Pastoral Care

The Brain’s Gardeners: Immune Cells

Posted on March 8, 2016 by Dr Ramesh Manocha

A new study out today in the journal Nature Communications shows that cells normally associated with protecting the brain from infection and injury also play an important role in rewiring the connections between nerve cells. While this discovery sheds new light on the mechanics of neuroplasticity, it could also help explain diseases like autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and dementia, which may arise when this process breaks down and connections between brain cells are not formed or removed correctly.

“We have long considered the reorganization of the brain’s network of connections as solely the domain of neurons,” said Ania Majewska, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and senior author of the study. “These findings show that a precisely choreographed interaction between multiple cells types is necessary to carry out the formation and destruction of connections that allow proper signaling in the brain.”

– University of Rochester Medical Centre

Source: The brain’s gardeners: Immune cells ‘prune’ connections between neurons | EurekAlert! Science News

Read more about the role of microglia.


Conversations this week:

Year 12

Were in conversation with their Tutors around all FACE elements of their holistic education.

Year 11

The members of the Awareness Raising Core Team from each House presented their causes to year 11 before voting for a specific Loreto Day Cause for 2016.

Year 10

Were in conversation with Mrs Bateman on the assessments and illness misadventure process. Also watched a ted talk on finding your passion and the importance of choosing subjects for year 11 and 12 that they are passionate about.  

Year 9

Were in conversation with Mr Pluss on digital pathways and how students feel and respond when wifi is down or when they have technological issues for assessments. Suggested strategies for coping. 

Year 8

Were in conversation with Mrs Murdoch on the roles and responsibilities for Open Day

Year 7

Were in conversation with their advisors on the value of mindfulness and experiencing a guided meditation.


Student Cards

Your daughter uses her ID card to access material in the LRC, use the printer and for signing in and out at Student Services. Can you please check your daughter does have her ID card. If she has lost it she is to  fill in an order form at Student Services.


Important Information about Attendance

When your daughter is late to school or absent from school due to illness a note must be brought in within seven days of her returning to school, otherwise the school is required to code this absence as unexplained. Even if you have phoned, sent a text or emailed to say your daughter is absent, the school still requires a note to be sent in explaining your daughter’s absence. Your daughter will be sent reminders via email asking her to bring in a note. Due to the urgency of when the notes are due you will be receiving reminders by email. Many students leave home too late and therefore miss buses and trains which can result in the above. Please support your daughter and help her to be on time to avoid the above.


The Music Festival

In  Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout this term the House choirs have been working hard learning the lyrics  and harmonies for the song they will be performing at the Music Festival. Congratulations must go to all the Year 12 leaders and House Conductors.

Below are the names of the hard-working, talented House Conductors for 2016.



Aston Ysabel Say
Barry Grace Haydon
Kendall Olivia Worthington
Kuring-gai Sarah Oliver
Maye Jemma Campbell
Mornane Grace Reid
Mulhall Kirsten Wright
Ward Isabelle Athayde



Open Day

The students and staff are busy planning another eventful and fun-filled time for Open Day this coming Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Students who will not be able to assist on Saturday will be required to stay at school after lunch on Friday to help set up for this event. We look forward to welcome the many visitors to our school.


Mrs Elsa Vink

Acting Dean of Pastoral Care


Merit Award Recipients:




Bronze Date:

Silver Date:

Esha Arora 8 AST 10/03/2016  
Olivia Halmarick 8 AST 10/03/2016  
Abigail Ardron 10 AST 10/03/2016 10/03/2016
Tayla Dempsey 10 AST 10/03/2016  
Juliette Radford 11 AST 10/03/2016  
Sophie Andreou 8 BAR 10/03/2016  
Charlotte Antoinette 8 BAR 10/03/2016  
Khushi Arora 9 BAR 10/03/2016  
Tatiana Chapman 9 BAR 10/03/2016 10/03/2016
Beatriz Fernandez 9 BAR 10/03/2016  
Maxe O’Kelly 9 BAR 10/03/2016 10/03/2016
Grace Ye 9 BAR 10/03/2016  
Millie Star 10 BAR 10/03/2016 10/03/2016
Tahlia Coleiro 8 KEN 10/03/2016  
Sara Horan 8 KEN 10/03/2016  
Ashleigh Leck 8 KEN 10/03/2016  
Coeli Parsons 8 KEN 10/03/2016  
Sian Thomas 8 KEN 10/03/2016  
Alice Compton 9 KEN 10/03/2016  
Lily Black 10 KEN 10/03/2016  
Grace Napoli 8 KUR 10/03/2016  
Lily Tancred 10 KUR 10/03/2016  
Poppy Brown 12 KUR 10/03/2016 10/03/2016
Claire Milthorpe 12 KUR 10/03/2016 10/03/2016
Catherine Baxter 8 MAY 10/03/2016  
Emma Lorimer 8 MAY 10/03/2016  
Katrina Duff 9 MAY 10/03/2016  
Jayda Gursel 9 MAY 10/03/2016  
Lucy Illek 9 MAY 10/03/2016 10/03/2016
Trinity Ridley-Smith 9 MAY 10/03/2016 10/03/2016
Mairead Stone 9 MAY 10/03/2016 10/03/2016
Isabella Nery 11 MAY 10/03/2016  
Charlotte Greenhalgh 8 MOR 10/03/2016  
Madeline Playford 8 MOR 10/03/2016  
Isabella Stewart 8 MOR 10/03/2016  
Madeleine Roberts 11 MOR 10/03/2016  
Livia Liu 12 MOR 10/03/2016  
Tahlia Jones 8 MUL 10/03/2016 10/03/2016
Samantha North 8 MUL 10/03/2016 10/03/2016
Tanya Visevic 8 MUL 10/03/2016 10/03/2016
Abigail Jones 11 MUL 10/03/2016  
Marit Verbeek Wolthuys 9 WAR 10/03/2016