Pastoral Care

Loreto Day Update

Since the beginning of Term 1, Year 11 have been determinedly preparing for the much-anticipated Loreto Day. Last week, we were extremely excited to announce the Loreto Day cause for 2019 is the Baby Milk Project in Zambia. The project aims to help babies in Zambia, whose mothers have been affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and are therefore unable to breastfeed their children. Since the cause was launched, the Awareness Raising Teams in each House have been working to inform our school about the importance of this impactful cause. On Tuesday, each House watched a short video explaining the crucial impact the Baby Milk Project has on malnourished babies in Lukulu, Zambia. Here is the link for your reference.

On Wednesday, every House actively and enthusiastically participated in researching the cause in their House groups. For example, Year 7 students provided us with some interesting facts about Zambia. Year 8 students explained the need for the Baby Milk Project, highlighting the positive impact it has had on malnourished babies and mothers who are unable to care for them as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. You can access the presentation here  to see what the girls were learning about.

Loreto Day Raffle tickets have gone out to all the girls and we encourage everyone to buy tickets. The prizes are incredible and you can see the full list of them by clicking here. We will begin selling the first of the biodegradable and sustainable Loreto Day ribbons next week.

Together, lets MILK FOR MIRACLES. Our logo for Loreto Day is below and we look forward to the next few weeks’ preparations.

 

Akshara Yogesvaran

Year 11 Awareness Raising Team Representative

 

Parenting Styles – What type of parent are you?  

SchoolTV Special Report

Parents are the most important influence on their children’s lives. The relationships shared, the values taught and the examples provided have a significant role in enriching the experiences of our children. It is also well known that children benefit immensely from a loving and supportive parenting style, where clear expectations are maintained.

 There are so many different opinions offered on how best to parent. New parents will often have firm beliefs about how they wish to balance love and discipline, but this ideal often goes out the window when a toddler throws their first tantrum in the supermarket!

Raising children can bring parents and caregivers great joy despite many learning ‘on the job’ and growing into the role through experience and understanding. Children will always flourish in a warm and loving environment, supported by clear guidance.

In this SchoolTV Special Report, parents and caregivers can gain a greater understanding of the four defined parenting styles by taking part in a quiz. It can guide parents towards deciding which style they wish to adopt and the effects it may have on their children. 

We hope you take time to peruse and reflect on the information offered in this Special Report. Click here for the Parenting Styles report.

We certainly value the privilege of working in strong partnership with parents, working together to support your daughters. If you have any concerns about your daughter’s wellbeing or her learning, please do not hesitate to be in contact.

 

Mrs Lynn Long

Director of Pastoral Care

 

Attendance Reminders

As you may be aware, the school made changes to its attendance procedures and in particular, the methods in which you may inform the school of your daughter’s absence. As a reminder, I ask that you take some time to read our process for attendance, absences and punctuality. It is important that we be notified within seven days in order to fulfil our compliance obligations and monitor your daughter’s attendance patterns at school.

When your daughter is absent from school, there are three ways to inform us:

1.  Send an email to Student Services at attendance@loretonh.nsw.edu.au before 8.30am. In your email include the following:

  • Student first name and surname
  • Year and House
  • Reason for absence

You do not need to do anything else. You have notified the school of your daughter’s absence.

2. Phoning Student Services on 9473 7354 before 8.30am.

You will still need to send a written note in with your daughter when she returns to school if you use this method to inform the school of an absence. You can use the perforated slips in the back of your daughter’s Student Handbook. The absence note is a legal requirement and must be received within seven days to Student Services.

 3. If we do not receive either an email or voicemail notification and your daughter is marked absent from school, we will send you an SMS requesting an explanation of the unexplained absence. Please reply to this SMS with:

  • Student first name and surname
  • Year and House
  • Reason for absence

You do not need to do anything else. You have notified the school of your daughter’s absence.

 

 Partial Day Absence

Where possible please try and avoid partial day absences from school. If your daughter is leaving school to attend an appointment, it is important for our duty of care that she has a note explaining why she is leaving school. Please include the following in this written explanation:

  • Student first name and surname
  • Year and House
  • Date, time and reason for absence
  • Signed by parent/carer

 Your daughter needs to present this note to Student Services when signing out. She is to use her Student ID card when leaving the campus.

 

Late to School

Punctuality to school is important and a pattern of ‘Lates’ with insufficient reason is not acceptable. These will be followed up with your daughter’s Tutor and Head of House. If your daughter arrives to school after 8.20am, she will be required to sign in late using her Student ID Card at Student Services. You will receive an SMS notifying you of her arrival time. You will be required to respond to the SMS with the following:

  • Student first name and surname
  • Year and House
  • Date and reason for absence

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions about the updates to the school’s attendance procedures. Send your inquiry to pastoral@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

We value our partnership with you in ensuring that your daughter receives the best care at school. The documentation of her attendance is one way in which we work together to achieve this.

 

Dropping off items to Student Services

Just a friendly reminder to parents to not drop off items to the school if your daughter forgets something. It is important that the girls be as organised as possible and take responsibility for packing their bags the night before school. Your cooperation is appreciated.

 

Sydney Metro Norwest Opening 

As the new Sydney Metro Norwest will open on 26  May 2019, there will be some changes to the Hillsbus public routes.

  • Route M60 will be renumbered to 600. The services remain unchanged.
  • Route M61 will be renumbered to 610X. The services remain unchanged.
  • Route 604 will operate through Hills Showground Station.
  • New Route 617 operates between Adelphi St, Rouse Hill, Beaumont Hills and Kellyville Station.
  • Route 619 will operate through Hills Showground Station.
  • Route 626 will not operate to James Henty Dr and Jenner Rd, and it will be extended to Kellyville Station via Cherrybrook Station and Castle Hill.
  • Route 633 will operate via Victoria Rd and Castle Hill Rd to Cherrybrook Station and Castle Hill Station. It will no longer operate via Thompsons Corner or Coonara Ave and Highs Rd.
  • Route 635 will operate via Coonara Ave to Cherrybrook Station and Anglican Retirement Village to Castle Hill. It will no longer operate via Ellerslie Dr.
  • Route 714 will commence and terminate at Norwest Station.
  • Route T60 will operate through Norwest Station via Barina Downs Rd and Reston Grange.

Please note that students can travel on the Metro with their existing SSTS Opal cards. 
Click here to view  the  detailed Loreto School travel advice , effective from 26th May 2019.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Year 8  – Camp to Collaroy from Wednesday 15 May to Friday 17 May
  • Year 10  – Canberra Trip from Wednesday 15 May to Friday 17 May

 

This morning’s Year 7 and Year 12 Buddy Friday morning Communion Service was a beautiful time together in prayer and friendship. The photos in the gallery capture this as it is always a special time in the lives of your daughters who attend.

Finally, I wish all our mums a beautiful day this Sunday for Mother’s Day. I hope it is a special time for you and your families and a chance for you to put your feet up and be spoilt and pampered for all you do for your family. Have a lovely day and best wishes for the week ahead.

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care