Newsletter 26 July - 26 July 2019
Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

Welcome to Term 3. I hope that all families enjoyed a restful break over the student vacation period. I know that the girls have returned refreshed and renewed for the new term.

We began our new term with a Welcome to Country and a Smoking Ceremony led by Uncle Laurie Bimson, who is a Guringai elder, traditional owner of Guringai Country and dear friend of Loreto Normanhurst. Uncle Laurie shared with our community the sacred significance of this cleansing ceremony. ‘Yellow blood wood’ is used in the smoking ceremony and each of us walked through the yellow blood wood smoke as we cleansed ourselves in the traditional way of the Guringai people on this very sacred land. This launched our community into NAIDOC week where we celebrated the rich and diverse history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year the theme for NAIDOC Week has been VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. These three elements are key to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

With 65,000 years of history before European settlement in Australia, it is right and just that Indigenous Australians are recognised for their unique place in Australian history and Australian society today.  The history of our First Nations People is the history of all of us and as a school community seeking  truth and doing justice, this week we affirmed our commitment to work together for a shared future based on respect, truth and understanding.

National NAIDOC Co-Chair Patricia Thompson says “The 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart built on generations of consultation and discussions among Indigenous people which call for these people to be the architects of their own lives and futures.” For 14 years Loreto Normanhurst has visited Far North Queensland in the hope of Walking beside and Caring for Country. Pat Thompson is an elder of the Kuku Yalanji people of the region we visit and learn from. The Kuku Yalanji people’s borders extend from Port Douglas in the south, to Cooktown in the north and Chillagoe in the west. The Kuku Yalanji began concentrating around the Mossman River area from WWII onwards. They represent just one voice in the national push to recognise and listen to the voice of all Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. 2019 is the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages and as such provides Australia with a unique opportunity to hear this nation’s Indigenous voice. At our secondary school assembly this week, I mentioned that I would be very interested to hear from anyone who may speak an Indigenous language, have learned one at primary school or through family or friends, or perhaps might know someone who teaches Indigenous language/s.  Please let me know if you or someone you know speaks or teaches an Indigenous language.

It was a busy term break for some students who were part of the New York Drama and Visual Arts Tour, the NASA Space Tour, the Project Futures Cambodia Cycling Challenge and the Yarrabah Immersion. It is wonderful to be able to offer these wide and varied programs to our students. These experiences deepen the impact of the girls’ growth in an enduring manner and I extend my gratitude to parents for their support and to the staff who accompanied the girls throughout these experiences.

It was also a busy and very successful time for some of our athletes in the pool and on the ski slopes. I would like to congratulate   Charlotte Horbach, Year 5, who won gold in the 1 metre springboard and bronze in the 3 metre springboard individual events at the Australian Elite Junior Diving Championships. An outstanding achievement Charlotte!  Our Snowsports team also had some excellent results at the Northern NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships and I would like to particularly congratulate Dominique Rossell, Year 12 who won two gold medals for individual snowboarding events, to then team up with sister, Eliza, Year 9, to win gold and silver in the team events. Congratulations to you both for these wonderful results and to the whole Snowsports team for their  hard work and skill on the slopes.

Congratulations to Lana Harmey, Year 7 Barry, who has been selected to be part of the Sydney cast of the School of Rock musical which will run from November to the end of March 2020.  We congratulate Lana on the dedication and commitment she has shown to have been selected and wish her well for the performances. Congratulations, Lana on your wonderful achievement.

For many years Loreto Normanhurst has been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme where students test themselves in outdoor activities and generous service. Our students commence the program in Year 9 fulfilling the Bronze expeditions and performing their community work. Some then go on to the Silver program and only a few move through to challenge themselves to do the Gold program.  We are excited to hear that two of our students, Anna Hanselmann, Year 12 and Nitasha Dewan,Year 12 have just been granted the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award which is an amazing achievement. We congratulate them on this incredible achievement and we look forward to the formal ceremony that will take place in the coming months. 

We also congratulate ex-students Victoria Pengilly (Class of 2017) and Margaux Choo (Class of 2018) who also both gained The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award which was presented to them this week by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW. Her Excellency reminded recipients of the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves” and spoke of the personal growth of each participant and the incredible journey each one had undertaken since beginning their journey with their Bronze Award, when many were only 14 years old. Each recipient had stepped outside of their comfort zone and shown great stamina and perseverance, selflessness and team work. We are proud of Victoria and Margaux’s achievements and sincerely congratulate them on attaining the Gold Award. 

I’d like to extend to the community and the wider network of Loreto Friends an invitation to hear from Dr Elaine McDonald, Head of Policy and Practice at Dublin City University, as we host Dr McDonald’s Sydney public lecture: Bearers of a Dangerous Memory: the Prophetic Legacy of Mary Ward on Monday Evening 5 August. As people nourished by the vision and spirit of Mary Ward, I hope that many of you will be able to join us. You can register your attendance here.


 May you always see the beauty of the Earth
May you always taste the sweetest fruit
May you always hear the laughter of the People
May you always feel the warmth of the Flame
May you always smell the perfume of the flowers
May your dreams always be happy ones
May your friends always be with you when you have need
May your stomach always be full
May you never feel hurt

Francis Bodkin, D’harawal Peoples



Ms Marina Ugonotti


Immersions Coordinator

Immersions Coordinator

Immersions: A Pilgrim Experience

An immersion experience is a rewarding one. It offers participants a privileged insight into culture, time and place. Such an experience is one of journeying beside with those you are travelling with, those visited and those met along the way.

The modern immersion journey has its roots in the pilgrim journey. In our Christian Catholic story, pilgrimage plays a vital role in the deepening of faith and allowing a tangible experience into that which a person may only understand in abstract. For example, journeying in the footsteps of a Saint or significant figure such as the Santiago de Compostela (the Way of Saint James) in Spain, or to the Holy Land and Jerusalem to experience the Jesus story come to life. Likewise, our Muslim brothers and sisters also partake in the annual holy pilgrimage of Hajj to Mecca to deepen and renew their faith through following the footsteps of Prophets and significant figures in Islam. Pilgrimage implies preparation of mind, body and spirit. It requires an open and willing heart in order for the fruits of such an experience to grow in the life of each pilgrim.

The immersion journey too has such power. The immersion experience of ‘crossing cultures’ allows the development of an informed cultural sensitivity that participants can then share in their own day-to-day lives. Often the power of any immersion is on the return home when sometime later – weeks, months or years – the experience makes sense in their own lives. Once a story is shared in the immersion context, there is a responsibility to nurture and promote it positively.

There are many gifts that are provided as a result of an immersion experience or pilgrim journey. It necessarily prompts participants to ask profound questions of themselves, about their life and the lives of those they meet on the way. Participants are challenged out of their comfort zones, understanding that the systems that govern their peaceful existence at home, often do not apply to all the people of the world who are impoverished or oppressed. From this comes the gift of balance and reassessing the balance between the wants and needs in your own life.

Finally, and most importantly, an immersion allows its participants to truly understand the shared humanity of all people. Like the great pilgrimages of our time, immersions are the most rewarding when entered into in a spirit of mutual vulnerability. Just as those strangers who walk the gruelling Santiago de Compostela may become friends in faith, or the ritual removal of social class and separation for Muslims who travel on Hajj allows them to grow in their faith together as one united group, so too must an immersion be focused on listening, collaboration oneness, relationship and friendship.

Students at Loreto Normanhurst have many opportunities to begin their own immersion journeys in the relative comfort of school-based structures and friendship groups. The challenge is to take what is learnt and experienced in order to apply it in all areas of their life.


Mr Phillip Merchant

Immersions Coordinator              

Dean of Learning

Dean of Learning

Learning how to learn and the concept of GRIT

Teaching students how to learn is as important as teaching them content, because acquiring both the right learning strategies and background knowledge is important – if not essential – for promoting lifelong learning.

  Dunlosky 2013


We all know that one of the main reasons students attend school is to learn and grow. It is hoped that this learning and growth occurs across a number of different facets of their school life, not just academically. It is important that students today are developing skills such as adaptability, resilience, critical thinking and perseverance that will allow them to be better prepared for the ever changing world that they will be entering when they finish their formal schooling. In order for this to occur, it is the responsibility of schools and parents to teach and foster the development of a growth mindset within our young people. It is then the responsibility of those young people to embrace, apply and further develop that mindset.

The past two decades have seen huge advances in brain science. Remarkable research has overturned the picture of the brain as being hardwired at birth and shown that it is remarkably pliable, capable of change and growth throughout our lifetime. We now know that the brain has an amazing ability to create new connections and make these connections stronger over time. This occurs when we learn something new or when we go over something we have previously learned. It is important that students are explicitly taught about the ability of the brain to change so they can better understand how exactly we are able to continue to learn new things.

However, teaching students about the brain is not enough, they must also be taught how to learn most effectively. While exposing students to new content is important, students must also be taught how their memory works, the best strategies to use to move information from short term to working and then finally to long term memory and what are potential barriers to that occurring.

In 2018, Loreto Normanhurst implemented a “Learning to Learn” program which focuses on understanding your brain, how your memory works and the most effective strategies to move information into long term memory and then retrieving it at a later date. The philosophy of this program is to allow students to connect central ideas related to growth mindset and the importance of utilising the most effective learning strategies to facilitate your learning and growth. In 2018, this program was completed with Year 8 students but has been expanded across most year groups in 2019 (with Year 7 implementation in 2020). For Years 8, 9 and 10, program sessions occur throughout the year during Conversation periods on a Wednesday or during Integrated Learning, and for Years 11 and 12 they occur during common year group periods.

One challenge when implementing specific retrieval practices into a study routine is that gaps in your learning can be discovered which can in turn lead to an increase in stress and anxiety levels. Therefore, it is also critical that students are taught strategies to overcome this as well as other challenges and setbacks that will inevitably occur in their learning. The development of improved resilience and perseverance is a key theme in Angela Duckworth’s work around the concept of GRIT. Her work comes from years of studying the psychology of success and revolves around the commitment to finish what you start, to rise from setbacks, to want to improve and succeed and to undertake sustained and sometimes unpleasant practice in order to do so. She lists the top five characteristics of GRIT as:

  • Courage
  • Conscientiousness
  • Perseverance
  • Resilience
  • Passion

An outline of the Learning to Learn program is below:

Key ideas


Brain learning and structures.

Structure of the brain, outline of neuron function, neuroplasticity


Information processing model

Short term and long-term memory

Stages of Learning




Practices to encode information




Practices to consolidate information

Spaced practice

Retrieval practice

Flash cards

Self-testing/practice questions

Beat the Clock

Topic Bingo

Resilience and perseverance

Implementing feedback

Bouncing back from challenging results or experiences

Concept of GRIT


Please have a conversation with your daughter about the program at home and I encourage you to help reinforce these learning strategies with her, making them a foundation of her study program.


Ms Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning

Dr Elaine McDonald Public Lecture

Dr Elaine McDonald Public Lecture

You are warmly invited to attend a lecture on Bearers of a Dangerous Memory: The Prophetic Legacy of Mary Ward, presented by Dr Elaine McDonald, Head of Policy and Practice at Dublin City University. This free public lecture is open to all students, parents, ex-students, past parents, staff and friends of Loreto.

Dr McDonald will explore some elements of the life of Mary Ward that mark her out as a prophetic leader and introduce us to the resilience of the followers of Mary Ward in keeping alive her memory and vision. In doing this, she hopes that we will uncover parallels between the landscape of Mary Ward’s life and the landscape of our lives as ‘bearers of a dangerous memory’.

7pm, Monday 5 August
Curran Theatre
Loreto Normanhurst

Dr Elaine McDonald is the Head of Policy and Practice at Dublin City University and a great proponent of the vision of Mary Ward and the educational legacy of the Loreto Sisters. Sponsored by the Loreto Sisters and Loreto Ministries, Dr McDonald is undertaking a speaking tour of Australia across July/August 2019, including public lectures, and visits to all Loreto schools.

Click here to download the invitation.

Principal’s Country Road Trip

Principal’s Country Road Trip

Travelling to  the Central Tablelands/North West and North Coast

moNDAY  12 august – wednesday 14 august

mudgee | dunedoo | coonamble | wee waa | narrabri |  gunnedah | port macquarie

The Principal, Ms Marina Ugonotti, together with Mrs Kate Kovacs, Director of Boarding, warmly invites current, past and future families, ex-students and friends of Loreto Normanhurst to join them on the third stage of the Principal’s Country Road Trips 2019.

For details of the events, please click here for the invitation

The invitation is extended to all members of our community and we are looking forward to seeing everyone who is able to attend.  

For enquiries, please email 

Health Centre Notice

Health Centre Notice

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in the Secondary School

A case of Whooping Cough (pertussis) has been reported in the upper secondary school. Whooping cough usually begins with cold like symptoms like a runny nose, mild fever and cough. The cough then gets worse, and severe bouts of uncontrollable coughing can develop. Boosters for whooping cough are recommended for people who come in contact with whooping cough every 10 years (parents or people who work with children). Pregnant women at 28 weeks of pregnancy are also recommended a booster and if close exposure to whooping cough has occurred an immediate visit to the GP is strongly recommended.

Please refer to the fact sheet here from NSW Department of Health for more information.




If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire

C S Lewis

Each day, we are surrounded by, indeed immersed in, the wonder and mystery of life.  Its beauty and vastness, its grandeur and exquisite detail reveal themselves to us moment by moment.  Each day we are immersed in the Mystery that is God.  But might we run the risk of all this –  Infinite Glory –   passing us by?     

“Bob Macke, SJ, the curator of the Vatican Observatory’s meteorite collection, is rummaging around in a drawer. He pulls out a plastic bag with a nondescript rock about the size of my fist, and cupping it in his hand, wonders aloud at how wild it is to wrap your hands around something that—at four and a half billion years—is older than the planet, almost as old as the sun itself.

I, too, am in awe. To touch something that has swept through space, that has traversed the solar system since before the earth itself came into being, to feel its weight and the way it takes on the warmth of my hands, is to let the reality of creation’s vast expanse settle in and take on life. The immensity of the universe comes to rest in my hands.

To touch something is, for that moment, to brush aside my boundaries and to be uncertain quite where I begin or end.  It’s simultaneously a movement, a reaching out and toward, and a still point, a reminder to hold firmly what has come to rest in my hands. Touching is risky, and at times messy.  I leave something of myself behind on anything I touch and am left with something that is arguably not-me sticking to my hands.

To hold in my hand for a moment a piece of the universe was an intimate experience of the infinite, the sublime collapsed into an unremarkable package.  And what do I desire, if not the infinite, invincible, ineffable God, come to dwell within my very ordinary life?” (National Catholic Reporter)

Read more


Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator

Primary School News

Primary School News

Good leaders invigorate lives; they’re like spring rain and sunshine.

Proverbs 16:15


Welcome back to all our families. We hope you had a relaxing holiday time with family and friends.

Today the Semester 2 leaders came together to be commissioned in their roles by Ms Ugonotti in a joyous Liturgy. The girls were called to be part of the rich Loreto tradition and to lead by example in the way they live and speak and the choices they make and in particular how they will use their gifts to serve our community and lead the Primary School. We concluded the service with a prayer for our Year 6 leaders and a beautiful blessing sung by Sofia Palermo and Christiana Vella. Girls and parents then joined together in the Primary School to enjoy a celebratory morning tea.


Frangipani Fair

This week also saw the much anticipated ‘Frangipani Fair’ kick off. Guest speaker, Mrs Lara Thom (mother of Indiana in Year 6 and an ex Loreto girl) shared her wisdom with us about what it takes to become an entrepreneur. Mrs Thom told us an inspirational story of her time becoming a successful entrepreneur, including creating large baby wraps, the Master Chef line of cooking products for kids and her current role as Global Chief Marketing Officer for Guzman y Gomez. She told us tips and tricks for creating a business and products for our Frangipani Fair. These included ideas about pricing, quality of product/s and much more! We all appreciated the  tips about starting a business and they will definitely come into play when we get started in creating our stalls for the Frangipani Fair. 

Mrs Thom also told us that if things don’t work out the you wanted them to, then you can try and fix them by being persistent and that you can do anything if you put your mind to it and she believes her Loreto education, in particular Mary Ward’s words, ‘Women in time to come, will do much,’ set her up for her inspirational journey. Mrs Thom also offered to listen to the girls pitch their product ideas (via FaceTime – she is a very busy lady!) and offer feedback. 

Mrs Thom told Steven Marks, the Founder of Guzman y Gomez about her presentation, and as the father of two young girls, Mr Marks is really passionate about girls’ education here and overseas. He was so excited to hear how interested the girls were in building businesses and products and if time and his diary permits, he may come to the Frangipani Fair to see what the girls come up with. We are so grateful to Mrs Thom for sharing her time with us. She serves as a wonderful inspiration of the value of a Loreto education. The Frangipani Fair Market Day takes place on Friday 13 September. Save the date as it certainly is a day not to be missed.

During the holidays Charlotte Horbach from Year 5 spent a week in Brisbane representing the NSW Institute of Sport, training and competing at the Australian Elite Junior Diving championships. She received gold in the 1 metre spring board and bronze in 3 metre spring board events. This is an outstanding achievement Charlotte, well done!

With the Year 6 excursion to Canberra quickly approaching, we strongly suggest that if the girls have not purchased a Loreto polar fleece it might be wise to do so given the icy conditions in Canberra. Uniforms are available to be purchased through Flexischools and will be delivered directly to your daughter at school.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary


SchoolTV  Edition : Drug and Alcohol use

Many parents are concerned about alcohol as well as other drugs as their children grow up, and for good reason. Young people are at greater risk of alcohol-related harm than adults. Relatively recent research has shown that the brain keeps developing until we are in our mid-twenties, and that alcohol is more harmful than previously thought to young people. Research findings include:

  • Young people who use alcohol and drugs before their brain has fully developed are at increased risk for future addiction.
  • Those who start drinking before the age of 15, are five times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence than those who first use alcohol at the age of 18 or older.
  • Alcohol exposes teenagers to a greater risk of injury and harm, and doing things they may later regret, than adults.
  • Teenagers are likely to drink more and take more risks when drinking compared to older people.

Click here for this edition of SchoolTV. You can also access a special report on e-cigarettes and vaping by clicking on this link.

It was wonderful to have Paul Dillon speak to our Years 10-12 students this week and to hear the pertinent messages he provides to our young people. I encourage you to peruse the information provided in this edition of SchoolTV and to continue the dialogue with your daughter at home.


Mrs Lynn Long

Director of Pastoral Care




Year 12 Trial Examinations

The formal Year 12 Trial examination period will take place from Thursday 1 August to Monday 19 August inclusive. During this time, students in Year 12 will not be required to attend regular classes.

Year 12 students are reminded to carefully read the student instructions attached to the trial timetable, with particular attention to the following:

  1. Students are to arrive 15 minutes before each examination is due to begin. The starting times are indicated on the timetable. No allowance will be made for students who have misread the timetable.
  2. If a student is absent from an examination due to illness/misadventure they must:
    1. notify the school before 8:00am and leave their name, examination subject and phone number with the Learning Office on 9473 7336; and
    2. submit an online Illness & Misadventure application  and provide a medical certificate /written documentation to the Learning Office as per normal procedure.

Students should also notify the school when they are returning to school so make-up examinations can be arranged. Make-up examinations generally take place on the first day the student returns to school unless other arrangements have been made with the Learning Office.

Best of luck to all Year 12 students.


Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning


Year 12 Parent Information Evening

Thank you to the students and parents who attended our Information Evening:  The  Final Months of the HSC – a Family Guide, on Monday evening.  This event provided parents and students with practical strategies for navigating the final days before the Trial Examinations and the final weeks in the lead up to the HSC examinations in Term 4. 

We wish Year 12 well as they move towards these events and urge them to connect with each other, their peers and maintain their stride in the lead up to these important learning events. 

For  parents  that were unable to attend the evening, please find a link  to the podcast along with  the PowerPoint presentation here.

Password: Loretonhhsc2019


Also, please find relevant information regarding Year 12 HSC in the Assessment Handbook 2019 here.


HSC Showcase 2019

The HSC Showcase 2019 is on Friday 30 August.  This event will be a combined celebration of HSC projects across all subjects with practical components. Students are looking forward to showcasing their talents and efforts in these subjects with the school community.  


We look forward to more exciting Learning opportunities throughout Term 3 and wish Year 12 well this term.


Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning

HSC Showcase 2019

HSC Showcase 2019

Save the Date

The Loreto Normanhurst HSC Showcase 2019 will be held on Friday 30 August to celebrate HSC projects across all subjects with practical components. 

Students will be provided with an opportunity to showcase their talents and efforts in these subjects, sharing their creativity and passion with the school community.

Featuring displays from Visual Arts, Music 1, Music 2, Aboriginal Studies, Drama, Design and Technology, History Extension and English Extension 2.

Friday 30 August 2019
Loreto Normanhurst

Ms Kieryn Bateman, Director of Learning
Email  or phone 02 9487 3488

Music News

Music News

Congratulations to the following girls who undertook significant musical opportunities during the last holidays.

Lucy Blomfield (Year 12), Veronica Vella (Year 10) and Stephanie Gough (Year 9) took part in the Gondwana World Choral Festival from the 15th – 21st July. There were over a thousand singers involved from all over the world, including Estonia, Latvia, France, China, America and all states of Australia. The concerts were held at the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and they were also broadcast nationally. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Ella McKenzie (Year 9) attended the Young Mannheim Symphonists Winter School presented by the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra from 8th – 12th July at Santa Sabina College. Ella plays the French Horn and she spent the week performing both Orchestral and Chamber works under the guidance of professional musicians.

The time in the holidays provided an excellent opportunity for these girls to extend themselves as musicians and collaborate with other students with similar interests.


Mrs Kim Irik

Head of Music




To the 11A CSDA team who won their quarter final debate on the last Friday of Term 2. The team will compete in the Semi Finals tonight. Please join us at Mount St Benedict’s College for a great night of debating, starting at 7pm.

To the students who participated in trials for the Legacy Public Speaking Competition this week. It was great to see a number of Year 7 and 8 students participating in the trials. Congratulations to Frances O’Brien (Year 8) and Tahlia Moses (Year 7) who were selected to represent Loreto Normanhurst at this years’ competition to be held in the coming weeks.


Mock Trial

Congratulations to our Mock Trial students who last night won their first round of Finals, by one point against Cherrybrook Technology High School. The following students participated in last night’s trial.

  • Annika Shankar, Year 10
  • Lily Hudson,  Year 10
  • Lily Martin, Year 11
  • Isobel King, Year 11
  • Lucy Findlay, Year 10
  • Molly Carter, Year 11
  • Gabriella Sposari, Year 11
  • Claudia Lyndon, Year 11


Archdale Debating

Round 6 will be held at Loreto Normanhurst this coming Tuesday. Year 7 and Year 8 debates will begin at 5:30pm and Year 9, 10, and 11 debates will begin at 6:30pm. You are warmly invited to join us for our last round of debates held at home.


UN Youth Crisis Point

NSW United Nations Youth are running a crisis point summit for students in Years 7-10. It is practical problem based one-day activity, where students work together in real time to develop a real working solution to a problem that is given to the students on the day. This is a new initiative run by Youth UN and is for students who want to challenge themselves. If you are interested, please contact Ms O’Dwyer ASAP.


UN Youth NSW Junior Leadership Weekend

Registrations are now open for students in Years  7 and 8 who are interested in making a change and being a leader. This is a two day program run by Youth UN NSW and held in September. Take a look here and if you are interested, please contact Ms O’Dwyer. 

For further information, please contact us at


Mrs Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The Importance of Sleep

Welcome back to Term 3 and I hope families had a relaxing winter holiday. It is always great to have our girls back at school and to hear their stories of the holidays and various catch ups. Leisurely days and sleep ins are replaced with alarms and busy schedules again. So as we get ready for the new term, I share some pointers about the importance of sleep.

Sleep is the natural way for our body to restore and replenish itself so we can function on a daily basis. There has been much written on the importance of sleep for people and in particular teenagers. Sleep hygiene is an important conversation for parents to have with their children. Does your daughter have a sleep hygiene plan and if so have you discussed what this might look like? Some suggestions include the following:

  • A healthy, balanced diet will improve energy levels and sleep.
  • Avoid taking your mobile phone or other smart device to bed.
  • Mobile phones should not be in bedrooms.
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • Bed time is for sleeping.

Bright lights and screens just before bed can keep us awake. What many do not realise is the light these devices emit (particularly blue wavelengths) suppress melatonin, the hormone that encourages sleep, making it harder to fall asleep. You can read more about this impact at the following link.

Another helpful strategy is to practice mindfulness meditation techniques which have been found to be effective in helping people drop off to sleep. These involve relaxation, meditation and awareness exercises that help focus your attention to be ‘in the moment’, acknowledge different sensations, and ‘letting go’. This is something we often practice with the students so they can incorporate this into their routine.

If you are worried about your daughter’s sleep habits, then I would recommend a visit to your GP for a check-up because sleep deprivation and insomnia are not helpful for growing teenagers at a time when they need between 8 to 10 hours sleep a night.

SchoolTV  Edition : Drug and Alcohol use

Many parents are concerned about alcohol as well as other drugs as their children grow up, and for good reason. Young people are at greater risk of alcohol-related harm than adults. Relatively recent research has shown that the brain keeps developing until we are in our mid-twenties, and that alcohol is more harmful than previously thought to young people. Research findings include:

  • Young people who use alcohol and drugs before their brain has fully developed are at increased risk for future addiction.
  • Those who start drinking before the age of 15, are five times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence than those who first use alcohol at the age of 18 or older.
  • Alcohol exposes teenagers to a greater risk of injury and harm, and doing things they may later regret, than adults.
  • Teenagers are likely to drink more and take more risks when drinking compared to older people.

Click here for this edition of SchoolTV. You can also access a special report on e-cigarettes and vaping by clicking on this link.

It was wonderful to have Paul Dillon speak to our Years 10-12 students this week and to hear the pertinent messages he provides to our young people. I encourage you to peruse the information provided in this edition of SchoolTV and to continue the dialogue with your daughter at home.


Mrs Lynn Long

Director of Pastoral Care


Paul Dillon Talks

This week, Mr Paul Dillon was in the school to work with Years 10, 11 and 12 about alcohol and other drugs and how to navigate parties and respond to situations if something goes wrong. Paul is always engaging in his delivery of the key messages about alcohol and other drugs.  Xanthe Althofer in Year 10 said: “Paul Dillon’s presentation has made me more aware that if I go out I need to be more aware and cautious of what is happening around me.” We know that our young people will be social and that they will attend parties. Our aim is that they be equipped to manage situations and make positive choices when out.


Hills Bus Travel Advice

There will be service adjustments for Hillsbus public routes from Sunday 28th July 2019. Your school travel advice sheet has been updated due to below changes:

  • Route 603 will have path changes and timetable changes.

  • Route 620N will be replaced with 620X.

We advise all students to check their services before travelling. For more details about the coming changes, please click here or visit


Parenting through the Ups and Downs of Adolescence

The Northern Sydney Local Health district is holding  a seminar for  parents of High School Students, and will be discussing:

  • Understanding Adolescent Development.
  • Challenges of Parenting Adolescents with strong emotions, including self-harm and suicidal ideation.
  • Parent strategies and tips to help parents remain calm and be a resource for their adolescent.

Click here for more information, including  registration for this seminar.


Anxious Kids Seminar Tour

Michael Grose and Wellbeing expert, Dr Jodi Richardson are co-authors of the highly acclaimed book, Anxious Kids.    On the 6th August they  will be at the Hornsby RSL Club  presenting  their evidence-based  approach to managing  kids’ anxiety.    This seminar is designed for parents, carers and educators of children and young people from early years through to secondary school. 
Click here for more information including registration for this seminar.


Tutor Group Leaders, Term 3 

We have a new set of Tutor Group leaders for Term 3, 2019, please click here for the list. 


Conversations this week:

Year 12  Careers Conversation with Ms Smith
Year 11 Tutor Conversations
Year 10 Pastoral Conversation Mr Madigan
Year 9 Learning and FNQE Conversation with Ms Albert and Mr Merchant
Year 8 Advisor Conversations
Year 7 Advisor Conversations






Upcoming School Events

Year 12 HSC Trials – From Thursday 1 August

Year 9 FNQE Program – From Sunday 4 August

Tonight, Year 10 will attend their Dinner Dance at The Epping Club and you will hear more about their evening in next week’s Pastoral newsletter. Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

Social Justice

Social Justice

To start off our celebration of NAIDOC week, Uncle Laurie came into school to give a welcome to country and smoking ceremony to the whole school. He spoke to us about the importance of this year’s theme, VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. and how we need to speak the truth about Indigenous Australia’s history in order to move forward together. NAIDOC week is a celebration of the rich culture that encapsulates the Australian identity.

It is one of the best opportunities to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, talent and resilience. NAIDOC week, which is celebrated annually in the full first week of July, stands for ‘National Aboriginal and Islanders Day of Observance Committee’. The week began in 1957 when Aboriginal organisations, state and federal governments and a number of church groups came together to support its formation. However, its roots can be traced back to the 1920s and the 1938 Day of Mourning march and conference.

It’s a week when Australia celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and communities and recognises the valuable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make to our country. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. To us NAIDOC is about celebrating and sharing our unique culture with family and friends. It is a time to share our traditions with each other and teach and learn about the history of Indigenous Australia. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future. And with 2019 being celebrated as the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, it’s time for our knowledge to be heard through our voice.

Voice. Treaty. Truth. were three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians. The Indigenous voice of this country is over 65,000 plus years old. They are the first words spoken on this continent. Languages that passed down lore, culture and knowledge for over millennia. They are precious to our nation.

It’s the Indigenous voice that includes know-how, practices, skills and innovations – found in a wide variety of contexts, such as agricultural, scientific, technical, ecological and medicine fields, as well as biodiversity-related knowledge.  They are words connecting us to country, an understanding of country and of a people who are the oldest continuing culture on the planet. We can all work together to ensure that our shared histories build a stronger Australian future.


Maria Stevenson and Maria Treacy

Year 11 Students



Term 3 Sport

Welcome back to Term 3 and a new batch of sports for the students to get stuck into! Best of luck to our IGSSA Netball and IGSSA Hockey teams who begin their competitions this Saturday, as do our Rugby 7’s girls taking part in the Pymble Invitational season on Saturday afternoons. Our Hills Netball girls begin the home stretch of the season, with only a few rounds to go until finals. Our Primary School girls will be in action with the touch footy and AFL seasons kicking off this weekend and our Cheer Squad continues their preparation for their competitions later this term.

Good luck to everyone involved and I’m looking forward to an awesome term of sport ahead!

All Schools Cross Country

Our top distance runners competed today at the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships at Eastern Creek. Charlotte Ryan (Year 12) got the day off to a cracking start, finishing 5th overall in the 18’s race, and she was closely followed by Madeline Playford (year 11) in the 17’s race who came home in 7th. Georgia Arcus (Year 10) ran a very brave race in the 15’s but was unlucky to pick up a stitch mid-race. Neve Tierney (Year 7) and Grace Pellarini (Year 8) finishing the day with a couple of gutsy runs, officially finishing 14th and 15th overall in the 13’s race, but sharing a time of 12:53 as they crossed the line together. Well done to all our All Schools runners!


In more awesome news from the holidays, Sophie Dwyer (Year 12) was part of the NSW Waratahs team that contested the ANL Grand Final in Melbourne. Unfortunately, her Waratahs went down by one goal in a thrilling match, but she played brilliantly, shooting an amazing 31 from 34 attempts, for which Sophie was deservedly recognized as the Grand Finals’ Most Valuable Player. Well done, Sophie!


Congratulations to Charlotte Horbach (Year 5) who, prior to the holidays, spent a week in Brisbane representing the NSW Institute of Sport, training, and competing at the Australian Elite Junior Diving Championships. Charlotte won gold in the 1 metre springboard and bronze in the 3 metre springboard individual events. An outstanding achievement Charlotte! Read more about Charlotte below in our Loreto Sports Girl feature.

Interschools Snowsports

Whilst most of the school was resting and recuperating over the winter break, our Snowsports team was lighting up the snow with some awesome performances at the Northern NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships. Seventeen students represented Loreto and they all performed magnificently. Huge congratulations to Dominique Rossell (Year 12) who won two gold medals for her performance in the Division 1 Snowboard GS and Snowboard X individual events – she and sister Eliza Rossell (Year 9) also teamed up to win a gold and a silver in the teams events after Eliza finished 5th in both events. Aoife Berry (Year 6) continued the snowboard success, finishing 8th in the Division 4 Snowboard GS. Laura Woods (Year 10) had a great performance in the Division 1 Alpine, finishing 15th overall. All four girls have earned an invitation to the State Interschools Snowsports Championships in August.

It was also amazing to see students who were competing for the first time give it a try and exceed their expectations.

If this has piqued your interested in competing for Loreto Normanhurst in skiing or snowboarding, next year’s Northern NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships will be held in Thredbo from July 7th – July 11th! All are welcome to have a go – for more info, shoot an email to the Sport Department.

Friday Night Athletics

In preparation for the upcoming IGSSA Athletics Championships, our Athletics team is tuning up, with the first of four Twilight Athletics meets tonight at SOPAC. Good luck to all our competitors!


Well done to Georgia Arcus (Year 10), Arabella Price (Year 9), Zara Warland (Year 9) and Elli Barron (Year 8) who were silver medalists in the U16 4x2km Waratah Run Street Relay last month. A great result!

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Congratulations to Anna Hanselmann (Year 12) and Nitasha Dewan (Year 12) who have been granted the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. The Gold Award requires dedication and perseverance to achieve and Anna and Nitasha have shown these qualities and more in attaining this Award. Well done ladies!

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 Softball Hills  Netball  
IGSSA Touch Football Rugby 7’s  
  Hayden Fitness Centre  
  Hornsby Tennis  


Mr Stephen Charters

Mr Tim Graham Robinson

Mrs laura Bryan

LN Invitational Badminton IGSSA Netball  The Duke of Edinburgh Award Program
IGSSA Hockey    
Mollie Dive Hockey    
IGSSA Water Polo    


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: Charlotte Horbach

Current sport/activity: Diving.

Favourite school sport/activity: Water polo.

Highest level of sporting achievement: First in Australia at Elite Australian Nationals for Diving and first in Australia at the School National Championships.

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: Making the 6A water polo team in Year 5 and scoring a goal in my first game.

Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: Watching Melissa Wu compete in the Commonwealth Games.

Best subject at school: Literacy.

Any superstitions before playing sport: Odd socks for march on and my lucky anklet.

Best tune to listen to before competing: Leave the light on, Fire and Dance Monkey.



We love seeing photos of our girls enjoying sport but, unfortunately, we can’t be everywhere at once. If you’re out and about over the weekend at your daughter’s fixtures, please send through any snaps you get to

If you’re on Twitter, you can follow us at @loretonhsport – tweet us and use the hashtag #LetsGoLoreto and we’ll retweet as many as we can!

If you’re on Facebook, our page is at


Saturday Sports BBQ Roster

There will be no Sports BBQ this  term.

2019 Sport Contacts Term 3




IPSHA Sports Ms Emily Wood
Midweek Activities Ms Emily Wood





IGSSA Hockey  Mr Stephen Charters
IGSSA Netball Mr Tim Graham Robinson
Hills Netball Mrs Kristie Greville
Rugby 7’s Mrs Kristie Greville
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

Welcome back and we hope everyone has had an enjoyable and relaxing break as we head into Term 3.

Spring Fair, on Sunday 3 November – is not very far away now ! This 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!

Please see information below for other events in Term 3.

We 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

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  3



Friday 26 July Year 10 Parent Dinner – 6.30pm – Pennant Hills Golf Club 
Wednesday 31 July PAL Exec Meeting – 6:30pm –  Followed by regular PAL Meeting – Curran Theatre, 7:30pm
Monday 5 August Dr Elaine McDonald Public Lecture – The Prophetic Legacy of Mary Ward – Curran Theatre – 7:00pm – Click HERE for invitation – all welcome – no cost however  please rsvp for catering
Friday 9 – Sunday 11 August City / Country Mothers’ Weekend – Mudgee. This event has reached capacity. To go on the waitlist, please email here.
Friday 16 August “FNQE Welcome Home” Parent Gathering for Year 9 Parents
Sunday 25 August Father  Daughter Eucharist
Friday 6 September Year 12 Mothers’ Eucharist & Lunch
Saturday 7 September Father Daughter Dinner (Years 5 – 12)
Wednesday 23 October (Term 4) PAL Spring Fair Executive Meeting – 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Cahill Seminar Room


Ex-Students’ Association Contact 

Ms Patsy Shannon, President:           

The next Ex-Students’ Association meeting will be on Tuesday 10 September, 7.00pm – Cahill Seminar Room



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.


Job Spotlight:


If you like people and get a buzz from helping them look and feel better about themselves, got lots of physical stamina and you’re creative with great attention to detail, you’d make a great hairdresser.


Interesting Reads

Open Day season is here!

For dates visit the UAC website or individual institution websites.

For tips regarding getting the most out of open days, please see our upcoming article in the Loreto Newsletter.


The Future of Work – Video Series from the Career Industry Council of Australia

The world of work is evolving. The jobs and careers of today are constantly changing, leaving us in uncertain territory when it comes to educating and preparing the next generation.

Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) have put together an 8-part series about the future of work, led by Triple J’s Tom Tilley. Each fortnight they tackled new subjects and heard from a panel of industry experts, career advisors and students, helping to create a new perspective around #Work2030.

What are the skills and capabilities our young Australians will require? To watch this 8-part series, please click here Work 2030


Foundation for Youth Australia – the new work order

A young person’s view on the FYA research of the ‘New work order’ research – click here


Ms Alexi Kayes and Ms Katrina Smith

Careers Advisors

University Information

University of Sydney | Scholarships Information Evening

Tuesday 30 July – 6-7pm
Eastern Avenue Auditorium

Find out what scholarships are offered and what makes a successful scholarship application.


Macquarie University Early Entry program is now open and closes 26 August. Students are recommended to apply as soon as they can. For more information click here.

Macquarie Student Ambassadors hosted a webinar in the holidays on the Leaders and Achievers (early entry) application process. You can access the recording here.

2020 Charles Sturt Advantage – Early Entry Program

Charles Sturt University values soft skills – and they want to reward you for having them. That’s where the Charles Sturt Advantage comes in.

When you apply for early entry to Charles Sturt via the Charles Sturt Advantage, all you need to do is demonstrate to CSU how you’ve displayed resilience, empathy and a commitment to creating a world worth living in (like your motivation to study your chosen degree).

If they determine that your application is successful, you’ll receive an early conditional offer into one of their undergraduate courses.

You’ll be part of an exclusive mentoring program to start your degree off on the right foot. You’ll receive email support, free merchandise, access to networking opportunities and early access to the STRIVE leadership program.

Early entry applications to CSU via the Charles Sturt Advantage are open now and close Saturday 31 August.

Find out more and learn how to apply  here.

The University of Sydney – Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme are now open.

The E12 Scheme is available to students who have experienced financial disadvantage during their time at school and demonstrate the potential to succeed at the University of Sydney.

Successful applicants receive conditional early entry with lower minimum ATAR requirements, in addition to a $5950 scholarship to support their transition to university study. This year, over 90 courses are offered via E12, meaning applicants can select from more courses than ever.

To be eligible for E12, students will need to be assessed by UAC via the Educational Access Scheme (EAS):

  • residing at the time of your UAC application in an area identified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) as being in the lowest 30% of socio-economic disadvantage in Australia. Upon creating their UAC account (including putting in their residential address) students are notified via email within a day if they are eligible.

For further information, please visit the E12 website

Inspired by Business Scholarship – The University of Sydney

Successful E12 applicants who receive an early conditional offer to a B Commerce or B Commerce/B Advanced Studies are invited to apply for our Inspired By Business Scholarship. This is one of our most generous faculty-based scholarships:

  • B Commerce: $10,000 per year for 3 years
  • B Commerce/B Advanced Studies: $10,000 per year for 4 years

This is scholarships is only available to students who have applied for the E12 Scheme and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through the Cadigal Program.

ANU | Bachelor of Arts Webinar

1 August 2019, 4:00 pm
The Australian National University

Join ANU’s online information session and hear from leading academics and students about the benefits of studying a qualification in the area of Arts.

Gain an in-depth understanding of your programs of interest and explore your study options during this interactive information session.

Whether you are about to come to ANU, still deciding or just interested, we encourage you to join us.

Find out more

St Andrews College – Scholarship Program

St Andrew’s Scholars Program are closing on 9 August 2019. The Program provides up to five full scholarships per year. These scholarships have enabled many students to realise their dream of studying at the University of Sydney (or another university in Sydney). 

To be eligible, students must be:

(1) intending to study at one of Sydney’s universities (including the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney, and the University of NSW) next year;

(2) Australian or New Zealand citizens/permanent residents; and

(3) on track to achieve an ATAR of 95 or higher. 

ANU | Humanitarian Engineering Webinar

13 August 2019, 5:00 pm
The Australian National University

Your engineering degree at ANU can help you obtain a deep understanding of the ways your knowledge and skills can help advance the well-being of humanity as a whole.

Join the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science for a live webinar that includes specific information about their new Humanitarian Engineering Minor.

Use this opportunity to directly interact with academic Jeremy Smith about courses, opportunities available, long-term opportunities and ways in which you can get involved through your ANU engineering degree.

Find out more

UOW | South Western Sydney Open Night

14 August 2019, 6:00 pm
University of Wollongong South Western Sydney

Come and meet current UOW students and staff, and hear all about our degrees from the people who teach them. Speak one-on-one with UOW faculty staff about the course or courses you’re interested in, as well as your career options.

You will also have the opportunity to attend sessions to give you a better understanding of the options at the UOW South Western Sydney Campus.

Find out more

Private Colleges

William Angliss Institute | Open Day, Sydney

17 August 2019, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
William Angliss Institute

If you’re considering an exciting career in foods, tourism, hospitality or events, be sure to visit William Angliss Institute at their annual Sydney open day.

Open Day is your chance to speak to staff and students to find out more about studying at William Angliss Institute.

Find out more

ACAP | Information Session, Sydney

22 August 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Australian College of Applied Psychology

Interested in studying psychology, counselling, social work, criminology, coaching, or case management?

  • Learn how ACAP can help you to change lives and make a difference!
  • Meet ACAP staff, academics and current students.
  • See the campus.
  • Discover the courses on offer, flexible learning options and the benefits of studying at ACAP.

Find out more

BMIHMS | Open Day, Leura

7 September 2019, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Chambers Road, Leura NSW, Australia

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University is holding an open day in September. Here is what you can expect:

  • Personalised campus tour. See first hand the world class facilities available. BMIHMS’s simulated hotel environment is a real talking point for all new visitors.
  • Interactive practical workshops. Get a feel for what to expect when you study your degree with BMIHMS.
  • Chat With lecturers, instructors & students. Get tips, advice and the “inside goss” straight from the horse’s mouth.

Find out more

AIE | Information Evening, Sydney

19 September 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at the AIE Information Evening.

The evening will include presentations on different areas of industry to get into as well as information about AIE full-time and part-time courses and entry requirements. Student work will be on display and our teachers will be available to speak with you one on one about our courses and how AIE can get you into a creative career.

Find out more

Dr Karl’s What Colour Is An Electron? – University of Newcastle

Saturday, 17 August 2019, 4:00 pm — 6:30pm
Griffith Duncan Theatre, University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus

Dr Karl and Astrophysicist Prof Geraint Lewis take you places you’ve never been, all in National Science Week.

What is the colour of an electron, why is gold a golden colour, how do electrons relate to Pirates of the Caribbean and carrots, and the colour of dinosaurs, and how does the world look to the crazy eyes of the mantis shrimp?

Come on an electrifying journey that will join the astonishing (and often tenuous) dots between light, electrons and the workings of our colourful universe.

Showtime runs 45 minutes, and there’s another 45 minutes for Q&A.

But wait… what is an electron again?

Read more…

Billy Blue | A Day in the Life Creative Workshop, Sydney

21 September 2019, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Billy Blue College of Design

Still deciding which creative course or career to aim for? Spend a day with us, at Uni, and discover what a day in the life of a design or gaming student is REALLY like. Our workshops are free, and an ideal way to get a feel for what you like, what you don’t like and where you might see yourself in the future. You won’t know until you try!

Find out more

Living Laboratory

18 August 2019, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Join us for a huge outdoor event to celebrate the environmental sciences! Explore the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to get hands-on with science experiments, explore behind-the-scenes, visit state-of-the-art science facilities and use scientific equipment.

Find out more

Sydney Trains 2019 Work Experience Program

The Sydney Trains Work Experience Program aims to give Year 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to experience the world of work at Sydney Trains and gain an understanding of the career options available in our dynamic industry.

Sydney Trains offer students a week of structured activities which will increase their knowledge of the workplace, improve their employability and assist them to begin a career in their chosen field.

Placements usually last for five days, Monday to Friday, with start and finish times to be agreed prior to commencement. Placements will be available from March through to November, depending on each school’s calendar.

Find out more  here.

Gap programs and travel

Camp America 2020

Applications for the 2020 Camp America program are now open.

As part of Camp America, you will head to the United States for 9-12 weeks and become a counsellor for youth participating in Summer Camp programs. Summer camp in America is a massive tradition. It’s estimated there are 12,000 camps spread all over the country and each summer some 11 million children and adults will attend camp.

There is also the opportunity for participants to spend time travelling around America after the camp has concluded.

Learn more about Camp America and how to get involved  here.

Lattitude Global Volunteering | Gap Year 2020

If you’re considering taking a gap year next year, there are so many options out there, it can really blow your mind.

Lattitude are a not-for-profit organisation, they’ve been in the business for 45 years and support around 1,000 young people annually to fulfil their gap year dreams.

If you’re not sure you just want to take a year off and do nothing, a Lattitude experience could see you travel, experience new things, meet new people, learn new skills, and gain confidence. It’ll also look good on your resume.

They have placements options in 13 countries, you can choose to go for 6 weeks or 12 months (and anywhere in between). Trips depart throughout the year too, so you’re bound to find a volunteer program that will suit you.

If you’re interested then here’s what do next:

Head over to the website  and read about the company and the placements they have to offer.

Then, if you’d like to find out more or go ahead and book, you’ll need to:

  1. Apply online – this is not a commitment, just an enquiry
  2. Speak with the Lattitude Staff – to find out which trip will suit you best
  3. Get matched with a country and program that will suit you
  4. Program Confirmation – get the details to read over
  5. Preparation – time to start organising
  6. December meet & greet, finalise plans
  7. Start your adventure.

Applications for 2020 are open now, so you might want to decide if this is for you sooner rather than later, before places get booked out.

AFS Online Information Session

31 July 2019, 5:00 pm

AFS Intercultural Programs

AFS is a leading study abroad program for secondary school students, supported and facilitated by trained staff and volunteers. AFS programs help young people learn about a world beyond their own communities—and become comfortable interacting with people from other countries and cultures.

It’s time to find out more about AFS, why you should go abroad on an exchange, how to become a host family to an exchange student, and how you can get involved as an AFS Volunteer!

Find out more

YFU Student Exchange Info Session

15 August 2019, 6:00 pm

Youth For Understanding (YFU) Student Exchange is an independent, non-profit, non-sectarian, volunteer-based organisation dedicated not just to international exchange for young people, but through them, the interchange and sharing of ideas, attitudes and mutual respect.

Join YFU’s information sessions and they will help you to plan your intercultural exchange to have the time of your life!

Find out more

US Colleges – What’s the difference between the SAT and the ACT?

As we are now in the second half of the school year, year 11 students looking to study in the US should be aiming to sit the SAT or the ACT admission test by the end of the year to ensure they stay on track. 

To assist in determining which test to sit, Internationally Educated has updated an article titled The SAT and the ACT tests – what’s the difference? Testing dates and registration links to both tests are also included in the article.

US university visits

Please find attached flyers for 2 upcoming US university visits hosted by Redlands School for parents and students – please note NYU is next week:

  • NYU – Redlands Hall from 6-7.30pm on Tuesday 30 July
  • UPENN –Redlands Library from 6pm on Tuesday 10 September
Community Notices

Community Notices

Sacred Heart Church Trivia Night

When: Saturday 24 August
Where: Marian Hall – Sacred Heart Church
Time: 7:00 – 10:30pm

Click here for download the invitation.