Pastoral Care

The Significance of the “P” Word?

Parents and Partnership are synonymous with the work we do at Loreto Normanhurst. I resonate with the words of Arne Duncan, the US Secretary of Education from 2009-2015 who said: “I want all parents to be real partners in education with their children’s teachers, from cradle to career. In this partnership, students and parents should feel connected”. This sentiment is vital to the work we do with your daughters every day.

This week has been a furthering example of the partnership we have with parents. Ms Marie Bugge, Acting Head of PDHPE, completed a workshop presentation focusing on the topic of Sexual Activity – Making Good Decisions with Year 11 students.  Her presentation was honest, fresh and well researched and complements both Church teachings and the values we espouse at Loreto Normanhurst.

Year 8 students viewed the Drama workshop presented by Bamboo Theatre, titled, ‘Cybershorts’ – planting the seeds of cyber respect which covered a range of relevant themes. This was followed by a customized workshop focusing on online use, titled ‘Balancing Your Time Online’, the first of a series of three . There has been an overwhelming level of interest and support from parents, students and teachers.

These experiences are perfect opportunities for you to initiate a conversation with your daughter about a particular issue. We cover much of the social, emotional, spiritual and academic domains of student life and your open and honest conversations with your daughter are powerful moments for you both. The school continues to be proactive in presenting information to the students to help them traverse life, making good decisions. Thank you for your ongoing partnership with our pastoral care work to educate and inform your daughters. It is important and necessary in the work we do together at Loreto Normanhurst.

If you would like to discuss your daughter’s responses to these initiatives or any of our pastoral programs, do not hesitate to contact her Advisor, Tutor or Head of House.

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

Loreto Rumbek – Story of Interest

In 2017 we raised awareness for Loreto Rumbek in South Sudan. Take a look at a wonderful story of interest about the school and the students.

 

Conversations this week: 

Year 12

Trial HSC Examinations

Year 11

Sexual Health – Making Good Decisions Conversation with Ms Bugge

Year 10

Learning Conversation with Mrs Murdoch and Mme Martin

Year 9

FNQE

Year 7/8

Conversations with the Advisors

 

Upcoming Events – Term 3

Years 8 & 9 “Comfy Friday”

Friday 18 August

17:00 – 20:00

DRC

All Students Leadership Ritual

Friday 25 August

13:30 – 15:15

GYM

 

Tutor Group Leaders – Term 3 2017

Tutor Group Leaders Term 3 2017

 

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.