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Loreto Day was a fun-filled, action-packed day. First the Primary School did some fun kahoots and games for our crazy sock charity, which was organized by the Social Justice team with all money raised going to the Loreto Day cause. Then we were off to the Loreto Day liturgy. Afterwards, the fun started with the stalls, which were a hit and personally we couldn’t decide where to go first! The food and activities were awesome and once we finished looking at the stalls, you would think the fun was over, but it wasn’t! We then went to watch the Loreto Day Concert and the talent that we saw was phenomenal! We raised so much money, and although this was only our first Loreto Day, we celebrated it like it was our last! We were so proud to be able to help other girls.
Aisling Conroy and Grace Delaney – Year 6
Over the last couple of weeks, the auditions for the highly anticipated Matilda the Musical took place.
Yesterday, Ms Russo, Head of Drama came to announce the results of the auditions. She said that she was very impressed with the high level of performance. Finally, Ms Russo announced that everyone who auditioned would be taking part in the musical. Well done, girls!
The following students will be performing lead roles.
Celebration of Student Growth
Every fortnight at our Primary School Assembly, girls are recognised and celebrated for their growth in the areas of Approach to Learning, Displaying a Growth Mindset, Displaying Felicity, House Spirit and Miss Manners. Congratulations to the following girls:
Displaying Felicity – Aesha Dias
Displaying Felicity – Aavni Gandhi
Approach to Learning – Olivia Yu
Growth Mindset – Adele Sperlby
Approach to Learning – Isabella Cao
Approach to Learning – Sylvia Lau
Growth Mindset – Milla Storgato
House Spirit – Darcie O’Leary
Displaying Felicity – Olive Ledwidge
Approach to Learning – Sophie Burns
Approach to Learning – Sophie Katsikogianis
Growth Mindset – Isabella Forder
Displaying Felicity – Lucy Jenkins
Approach to Learning – Isla Gooley
Approach to Learning – Zara Traini
Growth Mindset – Elizabeth Pennington
Kate Shepherd – 5A
You would recall that Emma Dinca from Year 5 recently competed in her first National Gymnastics Championships on the Gold Coast.
The first day of Nationals concluded with Emma qualifying for the finals. Her results are as follows:
This is an incredible achievement, we are amazed at your skill, ability, and humility. Congratulations!
Hip, hip, hooray and happy birthday to the following girls. We hope you had a wonderful day!
Seren, Milla, Danielle, Jhanvi, Lucinda, Eva
Monday 7 June Primary Academic Plenary Meetings from 4.00 pm
Tuesday 8 June Primary Academic Plenary Meetings from 4.00 pm
Wednesday 9 June Primary Academic Plenary Meetings from 4.00 pm
Thursday 10 June Pupil Free Day – Staff Day
Friday 11 June Pupil Free Day – Staff Spirituality Day
Monday 14 June Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Tuesday 15 June Primary Public Speaking Competition 6.30pm
Friday 18 June Music Festival Rehearsal Day
Mrs Maryanne Dwyer
Head of Primary
Human beings are natural storytellers, we always have been. Fairy tales, creation stories, and myth-making have been a part of our DNA for millenia; storytelling is how we have made sense of our world and our lives. It’s how we remember each other, ensuring our legacy continues on through our stories.
The desire to write and record our own stories for posterity can be traced back 17,000 years in Australia, with the oldest known rock art being found in the Kimberley region in the form of a red ochre kangaroo. And with the story of our First Nations peoples being at least 65,000 years old in Australia, it’s unlikely this will be the oldest form of storytelling to be discovered.
Despite this desire to tell our stories and be remembered through our words, we find that our secondary students can start to baulk at the idea of writing creatively or in a way that is personal and meaningful for them. They grow more and more comfortable with the idea of analytical writing, but unfortunately writing stories begins to seem a daunting task.
We, as the English Department at Loreto Normanhurst, are hoping to change that. Our two goals this year are to celebrate reading for pleasure and to pursue excellence and confidence in writing. We are breaking down barriers to writing by increasing the regularity of when our students write creatively, encouraging them to have fun, and not take it so seriously. And we also recognise the importance of putting our money where our mouths are, so to speak.
So we thought the best way to do this is to write alongside our students, sharing our work with them, and encouraging them to share their work with each other.
We want our students to pursue confidence in their writing as their goal, not perfection.
I remember reading somewhere that writing makes us superhuman in a way, giving us the ability to time travel. We can write something today and it can be read years in the future, giving someone the ability to travel back in time to hear our story, to know us and to remember us. This struck me as such a powerful idea; that our ability to write is a superpower that should be embraced. There is also a lot of research into the stress-reducing benefits of a daily writing habit, be that journalling, to do lists, writing poetry, songs or stories. Some people argue that writing should be like flossing – a daily habit.
All of this has inspired the English Department to launch our celebration of writing Loreto Write Now!, a 60 word writing competition promoted to students, parents and teachers who will all be encouraged to participate in writing one 60 word piece a week as part of a regular writing habit. There are no limits on the form that these pieces could take: poetry, narrative, creative nonfiction, or biography, to name just a few.
We will regularly publish our community’s creative pieces via social media for us all to enjoy, and the winners will be published in an anthology of writing in Term 4.
In this vein, one of our talented English teachers Miss Madeleine Conn has shared a poem that was published in the English Teacher’s Association 60 Word Story competition this year.
I hope you enjoy it and that it inspires you to start writing your own stories.
Ms Roseanne Timmins
Head of English
a hand tugs letters into place,
Now rigid, inert beneath a pin;
Between – in glaring white space –
Reader, with one eye open, slouches in.
Expecting another detective brute
With a skirt on the side joining dots.
Below: author – deaf, blind, mute;
A Hollow Man floating amongst old plots;
The unread story was already read –
Born from words already said.
At this point in the year, there are lots of thoughts about leadership floating around at school. Throughout the year, we regularly discuss the concept of leadership and the many styles and examples of strong leaders around us. From global figureheads to philanthropic leaders, from celebrity trendsetters to student captains, our students have many examples to consider in shaping their own style when contemplating the position they will take within the community.
When watching the news at night, or opening the front page of the newspaper, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the immense tasks facing leaders at all levels. Challenging the ‘doom and gloom’ narrative of the mainstream media, social researcher Hugh MacKay has recently released his new work, The Kindness Revolution, which calls for a revolution in kindness to revitalise our society from the bottom up.
Looking around at the students and staff in Mulhall House, there are daily examples of both leadership and kindness which, act by act, help to build a strong and united community within the school.
On Friday, our Year 11 students were a force to be reckoned with as they helped the entire community to learn more about their selected Loreto Day cause. The Mulhall Year 11s have been busy running awareness-raising activities, encouraging younger students to contribute to the cause and showcasing their own talents in painting banners, problem-solving with fishing rod/rubber duck designs and demonstrating ice cream mashing techniques for our stalls. It was wonderful to watch them come together as a group, with each student contributing in their own way and giving what they were able to support one another and the broader cause.
Year 12, on the other end of the school leadership journey, have provided strong role models for the rest of the House, working alongside one another as true examples of felicitous leadership. The Mulhall Year 12s are regularly to be seen having conversations and checking in on younger students in the House and are always ready to work for the good of others in tribute to the role models who have gone before them. At any time, Year 12 can be found sorting through banner and dress-up boxes, transforming our House space into a choir rehearsal room, planning House time activities and checking in with their buddies during Friday Year Time. Never ones to promote themselves, Year 12 have been a steady and compassionate force driving the House this year.
In preparing for the Athletics Carnival, Year 10 were challenged to lead their Tutor Groups to pitch a theme for the House. The Year 10s rose to this challenge and each Tutor Group presented their proposed theme with costume suggestions, a war cry and a justification of how their theme fit the House values and identity. The final decision, determined democratically on Photo Day, was Mulhall 3’s proposal of ‘Men in Black (and Red)’. The Year 10s also watched on eagerly on Loreto Day, suddenly realising that in a mere twelve months it would be them leading the school.
Alongside these examples of leadership modelled by whole year groups in the House, there have also been many individual students who have recognised moments of need and have stepped into leadership positions. We have been challenged to consider topics and experiences which largely remain unacknowledged, called to consider how our values match our actions, and inspired by students who make difficult choices to support one another.
Despite the many challenges and adventures ahead of us, the strong leadership and kindness revolution called for by MacKay has, I suspect, already begun here in Mulhall.
Ms Patti Taaffe
Head of House – Mulhall
Next week, 7-11 June, marks International Archives Week, providing an opportunity to appreciate the rich collection of records and artefacts held by the Loreto Normanhurst Archives.
From these records, we are able to get a better glimpse at those who came before us and the lives they lived during their time here at Loreto. Last year, our girls learnt about how the School responded to a previous pandemic – the Spanish flu – in 1919. To coincide with the commemoration of Anzac Day, we discovered what home-front conditions were experienced by the Sisters and students during the Second World War. Most recently, we explored our long-history upholding social justice and the development of Loreto Day – a much-beloved, annual tradition.
But most of us are not privileged enough to have an archive of our own. So how do you remember the past?
If someone were to ask you what did on your 16th birthday, how much would you be able to recall? Would you try to look for a photograph or an old diary for details? Perhaps ask a friend that might have been with you? Looking forward, how will you describe what life was like in 2020 to someone in 15 years’ time?
We habitually remember a selection of ‘life highlights’; like a carefully curated Instagram feed, we ratify the major milestones, times with family, births and weddings, travels. You may be able to recall major events like the Sydney Olympics, news of the September 11 attacks or the moon landing. It is the mundane or the painful experiences that we tend to omit (and subsequently forget) when it comes to share.1 We also adopt memories from others, until their experiences and ours start to merge.
There is a tremendous reliance on photography to do our remembering for us. The incredible ease of taking and storing photographs on our phones means we over-capture and sometimes, over-share. With cameras at our fingertips, we often fail to consolidate our experiences into detailed memories. “As soon as you hit ‘click’ on that camera, it’s as if you’ve outsourced your memory,” writes psychologist Linda Henkel.2
Often it is our possessions that serve as touchstones and trigger memories. You may have a box of old papers, treasures in a cabinet or heirlooms passed down from grandparents. We imbue our belongings with meaning, allowing them to transport ourselves into the past. Our Archive is often fortunate to receive donated belongings – treasured items that have reminded alumnae of their school years and are imparted with stories to be shared with generations of Normo girls.
Whilst our memories are biased and susceptible to change over time, archival evidence remains constant.3 But memories capture our personalized, lived experiences, and add vibrancy to the records that exist. To enrich the items we have in the Archives Collection, we are eager to continue collecting, preserving and sharing the stories of our students and staff across the 124 years of Loreto Normanhurst’s history.
We all have stories to tell. As the Loreto Normanhurst Archives continues to safeguard the experiences of our school community, reflect on how you are preserving your own. This weekend, why not chat with an old friend, write your stories down or add details to your favourite photos; your future self, as well as your loved ones, will thank you for it.
Ms Rachel Vaughan
Yin, S. (2016, September 7). Is There an Archive in Your Attic? Retrieved from Toronto Public Library: https://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/local-history-genealogy/2016/09/archive-in-your-attic-discovering-family-treasures-in-your-shoe-boxes.html
Zheng, C. (2021, May 30). Why We Record, Remember and Forget. Retrieved from Medium Magazine: https://www.mediummagazine.nl/why-we-record-remember-and-forget/
There are few words to express the unutterable suffering of so many people on our planet today. As we witness the horror of Covid -19 throughout the world and, in particular as I write, in India and the heart-breaking cries for help we are left feeling powerless and unutterably sad. What do we do with this sadness, this fear? What might we say?
This past month, May, is the month devoted to Mary in the Catholic liturgical year. Over the centuries May has been portrayed in many rich and diverse ways in art, music, popular piety and devotion and in doctrine. All of these expressions of Mary are worthy of pondering because, amongst other things, they say much about the needs of humanity. In the rich Marian tradition of art and music we find not only magnificent paintings, sculptures and music that truly do touch the soul but often too we see in these depictions the cries of pain and longing of any time and place. We have only to think of the tenderness of Michelangelo’s Pieta to see in Mary the pain and grief of anyone who has lost a loved one. But as I reflect on Mary today, it is the young woman, and indeed the older woman too, of two thousand years ago that I feel might touch that deeply sorrowful place within us at this time.
In recent decades feminist and other theologians have done much to demystify and demythologize Mary, to cut through the many layers of tradition and discover the Mary of the Gospels. There is some wonderful literature on this Mary and one beautiful source is the work of Ann Johnson, Miryam of Nazareth. The woman portrayed in Ann Johnson’s story is the person who was the one witness of the entire drama of Jesus’ life. She was a woman deeply rooted in her religious Jewish history. Johnson presents Mary as a type, a typical Jewish woman of deep faithfulness to God and, in this book, she looks back through Jewish history and sees many instances of strong, faithful, hope-filled women who greatly impacted the community of their time and its development.
Subject Selection Plenary meetings for Year 10 will commence on Monday 7th July via Zoom and these will be ongoing until Week 2, Term 3.
Please note: the PTO System will close to changes the day before each plenary date at 3pm. You can book or reschedule prior to this day and time. If you need to cancel or reschedule after the PTO System has locked, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will cancel your plenary which will give you the opportunity to rebook for a future date.
The web preferences online system will be opened on the 9th of June at 3:30pm. This system will allow students to select their final units for 2022. This system will be open until Friday 23rd of July.
Students should now be engaging in a period of measured discernment about their future options. We encourage all students to have conversations with both staff and their peers when considering their options. There is also a lot of information on the Learning Office Canvas page students can access that has been prepared by the Heads of Faculty and Year 11/12 students.
Students can commence inserting their subject options from 9th June at 3:30pm and should know that they can change these options at any time up to the 23rd of July.
Please click HERE for a recording of the Transition to Year 11 2022 Subject Selection Evening.
Mr Marco Scali
Acting Dean of Learning
Year 10 and 11 French Students enjoyed a practical experience of French language, food and culture on an excursion to the Alliance Française de Sydney and the “Little Snail” restaurant on Thursday 27 May.
The day started with a quick browse at Abbey’s bookshop, where the girls enjoyed seeing some of their favourite books translated into French, as well as discovering some French language authors.
At the Alliance Française, in the workshop entitled “Le Français dans le monde” (French in the World), students were immersed in a French language learning experience in which they explored the diversity within the global French speaking community. Through interactive group activities and audio-visual presentations from the Alliance teacher, students learned about the reach of French as a language spoken on all continents and used widely on the internet, and the objectives of the International Organisation of Francophonie. Students enjoyed decoding some “Francophone” expressions not found in standard metropolitan French, such as camembérer from Senegal meaning to have stinky feet (like camembert cheese). As a result of this workshop students developed confidence in their ability to understand and communicate exclusively in French with native speakers, realising that they know more than they thought!
After an intense morning session, the girls enjoyed the opportunity to sample some classics of French cuisine such as coq au vin and crème caramel while discussing the day’s learning. Thank you to the School and Head of Languages Signora Thomsett for supporting this worthwhile excursion.
On Thursday the 27th May, we went with Year 11 on our Chinese Excursion. We arrived at 9am and sat in a nice park to talk about the history of the Chinese garden and have some morning tea. We learnt about the meaning behind the garden as well as the history behind why and how it was built.
Inside the Chinese Garden, we enjoyed exploring the many features such as the Dragon Wall, the bonsai and waterfalls, and learnt more about their importance to Chinese culture. As we walked around it was quite relaxing and we found out some interesting facts. For lunch we went for yum cha where we were served a variety of foods such as dumplings, Chinese vegetables, fried rice, fired noodles and much more. We also all got to try Chinese Jasmine Tea.
After lunch, we stopped by a Chinese bookstore on our way to Chinatown, which sold books on Chinese culture and language, alongside Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicines. We all had the opportunity to explore the selection and practise our reading skills before we left. Afterwards, we walked to Chinatown to look around and explore some of the shops to practise bargaining in Chinese. Since there was a ShareTea nearby, we were even able to order ourselves Chinese pearl tea before we got back on the bus.
The excursion was a really good opportunity to immerse ourselves in Chinese language and culture. It allowed us to have a better understanding of Chinese art, food and history and apply what we have been learning in class practically. Overall it was a really fun, interesting and enjoyable experience.
Molly Hanly, Elyse Stephens, Pavarisa Wen and Sarah Chung – Year 10
|Holistic Learning at Loreto Normanhurst and FNQE Education Evening||
Tuesday 1 June
7pm – 8pm
|AAS Progress Test||
Friday 16 July
8.25am – 12.35pm
|Year 11 Examinations||
23 August to 3 September
|Year 11 Parent Information Evening||
Wednesday 13 October
|Year 12 Parent Information Evening||
Monday 12 July
|Year 12 Trial HSC Examinations||
22 July to 9 August
|Year 12 HSC Examinations||
12 October to 4 November
We were very lucky this year to return to our nation’s capital with the Year 10 cohort in Week 4. The students were immersed in a learning experience intended to deepen their understanding of Australia’s history, the political and legal system, art and culture, and issues related to sustainability and the environment. We were very lucky this year to be able to add two new locations with visits to the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the National Capital Exhibition. Thankfully, we were able to cross the border, despite the hiccup and COVID scare on the Thursday prior to our departure. I would like to thank all parents and guardians for their support in completing the ACT declaration forms on the day of departure.
The excursion coincided with preparation for a Year 10 History learning task on the Gallipoli Campaign, which motivated the students to ask questions of their tour guides about the source evidence available. It was unfortunate that we were not able to take part in the War Memorial commemoration services this year, and that our time was restricted to one hour due to the COVID restrictions. The students were nevertheless able to experience the WWI and WWII galleries, the Honour Roll, and the Hall of Memory.
Some highlights of the trip included a tour of the embassy district, where students noted the strict security around the US embassy and saw some construction finally underway for the Russian embassy in Canberra. Some groups managed to watch a parliamentary debate in the Senate on sustainability issues and the need for the government to make decisions based on the environment rather than nepotism. At the National Museum of Australia, the students learned about the inspirational story of Nova Peris through artefacts connected with her life. At the National Gallery of Australia, the students were taken through a selection of works and were particularly struck by the Indigenous Art Triennial and the Belonging Gallery. Many of the groups were also lucky enough to watch sunset at the National Tree Arboretum, where the students were able to indulge in the spectacular views of Canberra.
These types of experiences are just a small snapshot of the valuable academic immersion and focus on civics and citizenship that took place on this trip. Being able to integrate these experiences beyond the classroom contributed to our Year 10 students’ development as strong, independent, and informed citizens of Australian and the world. Absorbing these experiences, interacting with the guides, and learning about our nation’s capital and Australia’s history showed the students that the best learning often takes place outside the walls of the classroom.
It needs to be acknowledged that this tour was supported by the Australian government which recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit Canberra as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian government funds $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program. This rebate is paid directly to the school at the completion of the excursion. This shows how aligned Loreto is to the values of the Australian government on this issue of Civics and Citizenship education.
Overall, the students fully embraced all aspects of the Canberra experience and returned from their visit in high spirits, reinvigorated by the alternative approach to learning they experienced during their time away.
Mr Michael Rafe
Acting Head of History
Please Note: This article was first published indicating that the Australian Government Parliament and Civics Education Rebate amounted to $20. The correct sum is $30.
There is one body and one Spirit… One God and Father of all.
This is a beautiful piece of scripture and one that comes to mind on days like Loreto Day. Last Friday, it was magnificent for the community to come together as one, to celebrate and to raise awareness about Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya. During the term, Year 11 have raised awareness of this sensitive issue and educated our community about its effects, while understanding the cultural norms where FGM is practiced. FGM is a global issue and one that requires our attention. Mary Ward International Australia focuses attention on Kenya and it has been through our collective community efforts that we have strived to educate and raise much-needed funds for further advocacy and education programs in Kenya. Loreto Day is about building hope and optimism in many people’s lives and is an incredible opportunity for Year 11 students to take ownership of social justice initiatives.
The day commenced with a keynote presentation by Dr Ngatho Mugo. Ngatho is an Australian-South Sudanese woman, born in a village in South Sudan. She migrated to Australia with a humanitarian visa because of the ongoing civil war in South Sudan. She completed a Masters degree in International Public Health and a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from the University of New South Wales. In 2018, she was the first person from South Sudan to be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at the University of Sydney, from the School of Public Health. Ngatho is a passionate maternal and child health epidemiologist. She has worked for over 3 years in global health at the University of Sydney and recently joined the New South Wales Education Program on Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting. She works with affected communities through an integrated community engagement approach that aims to promote the prevention and elimination of Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting in NSW. Following Ngatho’s presentation, the Year 11 students lead a discussion about FGM and showed a short video called “Think Again.” It highlighted the struggles of a young girl, torn between her life in the UK and her mother, who was drawn to their home country and the cultural practice of FGM.
The day continued with a beautiful liturgy which was a time to pause and reflect on the importance of caring for others and showing love to all, while celebrating our school and its values. The music and singing filled the gymnasium and reminded us of Mary Ward’s call to: “Acknowledge vulnerability and fragility and turn to Jesus knowing that all we need we will find in him.” The Mass was a time of reflection, contemplation and anticipation of the day ahead.
From here, the day moved into an array of vibrant House stalls. Staff and students were joined by our friends from St Lucy’s. The stalls were jam packed with food, games, dancing and much laughter and cheer. The famous Loreto Day concert was the perfect way to end Loreto Day. We were joined by so many talented students and it had the perfect blend of comedy, dance and song across all years and was very entertaining. Loreto Day is a success because Year 11 works together to engender a sense of connection, hope and camaraderie in everyone. Be proud of your daughters because it is through days such as this that we see the magic of a Loreto education, one that shapes their social conscience and calls them to service and social justice.
Thank you for supporting our Loreto Day Raffle this year. Congratulations to the following winners:
1st PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #1256
2nd PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #243
3rd PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #286
4th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #120
5th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #152
6th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #1785
7th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #606
8th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #1262
9th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #249
10th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #1409
11th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #160
12th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #34
13th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #401
14th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #179
15th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #1546
16th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #1089
17th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #721
18th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #1221
19th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #894
20th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #561
21st PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #1070
22nd PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #1298
23rd PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #231
24th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #370
25th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #207
Please view this HillsBus Loreto Normanhurst flyer containing the updated school bus advice for Hillsbus services commencing 7th June 2021. Route 3579 will terminate at Round Corner.
We remind students they must have a valid Opal card to travel on school buses, and must tap on and off morning and afternoon.
We are getting very excited about our upcoming Music Festival on Friday 18 June and know that this too will be a wonderful celebration of our school community.
Marysa Boland and Justin Madigan
Deans of Pastoral Care
Congratulations to Bella Kachel, Eloise Rose-Helbert, Gabrielle Benson, Lauren Lawler, and Tahlia Moses who competed in Impro Australia’s Schools TheatreSports Challenge on Wednesday evening this week at Lindfield Learning Village. The competition was fierce, and our girls did Loreto proud! To watch these students create completely improvised scenes that were engaging and funny was incredibly impressive. Well done, girls.
This week we announced the cast for our upcoming School musical, Matilda the Musical! The talent and commitment on display during the audition process was very impressive, and we congratulate all girls who put themselves forward to audition. Stay tuned – there will be a full announcement of the cast in our next newsletter, which will be early in Term 3.
Congratulations to our Mock Trial team who won their round against PLC. Congratulations to the following students who participated in this round:
1st Barrister – Pip O’Brien
2nd Barrister – Brigid Quirk
Solicitor – Lucy Deloughery
Witness 1 – Ella McKenzie
Witness 2 – Sarah Chung
Magistrate’s Clerk – Elli Barron
Congratulations to our Mock Mediation team who participated in their 2nd round this week. The team did exceptionally well and the magistrate commented on the exceptional maturity of the students in conducting the mediation. Well done to following students:
Maria El Haddad
Reserves: Hannah Cho and Monica Teng
This week marks our last week of rounds for CSDA Debating. It’s been great to be back to face to face debating. This week, OLMC Parramatta will make the trip to Loreto Normanhurst. We remind all Normanhurst parents who are attending to ensure they complete the COVID Check upon their arrival at the DRC.
Finals details will be released week to week and we will communicate this as soon as the CSDA do.
It was so great to finally get our Archdale Debaters back face to face. This is the first time some of our Year 7 and 8 debaters have ever participated in a face to face to debate. Congratulations to all students. Reminder to parents that any changes to travel plans must be reported to the Oratory Coordinator by 2:30pm on the day of the debate.
The following events will be nominated for and will begin at some point in term 3.
Some topics from the last week’s debates for you try at home…
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact myself or the Academic Activities Leaders.
Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer
Good luck to all students who are competing in their last weekend of Term 2 Saturday Sport this weekend – IGSA Football, IGSA Basketball, IPSHA Hockey and IPSHA Netball. We have seen some incredible team performances over the course of the term and hope you have all enjoyed the season of sport!
Monday 31st of May saw our first Secondary Athletics Carnival since 2019. It was evident from the beginning that our students had brought enough colour, enthusiasm and spirit to fill two years of carnivals as we recorded our highest ever participation numbers in recent memory. There was barely a dull moment throughout the day, as students were getting involved in every race and every event.
Congratulations to the following girls:
12 Years Champion: Charlotte Mah Chut (Year 7)
13 Year Champion: Amelia Shepherd (Year 7)
14 Years Champion: Charli Davis (Year 9)
15 Years Champion: Bella Kachel (Year 10)
16 Years Champion: Elli Barron (Year 10)
17+ Champion: Sophie Kavanagh (Year 11)
Junior Champion: Charli Davis (Year 9)
Intermediate Champion: Bella Kachel (Year 10)
Senior Champion: Sophie Kavanagh (Year 11)
– Kendal Henderson (Year 9): 15-16 years 200m
– Sophie Kavanagh (Year 11): 17+ High Jump
– Sophie Kavanagh (Year 11): 17+ Long Jump
Finally, Congratulations to Barry House for being the overall Athletics Carnival Champions and to Mornane for taking out the Spirit Cup for 2021!
Our Loreto Normanhurst students representing NSW CIS had a very successful day of racing last Friday at the NSW All Schools Championships. This is the pinnacle of school sport swimming, with the best swimmers from every school across the state selected to compete.
Loreto Normanhurst had 9 swimmers competing, the most in the school’s history for this competition.
In the multi-class events, Maddison Hinds (Year 10) brought home a swag of medals, 7 to be exact, highlighted by her wins in the Girls 16 & Over 50m Free and 50m Butterfly events. She also won Silver medals in the 50m Breast, 50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke events, and Bronze medals in the 100m Free and 4x50m Free Relay multi class.
Loreto’s other gold medal came in the ultra-competitive Senior Girls 4x50m Medley Relay, where Loreto went stroke for stroke with Pymble, and ultimately won the Gold medal by just 0.60 of a second. Abby Feurtado (Year 12), Kate Law-Whitting (Year 12) and Tilly King (Year 11) were joined by Cordelia Stephen (Year 10), who was swimming up three age groups to fill in for Abbey Williamson who was sick on the day. This was a great reward for these girls, many of whom are in Year 12 and have been competing against Pymble for the last 6 years, to finally beat them in a relay in what I believe is the first time in the school’s history.
The Senior Girls 4x50m Freestyle Relay team swam extremely well again to win the Bronze medal. The team was made up of Meghan Andren (Year 11), Kate Law-Whitting (Year 12), Abby Feurtado (Year 12) and Tilly King (Year 11).
Tilly King also swam outstandingly in her individual events on the day, winning three Silver medals in the Girls 15-16 years 50, 100m and 200m Breaststroke events.
Cordelia Stephen (Year 10) won Bronze in the 15 years 50m Backstroke, and was also 8th in the 100m Backstroke final.
Also placing top 10 in their individual events were: Kate Law-Whitting (Year 12) (5th 17&O 400m Free), Regan Garufi (Year 8) (8th 12-14 years 200m Fly) and Hayley Kable (Year 11) (8th 15-16 years 200m Backstroke).
Finally, congratulations to Lily Whalan (Year 7) who was our only Competitive Diver and who came 6th in the Under 13 Springboard. A fantastic effort!
Good luck to the following students who will be running at the NSWCIS Cross Country Championships at Eastern Creek next Thursday 10th June. We wish you all the best of luck!
• Seren D’Souza (Year 5) – 11 Girls 3km race
• Neve Tierney (Year 9) – 15 Girls 4km race
• Elli Barron (Year 10) – 16 Girls 4km race
• Zara Warland (Year 11) – 17 Girls 4km race
Congratulations to Jodie Drever (Year 10) and Ruth Hosie (Year 9) who played for the IGSA Football Team at the NSWCIS Football Championships on Monday and Tuesday this week. Further congratulations to Jodie who was selected as a goalkeeper for the NSWCIS Team. She will compete at the NSW All Schools Championships next week, and we wish her the best of luck!
Congratulations to Emma Flaherty (Year 12) who has been granted her Gold Award. Emma has shown her perseverance and initiative in order to complete the rigorous requirements of the Gold Award. Well done Emma on this fantastic achievement!
Well done to the 112 Year 9 students who completed their practice canoeing journey for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award last month. The practice journey is an important learning experience which will prepare the girls for their qualifying journey in August.
We’re thrilled on behalf of the LN alumnae who recently achieved their Duke of Edinburgh’s International Gold Award. Congratulations to Ashleigh, Luka, Gian, Bianca, Caitlin, Catherine, Lihara, Julia, Akshara, Sian and Jie Yi for this considerable achievement, which saw them learn new skills, push their limits, build and give back to their community. We were delighted to see some of them at last week’s ceremony, presented by her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW. Well done to you all!
Students currently engaged in Duke of Edinburgh’s Award may wish to attend our Duke Drop In sessions – we’ll be holding drop-in sessions for students to come down and ask any questions or get any guidance they may need. Each Friday, in the first half of lunchtime, the School’s Duke of Ed Award Leaders will be available to provide all the assistance needed to smoothly work your way through the Award.
Congratulations to Skye Halmarick (Year 8) who was a member of the NSWCIS AFL team that came runners up at the NSW All Schools 15&U AFL Championships last week. Skye was also named into the NSW Merit Team at the end of the tournament. Huge achievement Skye, well done!
Congratulations to Annie Goodall (Year 6) and Fleur Manion (Year 6) who were selected into the Primary Girls CIS Rugby 7’s Team. This is the first year that Rugby 7’s has been offered to our Primary students, so it is an exciting team for the girls to be a part of. They will compete at a NSWPSSA Rugby 7’s Gala Day next term.
At the time of print, Tessa Young (Year 5) was trialing for the NSWCIS Primary Touch Football Team. We wish her the best of the luck at these trials and will have an update on whether she was selected into the team in the following newsletter.
Congratulations to Mia Jones (Year 10) and Tamsyn Cairns (Year 11) who were selected into the CIS Secondary Girls Rugby 7’s Team to compete at the NSW All Schools Rugby 7’s Championships later this term. We wish you both the best of luck in that tournament!
Congratulations to the following students who were selected into the IGSA Representative Touch Football Team:
• Sophie Kavanagh (Year 11) – selected for the 18&U IGSA Team
• Jessica Stout (Year 11) – selected for the 18&U IGSA Team
• Emma Wilkinson (Year 11) – selected for the 18&U IGSA Team
• Alexia Read (Year 9) – selected for the 15&U IGSA Team
Good luck to the following students who will be representing Loreto Normanhurst at the North West Equestrian Expo in Coonabarabran from Friday 4th June to Tuesday 8th June:
• Taylor Lewis (Year 11)
• Felicity Orman (Year 11)
• Emmersen Mitchell (Year 10)
• Ruby Dew (Year 9)
• Sophie Maclean (Year 9)
• Ellie Wentworth Brown (Year 8)
• Allie Maclean (Year 7)
• Lottie Ryan (Year 7)
• Ellie Whittaker (Year 7)
Congratulations to Charli Fidler (Year 12) and Erin O’Brien (Year 12) who have once again been selected in the Opens IGSA Representative Netball Team. This marks the 5th consecutive year both of these girls have been selected in an IGSA Representative team. We are so proud of you both!
Current sport/activity: My current sport and activities that I do are soccer, hockey (Mollie Dive) and hockey coaching for the Year 6 team.
Favourite school sport/activity: I love to do all my sports, especially Mollie Dive Hockey, but I would have to say hockey coaching is one of my favourites.
Highest level of sporting achievement: Being able to coach Hockey for the Year 6’s as I have never done it before and it is really fun.
Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: One of my best moments of sport for me is in soccer, as I had never played before so when first started I didn’t know how to play. For me it was being about how to tackle the ball and keep getting it off the other team.
Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: One of my favourite sporting moments as a spectator was when I was watching my Year 6 team in their first game get 6 goals. Most of them had never played hockey before so that was really fun. And then after that, going to watch my friends play basketball and see how much they love it.
Best subject at school: One of my best subjects at school I would say is PDHPE, as we are now doing our Bronze Medallion and it is so much fun doing the pracs for CPR in class.
Any superstitions before playing sport: One superstition I have before playing sport is that you need to be in a good mood, excited to see how it goes and to just know that if you try your best you will get there.
Best tune to listen to before competing: I don’t have a favourite song to listen to but I would say pump-up music, as it gets you in the mood with friends to win.
IGSSA Sports: https://m.ahigs.nsw.edu.au/venues
IPSHA Sports: via the IPSHA Sport App – search for ‘IPSHA’ in the App Store
Secondary AFL: All wet weather updates/cancellations for Secondary AFL will be announced via the Sport Facebook & Twitter accounts.
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 email@example.com
Mr Matt Mulroney
Mrs Kristie Greville
Mrs Emily Wood
|Snowsports||IGSSA Softball||IPSHA Sports & Carnivals|
|Cross Country Pathway||LN Activities Program|
|IGSSA Touch Football||IGSSA Football|
|Hayden Fitness Centre||AFL|
Mr Stephen Charters
Mr David Brock
Mr Ian Edmunds
Mrs Laura Bryan
|LN Invitational Badminton||IGSSA Tennis||Rowing||The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award|
|Mollie Dive Hockey||IGSSA Basketball|
|IGSSA Water Polo||IGSSA Netball|
|Athletics Pathway||Hornsby Tennis|
|Secondary School Carnivals|
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.
We love to see photos of our students getting physically active and staying engaged in sport. Please send through any photos or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re on Twitter, you can follow us at @loretonhsport – tweet us and use the hashtag #LetsGoLoreto and we’ll retweet as many as we can!
If you’re on Facebook, our page is at www.facebook.com/LoretoNHSport
If you’re on Instagram, follow us at the newly created @loretonhsport page.
There will be no Sports BBQ this term.
For IGSA competitions the full draw points table, venue lists and wet weather details are also available from the IGSA website here.
Mr Matthew Mulroney
Head of Sport
‘Illumination of the Heart’
Friday, 18 June 2021 at 7:00pm
(doors will open from 6:00pm)
Aware Super Theatre
International Convention Centre
14 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour, Sydney
The Music Festival is a significant event for our school, and is always a highlight on the Loreto Normanhurst calendar. It will be wonderful to gather together at the International Convention Centre (ICC) on Friday, 18 June to celebrate the talents and hard work of our students.
The School will continue to follow and monitor the COVID-19 situation and health advice for the current context to ensure the safety of all attendees. We remain mindful of having relevant contingency plans in place if the need arises.
The Loreto value of Felicity has been on full display over the last few weeks, as our community of “cheerful givers” came together in support of a number of important initiatives.
Led by Year 11 on a journey of awareness-raising, the school came together for Loreto Day celebrations and raised funds raised to help support the work of Mary Ward International in eradicating female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya. We are privileged to be able to support Mary Ward International!
Closer to home, our first ever “sold out” City Country Mum’s Weekend Away was held in Wagga Wagga. A weekend of fun and time away with friends old and new. We were so appreciative of one of our 2020 past parents who kindly and generously organised a raffle for the Bursary Fund. Raising an incredible $1,845 for bursaries, we are so in awe of the kindness of our mums in giving back to other families. While the mums who donated prizes did not wish to have their names published, please know that we are so very thankful for all that you have done, and continue to do, for our school.
Last weekend, we held the Mother Daughter Lunch at Miramare Gardens, with over 680 guests in attendance. It an event full of joy and smiles with so many of our Loreto mum’s and daughters sharing a meal (and even a dance) together. Whilst an important community event in our School Calendar, the Mother Daughter Lunch is also a fundraising activity for our Bursary Program. We acknowledge with gratitude those who generously donated a prize and to everyone that purchased a raffle ticket – your generosity raised just over $10,500!
Congratulations to our raffle winners:
|1st PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #1487
2nd PRIZE WINNER
3rd PRIZE WINNER
|4th PRIZE WINNER
Ticket Number: #1179
5th PRIZE WINNER
6th PRIZE WINNER
Today, we have over 90 Loreto fathers and friends gathering at the Union Hotel for an inaugural event, the Normo Sportsmen’s Lunch. We thank and acknowledge Preston Foster, Paul Timmins and Charlie Pidcock for organising the event, with the support of Mark and Michelle Rawson who donated the auction prize. Our gratitude also extends to Simon Gillies and John Langford as our guest speakers.
We are also honoured to welcome Tessa Regan, bursary recipient and alumna from the Class of 2004 along with a special video message from her father, Mark Regan. Tessa will share her inspiring journey starting from rural NSW, and how a bursary and her Loreto Normanhurst education contributed to her career success in New York and now back in Sydney.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all our families for all that they do to support their daughters, their teachers, their community and other families at the school. Every donation, no matter the size, is important to our School and our future. Thank you.
If you have not yet donated a prize, purchased a raffle ticket, made a donation or attended an event, you are most welcome to join our community of cheerful givers through our new online donations page. We appreciate every gift and humbly and sincerely thank you.
Ms Liane Giuliano
Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement
What a fabulous weekend the Riverina Committee put on for the annual 2021 LN Mothers weekend away. The Committee was made up of Nicole Sykes, Sally Dean, Emma Boulding, Bec Kingston, Daisy Toscan, Karen Garnsey, Joanne Carter, Sonia Stevenson, Vanessa Harvey and Toby Thomas.
Over 160 mums attended this weekend. It was extremely well-organised, and the Committee hosts made everyone feel so welcome and relaxed. The vibe among all the mothers was so exciting, warm and friendly. An incredible amount of planning and organisation goes into a big event like this and it is greatly appreciated by all the mothers who attended and the PAL Committee. Weekends like this are often the start of many life-long friendships and certainly contribute to the spirit of the LN Parent community.
Thursday 17 June
Hotel Pennant Hills
Please join us on Thursday 17 June at the Hotel Pennant Hills for end of term drinks. We have made this the night before the Music Festival so that boarder parents can attend.
Click HERE for the invitation
Click HERE to RSVP
Friday 20 August
Aqua Luna Restaurant, Drummoyne
Further details to be announced soon!
A big thank you to Luke Higgins, Managing Director of Accenture Technology and his team who spoke at assembly and ran a lunch time ‘meet and greet’ for our students this week.
Accenture Technology spoke about the future of women in Engineering and Technology. A very inspiring session from passionate female engineers, inspiring future generations.
A must-have resource for Year 12! UAC has produced an early entry guide which highlights each university’s processes for early entry in NSW.
Macquarie and ACU’s early entry schemes have also opened this week.
Students who are interested in Nursing may be interested in this early entry guide.
This webinar is an introduction to US universities, and the benefits of studying in the US over Australia. Hosted by Harvard, Stanford and Oxford graduate Jamie Beaton, and recently admitted Wharton student Oscar Eichmann, you’ll learn exactly what you will need to prepare.
Hosted by LSE graduate & UK Admissions Strategiest Shihui Pang, and recently admitted Oxford Law student Evina, you’ll learn exactly what you will need to prepare.
Most Year 10’s have now finished their Morrisby career assessment and are about to commence their subject selection plenaries.
We hope you have found the Morrisby process to be very interesting and helpful.
We recommend you spend some time exploring the Morrisby online report to make it work effectively for you, and to toggle the settings if you need the report to more accurately reflect your career aims.
For example, you can:
Toggle the qualifications that you wish to receive in your report, to generate more career options (for example, are you considering TAFE, university, high ATAR, apprenticeships and so on – use the ‘What if’ Function).
Change the emphasis on your report depending on the component of your results that resonates with you (for example, your special interests, career interests, aptitude etc)
‘STAR’ the careers that you are interested in, and to view the information that sits within the careers you are interested in.
Share the information with your parents/carers (which we recommend)
If you would like any assistance in making the tool work more effectively, don’t hesitate to contact Careers for an appointment or pop in to say hello.
If you are in Year 10 and you are interested in a TAFE TVET course in year 11, please make an appointment to see Careers.
There are also multiple TAFE information sessions available to parents and students as below:
Link for Session
Wednesday 16 June
7.00pm – 8.00pm
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Tuesday 22 June
7.00pm – 8.00pm
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Wednesday 14 July
7.00pm – 8.00pm
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Tuesday 20 July
7.00pm – 8.00pm
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
We suggest Year 10 students visit this UAC page for information regarding University entry.
The Careers Department – login page.
School login: Loreto Normanhurst
School password: LNH
Study Work Grow Subscription: Click here and scroll down to the ‘Use your unique school code’ section and enter the code below
Our new unique school code is: LRNH19 Remember, the school code is unique to our school, so please ensure that wherever possible you keep this code within our school community.
You can now view ALL Careers Events via this link: Study Work Grow Events
You will need to login to study work grow, and select our school.
The unique school code is: LRNH19
We suggest you search by the following categories: industry/job areas, institution names or areas of interest (e.g. GAP years). We suggest you browse in list format, which is more user friendly.
As a guide, Year 12 students should be visiting this link each fortnight to ensure they are clear on events that are relevant to their future studies.
Please note students may not be excused from class to attend events and must attend those outside of school hours/during lunchbreaks/study periods.
Would you like to make an appointment with a career advisor?
The Careers office is open to all students. The best thing to do is to send an email indicating your availability (study lessons for the seniors and break times for junior girls). Please email email@example.com
Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes
A reminder that the Cherrybrook Metro Shuttle Bus Service is operation and currently free for all staff and students.
This service runs twice in the morning and three times in the afternoon. Thank you to those who have taken up this opportunity.
If your daughter intends to use the service, please fill in the Metro Shuttle Bus Service Booking Form.
Please note the following:
The schedule below outlines the shuttle service times.
|Departing from||Time||Arrival at Loreto|
|Departing from||Time||Arrival at Cherrybrook|
Thank you for your support with our Green Travel Plan initiatives.
For more information about travelling to Loreto, click here to read our Transport Access Guide.
Dear Loreto Normanhurst families,
The last day of trade for the Uniform Shop is Thursday 17 June.
The Uniform Shop will be open for two days of trading over the June/July School Holidays:
Online ordering services will be available over the holidays. This is a great way to purchase any Winter uniform items that might need updating and be ready for collection when school resumes in Term 3.
Online ordering is available 24/7 at www.flexischools.com.au
Uniform Shop Staff
Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury’s major book fair will again be held at Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga on Thursday July 1st and Friday July 2nd from 9am to 9pm and Saturday July 3rd and Sunday July 4th from 9am to 5pm.
Lifeline offers an important service to our community. In addition to our 131114 crisis support telephone service, the organisation provides a range of counselling services. To assist them in maintaining this work, Lifeline relies heavily on the income received from our book fairs which are run entirely by volunteers.
Code Camp is currently on sale for the Winter holidays. Students are invited to these school holiday camps, designed to teach them how to code, DJ, animate, or film! Nearby locations include Knox Grammar School and Ravenswood School for Girls.