Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The Year of Freedom

The finishing line and giving to others

Next week we move into the remaining days of November and staff and students alike can see the finishing line in what has been a busy term. As we move towards the end of the year there is much to look forward to. This includes the Light Entertainment House performances, Christmas Cup and the Swimming Carnival. These whole school experiences help create a sense of belonging and build community.

As this newsletter goes live today, the School and Boarding Captains and Vice Captains will be in Melbourne and Ballarat. They will be participating in the annual Loreto Schools Student Leadership conference over three days. This conference brings together Loreto senior student leaders from Loreto schools around Australia  in the spirit of Mary Ward’s open circle. It is a time of fellowship, discernment on leadership within the Loreto context and to write the Justice prayer for 2018. You will hear more from the Captains about the conference in next week’s newsletter. 

I encourage all our families to give  to the St Vincent de Paul’s Christmas hampers. We are a generous community and any donation to the hampers will be gratefully received by the many families who will receive a hamper for Christmas. 

In order to finish well, you might like to ask your daughter these questions over the dinner table or in the car as a way for her to reflect on the year and to start thinking about 2018.  As Mother Gonzaga Barry said: “Leave after you something  on which others may build.”

  • What has been one of your achievements in 2017?
  • How are your friendships going? If there is conflict, have you mended the friendship?
  • How has your understanding of the value of Freedom altered?
  • What ways have you helped others this year?
  • What will be your legacy in 2017?

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

Conversations with Ms Ugonotti

Year 10

YCON work with teachers

Year 9

Online Safety Conversation with Senior Constable Lynda Hart

Year 8

Conversations with Advisors

Year 7

Conversations with Advisors

Upcoming Events  – Term 4

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.