Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Why is belonging important at Loreto Normanhurst?

Heather Libbey has written much on the impact of students belonging to their school and the positive impacts that this has on them. She defines school belonging to be:

When students feel close to, a part of, and happy at school; feel that teachers care about students and treat them fairly; get along with teachers and other students, and feel safe at school.

Heather Libbey

Belonging has been shown to have a significant impact on a range of factors associated with student wellbeing. These areas include life satisfaction, general wellbeing, clinical depression, cognitive performance, academic outcomes, and physical health. Belonging is an important aspect of psychological functioning and schools offer unique opportunities for mediating belonging for school-aged children to enhance their sense of wellbeing. Affirming this definition is the work of John Hattie (2009) who emphasizes the importance of student-teacher relationships. His research shows that schools can be powerful in creating and guiding positive change in students’ lives.

At Loreto Normanhurst, we pride ourselves on the impact of our student-teacher relationships and the magic connection that occurs for many of our students through the vertical House system. This magic was seen on Wednesday as the eight Houses worked on a range of Pastoral, Learning and Mission activities to complement the School Photo Day. As you will see from the gallery images below, connection and belonging is flourishing at the school. The Houses at Loreto Normanhurst are ‘family’ for your daughter and her active participation in House is an important factor in enhancing her sense of belonging at school.

If you would like to discuss your daughter’s sense of belonging at school, do not hesitate to contact her Advisor, Tutor or Head of House.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care


Tutor Group Leaders – Term 2 2017

Tutor Group Leaders Term 2 2017


 Upcoming Events – Term 2 2017

Year 8

Year 8 Camp

Wednesday 10 May – Friday 12 May

Year 7 Resource Adolescent Program (RAP) Parent Information Evening 

Wednesday 17 May

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Curran Theatre

Whole school Loreto Day

Friday 2 June

All day





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, as part of the NSW Attendance guidelines your daughter is still required to bring in a signed note explaining her absence when she returns to school.


There are two ways to contact the school

  1. Email:, or
  2. 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, 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 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 Mrs Juric in Student Services 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. 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 via email or 94873488 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 the lower ear lobe that is plain gold or silver studs or sleepers or small white pearls is 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 jewelry 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.


Free webinar for parents re:  Social and Legal responsibilities

18 May 7.45pm – 8.45pm

This webinar  offers invaluable information for parents on the social and legal responsibilities concerning online behaviour of children.

The webinar is on Thursday 18 May from 7.45pm and is a collaboration between the AISNSW and the Independent Schools Digital Collaboration Network. Follow this  link for details.


NSW Health 2017 Meningococcal W Response Program: Years 11 and 12

NSW Health is offering vaccination against four types of meningococcal disease (given as one injection) to Year 11 and 12 students through the School Vaccination Program in Term 2.

 Information kits for parents/guardians which include an information sheet, consent form and privacy statement will be sent home from school with your  daughter.

To consent to the vaccination of your daughter, parents/guardians are advised to:

  • read all the information provided
  • complete the consent form, including signing the form
  • return the completed consent form to the school
  • ensure that your daughter  eats breakfast on the day of the school vaccination clinic.

Please note that students who are absent on the day of the Vaccination Clinic will be advised to have the vaccine at their GP later in the year (referral letter will be provided).

Click here for further information.

You can also call the MenACWY Vaccination Program Hotline on 1300 066 055. 


Hornsby Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS)

Parenting Through the Ups and Downs of Adolescence  – Wednesday 7 June 2017 6pm-7.30pm.