Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

NAIDOC Week celebrations

On Wednesday our students had the privilege to listen to stories told by Uncle Gavi, an Awabakal Aboriginal elder. He told a great number of stories about the beliefs of the Aboriginal people and their connection to the land as well as tales of some of the Aborigines who were encountered by the First Fleet.

The highlight however, in this time of the Olympics, was the story about the history of the ‘crouch start’ for sprinting races.  In 1887 an indigenous athlete named Bobby McDonald, from the Cummeragunja Reserve, surprised everyone when he started his race in a crouched position.  Apparently he got the idea from watching the kangaroo, and for years it was known as the “kangaroo start”. Spectators thought he didn’t know how to position himself properly, until they saw him run and had to concede the superiority of the stance!

Another interesting story shared with us was that of the Australian Crawl – which was the lasting description of freestyle, first witnessed by European settlers when they tried to sneak up on a couple of adolescent Indigenous girls who were out fishing. The Europeans wanted to hear what they were singing, but the girls grew frightened at the strange new presence, jumped out of the boat and swam in to shore. The Europeans thought they were part fish and couldn’t understand how it was that these girls could remain afloat and propel themselves through the water, until the Indigenous people later explained the process of swimming to them.

At lunch Uncle Gavi and our Indigenous students conducted a NAIDOC Celebration based around the element Fire, Earth and Water. Uncle Gavi explained the importance of NAIDOC as an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate Aboriginal culture. The celebration concluded with a smoking ceremony as a symbol of cleansing and renewal. 


Kendall Kuring-Gai Olympics

This week, during Kendall and Kuring-Gai’s House times, an air of excitement and intensity shook the Mary Ward Centre as each Tutor Group prepared to represent their colours and fight for gold in the Kendall Kuring-Gai Olympics. A cycle of 7 different stations, consisting of everything from egg and spoon races to a ‘plank off’, was run by a willing Year 11 who guided girls through even the most difficult stations. The ‘Who can eat the most dry Weetbix’ proved difficult, but for the house pride that would entail, girls rose to the challenge, and when the time arrived, sailed through the ‘minute to win it’ style M&M challenge. It was really excellent to see all of the girls get into the various activities, collaborate and have a good laugh throughout the duration of the House Time. This year, Kendall reigned supreme (obviously), but the teamwork and fun experienced by all the girls meant that everyone truly was a winner.

Kate Coffey


Preparing to lead

This term, Year Eleven have been busy preparing to take up the new role of leading the school in 2017. The value for Loreto next year is Freedom and Year Eleven as a cohort have been guided to understand and discern the deeper meaning of the value and the many aspects and implications of this value for us at Loreto for the year ahead. During this process we will create a theme which will illustrate our understanding of the value and then design a meaningful banner for this coming year. The Art girls have worked together on ideas for the creation of the new banner that is engaging, colourful and exciting. These ideas are then going through the process of approval after which the banner will be printed and displayed in the Gym as the 2017 banner of Freedom. We are very excited for this to be revealed to the whole school community soon!

Philippa Rich


Holistic plenary meetings:

A letter of information was sent with information to book the scheduled holistic plenary meetings for Years 7 and 8 from Monday 22nd August – Friday 26th August, and Monday 29th August – Friday 2nd September.

Bookings will be via PTO.


Conversations this week

Year 12


Year 11

Were in conversation with their advisors on all aspects of their FACE holistic curriculum

Year 10

Attended a presentation by Alex Fisher from St Lucy’s on St Lucy’s ‘Week without Words’ on 5th-9th September 2016.

Year 9

Were in FNQ

Years 7 & 8

Celebrated NAIDOC week by listening to stories by Uncle Gavi.


Upcoming events 

Year 12 Trials

28 July – 15 August

Leadership Ritual

Friday 26 August

Y7/8 Holistic Plenary Meetings

22 August – 2 September

Year 7 Vaccination

12 September

Year 12 Final Liturgy

15 September

Year 12 Graduation Day

16 September

Year 11 Leadership Day

19 September

Year 11 Retreat

20-22 September


Developing Willpower in Young People – Interview with Andrew Fuller

What exactly is willpower and why is it important that we develop it in children and young people? In this entertaining interview, Andrew Fuller explains why willpower matters for success and wellbeing, how to set goals and create systems that build it, and why this is especially important for young people with a mental health issue.


Again – a few reminders

 Uniform at Loreto

Just a reminder 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 wearing only the correct jewellery, is wearing her hat to and from school and only bringing to school her Loreto school and sports bag. The earrings at Loreto should only be small plain round silver or gold studs or sleepers or small white pearls. No decorated, shaped (other than round), no 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 school handbook on Page 20.


When your daughter feels unwell at Loreto:

The specific process in place at Loreto when students feel unwell at school:

  • If a student feels unwell at any time during school hours, she should inform a staff member who will sign her handbook and send her to the Health Centre.
  • Our qualified nurse in the Health Centre will assess her upon arrival and either
    • Inform her parents to collect her from school.
    • Or keep her in the Health Centre until she feels well enough to return to class.

Under no circumstances should students phone or message their parents that they feel unwell and arrange to be collected directly from Student Services by her parents. Parents are asked to support the school to ensure the correct procedure is followed.

Please contact me on or 02 9487 3488 if you have any questions.


Tutor Group Leaders Term 3 2016

Tutor Group Leaders Term 3 2016


Have a wonderful week.

Mrs Elsa Vink

Acting Dean of Pastoral Care