Western Suburbs Weekly – 3rd September 2020
FOR Rika Andres, commencing her principalship at Loreto Nedlands amidst a worldwide pandemic brought many challenges “My transition was certainly made easier by the very supportive student, staff and parent body,” Mrs Andres said. “Even though the parents at that time were not permitted on site, their support through waves from the car, acknowledgement from a distance and welcoming emails truly reflect the strong culture and spirit of Loreto Nedlands.”
We have certainly had a few hectic weeks — first congratulations to all our competitors at last week’s Athletics Carnival. Mr Boxsell has included a full rundown of winners on the day. I agree with Mr Boxsell that it’s about reaching your personal best. At the finish line, there is usually only one winner; however, all those that pass through it are winners too.
Firstly I extend a very Happy Father’s Day to all our dads. I hope that you are able to join us on Friday for breakfast hosted by the P&F and followed by our Father’s Day mass. Families, please ensure you adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions.
If you happen to drive down Stirling Highway and take Webster Street, you will notice a beautiful blue street sign with Loreto Nedlands Primary School on it. Thank you to the marketing committee for organizing. This will hopefully easily guide visitors and prospective families to our school.
On Tuesday the Leadership Team attended the Leaders Forum Roadshow which was hosted by Newman College. The key discussion centred around Quality Catholic Education (QCE) and how we engage as a system of schools in realising our Vision. It is focused on connected autonomy. Through our connectedness, we have a co-responsibility to ensure there are equity and participation. As Catholic Educators, we share our expertise and wisdom in moving forward. Discussion and defining how we can efficiently respond to COVID-19 here at Loreto Nedlands, and as a broader Catholic Community.
Well, we certainly started the week off very chilly. It’s nice to see the sun come out. Please continue to keep our Loreto Schools in Victoria – Loreto Mandeville Hall, Melbourne and Loreto College, Ballarat in your prayers, and of course all our families who have relatives or friends near or far that are dealing with far tougher COVID restrictions than we are here in the West.
I trust that everyone had an enjoyable term break. I am sure it was great to be able to get out and enjoy each other’s company and perhaps take a holiday, unlike Term One break. During this time we continue to keep our Eastern State Loreto Schools in our prayers as well as families here who may have family in the Eastern States or overseas. We certainly are very fortunate here in the West.
The students and staff are stars. This week we have been very fortunate to have Dan Paris from Paris Photography spend two days capturing thousands of moments that reflect our wonderful school and its charism. I am very excited and looking forward to sharing the finished product with you. Dan’s comments on his time here were: “I’ve never met a group of kids that are more comfortable in front of the camera. You can tell they are really happy to be in school which is a reflection of their teachers and Principal.”
Firstly, a warm welcome to all of our parents that are permitted back on site. It’s great to see families walking into school together. The children have extra smiles on their faces as they walk with their parent’s hand in hand around the school grounds, particularly the younger students. It’s also great to hear from parents that some of their children have developed further independence and enjoying it immensely. Thank you for following Phase 3 School guidelines.
Hooray for Fun Friday – Our Year Six class has chosen PJ Day as the theme. I personally can’t wait; however, there are a few stipulations which the children are already aware of. PJs chosen should be appropriate attire for school. Students need to ensure that they wear suitable footwear for outside play.
Yesterday we held the National Simultaneous Storytime based on the book “Chicken Divas”. The school was fortunate enough to have two stars from the book, Britney and Whitney join them in the LPAC. What outstanding performers they were. Such glitter and glamour. Impeccable voices. Most definitely contenders for Australia’s Got Talent I’m sure. Please visit the school’s Facebook page to view some snapshots.