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School News- 16 September 2022

Matilda the Musical Jr tickets are on sale now! We invite our LN community to save the date for upcoming events and congratulate our girls on some amazing sporting achievements.
16 Sep 2022
School Newsletter
Matilda Jr rehearsals
Matilda Jr rehearsals

Matilda The Musical Jr. – Tickets now on sale!

After the cancellation of our production in 2021, we are very excited to finally bring to you Matilda The Musical Jr. A junior length musical is a one hour version of the full Broadway production. This show is a gleeful ode to the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination!

Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s novel, Matilda Jr is the story of a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and special powers. Matilda’s bravery teaches those around her that even though life can be hard, “nobody but me is gonna change my story” so “sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.”

It’s been 20 years since Loreto Normanhurst staged a musical. Please join us in the Loreto Normanhurst Gym for this very special school event. Our talented cast of students in years 5-11 cannot wait to show you what they can do!

Book your tickets here.

A Change is Coming

We're making changes to our traffic management plan in Term 4. Keep a look out for more information next week on important changes to school pick up and drop off and pedestrian access.

Pastoral News

Pastoral Conversations

It is always an honour to guide our students through issues and problems they are experiencing. Teaching problem solving skills and de-escalating situations is an important part of our work and our care for our students. Judith Locke, who was our keynote speaker earlier in the year, has recently written about 4 ways that schools and parents can bolster their young people against mental health issues based on UK research, and her approach very much mirrors ours here at Loreto:

  1. Students need to be responsible for their own organisation and problem solving: too much assistance decreases the development of these skills
  2. Allowing students to experience ‘productive failure’:  too much intervention by parents or teachers (‘overprotection’) leads to lowering of resilience 
  3. Lessening social media use: the higher the social media use, the less young people can deal with the real world
  4. Teaching young people to cope with normal feelings of sadness, stress or worry

SRC Updates

We are in the process of finalising our SRC positions for Year 7-10 and these will be announced in our first newsletter in Term 4.

Uniform reminders

The holidays are always a good time to check uniform length, and dry clean blazers; and for the start of Term 4, a reminder that hats must be worn to and from school each day including when using buses, and at recess and lunch or any time in the sun. Please ensure your daughter’s hats are ready to go for Term 4. All students return to school on Tuesday, 11 October 2022, in their Summer School uniform.

School TV

School TV is an online resource designed to empower you as parents with credible and sound information with realistic, practical ongoing support strategies.

Click the link here to find out more.

Oratory News

Australian Disputes Centre

Congratulations to Year 10 students, Tahlia Moses, Catherine Ye and Nikie Yang, who have participated in the ADC’s 4 week online debating program.

The girls have written a summary of their experience:

"The Australian Disputes Centre debating competition challenged us to work innovatively and collaboratively. We were split into to teams of 4-5 with people we had never met, across Australia. The debating competition was hosted via zoom, and we made use of technology and communication for a successful yet challenging debate. Through this competition, we were able to enhance our participation skills and work alongside skilled debaters. Our debating topics were very political and recent, which enabled us to actively involve ourselves in current affairs and topical issues in the media. Overall, we recommend this competition for anyone looking at giving debating a go, or refine their skills!"

Festival of Speech

Friday, 21 and Saturday, 22 October

Festival of Speech 2022 will resume in a face-to-face format at Pymble Ladies College. We invite all members of our community to celebrate our students from Years 7-11 and join us on the day. We would love a Loreto Normanhurst cheer squad. The program will be released closer to the event.

Year 7 and 8 Social Debating

Social Debating for Year 7 and 8 will commence in Week 2 of Term 4. Nominations for teams have now closed. Students who have entered a team will receive more information in Week 1 of Term 4. Students will debate on Thursdays from 3:30pm – 4:30pm from Week 2 – Week 6.

Oratory Nominations

Nominations for some activities will occur in Term 4 this year. This will allow teams to be finalised earlier and allow coaching to commence earlier in Term 1 to better prepare our teams. Students will be notified via their central notices.

Youth UN Disability Justice Summit – expressions of interest open now

Students in Year 7-12 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

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Camp

Seventy-five Year 9 Loreto students completed their Qualifying Journey for the Bronze Duke of Ed Award on Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 21 August.

The journey was based over 2 sites – Glenworth Valley and Greenmans on the Hawksbury where the girls had to camp, navigate and canoe to achieve this section of the award.

Congratulations to all these students for the effort put into this weekend.

Loreto Normanhurst Equestrian Team

Our amazing Equestrian Team competed at the North West Equestrian Expo back in June this year. The team comprised of 15 riders from Years 7-12 - one of Loreto’s largest groups to compete at the expo.

All of our riders did an incredible job over the five days with 10 of our 15 girls being awarded at least one ribbon in their events. Special mention goes to our two Year 12 riders - Felicity Orman, Equestrian Captain, and Taylor Lewis, who both placed in four of their events with Taylor achieving Show Jumping Champion for the 105cm event.

Emmersen Mitchell (Year 11) blew the competition away winning four 1st place awards and two Champion titles in Dressage and Show events. Emmersen has since competed and won in other competitions and will now go on to compete at Nationals in Dressage. We wish Emmerson all the best!

Sophie Maclean (Year 10), Ruby Dew (Year 10) and Allie Maclean (Year 8) were brilliant in the Polo Cross, placing 5th in the A Grade competition. Ruby also placed in two other events with Sophie and Allie receiving 1st place ribbons during the Expo. Allie was also the 13 years Reserve Champion for her sporting events.

Emily Lenane (Year 8) came away with a Champion Pony ribbon and placed in two of her other events.

Anna Newsome (Year 10) teamed up with Sophie and Allie Maclean to place 4th in Team Penning with Anna also placing in the U16 time trial.

Congratulations to these riders and the rest of the Equestrian Team on these wonderful results and for the exceptional representation of Loreto Normanhurst throughout the competition.

IGSA Track and Field Carnival

We had 32 students competing at the 2022 IGSA Athletics Carnival on August, 18 and 19 at Sydney Olympic Park. Loreto were competing against 26 other IGSA schools in the carnival and are currently in Division 1. A large number of personal bests were broken by our girls over the two days.

Loreto finished 14th in the overall final point scores and eight athletes qualified to represent IGSA at NSWCIS Athletics Championships which will be held next Tuesday.

Congratulations and best of luck to the following Loreto athletes:

  • Eliza English, Y9 (High Jump)
  • Kendal Henderson, Y10 (Long Jump & 400m)
  • Bella Kachel, Y11 (Javelin)
  • Sophie Kavanagh, Y12 (Javelin & Long Jump)
  • Maya McMullen, Y12 (High Jump)
  • Arabella Price, Y12 (400m & 800m)
  • Zara Warland, Y12 (Shot Put) (Unavailable to compete)
  • Indy Wijeyesinghe, Y7 (Javelin)

NSW All Schools Taekwondo Championships

Congratulations to Isabella Moretti (Year 7) who competed at the NSW All Schools Taekwondo Championships on Saturday, 3 September and came away with a Silver Medal!


Congratulations to our Cheerleading team who came 5th at the Cheer and Dance All Star State Championships over the weekend. A fantastic effort for our students who have been training all year!

Hills Netball Grand Finals

We had 3 teams through to play Grand Finals for Hills Netball on Saturday with all 3 teams winning!

  • Our LON01 (Cadet 2) team were undefeated for the season and won their game 42-27.
  • The LON04 (15/2) team had a fantastic game winning 50-26 with the LON08 (14/2) team fighting hard to come away with a 30-29 win.

Congratulations to all the Hills teams but especially these players and their coaches for a fabulous season.

IGSA Semi Finals

Congratulations to the following IGSA Netball teams who have progressed through to the IGSA Grand Finals this weekend.

  • LON05
  • LON08
  • LON09
  • LON12
  • LON13
  • LON14
  • LON15
  • LON17
  • LON18
  • LON19

Good luck! We will be supporting and cheering you on!

Sport Upcoming

Spring Rowing Camp

Tuesday, 4 - Sunday, 9 October

Community Programs

We would like to acknowledge the following students who participated in community programs at Kids Giving Back during the 2nd Term of this year and in the July school holidays.

  • Amelia Edwards, Y6
  • Joy Li, Y5
  • Ruby Meyyappan, Y5
  • Juliet Simon, Y5
  • Stephanie Cuthbert, Y5
  • Kaitlin Cuthbert, Y8
  • Olivia Zaknich, Y7
  • Ava Zaknich, Y8
  • Samantha Zahra, Y8
  • Emilie Klimkeit, Y6
  • Molly Mein, Y6
  • Chloe Leivesley, Y8

These students are among over 500 young people who produced over 13,500 hot meals, soup, salads, fruit kebabs, breakfast boxes, snack packs, care packs and decorated tote bags, with empathetic, positive messages, which were distributed to 13 charities around Sydney. Volunteering in the July school holidays was especially valuable as we held a twice weekly soup kitchen, making and handing out almost 1000 servings of soup in the cold and rain, to those who needed warm food and support. They also folded and packed new clothes for over 12,000 vulnerable people, many of whom were affected by this year’s floods. We applaud their service to others and the kindness they have extended.

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.

Volunteers needed!

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in participating in a ‘Mock Job Interview Day’ with our Year 10 students on Friday, 4 November 2022. Sessions will be held face to face at Loreto Normanhurst, from 8.30am-3.15 pm and we are looking for volunteers to assist for all or part of the day.

Volunteering would involve interviewing Year 10 students, to allow them to practice a professional job interview and present their achievements and strengths.

If you are interested in participating, please complete your details here by Wednesday, 21 September and we will contact you to provide more information. Please note that Moir Group is assisting Loreto Normanhurst with booking in interviewer times.

We are looking for volunteers from different industry areas to allow students to ask questions of their interviewers and match them to areas of interest. All volunteers will be required to hold a volunteer ‘Working with Children Check’ and sign a Loreto Normanhurst volunteer declaration.

School Updates


EXTDAY@LN is an after-school program offered to all day students in Year 5 to 10. It operates from 3:00pm until 8:00pm each Monday to Thursday during Term time, with a cost of $50 per session. 

EXTDAY@LN offers flexibility around school pick-up times and provides an engaging environment where students can enjoy social interactions with peers from different year groups. EXTDAY@LN also delivers the opportunity for students to receive attentive after-hours supervision and participate in sustained periods of guided study, ably supported by qualified teachers and homework helpers.

Incorporated into this offering are a variety of supervised recreational activities plus access to a wide range of extra-curricular initiatives held on the school campus. Afternoon tea and dinner (at 6:00pm) are included in the daily charge.

To apply, complete this application form.

For all questions, comments or other feedback, please contact

For an overview of the daily program click here.

Uniform Shop Update

The last day of trade for the Uniform Shop is Thursday 22nd September.
However, the Uniform Shop will be open for two days of trading over the September/October school holidays:

  • Monday, 26 September - 9.30 am to 3.30pm
  • Friday, 7 October – 9.30 am to 3.30pm

Our online ordering services will be available over the holidays as usual. This is a great way to purchase any Summer uniform items that might need updating and be ready for collection when school resumes in Term 4. It is available 24/7 at

Parking in Surrounding Streets

Council has recently been receiving a higher than usual number of complaints from local residents, in relation to school parents or carers parking across or obstructing access to resident’s driveways.

Parents are reminded to 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.

Click here to read the rules for parking near driveways, footpaths and pedestrian ramps.

Community Engagement Team Updates

Save the Date – Term 4 Events

Primary Christmas Creations

  • Saturday, 19 November
  • 2:30pm - 4pm
  • Primary COLA

Parent Association Updates

Please see below for the upcoming parent events for Term 3 and 4!

Don’t forget to check out the Spring Fair page for all the information and updates regarding the Spring Fair! Only 44 days to go!

Spring Fair Meetings

Please note the following Spring Fair Meeting dates. All meetings begin promptly at 6.30pm in the Cahill Seminar Room (Library).

  • Tuesday, 20 September (moved from Wednesday, 21 September)
  • Wednesday, 12 October
  • Wednesday, 19 October
  • Wednesday, 26 October

Year 7 End of Year Function

  • Friday, 11 November
  • More details to come

Year 9 End of Year Function

  • Friday, 18 November
  • More details to come

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