Newsletter 29 January - 29 January 2021
From the Deputy Principal

From the Deputy Principal

Partnering with Parents

A warm welcome back to all families as we look forward to another year of sharing in the partnership of the care of your daughters. I would like to extend a particularly warm welcome to all families of students who have joined Loreto Normanhurst this year and I hope that you will quickly come to experience and value the essence of this vibrant community. There is no easing into a school year and there has been much hustle and bustle around our grounds as we have busily prepared for the return of our students. It was wonderful to welcome them back yesterday, where the ‘buzz’ was truly palpable.  

An important part of the commencement of a new school year is the establishment of new relationships. Students will have arrived back to find themselves in new classes, among different peers and with new teachers. Central to our approach to learning and the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model is the notion that relationships and learning are of equal importance. We understand the significance of such relationships and that students like to feel known and recognised by their teachers. This is supported by several bodies of research, which propose that positive teacher-student relationships are strongly linked to student engagement and achievement. Students work in partnership with teachers, together providing a student-centred learning model. We place much emphasis on developing such relationships through the FACE curriculum in which the students are provided opportunities to develop connections with their peers and to feel well known by their Tutor, Advisor and class teachers.

As a learning community we also value the strong partnership between family and school, another unique and privileged aspect of our roles as educators. In a society of rapid change, with the complexities that come with parenting, such partnerships have become increasingly important. Professor Anne Graham (Southern Cross University) in her recent project on devising a framework aimed at strengthening Parent – School Partnerships (2018), recognises the importance of a culture of partnership and parental engagement with their child’s education as a key influence on educational outcomes and wellbeing.

I am pleased to share with you the 2021 Loreto Normanhurst Parent Education and Engagement Program “It takes a Village” and urge you to peruse the offerings and ensure you take advantage of the resources, expertise and conversation available to you. Engagement with the program will heighten your sense of connectedness to our community and allow you to be engaged with your daughters holistic learning experience.

“We know that the best student academic and pastoral outcomes are met when there is collaboration and authentic partnership between school and family.”

There are many opportunities for parents and staff to meet throughout the year, including Information Evenings, Academic and Holistic Plenaries and guest speaker events which cover current and topical areas. Additional dates including PAL events can be viewed through the Loreto Normanhurst Parent Calendar which can be accessed through Sentral > Links Tab > School Calendar. There will of course be follow-up communication about various events over the course of the year. We look forward to sharing many occasions with you throughout 2021, whether these be virtually or face-to-face.

Please refer to the attached program for more information. 

As we move into this year of Felicity may our partnerships be nourished by a sense of joy and positivity as we continue to work together to inspire optimism and hope in the young people in our care.

Best wishes for the year ahead and may we be blessed with many opportunities to be together. 

 

Mrs Lynn Long

Deputy Principal

Primary School

Primary School

Friendship is a sheltering tree.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge         

There was excitement in the air as the Primary School welcomed our returning students and our brand new Year 5 girls to commence the school year. The girls quickly found their lockers, their Year 6 buddies and their place in the Learning Common. It is a joy to welcome the girls and their families into the Loreto Normanhurst community. 

After the girls settled into their classrooms and beautiful learning spaces, there was much joy, laughter and the beginnings of new friendships.

Other highlights from this week included House time and walking to the Senior School for specialist lessons in Art, Music, PE and back to the Primary School for Chinese. We enjoyed a whole school Assembly and some ‘getting to know you’ time with buddies. Next week we will begin to learn the musical items that we will be performing at the end of term Music Festival, which is always a highlight of the year. The week ended with exciting House games, organised by our House Leaders.

Some of our students from Year 5 summed up their experiences so far:

‘I have already made some new friends.’ – Aavni Gandhi

‘I loved seeing my buddy again.’ – Stella Thomson

‘There are so many new activities to do.’ – Grace Solomon

 ‘I just love everything about Loreto.’ – Jhanvi Shah

 ‘I love that the classroom has so many different voices.’ – Tayla Miller

 ‘It was so nice to be in the company of so many other girls.’ – Grace Vukasovic

It has been wonderful to observe how seamlessly our new students have transitioned and integrated into the community.

 

Parent Information Evening

A reminder that our Parent Information Evening is on next Wednesday 3 February from 7.00-8.00pm. 

Due to the latest guidelines released from AISNSW Health, we are able to host the Information Evening on site.

The Year 5 Information Evening will be held in the Primary School Learning Common and the Year 6 Information Evening will be held in the Mary Ward Centre, which is directly opposite the Primary School. We request that parents move straight to the respective locations so that our COVID-Safe plan is in place.

This evening is a must for all parents as it outlines the roadmap for the year ahead. A Zoom link will be made available if you are unable to attend this event.

 

Happy Birthday

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

Chiara                   Rachel                  Grace                    Isabella                 Olive                    

Porsha                  Pearl                    Chloe                    Olivia                     Sophie

Lucy                       Lauren

 

Upcoming events

Wednesday 3 February, 3.30pm Years 5 and new Year 6 Swimming Trials
Wednesday 3 February, 7pm-8pm Parent Information Evening on site
Monday 8 February Year 6 Holistic Plenaries
Tuesday 9 February Year 6 Holistic Plenaries
Wednesday 10 February, 11.30am Year 6 Leadership Liturgy

 

Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary

Boarding

Boarding

We were thrilled to welcome our new and returning boarders on Wednesday afternoon. We have 166 boarders from NSW, interstate and overseas calling Loreto home this year. The girls gathered for the Smoking Ceremony on Wednesday evening and joined all day students the following day to celebrate the start of the school year. This weekend our boarders are looking forward to their first Commitment Weekend for the year. Have a great a time, girls!

 

Spirituality

Spirituality

 Show yourself at all times glad and joyful, for almighty God loves a cheerful giver…

   Mary Ward

Over four hundred years ago, Mary Ward, the foundress of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, left us a sure and certain pathway into authentic Christian spirituality and living.  The Values she spoke of, and indeed lived, are a well-trod way into the heart of all that Jesus taught and invited us into.  Those Values are Sincerity, Justice, Freedom, Verity and Felicity.

This year all Loreto schools in Australia are celebrating the Value of Felicity.  This means that as a Loreto community  –  staff, students and parents  –  we have embarked upon a journey into just what it means to live in the way of Felicity, as Mary Ward understood it and lived it herself.  What a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon and deepen our own Christian stance in life and our fleshing-out of what we are called to.  I say this because the way of Felicity is firmly grounded in the Christian spiritual tradition, and following this path will surely take us into the heart of what it is to live a deeply Christian life.   

Our Loreto Schools Mission statement has some wonderfully uplifting words about what Felicity is. Felicity, we are told, manifests itself in joy, cheerfulness, good humour, happiness, hope, friendliness, courtesy, positive thinking, inner peace, courage, optimism, open-heartedness, light-heartedness and self-acceptance.  These are what we might call the symptoms of Felicity.  They are attractive qualities, I’m sure you’ll agree.  It’s easy to warm to Felicity!  However, the more I reflect on Felicity the more I am aware that it is possibly the most demanding of Mary Ward’s Values because we can’t possibly sustain all that without something very primary and essential to us that we are rooted in and from which we draw, day by day, amidst the oft-experienced chaos, or mundaneness, or the surprises of life.  

Click here to read more

Ms Kerry McCullough, Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator

Felicity Prayer

Felicity Prayer

As we begin what is celebrated by Loreto schools around Australia as the Year of Felicity, we share with you this Felicity Prayer. The words of this prayer were crafted collaboratively by the Loreto student leaders from all Loreto schools in Australia and will guide our communities in their reflection on and expression of Felicity in 2021.

God of generosity and joy,
who gifts us with open minds and large hearts,
renew our vision and deepen our hope.
Help us to:
delight in the beauty of creation,
affirm the goodness in all people,
create a community of kindness and
lead with empathy and courage.
As friends of Mary Ward,
may we serve God with great love and liberty of mind
and trust in God’s grace and goodness.
May felicity brighten the lives of people everywhere.
We make this prayer:
in the name of Jesus who inspires us with good news,
and the Holy Spirit who moves us ever outwards.

Amen.

Learning

Learning

Welcome back to all students to a new year of learning at Loreto.  I think we can all agree that we learnt a great deal after weathering the storm of 2020 and that there was a silver lining to the many changes that we had to navigate. Staff and students have become even more adept at using technology to enhance and augment their learning, and staff are keen to capitalise on these experiences from 2020.   This year we have committed as a staff to focusing on developing more authentic assessment opportunities for students by harnessing student voice and evaluation in the assessment process. In coming weeks we will communicate with students and parents about this commitment and the positive benefits our changes in this area will have for student learning.   

Starting strong

It is timely to remind both students and parents about the expectations of study and homework for our students.  We remind students that it is important to start the year strong by being organised in their physical spaces at home or in the Boarding School, as well as with their digital files on their devices.  Setting goals around their own learning growth is necessary and something that all students will do with their teacher (in Primary) or their advisor/tutor (in Secondary).   

We ask all parents to please take a moment to engage with the guidelines below regarding homework and assessments.  These will also be shared with students via email next week.

Homework

A reminder to parents that homework guidelines are outlined on page 32 of the Student Handbook.   This is an integral part of schooling and helps students develop self-discipline and organisational skills.  Students should revise their classwork regularly and extend their knowledge by reading widely.  The amount of time spent on homework and private study will vary but should average:

  • YEARS 5 AND 6: 30 minutes for Year 5 and 40 minutes for Year 6, several nights per week.  This must include an additional 20 minutes of reading every night.
  • YEARS 7 AND 8: 1 .5–2 hours per night, five times a week.
  • YEARS 9 AND 10: 2–2.5 hours per night, five times a week.
  • YEARS 11 AND 12: 20 hours a week.

Students in Years 7–10 are not expected to do homework or assessment tasks over the school holiday periods, except for reading novels and gathering data for various projects.

Please note Year 7 students do not receive homework in the first two weeks of this term.  Homework will commence for them in Week 3. They will only be receiving approximately 10 minutes per subject, which equates to an hour per weeknight for the first term or so.  Year 7 students have received their laptops, however we ask that they focus their attention on adjusting to secondary school life at this stage, and follow their advisor’s lead in terms of when and how to begin setting up their laptops for effective learning and organisation. 

Assessment Planning

At the commencement of Week 4, parents from Years 7-11 will receive the Learning Information Handbooks.  These handbooks contain important information about assessment tasks, our School assessment policies, as well as the assessment schedules for the year in all subjects. 

Academic Plenaries (Parent/Teacher Meetings)

At Loreto Normanhurst we appreciate the importance of working in partnership with parents and value opportunities that allow our students to share their learning journey with their parents.  One such opportunity is our Academic Plenary process, referred to at other schools as parent and teacher interviews.  At Loreto Normanhurst we ask our students to lead these conversations with their parents and teachers, reflecting on their learning goals and their growth in each subject area.  It is envisaged that all Academic Plenaries will remain virtual this year via Zoom.  The first will be the Year 12 Academic Plenaries occurring on Friday 19th February in Week 4 from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.  Year 12 parents will receive further information regarding booking instructions on Friday 12th February.

Upcoming parent events – Year 7 and Year 11

A reminder to parents of Year 11 students that we will be livestreaming our Parent Engagement and Education Evening – The Year Ahead – on Monday 1 February from 7.00pm-8.00pm.  We request that day parents make time to watch this webinar with your daughter from the comfort of your loungerooms on Monday evening.  Boarder parents, please note that your daughter’s will watch the webinar here at school, and will be encouraged to chat with you about the contents at some point in the days ahead.  We encourage all parents to tune-in for important information about supporting your daughter throughout Year 11 and 12.  A link will be sent to parents and students on Monday before the event. 

We are also hosting a Year 7 parent evening to welcome our new parents and students and to provide information about supporting your daughter as they embark on the secondary school journey.  This event will also be hosted as a webinar and livestreamed to parents and students on Wednesday 10 February from 7.00-8.00pm.  We ask that all parents and students engage with this webinar.  Further information and the link for this event will be distributed to parents via email next week. 

 

Best wishes for the year ahead. 

Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning

 

Years 7-11  Award Recipients of Term 4 2020

Each year we celebrate student growth across the FACE Curriculum in our end-of-year Award Ceremony.  As this event falls on the final day of the year it is always challenging to celebrate their success in a more public forum.  We would like to take this opportunity to once again recognise and commend those students who received a Major Award, Service to Loreto Award and/or a Principal’s Award. Our students worked incredibly hard throughout 2020 and adapted to change at a very rapid pace. We are proud to reflect on their achievements and once again congratulate the students.

Click here for a full list of Major Award, Service to Loreto and Principal’s Award recipients

 

Dates to Remember

Years 7 – 12

Assembly  – HSC 2020 Results

Wednesday 3 February
11:55am – 12:55pm – Gym

 

Assembly – Year 11 RoSA 2020

Wednesday 3 March
11:55am – 12:55pm – Gym

Year 7

Year 7 & 8 Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 10 February
7pm – 8pm –  Livestreamed

 

NAPLAN Online Practice

Tuesday 23 March

 

Year 7 Parents  & Students Study Skills Evening – Prue Salter

Monday 29 March
7pm – 8.30pm – Livestreamed

Year 8

Year 7 & 8 Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 10 February
7pm – 8pm –  Livestreamed

Year 9

Year 9 & 10 Parent Information Evening

Friday 26 February
7pm – 8pm – Livestreamed

 

NAPLAN Online Practice

Tuesday 23 March

Year 10

Minimum Standard Testing

Tuesday 23 February
Wednesday 24 February

 

Year 9 & 10 Parent Information Evening

Friday 26 February
7pm – 8pm –  Livestreamed

Year 11

Year 11 Parent Information Evening: The Year Ahead

Monday 1 February
7pm – 8pm –  Livestreamed

Year 12

Year 12 Parent & Student Academic Plenary Meetings

Friday  19 February
3.30pm – 7.30pm – Via Zoom

 

Year 12 In-Class Assessment Block

Monday 8 March to
Thursday 18 March

 

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

We are back and Welcome!

We are off and running for 2021 with a new school year which brings with it much anticipation of what might lie ahead. The campus is filled with the buzz of the students and it is wonderful to see the girls back at school. Welcome back to our returning students and families and a very warm welcome to our new students and their families. New beginnings like this enable us all to set goals and priorities and we are confident that students will spend time thinking about their aspirations for the year ahead.

Heads of House spoke to students this week about starting their year well and the importance of setting explicit goals across the FACE curriculum. FACE stands for Faith, Academic, Community and Extra-curricular and embodies the holistic education offered at the School. This might sound like a challenge for the girls; however, we think it is achievable when they speak to their Advisor or Tutor about goal-setting in these areas of school life. Heads of House will outline to the students the ways that they can go about having such conversations. It is also a good opportunity to get some of the basics right, such as wearing the uniform correctly and with pride, treating others well, being kind, organised and optimistic about learning at School.  

This year, students will have opportunities to reflect on and engage with the Loreto value of Felicity and what this means for them as individuals and in belonging to the Loreto Normanhurst community. Students will be asked to engage with the Value and reflect upon what it means to live a life grounded in Felicity. The House programs will be one space where students will have opportunities to engage with the value of Felicity and how it applies to them.

Our first day back yesterday was certainly full of Felicity. Please enjoy this video of highlights as we welcomed students to school.

Uniform Reminder

Please support us in relation to school uniform. Your daughter should be wearing her full school uniform to and from school, including her hat. One earring in the lower ear lobe that is plain gold or silver studs or sleepers or small white pearls is allowed. No student is permitted to wear excessive makeup, nail polish, necklaces or multiple earrings, sparkly or other shaped earrings. Nails are to be natural and not acrylic or shellac.  If your daughter arrives at school with makeup she will be asked to remove it. Repeated issues with jewellery will result in a conversation with her Head of House or the Deans of Pastoral Care. 

SRC Trivia Afternoon for Years 7 and 12

On Friday 5 February 2021, the Student Representative Council will host the Years 7 and 12 students for some fun trivia in the gymnasium. The event commences at 4pm and concludes at 6pm. We look forward to seeing the students there. 

Safer Internet Day – Tuesday 9 February

A valuable resource for families is The Office of the eSafety Commissioner. This year’s Safer Internet Day is being held on Tuesday 9 February. This is an international event that began in 2004 to create a safer internet environment for our young people. This year’s theme is Start the Chat. The Student Representative Council (SRC) and Year 12 students will lead an activity on Tuesday 9 February in Tutor time to raise awareness of this important issue and the need for all of us to engage with the internet in a positive way. We encourage families to discuss issues such as this, including your family technology plan around the use of devices at home. One simple and effective strategy is for mobile phones to be switched to silent in the evening at a designated time and not left in your daughter’s bedroom. Here is a link which provides you with more information about safer internet day.

We wish you and your daughters a successful start to Term 1.

 

Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan

Deans of Pastoral Care

Sport

Sport

Welcome and welcome back!

On behalf of the Loreto Normanhurst Sport team, it’s my great pleasure to welcome everyone to LN Sport 2021 and all the fun and games we have in store!

I would like to extend a special welcome to those girls and families joining our community this year; we can’t wait to see you out on the field or court, in the pool, in the boat, on the horse, skis or board, on the track, in the gym or on the stage, or on any other surface or apparatus I’ve missed, representing Loreto Normanhurst!

We were very proud last year about how we were able to manage the evolving situation around COVID-19 and still deliver so many opportunities to our students in a safe and challenging environment. We will be bringing the same approach to sport this year, ensuring that all girls at Loreto Normanhurst are given every opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity whilst not compromising the health and safety of our students and the community. As we’re all no doubt aware, the guidance and regulations in place do change on a regular basis, and so as they change, we too will ensure we adapt and comply, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as those changes are made.

Currently, whilst IGSSA, IPSHA and AFL NSW have approved for spectators to attend venues, it is the decision of the school hosting each venue to decide their spectator rules and guidelines. Information specific to certain sports and/or venues will be available on the sport-specific Canvas pages, on the IGSSA mobile site or the IPSHA app.

Spectators are welcome at all fixtures at Loreto Normanhurst, provided they have no symptoms of COVID-19 and have not attended any of the COVID case locations listed on the NSW Government COVID-19 News and Updates page. There are no limits to the number of spectators that may accompany a player, however all spectators will be expected to abide by the following when attending fixtures:

– All spectators will be required to sign in via a QR code, which will be located at each entrance upon arriving at the venue.
– All spectators must maintain a 1.5m distance from other spectators at all times and avoid congregating near players and coaching staff where possible.
– Once your daughter’s fixture has finished, all players and spectators must leave the venue as soon as possible.

I look forward to seeing you all around the grounds this year and can’t wait to get cracking on another fantastic year of Loreto Normanhurst Sport!

Saturday arrangements – 30th January

This weekend, there will be only a small group of our student athletes in action, as there are no fixtures for IGSSA, IPSHA, AFL NSW or LN Badminton competitions.

Training and grading sessions for the following teams will take place at Loreto Normanhurst on Saturday 30th January:

  • Year 7 Softball – School Oval | 8:00am – 9:30am
  • Year 7 Tennis – School Tennis Courts | 8:00am – 10:00am
  • Year 7 & 8 AFL – School Oval | 8:00am – 10:00am
  • Year 7-12 Badminton – School Gym | 8:00am – 10:00am
  • Year 5 & 6 Water Polo/Flippaball – School Aquatic Centre | 8:00am – 9:30am
  • Year 5 & 6 Football – School Oval | 8:00am – 9:30am

All students will meet in the School Gym at 7:45am for a short briefing before heading out to their allocated areas. Parents can use the Oval car park off Osborn Rd to drop off and collect their daughters.

Also on Saturday 30th January, we will hold our Secondary School Tennis Championships at Mills Park Tennis Centre from 8:30am – 12:30pm, which will also double as a selection session for our Tildesley Tennis team to compete later in the term.

Rowing training will proceed as scheduled and Mr Edmunds will provide further information on that via the Spanner newsletter.

If you have any questions about any of the above information, please refer to the ‘Who to see about what’ table further on in the newsletter.

Rowing Camp

Whilst the majority of our sports resume this weekend, our rowers have already been putting in the hard yards in 2021 as they participated in the annual January Rowing Camp, which was held this year at SIRC and the Nepean River. It was an amazing week of hard work, with the whole program being put through their paces by our magnificent coaching cohort under the expert leadership of Mr Edmunds. There were the usual accidental capsizes (and, given the very warm weather, the occasional deliberate one!), and blistered hands as far as the eye could see, but the girls showed their grit and were able to put out some impressive performances. A big thanks to Mr Edmunds and his team of coaches, and to the support staff who drove the girls out and back each day.

Term 2 Sport Nominations

With the school year only just resuming, we’re already turning our attention to Term 2 Sport Nominations for both Primary and Secondary Students.

Nominations will go live on Monday 1st February, and the window will be open for 2 weeks, closing on Friday 12th February for all students except the Year 7 cohort. The Year 7 cohort will be walking through the process during your Conversation period on Wednesday 17th February, and as such the Year 7 nomination window will be extended to Friday 19th February.

All students and families will receive an Announcement via Canvas with the relevant information regarding how to nominate:

– Secondary nominations are submitted online via the link provided.
– Primary nominations are submitted via a PDF form that will be included in the Announcement.

As always, please make sure your nomination has been submitted prior to the nomination window closing – all nominations received prior to the window closing are guaranteed a spot in the sport selected, however any nominations received after that date will be subject to spaces being available.

Swimming Trials

With the Primary School Swimming Carnival already in the books last year, there is still an opportunity for our incoming Year 5 and new Year 6 students to swim for selection into the Loreto Normanhurst Primary Swim Team to compete at the IPSHA Swim Carnival later this term. All new Primary students are invited to attend the trials, which will be held in the LN Aquatic Centre on Wednesday 3 February at 3:30pm. Please note that this is not a learn-to-swim activity – these trials are for students interested in selection into our representative team, so we recommend this event for students with swimming experience.

Following this, we will be offering the same opportunity to our new Secondary students, with new Secondary Student Swim Trials taking place in the LN Aquatic Centre on Wednesday 24 February  at 3:30pm. These are open to any student that didn’t participate in either the Secondary Carnival or the Primary Carnival last year.

If you have any questions about either of these events, please contact the Sport Department for further information.

Looking ahead

  • Good luck to our crews competing at the NSW State Rowing Championships on 6th/7th February at SIRC!
  • Good luck to our Primary trialists who will be competing for a spot in the IPSHA Basketball and IPSHA Tennis teams on the 8th and 12th February respectively (nominations close on Monday 1st February and Friday 5th February respectively).
  • Good luck to our softballers taking part in the IGSSA Softball Representative Trials on 12th February (nominations close on Monday 1st February).
  • Good luck to our cricketers taking part in the CIS Cricket Trials on Friday 12th February (nominations close on Friday 5th February).

If you have any questions regarding any of these trials, please contact the Sport Department ASAP.

Wet Weather Information

IGSSA Sports: https://m.ahigs.nsw.edu.au/venues
IPSHA Sports: (via the app)
Secondary AFL: All wet weather updates/cancellations for Secondary AFL will be announced via the Sport Facebook & Twitter accounts.

 


Who to see about what?

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

Mr Matt Mulroney

Mrs Kristie Greville

Mrs Emily Wood

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

 

Mr Stephen Charters

Mr David Brock

Mr Ian Edmunds

Mrs Laura Bryan

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

Correct Sport Uniform

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

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

Here is the list of required items for matches for each Term 1 Sport

– IGSSA Tennis: LN singlet or polo, LN skort, white socks, non-marking sandshoes, LN cap.
– IGSSA Softball: LN polo, LN shorts, gold socks, moulded football boots or softball clears, LN cap, mouthguard, shin pads, softball glove.
– LN Invitational Badminton: LN polo, LN shorts, white socks, non-marking sandshoes.
– ISC AFL: LN AFL guernsey, LN shorts, gold socks, moulded football boots, mouthguard.
– Rowing: LN zootie, LN cap, white UV shirt
– IPSHA Football: LN polo, LN shorts, gold socks, moulded football boots
– IPSHA Flippaball/Water Polo: LN racing swimsuit.

Photos

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

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

If you’re on Facebook, our page is at www.facebook.com/LoretoNHSport

Saturday Sports BBQ 

There will be no Sports BBQ this term.

Sport Contacts Term 1 2021

Primary

Secondary

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

 

Mr Matthew Mulroney

Head of Sport

Parent Association of Loreto

Parent Association of Loreto

On behalf of the Parent Association of Loreto (PAL) Committee, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all parents for the 2021 school year. We would especially like to welcome our new families who are starting their Loreto Normanhurst journey in 2021.

While we might not yet be able to host some of our usual welcome events where we meet and connect with families in our Loreto community, we are hopeful that we will be able to connect virtually or in smaller groups face-to-face later in the year.

We would like to thank those parents who supported PAL’s School Tuition Fee Raffle at the end of 2020. For those new to the school, we held a raffle for which the prize was $15,000 credited to 2021 school fees. This online raffle sold out quickly and we are delighted to announce that Penny Haire (Isobel, Year 8) was the lucky winner. Congratulations Penny! We are honoured to be able to support our school with funding specific projects through initiatives such as the Tuition Raffle. More details about future initiatives will be discussed at our Committee Meetings with the first one scheduled for Wednesday 17th February.

Listed below is the PAL Committee for 2021, as well as your Year Parent Representatives. Your Year Parent Reps will be in contact in the next few weeks to introduce themselves and share some updates for the year.

The PAL Committee for 2021 are:

President

Jane Dalton

Co-Vice President

Vicki Kevans

Co-Vice President

Sally Lee

Secretary

Janet Doyle

Treasurer

Lukas Aviani

Boarder Liaison

Anita Burke

Primary Parent Coordinator

Neidra Motha

Committee Members

Peter Bentley

Jennifer Goodall

Sally Oong

Andrew Zhang

City/Country Mums Wagga Weekend Coordinators

Nicole Sykes

Emma Trippe-Boulding

Fathers Lunch Committee

Preston Foster

Paul Timmins

David Berry

Charlie Pidcock

Year Parent Representatives:

YEAR 5

Anna Bartlett

YEAR 6

Toni Hayek

Kylie James-Forder

Kristen Pennington

YEAR 7

Georgina Boots

Rachel Carroll

Kerri Cooley

Georgie O’Halloran

Zeena Skelly

Lucy Trumble

Venessa Xiberras

YEAR 8

Sally Lee

Melissa McCormick

Meg Summerton

Rosie Trindall

Kath Walton

Michelle Whelan

Jane Wilkins

YEAR 9

Sarah Aviani

Jane Harvey

Evette Murray

Sally Souma

YEAR 10

Gerri Hadwen

Samantha Briggs

Prue Durham

Dominique Johnston

Kylie Le Leivre

Georgie O’Halloran

Barbara Paul

Leah Rigney

Rachel Stephen

Margie Stephen-Harmey

YEAR 11

Anna Boldiston

Louise Hyde

Jane Dalton

YEAR 12

Sally Oong

Charlie Pidcock

Louise Shand

Cath Stockwell

Thank you to all those who volunteered to take on these roles. Parent volunteers are critical to the success of PAL. Through volunteering, together we build a stronger and more vibrant community.

More volunteers are always welcome, but we are especially still looking for volunteers for

  • Year 5 Parent Reps
  • City/Country Mothers’ Lunch Committee

If you are interested in getting involved in any part of PAL or have any questions email us at pal@loretonh.nsw.edu.au or contact Jane on 0410 300 402 or jdalton@workarena.com.au.

We are looking forward to a very exciting year of friendship building, fundraising and enjoyment of being a Loreto parent.

 

Mrs Jane Dalton

PAL President

Careers

Careers

‘The best way to predict the future is to create it’

Abraham Lincoln       

The Careers Team, Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes, can help students in many ways, including with subject selection, work experience, writing resumes, gap year options, part time work and post school pathways.

The Careers Office is open to all students in all year groups. Girls are most welcome to drop in, but at times we can be busy with students. The best thing to do is to send an email indicating your availability (study lessons for the seniors and break times for junior girls) or drop in with your diary to schedule a time.

Please email: careers@loretonh.nsw.edu.au


Careers Online Resources

The Loreto Normanhurst Careers team has curated three complementary resources to ensure our students are up to date with ‘all things careers.’

These are free for all parents and students to access. It is easy to register and allows access to all their resources individually here at school or at home.

The school codes are unique to our school, so please ensure that wherever possible you keep this code within our school community.

  • ‘Study Work Grow’ – has a wonderful catalogue of events across Australia, plus wonderful guides on various topics, such as early entry, medicine and much more. It is recommended that Year 11 and 12 students should be subscribing to events of their interest area.

Click here and scroll down to the ‘Use your unique school code’ section and enter the code LRNH19

  • ‘The Career Department’- focuses on providing students with a comprehensive view of all industries and career paths, through excellent videos, articles, and snapshots.

The Careers Department – login page.
School login: Loreto Normanhurst and password: LNH

  • ‘Careers – Canvas Page’  All students from Year 9 and above can access our Canvas page, which is full of information relevant to all areas of careers including GAP years, subject selection, career paths, resume and interview skills and much more.

No login is required. If you cannot access this, please contact the ICT team at ictparentsupport@loretonh.nsw.edu.au.


Interesting reads

‘What She Did Next’ is a podcast series showcasing the fascinating career stories of Australian women from diverse fields and backgrounds. 
If you are looking for a career inspiration, this podcast could be a great listen. Click here for access.


Career in Maths 

A career in Maths does not just have to mean sitting at a desk crunching numbers. Maths is involved in almost every job out there in some way.

If you are thinking of a career in Maths, there is a huge variety of fields and industries you can work in. Plus, you will learn great analytical and problem-solving skills that are valuable in any career.

Find out more about careers in Maths and the pathways you can take to get there in Maths Blog


Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes

Career Advisors