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Principal’s Message – August 22nd, 2019

Principal’s Message – August 22nd, 2019

Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands

The Loreto sisters, and all in Loreto Communities are working towards advancing the Cause of Venerable Mary Ward for Beatification, the next step towards Canonisation. We hold Mary Ward close to our hearts and she is an example of witnessing Jesus that our staff and students aspire to and, as such, it is fitting that we should support the cause of her Beatification. In support of the process we are asking for the help of those in our communities who hold our founder in high esteem.  Our first request is for your prayers that the process towards Canonisation can come to fruition.  Secondly, we request brief written statements of one or two paragraphs concerning the personal impact that Mary Ward may have had on your lives.  Please send personal statements to the school to forward to the Office for the Cause of Venerable Mary Ward, or alternatively, email directly to: causemaryward@gmail.com

Prayer for Mary Ward’s Beatification
God, creator of all that is good,
we thank you for giving Mary Ward to the Church and to the world.
Impelled by the fire of your love,
she did not shrink from risks,
labours or sufferings.
She lived and worked for your greater glory,
For the good of the church,
For the nurture of faith
and for the dignity of women.
She was a pilgrim
who spread the joy of the gospel.
A woman of out times.
Grant that through the solemn testimony of the Church
the example of her life may be a light for all who seek God’s will.
Amen

Thank you to all our parents for your support of Book Week. The parade, held earlier this week, was such fun for the students and staff.  The reading culture at Loreto Nedlands is most healthy indeed.  Our students find joy in books, a joy that can never be replaced by computer games and mobile apps, and the staff are always delighted by the response that the Loreto students have to literature. The Book Week parade, with a variety of characters and some very creative costumes for our students and staff, added further curiosity to our engagement with literature.  My sincerest thanks to Mrs Jacobs and Mrs Bowen for organising the Book Week Parade, activities, library visits and for their passion of the joy of literature at Loreto Nedlands.

I am grateful that we had a positive response to the recent Loreto Nedlands Parent Voice Survey.  The number of parents completing the survey was high.  The survey responses affirmed a number of aspects of our school.  In particular, we were affirmed as a welcoming school where all families are respected and staff display genuine pastoral care for all students and their parents.  Parent responses also indicated an appreciation of the opportunities offered to Loreto students to recognise and develop their gifts and talents, especially in relation to Music and before and after school club opportunities. As with all parent surveys, however, results should include areas that we need to work towards improving.  The school appreciates parents’ honesty in letting us know that feedback to parents regarding their children’s progress at school is an area that needs to improve.  In addition, parents let us know that they are unsure of the behaviour management strategies that are used across the school and that some policies require further clarity.

In order to address the areas of school improvement identified in the survey we will hold a parent evening on Wednesday 30th October commencing at 6.00pm for parents to attend.  The evening will commence with hospitality and include short presentations from staff members about ideas for improved feedback to parents, behaviour management strategies and policies, student voice initiatives and an update on the Blossoming Policy. In order to recognise the importance of the voice of the child, some of our senior students will also present information about school improvement, from their perspective. Please add this date to your calendar as we are hoping for a successful evening of collaboration with our parents.

I look forward to welcoming Fathers and Grandfathers to the annual Father’s Day play before school and Mass on Friday 30th August.  Play before school will commence at 8.10am on the school oval and Mass will commence at 9.00am at Holy Rosary Church.  A coffee van will be available for free coffee for Fathers and Grandfathers. Please note that hot chocolate will be available for the children, however, this will need to be paid for.  Please have cash available as the coffee van has no EFTPOS facilities.  Fruit platters and light breakfast snacks will be available during the morning.  Please bring along your own keep cup for coffees, if possible.

We will continue our Gold Coin for Loreto Vietnam Campaign for the next couple of weeks.  Next Friday’s gold coin campaign, however, will be a one off campaign in support of a Father’s Day fundraiser towards Emmaus House.  Emmaus House is a Catholic Community providing support and accommodation for adults living with mental health issues.  Emmaus House is supported by the staff of Loreto Nedlands and the additional funds raised will be welcomed by the Emmaus House community.

At this time of year families begin planning for their children’s education for 2020 and start to think about relocating to other areas of Perth, interstate or overseas.  We have a number of families on class waiting lists at Loreto Nedlands who we would like to offer some certainty to regarding a place for 2020.  Parents are required to give one term’s notice if their families are moving at the end of 2019.  However, I request that if you have made the decision to move that you can please let me know as soon as possible.  I am most grateful to those families who have already informed the school of their intentions for 2020.

This week we welcome several families to the Loreto community.  We welcome the Christou family – Poppy in Year Five and Christian in Year One, the Kuniawan family – Valerie in Year Five and the Takabatake family – Mizuki in Year Five. We wish our new students and families all the best as the children settle into their new school.

Best wishes to Mr Boxsell and the Cross Country interschool team who are competing in the IPSHA interschool carnival on Thursday 22nd August at John XXIII College.

Parents are reminded about the Parent Mathematics Workshop to be held in the Library commencing at 2.00pm on Friday 23rd August.  The workshop will be facilitated by Rebecca Barfoot and is suitable for parents with children from Kindy to Year Six.

The next Community Mass will be celebrated in the Loreto Chapel on Wednesday 28th  August at 7.45am.  All members of the Loreto and Holy Rosary Parish communities are invited to attend.

Please consider coming along to the Parents and Friends Association meeting on Wednesday 28th August commencing at 7.30pm in the Loreto Library.  This is an opportunity to have your voice heard as the committee discuss community and family events for the students and parents of Loreto Nedlands.

I look forward to welcoming parents and friends to the Year Three Assembly on Friday 23rd August at 2.30pm.

Best wishes for the week ahead.

 

Therese Hussey
Principal

 

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