Pastoral Care

The Year of Freedom

Welcome back to our returning students and families and in particular, a very warm welcome to our new students and their families. We are off and running and I am particularly impressed by the way the students have settled in to their Advisor and Tutor groups and Houses. New beginnings like this enable us all to set goals and priorities and I am confident that the students will spend time thinking about these, along with their aspirations for the year ahead.

This year in House time students will have opportunities to reflect on and engage with the Loreto value of Freedom and what this means for them as individuals. Maximilien Robespierre said, “The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” The House curriculum will be one place where students will have opportunities to engage with the value of Freedom and to reflect on their understanding of it and how it applies to their lives.

Any new year can present challenges for your daughter and she may at times feel anxious and worried about school. Ask questions and keep in touch with us if you think there is something wrong. Please do not hesitate to phone your daughter’s Head of House or the School Counsellors on 02 9487 3488.

Resources of Interest

There are a range of resources available to parents to help in managing various issues affecting your daughter. Generation Next is an excellent place to start.  I have provided a link to some helpful information in relation to using screen time. As you know, technology is here to stay, however, there is a balance between using technology to assist us in our work and when it can deter us.

Another valuable resource is The Office of the Children’s Safety Commissioner.  Safer Internet Day is February 7. This is an international event to create a safer internet environment for our young people. It began in Europe in 2004. This year’s theme is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’. There are some really valuable resources that cover cyber bullying, unwanted contact and sharing too much information. I know that these issues will be covered at school, however, I would encourage you as a family to discuss these and your own plan around the use of devices at home.

Attendance

Please take some time to read our process for attendance, absences and other related pieces of information.

If your daughter is leaving school to attend an appointment, it is important for our duty of care that she has a note explaining why she is leaving school. If your daughter is absent from school and you have phoned, emailed or sent an SMS, as part of the NSW Attendance guidelines your daughter is still required to bring in a signed note explaining her absence when she returns to school.

When absent from School

There are two ways to contact the school

  1. Email: attendance@loretonh.nsw.edu.au, or
  1. Phone: Contact the Student Attendance Line on 9473 7354 – leave a message that includes your daughter’s name, House, Year and a brief explanation 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 by a parent or guardian explaining the absence is required. You can use the perforated slips in the back of your daughter’s Student Handbook. The note needs to be handed to Mrs Anderson or Ms Storey in Student Services 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. A signed note will need to be provided by a parent or guardian to verify the lateness with an explanation. 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 required.

Please contact me on pastoral@loretonh.nsw.edu.au or 9487 3488 if you have any questions.

Uniform

Please support us in relation to school uniform. Your daughter should be wearing her full school uniform to and from school including her hat. One earring in each lower ear lobe that are  plain gold  or silver studs,  sleepers or small white pearls are allowed. No student is permitted to wear excessive makeup, nail polish, necklaces or multiple earrings, sparkly or other shaped earrings. Nails are to be natural and not acrylic or shellac.  If your daughter arrives at school with makeup she will be asked to remove it. Repeated issues with jewellery will result in a conversation with her Head of House or myself. Information pertaining to the Uniform Code is found on page 24 of your daughter’s handbook.

Conversations this week:

Year 12

Mission Conversation with Mrs Parker

Year 11

Pastoral Conversations with Tutors

Year 10

Learning Conversation with Mme Martin and Mrs Murdoch

Year 9

Pastoral and Mission Conversation with Mrs Stooke, Mr Merchant and Ms Timmins

Year 7/8

Conversations with the advisors

I wish you and your daughter’s a successful start to Term 1.  Please feel free to contact me via email   if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care