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School News- 15 September 2023

This week we farewell Year 12, marking the end of an incredible journey and congratulate many students in various new roles and achievements. We wish everyone a safe and restful holiday break.
15 Sep 2023
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Important Reminders

Uniform Shop Trading Hours

The last day of trade for the Uniform Shop is Thursday, 21 September.
However, the Uniform Shop will be open for two days of trading over the September/October school holidays:

  • Monday, 25 September - 9:30am to 3:30pm
  • Friday, 6 October – 9:30am to 3:30pm

Our online ordering services will be available over the holidays as usual. This is a great way to purchase any Summer uniform items that might need updating and be ready for collection when school resumes in Term Four. It is available 24/7 at

Parking on nature strips or footpaths

Council have recently advised that it is illegal to park on the grass verge on Mount Pleasant Avenue. All vehicles must be parked parallel and as close as possible to the kerb.

Please see information attached here on the correct way to park.

A community update from Loreto Normanhurst

Loreto Normanhurst is moving forward with the construction of a new Boarding School. The new Boarding School will deliver student accommodation, flexible communal spaces, updated accommodation for boarding staff and will reflect the school’s vision to create a modern, accessible and sustainable home for boarding students.

Click here to read more.

Graduating Class of 2023!

Mr Jason Currao | Acting Director of Faith and Identity

Witnessing students graduate is a profoundly rewarding experience. This significant milestone takes on even greater meaning when viewed through the lens of our Loreto values, principles that have not only guided our teaching but have also shaped our students' learning. Graduation serves as a powerful reminder that the pursuit of excellence should extend far beyond oneself.

Loreto's rich tradition of education imparts values that transcend the classroom, values that we, as educators, have strived to impart to our students. These values empower our graduates to make meaningful contributions to society as they embark on the next stage of their journey. This moment represents the freedom they have attained to think critically, make choices, and shape their destinies. In alignment with Mary Ward's vision, this freedom is a call to service, a responsibility to uplift others, and an opportunity to advocate for justice and equality.

Our graduates are entrusted with the mission to seek and share the truth, to uphold honesty and integrity, and to live authentically in both their personal and professional lives. We have equipped our students with the tools to make a meaningful impact in the world, and we believe that they will continue to shine as beacons of hope and change. Congratulations, graduates, and may you carry these values with you as you shape a brighter and more just future for all.

Pastoral News

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

Student Representative Council (SRC)

We congratulate the following students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 who have been appointed to SRC roles from the start of Term Four. We wish them well knowing that their contributions will be appreciated by their peers.

House Names
Aston Year 7: Anthea O'Regan
Year 8: Ava Rendulic
Year 9: Amber Wang
Year 10: Jemima Foster
Barry Year 7: Imogen El Hazouri
Year 8: Lucinda Murphy  
Year 9: Isabella Skelly  
Year 10: Sabine Walton  
Kendall Year 7: Eloise Levay  
Year 8: Annie Goodall  
Year 9: Joanna Cowan  
Year 10: Grace Parker  
Kuring-gai Year 7: Matilda Merton  
Year 8: Jazara McLean  
Year 9: Mia Langfield  
Year 10: Belinda Bugler  
Maye Year 7: Andrea Yamine  
Year 8: Rachel Khalil  
Year 9: Chelsea Bautista  
Year 10: Ines Walford  
Mornane Year 7: Pearl Kennedy  
Year 8: Alannah Hawkins-Munro  
Year 9: Charlotte Bull  
Year 10: Lucy Ball  
Mulhall Year 7: Isobelle Chenney  
Year 8: Isla Gooley  
Year 9: Georgina Perkins  
Year 10: Mia Wallace  
Ward Year 7: Isabel McKnight  
Year 8:  Alice Portelli  
Year 9:  Rosie Morahan  
Year 10: Sophia Slater  


NSW School Vaccination Program

Tuesday, 19 September

In 2023 NSW Health will offer the following free vaccines:

  • Year 7 - Human Papillomavirus (HPV, if not already vaccinated), (single dose only) and Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa).
  • Year 10 - Meningococcal ACWY vaccine (catch up)

Year 7 and Year 10 students; please provide online consent for their routine school vaccinations. Complete this consent at least 2 days prior to the school clinic. Vaccination can only be provided at school if consent has been received.

This is the last vaccination clinic at your school this year. If your child is absent, they can be vaccinated at school in 2024, or at your GP. The vaccine is supplied without cost to you, but GPs may charge a consultation fee.

How to provide consent:

  1. If consent has already been provided earlier this year please don’t submit consent again. You can check if you gave online consent by logging in here
  2. To complete online consent for your child’s school vaccinations, click here.
  3. Follow the steps to log in to your existing ServiceNSW account. If you don’t have an account, refer to ServiceNSW to create one.
  4. Confirm or update your personal details in ServiceNSW as required.

Complete the School Vaccination Consent Form for your child/ren. You will need to:

  • Enter your child’s details including Medicare card number
  • Read the linked Parent Information Sheet and Privacy Statement
  • Provide consent

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 your child’s school.

For more information on school vaccinations, click here.

For information in your language, click here.

For further guidance to complete the form click here.

Flexischools account reminder

A reminder to ensure that your daughter’s Student ID card is linked to your family’s Flexischools account. Students may not use their smart phones to pay for items at the Café or Canteen; phones will be confiscated and a detention issued if they are used, as all phones must be in lockers from 8:20am. Students may also use a debit card to pay for items at the Café or Canteen too.

Uniform Reminders

When we return in Term Four, all students will be in their summer school uniform. We have included some uniform reminders below for you to discuss with your daughter. You will find this outlined in detail in the Student Handbook under Uniform Code, Page 21. We look forward to seeing the students on Tuesday, 10 October 2023.

  • Students must wear a hat during recess and lunch as well as to and from school.
  • No student is to wear multiple earrings to school. One set of single matching silver or gold studs, sleepers or white pearl earrings in the lower earlobe are permitted. Nose rings/studs are not permitted.
  • Cosmetics, false eyelashes, and nail polish including acrylic nails are not to be worn.

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.

Learning News

Year 12 2024 Campion Booklist

(Note – Other booklists will be available mid Term Four)

The Year 12 2024 Campion Booklist is now available and can be ordered at CampionPlease use the following Access Code to order: R4KV

You will need to place your order as soon as possible, by Monday, 18 September 2023 at the latest, to ensure your daughter receives her books in time for her Year 12 commencement in Term Four. Your order will be delivered to your home, office or any other nominated address by Friday, 6 October.

Click here to view the Campion Booklist.

Click here to view the Additional Purchases List, outlining the specific stationery and additional materials required for each subject.

Click here for information regarding our second hand text books service through the Sustainable School Shop.

If you have any questions, please email

Dr Prue Salter - Enhanced Learning Educational Services

What do you do if you have left your study until the last minute? In an ideal world, it would be great if all students paid attention, focused and participated in all classes, completed all homework and assessments thoroughly, asked for help throughout the year on anything they didn’t understand, made regular summaries of the work covered in class (preferably at the end of each topic or section) and did their best to learn as they go throughout the year. But in reality, this doesn’t always happen for every student and every subject.

So what can you do if you have left your study for tests and exams to the last minute?

5 Tips for Last Minute Study

  1. CLARIFY YOUR FOCUS: Before you dive into your study materials, take a moment to identify what topics and concepts will be tested. Reach out to your teachers or classmates if you're unsure about any specifics. Understanding the exam format and question style will guide your study strategy. Create a checklist of subjects and topics you need to cover, ensuring you're not leaving anything out.
  2. GATHER MATERIALS: Do you have notes, materials, and textbooks on everything you need to learn? If not, is there a friend who can forward you the resources you have misplaced? Is there an online portal where material from classes is stored? Can you borrow from the library additional books or textbooks on the topics you need to learn? Are past examination papers available?
  3. DRAFT A STUDY PLAN: You only have limited time left so you need to make the most of it. Draw up a grid that shows how much time you have left before your exams to study. Decide if you will spend equal time on each subject or if certain subjects need more time. Allocate subjects to the timeslots you have then decide exactly what you will do to prepare for each subject. For each subject make a list of what sort of study you should do to prepare for that subject. Brainstorm your ideas on how to prepare, ask your parents and teachers for feedback, and share ideas with your friends.
  4. CREATE STUDY NOTES: Target your notes to what will be tested. It is best for learning and memory to make your study notes yourself, but if you have run out of time there are options. See if any of your class materials or textbooks have summarised the sections you need, see if there are study guides available in the library on the topics to learn, or make targeted notes yourself on the key areas you have to memorise. You could also see if there is a friend where you could split the topics between yourself and share the notes you make. Don’t spend too long on this stage, it needs to be completed as quickly as possible.
  5. STUDY! What does study actually mean? It means memorising the material you need to know so you can recall it in the exams, and practicing the skills of the subject so you know how to do the types of questions you will have in the exam. To memorise your notes you need to test yourself over and over on them. You could read a section, see what you can write down without looking then check. Then review the things you didn’t know again. Or you could do the same approach reading things out loud and then seeing what you can repeat out loud. Doing questions, practice essays, past exam questions will also help you understand what you know, and what you need to spend more time on.

Remember, the key is to get started. Procrastination won't serve you well at this point. Embrace the challenge, and you'll be surprised at how much you can accomplish when you're focused and determined. Your ability to absorb and apply information quickly is stronger than you think.

For more study and examinations techniques, click here.

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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.

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in participating in a ‘Mock Job Interview Day’ with our Year 10 students on Tuesday, 28 November. Sessions will be held face to face at Loreto Normanhurst, from 8:30am-3:15 pm and we are looking for volunteers to assist for all or part of the day.

Volunteering would involve interviewing Year 10 students, to allow them to practice a professional job interview and present their achievements and strengths.

If you are interested in participating, please complete your details here by Friday, 29 September and we will contact you to provide more information. Please note that Moir Group is assisting Loreto Normanhurst with booking in interviewer times.

We are looking for volunteers from different industry areas to allow students to ask questions of their interviewers and match them to areas of interest. All volunteers will be required to hold a volunteer ‘Working with Children Check’ and sign a Loreto Normanhurst volunteer declaration.

Unlock success with EXTDAY@LN

Is your daughter in Year 5-8? Are you searching for the perfect after-school solution for your daughter that combines academic support, family flexibility, socialising, and connection building? Look no further!

  • Homework Help: Our dedicated team of educators is here to assist with homework, assisting our students to achieve their full potential.
  • Socialising and Connection Building: At EXTDAY, we believe in fostering and building strong connections. Your daughter will have the opportunity to interact with peers, helping them develop essential social skills and lifelong friendships.
  • Four Nights a Week: We're available four nights a week during term time, offering you the flexibility you need to balance work and family life.
  • Extended Hours: We understand that work schedules can be demanding. That's why our program allows students to stay until as late as 8:00pm, ensuring they have a safe and supervised environment.
  • Dining Delights: All students who attend EXTDAY@LN will enjoy a delicious afternoon tea and dinner in our welcoming boarders' dining room. It's a time for nourishment and conversation, making the evening even more enjoyable.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to enrich your daughter's life both academically and socially. Join EXTDAY@LN today and watch your child flourish!

Spaces are limited, so enrol now and provide your daughter with the perfect blend of support, flexibility, and connection. Contact us today to secure your child's place and set them on the path to success!

Click here to view the flyer.

Click here to see the FAQs.

Oratory News

Mrs Bernadette O'Dwyer

Primary Ethics Olympiad

Congratulations to our Primary Ethics Team who did exceptionally well! Red Team was awarded Gold Medal Winners and the Light Brown team were placed 4th and received an Honourable Mentions from the Judges.

All team members were wonderful ambassadors of Loreto Normanhurst. Such great results for their first year in the competition.

Mock Mediation – Semi Final

Good luck to our Mock Mediation Team who will compete in the Semi Finals today. Results will be posted next term!

NSW Youth UN – Voice Competition

Registration is now open for the Un Youth NSW Voice Competition for students in Year 7-10. This is a unique competition run by UN Youth NSW. Students have an opportunity to pitch their big ideas to solve real world problems. Students who are interested should email and register via the link found on the Youth UN website.

Term 4 Social Debating

Registration is now open for Social Debating. This will take place in Term Four for 4 weeks on a Wednesday afternoon starting on Wednesday, 1 November and concluding on Wednesday, 22 November. Students in Year 7-9 are invited to nominate a team of four students to participate in this program. Students must commit to the full four rounds.

Click here to nominate your team.

Sport News

Mr David Brock | Head of Sport

Farewell Year 12

The Sport Department wishes all Year 12 the very best for their coming graduation and future endeavours. Thank you for some wonderful sporting achievements and memories over the last six years!

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

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

  • Kayla McKeown, Year 11 - completed the Silver Award.
  • Ainsley Benbow, Year 9 - completed the Bronze Award.


Congratulations to Year 8 student Isabella Moretti, who recently competed in the NSW All Schools Taekwondo Championships. Isabella achieved a fantastic result, coming away with a silver medal. Well done, Isabella!


Hills Netball

The Hills Netball season concluded on Saturday, 9 September with three Loreto teams competing in Grand Finals. Congratulations to Loreto 1 on winning the premiership by two goals, after being down by six in the 3rd quarter. A special mention to Loreto 11 and Loreto 13 on being awarded Runners Up. A great season to all girls involved in Hills Netball!

Netball Schools Cup

The Year 9/10 Netball Schools Cup team competed in the Regional Finals on Thursday, 7 September at Netball Central. With a very challenging pool featuring three Sports High Schools, the Loreto team played well and finished 5th in the pool, before convincingly winning their play-off game. Congratulations to all girls involved.

CIS Athletics

Congratulations and good luck to Juliet Carpenter, Year 5, Patricia Boland, Year 9, Bella Kachel, Year 12, Eliza Matthews, Year 10 and Eliza English, Year 10 who have been selected to represent IGSA at the CIS Athletics Carnival on Tuesday, 19 September at Sydney Olympic Park.


Learn to Row and Preseason Wrap-Up This Week

Our Term Three rowing programs are coming to a close this week. The final session will be our Year 7 Learn to Row, who have made fantastic improvements in their rowing over the past eight weeks. Our Term Three Preseason rowers have shown a great deal of determination and spirit for rowing, completing early morning sessions and using a variety of boats to practice in. 

Captains of Boats

Our Captain and Vice-Captain of Boats have been chosen and we are pleased to announce our Captain of Boats for 2023/2024 will be Josephine Egan, and our Vice-Captain of Boats for 2023/2024 will be Jessica Lenehan. We are looking forward to witnessing the leadership prowess that these students will demonstrate throughout the season.

Upcoming Spring Rowing Camp

Our rowers will take to the water this school holidays completing a full week of rowing camp during following the public holiday. This is the first full squad event on our calendar, and we are excited to shepherd in the new regatta season in Term Four!

Alumnae News

Laura Gourley, Loreto Normanhurst alumna (Class of 2019), has qualified for the double scull for the 2024 Olympics at the recent World Cup 3 held in Belgrade, Serbia this week. Laura will now face internal selections at the Australian team trials closer to the events.

Loreto Normanhurst Swimming

Join the Loreto Normanhurst Swimming specialised Swim Squad Training Program!

Current students will receive 20% off the program fees.

We offer an all year round, 6 days a week, squad program for Loreto Normanhurst students and both male and female swimmers from the local community. Swimmers are welcome to join at any time throughout the year.

Our squad program offers options for swimmers at all levels and is aimed to support each swimmer’s development.

Choose from Development Stream with a focus on technique and stroke development, Competitive Stream for swimmers who aim to compete, and the Fitness Stream for those seeking to maintain fitness without competing.

Visit the website to find out more.

Mary Ward Justice Forum - Save the Date!

Loreto Normanhurst presents Dignity unveiled: Exploring justice as the essence of every individual

Tuesday, 24 October

5:30pm - 7:30pm

The Mary Ward Justice Forum is an annual collaboration between Loreto Normanhurst and Loreto Kirribilli exploring and promoting issues of justice in line with the values and teachings of Mary Ward and the Loreto Sisters.

The inherent dignity of each individual is a fundamental principle that underscores the essence of human rights and justice. In this thought-provoking forum, we will delve into this profound concept looking in our own backyard and the need for increased rights for all.

Hear from three distinguished guest speakers, Sister Jwan Kada, Educator and Social Justice Advocate; Richard Korkor, Chaplain at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Parklea Prison; and Catherine Knox, Chair of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter. The evening will be facilitated by Emma Simkin, Central Coast ABC Radio presenter and host (Class of '90), who will guide us through an exploration of this multifaceted topic, offering valuable insights from different perspectives and shedding light on the often marginalised of society – those in prison, women and children.

Parent Association Updates

Year 7 Spring Family Picnic

Sunday, 17 September at 10:00am

Lane Cove National Park – Casuarina Point Picnic Area (along Max Allen Road, Lindfield)

Please bring outdoor games, picnic gear and a plate to share. Come for the day or come along for a couple of hours, we’d love to see you there!

Click here for the invitation.

PAL Trivia Night - Movie Magic!

Saturday, 28 October



PAL warmly invite all parents to join them in a fun-filled evening of Trivia!

Dress up as your favourite movie character or simply decorate your table. A great way to get together and socialise! This function will be a BYO, so chat amongst your friends & bring along with you some delicious goodies. Big prizes to be won with a raffle being drawn on the evening! Who will be crowned the winner?!

We look forward to having you join us!

Click here for the invitation.

Click here to purchase your tickets.

Year 11 Parent Event – Save The Date

Sunday, 19 November

Save the date for a Year 11 Parent Event in Term Four. Further details will be shared in the coming weeks!

Expressions of interest for the 2024 Spring Fair Committee & 2024 PAL Executive Committee

Planning for 2024!

The PAL Committee are planning for 2024. PAL at Loreto is open to all parents and carers and your level of involvement can vary from attending and/or assisting at PAL events, becoming a Year Parent Representative, joining one of the Sub Committees or even becoming a member of the PAL Executive Committee. Everyone is welcome to contribute in any way they can, and your contribution is always truly valued. We continue to support Loreto by providing additional funds for important programs and initiatives and we remain committed to keeping our community connected.

Our main event for 2024 is the Spring Fair which is held in Term Four. The success of the Spring Fair is reliant on the energy and goodwill of the whole parent community. PAL are looking for volunteers to join the 2024 Spring Fair Committee. All volunteers are welcome. If you wish to be involved, please reply to

If you have any questions about the Parent Association or the Spring Fair and getting involved, please contact Kath Walton, PAL President at

Advancement Team Updates

Year 12 Formal- Reminder!

Thursday, 9 November

Doltone House Hyde Park

A reminder to all Year 12 students to book your tickets as tickets close on Wednesday, 20 September.

Click here to purchase your tickets.

Community Service Opportunities

Cook for Ukraine

Cook for Ukraine aims to spread that love and celebrate Ukrainian culture, as well as raising funds to support children and their families affected by the war.

  • By raising $288 you could help keep 5 children warm with a set of warm winter clothes and a blanket each.
  • By raising $433 you could help to provide 80 children with essential education supplies.
  • By raising $930 you could help provide 10 families with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene kits.
  • By taking part in #CookForUkraine you can help UNICEF continue their life-saving work in Ukraine.
  • By hosting a #CookForUkraine lunch, dinner, morning tea or bake sale, you'll be helping children and their families in Ukraine. It just takes a few steps.
  1. Sign up to #CookForUkraine - It takes less than two minutes! Just click here.
  2. Invite friends and family to a yummy meal - Whether you fancy hosting a dinner at home, brunch at work or teaming up with friends for a ‘pot-luck’ meal – this is your perfect chance to get together over food, drink and a good cause.
  3. Ask for donations - The best way to get people to donate, is to ask! Suggest they contribute what they would normally spend on a night out or a special occasion. If it's a bake sale, ask people to pay what they think it's worth - their generosity will surprise you!
  4. Share your event with your Tutor/Advisor and social media - Share pictures on social media (and with your Advisor/Tutor) to connect with the community and raise awareness! Don't forget to tag #CookForUkraine and @unicefaustralia

Australian Red Cross and Uber - opportunity for students and families 16 years and up

Saturday, 21 October

Multiple locations & shifts available:

  • Erskenville 9:30am - 2:30pm
  • Erskenville 2:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Greenacre 9:30am - 2:30pm
  • Greenacre 2:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Centennial Park 9:30am - 1:30pm
  • Centennial Park 12:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Chatswood 9:30am - 1:30pm
  • Chatswood 12:30pm - 5:00pm

The program: Australian Red Cross and Uber are holding a nationwide donation event to accept quality preloved clothing. Get involved with the community and help divert goods from landfill by volunteering with Red Cross at this one-day outdoor event. Donations collected will help Red Cross Shops raise funds for the humanitarian work of Australian Red Cross, supporting people facing tough times in our communities.

The opportunity: To volunteer at this event, you should be over 16 years, fit & able to lift bags/boxes from vehicles.

Our Red Cross Event Support Volunteers will assist us with:

  • Set up (morning shift) or pack down (afternoon/evening shift) of the event.
  • Removing donations from cars and onto trucks onsite (some bags/boxes may be heavy).
  • Removing donations from trucks and onto a shipping container onsite (some bags/boxes may be heavy).

What do you need to bring? Wear closed-in, comfortable shoes. Wear comfortable clothing (keep in mind it may get dirty). Personal sun protective gear (hat, sunglasses). Personal rain appropriate gear if needed (please check weather forecast ahead of the event). Own dietary-specific snacks if required. We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle to limit single-use plastic. Red Cross will provide masks & gloves but if you prefer you can bring your own.

Vinnies Gift from the Heart Program

A great idea to do over the upcoming term break and bring a smile to others!

You will find a variety of different opportunities for Community Service from making food packs, macrame bags, bookmarks of hope, blankets, knitted scarves, Vinnies puzzles for children and adults, toiletry packs and Welcome packs here.

It includes instructions on what you can do and also includes the total Community Service hours for each activity.

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