The Year of Freedom
Turning our minds to student leadership
I am reading a fascinating book by Norman Doidge, MD titled, “The Brain That Changes Itself” which is a collection of astonishing stories about neuroplasticity, and the idea that the brain can change its own structure and function through thought and activity. I have been intrigued by the stories of people’s learning challenges; that ageing brains can rejuvenate; that anxiety can disappear; and that lifelong character traits can change. This field of science speaks to human nature and human potential and the influence our thinking has on ourselves and others. It has me reflecting on how this influences the decisions and choices that students make at school. It presents two questions including: why do some students take risks in their learning and others hesitate? and why do some students put themselves forward for leadership opportunities and others sit back?
Every student at Loreto Normanhurst can learn to be a leader in their own right. We see this unfold in a multitude of ways: in formal leadership spaces such as Student Council, in year groups, on the sporting field or in the Houses. We have much to be thankful for in the community, the gifts and talents we share with one another and the opportunities we have to develop students to be the leaders of today and in our broader world tomorrow. The following updates from Annie Clarke, our School Captain, and the Year 11 Loreto Day article are two examples where student leadership is active and leads to positive impacts for those involved and the broader school community. As Mother Teresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” I believe that many ripples are created through our students’ leadership and this is what makes Loreto Normanhurst an exciting place to be.
If you would like to discuss your daughter’s leadership aspirations at school, do not hesitate to contact her Advisor, Tutor or Head of House.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care
2017 Secondary Schools Student Leadership Program at Parliament House
On Wednesday 10 May, Tatendaishe Mwanza, School Vice Captain and I were invited to attend the 2017 Secondary Schools Student Leadership Program at Government House and NSW Parliament. A program hosted by His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley and Mrs Linda Hurley. There were a mix of students from both government and non-government schools whom we had the chance to work with and share our leadership challenges and achievements. We met with Mr Matthew Kean, the MP for our local area of Hornsby, and discussed some of the prominent issues facing today’s youth including mental health, substance abuse and internet safety.
This was an extremely positive experience and allowed us to reflect on the importance of our leadership roles in assisting to create a school environment where challenging issues can be openly discussed and where students can feel that they have a voice to be heard and supported by their peers and teachers. Later we went to Government House where we took a tour and heard from His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley. It was an enlightening address where we learnt about the role of the Governor General and heard some of his inspiring leadership tips that we will share with our peers throughout the year.
It was an extremely enriching day and we feel privileged to have been given this opportunity to participate in this valuable leadership experience.
Loreto Day Update
Loreto Day is fast approaching and the preparation leading up to the event is well under way. The Year 11 cohort is working hard to ensure the day is successful.
This week students and staff have been busy buying the eco-friendly bracelets and wooden beads. The students and staff have responded so well to the beads and it is a fantastic way to support this year’s Loreto Day cause, Loreto Rumbek in South Sudan.
Raising awareness of the issues faced in both South Sudan and for the women and children living there is a core part of the Loreto Day preparation and the Year 11 ‘Awareness Raising Team’ has been effectively ‘rallying for the students of Rumbek’! Each of the eight Houses have prepared slogans and presentations and organising the House stalls in order to educate students about the importance of supporting this cause, and increasing the excitement within the general school community for the day.
The busy preparation for things such as the Loreto Day Auction, finding suitable acts for the infamous Loreto Day Concert, thinking of the House stalls that will raise as much money as possible for Rumbek and inviting schools such as St Lucy’s and St Edmunds to attend the day has been an exciting task for Year 11. We are aiming to be a more sustainable Loreto Day and we will keep the community updated of our progress every week as we count down to Loreto Day 2017 which is on Friday 2 June 2017. We hope you like our image for the cause which has been displayed on the monitors throughout the school all week. We have avoided paper and are doing our best to keep our preparations as sustainable as possible. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Please purchase the raffle tickets and encourage your daughters to return their $15 for lunch and the concert to their Tutor.
Abigail Glezos, Amelia Kelly, Emma Basha, Elizabeth Bauer, Kyah Kraszula and Minjee Noh
Tutor Group Leaders – Term 2 2017
Pastoral Conversations with Tutors
Mission and Pastoral Conversation with Mr Madigan
Ecology Conversation with Ms Cranfield
Mindfulness Conversation with the Counsellors
Conversations with the Advisors
Upcoming Events – Term 2 2017
|Year 7||Resource Adolescent Program (RAP) Parent Information Evening||
Wednesday 17 May
7:00pm – 8:00pm
|Whole school||Loreto Day||
Friday 2 June
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:
Email: email@example.com, or
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 is a plain gold or silver stud, sleeper or small white pearl 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 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.
Free webinar for parents: social and legal responsibilities
18 May from 7.45pm to 8.45pm
This is an invaluable opportunity for parents to engage in a webinar 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).
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.