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Principal’s Message – February 11th, 2021

Principal’s Message – February 11th, 2021

Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands

Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY: God is rich enough for us all MW 1630

Welcome to “Take Two” Term One 2021. This is a special edition of the Newsletter as we missed out last week. There will be another Newsletter next week which will then return to our fortnightly routine.

It is with great pleasure to be a part of Loreto as we launch the Year of Felicity – facing the year with Optimism. Please see the acronym that was shared with us through Loreto Ministries.

It was lovely to see so many faces via Zoom or TEAMS last Wednesday for our Parent Meetings. All families should have received their Parent Information Booklet from their class teachers. Please take the time to read it if you were unable to attend the meeting.

Term One and Term Two Parent Planners are available on the Loreto Website. There may be times where dates will need to be altered due to unforeseen circumstances. We will endeavour to provide as much notice as possible.

Prior to the student’s commencing, the staff were involved in two Professional Development Days. Day one: CEWA Technology Consultant Gabrielle Trinca presented and engaging, hands-on day utilising iPads. Day two: Helen Davidson from Best Program for Kids, gave practical ideas and strategies for teaching staff to implement in their classroom, based around the art of regulation and childhood social competencies.

Additionally, all staff who had previously undertaken First Aid have completed their two-hour renewal at the end of last year. All staff have completed their Child Protection and Mandatory Reporting Training and renewed their Asthma and Anaphylaxis E-Training.

I also take this opportunity to welcome all our new Staff Members:

  • Kara Figliomeni – Administration Assistant
  • Amee Coles – Pre Primary Teacher
  • Miya Maeda – Art Specialist
  • Sarina Davey – Music Specialist
  • Sarah Clinckers – Education Assistant
  • Louis Zampogna – Education Assistant
  • Juliana Fonseca – Education Assistant
  • We also welcome Maliha Shafaq who will be completing her workplace learning for the first three weeks of Term One.

The staff celebrated Mass on Thursday, 30th January with Father Gavin in the school chapel and new staff were also commissioned.

Parents, two important documents have been updated on the school website:

  • Parent Handbook – updated as of 2/2/2021
  • Code of Conduct – updated and is one Code for all stakeholders

It is vital that you take the time to familiarise yourself with these documents. Should you have any questions, please contact the office.

Parents and caregivers, it is important that Appropriate Use of P&F lists is undertaken. The P&F Class representatives will be shortly corresponding with you relating to school matters using class lists, provided by the office. The class list contains personal details of the parents/ guardians of the

children in your child’s class. These details are provided and shared with consent. This information must be kept confidential and used appropriately by parents for the dissemination of class information or P&F related matters only.

We also have some exciting news to share with you. Mrs Katie Sharman and her husband James, are expecting their first child. Katie will be taking maternity leave mid Term Two. The application and interview process for Katie’s replacement will be undertaken later this term.

Our Social Worker, Cat Hurle, has been offered a secondment to CAMHS for Semester One. Cat and I will be conducting interviews next week for a replacement. Cat will ensure a thorough handover is undertaken.

I have received positive feedback from the students and families who have already ordered through Lunchbox Caterers. Overall student response is “Yum! Delicious!”. All details are available on our school website.

Yesterday was our first EduDance session, and I can already see that we can expect a wonderful concert at the end of the term.

Our instrumental program is up and running, I’ve already received a great deal of positive feedback. If you have any queries regarding the instrumental program, please direct them individually to your child’s tutor or our Music Specialist Sarina Davey.

Finally, we’ve had a wonderful start to the year, all things considered. The children have returned happy, eager to learn and taller!

Have a wonderful week.

Save the Date:

At this stage, all things going well the Welcoming Picnic will be held next Friday.

Ash Wednesday Mass 9:00am led by Year Three in the LPAC.

Year Six Leadership Mass 9:00am 19th February in the LPAC.


F F is for FUN.

Felicity is experienced when we have FUN together.

E E is for EVERYONE.

EVERYONE experiences happiness in different ways.

L L is for LIGHT

When we are happy and joyful, we feel LIGHT in our body and spirit.


When we open our mind and heart to God, we can experience INNER PEACE.


A person expresses felicity when they are CHEERFUL.


In 2021 we are going to be INSPIRED by everyone’s friendliness, positivity and hope.


We can create a community of hope and happiness, care and kindness TOGETHER.


YOUNG PEOPLE have much to teach the world about felicity, joy and happiness.


I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Rika Andres


School News

School News

Annual Fee Statements

The annual statements which will include the 2021 school fees will be issued to families at the end of this month. This year families will be able to use BPay to pay their school fees and there will be the option to set up a direct debit agreement with the school.

All queries relating to school fees can be directed to the Finance Officer, Steve Tucker at or 6389-9400.


Pre Kindy

What a wonderful start to Pre Kindy! We were greeted with balloons and bubbles on our first day at Loreto. After bravely saying goodbye to our parents we met our new teachers and friends. It was a lot of fun discovering our new classroom, sand pit and mud kitchen. Mrs Barfoot and Mrs Dichiera took us for a walk around our new school where we visited the Mary Ward statue and saw the paw prints of her loyal companion. After this we visited Mrs Andres in her office and she was very impressed that she got a visit on our first day of Pre Kindy! We enjoyed learning new songs and games during our music lesson with Mrs Davey and even got a visit during lunch from our year five friends. As 2021 is our Year of Felicity, Mrs Barfoot and Mrs Dichiera look forward to supporting our individual joy, happiness, hope and optimism throughout the coming year.


Rebecca Barfoot
Assistant Principal


Swim Trials

We have secured some lanes at Claremont Pool for Tuesday 16th February to hold our swim trials. Year 3 and 4 will swim between 9:30 and 11:00am. Year 5 and 6 will swim between 11:00am and 12:00pm. If you are able to help on the morning, please let either Mr Boxsell or Mr Corbett know as soon as you can. A consent2go permission note will be sent out today, please keep an eye out for it.


Andrew Boxsell
Health & Physical Education Teacher


Art and Music Specialists

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

This term, primary arts specialist Miya Maeda joins 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

“Hi my name is Daniel and I’ll be teaching violin. I am a past pupil of Loreto Nedlands and can’t wait to teach my wonderful students this year!”

“Hi my name is Robbie and I’ve been teaching at Loreto for 15 years! I’m looking forward to another great year of drumming and performances!”

“Hi I am Ben, I have been teaching guitar for the last 10 years. I currently teach and perform around Perth and I’m looking forward to joining the team at Loreto this year!”

My name is Lukas Murphy and I have been working as a musician in the Perth music seen for more than 10 years. I am currently a member of two bands, and also work as a freelance session guitarist and pianist. I have been teaching guitar for three years and I have also worked in disability services, classroom education assistance and instrument repair. I am delighted to be a part of the team at Loreto, and look forward to meeting everyone!

This is me performing in a play about the bushranger Moondyne Joe. I am so looking forward to meeting all my students and getting back to work! Mrs Cathi Olivieri

Hi my name is Gianni Corvaia and I have been teaching piano for 7 years. I can’t wait to teach at Loreto Nedlands again as a piano tutor!

Hi I’m Dom Papa I’ve been teaching and playing in rock bands for over 30 years looking forward to teaching at Loreto.


Parents and Friends

Hello Parents of Loreto, I’m Jennifer Roughan the Loreto P& F President. 

I’d like to give a warm welcome to the P&F Executive and Committee for 2021 listed below. 



P&F President: Jennifer Roughan

P&F Vice President: Alexandra Burges

Secretary: Anita Moullin

Treasurer: Hema Michell

Parent Rep Co-Ordinator: Andrea Coad



Charles Reutens, Erin van Turnhout and Lauren Keibler O’Connor

Anyone who is interested in joining the Committee please let me know.   I’d like to really encourage parents to attend the P&F meetings, it can be a great way to get to know what’s happening in the school and to get involved.

The first P&F meeting of the year is coming up next Wednesday 17th February 2021 and we would love to see you all there.

The welcome picnic has been rescheduled to Friday 19th February 2021.  Please see the updated invite with an updated Trybooking link below.  It is important to have people register via TryBooking for consent reasons so please use the Trybooking link to register.

Loreto now uses a School Portal Canteen system run by the P&F.  Lunches are provided by LunchBox in West Perth 5 days a week. They provide a wide range of nutritious hot food and cold food and drink options. All of their items are NUT FREE and they also provide a range of vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options.  Please see the school website for registration details.

We have an excellent P&F Committee and we hope to be able to all work together to have a fun & productive year for our children & families.

Jennifer Roughan

P&F President 2021


Communication Speech Patholgy

Dear Parents and Staff

A warm welcome back to 2021.

I am looking forward to resuming on-site Speech Pathology services at Loreto Nedlands.  Due to last week’s COVID-19 school closures, my commencement date has been also been set back to NEXT Wednesday.

If you wish to resume services, please advise and inform me of your child’s classroom teacher so I can liaise directly with them regarding scheduling for next Wednesday.

Please contact me if you wish to discuss anything further.

Kind regards

Chelsea Evans (Preston), BSc. Human Communication Science
Director, Speech Pathologist
Ph: 0438 110 789


AIM Therapy for Children

Hi All,

My name is Jacinta and I am an Occupational Therapist (OT) from AIM Therapy that will be visiting your school very soon! I just wanted to touch base with some information now that the start of Term 1 is officially around the corner. 

Thursday’s will be my ongoing therapy day at Loreto Primary School, commencing Thursday 18th February. At the moment I have blocked out 8:30am-12:30pm for bookings, however, this can be flexible going forward if need be. 

Parents who are interested in their child receiving OT services at Loreto can refer to our website for further information and contact details; When getting in contact with our reception team, can I please ask that parents advise they are booking for OT with myself at Loreto Primary School.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to meeting you all soon.

Warm regards,

Jacinta Boyes
Occupational Therapist
BSc (Occupational Therapy) 
AIM Therapy for Children
Phone: 08 6150 8339


The Fathering Project

The importance of sleep for the brain

Insufficient sleep negatively impacts your ability to carry out basic functions that could affect your work, driving, tasks around the home, and your engagement with others – namely your kids, partners, work colleagues and the wider community.

It can impact negatively on your creativity, productivity, judgement, and decision-making processes.

Tips to help you prioritise your sleep

  • Develop a good sleep routine, ensure you go to sleep around the same time each night.
  • Create a wind down plan to relax, turn the main lights down, take a warm shower, read a book and relax.
  • Don’t use your mobile phones, or tablet before you go to bed. Switch on your night mode to make avoid blue light from mobiles or tablets a good hour before bed.
  • Avoid caffeine close to bedtime in coffee, tea, also in colas and soft drinks.
  • Make your sleep space dark, comfortable and around 17-19C.
  • Also make sure you have a comfortable pillow!

Sleep well and look after your mental health.

Tony Corbett
Deputy Principal

Community News

Community News



Juniors in this area have two junior programs to pick from, both run by accredited coach, Tim Cowell.



Time: Wednesday 4pm-5.30pm, Age 8-16

Location: Lords Recreation Centre Subiaco

First session free, $10 per week.  Term fee and club membership options available.


Cambridge Squash Club

Time: Friday 4pm-6pm Age 7*-18

Location – Squashworld Cambridge, 292 Cambridge Street, Wembley

First Session Free. $10-12 per week.  Term fee and membership options available


Contact for more info on both programs.


Loreto Nedlands

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


Laughter, Happiness, Joy.

the search for truth.