Pastoral Care

The Year of Freedom

Legacy and Leadership

Leave after you something on which others may build

Mother Gonzaga Barry

This week the Student Council Leaders hosted a twilight leadership session with other Year 12 school student leaders to reflect on their leadership and what this experience has meant to them. The event was well attended and created a forum for the students to discuss a range of issues and challenges impacting their lives today.

It also raised questions about the significance of their work and how they would leave a legacy for their school well after they have gone. There are four areas concerning leaving a legacy that the students discussed;

  • a life well-lived;
  • the importance of a spiritual legacy;
  • an impact legacy; and
  • a financial legacy.

The students reflected on some of the great legacies in history; the early explorers who founded this country, the ANZACs and the many men and women who defend our liberties so we can live a life of freedom. Martin Luther King Jr left the world a legacy to pursue the dream of racial equality; Mother Teresa, whose life and labour bore witness to the joy of loving, the greatness and dignity of every human person. In our Loreto School context, Mary Ward who founded the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, left the legacy of education that would make girls ‘seekers of truth’ and ‘doers of justice.’ There are literally thousands of men and women who lived in a way that affects our lives today.

Student leaders at Loreto Normanhurst have a responsibility to leave a positive legacy. Leaving purposeful legacies for others enables us not to focus on ourselves, it keeps us focused on a bigger picture and as such, is a big picture! It keeps people focused on the long-term and gives values by which you can judge your actions.

I wish all students and families a restful winter break and I look forward to seeing the students on Monday 17 July. Over the break, please take the time to discuss with your daughter the ways she can further contribute to leadership at Loreto Normanhurst in both formal and informal ways.


Loreto Day Raffle and Auction Winners

Congratulations to the Auction Day winners. Please make arrangements to collect your prizes as soon as possible from Student Services. The Loreto Day Raffle winners have also been drawn. First prize was won by Sandra Duff, mother of Hollie in Year 12 and Charlotte in Year 10. Second prize was won by Lisa Vlahakis, mother of Madeline in Year 10 and third prize by Indu Tharayil, mother of Samiksha in Year 6.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our parents, families and the broader community for the support you have given to Loreto Day this year. It has been an incredible event and we look forward to next year’s Loreto Day.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care 

Conversations this week


Year 12

Conversations with Tutors

Year 11

Mission Conversation with Mr Merchant

Year 10

ICT Conversation with Mr Pluss

Year 9

Social Justice Conversation with Ms Timmins

Year 7/8

Conversations with the Advisors




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:

  1. Email:, or

  1. 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.

Partial absence

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 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.