Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Student Leadership at Loreto Normanhurst

This week I would like to share some thoughts with you about ‘leadership’. Google the word leadership and you are bombarded with so many theories and styles of leadership, leadership dispositions and the endless skills that one needs to be a successful leader in the world today. It can be daunting, overwhelming and for many leaders, it’s a need to share a strategy and build confidence in the people they work with. But, if you can’t set strategy and crucially, if you can’t communicate that strategy effectively – then you are almost certainly doomed to fail as a leader. But isn’t culture actually where leadership starts? Aren’t leaders told that their real skills – their raison d’etre – lies in their ability to define the culture of the place they work in?

At Loreto Normanhurst, we take leadership seriously, both as members of staff and in the student leadership space. The new Student Council has a very clear strategy for 2019:

‘To build Spirit’ and ‘To build Connections’ across the whole school.

This is already evident and will continue to grow and gain momentum as the current school year ends and then progresses throughout 2019. The culture of leadership at Loreto Normanhurst is about relationships, collaboration, collegiality, sharing common values and supporting those who form part of the team.

Last Friday evening this was particularly evident at the annual Principal’s Leadership Dinner for the Student Council and their parents. The energy and excitement was palpable in the room and as someone who was fortunate to attend, it made me feel so excited for the year ahead and privileged to be in a room with so many talented women who are ready to roll their sleeves up to work for the common good of the student body.

In particular, Evelyn O’Brien, School Captain shared her insights on leadership which was truly inspiring, heartfelt and honest. A copy of her speech is here for you to read.  It is wonderful and offers you an insight into telling you something about the person she is. As Dale Carnegie said: “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” Take some time to talk to your daughter about her leadership aspirations because everybody has the capacity to build their leadership skills. Our student leaders are about others and building authentic connections. It promises to be an exciting year ahead.


Important: Following up on Absences

As we move closer to the end of the school year, we thank parents for working with the Student Services Office to sign off on student absences. As you know, we have written to you about the ways to notify the school about this. Where possible an email notification to is the preferred method. Alternatively, you can still hand in a written note or make a phone call. Semester Two reports are being finalised and it is our hope that we can account for all outstanding absences before these are issued. If not, then an unexplained absence will be noted on your daughter’s report.


 Conversations this week: 

Year 11

Working with Heads of House

Year 10

Ecology Wrap Up and Reflections Conversation with Mrs Cranfield

Year 9

Immersion Opportunities Conversation with Mr Merchant

Year 8

Getting To Know You Conversations with Tutors

Year 7

In Conversation with Ms Sophie Kearns – Deputy Principal


Upcoming Events:

Years 7 – 11

Light Entertainment Tech rehearsal in the gym 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Monday 26 November

Swimming Carnival all day

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Light Entertainment Assembly 11.25am to 12.55pm

Wednesday 28 November

SRC Christmas Cup

Tuesday 4 December 2018


If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me at the school or by email .


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care