Pastoral Care

‘Start the year how you wish to finish’

We are off and running for a new year and it is wonderful to have the students back at school. The classrooms and campus grounds are buzzing with the girls and it is lovely catching up with them and hearing about their holiday adventures. Welcome back to our returning students and families and in particular, a very warm welcome to our new students and their families. New beginnings like this enable us all to set goals and priorities and I am confident that students will spend time thinking about these, along with their aspirations for the year ahead. I spoke to students this week about starting their year and how they wish to finish it. This might sound like a challenge for the girls, however, I think it is easily achieved by wearing the uniform correctly and with pride, treating others well, being kind, organised and optimistic about learning and giving everything a go.

This year, students will have opportunities to reflect on and engage with the Loreto value of Sincerity and what this means for them as individuals. Sincerity is all about being in right relationships with others, self and with God. The House curriculum will be one place where students will have opportunities to engage with the value of Sincerity and to reflect on their understanding of it and how it applies to their lives. Encourage your daughter to embrace the myriad of opportunities available to her at school and talk to her about what it means to be sincere, kind and in positive relationships with others.

 

Student Services Team

Staff work behind the scenes to ensure that your daughter’s school life is seamless. This year our Student Services Team consists of Mrs Emily Visnjic, Office Manager, Mrs Bridget Anderson and Mrs Fiona Hughes. They provide tremendous support to the students in a range of areas including: managing attendance, paperwork for camps, retreats, excursions, immersions, whole school events, liaising with parents, external bodies, supporting Heads of House, Mrs Long, myself and so much more.

 

Safer Internet Day

A valuable resource for families is The Office of the eSafety Commissioner. This year’s ‘Safer Internet Day’ is being held on Tuesday 5 February. This is an international event to create a safer internet environment for our young people. It began in Europe in 2004 and this year’s theme is ‘Together for A Better Internet’. The Student Council and Year 12 students will lead an activity on Tuesday in Tutor time to raise awareness of this important issue and the need for all of us to engage with the internet in a positive way. I encourage families to discuss issues such as this, including your family technology plan around the use of devices at home. One simple and effective strategy is for mobile phones to be switched to silent in the evening at a designated time and not left in your daughter’s bedroom.

Here is a link which provides you with more information about safer internet day.

Any new year can present challenges for your daughter and she may at times feel anxious and worried about school. Ask questions and keep in touch with us if you think there is something wrong. Please do not hesitate to phone your daughter’s Head of House or the School Counsellors on 9487 3488.

 

Parent Evening with Dr Tom Nehmy

We are very excited to have Dr Tom Nehmy presenting to parents on Monday 18 February in the Curran Theatre. This year, Dr Nehmy will present on: ‘How to Thrive with Challenges and Change: Cultivating Wellbeing and Resilience in Your Daughter’. We look forward to hearing from Dr Nehmy and hope to see as many parents on the evening. Click here to view the invitation.

 

Uniform Reminder

 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 or sleepers or small white pearls is allowed. No student is permitted to wear excessive 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 jewelry will result in a conversation with her Head of House or myself. Information pertaining to the Uniform Code is found on pages 23-25 of your daughter’s handbook.

 

Upcoming Events

Year 7

Traditioning Day

Wednesday 6 February

8.30am to 3.15pm

Year 7 Camp

4pm Wednesday 6 February to

3.15pm Friday 8 February 

Year 7  – 12

Music Festival Rehearsals

Tuesday 12 February

Lunch time

 

I wish you and your daughters a successful start to Term 1. Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care