Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

A feature of Pastoral Care at Loreto Normanhurst is the commitment to offering students opportunities to participate in real experiences that complement the internal programs at school. This week I would like to share with you some information relating to two experiences: the 2017  Youth Mental Health Forum and the Drug and Alcohol Forum. 

2017  Youth Mental Health Forum

This week twenty students from Years 9 and 10 were accompanied by Miss Jenkins and myself to Macquarie University to participate in the Hornsby-Ku-ring-gai Mental Health Youth Forum. The aim of the day was to raise awareness of mental health issues impacting young people and provide students with an opportunity to discuss their concerns and ideas with experts in this area. There was extensive conversation around the stigma associated with mental health and ways that young people can minimise this stigma within their own school contexts. The students came away energised and committed to planning a whole school initiative to promote mental health awareness. There will be planning and conversation with the students next term as they develop a range of activities for their peers. Below are some of the key messages that we took away from the forum:

  • Take time to educate yourself and others about mental illness
  • Talk openly and sensitively to individuals who have experienced a mental illness
  • Avoid using stigmatising language
  • Share your story when safe and appropriate
  • Start the conversation about mental illness with your parents and friends

Drug and Alcohol Forum

Year 11 participated in the Drug and Alcohol Forum on Friday 31 March.  The following reflection from Eliza Harvey and  Kate  Book provides a context of the day’s activities.


Year 11 were visited by a number of experts who brought forward their perspectives. We heard from Dr John Crozier, a Trauma Surgeon from Liverpool Hospital and Rhys Baxter, a young man who suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of speeding, leaving him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Senior Constable Lynda Hart, Youth Liaison Police Officer from the NSW Police Force presented information about Australia’s laws and regulations in regards to driving under the influence and underage drinking. To conclude the day, facilitators from the Life Lessons Education Program came in to talk about drugs and alcohol and teach us how to safely make decisions especially if faced with situations that get out of hand. In conclusion, the day was a timely reminder of the risks, but more importantly, the prevention methods that we as young people can implement to assist both ourselves and our friends in situations where drugs and alcohol make us susceptible to compromising situations.

Eliza Harvey and Kate Book Year 11  

This quote from Mikala Balzan is a sentiment shared by many of her Year 11 peers after participating in the Drug and Alcohol Forum.

This day was really insightful and opened my eyes to the risks that I was not aware of in relation to alcohol and drugs.

Mikhala Balzan Year 11 


Mr Paul Dillon’s presentation  to parents  on Friday 31 March, on the topic of parenting, sleepovers, parties and the role parents play in modelling behaviour to young people was well received.    More information can be found on  Paul’s website .


Finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish all students and their families a restful term break and every blessing over the Easter season. I hope it is a time for rest and a chance to reflect on the term that has been and to think about how to embrace Term 2 opportunities. I look forward to seeing all students back at school on Wednesday 26 April in full winter uniform.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care


Conversations this week:


Year 12

Pastoral Conversations with Tutors

Year 11

Mission and Pastoral Conversation with Mrs Parker and Mr Madigan

Year 10

Mission Conversation with Mr Merchant and Ms Timmins

Year 9

Learning Conversation with Mrs Murdoch

Year 8/7

Conversations with the Advisors




Upcoming Events – Term 2 2017

Year 12

Mr Paul Dillon  from DARTA  speaking to Year 12 about  alcohol and drugs

Friday 5 May

8:30am – 10:15am

Curran Theatre

Year 8

Year 8 Camp


Wednesday 10 May – Friday 12 May


Whole School Loreto Day

Friday 2 June

All Day