Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

House Music Conductor and House Council Success

“You can’t get to courage without rumbling with vulnerability”. Brene Brown’s words from her book, “Dare to Lead” are very interesting when you think about leadership and what it entails. It takes courage to put yourself forward for a leadership position. It requires discernment and vision, and thinking about what skills you can bring to the role. It also requires managing the inevitable ‘self-doubt’ talk that runs through your mind about being able to do it. When we wrestle with this vulnerability and put ourselves forward for leadership, it can result in exciting possibilities and a chance to grow and learn from the experience. Whilst there are successes, there is also disappointment for some. This too takes courage to put yourself forward with the understanding that the opportunity might not arrive on this occasion. It can cause a sense of vulnerability, but in life there are disappointments. It doesn’t mean that you are not good enough, it simply means, not yet!

Our School’s Mission Statement says  that we:   “encourage each student to fulfil her academic and personal potential, in an atmosphere of freedom, care and respect for the individual”. Leadership at Loreto Normanhurst is fair and accessible to all and is based on the principle of democracy. The school is very clear in its vision and leadership aspirations for students. Students are empowered to use their individual gifts with confidence, creativity and generosity in loving and responsible service to others. We want our students to be courageous in their leadership and self-aware. We had many students put themselves forward for the House Music Conductor role from Years 10 and 11 and a position on the House Council from Year 11. These roles have now been finalised. Congratulations to the following girls.

Aston House  Music Conductor for 2020 Yasmin Say
Barry House  Music Conductor for 2020 Natasha Benham
Kendall House  Music Conductor for 2020 Stephanie Arnold
Kuring-gai House  Music Conductor for 2020 Sabrina Haaf
Maye House  Music Conductor for 2020 Caitlin La Rose
Mornane House  Music Conductor for 2020 Arabella King
Mulhall House  Music Conductor for 2020 Chloe Oong
Ward House  Music Conductor for 2020 Isabella Taylor


Aston House Council 

Sophie Ainsworth
Esha Arora
Georgia Buckley
Bailey Henderson
Indra Ventura
Zana Watson
Amy Weidemier
Akshara Yogesvaran

Barry House Council  Julia Baxter
Natasha Benham
Sarah Caspers
Olivia Langford
Sarah O’Brien
Molly Pringle
Anna Vozella
Faith Zalm
Kendall House Council 

Stephanie Arnold
Sofia Cordina
Isabella Greenhalgh
Jemima Hyde
Ashleigh Leck
Zoe Madigan
Maddison Pauly
Sian Thomas

Kuring-gai House Council 

Molly Broad
Kate Forman
Bridget Green
Bianca Meleca
Grace Napoli
Stephanie Pan
Grace Pawsey
Grace Thomas

Maye House Council  Catherine Baxter
Bridie Cooksey
Elizabeth Duffy
Neave Duffy
Gabrielle Giles
Sophie Kenny
Emma Lorimer
Ella Nelson
Mornane House Council  Sabyn Baker
Isabelle Barker
Lihara Delungahawatte
Lauren Farlanga
Georgia Fenech
Charlotte Greenhalgh
Tahlia Harris
Emma Roberts
Mulhall House Council 

Olivia Carrozzi
Sophia Dickinson
Tahlia Jones
Juliet Lahood
Flynn Metzmacher
Annabelle Mitchell
Hannah Nicholson
Maria Stevenson

Ward House Council 

Mia Farrugia
Claudia Lyndon
Bridget Maguire
Miranda McDonald
Tessa Rabeau
Grace Tassell
Isabella Taylor
Isabella Tziolis


How much do you know about Body Image?

Body image is the perception that a person has of their physical self and the thoughts and feelings that are caused by this perception. These feelings can be positive or negative. Research suggests that a child can form an opinion about their body from a very young age and that such opinions are influenced by many things including, individual and environmental factors.  Parents can also play a critical role in helping their child respect all body shapes and develop a positive body image.

In this weeks’ edition of SchoolTV we explore some of these influences including the role the media play in portraying images around the ‘ideal’ body shape. Parents can gain a greater understanding of how a negative body image can trigger eating disorders in some children and the signs and indicators around this.  There are also useful suggestions from leading experts to assist you in navigating this subject. 

Click here to access this edition of SchoolTV, which provides some excellent resources on this topic and gives useful strategies for promoting healthy habits.


Mrs Lynn Long

Director of Pastoral Care


Years 9 and 10 Leadership Opportunity – 30 September

There is an excellent leadership opportunity available to students in Years 9 and 10 in the upcoming school holidays. It is the “Making a Difference: Aspiring Student Leaders’ Summit” which will be held on September 30 at Ravenswood School for Girls  in Gordon. It is a terrific opportunity if your daughter is aspiring to step into a leadership role sometime in the future. It is also a great way to meet new people who share an interest in leadership. You can access the information by clicking here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to make contact with your daughter’s Head of House who also has the information. I encourage parents to speak to their daughters about their leadership goals, aspirations and the principles of democracy and what this means in 2019.


Conversations this week:

Year 12 In Conversation with Ms Bateman, Ms Kearns and Mrs Long
Year 11 Tutor Conversations
Year 10 The Girl In The Mirror Conversation Part 2 with Mrs Hallinan and Mr Madigan
Year 9 Pastoral Conversations with Heads of House
Year 8 Digital Health Conversations with Year 8 Team
Year 7 Pastoral Conversations with Year 7 Team


Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care