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Mary Ward’s Virtue of FREEDOM:
An inner freedom, accepting of self, open to others and the world, and trusting of life.

“Let your vocation be constant, efficacious, and affectionate.”

– Mary Ward –

Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands,

Loreto Nedlands is pleased to launch our new look website. The website has been designed to reflect the charism of Loreto and the rich, diverse education Loreto Nedlands offers. The School Board’s Marketing Committee, Loreto Nedlands staff, and the Loreto Ministries marketing team have developed the new website of which we are very proud. We invite you to explore the website’s offerings and engage with its content. The new school calendar is easily integrated with your personal or work calendar simply by clicking on the subscribe link and following the prompts. Your calendar will automatically update with any new additions as they are populated.

The development of the website further presented an opportunity to create a new E-newsletter. The E-newsletter will be distributed twice per term and include all relevant classroom and school news, event information, developments, and key updates. All existing contacts have been added to the database to receive the newsletter. New connections can subscribe via the subscribe form in the footer of the website.

If you have any questions or concerns relating to the website or newsletter, please contact Rebecca Barfoot, Assistant Principal of Loreto Nedlands, at:

125 Years of Loreto Education in WA

Thank you to the family and friends of Loreto Nedlands who helped us celebrate our 125 Years of Loreto in Western Australia. We are truly blessed to have such a supportive community. We began the celebrations with the traditional ringing of the handheld school bell to signify the beginning of our Eucharistic Mass. Many Loreto Sisters and students over the years have rung and heard the bell as they embarked on their educational journey. Thank you to Father Gavin Gomez for officiating the service and to members of our extended Loreto community for participating in the Mass. Past Principal, Sister Margie O’Sullivan, read a letter from Mother Gonzaga Barry to the Loreto community of Australia, first published in Eucalyptus Blossoms in 1898. The sentiment is as significant today as it was in 1898:

Dear Children,

Permit me to moralise a little – when you have made up your mind to do a good thing, useful to others perhaps as well as to yourself, don’t be discouraged and give it all up, because you cannot immediately carry out your good intentions, or because unforeseen obstacles come in your way; no, on the contrary, wait, pray, try to improve by thoughtful consideration your original plan, and probably you will find it all the better for the delay. In any case you cannot fail to be the gainer by practising patience and self-control, instead of fretfully murmuring against things which will not move out of your way and allow you to march on towards the desired goal. Remember the failure of many of our dearest hopes will appear as successes when seen in the light of eternity.

Mass was followed by a beautiful morning tea provided by our wonderful P & F. It was lovely to see old and new Loreto community members reminiscing about their times at Loreto Osborne, Loreto Claremont, and Loreto Nedlands.

On Friday night we were blessed with beautiful weather for our dinner, drinks, and visual presentation. Thank you to our Music Specialist, Mrs Sarina Davey, and our Music Tutors, Robbie Corvaia (drum), Dom Papas (guitar), Daniel Corvaia (violin/piano), Miah Smith (cello), and Ashan Weerasooriya (voice/piano) for performing for our guests. Our guests were delighted to view the visual presentation Then and Now which showcased the beginnings of Loreto in Western Australia through to Loreto Nedlands as it is today. Thank you to our talented Year Six students for narrating the presentation and a big thank you to Mrs Katie Sharman and members of the Loreto Ministries for putting together such a memorable presentation.

Well done to the Year Three class who celebrated their First Reconciliation with Father Gavin. During Reconciliation, each student asked God for forgiveness and received God’s Grace to do better. We are very proud of the reverence the Year Three students showed during this solemn occasion. Thank you to Ms Emily Meneghello for preparing the students to participate in this special occasion.

Congratulations to Orlando, in Year Six, who placed 2nd when he represented RPYC and Australia in “The International Friendship All Japan Junior Yacht Club Regatta 2022” from 5 – 7 August. Well done, Orlando!!

Mrs Chloe Ricketts will be leaving us at the end of Week Eight, Term Three. Chloe has been offered a position at Living Waters Lutheran College and we wish her well in her new school. We will inform the community of her replacement as soon as the interview process is complete.

Rebecca Barfoot, Assistant Principal, Loreto Nedlands

Shoes for Ukraine

To commemorate the six-month anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian community of WA is staging a performance of children’s shoes to draw attention to the war and honour the memory of the children who have died. Thank you to the Pre-Primary and Year Three families for donating spare pairs of shoes to this worthy cause. Thank you also to Olesia Martynov for coordinating the donations.

Baby News

A big congratulations to our Music Specialist Mrs Sarina Davey and her husband Steve who are expecting their first child early next year. We can’t wait to meet our newest Loreto Nedlands family member.

New School Fence

You may have noticed that WA Fenceworks has begun work on our new school fence by marking out the wall for the core drilling. Bunting will be placed around all workstations to secure the area and ensure the safety of others. We look forward to watching our new fence evolve and will keep you updated as the works progress.