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School News- 14 October 2022

Welcome back to Term 4! Congratulations to the cast and crew of Matilda Jr for a spectacular sold out opening night show! We will share a reflection of the performances in the next newsletter!
14 Oct 2022
School Newsletter
Matilda The Musical Jr Opening Night
Matilda The Musical Jr Opening Night

Matilda Jr. The Musical

Last night was the very successful opening night of our production of Matilda The Musical Jr! The whole cast and crew were absolutely amazing - from the acting to the singing and dancing - the energy and excitement was so joyful to watch!

With 3 more shows still to go we will share more in our next newsletter.

Heres a sneak peak below.

Message from the Uniform Shop

Have you got a second-hand uniform to donate and have you thought about purchasing a second-hand uniform?

Our Foundress, Mary Ward, sought to establish schools which would cater for girls from all spheres of society, regardless of financial means. Currently, profits from the sale of new and second-hand uniforms are directed to the school Bursary Fund which provides financial assistance to families who might not have the opportunity to attend a school such as Loreto Normanhurst.

Here at Loreto Normanhurst all second-hand uniforms are washed/dry cleaned before putting out on display and only the best quality pre-loved items are chosen to keep in line with our school uniform policy. Only second-hand items from the current uniform range will be sold through the Uniform Shop.

The Uniform Shop accepts four main uniform items, (Summer Dress, Junior Winter Tunic, Senior Winter Skirt and School Blazer) on consignment and 50% of the proceeds from the sale will be made to the donor once the item is sold.

If a consignment item is not sold within twelve months, it will be returned to stock as a donation to the Bursary Fund or disposed of responsibly through Worn Up.

Worn Up is a sustainable company that are on a mission to save 100 tonnes of non-wearable uniforms going into landfill and they turn these items into something new, such as acoustic tiles, furniture, and small products.

Families are encouraged to continue to give generously and purchase second-hand items through the Loreto Normanhurst Clothing Pool.

Uniform shop opening hours:

Monday – Tuesday 7.30 am – 1.30pm

Wednesday 8.00 am – 4.00pm

Thursday – Friday 10.00 am – 4.00pm

Phone: +61 2 9473 7391


Pastoral News

Best wishes for the start of the term.

Student Representative Council

Student Representative Council elections were held in the last week of Term 3 and we congratulate the following students who have been selected to represent their year group until the end of Term 3, 2023.


  • Y7: Adrina Jamshidi
  • Y8: Freya Cairns
  • Y9: Sofia Storgato
  • Y10: Trinity Souma


  • Y7: Portia Rowland-Stefanic
  • Y8: Cartier Tsagaris
  • Y9: Tessa Haire
  • Y10: Charli Davis


  • Y7: Hannah Chung
  • Y8: Vanessa Yung
  • Y9: Regan Garufi
  • Y10 Alexis De Zotti


  • Y7: Kate Napoli
  • Y8: Amara Miller
  • Y9: Charlotte Pelling
  • Y10: Olivia Klostermann


  • Y7: Felicity Hall
  • Y8: Jessica Trovato
  • Y9: Isabella Hillier
  • Y10: Isobel Parry


  • Y7: Porsha Gill
  • Y8: Sophie Cooley
  • Y9: Aimee Harrison
  • Y10: Chelsea Earle


  • Y7: Daisy Manassen
  • Y8: Mia Khoudair
  • Y9: Millie Robertson
  • Y10: Ivana Antony


  • Y7: Adele Simon
  • Y8: Mia Tsakos
  • Y9: Stephanie Wilkins
  • Y10: Harriet Williams

Pastoral Updates

Leadership Badges

On Wednesday, 19 October during conversation time, students newly elected to the House Council and SRC will receive their leadership badges.

NSW School Vaccination Clinic - Tuesday, 18 October

NSW Health will offer the following vaccinations next week.

  • Year 7 – Human Papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) dose 2
  • Year 10- Meningococcal ACWY vaccine (catch up)

Absent Students

Absent Year 7 students will be offered any missed vaccinations (HPV or dTpa) at the first school clinic in 2023 and do not need to go to their GP for the vaccine. Absent Year 10 students are advised to go to their GP.

A Record of Vaccination card will be provided to each student. Details about vaccinations given at school will also be uploaded to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). Further information about school vaccination is available here.

Mobile Phone Reminders

Students have been reminded about School's policy on mobile phones and the expectations that their phones are in their lockers by 8:20am. The following information was sent to students earlier this week:

  • Students are not permitted to use mobile phones on the School property between 8:20am and 3:15pm – during class time, recess or lunchtime without explicit permission from a staff member. You may use your mobile phone to purchase café items before 8:20 am but not at any other times.
  • All mobile phones are to remain in students’ school bags in your locker, switched off or on silent. The locker must be locked at all times.
  • If a student is seen with their mobile phone during these times, the phone will be confiscated by the teacher and the student will receive an automatic 30 minute detention and a conversation with the Dean of Pastoral Care.
  • If you are running late to school, regardless of the time, the first place you visit is your locker to ensure your mobile phone is put away.
  • Phones are not to be in your blazer pocket or on any part of your uniform.

We need your support to reinforce these key messages around mobile phones.

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

My First Speech and Youth Parliament Program

Congratulations to Tahlia Moses, Year 10 who has been announced as the winner for the Year 10 category of the My First Speech competition! As the winning entrant for Year 10, Tahlia has been invited to deliver her speech at Parliament House in November - what an amazing achievement! Click here to view Tahlia's speech.

Further congratulations go to Tahlia for participating in this year’s YMCA Youth Parliament. Tahlia on behalf of her committee presented their report on E-Mental Health Resourcing for Regional and Rural Areas to the Honourable Peter Sidgreaves MP for Camden and Chair for Committee on Children and Young People.

Oratory Upcoming Dates and Events

Year 7 and 8 Social Debating Club

  • Thursday, Term 4
  • Year 7/8 social debating will begin in Week 2 of Term 4. Students involved have been sent information.

Sydney University Model United Nations

  • Saturday, 15 October

Goodluck to the following students who will be participating in the Sydney University Model United Nations:

  • Tahlia Moses (Y10)
  • Catherine Ye (Y10)
  • Hewage Jayasekara (Y9)

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 and join us on the day. We would love a Loreto Normanhurst cheer squad. The program will be released closer to the event.

Youth UN Disability Justice Summit –expressions of interest open now

  • Sunday, 20 November

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

CIS Athletics

Loreto Normanhurst secondary and primary students represented IGSA at the CIS Athletics carnival on Tuesday, 20 September at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics warm-up track.

Results from each athlete:

  • Eliza English (Y9): Equal 4th 15 years High Jump (1.50m)
  • Bella Kachel (Y10): 5th 16 years Javelin (30.16m)
  • Kendal Henderson (Y10): Equal 4th 16 years Long Jump (4.67m) & 4th 16 years 400m (1:02.39)
  • Sophie Kavanagh (Y12): 1st 18 -19 years Javelin (35.23m) & 1st 18-19 years Long Jump (5.36m)
  • Maya McMullen (Y12): 5th 18-19 years High Jump (1.35m)
  • Arabella Price (Y12): 1st 18+ years 800m (2:30.74) & 3rd 18-19 years 400m (1:04.55)
  • Indianna Wijeyesinghe (Y7): Equal 5th 13 years Javelin (25.04m) (New PB!)
  • Tessa Young (Y6): 6th in the 100m and 6th in the 200m
  • Ella Pattie (Y5): competed in the U11 girls High Jump

NSW All Schools Athletics

Over the first weekend of the school holidays, 6 Loreto girls competed at NSW All Schools Athletics Championships at Sydney Olympic Park. The girls achieved some great results including:

  • Sophie Kavanagh – 1st in 19 Years Long Jump
  • Sofia Storgato – PBs in 15 Years 100m (27th overall) and 200m (30th overall)
  • Caitlin Shannon – 22nd in 14 Years 400m
  • Bella Kachel – 8th in 16 Years Javelin
  • Claudia Wilson – 7th in 16 Yrs 2000m Steeplechase
  • Arabella Price – 4th in 19 Years 400m Hurdles

IGSA Grand Finals

Congratulations to the following IGSA Netball teams who won their IGSA Netball Grand Finals last term.

  • LON05 (39-19 vs PYM07)
  • LON12 (27-18 vs LON13)
  • LON14 (27-13 vs ABB17)
  • LON15 (39-26 vs ASC06)
  • LON18 (27-19 vs BRI16)

Spring Rowing Camp

In the second week of the Term 3 holidays the Loreto Normanhurst Rowing Squad engaged in a multi-day Spring Mini Camp to practice their skills and reinvigorate their passion for rowing.

Using the Sydney International Regatta Centre as the primary venue, the camp consisted of 4 days of training for the Junior and Intermediate age groups, while our Senior Squad was based in Emu Plains at the Nepean River for 4 days followed by 2 days at the Regatta Centre.

The rowers improved their skills in the boat with the close attention of their coaches. All rowers participated in a sports nutrition seminar, presented by Jessica Spendlove, to teach the values of good nutrition and hydration. Each day presented new milestones for both individuals and the squad as a whole despite the dreary weather.

From the first time getting in a boat for our Juniors to the first time our Seniors completed 10km on the rowing machine, Spring Mini Camp saw the return of the infamous “Bell Session” in which all students performed to their absolute potential working in vertical teams to complete the physical challenge. Our Senior rowers showed tremendous heart and determination in leading the squad to success across the whole week.

We were also very pleased to welcome our 2022 – 2023 Captain of Boats, Josie Sims (Year 11) and Vice-Captain of Boats, Genevieve Bolster (Year 11). Josie and Genevieve are looking forward to leading the shed culture of Normo Rowing and watching the rowers develop as athletes and young women.

Thank you to all of our fantastic rowers, coaches, parents, and partners who make our camps possible. They are a wonderful experience for our students and allow the Rowing Program to begin building confidence and culture in and around the boat shed. Normo Rowing is looking forward to Term 4 and Term 1 2023 competition season!

NSW State Rugby 7’s Championships

Congratulations to Scarlett Mitchell (Year 7) and Grace Kellahan (Year 7) who were both selected to compete at the NSW State Rugby 7’s Championships in Forster over the school break. Their team won their division against some very tough competition!

Sport Upcoming Dates and Events

Monday, 17 October

  • Term 1 2023 Saturday Sport Nominations OPEN

Monday, 24 October

  • Term 1 2023 Saturday Sport Nominations CLOSE

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.

Knox Grammar Musical

Tickets are now on sale for Knox Grammar School’s 2022 Junior Musical production of High School Musical Jr.

Featuring the talents of Years 7-9 students from Knox Grammar School, and invited schools, Loreto Normanhurst, Abbotsleigh, Pymble Ladies’ College & Ravenswood School for Girls – this is a show not to be missed!

Dates: Thursday 27 October, Friday 28 October, Saturday 29 October

Performances commence at 7pm (approx. 1 hour run time, no interval)

Venue: Wenkart Theatre, Knox Grammar School

7-11 Woodville Avenue, Wahroonga


General Admission: $25

Concession: $15

We can’t wait to see you there!

For any additional enquiries please contact

Community Engagement Team Updates

Upcoming Events

Primary School Christmas Creations

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

Join us for a fun afternoon of Gingerbread House making! Kits are $45 (one house per student & parent) and includes all ingredients, gingerbread house, icing and lollies. You are welcome to bring along your own lollies to personalise your gingerbread house.

Spaces are limited and unfortunately no RSVPs after the RSVP date will be accepted.

Click here for the invitation.

Click here to book tickets.

Secondary Students - Build at home Gingerbread Kits Available

Please note: The booking link below is for Secondary families and only Primary families who can’t attend the Primary School Christmas Creations event 

Gingerbread House Kits are also available for Secondary families to buy! Kits are $45 and will be shipped directly to you. Kits are available in traditional gingerbread, chocolate gingerbread and gluten free and are available to purchase until Wednesday, 30 November.

Click here for the invitation.

Purchase your kit here.

Parent Association Updates

Don’t forget to check out the Spring Fair page for all the information and updates regarding the Spring Fair! Only 16 days to go! Please see below for the upcoming meeting dates.

PAL Merchandise now available for purchase!

PAL is excited to announce a new range of merchandise that has been curated especially for our Loreto Normanhurst community.

Are you in need of a cap or visor, jacket or puffer vest while you stand on the sideline cheering your daughter on? Looking for a big umbrella to keep you dry during this wet season? Does dad need a new pair of socks for Christmas? We will have you kitted out in LN branded gear in no time!

Click here to purchase PAL Merchandise.

Please note, all orders will be available for collection at the Spring Fair.

The Loreto Normanhurst 125 Years Cookbook has arrived!

After more than a year in the making, we are so excited to share our beautiful commemorative Cookbook with the Loreto Normanhurst community. Many people collected their orders this week and around 500 books have already been posted out across the country. We have had tremendous and heart-warming feedback about the Cookbook, including those who burst into tears of overwhelming joy when first seeing it and stories about groups of students on the train with their noses buried in their copy! We've also had people who bought multiple copies during the pre-order period go on to buy more copies this week after seeing the quality of the finished product!

Due to the overwhelming support shown for pre-orders, PAL was able to finance the purchase of extra copies. These will be available to buy at the Spring Fair or can be ordered via the Normo Network shop here.

If you have any questions relating to the Cookbook, please feel free to contact us at

Thank you for your support!

LN Cookbook Committee

Upcoming Dates

Spring Fair Meeting

  • Wednesday, 19 October
  • 6:30pm
  • Cahill Seminar Room

Spring Fair Meeting

  • Wednesday, 26 October
  • 6:30pm
  • Cahill Seminar Room

Year 7 End of Year Function

  • Friday, 11 November

Join us for end of year drinks at the Hotel Pennant Hills on Friday, 11 November. There is no cost to attend but please RSVP via the link below as numbers are limited. All drinks and food will be at your own expense.

Click here to RSVP.

Year 9 End of Year Function

  • Friday, 18 November
  • More details to come

Notice of the Parent Association of Loreto Annual General Meeting

  • Wednesday, 23 November
  • 6:30pm

The Parent Association of Loreto Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 23 November at 6:30pm onsite at School.

The Parent Association of Loreto (PAL) is the official representation of parents and guardians of students at the school. We encourage parents/guardians of students from all year levels to join the Executive Committee and be part of the wider committee in non-executive roles so that we can truly be a representative body. Being part of the Committee is a great way to be involved with the school community and to meet other parents.

If you would like to nominate to be on the PAL Executive Committee or be part of the wider Committee in non-executive roles such as a Year Parent Representative or on the event planning team for 2023, please see below for the position descriptions and nomination form.

We look forward to having you on the team!

Click here for Nomination Form & Position Descriptions - (this is a fillable form)

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or any general queries in relation to the Parent Association at Loreto Normanhurst at 

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