The Year of Freedom
School connectedness and belonging
This week Dr Tom Nehmy had the opportunity to talk to staff about the Healthy Minds Program and offer his insights and reflections on the benefits of prevention based programs for young people. One of his reflections was on the significance of an invisible thread, known as ‘school connectedness’ and how this acts as a protective factor in a young person’s life.
In his presentation, Dr Nehmy remarked that: “Children are apprentice adults who need guidance, coaching, feedback and support.” One of the ways we build connectedness in our students is through our camp experiences.
Last week, Year 8 participated in camp at Collaroy. There was a blend of activities to build the cohort’s connection and sense of belonging with one another as well as to challenge the students to take guided risks and step outside their comfort zone. Some of the activities included: various outdoor physical challenges, participating in conversations that enabled the students to reflect on how they relate with one another, how to repair a fractured relationship, working with members of the Student Council on their own challenges, the chance to meditate, to walk on the beach and participate in gentle reflection and prayer.
Experiences like this help to build in students a sense of connectedness with one another. For all our students the art of connecting is in how they choose to be in a relationship with one another. I hope you enjoy the various pictures from Year 8 camp at the bottom of this page.
If you would like to discuss your daughter’s connectedness at school, do not hesitate to contact her Advisor, Tutor or Head of House.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care
Loreto Day Update – 2 June 2017
We are continuing our ‘Rally for Rumbek’ for Loreto Day with great momentum and enthusiasm. Many students continue to purchase the beads and the Auction Representatives and Concert Representatives are busy getting things ready in preparation for the day.
There is so much colour and vibrancy around the school with the beads being placed on blazers, kilt pins or skirt pocket zips. It’s a case of dazzling up the school gear to raise awareness for Loreto Rumbek. New beads have arrived so we are adding to this tapestry of colour with gusto.
At this week’s assembly there was an incredible video made about the power of the beads and how this simple act of purchasing them will go far for the Loreto Rumbek community. We would also like to thank the staff for their support.
We are so excited about the day and can’t believe it is fast approaching.
We are committed to a sustainable Loreto Day and we will keep the community updated of our progress. We hope you like our image for the cause which has been looping on our TV monitors throughout the week. We have avoided paper and are doing our best to keep our preparations as sustainable as possible. Thank you for your ongoing support. The image below right is the official symbol for Loreto Day and we hope you like it.
Please purchase the raffle tickets and encourage your daughters to return their $15 for lunch and the concert to their Tutor by Monday 29 May 2017.
Abigail Glezos, Amelia Kelly, Emma Basha, Elizabeth Bauer, Kyah Kraszula and Minjee Noh
Tutor Group Leaders – Term 2 2017
Conversations this week
Pastoral Conversations with Tutors
Mission and Pastoral Conversation with Mr. Madigan and Ms. McCullough
Learning Conversation with Mrs. Murdoch
STEM Conversation with Mrs. Nalewabau
Conversations with the Advisors
Upcoming Events – Term 2 2017
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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.
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.