The Year of Justice
Welcome back to Term 2! At this week’s first school assembly we participated in an Anzac Day commemoration. At times like this, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience of people to survive, to claim their freedom and independence, to protect democracy and to defend the principles of a democratic society. Australian society, is defined, among other aspects, by a belief in elected Government; by a commitment to the rule of law, to equal rights for all before the law; and by a belief in freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of association.
It is important we affirm for young people the principles of democracy and that they are, in fact, something worth fighting for. As difficult as this may be, it is the reality of the human condition and the world we live in – we enjoy the relative freedom and prosperity of democracy in Australia because people are prepared to give their lives for it. Freedom for all begins with ourselves – our behaviours, our actions and the extent to which we allow others to prosper and flourish. If we behave in a way that maligns others or is intimidating to others, then this is in stark contrast to the spirit of the Anzacs – courage, endurance, initiative, discipline, and mateship. Anzac Day is a day for us all to first and foremost honour the fallen soldiers and secondly, to reflect on the extent to which our behaviours align with the spirit of the Anzacs and the principles of democracy.
This is a particularly exciting term as we watch Year 11 work together to produce the magic that is Loreto Day. Loreto Day this year is on Friday 1 June 2018.
Each year, Year 11 students across the eight Houses research causes that are aligned to the work of Mary Ward International and the Loreto Sisters. This year’s presentations were outstanding and the Year 11 cohort voted to support Aston’s cause which is the ‘House of Welcome’. Charlotte Duff-Clarke, Sophie Dwyer, Ainsley Mallett and Zoe Fenton-Smith from Year 11 Aston delivered an inspiring presentation to the school community on behalf of their House peers at assembly on Wednesday.
Over the coming weeks the community will learn more about the cause and the power and significance of giving to others in need. This is one way that we as a school can do much to address the issue of poverty in the world and raise awareness of the needs for others in our broader world community. Finally, our Year 8 students have returned today from their camp experience and there will be a write up on this in next week’s Pastoral Care Newsletter.
2018 Parent Forum: Paul Dillon
All Parents and Carers are encouraged to attend this parent forum with Paul Dillon on:
Monday 21 May | 7:00 – 8:00pm
Curran Theatre – Loreto Normanhurst
The focus of this session will be ‘Teenagers, alcohol and other drugs 2018: How much influence do parents really have?’ This is a valuable opportunity for all parents and carers to keep up-to-date with current research and strategies that will assist in supporting your daughter in regards to drug and alcohol awareness and responsible decision making.
Please register your attendance via the Trybooking link. There is no cost to attend this event.
Click here to download the flyer.
Conversations this week:
|Year 12||Reflecting on Justice Conversation with Ms McCullough|
|Year 11||Tutor Conversations|
|Year 10||Immersions Conversation with Ms Timmins|
|Year 9||Young People and the Law Conversation with Mrs Long and Senior Constable Hart|
|Year 8||On Camp|
|Year 7||Learning Conversation with Ms Bateman and Mme Martin|
Please see the link to our Tutor Group Leaders for Term 2.
I wish you and your daughter’s a successful start to Term 2. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Loreto Day or any concerns in general.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care
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 Geyl 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.