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Pastoral News - 10 September 2021

In this Pastoral newsletter, we celebrate RU OK Day, DrumBeats workshops and the announcement of the House Councils and SRC. Read our updates about Year 7 & 10 Vaccinations, parent webinars and more.
This week we marked RU OK? Day by connecting in a Tutor Group bake-off
This week we marked RU OK? Day by connecting in a Tutor Group bake-off

“A little glitter can turn your whole day around.”

Barbara Park

I’m not sure about you, but for us, lately some days have felt more prolonged and "same, same" than usual.

I was thinking about this earlier in the week, and I stumbled across an article about Barbara Park. Barbara Park is best known as the creator and author of the New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series. The series chronicles the life of an outrageously funny kindergartener in New York City. In the series, Junie B. Jones famously says, “A little glitter can turn your whole day around.”

So I decided to try this for myself, at first focusing on self-care, but ultimately, however, I realised I needed to become the glitter in somebody else’s day to experience the full effect. So I set out to bake three meals during the week to deliver to friends in my LGA struggling with illness or the sad loss of a relative or friend – all delivered in a COVID-safe way, of course. I became the glitter in their day through such a small act, and in doing so, I turned my whole day around. As you get ready for the upcoming holidays, give some thought to how you can sprinkle glitter in another person’s day. You’ll be amazed by how much it lifts their spirits.  

Mr Justin Madigan

Dean of Pastoral Care

House Council Success 

We congratulate the following students who have been elected to House Council positions:

House Academic Activities Communications/SRC Creative Arts Ecology Liturgy Music Performing Arts Social Justice Sport
Aston Isabelle Dwyer Arya Yogesvaran Victoria Burns Lily King Tamsyn Cairns Paige Critchlow Yasmin Khursigara Sophie Ainsworth Georgie Geyer
Barry Olivia Hall Sophie Dalton Abigaile Angell Charlotte Wilcock Alice Kevans Saoirse Hickey Sally Dalton Nihara Gunasekara Arabella Price
Kendall Nicola De Zotti Felicity Orman Emma Jones Taylor Orth Alexa Yu Charlize Hyde Fenna Swain Jessica Stout Abbey Pollard
Kuring-gai Zoe Hendrickx Eva Frith Madeline Low Eleanor Pawsey Grace Baker Laura Gracie Imogen Fish Arabella Ahearn Ella McKenzie
Maye Cate Fitzpatrick Clare Doherty Katherine Myrizas Isabella Ryan Elizabeth Murphy Cheri Hui Keely O'Sullivan Madeleine Wall Tilly King
Mornane Suloshi De Alwis Scarlett Butterfield Sarah Roberts Amelia Aldridge Loren Bambagiotti Maya Rengaswamy Suzy Shishoian Kate Cooley Maya McMullen
Mulhall Miriam McNair Chiara Taber Phoebe Curry Isabella Knox Sarah Carrozzi Paris Edwards Clare Stevenson Kate Walters Georgia Keen
Ward Sara Simon Olivia Lucas Meg Warburton Elizabeth Attia Milliver Lloyd Alyssa Jones Eliza Hely Eden Thomas Charlotte Curran

SRC Success

We congratulate the following students who have been elected to the SRC:

Aston

YEAR 7: Amber Wang

YEAR 8: Sofia Storgato

YEAR 9: Shania Pimenta

YEAR 10: Ella Evans
Barry

YEAR 7: Elizabeth Rizk

YEAR 8: Eliza Matthews

YEAR 9: Errin Conlin

YEAR 10: Claudia Wilson

Kendall

YEAR 7: Eva Parratt

YEAR 8: Lucy McKenna

YEAR 9: Ella Khoury

YEAR 10: Jacqueline Madigan
Kuring-gai

YEAR 7: Amelia Branley

YEAR 8: Anika Banerji 

YEAR 9: Laura Nutt

YEAR 10: Amy Saad
Maye

YEAR 7: Chloe Liu

YEAR 8: Emma O’Brien

YEAR 9: Krisshvi Naarayanan

YEAR 10: Hannah Cho
Mornane

YEAR 7: Ruby Greenhalgh

YEAR 8: Annabelle Whelan

YEAR 9: Isabella Lynch

YEAR 10: Lucy Dalton
Mulhall

YEAR 7: Eliza Roche 

YEAR 8: Sarah Zammit

YEAR 9: Lauren Meaney

YEAR 10: Bella Kachel
Ward

YEAR 7: Amelia Bowie

YEAR 8: Aoife Berry

YEAR 9: Saskia Bowie

YEAR 10: Edie Tassell

RU OK? Day 2021

On Thursday we stopped together to participate in RU OK? Day. This year it had an added twist; a bake-off for the girls and staff and a chance to get creative in the kitchen! Tutor Group time became a chance for the students to connect and enjoy time together and with their Tutor. Staff and Admin teams also had a chance to come together. While this was a fun activity, it did not detract from the importance of the day, and of the key message that if you are not ok it is important to tell someone. Our girls and staff are not alone; human connection is important. If your daughter tells you that she is not ok, listen first, encourage action and check in. You can access the RU OK? Day Powerpoint here, which was set up for the girls and staff. Next year, we look forward to our Boarder Representative Council and Student Representative Council leading the day.

Drumming Workshop 

A key part of our Wellbeing Program is to engage mindfulness and promote physical activity. What better way to do this than through dance and percussion? Year 7 and 8 students have participated in a percussion session with DrumBeats, with an additional session available to all staff and students last Monday.

DrumBeats were so inspired by the 2021 Loreto value of Felicity that the Director, Angela, wrote a dedicated song; ‘Born to Shine’. This song has formed the basis of the sessions whereby participants have danced and sung, using their own homemade shakers and household items. From a pair of thongs, to kitchen tongs and spoons – it certainly has been a moment to shine and to engage in an opportunity to celebrate Felicity. We look forward to seeing the video edits from all the sessions, compiled together using the song 'Born to Shine'. This video will be used to inspire and farewell our Year 12 students as they progress towards their final term in our community in Term 4.

Mrs Sally Munro

Director of Pastoral Care

Reminder about the importance of boundaries on screen use

We remind all parents that we strongly encourage you to set boundaries for the use of devices in bedrooms, especially during class time. We encourage you to have regular conversations about screen and social media use in your household. Please be aware that apps or messaging platforms such as House Party, Telegram and Discord are used by young people and can sometimes pose a safety risk in terms of students’ exposure to unsafe content or messages, even from unknown people, due to their capacity to host large group chats and unlink identity from accounts. Have a conversation with your daughter about her use of these messaging services. You may like to talk about how appropriate they are for her and the way her friends connect on them. We also recognise that fun, positive and healthy connections are important during remote learning and that this may include messaging in this way.

We recommend that you regularly have conversations with your daughters about the websites and apps that are on her smartphone and laptop, and that any non-learning apps or websites should not be used on her laptop during class time. Netflix or Stan or the like are other websites that we do not recommend a student uses on her laptop. You can keep the sign-in details private so your daughter does not have access to streaming services on her laptop. Information and support can be found on our Student Wellbeing Canvas page, specifically on our ySafe Hub on this page. The School’s WiFi blocks certain sites when the students are onsite with their laptops, but this does not extend to your homes. If you wish to employ parental controls on your home network, please check with your Internet Service Provider or Google or Apple for their offerings; for example, for Telstra NBN, most will have access to the Telstra 24/7 app. 

Vaccinations Update for Years 7 and 10 - Term 4

Due to the staggered return of students in Term 4, and in line with Northern Health’s Vaccination program, the Year 7 HPV Dose 2 vaccination will be postponed until Term 1 next year. It is quite acceptable for this delay of the second dose of HPV, meaning that at this time there is no need for students to go to their GP for their vaccinations. Parents can choose to access the vaccines at their GP practice if that is their preference, noting that there is a minimum 6 month dosing interval between HPV doses 1 and 2 and that GP-administered vaccinations may incur a consultation fee.

We are optimistic that the Year 10 Vaccination will occur in Term 4 and are awaiting a date.

Highly Recommended: Paul Dillon and Headspace Webinars for Parents

Paul Dillon from DARTA (Drug and Alchohol Research and Training Australia) will be conducting a webinar for parents and carers titled ‘Young people, alcohol and other drugs 2021: What do parents need to know?’ on Thursday, 16 September at 7.00-8.30pm (AEST).

It will examine current drug trends among school-based young people, including vaping and the online sale of drugs via social media apps. The session aims to empower parents with a positive message and assist them in having open and honest family discussions in this complex area. Further details and registration can be found by clicking on this link.

Whilst this is not a free event, this may be of interest to you, especially if you have not heard Paul speak before. Paul is a long-time friend of Loreto. He presents to Years 10, 11 and 12 every year and is due to speak to students and parents in June in 2022.

A free webinar on September the 15th from 6.30-7.45pm is being hosted by Headspace Australia, focusing on strategies for parents to build skills in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people. You can register using this link here

Try and keep moving

How are you staying active during a lockdown? Here are some tips:

  • Try something new, like hula hoops or juggling.
  • Play your favourite music and see how many “cool” moves you can do with your family.
  • Dust off the Twister game or Wii Sports.
  • Use a tennis ball to knock over plastic bottles filled with water (have a family competition).
  • Try skipping, yoga, jumping, push-ups, sit-ups, lifting weights, lunges and squats to strengthen muscles and bones.
  • Dig and plant a new garden bed or pots with spring flowers to brighten the days ahead.
  • Do some housework – race against the clock and see how fast you can do it.

As this will be the final Pastoral newsletter for the term, we wish all students and their families a safe and restful holiday. We look forward to seeing everyone ready for Term 4 remote learning which will commence on Tuesday, 5 October 2021. When students return to Campus they will be in their summer uniform.

Mrs Marysa Boland and Mr Justin Madigan

Deans of Pastoral Care

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