Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Student Convention Parliament House

On Monday,  students from 150 other schools and I from around New South Wales had the privilege to attended a NSW Constitutional Convention at Parliament House to discuss Referenda and Plebiscites.

We started the day listening to a keynote guest speaker: Professor Anne Twomeny, a Professor of Constitutional Law at Sydney Law School. She talked to us about the history of Referenda and Plebiscites referring to specific cases such as the 1987 Aboriginal Referendum.

Following this, some students got to ask her questions on her experiences and her thoughts on topical issues. After Professor Twomeny spoke to us, we were then split up into different groups to discuss a topical issue. The three topic issues that were discussed were; the Tasmanian power referendum, conscription and communism.

At the end of the day all of the groups came together to present their findings and ideas on the topics.  Through meeting many different people from all around New South Wales I found the day very insightful as I left pondering relevant topical issues and the Australian Constitution. It was overall a great day with insightful discussions and experiences.


Philippa Rich

Communication/SRC Captain


Year 10 ‘Staying Safe’ Program

On Friday, Year 10 listened to Brent Sanders talk about staying safe at parties and strategies to use for protection.  Brent was a New Zealand Detective and has worked on many cases involving rapists.

In one particular case when the police were questioning a serial rapist, they asked him “Why did he let the 13 year old victim go?” he responded by saying “because she fought back, she screamed and kicked” and he said “I was not going to stay around”.

Brent also spoke to Year 10 about not leaving drinks unsupervised at parties and he provided strategies to the students to use to get out of uncomfortable situations. 

Brent is the author of,  ‘How Dangerous Men Think’.  His philosophy on self-protection is a simple yet powerfully effective one based on:

  • Developing the ability to control the way we think in a pressure situation
  • Knowledge of how the offender is thinking
  • Always having a strategy that puts you in control. 


Light Entertainment

 One of the highlights during the year is the House Light Entertainment performance. Light Entertainment is not a compulsory event, but it is full of fun, house spirit and energetic choreography. The rehearsals are at lunchtime on Wednesdays or Fridays.  Every House has a item in Light Entertainment. The Light Entertainment assembly will be held during the day on Wednesday 30 November.  The winning performance will showcase their item at the Music Festival.

The theme for this year’s Light Entertainment is ‘Creating a future, together’. This was chosen by the Performing Arts Captain, Kelsey Meharg.

The performance can:

  • be no longer than 3 minutes
  • only have props and clothes students already own, no money is to be spent on costumes.
  • include the three disciplines- dance, drama and live music.

There is one compulsory after school Technical rehearsal on Monday 28 November.

The rehearsal is from 3.30pm to 5pm. The rehearsal will be supervised by teachers.

Please talk to your daughter about transport arrangements.


Researchers Confirm That Screens Are Seriously Messing With Your Kids’ Sleep

Reports show that kids’ burgeoning screen use is hurting their imaginations, their ability to interact with each other and their attention spans.

It is also keeping them up at night. 

According to a new meta-analysis from King’s College, London, the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets is reducing the amount of sleep kids get, the quality of that sleep and increasing daytime sleepiness. Even when devices are in kids’ room, but not in use, they hurt kids’ ability to get the sleep they need. The analysis looked at screen use among more than 125,000 kids.

 Kids who use devices within 90 minutes of going to bed are twice as likely to have problems getting enough sleep, and face an estimated 40% increase in poorer sleep quality. Those who have devices, but do not use them within that 90-minute time period, are about 40% more likely to not get enough sleep (quantity) and 50% more likely not to sleep well (quality)…


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Jenny Anderson

Website Journalist

Conversations this week

Year 11

Were in conversation with their Tutors on all aspects of the FACE curriculum

Year 10

Were in conversation with Mrs Stooke about

Year 9

Were in conversation with Mr Pluss about ICT.

Year 8

Year 8 discussed their reaction to their study of colonisation and its impact on the indigenous people of Australia, Canada and America and brainstormed ideas for the artwork they need to create which will express their personal response.

Year 7

Were in discussion with their advisors about our school expectations, values and the kinds of behaviour which are reflective of those values.


Upcoming events 

17 November

Year 10 Spirituality Day

21-25 November

Year  10 – YCON 2016

28 November

Light Ent after school Technical Rehearsal – 3.30pm to 5pm

5 December

SRC Christmas Cup and Bursary event

6 December

Swimming Carnival

8 December

Year 7 – 11 Awards Ceremony




It is the school’s policy to  not accept from parents, items which their daughters have forgotten at home and are then  ‘dropped in’ to school. We ask all parents  to work in partnership with the school on this.  We take this position so as to decrease the girls’ dependency on parents and other adults, and enhance their own capacity to cope and to take responsibility. They will one day love you for it!



The only suitable student drop-off area is the Slip Road. This is a dedicated space for student drop-off, is supervised by staff before and after school, and is therefore the safest place for vehicles to stop to collect the girls. The Oval Carpark and Admin Carpark are  reserved for Loreto staff and Aquatic Centre and are  not supervised by a staff member on duty.  




There are two ways to contact the school

  1. Email: , or
  1. Phone: Student Attendance Line on 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.



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.



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 via  email  or 02 9487 3488 if you have any questions.


Have a wonderful week,

Mrs Elsa Vink

Acting Dean of Pastoral Care