Values in Action
Relationships: I have heard this word repeatedly since I began at Loreto this year. From staff induction and professional development days, to FACEtime meetings, House Meetings and our Opening Mass and Assembly, many staff have spoken of the importance of building relationships and knowing our students. Most importantly, in the short time I’ve been here, I have seen the demonstration of this word in action every day. I have been most impressed with the sincerity of relationship building as not just a value, but an ongoing action by both staff and students.
Knowing our students is a crucial component of supporting and growing their wellbeing across the FACE curriculum, and ultimately empowering them to know themselves and take responsibility for their own wellbeing and learning. The systems and structures and support of staff at Loreto Normanhurst in knowing our students are impressive, and elements of this contextual wellbeing at work have been very evident to me in the past few weeks, such as the time given to welcome new students or the way Heads of House converse with students in their House areas. Conversations and positive relationships are such important protective factors for ejveryone’s wellbeing. Your daughter’s tutor groups are an important place to build these connections.
The building blocks of relationships are authenticity, sincerity and sensitivity – all encapsulated by our Verity theme for 2020. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Mary Ward history, mission, values and charism, and the way staff and students reflect this rich tradition in many aspects of school life. I look forward to working closely with Justin Madigan, Dean of Pastoral Care and Sally Munro, Director of Pastoral Care along with the Pastoral Team. I thank them for their warm and friendly welcome and inclusiveness.
Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions.
Mrs Marysa Boland
Dean of Pastoral Care
Early dismissal on Friday 6 March for Open Day set up
A key aspect of the planning and organisation of Open Day is the early dismissal of students on Friday 6 March at 12.35pm.
- All classes will conclude at the end of period 4 (12.35pm) and the girls will be dismissed to allow for the set up for Open Day to take place.
- The private bus service will complete two runs – the first one departing at 12.35pm and the second at the usual afternoon departure time.
Commitment from students on Open Day – Saturday 7 March
All students are expected to commit to helping at Open Day for at least two hours. I have written to your daughters about this commitment and outlined the following key points:
- All girls playing sport on Saturday need to plan their day so that they can meet both sport commitments and their commitment to the school through Open Day. That is, participating in sport on Saturday does not equate to commitment to the school for Open Day.
- Girls in the following IGSSA softball teams playing in Frensham (Bowral) on Saturday are to fulfil their commitment on Friday afternoon: LON02, LON05, LON09, LON10, LON11, LON12.
- Year 10 girls taking part in Mary Ward Connect and the Loreto Rural Partnership Program are not able to assist with set up on Friday, so are expected to attend on Saturday to fulfil their two hours of commitment to the school.
- Girls who cannot attend for any part on Saturday 7 March are to let their Head of House (Year 7-12) or Mrs Dwyer (Year 5 and 6) know by Tuesday 3 March and then commit to assisting with set up on Friday afternoon. They are then dismissed at the regular time.
- Students who commit to helping on Saturday are to arrive at school in their full summer uniform.
Further information about Open Day will be communicated in the following weeks.
Tutor Group Leaders
Tutor groups have chosen their leaders for the term. Please click here for a list and congratulations to these students. I kgnow they will assist our Year 7s and new students in Tutor groups to settle in and feel welcomed.
Loreto Day Raffle Prizes – can you help us?
In preparation for this year’s Loreto Day, we are looking for donations for the Loreto Day Raffle prizes. If you are able to help please click on this link which outlines what you need to do. Our parents and families are always generous and very supportive. I thank you for your support in making the Loreto Day Raffle a great one for the entire community.
Conversations this week:
All year groups were part of the House Induction this week where our Year 7 students and our new students in Years 8-11 are officially welcomed into their respective House.
Upcoming School events:
February 26 – 28
|Year 12 Retreat|
March 2 – 6