Loreto Nedlands

69 Webster Street
Nedlands 6009, WA
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Principal’s Message – Week 7 – June 3rd, 2021

Principal’s Message – Week 7 – June 3rd, 2021

Christ is our Food and Drink

O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament
have left us a memorial of your Passion,
grant us, we pray,
so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood
that we may always experience in ourselves
the fruits of your redemption.


Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands

Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY: Do good and do it well. MW – Maxim

Congratulations to our Year Six students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday. Thank you to all those who came to celebrate with our students, including peers, Altar Servers, representatives of Loreto Choir and family and friends. Special thanks to Very Reverend Vincent Glynn, (Episcopal Vicar for Education and Faith Formation) and Father Gavin for presiding and our Teachers Julia Waller and Natalie Cloud in preparing the students.

I am sure you have all heard the exciting news of the Early Years Classroom Relocation. Loreto Nedlands aims to create a larger learning space, boost diversity and increase student enrolments from as early as Pre Kindy. Accordingly, we have come up with a solution that welcomes Pre Kindy into our Early Years Centre. We believe that this relocation will continue to benefit and support our children and the school community. Parents from all year levels, I call on your help to volunteer some time through the attached link. The school needs some TLC and a hand in relocating key items. The signup genius link is:


Congratulations to all Year Five and Six students on their polished and interesting speeches. Mrs Mary Bizzaca, retired Principal and specialist in Public Speaking, adjudicated the event.

The theme for LifeLink Day 2021 is “How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is a joyful, hope-filled and servant community?”. On Wednesday, the Mary Ward Captains were privileged to attend the LifeLink launch held at Newman College. They joined students attending Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Perth to learn about the many Church social service agencies supported by LifeLink. Archbishop Costelloe spoke to the students about the 37,000 Western Australian families and individuals that benefit from our support and encouraged us to serve our community with joy, hope and as servants of God. Thank you to Mrs Rebecca Barfoot and Mrs Alecia Gooch, who attended with the students.

I wish the Year One students a wonderful day on Friday for their Excursion to Kalamunda Village and look forward to hearing all about it next week.

Parents a reminder that when you drive up on Webster Street in the morning or afternoon, you may not exit your car. It is a drop off/pick up drive through. Students are only permitted to exit via the gate closest to the Dreamcourt and wait for permission to walk towards the constant moving vehicles to hop in their car.

The Teachers have commenced writing your child’s reports. Student Reports will go live on, Wednesday 30 June. Please ensure that your email details and SEQTA Engage details are up to date so that you will be able to access your child’s report.

Don’t forget that it is the WA Long Weekend and the staff also have a Staff Day on Tuesday. The office will reopen on Wednesday at 8am alongside normal school hours.

Save the date:

I am pleased to announce that we have a date for the Parent Sundowner on Friday 18 June.

Dress like a Super Hero Day – Gold coin donation for Mini Vinnies Winter Appeal on Friday 18 June.


I hope you enjoy your extra-long weekend with family and friends.

Rika Andres


School News

School Tour

Please share with family and friends our upcoming school tour on Thursday 17 June at 9.30am. Below is link to register:




The role of teachers in helping young people discover themselves and the world – and how they can then shape the world – is why teaching is the most important job in the world. But it is also the most important job for the world.

No other occupation offers as many ways to help others learn and grow in their most formative years and take responsibility for their own lives. The current CEO of ACARA (the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority), David de Carvalho, believes that he has been fortunate to meet many good teachers. Follow the link below to learn the top five qualities that he believes make a teacher great.


Rebecca Barfoot
Assistant Principal


Holy Rosary Parish

Prayer to St Joseph Be a Prize Winner

We are in the Year of St Joseph until 8 December 2021, so young parishioners let us do something beautiful for St Joseph who loved and cared for Mary and Jesus, giving us all a great example of what it means to be Faithful to God, a respected person in his community, and a wonder Guardian with strong qualities of a Father in whom we can look up to. He is a Saint who constantly prays for us in this world we live in.

So, young parishioners in primary and senior schools, do something really loving and memorable, write a Prayer to St Joseph from your heart and email or post it to our Parish Office, or give it to me, Fr Gavin. The closing date is 11 November 2021.

There will be 3 prizes for the best 3 prayers which will be presented on the Solemnity of Christ the King at the 8.45am Mass, 21 November 2021. I will also extend this to the Best Song, Painting or Poem for St Joseph.

Please place your Name, your Age and one of your Mum or Dad’s contact numbers. Use your gifts.

Homebound Parishioners

If you know anyone who is homebound and would like to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist every week, please phone 9386 1870 or email the Parish Office at nedlands@perthcatholic.org.au

Thank you and God Bless.

Father Gavin Gomez
Parish Priest


Religious Education

Dear Parents

Next week’s Gospel reading is a well-known one and illustrates Jesus’ dedication to love, mercy and compassion in the face of conflicting ideologies at the time.

Mt 9:9-13
Jesus eats with the tax collectors.

Living the Gospel – Mercy not sacrifice

Jesus quotes the prophet Hosea that God desires mercy (or love), not sacrifice. The Pharisees believed that God was properly reverenced by strict observance of the Law. Throughout the gospels we see Jesus challenge this thinking. He frequently argues that blind observance of codes and practices often gets in the way of doing the ‘right’ thing – the thing that is demanded by love, mercy or compassion. In our own time, the pressure comes from secular codes and practices rather than religious ones and it is often difficult to do the ‘right’ thing in the face of this social pressure.

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal


Pre Primary Happenings

Term Two has been a busy one in the Pre-Primary classroom, we have been interested in hospitals and dinosaurs, so we set up a class hospital and dinosaur investigation area. We also had Nurse Kelly come out from the Association for the welfare of children in hospital WA to talk to us about going to hospital and show us some special equipment doctors and nurses may use. We had so much fun exploring the resources and having great discussions about how we can help sick people and role playing being injured and fixing each other.

Our dinosaur exploration has led to many interesting conversations particularly around volcanos and building volcanos in the sandpit, the students then extended on this by using water as lava to explode from their volcanos.

This has linked in well with our Science exploration as we have been discussing weather, the different types and how the weather impacts what we do and wear. We have also undertaken experiments to find out how it rains by using blue food dye and shaving cream as well as looking at rainbows and colour mixing.

In Religion this Term we have been focusing on the Holy Spirit and the special gifts it gives us. We have discussed making decisions and how the Holy Spirit helps guide us to make good choices, by choosing honesty, kindness and love.

In Maths we have been focusing on number sequences continuing forwards and backwards from different points as well as 2-D shapes. We used the space theme of National Simultaneous Storytime to inspire us to make rockets and practice our counting backwards from different numbers up to 20 before firing our rockets.

In English we began the Term discussing oral narratives and the features of a narrative we also retold several stories to practice this sequence. We have now moved on to making connections with texts by looking at similarities and connections with our everyday lives such as having friendships.

In Technology we have been exploring hardware and software in digital systems as well as the importance of internet safety. This has transferred to our everyday use of technology in the classroom as students have been using iPads independently to take photos, scan and use QR codes, games, Seesaw and more.

Amee Coles
Pre Primary Teacher


Physical Education

This week the students participated in soccer clinics facilitated by Perth Glory. The students enjoyed skill-based games and drills involving teamwork. Perth Glory will be visiting until the end of term. The Sporting Schools grant has helped fund this initiative.

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal/Physical Education


The Fathering Project

How to Be a Good Father: Tips & Advice for Dads

The role of a father is always changing in our modern world. Read our advice and tips for being an engaged, supportive and loving dad.

What does it mean to be a dad? The art of fatherhood is evolving as society and the traditional family changes. With these positive parenting tips, dads can help their children build confidence and self-esteem, and in turn, learn how to be an engaged, supportive and loving father to their children.

Today’s families are increasingly more diverse, including single parent families, blended families, same gender parents, unmarried parents and multi-generational families. Over the past three decades, societal changes including the rise in numbers of women working outside the home, escalating divorce rates, remarriages, and blended families are causing shifts in both maternal and paternal roles.

Ask a dad today and he will probably tell you that his father-daughter or father-son relationships differ widely from those he experienced with his own Father. Changes in parenting styles have given men more options for responding to obligations as fathers, husbands or partners. Today’s dad is less likely to automatically rely on his own childhood experiences for fatherhood guidance. With the constantly changing roles of dads, what worked well for his father 30 years ago, may not work at all with the complex and varied challenges modern fathers face.

Current research reveals that warm accepting fathers tend to have children with higher self-esteem. An affectionate and nurturing father-child relationship furthers the development of children’s achievement, peer popularity and personal adjustment. Loving fathers, who provide reasonable, firm guidance, without arbitrarily imposing their will, help to promote competence in children.

Parenting Tips for Dads: Being an Engaged, Supportive & Loving Father

  • Spend time with your child. How a father spends his time reveals to his child what is important to him. Kids grow up quickly and the time to bond is now. There are plenty of fun ways to spend family time with children.
  • Discipline with love and positive parenting. All children need positive guidance and discipline, not as punishment, but to set reasonable limits. Dads should remind children of the consequences of their actions and positively acknowledge desirable behaviour. Fathers who discipline in a calm and fair manner show love for their children.
  • Be your child’s role model. Whether they realize it or not, fathers are role models to their kids. A girl who spends time with a loving father grows up knowing she deserves to be treated with respect by boys and she learns what to look for in a partner. Fathers teach boys and girls what is important in life by demonstrating honesty, humility and responsibility.
  • Earn the right to be heard. Fathers should begin conversations with their children about important topics when they are very young so that difficult subjects will be easier to handle as they get older. Take time for listening to your child’s ideas and problems.
  • Be your child’s teacher. To be a good father, teach your children about right and wrong and encourage them to do their best. See that your children make good choices. Involved fathers use everyday examples to help children learn the basic lessons of life.
  • Eat together as a family. An important part of healthy family life is bonding through family meals. It gives kids the chance to talk about what they are doing and want to do. It is also a good time for fathers to listen and be involved. It provides a structure for families to be together each day.
  • Read to your child. In a modern world dominated by television and internet, it is important that fathers make the effort to read to their children in order to grow lifelong readers. Begin reading when they are very young and as they get older, encourage them to read on their own. Instilling a love of reading is one of the best ways to ensure children will have a lifetime of literacy and personal and career growth.
  • Respect the other parent of your child. Parents who respect each other and demonstrate mutual respect to their children, provide a secure environment for them. When children see parents respecting each other, they are more likely to feel that they are also accepted and respected within the father-child relationship.
  • Seek involvement early. Show interest early by understanding a fathers role during pregnancy or the adoption or surrogacy process and gently touch, play, hold and talk to your infant child. When fathers are involved, they send the clear and emphatic message: “I want to be your father. I am interested in you and we have a relationship that is important to me”.

Few events change a man’s life as much as becoming a father. Being entrusted with the responsibility and care of another person is a monumental task but none is more rewarding than becoming a father and seeing your child grow gradually into adulthood, with your affection returned in good measure and your child’s self-worth confirmed. Hopefully, these parenting tips can provide some guidance to dads trying to learn how to become engaged, supportive, and loving fathers.

Information from www.brighthorizons.com

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal


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Upcoming Events

  • 04 August BRLA Yr5
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  • 08 August St Mary of the Cross Feast Day
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