Pastoral Care

The Year of Justice

The importance of building relationships

Relationships are a central feature of belonging to the Loreto Normanhurst community. It is wonderful to watch our students build their relationships with others. This is evident as you hear the laughter and chatter in the quad at recess or lunch, in the walkways and across the school grounds. As you read this newsletter, our Year 7 students will have just finished their Orientation Camp at Elanora Heights. Occasions like this are tremendous opportunities for students to begin building relationships with others. Combined with this is the importance of building relationships with our new and existing parents. It is grounded in our shared purpose and mission ‘to encourage each student to fulfil her academic and personal potential, in an atmosphere of freedom, care and respect for the individual’. As Albert Einstein so eloquently said: ‘A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.’

On Tuesday, the school participated in Safer Internet Day where we considered the ways in which we engage in our use of technology and the broader online world. This year’s Safer Internet Day theme was: ‘Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you’. There was significant conversation about how we engage in the online world, ever mindful that we need to respect others and maintain positive relationships. The Student Council and Pastoral Team will continue to explore this topic throughout the year.

As we move into 2018 we are all encouraged to ponder the relationships we seek to build between home and school. Will they be rooted in a mindset that is only about winners and losers and mutual exchange for benefit, or will they be nuanced with a deeper commitment to the values of justice, verity, freedom, felicity and sincerity? After all, these values provide an exemplary foundation for our students to reflect on and build throughout their lives.

Attendance

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, 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 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, 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 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 is 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 email me   or phone 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 to and from school including her hat. One earring in the lower ear lobe that is plain gold or silver studs, sleepers or small white pearls 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, shellac or SNS.  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.

 

Conversations this week:

Year 12 Pastoral Conversations with Tutors
Year 11 Pastoral Conversation with Mr Madigan
Year 10 ICT Conversation with Mr Pluss
Year 9 Learning Conversation with Mrs Murdoch
Year 7 /8 Conversations with the advisors

 

Upcoming Events  – Term 1

Year 5 -12 Parents Dr Tom Nehmy Presentation Monday 12 February
Year  7 Vaccination Tuesday 20 February

 

Please do not hesitate to phone your daughter’s Head of House or the School Counsellors on 9487 3488 if you have any concerns. Additionally, you can contact me  if you have any questions.

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care