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Principal’s Message – Week 9 – April 1st, 2021

Principal’s Message – Week 9 – April 1st, 2021

Free Indeed

You did a marvel, Lord Jesus Christ,
and make me feel beside myself in surprise.
My spirit glistens with Your rising.
I smile and smile with You,
I am drowning in the laughter of Your friends.
You have won, Lord, we know You have won!
You have defeated all the worst that we could do,
each alone and all together.
You crushed the power of darkness and of death
to walk peacefully again in our flesh,
now and forever.
Come to me, great Lord of life,
as You come to all your friends.
Send me to console those around me who hurt.
Come, and send Your friends into this daily world
to labor full of hope for the Reign of God.
-Joseph Tetlow -Choosing Christ In The World (A guide to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.)

Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands

Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY:Act not out of fear, but solely from love because we are called by God to a vocation of love. MW – Maxim

If you would like to read more about Mary Ward and Felicity, please visit

In this very special week of Holy Week and the last week of Lent, we take the time to reflect and give thanks for the many opportunities that have arisen this term as we prepare for the Easter Season. Our students have excelled in all areas of their schooling. There is much to be grateful for.

I was thrilled to be a part of the Year Six Leadership Day at Rottnest. We could not have asked for better weather. There was no agenda, no taking of notes, no make sure you look for this or that… it was about the experience and drawing on our natural abilities as a leader. The day allowed each student to draw on the skills they already had and realise that good leadership is not just about “I”. The staff witnessed many stand out leadership qualities throughout the day, such as patience, fortitude, putting others first, listening, self-awareness, communication, empathy and working as a team. There were also many highlights of the day, such as beautiful views and cool refreshing oceans. Mrs Waller tearing a ligament in her ankle on the way over. Mrs Andres falling off a stationary bike. Seaweed fights and hair accessories. Pedal versus electric bike races to name but a few!

Parents, I hope that you have all spoken with your class teachers regarding your child’s progress. I have received some feedback on the logistics of the day. If you would like to provide any other feedback, please do so. Remember, you are always welcome to speak to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns or queries.

What a spectacular event we had on Friday Night. The enthusiasm, agility and overall quality of the dance routines were exceptional. Thank you to everyone for your assistance in making it such a joyous event.

On Tuesday, the Year Five and Six Students competed in our In-House Debating. I have to say that the calibre of arguments was of a high standard. The topics chosen by the teachers were interesting and very relevant in our current climate. The class teachers Julia Waller and Lori Coenen, and Alecia Gooch must be congratulated for their dedication to each student preparing for the debates.

It was lovely to take some time to reflect on the Easter Story through our Assembly on Wednesday afternoon. We are all so busy in our lives. However, this is an important season in our Liturgical Year.

Monique Dodgson, our Education Assistant in Pre Primary, was selected to play in the WA Touch Rugby championships over the weekend from the 26-28th March. Monique said, “I was very grateful to be selected as Captain this year and lead the team. We had lots of fun, and it was a highly competitive competition. I managed to score a few tries’s in my Saturday games.” Congratulations to Monique and her team.

Finally, I congratulate every student, and I thank my wonderful, dedicated staff.

I wish you a happy, safe and Holy Easter and look forward to welcoming you back in Term Two.

Rika Andres


School News

Easter Message 2021

Please read the Easter Message 2021 from the Archbishop of Perth, The Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB

Easter Message 2021


Easter as An Enduring Story of Loss and Hope

Andrew Hamilton

Over the centuries Easter has changed its appearance to accommodate different societies. In the early centuries, its celebration was workaday. The weekly Eucharist was a celebration, often in homes, to prepare for the return of Christ at the end of time.

When the persecutions stopped Easter took on a more elaborate appearance — large churches in the cities, a month of fasting to prepare for Easter and a week to celebrate the events leading up to Jesus’ Death and Resurrection.

In a Christian society, too, the events, games, vegetation and meals at Easter were marked by Jesus’ story. Hot cross buns, Easter eggs, brodetto pasquale, passion plays, Easter lilies and passion fruit owe their names to Easter. Their names remain, even as secular events have also come to mark the season: from the football played on Easter Monday and then Good Friday, the Stawell Gift and country tennis tournaments.

In Christian churches the celebration of Easter this year will look more like Lent or Passion week. Many Australians, too, will be without football, concerts, interstate and international travel and family gatherings. The atmosphere, too, will be one of constraint, not freedom. Instead of celebrating the present, we may be weighed down by fear and anxiety about the future. We are all captive to COVID-19.

These restrictions are hurtful. But they also open out to the original depths of the Easter story. In the Gospel stories Easter Sunday dawned as emptily as it threatens to this year. There was nothing to celebrate. Jesus’ world had been shut down; his disciples had shut themselves away in locked rooms in fear that they would be the next to suffer; the only people in the streets apart from the soldiers were a couple of Jesus’ friends, mostly women, whose love overcame their fear and drew them out to visit his tomb.

As the sun rose on Easter Sunday his followers had not simply lost a friend and a leader. They had also lost the hope and meaning they had found in him. They followed him because they believed that God would act through him to free his people. His crucifixion had proved that belief to be absurd and had taken away any grounds for hope. The leaders of his own people had disowned him. The Romans had done what they were experts at doing: they had killed him slowly outside the city, leaving him nailed naked and writhing to a timber pole, stripping him both of his humanity and of the credibility of his claim. Easter dawned in a desert.

‘This year, as we contemplate all the things that could separate us from hope, Easter invites all of us, whether or not we share Paul’s faith, to reflect on what matters to us deeply enough to sustain us in the face of loss and death’.

The Gospel stories of Easter are stories of more than celebration. They evoke in various ways the disciples’ transition from despair at the death of their friend and leader and the loss of their own hope, to joy and the understanding that God has freed them through his death. Disciples cowering behind locked doors find Jesus in the room with them. Disciples leaving Jerusalem in grief find him walking with them. Mary Magdalene, grieving as she goes to the tomb to anoint his corpse finds him waiting unrecognised for her outside the tomb. These stories all point to the mystery of God’s presence and victory in what seemed to be a crushing defeat.

In a stirring passage, St Paul begins with the words ‘Nothing can separate us from the love of God’. He goes on to list the human catastrophes that might be expected to do so. He was confident because he believed so strongly that God had raised Jesus from the dead.

Today Paul might have added to his list of things overcome all the experiences of the COVID-19 — the sickness, death, isolation, impoverishment and loneliness that it has brought with itself. For him the raising of Jesus meant that beyond these things lay a hope and love that were stronger than death.

This year, as we contemplate all the things that could separate us from hope, Easter invites all of us, whether or not we share Paul’s faith, to reflect on what matters to us deeply enough to sustain us in the face of loss and death. If the celebrations of Easter are muted, its challenge to reflect on our lives and world is sharpened.

Extract via Eureka

Anthony Corbett
Deputy Principal


Easter Triduum 2021

Mass & Liturgy

Holy Thursday 1st April:
Mass 7.00pm – Holy Rosary & Carmel

Good Friday 2nd April:
Stations of the Cross 10.00am – Holy Rosary
Veneration of the Cross Liturgy 3.00pm – Holy Rosary & Carmel

Holy Saturday 3rd April:
Mass 7.00pm – Holy Rosary & Carmel

Easter Sunday 4th April:
Mass 8.45am – Holy Rosary
Mass 10.30am – Carmel


Children’s Stations of The Cross

We are looking for children, primary school age, to take part in our annual Stations of the Cross re-enactment on Good Friday at 10am. For further information contact the Holy Rosary Parish Office on 9386 1870.


Musicians and Singers

Holy Rosary is in the process of building up its Music Ministry so if you can devote some time to playing an instrument or singing or both, please phone the Parish Office or place your name and phone number on the sheets provided in the Foyer and indicate the Mass time you would prefer: 6pm Saturday or 8.45am Sunday. Support for our choir on Easter Sunday at 8.45am is required.


Pre-Primary Happenings


This term we have been very busy in Pre-Primary exploring and learning through play and teacher directed experiences. In Religion we have been discussing the Easter story and the stations of the cross, we have discussed what the cross represents and why it is important in our Catholic faith. We have also been working with our school value of Felicity by encouraging each other to be bucket fillers and share kindness, positivity and love within our class by students creating their own buckets and leaving messages on people’s buckets when they have done bucket filling actions.

In English we have been focusing on consolidating our sound knowledge and letter formations as well as a literacy focus on Mem Fox stories particularly Possum Magic, the children have discussed the characters, setting and their favourite part of the story as well as retelling the story using puppets and sequence cards.

In Maths we have been consolidating our number knowledge to 10 as well as learning about everyday language of time. Including day and night and then moving on to the features of the analogue clock and telling time on the hour. We have also been learning about ordinal numbers by creating teams for our own class Olympics.

In HASS we have been exploring ourselves, our strengths and what we like as well and how we have changed over time by learning about past, present and future. We have also been exploring family and how our families are similar and different.

In Science we have been learning about living things and their needs including pets and people. We have learnt that living things need air, food, water, shelter, exercise and someone to care for them. We have then gone on to explore how our bodies work and what our breathing sounds like, feels like and looks like when we are calm and rested and when we have been running and exercising.

In Technology we have been learning about materials and what things can be made of. We then planned our own creations using different materials, built our creations and reflected on what we had done.

We hope you all have a lovely holiday and look forward to a great Term 2.

Amee Coles
Pre-Primary Teacher


Science Happenings


In Year 2 Science this week Mathini from Extend After School Care visited and we made bottle rockets and jelly to explore the properties of solids, liquids and gases. The Year 2 students enjoyed seeing the mini explosions with the balloons.

Anthony Corbett
Deputy Principal/Science Teacher


Laps for Life

Lilly and Michaela Gerhold are featured on the Laps for Life Facebook & Instagram social media platforms. See their story below.

Thank you from the Gerhold family to the Loreto community for the support you have shown Lilly as she completed this challenge.


Extend Outside School Hours Care

This week the students at Extend After School Care participated in an Easter Egg Hunt.

The students enjoyed the search around the school grounds with many eggs located and consumed!


Download the Extend OSHC Flyer


The Fathering Project

Tips on being an actively engaged Dad:

This fortnight we are looking at what it means to be an actively engaged Dad and why it is important for you and your kids to do things together.

Here are a few tips on how to be an actively engaged Dad around school and sporting activities – they will love it and so will you.

  • Keep track of your children’s upcoming events each term and put these dates in your calendar.
  • Arrange your work schedule around these events whenever possible.
  • When you attend these events let your children know that they are your top priority. Don’t spend the time on your mobile phone.
  • When you attend events give your full attention. Your child will notice if you are not watching or participating.
  • Get involved in weekend sport – from being a coach to giving a hand on the BBQ. It is a great way to connect with your kids.
  • Be supportive at your kid’s activities and encourage them with positive messages.
  • Join their school roster as a classroom helper so you get to be in the class with your child during school.
  • Volunteer to help at school activities – sports carnivals, camps or school social family events. Kids like to see their parents involved.
  • Regularly do the school drop off or pick up to connect with your child and their school. The commute or walk is a great time for a catch up.


Anthony Corbett
Deputy Principal

Community News

Dental Mobile

Dental Mobile will be closed the school holidays except for Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 April. Emergency cover for the closure is Beaconsfield Dental Therapy Centre – Phone 9335 8758. The Mobile will re-open on Monday 19 April for term two at Nedlands Primary School. Should an emergency arise after clinic hours or during a public holiday please contact the emergency service on 1800 098 818.


Aim Therapy April Group Programs

Joondalup, Wembley, Canning Vale and Rockingham!

Would your child benefit from help with the following skills these April school holidays?
– Social Skills: making and keeping friends, conversational skills
– Resilience/coping skills
– Attention and concentration
– Handwriting: pencil control, legibility, speed, endurance
– Following Instructions
– Listening Skills
– Telling Stories
– Writing Stories

NDIS, Private Health, Medicare and FaHCSIA rebates are available!

Click HERE for more information about our April School Holiday Group Programs.


We are also offering our individual intensive programs throughout the full school holiday period. These programs involve higher frequency sessions in order to result in faster therapy progress for your child’s therapy goals.

Click HERE for more information about our School Holidays 1:1 Intensive Programs.

You can book by emailing









Loreto Nedlands

69 Webster Street
Nedlands 6009, WA
p: (08) 6389 9400


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