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School News- 25 November 2022

As Term 4 comes to an end we celebrate many student achievements and the success of the Swimming Carnival. Please see important information relating to 2023.
25 Nov 2022
School Newsletter
Mental Health Youth Forum, Y10
Mental Health Youth Forum, Y10

Campion Booklists and Additional Purchase Lists

We are pleased to advise that the Secondary 2023 Campion Booklists are now available and can be ordered at Please use the following Access Code to order: ‘PFB9’

You will need to place your order as soon as possible, by Tuesday, 6 December 2022 at the latest, to ensure your daughter receives her books in time for her next year. It is anticipated that your order will be delivered to your home, office or any other nominated address by Friday, 13 January 2023.

Please also find attached the Additional Purchases List outlining the specific stationery and additional materials required for each subject; and information regarding our second hand text books service through the Sustainable School Shop.


For more information click here.

Uniform Shop Update

The last day of trade for the Uniform Shop is Thursday, 1 December 2022. However, the Uniform Shop will be open for two days of trading over the holiday period:

  • Monday, 23 January - 9:30 am to 3:30pm
  • Tuesday, 24 January – 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 1. It is available 24/7 at

Give the Gift of Education

The Loreto Normanhurst Ex-Students' Association (ESA) has pledged to match YOUR donation to the Bursary Fund or Indigenous Scholarship Fund as part of this year’s Christmas Bursary Appeal.

Every donation made before Christmas will be doubled by the ESA, up to a total of $50,000.

This means any donation you make will have twice the impact in helping promising young women like Lua, Tessa, Sarah and Grace achieve their academic and personal potential. These incredible young women have made the most of the opportunities offered to them at Loreto Normanhurst through the Bursary program and have continued to use their gifts to make their mark on the world.

Read their stories here.

With only a few weeks to go until Christmas, please join those who have already generously supported the campaign by making a tax-deductible donation to the School’s Bursary Fund or Indigenous Scholarship Fund. Through your support, which will be matched by the ESA, you’ll give the gift of a brighter future to a young girl this Christmas.


Year 7-11 Awards Ceremony

We are pleased to advise that we will be livestreaming the 7-11 Awards Ceremony, at 1:15pm on Thursday, 1 December.

Should you wish to watch online please click on the link to join. Password: LNHAwards22

You are of course welcome to join us in the Gym, please RSVP HERE by 5:00pm Tuesday, 29 November.

A copy of the program will be emailed to all parents next week, prior to the ceremony.

Year 10 (2023) Loreto Normanhurst and Red Earth Immersion

Recording Link:
Passcode: RedEarth2023

Pastoral News

It has been wonderful to welcome our new Year 7 parents and students on campus for their Plenaries following a very successful Orientation Day. This experience is about building relationships and spending time with Advisors and getting to know one another. Starting High School is exciting and we look forward to partnering with our newest families in 2023.

Pastoral Upcoming

Normo Fusion Assembly

We are excited to have our inaugural Normo Fusion Assembly next Wednesday in the gymnasium. All 8 Houses have been busy rehearsing for the Assembly. This year’s theme is ‘The Circus Is Coming To Town’ and we cannot wait to see how this is interpreted. Normo Fusion brings together the Creative Arts, Music and Performing Arts with each House having a maximum of 3 minutes to perform something that relates to the theme in some way. The winning House will also have the chance to audition for the first half of Music Festival in Term 1.

Reminders for 2023

The summer holidays are fast approaching and not only is this a time for relaxation, rest and fun times with our family and friends, but, it can also be a time for our students to stop and think about the year that was and what they hope to achieve in the year ahead. Students will receive some tips from the Pastoral team next week about making the most of their holidays to self-care, which includes tips to reduce the stress of transitions and starting back at school in 2023. Please support your daughters in encouraging them to independently get organised, check their uniform and equipment is ready for 2023 and implement healthy habits in the holidays that can set them up for success. Holidays are wonderful, however, keeping a routine is just as important as waking up at a regular time, doing some exercise and eating well.

We wish all our families and students a restful break. In 2023, we will return in a staggered fashion with Year 5, 6, 7, 12 and new Year 8 to 11 students returning on Monday, 30 January 2023 and Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 students returning on Tuesday, 31 January 2023.

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.

Kids Giving Back

Over the recent September/October school holidays, Iona Roy (Y7) was among close to 500 young people who produced over 7,500 hot meals, cold meals, fruit kebabs, breakfast boxes, snack packs and care packs which all included empathetic, positive messages on each item. These were then distributed to 9 charities around Sydney.

Mental Health Youth Forum

On Tuesday,18 October, eight students from Year 10 were selected to attend the Mental Health Youth Forum organised by the Hornsby-Kuring-gai Youth Network and Ryde-Hunters Hill Youth Network.  Together with students from many other schools, our girls took part in a variety of activities to increase awareness about the signs and stigmas associated with mental health concerns as well as to explore effective strategies for managing and boosting mental health and wellbeing. They met with specialists, clinicians, and other service providers in addition to listening to guest speakers and attending short lectures on stress and mental health. One of the highlights of the day was a workshop that allowed our girls to analyse the pastoral program at Loreto Normanhurst and develop an initiative to implement when returning to school. After reflecting on the strengths of our current programs and the importance that Loreto Normanhurst places on the mental health and wellbeing of all students, they utilised their voice and creativity to brainstorm ways to enhance these areas further. Our Year 10s confidently presented their proposal to professionals and other student representatives at the Forum, and their perceptive ideas were shared with the Pastoral Team back at school.

“We found that the Mental Health Youth Forum at Macquarie University gave us a better understanding on how we can manage our mental health during stressful times. The guest speakers were very insightful and informative as we felt we could relate with them. We think that the information we learnt would be beneficial for our school community to hear and learn. Hearing the pitches from other schools about ideas that they would want to implement and being provided the opportunity to be able to come up with our own ideas for Loreto Normanhurst was an eye opening experience.”

Erika San Diego, Keara Walsh, Lucy Knox, Lauren Meaney

Schools Reconciliation Challenge Finalists

This year LN submitted over 19 entries from Year 5-9 into this year’s Schools Reconciliation Challenge. In exciting news, 3 of our student submissions are finalists.

The theme this year was “From River to Sea: Our Island Home”

  • Ava Muir, Y9, High School Art, “Our Vision”

  • Kaitlyn Ha, Y7, High School Art, “River to land – Riverbank Marine Animals”

  • Maya Dias, Y9, Writing, “Searching for the spirit of our island home” - Read Maya's poem here.

Students had the choice to create an artwork or piece of writing and had to submit the following:

  • Artworks: 2D or digital, maximum size of A1. Must be accompanied by an Artist’s Statement
  • Writing: maximum 500 words, original creative writing that explore the theme. Must be accompanied by a Writer’s Reflection.

Maya has also excitingly accepted the offer to do a reading of her written piece (poem) during the awards ceremony.

Students will be attending the Schools Reconciliation Awards Ceremony afternoon on Monday, 28 November.

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.

Secondary Swimming Carnival

On Wednesday, 23 November was the first full scale carnival held since 2019. It was such a great atmosphere to see the whole School back together at Sydney International Aquatic Centre, to remind us of how strong our community spirit is. There were times during the day that the stands were almost empty with the number of students participating in events, which is a credit to the level of participation on the day.

A big thank you to all the staff who were involved, including the House and Sport Captains; who were influential in ensuring the day will not be forgotten for many years to come.

We will be announcing all the official results next week!

Sport Updates

IGSA/IPSHA Sport for 2022

This weekend marks the last round of IGSA/IPSHA Sport for 2022. We are so proud of our girls achievements for what has been a year and even more excited for the things to come in 2023!

Loreto Normanhurst Regatta

Tomorrow marks the first Loreto Normanhurst Regatta at the Sydney International Regatta Centre since 2019. It will be an occasion filled with so much felicity, competition and ‘Normo’ spirit.  We wish our Rowers the best of luck, and we know you will represent the School with pride and passion. We will also be cheering the team on at the Loreto Kiribilli Regatta on Sunday, 27 November. A big weekend of Rowing ahead!

Oratory News

Thank you to all staff and students and parents who have been involved with Oratory this year. Our program continues to grow and we look forward to bringing new opportunities forward in 2023.

Primary Debating

Congratulations to our Primary teams who have had two debates against Pymble Ladies College the last two weeks. The girls did an exceptional job with both teams winning one debate each.

Thanks to their Year 10 Coaches and to the Senior Debaters who adjudicated.

My First Speech - Canberra

Tahlia, Y10 and her family travelled to Canberra this week to present her winning speech in Parliament House!

Congratulations Tahlia – what an opportunity! You can see Tahlia’s live speech here.

Tahlia also did an interview with the Speaker of the Lower House Mr Milton Dick, MP for Oxley. You can see that interview here. The winning students were also recognised during Question Time on the 23rd of November by the Speaker of the House.

Tahlia was also able to meet with several politicians during her time away and see the inner workings of our government.

Community Engagement Team Updates

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

AGM Wrap Up - $150,000 donation to the School for 2022!

The PAL AGM was held this week and we are delighted to share with parents that through the collective work of PAL this year including our events like Open Day, the City Country Mothers’ Lunch, various year parent events, projects like the 125 Cookbook, the introduction of the PAL Merchandise and the big one, the Spring Fair, PAL are able to make a $150,000 donation to the School for 2022.

This is an amazing result, and we couldn’t have done it without you and your support this year. Thank you to all the parent volunteers, parent reps and to the PAL Committee for all their efforts this year. 

The donations will go towards some sustainability projects planned over the summer break and towards the new Boarding House.

2023 Parent Association Executive Committee

The Parent Association Executive Committee for 2023 was elected at the AGM and the new committee look forward to working with you in 2023.

Position Name
President Kath Walton
Co-Vice President Sally Lee
Co-Vice President Jo Jenkins
Treasurer Lukas Aviani
Secretary Jane Wilkins
Boarder Liaisons Rebecca Heath & Jackie Collins
General Committee Members

Peter Bentley

Phil Henville

Kim Miller

Dana Stojanovski

Kerrie Besgrove

Mark Sullivan

Michelle Whelan

Parent Association Tuition Fee Raffle – Less than half of the tickets remain!

The Parent Association of Loreto Normanhurst Tuition Fee Raffle for 2022 is NOW OPEN!

This is the last fundraising initiative for 2022 and less than half of the tickets remain!

The prize is an opportunity to win a $15,000 credit on your 2023 School fees, which will go a long way in helping one lucky family.

Tickets are $106 each (including all booking fees) and there are only 350 tickets available. Be quick because less than half of the tickets remain. 

Click here to purchase your tickets

Click here for Full Raffle Terms & Conditions

If you have any questions, please contact

125 Cookbook – A great gift for Christmas!

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 be purchased on the Normo Shop here

The Cookbook is also available for purchase at the Uniform Shop.

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

2023 Planning Meeting – Year Parents, Events & Volunteers

6:30pm, Tuesday, 29 November 2022 – Online via Zoom

If you would like to hear more about the work of PAL or be a Year Parent Rep for your daughter’s year group for 2023, come along to the Zoom Meeting to find out more! All are welcome

Please email to receive the Zoom link

Year 8 End of Year Drinks

Thursday, 1 December

6pm, The Diddy – Longueville Sporting Club – 243 Longueville Road, Longueville

Please RSVP here for numbers purposes. Drinks and food can be purchased at the bar on the night.

Parents, kids & siblings all welcome!

Year 6 End of Primary Celebration

6:30pm, 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 Friday, 2 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.

Transdev NSW Transport Information

The new school year presents an ideal opportunity to reinforce the important requirement that all students must tap on and off with a valid Opal card every time they travel. This informs how many people use our services, which helps to ensure that our services meet the needs of your school community.

In preparation for Term 1 in 2023, we encourage you to take the following steps:

  • Check if your child is eligible for a School Opal card by visiting (School Student Transport Scheme website)
  • Ensure your child has a valid Opal card ready for the start of Term 1
  • Chat to your child about tapping on and tapping off on every journey
  • Apply for a replacement School Opal card if your child has misplaced theirs

Click here for more information.

Click here for the guide.

Important Term Dates

Date Event
Thursday, 1 December 2022 Last Day of Term
Monday, 30 January 2023 First Day of Term, 5, 6, 7, 12 and new 8-11
Tuesday, 31 January 2023 First Day of Term, 8-11


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