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Principal’s Message – November 26th, 2020

Principal’s Message – November 26th, 2020

Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands

Music Tutors

Families wishing to enrol their child/ren in music tuition for 2021 are encouraged to fill in forms as soon as possible to secure a spot. In 2021 there are no changes to the program other than that the Music Tutors will be directly invoicing you rather than through us, which means that it will not appear on your school bill. Music tutors will continue to have complete access to our music facilities and Sarina Davey; our new Music Specialist will coordinate the program.

Staffing 2021

The staff at Loreto are dedicated professionals and are committed to providing the best educational outcomes for your children.

Staff taking LSL: Rob Falloon (Semester One), Coral Fyfe-Bortfield (2021) and Andrew Boxsell (Mondays and Tuesdays Semester One).

Not returning: Denise Bowen (Secondment for 2021 at St Patrick’s in Katanning) Kristie Watt (resignation) Liz O’Meara (St Maria Goretti 4 days) Vanessa Pereira (corporate) Claudia Di Biaggio (retired)

Teaching Staff:

Year 6: Julia Waller
Year 5: Lori Coenen
Year 4: Katie Sharman
Year 3: Emily Meneghello
Year 2: Alecia Gooch (Mon & Tues) Jess Joseph (Wed-Fri)
Year 1: Danielle Moore
Pre Primary: Amee Coles
Kindy: Justine Jacobs
Pre Kindy: Rebecca Barfoot
Science Semester One: Anthony Corbett
Science Semester Two: Rob Falloon
Sport: Anthony Corbett (Mon & Tues) and Andrew Boxsell (also Health) (Wed-Fri)
Art: Miya Maeda
Music: Sarina Davey (nee Li)
Student Wellbeing: Andrew Boxsell
Social Worker: Cat Hurle
The Literacy and Music Support roles will continue at Loreto next year.

Parent and Friends AGM

Thank you to all those that were able to attend the P&F AGM. I especially thank Andrea Coad for her role as President this year. Congratulations to our new executive. I look forward to working with them next year.

President: Jennifer Roughan
Vice President: Alex Burges
Treasurer: Hema Michel
Secretary: TBC
Class Rep Co-ordinator: Andrea Coad
General Committee: Charles Reutens, Anita Moullin

Seeking extra committee members and class reps for Kindy and Year Four.

St Joseph’s Wyndham

Today, we sadly farewell the staff and students from St Joseph’s Wyndham and on behalf of them they have requested that I sincerely thank all of you for your wonderful contributions. They were overwhelmed with your generosity.

Christmas Markets

I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow at the P&F Christmas Markets.


Thursday, December 3 will be our End of Year Gathering which will be held in the Loreto Performing Arts Centre. This will be a wonderful night filled with Christmas cheer.

Tuesday, December 8 is the Year Six Graduation Mass which will also be held in the Loreto Performing Arts Centre.

Friday, December 11 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


School News

School News

Christmas Message from the Director of Religious Education

Jacinta Collins, Director of National Catholic Education Mission invites students, their families and staff to pray this Christmas Family Prayer in your homes during the Christmas season.

View to the Christmas Message for 2020



This Sunday marks the first day of Advent.  The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, “to come to,” and refers to the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. The Catholic Church uses the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. The following includes extracts taken from letters written by Mother Gonzaga Barry about her favourite feast – Christmas.

19th Century Loreto Christmases

Christmas must have been a time of homesickness for the early Loreto Sisters with friends and family so far away. Mother Gonzaga Barry described their first Christmas Day as a community at Mary’s Mount Ballarat when writing to the Mother General in Ireland. “Our first Mass was 6½ [6.30am], the day was remarkably cool, almost cold in the morning; we had our little crib, a very pretty one, and made up our minds not to read our letters until next day lest the remembrance of all our loved ones so far away might be too much for us individually and collectively. The Bishop sent us some wine and champagne to make us merry and he and Dean Moore spent an hour with us Christmas day.” (M. Gonzaga Barry to M. Scholastica Somers, 27 Dec. 1875)

The blessing of the crib was a tradition brought from Ireland. On Christmas Eve, the crib was prepared, at 9pm the Christmas story was retold, and the Baby Jesus placed in the crib.

In later years Mother Gonzaga embraced Australian Christmas’. She wrote to Archbishop Kelly, newly arrived from Ireland, “It took me a long time to get accustomed to it but now I rather like it although I miss the icicles from the crib, but I have only to shut my eyes and I see poor Enniscorthy and Gorey where I first saw the image of the Divine Babe in the crib. Since then I always had the greatest devotion to the Holy infancy, and love Christmas above all the Feasts of the Year.” (Gonzaga Barry to Archbishop Kelly, 21 Dec. 1901)

At the end of each year Mother Gonzaga sent Christmas greetings to ‘’her children’’.

“A happy Christmas to you all and many of them, that you may gladden the hearts of all who love you, my dear children, is the wish and prayer of your affectionate old Mother, Mary Gonzaga Barry”.

– M Gonzaga Barry, “Eucalyptus Blossoms’ Dec. 1888 –

Rebecca Barfoot
Assistant Principal


Interschool Chess Competition

The Interschool Chess Certificates were presented at Gathering this morning.

Jayden Song, Jacob Ferguson, Jayden Chan, Takahiro Yamada, Tanatswa Tityiwe, Coby Gonzalez, Domenic Leach, Tom Baker (Absent).

These students represented Loreto at St Thomas’ Primary School together with St Pauls, for a Friendly Interschool Chess Competition.

We came second as a team, our top scoring player was Jayden Song.

Congratulations to all for making the team as there was some fierce competition!!

Julia Waller
Year 5 Teacher


Robo Cup 2020

Ten EV3 Robots, thirty determined students, costumes props lines …
Loreto’s Robo Cup contenders for 2020.

Three Rescue Teams and Four On-Stage Dance Teams represented Loreto at the State Robo Cup last Friday 13th November.
These students worked in their own time after school and are to be congratulated for their great presentations at Curtin Stadium.

Two of our Rescue Teams were fortunate to make it through to the Finals on Saturday morning.
The Year 6 Team Loreto Line Lords placed second and the Year 5 Team Laser Beams placed third.

Well done for a fantastic effort to all students involved.

Julia Waller
Year 5 Teacher


Art and Music Specialists

Students at Loreto Nedlands will soon have the opportunity to get creative, as the school welcomes a visual arts specialist and music specialist to the learning community.

Next year, primary arts specialist Miya Maeda will join the school offering a diverse and engaging visual arts curriculum to all students from Kindy to Year 6.

An accomplished artist, Miya has a long and extensive background in visual arts education, art materials and visual art processes.

“As an art educator I am passionate about fostering children’s creativity by expanding their visual communication skills, activating critical thinking and guiding them to make meaningful connections between their own art, the art of others and their place in the world,” she said.

“Through teaching, making and responding to art, my goal is to create safe and inspirational learning spaces in which all students have the right tools and motivations to achieve their full creative potential.

“I’m super-excited about joining the Loreto community, I especially look forward to building a dynamic and supportive art space in which students can explore their potential, take creative risks and celebrate every part of their imagination.”

Music specialist Sarina Davey has lived and breathed music her whole life from beginning violin lessons at five years old to performing in UWA Chamber and Symphony orchestras while completing her Bachelors of Music (Performance) and Masters in Teaching.

Sarina has held teaching and director roles at a number of schools including Scotch College, Christchurch Grammar School, Kapinara – City Beach Primary School and Blue Gum Montessori School.

“Music at primary school is not about turning every child into a professional musician but to have fun and gain a lifelong love for music and the performing arts,” she said.

“Research shows learning music creates strong pathways between the left and right side of children’s brains which supports academic excellence.

“I also use my music lessons and performances to foster important life skills such as risk taking, grit, confidence building, teamwork skills and general wellbeing.”

For more information, visit


Eucharistic Mission and Retreat

Eucharistic Mission and Retreat
Holy Rosary Parish,
46 Thomas St Nedlands
3-5 Dec 2020


Two evenings of Eucharistic reflections, and guided adoration, followed by a light supper.

Thursday         3 Dec 7- 8.30 pm
Friday              4 Dec 7-8.30 pm

Eucharistic Retreat: Mass, Reconciliation, Adoration, Inspiring talks, Testimonies.

Saturday         5 Dec 9am – 2 pm

Please bring lunch to share. Coffee, tea and cake provided.

Please reserve the dates in your diary.

No cost.

Juliana 0423 864 054
Viv 0418921797


Young Writers

All of the students should be proud of the magnificent effort they put into their Loreto Young Writers prose and poetry entries. It has been wonderful to read all of their imaginative stories and poems. Congratulations to the following winners and runners up in each year level.

Year One Prose Winner            Clementine Kane
Year One Prose Runner Up      Elizabeth Shenker
Year One Poetry Winner          Evelyn Whitehouse
Year One Poetry Runner Up     Hugo Ferguson

Year Two Prose Winner            Charlotte Counsel
Year Two Prose Runner Up      Ava Jefferys
Year Two Poetry Winner          Reuben Foss
Year Two Poetry Runner Up    Elizabeth Huang

Year Three Prose Winner         Olivia Peranovic
Year Three Prose Runner Up    Maika Widharta
Year Three Poetry Winner        Elena de Felice
Year Three Poetry Runner Up   Grace Ligovich

Year Four Prose Winner            Caitlyn Vo
Year Four Prose Runner Up      Matilda Boruff
Year Four Poetry Winner          Jewel Reutens
Year Four Poetry Runner Up    Holly Purser

Year Five Prose Winner             Lauren Wood
Year Five Prose Runner Up       Rani Cleghorn
Year Five Poetry Winner           Thomas Baker
Year Five Poetry Runner Up      Sienna Boylson

Year Six Prose Winner               Finlay Strachan
Year Six Prose Runner Up         Jamie Wilson
Year Six Poetry Winner             Alanna O’Connell
Year Six Poetry Runner Up       Niya Tomy


Christmas Giving Tree

Thank you to the families who have generously donated a present under our Christmas Giving Tree. These gifts will be given to local families less fortunate than ourselves and means that they too can have a Very Merry Christmas!

It’s not too late to support our Giving Tree. Just look for the pink and blue stars adorning the Christmas tree in the front office.


Christmas Markets


Welcome Picnic


Holy Rosary Parish News


Deacon Greg Lowe, Director of the WA Catholic Migrant and Refugee Centre will present his inspiring talk on the theme of Welcome at the Parish Centre on Thursday, 26 November at 7pm.

His presentation shows ways Parishes may welcome existing Parishioners and newcomers.

You are warmly invited to attend.

RSVP: Parish Office, 9386 1870



Here’s why we need you! Saturday 12 December 10am to 12 noon.

Our  Saturday 14 November working bee was washed out.

We moved the heavy stuff but had no time for essential weeding.

It’s now a mess. Bring the children.

George Schaefer  0400768368


Thursday Coffee Van!

Available at Loreto Nedlands every Thursday morning from 8.00am.  Come and get your caffeine fix!


Fortnightly Tip: Understanding the power of optimism

Tips on staying connected with your son through shared interests

1. Create one-on-one moments, use the time in the car to your benefit.
2. Talk with your son about the activities they enjoy. Connect over shared interests.
3. Tell your son a bit about your day as well. Share any funny moments. Your son will enjoy hearing that you are not perfect.
4. Find a program you both like to watch and try and share some time together watching this – sport, music, cooking or a hobby.
5. Try and spend regular time together talking. This will only make your relationship stronger, so if they hit an obstacle in life, they will be more inclined to open up and talk to you about it.

Tony Corbett
Deputy Principal

Community News

Community News

Tennis Factory

“Keep your kids active these school holidays with full morning or half morning tennis camps at Onslow Park Tennis Club. Book now to secure your spot: click on HOLIDAY PROGRAM > ONSLOW PARK > Select your dates”





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







Loreto Nedlands

69 Webster Street
Nedlands 6009, WA
p: (08) 6389 9400


Laughter, Happiness, Joy.

the search for truth.