Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The importance of gratitude and giving thanks

St Ignatius of Loyola reminds us to face life with reality, desires to love need to be transformed into deeds and that love, if sincere, consists in a mutual sharing…this means a sharing of something we have or are able to give.

There has been much written about the benefits of showing gratitude to others and how this can boost people’s health and happiness. Some effective ‘gratitude interventions’ include writing a gratitude letter, keeping a gratitude journal, or savoring the moment. When one savors the moment they take time to notice the beauty and pleasures in their daily life. Loyola University psychologist Fred Bryant has shown that savoring positive experiences can heighten your positive responses to them. A key to savoring is what Bryant calls “thanksgiving”, or expressing gratitude for the blessings that come your way, large and small.

This week, Year 12 students led their House in a time of reflection, where they spent time sharing stories with their Tutor Groups about what their Loreto education has meant to them and what it has equipped them to do when they leave school. This particular time together is so personal and moving, where all of a sudden there is the realisation from Year 12 that it is time to move on. At the heart of their conversation is gratitude and giving thanks to their tutors, teachers, Heads of House and the girls who have enriched their lives whilst they have been at school. The savoring of the Loreto Normanhurst experience is a poignant and important rite of passage for girls in their last House time. It is one that leaves a mark on all who hear her story. We wish our Year 12 students much joy and happiness as they graduate and spend the next few weeks preparing for their upcoming Higher School Certificate examinations.



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Conversations this week: 

Year 12 Finishing School Conversation with Heads of House
Year 11 Tutor Conversations
Year 10 Learning Conversation with Ms Albert
Year 9 Service to Others Conversation with Mrs Parker
Year 8 Critical Thinking Skills Conversation with Year 8 Advisors
Year 7 Gratitude Conversation with Year 7 Advisors


As this is the last Pastoral Newsletter for Term 3, I take this time to wish you, your daughters and families a restful spring break and I look forward to seeing the girls back on Monday 14 October in their full summer uniform. It has been a busy and productive term and it is now time to rest and enjoy the spring sunshine over the break.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care