The Year of Freedom
‘The World is (Still) Better Than You Think’
I have been reading some interesting blogs from Peter Diamandis, Co-founder of Human Longevity Inc. who speaks about the importance of maintaining an optimal mindset more than ever in today’s society. In his writings he refers to the world being in the grip of a drug epidemic. The drug? Negative News. The drug pushers? The media. There is no denying that we hear negative news, as we cannot avoid living in a world where unfortunate things occur. This is part of the human condition. When I watch the news or read the papers there seems to be a disproportionate coverage of negative news over the positive. As Diamandis observes: ‘We are being barraged with negative news on every device. This constant onslaught distorts your perspective on the future, and inhibits your ability to make a positive impact.’
On the other hand, our world is getting better. The first area to explore is our global economy. Over the last 200 years, the world’s GDP has skyrocketed 100-fold. Humankind has never been more prosperous and productive. Our health is getting better. No matter where in the world you are, mortality rates have dropped precipitously over the last 300 years. A key measure of economic growth, living standards and poverty alleviation is access to electricity. Now, more people around the world have access to electricity more than ever and the absolute number of those without access to electricity is dropping (despite population growth).
During this week at Loreto Normanhurst we have been participating in a range of activities to promote positive 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 10 October. This year’s theme has been Share the Journey and throughout the week students and staff have examined numerous ways we can promote the importance of looking after our mental health and reduce the stigma that is often associated with mental health issues. You can read more about this at the following link.
I hope you enjoy the photos in the gallery this week which showcase the sharing of the journey between the students and staff. Equally, please take some time to discuss the ways in which the media promotes news stories with your daughter. It is important that she balance these stories with the positive as we have much to be grateful for in our world.
Kuring-Gai School Liaison Police – Visits to Loreto Normanhurst
Over the coming weeks we are excited to be working in partnership with Senior Constable Lynda Hart. Lynda is a friend of Loreto Normanhurst and she will be speaking to students in Years 7-10 about the importance of practicing positive online behaviour. Her presentations are age appropriate and she will unpack how the law supports young people and their online behaviour. I will provide further updates during the term.
Please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care
Conversations this week
In Conversations this week, the House Council leaders were warmly welcomed into their leadership positions. We congratulate these students on their appointments and wish them every success over the coming year.
Upcoming Events – Term 4
|All Years||Spring Fair||
Sunday 22 October
|Year 8||Online Top Up Presentation||
Wednesday 25 October
|Year 10||Senior Constable Lynda Hart – online Safety Presentation||
Wednesday 25 October
|Principal’s Student Leadership Dinner||
Friday 27 October
|Year 7||Senior Constable Lynda Hart – online Safety Presentation||
Wednesday 8 November
PLEASE TAKE SOME TIME TO READ OUR PROCESS FOR ATTENDANCE, ABSENCES AND OTHER RELATED PIECES OF INFORMATION.
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:
Email: email@example.com, or
Phone: contact the Student Attendance Line on 02 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.
If your daughter arrives at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, including her hat, to and from school. 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.
Congratulations to all students who have been awarded Merits :