The theme for Mental Health Month is ‘Learn and Grow’. This week during House time each of the eight Houses participated in various Mental Health activities which promoted the importance of social and emotional wellbeing, and focused on increasing awareness of mental health literacy and strategies to reduce stigma. The theme ‘Learn and Grow’ encourages everyone to learn new and exciting things which could have many positive outcomes on our mental health and wellbeing.
The girls embraced the opportunity to use ideas from the videos and talks to create beautiful ‘flowers’ which symbolises the growth of mental health awareness within themselves. These flowers created a beautiful display on the top corridor and transformed the space into a flower garden walkway which will be enjoyed by all in the coming days. Our students will also be invited to develop a digital ‘Gratitude’ journal, via Canvas, regarding strategies for maintaining positive mental health.
5 Proven Truths About Finding Happiness
…AND 5 RESEARCH-BASED WAYS TO MAINTAIN IT
Happiness is a state we all want to achieve, but it often seems elusive. What is happiness? Is it a state of mind, a mood, or a way of living? Is there a way to increase it? While there is no magical way to make us happy forever, there is a science of happiness. And when we better understand the nature of happiness, we become more skillful at staying happier, longer.
On Wednesday our new House Leaders received their badges and with this ritual they officially started their role as leaders for their respective Houses. This was a timely event as our Performing Arts Leaders were frantically busy over the holiday to create a Light Entertainment performance which will address the theme: ‘Creating a future, together’. The girls will come together on Wednesdays and Fridays at lunch times to practice these performances to produce a polished performance at the Light Entertainment Assembly on 30 November. We wish them lots of fun and special times to connect with each other.
Student Alliance Networking Group
After an initial expression of interest and interview process, ten students from Years 9 to 11 were selected to take part in an initiative known as the Student Alliance Networking Group (SANG). This is a student sub-group of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools of Australasia.
Each term more than 200 students from 18 different girls’ schools across Sydney came together to discuss key topics surrounding women and social justice. This was an incredible opportunity to collaborate with students from other schools and to research and advocate for change on important global issues for women.
Meetings were held at Queenwood School for Girls, Roseville College and St Catherine’s School. They included presentations by guest speakers but largely involved discussions and preparations regarding social justice issues within smaller groups comprised of students from the various schools. Email contacts were swapped, Google docs were shared and websites were created. The challenging process began in which we were to carry out, summarise and collate our research. The ultimate aim being to prepare material for an exhibit that would communicate the findings on our selected topic.
On Tuesday 18 October principals, educators and special guests, including Sister Libby Rogerson IBVM, joined students at SANG’s inaugural showcase at Pymble Ladies’ College. In a flurry of chatter and teamwork, tables were arranged, posters were pinned to noticeboards, pamphlets were folded and laptops were set up. The end result was an extraordinary interactive display of images, details and statistics on themes such as Human Trafficking, Workplace Equality, Domestic Violence, Religious Freedom, Refugees, Women in the Media and the Gender Pay Gap.
The entire process proved to be extremely insightful as we researched global inequalities into finer detail, where we learnt that issues such as Human Trafficking and the Gender Pay Gap are occurring in Australia which was different to what we initially thought. It was a chance to forge new relationships with a range of girls from all over Sydney with diverse and unique perspectives and it further developed our project management, leadership and organisational skills, not to mention video editing and visual design!
We hope to initiate activism and discussion on these social injustices within the Loreto community to raise awareness and ultimately to bring about change within the wider community of school students.
Ruby Duncan and Daniella Bianchi
Conversations this week
House Badge Ritual
Mental Health Month
Y 7 Spirituality Day
27 & 28 October
Y 7-11 Orientation Days
World Teachers’ day
Mother Daughter Dinner
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.
When your daughter is Absent from School
There are two ways to contact the school
- Email: email@example.com , or
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 9487 3488 if you have any questions.
Have a wonderful week.
Mrs Elsa Vink
Acting Dean of Pastoral Care