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School News- 17 March 2023

Our students have been embodying the value of Justice in all that they do. Read on to find out more and please take note of important events and notices.
17 Mar 2023
School Newsletter
Students participating in Clean Up Australia Day
Students participating in Clean Up Australia Day

Important Notices

Music Festival 2023 – the countdown is on!

There is a definite buzz in the air with the countdown to the Music Festival next Friday, 24 March. Please look out for final logistic reminders from the Deputy Principal’s Office next week. Additionally, please note the following.

Loreto Normanhurst Merchandise

Available to purchase on the evening will be new Loreto Normanhurst branded items such as keep cups, reusable cutlery sets and drink bottles. PAL merchandise will also be on display and available to purchase, including the ‘Our Open Table’ Cookbook. Please visit the Community Engagement Team in the theatre foyer to purchase items. All purchases will receive the limited edition 50 Years of Music Festival badge free of charge, until stocks last!

Bursary Program

For many years, Music Festival has been a bursary event. If you didn’t make a donation to the Bursary Program when you booked your Music Festival tickets, but would still like to do so, please click here. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we have been able to provide the life-changing gift of a Loreto Normanhurst education to 62 students in the past 23 years. In recent years, many of our families have been impacted by drought, fires, the Covid-19 pandemic and floods. The Bursary Program exists to help families in these difficult situations. Thank you for your thoughtful gift.

Uniform Shop Closure – Tuesday 28 March to Wednesday 26 April

Senika Wilkinson | Uniform Shop Manager

Please be advised that the Uniform Shop will be closed from Tuesday, 28 March to Wednesday, 26 April due to the relocation of the Uniform Shop. If you require Winter uniform items, please purchase prior to Monday, 27 March to allow ample time for collection and exchanges.

During the closure dates, online ordering is available via for winter uniform items only (winter tunic, senior skirt, senior vest, blouse, tie and tights). Primary students can collect their Flexischool orders from the Primary School and Secondary Students from the current Uniform Shop. There will be no instore purchasing during this time. If assistance is required when purchasing your Winter uniform items, our very helpful Uniform Shop staff are happy to assist you by email at or over the phone on 02 9473 7391.

We look forward to the reopening of the Uniform Shop in the new space at 6 Mount Pleasant Avenue on Wednesday, 26 April.

A call to Stewardship through Justice Seminar Series

Unfortunately we have needed to cancel our upcoming seminar, Weaving through the wilderness: The path to accepting mental health. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The remainder of the seminar series will go ahead from Term 2. Please save the following dates for exciting storytelling and discussions to come later in the year.

  • Seminar 2: Wednesday, 24 May, 6:00 pm -7:00pm

Refugees and Justice- focusing from a Catholic perspective the theology, a refugee themselves and then advocacy for refugees.

  • Seminar 3: Wednesday, 30 August, 6:00 pm -7:30pm

A focus on LGBTQI people and justice and the perspective of ‘just love’ through creation and human dignity.

  • Seminar 4: Wednesday, 1 November, 6:00 pm -7:30pm

Mary Ward Justice Forum- to be focused around looking in our own backyard and the vulnerability of women and children, and the need for increased rights for all. (as discussed by Sister Libby).

Booking details and further information will be provided closer to the seminar dates.

For further information please contact

2021 Yearbook

A reminder to families that the 2021 Yearbook is available to view in digital format here.

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 still printed copies available for purchase.

Click here to purchase a hardcopy of the 2021 Yearbook.

Pastoral News

Year 10 Vaccinations

Tuesday, 30 May

The following vaccines will be offered free to your daughter at school:

  • Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine

Vaccination will only be provided at school if consent has been received. To provide online consent for your daughter to receive her vaccination please click here.

You will need your Service NSW log-in details along with both parent and child Medicare details. If you do not already have a Service NSW account you can create an account here.

The benefits of online consent for parents are:

  • SMS notifications when vaccinations are administered
  • Easy updating of your child’s details online
  • Faster upload of your child’s vaccination records to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR)

If you or your child do not have a Medicare card, consent can still be provided by requesting a paper- based consent form directly from our school.

If you have any questions regarding the vaccination process and online consent, please visit the NSW Health website at

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

Kids Giving Back

The following students were among 980 other young people who assisted in providing over 12,500 hot and cold meals, breakfast boxes, snack packs, and care packs, and writing empathetic and positive messages to 13 charities around Sydney. They demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities, compassion, and a strong sense of civic responsibility. They truly embody the spirit of giving back and we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude for their contributions. Their commitment is a testament to the values that Loreto Normanhurst instils in them.

The students involved were:

  • Grace West (Year 8)
  • Ruby Heath (Year 8)
  • India Curtis (Year 8)
  • Iona Roy (Year 8)
  • Zoe Ravindran (Year 8)

Year 9 Respect, Understanding and Acceptance Day (RUA Day)

This term, as a part of the Year of Justice, a small group of Year 9 Students participated in the Respect, Understanding and Acceptance Day, run by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. It is an interfaith and interschool event and provides an opportunity for students to connect with their peers from diverse faith backgrounds.  Students worked collaboratively to explore why prejudice exists in society and how they as young people, can work to reduce discrimination and racism and build acceptance and harmony and justice in society. The following students wrote reflections about their experience.

“I think it is important to put stereotypes and differences aside and make sure that we don’t make assumptions about people because of their faith or backgrounds”.

Joanna Cowan

“It was so valuable to speak to people who had different backgrounds and perspectives and it enabled me to make new connections and friendships”.

Mackenzie Eyles

The schools involved included, Masada College, Galstaun College, Knox Grammar, Stella Maris College, St Pauls Catholic College, Al Faisal College.

 The students involved were:

  • Mackenzie Eyles
  • Ruby Stephenson
  • Isabella Skelly
  • Julia Levay
  • Joanna Cowan
  • Monique Travers
  • Eva Parratt
  • Nayla Chiha
  • Jessica Theaker
  • Bianca Fabjancic 

Clean-Up Australia Day

Charlotte Hudson | Ecology Captain

On Sunday, 5 March 2023, I encouraged and supported Loreto Normanhurst’s Green Team to take part in Clean Up Australia Day. This provided the opportunity for the Green Team to have a first-hand understanding of the impact of rubbish on the environment and work to create change in their local communities.

In my case, I nominated to Clean Up my local community in Beecroft. When we began the clean-up, I noted there was a lot more rubbish than anticipated, particularly in hidden areas like bushes and gutters. Across the day I found general rubbish, like straws, wrappers, and bottles, as well as more unique materials, such as a scooter, records, and plastic pipes! After the clean-up had finished, I was surprised by the number of bags that had been filled. While it was good to see the positive impact our actions had on cleaning up the Beecroft community, I was forced to think about the everyday effect these items would have on the environment and native animals. Participating in this event has allowed me to understand the impact we have on the environment every day. It is important for the principles of Clean Up Australia Day to be continued by everyday Australians to ensure we preserve as much of the environment as possible. #SmallActsBigImpacts

Learning News

Year 8 Inquisitive Minds

Today, Year 8 engaged with the Inquisitive Minds Problem Solving workshop focusing on Problems /  Patterns / Pictures / Puzzles. This incursion is designed to build their 'Working Mathematically' skills in the Mathematics Curriculum as well as foster teamwork and collaboration skills with their peers. Students are given a variety of materials to help solve problems. They choose a level of difficulty to suit them and earn points for each question correctly answered. The session can get a little hectic with girls actively moving around the classroom, facilitated by external providers and supported by Loreto staff. It is always an exciting day on the Year 8 calendar and the girls enjoy the competition (when encouraged by chocolate prizes).

I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Everyone tried so hard to win and I liked how interactive the session was.

- Lily H

I enjoyed working with a team and having different skills explained to me. We got to chat with our team about which strategy we would use which helped us a lot.

- Sarah M

Dr Prue Salter Study Skills Presentations

We are pleased to announce that two Study Skills Presentations by Dr Prue Salter will occur this Term on Monday, 27 March

  • Year 11 students from 1:25 pm to 3:15 pm in the Curran.
  • Year 7 parents and students from 7 pm to 8:30 pm in the DRC.

Year 7 parents are asked to “Save the Date” as this presentation will not be available via livestream or recorded for future viewing.

For more information regarding the Year 7 parent and student presentation, please click here.

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.

Community Service Opportunities

Volunteering at St Lucy's after school Creative Arts programs (Term time)

Open to students in Year 10-12 and you need to be able to commit to one afternoon a week for a minimum of one term. Volunteers aged 16 or above are required to have had three Covid vaccinations and masks are to be worn indoors.


  • Theatre (Drama) Project 3:45pm – 4:45pm

  • Art Project 3:45pm – 4:30pm


  • Dance Project (Jazz) 3:45pm – 4:30pm

  • Dance Project (Tap) 3:45pm – 4:30pm


  • Dance Project (Jazz) 3:45pm – 4:30pm

  • Art Project 3:45pm – 4:30pm

Please send an expression of interest to

Volunteering at St Lucy’s Creative Arts (Holiday Program)

Open to students in Year 10-12 during the April school holidays. Dates for this program are Tuesday, 11 - Friday, 14 April.

The program will run from 9:00am-3:00pm and students can choose to volunteer between 1 and 3 days. Students must stay for the whole day.

Volunteers aged 16 or above are required to have had three Covid vaccinations and masks are to be worn indoors.

Please send an expression of interest to

Sport News

Mr Dave Brock | Head of Sport

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

Congratulations to the following student who has completed The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award:

  • Emma O’Brien (Year 10) completed the Bronze Award

Tildesley Tennis

Congratulations to our Tildesley Tennis Team that competed in the recent competition last week. Tildesley is the longest running School girl tennis competition in Australia and features some of Australia’s best schoolgirl tennis players. We were so proud of how well our girls represented LN!

Congratulations to Alice Tysoe (Year 12), who fought her way to the 4th round, and Sophie Hehir (Year 11) and Amity Nguyen (Year 12) on making to the 3rd round in Doubles. A fantastic effort!


There have been some impressive performances by our rowers in some recent regattas.

Stella Moore (Year 9) and Patricia Boland (Year 9) were determined to compete, after a disappointing cancellation of their U16 doubles final at the NSW Championships on 11 February. In that championship event, the girls recorded the second fastest time from all the heats. Competition was fierce with many interstate crews racing but, disappointingly, high temperatures in the leadup to the final forced the race cancellation.

On Saturday, 25 February, our students got another chance to show their skill on the water and there were some fantastic performances at the Kings/PLC regatta. Stella and Patti won their division by over 30 seconds, recording the fastest time from all the divisions.

Grace West (Year 8) and Amber Eisenhauer (Year 8) had a very close race in division 2 of the Year 8 doubles. The girls had a strong lead at the first 500 meters but were narrowly beaten by a Pymble Ladies college combination just at the finish line.

Congratulations girls, and well done to all students who raced for Loreto Normanhurst at the recent competitions.


Congratulations to Sophie Maclean (Year 11) and Allie Maclean (Year 9) who have both been selected to represent NSW in the Polo Crosse Team for 2023.

Sophie will be representing NSW at the Muswellbrook Show in a mixed team of 4 girls and 4 boys.

Allie will be travelling to New Zealand for a Junior Test Series where NSW will play against the New Zealand Team.

We wish you all the best Sophie and Allie!

CIS Softball Championships

Congratulations to Eliza King (Year 12) and Kendal Henderson (Year 11) who competed at the All Schools Softball Championships this week as part of the NSW CIS team. The team placed 2nd overall.


Congratulations to all our swimmers who swam at the CGSSSA Swimming Carnival on Tuesday, 14 March. We had some fantastic results with multiple medals won, personal best times achieved, and a lot of fun had! This was a carnival in the lead up to the IGSA swimming championships on today, Friday, 17 March – Good luck to the team selected to compete and go Normo!

Alumnae News

Congratulations to Sophie Kavanagh (Class of 2022), who recently competed in the NSW Open Athletics Championships with some amazing results. Sophie was our 2022 Sports Captain and its great to see she is continuing in her journey as a sportswoman after School!

Oratory News

CSDA Public Speaking

Congratulations to Adrina Jamshidi, Year 8 and Inayah Absar, Year 7 who were selected from the round one heats to attend the Regional Finals for CSDA Public Speaking. Well done to Inayah who has been selected to attend the Grand Final tonight!

Soap Box

It was great to see so many students turn out for the Supergirl Week Soap Box to listen to some great speeches on topics ranging from Neurodiversity, Year 9 speeches, and speeches that focus on the theme of Supergirl Week 2023!

Oratory Upcoming

CSDA Public Speaking

Friday, 17 March

Good luck to Inayah Absar, Year 7 who is participating in the CSDA Public Speaking Grand finals tonight. The Grand Finals will be held at St Scholastica’s, Glebe with speeches due to commence at 6.00pm.

Rostrum Voice of Youth

Wednesday, 22 March

Good luck to those who are participating in the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition for 2023. The first round of heats will be held at Pymble Ladies College starting at 4:30pm.

Coaches and Adjudicators

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

Save the Date – Term 2

Mother Daughter Eucharist & Lunch

Sunday, 21 May


Chapel & Miramare Gardens

Loreto Normanhurst mothers and significant women in the lives of their daughters are invited to attend the Mother Daughter Eucharist and Lunch on Sunday, 21 May.

The day will begin with the Eucharist in the Chapel at 9:15am and followed by Lunch at Miramare Gardens, Terrey Hills.

Further information will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Sportsmen’s Lunch

Friday, 16 June

Dockside, Darling Harbour

Save the date for Loreto Normanhurst Sportmen’s Lunch to be held at Dockside Darling Harbour! More information will be available soon!

Parent Association Updates

Parent Association Merchandise – Back in Stock!

PAL’s merchandise has been restocked and available for purchase! Get your Normo cap, umbrella, puffer vest, tote bag and socks via the NormoNetwork Shop here.

Year 7 Family Event – Book before 9am, Tuesday 21 March!

Saturday, 25 March


Come along to this bootscooting family event for Year 7! Enjoy a two-course buffet dinner with some lively after dinner line dancing with your daughter and other Year 7 families.

Click here for the invitation.

Click here to book tickets.

We hope you can join us for the return of this fun event for Year 7 Families!

Please contact Kylie Le Lievre or Rebecca Heath via if you have any questions.

Year 12 Mothers’ Weekend Away

Friday, 28 – Sunday, 30 April

Escape to the Hunter Valley

Join us for the Year 12 Mothers’ Weekend Away. This is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a parent group to connect with one another, take some time for yourself and relax!

Click here for the invitation.

Click here to purchase tickets.

City Country Mothers’ Lunch – Save the date!

Friday, 5 May

Save the date for the annual City Country Mothers’ Lunch! More information to be shared on this wonderful event to celebrate our city and country connection soon!

Contact Helen Longney, or Alex Oswald,  if you have any questions

Year 7 Dads’ Golf Weekend

Saturday, 6 – Sunday, 7 May

Leura Golf Club & The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

Save the date for the Year 7 Dads Golf Weekend in the Blue Mountains. No golfing experience necessary as we will be playing in Teams (Ambrose/Best Ball). Tickets will include the round of golf and dinner; dads will need to book their own accommodation.

Click here for the invitation.

Click here to book tickets.

If you have any questions, please email Peter Solomon -

Hope to see you there!

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