Providing lessons for the future

A rich educational environment: Loreto Normanhurst has a strong mix of academic learning, sport and life experiences. Photo: Supplied.
A rich educational environment: Loreto Normanhurst has a strong mix of academic learning, sport and life experiences. Photo: Supplied.

Established in 1897 and located in Sydney, Loreto Normanhurst is a leading catholic, independent day and boarding school for girls from Years 5 to 12, with boarding for girls from Years 7 to 12, mainly from country NSW and the Sydney basin. The school is part of a 400-year tradition of educating girls and is connected to a worldwide network of Loreto schools, which includes seven in Australia. Our Foundress, Mary Ward, a simple and devout English woman who lived from 1585-1645, believed that, "Women in time to come will do much". In our school, we live out Mary Ward's vision through the Loreto Values of Freedom, Justice, Sincerity, Verity and Felicity.

Enablers: The school's focused curriculum enables students to become lifelong learners who are curious and critical thinkers with a broad future vision. Photo: Supplied.

Enablers: The school's focused curriculum enables students to become lifelong learners who are curious and critical thinkers with a broad future vision. Photo: Supplied.

At our school, relationships and learning are of equal importance. The Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM) is an award-winning model of education which develops students holistically in the areas of Faith, Academic, Community and Extra-curricular (FACE curriculum). We assist our students to be young women who are passionate about learning, compassionate to others and have a strong sense of faith and social direction that underpins their values to achieve their personal best and guides their decision making. We aim to encourage our students to be lifelong learners who are curious and critical thinkers with a broad future vision.

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Boarder Captain, Clodagh Bray, from the Class of 2018 said the FACE curriculum encouraged her to participate in all aspects of school life. "The LNSGM enabled me to have a healthy balance in my education. Loreto has something to offer to everyone which will challenge them and also guide their growth," she said.

Proud history: For over 100 years Loreto Normanhurst has been education young women to become leaders in the community. Photo: Supplied.

Proud history: For over 100 years Loreto Normanhurst has been education young women to become leaders in the community. Photo: Supplied.

An immersion experience unique to the school is the Far North Queensland experience, which involves the entire cohort of Year 9 students and staff travelling to engage with Indigenous communities, perform community service and experience learning outside the traditional classroom. Students love the opportunity to do science on the Great Barrier Reef, learn history at Rocky Creek and write poetry on the bluff at Undara.

Extra-curricular activity is a fundamental element of the FACE Curriculum allowing students to grow as part of a holistic education within the LNSGM. Students may combine sport and activities such as rowing, gymnastics, football, netball and rugby sevens with an academic enrichment program such as Future Problem Solving, or perhaps specialise in competitive debating. We warmly invite you to join us at our upcoming events: Spring Fair - 3 November and the Principal's Welcome Tour - 18 November. Please visit our website for further details at www.loretonh.nsw.edu.au or email enquiries@loretonh.nsw.edu.au.

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