Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The Year of Sincerity

An evening with Dr Tom Nehmy – thank you

On Monday evening, Dr Tom Nehmy spoke to parents about the importance of cultivating wellbeing and resilience in young people. We had an excellent update from parents who were involved in an interactive and practical presentation to build engagement and support in the lives of their daughters. You can access the take home messages from Tom’s presentation here.

Following on from this, the Healthy Minds Program commenced on Wednesday with Year 8 students and their Advisors. This evidenced-based program is taught to Year 8 students by expertly trained facilitators and members of the Year 8 teaching team. In each session, students and parents have their own homework to complete which results in a rich and powerful teaching moment between home, students and the school.

The Healthy Minds School Program is for school communities that do not equate success as purely by academic achievement or ability, it is far more encompassing then this. Please take some time to look at the Healthy Minds program.  

One of the interesting discussion points raised on Monday, was the importance of school connectedness and how this can have tangible and intangible threads in helping build student resilience. This is characterised in a school where there is active student voice, leadership and where all students are encouraged to initiate no matter what year they are in or if they hold a leadership position. This is what makes Loreto Normanhurst unique. A tangible example is detailed below and I congratulate Tamsyn Coetzee, Academic Activities Captain and her team for their work in this space.

‘Talk for a Minute’

“Last Friday the Academic Activities Council hosted, ‘Talk for a Minute’ in the LRC, an activity designed to deconstruct the negativity and anxiety surrounding public speaking and impromptu speeches.

As part of ‘Talk for a Minute’, girls were asked to draw a question from a hat and then speak for a minute about the topic. Questions that were asked were simple and casual and ranged from “What’s your idea of the perfect day?” to “What’s your dream job?” to “What’s the best TV show on the air today?” Students came from all eight Houses and their participation was recorded on a whiteboard, which was then translated as a contribution to the House Cup. ‘Talk for a Minute’ contributes to the Student Council’s wider aim to build spirit and community at Loreto through activities.

The passion of all the girls was amazing and the spirit and community of the Loreto community really shone through as girls supported and cheered on those who were speaking. We had girls from every year group turn up so consequently the activity was a huge success. The Academic Activities Council is looking forward to hosting subsequent events!

We would like to thank the Student Council, Ms O’Dwyer, all the staff who came to help and the LRC staff for the great venue.”

Tamsyn Coetzee Academic Activities Captain

Loreto Day Raffle Prizes – can you help us?

In preparation for this year’s Loreto Day, we are looking for donations for the Loreto Day Raffle prizes. Are you able to help? Click on this link which outlines what you need to do. Our parents and families are always generous and very supportive. I thank you for your support in making the Loreto Day Raffle a great one for the entire community.

Conversations this week:

Year 12 Learning Conversation with Ms Albert and Mm Martin
Year 11 Tutor Conversations
Year 10 Mission Conversation with Ms McCullough
Year 9 ‘Growing Our Students’ Pastoral Conversation with Mrs Long
Year 8 Healthy Minds Program
Year 7 Advisor Conversations

Upcoming Events

Supergirl Week – All Years Monday 4 March 
Open Day – All Years Saturday 9 March – 11am – 3pm



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Enjoy perusing the photos this week of the students at their House period on Wednesday. The focus was on unpacking the Loreto value of Sincerity which will be further developed in next week’s House time.

As the week draws to a close I wish all families a joy-filled and relaxing weekend together. Next week, Year 12 will participate in their three-day retreat. May it be a time for prayer, reflection and time with their friends and teachers. If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me at 


Mr Justin Madigan 

Dean of Pastoral Care