Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

What’s the point of a school uniform?

I have been having  conversations with the students and staff this year about the school uniform; the things we like about it, the challenges of wearing it, how some students interpret the rules about it and why we have a school uniform at all. Whilst the school blazer and hat may not be your daughter’s favourite items of clothes, many of the students I spoke to commented that they wouldn’t throw away the idea of a school uniform. Wearing the school uniform correctly is about pride, it creates an identity for a school and is an important part of being a school student. A uniform shows that we belong to something and when we wear it well, it says so much more about who we are.

At times though, some of our students come to school not wearing their uniform correctly. The expectations around uniform are clearly outlined in your daughter’s handbook on page 24. Now is as good a time as ever to cross check these expectations with her. Please avoid being talked into allowing your daughter to get multiple piercings in her ears, or change her natural nails to acrylic or shellac because “everyone else is doing it.” This is simply not true. Together in partnership we need to ensure that the uniform is worn correctly and well. After all, it is a smart uniform.

Here are some simple quick checks you can do about uniform:

Your daughter should be wearing her full school uniform to and from school including her hat.

  • The blazer is the outer garment.
  • School shoes need to be polished and laces replaced if tatty.
  • One earring in the lower ear lobe that is plain gold or silver studs or sleepers or small white pearls are allowed.
  • Nails are to be natural and not acrylic or shellac.

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

Please feel free to email me  if you have any questions or any concerns in general.

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

Conversations this week:

Year 12

On HSC Trials

Year 11

Conversations with Tutors

Year 10

Ecology Conversation with Mrs Cranfield

Year 9

Far North Queensland Experience

Year 7/8

Conversations with Advisors


Upcoming Events – Term 3

Year 8 Cybershorts Presentation – Planting the seeds of cyber respect

Wednesday 9 August

10.45 – 11.45


All Students Leadership Ritual

Friday 25 August

13:30 – 15:00



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 02 9487 3488 if you have any questions.