Pastoral Care

Finishing School Well

Start strong, stay strong, and finish strong by always remembering why you’re doing it in the first place

Ralph Marston


Ralph Marston is the author and publisher of The Daily Motivator, one of the world’s most popular and enduring destinations for motivation and inspiration. In Conversations this week, Ms Watkins spoke to Year 12 for the last time about finishing school well. She reminded the students of the need to stay motivated and focused throughout their study time in the lead up to their HSC examinations. Ms Watkins asked the students to reflect on the things that they have achieved throughout their thirteen years at school. Their school career has been a significant one, where there have been so many opportunities and experiences for them to participate in. They have led the school well and will leave to make their impressions felt and known beyond the school gates. The graduating class of 2017 will enter this world well prepared for whatever challenge is thrown their way. They will take their “I can” attitude with them, ready to go. There is a clear lesson here for the way we live our life: it’s not how you start; it’s how you finish. It’s easy to start well and then lose focus and motivation. We need to see things through to the end. After all, the school journey is a long one and for many of our students they are still on it. As we move towards the end of the term, take some time to discuss with your daughter how the term has been and whether she achieved all her goals. With Term 4 just around the corner we want all students to stay strong and finish the year well.

If you would like to discuss the way in which your daughter is travelling on her school journey do not hesitate to contact her Advisor, Tutor or Head of House.

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

 Conversations this week:

Year 12

In Conversation with Ms Watkins

Year 11

On Examinations

Year 10

In Conversation with Ms Timmins

Year 9

In Conversation with Ms McCullough

Year 7/8

Conversations with the Advisors


Years 7 & 8 Vaccinations

The next vaccination clinic date for Year 7 & 8 students is on Tuesday 12th September 2017.

Vaccinations offered at this clinic will be:

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Dose 2 and catch up Dose 1 for Year 7
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) catch up for Year 8
  • Varicella (Chicken pox) to Year 7 only
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis catch up for Year 7

Please refer to the attached poster for additional information.


Upcoming Events – Term 3

Year 7 & 8 


Tuesday 12 September

All Day


Year 11

Leadership Day

Monday 18 September

All Day

Various locations


 Transport for NSW

Transport for NSW has supplied the attached notice in relation to changes to bus stops in Pennant Hills, Thornleigh, Normanhurst and Hornsby.


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.