Pastoral Care

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 for Term 2 and I am particularly impressed by the way the students have settled in to their studies, wearing their winter uniform correctly and ready for a productive term. Term 2 is a particularly exciting term for us as we watch Year 11 work together to produce the magic that is Loreto Day. Loreto Day is on Friday 2 June 2017.

Pope Francis has much to say about poverty in the world. He describes poverty as a scandal. He says:

In a world where there is such great wealth, so many resources for giving to everyone, it is impossible to understand how there could be so many children without food and an education.

Pope Francis

Loreto Day is a unique experience for our community. As a community we are blessed and fortunate to have what we have. This day is an example of the entire school community working together to support others in the world who are not as fortunate as we are.

Each year, Year 11 students across the eight Houses research causes that are aligned to the work of Mary Ward International and the Loreto Sisters. This year’s presentations were outstanding and the Year 11 cohort voted to support Mulhall’s cause which is Loreto Rumbek, a school located in South Sudan. Lucy Beer, Yvette Crouch and Dominica Leaver from Year 11 Mulhall delivered an inspiring presentation to the school community on behalf of their House peers at assembly on Wednesday. Over the next few weeks the community will learn more about the cause and the power and significance of giving to others in need. A copy of the student’s PowerPoint presentation is provided for you so you have a context and understanding of the cause. This is one way that we as a school can do much to address the issue of poverty in the world and raise awareness of the needs for others in our broader world community.

I would also like to welcome Mrs Verica Juric who joins the Student Services team for the term in place of Miss Storey.

 

Conversations this week

 

Year 12

Pastoral Conversations with Tutors

Year 11

Loreto Day Conversation with Mr Madigan and Mrs Parker

Year 10

Careers Conversation with Mrs Doonan

Year 9

ICT Conversation with Mr Pluss

Year 7/8

Conversations with Advisors

 

I wish you and your daughter’s a successful start to Term 2. Please feel free to contact me via  email  if you have any questions about Loreto Day or any concerns in general.

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

 

Upcoming Events – Term 2 2017

 

Year 8

Year 8 Camp

Wednesday 10 May – Friday 12 May

Year 7 Resource Adolescent Program (RAP) Parent Information Evening 

Wednesday 17 May

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Curran Theatre

Whole School Loreto Day

Friday 2 June

All Day

 

 

 

PLEASE TAKE SOME TIME TO READ 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, 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
  2. 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 Mrs Juric 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 via email  pastoral@loretonh.nsw.edu.au or 94873488 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 the lower ear lobe that is plain gold or silver studs or sleepers or small white pearls is 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 jewelry 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.

 

Hornsby Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS)

Parenting Through the Ups and Downs of Adolescence  – Wednesday 7 June 2017 6pm-7.30pm