About Us

Loreto Normanhurst was established as a boarding school in 1897. It is one of the many schools throughout the world under the care of the Loreto Sisters. Set in spacious grounds on the edge of bushland, the school is a pleasant mix of historic and modern buildings.

Loreto Normanhurst seeks to affirm and encourage the development of young women who will take their place in the world as leaders and people of commitment, inspired by gospel values. The school fosters a liberal education, with self-motivated learning and pursuit of personal excellence as part of its teaching and learning philosophy. Each student is encouraged to fulfil her personal and academic potential in an atmosphere of freedom, care and respect for the individual. 

The school caters for the individual needs of students by offering programs for the gifted and talented and for those with learning difficulties. The school is also committed to developing independent learning skills among its students and strongly encourages the use of information and communication technology in teaching and learning.

The Loreto Normanhurst Strategy, implemented in 2001 with its intent "...growing individuals and communities...", will provide student growth plans for every student, pastoral care of families and parent education programs. It will focus on social justice issues and engaging with Church in the local community and beyond. It also further encourages leadership opportunities for all members of the Normanhurst community.

Facilities: Assembly hall, chapel, Learning Resource Centre, ovals, tennis courts, basketball courts, gymnasium, computer rooms (390 student PCs), Religious Education centre, art studios, pottery studio, photographic studio, drama theatre, Health Centre, lecture theatre and an Aquatic Centre with a 25 metre indoor swimming pool.

Electives Years 7 to 10: Commerce, Computing Studies, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Visual Arts, Food Technology, Textiles and Design, French, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Music, Drama.

Electives Years 11 and 12: Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Drama, Economics, English (Standard, Advanced, Extension 1 and 2), Food Technology, Geography, Hospitality CEC, Information Processes and Technology, Legal Studies, Mathematics (2 unit, 2 unit Extension 1 and 2), Modern History, Extension History, Music (2 and 3 unit), PD/Health/PE, Physics, Senior Science, Studies of Religion, Visual Arts, French Italian, Japanese, Latin, Extension courses in languages.

Sport: Athletics, basketball, cricket, cross-country, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rowing, softball, swimming, tennis, waterpolo, tae kwon do, touch football.

Co-curricular opportunities: Debating, Public Speaking, mock trial, speech, drama, concert band, stage band, orchestra, string ensemble, vocal ensembles, Amnesty International, Environment Committee, St Vincent de Paul, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Future Problem Solving, Tournament of Minds, Community Service, Hope for the Children, Young Achievers Australia and E Team.

Pastoral care: Students are cared for pastorally and academically in a system of Vertical Pastoral Care. Each student is placed in vertical group of 18 students under the care of a Tutor. This Tutor group is part of one of the eight houses, led by a house co-ordinator.
Pastoral care arises out of the need for each student to feel part of the community and to have the best possible opportunity for personal, academic, social and spiritual growth. The school has a published discipline policy with emphasis on the logical consequence of actions. This is supported by teachers, students and informed by appropriately negotiated standards and expectations.

Enrolment: 900 students.
Annual fees: See Registrar Home Page
Principal: Mrs L Degenhardt.
Pennant Hills Road, Normanhurst 2076.
9487 3488
fax 9489 2348.