Loreto Nedlands

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Nedlands 6009, WA
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Laughter, Happiness, Joy.

the search for truth.

Principal’s Message – Week 6 – November 18th, 2021

Principal’s Message – Week 6 – November 18th, 2021

To ask Christ to be your King is to put your trust in His Providence, to commit to fitting your plans into His, so that His will be done on earth-in us- as it is in heaven.” – Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP


Prayer to Christ the King

Lord our God, You alone are the Most Holy King and Ruler of all nations.

We pray to You, Lord, in the great expectation of receiving from You, O Divine King, mercy, peace, justice and all good things.

Protect, O Lord our families and the land of our birth. Guard us, we pray, Most Faithful One.

Protect us from our enemies and from Your Just Judgment.

Forgive us, O Sovereign King, our sins against you. Jesus, You are the King of Mercy.

We have deserved Your Just Judgment.

Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us.

We trust in Your Great Mercy.

O most awe-inspiring King, we bow before You and pray; May Your Reign, Your Kingdom, be recognised on earth.


Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands

Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY: At times of trial or difficulty, mirth is next to grace. MW 1622

On the last Sunday of the liturgical year, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. A relative newcomer to the Church calendar — established in the 20th century — this feast is designed to give special recognition to the dominion Christ our Lord has over all aspects of our lives. The Feast was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 with his encyclical Quas primas, to respond to a world that was rejecting Christ and was being dominated by secularism. If you would like to learn more about the Feast Day please visit:


As a Catholic School and living out the Charism of Mary Ward, it is our duty and responsibility to ensure that every child has access to quality, inclusive education. Currently, staff are completing the Disability Standards for Education e-learning modules. Completing the modules will also be a compulsory component of new staff induction and be part of ongoing accreditation for existing staffing 2022. The Disability Standards for Education came into effect on 18 August 2005 under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. The Disability Standards for Education seek to ensure that students with disabilities can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. The Standards cover enrolment, participation, curriculum development, accreditation and delivery, student support services and elimination of harassment and victimisation.

Each part of the Standards sets out the:

  • rights of students with disability in relation to education and training to help people understand what is fair and reasonable under the Standards;
  • the legal obligations or responsibilities of education providers; and
  • measures that may be implemented to comply with the requirements of the Standards.

The courses are designed to help staff uphold their legal obligations under Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005. These obligations focus on providing fair access to education for students with a disability.

A recent market scan completed by an independent body provided affirming feedback regarding our NAPLAN Data. Out of eight local schools in the Nedlands LGA and neighbouring areas, Loreto Nedlands is one of five schools whose performance is above the national average across all five domains (Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, and Numeracy). Our NAPLAN results are testimony to the high-quality education provided at Loreto Nedlands by our committed and hard-working staff and the positive partnerships which exist between home and school. I congratulate all students on their hard work and dedication, the staff who passionately deliver outstanding teaching and learning experiences here at Loreto Nedlands, and all parents for their support as we work together to educate our young people.

It can always be daunting wondering, “who will teach my child next year”. If I can relieve some of that worry for you, I can honestly say that all staff employed at Loreto Nedlands have been placed in their various roles after much discernment. I know that all of the staff at Loreto Nedlands have the best interests of your child always and will provide every opportunity for them to reach their potential. Staffing will be announced in the final newsletter.

You will notice further down the newsletter there is a flyer about a Self Defence Program. If there is sufficient interest from families, Loreto Nedlands will happily host the lessons in our LPAC. Please make contact using the information provided on the flyer and mention you are from Loreto Nedlands.


Have a lovely weekend.

Rika Andres


School News

Academic Scholarships 2022

2022 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN: We invite new students to apply for our new academic scholarship program, which offers a range of options and a breadth of opportunities for students to attend and excel.

The Scholarship Program for 2022 includes the following:

Academic Scholarship for Years 3-6 (new students only).

Applications for Scholarships in 2022 close Friday 3 December 2021, with exams on Saturday 11 December 2021.

A submitted portfolio of reports is due by the above closing date.

Visit www.loretonedlands.wa.edu.au/scholarships to apply.


St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

Don’t Forget! 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 Friday 3rd December.

  • PK/K – Candy canes, bonbons, Christmas napkins
  • PP – Christmas cake, fruit mince pies
  • 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

Thank you for your support!

Rebecca Barfoot
Assistant Principal


Giving Tree

Thank you to the families that have generously donated gifts and placed them under the Giving Tree. If you haven’t already done so, please take a star from the tree and donate a present to someone less fortunate than us. There are still plenty of stars on the tree (particularly for older children).

All presents will be collected by St Vincent de Paul on Friday 3rd December.

Rebecca Barfoot
Assistant Principal


Religious Education

The Tradition of Advent

Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas (or sometimes from the 1st of December to Christmas Day!). Advent means ‘Coming’ in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.

There are three meanings of ‘coming’ that Christians describe in Advent. The first, and most thought of, happened about 2000 years ago when Jesus came into the world as a baby to live as a man and die for us. The second can happen now as Jesus wants to come into our lives now. And the third will happen in the future when Jesus comes back to the world as King and Judge, not a baby.

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal


Religious Education

Ted Lasso’s Workplace

by Michael McGirr

It’s not hard to understand why so many people are watching Ted Lasso (Apple TV), nor why it was nominated for twenty Emmy Awards and won seven. Believe it or not, it is twenty years since The Office first premiered on the BBC. Not since then has a comedy series cut so close to the bone of our cultural needs and anxieties.


The first scene of The Office shows the infamous boss, David Brent, (played by one of the series creators, Ricky Gervais) lying about the first aid credentials of a person that Brent wants to employ. While on the phone, Brent pretends that his nose is growing like that of Pinocchio. The scene set the tone for all the excruciating moments that were to follow.

The Office is the story of a workplace where there is an opportunity for advancement but none for authenticity; there is a career structure but no personal growth. Brent was the model of the self-absorbed leader whose main mission was to make himself feel good. In a beautiful irony, the firm that employs him, Wernham Hogg, is a paper wholesaler. It sells appearance, not substance.

Ted Lasso touches the same nerve but in a much more endearing way. The series speaks to a world that is weary of encoded leadership, the idea of career advancement through learning the right things to say and pushing the right buttons. It addresses the lifelessness of the scripted workplace. People long for leadership that sets them free, liberates them to make a genuine contribution to the human family, rather than patrolling policies and procedures. Lockdown has revealed to many people the central place of human connection in a healthy workplace, the sense of belonging to others for which cliches such as ‘well-being’ and ‘resilience’ are plastic substitutes. Working from home, some people have started to ask themselves what they are actually doing with their lives.

Enter Ted Lasso, the most unlikely coach ever to take over an English Football Club. His unique approach to leadership is poignant, funny, humane, wise, and successful in ways that really matter. Of course, there are many elements of a fairytale in this show, especially the glorious Christmas episode which will stand for the ages alongside the Christmas episodes in The Vicar of Dibley and the Festivus episode of Seinfeld. But don’t forget there are elements of fairytales in Cinderella as well, not to mention Jack and the Bean Stalk, not to mention reality.

When he arrives at Richmond FC from Kansas, Ted Lasso hardly knows the rules of football. He says he has a better idea of who killed Kennedy than of the offside rule. But he knows people. He reads them like a comic book. They respond because they are more in his eyes than the numbers on their back or positions on the field. It takes time but time is what he gives. He knows that, at first, the owner of Richmond FC, Rebecca, is taking advantage of him to get back at her ex-husband by destroying the club he loved more than her. But Ted keeps turning up with special biscuits which she pretends not to like. Her pretence is so flimsy that it eventually brings down her other more sophisticated pretences. Initially, she treats him as a pawn in her game, as an object. But Lasso refuses to be frightened by her and gradually she starts to move beyond the anger that controls her life. Ted gets results because he knows that life is ultimately not about results. People are not cars to be driven.

Lasso has an unending string of wonderful quips, one-liners, and nuggets of wisdom, usually memorable and original. He never asks anybody to bring more to the table, take a deep dive, work on their brand or any of that managerial gobbledygook. He says, ‘even Woody and Buzz got under each other’s plastic.’ He sends up the burble culture. When Rebecca asks him if he believes in ghosts, he says that it is more important for ghosts to believe in themselves.

In other words, Lasso embodies the difference between leadership and management. He never dodges hard questions, fronting every press conference. Even when clever journalists try to trash him, he answers honestly, with dignity and often with the kind of humour that gets the journalist to think again. There is a festival of celebration in his voice when he says, ‘that’s a heaped spoonful of truth soup right there.’ Truth soup is a lovely image: the good stuff that nourishes and brings flavour.

Ted invests in the dreams of others. Lasso allows the lowly helper, Nate, a man whose spirit has been crushed by an overbearing father, to fulfil the impossible dream of joining the coaching staff. He knows that Nathan knows the game with greater integrity than people who have learned coaching skills from within the system. Eventually, Nate will have to find his own voice. Rebecca and Keely, the marketing manager, will help him and this is beautiful to watch. Later Nate will get too big for his boots, and he will also need to learn the meaning of ‘sorry.’ Everyone in this series is growing.

Ted sees the world from ground level, not a pedestal. His office is next to the locker room and is off-limits to no one. It has no symbols of status. He doesn’t go to fancy restaurants. He shares sandwiches with his colleagues. He tells the team: ‘I promise you, there is something worse out there than being sad. And that is being alone and being sad. Ain’t no one in this room alone.’

Most revealing is Ted’s relationship with the psychologist, Dr Sharon. At first, he does not appear threatened by her. He allows Sharon full access to everyone and doesn’t try to provide instructions for her. He is fascinated by the diversity of the human circus. He tells his boss when he meets her mother: ‘I like meeting people’s mothers. It’s like getting an instruction book for what makes them nuts.’ Yet the one person to whom Ted does not give Sharon access is himself. His own grief is profound, and it appears that he brings a smile to the world so that he has a place to hide. Ted is a wounded leader whose deep pain will become creative. He is estranged from his own family and has trouble accepting the fact that his wife wants to separate. This is part of what has brought him to England, even though it makes connection difficult with his young son. He finally connects with the psychologist after she opens up about her own struggles with alcohol. As professionals, their relationship was formulaic and wary. As vulnerable and frail people, it is much richer, more honest, and more generative. They both need to befriend reality. Reality does not have a mission statement.

Ted Lasso actually doesn’t talk much about leadership, a notable quality in many true leaders. He only talks about people. He loves life with all its mysteries and confusions. It rubs off on others and so he changes a poisonous culture into a creative one. He says ‘Be curious. Not judgmental,’ but needs to apply those words to himself, benefitting from the unfailing positive regard he has for others.

Ted Lasso inadvertently addresses the existential aridity of so much contemporary workplace culture. Among his many fans, he constantly provokes stories about quirky and eccentric colleagues who made work so much richer. Sadly, many of these stories relate to the past. Please God, Ted will open the door slightly to allow people not just to bring their best selves to work, but to bring their whole selves. Ted Lasso lets us think about what it might be like to work for the common good. He is worth a shelf full of books on leadership.

Taken from www.eurekastreet.com.au

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal


The Fathering Project

The Great-Dad Cheat Sheet

No dad is perfect and it’s absolutely natural to make mistakes. But if you’re a soon-to-be or a new dad, consider these tips. And hey, you can be a dad of grown-up kids and still consider these tips – never too late for a fresh start!

Let your imagination flow naturally

The first thing is to keep reminding yourself that fatherhood comes naturally! You don’t have to enrol yourself for any training program to qualify as a father. So let your instincts guide you and it will all fall into its place.

Build good memories

Children only grow up once and you don’t want to miss out on anything! So, try as much time you can spend with them and listen to all their stories! Nothing’s better than to relax and recoil with your kids after a hectic day’s work! Listening to them will not only make you feel relaxed but also lend you an insight into what they’re up to and what their inclinations are. This will strengthen your daddy bond and make your children open up to you more!

Don’t give up on humour

Dad jokes are the best! They’re so bad that they’re good! I know they can be anything close to funny, but they play a huge part in our childhood. I still remember all my dad’s jokes and nothing’s like repeating them over and over- they still make you laugh! So, don’t try to be a little too serious and strict about house rules. Crack up a little and have fun with your kids.

Give it a daddy-touch

Leave it to the mums to be all too strict, proper and fuss about manners. Dads can take the liberty to go a little creative. Plan activities with them and let them see the real world. Taking them camping and letting them handle tough situations can toughen them up – something the mothers will be too over-protective to think of! Try taking them with you to the bank or the workshop and let them see how the real world works.

Don’t be gone for too long

Your business or work should not keep you too busy to give proper time to your kids! Fathers can be absent even if they’re living with their children. A father’s presence is extremely important in your child’s formative years and there are always things that your kids will only discuss with you. So, whatever you do, always take out time for your kids. Don’t be gone for too long!

Limit video games and TV

Mums fuss over it all the time – telling their kids to get off their phones and go play outside but then kids are kids! Take it on you to moderate how much media and screen time your kids have. Make mealtimes and study hours mobile-free. If they’re playing video games and watching TV too much, take a firm stance. And if nothing works, better try some screen time control apps like FamilyTime and restrict their screen times during homework and dinner times. You children must see the fun and cool side, but they must know that rules are rules and there is no getting away with that.

Written by Janice Heddon

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal


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First Perth Young Rocker (PYR) Event

This event will be held on Saturday 4 December 2021 at Milk Bar Civic Hotel, 981 Beaufort Street, Inglewood.

It will run from 2.30-4.30pm, doors open at 2pm. Please note this is an underage event.

There will also be other bands performing between the ages of 12 and 18 from other schools (IONA, Scotch, St Hilda’s, Holy Spirit to name a few).

The bands are not representing their schools. They are using their own band names.

We have a professional MC, Slim Jim, to introduce all bands.

It’s going to be a great afternoon of Rock and Roll on the big stage!!

Tickets can be purchased online using this link:


Robert Corvaia and Dom Papa
Loreto Nedlands Music Tutors






Upcoming Events

  • 28 November 1st Sunday of Advent
  • 29 November Advent Wreath to be set up & lit during morning gathering
  • 30 November 9.30am K & PP Nativity Plays
  • 01 December P&F AGM Chair of the Board Speech
  • 03 December Swimming Lessons finish
  • 03 December End of Year Gathering & Carols
  • 05 December 2nd Sunday of Advent
  • 05 December Past Pupils Mass
  • 06 December Advent Wreath to be set up and lit during morning gathering
  • 07 December LPAC to remain available for Yr 6 Students & Parents
  • 07 December Graduation
  • 08 December Immaculate Conception
  • 09 December Newsletter
  • 09 December Water Slides & Icy Poles
  • 10 December Students Finish
  • 10 December End of Year Mass - COF & Growth Award Feast of Our Lady of Loreto
  • 10 December Thank You Morning Tea
  • 10 December Final Assembly