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School News- 5 August 2022

We announce our student council for 2022/2023 and share some photos from the FNQE. Please note the upcoming events to add to your diaries, including the next seminar in the Seeking Truth Series.
5 Aug 2022
School Newsletter
Student Council 2022/2023
Student Council 2022/2023

Student Council for 2022/2023

Congratulations to the following students who have been announced as our new School Council for 2022/2023.


School Captain: Frances O'Brien

School Vice Captain: Lucy Dalton

Boarder Captain: Annika Jamieson

Boarder Vice Captain: Molly Lindsay


Extra-Curricular Captains

Academic Activities: Molly Hanly

Communication/SRC: Sophie McKenna

Creative Arts: Anna Rabeau

Ecology: Charlotte Hudson

Liturgy: Saskia Chapman

Music: Misha Nalywajko

Performing Arts: Maria Field

Social Justice: Mia Hallinan

Sport: Caitlin Blackburn


House Captains

Aston: Ella Evans

Barry: Martha Longney

Kendall: Anna Besgrove

Kuring-gai: Elli Barron

Maye: Juliette Franco

Mornane: Lucy Deloughery

Mulhall: Bella Kachel

Ward: Amelia Hadwen

Far North Queensland Experience

Year 9 have been having a fantastic time in FNQ so far, visiting the Daintree Rainforest, Milla Milla Falls, Mossman Gorge as well as doing community service in Cairns. We thought our school community would love to see some photos from their travels.

Breakfast in the Library - a National Science Week Event

7.30am | 15 - 19 August

As part of National Science Week 2022, Loreto Normanhurst is delighted to present breakfast with Tanya Reinli on Monday, 15 August at 7:30am. The theme of National Science Week for 2022 is ‘glass’, so what better way to celebrate than to hear from multidisciplinary artist Tanya Reinli! All members of our community are welcome to join us.

In 2019, Tanya founded ‘Upcycled Glassware’ with the aim of using sustainable practices to create unique objects and tableware from glass bottles once destined for landfill. Tanya will share her passion for glass as well as how it is blown and turned into glorious creations. You can see her work here.

Click here to RSVP for catering purposes.

Seeking Truth Seminar Series

6.00pm | Wednesday, 17 August

We invite you onsite or online for our third Seeking Truth Seminar on Wednesday, 17 August at 6pm.

Hear from Jessica Coblentz, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Theology at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, as she delves into the topic of Mental Health and Wellbeing from a theological perspective. Jessica is the author of Dust in the Blood: A Theology of Life with Depression (Liturgical 2022) and co editor of The Human in a Dehumanizing World: Reexamining Theological Anthropology and Its Implications (Orbis 2022).

To join us, click here to RSVP.

Social Justice News

Snug as a Bug in a Rug Day – Friday, 19 August

On Friday, 19 August we will mark our annual 'Snug as a Bug in a Rug' Day. This community event provides an opportunity for Loreto Normanhurst to reduce its carbon footprint through minimising our energy consumption through switching off heating. Is also a timely reminder to respond to Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si’ on caring for our common home and in particular the goal of 'Responding to the Cry of the Earth'. Laudato Si’ teaches us that “everything is connected” (LS 91) and as our world becomes hotter, less stable and more degraded, all life suffers. Therefore, it is an opportunity to also raise awareness for the “complex crisis that is both social and environmental” (LS 139).

Students can wear mufti on this day and are encouraged to don beanies, scarves, oodies and uggs to stay cosy and warm. They are also encouraged to read page 21 in the diary for guidelines around what to wear on mufti days. However, students are also reminded to not wear slippers or inappropriate shoes. A gold coin donation will be collected during Tutor Group on that day and all proceeds will go to the Loreto Normanhurst Bursary Fund.

Wear it Purple Day – Friday, 26 August

On Friday, 26  August our community will continue to step up to the challenges of Laudato Si’ and Pope Francis’ goal of Community Resilience and Empowerment. Students are welcome to wear a purple ribbon in their hair on this day to promote advocacy and develop a sense of belonging for all individuals in our community. This is an optional activity and students are encouraged to provide their own ribbon that day. Additionally, the ribbon will need to be removed for the Leadership Ritual after lunch. As Pope Francis states, “we are called to show profound care for each other, our Creator and all of creation’. In doing so, we can all work together to build a better future.

Careers Updates

Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes | Careers Advisors

To view the latest Careers events, seminars, subscriptions and university updates, please explore the yellow Careers News tab on Canvas. Click here to access the Careers Canvas page. Alternatively, go directly to this week's Careers Canvas Newsletter here.

Students in all year groups can book an appointment with Careers at any time by emailing Please put your availability into your email.

Oratory News

Mock Trial

Congratulations to our Mock Trial team who will be included in the Elimination Round 1. An amazing achievement! The team have worked particularly hard to improve their scores with the goal of making it to the finals series this season.

The tally results for rounds have been released and Loreto Normanhurst have placed 4th! Well done girls.

We wish the team the best of luck in the Elimination Round against Barker on Thursday, 11 August.

CSDA Quarter and Semi Finals

Congratulations to our 9B and 12A teams who won their Quarter Finals with both teams progressing to the Semi Finals. Both teams did extremely well in their close debates. Commiserations to the 9B team who lost their Semi Final; and a big shout out to the Year 12A team who won their debate and proceed to the Grand Final tonight.

Archdale Rounds Conclude

Congratulations to all Archdale teams for a great season. The Loreto teams have a break in Week 4 as we await the final scores and tallies for the finals series.

Students will receive the results in Week 5.

Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People

On Tuesday, 26 July Tahlia Moses went to an event with the ACYP where she was given the opportunity to meet with the Treasurer, The Hon. Matt Kean MP to ask questions surrounding the Impacts of the NSW Budget on Children and Young People, such as the rising cost of living.

What an amazing opportunity!

Oratory Upcoming Events

Friday, 8 August

CSDA Grand Finals

Goodluck to the Year 12A team, Ella McKenzie, Michelle Hoffman, Scarlett Butterfield and Olivia Alexander, who will participate in the Grand Final on Friday evening at OLMC Parramatta. Debates commence at approximately 7pm and we would love a strong Loreto presence in the audience. These Champs have won Grand Finals in the past and its certainly wonderful to see them finish their high school debating career in the Grand Finals. Good Luck ladies! #LetsGoLoreto

Thursday, 11 August

Mock Trial

We wish the team the best of luck in the Elimination Round against Barker on Thursday 11 August.

Australian Disputes Centre Debating Competition

Goodluck to Year 10 students, Tahlia Moses, Nikie Yang and Catherine Ye who are participating in the Virtual Australian Disputes Centre Debating Competition. This comp runs online for six weeks. Students will be placed in teams with students from other schools across Sydney and be coached by ADC staff, interns and university debaters.

Friday, 12 August

Legacy Public Speaking

Good luck to Isabella Skelly and Mackenzie Eyles who are participating in the virtual Legacy Public Speaking Competition.

Thursday, 18 August

Mock Mediation

Good luck to the Mock Mediation team participating in their Quarter Final on Thursday, 18 August.

Expressions of Interest, Youth UN Junior Leadership Weekend – Year 7 and 8

Youth UN NSW have released an Expressions of Interest form for anyone interested in the Junior Leadership Weekend in September. Check out the website to register your interest, and please let the oratory team know.

Community Engagement Team Updates

Thank you!

We would like to acknowledge our incredible community for supporting our fundraising events and appeals this year. We cannot say thank you enough for your generosity and supporting every event with a cheerful heart and good humour.

An Impact Statement has been developed to summarise the reach of your generous gifts in 2022. Click here to see the full impact statement in detail.

Term 3 Events

Virtual Boarding Information Evening- Wednesday, 24 August, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

This Virtual Event will provide a detailed overview for any current or future families considering boarding at Loreto Normanhurst for their daughters.  

The session will start with an update and Q&A session with Principal, Ms Marina Ugonotti, on the new Boarding School, planned to open in 2025. All current Day and Boarding families are invited to join for this segment if they are keen to hear more.

You will also hear from students and current parents about their boarding experiences, as well as an overview of learning, pastoral care and extra-curricular activities for Loreto Normanhurst boarders.

We look forward to welcoming you online for this informative event. Please register your attendance using THIS LINK.

Father Daughter Dinner – SOLD OUT

Saturday, 27 August

Epping Club


This popular event has now sold out and a waitlist has been set up. Please use the Trybooking link below to add to the waitlist.

If you are unable to attend, please let us know via so we can open up to other members of our community.

All Loreto Normanhurst fathers and other significant men in the lives of their daughters are invited to attend the Father Daughter Dinner on Saturday 27 August at the Epping Club. Held for the first time since 2019, we are looking forward to hosting this fabulous event again! 

Click here for the invitation.

Click here to join the waitlist.

Father Daughter Eucharist

Sunday, 28 August


Loreto Normanhurst Chapel & Front Drive

Following on from the Father Daughter Dinner, all Loreto Normanhurst fathers, and significant men in the lives of their daughters are invited to join us for the Father Daughter Eucharist on Sunday 28 August. Held onsite and in person for the first time since 2019, we are looking forward to having you join us in the Chapel for this beautiful event. 

Please note, students are to wear full school uniform including their blazer at this event. 

Click here to RSVP.

Parent Association Updates

LN Cookbook

LN Cookbook preorders CLOSE in 2 weeks!

By purchasing an LN Cookbook, the coveted Shirley Newberry Brownie recipe can be yours! Loved by LN boarders and famous for her mouth-watering brownies, Boarding House Catering Assistant, Shirley Newberry, made these delicious brownies for ‘her girls’ from 2007-2012, prior to her passing in 2014. Since 2013, the winning act at the Boarder Main Event is awarded the Shirley Newberry Brownie Trophy, as well as the highly sought-after prize of Shirley’s brownies for supper for a week!

To secure your copy order by Thursday 18 August.

The quantity of books printed will be based on this preorder number. This is a PAL-funded initiative so please show your support and don't miss out!

Click here to order a copy. Orders will be ready for pick up or collection in October.

For more information contact the Cookbook Committee at

Year 10 Parent Drinks

Friday, 2 September


Greengate Hotel, Killara

Please join fellow Year 10 Parents for drinks on Friday, 2 September at the Greengate Hotel. Tickets are $59 per person and are inclusive of a drink on arrival, canapes and room hire.

Click here for the invitation.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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