Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY: Work with great tranquillity, joy and magnanimity, for what is not done in one year can be done in another. MW 1629
The staff and children have certainly settled well into the new school year. I am very impressed with the Year Six students and the leadership they have already demonstrated in the first two weeks. We have already had a few conversations, and our First Fun Friday fundraiser was a huge success. The children thoroughly enjoyed the tabloid sports opportunities provided by the Year Six students during lunchtime. Thank you to all families for your generous contributions.
Our Friday joint Pre Kindy and Kindergarten day is an excellent opportunity for our little ones to learn from each other. The children are engaged in outstanding play-based activities in our beautiful Kindergarten classroom.
Parents thank you for adhering to my requests regarding COVID last week. We are now back to Phase-4 guidelines. We certainly are in the lucky state, and we continue to keep all our friends and families across Australia and the globe in our prayers.
On Monday, I attended the Loreto Principal Forum, and Rebecca Barfoot attended the LSAC meeting on Tuesday. Both sessions were held virtually. Although we do not have the opportunity to meet face to face, the sessions are informative and provide us with the opportunity for professional dialogue related to current happenings in education.
Mrs Justine Jacobs is missing from Kindergarten this week. She is currently teaching at St Joseph’s in Wyndham as part of our connection with the school so that teachers can attend Professional Development in Broome. Miss Alex Daniel will be in Kindy this week. We look forward to welcoming the Year Six students later this year.
Yesterday we held our first P&F meeting for 2021. The committee has already been working hard organizing our first get together. It was unfortunate that we had to postpone the Welcoming Picnic, however, the committee has done a tremendous job. I look forward to catching up with families tomorrow evening. Parents, please remember that you are responsible for the supervision of your children.
Tonight, we have the School Board induction. We welcome Erica Jensen, Ben Beaton and Michael Ciccarelli to the Loreto Board. Our skills matrix for the School Board is very diverse and will be of great benefit as we commence writing our new Strategic Direction.
Parents, please ensure your Sacramental forms are handed in to the school office by tomorrow. The Sacramental forms are available from the church website only. Not the school office. Please note that the Sacramental Masses will be celebrated at Holy Rosary at 10:30am to assist with COVID regulations related to capacity.
This year we celebrate not only the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA), but also join with the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) and schools around the country to commemorate 200 years of Catholic education in Australia. Parents, I encourage you to visit the “Every Child Counts” website detailing the role of Catholic Education in WA https://www.everychildcounts.net.au/
As mentioned previously the Lunchbox catering is working really well. Should you forget to order the night before, the ordering time has been extended to 9am for the day of delivery.
Parents you will remember that a link via Survey Monkey was sent to you. It is a requirement that all families complete this information as we need it for Government Census as well as for our own records. We have over 40 families who have still not completed the publicity, medical register and contact details questionnaire. Please do so by tomorrow.
Finally, parents, please ensure that your child, no matter what year is wearing the correct uniform. The main areas where the uniform requirement is not adhered to is the school shoes/sport shoes and socks. Please peruse the Parent Handbook, which is available on the school website.
Have a wonderful week.
Lenton Pastoral Letter
On Monday 15th February WA Rugby ran clinics for years 1-6. All students enjoyed playing team games and learnt basic passing skills, but most importantly got a taste of a new game and a new physical challenge.
The Year Three students have commenced the year with energy and excitement! On the first day of school, the students wrote postcards to me from their holidays. They made sure to summarise the most interesting events and use the correct school address. The students also completed a guided self-portrait drawing lesson and are very proud of their work.
Throughout the first week, we read the story, All the Ways to be Smart’ by Devina Bell. A story about all the wonderful and unique qualities that make children who they are. The students identified all the ways that they are smart and displayed them on a ‘proud peacock’.
As a class, we have been discussing our 2021 School Value, Felicity, and have been preparing to lead the school at the Ash Wednesday Mass. This week, the students also took part in swimming trials at Claremont Pool. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the term brings!
Year Three Teacher
We have kicked off the year in spectacular style in Science.
The students have explored the properties of light, how substances change through heat and cold. Also some students learnt about the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. There were plenty of curious questions and interesting discussions in all year levels.
Thank you to Mr Corbett who ran the swim trials in my absence this week. From all accounts the students did a great job. We will now look at all the times and allocate students into events for the Senior Swim carnival on Monday 8 march. Thank you also to the parents who were able to help on the day, it would not happen without you.
We are after a netball co-ordinator for the up-and-coming winter season. Thank you to Lisa and Tanya who filled the role and varying times last season. If you are willing to have a go please let me know as soon as possible. I am happy to assist along the way. Without this role being filled we will not be able to enter a Loreto team in the PNA comp this year.
Over the next few weeks, the year 2 and 3 students will be getting some hockey coaching from Suburban Lions. If you are looking for a new sport to try, or maybe getting back into hockey, I recommend checking them out: https://suburbanlions.org/.
I am pleased to announce that Lauren and I are expecting a sibling for Lucy in August. I had just forgotten what those sleepless nights were like.
Health and Physical Education Teacher
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you are having a wonderful start to the year. This year we will be starting Choir in Week 6 Term 1. Choir consists of interested students in Years 3 – 6.
I will hold ‘auditions’ in class in the next couple of weeks to get a general idea of children’s vocal ranges and tones, and to identify our strengths as a choir. This will help me to select repertoire for the year. It is not a ‘formal audition’ – all children who audition will get in.
Weekly Choir rehearsals will be held on Tuesday mornings, starting at 8.00am sharp and finishing at 8.30am in the Music Room. Choir will commence Tuesday, 9th March.
Choir students have a few concerts in which they are required to perform. These include:
- Soirée – 22nd June
- Catholic Schools Music Festival tbc. date in Term 3
- Potentially, several special assemblies and events at school such as Naidoc Week
Singing with their peers can offer children a myriad of benefits. These include lifting mood, a sense of teamwork, increasing neuro-connections that support academic achievement, developing a musical ear and having fun!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Could the families who are yet to complete the publicity, medical register and contact details questionnaire please do so by tomorrow. This information is required for student records.
This year, the Publicity, Medical Register and Contact Details forms have been streamlined into an online survey for your convenience.
Please see attached the link required for the survey. This information is needed for our school’s administration to ensure your family’s information for 2021 is up to date, which is vital. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J9WLNRT
Please complete the survey by Friday 5 February 2021.
School banking will commence next Tuesday 23 February and will run every Tuesday until the end of term. If students could bring their banking books to the school office by 9am.
The Fathering Project
Managing your child’s mental wellbeing
Children usually don’t have a wide range of vocabulary to really describe and explain how they are really feeling and often use the basic terms happy, sad, angry and scared to describe their feelings. Here are some insights on managing your child’s emotions.
Tips for developing emotional understanding with your child:
- Bring your child’s attention to emotions. When your child is expressing an emotion, use the opportunity to label the particular emotion. “I can see you are feeling annoyed, tell me about how you are feeling”.
- Never discount their emotions. If your child talks about their emotions, always encourage this and if they are feeling unpleasant emotions let them know you can help them to find ways to feel better.
- Help them learn the names of emotions. Discuss the everyday feelings they experience and encourage them to use descriptive words to describe how they feel.
- Talk about how you feel. Demonstrate the use of different language to describe how you feel to show how feelings can change throughout the day.
- Use stories to explore emotions. Stories that describe people expressing their emotions can help your child to learn about emotional responses.
- Watch TV or movies characters’ responses together. Identify emotions and responses of the characters or discuss your own emotional responses to the content.
Get active this Term with RugbyRoos!
Our 5 week programs are a great way to learn and play rugby in a safe and fun environment. Suitable for both beginners and experienced players.
Dalkeith Nedlands Junior Football Club
Registrations 2021 Now Open
2020 Wa Football Awards Finalists!
“Let the children come to me”
Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is happening
At Loreto Primary Nedlands Chapel
Every Thursday from 8.15 am to 8.30 am
John XXIII College – Open Day