Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

 Leaders are not born, they are made!

Nowhere is this mantra better applied than student leadership. This week, the outgoing Student Council handed over the leadership of the school to the new Student Council. As part of this ritual, we gathered in the Chapel for prayer and reflection led by the outgoing Liturgy Captain, Marissa Hussein. Marissa refers to the inspiration of Mary Ward and she reminded the leaders that you need to keep going when things are difficult:

We can learn from Mary Ward’s experience of freedom. Mary Ward encountered so many challenges throughout her life journey. She was faced with troubled health, she was ex-communicated from the Church with Pope Urban VII naming her a ‘heretic, schismatic and a rebel to the Holy Church’; she lived as a woman in a time when women had no real means of power and this was highlighted when a Jesuit remarked that, while Mary Ward’s ‘English Ladies’ were remarkable for their passion ‘when all was done, they are but women’.  Yet she never gave up. Mary persevered and had an unprecedented amount of courage, optimism and positive thinking. She never lost hope. 

This was followed by a handover discussion where the outgoing Student Council members shared their knowledge and experiences with the new Student Council. They  offered the following insightful suggestions  to consider in the next twelve months:

Think for the future, learn from the past, and act in the now.  Great leaders reflect on past events to plan for future events.  However, planning and reflecting is not as important as the activities accomplished in the present.

Influence others to participate.  Leaders truly welcome participation and input from others, and encourages others to participate and contribute to group activities.

Learn to deal with and overcome failures, mishaps, and mistakes.  A good leader does not get angered at others or sulk in self-doubt when things do not go as planned.  You must be able to pick yourself up and stay diligently on task.

SMART goals work.  Remember to align group goals with real results in mind.  Understand the importance of setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. 

Push yourself to learn more, work harder, and compete for the greater good.  Seek the challenge and opportunity to grasp responsibility for yourself and advocate for others.

Delegate to all members.  The importance of spreading the workload must be realised because one person cannot do everything.

Listen before speaking.  Listening before responding increases group rapport and opens up the door for learning.

Continually asks questions.  It is not possible to know everything.  Curiosity and  inquisitiveness are key to learning and developing as a leader.

Know the rules.  When in a role that is guided by restrictions and laws, it is important to make yourself aware of them.


I hope you enjoy looking at the photo gallery  of the Student Council handover.

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


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care


 Conversations this week: 

Year 12

Leadership Ritual Rehearsal

Year 11

Leadership Ritual Rehearsal

Year 10

In Conversation with Mr Pluss

Year 9

In Conversation with Mrs Murdoch

Year 7/8

Conversations with the Advisors


 Upcoming Events – Term 3

Year 12 Paul Dillon speaking about alcohol and drugs


Friday 8 September

Periods 1 & 2

Curran Theatre

Year 7 & 8 


Year 7 Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (Dose 2)

Year 8 (catch-up) Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

Year 7 Chicken Pox

Tuesday 12 September

All Day



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 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.