Pastoral Care

Orientation Day for new students in 2020

Yesterday  we had the pleasure of welcoming students who will be commencing at Loreto Normanhurst in 2020.  We had about 165 future Year 7’s in attendance and about 30 students who will be joining the community in Years 8 to 11.  The morning began with our wonderful House Captains greeting the girls and their parents as they arrived.  Members of the Student Council, Boarder Council and House Councils were also on hand to receive our families as they made their way to  the gymnasium.

Ms Ugonotti and Mrs Long  addressed the new families and welcomed them to Normo.

A huge thank you to Zoe Henville (Year 7) and Olivia Langford (Year 11) who shared their experiences of starting as a new Loreto Normanhurst student.  Their messages were heartfelt and authentic, revealing their genuine joy of being a Loreto girl.  In addition to their insight about Loreto being an environment in which the girls can truly be themselves, they also outlined their tips for meeting new people, their guidelines for maintaining organisation and their suggestions on navigating the school campus.  Several parents expressed their appreciation at hearing this advice from current students, conveying that it had helped to ease some of the anxiety they felt about their daughter settling in. 

House Captains, Year 7 Advisors and Heads of House had time to get to know the incoming individuals better, show them around and help them feel connected to the Loreto Normanhurst community.  All new students had the opportunity to attend Tutor Group prayer with their Tutor Groups for 2020.  They also experienced some of the distinctly Loreto features of our day such as the Midday Gong and use of songs for the bell between classes. 

Current students joined newcomers for morning tea and lunch, and it was heartening to observe the camaraderie developing within and across the Houses.

We hope that our visitors enjoyed Orientation Day and we look forward to welcoming them back on 29 January 2020 for the first day of school.

 

SchoolTV Special Report: Eco-Anxiety

Due to recent media coverage on events relating to impending environmental disasters, SchoolTV believes it is important to understand the effects this can have on children. Anecdotal reports suggest that children of all ages, even pre-schoolers, are being treated by healthcare professionals for what is now termed as ’eco-anxiety’.

‘Eco-anxiety’ is anxiety related to ecological disasters or threats to the natural environment such as pollution and climate change. Almost everyday, the media reports on extreme weather events such as record temperatures, forest fires or melting ice caps. Although this is raising awareness, it is also instilling fear. Adults and caregivers have a responsibility to instil hope and give children a clear vision for a positive future. Discussing the known facts and engaging them in conversations about how they feel, can often diffuse their anxiety. It is important to reassure them and emphasise what countries and individuals are doing to help curb the effects of climate change.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be encouraged to have positive conversations with their children in the hope of dispelling their fears.

 

Conversations  this week

Year 11 In conversation with their Tutors, learning a little about their Year 7 Buddies for 2020
Year 10 In conversation with Mrs Long and Mrs Parker
Year 9 In conversation with Mr Merchant and a guest speaker from Project Futures
Year 8 Learning skills for beyond Year 8 – Plagiarism and Referencing 
Year 7 Preparation for Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Friday 15 November

 

 

Please feel free to contact me by email  if you have any feedback, questions or concerns.

 

Mrs Beth Nairn

Acting Dean of Pastoral Care