The Year of Justice
I attended the Association of Independent Schools’ Student Wellbeing meeting this week where the topic of pastoral care and wellbeing structures was brought up. Most schools tend to adopt either a year level approach to pastoral care of students or a House structure like ours. What distinguishes Loreto Normanhurst from most schools is that we seamlessly blend the opportunities for age appropriate pastoral care experiences within the framework of a House system. This is unique to schools and around the meeting table, I could see the sense of curiosity from my peers that a structure like this provides so many opportunities for students.
In House time this week, Years 7, 8, 10 and 11 were involved in numerous experiences and I share some of these highlights with you.
Year 7 students worked with Ms Jenkins, Mrs Nairn and staff on how to build their best possible Loreto community. A copy of the resource used is provided here for your interest. Year 8 students worked with Ms Albert, Mrs Helm, Mr Lennon and staff on a program called, “Learn to Learn” with stimulating conversation about the brain and how it makes sense of learning. Year 10 students were involved in a Political Protest Theatre experience involving powerful presentations from Sister Libby Rogerson IBVM on Human Rights, Mr Scali on Toxic Masculinity, Mrs Cranfield on Cheap and Disposable Garbage and Ms Timmins on why words matter.
Wow! This would rival any current affairs show and students were enthralled with the discourse generated. Nicola Sherwood, Year 10 Kuring-gai commented: “This experience has made me re-examine who I am as a person and what I need to do to make a difference in the world”.
Year 11 students worked with Katherine Mair from M.A.D. Mindworks and the importance of taking control of your life and looking after yourself. Breanna Ivankovic, Year 11 Kendall commented: “This experience has made me calm and reminded me that I need to slow down more.” If you would like to learn more about the M.A.D. Mindworks program, please visit here for more information.
We continue to keep Years 9 and 12 in our prayers and thoughts as they continue with their FNQE Immersions program and HSC Trial Examinations respectively. What a dynamic week for everyone and I hope your daughter talks to you about this week’s House time. If she doesn’t, then please ask her about it.
Conversations this week
|Year 12||Trials HSC Examinations|
|Year 11||Pastoral Conversations with Tutors and Heads of House|
|Year 10||Political Protest Theatre workshop with Ms Russo|
|Year 9||Immersions Conversation|
|Year 8||Extra-Curricular Conversations with Mrs Woods|
|Year 7/8||Conversation with Ms Kearns and Advisors|
|Year 7 & 8||Holistic Plenary Meetings||20 August – 30 August|
|Year 8 & 9||SRC Games Afternoon||Friday 24 August | 4:00pm – 6:00pm|
Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns.
Mr Justin Madigan
Dean of Pastoral Care