Pastoral Care

The Year of Justice

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

There is nothing average or small about our school culture where we create opportunities for students to find their voice and exercise their leadership. Research supports the view that schools must support students to express themselves clearly and often and to be places where students feel listened to and understood. The Student Representative Council (SRC) is one  channel where student voice and leadership is alive and well. This week, the SRC have been busy putting the finishing touches to Super Girl Week and as you can see from the schedule below, it will be an incredible week for the school community.

So what is Super Girl week about?

“It is a week where our Loreto community celebrates the power of being a girl, knowing that we are more than capable of anything we set our minds to. It is a week where we always keep in our minds, a responsibility to create a just future for girls everywhere.”

Angelina Gu, SRC/Communications Captain

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Angelina for her leadership of the SRC and for her attention to detail and coordination to bring an event such as this to the school. Parents are invited and are most welcome  to join us at Friday morning’s Communion service as we give thanks to God for our community and Super Girl Week.

 

“Monday Moves and Grooves”

5th March

“Teamwork Tuesday”

6th March

“Women Wednesday”

International Women’s Day

7th March

“Thankful Thursday”

8th March

“Feel good Friday” (half-day for Open Day set-up)

9th March

Lunch time: teacher and student activities in gym Trivia in Tutor Group Wednesday Long Recess – ‘girl power’

Live Music

Tutor groups for prayer and reflection

Focus on International Women’s Day

Mufti Day

Communion Service in the morning

Reflection in year groups during year time

 

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 On Retreat
Year 11 In Conversation with Tutors
Year 10 In Conversation with school counsellors about finding balance
Year 9 In Conversation with Mrs Cranfield about ecological awareness
Year 7 /8 Attended the Mission event of ‘Before the Flood’ in the gym

Please do not hesitate to phone your daughter’s Head of House or the School Counsellors on 02 9487 3488 if you have any concerns. Additionally, you can   contact me  if you have any questions.

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care