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Principal’s Message – Week 1 – April 22nd, 2021

Principal’s Message – Week 1 – April 22nd, 2021

Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.

Amen.

 

-St. Ignatius Loyola

Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands

Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY: Do not bury your talents, lent to you by God to be expended in service. MW – Maxim

If you would like to read more about Mary Ward and Felicity, please visit https://www.loreto.org.au/on-the-gift-of-felicity/

Welcome to Term Two. We have indeed been blessed with fantastic autumn weather. I hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday and were able to spend time with family and friends.

The students have returned looking refreshed and very smart in their winter uniform. Parents, please ensure that all uniform items, particularly jumpers, blazers, hats, are clearly labelled. It is such a shame when we can not return a piece of clothing because of no name.

I am thrilled to announce that we have employed a wonderful Year Four teacher to take over Katie’s role. Sally Bishop will join the Loreto community on May 10. Sally comes with a wealth of knowledge in all areas of the curriculum.

The staff engaged in our annual Religious Education Professional Development, which goes towards our five year accreditation renewal. Mario Borg presented “Elements of the Mass”. Mario provided an insightful, purposeful and hands-on day for all staff. We walked away with knowledge that we can bring into the classrooms.

Tomorrow we have two important occasions occurring. Firstly please join me for my Commissioning Mass in the LPAC at 9am, followed by High Tea in the Mary Ward Courtyard. I have officially commenced my second year at Loreto, and it will be lovely to share my commissioning with students, staff and family.

Our ANZAC Service is tomorrow, commencing at 2:30 pm at the school’s front near the flags. The Year Five students will lead us in the service. Thanks and congratulations are also extended to our Visual Arts Captain, Richie McDivan, who created a beautiful piece of artwork representing the ANZACs upon the request of Ms Hammond MP. A card depicting Richie’s artwork will be presented to all the Veterans within the Curtin community.

Next week the Leadership Team will be out from Tuesday to Thursday. We will meet with the Bishop to commence planning our new Evangelisation Plan. The Evangelisation Plan is a living document. However, when a new Principal is appointed, it is a requirement that the leadership team regroup to ensure that the Vision and Mission of Catholic Schools are evident.

On Friday, I will be escorting our Student Leaders and Mary Ward Captains to the GRIP Leadership Day being held at the Convention Centre. “Our goal is that your student leaders would leave our conference with a clear vision, a solid understanding and dozens of ideas for their time as a leader.https://www.gripleadership.com.au/content/primary/gjfdm0

Next week you will be receiving an important link. You are invited to participate in a survey about our school’s climate. Similar surveys will be administered to staff and students to enable us to capture a community snapshot.  All responses are confidential and will be used for school improvement purposes.  This is an opportunity for parents to tell the school staff how things are going for them and their children. The school values your feedback and will try to respond to the information that you provide. The feedback does NOT include the data of individuals; rather, feedback involves a graph based on feedback from all parents. To ensure anonymity, aggregated scores are not provided for groups of less than four parents. The response format requires parents to consider how often each statement takes place in terms of: Almost Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Often and Almost Always.

Next Wednesday will be an opportunity for your child to purchase Mother’s Day gifts from the mezzanine in the LPAC. Dad’s don’t forget to provide your child with $10 spending money in a secure bag.

Save the date:

Mother’s Day Mass – 9:00am. May 7 at Holy Rosary Church.

International Day of Families is on Sunday, May 15. On Monday, May 17, we will celebrate 200 years of Catholic Education, and we invite families to join us for celebrations. More details to follow.

Rika Andres
Principal

 

School News

Curriculum

No matter your child’s age or year level, it is important for them to have specific learning goals to work towards. Short term learning goals are personal and specific to individual students. Setting small milestones ensures they are realistic and attainable.

Some examples of learning goals are:

  • Ensuring to use full stops in my writing
  • Committing to reading one chapter of a book each week
  • Learning multiplication facts (2’s, 5’s and 10’s)
  • Include adverbs in my writing

The following three questions can assist when determining a student’s learning goal:

  1. What specific problem are you trying to solve? Include adverbs in my writing
  2. What change/s are you going to introduce and why? Think about my goal before I begin writing, re-read my writing to make sure I included adverbs (does the adverb make sense and enhance my sentence?), peer review
  3. How will we know if the change is an improvement? Can the reader visualise my story, do the adverbs ‘set the scene’

Learning goals provide an important boost to personal development as they allow students to take ownership of their learning. Goal setting brings about positive change, growth and enhances a student’s self-esteem!

 

Maths Brain Teaser

I am an odd number. Take away one letter and I become even. What number am I?

 

 

 

Answer: Seven (take away the ‘s’ and it becomes ‘even’)

Rebecca Barfoot
Assistant Principal

 

Australian Early Development Census

Download the Australian Early Development Census Flyer

 

Enrolments

Enrolments and interviews with the Principal for Pre Kindy 2022 and Kindy 2023 are now taking place. For families currently at the school, we encourage you to submit sibling/s applications as soon as possible. Please contact the school office to make an appointment.

Please share with family and friends our Term Two school tour on Thursday 17 June 2021 at 9.30am.

Download the Enrolments 2021 Flyer

 

Pre Kindy Happenings

We were very excited to return to Pre Kindy this week but could not believe our eyes when we saw a construction site in our classroom! Luckily, we acted out the story of the Three Little Pigs and are now experts at designing, building, and hammering! We worked together as a team and have created some wonderful structures. It is amazing what we can use to measure our building equipment. Besides metre rulers and measuring tape, we have measured with string, sticks and even our feet!

We also created our own houses for the Three Little Pigs. Hopefully, the Big Bad Wolf doesn’t try to “Huff and Puff and blow them down!”.

The trucks that brought our equipment had a bit of trouble driving through the mud but we helped them get across by analysing the tyre tracks. Did you know that not all tyres create the same pattern?

We are all looking forward to the fun-filled term ahead!

Rebecca Barfoot
Assistant Principal/Pre Kindy Teacher

 

Art Happenings

Tales from the Art Room:

I’m sure everyone can relate, but Term 1 seemed to fly by at warp speed for me. With the shorter term, and having lost the first week to lock down, it seemed as if I just arrived in the art room and then it was time for holidays! Nonetheless, I’m very pleased to report that some exception artwork was produced in that short period time – much of which is now on display around the school.

The Kindy’s finished their ‘Fine Art for Little Hearts’ portfolios, which have been collated and are now available for viewing in the classroom. This term the students will be exploring all things botanical, starting with making green painted textured papers for a whole-class collaborative sculpture project.

Pre-Primary bought all their new creative skills together, to create a collage of a cat exploring a vibrant cityscape. They will begin their Term 2 project about the meaning of homes and the spaces we live in, by creating an artwork of their own home.

The Year 1s have resurfaced from their ocean floor adventures with a range of wonderful marine artworks. You may have noticed their final collaborative artwork, of a teeming reef, is now on display in the Year 1 classroom. We will begin this term by drying ourselves off and travelling from the fish house to the hen house to investigate some super-funky chickens.

The Year 2’s had the opportunity to create a number of artworks inspired by the wonders of West Australian wildflowers. Their stencilled designs and Pop Art Flower collages are now on display in the art room. Unfortunately, one of the most spectacular pieces has had to be hidden from view as it is a BIG secret. And that is all I can really say about that…for now…

In Year 3 we finished the term by making tiny greenhouse conservatories based on The Cloud Forest in Singapore. It’s safe to say that the Year 3s very much enjoyed this lesson – especially the glow-in-the-dark rocks. This term they will be looking at Chimeras – or hybrid mythical creatures and inventing their very own fantasy hybrid creation.

The Year 4s tackled a fairly complex sculptural project in Term 1, and are consequently the only class yet to finish. Fortunately, this term is a little longer and – with the diligence and enthusiasm they have shown so far – I have no doubt that their sculptures will be complete very soon. In their final class last term, we were able to pour some concrete bases, and this week we have the very exciting task of taking them out of the molds.

All of the Year 5 sea creature artworks are now up on display in the art room. We have a string of illuminated jellyfish lanterns and a beautiful display of their framed sea creature designs. For their next project we will concentrate on all things above the water, when we look at contemporary landscape painting and printmaking.

Last term the Year 6s showed great perseverance over the 8 weeks to create their mixed media animal artworks. Their finished pieces are now proudly on display next to their classroom. For some, it may have been the first time they have had the opportunity to dedicate such a length of time to one artwork. Next we will be continuing with the animal theme, but this time we will be exploring 3D design with ceramic clay.

Miya Maeda
Visual Art Specialist

The Fathering Project

Tips for Dads on being a positive sports coach with your kids:

Coaching kids sport is an important job. With every encouraging word and positive action, you have the potential to leave a positive and lasting impact on every child you coach. The rewards can be enormous for you all.

  • Try to become a coach for each of your children at least once.
  • Help your child train for and practice their sport.
  • Even if your child plays a sport you don’t know – still give it a go.

If you are coaching your own child:

  • Discuss your role as the coach with your child and agree on rules.
  • Continue to ask for feedback about how your child is feeling.
  • Never stop being a parent but avoid parenting when coaching.
  • Treat your child like everyone else, no favouritism or extra criticism.
  • Don’t talk negatively about other players, umpires or club officials.

 

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal

Loreto Nedlands

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

Felicity

Laughter, Happiness, Joy.

the search for truth.