Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The eternal question: ‘Who am I?’

Must be weighed against an even deeper question:   Who are we?’

We are writing each other’s stories as much as we are writing our own.

Hugh Mackay

The Year of Freedom

These are challenging questions presented by Hugh Mackay in his book, The Art of Belonging, but they are questions our students can reflect on consciously and unconsciously when participating in school experiences.

At Year 7 Camp last week, the Student Council spent time working with the students about what Loreto Normanhurst could offer them and what they in turn could offer the school. What is evident to me is the way in which the FACE curriculum of the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model permeates through everything we do. These questions of ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Who are we?’ will continue to be explored but they will be shaped by the way in which the students engage with one another, their families, teachers and the broader community in which they live.


Resources of Interest

There are a range of resources available to help you in addressing some of the questions presented above. One place is ‘The Greater Good Science Center’ based at the University of California, Berkeley. The centre studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. They offer some fascinating insights and a link to their site is provided for you.


Please take some time to read our process for attendance, absences and other related pieces of information


If your daughter is leaving school to attend an appointment, it is important for our duty of care that she has a note explaining why she is leaving school. If your daughter is absent from school and you have phoned, emailed or sent an SMS, your daughter is still required to bring in a signed note explaining her absence when she returns to school, as per  the NSW Attendance guidelines .

When absent from school

There are two ways to contact the school:

  1. Email:, or
  1. Phone: contact the Student Attendance Line on 9473 7354 – leave a message that includes your daughter’s name, House, Year and a brief explanation 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, an 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 by a parent or guardian explaining the absence is required. You can use the perforated slips in the back of your daughter’s Student Handbook. The note needs to be handed to Mrs Anderson or Ms Storey in Student Services 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. A signed note will need to be provided by a parent or guardian to verify the lateness with an explanation. 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 required.

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


Please support us in relation to school uniform. Your daughter should be wearing her full school uniform to and from school including her hat. One earring in each lower ear lobe that are  plain gold  or silver studs,  sleepers or small white pearls are allowed.  No student is permitted to wear excessive makeup, nail polish, necklaces or multiple earrings, sparkly or other shaped earrings. Nails are to be natural and not acrylic or shellac.  If your daughter arrives at school with makeup she will be asked to remove it. Repeated issues with jewellery will result in a conversation with her Head of House or myself. Information pertaining to the Uniform Code is found on page 24 of your daughter’s handbook.

Conversations this week:

Year 12

Pastoral Conversations with Tutors

Year 11

Mission and Pastoral Conversation with Mrs Parker and Mr Madigan

Year 10

Social Justice Conversation with Ms Timmins

Year 9

ICT Conversation with Mr Pluss

Years 7/8

Conversations with the Advisors


Please do not hesitate to phone your daughter’s Head of House or the School Counsellors on 9487 3488 if you have any concerns. I can be contacted via email   if you have any questions.


Mr Justin B Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care 


Immunisation Message for Parents – Changes for next week

Please note that the Year 7 vaccination schedule has been changed due to the introduction of the Meningococcal (ACWY) Vaccine being offered to all Year 11 and 12 students in Term 2 2017.

Year 7 will now receive HPV (Dose 1) and DTP in Term 1.  There will be no vaccinations in Term 2.  HPV (Dose 2) will be in Term 3, and HPV (Dose 3) will now be given in Year 8 2018.

 2017 Immunisation Dates Poster UPDATED


Year 11 & 12 Meningococcal vaccinations in June

Parent and Student information  click here


Tutor Group Leaders Term 1 2017

Tutor Group Leaders Term 1 2017