Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The Year of Freedom

 Social support really matters

Jill Suttie is a frequent contributor to the Greater Good Science Centre’s work at Berkley, USA. When her mother passed away she reached out immediately to two of her best friends who dropped everything to be by her side. She said this made a huge difference in getting her through a very difficult period of her life. She goes on to say: “Researchers haven’t always emphasised this kind of social support as a factor in individual resilience—that is, the ability to recover from hardship and move forward in a positive, adaptive way. Instead, they have placed a high premium on studying personal qualities, often relegating social context to a lesser role.”

We are social beings and as such the making of friends is important. Friends keep us grounded and make us feel that we belong to something. A friend understands who we are and accepts our quirks. They keep us grounded and protect us when things are not going our way. Studies have found that people who are connected to others are happier and have a stronger purpose in life than those who are disconnected. Social support leads to higher levels of self-efficacy.

I often refer to the school’s House system as one of the many jewels in the Loreto Normanhurst crown, where the girls can be themselves, find their place and make friendships that will extend beyond their time at school. This week’s photos in the gallery are a testament of the social support networks on offer at the school. I hope you enjoy looking at the various photos of friendship and connection that are important to us in our everyday lives.

Please feel free to contact your daughter’s Head of House or    send me an email  if you have any questions or concerns about her friendships.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

Conversations this week:

Year 11

Pastoral Conversations with Heads of House

Year 10

Formation Conversation with Ms McCullough

Year 9

Wellbeing Conversation with Mr Madigan

Year 8

Conversations with Advsors

Year 7

Online Safety Conversation with Senior Constable Lynda Hart


Upcoming Events  – Term 4

Year 9   Senior Constable Lynda Hart – online Safety Presentation

Wednesday 22 November

Years 7 – 11 Light Entertainment – After school soundcheck and rehearsal

Monday 27 November

Years 7 – 11 Light Entertainment  Performance

Wednesday 29 November

11:25am – 12:55pm

All Years Swimming Carnival

Tuesday 5 December

All Day

All Years House Farewells

Wednesday 6 December

11:55am – 12:55pm




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 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.

Partial absence

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 or 02 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.

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