Pastoral Care

The Year of Freedom

What matters most in what we learn from school and home is not the knowledge we accumulate but the kind of person we become.

Lord Rabbi Johnathon Sacks

There is much that can be taken from these words of Lord Rabbi Johnathon Sacks. It speaks of the significant partnership that exists between our families and the school. The development of a child’s character must come first and it is through the Loreto values and the discernment of the place of these values in a child’s life that their character is formed. They take precedence in their life when they are valued equally in their home life and modelled by their parents; hence the significance of the support of parents in reinforcing the values of the school.

This week, Year 11 commenced an insightful Mission and Pastoral discussion with Ms McCullough and myself on the value of Freedom and how to live a life grounded in the work of Mary Ward and the IBVM. The students also reflected on how they can step into their role as a senior students where they lead and set a good example for others. This is the start of many valuable conversations as Year 11 begin to prepare for their work for Loreto Day in Term 2. We look forward to working with all the students to explore the Loreto value of Freedom throughout the year.

To assist you in having a conversation with your daughter about the importance of Freedom, you could ask one of the following questions:

  • If you could change one thing in your life to experience a greater sense of freedom, what would it be? Why?
  • Can you have freedom without responsibility? Why or why not?
  • What does freedom look like for you at school? What action could you take to bring this about?

I would love to hear your daughter’s responses or they could share these in a conversation with their Advisors, Tutors, Heads of House or Teachers.

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

Attendance

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, your daughter is still required to bring in a signed note explaining her absence when she returns to school, as per  the NSW Attendance guidelines .

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, an 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

Careers Conversation with Mrs Doonan

Year 11

Pastoral Conversations with Tutors

Year 10

ICT Conversation with Mr Pluss

Year 9

Learning Conversation with Mrs Murdoch

Year 7/8

Conversations with the advisors

 

Please do not hesitate to phone your daughter’s Head of House or the School Counsellors on 9487 3488 if you have any concerns. I can be contacted via email   if you have any questions.

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care