Pastoral Care

Cyber Safety

‘Let’s face it, the internet is an integral part of young people’s lives. Used responsibly, the online environment is a great place for our children to socialise and maintain friendships, be entertained, download and watch music and movies, play games, to search for information and to learn.

The ever changing nature of the internet can pose challenges for parents who wish to keep on top of their children’s technology use. While children might seem to be tech savvy, they still need a parent’s guiding hand to help make sure their online experience is positive and safe.’

A good resource for parents on Cyber Safety from the Office of the eCommission.

 

Hope

‘Hope is the belief the future offers the prospects of better outcomes than the present. Hope is the promise to actively give, to promote the mutual purpose of the relationship and to always care for the other. Hope implies that each person will give freely to strengthen the relationship enabling the other to do so as well. Hope gives us confidence in the ongoing nature of the relationship and strengthens our level of contribution.’

Hope is a sense of faith in the future and our ability to create better things.

The eminent psychologist, Rick Snyder found there are three main aspects to hope:

1. Being able to make goals for yourself
2. Being able to devise strategies for reaching those goals
3. Being able to remain motivated to reach those goals.

All Year 7 and 8 students are currently busy with their Holistic Plenary meetings and these meetings are very much about the 3 aspects above. We encourage all parents to acknowledge the value and need for these meetings to occur as they give the opportunity to your daughter to articulate this sense of hope for their learning and their growth as a whole person.

On Friday we witnessed the annual Leadership Ritual in our Gym where the year 11 students were anointed into their positions of leadership for the coming year. This ritual is all about hope! Read more about Relationships and Hope at http://www.generationnext.com.au/2016/08/relationships-hope/

 

Conversations this week

Year 12

Were in conversation with the Principal about finishing well.

Year 11

Examinations

Year 10

Were in conversation with the Mrs Vink and Mrs Canicula on Cyber Safety/VPN Hotspot.  

Year 9

Were in conversation with Mrs Stooke and Mrs Hughes on Cyber Safety/VPN Hotspot

Year 8

Were in conversation with Mr Lennon on Cyber Safety/VPN Hotspot. 

Year 7

Year 7 will be continuing their Olympics focus and competing in House groups in a variety of relay races.

 

Upcoming events 

29 August – 9 September

Year 11 Examinations

13 September

Year 7 Vaccination

15 September

Year 12 Final Liturgy

16 September

Year 12 Graduation Day

19 September

Year 11 Leadership Day

20-22 September

Year 11 Retreat

22 September

End Term 3

 

 

Reminders

 When your daughter is Absent from School

There are two ways to contact the school

  1. Email: attendance@loretonh.nsw.edu.au , or
  1. Phone: Student Attendance Line on 9473 7354 – leave a message that includes your daughter’s name, House, Year and short reason for her absence.

Please inform the school of your daughter’s absence before 8.30am.

If your daughter’s absence remains unexplained after 8.45am, a text (SMS) message will be sent to your mobile phone reminding you to contact the school and explain her absence.

On your daughter’s return to school, a signed note explaining her absence must be provided. You can use the perforated slips in the back of your daughter’s Student Handbook. The signature of the parent or guardian is essential. The written note must be handed in on her return to school even if an email or phone call was made earlier. The note must be handed into Student Reception within seven days of the absence. The absence note is a legal requirement.

Partial Absence:

If your daughter arrives to school after 8.20am, she will be required to sign in late using her Student ID Card. It is expected that she will have a note to explain her lateness – there are perforated slips in the back of each Student Handbook.

If your daughter is required to leave the school grounds earlier than 3.15pm, she will be required to sign out using her Student ID Card. A permission note not an email must be provided, clearly stating the reason for the leave and the time of departure. Again, the signature of the parent or guardian is essential.

When your daughter feels unwell at Loreto:

The specific process in place at Loreto when students feel unwell at school:

  • If a student feels unwell at any time during school hours, she should inform a staff member who will sign her handbook and send her to the Health Centre.
  • Our qualified nurse in the Health Centre will assess her upon arrival and either
    • Inform her parents to collect her from school.
    • Or keep her in the Health Centre until she feels well enough to return to class.

Under no circumstances should students phone or message their parents that they feel unwell and arrange to be collected directly from Student Services by her parents. Parents are asked to support the school to ensure the correct procedure is followed.

Please contact me on pastoral@loretonh.nsw.edu.au or 94873488 if you have any questions.

 

Have a wonderful week

Mrs Elsa Vink

Acting Dean of Pastoral Care