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Primary News- 3 March 2023

Year 6 stepped up as leaders of the Primary School while Year 5 have been completing 40 Acts of Kindness for Lent. Make sure to check out the upcoming events and information on NAPLAN.
3 Mar 2023
School Newsletter
2023 Primary School Leaders
2023 Primary School Leaders

School News

Traffic Management Plan – Reminders & Update

Mrs Lynn Long | Deputy Principal

Our Traffic Management Plan was updated in Term 4 last year with changes to traffic flow and the new pick up drop off areas (PUDO’s). Safety is our priority, and I would like to remind parents of the key updates to the Traffic Management Plan that are enforceable at all times, during the school week and at Saturday Sport.

  • Observe the 10kmph speed limit on school grounds including in car parks and internal roads.
  • Be respectful of our neighbours in local streets and be mindful of illegal parking and note that U-turns are not permitted at any time.
  • Hornsby Council will be conducting spot checks in the coming weeks for any cars parked illegally eg obstructing driveways, double parked, parked in no standing/no stopping zones.
  • Observe the new one-way internal road system:
  • Entry and travel along the new Link Road is one way with exit onto Mount Pleasant Avenue
  • Entry and travel along the Oval Car Park is one way with exit onto Osborn Road at Gate 3
  • The Slip Road is no longer accessible to cars. Please do not make arrangements to drop off or pick up your daughter from the Slip Road at any time, including after hours.
  • After hours pick up is at with the Oval or Link Road PUDO. Please do not pick up from the Gate 1 Car Park.
  • Last week, an Automatic Gate at the end of the Link Road onto Mount Pleasant Avenue was commissioned. This gate will open when the sensors are triggered, so please approach the gate slowly and proceed through once the gates have fully opened. These gates will remain open during peak periods in the morning and afternoon to allow for the traffic to flow as smoothly as possible.
  • Observe Pick Up times:
    • Primary parents: do not arrive before 3:05pm
    • Secondary parents (and those with siblings in Year 5-6): do not arrive before 3:15pm
  • Year 12 student parking will continue to be available in the Oval Car Park.

Please refer to the key changes to the Traffic Management Plan here.

2023 Address Collection

The Department of Education has requested for Loreto Normanhurst to provide information to them, including residential address details for all students, for the purpose of calculating school funding.

The collection notice is available here.

Further information about the data collection is available here.

It is important for your details to be up to date on our school database for the purposes of this collection.

For Secondary School families who have had a change of address or a change in other contact details please email with your updated details.

For Primary School families who have had a change of address or a change in other contact details please email with your updated details.

Uniform Update

Senika Wilkinson | Uniform Shop Manager

Students are required to wear the Winter uniform in Terms 2 and 3.

Click here for the 2023 Winter Uniform checklist.

We encourage you to order your Winter uniform items via If assistance is required when purchasing your Winter uniform items, our very helpful Uniform Shop staff are happy to assist you by email or over the phone.

As the Uniform Shop is in the process of moving to The Cottage at 6 Mount Pleasant Avenue, we can only offer very limited fitting appointments of the Winter tunic and blouse, with payment via Flexischools, until further notice. Please email the Uniform Shop to make an appointment if you require a fitting.

Primary School orders will be delivered to the Primary School and Senior School orders may be collected from the Uniform Shop.
Please ensure your order is placed prior to Monday, 27 March as this will allow ample time for collection or delivery.

It Takes a Village – Meeting their Chaos with Your Calm

Thank you to the parents that were able to join us last Tuesday evening for the presentation from Shelly Acland; clinical psychologist and Loreto Normanhurst Counsellor Coordinator.

Please find a link to the recording of the evening below:


Password: LNHVillage23

Year 5 Lenten Deeds

As a class, 5R have been completing 40 Acts of Kindness for Lent. This has seen them achieve a variety of tasks that enable them to show appreciation for others, assist in understanding the world around them and supporting their social skills.

I enjoy the 40 acts of kindness because it helps us to make a daily habit out of being kind and to incorporate kindness in our everyday lives. It also reminds us about the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert during Lent.

Camilla Di Pietro

I liked the 40 acts of kindness because it gives us a reminder to always be kind and during lent, we can try and be the best person we can be. The 40 acts of kindness are simple and easy things that we can do to make others happy!

Lucinda Hill

What I enjoy the most about 40 days of kindness is that it is nice to stop and do things for others and think about what I can do, that shows kindness towards other people.

Alessia Cerreto

I really love our 40 acts of kindness because we all can be very kind and considerate of others. We all have had so much fun doing this and have been very kind to others.

Harper White

Year 6 Leadership Liturgy

On Friday, 24 February our Year 6 students stepped up as compassionate and strong leaders of our Primary School. In front of their teachers and parents at our Primary Leadership Liturgy, they took the pledge of servant leadership and to be women for others. Congratulations to all our Primary School Leaders for 2023.

Primary School Leaders

  • Stephanie Cuthbert
  • Amelia Visevic

Benedicta House Captains

  • Ella Pattie
  • Kristina Frangi

Clare House Leaders

  • Alannah Mouawad
  • Kate Dean

Dorothea House Leaders

  • Lucinda Walter
  • Melanie Moorcroft

Liturgy Leader

  • Eliana Foote

Social Justice Leader

  • Elizabeth Bowe

Activities Leader

  • Emma Lilley

Below are some reflections from our Year 6 students.

Year 6 has been learning all about leadership as we have stepped up to the challenge of leading the Primary School. We have learned that leadership isn’t about just having a badge, but really listening to peers. We know that all the Year 6s are leaders, no matter if they have an official title or not! To us, leadership is about setting a positive example, building connections and empowering others to do their best. It’s letting everyone have a voice and learning from your mistakes. The whole of Year 6 is looking forward to leading the Primary School for 2023. Over the past fortnight, we have taken part in two very special and memorable leadership experiences; our Year 6 Leadership Liturgy and a Y-Lead incursion.

By Zara Mason 6J

Our special Leadership Liturgy was on Friday of Week 4. Weeks before the Leadership Liturgy even started, we were writing our pledges which reflect on our own personal commitments that we will make as leaders of the Primary School, including empowering others and listening to all voices. Each Year 6 girls walked down the aisle of the Chapel. We were all anointed with oil by Ms Ugonotti and she said some special words to us. We also read our pledges with the whole grade and also read our individual one that we wrote, so that others could witness our commitment and promises. The leaders got their badges from Ms Ugonotti, and also got some very special words. The parents then came down to the Primary Quad and we had delicious morning tea. This day was very fun and enjoyable!

By Eloise Hartshorn 6J

Last Friday, all of Year 6 attended a very jubilant leadership liturgy where our Principal, Ms Ugonotti, joyfully anointed us with oil to symbolically demonstrate that we are all now officially leaders of the Primary School. In preparation for this special occasion, each Year 6 student wrote a personal pledge regarding their leadership goals for 2023. At the end of the year, each Year 6 student will receive their pledges back to evaluate how they achieved their leadership goals. Parents, loved ones and teachers attended the liturgy to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of the House and School Leaders and all of Year 6 who are now officially Primary School Loreto Normanhurst Leaders.

By Seraphina Purtell 6B


April Yang 6J

Y-Lead was fun incursion that Year 6 took part in, which showed us how to be leaders of the Primary School by doing teamwork activities and games. My team did physical strength exercises which showed us how much we were capable of with teamwork. There were also riddles to solve and a mathematician's activity. It was tricky and really challenged us! One of our tasks was to build the tallest spaceship out of texters. We also had to get ourselves into alphabetical order by our middle names - but without speaking! From Y-Lead I learned that leadership is not always about getting a badge, it's about helping others, collaboration and showing generosity.

Year 5 - NAPLAN 2023

NAPLAN is scheduled for Year 5 on Wednesday, 15 to Monday, 20 March.

The Testing Schedule is as follows:

Year 5

  • Wednesday, 15 March – 9:20am–Writing
  • Thursday, 16 March – 9:20 am –Reading
  • Friday, 17 March – 9:20am–Language Conventions
  • Monday, 20 March – 9:20 am –Numeracy

Please note that your daughter is well prepared for NAPLAN, as the work that she completes across all of her subject areas is ample preparation for these assessments and there is no need for additional study. Students will also engage in online demonstration tests to familiarise themselves with the testing platform prior to the NAPLAN commencement.

Students will need to bring:

  • iPad- fully charged
  • Headphones or ear buds – preferably plug in
  • A pen (working out paper will be available)

For more information, please click the following links:

NAPLAN Information Sheet

NAPLAN Website

Samples of NAPLAN Questions

Sport News

Mr Dave Brock | Head of Sport

IPSHA Basketball Trials

Congratulations to Kristina Frangi (Year 6) and Sabrina Whenman (Year 6) who were selected for the IPSHA Basketball Team. These girls will attend the CIS Basketball Trials in March. We wish them the best of luck!

IPSHA Swimming and Diving Carnival

Congratulations to the 15 Swimmers and 1 Diver who competed at the IPSHA Swim and Dive Carnival on Wednesday this week.

Year 5

  • Audrey Dale
  • Maia Fijan
  • Mia Hill
  • Heidi Hollerbach
  • Emily McKeown
  • Elka Wines

Year 6

  • Elizabeth Bowe
  • Stephanie Cuthbert
  • Emilia Henao
  • Charlotte Hordern-Smith
  • Elizabeth Peng (Diving)
  • Lucinda Samyia
  • Annie Sheppard
  • Lily Tudehope
  • Lucy Van Wyk
  • Lucinda Walter

Further congratulations to Audrey Dale (Swimming) and Elizabeth Peng (Diving) who have been selected for the IPSHA Swimming and Diving Representative team and will compete at the NSW CIS Championships on Wednesday 22 March.

Oratory News

Primary Debating Nominations

Nominations will open for Primary Students to nominate for the various debating competitions that will be held in 2023. This year we will be involved in the following competitions.

  • Australian National Virtual Debating Competition
  • IPSHA Debating

Students can register to try out for these teams via a form that will be published on Sentral and broadcast out to families on Tuesday, 7 March.

Please ensure you have read the PDF’s for each activity as they contain the dates for these competition. These will be sent out with the Registration Form.

Please also note that coaching will occur on Thursday’s in Term 2 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm. Coaching will be for both competitions and is compulsory for all students who are selected.


Wishing a very happy February birthday to the following girls:

Alice, Lili, Eloise, Octavia, Chloe, Amelia, Sophia

Code Camp

Code Camp is currently on sale for the Autumn holidays!

Get creative at tech school holiday camps.

See flyer here.

Click here to book.

Parent Engagement Survey – Closes Friday, 10 March 2023
Semester 2 Events 2022

We are reaching out to provide feedback on the events that were held during Semester Two, 2022. Your input is extremely valuable as it helps us plan and improve our events. This survey is anonymous, and all responses are confidential and will be used solely for the purpose of continuous event planning. The survey is not compulsory; however, we would like as many parents as possible who had a daughter at the school in 2022 to participate so we can get a good sample of responses for consideration by our Community Engagement Team.

Click here to complete survey.


SIC/SAC FIRST FRIDAY DRINKS- Kirribilli Club from 6:30pm Friday, 3 March.

Mark your diary now for the following First Friday Drinks in 2023

Friday, 3 March, Friday, 7 April (yes we will still meet even though it's Good Friday!), Friday, 5 May, Friday, 2 June, Friday, 7 July, Friday, 4 August, Friday, 1 September, Friday, 6 October, Friday, 3 November and Friday, 1 December.

Riverview & St Aloysius P&F would like to invite Loreto Normanhurst parents to attend their “First Friday Drinks” at the Kirribilli Club for any parents and friends wishing to attend.

For over 10 years parents, old boys, past parents, teachers, and friends including parents from other schools, unmarried and married people have been coming along. Just by showing up and or reaching out to someone who may be experiencing hardship we're creating a night out for those who really need some social connections amongst friends both new and old. 

It is a great way to get some balance back into busy lives filled with parental, work and other duties and contribute by sharing one's experiences and company as well as just having fun in a relaxed un-threatening social environment and a night out for those who might otherwise be on their own. Our aim is to do a good deed, make the world a little smaller, warmer, and friendlier. Everyone is made to feel welcome.

Please pass this on to any colleagues, friends or family who might be interested and please reach out to anyone who might be on their own or tell them to get in touch. No cost to attend, just buy your own drinks.  

RSVP - if you can (to give us some idea of numbers), just turn up or let Rosie know if you want someone to go with or to meet you outside, the location is stunning, and it is easy to find us in the U Bar on level 1 next to the Restaurant! 

Limited parking underneath the club, a short walk from Milsons Point station.

Next one is tonight Friday, 3 March from 6:30pm - The Kirribilli Club, 11 Harbourview Cres, Lavender Bay overlooking Sydney Harbour.

For more details on this social or if you would like to attend school related functions and don't want to go on your own, please contact:  

Rosie Traill (Loreto Normanhurst ‘83) 

SIC/SAC P&F Socials & Single Parent Support Network Coordinator

0405 136 001

Dates for the Diary

Saturday, 4 March

Open Day

We are looking forward to seeing parents at Open Day tomorrow! Thank you to those parents who are helping out at the PAL stalls, and we look forward to seeing parents around the grounds tomorrow!

Cake Stall – Year 5-9

Cake kits have been sent home to families in Year 5 -9 and we would love it if families please bake a cake, their favourite slice, brownies or cupcakes to be sold to families on Open Day tomorrow.

Cakes can be dropped off to the Cake Stall on Open Day throughout the day. Thank you for your support!  

Wednesday, 8 March

Women of Influence

6:45pm – 8:45pm

Level 3, Gonzaga Barry Centre

Celebrate International Women's Day and join us for an evening of inspiration as we share in the stories of Loreto Normanhurst Alumnae.

Parents and students are invited to attend to hear from four inspirational ex-students who will share their stories about how their Loreto education has guided their life and careers.

Click here for the invitation.

Click here to register for catering purposes.

Thursday, 9 March

Primary Cross Country

Wednesday, 15 March

Primary Parent Welcome Dinner

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Gonzaga Barry Centre, Level 3

An event for Primary parents to meet the new Head of Teresa Ball (Head of Primary), Mrs Maree Board, and other parents in your daughter's year group. This is a complimentary event for primary parents.

Click here for invitation.

Click here to RSVP.

NAPLAN begins

Friday, 17 March

Generations Morning Tea

An event for parents or family members who alumnae of Loreto schools. We hope you can join us for Friday morning Communion followed by morning tea in the Reception Room.

8:00am – 9:30am

Click here for invitation.

Click here to RSVP.

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