The Year of Freedom
What does it mean to have a good digital reputation?
A ‘digital reputation’ is defined by your behaviour in the online environment and by the content you post about yourself and others. In a world that is reliant on technology, with students engaging with a range of technology platforms, they need to think before they post. A poor digital footprint can affect friendships, relationships and even job prospects. It is important that students are aware of what picture they are painting of themselves online and to protect their digital reputation. One way in which you can assist with your daughter’s digital reputation is to have your own ‘family technology plan’.
A family technology plan can be helpful in establishing a range of norms at home. This may include:
- your daughter using technology in open spaces at home;
- a limit to how much time your daughter spends online;
- knowing how many social network accounts your daughter has;
- ‘friending’ her on Facebook;
- charging mobile and portable devices in a central place outside the bedroom; and
- having open conversations with one another about the engagement of technology with an agreement that if your daughter’s digital reputation is compromised, she will let you know.
One resource I can highly recommend you visit is the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner website. The Office is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online. Their site has excellent resources, research, information about privacy and what steps can be taken to manage offensive or illegal content. Technology is only becoming more ubiquitous, so it is important that you partner with the school to create safe, productive online reputations for your daughters, and our students.
If you would like to discuss your daughter’s digital reputation, do not hesitate to contact her Advisor, Tutor or Head of House.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care
Loreto Day Update
It is incredibly exciting to have the Loreto Day Auction site up and running. Make sure you check out all the incredible donations on offer and make a bid. The proceeds will go a long way to helping the students at Loreto Rumbek, South Sudan. Follow this link to the site.
With only one week away, Year 11 have been working very hard to ensure that Loreto Day comes together nicely. As we are trying to reimagine the way Loreto Day runs in order to be more sustainable, whilst still maintaining tradition, we have been brainstorming many ideas that can help the day be more environmentally friendly. For example, this year, students and staff are encouraged to bring their own cutlery if they want to buy from stalls such as Mulhall pancakes or Kuring-gai Kafe, as the plastic cutlery will now cost an extra 50c, which will hopefully reduce the amount of plastic used.
So far, the selling of beads has been incredibly successful, and these will continue to be sold up until the day. This year, girls with the most amount of beads purchased will receive a pass to skip all the queues on Loreto Day so they can visit more stalls and have more fun! The beads truly are a fashion statement and each girl has their own unique way of showing them off.
To remind us of the reason we are doing all of this, let’s take a look at Rebecca, a student at Loreto Rumbek in South Sudan.
Rebecca enjoys studying and learning and her favourite subjects are maths, biology, chemistry and physics. She also enjoys music and film.
Rebecca says that she “would like to see equality between women and men.” She wants to see “women in the future having more rights” and she would like to be a part of this. She would like to continue her education as she believes “it is important because it helps you understand your life better and helps you to know yourself and others better, and to know the negative things that are still continuing in our culture.”
“I believe that I will see my dreams become reality”, she says.
So when you are buying beads, selling your raffle tickets or lining up for the Mornane chocolate wheel on Friday, think of Rebecca and all the other students at Loreto Rumbek, and remind yourself of the importance of the funds we raise.
Lastly, just a reminder that the raffle tickets and $15 for lunch and the concert are due this Monday 29 May. Students who were successful in their audition to perform in the concert have been notified and we are sure their performance is one we will remember for a long time!
We are committed to a sustainable Loreto Day and we will keep the community updated of our progress. We hope you like our image for the cause which has been looping on our TV monitors throughout the week. We have avoided paper and are doing our best to keep our preparations as sustainable as possible. Thank you for your ongoing support. The image below is the official symbol for Loreto Day and we hope you like it.
Please purchase raffle tickets and encourage your daughters to return their $15 for lunch and the concert to their Tutor by Monday 29 May.
Abigail Glezos, Amelia Kelly, Emma Basha, Elizabeth Bauer, Kyah Kraszula and Minjee Noh
Tutor Group Leaders – Term 2 2017
Conversations this week
Learning Conversation with Mrs. Murdoch
Pastoral Conversations with Tutors
Social Justice Conversation with Ms. Timmins
Ecology Conversation with Mrs. Cranfield
Conversations with the Advisors
Upcoming Events – Term 2 2017
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Friday 2 June
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, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Andersen 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 email@example.com 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 is a plain gold or silver stud, sleeper or small white pearl 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 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.
NSW Health 2017 Meningococcal W Response Program: Years 11 and 12
NSW Health is offering vaccination against four types of meningococcal disease (given as one injection) to Year 11 and 12 students through the School Vaccination Program in Term 2.
Information kits for parents/guardians which include an information sheet, consent form and privacy statement will be sent home from school with your daughter.
To consent to the vaccination of your daughter, parents/guardians are advised to:
- read all the information provided
- complete the consent form, including signing the form
- return the completed consent form to the school
- ensure that your daughter eats breakfast on the day of the school vaccination clinic.
Please note that students who are absent on the day of the Vaccination Clinic will be advised to have the vaccine at their GP later in the year (referral letter will be provided).
You can also call the MenACWY Vaccination Program Hotline on 1300 066 055.
Hornsby Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS)
Parenting Through the Ups and Downs of Adolescence – Wednesday 7 June 2017 6pm-7.30pm.