Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Welcome back to Term 2

I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing family break and your daughter is well rested and ready for the term.

Year 9 Far North Queensland 2016

An information evening on the Far North Queensland Experience will be held for Year 9 Parents on Friday 13 May at 7.00 pm in the Curran Theatre. 

This is a worthwhile evening for all parents.  The trip to Queensland will be explained in full and all queries will be addressed.

Loreto Day Launch

This week Year 11 launched the cause for Loreto Day which will be held on Friday, 3 June.  After much discernment as a cohort, Year 11 have chosen the Nyumbani Children’s home in a village in Kenya as this year’s cause. The Nyumbani Children’s Home was set up by Sr Mary Owen IBVM and offers support for children and older members of the community whose families have been affected by HIV.  

Each House will be launching Loreto Day in House time next week. Please talk to your daughter next week about her House stall and what she needs to do to support her House. Encourage your daughter to start saving money for the stalls on Loreto day.

Loreto Day Raffle Tickets

Next week your daughter will be receiving a booklet of raffle tickets as a fundraiser for Loreto Day. The prizes are fantastic – see below:

  • 1st prize $1000 David Jones Voucher
  • 2nd  prize $700 David Jones Voucher
  • 3rd  prize $300 David Jones Voucher

The raffle tickets are made at school to save money so all the money raised in selling the tickets is 100% profit towards the cause. Please help us, by encouraging your daughter to sell tickets, and return them to school in an envelope with your daughter’s name on the front.  Our wish is for all the girls in the school to sell tickets.  

Loreto Day Online Auction

Loreto Day auction team are in URGENT need of items and would appreciate your help.

Every year an online auction is held to raise more funds for the year’s cause. If in any way you are able to help in providing auction items, it would be greatly appreciated.  Auction items brought into school need to be taken to Mrs Vink’s office. The auction items can range from hampers, vouchers, or any services that can be provided, and all items regardless of their size will be received gratefully. If you know of a business or individual who could donate an item to aid this year’s cause, or if you are able to provide any item, please do not hesitate to contribute to the auction. Please contact Mrs Vink if you have any questions.

Conversations this week

Year 12

Were in conversation with their Tutors around all FACE elements of their holistic education.

Year 11

Worked with Mrs Vink and Mrs McCullough on the planning of Loreto Day.

Year 10

Were in conversation with Mr Arruzza about Girls and STEM, and looked into some of the research on why women tend to be under-represented in STEM fields.

Year 9

Were in conversation with Mrs Pursche about the changes in expectations in Year 9 and how to manage conflicting deadlines. This led to a conversation on academic cheating and an explanation that this generally occurs when good people were under too much pressure about results, at times unrealistic results,  and that students need to access support from Tutors, Heads of House and teachers when they felt that they were not managing.

Year 8

Were in conversation with their advisors on their excursion to Cockatoo Island which is being held on Friday

Year 7

Were in conversation with their advisors reflecting on last term, organising their term planner for this term and setting goals for the term.

Events coming up

Year Group




Pastoral and Study skills Day

Week 2 Monday 2 May


Paul Dillon to about Alcohol and other drugs

Week 2 Friday 6 May in periods 1 and 2


Year 8 Camp

11 – 13 May


FNQ Information evening

Week 4 Friday 13 May


Year 10

Year 10 will be spoken to in conversation next week about the Year 10 Dinner Dance which will be held in Term 3 on 22nd July. Information and forms about the dance will be sent out soon. When speaking to your daughter about the dance please keep in mind this is a Year 10 dinner dance and not a formal. It is a wonderful time for the Year to come together, dance and have fun.

When your daughter is Absent from School

There are two ways to contact the school

  1. Email: , or
  2. Phone: Student Attendance Line on 9473 7354 – leave a message that includes your daughter’s name, House, Year and short reason 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 explaining her absence must be provided. You can use the perforated slips in the back of your daughter’s Student Handbook. The signature of the parent or guardian is essential. The written note must be handed in on her return to school even if an email or phone call was made earlier. The note must be handed into Student Reception within seven days of the absence. The absence note is a legal requirement.

Partial Absence

If your daughter arrives to school after 8.20am, she will be required to sign in late using her Student ID Card. It is expected that she will have a note to explain her lateness – there are perforated slips in the back of each Student Handbook.

If your daughter is required to leave the school grounds earlier than 3.15pm, she will be 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 essential.

Please contact me on or 94873488 if you have any questions.


Teachers will be regularly checking uniform. Please ensure your daughter wears her hat, blazer, the correct earrings which includes no plastic coverings, nose rings, studs or earring at the top of the ear, no makeup, the correct below the knee dress length for Juniors and mid-calf for Seniors and laced up shoes. All the information about uniform is in your daughter’s school handbook on page 20.


Have a wonderful week

Mrs Elsa Vink

Acting Dean of Pastoral Care