Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

 It is in the midst of the crowd that leadership must take place.

Over the past week, voting for Student Council positions for 2018/2019 have taken place for our Year 11 students. These positions will be announced next term. This has been such a significant time for our students as they have discerned and reflected on the meaning of leadership in the Loreto context. While we recognise and commend our girls for the way in which they have embraced the leadership process, it is fitting to reflect on how we value leadership as part of the learning experience for our students.

At Loreto Normanhurst we are committed to the development of leadership potential in each individual. Students in all year groups are provided with many opportunities, within and beyond the classroom, that allow them to develop and demonstrate their leadership capacity. Camps, Immersions, Community Service and Community Days are all key examples which allow students to take on responsibility, exercise initiative and make an active contribution to this community. It is important to recognise that it is through the informal leadership, or the small ‘L’ of leadership, where so much growth occurs. The skills which are nurtured through these experiences are not only important for school, but are also pivotal for life beyond school.

Leadership is both a privilege and a responsibility and at Loreto it is about servant leadership, where the consideration of others is central to our actions. The leadership qualities we seek to foster in our students are centred around service to others: being wise, compassionate and outward-looking young women who are willing to inspire change. Our leaders take on the important challenge of looking for ways that they will indeed be that point of difference through their words and actions. Being a leader requires one to have a genuine voice and speak up in order to be that point of difference as it is in the midst of the crowd that leadership must take place.

We thank all the Year 11 nominees for their recognition of the importance of service to, and with, others and we wish them all the best in the coming weeks.

Best wishes to all our families for an enjoyable and restful holiday. It is important that our students do take some time to rest, relax and rejuvenate.


Mrs Lynn Long

Director of Pastoral care


Conversations this week

Year 7-  12

Leadership at Loreto Normanhurst:  Voting for House Captains


Upcoming Events  – Term 3

Year 10

Year 10 Dinner Dance, Epping Club

Friday  27 July

Year 9

Far North Queensland Experience

Sunday 5- 17 August


Parent and Teacher Free Information Evenings

The Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University are offering two no cost information evenings ideal for parents and teachers as well as a Study Without Stress workshop for students during the July school holidays.

Eating and Body Image Disorders in Adolescence

Join us on Tuesday 24 July from 6:00pm to hear about:

  • Beyond the stereotype: who develops an eating disorder and what does it look like?
  • Research findings from the EveryBody study: a world-first research endeavour investigating Australian teenage body image
  • The role of social media in young peoples’ eating and body image concerns
  • How parents and mental health professionals can help
  • Learn more and register

Nature and Treatment of Adolescent Depression

Join us on Wednesday 22 August from 6:00pm to hear about: 

  • Ways to identify depression in adolescents
  • Personal vulnerabilities to depression and anxiety
  • Treatment options for youth
  • Practical tools and techniques for supporting adolescents with depression
  • Learn more and register

Study Without Stress – 2 hour workshop for students

Success in high school is about more than understanding subject content and exam preparation. Managing stress and exam anxiety can be the difference between getting through or thriving in the high school years.

Date: Friday 20 July from 1-3pm
Cost: $40

This course is ideal for students in Years 10, 11 or 12 but also suitable for students in Years 8 and 9. By the end of the session, students will have the tools to:

  • Change the way they view school and exam stress
  • Deal with work avoidance and unrealistic expectations
  • Tackle exam anxiety
  • Learn more and register