Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

 The Year of Freedom

Primary greatness is achieved by those who have a mission, a purpose to serve that is higher than themselves, a lasting contribution to make.

Stephen R. Covey

These are insightful words written by Stephen R. Covey in his book Primary Greatness which focuses on the twelve levers of success. One of these levers of success is The Lever of Contribution. He goes on to suggest that many of us are tempted to take the easy way through life, never asking much of ourselves, and never asking the liberating questions, ‘What does the world need from me?’ and ‘How can I contribute to the lives of others?’ One  way our students can contribute to the lives of others is through leadership and taking the plunge into all this offers.

Last week, the SRC hosted the Year 7 and Year 12 Trivia Night in the Gymnasium. This annual event is a highlight on the students’ calendar and is fully run and coordinated by the school’s dynamic SRC team of students in Years 8, 9 and 10 and under the direction of Philippa Rich, Communication/SRC Captain. The red carpet was rolled out for a Hollywood inspired theme and the students laughed and enjoyed the trivia questions across the Houses. These nights and the leadership offerings at the school are ways in which the students can make a difference in the lives of those around them and help them form a response to the above questions.





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.

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 Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care


Upcoming Events

All Parents

Mr Paul Dillon  from DARTA will speak to parents regarding alcohol and drugs.

Friday 31 March


Curran Theatre