Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

 Writing Buddy Letters

Each year, every new Year 7 student has a Year 12 buddy. They are always in the same House and usually in the same Tutor Group.

The Year 12 buddy is a great source of support, encouragement and advice to Year 7 as they begin their time at Loreto Normanhurst.

This week, each Year 11 student wrote a letter to their newly assigned Year 6 student. Year 11 wrote a letter of welcome to our incoming class of 2022; they shared their interests, memories of starting at Loreto and they shared contact details for continued communication.

Thank you to our Year 11 students and their Heads of House who support them so well.


Conversations this week

Year 11

Were with their Heads of House writing buddy letters

Year 10

Were in conversation with the Principal about finishing year 10

Year 9


Year 8

Year 8

Year 7

Were looking at the E part of the FACE curriculum and completed a session of laughing yoga


Upcoming events 

21-25 November

Y 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