Special Report – Smartphones in schools
The beginning of a new school year is often a time when parents may struggle with monitoring or setting appropriate boundaries in relation to their child’s technology usage. Our students have been reminded about their responsible use of digital devices and ICT guidelines have also been re-visited. On Tuesday we observed Safer Internet Day , our Student Council and Year 12 group led an activity to raise awareness on this important issue. They provided us all with strategies on how to engage with our digital world in a positive way. This week SchoolTV provides us with a special report – Smartphones in School.
In June 2018, the NSW Minister for Education commissioned an independent review into the non-educational use of mobile devices in NSW schools. The review was led by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and supported by other independent experts as well as many students, parents and guardians, teachers and principals who were consulted in the process. As a result, the use of mobile devices during school hours will now be restricted in NSW public primary schools.
Currently, school policies around the use of electronic devices during school hours vary widely. Technology does have a role to play in the classroom, but this needs to be facilitated. Personal smartphones, on the other hand, are proving to be a distraction for students in terms of their access to social media sites, as well as potentially being a source of bullying activities.
In this special report, parents and guardians will learn about the importance of helping their children find a balance in order to reap the benefits of technology. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered here and we always welcome your feedback. If you do have any concerns about your daughter, please do not hesitate to be in contact.
Please find the link to the special report here.
Mrs Lynn Long
Director of Pastoral Care
The Year of Sincerity
There are many student-based experiences at Loreto Normanhurst that require our girls to reflect on the question of ‘Who am I’? and the deeper question of ‘Who are we’? Questions like this are explored in Hugh Mackay’s book, The Art of Belonging and it is timely when we consider that there are people in the world who are lonely, isolated and wondering where they fit in. Often, it is in the ‘doing of experiences’ that provide us with an opportunity to connect with others and offer time for reflection and wonder.
As part of the Year 7 Traditioning Day on Wednesday, students were involved in an art-making experience where they created soft sculptures in their House groups. Part of the focus was on their growth and journey in their first year of secondary school. The sculptures, inspired by the work of Japanese artist Hiromi Tango, will be displayed in the DRC this year. They are beautiful, vibrant and very different. When you are on campus try and visit the DRC to see these creative pieces.
At the end of the day Year 7 students headed off to Elanora Heights for their camp. The girls have enjoyed the experience, getting to know one another, their Advisors and members of the school community. The Student Council spent time working with Year 7 and teaching them the school song, ‘Cruci’. What is evident to me is the way in which the FACE curriculum of the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model permeates through everything we do. The questions of ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Who are we?’ will continue to be explored this year, but they will be shaped by the way in which the students engage with one another, their families, their teachers and the broader community in which they live. This way, they will become equipped to manage the world they will enter beyond the gates of Loreto Normanhurst.
Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment – RYPEN
This year, Loreto Normanhurst participated in the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN) program which is designed to assist students in developing their leadership skills, participate in team-based challenges and develop confidence and motivation. I am sure you will enjoy reading Eleanor Adlam and Ava Nalywajko’s reflection on their experience.
“Over the first weekend in February we participated in the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) held by Rotary around NSW. This camp provides Year 10 students with the chance to further develop their leadership skills over the course of the program. One of the best parts was interacting with other students from schools in NSW and being in teams with people we did not know.
Throughout the weekend we completed various team-building activities such as raft building, debates and problem solving. Raft building was an amazing team building activity because as we were building the raft and trading items between groups, such as barrels, wood and crates, we would suddenly have to re-think how to improve our raft. As a team we collectively had to make a plan with the materials received and come up with new ideas. This taught us to think on our feet, get creative and be prepared to throw ourselves into other unfamiliar spaces with people we didn’t know. There were so many other activities experienced over the weekend that have helped us learn about ourselves, take risks and above all have fun along the way.
Overall, RYPEN was an amazing camp which has taught us to develop confidence and to take pride in everything we do. We hope that future Year 10 girls will have an opportunity to experience what we did.”
Eleanor Adlam and Ava Nalywajko
Immunisations for 2019
Information regarding immunisations for 2019 can be found by clicking here and also here. Year 7 will have their Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (Dose 1) and Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis on Tuesday 19 February 2019 in the Mary Ward Centre.
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.
Conversations this week:
|Year 12||Tutor Conversations|
|Year 11||Mission Conversation with Ms McCullough and Mr Madigan|
|Year 10||Community Service Conversation with Ms Timmins|
|Year 9||Learning Conversation with Ms Albert and Mm Martin|
|Year 8||Conversations with Heads of House about sincere friendships|
Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns.
Enjoy perusing the photos this week of the students at Year 7 Camp and the art-making bodies of work. I am always in awe of the talents of our students.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care