The Year of Justice
“The real task of a human being – of every human being – is to construct a sense of the meaning of life and to develop one’s humanity. This is the true purpose of education. It is achieved through a twofold emphasis on quality learning and on quality relationships. The task of quality teaching, therefore, is to help people learn to live: to learn in order to live and to learn how to live.” Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model Manual.
I have been thinking a great deal about the types of skills our students will need for their futures at a time when there is significant commentary about this in a range of educational, business and workplace contexts. One thing I know, is that our students are going to need to be effective communicators – persuasive, confident and capable of inspiring and motivating others. Coupled with this is a concern raised from parents that their daughters may be spending too much time on devices, playing games and watching screens. In a world in which our children are consumed by on-screen entertainment, a world in which it is easy to binge watch something from a streaming site, we should rightly wonder about the long-term effects this technology may have on them. Of course, we don’t know the answers; however, we can take steps, just in case.
I wish to point out that this is not about face-to-face versus online. It is more about ensuring there is a balance between the two. The innovative Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model (LNSGM) and the FACE Curriculum (Faith, Academic, Community, Extra-curricular) are perfect places for our students to find this balance, where they can engage with their learning and with one another in relationships. Our pastoral care offerings consider the needs of students and they are adaptable to change as students’ needs change or our society demands it. After all, it is part of the school’s mission to develop your daughter’s capacity to be an articulate and compassionate person of integrity, well equipped to make contributions to those around her and in the future.
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:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, 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.
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.
Conversations this week:
|Year 12||Pastoral Conversations with Tutors|
|Year 11||Community Service Conversation with Ms Timmins|
|Year 10||Learning Conversation with Mme Martin|
|Year 9||ICT Conversation with Mr Pluss|
|Year 7 /8||Conversations with the advisors|
Upcoming Events – Term 1
|Year 12||Senior Retreat||Wednesday 28 February 2018 – Friday 2 March 2018|
|All Years||Supergirl Week||Monday 5 March 2018 – Friday 9 March 2018|
|Years 7 & 12||SRC Trivia Night||Friday 23 March 2018|
Please do not hesitate to phone your daughter’s Head of House or the School Counsellors on 02 9487 3488 if you have any concerns. Additionally, you can contact me if you have any questions.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care