Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Welcome back to Term 4!

I can’t believe how quickly the year is going and we are off and running in what will be another productive term for your daughter at school. This week I would like to share some information with you about the Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Month initiative which runs throughout October. The aim of the campaign is to promote the importance of early intervention practices for positive mental health and wellbeing and reduce the stigma associated with mental health. The awareness campaign is held annually in October to coincide with the World Health Organisation’s recognition of World Mental Health Day which is celebrated on the 10th of October.

This year’s theme is Share the Journey and next week Loreto Normanhurst will be involved in a range of activities to actively promote the importance of looking after one’s mental health and to reduce the stigma that is often associated with mental health issues. You can read more about this by clicking this  link.   A copy of our week’s plan is below for your reference. Please take a moment to explore the comprehensive range of offerings available to your daughter next week.


Mental Health Week 2017

Week 2 Term 4 2017

When / Where


Monday – Friday

GBC Level 3 Lunch

Board Games –

set up to promote engaging with others

Monday – Friday

Quad Lunch

Fun activities e.g. Skipping Facilitated by Year 11 students

Monday 16th October

3:30pm Meet at Mary Ward Statue

“Mindful Meander” Led by Justin Madigan

A relaxing, mindful walk through the surrounds of the school

Tuesday 17th October

Recess and Lunch

‘Screen Free Tuesday’

Student are encouraged to put down all screens at recess and lunch to promote social connectedness and engagement

Tutors to discuss during Tutor Time

Wednesday 18th October

Staff Morning Tea

Staff Recipe Swap

Staff will receive a recipe submitted by another staff member as a suggestion to increase social connection with others

Wednesday 18th October

Conversation /House Time – 1 hour

House/Tutor Activity

  written by Kimberly Collins and delivered by Yr 11 students and Tutors / HoH

House TEA Party

Thursday 19th October

Lunchtime : Venue TBC

All students and staff welcome

Introductory session on Meditation and Yoga by Heidi Horne in GBC 102

Yoga mats provided and no need to change out of your uniform. Handouts and free downloads available

Friday 20th October

8am in the Chapel

Communion service reflecting the theme and message of MHW

Every day throughout the week

Bell times

Midday Gong

Digital Screens


A bell song chosen by Yr. 11 that reflects the theme

Gong reflections that promotes social connection and belonging

Theme pictures displayed promoting MHW

Daily email sent to staff/students from counsellors or Year 11 outlining the activity for the day


We will explore this through the lens of building social connections with one another as this is often seen as an effective panacea to optimising our mental health. Whilst we may appear socially connected more than ever via various technology platforms, there are many people who experience a sense of loneliness and isolation which is not helpful for an overall sense of wellbeing which in turn can affect our mental health.


Websites of Interest

There are an extensive range of resources available to parents to help in managing various issues affecting mental health. I encourage you to take some time to look at what is available. To name a few these include:

Generation Next 

Black Dog Institute

Beyond Blue    





If you are concerned about your daughter’s mental health  please do not hesitate to contact her Head of House or a member of our Counselling Team. We have excellent staff who are here to help and support your daughter.

I wish you and your daughter’s a successful start to Term 4. Please feel free to contact me   if you have any questions or concerns.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care


Conversations this week:

Year 11

Pastoral Conversations with the School Counsellors

Year 10

Learning Conversation with Mrs Nalewabau

Year 9

Learning Conversation with Mrs Nalewabau

Year 7/8

Conversations with Advisors


Upcoming Events  – Term 4

All Years Mental Health Week

Monday 16 October – Friday 20 October

 All Years Spring Fair 

 Sunday 22 October

Year 8 Online Top Up Presentation

Wednesday 25 October




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.


Tutor Group Leaders – Term 4 2017

Tutor Group Leaders Term 4 2017