Mary Ward’s Virtue of FREEDOM: Her emphasis on freedom to bring all to God recurs often in this time, echoing Ignatius’ “finding God in all things.” (Christine Burke ibvm)
Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
A warm welcome to all our families as we start the new term — a very special cheer to all Mothers. I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your families. I look forward to celebrating this special day with you at our Mother’s Day Mass, followed by morning tea in the Mary Ward courtyard.
The monkey bars installed by Funky Monkey Bars have been a welcome addition to the children’s playground. It is wonderful to see the children taking reasonable risks to enjoy the various obstacles.
A few members of the Wellbeing Leadership Team are currently undertaking online learning with other schools nationwide. Loreto Nedlands was fortunate enough to be one of the CEWA schools selected to participate. RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) based on the acronym, RULER, for the five skills of emotional intelligence: recognizing, understanding, labelling, expressing, and regulating emotion. RULER supports the entire school community in understanding the value of emotions, building the skills of emotional intelligence, and creating and maintaining a positive school climate. Our aim is to embed this into our Eucalyptus Program and EUCA Sessions with our Year Three to Six students, and eventually, it will be across all year levels.
Last week we hosted members of the Leadership Team from Loreto Ministries: Mr Paul Ould, Acting CEO and Director of Education; Mrs Carolyn Young, Director of Mission and Identity; Ms Anna Turkington, Director of Marketing and Communications; Mrs Alison Brown, Director Finance and Business. It has been two years since we have connected in person. The Loreto Nedlands Leadership and Administration Team met with LML to discuss our celebration of 125 Years of Loreto Education and various other points. The school board also met over the weekend to discuss governance and the strategic plan moving forward. Overall a very successful week. We acknowledge and are grateful for the support Loreto Ministries continues to provide Loreto Nedlands.
I also take this opportunity to welcome an additional Education Assistant who has joined our beautiful Pre Primary Class. Mrs Angela Lionetto-Civa will be the second Education Assistant from Monday to Thursday.
We are also very fortunate to have two Notre Dame Pre Service Teachers this term. Miss Elena Loreto is a third year student who will be in the Year Two class. Miss Maya Kraj-Krajewski is a second year student who will be in the Year One Class.
You may have noticed that Barry Park has undergone some pruning over the last few weeks. This was much overdue. All trees have been pruned back for safety reasons, and we did fell some trees that were damaging to the school roof. All the timber and wood chips are being recycled for school purposes. The hope is to use the strong Tuart timber for playground upgrades/benches, etc.
Parents, a gentle reminder regarding drop off and pick up. Please do not enter/exit via the Staff Carpark at the Stanley Street entrance. This is not pedestrian access.
We are looking forward to seeing you all on Friday afternoon for our first face to face Assembly in the LPAC.
Happy Mother’s Day and have a lovely weekend.
A Prayer for Mothers
We pray in gratitude for our mothers and for all the women who have joined with you in the wonder of bringing forth new life. You who became human through a woman, grant to all mothers the courage they need to face the uncertain future that life with children always brings.
Give them the strength to live and to be loved in return, not perfectly, but humanly.
Give them the faithful support of partners, family, and friends, as they care for the physical and spiritual growth of their children.
Give them joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the trials of motherhood. Most of all, give them the wisdom to turn to you for help when they need it most.
The Hail Mary
May is traditionally known as the month of Mary in the Church. The Hail Mary is our devotional prayer to the Mother of God, Mary, and forms the basis of the Rosary. The origins of the Hail Mary are interesting to note and give a beautiful context to the prayer.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee
The first phrase is a quote from Luke’s Gospel during the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel came to Mary to tell her she was going to be the Mother of Jesus. The salutation Hail (Ave in Latin) was a sign of respect reserved for the high-class citizens of society, which Mary was not. The angel Gabriel’s use of this greeting surprised Mary, but it reflected the deferential respect that God held for her. Gabriel is also saying that Mary is full of grace because the Lord (both God, and his flesh on earth, Jesus) is with her.
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
The second part of the Hail Mary is another quote from the Gospel of Luke. This time, it is the words of Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, who was soon to be the Mother of John the Baptist. When Elizabeth hears that Mary is to have a child, she is filled with the Holy Spirit as she exclaimed how blessed both Mary and Jesus are. The word ‘fruit’ is also a deeply biblical term. It is incorporated into many parts of the Old Testament, such as God’s command to, “be fruitful and increase in number,” (Genesis 1:28) and the Forbidden Fruit.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death
This phrase was added by the Church, possibly around the 11th century, and asks Mary to intercede for us. We are entrusting the Virgin Mary with our prayers and petitions with the hope that she may bring us salvation: by calling ourselves sinners we recognise our shortcomings. We ask that Mary may lead us on the path towards her son Jesus Christ and God the Father.
Congratulations to the following students:
- Mary (Kindy) – Displaying the value of Freedom
- Myles (Kindy) – Positive Approach to Learning
- Liam (Pre-Primary) – Amazing Manners
- Patrick (Pre-Primary) – Positive Approach to Learning
- Sophia (Pre-Primary) – Positive Approach to Learning
- Elliott (Year One) – Positive Approach to Learning
- Zane (Year One) – Positive Approach to Learning
- Callum (Year Two) – Amazing Manners
- Isabella (Year Two) – Growth Mindset
- Hamish (Year Three) – Positive Approach to Learning
- Charlie (Year Three) – Growth Mindset
- Eduarda (Year Three) – Amazing Manners
- Alessio (Year Four) – Positive Approach to Learning
- Leo (Year Four) – Positive Approach to Learning
- Kai (Year Four) – Positive Approach to Learning
- Mila (Year Four) – Positive Approach to Learning
- Shin (Year Five) – Positive Approach to Learning
- Jayden (Year Six) – Displaying the value of Freedom
- Jake (Year Six) – Displaying the value of Freedom
- James (Year Six) – Positive Approach to Learning
- Luke (Year Six) – Positive Approach to Learning
- Stella Moullin (Year Six) – Positive Approach to Learning
Now that we are at the beginning of Term Two, it is important to review the goals set at the parent-teacher meetings last term. These may be goals set by parents on behalf of the junior students or personal goals set by the Year Five and Six students when they attended the online meetings with their parents.
An essential part of learners being independent and self-directed is their ability to set and reflect on goals for their success. At each age and stage of schooling, there are several suggested key ideas and strategies that will scaffold the learning for learners to be able to be highly efficient and proficient goal-setters further up the school. Ensuring the foundations are strong will facilitate success later.
The following article “Goal Setting in the Primary Years” discusses key ideas and strategies that will help set achievable goals throughout the primary years.
NAPLAN is a nationwide measure through which parents, teachers, schools, education authorities, governments and the broader community can determine how well young Australians are developing the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for other learning and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community.
- NAPLAN tests are one aspect of each school’s assessment and reporting process. NAPLAN does not replace the extensive, ongoing assessments made by teachers about each student’s performance. A child’s teacher will have the best insight into the child’s educational progress. NAPLAN results do not measure overall school quality.
- NAPLAN questions are directly linked to the Australian Curriculum: English and Mathematics. As such, the best preparation students can do for NAPLAN is to learn what they do in the classroom every day. On its own, NAPLAN is not a test that can be studied for, and students are not expected to do so.
- The assessments allow parents to see how their child is progressing against national standards in literacy and numeracy and over time. Along with other school assessment reports, NAPLAN supports parents in discussing with teachers their child’s strengths and areas for improvement.
- NAPLAN results can assist teachers by providing additional information to support their professional judgement about students’ levels of literacy and numeracy attainment and progress.
- NAPLAN can support school improvement by enabling teachers to monitor their students’ progress over time against the national measure, to identify strengths and areas to improve in teaching programs, and to set goals in literacy and numeracy.
- Students and parents wishing to familiarise themselves with NAPLAN online can visit the publicdemonstration site on the NAP website. Some past NAPLAN papers are also available.
- One of the main benefits of NAPLAN online is that it uses tailored (or adaptive) testing. This means that students receive questions better suited to their abilities, so they can show what they know and can do.
- Online testing also allows us to provide a wide range of accessibility options to support students with disability to access NAPLAN.
- For more information about the move to online, visit the ‘NAPLANonline’ page of the NAP website.
- This year, between 10 and 12 May, our school will be doing NAPLAN online.
- NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are already learning at school.
- NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process – it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance; however, students and parents may use individual results to discuss progress with teachers.
- Read the NAPLANinformation brochure for parents and carers. To see the format of the online tests, visit the public demonstration site.
ANZAC Day Ceremony
On Friday the 29th of April the ANZAC Day Ceremony, which was in remembrance of the soldiers who fought in war, was conducted by the Year Five class. The whole school came together and paid respect to the ANZAC’s. Everyone walked to the flag poles at the front of the school and reverently stood throughout the whole ceremony. Mrs Davey led us in singing spirit of the ANZAC’s. Each student held the beautiful handmade poppies made by our parents.
The Year Five students presented the ceremony. The wreath was placed at the flagpole by Robbie and Kana. The last post was played before the one-minute silence and the Rouse. During with the Rouse, the Australian flag was raised by Luke. We were honoured to listen to our guest speaker Mr John Guhl, representing the Nedlands RSL Club. Mr Guhl gave an inspirational speech about ANZAC Day and its significance to this day. He explained that ANZAC services are held at dawn as this is when most of the fighting happened. Mr Guhl reminded us to think of our great grandparents and grandparents who fought in the war. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all the classes departed to their classrooms and the Year Five and Six classes were privileged to learn about Flay protocol and the Australian flag from Mr Guhl.
Thank you, Mrs Coenen and Mr Guhl.
By Grace and Ashwell
Year Five Students
On Friday 20th May, the Year Six Pastoral Care Ministry will be running a Soup-er Friday to raise much needed funds for the Nedlands St Vincent de Paul branch. Tomato and pumpkin soup will be available for $5 at lunch, yum! If your child would like to participate, please have them bring their own bowl and spoon to help us be environmentally friendly. If anyone doesn’t like soup, we will also be accepting donations on the day!
Our EUCA sessions for students in Years Three-Six have provided opportunities to increase self-confidence, improve self-worth and provide exposure to new and different perspectives. After only one term, our mentor teachers have witnessed students showing healthier social interactions with peers and a better understanding of identifying and dealing with emotions.
The students have participated in numerous activities designed to encourage positive friendships, inclusivity, and creativity. Conversations have encouraged students to connect with others and understand the importance of having significant friends in our lives. Together we belong to our own special collective.
Each EUCA group has begun brainstorming for our overarching “Charter”. Students, with their mentor teachers, have identified key words describing how they would like to ‘feel’ or what they would like to ‘see’ in our EUCA sessions. Students were asked to expand on a single word and describe what an outsider would ‘see’ if they were to join one of our mentor sessions. Some examples included:
- Encouraging people to do new activities
- Pushing through obstacles
- Going above and beyond
- Positive feedback to others
- Putting others first emotionally
- Talk to lonely people
We look forward to completing our ‘EUCA Charter’ and using it as a guide to facilitate positive EUCA sessions throughout the year.
Colaille Group Mentor
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 two times 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.
Mother’s Day Mass, Morning Tea and P&F Mother’s Day Raffle – Friday 6th May
A Mother’s Day Mass will be held at Holy Rosary Church at 9am followed by Morning Tea at Loreto Nedlands. We look forward to seeing you all there.
The P&F will be running a Mother’s Day Raffle with raffle tickets for purchase at morning tea (cash or EFTPOS).
- 2 Tickets for $5.00
- 5 Tickets for $10.00
- 10 Tickets for $20.00
The P&F committee is looking to raise $20,000 this year to be able to contribute back to the school in the form of classroom and playground equipment. The raffle funds will go toward that goal.
P&F Meeting – Wednesday 11th May 2022
Our next P&F meeting will be held on Wednesday 11th May at 6.30pm (Agenda will be sent around prior).
If anyone has any questions or anything to add to the agenda, please contact Jennifer Roughan via email email@example.com.
Mother’s Day Stall – Thankyou
A big thankyou to Patrycja Spears for co-ordinating our Mother’s Day Stall and to all our stall volunteers. It was a great success and all the kids enjoyed buying a special gift for their Mother’s!
We are quickly approaching the collection date for fundraising donation requests. The P&F are asking each class to donate certain items or should parents wish to opt-out of providing an item and instead donate cash for us to use for purchasing items. We would like to have everything collected by Week Three of Term Two (by Friday 13th May). Details are in the Class Representative email sent out this week. Thank you to those parents who have already dropped off their donation items.
Cookbook – 125 Years of Loreto
The P&F will soon be requesting parents contribute their favourite family recipes and photos for the cookbook we are compiling as a fundraising effort for Loreto and to celebrate 125 years!
Natalie Cloud has kindly agreed to coordinate the compilation of this cookbook. Anyone who thinks they might like to volunteer to help with this, please contact Natalie via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consider what recipe you might like to contribute and if you have a chance to cook it, take some photos of you and your family cooking and a beautiful picture of the end result! We will also be 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.
Loreto Nedlands P&F President