Pastoral Care

Welcome back to Term 3 !

I trust that you and your daughters had a relaxing holiday and some quality family time together. We are all living such busy lives that it is more than needed to make the slow time during holidays or weekends count. The troubled world out there also make it so necessary to be there for each other and our families to be a space of safety, unconditional love and comfort.

As usual, the term started with a few big events and Wednesday’s Athletics Carnival was certainly a big one for the school…especially considering the very wet conditions. The girls were real troopers and embraced the event with typical Loreto spirit and gusto!  The Loreto staff were absolutely incredible and also withstood the dyer conditions to measure, time and support our students while out on the track and field.  Mornane House was again the winning House of the Carnival and Barry House with their boot camp theme took the Spirit Cup this year.  Congratulations to all our students who participated and made the day one of fun and cheer despite the conditions.

 

Upcoming events

 

Year 10 Dinner Dance at the Epping Club

Friday 22 July – at school till 12.35pm.

SRC Training Afternoon P6

26 July

Year 9 preparation for their upcoming trip to Far North Queensland.

Term 3 week 1 and 2 – depart Sunday 31 July

Year 12 Trials

28 July – 15 August

Year 11 and Year 10 Alcohol and other drugs talk by Paul Dillon

Friday 5 August

Leadership Ritual

Friday 26 August

 

 Year 11 and Year 10 Paul Dillon Talk in Week 3

Paul Dillon is the Director and founder of DARTA and he is passionate about ensuring that the community has access to accurate and up-to-date alcohol and other drug information.

Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) aims to provide education and training expertise as well as high quality research assistance on a wide range of alcohol and other drug issues.

DARTA specialises in providing education and training to a wide range of audiences and can tailor presentations to suit any agency’s requirements in the area of alcohol and other drugs. Each year, we present education sessions to hundreds of school communities right across Australia, delivering information to students, teachers and parents.

In addition, DARTA has also been asked to present to a wide variety of community groups and organisations at conferences, seminars and workshops both nationally and internationally.

The DARTA website  has lots of important information and fact sheets for parents to explore. Below is a list of some of the fact sheets available.

 

A few reminders:

Uniform at Loreto

Just a reminder that for the winter uniform your daughter’s dress length should be below the knee for the junior dress and mid-calf for the senior skirt. Can I please ask for your assistance in making sure your daughter is only wearing the correct jewellery, is wearing her hat to and from school, and is only bringing to school her Loreto school and sports bag. Earrings should only be small plain round silver or gold studs or sleepers or small white pearls. No decorated, shaped (other than round), coloured or sparkly earrings are allowed. The girls are aware of the consequences if they do not follow the uniform guidelines. All the information about uniform is in the Student  Handbook on Page 20.

When your daughter is absent from School

There are two ways to contact the school

  1. Email: attendance@loretonh.nsw.edu.au  or
  1. Phone: Student Attendance Line on 02 9473 7354 – leave a message that includes your daughter’s name, House, Year and short reason for her absence.

Please inform the school of your daughter’s absence before 8.30am.

If your daughter’s absence remains unexplained after 8.45am, a text (SMS) message will be sent to your mobile phone reminding you to contact the school and explain her absence.

On your daughter’s return to school, a signed note explaining her absence must be provided. You can use the perforated slips in the back of your daughter’s Student Handbook. The signature of the parent or guardian is essential. The written note must be handed in on her return to school even if an email or phone call was made earlier. The note must be handed into Student Reception within seven days of the absence. The absence note is a legal requirement.

Partial Absence:

If your daughter arrives to school after 8.20am, she will be required to sign in late using her Student ID Card. It is expected that she will have a note to explain her lateness – there are perforated slips in the back of each Student Handbook.

If your daughter is required to leave the school grounds earlier than 3.15pm, she will be required to sign out using her Student ID Card. A permission note not an email must be provided, clearly stating the reason for the leave and the time of departure. Again, the signature of the parent or guardian is essential.

Please contact me on pastoral@loretonh.nsw.edu.au or 9487 3488 if you have any questions.

 

Have a wonderful week.

Mrs Elsa Vink

Acting Dean of Pastoral Care

 

NSW Health – Parenting Programs

Health Northern Sydney are offering Parenting courses for Term 3 2016.  Please refer to attached flyer Health Parenting Programs Term 3    or visit  their website.