Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Music Festival – More than Music

Next week our school community will celebrate the annual Music Festival at the ICC Sydney. Students have been committed to learning their House choir songs and for some, they are rehearsing either individual or group performances as well. It will be a spectacular evening and a genuine community celebration of the musical talents and offerings from the students.

Music Festival is about music, however, it is more than music alone. What does a process such as Music Festival teach students? What do the students learn about themselves through the process? Music Festival is about social and emotional learning (SEL). Social and emotional learning is defined as ‘the process whereby young people and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.’

A social and emotional learning framework identifies five competencies that educate the minds and hearts of its students and they require a coordinated partnership between home, schools and communities. These competencies include:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision-making

Loreto Normanhurst’s Pastoral Care programs are committed to developing these competencies in its students and we encourage each student to fulfil her potential in a school that values relationships at its core. I know that next week’s Music Festival will be a further example of this and I look forward to seeing you there. If you would like to read more about social and emotional learning, take a look at the CASEL website as it offers some insightful information on this type of learning.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all students and their families every blessing over the Easter season.


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.


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.


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.

Please do not hesitate to phone your daughter’s Head of House or the School Counsellors on 9487 3488 if you have any concerns. I too can be contacted at if you have any questions.


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

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