The Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model is an award-winning model of education which is innovative and dynamic and which fosters critical thinking, curiosity, and joy in learning – an education which prepares a Loreto girl for an exciting and challenging future.
At Loreto Normanhurst we strive to provide a holistic education that assists our students to be young women who will be passionate about learning, compassionate to others and have a strong sense of social direction. We aim to encourage our students to be life-long 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 Board of Studies and, in addition, includes Integrated Learning. This subject has a skills focus with an emphasis on extra-curricular content. It is delivered in flexible open learning spaces facilitated by a team of dynamic teachers from different disciplines.
One element in the LNSGM is the Year 9 Experience. All students are involved in a two week “Far North Queensland (Outreach) Experience”. During the two weeks the girls perform Community Service, interact with indigenous communities, undertake excursion activities, and the students are challenged to step out of their comfort zone.
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 outfit our students for life in the twenty-first century.
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.