Loreto Nedlands

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Nedlands 6009, WA
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Principal’s Message – Week 8 – June 16th, 2022

Principal’s Message – Week 8 – June 16th, 2022

Mary Ward’s Virtue of FREEDOM: My dearest children, try to avoid narrowness… strive ever to widen and deepen your hearts and minds. (Gonzaga Barry)


Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands

Firstly I take this opportunity to congratulate our First Communicants on receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion last Sunday. Special thanks to Father Gavin and Father Geoff for celebrating the mass and Julia Waller, class teacher, for preparing the students. Katie Sharman, Mission Coordinator, Sarina Davey, Music Coordinator, School Choir and all staff, family and friends who gathered to celebrate.

Year Six students showcased their musical talents on Friday night at our evening Soiree, followed by the School Choir closing the event. Parents, a survey will be sent out shortly for you to provide feedback on the event. Congratulations to all, and many thanks to our Peripatetic tutors who prepared the students and assisted on the night.

At the conclusion of this term, we say farewell to three staff members. Mr Rob Falloon has resigned after 28 years of service. This is an outstanding contribution to Loreto Nedlands’ education. Rob will be acknowledged and farewelled at our beginning Term Three Mass to be held on Monday, 25 July, followed by cake and a cuppa. Ms Billi is taking a year’s leave to work in the Juvenile Justice System. We wish Ms Billi all the best in her new role. Mr Steve Tucker has taken up the role of Finance Officer at Mary MacKillop Catholic Primary School commencing Semester Two. We thank Steve for his two years of service at Loreto Nedlands and wish him the best in his future endeavours.

I take this opportunity to congratulate all Year Five and Six students on preparing and executing their speeches for Loreto Nedlands Speaker of the Year. 13 Finalists presented their speeches to family and friends last night. James achieved overall winner with Matilda, Elena and Orlando as runner-ups. These four students will represent Loreto Nedlands in the upcoming IPSHA Speaker of the Year competition to be held at Scotch College in September. Special thanks to our adjudicators, Mary Bizzaca (Retired Principal), our in-class adjudicator and Elizabeth Prendergast (Loreto Past Pupil President), Kerry Brown (CEWA Literacy Consultant) and Emma Longcake (CEWA School Support Consultant), as last night’s adjudicators.

Next Friday, the Loreto Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) will be transformed into an Art Gallery. I invite families to visit the LPAC after school from Tuesday to Thursday with their children as an opportunity for your child to show and share with you their magnificent pieces of art. The event will close with a lovely evening on Friday. Families and friends, I encourage you to come along to this wonderful evening event and participate in our auctions. All proceeds raised will go back into the school for your children. Please read below for further information.

Finally, please note the Year Four-Six Rugby WA Gala Day Touch Rugby Comp has been cancelled for next Wednesday 22nd June.

Have a lovely weekend.

Rika Andres


School News

A Prayer for Creativity

With the Soiree being such a success last week and the Art Exhibition coming up next week, I thought it would be nice to focus our prayer on creativity!

Creator God,

As we are made in Your image,
we give You thanks for the seed of creativity
You planted within each person.
We praise the clean lines of the sculpture,
the complexity of the concerto,
and the beauty of the poet’s words.

Grant us, we pray,
the capacity to appreciate creativity where we don’t always notice it:
in the perfectly clean and useful lines of a row of coat hangers,
or in the complexity of a computer that crashes (some days)
but most days does not,
or the beauty in a text message carrying everyday news.

Forgive us, we pray,
for those times we have squandered with aimless disregard
our capacity to create,
and for those times we have used our creativity
as a force for destruction rather than reparation.

Help us truly to live in appreciative awe of the creativity
that you have planted within.
Give us the patience and courage to nourish that creativity,
and the strength and persistence to express it.
In Your name, we pray,


Katie Sharman
Mission Co-Ordinator


The Eucharist

Two weeks ago, Mrs Andres, Mrs Barfoot and I attended a three-day course focused on Evangelisation facilitated by Bishop Gerard Holohan. Together we have drafted our Evangelisation Plan for 2023 – 2025, which we will be sharing with the staff in the coming weeks.

Bishop Holohan feels strongly about Catholics celebrating the Eucharist regularly and actively participating in Mass. He spoke passionately to us as Mission Leaders in schools to encourage families to see how the Eucharist relates to their lives and what it can offer them, as he knows how time-poor we all are today. The Bishop gave the following four reasons as to why the Eucharist is relevant to us, which I think are excellent ideas to reflect upon as we consider making Mass a priority at our busy weekends.

Prayers for needs answered
The first is that, through the Eucharist, our prayers for personal needs and those of others we pray for are granted in the ways and when God knows is best for us. Therefore, the Eucharist is relevant to the lives of all with personal needs or those who are concerned for the needs of others.

Jesus promised that God will always answer prayers in ways and at times that are good. He taught many things about prayer, including that its power is weakened where people’s spiritual relationship with Jesus is weak.

Guidance for life
Through the Eucharist, Jesus offers guidance for life. He answers to personal life questions such as ‘who am I?’ ‘What should be the direction of my life?’ and solutions to life’s problems. So, the Eucharist is relevant to all with questions and problems.

Gospel freedom
Through the Eucharist, Jesus offers freedom from all in our lives that is not of God. This includes our weaknesses, guilty feelings, dominating emotions, and personally crippling attitudes, such as low left esteem, and habits. By participating in the Eucharist, we can strengthen our relationship with Jesus and focus on the inner freedom to become the person we feel that we can be.

Empowerment to live as Jesus taught
Finally, through the Eucharist, Jesus empowers his followers to live his teachings and grow towards their personal ideals. Hence, the Eucharist is relevant to all who want the happiness that grows in all who love like Jesus, and who reflect his goodness in their behaviour.

Katie Sharman
Mission Co-Ordinator


Semester One Reports
Loreto Nedlands utilises the SEQTA Engage Parent Portal for parents to access student reports for students in Kindy to Year Six at the end of each semester. If you have not already done so, please log in to SEQTA Engage to ensure you are able to access your child’s report. To do this you will need to access: https://loretonedlands.coneqt-p.cathednet.wa.edu.au/ and use your current username and password. The link is also found on the homepage of our school website (choose Our Parents, then SEQTA Engage).

If you know your username but have forgotten your password, please click on the “Forgot your Password?” link and an immediate email will be sent to you. The password reset link in the email will expire within one hour, so please action immediately. If you have forgotten both of these, then please contact the school office and we can remind you of your username.

If you are new to using SEQTA Engage you will receive an email to set up a login account. This email will expire within 7 days so please action this as soon as possible. If you have not received your sign-up email by Week 10 or have any issues, please contact the school.

Rebecca Barfoot
Assistant Principal

Little Moments

Adeline (PK) – Growth Mindset
Louve (PK) – Positive Approach to Learning
Bup (Kindy) – Positive Approach to Learning
Mason (Kindy) – Positive Approach to Learning
Alessio (Year Four) – Amazing Manners
Lizzie (Year Four) – Positive Approach to Learning
Mila (Year Four) – Positive Approach to Learning
Grant (Year Four) – Amazing Manners
Stella Mc (Year Six) – Positive Approach to Learning
Xavier (Year Six) – Amazing Manners
Jake (Year Six) – Displaying the Value of Freedom
Novella (Year Six) – Displaying the Value of Freedom
Stella M (Year Six) – Displaying the Value of Freedom

Rebecca Barfoot
Assistant Principal

Speaker of the Year 2022

On Tuesday 14th of June, it was the Loreto Nedlands Speaker of the Year Awards Night.

Thirteen finalists were picked and went head-to-head for the top prizes which everyone was hoping for. The prizes were Winner, First Runner Up, Second Runner Up and Principal’s Award. I’d specifically like to thank Mrs Coenen and Miss Kezich for organising and preparing the lovely evening and a big thanks to our adjudicators for generously sparing their time to judge the finalists. Everyone had such entertaining topics. It was very hard for the adjudicators to pick the winners; everybody did amazing speeches!

The award winners for the evening were:

Winner: James, The One That Got Away – Year Six
First Runner Up: Matilda, Parental Guidance – Year Six
Second Runner Up: Elena, My Big Crazy Italian Family – Year Five
Principal’s Award: Orlando, Optimist State Championship – Year Six

Congratulations to all the other finalists that participated including:

Luke, Year Six: How to Eat Food You Don’t Like
Samuel, Year Six: The History of Rap
Eva, Year Six: Life is but a Dream
Shin, Year Five: Dreams of Balloons
John, Year Five: Superheros and Gods
Lachlan, Year Five: The Quest for the Best Bacon and Egg Burger
Stella, Year Six: Law and Order
Karinka, Year Five: Wojtek – Unbelievable Bear Story
Grace, Year Five: International Women’s Day

Overall, it was a very enjoyable and successful night!

Written by Elena, Year Five and James, Year Six

LifeLink Fundraising

Last Wednesday, the Year Sixes attended the online launch for LifeLink 2022. LifeLink helps people who are less fortunate. The Archbishop and Bishop Don spoke about the history of LifeLink, what makes a superhero and how we can support LifeLink in our school.

Then on Friday, we had a fabulous Pyjama Day to raise money for LifeLink. We all wore our favourite, craziest pyjamas and had a very cosy day. Together as a school, we managed to raise over $200 for LifeLink!

Written by the Year Six Pastoral Care Ministry

Katie Sharman
Mission Co-Ordinator

World Environment Day in Pre Kindy

The Pre Kindy children celebrated World Environment Day with a recycling sensory play table. There was a recycling truck and items to sort. Conversations were had about how we can look after God’s World!

The children worked together to make a collage of our world and even some of the Kindy and Pre-Primary children helped. We also soaked recycled paper and added wheat grass seeds and made seed bomb worlds. You should see them growing!

The children loved sharing Peppa Pigs Recycling Fun and retelling the story with Peppa Pig and her family-even the Pig family red car. We talked about the things we can recycle in our yellow recycling bins including paper, cans, glass bottles and plastic bottles.

Justine Jacobs
Pre Kindy Teacher

Loreto Nedlands P&F

The Parents and Friends Association of Loreto Nedlands is a very active group that exists to support the Principal and Staff in the activities of the school and to promote a spirit of friendship and cooperation within the school community. It is open to all current members of the school community.

P&F meetings are held twice a term and those dates are in the school calendar. We encourage all parents to come along to hear updates from our Parent Committees and to vote on how our P&F funds are spent.

P&F Art Exhibition and Auction – Friday 24th June 2022

The Art Exhibition and Auction is coming up next week on Friday 24th June at 6:00pm in the LPAC which is a parents only function!

The Art Exhibition will also be open from 3.10pm to 4.30pm on Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd so parents can go and view the artwork with their children prior to the Art Exhibition and Auction.

There will be a great selection of artworks on show and each child (from Kindy to Year Six) together with Linda Lee Loo (our lovely Artist in Residence) have created a wonderful canvas artwork that is available for purchase. You can pre-purchase your child’s canvas artwork via https://www.trybooking.com/CAAOF or buy on the night. Any unpurchased artwork will be donated back to the school.

An Auction will be held for some larger pieces during the evening. Please see the attached flyer for a preview of some of those Auction items. You can also purchase a bottle of wine from our Wine Wall fundraiser on the night.

The P&F committee will be providing drinks and canapes as the parents of the Loreto Nedlands community gather for this fantastic evening!

Please register your attendance via the official school invite.

Cookbook – 125 years of Loreto

The Loreto Recipe Submission is now live! Please see the details in this newsletter and contribute your favourite family recipes and photos for the cookbook to celebrate 125 years of Loreto in WA!

We are also looking for sponsors for our cookbook so let us know if your business or a business you know would be interested in becoming one of our sponsors.

Please contact Natalie via email nctravers@gmail.com if you have any queries.

P&F Meeting – Change of Date to Wednesday 29th June 2022

Our next P&F meeting has had a change of date and will now be held on Wednesday 29th June at 6.30pm (Agenda will be sent around prior).

If anyone has any questions or anything to add to the Agenda, please email Jennifer Roughan at jmroughan@iinet.net.au.

Jennifer Roughan
Loreto Nedlands P&F President


Upcoming Events

  • 27 June IPSHA Performing Arts TBC
  • 28 June IPSHA Performing Arts TBC
  • 29 June Yr 2 Informal Mass at Holy Rosary
  • 30 June Newsletter
  • 30 June Liturgical Singing
  • 01 July End of Term
  • 01 July Year 1 NAIDOC Mass
  • 01 July EUCA Mentor Groups