Newsletter 7 May - 7 May 2021
Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

To view the Principal’s Message with captions, please select the Closed Captions option on the Vimeo play bar.

Read the transcript here.

Please note: the Mother Daughter Lunch is occuring on Sunday, 30th May.

Primary School

Primary School

Year 5 Identity Project

Today marked the end of a term-long History project for Year 5 students.  The students in Year 5 were asked to think critically about their own identities and reflect on how their heritage and environment has shaped them. Students had the opportunity to ask friends and family members about their local community and culture and how it has shaped them into the person they are today.  This morning the Learning Common and Year 5 classrooms were buzzing with energy and excitement as Year 5 students showcased their Identity Projects to parents, Year 6 students and special guests.  Thank you to Ms Best and Mrs Anderson for providing such an engaging study of personal history.

Sydney Writers’ Festival

At the Sydney Writers’ Festival there were five authors – Nat Amoore, Jessica Townsend, Kirli Saunders, Emily Rodda and Andrew McDonald. There was also an illustrator, Ben Wood. The author I enjoyed the most was Nat. She was funny and entertaining. I liked how some authors were calm and some were really funny which made the whole day interesting. I learnt that to write a good book, you have to write a book that suits you; a book that you find enjoyable to write. There were so many differences in the presentations, such as how they presented their writing and how they spoke. A lot of the authors were inspired by something. For example, Jessica was inspired by London to write the Nevermore series.

Kate Shepherd – Year 5


What happened? We got to listen to four different authors and hear about their writing career. Each author had 45 minutes to perform. We got to ask questions and do some little activities such as a live mystery and a meditation. I liked how most authors have only written a few books, but Emily Rodda has written over 100 books. I also enjoyed how we got to be a part of the live mystery. In the live mystery it was funny when Ben Wood (a pigeon) and Nat Amoore (a bread thief) were chasing each other. It was also funny how each time a new author would come Nat would make us do something funny.

My favourite author and illustrator is Ben Wood and Andrew McDonald who wrote and illustrated Real Pigeons. Their performance was funny and entertaining because Ben Wood got to draw live.

Some books were like a comic and funny. Others were scary, child-friendly, interesting, different and spiritual.

Seren D’Souza – Year 5


When we shuffled through the crowd, I was excited. When the music started, I was excited. When the lights went out, I was excited. Then Nat came onto the stage showing us some dance moves. I really liked the Real Pigeons by Ben and Andrew. They made it funny and interesting at the same time. They gave us mystery to solve. PLOT TWIST! Nat was the bread thief and none of us saw it coming.

My favourite presenters were Andrew and Ben because they were very entertaining, funny and interesting. I also liked Nat Amoore because she made the whole day really fun and she was very funny. She would get us all excited to meet the next author. I really enjoyed all the presentations and how different all the authors’ personalities were. Kirli was very calm, while Andrew and Ben were so entertaining and full of energy.

Anna Ward  – Year 5


Yesterday Year 5 had the privilege of going to the Sydney Writers’ Festival at Chatswood. One of the inspirational authors there was Kirli Saunders. She is an Indigenous author who has written many great books. She was originally a primary school teacher but she decided to stop and follow her dreams of looking after country and sharing her elders’ stories. Something that really spoke to us was how passionate she was about looking after her self and country.

Another amazing author that we both enjoyed was Emily Rodda. She is a world-famous author. Something that was quite amazing to us was that both our older siblings used to enjoy reading Emily Rodda books. We liked the tips she gave us all to encourage us to write a book. I liked how she used to read her books to her 7-year-old daughter before they were sent to the publisher.

Lyla Dooley and Tayla Miller – Year 5

Sporting Superstar Update

Pearl Kennedy from Year 5 competed in the Gold Coast Open on the weekend in Tae Kwon Do.

Pearl placed first in the Under 11’s Blue Belt category for her age, weight and belt. This is a fantastic achievement Pearl, well done!

Happy Birthday

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

Emma, Kate, Stella, Georgia, Carissa, Annabel

Happy Mothers’ Day

We wish all our beautiful mums a very Happy Mothers’ Day this Sunday. I hope you have a wonderful time with your families and have the opportunity for a bit of rest and relaxation. We loved welcoming our mothers, grandmothers and friends to a lovely morning tea on Friday.

Loving God,
as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,
so you watch over your Church.
Bless these women,
that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.                                      



Upcoming Events

Tuesday 11 May

NAPLAN Writing – 9.00am

Musical Auditions for Primary 1.00 – 3.00pm with Ms Russo

Wednesday 12 May

NAPLAN Reading- 9.00am

Senior School SRC to visit Primary School at lunch time to spend time with the girls in conversation

Thursday 13 May NAPLAN Language Conventions – 9.00am
Friday 14 May NAPLAN Numeracy – 9.00am
Monday 17 May NAPLAN catch up day – 9.00am
Thursday 20 May Year 5 depart for Bathurst Excursion
Friday 21 May Year 5 return from Bathurst Excursion



Mrs Maryanne Dwyer

Head of Primary

Principal’s Country Road Trip – next week!

Principal’s Country Road Trip – next week!

The first stage of the 2021 Principal’s Country Road Trips begins next week! 

Ms Ugonotti and Mrs Kovacs are looking forward to meeting with current, past and future families, as well as ex-students and friends of Loreto Normanhurst, in Armatree and Bourke, and we are delighted to also announce a morning tea event in Nyngan. We ask that you extend this invitation to other families you know who may be considering boarding for their daughters. We would love to meet them.

Principal’s Country Road Trip
Central and North West NSW
Friday, 14 May to Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Please see details of the events in the invitation here.

This Country Road Trip will include a luncheon at the Armatree Hotel on Sunday, 16 May, dinner at Diggers on the Darling in Bourke on Monday, 17 May, and morning tea at Nyngan Rugby Club on Tuesday, 18 May, to which you are warmly invited. 

There will be two more Country Road Trips later in the year visiting Far West NSW and the Riverina region. Please see this Save the Date flyer for specific dates and details of the routes. The second leg of the Road Trip will be to Young, Griffith and Wagga Wagga from Wednesday 2 June to Sunday 6 June.


Seeking Truth Seminar

Seeking Truth Seminar

You are warmly invited to attend the second instalment of the ‘Seeking Truth Seminar Series’

‘Seeking Truth to Encounter the Divine’
with Dr Cristina Lledo Gomez and Professor Tina Beattie

7pm to 8.30pm | Thursday, 13 May 2021

Loreto Normanhurst
91-93 Pennant Hills Road, Normanhurst

Register your attendance here

This seminar will explore concepts of mothering and mystery as they relate to the experience of Church. Dr Cristina Gomez, a Systematic Theologian, holds a Presentation Sisters Lectureship for BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education. Christina will be joined via Zoom by Professor Tina Beattie. Tina is Director of Catherine of Siena College, based at the University of Roehampton, UK.

The Loreto Normanhurst Seeking Truth Seminars, held throughout the year, aims to bring awareness, alertness and voice to Women’s experience of Church in 2021. These highly interactive and engaging seminars, delivered in partnership with the Broken Bay Institute, feature presentations from leading academics and theologians from around the world and we are delighted to invite all members of the Loreto Normanhurst community to these events.

We look forward to another thought-provoking evening about what it means to be Church in 2021.

‘Our Time is Now’ – Annual Giving 2021

‘Our Time is Now’ – Annual Giving 2021

‘Our Time is Now’ – Annual Giving 2021

In the coming weeks, you will receive communications seeking your support of this year’s Annual Giving Campaign – Our Time is Now. The collective impacts of bushfires, floods, drought and mice plagues on our rural families, and the universal impact of COVID-19 have put financial and emotional pressure on many families. Right now, we have 19 families accessing a bursary program  which has only been made possible through the generous donations of our community and we sincerely thank everyone who has already contributed this year.

At Loreto Normanhurst, we are fortunate to draw from a proud history of advocating for women’s rights and supporting those most in need. Four hundred years ago, Mary Ward’s sense of the urgency of providing a broadly and readily available holistic education to all girls earned her the label of ‘dangerous innovator.’  Today we embrace that label, knowing that when women actively participate in every type of industry and governance, our communities are safer, healthier and more successful. We approach the education of young women with the same knowledge that we are doing important work, and that the ‘time’ for this work is now.

Since 2001, our School has supported 52 students in necessitous circumstances with our bursary program. We are honoured and privileged to be able to share two of these stories as part of this appeal and ask that you look out for communications featuring these stories and our request for help as we live out Mary Ward’s legacy by investing in the future of our young women.

For all enquiries or a confidential discussion on how you might be able to assist us, please contact me by email, or phone 02 9473 7307.

Ms Liane Giuliano

Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement

Head of Mathematics

Head of Mathematics

What makes someone a good mathematics student? What does their success look like? What do they do that leads to their achievement? These are questions that the mathematics faculty pondered at the start of this year as we considered our contribution to the formation of our graduates as compassionate warriors and the attributes that the new strategic plan states we wish them to embody.

Consider your responses to these questions. What do you think of when someone is heralded as a successful maths student? Is it a child that knows all their multiplication tables by the end of Year 4? Is it someone who can do numeric calculations in their head? Is it the boy who always gains marks above 90%? Is it the girl who ranks first in the year? Is it someone who sits through all maths lessons quietly and conscientiously copies down notes?

I would argue that while some of the above might lead to success or be evidence of success, there is a much broader definition. For me a successful maths student is one who demonstrates the following:

  • A growth mindset – too often we hear people say, “I’m just not a maths person”. Girls with a growth mindset believe that effort creates understanding, skills can be developed, and great abilities can be built over time.
  • An understanding of the power and value of mistakes – mistakes are opportunities to learn and improve. Mistakes cause our brain to spark and grow. They lead to a deeper understanding as you grapple with what went wrong. Successful students do not give up; they try a strategy and if it doesn’t work, they try a different one; they give things a go without knowing exactly which path to take.
  • Responsibility for their own learning – successful students take control of their own learning. They might do extra work on a topic they find challenging; they ask questions to clarify their thinking and they keep asking until they fully understand. They set realistic goals and are reflective about their progress.
  • An active engagement in class – when students participate in discussion about concepts and attempt to answer examples themselves, they gain a deeper understanding of ideas. When they collaborate with their peers, they look at a problem from a different perspective or see an alternate method of proving their answer.
  • An ability to apply their learning in varied situations – successful students take techniques and theories learned and use them for problems unlike those already tackled. They see links between topic areas and between disciplines. Maths provides a tool kit and a language to solve problems. Successful students consider all the things they know and choose the ones that are useful for the current circumstance.
  • A knowledge of effective study techniques – studying maths is not the same as studying for other subjects. Successful students know that to prepare in maths they need to do questions. Explaining a concept or process to someone else is a great way of deepening their understanding.

But perhaps the characteristic that exemplifies a successful maths student most for me is enjoyment. They proudly state that they love maths! They come to class with a positive attitude and a smile. They celebrate their growth as success.

I encourage you to talk to your daughters about your thoughts on success. Think about how you respond to her results in mathematics. Reflect on how you portray your own success in mathematics. What are the things that you praise and celebrate? What do you do when she makes mistakes? As the girls continue their journey in mathematics, I encourage them to believe in themselves, to reflect on their engagement in class and at home, to embrace their mistakes, to ask for help and to have fun! That is my idea of success.

Mrs Sally Brimfield

Head of Mathematics








And did you get what you wanted from this life even so?

I did.

And what did you want?

To call myself beloved; to feel myself

Beloved on the earth.

Raymond Carver

Last Sunday we celebrated our Mother Daughter Eucharist here at school. This is always a time to reflect not only on the beautiful relationship of love between mothers, daughters, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and indeed all significant women in our lives, but indeed to reflect on love itself.  On the screen I had these beautiful words by Raymond Carver.  I always find them moving and deeply personal for, when all is said and done, we all long to be loved, to be known, in a way that only loving and being loved can bring. This is a reflection on being loved and a woman who came to know it.

There is a song written by Noel Coward and first performed in The Third Little Show in New York in June 1931 by Beatrice Lillie.  The song is especially known for the line, “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun” with which most verses begin and end.  Well, as it happens, not only mad dogs and Englishmen!  There was a woman long ago who went out in the midday sun and her story is told in John’s Gospel (John 4: 1-30).  In the relentless heat of the Middle Eastern midday that was indeed crazy!  Why did she do that? 

This woman, whose name we do not know, used to go out in the middle of the day to fetch water from a well just outside the city.  The well was known as Jacob’s Well which at that time was near the city of Sychar in Samaria. Today it lies within the West Bank.  In those days it was a woman’s job to fetch water for her family each day.  The women used to go out early in the morning while it was still cool.  No one went out at midday, it was far too hot.  The women used to make a social occasion of this daily chore.  They would catch up and talk at the well and we can imagine them chatting about the everyday things that formed part of their lives, sharing their frustrations, complaints, perhaps passing on the latest gossip, reminiscing, dreaming and laughing together.  But the woman in our story used to go at midday because she knew that none of the other women would be at the well then.  She went then so that she wouldn’t be seen.  What drove her to this?  Why this desire to avoid the others?  Well, she was divorced and had had five husbands.  Because of this she was a social outcast and was looked down upon.  She was a sinner and her sin was known to everyone.  She would be humiliated and uncomfortable as the other women would surely fall silent at her approach.  It was a lonely life.  A life of shame.  She was not beloved. She did not feel herself beloved on this earth.

But one day she had an experience, an encounter, at the well when she went out alone to fetch her water, and that encounter changed her life.

Click here to read more.


Ms Kerry McCullough

Spirituality and Liturgy Coordinator

In Memoriam – Sr Noni Mitchell

In Memoriam – Sr Noni Mitchell

This week we remember Sr Noni Mitchell, one of our beloved IBVM sisters, who passed away on 28 April 2021 at the age of 93.

Born in Belmont, NSW on 12 October 1928, Sr Noni entered the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 13 June 1954. She assumed the religious name of John Bosco, by which many ex-students of Loreto Normanhurst will remember her.

Sr Noni was a Doctor of Medicine who made a considerable impact on education across Australia. A long-serving Provincial Leader of Loreto Australia, Sr Noni was also General Superior of the IBVM for two terms in Rome.

She is perhaps best remembered to our community as a teacher of many subjects, teaching at Loreto Normanhurst during the 1960s and then at both Normanhurst and Kirribilli, where she eventually served as Principal.

Sr Noni was later the first Principal of Christ College, the first Catholic teaching college in Melbourne, and an editor of multiple Biology and Religious Education publications and textbooks which transformed the teaching of these subjects at the time.

Alumna Catherine Gray (’72) shared that her father and Sr Noni had studied Medicine together at Sydney University, and remained connected particularly when Catherine and her siblings attended Normanhurst and her father sat on its committees.

She was a warm, gracious and eloquent person and will be remembered fondly by my family and all those who were fortunate enough to know her. She has left a lasting legacy in so many areas. – Catherine Gray

Patsy Shannon (’69) also remembers Sr Noni for being a qualified doctor, which was “most unusual for a nun in those times.”

When we were little boarders trying to get out of school and pretending we were sick, she soon sorted out that we were malingering! But then she would be so kind to try and find out why we wanted to ‘wag’ going to classes. She taught Science and Maths and was such a gentle woman. – Patsy Shannon

We wish our most sincere sympathies to Sr Noni Mitchell’s family and friends, and all those in our Loreto network whose lives she touched with her gentle intelligence and spirit.

Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Noni Mitchell IBVM will be offered in the Church of St Francis Xavier, Mackenzie Street, Lavender Bay on Monday, 10th May, 2021 commencing at 10.00am.

If you would like to join in celebrating the life of Sr Noni, please register your expression of interest in attending here.

For those unable to attend, the Mass will be live streamed and viewable at this link.

We invite you to read more about the life of Sr Noni Mitchell here.



Year 10 Canberra Excursion – Important Information

The Canberra Excursion is taking place next week from Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 May 2021 (Week 4).  

An important email was sent to parents today regarding the new COVID-19 requirements.  Please read this email and complete the necessary requirements.  This email has also been sent to your daughter.  

Please do not hesitate to email the Learning Office with any queries.

Mr Michael Rafe

Acting Head of History 

Years 7 to 11 Academic Plenaries

The first of two Academic Plenaries are occurring today with the second one occurring on Tuesday 18 May from 3.30pm to 8.30pm.  Teachers will be available for five-minute meetings held via Zoom and only one booking per teacher can be made for each student.

Please click to view the following PDF links for further information about the process. All necessary information is included in these three documents.

Reservations for the Plenary meetings are made online through the PTO Website.

This site will remain available for you to access your teacher Zoom meeting links at the time of your meeting.  You will be able to change your PTO appointment times until 10am on the day prior to each plenary date.  If there are any changes that need to be made after this time, please email the Learning Office.  When booking your plenaries, if your daughter is a day student, please factor in the time it will take for her to travel home, so that she is able to attend the Zoom Plenaries with you.  

All parents are encouraged to book PTO Zoom Plenary meetings and if there are any circumstances that prevent you from conducting meetings using the Zoom format, please contact your daughter’s Head of House.

We thank you for your assistance. Please email if you have any questions.

Mrs Rachael Jarick

Assistant to the Deans of Learning

Years 7 and 9 NAPLAN

NAPLAN will take place next week, Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 May.  The schedule is as follows:

Year 7

11th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 7 Reading

12th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 7 Writing

13th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 7 Language Conventions

14th May – Periods 1 & 2 – Year 7 Numeracy

Year 9

11th May – Periods 3 & 4 – Year 9 Reading

12th May – Periods 3 & Conversations – Year 9 Writing

13th May – Periods 3 & 4 – Year 9 Language Conventions

14th May – Periods 3 & 4 – Year 9 Numeracy

Please be assured that your daughter is well prepared for NAPLAN, as the work that she completes across all of her subject areas is ample preparation for these assessments. There is no need to for her to undertake additional study.  Students have also engaged in online practice tests last term to familiarise themselves with the testing platform. Our key message is that these tests are diagnostic in nature, providing your daughter and her teachers with a snapshot of where she sits on the learning continuum for Numeracy and Literacy, and to identify the skills and areas where your daughter can experience future growth.  It would be appreciated if you could reinforce this message with your daughter in your conversations at home.   

Your daughter will need to bring the following to the testing:

  • Laptop – fully charged
  • Headphones or ear buds – preferably plug in
  • A pen, as working out paper will be available

It would be appreciated if you could please support us in helping your daughter to be organised with these items.  The NAPLAN Information Sheet is provided for your reference.  Further information can be found on the NAPLAN website and samples of NAPLAN questions can be found on this Link.

We have planned for catch-up testing on Monday 17 May.  If your daughter is unwell or absent on the day of a NAPLAN test and is unable to attend school, please email the Learning Office before 8.30am on the day of the test.  We thank you for your assistance with ensuring your daughter is prepared on each day of the assessments.

Mme Maryse Martin

Dean of Learning

Celebration of Learning

Philosophy Circle Pilot Program Update

The Philosophy Circle Pilot Program which commenced in the last week of Term 1 is now in full swing with groups from Years 6, 8, 10 and 12 engaging in philosophical discussions on a fortnightly basis in our school library. These groups have been facilitated by Ms Ugonotti (Year 12), Mrs Solo (Year 10), Ms Dwyer (Year 8) and Mr Scali (Year 6). So far, the program has covered:

Session 1: Introduction to philosophy with guest lecturer, Dr Xavier Symons of the Australian Catholic University.

Session 2: The Social Consequences of Artificial Intelligence.

Session 3: Freedom and Rights.

Session 4: The Purpose of Life.

Each session is structured with an opening stimulus source followed by prompting questions which initiate discussion. As an example, Session 2 involved the circle watching a clip from the Spike Jonze film, Her, followed by discussion around the questions:

What are the social consequences of developments in artificial intelligence?

What could occur in society and human behaviour if A.I. can become fully intuitive?

Some robust and profound discussions have already taken place, especially as the girls become more comfortable with listening to the views of others and allowing their own ideas to be challenged by new perspectives.

The remaining sessions for Term 2 will include:

Session 5: Friendship

Session 6: The Ethics of Space Exploration

Session 7: Forgiveness

Both staff and students have commented on how much they look forward to these fortnightly sessions where they can tap into deep thinking and express their thoughts freely. We all look forward to the sessions that remain in Term 2.

Mr Marco Scali

Acting Dean of Learning and Philosophy Pilot Program Coordinator.

Dates to Remember

Years 7-11

Academic Plenaries 

7 May – 1.30pm to 8.30pm 18 May – 3.30pm to 8.30pm Via Zoom

Year 7



11 May to 14 May


Year 9


Holistic Learning at Loreto Normanhurst and FNQE Education Evening

Tuesday 1 June

7pm – 8pm


11 May to 14 May

Year 10 

Year 10 Canberra Excursion

12 May to 14 May

Learning at Loreto Normanhurst and Subject Selection Evening 

Wednesday 26 May 

7pm – 8:30pm

Year 11

Year 11 Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 13 October


Year 12

Year 12 Term 2 Assessment Block 17 May to 28 May
Year 12 Parent Information Evening

Monday 12 July 

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Year 11 Dinner Dance

“Last Friday, the Year 11 girls were fortunate enough to celebrate their postponed Year 10 Dinner Dance due to the effects of Covid-19 in 2020. The wait was well worth it as we spent the night at The Epping Club with a sit down dinner and a night of dancing and fun. The evening started to fill up at 6pm with introductions and non-stop squeals of excitement from the girls as they were transformed into glamorous women for the evening. Later after the delicious three course meal and non-stop pictures, the excitement of the room intensified with the big reveal of a dance floor and DJ which was filled with music and lots of sore feet in heels! Overall the Year 11 Dinner Dance was lots of fun and a chance for the girls to be with their friends. We would like to thank the Pastoral Team for supervising the evening and to Ms Kirkby for coordinating the planning of the event with Mr Madigan.”

Clare Stevenson and Bridget Whittaker, Year 11 

Year 8 Camp – April 28th – 30th  

The Class of 2025 were the first Year 8 cohort to enjoy their camp at Tallong Campus. Activities included mountain biking, a high ropes course and group activities such as problem solving challenges and a low ropes course. Spending one night in a tent under the stars and around a campfire, cooking burritos for dinner, roasting marshmallows for dessert and making damper for breakfast, were experiences that many Year 8 students have not experienced before. Their enthusiasm, bravery and kindness were noted by Tallong campus and Loreto staff, and they supported each other to calm any nerves and build resilience. Year 8 learnt how to cook using trangias, navigate a simple bush walk and uses harnesses safely. They also learnt some fun, silly and rowdy games during after dinner entertainment!

We are proud of them and hope they have enjoyed making new friends and learning about themselves during their camp.

Loreto Day

Year 11 have chosen the Loreto Day cause ‘Call for Kenya’ as it addresses the important issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is a non-medical practice, mainly used as a cultural practice, that involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia, which can lead to serious medical consequences. Over 200 million women and girls all over the world are impacted by FGM. Between the ages of 15 to 49, an estimated 1 in 5 women has undergone this procedure. This cause is significantly related to our key values at Loreto, especially justice and freedom.  Call for Kenya is a Mary Ward International organisation tackling the IBVM call of “going where the need is greatest.” By supporting Call for Kenya, we can empower girls in these communities by reducing the occurrence of FGM. Educating these communities about the dangers and false superstitions surrounding this cruel practice will increase bodily autonomy and reduce harm; fewer girls will face infection, urinary or reproductive problems and the related physical pain.

The money raised from Loreto Day  will go towards a few key elements outlined by the cause for the prevention of FGM:

  • Training/educating communities on FGM
  • More research into the causes of FGM and eradication of the issue
  • Campaigning for the protection of women and children affected by this
  • Assisting survivors of FGM in their recovery
  • Conducting seminars to educate women and children to safeguard themselves
  • Producing materials in different languages, to give to communities in order to help them

Year 11 Communications Team for Loreto Day 2021

Update on Pastoral Sessions

‘House time’ is an important time where students experience House, Year or community based sessions that aim to build relationships and social emotional skills and wellbeing. On Wednesday 28 April, Year 12 enjoyed Mindful Drumming; Year 11 had a Careers morning and then their GPs in Schools Program, and Year 9 and 10 heard from cybersafety experts; ySafe. This week we held a parent information session on cybersafety with a presentation from Yasmin London from ySafe. In Week 4 during House time, Years 7 and 8 will also hear from ySafe. Please watch this space for further information about our school cybersafety ‘hub’ launched this week.

At Loreto we believe that students’ learning and development takes place across the whole FACE curriculum and that they deserve opportunities to be informed about their world and be provided with ways to build skills to be their best. On Wednesday 9 June, Paul Dillon will be presenting to Years 10, 11 and 12 about drugs and alcohol, as well as to parents of all years that evening. Please mark the date in your calendars.

Hillsbus Update – Route 3531

Please note that the Hillsbus bus route 3531 will now depart 4 minutes earlier from Oakhill College, commencing Monday 10 May. A reminder that all students must have a valid Opal card to travel on all school buses and must tap on and tap off morning and afternoon.


Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan

Deans of Pastoral Care

Extra-curricular and Oratory News

Extra-curricular and Oratory News

Ethics Olympiad

GOLD! Congratulations to the Grey Team who have been awarded the Gold Medal in the NSW Ethics Olympiad. A big shout out to the Green Team who received an Honourable Mention from the judges. What an extraordinary result for our first year involved in this program! The Grey Team have been invited to participate in the Virtual International Ethics Olympiad later in July.

Congratulations to the teams and coaches:

Green Team – Honourable Mention NSW Ethics Olympiad Senior Division

Grey Team – Gold Medal NSW
Ethics Olympiad Senior Division

Coach: Adam Saleh

Coach: Jessica Koppman


Rebecca Zammit (Year 10)

Michelle Hoffman (Year 11)

Sophie McKenna (Year 10)

Isabella Knox (Year 11)

Sophia Zybenko (Year 10)


Indianna Cane (Year 10)

Molly Hanly (Year 10)

Maya Yogesvaran (Year 10)

Alice Kevans (Year 11)

Madeleine Campbell (Year 11)


Intermediate TheatreSports Update

Well done to the following Year 9 and 10 students who have advanced to the Semi Finals of Impro Australia’s Schools TheatreSports Challenge. They were outstanding last week at the regional heat at Normanhurst Boys High, showcasing their ability to work collaboratively as a team to improvise a range of highly entertaining scenes. Well done and good luck girls!

Tahlia Moses

Lauren Lawer

Eloise Rose-Helbert

Gabrielle Benson

Bella Kachel


Ms Anna-lea Russo

Head of Drama

Oratory News

Plain English Speaking Competition

Congratulations to Erin Longney who participated in the Plain English Speaking Local Rounds this week. Erin has been selected to participate in the Regional Finals later in May.

Mock Mediation

The results are in for our First Mock Mediation! Congratulations, ladies – 86/100 is an amazing first score!

Mock Trial

Congratulations to our Mock Trial team who won their round against Normanhurst Boys. Well done to the following students for their involvement in this round:

Olivia Alexander (Yr 11)

Sarah Chung (Yr 10)

Ella McKenzie (Yr 11)

Brigid Quirk (Yr 11)

Elli Barron (Yr 10)

Amelia Hadwen (Yr 10)

Debating – CSDA

Congratulations to all who participated in Round 1 of CSDA. It was great to be back face-to-face debating. A reminder that tonight’s debates will be held at Marist College, Eastwood. For anyone intending to join us, please ensure you bring a mask with you.

Debating – Archdale

Archdale Round 1 begins on Tuesday 11 May. We wish these students the best of luck. Reminder that there has been a change to venues for the first three rounds. These will all be at Loreto Normanhurst and run virtually.

Please note, that we highly recommend all Archdale debaters participate in the Oratory Club for Term 2. Particularly students in Years 7-10. This will allow debaters to strengthen their skills in developing an argument.

Oratory Club

Nominations are still open for Oratory Club for this term. Students can register by emailing Ms O’Dwyer.

As mentioned last term, students will engage in current affairs topics, with the focus being on allowing students the opportunity to present a well constructed and well considered argument, opinion or idea. We encourage all debaters to take part in the Oratory Club in Term 2 to complement their training before their respective debates.

Youth UN NSW Evatt

Registrations are now open for NSW Youth UN Evatt competition. More information can be found here. If you are interested, you must register your interest first via Students can nominate with their own partners. Guidance will be provided in the leadup to the event by a member of the Oratory Team.


If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact myself or the Academic Activities Leaders.

We are also looking for ex-students and parents who wish to be coaches or adjudicators for the oratory program in 2021. Please contact the oratory team for further information


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator

Diverse Learning

Diverse Learning

Philosophy Day – Thursday 22 April

Seventeen girls from Years 10-12 were involved in a virtual conference day presented by Academy Conferences for Gifted and Talented students. This would normally be held at Ascham School but due to COVID-19 it was made available online. It was an intensive, mind-stretching conference day where students had the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills, manipulate abstract ideas and make connections across school subject areas. Students listened to lectures and were involved in discussion on the following areas:  

  1. Oxbridge Interview Question: Here’s a Cactus. Tell us About it – Julie Arliss
  2. A Slow Strange Death – The Failure of Environmental Economics – Peter Baron (Alumni of University of Oxford)
  3. Aristotle 384-322 BCE His Big Idea – Julie Arliss
  4. Social Physics – Julie Arliss

I was very encouraged by their thoughtful responses and passionate arguments in relation to some major issues. The following girls attended, and a couple of their reflections are included below.

Year 10: Becca Zammit, Sophia Zybenko, Indianna Cane, Grace Sukari, Olivia Daly, Maya Yogesvaran, Samiksha Rajesh, Molly Hanly

Year 11: Chiara Prinsloo, Ryleigh Bladen, Maya Rengaswamy, Michelle Hoffman

Year 12: Charlotte Forwood, Jacqueline Dwyer, Annika Shankar, Anna Garnsey, Olivia Holmes


The Cactus lecture helped me see how many ways one question could be answered. In the Environmental economics lecture I was initially really intrigued by the idea of utilitarianism being a harmful ethical framework in our economy, however I had never thought about it in an economical setting and I now have a different viewpoint on that ethical framework as I can understand its flaws. The Social Physics lecture showed how our perspectives and viewpoints can so easily be swayed by the information we are presented with which made me think about the use of social media to spread news and ideas. Overall, the day was really interesting and extremely beneficial, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sophia Zybenko Year 10

The Oxbridge interview question has helped me feel more confident when taking part in interviews, and the environmental economics seminar has given me a clearer understanding of climate change and its possible solutions. I felt the overall day was beneficial as I am participating in an oratory competition called Ethics Olympiad, and this content helps enhance what I have learned through that.  

Indianna Cane Year 10

The girls were also provided with some amazing resources so they can continue their exploration of these topics. Thank you to Marco Scali, Philippa Dowers and Adam Saleh for their support on the day.

Da Vinci Decathlon – Tuesday 4 May

Each year, schools from all over NSW gather to participate in the Da Vinci Decathlon at Knox Grammar School. Due to COVID restrictions, a national virtual competition was organised for 2021 and we entered teams from Years 7 and 8. The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight (in their year groups) across ten disciplines: Engineering, Mathematics, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography and Legacy.

Tuesday was a very busy day for all involved and, being a virtual competition, it had its challenges but together we managed to get everything done. Congratulations to all the girls for their engagement, hard work and collaboration. There are approximately 5,500 students across Australia participating in the Da Vinci Decathlon this year and results will be announced in a live stream next Thursday 13th May.

The following girls participated and a few of their reflections are below:

Year 7 Team: Charlotte Bull, Theresa Dong, Sithmi Kannangara, Zoe Kha, Stephanie Knox, Charlotte Mah Chut, Isabel Marks, Isabelle Hartshorn

Year 8 Team: Isabella Hillier, Madeleine Grindon-Ekins, Valentina Kuruc, Hilary Zhang, Abigail Fairbairn, Ava Garnys, Mahek Chandak, Aimee Harrison


‘Da Vinci was very challenging, but I enjoyed working with the other people on my team to find the solutions. It was helpful to be able to use all our strengths’.

Isabelle Hartshorn Year 7

‘I enjoyed working with my brilliant team members. Some of the tasks were very challenging but we all tried our very best and it was good to see all the girls helping each other. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of this year’s Da Vinci Decathlon’.

Charlotte Bull Year 7

‘The Da Vinci Decathlon was fun, challenging and really just a great experience; everybody helped everybody through the whole day, so no one was ever alone. Everybody used their own strengths to master challenges. I’m really proud of all of us’.

Isabel Marks Year 7

‘It was actually lots of fun and I got to hang out with the other lovely girls who participated in this. Overall, the experience was great’.

Theresa Dong Year 7

‘Da Vinci was such a challenging, fun and brain bending experience. My favourite part was the rush and adrenaline, although stressful at times it made it more fun! It was harder being online, but our team managed to overcome that challenge and complete Da Vinci to the best of our abilities!’

Charlotte Mah Chut Year 7

‘The Da Vinci Decathlon Competition was a mind-blowing experience. Even though some of the questions were difficult I had a great time solving challenging problems with my teammates.’

Hilary Zhang Year 8

‘Da Vinci was fun, but very stressful. I loved how I got to spend the day with some amazing people and get to know them. We struggled, solved, and sometimes failed together. Even under the intense time pressure, we still did really well, and I’m proud of us’.

Abigail Fairbairn Year 8.

‘The Da Vinci decathlon was actually a lot of fun. I met and hung out with the other girls and made a few new friends. The best part was when we cracked the toughest code in the last few seconds! Overall, I loved it!

Mahek Chandak Year 8

‘I found the experience very enjoyable as it challenged me in ways I haven’t been before. I really enjoyed how rounded the challenges were allowing all of us to work to our strengths but also to try new things all with the support of our peers. Overall, very stimulating’.

Isabella Hillier Year 8


Well done girls and a special thank you to Roberto Jorquera from ICT and Paula Middlebrook from Diverse Learning who assisted me on the day.


Mrs Robyn Roffey

Diverse Learning



Weekend Update

Two very important items for all our families ahead of this weekend:

COVID-19 Restrictions: Some venues are operating under modified restrictions whilst the standing order is in place from the NSW Government across this weekend.

All IGSA Basketball fixtures being played indoors will require spectators to be wearing masks at all times. Please note players are not required to wear masks when playing.

We recommend that all spectators carry masks with them to venues this weekend, and please remember to sign in with the QR codes, maintain a 1.5m distance between spectators and always follow the instructions of school or venue staff.

Wet Weather: with the drenching Sydney has received over the past 72 hours, some venues may not be playable on Saturday morning. Please make sure you’re checking your respective Venue Closure information source before leaving home tomorrow – even if it’s a sunny day, the fields may still be waterlogged and unplayable.

Please make sure you check the relevant wet weather sites for any news regarding cancellations.

IGSA Sports:
IPSHA Sports: via the IPSHA Sport App – search for ‘IPSHA’ in the App Store
HDNA Netball:

Term 3 Sport Nominations

Today was the final day for Term 3 Sports nominations. Secondary students have the opportunity to nominate for IGSA Hockey, IGSA Netball, Rugby 7’s and Cheerleading, and Primary students have been able to nominate for IPSHA AFL or IPSHA Touch Football.

Please note:

  • If your daughter is participating in Hills Netball this season, she does not need to re-nominate for Hills Netball in Term 3.
  • If your daughter has been participating in the Secondary Cheerleading program in Term 2, she will need to submit a nomination for Term 3.

All nominations will be confirmed by email next week. If your daughter has not yet submitted a nomination but would like to nominate for a Term 3 sport, please contact the Sport Department ASAP.

Term 3 Activity nominations will go out later in the Term.

IGSA Cross Country

Today was supposed to be the big day for our distance runners, however Mother Nature once again intervened, so the IGSA Cross Country Championships have been postponed to Friday 14 May. I’ll have a full wrap of that event in next fortnight’s newsletter.

Swimming & Diving

On the 26th and 27th April, we had our top swimmers competing at the 2021 NSWCIS Swimming and Diving Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. We had representation across a huge range of relays and individual events and relays, and the results were sensational! Every girl who competed qualified to go through to NSW All Schools later this year. There was even further great news for Maddison Hinds (Year 10) who was awarded the Mary Webster Multi Class Swimmer of the Meet, and Tilly King (Year 11) who broke the Intermediate 100m Breaststroke record!

GOLD (1st)

Maddison Hinds (Year 10)
16 and Over 50 Freestyle MC
12 – 19 years 50 Backstroke MC
12 – 19 years 50 Breaststroke MC
12 – 19 years 50 Butterfly MC
12 – 19 years 100 Freestyle MC
11 – 19 years 100 Backstroke MC

Tilly King (Year 11)
16 years 50m Breaststroke
15-16 years 100m Breaststroke (New NSWCIS Record)
15-16 years 200m Breaststroke

SILVER (2nd)

Senior Girls 4X50m Medley Relay
Abbey Williamson (Year 12), Kate Law-Whitting (Year 12), Abby Feurtado (Year 12) and Tilly King (Year 11)

Cordelia Stephen (Year 10)
15 years 50m Backstroke

Lily Whalan (Year 7)
2nd under 13 Springboard

BRONZE (3rd)

Senior Girls 4X50m Freestyle Relay
Meghan Andren (Year 11), Kate Law-Whitting (Year 12), Abby Feurtado (Year 12) and Tilly King (Year 11)

Regan Garufi (Year 8)
12-14 years 200m Butterfly

Hayley Kable (Year 11)
15-16 years 200m Backstroke

Kate Law-Whitting (Year 12)
17-19 years 100m Freestyle

Cordelia Stephen (Year 10)
15-16 years 100m Backstroke

Representative Team Selection News


Sophie Fanning (Year 10)– Selected for IGSA 16 & Under Rep Hockey Team – Played at NSWCIS championship at Pennant Hills Park. Outstanding effort!

Sigourney Berkery (Year 12) – Selected for IGSA Open Rep Hockey Team – To play at NSWCIS Championships at Pennant Hills Park on Monday 17 May. Good Luck!


Jodie Drever (Year 10) & Ruth Hosie (Year 9) – Selected for IGSA Open Representative Football Team – will play at the NSWCIS Football Championships on 31st May & 1st June. We wish them both the best of luck.


Skye Halmarick (Year 8) – selected for the NSW CIS Representative U/15’s. Great job, Sky!


Congratulations to Tilly King (Year 11) who has been selected in the Swimming NSW Performance Pathway Squad after a successful campaign at the 2021 Australian Swimming Championships last month on the Gold Coast.

Loreto Sports Girl: Lily Whalan, Year 7

Current sport/activity: Springboard diving

Favourite school sport/activity: After one term at Loreto I’ve tried cross country and hockey which I like, and I’m looking forward to trying touch footy next!

Highest level of sporting achievement: In the holidays I competed at the club nationals for Diving in Brisbane and my syncro partner and I won the gold medal which we were pretty proud of.

Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: Being able to represent my school at IGSA and CIS diving this year.

Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: Watching Rhiannan Iffland the world champion cliff diver do some impressive tricks at the country diving championships in Wauchope.

Best subject at school: I really like English and Food Tech, because I also love reading and cooking.

Any superstitions before playing sports: Yes, lots! I have a lucky pair of swimmers for diving and a special hairband that I continuously lose at the bottom of the pool.

Best tune to listen to before competing: I like to listen to Rise up by Beyoncé on my way to training and competitions.

Wet Weather Information

IGSSA Sports:
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.

Who to see about what?

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

Mr Matt Mulroney

Mrs Kristie Greville

Mrs Emily Wood

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


Mr Stephen Charters

Mr David Brock

Mr Ian Edmunds

Mrs Laura Bryan

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

Correct Sport Uniform

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

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


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

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

If you’re on Facebook, our page is at

If you’re on Instagram, follow us at the newly created @loretonhsport page.


Saturday Sports BBQ 

There will be no Sports BBQ this term.


Sport Contacts Term 2 2021



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

Parent Association

Parent Association

Dear Parents,

We hope your Term 2 is off to a good start.

Next Wednesday 12 May, the PAL Meeting for Term 2 is on in the Gonzaga Barry Centre, Room 1.02 at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and hear about the upcoming events and plans for the Parent Association.

Please email Jane Dalton, PAL President if you would like to attend –

We were delighted to see so many parents and friends gather at two of our recent events, the Year 9 Parent Night and the Year 11 Parent Night. Enjoy these photos of the festivities!

Upcoming Events

Please note that all events are subject to the Covid-19 Public Health Orders and recommendations at the time of the event. The School will contact guests 24 hours prior to each event with information including to, but not limited to, parking, check-in and other information. We thank you for your patience and understanding.


Normanhurst/Kirribilli Morning Tea

Wednesday, 12 May – 10.30am
Loreto Normanhurst – Level 3, Gonzaga Barry Centre

Please join us for the annual Normanhurst/Kirribilli Morning Tea on Wednesday 12 May. We are delighted that the event can be held this year and thrilled to confirm that the guest speaker is one of our very own alumnae, Kirsty Robertson (’95), CEO of Caritas Australia. While we gratefully acknowledge Loreto Kirribilli as the official host of the event, due to space considerations at Loreto Kirribilli, the event will be held at Loreto Normanhurst this year.

All Loreto Normanhurst parents are warmly invited to join us for this special event between our schools.

Click HERE to RSVP


Year 6 Parent Drinks

Friday 14 May – 7.30pm
Hotel Pennant Hills

Please join fellow Year 6 Parents for a casual drinks and dinner next Friday 14 May from 7.30pm at the Hotel Pennant Hills. We hope you can join us!

Click HERE for invitation


Alumnae/Current Parent Morning Tea

Friday 21 May – 8am
Chapel & Reception Room

Alumnae who are current parents are warmly invited to Friday Communion with your daughter in the Chapel followed by morning tea in the Reception Room. Please extend this invitation to any current parents who you know are alumnae of other Loreto Schools.

Click HERE for invitation

To RSVP, please email


City/Country Mothers’ Weekend Away

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd May

We were blown away by the response to this popular event with the event selling out in a matter of hours. But the good news is we have managed to organise some additional tickets for the various events across the weekend. Everyone who was on the waitlist has been emailed this week, so please check your emails so you don’t miss out!

If you missed out, click HERE to book your tickets

Click HERE for the invitation


Mother Daughter Lunch

Sunday 30 May – 1pm
Miramare Gardens, Terrey Hills

Wow! What a response we have received to this event! We have sold over 600 tickets to this popular event and we are looking forward to welcome mothers and daughters to Miramare Gardens on Sunday 30 May.

Tickets are still available, and we would love to see you there! Thank you for your support of this event!

Click HERE to book tickets

Click HERE for the Invitation


Loreto Normanhurst Fathers’ Sports Lunch

Friday 4 June – 12.30pm – 3:3pm
The Union Hotel, North Sydney

An invitation for this exciting new event will be sent out to families next week. There will be some fantastic prizes on offer, and we have secured a fantastic line up of guest speakers. As this is a new event, a smaller venue has been booked and there are limited tickets for sale. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Loreto Normanhurst Bursary (Welfare) Fund.

Enquiries – Preston Foster –

Save The Date

Year 9 Fathers’ Drinks
Friday 28th May

More information about this event will be sent out shortly! We hope you can join us!


Year 7 Parent Social Night – End of Term Drinks
Thursday 17 June – 6.30pm – The Lounge, 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. Further information about this event will be sent out to all Year 7 parents next week.



Careers Week

A big thank you to those students who were involved in the Loreto Normanhurst Careers Week!

Please see below for pictures of some of our events. Highlights included almost 20 guest speakers for our Year 11 Career Exploration morning, the ‘Careers in Medicine Market’ and a Paramedicine demonstration from UTAS.

Congratulations to Lucy Perosin who won our Careers Week Competition of finding the strangest profession online and thank you to all students who discussed whether you could guess someone’s career by their shoes!


LN Careers Activities @ School 

UTS Co-op Scholarship Talk

Are you interested in working and studying at the same time? Come along to the LRC on Monday to find out more about Co-op scholarships at UTS and what they have to offer. You can also discover more about Co-op scholarships here.

Media Internship

Congratulations to our Year 11 students who are completing a media internship with the Australian Catholic Magazine next week. We look forward to seeing your articles!

Year 12 News

University Admissions Centre 

We were lucky enough to have a visit this week from Wendy Fisher from UAC (the University Admissions Centre) who chatted to the students regarding University applications.

As part of this session, we have encouraged all Year 12 students to read the newsletter, as well as explore their Morrisby, Study Work Grow, early entry applications and Careers Department subscriptions.

The presentation from UAC can be found here via the careers canvas page.

Co-op Scholarships Guide

Co-op scholarships aren’t just ordinary scholarships. They often come with lots of great extras, including mentoring and leadership opportunities, work experience and internships, guaranteed accommodation, special events, and much more.

This guide contains a comprehensive list of all the co-op scholarships available across Australia.

Bond University Scholarships

Bond University Scholarships for 2022 entry are now open. More details on the edibility and requirements for each scholarship can be found on their website.

We encourage Year 12 students to apply for any and all 2022 Scholarships for which they may be eligible. They simply need to follow these steps:

  1. Submit a Bond study application here 
  2. Submit a Bond scholarship application here 

Early Entry Update

The following early entry programs are now open (please note this list is not exhaustive, so please ensure you are aware of the dates that your desired program closes)

Australian National University (ANU) – closing soon!

International College of Management (Manly)

Charles Sturt University Advantage

Avondale College

University of New England

Notre Dame University

Please make an appointment to see Careers for more information.

Sydney University Year 12 information evening

Get a feel for the Sydney University campus, speak with current students and find out about university entry, scholarships, study options and more at the Sydney University information evening for Year 12 students and their parents/carers. Click here to join the session.

This is an ideal opportunity to explore your options and ask any questions you have about the next steps to joining the Sydney community next year.

Exploring Career Paths

Register for the 2021 Year13 Expo

Careers has registered senior students to opt in to attend Year13’s Expo 2021. If you are unsure or have not heard of Year 13, you may like to click HERE to read up about what they can offer you as a senior student and beyond the HSC.

 As a Loreto Normanhurst student, you are able to use this unique link to register and attend the expo during 17 – 19 May. All students will need a Year13 account to access the expo. Once you register via the above link you will receive an automated email to verify your new account. If you already have an account with Year13, you can RSVP directly for this expo.

myfuture Webinar 

Join this webinar on Tuesday 18th May at 1pm (AEST) for an introduction to myfture. This website is a key resource for those keen to explore career options. Register for the webinar via this link.

Explore VET options with myfuture

VET provides flexible training and qualification pathways to a wide range of occupations. To help equip students with information to support their exploration of VET, myfuture have recently compiled links to a range of key VET resources and organisations to access this page please click HERE.

Australian Catholic Uni (ACU) Events

  • Moving Away from Home webinar – Tuesday 15 June 2021, 6 – 7pm. Register for the event HERE
  • Talk with Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists and Physiotherapists – Wednesday 6 October 2021, 6 – 7pm. Register for the event HERE

Top universities for Tourism and Hospitality

Australian Careers Service (ACS) looks at the top universities for tourism and hospitality. For their findings, please click HERE

Overseas Study – Oxford and Cambridge admissions webinar

The session will take place on Wednesday 12 May from 6.00pm to 7.00pm (Eastern Standard Time) via Zoom. This session is especially for Australian students.

The aim of the session is for Australian Year 10 to 12 students and parents to have the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into what living and studying at Oxford and Cambridge is like. You will gain an understanding of how both universities assess applications and have the opportunity to ask Oxford and Cambridge Admissions any questions.

To register for the webinar, click here.

Skillsone – Digital Parents Showcase

We hope you have had a chance to view the video from Skillsone – The Digital Parents Showcase. If not, the video will be available HERE until May 31.

SkillsOne will be hosting a video panel discussion with industry representatives and ambassadors on Tuesday 11th May. They will answer your questions on apprenticeships, traineeships, school-based apprenticeships, and traineeships (SBATs), industry trends and post school career pathways.

Date: Tuesday 11th May

Time: 6-7pm

Location to watch: SkillsOne Facebook page (the video discussion will be live streamed to Facebook).

Questions: Submit questions in advance by emailing them to

Interesting Reads

Skills vs. Attributes on Your Resume

What’s the difference, and why does it matter?

While there are a few crossovers, there’s an essential difference between your skills and your attributes that’s worth noting – especially for your resume!

  • Attributes are qualities you might naturally have. Perhaps you’re a naturally chatty person or have strong resilience.
  • Skills are things you’ve learnt through work, training or education, or life experience. Skills are tangible and can be backed up by qualifications and real-life examples.

Put it this way: having the right skills on your resume will help you land the interview, and demonstrating the right attributes at the interview can help you land the job! Read the full blog HERE

9 STEM jobs you can get with a VET qualification

Most people think you need to go to university if you want to work in STEM – but there are heaps of STEM careers out there you can do without having to go to uni.
Careers with STEM has put together a video showcasing 9 cool careers in STEM you can do with a VET qualification.

Student Opportunities

2021 Young Justice Program

The Young Justice program offers high school students a valuable opportunity to explore, learn and discuss law and justice issues with inspiring experts and legal professionals.

The Young Justice program is designed for students in Years 10 and 11, and will take place on Tuesday 31 August 2021 in Sydney.

During the program, students will:

  • Explore three very different types of legal careers presented by young legal professionals.
  • Learn and apply legal problem-solving skills in a case sentencing workshop before a real-life Judicial Officer.
  • Discuss the importance of the rule of law and its relation to contemporary issues in Australia and around the world.

If you or your daughter is interested in this program, please email us at We are able to select up to 10 students from Years 10 or 11 to participate in the Program. It is recommended that we select students who have demonstrated an interest in social justice issues and pursuing a career in the legal profession.

Further Information

The Program aims to:

  • Promote interaction between schools
  • Develop legal problem-solving skills
  • Improve debating and public speaking skills
  • Build engagement and interest in contemporary legal issues
  • Provide insight into the legal profession and career pathways

Cost: $40.00 per student


Anna Booth from AFLSportsReady visited the school last Wednesday as part of our Careers Week and Year 11 Exploration Morning. AFLSportsReady offers traineeships in several areas including Sports Administration, IT Support, Business Admin. Over the past 6 months, AFLSportsReady have been delivering regular webinars providing an insight into traineeships.

The webinar recordings and registration for upcoming webinars can be accessed HERE.

AFLSportsReady also regularly send out a Hot Jobs email promoting their current traineeship opportunities. Students and parents can receive this by registering HERE.

They do recruit and commence trainees year round, however, the majority of recruitment occurs between October – January.

*Please note this may be more relevant for students who have left school.

New Virtual Work Experiences from Grandshake

Want to delve into your dream career? Well now you can, without even having to leave the house.
Grandshake has opened two more exciting Virtual Work Experience opportunities: Junior Environmental Planner and Junior Digital Engineer. If you want a taste of these careers, you can sign up for free. Check out Grandshake’s other Virtual Work Experience programs on offer HERE


Westpac Young Technology Scholarship

  1. Do you think technology has the power to help people and the planet?
  2. Are you considering studying at university next year?
  3. Would you like a network of awesome people around you to help you succeed?

If the answer is yes, check out the Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship. Designed to support high school leavers who are passionate about exploring technology, the scholarship includes $15,000 over three years to go towards your undergraduate studies and a stack of incredible development opportunities. There are 35 scholarships up for grabs each year.

2016 scholarship recipient and UTS graduate, Amy Robertson wasn’t considering studying technology until a few weeks before degree preferences closed. Six years on, she hasn’t looked back. Read more about her experiences regarding tech, scholarships, graduate programs, and the unexpected opportunities of working for a big bank.

Visit Westpac Scholars Trust to find out about the five universities who offer the scholarship, what courses are applicable and the eligibility criteria. Applications for 2022 scholarships open in August. Register your interest today.

Defence University Sponsorship

How does having your uni fees paid for, as well as a guaranteed job, a wage while you study, subsidised accommodation, and more sound?
You can get all these perks with a Defence University Sponsorship. In return, you will join the Defence Force, where a guaranteed job will be waiting for you when you graduate.

Find out all about Defence University Sponsorship here.

Student Competitions

2021 UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing

Students in years 7-10 from across Australia are invited to enter the UNSW Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing.
The 2021 theme is “The STEM in Everyday Life”. In 800 words, explain the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) behind something that’s part of your everyday life and important to you, your family, your culture, or your region.
Entries are open until Friday 27 August.

Find out more HERE 

Knox Grammar School – Careers Expo

Knox Grammar School would like to invite students from Years 10 to 12 and their parents to their annual Careers Night on Tuesday 25th May 2021 from 6pm.

This is a free event open to all members of our community. No bookings required. To ensure we are keeping our community COVID safe, Knox requires all attendees to check in by scanning the QR codes outside the Great Hall prior to entering the exhibition.

Careers Online Resources

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

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

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

  1. ‘Study Work Grow’ – has a wonderful catalogue of events across Australia, plus wonderful guides on various topics, such as early entry, medicine and much more. It is recommended that Year 11 and 12 students should be subscribing to events of their interest area. Click here and scroll down to the ‘Use your unique school code’ section and enter the code LRNH19
  2. ‘The Career Department’- focuses on providing students with a comprehensive view of all industries and career paths, through excellent videos, articles, and snapshots. Click here and use the School login: Loreto Normanhurst and password: LNH


Katrina Smith and Alexi Kayes

Careers Advisors 

Cherrybrook Metro Shuttle Bus

Cherrybrook Metro Shuttle Bus

In addition to our other transport options, and in support of our Green Travel Plan, we launched the Cherrybrook Metro shuttle bus. We encourage you to use this service which is currently free and in operation now.

This service is open to all students and staff at Loreto Normanhurst and 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 contact the Deputy Principal’s Office at

Please note the following:

  • Students need to be at the Cherrybrook Metro/Slip Road at the times listed below.
  • Please note the arrival times are approximations and will be dependent on traffic conditions.

The schedule below outlines the shuttle service times:

Departing from


Arrival at Loreto

Cherrybrook Metro



Cherrybrook Metro






Departing from


Arrival at Cherrybrook

Loreto Normanhurst



Loreto Normanhurst



Loreto Normanhurst




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.