Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Welcome to Term Four! We hope you all had a lovely holiday.
On the last day of term, the staff had an excellent Professional Development Day organised by our School Support Consultant Helen Moir and Aboriginal Consultant Kylie Agale from CEWA. We departed Loreto at about 9 am and set off to Matilda Bay then headed towards Kings Park where we stopped off for a much needed refreshment break. After that we meandered our way back through Kings Park, breaking at UWA for Lunch and then finally heading back to Loreto. By the end of the day, we were speechless for two reasons. Firstly, our walk enabled us to appreciate the many Aboriginal sites and points of interest we have here in our local suburb. Secondly, we were speechless, mainly me, due to the almost 20,000 steps equating to 14,500 kilometres walked by the end of the day. I’m sure I speak on behalf of all staff members who were able to participate that it was a truly glorious, meaningful and reflective day for all.
As per the text message sent out earlier this week, adoration will recommence every Thursday morning in the chapel 8:15 am to 8:30 am. A parent must accompany children.
Don’t forget to bring in your recycling with two classes having the opportunity to have Morning Tea with the Principal. One in Week Four and one in Week Eight. I’ve noticed quite a few tubs overflowing already.
Principal Art Competition
Don’t forget the Principal Art Competition. The entries received to date have been outstanding. I can’t wait to view all your entries. You can enter as many pieces as you like. There is no winning amount; it will depend on what is presented. Carolyn White, our artist-in residence, will assist in selecting the winning entries.
Staff Taking Long Service Leave 2021
Mr Robert Falloon will be taking LSL for Semester One 2021. As Mr Falloon will be taking LSL for an entire semester, I can confirm that there will be one full-time teacher in Year Three for the whole of the year. Mrs Coral Fyfe-Bortfield will be taking LSL for the entire of 2021.
Ms Claudia Di Biaggio has formally handed in her resignation effective end of 2020. On behalf of the school community, I would like to thank Claudia for her 21 years of service. As a school, we will celebrate Claudia’s retirement in the wonderful Loreto tradition fitting for someone who has contributed to the Loreto community as extensive as Claudia.
I am in the process of reviewing staffing for 2021, and I hope to announce the staffing for 2021 in Week Seven. Currently, I am advertising for a Music Specialist Teacher and an Art Specialist Teacher.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Boylson Family as they mourn the loss of a Father and Grandfather. Alana’s father passed away during the school holidays after a short illness. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Year 6 Leaders
Congratulations to our Term Four Head Boy, Noah Boruff and Head Girl, Alex Wilshire. Our Head Boy and Girl will be presented with their badges at this Monday’s Morning Gathering. I wish all our Year Six students the very best for their last term in primary school.
Year 5 Camp
Yesterday I popped in and visited the Year Fives at Bickley Camp. The students have settled well and enjoying the many activities on offer. The Quiz night was a huge success. I look forward to receiving a full run down of events upon the students return next week.
Year 12 Exams
Please remember all our Year 12 Loreto students, as well as all Year 12 students who will be sitting their final exams. The pressure of Year 12 is always very high, and our current pandemic has not made it any easier, particularly for those students who have spent most of their year isolated, away from school and their peers. We wish you all the best and will keep you in our prayers.
Mental Health Awareness Month
This month is National Mental Health Month which is an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) to advocate for and raise awareness of Australian mental health. It is an important time where the Australian community comes together to raise awareness that #MentalHealthMatters. Feel free to access the website for further information.
International Day of the Girl
The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
The UN believes that adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders. An investment in realising the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability.
To recognise this important day, Mary Ward International invited some year 5 Loreto students across Australia to join a webinar highlighting the work being done internationally. The webinar was hosted by Toorak Loreto past pupil Francesca Torcasio Barberis. Francesca is currently living and working in New York as the Youth Representative for the United Nations.The students were privileged to have 3 guest speakers who spoke of their work in raising awareness of the situation of girls all around the world.
Michelle Gale from MWIA spoke about how girls can be seen as a burden in India and cause the family debt as they must pay a dowry when they are married off at the age of 13. The students learnt that in some parts of India a cow is worth more than a girl as the cow provides milk and meat for the family. Luckily, the Ethical Enterprise Initiative for Young Children has been set up to give girls the skills (such as sewing) and tools to become self-sufficient, strong and independent.
Mr Nyugen Viet Dung (Executive Officer in Vietnam) highlighted the work that had been done to upgrade the toilet facilities for both boys and girls in Vietnam.
Finally Sister Santrina Raymond, a Loreto sister from Africa, described life for a girl in East Africa. Each family lives on less than $1 per day and during the Covid-19 lockdown many families went weeks without earning money as they could not leave their houses. Due to this poverty, some young children in Africa are only being fed at school and sometimes had to wait until they returned to school the following day to receive another meal. The Loreto students also learnt that education is easily available for boys as the girls will be married off.
Adoration in the Chapel
THURSDAY MORNING ADORATION IN THE CHAPEL
At Monday’s morning gathering Gina Bellgard and Viv Watts spoke to the children and staff about morning adoration that is happening in the Loreto Chapel every Thursday morning 8.15-8.30am.
Gina spoke about Zaccheus, a very short man who had no friends. He had heard about Jesus and climbed a tree to see Him better. Jesus said “Zaccheus come down, I would like to visit your home and eat with you.”
The point being that Jesus sought out Zaccheus, to be friends with him. He extends the same invitation of friendship to the families of Loreto.
It is such a great credit to you all as parents and teachers that you give so much to your children.
With great care are they loved, nurtured, educated, extended, entertained and encouraged.
But there is something only God can give them.
Jesus Himself resides here at Loreto. He is in the tabernacle in your chapel.
When we bring our children into God’s presence we are allowing God to infuse them with an inner Peace, an understanding of who God is, and how much He loves them. Only God can do this. He promised us His own special Peace.
If we do this regularly we allow God to develop in our children an inner life and friendship with Jesus that stays with them for the whole of their life and gives their life purpose and hope.
This is an essential element of their development, preparing them for life’s challenges.
On Thursday mornings 8.15-8.30 we will bring Jesus in the Blessed Host, out of the tabernacle and He will be visible on the altar. This is called adoration. We invite you to bring your children.
We thank the families that attended last year.
In the words of St Augustine:
“Our hearts were made for you O Lord, and they will be restless until they rest in you”.
Children of Hope (Aus.)
Loreto Disco – Neon Style
Ticket sales close this Saturday, 17 October for the school disco. Please note that tickets will not be available to be purchased on the night. The link is as follows:
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
The St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal is on again! Each class will be responsible for bringing in items as listed below. Volunteers from SVDP will put the items together to form hampers for needy families at Christmas. These will be collected from school on Wednesday 25th November.
PP – Christmas cake, fruit mince pies, candy canes, bon bons, Christmas napkins
Year 1 – Long life milk, juice, custard
Year 2 – Milo, tea, coffee, sugar
Year 3 – Ring pulled tinned: fruit, beans, vegetables, tuna, soup
Year 4 – Spreads: honey, jam, vegemite
Year 5 – Pasta and pasta sauce
Year 6 – Rice, noodles and cereals
Mini Vinnies Committee!
Choir will recommence tomorrow morning at 8.15am. Choir will be held at 8.15am on Fridays throughout Term Four.
Loreto’s Early Childhood Programs 2021. Have you enrolled yet?
Pre Kindergarten – 3 day program, Kindergarten – 4 day program and Pre Primary 5 day program.
Enrol now – limited places available. Please call our administration 6389 9400 to discuss availability or visit our website.
Thursday Coffee Van!
The Coffee Van is back! Available at Loreto Nedlands every Thursday morning from 8.00am. Perfect for these winter mornings!
Fortnightly Tip: Taking Risks
The Fathering Project: Healthy risk-taking and confronting challenges.
With all the events of this year, it is understandable that many parents are feeling highly protective of their children.
However, it is still important to allow children to take healthy risks and confront challenges in order for them to develop important skills for problem solving and resilience.
Some tips for encouraging healthy-risk taking:
• Encourage your children to ‘have a go’ and try new things. Support them to try different activities and sports.
• Teach your children that it’s okay to fail sometimes. Help them see mistakes as part of learning. If we all feared mistakes, we would never challenge ourselves.
• Encourage perseverance and not giving up. When there are setbacks, help them to stay positive and not give up; ask your children to think of something they want to do and help them accomplish it.
• Make a bucket list for you and your kids to do together. Include new things that you could do with your child that would be new to you both.
Loreto Past Pupils
Calling all past pupils of Loreto Nedlands.
The Past Pupil Association requires new members to join the committee. The committee is responsible for gathering together and organising events in order to maintain to Loreto’s rich history and community. Please contact the Administration office to register your interest.
Loreto Lemurs Tee Ball will commence today on the grounds at 3.30pm.
Loreto Da Vinci
Loreto Da Vinci art sessions will be returning to Loreto on Wednesday 4th November.
Time: 3.15pm – 5.15pm.
Cost: $40 per child per session. All materials are supplied.
Please contact Carolyn White to book your child’s place at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyber Safety App
With funding from Bankwest, the Telethon Kids Institute has developed a cyber safety educational app designed to keep parents and carers up to date with trusted, tailored information to help them teach their children to interact safely online. The Beacon app is the result of a decade of WA research on children’s technology use, cyber safety, and parent behaviour. The app aims to provide parents and carers with knowledge and skills to help children thrive in a digital world by building their capacity to support children to use digital technology in a positive way. The App delivers reliable information backed by research and behavioural science, as well as ideas, strategies, and personalised support. CEWA, through our Child Safe Framework, is committed to modelling healthy, respectful relationships for our students both in the physical and online environments. We encourage you to share this resource with your parents. The “Beacon: Cyber Safety” App is available to download now for both iOS and Android. Telethon Kids Institute has also developed a toolkit with content for newsletters and online posts for you to raise awareness with parents.
More information about the toolkit can be located at the Beacon Safety Cyber document