Pastoral Care

Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.

Maya Angelou

Over the last five days, Loreto Normanhurst celebrated our third Supergirl Week.

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. The focus for this year’s Supergirl Week is ‘Creating a Just Future for Girls’, paying homage towards Project Compassion.

On Monday, we began Supergirl Week with ‘Student-Teacher Relays’ in the Gym. Six teams, made up of both students and teachers, each with a dress-up theme, participated in physical relays and  a lip sync battle. Needless to say, it was a brilliant start to our week!

Tuesday was ‘Trivia Tuesday’ where each House participated in trivia about girls across the world. It provided an insight into why we celebrate Supergirl Week as it allowed us to understand the importance of empowering others and ourselves.

On Wednesday, we celebrated ‘Women Wednesday’, with long recess music from female artists who have made an undeniably huge impact in the music industry. At lunch, girls from all year groups came together in the LRC for the Student Soapbox. The girls who spoke were incredibly insightful and delivered some thought-provoking ideas.

International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March, was celebrated by our community as ‘Thankful Thursday’. The discussion surrounding the day was reflected upon by Claire Phillips, Year 12, Liturgy Captain, who encouraged us to think of a woman in our lives who inspires us.

The final day of Supergirl Week was ‘Feel-good Friday’, a mufti day, which began with a communion service led by Claire Phillips and the Eucharistic Ministers. This was followed by reflection in year time upon the week, which focused on what we will do, moving forward from this week.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the SRC, the staff, and the Student Council for their endless support during this week. Celebrating Supergirl Week is absolutely crucial because its the little actions that we choose to undertake as a community that allow for a just future for all girls.

 

Angelina Gu, Year 12

Communications / SRC Captain

 

The Year of Freedom

‘International Women’s Day’, celebrated on Thursday 8 March is a day to advocate for the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. This year, people everywhere are asked to #PressforProgress. Yet despite this, progress has slowed in many places across the world, so global action is needed to accelerate gender parity. The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report  findings tell us that gender parity is over 200 years away – so there has never been a more important time to keep motivated for gender parity – not only for International Women’s Day, but for every day. This year at Loreto Normanhurst and as part of the week-long Super Girl SRC initiative, I had the opportunity to listen to the Soapbox at lunch in the LRC on Wednesday. Students could advocate for girls and women by speaking about any topic that would provoke discussion and challenge the status quo. Students are urged to resist complacency and to maintain an active voice when advocating for their gender and change. Communication/SRC Captain, Angelina Gu raised awareness in Assembly on Wednesday by asking the student body to look beyond their backyard when thinking about girls and women and how to be agents for change and to make a difference. The following link has more information related to International Women’s Day in 2018.

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

 

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 noteexplaining 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 In Conversation with Tutors
Year 11 Learning Conversation with Mm Martin and Mrs Murdoch
Year 10 Mary Ward Connect Conversation with Mr MacDonald
Year 9 Pastoral Conversation with the Counsellors about finding balance and space
Year 7 /8 Conversations with the Advisors

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