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School News- 26 May 2023

Loreto Day is almost here! Make sure to secure your raffle tickets in support of Landing Pad and read about our other upcoming events and important school news.
26 May 2023
School Newsletter
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Pastoral News

Ms Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan | Deans of Pastoral Care

Loreto Day Term 2 and Raffle Ticket Information 

We are getting closer to Loreto Day on Friday, 2 June, an exciting community day but also an important one to raise awareness and fundraising efforts for the Mary Ward International Australia project, ‘The Landing Pad’ in West Bengal, India. For more information about the cause, click here. and scroll to the Landing Pad information. To minimise the management of collecting coins, $10 per student will be added to the Term 3 School Fees which covers a sausage sizzle lunch, entry to the concert and the gold coin donation for the privilege of wearing mufti on the day. Boarders will be charged $5 for the day. Students are encouraged to bring additional money so they can buy treats and participate in fun activities at the House stalls. All money raised will be donated to the Loreto Day cause. 

The Loreto Day Raffle ticket sales are going well, and you can purchase your tickets by clicking here where you will see an extensive range of prizes. Best of luck and give generously to the cause.

Paul Dillon Evening Presentation: Save the Date

All parents are invited to an online webinar presented by Paul Dillon from DARTA on Wednesday, 7 June from 6:30 to 8pm. The presentation educates parents about drug use in teenagers, including alcohol and vaping. You will receive further information including the webinar link soon. Paul has a long-standing relationship with Loreto Normanhurst and he will be presenting to Year 10, 11 and 12 on the same day. He is Australia’s leading educator on the dangers of alcohol and other drugs for young people. We strongly encourage all parents to attend this important webinar. 

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.

FNQE Parent Information Evening Recording

Mr Jason Currao | Acting Director of Faith and Identity

Please see below the recording link for the Year 9 FNQE Parent Information Evening 2023 that took place on Thursday, 11 May.


Password: FNQEY92023

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Learning News

Tocal Agriculture Excursion

At the end of last term Year 9 and 10 Agriculture took the long (but very scenic) bus ride to Tocal Agricultural College near Maitland to learn about the processes that happen across different farms. Once we had clambered off the bus, we were led over to a large arena full of people training horses. Here we learnt about how the college trains horses and how they bring them up to quality competition level to compete and then to be sold at the end of a certain period. We were then taken to see the enormous free-range egg farm where we saw 90,000 chickens and learnt about the process of egg grading and the importance of controlling diseases and pests within the farm. We were then taken to the milking shed and learnt about the function of all the different parts of the machines and their uses. We were told that we would come back to the milking shed to see the cow-milking taking place, and there was a ripple of excitement throughout the group. We learnt about the process of farming wool and about the importance of dogs to protect the sheep herd. We were also taken to the wool sorting and sheep shearing shed to learn about these processes. By far everyone’s favourite part was when we were taken to the calf nursery and allowed to pat the calves! It’s hard to describe the sheer adorableness of these calves but all I can say is that the teachers had a hard time getting us to leave. This was an amazing experience in which we saw firsthand how a range of farms operate. It gave us a greater understanding of processes and technologies used on farms and how it makes them more efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly. Avril Hanna, Year 9 

Subject Selection Process 2024 - Year 8, 9 and 10

In the next few weeks Year 8, 9 and 10 students will be involved in the 2024 Subject Selection process.

Between Wednesday, 21 June, Term 2 to Friday, 28 July, Term 3, students will be required to submit their 2024 subject choices online using the Web Preferences system. Students will be sent an email from the Learning Office prior to this date, with a link to the system. All students must submit their choices before the deadline – Friday, 28 July.


Wednesday, 7 June during Conversation period: Students will be briefed on the process and they will learn about the subjects on offer in Stage 5 and the criteria to follow to submit their choices.

Friday, 16 June in periods 1 and 2: Students will attend presentations from the Heads of Department for the elective subjects.

Please see here the Subject Selection Handbook.


Wednesday, 31 May during Conversation period: Students will be briefed on the criteria to follow in Year 10 to submit their choices online. In Year 10, students complete TWO elective subjects and as a result, students currently in Year 9 need to discontinue one of their elective subjects.

Please see here the Subject Selection Handbook.


Monday, 29 May: Subject selection Incursion with students and staff.

Wednesday, 31 May 6.30pm to 8.00pm: Parent and Student Subject Selection Evening.

Wednesday, 7 June Term 2 to Wednesday, 26 July Term 3: Subject Selection Plenary Meetings. (Further information will be communicated to parents at the Subject Selection Evening).

Detailed information about the Year 10 Subject Selection Process was also communicated on FaceOnline and also via an EdSmart permission note sent by our Careers Office.

Please see here the Subject Selection Handbook.

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

Oratory News

Bond University High School Debating Mooting Competition

Wednesday, 17 May

Congratulations to our Mooting Team, Olivia Heath, Jane Dobeson and Isabelle Barnden who participated in the Bond Mooting Competition virtually. The team did a great job and were wonderful ambassadors for the school.

Mock Trial

Monday, 22 May

Congratulations to our Mock Trial team who won their 2nd Round Trial against Al Sadiq College. The Final score was 184/164. Congratulations Team!

Mock Mediation

Wednesday, 24 May

Congratulations to the Mock Mediation team who completed their second-round mediation. It was great to have an adjudicator onsite with the team! Well done to the team. A final score of 68 was achieved.

Coaches and Adjudicators 

If you are interested in coaching and adjudicating are 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. 

Oratory Upcoming

Archdale Round 3

Tuesday, 30 May

Good luck to our Archdale teams competing in Round 3 against Brigidine College.

Senior Ethics Olympiad

Wednesday, 31 May

Good luck to our teams competing in the Virtual Senior Ethics Olympiad. The Team Members are:

  • Anika Banerji
  • Rose Cunningham
  • Grace Parker
  • Lucy Harrison
  • Jessica Ingham
  • Isabella Lynch
  • Tahlia Moses
  • Kaya Verma
  • Phoebe Zammit

Thank you to the support of the coaches, Miss Koppman, Mrs Fell and supported by Miss Karaganova.

CSDA Round 6

Friday, 6 June

Good luck to our CSDA teams who are traveling to St Pius X College. Please note that students will need to bring with them their Loreto Winter Uniform to change into after Loreto Day has concluded.

Archdale Round 4

Tuesday, 6 June

Good luck to our Archdale teams traveling in Round 4 to compete against Wenona, North Sydney.

CSDA Elimination Round 1

Friday, 9 June

Information regarding eliminations will be sent out as soon as the CSDA releases this information. Please be aware that each team may be at a different venue.

Sport News

Mr David Brock | Head of Sport

Secondary School Athletics Carnival

On Thursday, 11 May we held our Secondary Athletics Carnival at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre. It was a day full of community, enthusiasm, and record participation. A big thank you to all our staff who helped on the day; but special mention to our Year 12 Sport Leaders and House Captains who were the driving force behind such a successful day!

Congratulations to the following students.

Records Broken:

  • Kendal Henderson – 17 years 400m – 1:01.03
  • Patricia Boland – 15 years 400m – 1:03.76
  • Annie Hall – 16 years Javelin – 22.70m

Age Champions

  • 12 Years - Ruby Mullins (Year 7) and Stella Mahony (Year 7)
  • 13 Years - Tessa Young (Year 7)
  • 14 Years - Felicity Hall (Year 8)
  • 15 Years - Caitlin Shannon (Year 10)
  • 16 Years - Charli Davis (Year 11)
  • 17+ Years - Bella Kachel (Year 12)

Division Champions

  • Junior - Tessa Young (Year 7)
  • Intermediate - Charli Davis (Year 11)
  • Senior - Bella Kachel (Year 12)

Queen of the Track

Patricia Boland (Year 9)

Spirit House Cup


Champion House


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

Congratulations to the following students who have completed The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award:

  • Hilary Zhang - completed the Bronze Award
  • Grace Hartley - completed the Bronze Award

IGSA Football Trials

Well done to the following students who trialled for the IGSA Open Representative Football Team:

  • Gabriella Connell (Year 8)
  • Scarlett Smith (Year 8)
  • Hayley El Hazouri (Year 9)
  • Skye Halmarick (Year 10)
  • Jodie Drever (Year 12)
  • Lara Granelli (Year 12)
  • Harriet Johnson (Year 12)

Further congratulations to Skye, Jodie and Lara who were selected for the team. These girls will compete at the CIS Football Championships later this month.

IGSA Cross Country

On Friday, 12 May the Loreto Normanhurst Cross Country Team competed at the IGSA Cross Country Carnival held at Frensham School in Mittagong. With an early start the Team arrived on an unseasonably warm morning. The competition was strong at every level and our students rose to the challenge. The Normo spirit was high as our Cross Country Captain, Claudia Wilson and Year 12 compatriot, Elli Barron, gave support to our younger competitors and ran their final IGSA Cross Country themselves. Elli took on the 6km race finishing an impressive 30th position from 96 runners, with an even more impressive time of 25:51.2.

Zara Cusick (Year 10), Neve Tierney (Year 11), and Phoebe Zammit (Year 11) were among the top 18 runners for their respective age groups and will qualify for the CIS Cross Country Carnival to be held in June.

CIS Cup Football Game

The CIS Cup Football Team have had a very successful campaign with two big wins this term. The team played Covenant Christian School in Round 2, winning 6-0, followed by Hunter Valley Grammar School in Round 3, winning 5-1.

The team played in the quarter final on Wednesday against reigning champions Pymble Ladies College. The score remained 0-0 at half time and it was anyone’s game for the taking! Pymble scored two goals late in the second half to come away with the win, however the girls put up an incredible fight and should be extremely proud of their efforts and the style of football they played!

CIS Swimming and Diving

Lily Whalan (Year 9) and Regan Garufi (Year 10) competed at the CIS Swimming and Diving Championships earlier this month. Lily won the 15 Years Springboard event receiving a first-place medal. Regan achieved a pb time in the 200m Butterfly and has qualified for the 400m IM at the NSW All Schools Championships along with Emy Liu (Year 8). Well done ladies!

Netball Schools Cup

On Tuesday, 14 May a selected group of Year 8, 9 and 10 students attended the first round of the Netball NSW Schools Cup at Baulkham Hills. The team was extremely successfully and were undefeated all day. These results progress the team to the Regional Finals in September.


The Loreto Dance Troupes performed at the 'Live to Dance Ultimate Challenge' on the weekend and achieved the following places:

  • 1st place in contemporary
  • 2nd place in jazz

Congratulations to the Dance Troupes on these great results!


Emma Dinca (Year 7) recently competed in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics National Australian Championships in Gold Coast. Emma achieved a personal best, finishing in the top 10, whilst her team of 6 won Silver for NSW. Well done Emma on this fantastic achievement!

Representative Sport

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for representative sport teams:

  • Aisling Kennedy (Year 10) selected for the IGSA U16 Rep Hockey team.
  • Charli Davis (Year 11) selected for the CIS Touch Football team.
  • Sophie Perrett (Year 8) selected for the CIS U15 Netball team.
  • Emy Liu (Year 8), Lily Whalan (Year 9) and Regan Garufi (Year 10) made the CIS Swimming and Diving team.

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

Careers Updates

Ms 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.

Advancement Team Updates

Save the Dates for Term 3

Father Daughter Eucharist & Lunch

Sunday, 27 August


Chapel & Miramare Gardens

Loreto Normanhurst warmly invites all daughters, their fathers, and father figures in their lives to join us for two special events, the Father Daughter Eucharist and Father Daughter Lunch on Sunday, 27 August.

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

Tickets will be going on sale in the coming weeks! We hope you’re able to join us!

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.

Sportsmen’s Lunch

Friday, 16 June

Dockside, Darling Harbour

Balcony Level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour NSW 2000


Join us for the third annual Sportsmen's Lunch! An event for the Loreto Normanhurst Father’s and Friends!

It will be a great afternoon with some fantastic prizes on offer through the raffle, live auction and heads and tails game and the opportunity to hear from our alumnae speakers, Sasha Novacek from the Class of 2011, Hannah Cowap and Sophie Dwyer, both from the Class of 2019.

Tables are filling fast, so get in quickly so you don’t miss out!

Bookings close on Friday, 2 June.

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

Click here for the invitation.

Click here to book tickets.

City Country Mothers Weekend Away in Dubbo

Tickets are going on sale on Tuesday, 30 May, closing Wednesday, 9 August unless sold out prior.

The Loreto Mum's are going away! Pack your bags and get ready to go, we are heading to Dubbo and would love for you to join us!

Date: Friday, 18 August-Sunday, 20 August

Event Information:

Friday, 18 August: Cocktail Party at the Devils Hollow

Saturday, 19 August: Lunch at the Rhino Lodge

With the evening continuing at The Commerical Hotel for the afterparty.

All tickets are inclusive of food, drinks, live music, venue hire and bus transportation. Accommodation must be organised at your own discretion.

Further event details were emailed today.

Click here for the invitation.

Click here to book tickets. - Tickets go on sale Tuesday, 30 May at 9am.

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