Student Information Booklet


The Student Information Booklet covers all the information, procedures and policies parents and students will need.

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Please note that Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta recently announced that Loyola Senior High will be renewed to provide even more access to high quality enterprise skills and vocational education and training. Therefore, the 2018 Year 11 cohort will be the final intake of students into Loyola in its current form. Learn more about the Loyola Senior High Renewal.

Relevant updates to student information will be shared shortly.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Loyola Senior High School by phone on 8886 9500, weekdays between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm or send us an email.

Introduction to Loyola Senior High School

Ignatius Loyola, the patron of our school, lived during the sixteenth century. During that time, two types of education were in currency: scholasticism and humanism.

Scholasticism was an academic tradition, which, among other things, focused on rigorous intellectual analysis and the professional teaching and appraisal of students in preparation for a future profession or career. The strong appeal of this tradition was to the mind and the development of its powers.

The other type of education, humanism, rested on the belief that the purpose of education was primarily for the formation of character, the training of the young in values, and the responsibilities they had towards themselves and society at large. One became formed in these things by studying the literature of the great Greek and Latin authors. This literature inspired one to live more nobly and humanely. The notion of service to others ran through the whole of this tradition.

Ignatius and the early Jesuits attempted to integrate elements from both these traditions, along with the adoption of the progressive techniques for learning that were current at the time. They initially established colleges, usually near a university, to provide additional training for their own men, and their emphasis was on both competence and service in the context of giving thanks and praise to God.

In time, the leaders and the townspeople in various localities, attracted by what the Jesuits were doing in their colleges, petitioned to have their young educated in them as well. They wanted their children to receive a thorough education that combined intellectual rigour and Christian virtue.

Ignatius responded positively to such requests and Jesuit involvement in education and schools began and grew rapidly throughout the world over the ensuing centuries.

When the Jesuit missionary, Francis Xavier arrived in Goa, India, in 1542, he wrote to Ignatius, then his superior in Rome, expressing the great desire from local dignitaries for Jesuits to become a part of a diocesan school that was being established in that city. The Society of Jesus was soon to engage in its first educational enterprise there. Four hundred and fifty-one years later, a similar venture was established here at Loyola College, Mount Druitt, when it first opened its gates to students in 1993.

Francis Xavier was impressed by the extent of national backgrounds of the students he found in Goa. He wished them to preserve and celebrate the best of their cultures. This is also one of the great riches of the multi-cultural community that characterises Loyola, and as such, represents a microcosm of Australia in the new millennium. Such cultural diversity and richness also embodies and reflects the colourful tapestry of the whole Church.

Like many other schools, Loyola Senior High School provides a sound senior education. But this is not enough. In fidelity to our Ignatian tradition, we are intent upon forming the whole person, such that not only is the mind informed, competent, and critically alert, but also that character is developed in virtues like integrity, generosity, and compassion. By adopting the model of Jesus, we aim to instil in our students the conviction that gifts and talents are not for oneself alone. They are to be spent generously in the service of others.

Moreover, it is our hope and prayer that through all that occurs in the life of the school, our ever-present, faithful and gracious God will continue to be an acknowledged and celebrated reality.

St Ignatius Loyola

Ignatius was born at Loyola in northern Spain, in the year before Columbus' voyage to America. He was raised as a hidalgo in the Age of Discovery at a time of Spain's greatness, living a full life with all the enthusiasm of a Basque. After a time as a courtier, he turned to a military career. At the age of twenty-nine, while convalescing from a wound received at the siege of Pamplona, he read the Gospels and the lives of the saints. There followed a burning desire to follow in the footsteps of Christ.

Many spiritual experiences came Ignatius' way as he discerned where God was leading him. Returning to studies later in life, he gathered nine "first Companions" around him at the University of Paris. They included Francis Xavier. They took vows together and the Society of Jesus grew, being ratified by the Pope in 1540.

As first General of the Jesuits, Ignatius contributed greatly to the Catholic revival of the sixteenth century. Ignatius intended his society to be a mobile force whose members would go anywhere and undertake any work "for the greater glory of God". As the order grew, the work of Jesuits became more diversified - schoolmasters, preachers, scholars, missionaries and workers with the poor. In recent years, two motion pictures, The Mission and Black Robe, have attempted to retell some of the missionary endeavours of the early followers of Ignatius.

These followers were to be, in Ignatius' terms, large-hearted people who would want to do what Ignatius called "The magis", the "more", to work for the "greater good". His desire for a generous spirit is summed up in a prayer ascribed to him:

Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous,
Teach me to serve you as you deserve,
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labour and not ask reward,
Save that of knowing that I do your holy will.

                                   St Ignatius

Formation, not information, is the key to Ignatian education.

The ideal is to form the well-rounded person who is intellectually competent, technologically skilled, open to growth, religious, reflective and loving. Since, as Ignatius wrote, "love is expressed in deeds and not words only", the school community is committed to doing justice in generous service to the people of God.

From the earliest days of Jesuit involvement in the educational process, the best of Christian humanism has been a feature. Whatever is the highest in humankind is to be fostered; the whole person is to be educated. This is expressed in the architecture at Loyola. It is seen in the harmony of the school with its bushland setting, the integration of human achievement and the gift of creation. At opposite ends of the school, have been placed the library and a chapel - suggestive of the union, complementarity and nourishment of both mind and heart.

In union with parents, the staff at Loyola Senior High School, lay and Jesuit, teaching and support, will strive for excellence - that is, to endeavour to draw out the full potential of each student. Students in a Jesuit school come to realise that their talents are gifts to be developed, not for self-satisfaction or for self-gain, but rather, with the help of God, for the good and growth of the human community.


In order that Loyola Senior High School can provide a proper context for the formation of its students, it must provide a disciplined and ordered environment. It is hoped that this Handbook provides an outline of the expected contributions of each member of the school community - from parents, students and teachers. Such contributions are essential if the school is to achieve its role as a Christian community and a centre of learning and personal growth.

Therefore, Loyola Senior High School wishes to foster:

  • a deepening appreciation of and respect for the uniqueness and dignity of each individual

  • a respect for the rights of the individual and for the differences between persons

  • a realisation of the value of a sense of responsibility for and control over one's actions

  • a movement towards a healthy discipline of self

  • an appreciation of the importance of the ideals of critical thinking, independence, honesty, integrity, courtesy and good manners

  • an ability to reflect on one's actions and their consequences, and to learn through experience

  • a genuine Christian attitude of forgiveness and provision for opportunity to redeem one's behaviour through the chance to try again

  • a healthy respect for authority at every level of school life

  • a developing of the Christian ideal of concern for each other

In accordance with these Christian foundations, students are encouraged to develop their best selves, with the encouragement, patience, and genuine concern of the staff to help them. They are urged to strive for the goals of acceptable Christian behaviour, self-discipline and self-control. The staff works towards providing a stable and consistent environment within Loyola Senior High School. Positive effort in all areas of school life - pastoral, religious, academic, social, cultural, sporting - is praised and encouraged. Negative un-Christian attitudes and behaviour are unacceptable, and are dealt with in a firm and just manner. Students are encouraged to review their behaviour and modify it under the guidance of the teacher.

Students attending Loyola will be allocated to a Tutor Group.

The Tutor Group consists of approximately 20 students who are placed under the care of a teacher. This teacher will be known as the Tutor and will be responsible for the students in the group during their time at the senior school.

The purpose of the Tutor Group is to give the students the opportunity to relate to a teacher in a small group and to become well-known by a member of staff. It is also the main avenue through which students are informed of what is happening in the day-to-day running of the school.

The tutor meets daily in the morning with Tutor Group members for fifteen minutes.

This meeting will include prayer, administrative matters and issues of student welfare. At other times, more extended time is made available for the specific purposes of student welfare. In these lengthier periods, matters such as full Year Group meetings are catered for, as well as the following in the smaller Tutor Group: group unity and rapport, self disclosure, motivation, pursuit of excellence, health, hygiene, citizenship etc.

The Tutor is expected to monitor the progress of members of the group, and to be ready to speak to parents, teachers and the students themselves, about their progress.

The Tutor will assemble reports on each member of the group, write a summary Report of Progress, hold parent interviews, and also assist in preparing students' final references.

The Tutor is available to students if they wish to approach him/her about any problems.

Presentation Ceremonies

Students are acknowledged at end-of-year presentation ceremonies:

  • subject-based awards acknowledging achievement, application and improvement
  • KLA-based awards for outstanding achievement by an individual
  • sporting awards for one male and one female
  • Service awards
  • awards recognising all-round achievement and contribution to school life
  • leadership awards
  • Trade Training Centre Awards

In order to recognise student achievement in application to studies and in broad contribution to the life of the school, Loyola has three major awards. They take the form of Merit Certificates, the Sigillum badge and the Insignis award.

Loyola Awards

Throughout the year, students are acknowledged for their efforts and achievements in a variety of areas within the life of the school.

Students are awarded certificates in three categories:

  • St Ignatius Award: awarded on the basis of application, improvement and achievement in class work, homework and assessments

  • St Francis Xavier Award: awarded on the basis of extracurricular involvement

  • Blessed Peter Faber Award: awarded on the basis of service to the school community, demonstration of school spirit and upholding the code of conduct

Once students have received THREE of these certificates IN THE SAME CATEGORY (i.e. Ignatius, Xavier or Faber), they are then eligible to be awarded the Level Two Certificate in the same category, at a year assembly.

Once students have received TWO Level Two certificates from two DIFFERENT categories, they are eligible to be awarded the Level Three Certificate, awarded at a whole school assembly.

The Merit Certificates

Merit Certificates are awarded at the end of each reporting cycle, in both Year 11 and Year 12. In Year 11: Merit Certificates are awarded three times - at the end of the interim, half-yearly and yearly reporting periods.

  • A Gold (Outstanding Merit) Certificate is awarded where a student has gained six (6) or more X [Excellent] Grades for Application

  • A Red (Conspicuous Merit) Certificate is awarded where a student has gained five (5) X [Excellent] Grades, the balance at VG [Very Good] level

  • A Black (Merit) Certificate is awarded where a student has gained four (4) X [Excellent] Grades, the balance at VG [Very Good] level

In order for a student to receive any Merit Certificate, application in all subjects must be above average (S) [Satisfactory].

Because they are awarded for Application rather than Achievement, these certificates recognise commitment to studies and conscientious effort, rather than simply academic ability.

The Sigillum

The Sigillum acknowledges a student's outstanding contribution across a broad range of school involvement: studies, school life and service. Sigillum means 'a seal' or 'a stamp' which is used to verify something as authentic or true to what it proclaims.

The award takes the form of a small lapel badge.
The Sigillum bears the ancient IHS logo in a "sunburst".
It may be achieved by students once in Year 11 and once in Year 12.

The award is a tangible recognition of the value the school espouses in forming well-rounded students.

There are two levels of award.

The Red Sigillum
The Red Sigillum is awarded to a student no earlier than the beginning of third term in Year 11. To be awarded the Red Sigillum, a student would ordinarily be required to have:

  • achieved a Merit Certificate for studies
  • made an outstanding commitment and contribution to a school "team" (eg, in sport, debating, hospitality and liturgy)
  • demonstrated a generous engagement in issues of charity or justice (Collection Days, Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Social Justice Group, Community Service, Amnesty International etc).

The Gold Sigillum
The Gold Sigillum is awarded to a student in Year 12 who has already received the Red Sigillum in Year 11 (or even early in Year 12) and who has continued to make further significant contributions as described above.

Notwithstanding the above, the Principal may award a Gold Sigillum to a student who, whilst not fulfilling all of the prerequisites, has consistently demonstrated outstanding character and virtue in other ways.

A Gold Sigillum may be awarded to others associated with Loyola, in recognition of generous support and encouragement.

The Insignis

When Ignatius spoke about the sort of person he wished to draw towards himself, it was the one he thought most able to build up God's Kingdom on this earth, the one he believed had most potential for the greater good. Ignatius described that person as an insignis, a Latin word meaning an "impressive, notable, distinguished" person.

But for Ignatius, it meant even more. For him, the insignis was an influential person, one who could shape opinions, inspire and persuade others, be a leaven in the community. And, of course, all this influence would be for the better. The insignis is the person who acts out of principle, one who is outstanding in character or virtue, as well as ability.

In the language of this school, the insignis is the person of competence, of conscience and of compassionate commitment.

As such, the Insignis in the school would personify all the values we as a community endorse, and to which we aspire. Awarded at the end of Year 12, this cast bronze medallion is the premier award of Loyola Senior High School.


Students at Loyola are divided into four houses, Arrupe, Faber, Ward and McCormack Houses, and are able to follow two paths of study.

Students in Arrupe, Faber and Ward Houses follow the more traditional path of study to attain their Higher School Certificate (HSC). These students form Loyola Senior High School. Students in McCormack house attend the Loyola Trade Training Centre (TTC) and complete a trade whilst also attaining their HSC.

The school day commences at 8:25 each day. The period times are outline below.

Tutor Group
8:25 - 8:40
Period 1
8:40 - 9:30
Period 2
9:30 - 10:20
Recess 10:20 - 10:40 (20 Mins)
Period 3 10:40 - 11:30
Period 4 11:30 - 12:20
Lunch 1 12:20 - 12:35 (15 Mins)
Lunch 2 12:35 - 12:50 (15 Mins)
Period 5 12:50 - 1:40
Period 6 1:40 - 2:30
Break 2:30 - 2:45 (15 Mins)
Period 7 2:45 - 4:00 (TTC and Extension classes only)


Students attending Loyola Senior High School attend school five days per week, with lessons being conducted periods 1 to 6 each day except Thursday. On Thursday, most students will finish lessons at the end of period 4. Students studying extension courses will have lessons timetabled periods 5 and 6 on Thursdays, and may also have lessons extending past 2:30 and before school on some days (this will be negotiated with students should it be necessary).

Students attending the Loyola Trade Training Centre attend HSC lessons three days of the week. A fourth day is allocated to trade delivery. The finishing time of the Trade Day is dependent on the trade.

The fifth day is a flexible day and can be used for

  • work
  • mentoring meetings
  • IBL (Industry Based Learning)
  • compulsory excursion
  • individual tutoring
  • access to school facilities
Term Begins Term Ends
Term 1 Monday 29th January
(return for all students)
Friday 13th April
Term 2 Tuesday 1st May
(return for all students)
Friday 6th July
Term 3 Monday 23rd July
(return for all students)
Friday 28th September
Term 4 Monday 15th October
(return for all students)
Friday 19th December

Student Services

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Student Services

The Principal's role is to create an atmosphere in the school conducive to learning, which should promote self-development and the growth of staff and students as loving persons according to the Gospel ideal.

Assistant Principals
The Assistant Principals’ roles are designed to provide professional support to the Principal in the effective leadership and management of the school. The Assistant Principals are primarily responsible for assisting the Principal with the development of the curriculum, the supervision of staff, and the management of students.

Religious Education Coordinator
The Religious Education Coordinator is responsible for Religious Education, which includes preparation of school liturgies, prayer, sacramental programs, retreats, faith development programs and the formal religious studies course in the curriculum. This person acts as contact person for the pastors of the parishes servicing Loyola Senior High School.

Administration Coordinator
The Administration Coordinator is responsible for the administrative operations of Loyola Senior High School, communicating and putting into effect matters concerning the daily administration of the school, and matters which call for variations to the normal school routine. The Administration Coordinator provides information to the Principal and Assistant Principal on the administrative requirements of the school.

Information and Communications Technologies Coordinator (ICT)
The ICT Coordinator supports students and staff in their use of technology, across both LSHS and the TTC. The ICT Coordinator keeps staff and student’s informed of recent developments in technology and implements these developments, where appropriate.

Careers Adviser
The Careers Adviser is available for consultation on up-to-date and relevant information on University and TAFE Courses, as well as giving information on job search requirements and available services. The Careers Adviser is an invaluable resource and students should make it a priority to consult with this person concerning future prospects.

University Adviser & Project Officer
The University Adviser & Project Officer provides advice to students regarding their interests and discusses the possibilities that exist at University for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

School Chaplain
The Chaplain has three broad areas of care at the school: 1. the Sacramental/Liturgical (e.g. leading prayer at Assemblies); 2. The Spiritual (e.g. organising retreats and faith experiences); 3. The Pastoral (listening to students and staff about hopes and concerns). He is another person on the staff with whom students can talk.

School Counsellor
The School Counsellor is a trained professional who is available for students who may need support to work out issues re: school and/or home. The Counsellor is also able to help families who are experiencing difficulties.

Industry Liaison Officer
The Industry Liaison Officer is primarily responsible for the organisation of the work placement program within the Trade Training Centre. The Industry Liaison Officer coordinates the sign up of School Based Apprenticeships and liaises regularly with students, parents, employers and trainers, to ensure that successful and meaningful ‘on the job’ and ‘off the job’ training occurs.

House Coordinator
The House Coordinator looks after the welfare of senior students, through attending to the overall pastoral, administrative, disciplinary and academic concerns relevant to each House group at the school. There are currently four House Coordinators.

Leader of Learning (KLA Curriculum)
Each subject or group of subjects has a coordinator or facilitator who is responsible for all matters relating to the delivery of the subject(s). Ask your subject teachers who these people are in case you need to bring a concern to their attention or seek advice from them.

Leader of Learning - (VET)
The Leader of Learning - VET is responsible for:

  • managing the shared cluster courses
  • liaising and communicating with teachers who deliver VET courses, school executives, and parents
  • representing the Diocese on various committees
  • reporting back to staff on current VET, government and educational information
  • the placement, supervision and tracking of student mandatory work placement, which includes the establishment and maintenance of strong relationships with local industry
  • working with school executives to develop additional VET initiatives
  • coordinating school-based apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Leading staff in pedagogy and assisting with programming, assessments and competency recording

Subject Teacher
The Subject Teacher is responsible for all matters relating to the preparation and teaching of his/her subject, and for classroom management.

The Tutor is the person with whom the student will have most contact. The Tutor is responsible for immediate student pastoral needs and for day-to-day management matters. Tutors welcome contact with parents. The Tutor is available to discuss with students and/or their parents, any problems or concerns that they might have.

The Librarian has responsibility for all library services. In consultation with Subject Coordinators, the Librarian selects and acquires resources for teacher and student use, and sets guidelines to ensure efficient use of library resources by all members of the school community. The Librarian assists students, and classes of students, to use the library resources to enhance their learning.

ICT Support
The ICT support team is there to support staff and students in their use and application of technology across the site. The ICT support ensures that all equipment is well-maintained and functional.

Business Manager
The Business Manager supports the efficient management of the school's business functions including administration, WH&S, asset management, and finance.

Office Staff
The Office staff do administrative and secretarial work for the school. All confidential student and parental enquiries are to be directed to the Senior School Officer. General student enquiries are to be directed to the school office. School fees enquiries should be directed to the Senior School Officer - Finance (Direct Line – 9832 1471).

Teaching and Learning Portal

Teaching and Learning Portal

For information regarding access to required links and details on accessing ICT click here.

This page allows quick access to many facilities and teaching resources. This is available to both staff and students. This can be accessed a

  • Loyola Senior High School Website - General information across the entire school site including SHS [Senior High School] & TTC [Trade Training Centre]. Resources included on the website are: School Calendar, Assessment Calendars, Information and Assessment Booklets, School Notes & School Newsletters.

  • Loyola Trade Training Centre Website - Information specific to the Loyola Trade Training Centre.

  • Faces Attendance - Available to Staff only

  • On Guard - Students doing practical courses are required to complete training in regard to appropriate use of equipment, and safety when working with or being around equipment etc. All tests related to these requirements are located in the OnGuard modules, via this link. VET, TTC and TAS students will, in most instances, be required to complete training through OnGuard.

  • Literacy Blog - A blog site on Literacy learning strategies.

  • ClickView Online - Access to a wide range of videos and film clips, as well as materials recorded from live TV, are available to staff and students via the web. You may be referred to some of this material by your teachers, or you may wish to use ClickView to access resource videos for your studies at Loyola SHS and TTC.

  • Loyola Library Gateway - Through this link you can locate resources within the Loyola Library Resource Centre, as well as view available resources across the Diocese. See library staff for further information.

  • LSHS Moodle (AMOW 2017) - Many classes have information for their lessons placed on this moodle site. There is much general information that can be accessed on or via links from this site.

  • Classm8 - this is an important link as it provides students access to:
    • Google Drive, which is one of the main places staff and students locate their work online
    • individual school email accounts
    • Daily Bulletin - keeping all of our community aware of the events of the day
    • School & Assessment calendars
    • other resources and presentation tools

  • Understanding Faith - A Religious Education multimedia resource incorporating interactive activities, video extracts, radio broadcasts, music, newspaper articles, slideshows, contemporary teaching and learning tasks with scripture study

  • Reports - Available to staff only

  • USI - Create Unique Student Identifier (VET Students Only)

  • ICT at Loyola - ICT Bulletin with developments and changes occuring at Loyola SHS/TTC
  • BookIt - available to staff only

  • St Luke's Gospel Form - Available to staff only

  • Timetable - For ALL students and staff at Loyola. The login & password are the same - web. Using this link, students are able to access a copy of their timetable.

Communication guide for parents

Loyola Senior High School reception is open from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm. Staff members may be contacted through reception. Please call during office hours only.

Any staff member may be contacted directly by letter. These may be posted to the school or handed in directly to the teacher by your daughter/son.

Appointments may be made with staff members either by phone or letter.

Any parent who visits the school is asked to come directly to the Reception area in the Administration building at the front of the school. No visitors are permitted on school grounds without a visitors pass, obtainable at the School Reception.

Reporting and reflecting on what is reported in order to arrive at new understandings and directions for future action, is an integral part of the learning process at Loyola Senior High School.

Any parent/guardian may phone the school at any time during office hours to discuss their child's progress, and if necessary, make an appointment to see the relevant member of staff. Parent/teacher meetings are important times to gain and share information and all parents/guardians are required to attend (with son or daughter) these formal interviews with his/her Tutor/Subject Teacher/House Coordinator. From time to time, the school may make an explicit request of certain parents to attend an interview in the interests of their child's progress.

Year 11 Parent/Teacher interviews are held during the afternoon and evening, at a time mutually convenient to parents and staff.

The Trade Training Centre students in McCormack House, do not have formal examination blocks. The timeline for events within the TTC will be distributed separately.

The following dates are relevant to the Loyola Senior High School students in Arrupe, Faber & Ward Houses.

Term 1 Weeks 10 - 11

Student, Teacher, Parent Conferencing
Term 3

Weeks 3– 4 - 5

Week 9 & 10

Year 12 SHS Trial Examinations

Year 11 SHS Preliminary Examinations

Term 4 Week 6
Preliminary Report Collection and Year 12 Assessment Information Evening.

Contact Names
Principal Mrs Cathy Larkin
Assistant Principal Mr Patrick Finnerty
Assistant Principal - Vocational Programs Mrs Samantha Boreham
Administration Coordinator Mrs Cheryl Eather
ICT Coordinator Mr Ben Deak
Business Manager Mrs Jenny Lo Cascio             
Principal PA Mrs Vanessa Bettiol  & Mrs Sharon Daley          
TTC Office Administrator Ms Julie Foster
Senior School Support Officer - Finance Ms Rebecca Lawson
School Support Officer - Admin Mrs Louise Lee & Mrs Vanessa Bettiol
School Support Officer - Attendance Mrs Anne Borg & Mrs Sharon Daley


Leaders Of Learning
Religious Education - SHS Mrs Virginia Arrundell
English - SHS Mrs Debbie Harris
Mathematics - SHS Mr Jeff Mizzi
Science - SHS Ms Evelyn Price
HSIE - SHS Mrs Sally Johnstone
PDHPE - SHS Mrs Samantha Fresco
Technical & Creative Arts - SHS Mr Luke Dela Cruz
VET Leader of Learning - Mount Druitt Cluster Mr Patrick Carroll
HSC Leader of Learning - TTC Ms Judith Smith
VET Leader of Learning - TTC Mr Roy Singh


House Coordinators
Arrupe House Mr John Murphy
Faber House Mr Anthony Pope
Ward House Mrs Tracie Huet             
McCormack House Mrs Dianne McKinnon


Student Support
Careers & University Hub Advisor Ms Tracie Huet
School Counsellor Mrs Helen Holubinskyj
Learning Support Coordinator Mrs Antoinette Meade

Uniform & Grooming

Not all schools have a uniform. When Loyola came into existence, the first students and the parent body decided that they wanted a uniform to identify them as being distinctive and clearly a part of the new Loyola community.

The wearing of the uniform then is a symbol of belonging to a community that is bigger than the individual.

Worn neatly, the uniform reflects a pride in the community to which we belong, and is a mark of courtesy and respect to others with whom we come in contact. Worn shabbily, it diminishes the pride we have in our community and can be disrespectful to others. In uniform, each student is an ambassador for our school. It is expected that students and parents will assist the school staff in ensuring that the uniform is worn correctly, to the benefit and esteem of the whole community.

Loyola Senior High School Uniform

  • School tartan skirt
  • School short sleeve, over blouse
  • School red jumper
  • White socks or black tights
  • School blazer (compulsory Terms 2 & 3)
  • School scarf (optional in Terms 2 & 3)
  • Black gloves (optional in Terms 2 & 3)
  • Optional plain black hat
  • School long mid-grey serge trousers
  • School white shirt with crest
  • School red jumper
  • Standard dark socks
  • School blazer (compulsory Terms 2 & 3)
  • School tie (compulsory Terms 2 & 3)
  • School scarf (optional in Terms 2 & 3)
  • Black gloves (optional in Terms 2 & 3)
  • Optional school cap


  • Polished black school shoes
  • Sleepers or small studs may be worn, one in the lobe of each year
  • Excessive jewellery is not permitted
  • No facial piercings, plastic or otherwise
  • Excessive make-up and coloured nail polish are not permitted
  • Hair must be clean, tidy and of natural colour, and in a conventional style
  • Optional Year 12 commemorative and representative jackets, on days to be advised.
Any variation to the uniform is at the discretion of the school Principal


  • Black school trousers
  • Black TTC shirt (compulsory for all formal occasions, including Masses/liturgies)
  • Black leather school shoes
  • Black socks
  • Black TTC jacket (Winter)
  • TTC polo shirt (optional)
  • Black TTC jumper (optional)
  • Black TTC Trade jacket (optional)
Note: Specific trade uniform will be required and is compulsory for all practical learning

Most items of the school uniform will be available only from the school Uniform Shop at Loyola.

The uniform shop is open at Loyola each week of the school term, on a Wednesday. The hours of the uniform shop are 8.00am – 1.00pm Wednesday.

On formal occasions, female students are to wear the School blazer, skirt, shirt and opaque black tights, and male students are to wear the School blazer, long trousers, shirt and tie.

Correct school uniform is to be worn travelling to and from school, while at school, and at any formal occasion designated by the Principal.

Students are expected to keep their hair clean, neat and tidy at all times. Students are to keep their hair off the face and out of their eyes. Boys are to be cleanly shaven. Long hair should be tied back by red, yellow or black ribbon. Also, hair accessories are to be worn in the school colours.

There are to be no extremes of fashion, in hairstyle, cut or colour. The school reserves the right to decide on the appropriateness of a student's hairstyle.

Excessive make up and nail polish are not part of the school uniform.

The black school cap is the only headwear allowed.

A plain black scarf, or the school scarf purchased from the uniform shop, are the only scarves allowed.

In the interest of safety and security, no inappropriate jewellery is to be worn. Jewellery is to be kept to a minimum. A watch and a small ring are permitted. A plain gold or silver chain with a religious medal may be worn under the collar. One pair of sleepers or small studs may be worn, one in the lobe of each ear.

Body studs and facial piercings are not permitted. No other jewellery is permitted.

Miscellaneous Information and Requirements

Students are required to provide their own laptop device. Information on the acceptable devices is available on the 'Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL)' page on the school website.


The HSC: All My Own Work program is designed to help Higher School Certificate students to follow the principles and practices of good scholarship. This includes understanding and valuing ethical practices when locating and using information as part of their HSC studies.

The program has been developed as part of the NSW Government's Respect and Responsibility strategy.

It complements other approaches, such as brochures for teachers, students and parents, and strengthens student and teacher declarations for the HSC.

The 'HSC: All My Own Work' program is integrated with other NSW syllabuses and programs. The program is designed to be delivered flexibly, as self-paced learning modules.

The program's content is divided into five modules:

  1. Scholarship Principles and Practices
  2. Acknowledging Sources
  3. Plagiarism
  4. Copyright
  5. Working with others

You must complete all five modules. At the end of each module you are required to EMAIL or PRINT your certificate and ask your tutor teacher to record that you have received 100% in each of the five modules. (For validation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)).

All My Own Work is located on the LSHS Moodle, accessible via the Teaching and Learning Portal, under Orientation Week. You will be required to login to complete these modules.

Further details are provided during the ICT Session in Orientation Week.

Each year 11 student will be issued with an Assessment Policy and Subject Grids Booklet. The Assessment Calendar is available on the School Calendar. These set out the assessment tasks prescribed for each subject undertaken by the student in the Preliminary Year. Students and parents are strongly advised to read these documents. An information evening will be held in Term 1 to inform parents and students of assessment requirements.

The school recognises the value of homework, not just in reinforcing class work but also in forming the whole person through assisting the development of responsible attitudes towards time management, study patterns and independent learning outside the classroom. Reinforcement is necessary if students are to consolidate work attempted in class, and is achieved through regular setting and monitoring of homework. Homework tasks may be set for a variety of purposes, including to:

  • reinforce and extend classroom learning
  • practise skills
  • develop research and inquiry skills
  • prepare for future lessons
  • prepare for assessment tasks

Students will be given clear direction and the opportunity to develop the skills needed to complete homework tasks.

Teachers shall set homework regularly, having regard for the course work requirements of each subject. With regard to reasonable expectations concerning time allocation for homework; as a guide, homework in all subjects should average:

  • Year 11: a minimum of 2.0 to 2.5 hours per night
  • Year 12: a minimum of 2.5 to 3.0 hours per night.

The Loyola Senior High School website can be accessed on the net via:

'Company', our school newsletter is available on the website and also via Skoolbag, our mobile app. Instructions to download Skoolbag are also available on the School Website.

All school notes and events are updated regularly on the Loyola Senior High School website.

TheSchool Calendar and assessment information is available through the school Website.

La Cova, our school cafe, is open five days a week from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm approximately, and students can purchase breakfast and lunch. La Cova may also be used during study lessons as a quiet study area.

Food may be purchased during these lessons.

The Canteen is available most days at recess and lunch for the purchase of pre-packaged food and drinks.

Bus services to Loyola Senior High School are in operation before and after school. To find out about bus routes, contact Busways on 9625 8900 and Westbus on 4732 3133. The school is less than one kilometre from Mount Druitt station.

There are three levels of annual fees, billed in instalments during Terms 1, 2 and 3:

  • Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees set by the Catholic Education Office
  • Diocesan Building Levy set by the Catholic Education Office
  • School-based fees set by Loyola Senior High School

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta are committed to providing an affordable quality Catholic education for families. We understand the financial demands placed on families and seek to keep the fees as low as possible.

No child who meets the enrolment criteria will be refused enrolment or disadvantaged because of a family's financial circumstances.

There are very significant discounts for the second (25% reduction) and third (50% reduction) children enrolled from the one family. There are no fees for the fourth and subsequent children.

Methods of payment acceptable to Loyola include cash, cheque (personal cheque, bank cheque, money order) eftpos, bpay, post billpay, and direct debit.

Learn more about the fees payable at Loyola Senior High School by visiting the ‘School Fees’ page of our website in the Enrolment section.

The role of the Careers Adviser at the Loyola is:

  • to provide information about specific careers
    - job description
    - pre-requisites, both academic and personal

  • to provide information about tertiary studies
    - university entrance requirements
    - careers arising out of courses of study
    - alternative ways of getting qualifications for a particular career

  • to counsel students about subjects, subject combinations and subject levels necessary for particular careers

  • to collect and circulate (via newsletters and noticeboards)
    - information about careers (availability and entrance requirements)
    - information about courses of study at Universities and TAFE Colleges
    - information about the Commonwealth Employment Service, the services it
      has to offer and job vacancies

  • to arrange for guest speakers to come to the school and talk to students

Any students wishing to see the Careers Adviser should make an appointment by writing their name on the booking sheet in the Careers Room.

The Mount Druitt University Hub mentors students, and provides advice and guidance on university courses and entry requirements for universities, including ATAR and non-ATAR pathways. It also works with parents so that the most suitable support for potential university students can be provided. Other services provided by the Uni Hub include:

  • identifying scholarships and support programs for potential university students

  • supporting and assisting students in making applications to university through programs such as Early Entry Schemes, Equity Access Programs, Scholarships and Foundation Programs

  • conducting information seminars and informal cafe discussion groups with parents and other community members, on university education

  • conducting regular university campus visits and social events for university students from Loyola to support them in their transition from school to university.

The school has a well-resourced, modern library with over 10,000 books, audiovisual resources (Clickview video-on-demand to your laptop or tablet, as well as borrowable DVDs featuring movies & documentaries), and electronic databases accessed via a universal computer catalogue available at either home or school. The library seeks to support both the academic and recreational needs of students and the wider school community.

When is the library open?
Mon - Fri 7:45am - 3:15pm. By arrangement, the library staff will allow longer after-school access.

How many items can be borrowed?
Two on a topic stemming from a current assignment; and two overnight loans (usually books kept temporarily in Closed Reserve, as they are in high demand during an assessment task). An unlimited number of fiction & non-fiction books for your general knowledge & enjoyment - please bring them back on time.

Can laptops be borrowed?
Yes, during the school day for use in classes or study periods. Overnight loans are available after payment of a $30 refundable deposit, with $5 deducted from that amount for every day that the IT item is not returned on the agreed date (usually next morning).

Can cameras be borrowed?
Yes, during the school day for use in classes or study periods. Overnight loans are available after payment of a $30 refundable deposit, with $5 deducted from that amount for every day that the IT item is not returned on the agreed date (usually next morning).

What other services are available?
Photocopying and printing from the school computers – you pick up your printing from the print room in D9. A4 copies: Black & White 10c, Colour 30c. A3 copies: Black & White 40c, Colour 60c. The printing is controlled via personal log-in to your PaperCut account - all students begin with a complimentary $2 credit. Photocopying - you pay in cash.

Past HSC papers, syllabus documents, computers for research.

A Library online page, among many other pages, accessed via the Learning at Loyola (L@Lp) portal with information on current assignments, how to tackle bibliographies for assignments etc.

Who is available to assist students in the library?
A Librarian and Library Assistant can help students find information and answer any queries they may have.

Textbooks are purchased by the school and will be made available for hire, through the Library, to students at the beginning of the school year. The hire cost is covered under the General School Fee. These books are hired under the understanding that they are returned in good condition at the end of the school year. Any lost or badly damaged text books must be paid for by the student and all students are expected to return the books borrowed by them.

Loyola Senior High School and Trade Training Centre Newsletter – 'Company'
This is published regularly and contains information that we consider to be of importance and interest to parents. The Company is available on the school’s website and is emailed home to the nominated email address. Alternatively, it can be posted home on written request to the school.

Examination Supervisors
Loyola invites parents to assist with the supervision of the four examination blocks held each year. This gives students experience at sitting for examinations without their teacher’s being present. This also allows teachers time for marking and lesson and assessment preparation. A letter outlining the opportunities will be sent early Term 1.

CCTV cameras are installed within Loyola Senior High School to:

  • provide an additional layer of protection for school assets
  • deter vandalism and/or theft
  • provide additional peace of mind for students, parents and staff, knowing that there is digital set of eyes monitoring the safety of the school
  • monitor student behaviour during school hours, including before and after school

The school will ensure adequate and appropriate signage is installed where cameras are installed and advising 'surveillance cameras in use'.

In the event of a fire or emergency, an evacuation signal will sound.

1. On hearing the evacuation signal

Classroom teachers and Library staff will instruct students to:

  • Close windows
  • Close connecting doors
  • Leave classrooms in an orderly, quiet manner according to the directions given in each room
  • Leave books, bags and other personal property behind

Classroom teachers and Library staff must:

  • Switch off lights, fans, air conditioners, gas in science block and emergency switch for machines in the Owen and the TTC Wings
  • Close the door when classroom is empty
  • Accompany their class to the oval, where students will join their tutor group

All students and staff go quietly and immediately to the oval via the routes outlined on the Evacuation Plan found in each room and in the College Diary.

2. On arrival at the oval

Tutor teachers are to assemble students into tutor groups in numerical order, as per the diagram below.

  • Tutor teacher will have a sign indicating their tutor group
  • Students are to line up as they appear on the roll. i.e. Alphabetically
  • Tutors will mark their roll promptly and report any absences immediately to the relevant House Coordinator
  • Once the roll is marked, the class must remain quietly in their lines and sit down on the grass if possible
  • Students are NOT to leave their tutor group lines
  • Students are to follow all instructions given to them by emergency personnel and staff

3. Students are only allowed to leave the oval when instructed by staff

Evacuation Routes

In the event of the 'Lockdown' signal being sounded:

  1. If the lockdown occurs during class time all outside activities should cease immediately. Any classes and staff on the oval are to move immediately to D10 or H10. Students must listen to staff instructions.

  2. Staff should check outside their classrooms for nearby students and direct any students in the immediate vicinity into their classroom. Staff should not leave the classroom to get students. The door should then be closed and locked.

  3. Staff should secure doors and move students out of line of sight of doors and windows. Lights should be switched off and blinds closed if possible. Staff should ensure students remain calm and quiet.

  4. Staff should record the names of students who are in the room. Any missing and/or extra students should be noted. If possible, staff should provide these details to the Principal via email to the Principal’s Secretary. (Phone calls to the main switchboard should only occur as a last resort, as the phone lines must be kept clear for emergency communication).

  5. Staff should maintain room security and should not open doors for anyone under any circumstance. Students and staff should stay where they are until official notification is provided by the Principal or an identified police officer, or the all clear bell indicates that the lockdown is over.

  6. Should the lockdown occur outside class times, all students should obey instructions given by staff and move to the nearest safe, open classroom as directed by staff. Any students on the oval should move to the safety of the Library. Once inside a room the above lockdown procedures are to be followed.

Students should turn off their mobile phones as it is not advisable for them to contact parents during this time.

What to do if you...

Ask your teacher if you can go to sick bay. You may need to go home. If this is the case, the office staff will contact your parents to seek their permission. The office staff will then inform the House Coordinator.

Go to the office. If you are not able to do this, ask someone to find the House Coordinator or another staff member.

Search for it yourself first, making sure you ask your friends. If unsuccessful, go to the office as it may have been handed in as lost property. It is always useful to mark your books and clothes with your name.

Loyola is a smoke-free school, as are all government and non-government schools. No illegal drugs are allowed on the premises.

After consultation with the House Coordinator, wear other clothes until you are able to wear your school uniform. You will need a note from your parent or guardian to show your tutor and the House Coordinator.

Go to the Student Foyer, either before school or at lunchtime, and ask for him/her. All teacher timetables are available on the Learning at Loyola Portal.

These should be paid at the office during tutor group and at recess and lunch only.

Bring a letter from a parent or guardian explaining the reasons. Show it to your Tutor and House Coordinator and take it to the office at the beginning of the school day. If leave has been granted, you must sign out at the office before you leave the school.

Telephone the school on 8886 9500 to let your Tutor and House Coordinator know so that work can be forwarded to you. On your return, bring a letter stating the reason for your absence. In your note, please clearly write the student’s full given and family name, the day/s and date/s of absence/s. If you miss an assessment task you will need to phone the school on the morning the assessment task is due, or to be undertaken, and inform the House Coordinator. A Doctor’s Certificate will be required to cover your illness on the day.

For leave between 10 and 100 days, download the Application Form for Exemption from Attendance (A1 Form) from the school website on the School Notes page. Complete this form and submit it to the Principal, via the front office, for approval.

Approval must be received before the leave is taken.

For exemption from attendance due to employment in the entertainment industry OR participation in the Elite Sports program, download the Application form for Exemption from Attendance (A2 Form) from the school website. Complete the form and submit it to the Principal, via the front office, for approval. A certificate of approval will be provided, if exception for attendance is granted.

These are supplied by the school during Term 1. Students who enrol late will need to see the Administration Coordinator as soon as possible, to arrange for a suitable photograph to be taken.

See the Administration Coordinator as soon as possible. Replacements are available for $15.

If you arrive late to school (after 8.25 am), go straight to the office and ask to be signed in. The office staff will sign you in and give you ‘Late Slip’. Take it to the teacher of the lesson you will be late for, and then give it to your Tutor in the next Tutor Group.

Purchase a new pass from the bus company.

Speak with the teacher of the subject you want to change. Consult the relevant Leader of Learning who will discuss the request with you. If it is possible, and/or advisable, he/she will give you a 'Change of Subject Application Form', which you complete and submit to the Assistant Principal for consideration.

Telephone the school on the morning of the examination and leave a message for the relevant Leader of Learning and the House Coordinator. When you return to school you will need to bring a Doctor’s Certificate with you and complete an illness and misadventure form, available from the Assistant Principal or House Coordinator. Your Leader of Learning will inform you as to whether you will be required to sit an alternate examination or be given an estimate.

There are several people who are available to help you to understand and deal with your problems before they begin to affect your study. Your Tutor, House Coordinator, or a teacher you trust, are ready to listen and offer advice. If you would prefer more specialised help, make an appointment to see the Counsellor. It is better to do something about the issue as soon as you feel the need.

This is a common problem for most people at some time during their years of senior study. Don’t be disheartened. Talk over the difficulty with your Tutor, House Coordinator, School Counsellor or Careers Adviser.

Keep the school informed through your Tutor or House Coordinator. Your privacy will be respected. If you are finding it difficult to make ends meet financially, you may be eligible for YOUTH ALLOWANCE in which case you can speak with your Tutor, House Coordinator or Careers Adviser.

Go to the student Foyer and ask to speak to him/her either before or after school, or at lunch time.

The Principal is always available to speak with students; however, if you cannot locate him or her, make an appointment for an interview through the Senior School Support Officer (Mrs Lo Cascio).

Consult your class teacher, the relevant Leader of Learning or the Learning Support Team for advice.

See the Religious Education Coordinator, Chaplain or your Tutor.

These concerns are normal human development issues. We are, from time to time, confronted with questions, fears and doubts of one kind or another, especially during times of transition. Speak to a trusted teacher, your Tutor, House Coordinator, Student Counsellor, or the Chaplain.