Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

What does it mean to have a good digital reputation?

A ‘digital reputation’ is defined by your behaviours in the online environment; by the content you post about yourself and others. In a world that is reliant on technology, with students engaging with a range of technology platforms, they need to think before they post. A poor digital footprint can affect friendships, relationships and even job prospects. It is important that students are aware of what picture they are painting of themselves online and of protecting their digital reputation. One way in which you can assist with your daughter’s digital reputation is to have your own ‘family technology plan.’

A family technology plan can be helpful in establishing a range of norms at home. These may include: your daughter using technology in open spaces at home, limits on how much time your daughter spends online, being aware of how many social network accounts your daughter has, perhaps being a ‘friend’ of hers on Facebook, mobile and portable devices charging in a central place outside of the bedroom, having open conversations with one another about the engagement of technology and having an agreement that if your daughter’s digital reputation is compromised that she will let you know.

One resource that I highly recommend you visit is the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner website. You can access their site by clicking here. The Office is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online. Their site has excellent resources, research, information about privacy and what steps can be taken to manage offensive or illegal content. Technology is only becoming more ubiquitous, so it is important that you partner with the school to create safe, productive online reputations for your daughters, and our students.

There are a number of upcoming, no-cost parent webinars on cyberbullying and online drama to find out how to support young people to have safe and respectful online relationships. The dates are below and you can find out more about the webinars by visiting this link.

  • 16 March 7:30pm to 8:30pm, 17 March 12:30pm to 1:30pm, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
  • 18 March 3:30pm to 4:30pm, 22 March 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Supergirl Week

“With the 8 March being International Women’s Day, Loreto Normanhurst celebrated Supergirl Week during Week 6 in the lead-up to the day. Throughout the week, the SRC organised many activities aiming to empower all of the young women within the school and encourage them to help girls who don’t have the same opportunities that we do.

The activities included skipping in the quad, Tutor Group trivia, Student vs. Teacher soccer match and mufti on Friday with the money raised going towards Project Compassion.

There are many influential women within our school who are inspiring advocates for the role of women. Mrs Dowers encourages all girls to pursue excellence in Mathematics and is challenging the stereotypes of women in STEM. Annabelle Kingston in Year 12 has worked hard to make a remarkable contribution to drought-stricken communities. Mrs Greville promotes the success of women in sport particularly through her achievements in hockey. Charlotte Forwood in Year 12 has passionately advocated and raised awareness for the Kids Cancer Project. These women were all highlighted throughout the week to showcase the empowered women within our community.”

Annika Shankar

SRC/Communications Captain

*Special congratulations to Annabelle who was this week recognised as a finalist in the ‘Top Ten to Watch’ by Women NSW and the NSW Government.


Year 10 Pastoral Day

Year 10 were highly engaged listening to two outstanding guest speakers, Dannielle Miller, CEO Enlighten Education, and Brent Sanders, Brent Sanders Consulting, on Thursday 25 February.

Dannielle talked (with great flair and humour!) about her own experiences which formed her relationship with her body, her views on feminism and ‘girl power’ and her passion for educating girls about their rights, power and the positive roles they can play in their friendships and communities. Dannielle launched to Year 10 the ‘Walk the Talk’ program, in conjunction with with Women’s Community Shelters. We will be running a year-long project to support Hornsby Women’s Shelter. Today further planning sessions were held, in the context of Mary Ward Connect Day, as Year 10 connected with Loreto schools around Australia. 

Brent presented a powerful talk about consent, the law and conflict psychology. His stories as an ex-police officer were effective teaching examples, drawing from current statistics and an explicit knowledge of the laws around sexual assault. His insistence that young people are entitled to know the specifics of the laws about consent and assault was appreciated highly by Year 10. It would be very worthwhile engaging in conversation about this day with your daughters.


Oak SEED and Wellbeing Survey

All parents of Years 7 to 9 students received an emailed letter about our new Oak SEED program, and the survey we are conducting for Years 7-9 in Term 1. Please take the time to read this letter and return the consent form with both your signature and your daughter’s. The survey will help us considerably to plan relevant pastoral sessions and experiences for your daughters.


Reminder – NSW Youth Advisory Council applications close Sunday, 14 March 2021

Students have received information which outlines the process for applying for the NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Membership with the YAC is open to children and young people between 12 and 24 years of age residing in NSW. Applications are particularly sought from diverse locations, backgrounds and life experiences.

The 12-member YAC provides a direct avenue of communication between young people and the NSW Government. The YAC meets regularly throughout the year to discuss a range of topics and provide feedback on policies, procedures and resources affecting children and young people. Members also provide feedback to community groups, government agencies and Departments and Ministers on issues concerning children and young people.

Please discuss this opportunity with your daughter. Further information and application can be accessed about the YAC by following this link.

If you have any questions you can send an email to participation@acyp.nsw.gov.au or you can speak directly to Mr Madigan.


Teaching Independence

In recent weeks, there has been a number of parents coming to Student Services to drop off items that their daughter has forgotten at home. These items include lunches, exercise and text books, sports gear, medication, pencil cases and laptops. At Loreto Normanhurst, we endeavour to teach the girls independence and also help them understand they need to be organised. Finding students to give them these forgotten items also takes up valuable time. We ask you to help us teach the girls some independence. Thank you for your ongoing support with this matter. 

 

Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan

Deans of Pastoral Care