Pastoral Care

The Year of Freedom

Global Dignity Day at Parliament House

One of the distinct features of a Loreto Normanhurst education is the opportunity for student leadership and engagement in the broader community. Why is  this significant for students? Every student at the school can be a leader in whatever capacity she chooses. Some are confident leading from the front whilst, for some, they feel confident guiding from the side or somewhere in between. When we engage in the community we enact our responsibility to be active citizens, making thoughtful contributions to make the world a better place. Our Loreto Mission Statement articulates this well where it says: “In the spirit of Mary Ward, as a school community we encourage each student to fulfil her academic and personal potential, in an atmosphere of freedom, care and respect for the individual.”

On Friday 20 October Caitlin Bush and Greer Pollard represented Loreto Normanhurst at the Parliament of New South Wales Global Dignity Day. I trust you will enjoy their reflection of the day and see the value of this engagement in the broader community where they bring alive the Loreto Mission Statement.

 

Global Dignity Report

Dignity: defined as the state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect.

Friday the 20th of October was Global Dignity Day and we attended a conference at NSW Parliament House with other Year 10 students from across Sydney. Together we listened to a presentation by a woman named Aminata Conteh-Biger, who is the Founder and CEO of The Aminata Maternal Foundation which aims to reduce the rates of maternal and new-born deaths in Sierra Leone by supporting programmes for pregnant girls, many of whom are living in slum conditions. Aminata grew up in Sierra Leone, and was captured by rebel forces during the Civil War in 1999, and survived. After being released, the UNHCR recognised her refugee status and in 2000 she became the first Sierra Leonean refugee woman in Australia. After she gave birth to her first child with some complications she realised that more needed to be done for women in her home country. She started the Foundation with the aim of helping reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in Sierra Leone. She has since been back to Sierra Leone, strengthening those who have lost their dignity by suffering from a disease called Fistula. We were deeply moved by her story and the message taught us that for authentic progress to be made in the world, we need to strengthen what unites us – we need to strengthen our common humanity so that everyone’s dignity can be recognised. In Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity  and rights.’ We have much to do in the advocacy for maternal dignity and health and we will work closely with the Mission Team in the coming months to raise awareness of this issue. 

Caitlin Bush and Greer Pollard

Year 10 Kendall

 

How is your daughter fulfilling her potential at school? Is she involved in a range of extra-curricular activities that help her reach a potential that she is happy with? Please take some time to have this discussion with your daughter. After all, the opportunities are here for the taking.

Please feel free to contact me  if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

 

Conversations this week:

Year 11

Social Justice Conversation, with Ms Timmins

Year 10

Learning Conversation, with Mme Martin

Year 9

ICT Conversation, with Martin Pluss

Year 7/8

Conversations with Advisors

 

Upcoming Events  – Term 4

Year 7 Senior Constable Lynda Hart – online Safety Presentation

Wednesday 8 November

Year 10 Self Defense Day – Brent Sanders

Friday 10 November

Year 8 Senior Constable Lynda Hart – online Safety Presentation

Wednesday 15 November

 

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 02 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 at 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 02 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, including her hat, to and from school.  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 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.