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Loreto Normanhurst is an exciting place to be. Established in 1897, the school is a leading Sydney, Catholic independent boarding and day school for girls from Years 5–12.  It is part of a worldwide network of Loreto schools and is part of a 400-year tradition of education for girls.

Located on Sydney’s leafy Upper North Shore, the school is set in spacious grounds of more than 25 acres, on the edge of bushland, and is a pleasant mix of historic buildings and modern learning spaces, with beautiful ovals and a large sporting and aquatic complex. An oasis set back from bustling Pennant Hills Road, the school is very accessible and is well serviced by public transport, both train and bus. The school offers private bus services to the Mosman and Lower North Shore areas; Lane Cove, Drummoyne, Hunters Hill, Gladesville and Ryde areas; and the Rouse Hill, Glenhaven and Hills District areas.

The school’s facilities incorporate the traditional heritage buildings that house more than 190 country boarders and contain modern, flexible learning spaces. The Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM) is an award-winning model of education which is innovative and dynamic, and which fosters critical thinking, curiosity and joy in learning. It is an education which prepares a Loreto girl for an exciting and challenging future.

The success of the model in the academic realm is highly evident in the outstanding HSC results achieved by Loreto Normanhurst students every year, with the school having been ranked as the top Catholic school in NSW for four of the past five years.  In 2015, the school was again the top Catholic school and 26th position overall in the state — these are incredible results for an open-entry school. There are numerous sporting and extracurricular activities on offer: equestrian, rowing, Tae Kwon Do, water polo, badminton, Zumba, Pilates, triathlon, debating, mock trial, drama, orchestra, vocal ensembles, environment committee, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and many more.

Facilities: Flexible learning spaces, chapel, ovals, tennis courts, basketball courts, gymnasium, computer rooms, visual arts centre, pottery studio, drama theatre, health centre, learning resource centre, aquatic centre with 25-metre indoor swimming pool.

Electives Years 9 to 10: Commerce, Information and Software Technology, Dance, Design and Technology, Geography Elective, Mandatory Geography, History Elective, Mandatory History, Physical Activity and Sports Studies, Visual Arts, Food Technology, Textiles Technology, French, Italian, Music, Drama.

Electives Years 11 and 12: Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Community & Family Studies, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Drama, Economics, English Standard, English Advanced, English Extension 1 & 2, Fundamentals of English, Food Technology, Geography, Hospitality, Information Processes and Technology, Legal Studies, Mathematics, General Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 & 2, Modern History, History Extension, Music 1, Music 2, Music Extension, PD/Health/PE, Physics, Senior Science, Studies of Religion 1, Studies of Religion 2, Visual Arts, Visual Design, French Beginners, Italian Beginners, French Continuers, Italian Continuers, Italian Extension, French Extension, Vocational Educational courses through TAFE.

Sport: Athletics, basketball, cross-country, equestrian, dance, artistic gymnastics, hockey, netball, rowing, football, softball, swimming, tennis, tae kwon do, touch football, water polo, cheerleading, badminton, sevens rugby, zumba, futsal, pilates, triathlon.

Extracurricular activities: Debating, Mock Trial, speech, drama, concert band, stage band, string ensemble, orchestra, vocal ensembles, environment committee, The  Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Future Problem Solving Program and community service.

Welfare and personal development: An advisor works with each student, guiding and tracking her progress across all areas of a holistic curriculum. In small and large groups, students learn and practice skills of self-awareness, motivation, empathy and relating to others within the House structure. Heads of House work with students to offer appropriate support and encouragement, and the Learning Enrichment Team and Careers Advisers offer assistance concerning students’ tertiary study.The development of leadership skills is an important part of the community dimension and students are presented with opportunities to develop these skills. Loretto Normanhurst’s concern with social justice is integral to the definition of who they are as a Catholic community in the Loreto tradition.

Special features: The Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM) is the school’s unique holistic curriculum which has four key dimensions through which the life-long learning skills critical to life in the 21st century are taught, learned and practised. The “FACE” curriculum — a holistic approach to Faith, Academic, Community and Extracurricular dimensions — aims to provide a learning environment that encourages the development of critical literacy and emotional intelligence.

Principal: Ms Barbara Watkins.

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Religion Catholic
Type Catholic
Day/boarding Day and Boarding
Boys/Girls Girl
Years Year 5 - Year 12
Enrolment 1100 students
Fees: Over 16k
02 9487******* 02 9487 3488
02 9489******* 02 9489 2348
Address 91-93 Pennant Hills Road, Normanhurst 2076
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