Pastoral Care

Loreto Day

 Loreto Day is much like a large jigsaw puzzle with the many intricate pieces and it can be daunting not knowing if the end result will be achieved, but with teamwork, perseverance and guidance, it is truly amazing to see what can be accomplished by Year 11 when they work together.

The puzzle pieces are formed by an array of teams that are made up of Year 11 students who nominate themselves to take on a particular focus for the day and in the lead up to Loreto Day. For example: you might join the finance team who looks after everything related to money for the event, or the management team, who organise the logistics for the day, the times we begin and where the House stalls are going to be positioned. Each team works together on a certain aspect of Loreto Day and communicates with one other regularly. Like a puzzle piece, every team connects with each other and branches off their ideas from other teams. It is a fusion of activity, generating a great deal of excitement in the community. As Loreto Day approaches, the teams begin to connect further with one another, forming parts of the puzzle and eventually the whole picture of Loreto Day becomes much clearer. It starts out as many pieces and as the time gets closer to the day, the picture emerges of a year group that has pieced the puzzle that is Loreto Day, a day of community, a day to be together as one.

The cause chosen this year was Loreto Rumbek – a primary and secondary school in South Sudan for underprivileged girls. South Sudan is currently experiencing a severe famine; combined with war and political instability. South Sudan is a place where girls and their education are often overlooked. One statistic that astounded us was that in South Sudan a 15-year-old girl has more of a chance of dying during childbirth than completing high school. This resonated deeply with  ourselves and other students  as it was such a stark contrast from the lives we lead at Loreto Normanhurst and in Australia. As a boarding school, Loreto Rumbek is run by Loreto Sisters who provide the students with three meals a day, constant access to clean water, sanitation facilities, a safe place to sleep, and an education, making it a truly worthy cause.

Environmental sustainability became a large focus for this year’s Loreto Day, and as a result many positive changes were made such as the change in money raising efforts. Instead of the traditional laminated paper badges being sold, the badges were replaced with recycled wooden beads, that could be worn by staff and students. The beads each represented a different aspect of Loreto Rumbek, for example the blue beads represented clean water. As well as the beads, each House also participated in activities to raise awareness such as presentations from Year 11, scavenger hunts and quizzes each week in the build up to the day.

After the weeks of preparation and sorting through the metaphoric puzzle pieces, Loreto Day arrived. It began with a liturgy that focused on prayer for the girls of Loreto Rumbek. It was a time for reflection where we joined together as a community to express gratitude for the privileges we have and the importance of helping those in need. This tradition set the tone for the rest of the day and reminded everyone why we celebrate in this particular way. After the liturgy we all went to the main quad  to enjoy the stalls run by each House. In keeping with our sustainable mindset, the stalls were advertised using window markers and chalk instead of printing unnecessary posters, challenging each House to produce the least amount of waste possible. Students enjoyed the large variety of food, mini games, coin tossing, the disco and thrift shopping that was offered at the various stalls. Students from St Lucy’s and St Edmund’s were also invited to enjoy the day with us and St Edmund’s also took  part in the concert at the end of the day. The concert also featured acts from talented students and staff, that had everyone singing and dancing along. The Loreto Day Auction also continues for a number of weeks after the day in a final bid to raise further funds for Loreto Rumbek.

Loreto Day is a monumental effort. It derives from tradition and is built up every year by the dedicated Year 11’s who lead and coordinate the event, and whilst it seems that the day comes together easily, it wouldn’t be so without the wondrous efforts of the hard working students and staff. Each person involved in the process of Loreto Day has done so with the knowledge that they are working for the benefit of others and we as Year 11s are extremely proud to have been a part of the process.

Loreto Day is only possible because of the cohesive effort of Loreto Normanhurst students and the passion embodied by the whole community to get behind the day.

 

            

 

Abigail Ardron, Lucy Beer, Bella Kavvavos and Dominica Leaver

Year 11

 

Loreto Day Auction Site 

There are only a few days to go so make sure you check out all the incredible donations on offer at our Loreto Day Auction Site and make a bid. The proceeds will go a long way to helping the students at Loreto Rumbek, South Sudan.         

 

 

Conversations this week

Year 12

Pastoral Conversations with Tutors

Year 11

Leadership Conversations with Mrs. McCullough and Mr. Madigan

Year 10

Learning Conversation with Mrs. Murdoch

Year 9

Technology Conversation with Mr. Pluss

Year 7/8

Conversations with the Advisors

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

 

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, 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 Andersen 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 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.