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School News- 11 November 2022

This week, our Year 10 students had a successful day of 'Mock Interviews' while our Secondary Choir and Vocal Ensemble performed at Relay for Life. Don't forget to get behind our Christmas Appeals.
11 Nov 2022
School Newsletter
Women for the World, lunch
Women for the World, lunch

Christmas Bursary Appeal

It has been another wonderful and fulfilling year at Loreto Normanhurst.

This year, in which we celebrate our 125th anniversary, has given us many moments to reflect upon what it means to be a member of the Loreto Normanhurst community and how our girls’ futures are shaped by their time here. It is evident a Loreto Normanhurst education is forever: that the love of learning, character, and friendships formed here stay with our girls long after they’ve left.

In carrying on Mary Ward’s belief and commitment, we are dedicated to ensuring all girls have access to a Loreto Normanhurst education through our Bursary Program and Indigenous Scholarship Program.

Through donations, we are able to support girls who may not have the means to access a Loreto Normanhurst education, but are no less deserving.

As Christmas draws near, we are calling upon our community to consider contributing to our Bursary Fund or Indigenous Scholarship Fund, to give the gift of a brighter future to other promising young women.

This Christmas, your donation will go even further

For the first time, the Loreto Normanhurst Ex-Students’ Association has pledged to match every donation to the Christmas Bursary Appeal, up to a total of $50,000. This means every gift, large or small, will be DOUBLED in value.

Help us light the way for a girl who can change the world

This giving season, I urge you to make a tax-deductible gift to our Bursary Fund or Indigenous Scholarship Fund and light the way for our young women; a light that will shed brightly into their future and, ultimately, into the future of our world.

Thank you for your generosity.

Click here for more information or to donate.

Christmas Cards

These Christmas cards will help to give the gift of a Loreto Normanhurst education, with all proceeds going to our Christmas Bursary Appeal.

10 pack of Loreto Normanhurst Christmas cards. Featuring 10 artworks designed by Loreto Normanhurst students in Year 5-9.

Collection from school available. Australia-wide postage is $6 for the first pack, and $3 for the second and subsequent packs.

Click here to purchase.

Broken Bay Catholic Mission Mass

Charlotte Hudson (Ecology Captain)

On Thursday, 20 October, Mia Hallinan (Social Justice Captain) Saskia Chapman (Liturgy Captain) and myself attended the Broken Bay Catholic Mission Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara, Celebrated by Fr. Brendan Lee. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity this year to physically attend Mass with multiple Catholic schools in the Broken Bay diocese, after a couple years of covid restrictions not making this possible. October is World Mission Month and this year the focus was on how we as Catholics are responding to the call of Pope Francis, to be witnesses of love in the world and walk hand-in-hand with the people of Ethiopia. We were very fortunate to be able to listen to some powerful speeches on the impact Catholic Mission is having in Africa and how we can continue to help those in need. The mass consisted of; uplifting and empowering hymns which brought the community together in prayer and harmony, a homily that assisted us to reflect on what it means to be a witness of Christ, and Prayers of the Faithful reinforcing our sense of justice for those in need. It was a great experience for us to step into our new roles and understand what it means to be a leader in the world.

Pastoral News

Police Talk to Year 10

On Wednesday, Constable Darren Cairnes addressed Year 10 on important themes of consent, their rights, online safety and looking after each other. He reminded Year 10 that violence in our modern world can occur in a variety of ways, and updated them on current scams and how to report online or image based abuse via the eSafety Commissioner website.

Orientation Day

We were very excited to welcome our 2023 Year 7 students and new Year 8 -11 students, as well as their families, on Thursday November 10. Our boarding students enjoyed a special sleepover, and our new students experienced a range of fun activities with their Advisor, Head of House and House Captain. It was especially lovely to welcome our new families onsite also, and spend some time with them in an information session and at morning tea.

Pastoral Updates

Normo Fusion Assembly

Performances are gearing up for our Normo Fusion event in our last week of school! Houses are busy preparing and rehearsing for this special event that aims to boost House spirit and showcase our students’ creative talents!

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.

Social Justice News

This week, Emma Taylor (Y7), Annabel Ing (Y7), Zoe O’Neil (Y9) and Eloise Whitfield (Y6) had the great honour and privilege to attend Caritas’ Women for the World Luncheon. They were fortunate enough to hear from Kirsty Robertson, the CEO for Caritas Australia, who shared stories of the work that Caritas engages in, in countries such as Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. To have the opportunity to hear of the impact that our small acts of community service, fundraising and awareness raising can have, was an invaluable experience for the students in attendance.

Meanwhile back at school, the remainder of our students, heard from Magdalene. Magdalene, is a sports journalist, who came to Australia seeking asylum in 2018 after facing danger and death threats because of her activism in support of human rights back in her home country of Sierra Leone. Magdalene was able to make Australia her home, with the support of Catholic organisations, such as the Jesuit Refugee Services. Students heard firsthand how their generosity and acts of justice, with events such as the Term 3 Food Drive and the Lasagnes with Love, can really change a life and provide much needed support for those in need.

It is with this in mind, of “small acts, big impacts”, that I would like to continue to encourage all families and students to get behind the annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal and continue to bring in donations for the Christmas Hampers. Students can drop off donations at the Primary School Reception or their Head of House. Please see the list of items students are encouraged to donate:

Year 5 and 6 Candy canes, Mince pies, Bon bons, Gravox, Custard powder, Baby foods, Nappies, Christmas cake
Year 7 Tinned meats, Tinned pudding, Tins of tuna/salmon, Canned vegetables including peas, beans, carrots, potatoes, beetroot, corn, mushrooms, canned soup
Year 8 Tea bags, Weetbix, Long life milk, Cereal, Powdered Milk
Year 9 Salad dressings, Sugar, tomato paste, Jelly crystals, Biscuits
Year 10 Dried beans, lentils, Instant noodles, Pasta sauce, Pasta meals, Pasta, rice
Year 11

Disposable razors, Feminine hygiene, Kleenex Shampoo/conditioner, Soaps

Tooth care, Shaving cream, Deodorant

Careers Updates

Ms Alexi Kayes | Careers Advisor

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.

Year 10 Mock Interviews

On Friday, 4 November Year 10 students participated in ‘Mock Interviews’ as part of their Careers program.

Students were given an opportunity to meet with a member of our Loreto Normanhurst community, a university representative or a career-based representative. They also had an opportunity to ask questions to their interviewers about their career areas of interest and the world of work.

For senior students, interview skills remain as important as ever. Universities and private colleges are commonly interviewing students for potential university positions and for other opportunities such as GAP year programs, residential colleges and early entry programs.

The Mock Interview program aimed to assist students to gain confidence in talking about their own achievements and strengths in a professional environment. We were delighted to host almost 50 interviewers from a variety of career paths. A sincere thank you to our volunteers for your participation, enthusiasm and for inspiring our students with your knowledge and career stories.

Prior to the interview, some students were excited to participate, whilst others were unsure what to expect. Teachers were so delighted to see and hear about the sense of achievement after completing their interviews and so inspired to see the feedback our students received.

Some quotes from our interviewers:

  • “I thought the girls were amazing! So impressed with their level of self insight and how articulate they are.”
  • “Loreto, again demonstrating exceptional teaching and learning. Preparing students for their introduction to a diverse and challenging workforce.”
  • “I was so impressed with all the candidates and was happy to hear from them that social justice and service remained important values enshrined at Loreto Normanhurst”

Some quotes from our students:

  • “I learned that it is important to not have plans set in stone for your future and that everything can change.”
  • “I enjoyed talking to a professional business woman about careers and the importance of communication in any workplace.”
  • “I learned that interviews aren't as scary as they seem, and as long as you prepare answers, are respectful and are open to having a general chat, it will be a nice experience.”

Congratulations to Year 10 – you have really made us proud!

Relay for Life Performance

Kathryn McGreal | Head of Music

Last weekend the Secondary Choir and Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Ms Karen Bruce accompanied by Ms Amy Putt performed at the annual ‘Relay for Life’ event at Rolf park Hornsby. The event was a wonderful opportunity for our choristers and soloists to perform live in concert and support this important community event that is organised each year to raise funds for Cancer research.

“ Our Choir performed ‘Journey to the Past’ and ‘Highlights from Dear Evan Hansen’, followed by Anabelle Whelan singing ‘Rubia’ by Zhou Shen and Vocal Ensemble with ‘Safe and Sound’ and ‘Can't Help Falling in Love’. We loved this experience as it was a great opportunity to support the talent of each other and be a part of an event that supported Cancer awareness”

Anna Rabeau, Year 11

Oratory News

My First Speech

Wednesday, 23 November

We wish Tahlia all the best as she travels to Canberra to deliver her winning speech from the My First Speech competition on the Wednesday, 23 November. Tahlia will have an opportunity to meet with Elected members of our Parliament and participate in a range of activities.

Mock Trial Try Outs/Senior Ethics Olympiad Try Outs

Students who nominated to participate in this activity have been sent try out information directly from the teachers involved.

‘Starlight’ Christmas Concert

Friday, 25 November, 6:30pm - 7:00pm

We warmly invite you to join us for the beginning of Advent at the ‘Starlight’ Christmas Concert.

Held in the beautiful Loreto Normanhurst Chapel, ‘Starlight’ is a celebration of Christmas featuring an outstanding line up of instrumental and vocal performances from our talented students and staff.

Tickets: $25 (tickets are limited)

All proceeds from this event will go towards our Christmas Bursary Appeal. Your generous gift to our Bursary (Welfare) Fund will be matched by  the Loreto Normanhurst Ex-Students’ Association. If you would like to make an additional donation, please click here.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Click here to view invitation.

Seeking Truth Seminar Four

Wednesday, 16 November 2022, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

We are delighted to invite all members of the Loreto Normanhurst Community to join us onsite or online for the next seminar in the 2022 'Seeking Truth' Seminar Series - an exciting series of interactive seminars about feminist theology and the role and experience of women in the Church.

This presentation will consider how and why theology can either be a transforming or disempowering mediator for change in Pasifika communities. Arguing that although theology has a powerful role to play in bringing about transformative change, much is largely dependent on the kinds of theologies we choose to privilege or perpetuate.

Presented by Rev Dr Seforosa Carroll who is an Australian Fijian-born Rotuman theologian who spent her formative years growing up in Lautoka, the western side of Viti Levu in Fiji. Rev Dr Carroll is currently the Programme Executive for Mission, Mission from the Margins with the World Council of Churches based in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining the WCC she worked with Uniting World as a theological researcher (on climate and gender) and the church partnerships manager (Pacific) facilitating church relationships in Australia and the Pacific.

RSVP here.

Community Engagement Team Updates

Upcoming Events

Build at home Gingerbread Kits Available – Purchase before November 30!

Build at Gingerbread House Kits are available for purchase! Kits are $45 and will be shipped directly to you. The purchase of each kit earns $15 in support of the Loreto Normanhurst Christmas Bursary Appeal. Kits are available in traditional gingerbread, chocolate gingerbread and gluten free and are available to purchase until November 30.

Purchase your kit here.

Parent Association Updates

Please see the Spring Fair page for the wrap on the Spring Fair 2022 including the details on the raffle winners!

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.

The Cookbook can also be purchased on the Normo 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

Parent Association Tuition Fee Raffle 2022

Win a $15,000 credit on your 2023 School Fees!

We are thrilled to announce that we are once again holding our Tuition Fee Raffle again this year, our last fundraising initiative for 2022.

This raffle is an opportunity to win a $15,000 credit on your 2023 school fees, which will go a long way to helping one lucky family.

  • Only 350 tickets will be sold at the price of $106 per ticket (including all booking fees)
  • The tickets will be sold via RaffleLink and once sold out, no more will be made available
  • There will only be ONE prize winner and ONE grand 1st prize of a $15,000 credit on tuition fees for 2023

The link to purchase tickets will be sent to families at 10:30am, Tuesday, 14 November. The closing date will be Friday, 20 January 2023, unless the 350 tickets sell out prior, with the draw taking place on the same day at 10:30am.

Please see the Terms and Conditions for further information. Click here for full terms and conditions.

Upcoming Dates

Year 10 Parent Dinner

Saturday, 19 November


Hanuman Thai, Turramurra

Click here to purchase tickets

Year 8 End of Year Drinks – Save the Date

Thursday, 1 December

More details to come shortly!

Year 6 End of Primary Celebration

Friday, 2 December

Epping Club

This event is for Year 6 Loreto Normanhurst girls and their parents/carers.

The time to celebrate the culmination of your daughter's primary schooling is closely approaching.

Please join us at The Year 6 Graduation Dinner to be held at the Epping Club on the 2nd December in the Grand Ballroom, 6:30pm-10:30pm. We hope to see you all there for a great evening of good food, fun and dancing.

Click here to purchase tickets. 

Please RVSP by Wednesday, 23 November.

Notice of the Parent Association of Loreto Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 23 November


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 no 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 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)

Click here to RSVP to attend the AGM and receive the relevant information. A Zoom link will be provided for those parents who are unable to attend online.

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

St Lucy's 2022 Raffle

All proceeds will go towards raising money for St Lucy's essential Family Support Program.

Prizes include:

  • A night away and $500 cash
  • A fantastic ladies pamper hamper
  • Toy Hampers that would make fabulous Christmas gifts
  • Gift cards for Floer Poer and St Ives Shopping Centre
  • Echo Smart Displays
  • Entertainment package
  • Books and candle hamper

Ticket prices: 1 Ticket for $10 | 3 Tickets for $25 | 10 tickets for $75 | 15 tickets for $100

Please visit: or scan the QR code on this flyer to purchase tickets.

Code Camp

Code Camp is currently on sale for the Summer holidays!

Get creative at tech school holiday camps.

See flyer here.

Book now, here.

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