The Year of Freedom
Loreto Day – the why?
As this newsletter arrives in your inbox today, we will have completed Loreto Day for 2017. Loreto Day is a student led initiative by Year 11 where they raise awareness of and support a Mary Ward International Project. A comprehensive review of the day will be featured in the newsletter by the students in two weeks. In the meantime, I would like to share with you a reflection on ‘the why’ we do something like Loreto Day at Loreto Normanhurst.
Bring those forced to live in poverty to the centre of our life and ministry
Call two of the five calls
After a period of prayer and communal discernment of the participants present at the General Congregation of the IBVM of the World Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Spain, 2014 five calls to action emerged. Call two of the five calls from this gathering challenges Loreto schools to take action; to consider carefully what activities and resources they will commit to in order to build, advocate and sustain momentum to global causes in the present but also into the future.
Loreto Day is not just about one day in the school’s calendar. The process begins at the start of the term and calls all students to action, to research, to a period of discernment, to raise awareness across the school community, and to consider how we can complement awareness by raising funds for the cause. Every student at the school is involved in Loreto Day under the stewardship and leadership of Year 11 students. Why would we want to support a Mary Ward International Project in a country far from our own? As Mary Ward said:
Acknowledging vulnerability and fragility we turn to Jesus knowing that all we need we will find in him
Loreto Day is about recognising that in our world, people are in need and in the spirit of the Loreto tradition and grounding principles of the Church we are called to do more for others. We need to be aware that in our positions we have a moral imperative to advocate for the poor and to remind ourselves and others that the work of Mary Ward and the IBVM needs to be sustained at a time when there is much division, confusion and conflict in the world. Loreto Day is about building hope and optimism in many people’s lives and particularly this year, the children and staff of Loreto Rumbek, South Sudan. Enjoy looking at some photos below from a wonderful day.
Loreto Day Auction is still open
The Loreto Day Auction site is still open for you to check out all the incredible donations on offer and make a bid. The proceeds will go a long way to helping the students at Loreto Rumbek, South Sudan. Click here to go to the Auction.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our parents, families and our broader community for the support you have given to Loreto Day 2017.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care
Conversations this week
Conversations with Tutors
Loreto Day Conversation with Ms. McCullough and Mr. Madigan
Finding Balance with the School Counsellors
Social Justice Conversation with Ms. Timmins
Conversations with the Advisors
Upcoming Events – Term 2
|Year 11||Reflection of Loreto Day and Leadership Formation with Ms McCullough, Mr Madigan and Mrs Parker||Monday June 5|
|Year 11||Student Leadership Discussion with Ms Watkins||
Tuesday June 6
Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Awards:
|First Name||Surname||Year||House||Bronze Awards:||Bronze Date:||Silver Awards:||Silver Date:||Gold Awards:||Gold Date:|
Tutor Group Leaders – Term 2 2017
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Andersen 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 email@example.com 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.