Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Feast of All Saints and All Souls
On Sunday, we celebrate All Saints Day, and on Monday we remember all the souls that have died. We also continue to pray for our Year Six students preparing for their Confirmation and deepening their understanding and connection with their chosen saint. I also ask you to continue to pray for the Beatification of venerable Mary Ward.
The Leadership Team attended Crisis Management Training on Tuesday. The training was built around a scenario that may occur within a school setting. The leadership team, with the assistance of CEWA staff, has commenced working on updating our Crisis Management Policy. Professional Learning Communities have been focussed on analysing data to ensure that our Literacy and Numeracy focus for 2021 is a reflection of areas for further development.
Our Year Ones are currently in the lead!
Principal Art Competition
Entries close tomorrow. There are so many wonderful pieces of artwork to choose.
RELAXATION TO PHASE 4. On October 19 2020, the Premier announced that Phase 4 of the WA COVID-19 Roadmap would be modified and extended. This modification includes the relaxation of the two square metre rule for some venues, effective from Saturday October 24 2020. These changes are designed to support performing arts and live music venues. They apply to ticketed venues with fixed seating.
As such, the two square metre rule continues to apply to school facilities, including school halls, gymnasiums, meeting rooms and staff rooms as per COVID-19.
A massive thank you to our Music Teacher Mr Gianni Corvaia. Gianni was able to capture the fabulous talent we have here at Loreto in such a short time. Thank you also to our Parents and Friends who catered and served the food for our very special guests.
Occupational Therapy at Loreto
The Managing Director at AIM Therapy has confirmed that there are no other consultants available to come to Loreto this year; however, she will look into it for Term One, 2021. She did, however, suggest the Mini Writer holiday handwriting course for children in the early years. This will take place over the Christmas holidays. https://aimtherapy.com.au/mini-writers/
Parent and Friends AGM
Once again I encourage you to attend the P&F AGM to be held on Wednesday, November 25, commencing at 6:30 pm. If you would like to nominate yourself for an executive position, or committee position and would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact our current P&F Executive or me.
SAVE THE DATE
The Loreto Welcoming Picnic 2021 is being held on Friday, February 12.
I wish you all a lovely weekend
This Sunday, November 1, the Catholic Church around the world will observe All Saints Day, which honours all saints of the church that have attained heaven. This special day was formally started by Pope Boniface IV, who consecrated the Pantheon at Rome to the Virgin Mary and all the Martyrs on May 13 in 609AD.
Boniface IV also established All Souls’ Day (celebrated the day after All Saints Day), as a day to remember and pray for the souls of the faithfully departed. Those in purgatory are deemed still to be members of the church and must suffer to cleanse any outstanding sins. Roman Catholic doctrine holds that the prayers of the faithful on earth will help cleanse these souls in order for them to reach heaven.
On this day requiem masses are commonly held with prayers said to assist in easing their suffering.
Year Five Camp
Week 1 of this Term the Fantastic Fives were lucky to experience a great camp at Bickley Outdoor Recreation Centre. The students were challenged with team games, hut building, constructing catapults and the flying fox. They had to work together to build rafts, paddle canoes and climb the high ropes. In their free time they played plenty of handball, bush walked and even went for a run early one morning! The fun didn’t stop in the evenings as they battled it out at the Quiz Night and Talent Show. The food was great and fun was had around the campfire roasting marshmallows and telling SPOOKY stories!
Year Five Teacher
Year Three News
Year Three students participated in a beautiful Reconciliation service near the end of Term 3 held in the school Chapel. It was lovely to see so many parents support us in this Sacrament. The students also enjoyed performing their choral speech item “The Jazz Fly” that they learnt for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. The class have had a great time learning how to control “Ozobots” and “Spheros” during digital technology classes as well as learning to code via the code.org website. Students enjoyed writing narratives and poems for the Loreto Young Writers competition and last week they participated in the Oracy assessment where they showcased their oracy skills with amazing presentations. During Science lessons, students have been learning about different materials and their characteristics. In Art this term students have produced some exceptional wooden boomerangs decorated with Aboriginal symbols and they are now working on a poster to highlight NAIDOC Week 2020. A recent highlight has been spending time with our Kindy Buddies, we all had a great time together in the playground trying to wear each other out.
Year Three Teacher
Year Four News
The Year Fours have jumped into Term 4 to finish off our year on a high! Our focus of the first two weeks of term was preparing for Oracy assessments. Mrs DB, our adjudicator, loved listening to the confident and engaging Year Fours, and spoke of how they have improved their presentation skills over the years (she remembered them from Year One!). She also mentioned the fluent and expressive reading she heard, as well as the supportive nature of the class to ask questions and listen respectfully to each other. In Reading, we have loved beginning our Class Novel, Blueback, where we can dive into important issues such as sustainability, family, marine biology and over-development. Dressing up for Book Week was also a highlight!
The students have also been engaged by their initial study of Civics and Citizenship. So far, we have spoken about diversity and multi-culturalism in Australia, how our unique identities are formed through groups, and the purpose of rules and laws. Finally, the Year Fours are very keen to add interesting past tense verbs, descriptive language and time connectives into their Biographies that they are beginning to research and write!
Year Four Teacher
Year Five and Six Aquathon
Does your year 5 or 6 child love running and swimming? This may be of interest to you. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.
Health, PE and Wellbeing
Loreto Disco – Neon Style
It was the party that Kim Kardashian’s 40th wished it could be as Neon swept through the halls of Loreto for the 2020 Disco.
After a tough year for all it was great to see the kids let loose and throw some shapes on the dance floor.
The volunteers on the night were amazing and those helped before were invaluable. It would not have happened without you.
And a special mention to Mathini of Extend After School Care for all the decorations and making the hall a special place.
Finally, a big thank you to the kids who showed us a few cool new dance moves
Sarah Whitehouse and Andrea Coad (P&F President)
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
The St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal is on again! Each class will be responsible for bringing in items as listed below. Volunteers from SVDP will put the items together to form hampers for needy families at Christmas. These will be collected from school on Wednesday 25th November.
PP – Christmas cake, fruit mince pies, candy canes, bon bons, Christmas napkins
Year 1 – Long life milk, juice, custard
Year 2 – Milo, tea, coffee, sugar
Year 3 – Ring pulled tinned: fruit, beans, vegetables, tuna, soup
Year 4 – Spreads: honey, jam, vegemite
Year 5 – Pasta and pasta sauce
Year 6 – Rice, noodles and cereals
Mini Vinnies Committee!
Loreto’s Early Childhood Programs 2021. Have you enrolled yet?
Pre Kindergarten – 3 day program, Kindergarten – 4 day program and Pre Primary 5 day program.
Enrol now – limited places available. Please call our administration 6389 9400 to discuss availability or visit our website.
WAPPA Summer School 2021
This summer WAAPA is thrilled to be able to offer an exciting school holiday program at our campus in Mount Lawley. There are classes for students from Year 1 to Year 12 in drama, acting, screen performance, film making, music theatre and of course Shakespeare. For information about the many courses on offer please visit waapa.ecu.edu.au/summer-school or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9370 677.
Thank you for supporting our new Book Club. Orders for Issue 7 close on Monday 30th October. You can place your order via the Scholastic Website, scholastic.com.au/loop
Crazy Camel Keepsakes
Crazy Camel Keepsake orders close Monday 2nd November, https://www.crazycamel.com.au/33451\
This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase some beautiful Christmas gifts for families and friends. Items will be available for collection from our Christmas market on Friday 27th November.
Thursday Coffee Van!
The Coffee Van is back! Available at Loreto Nedlands every Thursday morning from 8.00am. Perfect for these winter mornings!
Fortnightly Tip: Understanding the power of optimism
This week, Fathering Project talks about the power of optimism and resilience.
Children who use optimistic thinking are more resilient, less likely to give up in the face of challenge and tend to approach situations with a sense of control and confidence.
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” – Albus Dumbledore
Some tips for encouraging optimism
- Model optimistic thinking and talking. Be aware of the messages you project. Instead of saying “we’ll never find a parking space” replace it with “we will find a parking space soon”.
- Identify negative self-talk. Teach your child to recognise when they are talking negatively. Change “I will never…” to “I will try…”
- Teach gratitude and encourage them to be grateful for what they have every day. Regularly ask your children “what was the best part of your day today?”
- Look on the bright side and help your child to look for the positives in challenging situations; “It is sad that you couldn’t go on the excursion today, but the weather will be much better to go next week”.
Tell your children about times you may have had difficulties or challenges and to persevere and overcome them. Let them know the positives that have come from these times.
Loreto Da Vinci
Loreto Da Vinci art sessions will be returning to Loreto on Wednesday 4th November.
Time: 3.15pm – 5.15pm.
Cost: $40 per child per session. All materials are supplied.
Please contact Carolyn White to book your child’s place at email@example.com
Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.
VacSwim in January offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations during the long break. Not only are they a great school holiday activity, they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.
Your children can start as young as five years old.
Don’t wait! Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim