Pastoral Care

Sincerity: “Be such as we appear and appear such as we are”

As members of the Loreto Normanhurst community, we are powerfully guided by the Loreto values of Freedom, Sincerity, Verity, Justice, and Felicity.  These values represent the principles toward which we aspire.

Each year we celebrate one of these five values.  In 2019, it is the value of sincerity to which we focus our attention.

The act of being a sincere person is a challenge to us all.  The Loreto Sincerity Prayer, written by the student leaders from Loreto schools across Australia, asks God to “instill in us the courage to align our actions with our thoughts, words and values.”

At the heart of sincerity is authentic relationships, both in our communication with, and our actions towards, others.  So often this requires courage and compassion.

Students were asked to discern what Sincerity ‘looks like and feels like’ for those who are part of the Loreto Normanhurst community.  Each person was tasked with reflecting on the origins of the word sincerity and on the many and varied interpretations of what it means to be sincere.

Gabriella Whipps, Kuring-gai House Captain, provides her reflections below.

“Be such as we appear and appear such as we are.”

“Mary Ward used these words when describing sincerity.  In our respective Houses over the past week, students came together in tutor groups to consider their interpretation of sincerity, both as an individual and as part of their House.  It was during this time that we were posed with a challenge to convey what we believe is fundamental to sincerity, in a short video that showcases our understanding of this important value.

The positivity was contagious, as all girls engaged eagerly with the challenge before them.  In a quick glance around the room, it was refreshing to see girls – who are often rushing to and from class or darting around the soccer field – pausing to engage with the girls around them, allowing them to take a break from their everyday routine and to really think about what it means to be sincere.

I found the discussions on sincerity fascinating, with each girl offering her input into what she believes the all-encompassing meaning of this value is.

This challenge, whilst also deepening the girls’ understanding of the core values of our school, also managed to bring the students together in a creative and fun way that allowed everyone to get involved.  I can’t wait to see what the girls come up with, and though I may be biased, I have a feeling Kuring-gai’s videos are going to be Golden Globe worthy!”

 

Mrs Beth Nairn

Kuring-gai Head of House

 

Leadership and the Power of Choices

On Wednesday 27 February, Year 11 students Gian Ellis-Gannell, Grace Tassell, Maanya Maini, Tahlia Jones and Madeline Playford were invited to attend a Leadership breakfast at Abbotsleigh College. The focus of the presentation was Leadership and the Power of Choices and was led by Diana Webster, a science teacher at Abbotsleigh. Please read the students’ reflection on the event. 

“It was inspiring to listen to Ms Webster’s reflections on her own leadership journey and how she dealt with the overwhelming amount of choices regarding her future, and more specifically, tertiary studies.

Ms Webster  offered advice on how to navigate the perilous world of university and finding your passion, and provided insight on how you can realise your potential and achieve whatever it is you dream of. Her story is transferring from medical science to nutrition, and then to biochemistry and history (studying for a year in the UK). She then decided to become a teacher, and trained other teachers in Uganda, demonstrating that one’s life path does not have to be a straight line and can consist of a variety of jobs, in various fields of work.

We found the talk beneficial and would like to thank Abbotsleigh for this amazing opportunity, and Ms Webster for providing us with a new perspective on studies and experiences available to us beyond high school.”

MOMO Challenge

You may have read in recent news articles about the “MOMO challenge”, which presents a significant concern for young people. Please click on the link here to a recent SMH article to understand and be on alert as to what your child may be exposed to.

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner today have produced some advice for parents. I provide an excerpt of this advice below. Full details available here.

 

From the Office of the eSafety Commissioner:

It is concerning when young people have been exposed to any content that scares them or plays on their emotions, like those reported via the MOMO Challenge. Unfortunately, the MOMO Challenge is not the first, nor will it be the last, harmful online “challenge” or phenomenon to target our children.

Our research shows 81% of parents hand their child an internet-connected device by the age of four, so active parental engagement and oversight of a child’s online activities is critical from the start, to help ensure they are prepared for what they may encounter. As young people often do not have the maturity or judgement to cope with confronting content online, it’s important to guide and instil critical reasoning skills, so they are aware that not everything they see or receive online is real.

   Social Media and Digital Reputation

The digital world we have come to rely on in so many ways is a source of valuable communication and entertainment, and has indeed become a great tool for education. What has become apparent is that we need to assist young people to strike the right balance between online time for education and online social networking. Social media has become an integral part of teenagers lives and can be an area of concern when not used appropriately. Parents are well positioned to assist children in choosing quality media and putting healthy screen time habits into practice.

 “What kids do and post online, the sites they visit and the things they say is permanent. This digital footprint denotes their digital reputation and there’s nothing to stop someone from saving and storing that information about your child.” – Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

 

Click the SchoolTV image above to access valuable parent information on the topic Social Media and Digital Reputation.

 

Upcoming Events

SuperGirl Week  – All Years Monday  4th  – Friday 8th March
Open Day – All Years Saturday 9th March, 11am – 3pm
RAP Information Evening – Year  7 Parents  Friday 15th March, 7pm – 8pm
SRC  Trivia Afternoon – Year 7  & Year  12 Friday 15th March, 6pm – 8pm

Conversations this week

Year 7 Growing our students with Mrs Long
Year 8 Mind Week
Year 9 Sport and community with Mr Mulroney
Year 10 Finding balance with our School Counsellors
Year 11 Tutor Conversations 
Year 12 Year 12 Retreat

 

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.  

 

Mrs Lynn Long

Director of Pastoral Care