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Pastoral News - 27 August 2021

This Pastoral newsletter announces our 2022 Music Festival conductors, new Wellbeing program and upcoming free parent webinars, and features tips on staying positive with a good morning routine.
Pastoral Newsletter Loreto Normanhurst
Pastoral Newsletter Loreto Normanhurst

“Positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive life experiences.” 

We do not think anyone could have predicted at the end of last term that we would still by now be in this time of learning from home. But we are! 

During this time we have really remained focussed on thinking positively about life – being grateful for the people, experiences and lifestyle we are privileged to enjoy. Being positive is not the answer to all our troubles – that would be a Pollyanna view of the world! It is, however, a strong and influential force in our lives. It doesn’t necessarily change what is happening around us, but rather it helps shape the way we think about what is happening, how we respond to our world, and the things we can do to make things different. Positivity is a springboard to hope and hope is what sustains humanity during challenging times and helps us change ourselves.  “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”, wrote Victor Frankl, the philosopher, Holocaust survivor, and author of Man’s Search for Meaning. This quote is a constant reminder that getting frustrated by the current lockdown situation will not change it – we can only change our attitude.

How is your daughter getting organised for the school day?

During remote learning it is important to have your own routine to start the school day. Jumping out of bed at 8:10am and being online by 8:25am is perhaps not the best way to start the day. We suggest you consider the following: 

  • 7:00am – Shower and breakfast 
  • 8:00am – Sit at your desk, log on and plan the day ahead. Check your emails, Zoom invitations and respond to your teachers where necessary. Make a to do list for the day to get organised and have your books, Handbook and notes ready for the lessons ahead. 
  • 8:15am – Quench your thirst and remember to put your mobile phone away during class time. 
  • 8:20am – Log on to class happy in the knowledge you are ready for the day. 

As we continue to learn and work from home, stay positive and remain grateful for belonging to such an incredible school community. 

Active Body, Calm Mind, Connected Spirit: new Wellbeing Program 

On Tuesday August 24th, your daughters were emailed a flyer inviting them to partake in our new holistic wellbeing program! There are a range of activities on offer such as yoga, fitness classes, meditation, a mindful drumming session, and creative activities. Students have also been provided with ideas for Tutor group or other fun group activities. Your daughters can find all the information they need on the Pastoral Care Canvas tile. You may want to encourage your daughters to build some of these activities into their daily or weekly routine and discuss with them ways they can share their experiences with you at home. 

Free Parent Webinars to Support Healthy Body Image on 1 September, 7pm-8.15pm 

Often a complex topic to understand and talk about, body image is an important area of health for adolescents. We encourage you to take part in a free Parent Webinar run by the Butterfly Foundation, a key organisation that supports young people and disordered eating education. Please see the Event Details here and view the flyer, or you may book on their website at Butterfly Foundation Body Kind Families Resources page. 

Music Festival House Conductors for 2022 

The following students have been elected to the Music Festival House Conductor role for next year. Congratulations girls, we wish you every success.

Aston Emma Bower
Barry Monica Teng
Kendall Lauren Lawer
Kuring-gai Mischa Nalywajko
Maye Katherine Myrizas
Mornane Scarlett Butterfield
Mulhall Ashley Zhao
Ward Ying Li

Attendance Reminder 

A friendly reminder to use the Parent Portal when notifying the school of your daughter’s absence for a partial or full day absence. We wish to capture this information via the Portal rather than having your daughter inform her teacher that she was absent.

In our next Pastoral Newsletter we will share with the community the Year 11 students elected to the House Council positions and the new Student Representative Council. 

We wish you well for the next few weeks of Term 3. 

Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan 

Deans of Pastoral Care 

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