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School News- 3 February 2023

Welcome to 2023 at Normo! Please note important whole school news and events as well as start of year information across pastoral, learning and extra-curricular.
3 Feb 2023
School Newsletter

Whole School News and Events

2021 Yearbook is now available!

It is with much delight that we present the 2021 Yearbook. In keeping up with our responsibility as an ecology-centred school, we have developed the Yearbook digitally so you can relive your best moments and memories from Year 7 to graduation with just a few clicks. The 2021 Yearbook is immersive, interactive and compelling and we invite you to celebrate and reminisce in the stories and photos from your time at Loreto Normanhurst.

Click here to access the digital 2021 Yearbook

How to purchase a printed copy

We know that for some families, a printed copy of the Yearbook is important to have as a special memento of your time at Loreto. Therefore we are happy to share that there are limited printed copies available for purchase.

Click here to purchase a hardcopy of the 2021 Yearbook

Welcome to 2023 Parent Drinks

The social calendar kick off event! Join us for a night of catching up, meeting new faces for what will be a fabulous night!

Friday 17 February 2023


7:00pm – 9:30pm

Tickets - $45 per person – Book here

Open Day 2023!

Join us for Open Day on Saturday, 4 March

On Open Day we welcome new families who are interested in a Loreto education for their daughter. Families can enjoy a student-led tour of the school, hear from our Principal and other key staff, see classroom displays and chat to our girls and staff.

It is compulsory for students to attend a nominated time on Open Day.

We encourage our parents to come along and connect with prospective families and voluteer at one of the PAL stalls. Keep an eye out for more information on how you can help on the day!

Music Festival - Save the Date

Friday, 24 March

Rehearsals began at the end of Term 4 last year and the girls are preparing their acts with enthusiasm and excitement. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

Pastoral News

Marysa Boland and Justin Madigan | Deans of Pastoral Care

Welcome Back!

Our School is once again filled with the buzz of student life as we welcome all new and current students back for 2023. Our students have made a positive start to the school year, and we congratulate them on their calm and respectful approach. As we begin, students have been working with their Heads of House to review the guidelines and expectations about behaviour and various school policies to ensure respectful and safe behaviour. These conversations and reminders will be ongoing throughout the year. We draw your attention to the Student Handbook for essential information, especially pages 14-18 for information on behaviour, bullying, harassment and drugs and alcohol, pages 21-23 regarding uniform, pages 26-27 regarding ICT and pages 32-34 on attendance. Please discuss these pages with your daughter and we look forward to your support in these matters. Each student received their Student Handbook this week.

Open Circle Immersion

Year 7 students will enjoy their Open Circle immersion experience next week from Wednesday, 8 February to Friday, 10 February in Tallong. This is a wonderful opportunity and we wish them well.

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is an international event promoting the need for a safe internet environment for all people and this year’s theme is ‘Connect, Reflect, Protect.’ We will be discussing Safer Internet Day and our school ICT policies in our House time next week. We encourage you to discuss your family technology plan around the use of devices at home. One simple and effective strategy is for mobile phones to be switched off in the evening at a designated time and not left in your daughter’s bedroom. A valuable resource for families is The Office of the eSafety Commissioner. Please click here for their eSafety Education 2023 Parent/Carer Webinar schedule and registering details. We also have our own Loreto Normanhurst Cybersafety Hub for further tips and information.

As we begin a new school year, we look forward to working in partnership with you and your daughters.

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.

Learning News

Year 10 AAS Testing

Thursday, 9 February 2023

On Thursday, 9 February, Year 10 will complete a series of educational tests in Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, Spelling and Written Expression. The tests will be conducted on behalf of the school by Academic Assessment Services (AAS) and will provide valuable information as to the progress of the students. These results, in conjunction with other results from students’ ongoing assessments, help us to plan more effectively to meet the needs of each student and the year group as a whole. Results will be provided to families when available. Students will need to bring either a blue or black pen, a scientific calculator and a water bottle. Laptops will not be required and students are not required to study for the tests. If a student is absent on the day, a catch up exam has been scheduled on Tuesday, 7 March.

The testing will commence at the start of the school day and students have been requested to assemble in the Top Quad where the roll will be marked. The testing will conclude at 12:30pm, where students will return to normal classes after lunch. If you have any questions, please email the Learning Office.

Study Skills Website

Our school currently subscribes to a study skills website from Dr Prue Salter – Enhanced Learning Educational Services.

This website will help students develop essential skills for academic success. There are units of work on improving time management skills, how to study, research skills, summarising, technology use, brain and memory and much more. Everything students need to know about becoming a powerful learner and improving their marks at school can be found on this site. For example, learn how the colour of the room affects the ability to study, what the best study techniques are for different types of brains, how to improve handwriting and useful software and Apps to block technology distractions.

There are also lots of useful handouts, grids and planners at the bottom of the 'Things to Print' page.

To access the handbook, click here and login with these details:

  • Username: loretonh
  • Password: loretonh

The more of this website you can work through, the more you will set yourself up for academic success.

Year 12 Academic Plenaries – Save the Date Thursday, 16 February 3:30pm-8:00pm

Academic Plenaries are opportunities for students, supported by teachers, to share their learning progress with their parents and receive valuable feedback. Teachers will be available for 5 minute meetings on the 16 February 2023 from between 3:30 pm and 8:00pm. The plenaries will be held via Zoom and only one booking per teacher can be made for each student. PLEASE NOTE: This is the only date allocated for Year 12 Plenaries.

Parents will be notified via email when the PTO System is available for bookings on Monday, 13 February. If you have any questions, please email the Learning Office.

Careers Updates

Mrs Katrina Smith and 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.

Sport News

Eliza King (Year 12) has been training with the NSW U18 Women’s Softball team for several months leading up to the National Tournament in Perth, WA. The tournament was held over 5 days, from 7-11 January, during which time NSW played 12 games and were undefeated, giving up just 14 runs in the whole tournament. Eliza batted strongly throughout the tournament and played at left field. In the Grand Final against Western Australia, NSW won 6-0 after 7 innings, with Eliza contributing one of those runs.

The team brought home the Elinor Mackenzie shield which Queensland had held for the last 5 years.

Oratory News

Mock Trial

Congratulations to the Mock Trial Team who were selected at the end of last year. We wish the team the best of luck as they begin preparation for this year’s competition.

  • Anika Banerji, Y10
  • Elina Banerji, Y10
  • Alexis de Zotti, Y11
  • Hannah Frith, Y11
  • Elizabeth Ie, Y11
  • Ella Khoury, Y11
  • Grace Parker, Y10
  • Catherine Ye, Y11

Extra-Curricular Fair

Monday, 6 February

We are looking forward to meeting with students in Year 7-12. Don’t forget to pop down to the EC Fair to see what is on offer this year for EC at Loreto Normanhurst.

Public Speaking Nominations

Nominations close: Wednesday, 8 February at 5:00pm

Students who are interested in participating in this year’s CSDA Public Speaking Competition and the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition should complete this form.

For further information about CSDA click here.

For further information about Rostrum click here.

To register for these comps please use this link.

Public Speaking Try Outs

Friday, 10 February

Students in Years 8-12 who nominate for Rostrum and CSDA will be invited to try out for these competitions. Tryouts will commence from 3:30pm and conclude at 5:00pm. Time slots will be emailed to registered students to nominate their time. Where possible try outs will be conducted face to face, however virtual sessions will also be made available.

Tuesday, 14 February

Year 7 Students who nominate for Rostrum and CSDA will be invited to try out for these competitions. Tryouts will commence from 3:30pm and conclude at 4:30pm. Time slots will be emailed to registered students to nominate their time. Where possible try outs will be conducted face to face, however virtual sessions will also be made available.

Senior Ethics Olympiad

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to participate in the Senior Ethics Olympiad teams in 2023.

Year 11

  • Jessica Ingham
  • Phoebe Zammit
  • Isabella Lynch
  • Tahlia Moses
  • Kaya Verma
  • Lucy Harrison

Year 10

  • Grace Parker
  • Rose Cunningham
  • Anika Banerji

Training will commence Wednesday, 8 February.

Mock Mediation

Nominations for Mock Mediation are now open. Students who are in Year 9 and 10 this year are invited to try out for this year’s team. Further information about this competition can be found on the Law Society’s Website. Students interested should visit the Oratory Stand at the EC Fair and should register to try out via this form. We also encourage you to review further information on Mock Mediation 2023 here.

Debating Nominations Open

Saturday, 11 February

Nominations will be available through Canvas and Sentral. They will also be made available in the next newsletter.

High School Public Speaking Workshop

Monday, 13 February

Year 7 students are invited to a lunch time workshop introducing them to High School Public Speaking. Students who are interested in participating in Public Speaking Competitions like CSDA or Rostrum are encouraged to attend.

There is no registration required for this activity.

Students will have a chance to work with Senior Public Speakers.

Oratory Club

Oratory Club in Term 1 will once again focus on developing public speaking skills. This four-week workshop will be run by oratory staff and is designed for students of all experience levels and abilities. Oratory Club runs from 3:30pm – 4:30pm and will commence in Week 4 of this term.

Further information can be found here.

Students are encouraged to find out more at the EC Fair and can nominate here.

Registrations will close Tuesday, 14 February.

YMCA Youth Parliament Nominations - OPEN

Students in Years 10-12 who are interested in public discourse, in politics, but more importantly the possibility to instigate real change in our governments and policies are encouraged to apply for 2023 Youth Parliament.

If you are interested – please email Ms O’Dwyer here outlining why you are interested.

UN Youth NSW State Conference

Open to students in Year 7-10. To register your interest with Ms O'Dwyer, click here.

Further information can be found here.

Coaches and Adjudicators

If you are interested in coaching and adjudicating the various teams please contact the Oratory Team here.

There are several positions available. Please send through your resume if you are interested. We would love to see our team of ex-student coaches grow.

Community Engagement Team Updates

Welcome back everyone! We hope everyone had a good holiday break. We look forward to seeing you and catching up at one of the events below!

Women of Influence – Save the Date!

Wednesday, 8 March

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Curran Theatre

Primary Parent Dinner – Save the Date!

Wednesday, 15 March

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Gonzaga Barry Centre, Level 3

Generations Morning Tea

An event for parents and family members who are alumnae of a Loreto school and have a daughter/relative at Loreto Normanhurst.

Friday 17 March

8:00am – 9:30am

Parent Association Updates

Tuition Fee Raffle 2022 – Congratulations to our winner!

Our 2022 Tuition Fee Raffle was drawn on Friday, 20 January. This raffle was a chance to win a $15,000 credit on your 2023 school fees. Thank you to everyone who supported this raffle and congratulations to our lucky winner JL, ticket number 69. 

Parent Association General Meeting

Wednesday, 15 February


Cahill Seminar Room, Library

Join us for the first Parent Association meeting of the year and hear about the plans for Term 1 and the year ahead!

All parents are welcome.

If you would like to join this meeting via Zoom, please email for the link.

Parent Association Merchandise!

PAL’s merchandise has been restocked and available for purchase!

Get your Normo cap, umbrella, puffer vest, bag and socks via the NormoNetwork Shop here.

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