Your Word calls us to hunger and thirst for righteousness – a righteousness that leads to compassion for the poor and a renewing of minds. Lead us to this kind of faith that works to make a better world for all children.
Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY: Be as courteous to others as you would to strangers and as gentle and amiable as you would with a close friend. MW – Maxim
Today I attended the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth Child Protection Week Breakfast with Mrs Rebecca Barfoot. This year’s theme is: Every child, in every community, needs a fair go. Dr Karl O’Callaghan APM: Retired Commissioner of Police provided the keynote address, and The Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB, Archbishop of Perth, officially launched “You are God’s Marvellous Creation” book written by Andrea Musulin. They spoke of the importance of giving every child the opportunity to thrive and be healthy by providing adequate support to families and their communities. We are very fortunate here at Loreto Nedlands, and I thank all families for their support in our Mission and Social Justice work.
It was a wonderful Father’s Day Breakfast and Thanksgiving Mass on Friday. I am so pleased that many of our Dads and Granddads were able to attend the event. Thank you to the P&F for hosting the breakfast and the Pre Primary and Year Four children who led us so beautifully in prayer at Mass. It was lovely to see families sitting together at church and celebrating such an important day as a family.
Words can not describe the wonder and awe I experienced during our Loreto Nedlands Art Exhibition. The Loreto Performing Arts Centre was transformed into a beautiful art gallery on Tuesday, showcasing the outstanding talents of our students. We are very fortunate to have Mrs Miya Maeda as our Art Specialist. Miya encaptured every child’s artistic talent through their art pieces. Thank you also to Mrs Sarina Davey and the school choir who performed. Special thanks to the P&F for hosting a raffle supporting the school to raise funds for our Library.
We could not have asked for better weather yesterday to hold our Athletics Carnival at Melvista Park. Thank you to all the parents who were able to help on the day. Special thanks to Mr Anthony Corbett, who coordinated the day’s events and Mr Andrew Boxsell, who assisted before his departure. We await the results, which should be announced at Monday’s Morning Gathering in the LPAC. I am also appreciative of our Sports Captains and staff who assisted in running the event.
In 2022 we will need to purchase new sporting shields and a Loreto Speaker of the Year shield as they will be complete by the end of the year. Parents, if you are interested in leaving a legacy at Loreto Nedlands, please get in touch with the school office to discuss further.
Today the staff hosted an RUOK Event for our Morning Tea. We had a lovely sea of scrumptious yellow. We hope someone brought sunshine into your day today too.
The Year Six students are kindly running a “Lunch with the Principal” Raffle with all monies raised going towards our Mission Project. One child from each class will have the opportunity to dine with me and the other winners on Tuesday 21st September, over what promises to be a delicious spread. Tickets are a gold coin donation and can be purchased in front of the “Dreamcourt” during recess.
Don’t forget tomorrow is Free Dress with a gold coin donation, all monies raised going towards our Mission Project.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Spirit of the Arts Festival 2021
See the link below for the program of the week’s festivities. Tickets are available through Ticketek.
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The curriculum is a vital feature of teaching and learning. The teacher’s role requires them to plan the curriculum for their students in collaboration with other colleagues in the school. When planning for their class, teachers aim to incorporate many different ‘thinking styles’ including Literary Thinking, Mathematical Thinking, Historical Thinking and Scientific Thinking.
Literary Thinking encourages students to read, analyse and infer information. It promotes critical reading and choices to the different learning styles. Mathematical Thinking links into representation, reasoning and proofing. It fosters communication, problem solving and connections. When Thinking Historically students factor in chronological and historical analysis and interpretation. This type of thinking supports their research capabilities and comprehension. Finally, Scientific Thinking encourages evidentiary thinking, inquiry, experimentations, specific methods and designs. Fortunately, each of these styles can be adapted to different subjects and learning environments.
Each of us learn differently and rely on different thinking styles to help us with our learning. What type of ‘thinking’ do you connect with? Do you feel that your child has the same ‘thinking style’ as you? If not, perhaps there are ways for you to connect with their ‘thinking style’ so that you can better support them on their learning journey.
Wednesday 15th September
Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
The title, Our Lady of Sorrows, given to our Blessed Mother focuses on her intense suffering and grief during the passion and death of our Lord. Traditionally, this suffering was not limited to the passion and death event; rather, it comprised of the seven sorrows of Mary.
Focusing on the compassion of our Blessed Mother, our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, reminded the faithful, Mary Most Holy goes on being the loving consoler of those touched by the many physical and moral sorrows which afflict and torment humanity. She knows our sorrows and our pains, because she too suffered, from Bethlehem to Calvary. ‘And thy soul too a sword shall pierce.’ Mary is our Spiritual Mother, and the mother always understands her children and consoles them in their troubles. Then, she has that specific mission to love us, received from Jesus on the Cross, to love us only and always, so as to save us! Mary consoles us above all by pointing out the Crucified One and Paradise to us!
Therefore, as we honour our Blessed Mother, our Lady of Sorrows, we honour her as the faithful disciple and exemplar of faith. Let us pray as we do in the opening prayer of the Mass for this feast day: Father, as your Son was raised on the cross, His Mother Mary stood by Him, sharing His sufferings. May your Church be united with Christ in His suffering and death and so come to share in His rising to new life. Looking to the example of Mary, may we too unite our sufferings to our Lord, facing them with courage, love, and trust.
Homelessness is caused not by poverty but by wealth
by John Falzon
When you put rising housing costs alongside stagnating wages, an alarming trend in normalising insecure work, persistent unemployment and underemployment, and statutory incomes that are going backwards in real terms, there’s good reason to be deeply worried about an increase in homelessness.
Late last year, Everybody’s Home, the national campaign to end homelessness, commissioned research by Equity Economics, showing that homelessness could surge by 9 per cent this year. Homelessness Australia released data showing that cuts to social housing funding and homelessness services over the last ten years will soon exceed $1 billion.
At the same time house prices have gone up by 50 per cent and rents by 31 per cent. In fact, a recent Per Capita paper, Generation Stressed: House Prices and the Cost of Living in the 21st century, by Matt Lloyd-Cape, shows that from 1970 to 2000 the cost of owning a home rose by a whopping 130 per cent.
Covid has taught us much about how things really stand. And how they so easily fall! We have learned that yesterday’s relatively secure job can easily become today’s precariously insecure job and today’s insecure job can become tomorrow’s application for a JobSeeker payment. Parallel to this trajectory, of course, today’s mortgage or rental might easily become tomorrow’s default or eviction.
Covid has driven home the interconnectedness of things. We are seeing how there are connections that have previously gone unnoticed, not just between policies, but between ourselves!
You can’t keep society going without working people. We’ve noticed that the people we tend to refer to as ‘essential’ are often actually amongst the lowest paid and the most insecurely employed. We’ve noticed that you can’t do public health if you haven’t ensured that people have safe housing. And that if we can’t expect someone who has just lost their job due to the pandemic to live below the poverty line on JobSeeker, then how can we expect anyone else to?
‘Homelessness is caused, not by poverty, but by wealth, especially speculative wealth, concentrated in the hands of the few, to the detriment of the many.’
And that many of those who hold political power or economic privilege are precisely those we can do without. We can, for example, do without those who have no qualms about hanging on to generous corporate welfare while raking in the pandemic profits. And we can do without those who frame legislation in such a way that this is actually encouraged and allowed. We can do without those, whether in government or in the corporate sector, who praise essential workers one week and then strip their wages and conditions, or indeed their jobs. We’ve noticed the gentle ease of a society rich in the kindness of strangers. We’ve noticed that many of the people we’d taken for granted, workers who clean our hospitals, who produce or process or pack or transport our food, who serve us in supermarkets, who nurse us, who teach us, who help us out, who keep the lights on, workers who are not highly valued by capitalism, people that some of us had been taught to unsee, are precisely the people we’d be lost without.
We’ve not only seen our lives turned upside down, we’ve seen policies being rolled out that many of us had longed for and had never given up fighting for, but which would not have happened in ‘normal’ circumstances.
We saw the unprecedented, albeit all-too-short-lived, doubling of the JobSeeker payment. We’ve seen accommodation being provided to rough sleepers. We saw a job subsidy implemented, albeit one which the Morrison government had to be dragged kicking and screaming by the ACTU to agree to. We saw a brief period during which early childhood education was made available freely. And now we are (gradually!) seeing a nationwide public health intervention in the shape of mass vaccinations.
Pretty much every one of these policies and programmes have been done in ways that invite criticism. The Coronavirus Supplement for people experiencing unemployment was brilliant while it lasted but was then completely withdrawn, pushing people back below the poverty line. JobKeeper saved jobs and kept households out of poverty, but it was structured in such a way that permitted companies that did not need it to take it and keep it despite chalking up significant profits, and it excluded significant sections of the workforce from any means of support. And it too was withdrawn far too early.
The accommodation for rough sleepers was, in some places, impressive, and showed that governments really can end homelessness, but if you know that your accommodation, no matter how good it is, is short term and insecure you can’t really say you’ve got a place to call home. The brief dalliance with free early childhood education was… brief. Can’t be getting too socialist now, can we! It also failed to address the underlying structural problem of inadequate wages for early childhood educators. And the roll-out of the vaccine has been so poorly managed by the Morrison government that it may well end up being the chief reason why it may lose the next election.
But still, we’ve been given a glimpse of what can be done when the pressure is there.
Homelessness is caused, not by poverty, but by wealth, especially speculative wealth, concentrated in the hands of the few, to the detriment of the many. It is not just an effect of a disastrously structured housing market that makes of housing a speculative sport rather than a human right. Homelessness is the cumulative effect of those structures that are designed to degrade, designed to disempower, designed to constrain the democratisation of life, especially colonisation, patriarchy and neoliberal capitalism. If we want to address homelessness we need to begin to carve out a space for social and economic security in the midst of the current uncertainty. This, of course, means a massive boost to social housing, but it also means a reimagining of what really matters in our lives.
Right now, in the midst not only of a pandemic but of a climate emergency of catastrophic proportions, the one thing we can be certain about is uncertainty. The French poet, Paul Valery once quipped that ‘the trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.’ But perhaps this is also not just the trouble but the one real hope that is hidden in the still raw wound of our times. The pandemic shows us both the horror of leaving things as they are and the urgent hope of shaping a radically different horizon.
Extract from www.eurekastreet.com.au
Catholic Performing Arts Festival 2021
What an amazing few weeks we have had for Music in our school community! The children have been working hard all year to perform for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival and their hard work has paid off! We had children make our school proud as they performed in the solo / duet sections.
The Loreto Rock Band, the Loreto Orchestra and the Loreto Choir also put on amazing shows! The 100 children strong Loreto Choir blew the judges away and was awarded OUTSTANDING – We don’t mean to biased… but we were probably the happiest and best performance in the section!
Well done to all the tutors, teachers and parents for all your ongoing support of our fabulous and rich music program. And of course, well done to our Loreto musicians. You make us all so proud
Year Five and Six Musical
PIRATES OF THE CURRY BEAN!
This term, the Year 5 and 6 students had an experience of a lifetime. They took on the challenge of producing a musical, ‘The Pirates of the Curry Bean’, with the help of Katrina and Trevor Patient and assistants from Perth Youth Theatre, in ONE WEEK!!
“Learning the musical really helped build my confidence and improve my acting skills. I had so much fun playing the role of Pearl Periwinkle, I can’t wait to do it again!” said Lauren Wood, from Year 6.
“The musical was a well and truly amazing experience! I learnt intriguing sayings and jokes, and how to speak Lumbago! It was hilarious wearing a beard as my character was an uncle, even though I am a girl!” said Caitlyn Vo, from Year 5.
These cheeky pirates led by Captain, Redbeard, Loopy Louie, Squark the knowledgeable parrot, and a ship called, The Curry Bean, were trying to get their hands on the treasure hidden by Captain Swagger Sword on the island of Lumbago. They wanted to get the treasure so much that they kidnapped Pearl whilst Captain Cod, Admiral Horatio Hornhonker and their crew employed the talents of Jackie, Liza and Fiddlesticks the Cat, to try to save their mother, Pearl, from the pirates.
“The finest crew you’ve ever seen…… THE PIRATES OF THE CURRY BEAN!”
The entire cast did an amazing job, producing an incredible and hilarious musical that the audience whole-heartedly enjoyed.
Collaboratively written by…
Deadeye (Caitlin Vo), Pearl (Lauren Wood), Loopy Louie (Oliver Compton) and Captain Redbeard (Henry McGlue).
Year Five Teacher
Year Six Teacher
On Wednesday 8th September under blue skies at Melvista Park the students participated in a variety of activities with great enthusiasm and sportsmanship.
Students from Pre-Primary to Year Six competed in mainly running activities and with many records broken the students all experienced personal success and team achievement throughout the day.
Many thanks to all the parent helpers and teachers for their amazing support. Also, congratulations to every student who gave their best and supported each other throughout the day.
It has been a really great term in the Science area so far. Science week was earlier in the term, the topic being “Food: Different by Design”.
During this week the junior classes took a close look at and examined the foods they had for Crunch n Sip, recess, and lunch. We then investigated if these foods were both healthy and yummy.
Senior classes discovered “Superfoods” and the potential benefits of eating these. It was great to hear that some students had started eating some of these on a more regular basis.
Other investigations during the term included:
- Pre-Primary discovering how they and things around them moved.
- Year 1 are investigating things that change in the environment.
- Year 2 are discovering where water comes from.
- Year 3 investigated heat and how it is transferred through objects.
- Year 4 are investigating soils and erosion.
- Year 5 are debating scientific controversies such as the safety of nuclear power.
- Year 6 investigated the discovery of penicillin and are now growing some mould of their own.
Phew, it’s been exciting!
Father’s Day Mass & Breakfast
What a wonderful celebration to recognise “Father’s Day” this year!
Our fabulous Year Six Leaders assisted our P & F Committee in hosting a well-deserved BBQ breakfast on Friday 3rd September. Thank you to our brave volunteers who woke up in the wee cold hours to prepare for the breakfast.
We took time to celebrate our Dads, Stepdads, Grandads, and all of the important male role models in our lives with a special Mass at Holy Rosary.
Also remembering those who still hold a piece of our heart that we couldn’t be with.
The Fathering Project
The Good Dad Checklist: 10 Things The Best Dads Do Right
There are endless ways to be a good father — and they’re really a lot simpler than you might think. You’re probably already doing most of these things (and if you’re not, start).
All it takes is love … and some kids.
Dads, here are 10 things you’re doing right.
- You say ‘no’
Kids can be whiny and persistent. It’s tempting to give in when doing so will silence them! But when you stand your ground and say “no,” you’re ultimately building your kids’ love and respect for you.
- You say ‘yes’
When I was young, my dad had three jobs, served as a church leader, and somehow made each of his seven kids feel like they were his favourite. He read us stories, rocked us late into the night and played basketball with us in the driveway for hours. As a parent looking back, I can only imagine how exhausted my dad must have been, but no one would have known. His priority was his family — and it showed.
- You pray
Not only does your example teach your kids to pray also, but it shows your kids when to pray, how to pray, where to pray, and why to pray.
- You’re exhausted
You give everything to your family, and this leaves you mentally and physically exhausted. Dads, your endless efforts do not go unnoticed. Although kids might not be the best at showing their appreciation, your constant devotion is something they’ll always remember.
- You believe in them
No matter what kind of encouragement your kids receive throughout their lives, nothing compares to the support they get from you. Whether in sports, school, friends or fears, if you don’t have faith in your kids, who will?
- You make them work
More often these days, kids get everything handed to them on silver platters. But what does that teach them? When you teach your kids to do things for themselves — especially when you work alongside them — you create deeper bonds and self-sufficient people.
- You tell them they are beautiful
Their eyes, their smiles, their ideas, their positive actions, their interests, their laughs, their accomplishments, their failures — it all makes up the beautiful people you know they are.
- You put your wife first
If you have sons, this shows them how to be gentlemen. It shows them how to love and respect women. If you have daughters, this teaches them what to look for in men, not settling for anything less than they deserve.
- You are kind
Despite what you may choose to believe, kids do hear everything you say. It may not seem like it (especially when you’re constantly telling them what to do over and over again). But if you think your kids aren’t listening, think again. It’s true that actions speak louder than words, but words are pretty loud too. How you treat others and what you say about others go hand in hand.
- You are thankful
A simple quality that is lost on many, being thankful shows appreciation for what others have done. Gratitude teaches your kids that everyone is worthy of respect.
These are only some of the many ways you show your kids that you love them. They are your whole world — and you are theirs. Dads, keep rocking fatherhood.
taken from www.beckysquire.com