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Principal’s Message – November 12th, 2020

Principal’s Message – November 12th, 2020

Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands

Principal Art Competition

What can I say? The talent was outstanding, so I’ve decided to award a winner for each year level. Congratulations to Jolie (Yr 6), Richie (Yr 5), Stella M. (Yr 4), Grace (Yr 3), Sally (Yr 2), Evie W. (Yr 1), Alice (PP). These children will be presented with a certificate at Monday morning’s gathering. On the topic of art, we have been successful in employing an excellent Art Teacher for next year. Stay tuned.

Staff Performance Appraisal

Performance appraisal, as I’m sure you are aware, is a time for self reflection and goal setting. All members of the leadership team undergo performance appraisals when their contracts are up for renewal. Tony Corbett’s Assistant Principal contract is up for its third and final renewal. This is a comprehensive process which involves self reflection on Tony’s behalf as well as input from various stakeholders. The appraisal is conducted through Loreto Ministries and will be conducted via Zoom this year due to COVID restrictions. All staff members usually undergo  a performance appraisal yearly. This process is completed inhouse and undertaken by the Leadership Team. Teachers undertake the AITSL teacher self reflection tool, National Quality Standards reflection tool and also reflections related to Catholic Idenity. Smart goals are then created based on individual reflection and discussions with a member of the leadership team.

Remembrance Day

The Year Five students led a beautiful Remembrance Day ceremony yesterday at Loreto and our Year Six Head Boy and Girl, Noah and Alex accompanied Mr Corbett and Mrs Dichiera to Nedlands for the Council ceremony.

NAIDOC Week

Naidoc Week (8-15th November) is a week to celebrate the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

This year’s theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ is to recognise that the First Nations people have occupied and cared for the land for over 65, 000 years. 

Giving Tree

If you have walked through the front office, you will have noticed a Christmas Tree. Some may have questioned, “Why so Early? It’s not advent yet?”. The Christmas Tree is now alight with pink and blue stars with children’s ages written on them. Our Christmas Tree is known as the Loreto Giving Tree. Families, please come along to the entrance foyer to pick and take a star, purchase a suitable gift and then bring in your anonymous wrapped Christmas gift labelled boy or girl and the age. All gifts are given to children that have been identified by the St Vincent de Paul Society as families in need. I encourage you to participate so that we can bring joy to as many families as possible.

Parent and Friends AGM

A reminder that Our Parents & Friends AGM is on Wednesday 25th. Please consider coming along, enjoying a glass of wine, and hearing about the function of the P&F at our school. 

It is your opportunity to hear about all of the fantastic contributions that the P&F has made throughout 2020. A summary of all school, social and fundraising activities, and also a summary of all P&F Expenditure will be presented at this relaxed, yet informative evening. Our Executive Committee will also be elected for 2021. We are in a fortunate position where several wonderful parents have already expressed interest in being on the committee for 2021, and we look forward to these parents, plus any other parents who may be interested in joining the committee to be elected into positions during the AGM.

Our parent group at Loreto is engaged and invested in quality education for our children. As a parent, it is rewarding to contribute however you can, whether it be with time, talent, or simply your thoughts and opinions to our P&F. Ideas for social events, fundraising activities, and suggestions for P&F Expenditure are always warmly invited and considered.

Please feel free to contact Andrea Coad on andrea_coad@yahoo.com.au if you have any questions about the P&F or particulars about any Committee positions.

Staff Leaving

Unfortunately, we will be farewelling another cherished staff member at the end of Week Seven. Vanessa Pereira will be hanging up her hat in teaching and stepping back into the corporate world. Vanessa has been a tremendous asset to the Loreto Community in her role as Administration and Marketing Officer, Pre Kindy Teacher on a Monday and Kindy Teacher on Fridays. On behalf of the staff and community, I wish Vanessa the very best in her future endeavours.

Save the Date

Our P&F are busily preparing for the Christmas Markets to be held on the lawns of Loreto. This is an adults-only night. A night off for mum and dad to catch up with friends and members of our community. I hope to see you on Friday, 27 November.

Friday, 11 December is set aside to say thank you to you as parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts etc. who have freely given your time to support Loreto this year in so many ways. Please join us for Morning Tea as our way to say thank you to you.

All members of the Loreto Community, big and small are welcome to join us for The Loreto Welcoming Picnic in 2021 which is being held on Friday, February 12.

I wish you all a lovely weekend

Rika Andres
Principal

 

School News

School News

As our Year 6 students prepare for this Sunday’s Confirmation Mass, it is important to remember the meaning behind this special sacrament. Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and destiny and builds on what was begun in Baptism and then nourished in Holy Eucharist. It completes the process of initiation into the Christian community. Congratulations to all of our Confirmation candidates as they enter a new phase in their faith development.

 

Rebecca Barfoot
Assistant Principal

Library News

One of our highlights this term was the celebration of Book Week. Every year the Children’s Book Council of Australia choose Australian authors and illustrators and celebrate some of their work. The classes enjoyed exploring some of these books and sharing their thoughts and experiences relating to the themes presented in these special books.

We enjoyed the Book week performance of ‘The Greatest Discovery’  in Week 1 and our Book Week Parade in Week 3. What an amazing array of characters came to Loreto on that day -from a group of Mr and Litlle Miss characters from Mr Land, to superheros, Fairytale characters and Piranhas!

The Kindy to Year Four children have talked about some of our favourite authors-Aaron Blabey who wrote Thelma the Unicorn, the Pig the Pug series and The Bad Guys, and Roger Hargreaves who wrote the Mr Men series some of them before we were even born (Mrs Jacobs included!)

Justine Jacobs
Teacher Librarian

 

Health, PE and Wellbeing

PE

Swimming Lessons

Hopefully you have all now seen and responded to the swimming lessons consent to go form. If you do not think it has come through check your junk folder and if still not there please let me know, lessons are due to start Thursday 26 November at Claremont pool.

For new families you will have received a small form asking for an estimate of your child’s current level. Please return that as soon as possible so that we can forward it on to the swimming instructors. If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me Andrew.boxsell@cewa.edu.au. I am planning on having an in school opportunity to meet and ask questions next Friday.

Congratulations

Congratulations to our year 5 and 6 students that participated in the recent aquathlon at champion lakes run by school sport WA. This event is aimed at introducing students to triathlon without the need for cycling. By all accounts you all had a great experience and raced well. Perhaps we have some triathletes coming through.

We would also like to congratulate Conor Bradley for his recent basketball achievements. Conor was named as a WABL all-star after an U/12’s championship competition. Great to hear you are achieving success in a sport we all know you love and cherish.

Health

Students have been focussing on friendships, resilience and teamwork this term. Attached are some photos of the Year 2 class that have been creating their own snakes and ladders games to demonstrate what it takes to be a good team player.

Andrew Boxsell
Health, PE and Wellbeing

 

Year Two News

Wow! This term is flying by! Last week we were lucky enough to sneak into the LPAC to see our fabulous guitar students perform for their parents. We were so amazed at how talented they were! We have also had a dress up day for Book Week and were lucky enough to visit the Nedlands Library to hear an author read her story to us and do an experiment. The book was called ‘My Mad Scientist Mummy’ by Rina Fu.

Mr Corveia spent the first few weeks of Music lessons teaching us a fabulous song to sing to our Grandparents on Grandparents Day. We loved having them here at our school and performing for them! They are very special to us! We have also been working on a special assembly item for Week Six! Stay tuned…

In amongst all of the special events that Loreto has to offer, we have also been busy in the classroom demonstrating that we are ready for Year Three! We realised that there are only 5 weeks left at school this year!

 

Well done James!

Congratulations to James Wilshire (Year 4) who raised over $2000 for the Leukaemia foundation in the World’s Greatest Shave. James’s Grandmother was diagnosed with leukaemia twice and received lifesaving treatment thanks to all the amazing research of the foundation. James decided to participate in the World’s Greatest Shave to help give back and support future research into blood cancers. Well done James.

 

Adoration at Loreto

 

Parents and Friends AGM

A reminder that Our Parents & Friends AGM is on Wednesday 25th. Please consider coming along, enjoying a glass of wine, and hearing about the function of the P&F at our school.

Our parent group at Loreto is engaged and invested in quality education for our children. As a parent, it is rewarding to contribute however you can, whether it be with time, talent, or simply your thoughts and opinions to our P&F. Ideas for social events, fundraising activities, and suggestions for P&F Expenditure are always warmly invited and considered.

Please feel free to contact Andrea Coad on andrea_coad@yahoo.com.au if you have any questions about the P&F or particulars about any Committee positions.

 

Christmas Markets

 

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

Thankyou!

Mini Vinnies Committee!

 

Enrolments

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.

 

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: Communicating With Boys

No matter what the circumstance, it is very important to keep the line of communication open with your son, so you can have a good idea of how they are traveling emotionally and mentally, who their friends are, how they are going at school, and when they need help.

Tips on communicating with your son:

  • Build a comfort zone. Create a safe space for chats, this could be around the breakfast or dinner table, or watching sport together.
  • Make the first move. Don’t wait for your son, find a story to share with them that you want their opinion on.
  • Listen, without judgment, be open. Don’t share your view first, as it sets a position for them to adhere to and then you lose their real voice or their real feelings on a certain issue.
  • Ask curious open questions, don’t load the question with your expectations, really seek their opinion on something – could be a new shirt, a tie, getting tickets to a sports game, a book to read, a movie to see, something in the headlines, or around their subject of interest.
  • Don’t always give advice. Help your son come up with his own solution first before adding in some words of wisdom.
  • Show you are listening and empathise. Say something like ‘I understand how you feel, or I remember when that happened to me, or that must have been pretty tough’…then you can expand to ask them if they need some guidance or help around the discussion.
  • Let him know you take him seriously. Help him to trust his own feelings.

Stay calm, express your emotions respectfully. Don’t get angry or cut them off, or speak over them, they need to know they can share their voice with you and you will not judge them.

Tony Corbett
Deputy Principal

Community News

Community News

 

 

Australian Girls Choir Open Day

Look no further than the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) because we encourage, challenge and inspire girls as they learn to sing, dance and perform. School aged girls are invited to come along to our Open Day on Sunday November 29 to try our fun and inclusive classes and learn more about being part of the AGC! Please visit our website to register to attend our free Open Day: https://ausgirlschoir.com.au/openday2020/

 

VacSwim

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loreto Nedlands

69 Webster Street
Nedlands 6009, WA
p: (08) 6389 9400
e: admin@loretonedlands.wa.edu.au

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