Prayer for Artists, Musicians, Actors and Dancers
Bless the creators, O God of creation,
who by their gifts make the world a more joyful and beautiful realm.
Through their labours,
they teach us to see more clearly the truth around us.
In their inspiration,
they call forth wonder and awe in our own living.
In their hope and vision,
they remind us that life is holy.
Bless all who create in your image, O God of creation.
Pour your Spirit upon them that their hearts may sing and their works be fulfilling.
(From “Prayers of Our Heart” by Vienna Cobb Andersen)
Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY: Many think it nothing to do ordinary things, but for us it is – to do ordinary things well. MW 1617
Welcome to Term Three. I hope you had the opportunity to connect with family and friends over the holiday break. Would you please continue to keep all our Loreto families in your prayers, particularly those in areas affected by COVID?
Upon return to school last week, we acknowledged Landing Day, which is a significant day for all Loreto Schools. Landing Day is celebrated annually on 19th July. It is the day that Mother Gonzaga Barry led the first Loreto Nuns to Australia and began Loreto education.
We have had an overwhelming response to the St Vincent de Paul Food Drive Appeal I sent via email over the holidays. Several students over the holidays gave up their time to collect for this very worthy cause. Some Year Six students led by Harvey Cairns and Beau Davey dropped off over 200 notes and bags to families within the Nedlands areas calling on donations, and then went back and collected all the gifts. Many Loreto families have directly dropped off donations to the school. If I were to measure the amount in volume, I would say at least a truckload of food donations has been passed on to the St Vincent de Paul. I sincerely thank you for your generosity.
We also welcome younger siblings and new families to our Loreto Community. Welcome to Oliver Smart (Pre Kindy), younger brother of Matthew and Alexis. Madelise Tan (Pre Kindy). Amaris Imani (Pre Kindy). Mary (Pre Kindy) and Lucy Solik (Year One). Xiduo (Daniel) Fu (Year Three). Patrick O’Shea (Kindy). The school community look forward to getting to know our new families and welcoming you to our community.
Last Friday, we celebrated our NAIDOC Mass led by the Year One students. 2021 NAIDOC theme “Heal Country!” calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage. NAIDOC Week was held from Sunday 4th July to Sunday 11th July; however, we were unable to celebrate due to lockdown at that time. The Year One students are to be commended on their reverent and well-articulated prayers, readings and commentary. Thank you to Mrs Danielle Moore for preparing the students, and thank you to all families who were able to attend and join in the celebration.
We also blessed our Year Six students at Friday’s mass as they recommitted to their various leadership roles within their ministries. I take this opportunity to officially welcome our new Student Leaders, Coby Gonzalez and Kayla Farah and Mary Ward captains Harvey Cairns and Lauren Wood, for Semester Two.
The Catholic School Performing Arts Festival commenced last week with the Opening Mass on Thursday. Mr Tony Corbett and I attended the mass with Year Six student representatives James Michell, Rani Cleghorn and Charlie van der Struf. Our students are most fortunate with the opportunities they have to participate in the performing arts on various levels. The performing arts program at Loreto is thriving under our dedicated Music Director, Sarina Davey and tutors. Participation in the performing arts provides every child with the opportunity to express their creativity and use their God-given gifts. We are often unsure what our children are capable of until they have an opportunity. The very best of luck to all our performers, and their teachers, as they complete final preparations for the festival performances over the coming weeks.
The Catholic Arts Angelico Exhibition is another opportunity for our Loreto students to showcase their talent. Under our very talented Visual Arts Teacher, Miya Maeda eight students artworks were selected to be a part of the exhibition and represent our school. Congratulations to Evangeline Tucak PP, Belle Spears Y1, Alisa Yang Y2, Sally Cairns Y3, Milllie Huang Y4, Henry McGlue Y5, Cecilia Havlet Y5 and Takahiro Yamada Y6. This is a very prestigious event, open to all Catholic school students across the state. It is a great honour to be selected, as entries are limited to only eight pieces per school. The exhibition will be open from Monday 9 to Friday 27th August at the Forrest Centre, 221 St George’s Tce, Perth. Your child’s work will also appear in the 3D Virtual Exhibition Tour, on the Catholic Arts website in mid-August. “I congratulate all children for their enthusiasm and commitment to doing their very best in art. It is a wonderful achievement to be part of this community event and to represent the arts at Loreto.” (Miya)
Thank you to Mr Boxsell for organising another successful Cross Country. The weather was very kind, with only intermittent rain. Well done to all students on completing the circuit, and congratulations to our place getters and those that made it into the Interschool Cross Country Team, which will be held in Bunbury this year.
Good luck to our Year Five and Six Students representing Loreto Nedlands at the State Robo Cup Competition on Friday. Thank you to class teachers Mrs Julia Waller and Mrs Lori Coenen for your assistance.
Camera! Lights! Action! will set the scene for this Friday night. Parents and friends, I look forward to welcoming you to our Year One and Two Musical, directed by Sarina Davey. It promises to be a fabulous showcase of our student’s gifts and talents. Thank you to parents, class teachers and education assistants who have helped make this a very special night.
I wish all Year Three and Five students the very best as they participate in the Bishops Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA) next week. All students in Years Three, Five, Seven and Nine in a Catholic School sit this test annually. This test measures students Religious Literacy. It is knowledge-based.
Our Year Three students are continuing to prepare for their First Reconciliation next Friday. Mario Borg from 24/7 Youth Ministry presented to parents last night, and our Year Three students will attend their Reconciliation Retreat on Tuesday, which will be held in the LPAC. Following this, they will make their First Reconciliation in the Loreto Chapel on Friday, 6th August.
A reminder that every member of the Loreto Nedlands community must behave in the manner described in our Code of Conduct. Our Code is like the 40km/h speed limit outside our school in the mornings and afternoons. It defines behaviours that keep our students safe: at school, and elsewhere. Children and young people surrounded by adult and peer behaviours described in the Code are more likely to recognise and choose healthy relationships for themselves. We each keep our students safe by following our Code of Conduct and encouraging and reminding each other to do so.
Keep an eye out on Monday. This unusual wet weather could see something docking in the playground!
Have a lovely weekend.
Letter for Parents and Caregivers
Please see letter below from the Catholic Education Office.
At Loreto Nedlands, the leadership potential of students is developed through our Student Leadership Program. Nurturing leadership, initiative, a sense of responsibility and generosity of spirit, the program ensures every Loreto Nedlands student is an active and engaged member of the school community.
Experience the Loreto difference.
Enrolments for 2022 are limited. Book a school tour now – https://loretonedlands.wa.edu.au/communication-book-a-tour/
Religious Education – Feast Day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
On Saturday 31st of July we celebrate the feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
St. Ignatius Loyola was born in 1491, one of 13 children of a family of minor nobility in northern Spain. As a young man Ignatius Loyola was inflamed by the ideals of courtly love and knighthood and dreamed of doing great deeds.
But in 1521 Ignatius was gravely wounded in a battle with the French. While recuperating, Ignatius Loyola experienced a conversion. Reading the lives of Jesus and the saints made Ignatius happy and aroused desire to do great things. Ignatius realized that these feelings were clues to God’s direction for him.
Over the years, Ignatius became an expert in the art of spiritual direction. He collected his insights, prayers, and suggestions in his book the Spiritual Exercises, one of the most influential books on the spiritual life ever written. With a small group of friends, Ignatius Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits. Ignatius conceived the Jesuits as “contemplatives in action.” This also describes the many Christians who have been touched by Ignatian spirituality.
Today we still celebrate his prayers and meditations with the students at Loreto Nedlands. His legacy lives on….
Taken from www.ignatianspirituality.com
Religious Education – What would reconciliation in the Church look like?
On Sunday 4 July, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday marked the start of NAIDOC week. This year the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) have adopted the NAIDOC theme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday, Heal Country, looking at what reconciliation in the Church might look like. When exploring this notion, NATSICC is continuing to take steps towards First Nations people and culture finding a home in and being celebrated within the Church.
The question of what reconciliation in the Church looks like is one that many countries have had to consider in light of past injustices related to Church-supported colonisation. The first part to healing involves the relationship between First Australians and the Church. The Church needs to continue coming to grips with its own mistakes in this area: its involvement in the Stolen Generations, its running of missions in which children were taken from their parents, its involvement in missionary outreach work that did not adequately respect First Nations peoples and its ongoing Eurocentric worldview.
Healing this relationship is critical for the health of the Church in this country, the health of the land itself and the health of its First Peoples.
In his 2001 apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in Oceania, Pope John Paul II recognised that the relationship of the Church to the Aboriginal peoples and the Torres Strait Islander peoples remains vital but that it is also difficult because of past and present injustices and cultural differences. Pope John Paul II also recognised that the Church should more thoroughly study Indigenous cultures and communicate the faith in a legitimate way appropriate to Indigenous cultures. Pope John Paul II went on to state that the Church will support the cause of all Indigenous peoples who seek a just and equitable recognition of their identity and their rights.
He also acknowledged, ‘Whenever the truth has been suppressed by governments and their agencies or even by Christian communities, the wrongs done to the indigenous peoples need to be honestly acknowledged… The past cannot be undone, but honest recognition of past injustices can lead to measures and attitudes which will help to rectify the damaging effects for both the Indigenous community and the wider society. The Church expresses deep regret and asks forgiveness where her children have been or still are party to these wrongs. Aware of the shameful injustices done to First Peoples in Oceania, the Synod Fathers apologised unreservedly for the part played in these by members of the Church, especially where children were forcibly separated from their families.’
The question of reconciliation in the Church is particularly pressing, given 2021 marks the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in Australia, and the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to the Torres Strait. Yet many First Australians recognise that the Spirit of God was poured out onto the original inhabitants of this great Southern Land many, many thousands of years prior. Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, a respected Ngangiwumirr Elder, artist and 2021 Senior Australian of the year explains the importance of experiencing God’s presence in the Land: ‘My people today, recognise and experience in this quietness, the great Life-Giving Spirit, the Father of us all. It is easy for me to experience God’s presence. When I am out hunting, when I am in the bush, among the trees, on a hill or by a billabong; these are the times when I can simply be in God’s presence. My people have been so aware of Nature. It is natural that we will feel close to the Creator.’
‘On a day where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Catholics come together and sit side by side, we should acknowledge that we are united in a fight to save God’s creation. It is one we cannot fight alone.’
In looking at reconciliation in the Church, it’s impossible to overlook the role of the land in Aboriginal and Torres Strait spirituality. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are inextricably connected to country in Australia and its waters. This connection to country and all of God’s creation is core to their spirituality as a people and that of their ancestors.
The term itself — Country — encompasses far more than the physical land. ‘For us, country is a word for all the values, places, resources, stories and cultural obligations associated with that area and its features. It describes the entirety of our ancestral domains,’ explains Professor Mick Dodson, member of the Yawuru peoples and Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) and Professor of Law at the ANU College of Law.
In his exhortation Querida Amazonia, Pope Francis called for an ‘inculturated spirituality’, noting that for Indigenous cultures and peoples, ‘ancient practices and mythical explanations co-exist with modern technologies and challenges’. And a ‘myth charged with spiritual meaning can be used to advantage, and not always considered a pagan error’.
This year’s NAIDOC week celebrations see the world’s oldest continuous culture adopting new innovations in digital technology. As part of the ‘inculturated spirituality’ where ancient practices and modern technologies overlap, NATSICC is offering ways to incorporate Indigenous spirituality into Church traditions.
This affects the level of daily operations, like NATSICC chairperson John Lochowiak meeting with the Ambassador to the Holy See over Zoom, and the Council conducting regular meetings over Zoom, but also in ways, it engages with the wider Church and invites the Church to partake in traditional customs.
This year, as last year, NATSICC offered a virtual Welcome to Country for parishes, schools and organisations who have been unable to invite a Traditional Custodian to provide a Welcome to Country.
Indigenous groups are adopting digital technologies to affirm and encourage Indigenous identity, community and family connections. And like organisations in around the world, NATSICC is emerging a different organisation post-COVID-19 with numerous examples of how digital innovation can enhance opportunities for protecting and preserving language and celebrating culture.
As a way of enhancing and enriching parishioner celebrations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday, NATSICC has engaged with young Catholic, Kuku Yalanji and Yidinji man Luke Stevens (pictured) to produce a series of Didgeridoo tracks. Luke has used his cultural gifts to explore the theme of this year’s celebration — Heal Country — through the lens of his Catholic Faith in order to produce these reflective and inspirational Didgeridoo tracks with suggested applications: Welcome/Entrance, Preparation of Gifts/Communion reflection and Farewell/After Mass. ‘As a young Indigenous Catholic man,’ Luke says, ‘my faith has taken me on a journey where I have enjoyed finding unique ways to sharing faith with others.’
As part of its online resources offering, NATSICC also provides a number of hymns for the Entrance and Communion parts of the Mass replacing the entrance and Communion antiphons in the Roman Missal on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. These were written and performed by Torres Strait Islander Councillor Dolly McGaughey, to evoke the spirit of the Islands.
There is also planning underway for the Galong Retreat, run by NATSICC, as both an in-person and virtual spiritual retreat this coming November.
On a day where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Catholics come together and sit side by side, we should acknowledge that we are united in a fight to save God’s creation. It is one we cannot fight alone. We must combine the knowledge of First Australians with the technology borne of Western culture to ensure that future generations shall have the opportunity to experience the gifts of God’s creation as intended.
As outlined in the Australian Catholics Social Justice Council’s document Catholics & the Process of Reconciliation, the Church must continue its work for reconciliation if it is to be a sacrament of unity both with God and among peoples. The mission of the Church is to be at the service of the whole of humanity in making the unity achieved in Christ a living reality. This must be demonstrated in the quality of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Catholics themselves.
We have taken steps towards leading a reconciliation in the Church, a journey on which we are all invited to share. In the words of Pope John Paul II during his 1986 visit to Alice Springs, ‘what has been done cannot be undone. But what can now be done to remedy the deeds of yesterday must not be put off till tomorrow.’
Taken from EurekaStreet.com.au
Thank you to all the families that braved the weather to come along and cheer the students on Tuesday. The students were amazing and pushed themselves hard. Special thanks to the parent helpers at the finish line and all the students who helped with set up/pack up and with course marshalling. It takes a village to run a carnival successfully.
IPSHA Cross Country
We now turn our attention to preparing the selected runners for the IPSHA carnival which is taking place in Bunbury this year. The team is outside the sports shed and invites should now have been sent out. We will train up to the carnival, Mondays at 8:00am and Thursdays at 7:40am.
|Year 3||Year 5|
|Isabel Foss||Grant O’Connor||Novella Foss||Max Hawkins|
|Mila Schlager||James Hawkins||Stella Moulin||James Mann|
|Charlotte Counsel||Harrison Mann||Lilly Gerhold||Luke Mann|
|Sophia Lambert||Flynn Biggs-O’Sullivan||Caitlyn Vo||Jake Vonic|
|Ava Jeffreys||Reuben Foss||Matilda Boruff||Jayden Chan|
|Eva Zammutto||Xavier Michell|
|Stella McLernon||Samuel Lawrence|
|Year 4||Year 6|
|Kana Kojima||Joseph Hewlett||Rachel O’Malley-Sudlow||Coby Gonzalez|
|Maika Widharta||John O’Connell||Rani Cleghorn||Thomas Moroz|
|Olivia Peranovic||Matteo Zammutto||Kayla Farah||Oliver Compton|
|Elena De Felice||Luke Ferraris||Alexis Ogilvie||Flynn Roughan|
|Millie Huang||Satoru Ishikawa||Marshals||Lorenzo De Felice|
|Sienna Boylson||James Michell|
|Lauren Wood||Charlie van der Struyf|
|Matteo De Pardo|
Thank you to all the families of the school for our shared time together over the past 13 years. It has been an absolute pleasure having the privilege of teaching your children, in some cases all your children. It will be very strange riding to Fremantle instead not Nedlands and may take a while to get used to.
Physical Education Teacher
Pre Kindy Happenings
What a wonderful start we have had to Term Three. We love our new classroom and it is such a joy to be able to interact with the Kindy and Pre Primary children during playtime. This term we have welcomed five new friends to our Pre Kindy family – Oliver, Amaris, Mary, Madelise and Charlotte!
We arrived this term to find a solar system and astronaut suits in our classroom! Learning about space has captured our imaginations as we wonder what it would be like to be in a rocket and land on the moon or fly past different planets and stars! Mrs Barfoot showed us live footage from the International Space Station and we enjoyed it so much that have created our own spaceship. We can’t wait to fly it to the moon😊.
We made our own planets using special space ingredients and then watched as they fizzed. Some of us heard a ‘ssss’ noise as the bubbles grew bigger and bigger! We also discovered an astronaut’s glove box with space specimens! We took turns using the astronaut gloves and magnifying glass to identify the different space items.
Year Two Happenings
Throughout August we’re going on a magical quest filled with adventure and mystery… and it’s all for one incredible cause. We’re reading as many books as we can in August to raise funds for kids who have a parent living with Multiple Sclerosis. Money raised through the MS Readathon will help fund vital support services, like special Family Camps. These camps provide an opportunity for kids who have a parent affected by MS to learn more about MS, bond with other kids and have fun with their family. Thank you for supporting our MS Readathon adventure!
You can donate by using the following link or your special class link…
Year Two Teacher
The Fathering Project
Developing Leadership Skills at Home by Michael Grose
It’s difficult preparing children for the world of work as the future is so uncertain. However, the ability to lead others is one attribute that will always be in demand regardless of whether your child works for a large employer, in small business, community work, is self-employed or engages in project work.
The need for leadership skill development has never been greater. Initiative, innovation and resilience is the currency of the workforce of the future. These leadership skills are best fostered from an early age at home, which will give them a head start at school.
After working in the student leadership area for many years I’ve identified five skills and traits that form the building blocks for future leadership, which can be promoted easily by parents at home. I’ve included them below with tips how to put each into practice.
Being a leader means that your child is willing to take responsibility and be accountable for their actions. Personal responsibility is shown when your child is accountable for their behaviour, for their belongings and for the welfare of others. Practical ways to develop responsibility include:
- Giving them responsibility for a certain part of their day such as getting themselves out of bed each morning
- Encouraging them to restore relationships with others including siblings when they mess up
- Taking responsibility for household chores including resolving problems if they forget to do them
The ability to clearly get a message across to others is common among effective leaders. While most leadership positions require your child to speak publicly, their communication skills can be developed through regular one-on-one or small group experiences at home and at school. Practical ways to develop your child’s communication skills include:
- One-on-one conversations with adults about a wide variety of issues and topics
- Regular discussions at the meal table where kids learn to share their thoughts, listen to others and report on events of the day
- Encourage your child to participate fully in speaking activities at school such as daily news time, class and school plays and debate
The ability to organise yourself and others is central to effective leadership. Thinking what needs to be done, planning ahead and making time are basic organisational skills at the heart of personal effectiveness and leadership. Practical ways to develop organisational skills include encouraging your child to:
- Keep their personal space including their bedroom tidy and organised
- Use a diary to help manage their time
- Organise a weekly chores roster including all members of the family
Cooperating, encouraging and acceptance of others are essential qualities of an effective leader. A family is a great place to develop a sense of teamwork in kids as it naturally requires kids to compromise for the sake of keeping the peace. Practical ways to develop a sense of teamwork include:
- Encouraging kids to share their time, possessions and spaces with other family members
- Practise teamwork at home by encouraging siblings to cook and do other chores together
- Emphasise the role of being part of a team by focusing on your child’s contribution to a team or group rather than individual achievement
An underestimated quality shared by most admired leaders is their ability to remain calm when things don’t go well. This emotional intelligence skill requires self-awareness, an ability to identify their own emotions and respond appropriately to the emotions of others. You can nurture these skills in the following way:
- Help your child recognise their emotions. “Could it be that this makes your angry?”
- Help your child recognise emotions in others. “How do you think your brother feels right now?”
- Discuss emotions of characters in books, television programs and movies. “How you think that character felt when he was, he was rejected by his friends?”
Leaders are needed in all walks of life – at work, in school, in families, in sport and in the wider community. The skills of leadership are best developed in the first group that a child belongs to – their family. By encouraging your child to be a contributing, responsible, caring family member you will be going a long way toward developing their innate leadership capabilities.
Taken from www.parentingideas.com.au