We are back and Welcome!
We are off and running for 2021 with a new school year which brings with it much anticipation of what might lie ahead. The campus is filled with the buzz of the 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 we are confident that students will spend time thinking about their aspirations for the year ahead.
Heads of House 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, we 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 Felicity and what this means for them as individuals and in belonging to the Loreto Normanhurst community. Students will be asked to engage with the Value and reflect upon what it means to live a life grounded in Felicity. The House programs will be one space where students will have opportunities to engage with the value of Felicity and how it applies to them.
Our first day back yesterday was certainly full of Felicity. Please enjoy this video of highlights as we welcomed students to school.
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 the Deans of Pastoral Care.
SRC Trivia Afternoon for Years 7 and 12
On Friday 5 February 2021, the Student Representative Council will host the Years 7 and 12 students for some fun trivia in the gymnasium. The event commences at 4pm and concludes at 6pm. We look forward to seeing the students there.
Safer Internet Day – Tuesday 9 February
A valuable resource for families is The Office of the eSafety Commissioner. This year’s Safer Internet Day is being held on Tuesday 9 February. This is an international event that began in 2004 to create a safer internet environment for our young people. This year’s theme is ‘Start the Chat’. The Student Representative Council (SRC) and Year 12 students will lead an activity on Tuesday 9 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. We 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.
We wish you and your daughters a successful start to Term 1.
Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan
Deans of Pastoral Care