Pastoral Care

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Today is The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). As Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools, today we  encourage all students to ‘take a stand together’ against bullying and violence in the classroom, in schools and beyond.

The national definition of bullying for Australian schools is, “Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.”

Behaviours that do not constitute bullying include:

  • an argument or disagreements (where there is no power imbalance);
  • not liking someone or a single act of social rejection;
  • one-off acts of meanness or spite; and
  • isolated incidents of aggression, intimidation or violence.

However, these conflicts still need to be addressed and resolved when they occur. At Loreto Normanhurst, each person in the community has the right to feel safe. We are an inclusive school that actively promotes the joy of Mary Ward’s Open Circle where everyone is made to feel welcome, is part of the community and is also able to leave that circle freely. Sometimes students choose to leave a friendship circle for a variety of reasons and this is perfectly okay. Our Safe School Policy clearly outlines the processes for student safety and what to do if experiencing bullying, harassment and exclusion. I would encourage families to talk about this important issue with your daughter/s and to encourage her to speak to her Advisor, Tutor or Head of House if there are any issues. The “Bullying. No Way!” website has some excellent information for you to access   here.  In particular, I encourage you to read the latest research on bullying here.  The Take a Stand Together’ app is a free app that has tips and advice about bullying. It includes short animated stories about bullying, and students can choose what to do from a range of responses, as well as creating an avatar and choosing a positive anti-bullying message.

 

House time this week

” This week in House time we were introduced to people who had stood up to injustice, discrimination and segregation. Some of the key figures included Edith Cowan, the first Australian female in parliament and woman on the 50-dollar note; Coretta Scott King, an activist for the civil rights movement and wife of Martin Luther King; and Lieutenant Ehren Watada who refused his posting in Iraq, believing its justification as a response to 9/11 was deceiving. Through this activity, we were able to learn about a diverse range of individuals who each responded to their circumstances with integrity, making the right moral choice in spite of the personal consequences they then faced. We learnt that anyone can make a difference in the world, no matter how insignificant it may seem, if we act out of selflessness and compassion for others and pursue our school values. We will further reflect on this valuable lesson during next week’s House period.”

 

Mairead Stone

Year 12 Maye

 

Loreto Day Raffle Prizes – last call for help

In preparation for this year’s Loreto Day, we are looking for donations for the Loreto Day Raffle prizes. Are you able to help? Please 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. Tickets and a list of prizes will be coming soon to all families and members of the community.

 

SchoolTV

SchoolTV is a digital resource for parents to assist in navigating your way through the challenges of modern-day parenting. Every month, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg introduces a new topic and interviews specialists  to offer their advice. Information is presented in bite-size pieces that you can watch and read anywhere at any time on any device.  Click the image SchoolTV image to access the website. Please bookmark for easy access in the future.

 

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.

 

Conversations this week

Year 12 Mission Conversation with Mr Madigan
Year 11 Conversations with Tutors
Year 10 Learning Conversation with Ms Albert and Mm Martin
Year 9 Mission Conversation with Mrs De Souza
Year 8 Healthy Minds Conversation with Year 8 Advisors
Year 7 Conversations with Year 7 Advisors

 

As the week draws to a close our Years 7 and 12 students will enjoy their SRC Trivia night tonight. We will share more with you in next week’s Pastoral newsletter. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me via email

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care