A new decade and beginning
We are off and running for 2020, a new decade and new school year which brings with it much anticipation of what might be for the year ahead. The campus is filled with the buzz of students and it is wonderful to see the girls back at school. Welcome back to our returning students and families, and a very warm welcome to our new students and their families.
New beginnings like this enable us all to set goals and priorities and I am confident that the students will spend time thinking about these, along with their aspirations for the year ahead. I spoke to students this week about starting their year well and the importance of setting explicit goals across the FACE curriculum. FACE stands for Faith, Academic, Community and Extra-curricular and embodies the holistic education offered at the school. This might sound like a challenge for the girls, however, I think it is achievable when they speak to their Advisor or Tutor about goal setting in these areas of school life. Heads of House will outline to the students the ways that they can go about having such conversations. It is also a good opportunity to get some of the basics right, such as wearing the uniform correctly and with pride, treating others well, being kind, organised and optimistic about learning at school.
This year, students will have opportunities to reflect on and engage with the Loreto value of Verity and what this means for them as individuals and in belonging to the Loreto Normanhurst community. This year’s Student Council and Year 12 theme is, ‘strengthened by the truth, we live with courage and purpose’. Students will be asked to engage with the Value and reflect upon what it means to be truthful, how they live courageously and with purpose. Therefore, one can conclude that goal setting is important and can be naturally aligned to the theme. The House curriculum will be one place where students will have opportunities to engage with the value of Verity and to reflect on their understanding of it and how it applies to them.
Student Services Team
Staff work behind the scenes to ensure that your daughter’s school life is seamless. This year our Student Services Team consists of Mrs Emily Visnjic, Office Manager and Mrs Bridget Anderson and Mrs Fiona Hughes, Student Services Assistants. The team provides tremendous support to students in a range of areas including managing attendance, paperwork for camps, retreats, excursions, immersions, whole school events, liaising with parents and external bodies and so much more. The team also supports the Heads of House, as well as the Director of Pastoral Care, Ms Sally Munro and the two Deans of Pastoral Care, Mrs Marysa Boland, and myself.
Safer Internet Day
A valuable resource for families is the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and this year’s Safer Internet Day is being held on Tuesday 11 February. This is an international event to create a safer internet environment for our young people that began in Europe in 2004. This year’s theme is ‘Together for a Better Internet’.
The Student Representative Council (SRC) and Year 12 students will lead an activity on Tuesday 11 February in Tutor time to raise awareness of this important issue and the need for all of us to engage with the internet in a positive way.
I encourage families to discuss issues such as this, including your family technology plan around the use of devices at home. One simple and effective strategy is for mobile phones to be switched to silent in the evening at a designated time and not left in your daughter’s bedroom.
Here is a link which provides you with more information about safer internet day. There will be more information coming soon.
Any new year can present challenges for your daughter and she may at times feel anxious and worried about school. Ask questions and keep in touch with us if you think there is something wrong. Please do not hesitate to phone your daughter’s Head of House or the School Counsellors on 9487 7300.
Please support us in relation to school uniform. Your daughter should be wearing her full school uniform to and from school including her hat. One earring in the lower ear lobe that is plain gold or silver studs or sleepers or small white pearls is allowed. No student is permitted to wear excessive makeup, nail polish, necklaces or multiple earrings, sparkly or other shaped earrings. Nails are to be natural and not acrylic or shellac. If your daughter arrives at school with makeup she will be asked to remove it. Repeated issues with jewellery will result in a conversation with her Head of House or myself. Information pertaining to the Uniform Code is found on pages 24-25 of your daughter’s handbook. Ask for your daughter’s handbook and refer to these sections for clarification.
I wish you and your daughters a successful start to Term 1. Please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care