Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The importance of our school uniform and wearing it well

Wearing the school uniform correctly is about pride and discipline, it creates an identity for a school and is an important part of being a school student. A uniform shows that we belong to something, and when we wear it well it says so much more about who we are. Children need the discipline to uphold dress code rules. Discipline applies to almost every aspect of life and the most successful people in the world are some of the most disciplined people. This sort of training helps children excel at their studies and hobbies while preparing them for the real world when they graduate.  

At times though, some of our students come to school not wearing their uniform correctly. Our expectations around uniform are clearly outlined in the Student Handbook on page 24 and 25. Now is as good a time as ever to cross check these expectations with her.

Please avoid being talked into letting your daughter get multiple piercings in her ears, or to change her natural nails to acrylic or shellac because, “everyone else is doing it”. This is simply not true. Together in partnership we need to ensure that the uniform is worn correctly and well. After all, it is a smart uniform.

Here are some simple quick checks you can do about uniform: 

  • Your daughter should be wearing her full school uniform to and from school including her hat.
  • The blazer is the outer garment.
  • School shoes need to be polished and laces replaced if tatty.
  • One earring in the lower ear lobe that is plain gold or silver studs or sleepers or small white pearls is allowed.
  • Nails are to be natural and not acrylic or shellac.
  • Year 12 students can wear their jersey on campus only –  this means not arriving to school or leaving with it on.

If your daughter arrives at school with makeup, she will be asked to remove it at Student Services. We have introduced a steps approach to managing students who do not wear their uniform correctly. These steps are outlined below for you and appear in the 2020 Student Handbook on page 25.

  • First Instance: The staff member speaks to the student about their uniform and lets them know that their uniform infringement will be recorded on the Uniform Reporting system by them.
  • Second Instance: If a student has two infringements recorded in the term, Student Services will notify the Head of House who will have a conversation with the student.
  • Third Instance: If a student has three infringements recorded in the term, Student Services will notify the Head of House and the Dean of Pastoral Care. The Dean of Pastoral Care will issue a detention and contact parents.
  • Fourth Instance: If a student has four infringements recorded in the term, Student Services will notify the Dean of Pastoral Care for further follow up which may include a parent meeting.

We value our strong partnership with parents and students and seek your support in assisting us in your daughter presenting to school in her correct uniform. If you would like to discuss your daughter’s uniform, do not hesitate to contact her Advisor, Tutor or Head of House.

Loreto Day Raffle

We are excited this year that the Loreto Day Raffle is online. You can purchase your tickets by accessing the link below. You will notice some wonderful prizes on offer so please get behind the Year 11 cause of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans).    

You will need a valid credit card number to purchase tickets. Good luck!

Purchase your tickets here.

Free Parent Workshops

City of Ryde and Lane Cove Council are bringing Dr Michael Carr-Gregg to your screens to provide 2 x  FREE workshops to help parents during and post COVID-19.  

Raising Resilient Kids in the Coronavirus Era

The spread of the Coronavirus has turned life upside down, almost overnight, for millions of people around the world. Being a young person is complicated even without a global pandemic in the mix, and many adults are struggling to navigate the new reality of remote schoolwork, lots of family time, and a ton of uncertainty about what happens next. This webinar  offers practical, evidence-based strategies on what to say and what to do in these challenging times. It also includes information on managing remote learning and self-care.

Suitable for:  Parents, grandparents and adult carers of younger children.  Book tickets here.

Parenting Teenagers Post Coronavirus Lockdown

In just a matter of weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has turned our vibrant modern cities into virtual ghost towns. and thousands of Australians are without jobs and 24.6 million people were told to stay home unless they absolutely have to go outside. Hard enough as an adult, but particularly tricky if you are a teenager trying to tackle the tasks of adolescent development. This webinar explains the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on teenagers, focusing their mental health and gives participants some skills to manage teenagers especially as they transition back to school in all year levels, deal with disappointment and try to regain their motivation.

Suitable for:  Parents, grandparents and adult carers of teenagers. Book tickets here. 

For further information contact Andrew at City of Ryde or Hayley at Lane Cove Council.

Conversations and House Time this week:

Year 12 Film: In My Blood It Runs
Year 11 Film: In My Blood It Runs
Year 10 Film: In My Blood It Runs
Year 9 Film: In My Blood It Runs
Year 8 Film: In My Blood It Runs
Year 7 Film: In My Blood It Runs


Please feel free to contact me by  email if you have any questions.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care