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Primary News- 26 May 2023

Our Primary students celebrated their mothers at the Mother's Day Breakfast, Year 5 share their identity projects and we celebrate the outstanding results students received in debating.
26 May 2023
School Newsletter
Primary Debating
Primary Debating

Loreto Day

Friday, 2 June

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.

Mother’s Day Breakfast

Eliana Foote | Liturgy Leader

On Friday, 12 May we gathered in the primary quad for a heart-warming Mother’s Day celebration. A small token of our appreciation for all the love and support our mother’s and carers give us. It was a wonderful morning filled with love, laughter, and delicious treats. Following the morning tea, four of our leaders led us in prayer honouring our mothers and carers for all the wonderful things they do and for everything they sacrifice for us. The Primary classes worked hard on their Mother’s Day gifts with Year 6 making a coaster for their mothers to keep and cherish for the rest of their lives, and Year 5 made a very thoughtful jar which they decorated and wrote little cards that were placed inside of the jar.

Identity Project


In Term 1, Year 5 started working on their Identity Project. The main idea of the project is to learn more about the students by discussing their identity!

This project helps Year 5 to know more about themselves and other people including their background, surroundings, and traditions and how these contribute to our values and identity.

Each week, we wrote about a different topic. For example, one week, we wrote about our local community, discussing how our community has helped to shape our identity and to take time to think about ourselves. Another week, we talked about our family tree and found out more and more about our family and how far it can go back.

This will benefit Year 5 and their parents to understand each student better by finding common interests and potentially making a new friend!

Year 5 presented their Identity Project on Friday, 12 May, after the Mother's Day Breakfast. We enjoyed seeing the outcomes of these brilliant projects and learning about the many different things about the students in Year 5 at Loreto!

Sydney Writers' Festival

Lucinda Hill (5R), Sienna Weston (5P), Megan Smith (5P) and Hannah Sachdeva (5S)

On Tuesday, 23 May, Year 5 went to the Sydney Writers' Festival. We listened to famous authors to learn about their books and themselves. During the experience, we got to purchase some amazing, creative books and get them signed by the incredible authors. We also got to interact with them by answering their questions and giving them ideas for their new books. At the start, we met Jordan Gould and Richard Pitchard and learnt about their book ‘Wylah’ the Kooie Warrior. After that we met A.F Steadman and she taught us about her book series called Skander. They saved the best till last, and we listened to the hilarious Cristy Burne, aka Crusty Bum! She taught us about science and how to conduct experiments. 


Last Friday, some Year 5 and Year 6 students went to Hills Grammar to debate against them. The topic for our debate was “Typing is better than handwriting.” In a debate, we have a negative and affirmative team of which Loreto had two teams and Hills Grammar had two of their teams. The first debate was against their affirmative and our negative. Our main topic was how people can get distracted and cheat while theirs was about how typing is quick and efficient. Unfortunately, we did not win the debate, however we had so much fun writing rebuttals and speaking in our first debate. The second debate was between our affirmative and their negative. Our main point was the impact on the environment by producing paper and the other team's idea was how you can remember it easier. Fortunately, we won this debate. We went to Hills Grammar to ultimately level up our debating skills, meet new people and have fun! Overall, this was a great experience and I loved how I met new people and got to debate. Zara Mason, 6J

Last Friday, some Year 5 and Year 6 girls hopped on a bus to Hills Grammar to participate in their first debate. The selected topic was “Typing is better than writing” and both negative and affirmative teams did great! The first debate was with our negative team and their affirmative. Sadly, they lost their debate but still achieved a great score! Next, our second debate was between our affirmative and their negative. Everyone was nervous but it was worth it because we won! Everyone can gladly say they had a great time not only debating, but also when meeting new people. Overall, it was an amazing experience and everybody is hyped that we get to do it again. Go Loreto! Evie Milton, 6B

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:

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.

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 contact Mrs Duncan for more inforamtion or to 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:

Lucy, Amelia, Daisy, Zara, Josephine, Amy, Claire, Maia, Olivia, Sophie, Stephanie

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.

Dates for the Diary

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!

Loreto Day

Friday, 2 June

Staff Spirituality Day

Friday, 9 June

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.

Grandparents Day

Friday, 4 August

Our annual Primary Grandparent’s Day is coming up and we would love for you to join us!

Please, save the date! Friday, 4 August, starting at 9:00am at the Loreto Normanhurst Chapel & Teresa Ball Primary Centre.

More information to follow.

We hope to see you there!

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 this morning.

Click here for the invitation.

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

Father Daughter Eucharist & Lunch

Sunday, 27 August


Chapel & Miramare Gardens

Loreto Normanhurst warmly invites all daughters, their fathers, & 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!

Year Parent Upcoming Events

Year 5 Father's Event

Saturday, 3 June


Waratahs vs Moana Pasifika

Year 5 Dads are invited to a night to come together, watch some rugby, and get to know each other. Watch the NSW Waratahs play Moana Pasifika at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park.

Click here to book tickets.

Bookings close Tuesday, 30 May at 10am.

Year 5 Mother's Event

Sunday, 18 June


Level One, Hornsby RSL Club, High Street Hornsby

Year 5 Mums are invited to a luxury High Tea Afternoon.

Click here to book tickets.

Bookings close Tuesday, 13 June.

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