Pastoral Care

Mental Health Month

Every year Loreto acknowledges Mental Health Month during Term 4. This year there are activities planned for Weeks 2 & 3. It is a time when we promote the importance of social and emotional wellbeing and enhance our understanding of mental health issues so that the stigma around mental health issues can be reduced. ​ Nearly half of all Australians (45%) will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime, and those that don’t will most likely know someone that does. The theme for 2016 is ‘Learn and Grow’ so it is hoped that we can all learn more about ways we can grow our own individual mental health and work together to increase empathy and compassion for those in our community who need additional support in this area. The theme also encourages everyone to learn new and exciting things, as the very act of learning can have many positive outcomes on our mental health and wellbeing – no matter what you choose to learn about.

Activities that will take place include:

  • An introduction to Mental Health Month at the Week 1 Assembly on Wednesday 12th October by our Year 11 Student Council leaders
  • House/Tutor group activity on Wednesday 19th October, which will focus on increasing awareness of mental health literacy and strategies to reduce stigma. This will be explored on both an individual and school community level
  • Students will be invited to develop a digital journal, via Canvas, regarding strategies for maintaining positive mental health
  • A follow up session on 16th November during the House period to discuss use of the digital journal
  • Teachers across Years 5-11 sharing with students (during class time) their tips on how to manage times of stress and anxiety. See separate email from Gaby Stooke
  • Midday Gong and Communion Service to reflect the theme of mental health and wellbeing
  • Posters on all House notice boards regarding the theme and “10 tips to Stress Less”

 

Cardoner Project

On Wednesday Year 11 listened to Cathy Hammond and Pat Furlong, two presenters from The Cardoner Project on volunteering possibilities of 3, 6, 9 or 12 months in various parts of the world. They were invited to consider some of these very interesting options as a ‘schoolies’ possibility instead of the usual options.

 

‘Help my teenager manage exam stress’

School exams can be a very stressful time for teenagers, particularly year 12 exams. Some teenagers get stressed about every exam and others just one or two. But, the 2015 Mission Australia survey suggests that school and study are the top concerns for teenagers 15-19.

Stress around exam time can not only impact a teenager’s mental health but also their physical health and general wellbeing. Having a stressed teenager in the house can also be difficult for the whole family. Helping your teenager manage their stress in the lead-up to exams can help them to study and also reduce the tension at home during the exam period

Click here to Read more about Tips for teenagers and tips for parents and families 

Our Year 12s have started their HSC examinations. We hope for fair papers and a calm confidence to do their very best.

 

Conversations this week

Year 11

Were in conversation with their Tutors and Head of House setting goals for the term ahead and planning mental health activities for the House periods this term.

Year 10

Canberra Excursion

Year 9

Were in conversation with Ms Coolican and Mrs Stooke on the Mary Ward Connect Program. A number of year 11 girls also shared their reflections on their participation as travelers or hosts as part of the Mary Ward Connect program.

Year 8

The girls completed their Integrated introduction on Capital Punishment – its history, the UN perspective, the Catholic church view, etc… in preparation for their United Nations General Assembly Debate next Wednesday.

Year 7

Continued their silent reading.

 

Upcoming events 

October

Mental Health Month

21 October

Grandparents Day

25 October

Year 7 Spirituality Day

27 & 28 October

Orientation Days

28 October

World Teachers’ Day

29 October

Mother Daughter Dinner

 

‘Sexting‘ and how it affects mental health

An Australian Institute of Criminology report from December showed a staggering jump   in pre-teens’ use of mobile phones for sharing sexual pictures and videos.

It revealed that 38 per cent of teens aged 13-15 had sent a sexual picture to another person and 62 per cent had received a sexually-explicit image or video of a peer.

Almost half of girls aged 13-15 has sent one image to another person in the past 12 months and 34 per cent had sent between two and five images.

Girls were sending more pictures than boys in that same age group: Only 30 per cent of boys aged 13-15 had sent one image to another person and 27 per cent had sent multiple images.  Click here to read more.

Click here for more information: Online parenting resources

 

Reminders

Taking responsibility:

 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!

 

Areas to drop off students:

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.  

 

Attendance

 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.

 

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 pastoral@loretonh.nsw.edu.au or 02 9487 3488 if you have any questions.

 

Tutor Group Leaders Term 4 2016

Click here for Term 4 – Tutor Group Leaders

 

Have a wonderful week.

Mrs Elsa Vink

Acting Dean of Pastoral Care