Loreto in the Media

2018

Loreto Normanhurst planning for a successful future

MAXIMUM flexibility and optimum use of facilities would confidently support the education of students into the future…More

Source:  The Land, May 2018

bonding with the bard

THE chance to work with Shakespeare specialists is just one of many opportunities offered to drama students at Loreto Normanhurst …More

Source:  The Australian Country Magazine, May/June 2018

jillian kilby class of 2001 wins 2018 rural women’s award

Alumni Jillian Kilby (’01) recently won the 2018 Rural Women’s Award for her work in helping regional start-ups become commercial successes – particularly women living in rural, regional and remote Australia….More

Source:  Western Magazine, 11 April 2018

 

2017

sports stars 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to two of our Sports Stars at Loreto Normanhurst…More

Source:  The Catholic Weekly Sports Stars, November 2017

STUDENTS AND MUMS IN CAMBODIAN CHALLENGE

Ride to oppose human trafficking

SEVEN Loreto Normanhurst students and their mothers will travel to Cambodia alongside not-for-profit organisation, Project Futures, to cycle 400kms and raise awareness about human trafficking…More

Source:  Hornsby Advocate, 27 April 2017

LORETO NORMANHURST CELEBRATES 120 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE  IN GIRL’S EDUCATION

“IT HAD BEEN raining, but just as the nuns arrive at the site, the sun burst through the clouds and formed a beautiful rainbow over the estate. Rev. Mother gave voice to her delight; her quest was over.” This reflection…More

Source:  The Catholic Weekly, 5 March 2017

 

2016

let those doing hsc know you are with them – all the way through

September marked nine years since my Year 12 Graduation from Mount Saint Joseph, Milperra. I loved school. Despite not being the most studious or academic student, I delved deep into all aspects of school life…More

Source:  The Catholic Weekly, 3 November 2016

INDIGENOUS STUDENTS ATTEND SCIENCE CAMP

Two Indigenous students have had the chance to show their science skills and knowledge at the Asian Science Camp in Bangalore, India.  Krishna Valadian, from Darwin High School, and  Brittany Abraham, from Loreto Normanhurst in Sydney attended the camp…More

Source:  Koori Mail, 19 October 2016

Overcoming toxic perfectionism in teenagers

Here’s a quick test: If your teenage daughter makes a mistake in her written work does she cross it out; erase it and keep going;  or does she rip out the whole page and start over…More

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 October 2016

The ‘stuff ’ of life is hands-on

The rise of DIY culture has been steady over the past 10 years, from humble home renovation to historic barn conversation, master chefs to junior chefs, shark tank entrepreneurship to Lord  of the Flies-esque survival in the wild…More

Source:  The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 July 2015

In 1903 trains were hired just for a local fete or concert

In the early days of the 20th Century, people in the area largely made their own entertainment. Occasionally, something special was staged and this was true of events held at Loreto Convent at Normanhurst…More

Source: Hornsby Advocate, 22 June 2016

HERITAGE OF LORETO DATES BACK TO 1897 WHEN NUNS INVITED TO SYDNEY

One of the earliest of the private schools in our area was Loreto at Normanhurst. The foundation stone for its building on the hill above Old Hornsby was blessed by Right Rev Dr Higgins…More

Source:  Hornsby Advocate,  16 June 2016

LOCAL  SCHOOLGIRL TAKES UP OLYMPIC DREAM TO TRIAL FOR RIO GAMES

IT is the dream of every competitive athlete, to trial for an Olympic Games — but for one local swimming star that dream became reality…More

Source:  Hornsby Advocate, 19 May 2016

lora’s still in the running

By day she supports Loreto Normanhurst students, by night she is an elite athlete training for her Olympic debut. Lora Storey, 26, is hoping to make Australia’s Rio Olympics team later this year in the 800m sprint. She is currently competing in events across the US. …More

Source: Hornsby Advocate, 12 May 2016

Drama Queens

Loreto Normanhurst School for girls on Sydney’s North Shore is a breeding ground for budding actors… More

Source: Australian Country Magazine, Mar 2016

Loreto Normanhurst celebrates the Year of Felicity

Over four hundred years ago, Mary Ward, the Foundress of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, left us a sure and certain pathway into authentic Christian spirituality and living… More

Source: The Catholic Weekly, Mar 2016

Modern Ladies take a Leap out of Men’s Book

Tradition dictates that once every four years, a woman can ask a man to marry her rather than wait for him to go down on bended knee… More

Source: The Daily Telegraph, Feb 2016; Loreto Normanhurst ex-students featured.

Loreto Normanhurst celebrates outstanding year in HSC 

Thirteen Loreto Normahurst students made the All-Rounders list, gaining Band 6 marks in 10 or more units of study… More

Source: The Catholic Weekly, Feb 2016

Loreto tops tables again

Once again Loreto Normanhurst has secured its position as the top Catholic school in NSW following its HSC results… More

Source: The Hornsby Advocate, Jan 2016

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2015

Girls win award

Loreto Normanhurst students Ruby Duncan and Ella Gray travelled to Melbourne recently to receive their first place award in the National Mathematics Talent Quest… More

Source: The Hornsby Advocate, Nov 2015

Maddy makes her mark

A love of ponies wasn’t just a passing phase for year 9 Loreto Normanhurst student Maddy Nelson… More

Source: The Hornsby Advocate, Nov 2015

District Court Judge Kate Traill brings empathy and experience to child sexual assault trials

Judge Kate Traill keeps a watchful eye on the small figure giving harrowing evidence from a remote room… More

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, Oct 2015

Mob motivation an aid to realising potential

Stacy Treacy in determined to improve the quality of education for indigenous students in Western Australia’s east Kimberley region… More

Source: The Australian, Oct 2015

chasing her dream

A multi-award winning Australian songwriter and musician, Katie has recently been nominated for the 2015 Hollywood Music in Media Award, and is on her way to Hollywood for the event to be held later in the year… More

Source: Western Advocate, Aug 2015

Loreto Normanhurst student Ciara Murphy tackling domestic violence

Ciara Murphy is tackling the issue of domestic violence… More

Source: The Hornsby Advocate, Aug 2015

Generations at elite schools put ‘mater’ in alma maters

Anne Nicol and her sister attended Loreto Normanhurst and in part because of Anne’s happy school years, she and her husband, Don, enrolled their eldest daughter, Georgia (now 20), at the school… More

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, Aug 2015

HSC Study Guide 2015 – Community and Family Studies

This course is all about exploring life issues. It’s a chance to investigate the unique contributions individuals, groups, families and communities play in society… More

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, June 2015

Making a difference – student alliance networking group, nsw

In 2014, under the umbrella of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia, a Student Alliance was formed with the vision of connecting girls from girls’ schools across Sydney to share their thoughts and discuss issues of concern to them… More

Source: In Alliance, May 2015

Loreto Normanhurst Primary School Re-opening

On Friday 20 March, Loreto Normanhurst in Sydney celebrated the re-opening of its Primary School, almost thirty years after the closure of what was then called the Loreto Normanhurst Junior School… More

Source: Loreto Networker, April 2015

Girls see stairway to sevens

Sports-mad school girls got a taste of life at the top as the Women’s Rugby Sevens team trained ahead of a crunch match in the USA… More

Source: Hornsby Advocate, March 2015

Texts at their fingertips

Forgetting to bring your textbook to class is no longer a problem for students at Loreto Normanhurst… More

Source: Hornsby Advocate, February 2015

2014 hsc achievers

At Loreto Normanhurst, and in all Loreto schools across Australia, we speak of ‘Loreto Values’. Mary Ward, the school’s foundress, spoke of these values or virtues often… More

Source:  Catholic Weekly, February 2015

school enjoys second year as state’s finest

Loreto Normanhurst has been been named the top Catholic school in NSW for the second year running… More

Source: Hornsby Advocate, January 2015

WONDERFUL for a non-selective school

Loreto Normanhurst has been ranked as the top Catholic School in NSW for the third time in four years… More

Source: The Catholic Weekly, January 2015

 

2014

New york new york

“Before I left home, what I knew of Sydney is that it is a city where every corner you turn, there is a familiar strett, like an add-on to your back garden, where the sun warms the people’s skin and its evident art is a huge movement that transforms the city every day… More

Source: Independence (an AHISA publication), December 2014

Remote communities teach students about life and leadership

Almost every school in NSW has a social-justice program raising funds and awareness for disadvantaged communities, but while many traditionally have been focused overseas, new initiatives connecting students and indigenous people in remote parts of Australia and starting social entrepreneurship programs are also gaining momentum… More

Source:  Sydney Morning Herald, October 2014

School Sports Star Team

The Loreto Normanhurst Athletics Team had an exceptional 2014 season with some outstanding results in IGSSA, NSWCIS, and the NSW All Schools Carnivals… More

Source: The Catholic Weekly, November 2014

School Sports Star (individual)

Ginger Soames is an exceptional equestrian rider who has competed in a number of Interschool Challenges in 2014… More

Source: The Catholic Weekly, November 2014

School Sports Star (individual)

Zara Allen was selected to play hockey for the U13’s Central Coast side, which she captained to a Division 3 Championship win at the 2014 NSW Hockey Championships… More

Source: The Catholic Weekly, November 2014

Women of Influence

Loreto Normanhurst has recently received some exciting news about the recognition of ex-students Catherine Livingstone, Stephanie Lorenzo and Sarah Buggy for their distinguished achievements in their chosen industries… More

Source: Loreto Networker, October 2014

Investing in innovation for school’s lifelong learners

Barbara Watkins, principal at Loreto Normanhurst, an independent girls’ school in New South Wales, knows this all too well.

To encourage a thirst for knowledge in their staff, the school implemented Loreto 5, an innovative professional development program in 2001, and according to Watkins there’s been no looking back… More

Source: Education HQ, August 2014

Supporting Australia’s Refugees

Loreto Normanhurst in Sydney has been delighted to welcome Ambreen Shah onto its staff. Ambreen will work at the school during term two as part of Work and Welcome, a program that was initiated in Queensland… More

Source: Loreto Networker, June 2014

Stem Support

Several years ago Loreto Normanhurst identified a reluctance in students to choose a career in mathematics or science. We believed our students were missing significant career opportunities, particularly at a time when there was a commitment from many industries to improve the numbers of women in STEM careers through scholarships, traineeships, internships and other programs… More

Source: Independence Journal Vol. 39 No. 1, May 2014

Australian women’s rugby sevens team visit loreto normanhurst before amsterdam showdown 

Australia’s women’s sevens team were put through their paces at Loreto Normanhurst last week, training before an enthusiastic audience of schoolgirls… More

Source: The Daily Telegraph, May 2014

if I were pm? these two have their speeches ready

Jerome Pang, 18, and Riarna Milgate, 12, are hopeful their generation will yield Australia’s first indigenous prime minister… More

Source: The Australian, March 2014

good luck IN SOCHI, TORI PENDERGAST! 

Victoria (Tori) Pendergast (Class of 2009), will be competing in the Sochi Winter Paralympics 2014.

Click here to view the school’s ‘hero-gram’ message for Tori.

Click here to view Tori’s message to Loreto Normanhurst.

the path forged by mary ward

The story of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary began just over 400 years ago, in 1609 – a story founded on the love of one woman for God, consumed with a passion to give herself entirely to God… More

Source:  Catholic Weekly, March 2014

Softball ace’s journey to the mound

Ellen Roberts (Class of 2009)

This season, the softball team started out with a 4-5 record while working in several first-time starters at key positions. One peice that has been a constant for the Tigers is starting pitcher Ellen Roberts… More

Source:  The Daily Helmsman, February 2014

CHANCE OF A LIFETIME

The sky’s the limit for Riarna Milgate, who’s studying at one of Sydney’s best schools.

Riarna Milgate’s family lives in Coonabarabran, in western NSW. It’s about 450 kilometres and a whole world away from Loreto Normanhurst, the girls boarding school in Sydney which Riarna attends… More

Source:  Australian Women’s Weekly, February 2014

SCHOOL TO OPEN PRIMARY

Loreto Normanhurst is eagerly looking forward to reopening a primary school in 2015… More

Source:  Hornsby Advocate, February 2014

WARATAHS’ MATCH PROGRAM

On the current Official Match Program for the first home game of the NSW Waratahs: Loreto Normanhurst students with Kurtley Beale, photo taken during the Waratahs Training Session held at Loreto Normanhurst last November.… More

Source: Waratahs’ Official Match Program, February 2014

ALL A-BOARD

Each January, country families from across NSW pack up a term’s worth of uniforms, linen and school supplies and make the journey to boarding schools across Sydney… More

Source:  The Catholic Weekly, February 2014

MUSIC TO PRINCIPAL’S EARS

Loreto Normanhurst principal Barbara Watkins has congratulated students on their “Wonderful” HSC results… More

Source:  Hornsby Advocate, January 2014

LORETO SHOWS THE WAY

Loreto Normanhurst student Suzannah Dewhurst topped the state in Music 1 in the 2013 HSC at the state’s top Catholic school… More

Source:  The Catholic Weekly, January 2014

 

2013

FIVE NORTHERN DISTRICT STUDENTS TOP STATE IN HSC COURSES

Suzanna Dewhurst (Class of 2013)

Five students who completed their Higher School Certificate in the northern district have achieved first place in NSW in one of their chosen subjects… More

Source:  News Local, December 2013

EIGHT STUDENTS FROM HORNSBY SCHOOL FINISH FIRST IN COURSE AS HSC RESULTS ARE RELEASED

Suzanna Dewhurst (Class of 2013)

The results are in and Hornsby’s HSC studnets have excelled across the board, topping the state in several courses… More

Source:  News Local, December 2013

JUNIOR SPORTS STAR FINALISTS

Ysabel Say & Eliza Harvey

Two Loreto Normanhurst students have been named as Finalists in the News Local Junior Sports Star Competition… More

Source:  News Local, December 2013

LORETO NORMANHURST – PASSIONATE PROBLEM SOLVERS

Students have been invloved in the Future Problem Solving (FPS) Program since 1992 with much success, winning at both national and international level… More

Source:  Living Local Guide, December 2013

PARALYMPIC SKI NEWCOMER TORI PENDERGAST SETTING HER SIGHTS ON WINNING A MEDAL AT SOCHI

Tori Pendergast (Class of 2008)

She hurtles down mountains at 80km/h but it’s not a career-threatening high-speed stack Winter Paralympian Tori Pendergast has nightmares about – it’s her alarm clock… More

Source:  Courier Mail, November 2013

JUNIORS MAKE THEIR MARK

Elizabeth Clay (Class of 2012)

It was a big day at SOPAC on Saturday in round 4 competition of the Treloar Shield with six athletes reaching seven World Junior Championships qualifying standards… More

Source: www.nswathletics.org.au, November 2013

YSABEL REAPS HER REWARDS

Hornsby Heights teenager Ysabel Say knows about sacrifice.  The 13-year-old  who holds two national badminton titles… More

Source: Hornsby Advocate, October 2013

MEDICAL STUDENT SOPHIE PAYTEN, AKA GORDI, COMBINES UNIVERSITY STUDY WITH DREAMS OF POP STARDOM

Sophie Payten (Class of 2010)

A 20-year old medical student with a penchant for songwriting could be set to become Sydney’s very own singing surgeon…. More

Source: Daily Telegraph / News Local, October 2013

LORETO ALUMNI STEPHANIE LORENZO NOMINATED FOR YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

A former Loreto Normanhurst student is changing the lives of women and children who have been sold into prostitution in Cambodia.

For her tireless work with sex slave survivors, Stephanie Lorenzo has been nominated… More

Source: Daily Telegraph / News Local, August 2013

LORETO NORMANHURST TEACHERS ON RADIO NATIONAL

Ms Kerry McCullough (School Chaplain), and Mrs Elizabeth Webster (Head of Religious Education), speak about their work at Loreto Normanhurst, with Dr Rachel Kohn on the ABC Radio National Program The Spirit of Things.

Click here to listen to an excerpt (mp3).

Click here for more information and to listen the entire program.

Source: ABC Radio, August 2013

A VERY BALANCED EDUCATION

Jillian Kilby grew up on a farm in north-west New South Wales near Coonamble, and attended Loreto Normanhurst as a boarder… More

Source:  The Land, August 2013

COMPETITION FUELS ELIZA

The last-lap bell is music to Eliza Harvey’s ears.

“I like hearing that bell, it feels like I’m almost finished,” she said… More

Source: News Local, June 2013

OPENING OF THE GONZAGA BARRY CENTRE

Loreto Normanhurst celebrated the opening and blessing of the Gonzaga Barry Centre on Monday, 8 April 2013… More

Source: Living Local Guide, June 2013

SCHOOL SPORTS STAR TEAM

The Loreto Normanhurst Senior 1st Basketball Team finished the 2013 season as the top-placced Combined Schools (CIS) basketball team… More

Source: The Catholic Weekly

SCHOOL SPORTS STAR (INDIVIDUAL)

Holly Musgrave is an exceptional athlete excelling in both football and athletics… More

Source: The Catholic Weekly

SCHOOL SPORTS STAR (INDIVIDUAL)

Elizabeth Tonks was selected in the U16’s NSW Country State Team in 2012… More

Source: The Catholic Weekly

LORETO STUDENTS KNIT FOR GOOD CAUSE

Knitting might have passed by their parents’ generation but girls Loreto Normanhurst are making it cool again.

“We’re bringing it back in fashion,” Year 12 student Kate Vartulli said… More

Source: Hornsby Advocate, May 2013

SCHOOL HAS SPIRITUAL LINK TO NEW POPE

Catholics across the Hornsby-Ku-ring-gai district are celebrating the appointment of the new pope.

The appointment is particularly exciting for the Loreto Normanhurst community as one of their own is now leading the church… More

Source: Hornsby Advocate, March 2013

LORETO VALUES OF JUSTICE, SINCERITY AND FREEDOM

In a holistic approach to student development, the spiritual nature of the human person must be given necessary care and attention… More

Source:  Catholic Weekly, March 2013

 

2012

MATHS WIZ TESTS THEORY

Jessica Murray

If you were on a higher salary, would you be more motivated to generate more business for your company… More

Addtionally, read the Hornby Advocate article here.

Source: Hornsby Advocate, December 2012

NATION’S TOP PROBLEM SOLVERS

There is no problem too big for these students. Two teams of Loreto Normanhurst studnets wom first and second place at the 2012 National Future Problem Solving competition… More

Source: Northern District Times, December 2012 

UPDATE: WATERLOO’S JESSICA BREGENHOJ WINS MISS UNIVERSE DESIGN COMP

A local designer has been given the opportunity of a lifetime after her distinctive gown was selected to be worn by Australia’s Miss Universe… More

See her winning design here.

Source: November 2012

WOMEN’S INEQUALITY INSPIRES LORETO STUDENT IN RIGHTS FIGHT

At just 16, Lucy Tassell is already fighting for rights of women in the workforce… More

 Source: November 2012

STUDENTS LEARN FROM EX-SLAVE

Loreto Normanhurst played host of a high-school leadership event yesterday, welcoming students from across northern Sydney.

Its guest speaker was Somaly Mam, who was sold into slavery in Cambodia… More

Source: Northern District Times, November 2012

SCHOOL SPORTS STAR (INDIVIDUAL)

Stephanie Davis (Year 11) is the captain of the Loreto Normanhurst 1st 11 Football Team… More

Source: The Catholioc Weekly, November 2012

SCHOOL SPORTS STAR (TEAM)

The Loreto Normanhurst Rowing Squad of 2011/2012, comprised of 93 devoted student rowers, delivered the most successful rowing season in Loreto history… More

Source: The Catholioc Weekly, November 2012

SHAKESPEARE COMES TO LIFE IN NORMANHURST

Budding actors at Loreto Normanhurst were treated to a theatrical masterclass from one of Bell Shakespeare’s leading actors and directors earlier this year… More

Source:  Sydney Morning Herald, July 2012

A STROKE TOWARDS CHAMPIONSHIP

Eastwood rower Isabella Hogan jets off to Perth today to compete at the Australian Rowing Championships.

Isabella, 17, who is in Year 12 at Loreto Normanhurst, started rowing when she was 12… More

Source: The Norther District Times, March 2012

TAXING CALCULATION ADDS UP TO VICTORY

Not even Australia’s  government experts have been able to properly explain how the proposed carbon tax will affect the average Australian household.  But a Year 10 student from Loreto Normanhurst… More

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, March 2012

TOP CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN NSW

Loreto Normanhurst is now ranked the top Catholic school in NSW, and 21st among all schools in the state following outstanding HSC results… More

Source: Hornsby Advocate, January 2012

 

 

2011

CATTERNS SPRUIKS THE GIFT OF THE GAB

Popular radio presenter Angela Catterns hosted an oratory night at the school last month.  Ms Catterns encouraged Loreto students to be involved in debating and public speaking, and emphasised… More

Source:  Hornsby Advocate, April 2011

OUR LITTLE SECRET IS APPEARING AT THE ACOUSTIC JAM SESSION AT GRUMPYS BAR AND GRILL TERRIGAL

Grumpy’s Bar and Grill’s Acoustic Session on Thursday nights has become a platform for young talent since it opened some months ago…  More

Source: Central Coast Express Advocate, January 2011

 

2010   

FOR STAR LIFE’S A STAGE

The actor of Fame the Musical visted Loreto Normanhurst on November 5 to talk about his career.  Timomatic, aka Tim Omaji, performed for the students  and answered questions about rehearsals for Fame and the audition process… More  

 

WICKED ACT BUT GOOD DEEDS TOO

Building a hostel for schoolgirls in Nepal was the aim of this year’s Loreto Day.  The annual fundraising appeal organised by year 11 students, was held on June 4 and raised about $30,000… More

Source:  Hornsby Advocate, November 2010

BUILDING A BEAUT BUGGY

Sarah Fletcher hasn’t finished her HSC but already has designs on her future.  The 18-year-old has invented a buggy that helps lifesavers rescue swimmers in distress…  More

Source:  Daily Telegraph, October 2010

HEIDI HOPES TO REACH NETBALL’S HEIGHTS: JUNIOR SPORTS STAR

When Heidi Sfiligol was asked why she liked Netball, the 15-year-old found it hard to explain.  “Ummm I don’t know I just love it” she said, laughing…  More

Source:  June 2010

LORETO TO EXPAND

HORNSBY Council has approved a Normanhurst school’s request to increase its student population from 915 – 1150…
More

Source: Hornsby Advocate, June 2010

SPIRITUAL CONNECTION

Playing chess with a stranger for six hours or holding a concert for the elderly may seem unlikely experiences to engage teenagers…  More

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, May 2010