duty Time

Families Rostered

LON 04 – 8am 7:45am – 9:00am MAGUIRE, TASSELL, TUTTLE, WHIPPS
LON 07 & LON 8  – 9am 8:45am – 10:00am THOMAS, WILCOCK, HANICH,  KEIR
LON 06 – 10am 9:45am – 11:00am DONLEVY, FEURTADO, HAWKINS-MUNRO
LON 09 – 11am 10:45am – 12:00pm BUTTERFIELD, CURRAN, LUCAS, MATEK

Week 5,  Saturday 1 June

Team  & Game Time

BBQ Duty Time

Families Rostered

LON 05 – 8am 7:45am – 9:00am ASNICAR, REDDY, TZIOLIS, VOZELLA
LON 06 – 9am 8:45am – 10:00am NALYWAJKO, OONG, REDWIN, WILLIAMSON
LON 08 – 10am 9:45am – 11:00am ARCIULI, GRANELLI, KYRIAZIS
LON 01 – 11am 10:45am – 12:00pm COADY, DOLORES, FLANNERY, WHITTAKER

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 2




IPSHA Sports Ms Emily Wood
Midweek Activities Ms Emily Wood





IGSSA Basketball  Mrs Kristie Greville
IGSSA Football Ms Emily Wood
Hills Netball Mrs Chloe Congdon
Equestrian Mr Matt Mulroney
Mollie Dive Hockey Mr Steve Charters
Midweek Activities Ms Emily Wood
Cheerleading Ms Emily Wood
Duke of Edinburgh Award Mrs Laura Bryan
Loreto Normanhurst Swimming Mr David Brock
Acting Head of Sport Mr Matt Mulroney


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


Mr Matt Mulroney

 Acting Head of Sport

Parent Association

Parent Association

Spring Fair, on Sunday 3 November, is a highlight of the Loreto calendar and provides a great opportunity for parents to get to know each other whilst having a ton of fun and making a lasting contribution to our wonderful school.  To join the organising team please drop an email to PAL.  Do you have a business  or product you would like to include in this year’s Spring Fair? Perhaps you have a skill or talent to contribute? Or maybe you would like to meet other parents and get involved in our community?  Please get in touch as we would love to hear from you!

To find out more about Spring Fair planning, all parents are invited to the following information night:

Spring Fair & Year Parent Coordinators – Information Night
7:00pm, Tuesday 11 June

Please also see below for other PAL meeting dates.

The annual Loreto  Normanhurst Parent Association Trivia Night will be held on Saturday 22 June  in the Gymnasium.  This year’s theme is ‘Go Green’ and we encourage you to be as creative as possible  as  prizes will be awarded for best dressed!  We are also looking for prizes for the raffle on the night. If you have something you’d like to donate such as a gift voucher, accommodation at a holiday home,  or an experience, please send us an email. Please see the invitation here.

We will continue to enjoy more gatherings together with  friendship building, fundraising and being a Loreto parent!

To get in touch with us, please contact us via email.


Paul White & Louise Wytenburg

PAL Co-Presidents


Mother Daughter Dinner – this event is sold out

 Saturday 1 June
The Epping Club

The Mother Daughter Dinner is a highlight on the Loreto Normanhurst calendar. The event has sold out and unfortunately we are unable to add any extra tables due to the venue capacity. 

Click HERE for details about the event.

Loreto Normanhurst/Kirribilli Morning Tea

Friday 14 June
10:30am – 12:30pm 

GBC 3.01 – 3.04
Guest speaker:  Ms Frances Rush, OAM  – CEO, Asylum Seekers Centre

The annual Loreto Normanhurst Kirribilli Morning Tea will be hosted by Normanhurst this year. Our guest speaker is Ms Frances Rush  OAM who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Asylum Seekers Centre.  All Loreto Normanhurst parents are warmly invited to join us for this special event between our schools. 

Click HERE for the invitation

Click HERE to RSVP

Enquiries – please email Louise Wytenburg 

PAL Trivia Night ‘Go Green’ 

Saturday 22 June
7:00pm – 10:00pm 

Theme: ‘Go Green’

A highlight on the calendar and a head-scratching event as we tickle your brain cells. The Theme is ‘Go Green’ – so get creative as prizes will be awarded for the best costumes!  We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Click HERE for the invitation

Click HERE to RSVP

PAL Contact

NEXT PAL MEETING: The next Parent Association meeting will be on Wednesday 31 July at 7:30pm in Curran Theatre – all welcome 

2019 Upcoming Events  – Term  2 & 3



Saturday 25 May City/Country Fathers’ Dinner – 7:00pm – Click HERE for the invitation 
Saturday 1 June Mother Daughter Dinner – 6:15pm – Epping Club
Tuesday 11 June PAL Spring Fair & Year Coordinators’ Information Night – 7:00pm – GBC 1.02
Friday 14 June Normanhurst (host)/Kirribilli Morning Tea  – 10:30am – Click HERE for the invitation 
Saturday 22 June PAL Association Trivia Night – 7:00pm – Gymnasium – Click HERE for the invitation

Term 3

Wednesday 31 July PAL Exec Meeting – 6:30pm – GBC 1.02 – Followed by regular PAL Meeting – Curran Theatre, 7:30pm
Wednesday 23 October PAL Spring Fair Exec Meeting – 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Cahill Seminar Room


Ex-Students’ Association – Theatre Party Event

‘Muriel’s Wedding – The Musical’
Thursday 8 August
Lyric Theatre, Sydney

For more details, and to book your tickets:      CLICK HERE

Ex-Students’ Association Contact 

Ms Patsy Shannon, President:



Everyone’s career journey is different. Let’s Find Yours.

 Online Resource Subscriptions

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

Study Work Grow – school code: LRNH19

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

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


Guest speakers at school during lunchtime:

Please register to attend these presentations, if you haven’t already, and we will send you a meeting request.




Bond University Tuesday 4 June Curran Theatre
TAFE NSW Thursday 13 June Cahill Seminar Room
Macquarie University Friday 14 June Curran Theatre
University of New South Wales Monday 17 June Curran Theatre
University of Technology Tuesday 18 June GBC
Western Sydney University Friday 21 June Curran Theatre
University of Sydney Monday 24 June Currant Theatre


Job Spotlight

Visual Merchandiser

A visual merchandiser styles shops and products that are irresistible to consumers.


Entry to Medicine 2020 – A Guide

Thinking about becoming a doctor? This comprehensive guide can help you compare your options and find a medical program that will get you there.

The guide includes:

  • Every medical program in Australia for school-leavers
  • Entry requirements, expected ATARs and prerequisite subjects
  • Alternative pathways to help you build a solid Plan B
  • A Plain-English guide to fees and medical places, including Bonded Places
  • The application process and what you can expect

Download your copy here – it’s free for members.


What is university like?

Wondering what it’s like to be a student at university? Sure you’ll be spending time in class, but you’ll also have time to do a huge range of other exciting things.

Universities are known for their vibrant student communities, packed with events, social get-togethers, sporting opportunities and networking. We’ve pulled together some links from Australian universities so you can read more about what your life could look like once O-Week is over.

University of Sydney – Campus Life

UNSW – Life at UNSW

University of Newcastle – Campus Life

RMIT – Life at RMIT

Swinburne – Life at Swinburne

University of Western Australia – Student Life

Curtin University – What is University like?

University of South Australia – Experience UniSA

Victoria University – Campus Life

University of Queensland – Life at UQ


Other Interesting Articles:

Successful people who changed careers after 30 years old – read here

5 awesome jobs for people who love Animals – watch the youtube clip


Ms Alexi Kayes and Ms Katrina Smith

Careers Advisors

UAC News

Year 12 Students – APPLY NOW

UAC has already received thousands of applications from Year 12 students for study in 2020.

To start their application students will need their Year 12 student (NESA) number (issued through their school) and their UAC PIN (supplied by UAC).

Once they have applied they can use their UAC Application Number (generated once they input their personal details) and UAC PIN to login and manage their application.

For a full list of dates, including offer rounds, for 2020 admissions, visit UAC’s website.


Institutions haven’t provided all 2020 course information to UAC, but you can select any course commencing in 2020 for now to complete your application and come back later to review and update your preferences. All courses will be available through UAC by August.


Educational Access Schemes, Equity Scholarships  and Schools Recommendation Schemes are all open for applications. This gives students more time to fill out their applicant statement, obtain supporting documentation like medical impact statements and Centrelink information, all before the pressure of final exams.

Western Sydney University

The course listing for Western Sydney University 2020 admission will be available for selection in the Western portal and on UAC from early August. For further information or questions do not hesitate to contact the university on 1300 854 224.

The next Western Sydney University Parent Information Evening will be held on the Parramatta South campus. This evening provides parents, guardians, and students the opportunity to discover everything they need to know about university. 

Free HSC Study Sessions will be running in the July School Holidays. These sessions are run by experienced HSC teachers and HSC markers to help year 12 students excel in their HSC exams and assessments. 

The Bachelor of Music has an early offer pathway. To be eligible to receive an early offer into a music degree, students must book an audition in the early audition weeks.

Dates for early auditions
June 10-11
July 8-10
September 16-19

Torrens | Design & Technology Open Night | Sydney

Tuesday 21 May 2019 | 6 – 8 pm

Ultimo Campus, Torrens University

Your chance to tour our classrooms and studios and meet some of the talented lecturers and students that make up our creative community.

  • Learn about our creative courses in more detail
  • Meet our talented students and our lecturers
  • Network with connoisseurs of the creative industries
  • Speak to our Course & Career Advisors about study options

To find out more or register

SCU – Mid Year Information Sessions

Online session | Wednesday 5 June 2019 | 6pm – 7pm

Lismore | Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 3pm – 6pm

Coffs Harbour | Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 3pm – 6pm

Grafton | Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 3pm – 6pm

Online session | Wednesday 19 June 2019 | 6pm-7pm

SCU want to make life a little easier and get you heading in the right direction, register for one of their info sessions and talk to expert staff about your study options.

You’ll need to select the campus option you’d like to attend or the online session you’d prefer.

For more information and to register

Year 10 Sydney Uni Information Evening

Limited spaces are available in the final University of Sydney Year 10 information evening for 2019! The evening will be hosted at James Ruse Agricultural High School and is open to everyone. You will hear from a range of speakers including University staff and students. Registration is essential via the link

Thursday 23 May 2019 | 6 – 8pm

J.C. Hoskins Auditorium | James Ruse Agricultural High School
7-31 Felton Road, Carlingford, Sydney, NSW 2118

 Deakin : How to make your application stand out

Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 5pm start | Online

Get Deakin Uni applications broken down in easy-to-understand steps and get help making your application stand out.


Get the best tips, advice and knowledge from our experts to help you ace your application.

Register via the link

Sitting the UCAT in 2019?

UCAT have some fantastic free resources to help you prepare for the exam. They say:

“You should prepare for the test using these free official practice materials which have been developed by the UCAT Consortium to support test preparation. We recommend you start by looking at our UCAT 2019 Preparation Plan which provides a suggested approach and timetable for preparing for your test.”

Practice Tests

Our three, fully timed practice tests, which mimic closely the testing experience, are an essential part of your preparation.  Please note that when you take the live test your correct and incorrect answers will not be reported.

Official Mobile App

Our official mobile app for Apple and Android users.  This cannot replicate all question types from the live test but is a useful preparation tool to complement our other resources.

Question Banks

10 question banks containing 400 official questions from all five subtests.  Use these to familiarise yourself with the type of questions you will see in your test.  Answer rationales are also provided for all questions.

Question Tutorial

An interactive tutorial which includes general advice on how to approach the test as well as strategies on how to approach and answer questions in the Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement subtests.

Tour Tutorial

A tutorial which illustrates all the functions used in our computer-based tests including how to answer and review questions.

UCAT Youtube Channel

The official UCAT YouTube channel has a number of videos to support preparation. High-scoring, former UCAT candidates share advice on their preparations for the test, plus a member of the UK based UCAT team talks through the steps involved in preparing for the test. There are also videos showing what to expect in a Pearson VUE test centre.

2019 Official Guide

The 2019 Official Guide contains definitive information regarding the test including over 130 practice items.

Find out more here

Parent Information Sessions | ACU

Monday 27 May 2019 | 18:00-19:30 | Strathfield

ACU Strathfield Campus – Gleeson Auditorium, 25A Barker Road, Strathfield

Monday, 20 May 2019 | 18:00-19:30 | North Sydney

ACU North Sydney Campus – Level 12, Tenison Woods House 8 – 20 Napier Street, North Sydney

Parents, guardians or carers, can find out how to support your teen’s journey through high school into university.

You’ll also find out about entry programs to give your teen an extra boost and support services available to students on campus.

Event program:

  •  Canapes and drinks on arrival
  • Tips to prepare for university
  •  Panel discussion with current ACU student, their parent, alumni and academic staff
  •  Tips for choosing a career and preparing yourself for university and a part-time job
  •  Information on scholarships, fees, support services, entry programs and upcoming ACU events.

Information Session for Women Seeking a Career in Firefighting

Saturday 25 May | 8.30am – 11.00pm | Fire and Rescue NSW Emergency Services Academy

Saturday 1 June | 8.30am – 11.00am & 12.00pm – 2.30pm | Fire and Rescue NSW Emergency Services Academy

FRNSW and Women and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA) are hosting Physical Aptitude Test (PAT) information days for women interested in becoming firefighters.

Sessions are 2.5 hours in duration and will include hands-on interaction with the PAT task course followed by a strength and conditioning workshop focusing on effective physical preparation for the PAT.

Find out more and register

NSW Police Recruitment Information Session

Saturday 15 June | 9.00am – 12.00pm | NSW Police Headquarters

Come and join us for an information session about the NSW Police Force recruitment process. Recruitment Officers will be on hand to discuss your current or future application and to answer specific questions relating to the process.

Find out more and register

NIDA Open Equity Scholarship

Open/Closing Dates: May 27, 2019 – July 29, 2019
Value: Full-fee Scholarship for School Holiday Program

To celebrate NIDA’s 60th anniversary, NIDA Open has committed up to $25,000 worth of complimentary tuition to help young people who are experiencing barriers to participation in the arts including, financial or other disadvantage to achieve their full creative potential.

The NIDA Open Equity Scholarships are available throughout the 2019 spring holiday program period and are open to all secondary school-aged students nationally, regardless of previous experience or professional ambition.

Applications can be made by individuals or by an organisation on behalf of a young person identified as a suitable scholarship applicant.

If you or a young person you know wants to experience a NIDA Open course and would like some support to achieve this goal, we want to hear from you!

Follow the links below to see which courses for secondary school-aged students are being offered in your local area.

Find out more

Sydney – NIDA Kensington
Sydney – Chatswood 
Sydney – Parramatta
Sydney – Kellyville
Sydney – Campbelltown

ICMS Early Entry and Pathways

Current Year 12 students are encouraged to get a head start and apply via the following pathways:

Early Entry is designed for students with a strong academic track record who want to secure a place at ICMS before they sit their final HSC exams.

Elite Athlete/Performer Program is ideal for students whose commitment to sport or the performing arts may have impacted their studies. Under this program eligible students are able to receive an offer to ICMS before they sit their final exams.

Leadership Entry Program is ideal for students who have demonstrated significant leadership in their school or community. 

Of course, students who do not meet the criteria for an ICMS Entry Pathways program are still able to submit a direct application online.

Billy Blue Scholarships

Open/Closing Dates: – August 19, 2019
Value: $10,000 AUD

If you are contemplating studying design and creative technology, you might want to look at the courses offered by the Billy Blue College of Design.

The scholarships are open to high achieving school leavers, those who have worked in design or established professionals ready to return to study for a postgraduate course.

Eligibility: All recipients are required to attend key recruitment events in their State/Territory. The final award is subject to the winner(s) satisfying the age and ATAR requirements of the College entry criteria.

To apply: Register and log-in, fill out the submission form with all your details and responses to the following:

  • Answer: What can you bring to the Design and Creative Technology Ambassador program?
  • Upload your favourite piece of creative work to your Frontier profile, this is your chance to show off your creative and technical skills that make you unique. Your submission can take any form, as long as it is relevant and related to your chosen course area.
  • Submit: 300 word rationale explaining your piece.
  • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions

Submission deadline is 11.59pm on Monday 19 August for September 2019 intake and 11.59pm AEDT on Monday 20 January 2020 for February 2020 intake.

Find out more

Macquarie Entry Navigator

Everyone comes to university on an ATAR. Right? No, not with Macquarie Entry. ATAR is just one of the factors we use to determine your suitability for study. It’s true that your ATAR rank can be a useful factor of your chances for success in a specific course. But it’s equally true that there are other factors we can use to assess your suitability. That’s why we have 11 different admission pathways to Macquarie; ten of these assess your suitability on more than a selection ranking based on your raw ATAR or on your ATAR plus adjustment factors providing additional points.

Try our Entry Program Navigator and you’ll be able to compare all of our entry pathways and work out which one suits you best – and you’ll quickly discover you have more options open to you than you first thought!

Start Navigating

Notre Dame Early Entry

Notre Dame’s Early Offer program gives Year 12 students the opportunity to secure a place at the university ranked No.1 in NSW for Learner Engagement, Skills Development and Graduate Employability (QILT). We are pleased to announce the Young Achievers Early Offer program will provide successful Year 12 applicants with a Notre Dame offer two weeks following their interview. 
The Early Offer Program is open to Year 12 students who excel academically and can demonstrate co-curricular achievement and leadership, or students who are committed to co-curricular achievement and leadership. 
Click here for more information  ›

Notre Dame | Early Offer Student & Parent Info Night

Tuesday 2 July 2019 | Please confirm times upon registration
Broadway Campus, Notre Dame Sydney

The Early Offer Student & Parent Info Evening is your opportunity to discover more about Notre Dame’s Young Achievers Early Offer program. At the Info Evening you will gain an understanding of the benefits of being an Early Offer applicant, you will also be able to submit your application. Our supportive Prospective Students Office team will be available throughout the evening to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

Places are limited, so register today to save your spot via the link

Community Notices

Community Notices

African Cat Project – Lion King Screening

Thursday 18 July | 7:00pm
Hornsby Odeon Cinema
Movie: The Lion King

Click here for more information

Project Futures Fundraiser – Movie Night 

Wednesday 12 June |  6:30pm
Roseville Cinema
Movie: Pitch Perfect 1

Click here for more information.

Riverview P & F – “Vivid” – Social Night

6:30pm,  Thursday 6 June, 2019

The Deck Bar, Luna Park, Milsons Point 

Riverview P & F host a social each month at The Deck Bar at Luna Park for all parents and friends wishing to attend. Come and experience some of the lights of VIVID. Drinks and food available at the bar. 

No need to book – for further information contact:   
Rosie Traill (Class of ’83) – P&F Social Coordinator
M: 0405 136 001 – Email HERE

Marist Eastwood Market Day

The Marist College Eastwood Market Day will be held on Sunday 26 May from 9.30 am till 2.30 pm.  

Click here for more information.