Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY: If people give you trouble, meet them with friendly words, for you will soften both yourself and them. MW – Maxim
The School Board and Staff formally farewelled Mr Eric Chidlow, Board Chair, on Friday May 7. I take this opportunity to thank Eric for his years of service to the school, especially for his guidance and mentoring in my first year at Loreto. I am delighted to inform you that Mrs Laura Willox has accepted the position of Loreto Board Chair. Loreto Ministries Limited and the Loreto Nedlands Board are greatly appreciative of Laura stepping up to the position of Board Chair, and I look forward to working alongside Laura as we embark on our new Strategic Plan.
Congratulations to three of our Year Six students being awarded Year Seven Scholarships for 2022. Oliver Compton received a Scholarship at Christ Church, and Rachel O’Malley-Sudlow received a Scholarship at Iona. Jacob Cloud received a double Scholarship to Trinity. Oliver, Rachel and Jacob are a true reflection of the Loreto spirit and deserving recipients.
The Pre Primary class welcomes Deniese Sequeira, who is a pre-service teacher from the University of WA. Deniese will be with us from 17th May till 18th June.
On Tuesday, the Year Five and Six Choir represented Loreto Nedlands and the IPSHA Performing Arts held at Penrhos College. Our Music Director, Sarina Davey, certainly prepared the students well, resulting in a pitch-perfect performance of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Words can not describe how proud I am of our students. Thank you also to Lori Coenen, who assisted throughout the day and evening. Unfortunately, our 100 strong choir could not perform altogether due to current restrictions on numbers. However, we will organise this in the upcoming weeks. The feedback from families has been so appreciative…
- congratulations and gratitude.
- wonderful and phenomenal performance.
- fabulous job on nurturing these children and bringing out the best in them.
- The performance by Loreto last night was electric! It was fantastic to see the pure joy in the kids’ faces as they delivered their performance.
- Sarina, the passion that you have instilled in the children is phenomenal.
- Thanks to your genuine passion and enthusiasm, your ability to earn respect from the kids and the appeal of a gentle and calm nature.
- It is wonderful to see the kids so engaged in performing arts at the school. It is a real confidence booster and is definitely one of the strengths Loreto has, and as a parent, I am so proud of.
- Last night’s performance by the Loreto children was nothing short of amazing, energetic, and joyful.
A reminder that tomorrow is the last day for you to have your say through the school’s Climate Survey. Parents, please take the time to log in online or complete your paper copy and return to the school office no later than Friday 3:00pm as they will need to be mailed off.
The Catholic Arts Office is urgently seeking the support of Catholic school staff, parents, and extended families as volunteers for their 2021 events, the Angelico Art Exhibition, the Performing Arts Festival and Carnevale. There is a range of opportunities that cater for all skill sets and commitment levels with most events taking place during the month of August. If you are interested in volunteering or would like further information on the various tasks and commitment, please contact the Executive Officer, Sabrina D’Rosa, on 9241 5241.
Finally, I will be travelling interstate over the next couple of weeks to visit other Loreto Schools. I will be at the Loreto Principal Forum in SA at Loreto Marryatville and Melbourne, visiting Loreto Toorak and Loreto Ballarat. Please contact me via email or through the school office should you need to get in touch.
Save the date:
I am pleased to announce that we have a date for the Parent Sundowner on Friday June 18.
For the safety of our school community, please read the below in regards to parking on Stanley and Webster Streets, as stated in the parent handbook (page 20) on the school website.
Stanley and Webster Streets may be used for drop-off in the mornings. Please do not park and leave your vehicles in the drive through areas.
Limited space is available. For the safety of all children, parents are requested not to double park or park across the road.
If parents intend to leave their vehicle for any reason – please do not park in the drive through areas.
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Sunday 6th June
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to “Body of Christ.” This feast originated in France in the mid-thirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or on Sunday following that feast.
This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus’ suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist.
At every Mass, our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it. The secondary focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church.
The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love and an offering of ourselves to the service of others.
Emergency Appeal India
“As you are aware, India is facing the second wave of COVID-19, which is more dangerous than the first wave. People are dying every day. The medical system and the entire administration system are collapsing. It is survival of the fittest; only the strong and rich will survive. There’s a shortage of oxygen in the country as we are overpopulated. Community transmission has been spreading like wildfire. We are not sure what will happen next. Keep us in your prayers. We too, assure you of our prayers.”
Sr Monica Suchiang ibvm, Kolkata, India
Each of us in Australia knows of someone, whether they be family, friends, colleagues or neighbours, who is directly affected by this tragedy that is consuming India.
Sr Monica reminds us that at times like this, we must look outward, draw on our common humanity, and do all that we can to help the poor and most vulnerable. Is there a time when this rings truer than now?
The Loreto Sisters have set up a COVID-19 emergency fund for individuals and families in India who are most in need. As our Sisters live and work in the communities directly impacted, they can ensure medical support and emergency relief reaches those who need it quickly, save lives, and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Join us in helping those most in need in India – donate now.
Thank you for your support, particularly at this troubling and tragic time.
Sr Wendy Hildebrand ibvm
Province Leader, Loreto Australia and South East Asia
In Science this week we had the privilege of a Suez incursion promoting household recycling and its positive impact in our world. Students from Year One to Year Six discovered ways to recycle and explored case studies in our community that made a tremendous impact.
We have hit the ground running in the beginning of Term 2 in preparation to all the performances we have this term! The children sang beautifully at the Commissioning Mass for our wonderful Principal Mrs Andres, the reflective ANZAC Day Ceremony and the heartfelt Mother’s Day Prayer service. The children have worked tirelessly to practice all the songs to a high standard, and we are all very proud of them.
The school is buzzing full of Music as all the musical ensembles have now started- the rock bands, orchestras and the choir!
We have many more concerts this term including, IPSHA Performing Arts and the Soiree to show case our amazing instrumental and vocal students.
We have also been having lots of fun in the Music Classroom!
Here are Pre Primary and Kindy exploring, playing and learning about all the wonderful instruments in the world! What fun!
This Term, Year Two took to the outdoors to have a go at drawing our glorious School building. For their first version, they considered what our school would look and feel like at night time. They completed a guided perspective drawing, a charcoal moon and a starry night sky to create these lovely artworks.
Visual Art Specialist
On Wednesday morning we gathered as a whole school for Simultaneous Story Time to watch an astronaut on the International Space Station read us a special book titled “Give me some Space!”. This colourful, vibrant, fun event aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the national Curriculum for primary aged students.
This year’s book “Give me some Space!” was written by Philip Bunting and read to us by astronaut Dr Shannon Walker from the Japanese Experiment Module aboard the International Space Station.
We even had a visit from our very own astronaut “Mrs Billi”!
The Loreto students were thrilled to be a part of this national story time and learnt a lot about what life is like in space!
The Fathering Project
How do fathers figure in?
Mike Kelly (Eureka Street)
There are many gems and reflections on ‘fathering’ in Pope Francis’s apostolic letter, Patris Corde ‘With a Father’s Heart’, in which he nominates 2021 as the year to honour the fatherhood of St Joseph. Francis’s letter is inclusive, encompassing the scope of fatherhood and the responsibilities fathering entails. ‘Fathers are not born, but made’, Francis says. ‘A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child’.
Positive and engaged fathers who value women and treat everyone with respect are needed today more than ever. To quote Francis, ‘In our world where psychological, verbal and physical violence towards women is so evident, Joseph appears as the figure of a respectful and sensitive man’, ‘creatively courageous’, who models a ‘freedom from possessiveness’.
I’m sure many of us would love to see Saint Joseph, and the qualities he represents, as an exemplar for fatherhood. However, despite all the worldwide churches, institutes, schools and religious orders dedicated to Joseph, he has always seemed to be in the background, never centre stage.
Francis laments the failures of fathering for many children across the globe. ‘Our world today needs fathers’. While the response to the Pope’s letter has been largely devotional, his letter deserves wider reflection on how our society is responding to the challenges of fatherhood in 2021.
There are many signs that fatherhood in Australia is changing for the better. There is now abundant evidence that dads are spending more time at home with their kids. The advent of father support blogs regularly featuring famous dads and websites like ‘Stayin on Track’ with resources for Aboriginal dads by Aboriginal men, and new ‘father friendly’ education websites, all herald the big cultural shift that is taking place.
Particularly hopeful is the growing acknowledgement that the interests of mothers, fathers and children can be aligned in ways that work for everyone. A great example of this is the campaign for gender equality, with parental leave widely regarded as beneficial all round, lifting women’s capacity to return to work, bonding fathers and children and enabling savings on child care.
‘Like Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed” as Francis calls him, there are countless dads in all types of families who are transforming fatherhood’.
There are signs, too, that reflect a new understanding of the importance of fathering across the community services sector. This is the sector that grapples with family violence, the safety of children, youth homelessness and youth crime on a day-to-day basis — where the need for caring and responsible fathers is most apparent. Where ‘working with parents’ seldom means working with fathers.
I often sense that there is no easy way for the community sector to talk about fathers. There is a wariness about venturing into areas that are seen as fraught with complexities — where there is no common understanding of what a ‘home’ constitutes and no universal appreciation of the importance of nurturing and compassionate fathering.
The community sector acknowledges that it is largely reactive and crisis driven in its response to social problems like homelessness and family violence. Agencies chiefly depend on government resources to do earlier work with fathers — resources that are largely locked into remedial programs. Early intervention with fathers is still a long way off for many organisations.
And while there has been a surge in research on fathering in recent times, this has not yet been translated into effective policy. There is a glaring absence of policies and action (at all levels of governance) aimed at supporting fathers with their roles and responsibilities. For instance, it is rare to find policies that speak to the importance of fathers in raising boys to respect mothers and women.
Yet there is a growing realisation within the community sector, informed by new research, that approaches aimed at supporting fathers can provide lasting benefits for mothers, children and families.
The sector’s report The Voice of Parents with Melbourne University shows that missed opportunities to engage fathers can unfairly leave the burden of responsibility solely on women and miss precious opportunities to benefit children.
Agencies like Anglicare, Uniting Care and Kids First are taking up the challenge with their Caring Dads programs, tailored for fathers, who are changing their behaviour for the sake of their children. And Relationships Australia’s Support For Fathers has developed new tools to help agencies in their work with families.
Despite the daunting challenges, there is much to be hopeful about. Like Saint Joseph, ‘the man who goes unnoticed’ as Francis calls him, there are countless dads in all types of families who are transforming fatherhood — working from home, sharing the ups and downs of parenthood with their partners, raising their kids to respect all others, and like Joseph are ‘creatively courageous’ in tackling the challenges of our time.
Mike Kelly is a Geelong social worker with a special interest in fatherhood and early intervention with vulnerable families.
The Year Three Floorball team had a very special visitor!