Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Resourceful Adolescent Program Update

The theme for Year 7 Integrated Learning is Discovery. The students have spent Term 1 discovering Loreto Normanhurst’s traditions and the history of our foundress Mary Ward. Currently Year 7 are discovering values, what is meant by a value, and how values influence people’s behaviour.

As part of the ‘Discovering Our Values’ unit, Year 7 are participating in the Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP) designed by Queensland University of Technology. This program endeavours to prepare students for the ups and downs of life and how to manage the day-to-day issues that we all face. RAP is based on the analogy of the Three Little Pigs, in that we want the girls to build their emotional homes out of bricks, rather than sticks or straw. So far,Year 7 have learnt what their personal strength bricks are, the difference between risky and resourceful thinking and how to identify the body clues that tell them they are feeling stressed.

At Loreto we pride ourselves on delivering evidence-based pastoral care and student wellbeing programs such as this.  Future lessons include using ‘thought court bricks’ that help us to challenge these risky thoughts, how to keep the peace and what to do if the downs of life don’t start to get better.

RAP is running for the rest of the term and  students will be bringing their workbook home towards the end of the term. I encourage you to have conversations with your daughter about this program.

For more information on the program please click here.

Mrs Livinia Coombes

Year 7 Team Manager


Loreto Day   Update

This week, Year 11 have continued their efforts in building awareness around the Baby Milk Project. As Loreto Day is approaching, we have focused on furthering our understanding of the importance of the Project. As a school community we discussed the successes of the work of the IBVM sisters in Zambia over the years. This demonstrated the incredible impact of the cause on the lives of individuals and communities.

In this week’s Tutor group activity, Year 11 told stories of two Zambian families adversely affected by HIV/AIDS. The aim of sharing these stories was to provoke empathy and thought. It stressed the reality and gravity of the struggles of babies and families affected by AIDS and made the emotional results (such as relief, gratitude, appreciation) of the cause more tangible to the girls and staff. These stories were followed by a series of reflective questions – the girls were asked to place themselves in the shoes of those suffering, to help to achieve a more spiritual understanding of why this cause is such a pivotal one.

This week, Year 11 launched the selling of the Loreto Day ribbons. The purpose of these ribbons is to promote the cause, and keep it in the forefront of people’s minds, so they can make a more active and conscious contribution. These ribbons are sustainable and biodegradable to keep in tune with the sustainable aspect of our school. This week, we sold baby pink coloured ribbons, and it was lovely to see the pops of pink on girls’ skirts and blazers. It was truly humbling to all to see the ribbons completely sold out by Wednesday.

Next week, Year 11 will be launching the next coloured ribbon – teal! We’re hoping for similar success next week. Let’s all back this fantastic cause.

Furthermore, raffle tickets have been sent home. A reminder that  $20 will buy all the tickets in the book, giving you the chance to win a computer, headphones, makeup and beauty vouchers, and more!  For a full list of the prizes, please click here.

Again, we’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing support. It’s been amazing to see the Normo community enthusiastically supporting the Baby Milk project. Let’s keep this up!

Loreto Day is on Friday 31 May, which is in two weeks! Remember to start saving your coins and notes so you can donate wholeheartedly and have tons of fun on the day!

Sleeps until Loreto Day: 13!

The Year 11 Awareness Raising Team



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Years 8 and 10 experiences

This week our Years 8 and 10 students are experiencing school life in different spaces. Collaroy has been home to Year 8 as they participate in their three-day camp. The theme of the camp is ‘Brave Not Perfect’. Year 10 students are currently in the nation’s capital, Canberra, experiencing their History and Integrated Learning at a very exciting time, election time! We will hear more about these experiences in next week’s Pastoral newsletter.


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.


Conversations this week:

Year 12 In Conversation with the Deputy Principal, Ms Kearns
Year 11 Tutor Conversations
Year 10 ACT Excursion
Year 9 Ecology Conversation with Mrs Cranfield
Year 8 Camp  at Collaroy
Year 7 In Conversation with Advisors


Upcoming School Events

Year 10 Brent Sanders ‘Back Off’ Seminar, Thursday 23 May
Year 10 Vaccinations, Tuesday 28 May
All Years Loreto Day, Friday 31 May


This week’s photo gallery includes our Year 12 House activity on Wednesday where they were involved in an art activity led by Ms Boardman.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care