Pastoral Care

Ignatian Interschool Student Forum

On Wednesday 2 November, students from Year 11, accompanied by Mrs Stooke (Director of Pastoral Care) attended the Ignatian Interschool Student Forum, held at Loreto Kirribilli.

This was the last of this year’s forums and students from Kincoppal Rose Bay, Loreto Kirribilli, St Ignatius’ College Riverview, St Vincent’s College Potts Point, St Aloysius’ and Loreto Normanhurst participated .

The focus chosen by the Loreto Kirribilli students  for our discussion was:  “Courageous Conversations”

 In integrated school table groups, we focused on:

  • gender equality
  • the pay gap
  • climate change
  • using social media for a platform for change

Some very insightful conversation and perspectives were raised. In terms of gender equality and the pay gap we spoke about solutions such as genderless resumes and prioritising skill over gender to ensure an equal future.

Each discussion question was prompted by a video as a stimulus. The questions we covered were:

  • Question 1: Who we are as a generation and the labels we have become identified with –  How can we abolish this stereotype? Click here
  •  Question 2: How can we as young people who are the most informed generation with technology utilise this to educate all socioeconomic groups in making a positive change in society? Click here
  • Question 3: Who are some influential figures of the Millennial generation? What positive ways are they influencing  feminism and gender equality in society? Click here
  • Question 4: Does the gender pay gap exist? How can we as a generation bridge the gender pay gap? Click here
  •  Question 5: How can the Millennial generation come together to face the realities of what our environment has become? Click here

I believe open conversation is imperative for change and development to occur, and the IISF forum provides us a platform and opportunity to do so. I would like to extend a thank you to Mrs Gabrielle Stooke and, Loreto Kirribilli Principal, Mrs Anna Dickinson for hosting this forum. We value this very insightful forum  and feel more equipped with understanding the tools needed for change.  

 

Cara Fagan

Social Justice Captain

 

Plenary Meetings

Our Year 7 Advisors and the Heads of House are currently busy conducting the plenary meetings with all the new students who will be joining Loreto next year. Loreto values relationships as important pillars for easier transitions and good learning, and these plenary meetings are designed to help us get to know the new students and their parents before they start their Loreto journey in 2017. Conversations covers all aspects of the FACE curriculum so are usually about learning, extra-curricular activities and sharing strengths and challenges that they are aware of.  It is such a joy to see these students talking so enthusiastically about this new beginning and all the activities and experiences they are looking forward to embracing at Loreto.

 

What Do We Know about Cyberbullying among Young People?

Cyberbullying is a major concern on most parents’ minds, but what do we know about how it plays out among young people? Greg Gebhart, Senior Education Trainer at the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner discusses the prevalence of cyberbullying, key reasons young people engage in this behaviour and its most common forms.

 

 Conversations this week

Year 11

Were in conversation with the Principal

Year 10

Examinations

Year 9

Were in conversation with Mrs Stooke about the year so far.

Year 8

Went over details of the Sculpture by the Sea excursion.

Year 7

Prepared thank you cards for their Grandparents as a follow up from Grandparents’ Day

 

 

Upcoming events

31 October – 8 November

Year 7 2017 Plenary meetings

5 November

Loreto Regatta

11 November

Year 10 Brent Saunders ‘Staying Safe’

17 November

Year 10 Spirituality Day

5 December

SRC Christmas Cup

6 December

Swimming Carnival

8 December

Years 7 – 11 Awards Ceremony

 

Reminders:

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY:

It is the school’s policy to  not accept from parents, items which their daughters have forgotten at home and are then  ‘dropped in’ to school. We ask all parents  to work in partnership with the school on this.  We take this position so as to decrease the girls’ dependency on parents and other adults, and enhance their own capacity to cope and to take responsibility. They will one day love you for it!

AREAS TO  DROP OFF STUDENTS:

The only suitable student drop-off area is the Slip Road. This is a dedicated space for student drop-off, is supervised by staff before and after school, and is therefore the safest place for vehicles to stop to collect the girls. The Oval Carpark and Admin Carpark are  reserved for Loreto staff and Aquatic Centre and are  not supervised by a staff member on duty.  

 

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 02 9487 3488 if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful week.

 

Mrs Elsa Vink

Acting Dean of Pastoral Care