Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Firstly, I wish all our families a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I hope that no matter what you do over these holidays, it is filled with much joy and laughter. I pray that you will all return safely to us in 2021.
For the families who will not be returning in 2021, I wish you the very best.
Last night we had a wonderful Graduation Ceremony followed by a beautiful supper in the Mary Ward courtyard. The event, atmosphere, company and weather could not have been more perfect. Congratulations to all our Award Recipients for 2020.
Below you can read my speech.
Year Six Graduation Speech
Good Evening, Year Six Students, Distinguished Guests, Parents, Families and Friends and Staff of Loreto Community.
It has taken me a while to write this speech because I wanted it to focus on you. After all, tonight, is all about you, looking at the past, present and more importantly into the future.
As you leave Loreto, you will take three essential powers with you. Funnily enough, the acronym is KPI which stands for Key Performance Indicators:
Your parents, teachers, families and friends have all contributed towards these powers. However, you hold the key to unlock them.
As individuals, and collectively as a group, what you have achieved academically in the classroom, on the sports field, musically, technologically and at various events both at school and in the community throughout your years here at Loreto is astounding. In your approximate 12 years of life, you should be very proud of yourselves. I congratulate all of you on the various leadership roles that you have undertaken here during your time at Loreto.
Good days, bad days, and just OK days — they’re all part of life. But always remember, God is there for support through all the ups and downs. He sees the decisions, the tribulations, and the celebrations that are all part of your everyday life. Your faith plays an important role in your life, and it is important to continue to strengthen your relationship with God.
I want to say a prayer…
During this season of new beginnings, we ask that you would make our graduate’s way clear. We ask that you would keep their footsteps firm and remind them that you are with them, always. May they sense the freshness of your Spirit over their lives in amazing ways, may they be strengthened, instilled with hope, for the new roads you have in store. We ask for your wisdom and clear direction over their lives that you would give them understanding beyond their years.
We pray that you would direct their steps, that your plans for them would prosper; that every place you have determined for them to walk would be paved clear. We ask for you to open doors that need to be opened and close everyone that should be shut tight.
Allow every gift and treasure you have placed inside their lives to grow, develop, and flourish. May they feel your peace and security.
Today I visited the Year 6s in their classroom and read them a popular book by Dr Seuss titled “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” The book was first published in 1990. Thirty years ago and yet it is a wonderful piece of literature. This year I have heard Dr Seuss quoted by several students during their various speaking presentations so I thought that it would be fitting to finish their time here at Loreto with a little bit of Dr Seuss. As I have already read the book, I would like to conclude by reading a few pertinent sentences.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
The generosity of our staff and families has been overwhelming for our Loreto Giving Tree. There are approximately 75 gifts that go way beyond the Christmas Tree. Our Saint Vincent de Paul representatives John Shea and Frank Prendergast was extremely grateful and excited that so many children would wake up to a brighter Christmas morning because of your generosity.
What fun we had today. It was super dooper exciting. A massive thank you to the P&F for organising.
Kindy and Pre Primary Concert
Today our little ones showcased their talent during their Concert and Nativity Plays. It was so gorgeous watching the children and seeing the many smiles on parent’s faces. I look forward to watching them grow in their years at Loreto.
Save the Date
Friday, December 11 is set aside to say thank you to you as parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts etc. who have freely given your time to support Loreto this year in so many ways. Please join us for Morning Tea as our way to say thank you to you.
All members of the Loreto Community, big and small are welcome to join us for The Loreto Welcoming Picnic in 2021 which is being held on Friday, 12 February 2021.
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas Break.
End of Year School Prayer
At the end of this school year, we give thanks to God.
For all the teaching and learning that has taken place at Loreto,
both in and out of our classrooms.
For the talents and gifts that have been shared and the challenges
that have been faced, especially during COVID times.
For the burdens that have been lifted,
the hurts that have been healed
and the respect and care that has been shown.
We give thanks for the friendships that have just begun and those that have grown.
We give thanks for our community at Loreto and we ask you Lord to
bless our students as they end their school year and bless our families
as we take our holidays.
May our time together leave us with memories to cherish.
Pour out love on us that we may return renewed and refreshed in 2021,
ready to continue our journey together.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
P & F Christmas Markets
We were fortunate to have another beautiful evening for the Christmas market.
Thank you to everyone involved in our Christmas market last Friday. The P&F was humbled by the contributions and generosity of our school community. I would like to extend a thank you to the community businesses who supported our market; Contrology Authentic Pilates, Emsibeth Haircare, Automatic Italian Kitchen, Martineaus, Bakers Delight, Hamptons Style Interiors and John and Kath Daniel from Susannah Brook Winery.
Andrea Coad, on behalf of the P&F Committee
Vale Sr Kathleen Brennan ibvm 1923-2020
Sr Kathleen Brennan ibvm passed away peacefully last Thursday. Sr Kathleen was a past principal of Loreto Nedlands during the seventies. She was responsible for renovating the school building as well as the construction of the junior primary classrooms. One of Sr Kathleen’s finest achievements was to lead the fight against the closure of the school in 1973-74. Due to Kathleen Brennan’s foresight and quiet determination to fight the threatened closure crisis nearly 50 years ago, today Loreto Nedlands is a thriving school community, rich in the charism and faith traditions of Mary Ward and blessed with many new facilities.
Rest in peace Sr Kathleen!
Alexander Guest Finals
I can no longer say that there has not been a need for extra time. The year 3 and 4 teams battled hard in a game that had multiple swings in momentum. Congratulations to Barry who came out the victors by two points. The year 5 and 6 competition was equally close with Ward coming out the victors there. Nestor came close near the end but was a bridge too far come the final whistle.
Thank you to the year 6 students who gave up their time for training and umpiring throughout the term, it is always impressive to see how you can take the reins and run a strong competition.
Long jump Pit
The P&F have kindly donated some resources for us to update our long/triple jump pit. Thank you very much for that. I am now calling for keen parents who can spare a day to help replace some lawn, spread sand etc. Access to a trailer would be even better. At this stage the day will be planned for somewhere near the end of the summer holidays depending on when most are available. If you think you can help please email me at Andrew.email@example.com.
A selection of year 5 and 6 students recently took part in a day of Super 8’s cricket. Thank you to Mr Corbett, Alex and Niamh for taking the students on the day, it sounded like it was a lot of fun. The students played against 5 other schools from our IPSHA collective.
Well done to the year 6 boys basketball team for making the semi-finals of the state basketball competition. They came up against the eventual winners at this stage and were knocked out. You can all be proud of what you have achieved, your dedication to training has been amazing. Thank you to Aiden Bradley for coaching the boys for what seems like forever now. Thank you to the parents who got the boys to training each week and supported them all along the journey.
Year 3-6 will have their swim trials on Thursday 4 February next year. All will be asked to swim 50m’s for freestyle, breastroke and backstroke. Butterfly will be optional for year 4-6. The summer holidays will present a good chance to get in the pool and build up some fitness for the trials. Training does not need to be too strenuous, simply being prepared can alleviate a lot of the stress that comes with the trials.
Health & Physical Education Teacher
Dear Loreto Students and Parent Community
Thank you so much for your generous gifts and good wishes (Parent Message Book) as I retire from my teaching career of 30 years, 21 of them spent at Loreto.
Loreto Nedlands provided me with a multitude of opportunities in my career, but the most rewarding of all was working with your children and the joy they continually brought to my life! Going to work was never a tedious task when I was greeted with their cheerios and smiling faces. Their energy and enthusiasm helped me to strive to provide the best education and support I could possibly give. I feel very blessed to have been a part of their lives.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all and your families a peaceful and holy Christmas. May you continue to cherish each precious moment together. May the values Mary Ward espoused in her followers continue to guide us all.
Claudia Di Biaggio
Art and Music Specialists
Students at Loreto Nedlands will soon have the opportunity to get creative, as the school welcomes a visual arts specialist and music specialist to the learning community.
Next year, primary arts specialist Miya Maeda will join the school offering a diverse and engaging visual arts curriculum to all students from Kindy to Year 6.
An accomplished artist, Miya has a long and extensive background in visual arts education, art materials and visual art processes.
“As an art educator I am passionate about fostering children’s creativity by expanding their visual communication skills, activating critical thinking and guiding them to make meaningful connections between their own art, the art of others and their place in the world,” she said.
“Through teaching, making and responding to art, my goal is to create safe and inspirational learning spaces in which all students have the right tools and motivations to achieve their full creative potential.
“I’m super-excited about joining the Loreto community, I especially look forward to building a dynamic and supportive art space in which students can explore their potential, take creative risks and celebrate every part of their imagination.”
Music specialist Sarina Davey has lived and breathed music her whole life from beginning violin lessons at five years old to performing in UWA Chamber and Symphony orchestras while completing her Bachelors of Music (Performance) and Masters in Teaching.
Sarina has held teaching and director roles at a number of schools including Scotch College, Christchurch Grammar School, Kapinara – City Beach Primary School and Blue Gum Montessori School.
“Music at primary school is not about turning every child into a professional musician but to have fun and gain a lifelong love for music and the performing arts,” she said.
“Research shows learning music creates strong pathways between the left and right side of children’s brains which supports academic excellence.
“I also use my music lessons and performances to foster important life skills such as risk taking, grit, confidence building, teamwork skills and general wellbeing.”
For more information, visit loretonedlands.wa.edu.au.
Artist in Residence
LORETO DA VINCI 2020
What a fabulous year of creativity with Loreto students in our after school art sessions. This year we created many wonderful artworks and experimented with different mediums including: painting, printing, clay, charcoal, chalk, collage, plein air, watercolours, mosaic and portraiture.
I will be returning in Term 2 of 2021 and the class sizes are limited, if you would like to secure a spot for your child or have any questions please let me know asap.
Merry Christmas and Bless to all the families and a big special thank you to Rika, staff and teachers of Loreto Nedlands.
Christmas Giving Tree
Thank you to the families who have generously donated a present under our Christmas Giving Tree. These gifts will be given to local families less fortunate than ourselves and means that they too can have a Very Merry Christmas!
Holy Rosary Parish News
A WELCOMING COMMUNITY?
Deacon Greg Lowe, Director of the WA Catholic Migrant and Refugee Centre will present his inspiring talk on the theme of Welcome at the Parish Centre on Thursday, 26 November at 7pm.
His presentation shows ways Parishes may welcome existing Parishioners and newcomers.
You are warmly invited to attend.
RSVP: Parish Office, 9386 1870
WEEDING WOMEN WANTED
MALE MUSCLE MUSTER
Here’s why we need you! Saturday 12 December 10am to 12 noon.
Our Saturday 14 November working bee was washed out.
We moved the heavy stuff but had no time for essential weeding.
It’s now a mess. Bring the children.
George Schaefer firstname.lastname@example.org 0400768368
Good Mental Health
When we talk about mental health, we are referring to our psychological emotional and social wellbeing - it is all about how we think, feel, and behave.
Good mental health and wellbeing allows you to live your life in a positive and meaningful way and cope with life’s changes and challenges.
For optimum mental health, it is important for you to be able to prevent the development of anxiety or depressive moods as well as manage mood swings during times of stress or adversity.
The aim is to be able to maintain a balance:
• Have a broad range of interests (work, family, sport, hobbies) and spend time on the things you enjoy.
• Develop skills to help you cope better in stressful situations – e.g. anger management, relaxation techniques or assertiveness.
• Recognise and accept the things you can’t change.
• Develop a support group of people you feel comfortable to talk to and can trust and nurture these relationships.
• Don’t think you have to do it alone – share issues with an empathetic listener and ask for help sooner rather than later.
If you are struggling, call Lifeline on 131 114, or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. If children are struggling, they can call Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 or Youth Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.
“Keep your kids active these school holidays with full morning or half morning tennis camps at Onslow Park Tennis Club. Book now to secure your spot: tennisfactory.com.au/enrol click on HOLIDAY PROGRAM > ONSLOW PARK > Select your dates”
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.
VacSwim in January offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations during the long break. Not only are they a great school holiday activity, they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.
Your children can start as young as five years old.
Don’t wait! Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim