The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence – follow up
This week in House time students spent time discussing the ways in which they can be ‘upstanders’, following on from last week’s House activities that coincided with the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Each student completed a personal pledge to be an ‘upstander’, resulting in a whole school installation. The installation was a string of pearls based on the beautiful words of Mother Gonzaga Barry where she envisioned Loreto girls to be a “string of goodly pearls” which would be hung “on a triple cord strong and true.” Mother Gonzaga Barry’s vision is alive and well at Loreto Normanhurst as we strive to be a community united against bullying, violence and other negative behaviours.
SRC Trivia Night – ‘Throughout The Ages’
Last Friday 15th March, the SRC hosted the annual Years 7 and 12 trivia night. The theme for the night was ‘Throughout the Ages’ and the girls came dressed in some fantastic costumes, from fashion trends of the past to epic rock bands such as Queen and ACDC. The girls were even treated to a special guest appearance of the ‘future’ versions of Carly and Sam from iCarly!
The night began with plenty of laughter, cheer and photos on arrival. There was plenty of snacks and pizza to help us all get into the spirit of the evening. Once all the girls were seated, the trivia began, with a range of categories including sport, history, music and general knowledge. The night concluded with some dancing and the girls singing their hearts out (quite possibly in preparation for the upcoming Music Festival). Overall, it was a wonderful event, successfully attended and all about having fun with one another and continuing to make authentic connections with one another.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Student Representative Council (SRC) students for all their work in planning the event and for assisting in setting up before the night. I also extend my thanks and gratitude to the SRC staff and members of the Pastoral Team for their guidance and support.
Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP) – Thanks
Thank you to the many parents who attended the Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP) presentation last Friday evening with Lorraine Cushing-Kléber, Psychologist and RAP Facilitator. This school-based program aims to promote resilience and well-being in students. The program draws on the metaphor from the children’s story of the “Three Little Pigs” in which only the house made of bricks withstood the attacks of the Big Bad Wolf. Each week participating adolescents develop their own personal ‘RAP House’ by laying down different personal resource bricks as the program unfolds (e.g. ‘Personal Strength Bricks’, ‘Keeping Calm Bricks’, ‘Problem Solving Bricks’). Year 7 students will begin the program in Term 2.
In this School TV Special Report Talking to kids about Christchurch, parents and care givers are provided with practical strategies on how to talk to their children in a reassuring manner. It also highlights the need to be aware of the signs of trauma, should a child be adversely affected.
Rouse Hill Station Bus Interchange – Update
Please find information for those students who travel through the Rouse Hill Station Bus Interchange. The new Rouse Hill Station Bus Interchange opened on the 18th 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.
Conversations this week:
|Year 12||Conversations with Tutors|
|Year 11||Community Service Conversation with Mrs Parker|
|Year 10||Learning Conversation with Ms Albert and Mm Martin|
|Year 9||Academic Integrity Conversation with Ms Green|
|Year 8||Healthy Minds Conversation with Year 8 Advisors|
|Year 7||Wide Reading Conversation with Year 7 Advisors|
I hope you enjoy the photos from the SRC Trivia night in the gallery. As you will see the girls had a wonderful evening. If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care