Loreto Nedlands

69 Webster Street
Nedlands 6009, WA
p: (08) 6389 9400
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Laughter, Happiness, Joy.

the search for truth.

Principal’s Message – July 25th, 2019

Principal’s Message – July 25th, 2019

Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands

It was my pleasure to welcome the students back to school on Monday for the commencement of Semester Two.  The joy of working in schools is the enthusiasm, positivity and vitality that the children demonstrate so regularly.  They are the role models.  They model to us how to live our lives positively, facing challenges with an open mind and they demonstrate Jesus in our hearts in their welcoming attitude towards others.  The joys I witnessed on Monday morning included; a Year Two student asking me if I wished I was in Year Two, a student rushing to hug a new student to the school and taking them outside to play, all within 5 minutes of arriving at Loreto, and a couple of Year Four students actively welcoming and caring for a new student in Year Four.  Christian witness is alive and well at Loreto Nedlands!

This week we welcome three new families to Loreto Nedlands.  We welcome the Compton family, with Mum, Jodie and Oliver in Year Four, Lachlan in Year Two and Amelia in Pre-Kindy.  We welcome Lawson Wedding to Year Two and his parents, Shane and Tash. We welcome Lucas Santo into Kindergarten with his parents, Santo and Elizabeth. We wish all our new families a very happy association with Loreto Nedlands. 

We send our condolences to the Cooper family as they mourn the recent passing of their Father and Grandfather.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Monica, Tim, Noah and Riley during this time.  We pray for Mrs Rebecca Barfoot and Mrs Margie Weeldenburg who are both mourning the passing of parents during the school holidays.  Our prayers, thoughts and love are extended to all.

This week, along with the Loreto community throughout Australia, we commemorate “Landing Day.” “Landing Day” signifies the day that Mother Gonzaga Barry landed in Victoria, from Ireland on 19 July 1875 to commence the Loreto Australia story.  The Loreto legacy that exists today across Australia can be directly attributed to Mother Gonzaga Barry and her loyal companions who travelled far away from family and country to begin schools and ministries.  The courage, dedication, perseverance, conviction and creativity of these women, in often trying circumstances, should be duly celebrated by all of us who have the pleasure and privilege of participating in the Loreto community today.

The Catholic School Performing Arts Festival commences this week with the Opening Mass on Thursday. Our students are most fortunate with the opportunities they have to participate in the performing arts, on a variety of levels.  The performing arts program at Loreto is thriving under the direction of our dedicated music teachers 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.  This was most evident in the recent Year Five and Six Musical.  There were a number of students who shone during the production and surprised both their teachers and their parents.  Joining with others to create and perform and performing as a soloist is good for the soul.  The performing arts bring joy to others and satisfaction to the performer.  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. 

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)

Parents may have noticed that we have builders at school busy working in the convent building.  The builders commenced works during the holidays on renovating the staff and parent lounge areas, workrooms and bathroom facilities.  We look forward to works being completed by the end of this term.  The temporary staff room is located in the upstairs mezzanine of the Performing Arts Centre.  The builders are accessing the building from the Barry Park entrance and have skips and equipment on the lawn next to the vegetable gardens.  In order to ensure safety please avoid this area as much as possible.

On Friday the Year Six students will be commissioned into their new leadership roles for Term Three immediately following Mass at 9.00am at Holy Rosary Church.  We congratulate new Head Boy and Girl, Harry McHenry and Isabelle Counsel. We congratulate Mary Ward Captains, Elsie Fraser and Donny She.  We also acknowledge and congratulate all the Year Six class who will be commissioned into new leadership ministries for the term.

Parents are reminded about the Pupil Free Day on Wednesday 31 July.  Staff will be participating in a staff retreat day.  

We look forward to welcoming Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, as he visits the Year Six students in preparation for them receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on 3rd August. The Archbishop is doing a parish visitation and a visit to the school is an important part of the visitation. Please keep the Year Six students in your prayers as they prepare for the sacrament next weekend.  Sincerest thanks to Mrs Debuf, Mrs Di Biaggio and Fr Gavin Gomez for their efforts in preparing the children to receive the sacrament.

The Year Three students will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Loreto Chapel on Tuesday 30 July commencing at 9.00am.  This is a very special occasion for the Year Three students and their families.  Please keep the Year Three students in your prayers as they commence their final week of preparation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Thank you to Mr Corbett, Mr Falloon and Fr Gavin Gomez for preparing the children for the sacrament. 

Best wishes for the week ahead.


Therese Hussey


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