The Year of Freedom
‘Self-Compassion as an antidote to self-criticism’. This is one of the many teaching moments in the eight-week Healthy Minds Program taught to Year 8 students by expertly trained facilitators and members of the Year 8 teaching team.
In its third year at the school, Dr Tom Nehmy last week presented the program and its overall aims to the parents of Year 8. At the conclusion of 2017, all students in Years 8, 9 and 10 will have worked through this evidenced-based program where students are taught the psychological skills that enable them to be at their best. Each week, the students and parents have their own homework to complete which results in a rich and powerful teaching moment between home, students and the school. The Healthy Minds School Program is for school communities that do not equate success purely by academic achievement or ability; it is far more encompassing than that. Please take some time to look at the link below which will take you to the Healthy Minds website. If you have any questions about the program feel free to contact your daughter’s Year 8 Advisor or Head of House.
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:
- Email: email@example.com, or
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 9487 3488 if you have any questions.
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:
Pastoral Conversations with Tutors
Learning Conversation with Mrs Murdoch
Mission Conversation with Mrs Parker
In Conversation with the Deputy Principal, Ms Ugonotti
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
Bronze and Silver Awards
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