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Learning News - 22 October 2021

In this week's Learning News, we celebrate the return of face-to-face learning, wish Year 12 well for the weeks ahead, offer some tips and share some short films created by Year 8 Drama students.

A message from the Learning Team

Welcome back to face to face learning!  We have been so thrilled to hear the excited voices of Year 12 as they have gathered onsite this week for study sessions with their peers and teachers. We look forward to having the full complement of students back with us next week. 

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to meet with Year 12 students via a quick zoom catch up.  In this session I reminded them of the following key points:

  • Keep working – there is still so much potential for growth before the HSC over the next couple of weeks; submit practice tasks for your teachers to give you more feedback and focus on the areas that you know aren’t as strong for you.
  • Come prepared next week for your regular timetabled lessons and for intensive revision sessions with your teachers.  You need to use your trial exam experience and the practice paper feedback to target areas for improvement.
  • Your tutors may reach out for a 1:1 conversation with you – please connect with them and be open to the questions they will ask you.

Pathways beyond Year 12

A large number of our Year 12 students have received early entry offers to university.  Congratulations to these students – your hard work across your internal assessments in Years 11 and 12 has paid off!  Please note that it is still important to keep working towards the HSC.  You need to demonstrate that you can achieve in your various subjects areas to ensure that you are equipped for the challenge of these university courses.  You also just never know if you might get a better offer based on your ATAR.  So strive to grow some more before your HSC examinations so you know you have reached your full potential. 

Best wishes for the weeks ahead, Year 12 – we know you will work hard and also enjoy the various rituals and milestones along the way.

Year 11 Parent Information Evening

Our Year 11 Parent Information Evening occurred on Wednesday, 13 October. Thank you to those who were able to attend.

Below is a link to a podcast that was recorded on the evening for parents who couldn’t attend. We hope you and your daughter can engage with the presentation/podcast at a later stage. The presentation is based on your daughter’s transition into her HSC year and we believe that this is valuable content and an opportunity for you to discuss the HSC year ahead.  We wish the students well as they make this important transition in their education journey.

Please click here for the link to the Year 11 Parent Information Evening.

Ms Kieryn Bateman

Director of Learning


Some helpful tips for returning to school

COVID-19 has required us to make changes to the way we live our lives, including the way they learn. We have learnt many new things while being at home: cooking a new recipe for our family using YouTube, helping our grandparents use FaceTime while socially distancing, and that it is possible to binge watch a full series of Netflix in a day! What each of us can take away from this experience is the things that have worked best for us while being at home and the things we would like to leave behind. But, most importantly, what we have learnt, is that we could do it and we have done it

While some students found online learning difficult, others really enjoyed it. This goes for our teachers too. While some found online teaching tough, a few found it a breeze. But what has been highlighted from this experience, that we knew all along, is that each person is unique and that’s what is so great about being an individual learner. As we get ready to return to school it is important to concentrate on the strategies that will help us to prepare for our return, manage our worries and refocus our thinking.

Here are a few helpful tips that the NSW Government has provided for secondary students returning to school. 

  • Be kind to yourself. Give yourself the same advice that you’d give to a good friend.
  • Life has been quite different, so give yourself time to adjust back into routine. Be realistic in your thinking about how long it might take.
  • Be realistic and flexible. Talk with your teachers about your work, both the strengths and the challenges. Your teachers are there to help you. 
  • Get organised, try on your school uniform and find your shoes.
  • Check your timetable to know what lessons you have and prepare what you need. 
  • Pack your school bag the day before, including a face mask and hand sanitiser. 
  • Try to reconnect with a friend before the first day back. 
  • Talk with your family and friends to help you prepare yourself for returning to school.

Some things are out of our control and it can be tiring worrying about these things. Try and focus on the things you can control, like trying your best with your school work, and see change as an opportunity to learn and grow.

There is something about multiple people coming together that has a life of its own. It brings with it excitement and joy. A bustling place is full of noise and activity, it is pleasant and interesting. It is the students and the vibe that they bring that makes Loreto Normanhurst the place that it is, and we have missed it terribly. We have been yearning for the return of the buzz in the air and hearing about all the wonderful stories you bring. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday dressed in your summer school uniform ready and eager to continue to learn new things. 

Mr Jason Currao

Acting Dean of Learning 


Celebration of Learning - Year 8 Drama

All Drama students have been extremely creative and resilient while learning online. In Term 3, Year 8 students studied filmmaking. The films starred family members and pets and displayed the incredible imagination of our students.

We hope you enjoy watching the following films that have been written, directed and edited by the following students. Click on the student name to view their film.

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