Loreto Normanhurst prides itself on being a school where all students can find a way to succeed in one or many areas.
The 'E' in our FACE Curriculum
Extra-curricular participation is a fundamental element of the FACE Curriculum (Faith, Academic, Community, Extra-curricular) inspiring students and assisting them in developing lifelong skills. We offer an extensive Extra-Curricular Program which equips our students with the ability to be innovative, creative, resilient and empathetic and teaches them leadership skills, the value of teamwork and how to deal with challenges and failure. This attitude of lifelong learning is key to the ethos of the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM).
Every Loreto Normanhurst student is encouraged to pursue a variety of extra-curricular activities throughout their school years from competitive sport, dance, music ensembles and choirs, STEM initiatives, creative arts and drama activities, debating and public speaking, and other special interest clubs. These pursuits enable students to be part of a group or team, interacting with others who have similar interests and fostering relationships beyond their usual domain.
All Loreto Normanhurst students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities. In addition to building skills within a specific discipline, extracurricular involvement cultivates ‘soft skills’ such as greater confidence in performing or speaking in public, time management, resilience and teamwork.
Primary School students may take part in a variety of extra-curricular activities at Loreto Normanhurst. The staff, who lead these activities, are passionate in their approach and eager to support the students.
The Loreto Normanhurst Extra-curricular program offers a variety of Oratory opportunities, such as public speaking and debating, for students from Year 5 to 6. Students involved in oratory activities learn to think critically, cultivate an awareness of global issues and refine their research and analysis skills. All students are strongly encouraged to participate in these initiatives. Students in Year 5 to 6 can continue these activities when moving into secondary school.
Extra-curricular Music is an intrinsic element of a Loreto education and the FACE Curriculum at Loreto Normanhurst and is offered through private instrumental lessons and through the music ensemble program. Private Music Lessons: Private music lessons are for students interested in extending their skills in music for both voice and over 10 different instruments. Highly trained external teachers provide expert knowledge and training in their work with the students during the school day, with lesson times rotating on a weekly basis to minimise student absences from any one subject area. Music Ensemble Program: The Music Ensemble Program in Primary is an opportunity for young musicians to experience the joy of collaborative music making. The program aims to foster a love of playing an instrument, performing music for an audience, and developing a sense of belonging. Each ensemble will be provided with the opportunity to perform publicly once per term. A calendar of events will be provided to students in advance of joining the ensemble so that families can plan to ensure all students attend the scheduled performances across the year.
Primary Clubs and Groups
The Primary school offers a diverse range of clubs and groups, providing students with the chance to join like-minded peers and engage in activities aligned with their interests. Whether it's the Art Club, Da Vinci Decathlon, Math's Olympiad, or Justice Crew, your daughter is sure to enhance her skills and expand her horizons beyond the classroom while fostering valuable connections.
Creative and Performing Arts
At Loreto Normanhurst, artistic expression knows no bounds. Creative & Performing Arts initiatives, including opportunities to join the camera crew, explore the Visual Arts Open Studio, participate in the Shakespeare Carnival, engage in theater sports, delve into textiles, and contribute to the Yearbook Committee. These initiatives provide students with diverse avenues to express their creativity and showcase their talents in various artistic endeavors.
Sport refers to competitive sport played on Saturdays, with training for teams occurring before or after school during the week. The Loreto Normanhurst Sport program is grounded on encouraging widespread participation with the aim to create student pathways to be lifelong participants in sport and recreation. Students mostly participate in IPSHA Sport fixtures. IPSHA NSW Sport provides sporting opportunities and pathways for students in many independent schools.
LN Active programs are offered to students to complement PDHPE lessons and regular weekday sporting pursuits. These programs are offered before or after school, on site at Loreto Normanhurst. They aim to promote student engagement in activities that provide interest and encourage lifelong enjoyment and participation in physical activity.