Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

The Importance of Community

There is much commentary about the word ‘community’ and its significance to businesses, schools, towns and cities. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, community can have many meanings, but one that resonates closely with Loreto Normanhurst is “a unified body of individuals, such as a body of persons of common and divergent interests that binds people together.” It makes sense that the communities we gravitate toward, both personally and professionally, are made up of like-minded people who make us feel uplifted, encouraged, inspired, and supported.


Communities are a safe space to share knowledge and foster collective creativity and innovation.

Theodore Zeldin said, “Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don’t just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards: it creates new cards.” Communities made up of like-minded individuals can be a safe space to share and build upon knowledge and experience. In fact, many of us feel a deeper sense of satisfaction, passion and commitment toward an idea when we are able to connect with others. This is demonstrated in many ways at Loreto Normanhurst. One of these ways is through the annual Light Entertainment Assembly – a most anticipated community event that will be celebrated next Wednesday in the Gym.

The purpose of Light Entertainment is to provide students with the opportunity to showcase their talents in drama, dance and music in a community setting. It is open to all students in Years 7 to 11 with the winning performance being further showcased at the annual Music Festival in Term 1. Students need to integrate the three disciplines of dance, drama and live music into their creative performance,  engage and entertain the audience as well as fully involve all performers in their acts. 

Light Entertainment brings the eight House communities together, bound by the common pursuit of creativity, collaboration, performance and fun. It promises to be a wonderful community event and I thank the students for their drive and leadership of the program. In particular, Isabelle Humphries, Performing Arts Captain and the following Performing Arts House Leaders for their stewardship of the program: Chloe Bremer, Lara Kirkwood, Larissa Vella, Chloe White, Natasha Nery, Anna Mossie, Antonia Tassell and Angeline Raggett.


Conversations this week:

Year 11

Working with the Student Council Heads of House

Year 10

In Conversations with Tutors

Year 9

Ecology Wrap Up and Reflections Conversation with Mrs Cranfield

Year 8

Advisor Conversations

Year 7

Advisor Conversations


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


Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care