Nov 13, 2019
Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
I have been heartened and humbled by the best wishes and words of congratulations that have been offered to me by our parent community on my appointment as Principal of Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School. As I prepare to ensure a smooth transition of leadership at Loreto, I reflect on all that we have achieved, together as Principal, staff and parents, for the benefit of our students over the past four and a half years. Loreto Nedlands is in a very good position. It is a thriving, dynamic and faith filled school where our students are always front and centre. The school will continue to grow and improve into the future. I leave the school in good hands with excellent staff who will continue the fine work that has been established at Loreto. The Loreto School Board will keep the community informed about the appointment process for the new Principal commencing in 2020. There will be opportunities later this term for me to farewell the school community.
The Parents and Friends Association enjoyed their final meeting for the year and AGM yesterday evening. The AGM was an opportunity for the P&F to review and outline their work for the year, both in fundraising and community development. I take this opportunity to thank Toni Cairns, as President of the P&F in 2019, and the executive members, Monica Cooper, Sarah McGlue, Charles Reutens and Claudia Pal for their generous contributions to the school during the year. I was delighted that all executive roles for 2020 were filled most generously by our parents. The 2020 P&F Executive is:
President – Andrea Coad
Vice Principal – Jennifer Roughan
Secretary – Erica Jensen
Treasurer – Hema Michell
Class Representative Coordinator – Alex Burges
There has been much interest in the media about the effect the use of devices have on literacy development at school and at home. In schools over the past few years we have certainly noticed a reduction in oral language development for young children entering the early years of schooling. Some research is beginning to indicate that oral and reading development delay can be linked to the use of devices for young children. At school we are mindful of how devices are used, especially in the early years. The Loreto staff are discerning in their planned use of devices during school time. Our philosophy about device use is to ensure balance is always maintained and that device use is of benefit to the intended educational outcomes. It is worth noting the following tips for parents from the Gonski Institute.
- Ensure young people read at least one book a month for pleasure.
- For smaller children, encourage them to hand-write a letter to a loved one every week.
- Get children to play outside, away from the screens, every day after school.
- Be a role model: If you play with your own iPhone all the time, you cannot be the first one to tell your own children to stop doing what you do.
I am pleased to inform parents that Caterina Hurle has been appointed as school social worker, commencing in Term one 2020. Caterina is an experienced social worker with an extensive background in working with children, in school and home settings. We look forward to the added expertise that Caterina will bring to Loreto Nedlands in 2020 as she works with students, parents and staff to assist with a variety of social, emotional and wellbeing issues.
Staff allocations for 2020 will be announced in the newsletter on 28th November. Thank you for your patience as we finalise details for teaching and non-teaching staff.
We welcome the senior students from St Joseph’s Wyndham to Loreto Nedlands on 25th November. The students and their teachers will stay over at Loreto Nedands for their one week Perth camp. The students and staff from Wyndham are most grateful to the Loreto parents for providing bedding, gifts, toiletries and food for the students to enjoy during their camp. We look forward to opportunities for the Year Six Loreto students to engage with our visitors from St Joseph’s Wyndham.
The catastrophic fires in the east of Australia over the past few days have captured our attention. We cannot imagine the challenges the fires present for families, especially those with young children, who have to evacuate at a moment’s notice. The interviews with families affected has put into perspective the things that are important in our lives – what do you take and what do you leave behind? Please continue to keep the affected communities in your thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks.
God of life and death,
our prayers today are where our hearts and minds
have been during these last days
and where they have been drawn so early in this season;
with those communities and individuals
whose lives have been damaged
in differing ways by the bushfires.
We pray for those who have lost their home and property
or are facing such loss:
for those who have been forced to leave
their memories and belongings;
for the fear & disorientation of all involved;
Heal them from their nightmare memories.
We pray, too, knowing that we are entering a harsher climate,
less predictable and more volatile;
as we care for each other, help us to care for your creation,
to be worthy stewards and advocates
of all which you have made.
Keep us faithful and alert in our praying and our action
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Before School Care 2020
We are continuing to register expressions of interest for families wishing to use the before school care service, provided by Extend, in 2020. Before school care is available for all students, from the age of 4. Please ring or email the administration office should you be keen to secure before school care for 2020.
Our final school tour for 2020 will be held on Thursday 21st November commencing at 9.30am. Please pass the information to family or friends who may be interested in a Loreto education for their children in 2020.
Best wishes for the week ahead.
Nov 13, 2019
- Remembrance Day
- Year Three News
- Year Five News
- Head Boy and Head Girl Promises
- Health, Physical Education & Wellbeing News
- Loreto Enrolments
- Fortnightly Tip: Communication
Nov 14, 2019
- Women’s Health Workshop
- WAAPA – Summer School Holiday Program
- Behaviour Tonics – First in Practical Parenting