Pastoral Care

Riverview Vs Normo Bursary Event

Our annual Riverview Vs Normo Bursary event held Wednesday of this week, was extremely successful and a great wrap for the Bursary Committee and the Year 12 Class of 2016. Both the Secondary and Primary girls had their faces painted in the Quad at Recess, alongside the selling of lollipops and Loreto Normanhurst sporting tattoos – hyped the girls up in their typical ‘Normo spirit’ for the big matches at lunchtime. The Netball and Touch Football matches which took place saw several Year 12’s embrace their competitive side as they opposed the View boys.  The spectators at both matches donated very generously whilst watching the two teams ‘battle it off’, making the day a huge success. The delicious sausage sizzle which also took place and the many packets of lollies that were sold, simply highlighted Normo’s support for the bursary fund and their ability to engage in school events. I would just like to say thank you for all the hard work that has taken place behind the scenes to make this possible, it was much appreciated and I can’t wait to hear the outcome of the View/Normo Bursary match next year.

 

Analiese McKelvey

School Vice Captain

Conversations this week

Year 12

Were in their last conversation with their advisors on the FACE elements of their holistic education.

Year 11

Examinations

Year 10

Were in conversation with Ms McCoullagh about the Eucharistic Ministers and listened to a presenter from OzHarvest.

Year 9

Were in conversation with Mrs Hughes and Mr Lennon on ‘Disconnecting from the digital world’

Year 8

Spend some time doing ‘housekeeping’ – catching up on a few pieces of work that are due and/or allowing the girls time to seek help with their assessments.

Year 7

Began their preparation for Grandparents’ Day by learning some new hymns.

 

Upcoming events

9 September

Year 11 Examinations conclude

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

 

Encouraging Gratitude in Young People

Why is gratitude important and is there a place for it in workplaces, schools and organisations? Dr Justin Coulson unpacks the science behind gratitude and why it plays a key role in our happiness and wellbeing, discusses ways to bring more of it to into our lives and provides tips for how teens can lead more meaningful lives.

Building gratitude, builds relationships which builds wellbeing!

Watch Video

 

Help Your Teenager to Beat Exam Stress

 It’s normal for teenagers to feel stressed out in the lead up to exams, particularly those teenagers in year 12. Your teenager may only get stressed about just one or two exams or it may be every exam leads to increased stress.

Stress around exam time can not only impact on a young person’s general wellbeing, but it can also be difficult for the whole family. It’s important to learn how to support your teenager during exam time to help them manage their stress and reduce tension at home.

 ReachOut Parents has over 140 fact sheets and practical tools. Here are a few that will help you support your teenager with exam stress:

Tips on helping your teenager manage exam stress

Help your child develop coping skills for stress

Manage stress with relaxation

Reduce stress with activity, good food and sleep

 For more evidence-based practical support and tips on mental health and wellbeing issues for parents head on over to www.reachout.com/parents . The service also provides an online community forum so that parents can connect with each other to share experiences in an anonymous, supportive space. 

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Reminders – Uniform

The week ahead is our annual graduation week. Several meaningful activities will be taking place over the next week which will contribute to farewelling our year 12 students in a fitting way within their Tutor Group, House and the school and wishing our girls the best for the next phase of their lives.

All the girls will attend formal assemblies and they are reminded to wear their full winter uniform correctly as per information in the student handbook p 20.

 

Reminders – Attendance

 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

 

“Switching Off to Switch On”

On Wednesday, Year 9 were in Conversation with ICT Integrators Mr Lennon and Mrs Hughes. They spoke about the importance of “Switching off to Switch on”. Year 9  were given a reminder of the value of being in the moment after their experiences in FNQ; really connecting with each other and looking at life, not through a lens, but in capturing true feelings and memories together.

In an amazing digital age, teens feel an increasing need to always be connected through social media and instant messaging. However, they are often overwhelmed by the pressure to keep up and stay connected. Additionally, there has been a considerable amount of evidence produced to demonstrate the link between sleep quality and the constant use of devices as well as poor ability to effectively multitask or remain focused on a particular task due to distractions provided by devices.

Year 9 were given strategies to improve sleep  – don’t use devices at least in the hour before bed; inverting the colours on the screen to ensure production of melatonin continues; and placing devices on “do not disturb” or airplane mode overnight.

Some helpful apps and programs were suggested which you may wish to investigate further at home:

OurPact App – a powerful app which teaches responsibility regarding technology through an agreement between parent and child

Freedom – an internet, social media and app blocker which allows students to reduce distractions and regain control over how their time is spent online

StayFocusd – an extension for Google Chrome which increases productivity by limiting the amount of time spent on time-wasting websites

 

Ms Emma Hughes

 Science | ICT Integrator | Acting Head of Maye House | Green Team