Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model
Our unique and robust, award-winning, Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM) develops students with integrity and courage to create change in the world. The LNSGM focuses on the development of students in a holistic sense, utilising the key areas of Faith, Academic, Community and Extra-curricular (FACE Curriculum) to focus on individual student growth. A Loreto Normanhurst education assists our students to be young women who are passionate about learning, compassionate to others and have a strong sense of faith and social direction that guides their decision making and underpins their values to achieve their personal best. We aim to encourage our students to be lifelong learners who are curious and critical thinkers with a broad vision for the future.
At the centre of our approach is … growing individuals and communities … where relationships and learning are of equal importance. All students work in partnership with teachers and faculties and together provide a student-centred learning model. The curriculum meets all the requirements of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and, in addition, includes our bespoke subject, Integrated Learning. This subject has a skills focus with an emphasis on cross-curricular priorities. It is delivered in flexible open learning spaces facilitated by a team of dynamic teachers from different discipline areas.
Advisors and Tutors
All students in the school from 7-12 have an Advisor or Tutor who cares for them each day and gets to know them as a whole person. Students are encouraged to see learning as involving all elements of the person: her faith, academic, community and extra-curricular connections which make for some very exciting learning opportunities that will better equip our students for life.
The Student Conversation provides an opportunity for Advisors / Tutors to connect with students in their care on a regular basis, building a critical learning relationship which assists the student in developing an understanding and ability to articulate her learning.
Student Conversations are designed to provide a forum for students to:
- Practice and understand the ‘Language of Growth’
- Reflect on their learning across all of the FACE dimensions and all aspects of the curriculum
- Be challenged to achieve the best standard of which they are capable across all areas
- Discuss the challenges and dilemmas they face in their learning
These conversations assist Loreto Normanhurst students to be purposeful learners and young women who are quietly confident.