Loreto Nedlands

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Nedlands 6009, WA
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Principal’s Message – Week 4 – August 12th, 2021

Principal’s Message – Week 4 – August 12th, 2021

Prayer for the Assumption of Mary

Father in heaven,
all creation rightly gives you praise,
for all life and all holiness come from you.
In the plan of your wisdom
she who bore the Christ in her womb
was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.
May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness
and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands

Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY: Know and acknowledge the works of God and give thanks. MW – Maxim

On Sunday, 15 August, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady when according to our faith, the Holy Mother, “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.

The Assumption signals the end of Mary’s earthly life and marks her return to heaven to be reunited with Jesus. While the bodies of both Jesus and Mary are now in heaven, there is a difference between the Assumption and the Resurrection. Where Jesus arose from the tomb and ascended into heaven by his own power, Mary’s body was taken up to heaven by the power of her Son.

Congratulations to Belle Spears and Henry McGlue, who will receive an award at the Angelico Art Exhibition on Tuesday Night. Once again, congratulations must be extended to our wonderful Art Specialist Mrs Miya Maeda.

Our Performing Arts students have been busily heading off to their various competitions. Students have been receiving wonderful feedback. To date, I have been informed that the following students have been awarded H5 – Piano Solo, Jewel Reutens, Outstanding. J13 – Instrumental Strings, John O’Connell, Excellent. James Wilshire, Merit. Lilly Gerhold, Merit. We are very blessed to have such talented students and peripatetic music tutors.

The students were so honoured to be a part of the 7PLUS Olympic Special aired on Monday night. There were many students interviewed last Friday. However, not everyone made it to the final cut. That’s showbiz! The students aired were delightful to watch, and all students represented Loreto Nedlands beautifully. Thank you to Anita Moullin for making it possible and Louise Miller, with the assistance of Year Six leaders coordinating the event on the day.

Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the Interschool Cross Country in Bunbury today, however, I extend best wishes to our team. Thank you to Mr Boxsell and Mr Corbett for coordinating the event. Safe travels.

Tomorrow our Year Five and Six students will audition for the Year Five and Six musical. They will then participate in a week of music camp onsite during school hours. You may be aware that this is run by Perth Youth Theatre at an additional cost to the school. Due to price increases, the cost per ticket will be $30. I have heard that this is a fabulous event under the direction of Perth Youth Theatre, so I would expect that this year will be just as awesome. You can purchase tickets here …. https://www.trybooking.com/BTLMA

Please come and join us for tomorrow’s Pre Primary assembly.


Book Fair (24/8-31/8) Senior Learning Arcade

24th August: Invitation to Parent Community to receive overall feedback on the School Climate Survey and respond to Loreto Nedlands Strategic Plan at 5:30pm.

Have a lovely weekend.

Rika Andres


School News

Honouring M Teresa Ball ibvm – 200 Years

2021 – 2022 marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of Loreto in Ireland by M Teresa Ball and her two companions, a significant event for us here in Australia, as it was from the Irish Institute that Mother Mary Gonzaga Barry and her companions came.

Teresa Ball was born in Ireland but was educated at the Bar Convent in York, England and eventually returned there to begin her novitiate for the IBVM. She returned to Dublin to found a convent “Loretto House” on 12 August 1821 and in October that year, a school. Teresa Ball was the first to have used the name “Loretto” after the shrine in Italy (the double ‘t’ was later dropped) and this is the name assumed by the sisters, convents and schools that have arisen from the Irish branch. Hence the name of our school and most of the IBVM schools here in Australia. We also believe that it was Teresa Ball who designed the Loreto crest.

The IBVM worldwide will honour the legacy of Teresa Ball from August 2021 to August 2022. On Thursday (12 August) a worldwide launch of the Jubilee beginning the year will be streamed online very soon. The link for this event will be made available to our community later this week via social media. Teachers will showcase and discuss the life of Teresa Ball ibvm to students over the next few weeks.

IBVM International Institute Leader, Noelle Corscadden, ibvm asks us to “open up our charism and stretch it to new beginnings”. The aim is that this bicentenary will help us to reimagine our role as a school in the network and that it will provide opportunities for us to think creatively and look forward with fresh eyes. In our world of rapid change and various challenges, fresh eyes and a creative outlook is potentially what we need.

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal


Early Childhood Education

Loreto’s educational journey begins with an optional Pre-Kindergarten program that commences when children turn three years of age.

In Pre-Kindergarten the children learn how to play, share and take turns. They develop social connections with friends and have opportunities to explore and develop their creativity.

Our Pre-Kindergarten is offered over two full days, with an option of attending an extra day if required.

Come and experience the Loreto Difference.

Book a school tour now – Enrolments for 2022 are limited.



School News


Free Dress Day

Please make note in your calendar our Free Dress Day on Friday 10 September. Gold coin donation. All proceeds to go to Brickfield Project.


Robo Cup

On Friday 30th July, 27 intrepid Robo Cup Warriors, braved the winter weather and travelled to Curtin Stadium for the annual State Robo Cup Competition.

Our students proudly represented Loreto in four Online Rescue Teams and two On Stage Performance Teams.

One of our Rescue Teams and an On Stage Performance team made it through to the finals on Saturday morning and continued to compete with dedication and enthusiasm.

Congratulations to all who were involved. A special thank you to Mr De Pardo and Mr Gonzalez who assisted with the management of our Rescue Line Teams and all the parents who came along and supported our teams.

Lori Coenen
Year Five Teacher

Julia Waller
Year Six Teacher




Year Five and Six Musical

Join us for the Year Five and Six Musical. Tickets are available now, bookings are essential.

trybooking.com – All tickets $30 each


Countdown to the Loreto Art Exhibition!

From wild-coloured wildflowers to hilarious hybrids; miniature kingdoms to glorious glasshouses. Come and see the creative adventures of our Year Twos and Threes at the art showcase on Tuesday 7 September at 5:30pm.



Today, Miss Meneghello and Mrs Barfoot were invited by the Apple Education Team to attend an “iPad in the Primary Classroom School Tour”. We were fortunate to visit Harrisdale Primary School and Piara Waters Primary School to see first-hand how teachers are using the iPad to expand the way their students think and learn. It was wonderful to see how other teachers and students are bringing the curriculum to life with engaging iPad programs.

At each school we were invited to participate in classroom activities and experience how iPads are being used to enhance curriculum delivery, particularly as a creative tool to support learning through video, music, drawing and photography.

Using the iPad as an additional tool in the classroom allows students to not just think outside the box but allows them to redesign the box! Students are given the freedom to explore and express their ideas in a way that makes the best sense to them. We look forward to implementing the different creative tools into our classrooms!

Rebecca Barfoot
Assistant Principal



The value of novels
By Gillian Bouras
July 2021

Like many other privileged people, I learned to read before I was five, and have hardly stopped reading since. That was the way things were in that long-ago pre-TV world, when we children read fiction mainly per courtesy of writers like Enid Blyton and Mary Grant Bruce, who had not then come under a cloud of anachronistic criticism.


I was at university when I first heard of the so-called death of the novel and was frightened by the thought. But I’ve since heard the phrase many times during the ensuing decades, and am cheered by the fact that so far the novel has clung to life, albeit precariously, while novelists persist in writing, despite the many drawbacks attendant upon the practice.

But there is growing worry about the decline in reading: a recent study confirms the fact that women read more than men, but that time spent on reading has declined for both. Time spent watching television, however, is increasing, and these trends have been evident for years now. During a de-cluttering session recently, I came across a transcript of a conversation between erstwhile President Obama and deeply Christian award-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson. It was conducted in 2015, during those almost halcyon days before President Trump, that famous non-reader. Obama and Robinson talked of many things: the state of the American nation, the nature of democracy, the divisions in modern society, the concept of freedom, and the dangers of fear.

At one point in the conversation, Obama asked Robinson whether she worried about people not reading novels anymore. She replied that the matter was not really one of her concerns, because she associated mainly with writers and readers. Obama, who has always found time to read (how?) then remarked that the ‘most important stuff’ he has ever learned came from novels; he went on to make the connection between the reading of novels and the concept of empathy. An obvious connection when you think about it, because novels are about imagined people living in places other than your own: thus they enable you, at best, to experience other minds and the inner lives of others, to imagine what it is like to walk a mile in someone else’s moccasins, as the nineteenth-century American poet Mary Torrans Lathrap put it. Nearer to our own time, novelist William Boyd says succinctly: ‘If you want to know what makes people tick, read a novel.’

Robinson had mentioned the problem of fear, which prevents the fearful from understanding other people: fear, particularly fear of people who are different in any way, militates against empathy. It is significant, I think, that Valeria Luiselli, Mexican writer and winner of this year’s Dublin Literary Award, also connects fear and lack of empathy. She says she is afraid of our spirits becoming stagnant, ‘of not having a common space in which to listen to each other and understand each other…I am afraid of a world without fiction.’ I think she is right to be afraid.

Of course we do have fiction, but it is communicated in different forms, and we have experienced a shift in the way people consume stories: witness, for example, the popularity of Netflix. Film, however, most often imposes a particular view on the consumer, while the reader of fiction has to decide on his or her own view and interpretation. One’s individual imagination is its own unique picture-making facility, and open to shades of meaning and nuance that film often lacks. At least this is my view, and I have often been indignant when characters in film do not match my vision of them. (I confess, however, to making an exception in the case of Laurence Olivier playing the part of Mr Darcy.)

When reading we ask ourselves questions about what will happen next, but we also wonder how each character will react to a crisis or to another character, or to the place the action is set in. We thus escape what novelist Elizabeth Strout calls the prismatic quality of viewing people, a narrow understanding. The possible answers are many and varied: imagination is at work again as we try to understand how protagonists and others feel, as we try to practise empathy.

The concept of empathy is often in the news these days, even if the reading of fiction isn’t. Indeed, even certain politicians have been instructed to receive empathy training. This is a sound idea, and acknowledgement of the necessity of empathy, and all credit to the person who recommended it. But I just wonder whether, in a simpler time, such training would have been necessary?

For Australia still purports to be a largely Christian society, and Prime Minister Morrison is an avowedly and practising Christian leader. Surely, then, the Golden Rule as set out in St Matthew, Chapter 7, is the real starting-point? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them, more commonly expressed as Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Of course, this straightforward instruction for living is not solely Judeo-Christian, but is an idea common to most religions and ethical traditions.

Here is some (unsolicited) advice for servants of government in Canberra: make sure you do the empathy training, but follow Obama’s example as well. Call in at the local library, borrow some books, and start reading fiction, instead of work-prescribed non-fiction. Given the Federal Government’s record with regard to children and the poor, I recommend the novels of Charles Dickens as a good and reliable beginning. Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Great Expectations: it doesn’t really matter which one you choose. And then, like the final line of A Christmas Carol, ‘God bless us, every one!’

Let Obama have the last word. The reading of novels, he believes, teaches us that ‘the world is complicated and full of greys, but there’s still truth to be found, and that you have to strive for that and work for that.’

Taken from www.eurekastreet.com

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal


Religious Education

On Sunday the 15th of August the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady when according to our faith, the Holy Mother, “having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.

Although defined as an article of faith by Pope Pius XII just over half a century ago, the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven has been accepted from back to the earliest of Christian times.

The Assumption signals the end of Mary’s earthly life and marks her return to heaven to be reunited with Jesus. While the bodies of both Jesus and Mary are now in heaven, there is a difference between the Assumption and the Resurrection. Where Jesus arose from the tomb and ascended into heaven by his own power, Mary’s body was taken up to heaven by the power of her Son.

For this reason we use different words to describe each event. One is the Ascension of Christ and the other, the Assumption of Mary.

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal


Year One Happenings

At the beginning of the Year, the Year One class signed up for the Seed for Schools program, a WA Potatoes initiative where packs of potato seeds, gardening tools and education material are provided so children can get their hands dirty in the garden and grow their own produce. It was a great way to combine health, science and maths while the students had some hands-on fun. We hoped that we would be able to harvest a good crop so we could prepare our own ‘hot chips’ to try in class. The potatoes provided a hands-on learning tool for the children who were able to see first-hand the process from planting to harvesting and ultimately eating.

The children helped to plant their seed potatoes and have helped look after them. The children have been very good at looking after the potatoes and have enjoyed seeing the different stages of growth. We managed to get 104 potatoes of varying sizes. The children helped to prep the potatoes by washing and cutting which led to the final stage of cooking and eating our ‘hot chips’. They were delicious!

Danielle Moore
Year One Teacher


Music Happenings

The Year 1s & 2s absolutely shone in their Christmas in July Musical. They sang, danced and acted their hearts out and we are all so impressed that such a big, beautiful sound could come out of such little people! They sang all their pieces perfectly and memorised all their lines and performed with such wonderful expression and musicality. We are all so proud of them!

Also thank you to our amazing parent helpers, other staff and our lighting technician who without, our Year 1 & 2 Musical would not be possible!

Sarina Davey
Music Specialist


The Fathering Project

Parenting might be the most challenging task you will ever have, but it will also be the most rewarding. If you can consciously incorporate these practices into your daily life, your children will be well prepared.https://loretonedlands.wa.edu.au/news/wp-admin/post.php?post=20932&action=edit#

Self-esteem. It is the foundation upon which happiness and success in all areas of our lives are built. To foster self-esteem in our children, yours must be strong. After all, you can’t teach what you don’t know. Remember to love your children (and yourself) unconditionally and allow them to fail so they can get back up. When they fail, don’t judge them. Don’t manipulate, control, criticize, or shame them. At the same time, stop telling them they can be anything they want. Praise is good but like all good things, its power is blunted when overused.

Uniqueness. Teach your children not to worry so much about what people think of them. Don’t compare them to anyone, not even their siblings. We are all unique, and kids need to learn to embrace the totality of who they are. Being different is okay. As JFK said: “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

Shame. It is a weak form of discipline. Avoid it at all costs. It teaches kids to hate themselves and resent you in the process. Shame does not teach children about guilt or to feel sorry about their misbehaviours. It teaches them to have contempt for who they are. Words of wisdom by Carl Jung: “Shame is a soul eating emotion.”

Parental Agenda. Allow your kids to live out their dreams and aspirations. See your children for who they are and not for who you want them to be. Do not push your personal agenda on them. Dr. Shefali Tsabary explains: “Our children didn’t come into the world to be our puppets. They came here to struggle, fumble, thrive, and enjoy–a journey for which they need our encouragement.”Don’t Overprotect. Overprotecting your children not only hurts their self-esteem, but it also fosters anxiety, insecurity, and poor coping skills. Kids need to experience a range of negative emotions, failure, and adversity. It is the only way to learn. These experiences are necessary. You are there to teach, support, and catch your children when they fall. Be validating and supportive when they experience difficult emotions. “As parents, we have a tendency to overprotect; it’s okay to try and show them all positives, but we cannot forget that the real world has teeth.” So true Johnnie Dent Jr.!

Discipline. Parenting should be 90% teaching and 10% discipline. Constant correcting is like having your boss breathing down your throat. It corrodes the parent-child relationship. Patience, repetition, empathy, and validation are what they need. It takes practice to learn all the human skills required to survive in this world. You have been here a while and might have lost sight of how scary and overwhelming this world can be. Don’t punish or timeout their emotional outbursts or send them to their rooms. It will only teach them to hide their feelings and shut you out when they are teens. Bill Ayers nailed it when he said: “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.”

Money. Convey the value of money to your children from the time that they are little.Teach them financial literacy. Don’t buy too many toys. Teach them to practice gratitude and daily acts of kindness. Talk with them about saving, planning for the future, spending wisely, avoiding debt. Will Rogers offered this wisdom: “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.”

Screens. Monitor not only what they watch on screens but how much they watch. Talk to them about Internet safety. Encourage them to unplug with physical activities, play, hobbies, arts, music, and involvement with real people. Remember Andrew Malcolm’s words: “The car trip can draw the family together, as it was in the days before television when parents and children talked to each other.”

Chores. If you involve your children in doing chores, or helping out, from the time that they are two, you are instilling good habits. Chores not only foster self-esteem, but they also teach life skills, responsibilities, organizational skills, cooperation, and discipline. The benefit of starting young is that you won’t have to fight with them to help you when they are teenagers.

Role Model. Embody and stand by your values, and be the person you want your children to become. There is no better lesson than leading by example. Make sure your words and actions are in sync. As James Baldwin reminds us: “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”

Extract from www.goodmenproject.com

Anthony Corbett
Assistant Principal

Community News

Community News


In Kumon Maths and English, learning is matched to a student’s current ability. Throughout August and September, you can trial individualised learning for your child, for two weeks, for free.

To register your child, please contact Amy. T&Cs apply.

Amy Lee-Smith
Mobile: 0433801381  Email: kumondalkeithfloreat@gmail.com

Kumon Dalkeith, Nedlands Uniting Church Hall, Corner Princess Rd & Bruce St, Nedlands WA 6009
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Primary school

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water. Enrol at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim

Secondary school

If your child is over 13 years old, you can enrol them in VacSwim so they can get their Bronze Medallion during the October and summer school holidays. They’ll learn advanced survival, rescue and resuscitation skills to help keep them and others safe in the water. Enrol now at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim




Upcoming Events

  • 26 October B’Ball WA Yr 3 & 5 Comp (16 Students)
  • 27 October Oracy Year 3
  • 27 October Yr 1 Mass in Chapel
  • 27 October P&F Meeting
  • 28 October Oracy Year 4
  • 28 October Past Pupils Fundraiser in LPAC
  • 29 October World Teachers Day
  • 29 October Yr 5 & Merit Award Assembly
  • 29 October School Disco (LPAC Closed from for setup)
  • 31 October Loreto Chapel booked for Past Pupils Class of 1971
  • 01 November Feast of All Saints
  • 02 November All Souls Day
  • 03 November Chess at Loreto St Dominic’s Holy Spirit St Paul St Thomas OLGC (8 Students per team)
  • 04 November Digital Tech Construction Day at Loreto
  • 05 November Yr 1 & Merit Award Assembly
  • 08 November National Recycling Week