Newsletter 5 April - 5 April 2019
Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

This week I wrote to families in relation to the Loreto Normanhurst Aquatic Centre and our swimming programs, to inform you that the School has decided to establish and fully operate its own Swim School and Swim Club effective from 1 July 2019. For over a decade, the Loreto Normanhurst Aquatic Centre has been leased by the School to Aquabliss, who have operated the swimming programs and swim club at the pool and this arrangement will end on 30 June 2019.

We are excited to announce that the School has engaged Mr Bobby Hurley as Head Swimming Coach. Mr Hurley is known to our swimmers and those families who swim here at Loreto and I am thrilled to welcome Mr Hurley to the Loreto Normanhurst staff, confident that his expertise, experience and knowledge of our community will continue to enhance the high standard of extracurricular offerings at Loreto Normanhurst.

If you would like your daughter to continue or commence swimming at Loreto Normanhurst, please follow this link to submit an expression of interest form. We are very excited to offer swimming under the Loreto Normanhurst banner and we will continue to keep you informed of developments as they progress.  In the meantime, if you have specific questions please contact Mr David Brock, Senior Sports Administrator, via

In May, Mrs Kate Kovacs, Director of Boarding and I will begin the first of our three-part Principal’s Country Road Trips visiting the beautiful Riverina, specifically Griffith, Wagga Wagga and Canberra. We will also be visiting Bourke and Dubbo in June and going from country to coast in August visiting Mudgee, Burren Junction, Port Macquarie and a whole lot in-between! These trips are so important for us to connect with our current, past and future parents and ex-students and I am looking forward to it greatly. It’s also important to me, in my first year in the role of Principal, to appreciate the local and regional contexts of our boarder families and the diversity of our whole community. Click here for the save the date information flyer.

This week, we are reminded of the theme for Project Compassion in 2019: ‘Giving Lent 100% in the name of hope’. Hope enables us to rise above our fears and help those in great need to shape a better future for their communities. Contributing to Project Compassion is an opportunity for us to show our support to those who need it most, and open up our hearts out of love. The JPIC Team held another push for Project Compassion today with a coin trail in the quad and we are all encouraged to dig deep to meet our target of $12,000. This money will do so much good for those who need it and I congratulate the JPIC Team for their wonderful efforts.

Well done to all our students and staff for their preparation of the annual Music Festival to be held at the ICC Sydney next Friday night. From what I saw at the final rehearsal of the choirs this week, it looks like it will be an amazing show. Prior to the Music Festival on Friday, many of our mums will gather together for the City Country Mothers’ Lunch held in the Boarders’ Dining Room. This will be such a beautiful lunch of story-sharing about the first term for students and families and I hope many of you can attend. These events, and all the others we have here at Loreto Normanhurst, are a great celebration and a coming together of our whole community and I look forward to sharing these with you.

A very well-attended Year 7 Family Dinner was held last Saturday. I’m so pleased so many families were able to attend as it’s such a great way for our new Year 7 families to get to know each other and to become further immersed in the Loreto Normanhurst community. Thank you to everyone involved in organising the event.

Good luck to all our students competing in finals sport this weekend. We wish them well.

Do you ever find that a song you have heard either enters your mind or lingers with you hours after you have heard it?  Today for me it has been the hymn Restless by Audrey Assad which was sung as the reflection piece at our Communion Service this morning. I offer an excerpt of this beautiful prayer to you, with blessings of peace and light.


You dwell in the songs that we are singing,
Rising to the Heavens, rising to Your heart, Your heart.
Our praises filling up the spaces
In between our frailty and everything You are
You are the keeper of my heart

Oh, speak now for my soul is listening
Say that You have saved me, whisper in the dark, the dark.
‘Cause I know You’re more than my salvation
Without you I am hopeless, tell me who You are
You are the keeper of my heart
You are the keeper of my heart

Still my heart, hold me close
Let me hear, a still small voice
Let it grow, let it rise
Into a shout, into a cry

And I am restless, I’m restless
‘Til I rest in You, let me rest in You
And I am restless, so restless
‘Til I rest in You, ’til I rest in You, Oh God
Let me rest in You.


Ms Marina Ugonotti


Dean of Extra-curricular

Dean of Extra-curricular

The 4 Ps: Play, Passion, Perseverance and Practice

As a Drama and PDHPE teacher, I have often spoken about the 4 Ps and how through these elements, a student can truly understand the possibilities of what they can achieve and what factors might be holding them back. Play, Passion, Perseverance and Practice are the elements that help create success, happiness, joy and growth. The ability and willingness to deal with failure and disappointment are just as important and these go hand in hand with the 4 Ps.

Our students need to play! How can they truly learn to be innovative, collaborative, learn empathy, creativity and teamwork unless they play?  Creating experiments in Science Club, learning a new game in Chess and Strategic Games or learning to play a sport are everyday examples of play. We as adults need to provide opportunities for structured and unstructured play; a place where our students can try something new or develop their skills in a safe environment. Failure and disappointment will result quite often and that’s a very good thing!

It is through play that we develop and foster a passion for different things. Passion for an activity doesn’t just occur, it requires the opportunity to play in a variety of contexts as well as the qualities of perseverance and practice. Our extra-curricular program offers students the opportunity to play and discover what they are passionate about. They can participate in Sport, Music, Drama, Social Justice groups, Oratory, FPS, Tours and Immersions and a variety of Clubs and Teams. Play and passion, however, are not enough by themselves, the willingness to not give up too quickly and to practise is also necessary. Perseverance and consistent, regular and deliberate practice are the only ways to improve and that takes time, energy, focus, commitment and grit.

I surveyed all students in Years 7-12 last year about their reasons for being involved in extra-curricular activities and the most common reasons were to:

  1. Make friends and connect with other students who had similar interests;
  2. Develop their gifts, talents and skills in areas of interest outside of the classroom; and
  3. Develop their collaborative and leadership skills.

Our students want to connect with other students who have similar passions and they want to develop their own gifts and talents in a variety of pursuits that are outside of the classroom, so what is holding some students back from having a go or achieving their best? Is it that when faced with challenges and failures they give up too quickly or is it that they don’t persevere and commit fully to the practice component? Sometimes students may not be in a club or team with their good friends, or the activity, skills and concepts involved become difficult so the desire to give up might be strong but it is important to keep going and to push through the testing times. How can we as parents and educators help each and every student find their passion, foster a variety of friendships and achieve success outside of the classroom? The answer is to let them play, to experiment with a variety of activities and then offer encouragement and support when things become tough. We can’t and shouldn’t solve each small problem or roadblock as it arises, instead, we encourage them to persevere and practise.

The Extra-curricular program at Loreto Normanhurst is diverse, there really is something for everyone and there are wonderful opportunities to play, experiment and to connect with students from other year groups who have similar interests. You never know who your new friends might be or what your real passions are unless you are brave enough to have a go at something new. So, I challenge all students to do exactly that this year – whether that be joining a new club, trying a new sport, giving debating or public speaking a go or attending one of the social justice meetings. However, don’t just try something once or twice, commit fully to the activity, practise regularly and give yourself the best chance to develop new friendships, build leadership and teamwork skills, find your passion and have some fun along the way.


Mrs Chris Woods

Dean of Extra-curricular



Walk in the light of the cross

A reflection for Holy Week

The week after next we begin Holy Week.  If we let ourselves be taken on this journey, the Holy Week liturgies we are soon to enter, lead us through a most profound experience.  Liturgy is meant to touch us deeply.  It speaks into our lives and engages us at that very point where all that is most deeply human and Divine meet.  In the ritual we find God’s story entering our own.  Where that takes us will depend on how fully we let ourselves be touched and become swept up in the ‘drama’.  During Holy Week we begin with Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday and we journey through Holy Thursday and Good Friday, into the Holy Saturday vigil and the joy of Easter Sunday

The Holy Thursday liturgy, along with that of Good Friday, is surely the most moving of all in the Church’s rich liturgical cycle, for there we walk into the light of the cross.  We are touched on so many levels.  We come to this liturgy knowing that we are going to remember a night on which Love was given to us in an extraordinary way.  The story of the cross which we will tell the next day begins there in that hushed and sacred moment of Holy Thursday as we tell its story. 

There are, in fact, two Holy Thursday stories, both of them expressing that one Great Love:  Jesus breaking the bread and Jesus washing the disciples’ feet.  As the liturgy unfolds we go through a range of emotions: that last meal of Jesus and his disciples is beautifully intimate and tender, and yet shot through with a sadness and a foreboding of what is to come.  We know that those two profound gestures of love and self-giving will be followed by fear and anguish, surrender to God in the darkness of the garden of Gethsemane, condemnation, violence and brutality, loneliness, unbelievable pain, and another final surrender on the cross.  And after we tell those two stories, and we ourselves are fed and embraced by that Great Love, the liturgy ends with the silence of the vigil at the altar of repose. (For those unfamiliar with Catholic liturgy, at the end of the Holy Thursday Eucharist, the ‘Blessed Sacrament’, that is, the bread now become the Body of Christ, is taken in procession, usually out of the church, or to a side altar, and placed in what is called ‘the altar of repose’.)  For those who choose to remain there in prayer this is a time to kneel beside Him, with Him, watching and waiting. 

Read more


Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator

Primary School News

Primary School News

The future does have a name…and its name is hope.

Pope Francis


Project Compassion

 At Loreto we endeavour to provide a wide variety of experiences for the girls. This year we have added a number of lunchtime clubs which have been taken up by the girls with gusto. One such club is the Social Justice Club which is run by Mrs Anderson. Their focus this term is Project Compassion.

Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. Millions of Australians come together in solidarity with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. This year’s theme is 100% hope, lives change when we give 100%.

As this is a school-wide focus, the Social Justice Club felt empowered to lead the Primary School in standing in solidarity with the most vulnerable and marginalised men, women and children around the world. This student-led initiative included a target to raise $600 and host a morning tea on Wednesday 10 April at recess. The girls will be able to purchase fruit skewers, popcorn, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, a lucky dip and have a guess in a guessing competition. All monies raised will be added to the school-wide collection. Thank you to Mrs Anderson for all her work in facilitating this wonderful project.



In Term 1, Year 5 and Year 6 students have explored Chinese New Year through some fun activities. Year 5 made lanterns by drawing beautiful Chinese themed pictures including handwritten Chinese characters and they also performed a Chinese New Year song at the Senior School Assembly. Year 6 created traditional red couplets with Chinese New Year good wishes and they also enjoyed learning Chinese through quizlet activities.

Ms Cathy Cao

Chinese Specialist Teacher


 Visual Arts

 Year 5 students have been busy exploring new materials and techniques within their specialist Visual Arts lessons as they develop visual narratives of their experience at Loreto Normanhurst to date. Drawing parallels to learning experiences within their own classroom such as the Geographical concept of mapping, the girls have considered ways in which environments and experiences can be recorded. Watercolour, oil pastel, ink, posca pens and charcoal have been used to manipulate and combine colour, imagery and text symbolic of the school’s history, traditions and values. The girls have also enjoyed drawing from their own experiences at school as a source of inspiration in their artmaking.

Inspired by their investigation of Science and micro-organism in class, Year 6 students have begun to develop wearable dresses reflecting shapes, colours and patterns seen under the microscope. The girls have taken time to carefully research micro-organisms, considering visual characteristics before translating their observations into a dress design. Both classes have worked enthusiastically and delighted in using fabric paint to mix and apply colours to their designs. The dresses will be completed and sewn before their unveiling during an assembly at the end of Term 2.


Ms Ellen Kozakiewicz

Visual Arts Specialist Teacher


This week on SchoolTV – Coping with Trauma

Children and teens will experience events during their lives that will affect them emotionally and physically. How they react to these events depends on their age, personality and past experiences. Children can experience strong feelings of fear, sadness, guilt, anger or grief, making it difficult for them to cope with everyday life.

There are a number of ways that parents and caregivers can support children after a traumatic event. Your reaction to an event, will impact your child’s ability to cope and recover as children will look to the adults in their lives to help them better understand a traumatic event so it is important to ‘tune in’ to their fears and provide them with the comfort and support they need.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to gain a better understanding of trauma and how it affects children of all ages. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please do not hesitate to be in touch with your daughter’s teacher for further information.

Here is the link to this month’s edition.


Mrs Lynn Long

Director of Pastoral Care


Music Festival

The Music Festival is fast approaching and the girls have been singing their little hearts out in preparation for this wonderful community event under the expert guidance of Mrs Helen McIntyre. Please ensure that your daughter has a clean pressed blazer and summer uniform, polished shoes and a white ribbon in her hair for the event next Friday 12 April.


Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary



Years 7-11 Academic Plenaries

Academic plenaries are a valuable opportunity for parents and students to meet with teachers and discuss their daughter’s learning. This year academic plenaries will take place on:

  • Friday 3 May – 1:00pm to 6:30pm  (GBC-DRC-LRC)
  • Monday 13 May – 3:30pm to 6:30pm  (Gymnasium)
  • Tuesday 21 May – 3:30pm to 6:30pm  Gymnasium)

The PTO booking system will open to parents towards the end of the school holidays and parents will be advised accordingly via an email containing relevant instructions and the link to the booking system.   If you have any questions about academic plenaries please contact Mrs Rachael Jarick via   email.


Ms Michelle Albert

Dean of Learning


Year 10 Academic Excellence Awards – The University of Sydney

On Wednesday evening Isabella Greenhalgh and her parents attended the University of Sydney for the Academic Excellence Awards for Year 10 2018.  These awards, hosted by the University of Sydney and held in the spectacular Great Hall, acknowledge students who have achieved academic excellence in Year 10 in schools across NSW.  There were 140 students recognised at the ceremony as their family and teachers gathered to celebrate their success. 

The recipients and their guests were addressed by Professor Peter McCallum, the Director of Educational Strategy at the university.  Professor McCallum spoke with great enthusiasm about the future of education, and the focus at the University of Sydney on deep learning, inter-disciplinary learning, problem solving and flexible learning environments.  Clearly, their vision for tertiary education aligns very clearly with the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model and our vision of learning for our students. 

Isabella was very humble in her acceptance of the award and is to be commended for her dedicated pursuit of academic excellence in all of her subjects and across all of her years here at Loreto.  We look forward to celebrating this esteemed award with many more students in the future.  Congratulations Isabella! 


Year 12 FACEtime – HSC panel:  Knowledge Speaks but Wisdom Listens

Last Friday 29  March, Year 12 gathered for their FACEtime session entitled Knowledge Speaks but Wisdom Listens.  This session was delivered as a Q&A panel, where students had the opportunity to ask questions of our panellists.  The panel consisted of two Loreto Normanhurst graduates from the class of 2018, Lily Tancred and Claire Phillips, along with two parents of recent HSC students, Mrs Carol Osborne and Mrs Natalie Brumby, and our Careers Advisor, Ms Katrina Smith. 

The students asked a variety of questions, ranging from “what is one thing you wished your teachers had known about you during your HSC year?” to “what strategies have you used to navigate your first year out of school?”  The panel provided reflections on a range of experiences and offered students advice and guidance about the road ahead.  The key points that seemed to emerge from the wisdom shared included the points that: knowing your own strengths and limitations is important during the months ahead, as this will allow you to accept feedback and grow; and being flexible and adaptable is essential so that when things don’t go to plan a new direction or pathway can emerge. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our special guests for sparing time to share their expertise with our Year 12 students.  A podcast of the event has been made available to all Year 12 students and teachers. 


Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning

Dates to Remember –  Term 2 2019

Year 12 Year 12 Assessment Term 2 Block 1 Monday 13 May – Friday 17 May
Year 12 Assessment Term 2 Block 2 Monday 27 May – Wednesday 5 June
Year 12 Study Skills – Dr Prue Salter (Students)

Thursday 27 June
8.45am | Curran Theatre

Year 10 Year 10 Canberra Excursion Wednesday 15 May – Friday 18 May
Subject Selection Evening Wednesday 5 June 
7.00pm – 8.30pm |  GBC-DRC
Subject Selection Individual Plenaries Over Term 2 Weeks 7 – 9
Year 9 NAPLAN Tuesday 14 May – Monday 20 May
Catch-up on Monday 20 May
Year 7 NAPLAN Tuesday 14 May – Friday 17 May
Catch-up on Monday 20 May
Years 7-11 Academic Plenary Meetings Friday 3 May
1:00pm – 6.30pm |  LRC-GBC-DRC
Monday 13 May
3:30pm – 6.30pm |  Gymnasium
Tuesday 21 May
3.30pm – 6.30pm |  Gymnasium
Studies of Religion News

Studies of Religion News

Saturday/Sunday Worship Guest Speakers

On Tuesday 2 April, Year 12 Studies of Religion students engaged in a ‘forum’ style discussion with some local ministers from a variety of Christian denominations and some staff members from faculties other than Religious Education. The special guests from our local community that were in attendance included James McFarlane from Hornsby Presbyterian Church, Pastor Ian Miller from Hornsby Community Church, Minister Pete Tong from St Andrew’s Anglican Church Hornsby and Mrs Melanie Oxley and Mr Mark Tyler from our own teaching staff. This was a great way for both staff and students to engage with members of the local community and also participate in Christian ecumenism. The special guests gave insightful information on their particular denomination and demonstrated how scripture is lived out in the world today.

Our very own Year 12 student, Lucy Illek was our facilitator for this event, where she asked a series of questions surrounding the Studies of Religion syllabus, focusing on the key component of Saturday/Sunday Worship. These questions included the key features, core beliefs and the significance for individuals and the community of Saturday/Sunday worship. Lucy led the school community with dignity and pride, showing qualities strong leadership. Students in the audience also had the opportunity to ask questions to our guests, think critically and analyse the different forms of worship present in our Christian faith.

I would like to thank our special guests and staff for giving up their time to speak to the students and participate in our first ever forum on Saturday/Sunday Worship.


Mr Jason Currao

Head of Religion

LRC News

LRC News

On Monday the Loreto library team hosted a morning tea for last year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge participants, many of whom are also completing the reading challenge this year. The Premier’s Reading Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.  

We have a lovely selection of books pulled out of the collection that are listed on the Premier’s Reading Challenge reading list in case your daughter needs some extra inspiration. The 2019 challenge closes on August 30. It’s not too late to sign up; the library staff can accommodate later entries.

Best wishes to all the students completing the challenge this year, both in the primary school and the senior school.

Further information about the challenge can be found here.


Ms Elizabeth Green

Knowledge and Learning Strategist

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

‘Music Festival – Awakening Our Spirit’

Next week our school community will celebrate the annual Music Festival at the ICC, Sydney. The theme of this year’s Music Festival is, ‘Awakening Our Spirit’. Students have been committed to learning their House choir songs and for some, they are rehearsing either individual or group performances for the first half of the show. Either way it will be a spectacular evening and a genuine community celebration of the musical talents and offerings of the students. On Wednesday, students participated in their dress rehearsal in the gym. They are sounding spectacular and  I am sure they will knock your socks off in the ICC next week! It promises to be an exciting night.

Music Festival is about music, however, it is much more than music alone. What does a process such as Music Festival teach students? What do the students learn about themselves throughout the process? Music Festival is about social and emotional learning (SEL). Social and emotional learning is defined as, ‘the process whereby young people and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions’. 

A social and emotional learning framework identifies five competencies that educate the minds and hearts of its students and they require a coordinated partnership between home, schools and communities. These competencies include:

  • Self-awareness;
  • Self-management;
  • Social awareness;
  • Relationship skills; and
  • Responsible decision making.

Loreto Normanhurst’s Pastoral Care programs are committed to developing these competencies in its students and we encourage each student to fulfil her potential in a school that values relationships at its core. I know that next week’s Music Festival will be a further example of this and I look forward to seeing you there. If you would like to read more about Social and Emotional learning (SEL) take a look at the CASEL website as it offers some insightful information on this type of learning. 


This week on SchoolTV – Coping with Trauma

Children and teens will experience events during their lives that will affect them emotionally and physically. How they react to these events depends on their age, personality and past experiences. Children can experience strong feelings of fear, sadness, guilt, anger or grief, making it difficult for them to cope with everyday life.

There are a number of ways that parents and care givers can support children after a traumatic event. Your reaction to an event, will impact your child’s ability to cope and recover as they will look to the adults in their lives to help them better understand a traumatic event so it is important to ‘tune in’ to their fears and provide them with the comfort and support they need.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to gain a better understanding of trauma and how it affects children of all ages. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please do not hesitate to be in touch with your daughter’s Head of House for further information.

Here is the link to this month’s edition.


Absences Reminders

As we move closer to the end of the term, I would like to remind parents of the importance of signing off on your daughter’s absences for Term 1. The most efficient way is to send an email to Attendance or have your daughter return a signed note to Student Services. Just a reminder that this is still required regardless of a voicemail notification.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the ICC on Friday 12 April. If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

Music Festival

Music Festival

Only one week to go until Music Festival 2019! Make sure you book your tickets via the link below.

Click here to purchase your Music Festival 2019 tickets. 

There is no limit to the number of tickets a family can purchase, but please purchase your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

Friday 12 April 2019
International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
The show will start promptly at 7pm

Music Festival is a wonderful celebration of our Loreto Normanhurst community. We look forward to seeing you there!


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Music Festival Coordinator

Principal’s Country Road Trip

Principal’s Country Road Trip

Save the date

Ms Marina Ugonotti, Principal, together with Mrs Kate Kovacs, Director of Boarding will embark on a three-part Principal’s Country Road Trip  travelling from country to coast, through the beautiful Riverina, Central, Far West and North West NSW, and the North Coast to meet with  current, past and future families, ex-students and friends of Loreto Normanhurst.

Please click here for the save the date invitation.

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

Social Justice

Social Justice

Earth Hour 2019 at Loreto Normanhurst

Earth Hour is a global movement held annually on the last Saturday in March during which individuals, communities and businesses are encouraged to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour as a symbol of commitment to the energy conservation. Loreto Normanhurst is very committed to Earth Hour and this year was no exception!

As usual, we marked Earth Hour on a week day and in 2019 we chose Friday 29 March. Whilst some Houses practiced their choir lines in the beautiful sunshine, other were encouraged to play games in Year Time that required no electricity including battery-power, such as Uno or Celebrity Heads. The activities continued in Period 6 as all staff and students officially celebrated the Loreto ‘Earth Hour’. Laptops, data projectors, fans and lights were retired for the lessons which for our teaching staff provided a challenge – or at least, I was challenged! The routine of students using OneNote Classroom to make their digital notes needed to be abandoned in my Year 9 Science class and I had to employ activities that, in the digital age, seems to have been filed. Luckily, I have lived through the era of chalk and hard-copy resources so I planned a lesson that involved activities that allowed the students to engage in some retrieval practice, collaborative learning and the opportunity to satisfy their curiosity with lots of opportunity to ask questions.

Along with the Boarding School, the rest of the school community was challenged by the Green Team to further their commitment to Earth Hour and to participate in Earth Hour on Saturday night from 8:30 till 9:30pm. The Green Team suggested that the community take the time to turn off most, if not all, electrical devices and use this opportunity to go for a family walk, play board games, read a book, or play an instrument. They also suggested, if light was needed, to burn a beeswax or soy candle, which are both made from renewable resources. The celebrations were very successful at promoting environmental awareness around the impact of electricity from non-renewable, dirty energy, and allowing our technology-driven society to understand what impact they can make in reducing our carbon footprint by the flick of a switch.


Mrs Elizabeth Cranfield

Ecology Coordinator



Term 1 Sport Finals

Best of luck to all the softball players, tennis players and badminton players who are competing in their grand finals this weekend! It’s been a wonderful first term of sport and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the coaching staff, officials, conveners, staff, parents and most importantly – the players!

Rowing Nationals

What an amazing way to cap off the rowing season! There were six students representing Loreto Normanhurst in action at Nationals, with Grace Gillies (Year 10), Laura Gourley (Year 12), Lucy Illek (Year 12), Bridie Cooksey (Year 11), Harriet Perosin (Year 12) and Elizabeth Bolster (Year 10) all combining for some fantastic achievements.

Lucy and Laura were part of a coxless quad that finished 3rd, whilst Grace was unlucky not to progress beyond the repechage of the single scull. Laura, Lucy, Bridie and Harriette rowed incredibly under the direction of Elizabeth to finish 6th in Australia in the Schoolgirl Coxed Quad Scull, which was a fantastic achievement. Well done as well to Hannah Cowap (Year 12), Niamh Graham (Year 12) and also to ex-students Lauren Graham, Lara Wainwright, Adelaide Scott, Grace Reid, Rose Beasley, Olivia Bartram, Anna O’Hanlon and Rosalind Daly who were all in action throughout the week.

Athletics Nationals

Throughout this week, we have a number of students involved in the Australian Athletics Championships. Best of luck to Grace Pellarini (Year 8), Georgia Arcus (Year 10), Arabella Price (Year 9), Zoe Warland (Year 12) and Julia Baxter (Year 11) who are competing throughout the week. We’ll bring you a full wrap of their results in next week’s newsletter.

CIS Football

Well done to Olivia Kent (Year 6) who trialled for the CIS Primary Football Team this week. Unfortunately, she was not selected in the final team but trialled fantastically well and was unlucky to miss out. Great job, Olivia!

Sport staffing

With Mr David Brock taking on the project of LN Swimming, Mrs Kristie Greville will be taking over his programs in a temporary capacity. You may remember Mrs Greville from her work in the Sport Department with Water Polo last year, or with her work this year with the Hayden Fitness Centre. Please see the “Who To See About What” table below for the programs to contact Mrs Greville about.

Wet Weather Information

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

IGSSA Sports

IPSHA Sports

Who to see about what

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


MRs Kristie Greville


Snowsports IGSSA Tennis Rowing
Swimming Pathway Tildesley Tennis Equestrian
  Triathlon Athletics Pathway
  IGSSA Basketball  
  Cross Country Pathway  
  IGSSA Netball  
  Hornsby Tennis  
  Hayden Fitness Centre  


Ms Emily Wood

Mr Stephen Charters

Mrs Chloe Congdon

Mrs laura Bryan

IPSHA Sports & Carnivals LN Invitational Badminton IGSSA Softball The Duke of Edinburgh Award Program
LN Activities Program IGSSA Hockey Hills  Netball  
Gymnastics Mollie Dive Hockey Rugby 7’s  
Cheerleading IGSSA Water Polo IGSSA Touch Football  
IGSSA Football      


Correct Sport Uniform

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

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


Loreto Sports Girl:  Kendal Henderson


Current sport/activity: Softball, Hockey, Touch Football.

Favourite school sport/activity: Softball and Hockey.

Highest level of sporting achievement:

• U13 Rep 2018: Hockey
• PSSA New South Wales 2018: Softball

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: Playing up for Senior Firsts Softball in the same team as my two sisters and making the finals for Year 7 Firsts (hoping to win this weekend).

Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: Watching Australia v Japan Softball.

Best subject at school: My favourite subject at school is probably technology because we have recently started to make wind chimes.

Any superstitions before playing sport: My team and I try to avoid going onto the diamond before a game as we think it brings bad luck.

Best tune to listen to before competing: Any fast-paced music always gets me pumped up and excited to play.




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Events Calendar

Date & Time



6 April IGSSA Softball & Tennis Finals Various
6 April Invitational Badminton Finals Various


Saturday Sports BBQ Roster

Due to late venue change, there will not be a sport BBQ at Loreto Normanhurst this weekend.


2019 Sport Contacts Term 1




IPSHA Sports Ms Emily Wood
Midweek Activities Ms Emily Wood





IGSSA Tennis  Mrs Kristie Greville
IGSSA Softball Mrs Chloe Congdon
IGSSA Rowing Miss Jess Levy
Badminton Mr Steve Charters
Midweek Activities Ms Emily Wood
Cheerleading Ms Emily Wood
Duke of Edinburgh Award Mrs Laura Bryan
Loreto Normanhurst Swimming Mr David Brock
Acting Head of Sport Mr Matt Mulroney


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


Mr Matt Mulroney

 Acting Head of Sport

School Photos

School Photos

School photographs are scheduled to be taken by advancedlife School Photography on Wednesday 8 May and Thursday 9 May (Week 2 of Term 2). An envelope will be distributed to the girls early next week which contains some ordering information and also allows those wanting to pay by cheque or cash to return the envelope directly to the photographers on the day. Please note that the school does not accept the envelopes; they are only for the direct collection of the photographers.

It is preferred that you place your photo orders online directly where possible, to reduce administration and to maximise security. In this case, there is no need to return the envelope as the order will have been placed and secured online.

Orders can be placed securely online on their website  using our school’s unique 9 digit advanced order code. Go to and enter the code 6DG E39 QM6.

Ensure that your orders are placed by Tuesday 7 May (the day before Photo Day) to avoid a late fee. Portrait and group package orders are due by photography day. Should you wish to purchase a sibling photograph online, the order must be placed no later than the day before photography day. Sibling photographs will only be taken if an order has been placed.

Should you have any queries concerning school photographs or online ordering, please direct them via email.


Ms Sophie Kearns

Deputy Principal

Parent Association

Parent Association

What a night of ‘boot scooting’ fun last Saturday night! Just over 370 guests attended the Year 7 Family Dinner,  arriving in heeled boots, checked shirts and big buckles ready to “yee-haw-heel-toe-doe-si-doe! ” from the directions of our line dance instructors, who did a perfect job of instructing everybody on how to dance and by the end of the night you would have thought the girls had been doing line dancing for years!

It was a fabulous night as the Year 7 girls were able to meet in a social setting away from the classroom and parents met and mingled with other Year 7 parents with whom they will be sharing  their Loreto journey with over the next six years.  The atmosphere was buzzing with laughter and chatting.

Thank you to Grace Paraino, Lauren Kirkby and Lynnette Jones from the Development Office who assisted the PAL team in the lead up to the event and also on the night. Thank you also to all the Year 8 parent volunteers  who helped set up   and assisted on the night: Suze Barron, Margie Stephen-Harmey,  Maxine Andersson, Mark Bambagiotti, Michele Clayton, Rachel Gunter, Helen Longney, Georgie O’Halloran, Hannah Sims, Fleur Staff, Louise Tapner and Catherine Wilson,  and special mention to Louise Hyde who assisted with decorations and Christine Mansfield who  greeted guests with name tags and assisted for the rest of the evening.

Thank you for coming along and getting into the spirit of the event and dancing the night away! Keeping with tradition, we’ll be asking those who had fun this year to help organise it next year and we’re sure you’ll do a great job of it.

With the end of Term 1 break soon upon us, we’d like to remind you that next Friday 12 April is our City/Country Mothers’ lunch, followed by the fantastic Music Festival at the Sydney International Convention Centre (ICC). Please make sure you get your tickets now to both of these event if you haven’t already done so – it’s your last chance!

Lastly, a request for assistance please. I’ve not received any suggestions yet for country towns that would like to host our City/Country Fathers’ Weekend Away  on 24-26 May,  so if you or a group of you would like to suggest a town and work with us to organise the weekend, then please contact me on 0448 107 496 or via our PAL email.

We hope you continue to enjoy these gatherings together with  friendship building, fundraising and being a Loreto parent!

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


Paul White, Louise Wytenburg   & Jane Dalton 

PAL Co-Presidents  & Co-Vice-President

City/Country Mothers’ Lunch

We warmly invite all mothers to join us for the annual City-Country Mothers’ Lunch on Friday 12th April in the Boarders’ Dining Room. The event is nearly sold out so don’t miss this special event when city mums connect with their country counterparts and we celebrate the unique Loreto bond we share.  It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet many more new ones around our shared lunch table and maybe win a raffle prize of beautiful produce from our generous boarder families.

This year our theme is “Water” and we encourage you to bring or send photos of what water means to you –  the river, the coast, the pump, the dam, the well.  The photos will be used as part of the theming for the day, so if you have any photos you would like to share please send them to Angela Quinn  or contact Angela on 0421 809 614.

Get a group of friends together and book your table! Don’t know anybody yet? No worries, this is Normo! Book your ticket and we will seat you with friendly faces from your year group.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Click HERE to book online

Click HERE to see invitation

11:30am – 2:30pm Friday 12 April
Boarders’ Dining Room

Current Parents / Ex-Student Morning Tea

Current parents who are ex-students are warmly invited to join us along with your daughter for Friday Communion in the Chapel, followed by morning tea in the Reception Room. Photographs of you and your daughter will be taken to celebrate the occasion. Please extend this invitation to any current parents you know who are also ex-students of other Loreto schools. We would love for them to join us.

8:00am Friday 3 May
Chapel & Reception Room
Further details to come

Year 11 Parents’ Pizza Night 

Save the Date ! Join other Year 11 parents for a evening of  “pizza and parents” – at the home of Kevin & Danielle Pringle. Look out for details and an invitation next week – we hope to see you there!

6:00pm – 9:00pm Saturday 4 May
Hosts: Kevin & Danielle Pringle
Further details to come

Mother / Daughter Eucharist

Join us to celebrate the mother/daughter relationship with a Celebration of the Eucharist in the Chapel, followed by light refreshments in the gardens. The invitation will be sent out early next week – but bookings are open now. See below.

9:15am for a 9:30am start Sunday 5 May
Chapel & Front Drive

Click HERE to book

Mother Daughter Dinner

6:15pm Saturday 1 June
Epping Club
Details to come – mark this one in your diary !

The Mother Daughter Dinner is a highlight on the Loreto Normanhust calendar. Further information will be  sent out regarding the event early next term. Mark this date in your diary and keep an eye out for the invitation with further details. 

Parent Association Trivia Night

7:00pm – 10:00pm Saturday 22 June
Details to come – mark this one in your diary !

City / Country Dads’ Weekend Away

Friday 24 May – Sunday 26 May
Destination – to be confirmed
Details to come – mark this one in your diary !

PAL Contact

The next Parent Association meeting will be Tuesday 15 May at 7:30pm – all welcome

2019 Upcoming Events  – Term 1 & 2



Friday 12 April City / Country Mothers’ Lunch
TERM 2   
Friday 3 May Current Parent/Ex-Students’ Morning Tea
Saturday 4 May Year 11 Parents’ Pizza Night
Sunday 5 May Mother/Daughter Eucharist
Wednesday 7 May Ex-Students’ Association Meeting
Tuesday 15 May Parent Association Meeting
Friday 24 May – Sunday 26 May City/Country Dads’ Weekend Away
Saturday 1 June Mother/Daughter Dinner
Friday 14 June Normanhurst (host)/Kirribilli Morning Tea 
Saturday 22 June Parent Association Trivia Night


Ex-Students’ Association – Theatre Party Event

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

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

Ex-Students’ Association Contact 

Ms Patsy Shannon, President:

The next Ex-Students’ Association Meeting will be  Tuesday 7 May, at 7:00pm 



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

Would You Like to Receive Careers News Directly?

Loreto Normanhurst has subscribed to TWO career based web-resources:

 Study Work Grow (formerly known as MHSCareers)

This is free for all parents and students to access.

To activate your membership, simply follow these steps:

Step 1 – go to –

Step 2 – enter your details – your information is securely stored and only used for this purpose

Step 3 – enter your school code – LRNH19

Step 4 – complete your sign up and start exploring


Job Jump

Students simply go to the following website: click on the “I’m New” purple button. Enter your school based email and the school’s password is: lnh

School Holiday Activities – Autumn 2019


Ms Katrina Smith & Ms Alexi Kayes

Career Advisors


Open Days | Information Sessions

 Tocal College | Open Day

Friday 12 July | 10.00am – 3.00pm | Tocal College

Friday 19 July | 10.00am – 3.00pm | Tocal College

Friday 4 October | 10.00am – 3.00pm | Tocal College

Friday 11 October | 10.00am – 3.00pm | Tocal College

Prospective students and their families are invited to visit the College during the school holidays. Open days provide an ideal forum to visit the College and get a feel for what life as a student is really like. During open days’ students get the opportunity to chat to teaching staff, receive an overview of courses, and take a tour of the College and its commercial farms.

Find out more

SAE Institute Information Nights

Thursday 9 May | 4.00pm – 7.00pm | SAE Institute Byron Bay

Thursday 9 May | 6.00pm – 8.00pm | SAE Institute Sydney

Find your true calling with the leading global specialist in creative media education. If you’re considering studying creative media come along to SAE’s Info Night to speak to our experienced team and learn how you can pursue your passion in this dynamic and expanding industry. Talk to current students and learn about life at SAE and discover the types of career opportunities that await you after graduation. SAE Byron Bay is a purpose-built campus with cutting-edge facilities, set against a background of lush sub-tropical gardens just 5 mins from town. We offer Bachelor, Diploma and Certificate courses in Animation, Audio, Design, Film or Games, in a relaxed and friendly learning environment. You can begin your creative career now!

Australian College of Applied Psychology | Information Session Sydney

Wednesday 1 May | 6.00pm | ACAP Sydney Campus

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

Learn how ACAP can help you to change lives and make a difference!

Meet ACAP staff, academics and current students.

See our campuses.

Discover the courses we offer, flexible learning options and the benefits of studying at ACAP.

Find out more and register

Sydney Design School | Information Session

Wednesday 17 April | 1.00pm – 2.00pm | Sydney Design School

If you’re passionate about becoming an Interior Designer or Interior Decorator then we invite you to join us for a free information session to learn more. While you’re here, have a look around and view our graduate’s exciting work.

A presentation from our Director, Amanda Grace will give you a clear idea about what it’s like to study at the School and provide you with information about career opportunities in the interior design and decoration industries after you graduate.

Find out more and register

Basair Aviation College | Sydney Career Information Seminar

Learn more about a career in aviation and the benefits Basair can provide for your training as a commercial pilot at one of our free information seminars.

Find out more and register here

UTS Bachelor of Accounting Co-op Scholarship – Info Evening

Tuesday 14 May | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm AEST

Come along to our Information Evening and meet current students, graduates, sponsors, and staff of this elite program.

Closing date for Round 1 applications: Friday 7 June 2019.

See the UTS site for more information about the program and important dates.

Register here 

Academy of Interactive Entertainment | Industry Experience Day Sydney

Wednesday 17 April, Friday 12 July & Wednesday 2 October | 10.00am – 2.30pm

Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Sydney Campus

AIE’s Industry Experience Days are a great opportunity for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops using industry-standard 3D animation and game development tools. The sessions are run by industry professionals who have worked on some blockbuster games and films. Everything is provided for you to participate in the hands-on workshops and you will be using the same software that is used in the industry. If you are thinking about a career in the games or film industry, then we highly recommend registering for the free event.

Find out more and register

Work Experience/Student Opportunities

Excelsia College’s Drama Work Experience

Applications for Excelsia College’s Drama Work Experience program are now open. See below for more information on the program and details on how to apply:

Excelsia College’s Dramatic Arts Work Experience Program is a diverse and varied week which offers high school students a unique insight into the entertainment industry. Students get the chance to perform alongside our current students, create original sets and collaborate with crew on a theatre production staged during the week of the program. 

This Work Experience Program is invaluable for students considering a career within the performing arts. Whether you dream of being an actor, costume designer, director or crew member you will get hands on experience in all areas.

Dates available:

3rd – 7th June

28th October – 1st November

4th – 8th November

How to apply:

Send an email  answering the following questions:

  • Name
  • Age (year at school)
  • Preferred date (see above options)
  • What career do you want to pursue when you finish school?
  • Why do you want to do work experience with Excelsia College’s School of Drama?


NSW Scholarships

Check out the scholarships available through the University’s in NSW.

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Campion College

Central Queensland University (CQU)

 Charles Sturt University (CSU)

Macquarie University

Southern Cross University (SCU)

University of New England

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

University of Newcastle

University of Notre Dame

University of Sydney (UOS)

University of Technology (UTS)

University of Wollongong (UOW)

Western Sydney University (WSU)


Health Careers Pathway Infographics

Thinking about a career in the health services? Anything from a Healthcare Worker or Dentist, to a Midwife or Podiatrist. This website has provided some great infographics to show what you’ll need to do and how long it will take.

Click on this  page, select Discover Health Careers, then choose Pathway Infographics and select the option you’re interested in from the drop down menu.

Community Notices

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans

You can buy slavery-free chocolate in big supermarkets and smaller shops.  See more information here:   Slavery-Free Easter

Strengthen your Parenting Skills, with Tips from Parents

Women’s Reflection Morning with Katrina Zeno, author and speaker.

Raising children in a hypersexualised culture

  • Wed 1 May, 10.30am – 12.15pm at St Agatha’s Parish Pennant Hills

Presentations by Alicia & Mike Hernon, founders of the Messy Parenting Project (USA).

These and more offerings can be found at the CSO Walking the Way website.

Also, click here for a simple Parent’s Prayer which you may like to share.

Finally, we are taking a group of Parent Leaders from our school communities on a little Walking the Way pilgrimage to the beautiful Mount Schoenstatt Shrine and Spirituality Centre at Mulgoa on Friday 3rd May. If you would like more information please   email here.

Ku-ring-gai Youth Services

Recording and Production Workshop

Come along to our Fitz Recording Studio and learn the art of studio recording and music/audio production processes. During this 4 week course, you’ll use the latest hardware and software available in our dedicated studio facility. Bring an instrument or add your vocals to jam and create a track with the group from scratch!

Dates: Fridays 10 May to 31 May

Time: 6pm till 8pm

Book here – they close Friday 3 May

Venue: Fitz Youth Centre Recording Studio (Part of  St Ives Community Hall) Off Memorial Ave, St Ives

Cost: $40

Phone: 9424 0981

Email here.

St Ives Skate Park Competition

Get down to St Ives Skate Park and compete in the Skate Park Leagues (SPL) skate, scooter, or BMX competitions!

SPL competitions are community based grass-roots events focused on embracing skate park culture and bringing the community together.

Dates: Saturday 6 April

Time: 11am till 4pm

Registrations: Free Entry

Venue: St Ives Skate Park, St Ives

Email here.