Loreto Nedlands

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Nedlands 6009, WA
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Principal’s Message – Week 3 – May 6th, 2021

Principal’s Message – Week 3 – May 6th, 2021

A Mother’s Day Prayer

I said a Mother’s Day prayer for you
to thank the Lord above
for blessing me with a lifetime
of your tenderhearted love.
I thanked God for the caring
you’ve shown me through the years,
for the closeness we’ve enjoyed
in time of laughter and of tears.

And so, I thank you from the
heart for all you’ve done for me
and I bless the Lord for giving me
the best mother there could be!



–  Author Unknown

Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands

Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY: The Spirit of God is not ill-mannered, but teaches all courteousness. MW – Maxim

Thank you to those who were able to attend my Commissioning Mass on Friday, April 23. It was a lovely occasion and I was blessed to have my family and representatives from Loreto Ministries, Loreto Sisters, Loreto Principals, Past Pupils and CEWA Representatives attend. A special thank you to all of the staff and our Year Six students.

Our ANZAC service was a beautiful commeration to the fallen. Thank you to our Year Five students for leading the service. Please visit our Facebook page for video and photos. The opening song, choreographed by our music teacher Sarina Davey set the scene beautifully.

After extensive consultation with all stakeholders we have reached a decision regarding Student Leadership for 2022 onwards. There will be a Head Boy and Head Girl and Mary Ward Captains (boy and girl) for Semester One and Semester Two. House Captains will be yearly with both boy and girl. There will be no other student captain positions. Nominations and speeches for the various roles will be held the previous year. Students from Years Four to Six and staff will participate in the voting. Announcement of positions will be carried out prior to the commencement of each semester, excluding House Captains which is an annual role. A lot of thought and discernment has gone into this process and my hope is that whether a student receives a titled role or not in Year Six that parents will support the outcome as students have. All Year Six students will continue to take active leadership roles throughout the four ministries.

Wishing all mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for our Mother’s Day Liturgy followed by Morning Tea.

This term we welcome Domenic Carenco who is a Pre Service Teacher completing his final practicum in Year One with Mrs Moore.

Don’t forget to support our St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal by dropping off donations to your respective classes. It is always important to help those less fortunate than ourselves, however it is more important than ever as we so readily hear about many families struggling within our community and beyond due to COVID.

Families please keep our Year Three and Five children in your prayers as they sit NAPLAN next week. NAPLAN is a national test, however, it is only one test in many that is used for your students final grade. Emotional readiness is just as important please see below for a pdf link provided by CEWA. https://covid19.cewa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Supporting-Your-Childs-Wellbeing-During-NAPLAN.pdf

Save the date:

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. The event will commence with a mass. More details to follow.

Rika Andres


School News


Please find below information regarding the schedule for NAPLAN testing for Year 3 and 5 in Week 4.

  • Year 3 and 5 Conventions of Language – Tuesday 11th May (9:00am)
  • Year 3 and 5 Writing – Tuesday 11th May (11:00am)
  • Year 3 and 5 Reading – Wednesday 12th May (9:00am)
  • Year 3 and 5 Numeracy –Thursday 13th May (9:00am)

It is very important that you let your child’s teacher know if they are going to be absent on any of these days so that we can organise for catch up tests to be administered.

Test Durations

Test Year 3 Year 5
Conventions of Language 45 minutes 50 minutes
Writing 40 minutes 40 minutes
Reading 45 minutes 50 minutes
Numeracy 45 minutes 50 minutes

If you have any questions or concerns about NAPLAN, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with your child’s teacher.

Rebecca Barfoot
Assistant Principal

Religious Education

Sunday 16th of May. The Ascension of the Lord.

Ascension Day is one of the earliest Christian festivals dating back to the year 68 CE. According to the New Testament in the Bible, Jesus Christ met several times with his disciples during the 40 days after his resurrection to instruct them on how to carry out his teachings. It is believed that on the 40th day he took them to the Mount of Olives, where they watched as he ascended to heaven.

Ascension Day marks the end of the Easter season and occurs ten days before Pentecost. Depending upon the phases of the Moon in a particular year, Ascension Day is usually celebrated on a Thursday. However, some churches may choose to celebrate it on the following Sunday.

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal

Year Three Happenings

The Year Three students have returned with great enthusiasm for the term ahead. They commenced Term Three by recognising the importance of ANZAC Day and remembering those who served our country. The students created ‘torn paper artworks’ which symbolise the sorrow felt by the soldiers versus the beauty of a sunset. During Religious Education, the students have been discussing choices. They identified that there are easy and hard choices and that some choices have more significant consequences than others. They then identified some of the physiological changes people may experience when they are worried or uncertain.

Our Persuasive Writing unit has required the students to use high modality language and a series of arguments to convince their reader to agree with their point of view. They have written arguments about the best sport to play as a child and the best pet to have. During Geography lessons, students are currently researching a chosen state or territory. They will soon display their information using the Pages application and then present their project to the class. This week, the students have enjoyed creating a special surprise for their Mums and writing a heartfelt prayer to be blessed by Father Gavin on Friday. The students and I wish all the Loreto Mums a happy and restful Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Emily Meneghello
Year Three Teacher

Year Four Happenings

This term, the Year Four class have begun learning about Aboriginal people and spent Tuesday at Kings Park, or Kaarta Koomba in Whadjuk Noongar language. We explored and learned about the native flora and fauna that the Whadjuk Noongar people used to survive and thrive for thousands of years before European discovery. We discovered the Whadjuk Noongar names of native plants, found out how these were used for tools and native medicines and used the Kerbein (sword grass) to weave some jewellery of our own! The Year Four class also learned some bush survival skills through the Child vs Wild program, where they made shelters, delicious damper and found out how to locate water in the bush!



In class, the Year Fours have also been preparing for their First Eucharist which we will celebrate at Holy Rosary Parish in June. We have been learning how the Eucharist calls people together to celebrate at Mass and how the words of the Last Supper are used in the Eucharistic Prayer every time we receive Holy Communion.

We have also been learning about Poetry in Reading and Writing, researching and planning to build a boat out of recycled materials in Technologies and becoming times tables wizards in Maths. It’s been a busy start to Term Two in Year Four!

Katie Sharman
Year Four Teacher

Mother’s Day Stall

Last Wednesday we held our Mother’s Day stall. Dads provided their children with $10 spending money and the children could purchase a gift from the stall.

Thank you to our helpers, the stall was a wonderful success.


Wishing our Loreto Mums, a Happy Mother’s Day!


School News

City of Nedlands Recycle Drop Off Point

Dear Parents

You may have noticed a recycling station near the sports shed?

This is a joint initiative with the City of Nedlands to help reduce waste and land fill in our world.

Please bring in your old printer cartridges, batteries, household lights or fluorescent lights and this station will take care of them in an environmentally friendly manner. Thus, the Loreto community doing it’s little bit in saving our planet.

Many thanks

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal

Year One Minkey team had a great first game and loved every minute of it!


The Pre Primary Joey Soccer team, Loreto Lightning won their first game at the weekend flanked by two of their team mates from Year One!



The Fathering Project

Being an actively engaged Dad with your kids through sport

Kids play sports for lots of reasons – fun, mateship, socialisation, challenge, competition and achievement. It is important to encourage your child to play sports for the fun, not just winning. Be positive at competitions. If you are, your children mostly likely will too.

Here are a few tips to help you support and teach your child how to learn to win OR lose well and be an actively engaged father on weekends regardless of what sport they choose to play.

· Encourage your child to congratulate their opponent when they lose and not boast when they win.

· Talk about the game afterwards and help your child to see where they did well and areas where perhaps they could have done better.

· Encourage your child to do their best at all times.

· Recognise good sportsmanship in your child and others.

Most importantly, don’t be the ugly parent at your child’s events – cheer good play by both sides and don’t abuse players or referees.

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal