Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The Year of Freedom

Navigating all things technology!

Technology is wonderful and its ubiquitous nature requires our students to exercise caution. In today’s world it is especially important that young people protect their digital reputation. It is equally important that parents are aware of their daughter’s online world. There are many aspects to this, however, this week I would like to share some thoughts with you about digital reputation and mobile phone use.

Children, especially during their teenage years, learn the importance of their reputation as part of growing up. Offline, a child’s reputation can be established through behaviour in the classroom and the playground, their treatment of friends, and academic, artistic or sporting achievements. Your child’s online reputation is defined by both the content they post about themselves and what others post about your child. Tagged photos, blog posts and social networking interactions will all shape how your child is perceived online and offline. A poor digital reputation can affect friendships, relationships and future job prospects.

Children can protect their digital reputation by:

  • Thinking before they post. Does everything about their life really need to be online? How might this affect them in the future?
  • Setting their profile to private and checking privacy settings regularly to make sure default options haven’t changed. This will allow them to control who sees what they post online. Visit the eSafety website for more information on how to protect your child’s privacy online. The eSafety website has a section on games, apps and social networking with step-by-step instructions to control your settings for each social networking platform.
  • Keeping an eye on photos tagged by friends. Even if your child’s profile is private, the content friends post might be available for the world to see. Some social media sites allow users to approve tags before they are attached to their profile.

Mobile devices are great for keeping in touch and now with smartphones your daughter can connect online whenever and wherever she is.

You can support your daughter’s use of her mobile phone by making her aware of the following:

  • Nothing is really ever free. Be wary of advertisements for free downloads; you may be automatically subscribed to a service which can become very expensive. When buying a phone, check details of the plan or contract and don’t accept offers that sound too good to be true.
  • Protect your privacy. Only give out your mobile number to people you know and trust. Don’t give out other people’s number without their permission.
  • Think before you send or forward mobile content such as photos, texts and videos. Where might they end up?
  • Activate security features so that if your phone is lost or stolen, you can protect your personal information.
  • If your phone is lost or stolen, notify your network carrier and the police immediately. It is smart to record your unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number just in case it is lost or stolen in the future.
  • Treat your phone like your wallet. Don’t store bank PINs or other passwords in your phone. Use a pin code to lock your phone if possible.

In many of my conversations with parents there is a recurring discussion of how challenging you find the conversation with your daughter about setting boundaries around technology. One resource specifically developed for parents  within the eSafety website I can recommend for you can be accessed at the   Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner website.  The Office is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online. Their site has excellent resources, research, information about privacy and what steps can be taken to manage offensive or illegal content. It is important that you partner with the school to create safe, productive online reputations for your daughters.

If you would like to discuss your daughter’s digital reputation, do not hesitate to contact her Advisor, Tutor or Head of House.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

Conversations this week:


Year 12

Pastoral Conversations with Tutors

Year 11

Formation Conversation with Ms McCullough and Mr Madigan

Year 10

Learning Conversation with Mrs Murdoch

Year 9

Far North Queensland Conversation with Mr Merchant

Year 7/8

Conversations with Advisors


Upcoming Events – Term 3

Year 11 Paul Dillon from DARTA talking to Year 11 about ‘Alcohol and cannabis: What if something goes wrong?’

Friday 4 August


Curran Theatre

Year 10 Paul Dillon from DARTA talking to Year 10 about ‘Young people, alcohol and risk taking: Looking after your mates’ 

Friday 4 August

13:30 -15:15

Curran Theatre


Tutor Group Leaders – Term 3 2017

Tutor Group Leaders Term 3 2017




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.