Pastoral Care

The Year of Justice

Next week, we welcome back Year 9 students from their time away in Far North Queensland and Year 12 students from their Trial HSC Exams and it will be wonderful to hear about their experiences.

Recently, four Year 10 students, Gian Ellis-Gannell, Elle Nacard, Julia Santos and Samantha Yao participated in the ‘Young ICT Explorers Challenge’ at the University of New South Wales. This was an incredible opportunity for the students to collaborate and mix with other peers about real issues affecting the world. I am sure you will enjoy reading about the experience and the gallery images which capture their excitement of being part of the program.

 

ICT Explorers Challenge 

“On Saturday 11 August, a team of four Year 10 students from Loreto Normanhurst’s Tech Hub competed against other schools in the Young ICT Explorers Challenge at the University of New South Wales. ICT Explorers is an annual, national competition in which participants are challenged to find and solve a problem to the best of their abilities using technology. The challenge, open to students from Years 3-12, encourages creative thinking, teamwork, and innovation for the common good. 

Our entry was aimed at improving an area that is often associated negatively with media technology: Mental Health. It was selected to present at the state judging event at UNSW against other school teams. We created a website focusing on positive mental health and wellbeing called ‘Serendipity’ in the hope that it might provide hope for people who are stressed or overwhelmed. It was designed over a period of two months, during which there were bi-weekly meetings, brainstorms and trials to determine how best to support the target audience of anyone under major stress in an easy and accessible way. Our team coded the website from scratch, including features such as forums, arcade games, calming music, a simple blue/purple colour palette and helpful tips, and we were awarded third place in the competition.

The feedback given from the judges from the major companies of Google, SAP and CSIRO was overwhelmingly positive and they encouraged us to continue to work with the website so that it can help as many people as possible in the future. Some of the other teams covered issues such as: prototypes of inventions to improve water usage, efficiency of solar panels and technological aids that assist people with disabilities including limited mobility, blindness and dementia.

We would like to thank Ms Kulmar and Mr MacDonald for accompanying us to the program and we look forward to the 2019 challenge.

If you would like to view our website, you can do so here.”

 

Gian Ellis-Gannell, Year 10 

 

Parenting through the ups and downs of adolescence

The Hornsby Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) invites you to a seminar about Parenting through the ups and downs of Adolescence.

Date: Wednesday 19 September 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Venue: Hillview Community Health Centre

A seminar for parents of high school students discussing:

  • Ways that adolescents may behave when experiencing intense emotions.
  •  Responding to self-harm behaviour.
  •  Parent strategies and tips to help parents remain calm and be a resource for their adolescent.

To register please call CYMHS on 9485 6155.

Click here to download the flyer.

 

Conversations this week:

Year 12

Trial HSC Examinations

Year 11

Pastoral Conversation with Mr Madigan

Year 10

Conversation with Ms Ugonotti

Year 9

FNQE Immersion – Queensland

Year 8

Learning to Learn Program with Year 8 Team

Year 7

Naplan Conversation with Year 7 Team

 

Upcoming Events:

Year 7 & 8 Holistic Plenary Meetings  20 August – 30 August
Year 8 & 9 SRC Games Afternoon Friday 24 August | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Year 11 & 12 Student Council Leadership Handover Wednesday 29 August | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

 

Please feel free to contact me   via email  if you have any questions or concerns.

 

 

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care