Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The Year of Justice

“Children are apprentice adults who need guidance, coaching, feedback and support” – Dr Tom Nehmy

We had a fantastic response to Monday evening’s presentation with Dr Tom Nehmy where parents and staff could consider the key messages required for young people to build their resilience, wellness and overall performance. Tom asked his audience to consider that the learning of psychological skills for mental health and wellbeing is not only for treating problems – it should also be the focus of prevention and peak performance. This was one of several take home messages from the evening.

Dr Nehmy’s eight week ‘Healthy Minds’ program will commence next week with Year 8 students and it will be exciting to see how they engage with the material. Year 8 parents will also receive a weekly update about the work and how things are going. After all, we want our students to be well equipped to handle the challenges that may come their way. It all begins with a listening ear, a gentle heart and self-compassion. You will find a copy of the resources referred to at the presentation below.

Dr Tom Nehmy – Healthy Minds – Take Away Messages handout 12_2_2018

Coaching question examples – Dr Tom Nehmy presentation

The Helpful Thinking Process_Electronic Version

The Healthy Minds Wellbeing Wheel Poster

On Wednesday, all new students were officially inducted into their Houses. This is a special time for the girls as belonging to a House is like their Loreto family. It is the ‘C’ piece of the FACE curriculum, ‘Community’. What is evident to me is the way in which the FACE curriculum of the Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model permeates through everything we do. As the year progresses, all students will continue to experience a sense of belonging which is so important in building connections, relationships and enduring friendships.


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, as part of the NSW Attendance guidelines your daughter is still required to bring in a signed note explaining her absence when she returns to school.

When absent from School

There are two ways to contact the school:

  1. Email:, or
  2. 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, a text (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 Anderson 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 is 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 email me   or phone 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 to and from school including her hat. One earring in the lower ear lobe that is plain gold or silver studs, sleepers or small white pearls 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, shellac or SNS.  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.


Upcoming Events  – Term 1

Year  7 Vaccination Tuesday 20 February


Please do not hesitate to phone your daughter’s Head of House or the School Counsellors on 9487 3488 if you have any concerns. Additionally, you can contact me  if you have any questions.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care