Pastoral Care

The Year of Sincerity

‘Students who can express themselves help create their own education’. These are interesting words from Maurice Elias who writes about the importance of a school’s culture in creating opportunities for students to find their voice. Research supports the view that schools must support students to express themselves clearly and often and be places where students feel listened to and understood. The SRC is one place where student voice and leadership is alive and well, and this week, the SRC have been busy organising Supergirl Week.

In the words of Breanna Ivankovic, Communications/SRC Captain, “Supergirl Week allows the school community to come together and experience fun and laughter whilst reflecting on the power that girls possess and that this power enables us to have a strong voice in the world. A Super Girl is  also someone who is passionate, caring and strong. She is someone who is unique and true to herself, and allows for others to be the same. A Super Girl uses her power and voice to stand up for others and speak about issues in our modern world.”

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Breanna for her leadership of the SRC and for her attention to detail and coordination to bring an event such as this to the school.

Supergirl Week

“This past week at Loreto Normanhurst we have celebrated our fourth annual Supergirl Week where the Loreto Normanhurst community, both students and staff, gather together to celebrate the power of being a girl and the importance of support networks around us in order to allow us all to achieve our potential. This year, the SRC really wanted to promote the idea that each girl is unique and that her real super-power comes from accepting who she is and ‘letting her light shine’.

On Monday we kicked off with a student game of benchball in the gym. Two teams of Year 12 students competed in healthy competition where they challenged themselves whilst also having fun at the same time. It was great to see the enthusiasm of all the girls present, whether they were competing or spectating. Tuesday was ‘Team-building Tuesday’ and on this day during Tutor time, each Tutor group participated in trivia (part one) which included questions about some achievements of women and influential women in the world. ‘Women Wednesday’ was celebrated with music at long recess that focused on powerful and influential female artists who have in some way shaped the music industry. Student Soapbox was on at lunchtime in the LRC and it was excellent to hear from staff and students about issues that are affecting women today. All of the performances were particularly inspiring and insightful and overall it was a great experience. On Thursday, we celebrated ‘Thoughtful Thursday’, on this day the girls were invited to reflect in their tutor groups about the impact that Supergirl Week has had on them. The girls also participated in trivia (part two), with the hope of getting the highest score for their House. The final day of Supergirl Week was ‘Funky Friday’, and this was a mufti day, where a gold coin donation was collected to go towards Project Compassion. To start off the day we began with Friday Morning Communion, led by our Year 12 Eucharistic ministers. This was a beautiful way to start the day in prayer and reflection.

I would like to thank all of the SRC students and staff as well as the Student Council for their support during this week. I would also like to extend this thanks to all staff and students in the school, who actively participated.”

Breanna Ivankovic SRC/Communications Captain

 

This week on SchoolTV – Grief & Loss

Grief is a natural response to loss. It might be the loss of a loved one, relationship or even a pet. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief is likely to be. Children and adults grieve differently due to their developmental stage, and this can prove difficult for parents to understand.

Young children fluctuate in and out of the stages of grief rapidly, as they may not comprehend the permanency death. They express their grief more physically. Teens on the other hand may not know how to express their grief and will need some space to process their loss. Some may choose to grieve alone, not wanting to stand out or be seen as not coping. Whilst others, who may have a greater understanding, can start to question their own mortality.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents can learn how to acknowledge their child’s feelings and the best way to support them through their grief.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your daughter at any time, please do not hesitate to be in touch with her Head of House.

 

Mrs Lynn Long

Director of Pastoral Care

 

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.  

 

Rouse Hill Station Bus Interchange – Update

Please find information for students who travel through the Rouse Hill Station Bus Interchange. The new Rouse Hill Station Bus Interchange will open on Monday 18  March, with all the Hillsbus services operating via the Northwest Tway stops in Rouse Hill.  Students need a valid Opal card to travel on school buses, and you must tap on and off morning and afternoon.  Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

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 12 Pastoral Conversations with Tutors
Year 11 Learning Conversation with Ms Albert and Mm Martin
Year 10 Mary Ward Connect Conversation with Miss Tilsley
Year 9 Extra-Curricular Conversation with Mrs Woods
Year 8 Conversations with Heads of House about Sincere Friendships
Year 7 Conversations with the Advisors

 

Enjoy perusing the photos this week of the students involved in the various Supergirl Week activities. As the week draws to a close I wish all families a joy filled and relaxing weekend together. I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at Open Day. If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me .

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care