Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month is in October each year and the theme for 2020 is “Tune In.” This month gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of looking after our mental health and wellbeing. It is a chance to promote activities and ideas that can have a positive effect on various aspects of our daily lives and the lives of others. 

‘Tuning in’ means being present, aware and mindful. ‘Tuning in’ can help build self-awareness, help make effective choices, reduce the impact of worry, and build positive connections. By being present and listening, we can discover new perspectives about ourselves and the way we can build respectful relationships with others.

Our House Time session next week allows students an opportunity to ‘tune in’ in a still and mindful way to their environment, feelings and thoughts using an Aboriginal spiritual concept of quiet contemplation known as Dadirri. It is an experience that engages inner deep listening and quiet, still awareness. Dadirri teaches us to be still and to wait, not to hurry. It has a specific aim to come to a deeper understanding of the beauty of nature and recognises the inner spirit that calls us to reflection and contemplation of the wonders of all God’s creation. This beautiful concept, and the theme of Mental Health Month, has been introduced to students at this week’s assembly. At Loreto, we believe that preventative factors are an integral part of the social and emotional learning of our students. Looking after our wellbeing is multifaceted and the development of our skills in this area is lifelong. This month is a good opportunity to remind ourselves and our students that daily ‘tuning in’ to ourselves and others is a powerful way to look after our mental health and wellbeing on a daily basis.

In our Mary Ward tradition, we strive to do well in all things, even the small. The way we present ourselves to others might appear trivial, but adhering to dress codes at work or at school indicates a respect for our relationship with others and the community. Please challenge your daughter if she is leaving the house in incorrect uniform. We ask for your partnership in ensuring that our uniform code is upheld; this appears in your daughter’s handbook, and she has no excuse for not knowing what the expectations are around uniform. 


Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan
Deans of Pastoral Care


Important Information – Changes to Years 7-11 Swimming Carnival

As you would be well aware, due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19,  the Loreto Normanhurst Sport Department have continued to reimagine the Sport program so as to deliver opportunities for students to engage in sport and physical activity in a safe environment.

To that end, it has been necessary to modify the 2020 Secondary Swimming Carnival which will now be limited to students who wish to swim competitively and who are interested in selection into the 2021 LN Swim Team for the IGSSA Swim and Dive Championships.

Please see the details outlined below:

  • The Swimming Carnival date will change from the original date of 25 November to Tuesday 1 December.
  • The venue remains unchanged and the carnival will still be held at Sydney Olympic Park.
  • The carnival will now be limited to students who wish to swim competitively (as above). All other students will attend a regular day of learning at school.
  • Participating students will be required to nominate for events as capacity in some events and age groups may be capped depending on interest.
  • A nomination form will be provided next week and once all nominations have been received, the Sport Department will finalise all entries. Should an event need to be capped, the Sport Department will use previous times/participation at previous carnivals as guidance.
  • There will be Age Champions, Division Champions and the Queen of the Pool, however there will not be a House Champion or Spirit Cup awarded this year.

A nomination form will be sent out by the Sport Department next week; please check the FACE Online Sport Canvas page and students should check the Student Daily Notices on Sentral for further information. 

If you have any questions regarding the Secondary Swimming Carnival, please email the Sport Department at


Conversations this week:

Year 7 Activities with Advisors
Year 8 Moving for the Mind activities
Year 9 Songlines preparation with Ms Ugonotti
Year 10 Check in with Heads of House  re: Exam preparation
Year 11 Conversations with Tutors



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