Pastoral Care

The Year of Justice

This week saw the commencement of the 21st Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast with over 60 nations and 7000 athletes competing in the competition. However, the Commonwealth Games are more than just a competition. They aim to unite the Commonwealth family through sport and reflect the core values of humanity, equality and destiny. They bring together members of the Commonwealth nations to compete on a level playing field in a spirit of friendship and fair play often referred to as the ‘friendly games’. It is always exciting to watch sportswomen and men do something they love. I believe the same can be said about our annual Music Festival.

Last week’s Music Festival at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour was superb. We came together to celebrate the musical talents and expertise of every student. Rehearsal schedules, the fine tuning of repertoires and the seeking of advice and listening to one another resulted in every student being able to fulfil her personal potential in an atmosphere of care and respect for one another. It was a magical time for every member of the school community and is not dissimilar to the work and dedication that athletes put into their training for events such as the Commonwealth Games. Congratulations to every student for their hard work  and further congratulations to the winners on the evening:

Best Accompanist for 2018 Stephanie Arnold, Year 10 Kendall House
Best Conductor for 2018 Ginger Soames, Year 11 Kuring-gai House
Best House Choir for 2018 Barry House
Best Spirit for 2018 Mulhall House

 

Our annual SRC Year 7 and Year 12 trivia night was held on Friday 23 March and it was a fantastic evening. We will be sharing more with you in next week’s final pastoral newsletter for the term.

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, 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 In Conversation with Tutors
Year 11 Loreto Day Conversation with Sister Libby Rogerson IBVM, Mr Madigan, Ms McCullough and Mrs Parker
Year 10 Community Service Conversation with Ms Timmins
Year 9 Learning Conversation with Mm Martin and Mrs Murdoch
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