Student Alliance Networking Group
The Student Alliance Networking Group (SANG) is an amazing association which provides highly valuable opportunities to girls from Year 9 to Year 11. This is a student sub-group of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools of Australasia.
Once a term, students from more than a dozen girls’ schools across Sydney meet to share a common passion for global issues centred around women and their rights and responsibilities. The focus for this year, based on the theme for International Women’s Day was ‘More Strong Together’. This theme encourages women to be uplifted and to inspire one another.
Each meeting we hear from guest speakers such as Geena Dunne, the founder of The Cova Project, an organisation which provides menstrual cups to African women, bridging the school attendance gap between girls and boys due to menstruation. They create and distribute materials that accurately represent girls, aiming to build their confidence as they strengthen their knowledge around personal health and development.
Geena Dunne has given us many pieces of advice during her numerous talks including tips to starting a business as a young woman and the joys and hardships of philanthropy.
After listening to a guest speaker, we break into working groups to collaborate and discuss specific issues that concern women, to work towards an end of year showcase in which the groups present their ideas to generate greater awareness and advocate for change in their particular research area.
The groups are made up of about ten girls from various schools, which enables us to interact with new people and listen to one another’s ideas. This year, our showcase was hosted by Abbotsleigh, and it was both inspiring and eye-opening. Groups presented their pitch to a panel of judges including Geena Dunne and Loren Bridge, the Executive Officer of the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia. We heard from groups on topics that included: ending domestic violence; toxic masculinity and promotion of women in sport. One of the stands out groups presented a pitch to create an Instagram page called ‘I’m perfectly imperfect’ to encourage girls to engage differently with the pressures of body image.
SANG has given so many girls the courage and bravery to speak up about various topics and step forward for their rights. It has allowed us to develop new friends, meet girls with a shared vision and to build connections for life. All of this wouldn’t be possible without Mrs Nairn and the other Student Alliance teachers across Sydney, we thank you for all your hard work! We are so grateful and lucky that Loreto Normanhurst facilitates such an empowering opportunity and our past three years of involvement have been extremely memorable.
We would recommend SANG to any girls interested in social justice and wanting a chance to voice their ideas for advocacy and change.
Luka Swain, Sabyn Baker and Tahlia Jones
Year 11 Students
Dr Danielle Einstein – 5 Day Challenge
If you feel like phones have far too much control over your family and relationships, you are not alone. Smartphones have transformed our lives over the past decade, making it virtually impossible for us to ‘switch off’. Dr Danielle Einstein is a researcher, mother of teens and clinical psychologist. She specialises in technology addiction and has recently published a book titled The Dip – a practical guide to taking control of screen addiction and reconnecting your family.
Danielle was invited to run a workshop with our staff earlier this year. She has invited Loreto Normanhurst parents who are struggling with phone and tech use at home to take part in a 5-Day Challenge where she will share one easy thing you can do each day to break the urge to reach for your phone. The challenge starts on Monday 11th November and is free.
Plenaries for 2020 Year 7 students
The PTO booking system is now open for all Year 7 students commencing in 2020. Please refer to the email you received with booking instructions. The PTO system will close at 8am on Friday 15 November 2019.
Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Awards:
|Elizabeth Eade||Eliza King||Laura Gracie||Vivien Li||Juila Baxter|
|Chelsea Gleeson||Ella Lincoln||Chloe Lee||Sarah Scott|
|Isabella Hall||Phoebe Locke||Claudia Stratton||Nicola Sherwood|
|Natalie Hardwick||McKenzie Lyons||Emily Whiting||Gabriella Sposari|
|Olivia Klostermann||Sophie Mota|
|Pia Menroy||Amita Nguyen|
|Tahlia Moses||Rebecca O’Brien|
Parents and students are reminded that, during Term 4, the girls are expected to wear their hat during recess and lunch. This is to ensure that our young people are protected from the damaging effects of UV radiation. We also encourage the girls to choose spaces that are also protected by shade, but this does not negate the need to wear their hat.
Students are requested to bring their Student ID Card with them to school every day. This is essential to sign in and out of Music lessons, the Health Centre and at Student Services if they are arriving late, leaving early, or are late to their lessons. It is recommended that the card is kept in their school bag or pencil case. If your daughter has lost her ID card, she needs to order a replacement at Student Services.
Year 11 students are reminded that they do not currently have permission to drive to school. Loreto Normanhurst has an obligation to provide off-street parking for our students and this is currently reserved for our class of 2019. The class of 2020 will receive paperwork shortly, which will outline the School’s expectations around driving including the requirement for parental permission. Apart from a few exceptional circumstances, students will not be granted approval to drive to school until Term 1 next year.
SchoolTV is a digital resource for parents to assist in navigating your way through the challenges of modern-day parenting. Every month, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg introduces a new topic and interviews specialists to offer their advice. Information is presented in bite-size pieces that you can watch and read anywhere at any time on any device. Click the SchoolTV image to access the website. Please bookmark for easy access in the future.
|Thursday 14 November||Orientation Day for all new students commencing 2020|
|Friday 15 November||Grandparents and Special Friends Day (Year 7)|
|Monday 18 November||Year 10 Sprint Week commences|
|Monday 18 November||Year 8 Set Dance|
|Wednesday 27 November||Swimming Carnival|
|Monday 2 December||SRC Christmas Cup|
|Wednesday 4 December||Light Entertainment Assembly|
|Thursday 5 December||Awards Ceremony|
Please feel free to contact me by email if you have any feedback, questions or concerns.
Mrs Beth Nairn
Acting Dean of Pastoral Care