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School News- 19 August 2022

We congratulate our girls on their many sporting achievements and encourage the community to support the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Food Drive. Please also note the upcoming events in your diaries!
19 Aug 2022
School Newsletter
Year 8, Sugar Stained Glass
Year 8, Sugar Stained Glass

Virtual Boarding Information Evening

Wednesday, 24 August at 6pm

All day and boarding families are encouraged to tune in for an update and Q&A session on the new Boarding School with the Principal, Ms Marina Ugonotti. This will be followed by a detailed overview of boarding for any current families considering a transition to boarding for their daughter. 

Click here to register.

HSC Showcase 2022

Friday, 26 August from 5.00pm | Mary Ward Quad

We warmly invite all families onsite to Loreto Normanhurst for the HSC Showcase 2022!

To be opened by Dr Catriona Quinn, Academic and Design Historian (Class of 1982), the Showcase evening will display the talents of our Year 12 students through their HSC Major Works across a number of subject areas including Aboriginal Studies, Dance, Design & Technology, Drama, English Extension 2, History Extension, Music, Science Extension, Textiles and Design and Visual Arts.

The program will be available on the night.

The event will be catered by our Hospitality students throughout the evening.

Click here for the invitation.

RSVP: is not required for this event.

Parking: Due to the recent weather, the Oval will not open for parking. The Oval car park will provide limited parking; please do not park in spaces with cones. Parents will be unable to access the Oval car park until 4pm.  Additional parking can be accessed on Mount Pleasant Avenue beyond the Teresa Ball Primary Centre on the grass verge alongside the Oval. Cars in this area should be parking front in first. Please avoid parking on Osborn Road, Currawong Avenue, and surrounding streets and please be mindful of our neighbours and do not park across or impede access to driveways.

Social Justice News

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Food Drive

It has been a year since the Taliban swept into the Afghan capital of Kabul, and it is essential that we as a community continue to support those displaced by conflict and violence. Many families and individuals, whilst successful in leaving Afghanistan, continue to face challenges settling into life in Australia, with many unable to access much needed support. As Maria Clara Martin, UNHCR Representative, reminds us, “we can no longer look away as people perish on our doorstep. We have a moral responsibility to protect human life and dignity”.

Therefore, from Monday 22 August - Monday 19 September, Loreto Normanhurst will be running a food drive to support the Jesuit Refugee Service. The JRS Foodbank deliver food and supplies to over 150 families each week and are currently struggling to meet the demand as donations are at an all time low.

Your daughter is encouraged to bring in donations of the following items:

Year 5 Vegetable oil
Year 6 Dried lentils and dried chickpeas
Year 7 Coffee and tea
Year 8 Long-life milk (1L)
Year 9 Basmati rice (1kg bags)
Year 10 Coconut milk (small tins)
Year 11 Cans of tuna in oil
Year 12 Salt and sugar (500g bags/containers)
All Year Groups

Dontations of any of the following items are also greatly appreciated:

  • Toileteries (soap, shampoo, razors, deodorant)
  • Nappies (sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  • Washing/laundry powder (small boxes)
  • Dishwashing liquid (small containers)

Items can be dropped off to any of the following locations at Loreto Normanhurst:

  • Primary School Reception
  • Mr Madigan and Ms Boland’s Office
  • Library 

Please feel free to contact Mrs Jacinta Wells, Social Justice Co-ordinator, at if you would like further information on how you can support the JRS.

Wear it Purple Day

Friday, 26 August

On Friday, 26 August students are welcome to wear a purple ribbon in their hair 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. The ribbon will need to be removed for the Leadership Ritual after lunch.

Learning News

Dr. Prue Salter - Study Skills

On Wednesday, 17 August all Year 12 students were invited to a study skills session run by Dr. Prue Salter titled “The Year 12 Countdown: Moving towards achieving your personal best in a stress-free way for your last weeks of school”. 

It was an engaging and practical session that provided students with some concrete ways to manage and organise their study time in the lead up to their HSC examinations. Dr. Salter asked students to physically create their own individualised study timetable while in the session with some tailored guidance which the students found to be an incredibly valuable exercise.

Her top tips for what Year 12 students should be doing now in regards to their study in preparation for exams include:

  • Make your revision ACTIVE, do not just sit there reading over notes; complete practice questions, do online multiple choices quizzes etc.
  • Concentrate on completing past papers under examination conditions and for the full examination time if you can.
  • Work on filling in the gaps in your knowledge and understanding - a great way to do this is to identify the areas for growth based on feedback from the past papers you completed including your Trial Examinations. Put your effort into those areas!
  • There is no “one right way” to study - you need to work out what works best for you.
  • Study ONE subject per day on the days you still have timetabled lessons and TWO subjects per day when you do not have lessons (eg. in the holidays and the weeks leading up to and during your HSC examinations).
  • Make sure you schedule in some “Wild Card” days in case there are changes to your study plan. These days can be used to focus on those subjects that were impacted by the change.

Initial feedback from students was very positive and we encourage you to touch base with your daughters about what they took away from the presentation. Dr. Salter has also kindly agreed to share her slides from the presentation and these have been sent through to the school and shared with the Year 12 students.

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

CSDA Grand Finals

THEY WON! Congratulations team; what an incredible result. It was incredibly close debate and our team was well matched against Pius X A team. The topic for the night was “That patriotism ultimately hurts the society that it supports” and in particular this topic was a fitting way for the team to round out their High School Debates as Loreto Normanhurst Debaters. They spoke with considered insight, with conviction and with their personalities shining through each word spoken. These girls have worked hard and they deserve this incredible win. Thank you to Ms Katherine Morris (Class of '18) who has coached the team this year.

Congratulations to:

  • Ella McKenzie
  • Michelle Hoffman
  • Olivia Alexander
  • Scarlett Butterfield

Mock Trial

Congratulations to our Mock Trial team who were narrowly defeated in their Elimination Round against Barker. Congratulations to the team on a great season! Thanks to Mrs Vicky Argyrakis and Ms Clara Marsh for their work with the team. We also want to thank Miss Eloise Carey and Ms Jennifer Single SC for their work in coaching and refining the students skill each round.

Legacy Public Speaking Competition

Congratulations to Isabella Skelly (Yr 8) and Mackenzie Eyles (Yr 8) for participating in the first round of the Legacy Public Speaking Competition. Both students were excellent ambassadors for Loreto Normanhurst.

Mock Mediation

Congratulations to our Mock Mediation team who scored an incredible 80/100 in their Quarter Final Round this week. We await the results from the Law Society to determine if the team will be proceed to the Semi Finals. Keep up with the latest news via twitter - @LNExtraCurric

Archdale Season Concludes

Congratulations to all Archdale Teams for their season. Two teams finished fourth place in the tally. Congratulations to the 7A’s and the Senior teams for their 4th place finishes.

Oratory Upcoming Dates


Youth UN Junior Leadership Weekend – Expressions of Interest

Youth UN NSW have released an Expressions of Interest form for anyone in Year 7 and 8 interested in the Junior Leadership Weekend in September. Check out the website to register your interest, and please let the oratory team know.

Term 4

Oratory Club

Term 4 Oratory Club will run as social debating. Students in Year 7 and 8 are invited to enter teams of up to 4. It will run on Thursday’s Week 2-6. Students will be given the topic the week before to prepare the week before. Registrations will open next week and students will be sent a link register their team.

Saturday, 15 October

Sydney University Schools Model United Conference 2022

Students in Year 7-10 who are interested in participating in a model united nations event, should register their interest with the oratory department asap. Students have been sent a link directly. There are only three spaces for this event – so get in quick!

Sunday, 30 October

Youth UN Crisis Point

Students in Year 9-12 who are interested in attending the Youth UN Crisis Point, should enter their expressions of interest via the website and then confirm their enrolment with

Sunday, 20 November

Youth UN Disability Justice Summit –expressions of interest open now

All students who are interested in attending the Youth UN Disability Justice Summit should enter their expression of interest via the website and then confirm their enrolment with

Sport News


Congratulations to Tilly King (Year 12) who is currently in Queensland competing at the National All Schools Swimming Championships. On Thursday Tilly won the 50m breaststroke event, breaking the record. Earlier in the week, she competed in the 100m breaststroke winning this event too. Well done on these fantastic results Tilly.


Congratulations to Emmersen Mitchell (Year 11) and her horse Ollie for making it through to Nationals to compete in Dressage.

School Sport Australia 15&U AFL Championships

Congratulations to Annie Hall (Year 9) and Skye Halmarick (Year 9) who played for NSW at the SSA AFL Championships in Albury recently. The NSW team played some extremely tough opponents from other states and finished the competition in 5th place. Well done!


Congratulations to Ava Rendulic (Year 7), who has placed second overall in NSW with her U14 Basketball team. The team has now qualified for the Basketball Nationals in the next school holidays! Ava has also been selected to attend a Basketball Camp as part of the Talented Athletes Program. Well done Ava on these fantastic achievements.

CGSSSA Athletics Carnival

The Loreto Normanhurst Athletics Squad performed very well at the CGSSSA Athletics Carnival on Friday, 12 August at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. With only one week to go before the IGSA Carnival, the squad set many personal bests and took home several medals from the carnival.

Congratulations to all students and the following medallists;

  • Patricia Boland – 2nd in 14 Yrs 100m, 3rd in 14 Yrs 200m,
  • Kendal Henderson – 3rd in 16 Yrs 100m, 2nd in 16 Yrs 400m,
  • Sophie Kavanagh – 4th in Open Invitational 100m, 2nd in 17 Yrs 100m, 2nd in 17 Yrs 200m, 3rd in 17 Yrs 100m Hurdles, 1st in 17 Yrs Long Jump, 1st in 17 Yrs Discus, 1st in 16 Yrs Javelin,
  • Arabella Price – 3rd in 17 Yrs 400m, 2nd in 17 Yrs 800m, 3rd in 17 Yrs Long Jump,
  • Claudia Wilson – 1st in 16 Yrs 800m, Neve Tierney – 3rd in 16 Yrs 800m,
  • Hannah Quan – 3rd in 12 Yrs 1500m,
  • Claudia Davis – 2nd in 13 Yrs 80m Hurdles, 2nd 13 Yrs Discus, Bella Searle – 3rd in 14 Yrs 90m Hurdles,
  • Charli Davis – 3rd in 15 Yrs 90m Hurdles,
  • Maya McMullen – 1st in 17 Yrs 100m Hurdles, Inters 4x100m Relay – 2nd ,
  • Alice Portelli – 2nd in 13 Yrs High Jump,
  • Portia Rowland-Stefanic – 1st in 13 Yrs Long Jump, 2nd in 1500m Race Walk,
  • Bianca Fabjancic – 2nd in 14 Yrs Long Jump,
  • Sofia Storgato – 3rd in 15 Yrs Long Jump,
  • Zara Millane – 2nd in 12 Yrs Shot Put, 3rd in 12 Yrs Javelin,
  • Chloe Leivesley – 1st in 14 Yrs Shot Put,
  • Bella Kachel – 3rd in 16 Yrs Shot Put, 2nd in 16 Yrs Discus, 2nd in 16 Yrs Javelin,
  • Indianna Wijeyesinghe – 1st in 13 Yrs Discus, 1st in 13 Yrs Javelin and
  • Amelia Shepherd – 3rd in 14 Yrs Javelin.

IGSA Track and Field Carnival

Goodluck to our Secondary IGSA Athletics Team who competed at the 2022 IGSA Track and Field Competition at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre! A full recap of our results will be included in the next Newsletter.  

Alumnae News

Congratulations to Greta Kraszula (Class of 2020) who has been selected into Young Matildas Team for the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup!

Congratulations to Tatum Bird (Class of 2018) on being named Waratahs Women’s Rookie of the Year.

Sport Upcoming Events

Saturday, 20 August

Round 5 of IGSA/IPSHA Sport

Sunday, 21 August

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Journey

Community Engagement Team Updates

Term 3 Events

Father Daughter Dinner – SOLD OUT

Saturday, 27 August | Epping Club | 6.15pm

This popular event has now sold out and a wait list 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 the event to people on the waitlist.

Click here for Invitation

Click here to book tickets

Father Daughter Dinner Raffle


We are excited to launch the Father Daughter Raffle for the Bursary Program that will be drawn at the event next Saturday night!

This raffle is open to all families, giving those who can’t make it to the event next Saturday the opportunity to be in win some amazing prizes including a beautiful artwork, “Rock Holes” by Lynette Corby Nungurrayi, a $700 MECCA Gift Hamper, Google Nest Hub, a physio gift pack plus more!

All proceeds from the Raffle will be donated to the Loreto Normanhurst Bursary Program which supports families in necessitous circumstances.

Prizes will be drawn at the Father Daughter Dinner on Saturday, 27 August at 9.45pm. Prize winners not in attendance will be notified via email.

Tickets are priced at 1 for $10, 2 for $18, 3 for $25, 6 for $50, 12 for $75, 20 for $100, 35 for $150

To view the Raffle prizes, Terms & Condition and enter the draw, please click the link here.

We thank you for your support!

Father Daughter Eucharist

Sunday, 28 August | 9.15am | 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

Please see below for the upcoming parent events for Term 3!

Spring Fair Meeting

Wednesday, 24 August | 6.30pm | Cahill Seminar Room, Library

Year 10 Parent Drinks

Friday, 2 September | 7pm | Greengate Hotel, Killara

Please join fellow Year 10 Parents for drinks on Friday 2nd 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 Invitation

Click here to purchase tickets

Year 11 Parent Drinks – with the Dinner Dance

6pm | Friday, 9 September

Year 11 Parents are warmly invited to join us for casual dinner and drinks at the Epping hotel whilst our daughters are at their Dinner Dance at the Epping Club.

All are welcome, there is no cost to attend the event, just order and pay for your own food or drinks at the bar. We have reserved an area for parents for the night.

Hope you can join us!

Year 5 Family Event

Saturday, 10 September | 6pm | Pennant Hills Bowling Club

Come and join us for a family dinner at Pennant Hills Bowling Club. It's a great chance for you to meet other families in our school community.

Parent tickets are $55, and children’s tickets are $25 which includes a buffet dinner. All drinks will be at your own at own cost.

Please book your tickets as soon as possible - we need to give final numbers by Friday, 26 August, after this date we cannot offer any refunds unless we are able to resell your tickets.

Click here to book tickets

Code Camp

Code Camp are running creative tech camps in the upcoming Spring holidays. Click here for more information.

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