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Primary News- 12 May 2023

This fortnight, Year 5 have been learning about life on the gold fields and participating in the Amazing Race. Please see reminders regarding school photos and key dates for your diaries.
12 May 2023
School Newsletter
Year 5 gold panning in Bathurst
Year 5 gold panning in Bathurst

School Photos 2023

A reminder to all parents and students, school photo day is on Wednesday, 17 and Thursday, 18 May 2023.
Please place your order online before the day of photography by going to and entering the code 6DG E39 QM6.
All students must wear their full school uniform.
For more information click here.

Master Plan Update

We are excited to share with you our latest Master Plan update.

Watch the video below for an update on our 30 Year Master Plan and details on our current and future building works.

Year 5 Bathurst Camp

Written by 5S

Year 5 had an amazing and memorable time at the Bathurst Camp, experiencing so many different things all in two days! Our first activity after arriving and eating a delicious lunch was to visit their museum, which had many different samples of different types of rocks, including fool’s gold. There was even a replica of the biggest gold nugget ever found! We saw examples of real miner’s permits and learnt about the different techniques miners used to find gold. Later, we saw a working steam engine and discovered that they can be very loud! At Miss Sarah’s tiny cottage, we saw the kinds of homes that people lived in during the 1800s. Miss Sarah’s story helped us to travel back in time to find out what life was like in that period. She helped us to make fluffy, golden, delicious damper and her ‘son’ Andrew taught us how to make mud bricks. They were so convincing in their roles that some of us really believed they were mother and son (and 200 years old!). The activities were very inclusive because many of us got to join in and interact with the people demonstrating. For example, in the blacksmith’s forge some of us got to pump the enormous bellows to help bring the fire to life and heat up the metal poker. Andrew then beat and twisted the metal into intricate designs and created an amazing fire poker that we got to bring back to school. Then, in the evening we got to do line dancing, which helped us stay warm as the temperature dropped very rapidly! We had a wonderful time in Bathurst learning all about the goldfields and the gold rush.

Year 5 Maths- Amazing Race Challenge

Written by 5P

Last week, all of Year 5 participated in an engaging ‘Amazing Race’ around the whole school to practice our map reading skills and use our sense of direction. First we received the sheet and the map; the map was a birds eye view of the entire Loreto Normanhurst campus divided into a grid. Each code gave us a new letter that spelled a special word. We got into pairs or groups of three and figured out our strategy. It gave us a chance to bond and meet someone new from another class.

There were a variety of places we had to find around the school, but the directions were tricky! For example, we had to find a place that was ‘South of the Primary Learning Common, but South-West of Mrs Boards office’. These codes were tricky because they weren’t specific such as ‘Go to A4 on the map’. We used our thinking skills and put our brains together.

We also enjoyed going to the high school to find the codes in new places that we haven’t been to before.

In the end, the special word was ‘friendship’! We loved this activity and hope to do another one soon.

2023 Edstart Achievement Awards Program

Nominations are now open for the 2023 Edstart Achievement Awards Program. This is an opportunity for students to be recognised in an area they are passionate about, across a range of categories including performing and visual arts, technology, entrepreneurship, sustainability and sports.

The program is currently in its 3rd year and winners are selected by a judging panel of education leaders and will receive an award and $1,500 grant to fund a project, initiative or training related to their area of interest. Finalists also receive a $250 grant.

Have a look at some of the NSW past winners below:

Students can visit the website below to nominate for an award category. Nominations close Friday, 9 June.

Find out more or nominate here.

Parent Volunteers Needed

For Preliminary, Trial and HSC Examinations as Readers and/or Scribes

Assessments are a major part of schooling, especially for our Year 11 and Year 12 students. In order for all students to be able to give their best efforts, we need to ask for assistance from the community to provide practical support as a Reader and/or Scribe for those students for whom this provision is necessary in order to better demonstrate their ability.

This provision is granted by NESA for those students who may have a medical condition or diagnosed reading/writing difficulties. To be a reader/scribe requires NO knowledge of the subject content, we will provide you with guidance on the process prior to working with the students. So, if you feel you are able to assist in this way, please contact me to register your contact details and availability. Needless to say, the more volunteers we have the less onerous the time commitment. Without your help we are unable to provide this very significant form of support for our students in need.

The only requirement is that you do not have a daughter or close relative in that particular year at the school, or are currently employed as a teacher. Please submit your expression of interest together with a volunteer Working with Children’s Check to Mrs Ann Marie Duncan at

Thank you for giving this your consideration.


Wishing a very happy birthday to the following girls:

Hannah, Ella, Evie

Parent Association Updates

Our Open Table – The perfect Mothers’ Day gift!

Our 125 Years Cookbook “Our Open Table” is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day featuring stories and recipes from the Loreto Normanhurst community over 400 beautiful pages.

Click here to purchase Our Open Table.

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.

A Call to Stewardship through Justice Seminar Series

We are delighted to invite all members of the Loreto Normanhurst Community to join us virtually for the first event of the revamped 'A Call to Stewardship through Justice' seminar series on Wednesday, 24 May.

Weaving through the Wilderness
The path to accepting mental health

Wednesday, 24 May
This is a livestreamed event.

This seminar will be hosted by Cristina Lledo Comez and presented by Jessica Coblentz, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Theology at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana USA.

Click here to register to receive the livestream link.

For further information please contact

Dates for the Diary

Women's Night of Spirituality

Tuesday, 16 May


St Mary's, North Sydney

Click here for further details.

School Photos

Wednesday, 17 - Thursday, 18 May

Mother Daughter Eucharist & Lunch

Sunday, 21 May


Chapel & Miramare Gardens

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

Please be seated in the Chapel by 9:15am for a 9:30am start.

Click here for the invitation.

Click here to RSVP for the Eucharist.

Mother Daughter Lunch Raffle – NOW OPEN!

We are excited to launch the Raffle for the Bursary Program that will be drawn at the Mother Daughter Lunch next Sunday, 21 May.

This raffle is open to all families, giving those who can’t make it to the event the opportunity to be in the running to win some amazing prices including 2 tickets to Mamamia the Musical, Apple AirPods, a Frank Green Gift Pack and many more!

All proceeds from the Raffle will be donated to the Bursary Program which supports families in necessitous circumstances.

Click here to purchase tickets in the raffle!

Year 5 Sydney Writer's Festival

Tuesday, 23 May

Year 6 Family Event

Sunday, 28 May


Bobbin Head National Park

Let's get together for a day of fun at Bobbin Head National Park!

Assuming that the weather is suitable, we will be meeting at Bobbin Head National Park next to the fenced playground area from 12:30pm on Sunday, 28 May. Please bring along your own snacks, picnic rug, chairs, and any other equipment you may require for an enjoyable day.

Entry is $12 per vehicle (free if you hold a National Parks Pass)

We look forward to seeing you all there and spending a wonderful day together!

Please email Daniela Foote - to RSVP or if you have any questions!

Sportsmen’s Lunch

Friday, 16 June

Dockside, Darling Harbour

Join us for the third annual Sportsmen’s Lunch, an event for Loreto Normanhurst Fathers and Friends. Join us at Dockside, Darling Harbour to hear from alumnae speakers, Sasha Novacek from the Class of 2011, Hannah Cowap and Sophie Dwyer, both from the Class of 2019.

We hope you can join us for this fun event for Normo dads!

Click here for the invitation.

Click here to book tickets.

Term 2 Parent Rep Events – Save the Date!

Save the Date for the following Year Parent Rep events to be held in Term 2. More information about these events will be sent out soon! 

Year 6 Family Event – Save the date!

Sunday, 28 May

Year 5 Fathers Event – Save the date!

Saturday, 3 June

Waratahs vs Moana Pasifika

Year 5 Mothers Event – Save the date!

Sunday, 18 June

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