Newsletter 29 November - 29 November 2019
Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

This week I feel like my various email inboxes have been inundated with notices and messaging about ‘Black Friday’ sales; messaging urging us to spend more and buy more, to accumulate ‘stuff’ because the opportunity is there.  In stark contrast to this messaging, was that put forward at this morning’s  Communion Service where the Year 11 Eucharistic Ministers spoke about Jesus’ message of abundant love.  The girls reflected on how they express generosity and gratitude at this time of the year and challenged us to think about how we share and give, and to whom we extend that generosity.  We particularly think of those who have less at this time of the year – whether that be material goods or that which feeds the spirit: the companionship of friends; the safety and security of family and home.  We continue our commitment to give generously to those in need over these next few days with our Vinnies Christmas Hampers. Donations close on Tuesday, so please give generously.

Today we celebrated our Year 6 girls’ transition into high school with a beautiful liturgy and final assembly. The girls are sad to leave their primary years behind but are full of anticipation for the new experiences high school will bring. Year 6 have been generous leaders of the Primary School this year and fine examples of compassionate young women of action. We wish them well as they go forth into their senior school years, encouraged to fulfil their academic and personal potential.

It is with great delight that I can share news of nominations and selection of works of students from the Class of 2019. These nominations and inclusions relate to bodies of work, projects and performances completed as part of their HSC studies. Inclusion of nominated work into the final exhibitions of ENCORE and SHAPE 2019 are still to be confirmed. Congratulations to these graduates and thank you to the teachers of the following girls and their Heads of Department for their commitment, care and expertise as they guided the girls over the years.

OnSTAGE nominations (Drama)

Individual Performance: Antonia Tassell, Charlotte Tillbrook, Isabelle Sullivan

Group Performance:

Group  1 – Charlotte Tillbrook, Anastasia Leaver, Angeline Raggett, Lucy Samuelson, Emily Franco, Bridget Downes

Group 2 – Isabelle Sullivan, Lucy Illek, Abby Roman, Eve Whittaker, Larissa Vella

Individual Project: Lara Kirkwood (selected for inclusion), Grace Campbell

ENCORE nominations (Music) Jayda Gursel, Tanaya Kumar and Eileen Yang
SHAPE 2019 nominations (Design and Technology, Industrial Technology, Textiles and Design) Arabella Barr, Emmaline Fountain and Anne Stephenson
ARTEXPRESS nominations (Visual Arts) Charlotte Tillbrook (selected for inclusion) and Grace Corkery


The AGM of the Parent Association of Loreto (PAL) was held this week. At the meeting we gave thanks to the outgoing team of parents who have led PAL this year, and we announced the new president and team for 2020. Thank you to Mrs Louise Wytenburg and Mr Paul White, Co-Presidents for 2019, and their outgoing PAL Executive Team for their generosity and hard work for the year. We also welcomed the new President Mrs Jane Dalton and the incoming Executive Committee, and I wish them well for 2020.

There was great spirit on display at the senior Swimming Carnival this week. Our seasoned swimmers moved up and down the pool with such incredible speed, technique and elegance.  The competition was strong and healthy.  Just as impressive was the overwhelming spirit, good will and volume of participation from all girls as they cheered and swam for House points. Sincere thanks to the House Councils and all staff who made the carnival such an amazing success.

On Tuesday and again today, our Year 9 drama students performed their wonderful version of Aladdin to a very engaged and enthusiastic audience of Kindergarten and Year One students from visiting primary schools. Is there anything more felicitous than the giggles of 6-year olds as Aladdin is chased by Ping and Pong the incompetent police officers? Congratulations to Year 9 on a wonderful display of dialogue, singing, colour and movement. Next week we will have the thrill of Light Entertainment and I congratulate all girls in advance for their hard work to make this a special and fun event for their Houses and the school.

Good luck to students participating in their last round of sport this weekend and a further good luck to those competing in finals.

It saddens me when I hear this time of the year being referred to as the ‘silly season’. Saddened because we know that the Season of Advent can be one of great anticipation and preparation, and that of Christmas, one of hope and joy.  I can appreciate why such a turn of phrase has come about, though, as freneticism rises, expectations become a burden, and true meaning can be quickly overshadowed.  As we head into this time, I hope that all families and friends have the opportunity to slow down and take time for all that is life giving.

Take time to rest, it is the foundation of health and vitality,
Take time to think, it is the source of achievement.
Take time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to play, it is the secret of staying young.
Take time to be quiet, it is the opportunity to seek God.
Take time to share, it is too short a life to be selfish.
Take time to be aware, it is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the heart.
Take time to be loved, it nourishes the soul.
Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.
Take time to pray, it is the greatest power on earth.
Take time to dream, it is the well of inspiration.
There is time for everything.


Ms Marina Ugonotti


Primary School News

Primary School News

Today we celebrated our Year 6 transition into the high school with a beautiful Graduation Liturgy and final Assembly. Ms Ugonotti presented the girls with their Graduation certificates and each girl received a copy of ‘Anne of Green Gables,’ by Lucy Maud Montgomery. This story is centred on a strong female character who I hope will serve as a reminder to the girls to go after their dreams, be courageous, stand up for what they believe in and always remember that connection and belonging is something to be treasured.

Year 6 had some advice to share with Year 5, which included making lots of friends and having fun but the most important piece of advice was not to leave their work until the last minute because it is way too stressful! The assembly ended with Year 6 presenting the Primary School with a beautiful collaborative artwork which they had made under the expert guidance of Miss Ellen Kozakiewicz. The girls performed, ‘Unwritten,’ by Natasha Bedingfield followed by an iMovie created by Ms Ball and Ms Speter which highlighted the many magical experiences throughout the year and ended with photos of the girls in Kindergarten and now in Year 6. There was barely a dry eye in the house.

Following the Assembly was a celebratory lunch, including a delicious cake which was greatly enjoyed by all.

Thank you to Ms Ugonotti, Ms Kearns, Mrs Long, Mrs Parker, Ms Osborne, Mrs Byrne and the Primary School teachers, parents and friends for their attendance at what was a joyous event.


Leadership Speeches

After a week of inspiring speeches, I am pleased to announce that the School Leaders for Semester 1 2020 are as follows;

School Leaders 

Evangeline Byrne-Fister

Monique Travers

Benedicta House Leaders

Clare House Leaders

Dorothea House Leaders

Anna Drake

Sophia Singh

Talia Nicholson

Charlotte Symons

Charlotte Horbach

Patricia Boland


The girls will receive their badges early next year at the Year 6 Leadership Liturgy.


ICAS Mathematics

Congratulations to the following girls for their excellent results in the ICAS Mathematics Competition.




Olivia Sukari Emily Fairbairn Emily Nguyen
Carina Wen Zoe Kha Catherine Sun
Rose Cunningham Isabella Scotti Christiana Vella
Nicole Del Rio Sophia Singh  
Ruby Harrison Amelia Shepherd  
  Abbey Timmins  
  Sarah Zammit  


Hip, hip, hooray to the following birthday girls. 

We hope you have a wonderful day!

Charlotte Barnett  Katherine Pennington    Chloe Stout                      Christiana Vella              
Sidney Dixon   India Schultz   Olivia Sukari                     Sarah Zammit                 
Claudia Gibbons  Sophia Singh                    Indiana Thom                   
Ivy Hain  Lily Sorenson                   Stephanie Wilkins            
Leah Kebblewhite  Milly Stone                       Zara Wilson                       


The HOPE Project

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

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

Please click the link for more information on the program.


As the year draws to a close, I wish you a joyous Christmas vacation and a peaceful New Year.

I leave you with this prayer.

God of wisdom,
we thank you
for all the gifts you have given us
throughout this school year.
We praise you for giving us life,
for saving us in Christ,
and for choosing us to be your people.
As we come to the end of this school year,
we voice our gratitude
for the good things you have done in us,
and we praise you for all who have shared
in the work of this school.
We ask you to bless them in your love
and give them refreshment and peace.
We praise you, God,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns forever and ever.



With felicitous thanks for a wonderful year,


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary


Upcoming Events

Thursday 5 December Primary School Awards Ceremony
9.30 – 10.30
Director of Mission

Director of Mission

Do you ever take the time away from your busy life to reflect and take stock of who you are, what matters to you, and what gives meaning and purpose to your life? I had the privilege this year to do just that by participating in the Mary Ward Pilgrimage to Europe with my colleagues from Loreto Normanhurst, Sr Libby Rogerson IBVM and Ms Kerry McCullough, Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator, along with colleagues and leaders from the seven Loreto schools around Australia.

I grew up in Gundagai, a small country town in rural NSW, and I was blessed to have the freedom and space a country lifestyle provided and a big close catholic family to go with it. It wasn’t until last year, however, as I approached my 50th birthday, that I travelled to Europe for the first time with my husband. It’s quite ironic that I have spent my life teaching about religion, religious history and spirituality, all based on the lives and teachings of others, without experiencing any of the places these significant people had walked and journeyed.

My life has had many blessings and experiences, none more important to me than having children, educating them and working hard to provide the best I can for my family. My work has always been incredibly important to me and I know that working with teenage girls and stretching them to be the best they can be by developing a deep relationship with God, is what makes me happy and is where I find much joy and a life-giving energy. However, until the Mary Ward Pilgrimage, I had never experienced such a deep transformational experience that allowed me explore the deepest part of my soul and examine who I had become and why. 

Our pilgrimage began in England, in the countryside surrounding York, where Mary Ward was born and lived before answering the call of her deepest desire to become a Sister. We traced her footsteps and crossed the English Channel to St Omer and Liege where she began her own order of Sisters, building schools and adopting St Ignatius’ rule of living outside the walls of a convent; a revolutionary path for a woman at the time. We then travelled on to Munich, where after the success of Mary Ward’s schools and the establishment of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she ended up arrested and a Papal Bull of Suppression was placed on her beloved order of Sisters and her schools were closed.

There were many moments, places and stories that touched me, but none more so than my experience at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Grace. Before we left the pilgrimage, each pilgrim was given a small wooden heart to place somewhere along the pilgrim route that had touched us personally. I would now like to share my reflection of this special place with you.

As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world a beautiful sense of slow mystery seems to gather and grow.

Arthur Christopher Benson

A great amount of trust is required of a pilgrim when they allow themselves to step over the threshold and through the doors of the unknown to experience another way of being. It is a trust in themselves, to be open to the possibilities that may await them; a trust in others and the pilgrims they share the journey with; and a trust in their God, who alone knows what is truly desired for them. I certainly had this sense as I stepped into the world of Mary Ward and her companions, into a life and time that was known only academically to me; I had not lived, experienced nor was fully aware of the depth and significance of her life.

Whilst the context of Mary Ward’s life was certainly set in the city of York around the Bar Convent, although this did not exist during her lifetime, my greatest insight came when I revisited the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Grace at the top of Mount Grace above Osmotherly. The revisiting came at the end of the pilgrimage when I rummaged back through my notes, journal reflections and my photos and was moved by the way Mary Ward returned to this tranquil site, a place for pilgrims to pray, including her own companions who prayed for her health here. I felt like a I had a brief window into her soul and I had a deep sense that after everything Mary Ward had encountered, at first some joys and triumphs, but then gradually all the suffering and disappointment that she had endured, the Shrine of Our Lady at Mount Grace was where she found peace and almost her final refuge. She placed, as always, her trust in God at this site. She gave thanks for the graces she had been given. It is a deeply spiritual place overlooking the landscapes of her life and time. A place where she journeyed, in prayer and reflection. A place where she walked, where she prayed and where no doubt she contemplated her deepest desires for her Institute and her companions.

I found myself coming back to that idea of trust, a trust of God, of self and of others. It was at Mount Grace where I had chosen to place my heart on the first visit. Walking in the pilgrim footsteps of those who’d gone before and tracing the Passion of Christ up through the trees, I was immediately struck by God’s presence. I was struggling through my own grief, with the loss of my mother, and when I became aware of God’s presence I felt a weightlessness. An acceptance that no one is on this journey alone. I placed my heart at Station Number 4, where Jesus Meets His Mother. It was at this time on his journey that Jesus needed all his strength to continue and so he comes face to face with his mother Mary who is his most powerful source of strength. It was their love and trust in God that united both of them to continue. So too this must have been  for Mary Ward, I thought. She had journeyed, followed the way God had desired for her and yet still did not despair or turn to bitterness when all seemed lost. She remained faithful and trusted in God, she persevered until the end. I realised as Mary Ward did, that when we persevere and trust in God, and when we walk this way with our companions, we are never alone. 

 Make me a channel of your peace, where there is despair in life, let me be like Mary Your Mother, and bring Hope to others in times of difficulties.

I would like to sincerely thank Ms Marina Ugonotti for allowing me to be part of this beautiful life giving experience and I am positive the richness of the experience will continue to shape and form our school community.

As we enter into Advent and the Christmas period we look towards supporting those within our community. May our joy at this time lift the spirit of those around us who may be saddened and may we have compassion for all who are suffering in any way.  If you would like to put your care into practical action this can be expressed by generously purchasing music performed by our students. All proceeds will go to the Bursary Fund. Click here for more information.

I wish all families a happy, safe and restful Christmas. May this time bring many blessings to all.


Mrs Libby Parker

Director of Mission

Vocal Ensemble music for purchase

Vocal Ensemble music for purchase

As we enter into Advent and the Christmas period we look towards supporting those within our community. May our joy at this time lift the spirit of those around us who may be saddened and may we have compassion for all who are suffering in any way.  If you would like to put your care into practical action this can be expressed by generously purchasing music performed by our students. All proceeds will go to the Bursary Fund.

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

If you would like to offer your financial support you can do so by purchasing this beautifully prepared array of hymns and songs performed by the Loreto Normanhurst Vocal Ensemble. Please look out for an email next week with information on how to order.

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

We wish you are safe, happy and blessed Christmas.



Keeping Vigil –  An Advent Reflection

The glory of the Lord will shine on you
Like the sun he will rise over you
God’s glory will appear in your midst

The prophet Isaiah

To keep vigil means to wait and watch.  When we keep vigil we gather our scattered energies and we become present in watchful attention.  Silence and prayer are the marks of a vigil, as are candles.  The light symbolizes hope and promise.  In our Church Year we are about to enter this time of waiting and watching.  Next week is the first week of the season of Advent – the four weeks leading to Christmas.  There is something absolutely beautiful and utterly profound about Advent: words and images of light, hope, promise, waiting and longing, such as those of Isaiah, above.  There is gentleness, beauty and tenderness in the images and music of Advent.  It really is a holy season when everything, the liturgy, Scripture, all speak of a Reality both beyond and within what is known, a Reality that will break upon us like the coming of dawn, as Zechariah says in his beautiful prayer in Luke’s Gospel.  Everything points towards the coming of the One whose story we know will touch us.  But we are not there yet.  We prepare our hearts and minds.  There is the anticipation of the Feast to come.  The readings we hear during these weeks are all dripping with these rich images.  The beautiful words of promise from the Hebrew prophet Isaiah, speak of the abundance of life, peace, richness and joy:

Let the wilderness and the dry lands exult;
Let the wasteland rejoice and bloom;
Let it bring forth flowers like the jonquil;
Let it rejoice and sing for joy.
Strengthen all weary hands,
Steady all trembling knees and say to all faint hearts,
Courage, do not be afraid
Look, your God is coming.

There is something about Advent which turns our gaze ‘upwards’ and outwards, into a context greater than we are and in which we find ourselves.  We are invited into a real sense of the glory and mystery of the universe we live in.  It is a time to ponder and treasure.  The prayer of the Church at this time too is filled with this:

Lord, our God, Your glory breaks on the world.
We are filled with the new light
by the coming of your Word among us.
Lord, make us turn to you.
Let us see your face and we shall be renewed.
Open our hearts to receive this life.
Increase our vision with the rising of dawn
that our lives may be filled with his glory and peace.
Make us a people of this light.
Make us faithful to your Word
that we may bring your life to the waiting world.
(From the Liturgy of the Hours)      

Advent also brings us closer to the end of our secular year and here in Australia it marks the ending of the school year too, so on many levels there is that invitation to slow down and change focus.  But while Advent comes at the end of our secular and academic year, it marks the beginning of the new Church Year.  The Church Year ends with the Solemnity of Christ the King, which we celebrated last Sunday, and it begins again with the first Sunday of Advent, this Sunday.  There is something really beautiful and deeply revelatory in these two important markers in the Church Year.  Both of these, the Feast of Christ the King and Advent, have much to say to us about the reality of our universe, viewed through religious eyes.  

Read more


Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator



A time for rest and revitalisation!

Holiday Period

I would like to  take this opportunity to wish you all well for the upcoming festive season and holiday break.  It is important for all students to be reminded that they should use the holidays ahead to rest and regenerate before the new school year.  Students in Years 7-10 will not be given homework to complete over the holiday period.  They should have a very clear break from school and use the time to read for pleasure and pursue any extra-curricular pursuits that they are involved in.  A week before the new school year we advise that students in Years 7-10 begin to plan for the year ahead by organising their study areas at home, purchasing any necessary stationery items and organising their technology for the new school year. 

For Year 11 students, we also encourage them to have a clear break from school for the first few weeks of the holidays.  When we return to school in 2020 we will work with Year 12 students via our FACEtime program on setting goals for the year ahead and putting measures in place to keep them motivated and engaged; they will be asked to work with their tutors on their goals and have conversations regarding how they are currently tracking at school.   In light of this and the fact that they have already commenced their HSC studies this term, it is necessary for them to do some work in the holidays in preparation for 2020.  I will email the students regarding what is expected of them over the break, but we also thought it helpful for parents to have some awareness of these expectations. 

Throughout the break we would advise students to read any texts for English or pre-reading required for any of their subjects at their leisure; it is important that they make some headway with such work.  One week before school commences we advise that students spend 2-3 hours each day reviewing their notes from Term 4, consolidating these notes and responding to feedback from their teachers in any assessment tasks, organising their electronic and physical files and (for Day girls) organising their study spaces at home.  If students can manage to do this before school commences in 2020 they will begin in a far calmer and receptive manner. 


Parents with students in Years 8 and 10, please note that we are in the process of mailing out confirmations of your daughter’s subject selection for 2020. 

Parents in Years 7-11 will also note that we are in the midst of the reporting period and the Yearly Reports are currently being posted home.  Please read these reports with your daughter and reflect on her learning in each of her subjects throughout the year.  Please contact the Learning Office if you have any questions regarding reports. 

Student timetables for 2020 will be issued the week before students return to school in January 2020 via student email. 

Finally, thank you for your support of your daughter’s learning journey throughout 2019.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Learning Office.

years 7-11 AWARDS CEREMONY – Thursday 5 December 2019 | 12.45-3.15pm | gymnasium

Please note that we are holding the Years 7-11 Awards Ceremony next week.  This is a fabulous opportunity for students to come together and be recognised for their varied achievements across our FACE curriculum throughout 2019.  The ceremony falls within the scope of the school day, so it is expected that all students are in attendance and are well presented in full school uniform.  We look forward to celebrating your daughters’ extensive efforts and achievements with them next week.  There will be some reserved seating for parents if you are able to attend. 


Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning


HSC Provisions 2020

Disability provisions in the HSC are practical arrangements  designed to help students  who can’t otherwise make a fair attempt to show what they know in an exam. The provisions granted are solely determined by how the student’s exam performance is affected. More than 7000 HSC students   apply for provisions  each year. Provisions help students to show the HSC markers what they know and can do. These needs may be related to learning, sensory impairment, mental health, medical or physical conditions.

Examples of provisions available include:

  • Braille or large print papers;
  • use of a writer and/or reader;
  • use of an oral interpreter;
  • extension of test time;
  • rest breaks;
  • separate examination supervision; and
  • permission to take medication.

Schools are responsible for determining and approving disability provisions for all school-based assessment tasks. NESA determines disability provisions for the HSC examinations. Students and parents should be advised that there is no guarantee that NESA will grant the same provisions as those provided at school.

To apply for provisions, schools must submit an online application  to NESA. This application tells us   which provision/s a student is requesting  and includes recent evidence. Evidence may include medical reports, reading results, spelling results, writing samples and teacher comments.

Disability provisions also apply to temporary and emergency-related disabilities e.g. if a student breaks their writing arm a week before an examination.

If you feel your daughter may require exam provisions please contact Simmy Cesamolo, Acting Head of Diverse Learning  via email or on phone 9473 7368 to discuss the process of application.  The closing date for disability provisions applications for known/stable conditions for the 2020 HSC is before the end of Term 1.

Please find all details about Disability Provisions Applications on the NESA website


Simmy Cesamolo

Acting Head of Diverse Learning


Year 7 Flip Robots

This term the Year 7 students have been developing their skills in robotics and coding. They have all received a Flip Robot and used their construction skills to build the robot. In Integrated lessons students are now working on giving the robots instructions to complete a range of challenges. The girls have learnt about Artificial Intelligence and the impact that the growing industry has on society.

This unit of work has been both challenging and eye opening for Year 7 and they are working on their skills in problem solving and collaborative learning. One of the students has said ‘it has been the best thing they have studied all year’. Many of the girls have said how much they have enjoyed being able to experiment with the robots and have their peer assist them when they have found tasks particularly challenging.

Year 7 Integrated lessons are a buzz of energy where the students are using flexible workspaces and various different ICT skills to further develop their skills. The girls are looking forward to more challenges for their robots and taking the robots home to continue to experiment with their new skills.


 Jenelle Minto & Madeleine Elkojje

Head of TAS & TAS Year 7 Integrated Teacher


Commerce in the  Quad


Last week Year 9 Commerce students participated in Commerce in the Quad. We used the skills we had learnt in class to successfully market and sell a variety of products. Every stall worked towards being environmentally friendly and sustainable. We limited plastic use and made sure to limit the use of paper while decorating our stalls. For our signs, we painted cardboard boxes.


This year our theme was ‘Home Grown’, which was adequately reflected through the innovative array of products found at Commerce in the Quad. Many groups sold ‘never before seen’ products from bath salts to French toast roll ups, loaded fries and bracelets. Most of the products were homemade or freshly cooked.


All proceeds went towards the charity ‘Drought Angels’ who support Aussie farmers that are affected by the ongoing drought. The charity provides them with care packages, food hampers and local store vouchers.


Across the groups, we developed skills we learnt throughout the year in class, in marketing, distributing and communication. Overall, we found this experience challenging yet incredibly insightful, and our hard work throughout the year paid off with this rewarding experience.


Thank you for all your support for our venture!


Year 9 Commerce Students 2019


Campion Booklists 2020

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

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

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


Mrs Rachael Jarick

Assistant to the Deans of Learning


Dates to remember – Term 4 2019

YEARS 7 – 11

Years 7 – 11  Awards Ceremony 2019 Thursday 5 December –  12:45pm | Gymnasium


HSC Results Principal’s Morning Tea Wednesday 18  December – 10-11am | Undercroft
Sprint 2019

Sprint 2019

Design Sprints at Scale: Fitter, Faster, Stronger

In November 2019 Loreto Normanhurst undertook its second iteration of our Sprint Week program.  We took what we learnt the previous year and ran an even more ambitious 2019 program with a total of 30 teams (yes, that is 30 simultaneous design sprints) and the addition of a media team tasked with telling the story of Sprint Week. 

Sprints are a five-day problem solving methodology born out of GV, the venture capital arm of Alphabet (formerly Google). The methodology rose to prominence with the 2016 publication of ‘Sprint’ by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz. Whilst originally used by GV in order to help fledgling startups solve tricky problems, many businesses and social enterprises now use the sprint process as part of their day to day operations. It allows key members of the organisation to come together for five days with the aim of solving and testing a pressing problem. The theory underpinning this way of working is that it’s far better to invest five days of people’s time than 6 months bringing something to market that may not actually solve the desired problem.

In education we are always looking for opportunities for our students to engage with the world around them in authentic, relevant and personally meaningful ways. Our decision to use a real world methodology gives students something to put on their resume and a talking point for an interview when they can say that they’ve worked with their peers for a solid week on how Australian Women’s Rugby might successfully professionalise or how Dyson might expand its beauty business to sell 250,000 units in a 12 month period. More than that, I think the methodology speaks to the core of a Loreto education. One that encourages girls to always ‘lean in’, to back their own ideas as valuable and worthy of pursuit, to know that they can have a seat at any table they choose – be it a Fortune 500 organisation, a social enterprise or a dinner table. Over the course of their lifetime, we know our girls will likely move fluidly between them all.

On Monday morning, Ms Ugonotti spoke to the girls about just that, overcoming their fear in favour of risk and experimentation both in their thinking and the ideas they bring to the table. Loreto Normanhurst alumni and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Guzman y Gomez, Lara Thom, spoke to Year 10 about her own entrepreneurial journey. She spoke about the importance of taking what you learn from great mentors and great companies and not being afraid of starting something new. Lara also laid the groundwork for the empathy needed to truly engage with a given problem. Students needed to not only bring their own expertise to a problem but to consider that problem from the point of view of someone directly impacted by it. We saw the power of storytelling in full flight when as an audience we were emotionally engaged with the plight of rural communities or a young girl who dreams of a career in rugby but whose parents worry about the safety of the sport.

Glenn Andrew, Managing Director of Dyson for Australia and New Zealand, spoke about audacious problems which require different thinking. He spoke about the need to remove the ceiling from what’s possible. Giving a literal and metaphorical example by telling the cohort about Richard Douglas “Dick” Fosbury who is widely credited with inventing a back-first high jumping technique that revolutionised high jump. Fosbury’s technique inspired jeers but was actually, according to Andrew, a stroke of genius that gives us a clear lesson around innovation. Given that the landing mats had changed, the context of the sport had changed. To continue doing the same thing in a changed environment is to stagnate. Too often we stick to the old way of doing things despite being handed the technological tools to try new approaches. I need only mention the disruption caused by Uber who took to established industries with new tools, namely a mobile phone. Why stand on the street waving your arms wildly when you can use the mobile phone in your pocket to hail a car? Not to mention the disruption caused around mobile payment methods. The awkwardness of digging into your handbag for cash or a credit card while the taxi is double parked has been significantly mitigated by using mobile as a means of ‘invisible’ payment.

Both keynotes provided wonderful frames of reference that we were able to refer back to across the course of the week when working with students. When the problems seemed expansive we directed them back to their process maps where they narrowed in on one specific part of the problem. As Ms Ugonotti reminded the students, ‘you eat an elephant one bite at a time’. When the students ideas were too rigid we used Lightning Demos to seek inspiration from further afield to see whether what has worked elsewhere might also work in a different context. 

The role of the external stakeholders and real problems is integral to the success of the week. It moves the learning from the often abstracted classroom to the real world. The students commence the week not knowing much at all about their allocated problem. Some students in the Cerebral Palsy Alliance stream didn’t know what CP was and the majority of students in the Multiplex stream tasked with working on attracting and retaining women in the building industry certainly had little prior knowledge of the diversity of roles in the industry. In 2019 we equip the students’ ‘war rooms’ with research packs in order to go some of the way towards quickly helping them understand the area prior to the Monday afternoon interview with their allocated subject matter expert.

On Monday afternoon, each team was given the opportunity to interview a subject matter expert. We are so grateful to the generosity of our Sprint 2019 partners who gave up their time to talk to the students about the unique challenges of their industry, what has worked before and where some of the biggest opportunities for growth are. These experts were engaged again on Wednesday when they provided digital feedback to each team by ultimately telling them which idea or parts of ideas to champion. Receiving external feedback shifts the focus away from the person behind the idea and towards the merit of the idea. The SMEs don’t know the individual students and they provide feedback on the strength of the sketches that are sent to them. Once the teams have the go ahead from the SME they must rally together and storyboard a singular team idea. After prototyping their concept they present back to that same SME the next day. Giving students the opportunity to voice their ideas in front of an audience who are well placed to turn those ideas into reality is a powerful teaching tool and a platform for brokering connections between young people and their potential employers or indeed, potential investors.

Perhaps the most exciting part of our second iteration of Sprint Week is the growth we have seen in our team of teachers. Pieces of the sprint methodology are moving beyond the Year 10 Integrated Learning program and into the classroom of a diverse range of teaching disciplines. From Sprint inspired lessons where students use Post-It notes to work together on developing thesis statements to sprint in the Visual Art department. We are seeing an uptake in staff requesting more whiteboards in their classrooms in order to shift the learning from sedentary to visible and physically active. We see the Sprint Week program as a strong professional development opportunity for staff where they can see practices in action that help facilitate team decisions, use time limitations in order to increase output and grow a test and learn culture.

Having first introduced the Sprint Week program to Year 10 in 2018 I thought we would most definitely be fitter, faster and stronger this year. In many respects we were, though the magic of program is that it is impossible to control or predict the outcomes. Team dynamics that might have raised an eyebrow pull together in productive and cohesive ways, problems that you think will produce amazing results, sometimes don’t. There is evidence of both convergent and divergent thinking when the teams assigned the same problems come together to peer review their respective ideas. Some teachers step into the space with confidence and calm and others are stretched well out of their comfort zone. The magic is in its unpredictability, to try and exercise absolute control is to have the experience but miss the meaning. We need to give students scope to bring themselves to issues in their own way. To allow space for experimental thinking and to carve out areas where trial and error is the norm rather than a hurdle to navigate. 

It was a privilege and a delight to watch these young Loreto women engage with the challenges laid down by industry and I am enormously proud to say that we take every single Year 10 student on the journey with us. Of course, the journey would not be possible without our partners. Thank you again to the 2019 Loreto Normanhurst Sprint Week partners: Dyson Australia and in particular Glenn Andrew, Managing Director Australia and New Zealand and Cara Mead, Sales Director Australia and New Zealand. Thank you also to Katie Steele and Tiana Hale at Dyson who worked so well with the students. It was a buzz to see the Dyson products in full flight and we are certain the winning teams will enjoy their Beauty Bar experience. Thank you to Lara Thom, Global Chief Marketing Officer @ Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taqueria (it will be hard to beat surprise burritos in 2020). Thank you to Canon Australia who provided Lucas Townsend, Advocacy & Partnerships Manager and Anthony Cortis, Project Manager. Canon’s youth mentorship program, Redstraps, provided guidance to our media team throughout the week. Thank you to Cerebral Palsy Alliance and especially to Peta King, Events and Community Fundraising Manager, Cerebral Palsy Alliance. We hope to see our girls working with you again in the future. Thank you to Nestle and in particular to Leah Barroccu, Head of Field Sales Nestle, Australia who gave us a Milo problem to solve as well as samples to enjoy. Thank you to TAFENSW and Melanie Timmerman, School Relationship Coordinator, TAFENSW, for breaking down the stereotypes around TAFE. Thank you to Multiplex and Loreto Normanhurst alumni Jade Nicholson who is a Design Manager at Multiplex. Thank you to Bulliroy Pastoral Co and Year 10 parent Maurice Cluff who travelled a great distance in order to work with the students on an agriculture (or agriCOOLture) problem. Thank you to Australian Women’s Rugby and Kerry Chikarovski, Director on the Board of NSW Rugby Union who brought such passion to professionalising women’s rugby.

The staff were graciously provided with training yet again from Adaptovate and a very special thanks goes to Caitilin Studdert, Karrie Chen, Katy Hughes and Thomas Ross for working with a team of teachers.

We are pleased to be able to offer Loreto family and friends 25% off the RRP on the full Dyson range. It may prove useful in the lead up to Christmas and our thanks go out to Dyson for their generous offer. Please use code LORETO25.


Ms Elizabeth Green

Learning and Knowledge Strategist

Year 9 Pantomime

Year 9 Pantomime

A huge congratulations to both Year 9 Drama classes on their fantastic  performances this week. The students performed a pantomime version of Aladdin to students in Kindergarten and Year 1 from a range of different primary schools. The audience laughed, screamed and applauded the highly engaging and entertaining characters created by our very talented students.

The Drama Department is so proud of the girls and for giving their young audience their first theatre experience – and one we’re sure they’ll never forget!

Following is a reflection from a Year 9 student:

“One word that can sum up the Year 9 Pantomime is ‘exhilarating’. As drama students it was a very memorable experience, one that really helped build our skills, not only as actors, but as students holistically. Everyone brought something special to their characters and it was really rewarding to perform in front of a live audience, watching the children’s faces light up in amazement. We are all so grateful for the hard work that went in to making the pantomime such a success and we thank the teachers for their dedication to the process. While we are sad that the pantomime is over, we will forever be grateful that we could be part of the magic!”                                       

Sally Dalton


Ms Anna-lea Russo

Head of Drama

Sydney Jewish Museum Visit

Sydney Jewish Museum Visit

On Sunday 24th of November, 23  girls from Years 9 and 10 took part in an excursion to the Sydney Jewish Museum. To start off the day, the girls were given a tour of the Holocaust exhibition, which featured artwork made by Jewish children while living in the ghettos, archival photos of Jews being sent to Nazi camps by train, as well as the clothing and items worn while living in the camps. This was especially confronting, as the guide explained that some Jews were forced onto cattle trains while being transported to the camps. The conditions people faced when thrown into these carriages was unimaginable, with each carriage only being able to fit an average of eight horses. The average amount of people that were put in each carriage during transportation to camps was between 100-200 leading to horrifically cramped conditions. Added to this they were also denied food and water. A specific item the girls were shown was a blanket partially woven with human hair from victims of a camp. Altogether, these items and stories allowed for the development of a deep sense of empathy and compassion within the students. 

After our guided tour, the girls listened to the harrowing story of Olga, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor from Czechoslovakia. She was only a teenager when the war broke out in 1939; the catalyst for much undesirable change within her life and family during that time. Olga spoke about the experiences she faced when met with the discrimination that came with being Jewish and how it caused the rapid shift in her relationships and social isolation. With the unexpected betrayal of non-Jewish family friends, Olga’s family were sent to Auschwitz on cattle carriages. She was immediately separated from her father and many of her family members were taken to the gas chambers. Unfortunately, she would never see these family members again. Olga reflected on how lucky she was to be separated with her mother during the “Selektion” at Auschwitz, stating that it was “the best moral support” she could have had during those horrific and frightening years.

During the war, Olga was used as a worker, alongside her mother, digging trenches for the Germans on the Eastern Front. As the Soviet counter-attack penetrated further into Eastern Europe, Olga and her mother were moved to Bergen-Belsen in western Germany. It was here in 1945 that Olga and her mother were liberated from the camp by the invading armies of America and Great Britain. At the time of liberation, Olga was just 29kg and barely clinging on to life. Two days after liberation, all surviving inmates of the camp were encouraged to register their names so they could be returned to their countries of origin. As Olga and her mother approached the table to fill in their papers Olga’s mother died beside her. Even though her mother died after liberation, Olga still stated to us that she considers her mother a Holocaust survivor.

After Olga’s registration as a survivor she was taken to a German hospital, where she was left untreated as the nurses still believed Hitler would win the war, however, fortunately, an American Army Catholic priest came to administer last rites and Olga was able to tell him in English, “Thank you for your visit, but I am Jewish, and I am not going to die.” She asked the priest to return with a rabbi who proceeded to take her back to an improvised sick bay, which resulted in her incredible recovery. From here she was returned to her town in Czechoslovakia and nursed to full recovery by a team of Catholic nuns.

The girls were left with a powerful message from Olga when she said, “If I don’t mention the good people, like the nuns, we will lose faith in humankind”. She also made it clear to us that people did not “die” in the Holocaust, they were “murdered” and how important it was to be mindful with our use of language around this. After listening to Olga’s story of loss, survival and hope, we left feeling humbled and grateful for this extraordinary and unforgettable experience of hearing her story.

Ultimately, the students who were given the opportunity to join Mr Scali and Mr MacDonald on this excursion treasured the valuable and educational experience immensely.


Feronia Ding and Remy Savell-McKean

Year 9


Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Light Entertainment

The purpose of Light Entertainment is to provide students with the opportunity to showcase their talents in Drama, Dance and Music in a community setting. It is open to all students in Years 7 to 11 with the winning performance being further showcased at the annual Music Festival in Term One.

The students need to integrate the three disciplines of dance, drama and live music into their creative performance. The performance needs to engage and entertain the audience and illustrate the capacity for all the performers to be involved in the act.

Light Entertainment brings the eight House communities together, bound by the common pursuit of creativity, collaboration, performance and fun. It promises to be a wonderful community event.

I thank the students for their drive and leadership of the program. In particular, Gabriella Sposari, Performing Arts Captain and the following Performing Arts House Leaders for their stewardship of the program: Zana Watson, Faith Zalm, Maddison Pauly, Stephanie Pan, Emma Lorimer, Georgia Fenech, Annabelle Mitchell and Isabella Tziolis.

The 2019 theme for Light Entertainment is The Neverending Story. Gabriella envisioned this as the idea that we each have our own narrative to share and that there is a cycle of continuous stories that allows each of us to consider the current phase of our lives, reflect on the previous chapters and anticipate the ventures to come. Gabriella’s hope was that the Performing Arts Leaders could bring their House members together as we learn from the past, appreciate the present and express hope for the future.

The Performing Arts Leaders from each House have devised their story, choreographed an energetic and spirited routine based on this theme and been busy for the past six weeks imparting their vision to the girls in their House – teaching the routine to everyone, from the most talented dancers to those who are beginners. It is a wholly inclusive event that brings the community together. The laughter, camaraderie and joyful spirit have been evident as music has echoed around the halls of Loreto Normanhurst during Wednesday and Friday lunch breaks.

Congratulations must go to the eight Performing Arts Leaders for their tremendous vision and creativity.

A massive thanks also goes to: Ms Anna-lea Russo and Mrs Casey Scoines from the Drama department for their guidance on all things theatrical, performance and their general showmanship; Mr Victor McGee, Mr Mitchell Hughes and Mr Roberto Jorquera, along with the students on the AV team, for their skilful manipulation of the technical requirements of the day; the eight Heads of House for their coordination and supervision of rehearsals and their invaluable support of their Performing Arts Leaders.

We look forward to the Light Entertainment Assembly which will be held next Wednesday 4 December 2019.


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Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all involved in the Swimming Carnival held on Wednesday. It was a day to celebrate the talent of students in the pool and to embrace House spirit in the stands. The colourful displays of various themes were a visual delight and the constant cheering resonated around the pool deck. Congratulations to the House Sport Leaders and House Captains for organising their girls to compete, to dress up and to sustain the cheering in what was a wonderful day of community building and spirit.

Christmas Blessings

The Pastoral Team would like to take this opportunity to wish the Loreto Normanhurst School community a very Merry Christmas, filled with love, joy and happy memories. Savour spending this special time with loved ones and take the opportunity to relax after what has been a very productive and successful 2019. We wish everyone a Happy New Year and look forward to embarking with you on the adventures of 2020, when we return from our summer vacation.


Mrs Beth Nairn

Acting Dean of Pastoral Care


Upcoming events

Week 8  
Monday 2 December SRC Christmas Cup
Wednesday 4 December Light Entertainment Assembly
Thursday 5 December Awards Ceremony


Social Justice

Social Justice

Last Friday 22  November, seven Year 11 students, accompanied by Ms Clancy, attended the St Vincent de Paul Social Justice Forum at the ACU, Strathfield. The day involved a keynote speaker and workshops which discussed social justice issues in our society, such as emergency crisis, mental health and the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, and the work that Vinnies does to support those affected by these issues.

After a prayer and reflection, we learned about Vinnies’ namesake, St Vincent de Paul, and the history of the Vinnies organisation. Vinnies was founded by a group of university students in France, headed by Frederic Ozanam, amidst the social and political turmoil of the early 1800s as a result of the French Revolution. These students were similar in age to us now, and this similarity in age and context prompted us to consider the power individuals and communities have, including the power of young people, to inspire change in society, and how we can exercise our power to advocate for and achieve justice.

After four workshops, we were further stirred to advocate for justice – after learning about the crippling and isolating effects of mental health disorders and the struggles and pain of refugees and asylum seekers stranded on Nauru and Manus Island, we were exposed to the work of Vinnies to help these marginalised, careworn individuals. Through various sources of humanitarian aid such as the Vincentian Refugee Network and affordable services such as Vinnies’ op-shops, Vinnies help to support those who cannot support themselves.

Vinnies relies on our donations, support and thoughtful giving – and they stressed to us the importance of the power of action in affecting lives and communities to make a difference.

It was a day of reflection, consideration and appreciation, and an awesome opportunity to interact with students similarly passionate about social justice from other schools across Sydney. We learned so much and were so inspired to create the change we wish to see in the world, and a big thank you to Ms Clancy for taking us.

In light of this, a reminder to everyone to keep bringing in your items for the Vinnies Christmas Hampers – they are due on Monday!


Stephanie Arnold, Year 1 1 



Secondary Swimming Carnival

It was an awesome day of racing, colour and noise at the Secondary School Swimming Carnival at SOPAC on Wednesday! There were some amazing efforts across both the 50m Championship events and the 25m House events, including a number of school records being broken. 

The highlights of the day were the sports leaders taking on Head Swim Coach Bobby Hurley in a pool noodle race, the always competitive House Relays, the staff vs students 5 x 40m relay (congrats to the students!) and our premier event – the 50m Freestyle Invitational. This is always such a well contested event, featuring the 10 fastest swimmers in the school over 50m.

Thank you to all the girls who got in and had a crack, and thank you to the parents who assisted with timekeeping and other duties.

The results and point score numbers have been sent off to PriceWaterhouseCoopers for scrutinising before the big announcement of the age champions, Spirit Cup winners and the all-important point score winners!

Primary Swimming Carnival

Here are the all-important results from the Primary Swimming Carnival last week!

Congratulations to Chloe Winterton (Year 5), Charlotte Horbach (Year 5) and Zara Miller (Year 6) who took out the 10’s, 11’s and 12’s age champions respectively and a big congrats to Zara who also won the 50m Freestyle Invitational. There was no shortage of colour and noise from Benedicta as they were awarded the Spirit Cup and well done to Dorothea who took out the major prize as Overall Point Score winners!

Congratulations to all involved!

The Year in Review

It’s been another phenomenal year for Sport at Loreto Normanhurst. Participation numbers were again at an all-time high, with a massive 3,548 nominations from students to participate across 46 sports and activities. Our carnival program was huge again, with almost 2,500 students competing across our Primary and Secondary Cross Country, Athletics and Swimming Carnivals. We had some great success at the top end of the program, with our Senior 1st Softball and Senior 1st Netball teams both winning their respective IGSSA competitions. There were 366 students active in our Duke of Edinburgh program, and some of our newer programs such as Rugby 7’s and our Dance Eisteddfod crew seeing great growth. The LN Swimming Club has been going from strength to strength and we took up residence at our new rowing facility in Tarban Creek. We’ve had a myriad of girls selected for representative programs through school, club and development pathways, with a group of proud LN girls becoming national champions this year.

So, what’s on the cards for Loreto Normanhurst Sport 2020? We look forward to kicking off our new Secondary AFL program in Term 1, and we will continue to strive to make each offering of the Sport Department an enjoyable, exciting and rewarding experience for the students of Loreto Normanhurst. We will continue to be driven by our Sport philosophy: “to inspire & challenge young women through movement & sport”.

A huge thanks to everyone who has been involved in sport this year – we simply would not be able to offer what we can without the awesome assistance of our parents, officials, coaching staff, and – most importantly – our players!

I’d also like to thank the Sport Department staff for their tireless work behind the scenes to ensure that your girls are provided with the opportunities they get.

Good luck to everyone playing their last round of IGSSA, IPSHA and District Sport for the year, as well as our rowers in the ISRA Regatta.

On behalf of the Sport Department, I’d like to wish everyone a safe and relaxing break and I look forward to seeing everyone back in 2020 for another fantastic year of Loreto Normanhurst Sport! Lets Go Loreto!

Wet Weather Information

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

IGSSA Sports

IPSHA Sports

Who to see about what?

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


MRs Kristie Greville

Mrs Emily Wood

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

Mr Stephen Charters

Mr David Brock

Mr Ian Edmunds

Mrs laura Bryan

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

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

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

Loreto Sports Girl:  Ella Fraser

Current sport/activity: Water polo.

Favorite school sport/activity: Definitely water polo.

Highest level of sporting achievement: I went to state for 50m backstroke in Year 5.

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: When I shot a goal from halfway in Year 7 water polo. Even though it wasn’t counted as one of the girls was offside, it was a very proud moment.

Favorite sporting moment as a spectator: When the Springboks won the world cup (I’m an avid Springboks follower)!

Best subject at school: Textiles.

Any superstitions before playing sport:  I do pray before a match and listen to music that gets me excited.

Best tune to listen to before competing: Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed or Soldier by Fleurie.


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

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

If you’re on Facebook, our page is at

Saturday Sports BBQ

Week 7, Saturday 30 November


BBQ Duty Time

Families Rostered

LON02 & LON04 7:30am-8:45am Berkery, Le Tard, Larsen, Whittaker
LON10 8:30am-9:45am Leonardi, Sheridan, Ranft, Hadwen
LON19 9:30am-10:45am Durham, Cohen, Locke, Muir
LON24 10:30am-11:45am Carroll, Camilleri, Tassell


Duties involve cooking on the BBQ or serving. If you are unable to fulfil your duty you must arrange a replacement (contact other day girls’ families in your team from the team contact list).

2019 Sport Contacts Term 4




IPSHA Sports Mrs Emily Wood
Midweek Activities Mrs Emily Wood




IGSSA Water Polo  Mr Stephen Charters
Hornsby Tennis Mr David Brock
IGSSA Touch Football Mrs Kristie Greville
Hayden Fitness Centre Mrs Kristie Greville
Midweek Activities Mrs Emily Wood
Cheerleading Mrs Emily Wood
Rowing Mr Ian Edmunds
Duke of Edinburgh Award Mrs Laura Bryan
 Head of Sport Mr Matt Mulroney

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


Mr Matt Mulroney

Head of Sport



Online Resource Subscriptions

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

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


Job Spotlight:

Renewable Energy Sector

Renewable energy in Australia includes wind power, hydroelectricity, solar, heat pumps, geothermal, wave and solar thermal energy. With Australia set to get 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, thousands of new jobs are set be created in this industry sector.


Changing University Preferences Guide 2019

When you submit a university application, particularly through UAC, you’re supposed to rank your choices in terms of which one you’d most like to do first, hence the name “preferences”.

But did you know:

  • You can change your preferences for any reason before the ATAR release date
  • Once the ATARs are released, there’s a window before the main round of offers are made when you’ll have the chance to change your preferences again
  • Once the main of offers are over, you’ll still have the opportunity to be considered for future offer rounds as well (even if you receive and offer….. and even if that offer was for your first preference).

You can download the guide  here. Or please don’t hesitate to speak to Careers for further clarification.


Interesting Reads:

Casual, part-time and full time: what differences matter – – click here 

Five Pieces of Career Changing advice from Navy Fighter Pilots – – click here

For this Director of Engineering, Technical Skills are just the beginning – The Muse – click here

FYA CEO Jan Owen was invited on to SEEK’s Talent Talks podcast to discuss the disruptions, challenges and opportunities for young people in a rapidly changing world of work – click here


Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes

Careers Advisers

Higher Education Information

Defence Force Information Sessions – NSW – December

Did you know it can take 12 months to complete the Defence Force application process? If you are interested in this pathway, we suggest you go along to a defence force information session asap.

UTS | Campus Tour

4 December 2019, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

University of Technology Sydney

Explore Australia’s most innovative campus, located in the heart of Sydney with the best the city has to offer. Our experienced Student Ambassadors will lead you through the Broadway and Haymarket precincts, including a stop at the iconic Dr Chau Chak Building and the 220 seat multi-disciplinary Super Lab. They can help you answer your questions about courses, university life and all the exciting opportunities available to students at UTS.

Find out more

UOW | Nursing Information Session

4 December 2019, 6:30 pm

University of Wollongong, South Western Sydney Campus

This information evening is your opportunity to get expert advice on the UOW Bachelor of Nursing degree offered at our South Western Sydney campus in Liverpool.

Speak one-on-one with nursing educators and get the answers to any questions you have about studying Nursing at UOW. There will also be guided tours of the campus facilities, including – and most importantly – our new nursing labs.

You’ll also learn about UOW student life at our campus in Liverpool, including the range of support services available to help you succeed; information on the average study workload; scholarships; and the costs associated with studying at UOW.

Find out more

WSU | Parramatta South Campus Tour

6 December 2019, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus

Come and explore all Western Sydney University has to offer. On the first Friday of each month we open our doors to prospective students, their family and the general public. Take one of our guided Campus Tours and see what life at Western is really like.

You’ll take a tour of our lecture theatres and teaching facilities, stroll through our campus libraries, take in our various food outlets and have the opportunity to learn more about the various degrees on offer, course selection, living on campus and university life.

Find out more

Admission Secrets of Top Unis & Parent Advice

7 December 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Epping Club, Rawson Street

When it comes to studying at top US and UK universities, many families may know some of the basics but it takes much more than that to gain admission at some of the world’s top universities.

If you’re in Year 8-12 or a parent wanting to learn more, this information evening will give you an unparalleled insight into the amazing education opportunities and life experience that comes from studying overseas.

Beyond the basics, Harvard graduate and Crimson Education Australia Manager, Shori Hijikata, will run a 45min application workshop covering topics that you won’t find anywhere else including:

  • A breakdown of where students fail through the application process;
  • The impact of extracurriculars – what universities look for;
  • Essay insights – brainstorming your most important piece of writing;
  • Beyond the Ivy League and Oxbridge – an application strategy case study.

Find out more

Macquarie University | Campus Tour

7 December 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Macquarie University, Macquarie Park

You can never truly know if a uni is right for you until you visit in person and get a feel for the campus.

What to expect on the day?

  • tours usually take about 1.5h
  • on every tour you’ll see:
    • our various lecture theatres
    • our award-winning library
    • MUSE – our flexible and creative study space
    • the Sport and Aquatic Centre
    • the Campus Common, where you can explore the many dining options
  • you will have the opportunity to ask a current student your questions while you walk
  • following the tour, you will also get the opportunity for a private consultation to get all your Macquarie questions answered

Find out more

ANU | Sydney Advisory Day

17 December 2019, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Australian National Maritime Museum

Have you received a conditional offer to study in 2020 or are you interested in studying at The Australian National University?

At the Sydney Advisory Day you will have one-on-one access to advisors, as well as representatives from our academic Colleges.

We will be there to answer your questions, no matter how general or detailed, so we encourage you to come along to learn more about why ANU is the right choice for you.

Find out more

Career Insights: Monthly Digital Workshop

19 December 2019, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Join us for a monthly interactive workshop where we cover various economic and technology trends as they impact your career.

This month’s topic is “How to increase your value and worth in less than a year”.

Find out more

Bedford College | Open Week, Glebe

Glebe Campus: 6 January 2020, 9:30 am – 10 January 2020, 4:00 pm

Norwest Campus: 13 January 2020, 9:30 am – 17 January 2020, 4:00 pm

See for yourself what makes Bedford College different than other training providers. Find out why the vast majority of Bedford students enrol due to a referral from a past or current student. We believe that this is testament to the standard of training and the student-centred approach to learning that Bedford College provides.

What to do on your visit:

  • Tour the campus
  • Talk to our Course Advisors
  • Discuss your career options
  • Chat to teachers and staff
  • Talk to current and past students
  • Ask us about university pathways and options
  • Find out about VET Student Loans and payment options
  • Ask us about accommodation options

Find out more

AIM | Sydney Information Evening

17 January 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Australian Institute of Music, Foveaux Street

AIM Sydney invites you to an intimate evening information session where we’ll take you on a personalised campus tour, hear what makes AIM special from our academics and students plus have a chat to our friendly team members who will be able to answer any questions you may have ahead of our May 2020 intake.

Find out more

AIE | Information Evening

22 January 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), Ultimo

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at the AIE Information Evening. Our campus will be opening its doors to visitors eager to find out about upcoming full-time and part-time courses.

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


Torrens | Virtual Open Day

29 January 2020, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Virtual Open Day is a customised online event that is designed for you to explore your study options in courses related to Business, Design, Technology, Hospitality, Health and Education.

Open Day is your opportunity to hear from a variety of inspiring guest speakers, get involved in virtual workshops, and get all of your questions answered. Your future is waiting for you.

  • Live chat directly with Academics and Course & Career Advisors
  • Get all your questions about study and student life answered
  • Learn more about our dynamic undergraduate and postgraduate courses
  • Explore options to study online or on campus in courses related to Business, Design, Creative, Tech, Education, Hospitality and Health
  • Gain access to our video and resource library
  • Meet other students in our virtual social lounge
  • Explore the virtual campus
  • Attend from the comfort of your own home

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AIT | Open Day

1 February 2020, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

AIT – Academy of Information Technology, Ultimo

AIT’s Open Day is perfect for those wanting to explore the endless opportunities available in the growing creative industry. This fun and interactive day is a great way to get further information on our curriculum, course requirements and study pathways. Our friendly staff & students will also be there to talk to and get advice from.

During the Open Day you’ll:

  • Learn about careers and study options in film production, animation, digital design, game design, and IT.
  • Check out our campus and be part of our fun activities
  • See why so many students choose to be part of our community

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CQUni | STEPS Information Session

7 February 2020, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

CQUniversity Sydney

Need a little help to meet the entry requirements of your chosen university course? Or perhaps you just want some additional support to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully enter and undertake further study.

Find out how CQUniversity can be the support to your study and take the first step toward a brighter future with our Skills For Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) course.

STEPS is a free, Centrelink approved enabling course that is designed to help you acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to gain entry into university.

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CQUni | STEPS Information Session, Online

14 February 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Need a little help to meet the entry requirements of your chosen university course? Or perhaps you just want some additional support to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully enter and undertake further study.

Find out how CQUniversity can be the support to your study and take the first step toward a brighter future with our Skills For Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) course.

STEPS is a free, Centrelink approved enabling course that is designed to help you acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to gain entry into university.

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iCanMed | Free UCAT Workshops

Central Sydney: 1 December 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Western Sydney: 1 December 2019, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Medical and dental schools are continually finding new ways to identify the candidates who are most likely to become successful health professionals in the future. The UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) is the latest addition to the selection process used by thirteen universities in Australia and New Zealand. Some universities weight your UCAT score just as heavily as your ATAR when deciding on final offers, while others won’t even give you an interview offer unless you achieved a UCAT score in the top 10% of the cohort. This means that doing well in the UCAT is a make-or-break for prospective candidates.

This workshop will address all the must-know information you need to effectively prepare for the UCAT. If you want to receive the insights, experience and expertise that will help you get ahead of the competition, this is a workshop that you cannot afford to miss.

In this 3-hour workshop, we will:

  • Discuss the methods/formulas that medical and dental schools use to select top candidates
  • Highlight all of the critical mistakes that students made when preparing for and sitting the 2019 UCAT
  • Offer game-changing strategies that helped almost 400 iCanMed students score 3000+ (96th percentile or above) on the 2019 UCAT
  • Sit a mini mock exam that contains questions with the same difficulty, format and style as those found in the official 2019 UCAT
  • Teach the correct methods to solve major Section 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 question types, with a focus on achieving top speeds without compromising accuracy

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Work Experience

Write content for Skillsroad

If you are an aspiring writer, you may be interested in gaining skills writing content for skills road.

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Work Experience with Blue Mountains City Council

Blue Mountains City Council is able to offer varied work experience programs for eligible students within many of our teams.

To be considered eligible you must:

  • Be a current secondary school or tertiary student.
  • Be required to complete nominal hours of practical experience as part of your course.
  • Have a specific work area in mind.
  • Have a specific date period.
  • Be provided with insurance coverage by your educational institution for the duration of your work experience at Council.

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Work Experience with Penrith City Council

Penrith City Council’s work experience program offers experience in a ‘real-life’ work environment for students (Years 10-12, TAFE, University or College). Due to the huge number of requests Council receives for work experience, our program is aimed at students currently studying only. The program offers unpaid developmental opportunities for students studying in a chosen field relevant to the work of Council.

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Work Experience with Lismore City Council

As a major employer in our Local Government area, we want to provide meaningful and diverse work experience for secondary and tertiary students.

While we will try to assist where possible with work experience placements, the high volume of enquiries and demand means that we may not be able to meet all requests.

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Work Experience with Lake Macquarie City Council

Lake Macquarie City Council provides unpaid work experience for people undertaking educational training at school, TAFE, or university.

The number of work experience placements available with Council depends on the ability of the work area to provide effective on the job experience at a time suitable to both the department and the student.

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Work Experience with Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

Our student work experience program provides practical on-the-job experiences while offering exposure to a diverse range of services, programs and facilities.

We offer a wide range of placements in a number of areas to provide as broad experience as possible.

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UON Betty Josephine Fyffe Rural Equity Scholarships

Value: $50,000

Open/Closing Dates: October 1, 2019 – March 6, 2020

Betty leaves this legacy as her way of trying to improve the education of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals in training with hope that some will return to the country areas to practice their profession.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in any year (including honours) of a B Nursing, B Midwifery, B Physiotherapy, B Nutrition and Dietetics, B Occupational Therapy, B Medical Radiation Science, B Pharmacy, B Medical Science or Doctor of Medicine program
  • Demonstrate impact of personal circumstances, such as carer, sole parent, financial hardship, English language difficulty, Indigenous Australian, long term medical condition or effects of abuse, disability, refugee status, regional/remote disadvantage.
  • Have lived in a regional or remote area of Australia for at least 12 months within the two years prior to study.
  • Demonstrate activity in your local community (for example volunteering or involvement in community projects).
  • Be enrolled full-time.
  • Be an Australian citizen.
  • Not be the recipient of another UON Donor funded or sponsored scholarship concurrently.

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UON Koiki Eddie Mabo Scholarship

Value: $25,000

Open/Closing Dates: October 1, 2019 – March 6, 2020

This scholarship was established in 2001, from a trust fund established in memory of Koiki Eddie Mabo. This fund was graciously established by Dr Roger Riordan AM. The aim is to provide a scholarship fund that can be used for the purpose of assisting any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who is studying in the Faculty of Health and Medicine.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in any year of an undergraduate degree (including honours) with the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle.
  • Be enrolled full-time.
  • Demonstrate academic progress either by the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent required for entry for commencing students, or a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 for continuing students.
  • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and be recognised as such by your community.
  • Not be the recipient of another UON Donor funded or sponsored scholarship concurrently.

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UON CSIRO Women in Energy Industry Placement Scholarship

Value: $40,000

Open/Closing Dates: October 1, 2019 – March 6, 2020

The Industry Placement Scholarship Scheme offers financial support to a student commencing in the Industry Placement Stream by way of a scholarship for the duration of the program, up to 4 years. The sponsor will also provide opportunity for the student to undertake industry placements to meet the requirements of the Industry Placement Stream.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in 1st year of an eligible Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Industry Placement Stream program at UON Callaghan Campus.
  • Be enrolled full-time.
  • Demonstrate academic achievement either by an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent of 75 or higher for commencing students, or a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 for continuing students.
  • Be female.
  • Be an Australian citizen.
  • Not be the recipient of another UON Donor funded or sponsored scholarship concurrently.

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Australia Council for Arts Career Development Grant | Round 1

Value: $25,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: – February 4, 2020

Individual artists (as well as arts workers or groups of artist), are invited to apply for a Career Development Grant.

Valued between $5,000 to $25,000, these grants an support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Applications are open now and close:

  • Tuesday 4 February for projects starting after 1 May 2020 (11:59pm AEDT).

For more information, application form, guidelines, terms and conditions or advise go to this page.


  • Only individuals and groups may apply to this category.
  • You must be a practicing artist or arts worker
  • Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

To apply: You’ll need to complete and submit an application form. Obtain peer reviews (guidelines apply). Provide supporting material including:

  • Examples of recent work
  • Resume / CV / brief Bio
  • Letters of support

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The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships

Value: $30,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: – January 30, 2020

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships were established by a Deed of Lady Mollie Askin to further culture and advance education in Australia by providing travelling scholarships for Australian citizens with outstanding ability and promise in Ballet & Opera.

Applications for the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship are open to individual artists who are Australian citizens aged 17 – 29 at the closing date. Applications for the Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship are open to individual artists who identify as male and are Australian citizens aged 18 – 29 at the closing date.

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Gallipoli Scholarship

Value: $6,000

Open/Closing Dates: January 1, 2020 – March 1, 2020

You are invited to apply for a Gallipoli Scholarship to assist your first year of tertiary study either at university or TAFE (the latter at Degree, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level).

An applicant for the Scholarship must:

  • Have qualified and been accepted to undertake tertiary study at University or TAFE (the latter at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level).
  • Be able to show necessitous circumstances through ill health of family members, death, separation from parents or guardians, unexpected financial loss or asset reduction that would otherwise prevent the applicant’s full-time attendance at university or TAFE.
  • Be in receipt of or be eligible to receive Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or a similar Government benefit. This must be supported by relevant documentation in the form of the client registration number showing date of application and/or the decision in relation to the application
  • Be an Australian citizen.
  • Be a direct descendant of an Australian serviceman or servicewoman who served in either World War I or World War II.
  • Be under 25 years of age on 1 March in the year of application.
  • Commence their first year of university or TAFE studies (the latter at Degree, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level) in the year of application and be studying full-time.

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Bedford College Scholarships

Value: 50% tuition fee waiver

Open/Closing Dates: November 1, 2019 – December 10, 2019

Scholarships are offered at Bedford College to domestic students on a ‘needs’ basis and cover half (50%) of the tuition fee for the academic year.

In addition to the Scholarship Application Form, the following must be submitted as a portfolio:

  • Personal Statement (400 words highlighting interests, aspirations and personal circumstance)
  • Resume/CV
  • References (2-3)
  • Most recent school report

Please note, scholarships are available to current year 10, 11 & 12 school leavers only.

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Other information

SYO 2020 Summer School

6 January 2020, 9:00 am – 10 January 2020, 3:00 pm

Santa Sabina College

Sydney Youth Orchestra Summer School combines high level orchestral tuition with an emphasis on developing team and ensemble skills in musicians. SYO Summer School provides a week-long open music program packed with choir rehearsals, large ensemble playing, masterclasses and tutorials, music theory and info sessions, as well as the opportunity to make friends and have fun.

Applications close Friday 6 December.

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AFTRS | Visual Effects on Screen Short Course

20 January 2020, 9:30 am – 22 January 2020, 5:00 pm

Australian Film Television and Radio School

Do you want to learn how to create cool animated sequences for your video content? Using Adobe After Effects, you can impress audiences with your opening and closing titles and more. In this computer lab-based course you’ll get the know-how to create simple and effective VFX.

  • Get an introduction to Adobe After Effects.
  • Learn how to design and create title sequences, graphics and credits that will take your content to the next level.
  • Learn about sound, 3D and timelapse techniques.

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AFTRS | TV and Radio Presenting Workshop

21 January 2020, 9:30 am – 23 January 2020, 5:00 pm

Australian Film Television and Radio School

Do you fancy yourself as a TV or radio presenter? This is a great opportunity for young people to gain confidence in live presenting, using our AFTRS state-of-the-art TV and radio studios. It’s perfect for anyone considering a career in fun and fast-paced broadcast formats.

  • Practice radio on-air announcing, scripted reads and interviewing.
  • Present live to camera using auto-cue in our professional TV studio.
  • Develop your voice-over skills including breathing and microphone techniques.

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Parent Association

Parent Association

The PAL AGM was held this week and we are delighted to announce the new PAL Executive Committee for 2020.

Thank you to the outgoing 2019 committee, led by Paul White and Louise Wytenburg, for their support this year and we wish the new committee well for 2020.


PAL Executive Committee 2020


Jane Dalton

Co-Vice Presidents                         

Sally Lee

Vicki Kevans


Lukas Aviani


Jo West

Boarder Liaison                                  

Suzie Sherwood
Primary Parent Coordinator                                   Janet Doyle

General Members                            

Peter Bentley

Sally Oong


The following positions remain vacant – if you are interested in volunteering for one of these positions, please contact PAL:

  • Co-President
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • Assistant Secretary


Year Parent Representatives 2020

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

If you are interested in finding out more, please come along to the Year Parent Representative meeting on Wednesday 4 December at 6.30pm in the GBC 1.02  or contact Jane Dalton via email  or on 0410 300 402.  

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


PAL Contact



2019 Upcoming Events  – Term   4



Wednesday 4 December 2020 Parent Representative Meeting – 6.30pm – GBC 1.02


Ex-Students’ Association Contact 

Ms Patsy Shannon, President:           

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

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop

The last day of trade for the Uniform Shop this year is Thursday 5  December 2019.

The Uniform Shop will be open for two days of trading over the holiday period:

Wednesday 22nd January – 9am to 3pm

Thursday 23rd January – 9am to 3pm

Online ordering services will be available over the holidays.  This is a great way to purchase any summer uniform items that might need updating and be ready for collection when school resumes in Term One.

Online ordering is available 24/7 at  


Uniform Shop Staff

Community Notices

Community Notices

SAN Carols

Sunday 8 December 2019

A free community event provided by Sydney Adventist Hospital

Click here for the  program