Your Word calls us to hunger and thirst for righteousness – a righteousness that leads to compassion for the poor and a renewing of minds. Lead us to this kind of faith that works to make a better world for all children.
Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY: God’s work – the beginning, middle and the end. MW – Maxim
End of Term Prayer
We thank you Lord, for this term. For the challenges, the successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt. Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends. Give us strength and courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith. Help us to be a practical Christian these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us, to give time and effort to help others. To be peacemakers in our family. Keep us safe in our activities; give us good rest and good fun. Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term. We thank you for our classmates, teachers, parents, and a community that cares for us. May we always be conscious of you in our lives. Amen
We have been very fortunate here in the West with minimal COVID restrictions. Parents please be assured that should circumstances change the school is prepared to move forward with any mode of learning as deemed appropriate by the Premier and Executive Director, Debra Sayce. Should matters change over the school holidays I will email you directly, once I have received the directive.
I am beginning to work on staffing for 2022. At this time I can announce that…
- Denise Bowen has formally resigned her position and will be staying in Katanning. We are very fortunate that Mrs Alecia Gooch is currently in this role in a part time capacity. Alecia has steadfastly been working with class teachers in the area of Literacy Support and EALD. Alecia is currently adopting a structured synthetic phonics program to focus on spelling and reading to support literacy in the classroom.
- Mrs Pia Schwenke, who has been on Maternity Leave over an extended period of time has also resigned from her position and advertising will commence shortly.
- Katie Sharman will be returning next year in a part-time capacity as Mission Co-ordinator. Katie will lead all Mission campaigns for Mary Ward International and local Catholic agencies such as St Vincent de Paul, Lifelink and Project Compassion. We are very excited to welcome Katie back as I know she will be a wonderful advocate in this area. She will ensure the students have a clear understanding of the importance of why we fundraise for mission and social justice issues.
- Interviews for our new Physical Education and Wellbeing Teacher are currently being undertaken.
I am pleased to announce that we have scheduled four Parenting Workshops for 2022. There will be a minimal fee of $10 to secure a seat. Bookings will open in early 2022. Please see the information below from BestPrograms4Kids, who will be facilitating the workshops. Invitations will also be extended to neighbouring school families.
- BRAVE Parenting – the toughest job in the world needs a healthy dose of parental resilience. This workshop covers the 8 BIG R’s of BRAVE parenting – Role Modelling, Rules, Routines, Rewards, Respect, Regulation, Rating and Risks. It’s a deep dive into parenting fundamentals that build resilience in the family system. 22/2/22 at 6pm
- Building Childhood Resilience – what is resilience and how do we help our children to develop more? Cover 10 top ways to build resilience in children. 10/5/22 at 6pm
- Teasing and bullying – yes, they’re different. Yes, they’re prevalent. Yes, we can teach skills to manage these common childhood bumps and hazards. 2/8/22 at 6pm
- Friendships – beautiful and fulfilling – but sometimes depleting and ghastly. How do children’s friendships develop and how can we help them to grow strong and protective relationships – and to sort out the nasty stuff along the way? 18/10/22 at 6pm
Finally congratulations to our Year Five and Six students who participated in the Interschool Debate held at Loreto Nedlands. Special thanks to class teachers Mrs Julia Waller and Mrs Lori Coenen and to Rise and Shine. We had a great deal of positive feedback about our students, stating that they had demonstrated excellent leadership and speaking skills.
I wish you a wonderful, safe and happy break with family and friends and look forward to welcoming you all back for Term Four.
Saint Michael the Archangel: Feast Day Wednesday 29th September
Saint Michael the Archangel isn’t a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title “Archangel” means, that he is above all the others in rank.
St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we know from scripture and Christian tradition.
- The first is to combat Satan.
- The second is to escort the faithful to heaven at their hour of death.
- The third is to be a champion of all Christians, and the Church itself.
- And the fourth is to call men from life on Earth to their heavenly judgment.
Very little is known about St Michael other than what we know from scriptures, which themselves are sparse.
In Daniel, St. Michael is mentioned twice. The first time as one who helped Daniel, and the second time he is mentioned with regard to the end times of the world when he will stand for the “children of thy people.”
His next mention comes in the Epistle of St. Jude, where St. Michael is said to guard the tombs of Moses and Eve and has contended with Satan over the body of Moses.
The final mention is in Revelation, where St. Michael and his angels, do battle with the dragon.
Today, St. Michel is invoked for protection, especially from lethal enemies. He is also the patron of soldiers, police and doctors.
A statue of Saint Michael the Archangel is located outside the Year 3 and 4 rooms. The Loreto history and charism also mentions his exploits through various stories. he certainly lead an eventful life!
Humility, kindness lead to strength
17 August 2021
‘Loneliness is an extreme outcome of lockdowns and a grave problem,’ Mackay notes, ‘but some people have also spoken of the benefits of forced relaxation and re-acquiring concerns for others. It is a silver lining of lockdowns.’
As to his theme of kindness, I ask, what is its opposite? Active malice?
‘I don’t think it is active malice; that is an extreme opposite of kindness,’ he responds thoughtfully. ‘It is indifference, yes; indifference to our common humanity. But perhaps the real opposite of kindness is self-absorption. If we lose sight of other people’s needs and allow ourselves to be totally absorbed by our own concerns and ambitions, then we have lost our way to kindness.’
Is selflessness, then, in short supply in Canberra?
‘Kindness is not part of the ethos of our federal government, or the modus operandi of our prime minister. Our national parliament is based on winners and losers. Kindness is also a problem for many people in institutional religions, which get caught up in dogma, doctrine and creeds.
‘In the case of Christian denominations,’ he adds, ‘they can easily lose sight of the essential teachings of Jesus, of kindness and compassion for others, as spelled out in the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount. The good life is not just about which dogmatic boxes to tick — it is about inclusion and empathy and kindness, not who’s in and who’s out.’
To that end, Mackay contends, we can ‘have a contest of ideas and policies without becoming gladiators. We can disagree with each other, but we can do it kindly, not as an ego contest. Compassionate engagement with other people’s views is quite consistent with robust differences of opinion.’
Pandemic responses from state governments have seen homeless people placed into safe emergency accommodation in hotel rooms, and government kitchen staff have cooked millions of meals for impoverished people and those made newly redundant by COVID-19; these kinds of acts can either be seen as acts of kindness or rational, sensible acts taken to prevent higher infection rates, and civil unrest. How does kindness translate into or contribute to self-interest?
‘While the motive is probably mixed,’ Mackay concedes, ‘it is wonderful that homeless people were and are being housed, so that they can address the problems that led them to be in that situation. So even though the motivations may have been to address and limit infection rates, or avoid civic disturbances, or lower the crime rate, the effect is still good. If the motive were pure that would be a bonus. But good work is still good work…
‘As with so many things in a pandemic — this may be naïve of me — I truly hope we learn from this.’
Mackay believes Australians are seeing a re-birth of community, something that ‘usually happens in crises, such as wars, natural disasters and economic depressions’. However, Mackay doubts if ‘the disruptive impact has been great enough to be a circuit breaker — that may sound strange to some of you in Melbourne’ after innumerable months spent in lockdown.
‘Humility is the handmaiden to kindness. We practise both humility and kindness by responding to the needs we see around us, and valuing the dignity of those around us — especially of those who are in pain.’
‘In our streets, in our communities, we know we need to exercise compassion and to care for each other. No-one is going to get out of this by themselves. We have been tested, we have had a taste of social isolation and, as a result, perhaps we have rediscovered the power of community.’
One of the book’s delights is Mackay’s stressing of the importance of humility; an old-fashioned and rarely sighted virtue these days. He sees it as the key to greatness, and a force that can drive out the arrogance that can lead to poor policy and the perpetuating of bigotry and harm; but does he see it demonstrated in any of our leaders in Australia, or any world leaders?
‘Humility is in pretty short supply,’ he says with masterful understatement. ‘Perhaps we glimpse it in New Zealand in Jacinta Ardern, who does demonstrate humility and kindness. We see flashes of it nationally and internationally when a leader apologises or shows remorse for some error of judgement or other misbehaviour.
‘But so many leaders are driven by ego and ruthless ambition; they are reluctant to acknowledge their frailty and our shared frailty,’ he adds. ‘Some people who have climbed the greasy pole have been driven by a desire to compensate for their personal failings or deficits — it’s like a denial of their inner frailty.
‘We have had infrequent individuals such as Nelson Mandela, or Jimmy Carter, who have demonstrated great humility and self-knowledge. Yet, in too many cases, leadership is assumed to be about power rather than service, and power is antithetical to humility.
‘Humility is the handmaiden to kindness. We practise both humility and kindness by responding to the needs we see around us, and valuing the dignity of those around us — especially of those who are in pain.’
‘Kindness is, once again, the key,’ Mackay says. ‘To be brave enough, selfless enough, to connect and engage and respond with other people, we need to be prepared to see the world as they see it; to entertain their ideas. After all, we’re not qualified to disagree with someone until we’re sure we know what their position is.
‘That’s why it takes courage to listen: attentive and empathic listening means we are running the risk of being changed by what we hear. Most of us don’t want to go through the pain of having to change our mind. But let’s remember our folklore has always taught us that we grow through pain, through dealing with challenges, disappointments, loss and hardship.’
Noting that ‘no one chooses to be in pain and discomfort’, Mackay asserts that ‘we learn nothing about ourselves through comfort and self-indulgence. Adversity is where we grow.’
Cometh the adversity, cometh faith to foster mental and spiritual health. Mackay writes eloquently of ‘faith in something greater than ourselves; hope for a better future; kindness towards others’. Mid-pandemic, he believes we are embracing these qualities.
‘Kindness is the purest form of love because it has nothing to do with our emotions or affections. It’s not transactional, either. When people reach out to care for those at risk of loneliness and social isolation, that is an act of kindness that has nothing whatever to do with self-interest, and it also has nothing to do with whether we like, or approve of, or agree with the political, religious or other beliefs of the person in need.
‘Since the pandemic arrived here in 2020, there have been thousands of stories of neighbours connecting and supporting each other; of people being ready with offers of assistance for friends and strangers alike; of people being prepared to make sacrifices for the common good. As a crisis usually does, the pandemic has brought out the best in most of us. if we’re prepared to learn the lessons it has taught us, that would be a cause for great optimism.
‘In fact, believe we can allow ourselves a brief moment of pride about the way we’ve responded to the demands of the pandemic on our way of life — especially in our local neighbourhoods and communities. We have not handled the vaccine rollout well at all, and quarantine has had its failures, but we can do this: we can reach out and help each other; we can acknowledge our interdependence; we can recognise that our common humanity is far more significant than our personal obsessions with identity and difference.’
As to whether the crisis can be transformed into a kindness revolution, Mackay puts that back in our court. ‘It’s up to us as individuals — household by household, street by street, community by community.
‘After all, revolutions never start at the top: this one will start with quiet moments of grace.’
Taken from www.eurekastreet.com.au
Art Exhibition 2021
What a spectacular show!!!
We were all transported into another world on the evening of Tuesday 7th September as we toured around the Loreto Performing Arts Centre to experience our very first “Art Exhibition” all coordinated by our extremely talented Art Specialist, Miya Maeda.
What a wonderous display of art pieces from our Early Years Kindergarten class up to and including our Year Six class. The talent amongst all of our students was quite phenomenal.
Athletics Carnival 2021
Congratulations to our award winners for Athletics in 2021. Points were awarded for running events, jumping and throwing events held during Physical Education time and at the Athletics Carnival.
Champion Girl Rachel O’Malley – Sudlow
Runner Up Kayla Farah
Champion Boy Coby Gonzalez
Runner Up Thomas Moroz
Champion Girl Stella Moulin
Runner Up Caitlyn Vo
Champion Boy Luke Mann
Runner Up James Mann and Max Hawkins
Champion Girl Kana Kojima
Runner Up Olivia Peranovic
Champion Boy Joseph Hewlett
Runner Up John O’Connell
Champion Girl Isabel Foss
Runner Up Sophia Lambert
Champion Boy Harrison Mann
Runner Up Christian Chibanda – Johnstone
Points Tally for the Athletics Carnival:
Tie between Nestor and Barry 331 points.
Ward 353 points. Congratulations to everyone in Ward!
Record Breakers on the Day:
Joseph Hewlett 100m old record 16:02 new record 16:00
Luke Mann 100m old record 15:63 new record 14:74
Max Hawkins 800m old record 2:47 new record 2:44
Rachel O’Malley – Sudlow 800m old record 2:55 new record 2:42
IPSHA Athletics Carnival 2021
On Monday 20th of September selected students from Years 3 – 6 participated in the IPSHA Athletics Carnival at All Saints College. Our students did us proud, winning numerous ribbons in hurdles, distance running, long jump and turbo javelin. Congratulations to everyone involved and as usual as a small school we punched above our weight division, like we always do!
Interschool Debate 2021
What a night!
Loreto Nedlands hosted the annual “Rise and Shine” debating evening on Tuesday 21st September once again with seven other schools participating in this event.
Congratulations to all of the students involved for displaying such confidence, knowledge around their chosen topics, and their courteous manner whilst waiting.
Today Blake from Rugby WA ran a series of skills and game-based clinics for Kindy to Year Six students. The children got to try the game of rugby through movement activities, general skill-based drills and match simulation scenarios. A flyer has been included in this newsletter if your child is keen to further play this game with many junior clubs in surrounding suburbs.
This Term we have been busy little learners in Pre-Primary. We have been learning about Australian animals through our book focus and through informative and imaginative texts. We have also been learning about these animals’ habitats and some of the features of our favourite Australian animals. We can’t wait for them to visit us this week.
We have been working to develop our writing in recount writing lessons and through writing stretchy sentences, this has allowed us to show great progress in our writing ideas and ability.
We have also been learning about measurement and comparing items in our classroom based on length, weight, and capacity. This then led to our discovery of 3-D shapes as we created sandcastles using 3-D shapes and looked for these shapes in other places in our class and school grounds.
Being the cape crusader has been a hit in Pre-Primary as we have been learning about the Character strengths, bravery, curiosity, perseverance, and creativity. The students have been quick to spot others displaying these traits and encouraging each other to try their best.
We have loved outdoor play, making sandcastles, cooking and having mud spas. Indoors the children have loved cutting and collaging, creating artworks for their peers and families. Inside the children’s interest in 3-D shapes has also led to block creations of other worlds, fairy gardens and buildings. We can’t wait to see what Term 4 will have in store.
And so ends and very busy Term Three in Art. It was such a thrill to finally see all the beautiful artwork on display at the exhibition. What a fabulous way to celebrate our creative artists. But there’s no time to rest in the art room – we’ve already started our projects for next year’s exhibition! Meanwhile, I will be sending all of the art works from this year’s exhibition home with the children next term.
The Kindys are putting the final touches on their sailboat images. This project will conclude their ‘Things That Go’ unit of work. Coming up we will be inspired by the Movie ‘Inside Out’, to make a range of artworks about all the feelings we have inside us.
Pre-Primary have been working on a rainy-day umbrella artwork to match their beautiful spring parasols from the exhibition. Next term, we will be inspired by the theme of Dreamscapes and Worlds of Wonder to create our final art works for the year.
The Year Ones are completing their Brilliant Botanical unit of work with a mixed-media abstract design based on the work of artist Nikki Monaghan. So far they have learnt about shape, colour and pattern to create their artworks.
The Year Twos have moved onto their next unit of work titled Marking Time, in which we will look at the mark making and pattern work of contemporary abstract artists. They have begun their explorations into this topic by creating a vibrant giraffe painting. Next term the Year Twos will add detail and texture to their designs.
The Year Three students have begun their sculpture project for next term. This time they had to imagine they were an insect creature swarming the school. Our preliminary inquiry investigation involved taking photos of ourselves in various attack-poses and drawing them onto our iPads. Now we are bringing the digital drawings to life with wire and tin foil.
In Year Four, we have been investigating the subject genre of Still Life art. Last week the students had a go at drawing some still life arrangements on their iPad and then on paper. This week they worked on a gridded template to create their designs. Next term we will focus on adding colour, pattern and texture to add an abstract flare to the drawings.
The Year Fives are making a companion 2D artwork for their little house sculptures from the exhibition. These will take us into next term when we will add colour and texture to the designs. After that I hope to use up the last of the clay for the final Year Five art project.
With such a busy term, the Year Six students didn’t get to finish their wildflower artworks. So, this week, we are finishing these for display in the Senior Learning Arcade next term. Then, their final art project for their primary school journey will be a bold, Pop-Art inspired self-portrait.
The Fathering Project
Positive Parenting Tips for the Holidays
The holiday break is upon us and if you are a parent, you know that the holidays can bring both joys and challenges. For young children, the holidays are exciting, but also a bit overwhelming. With all the new experiences, new people and unexpected events, their behavior sometimes is a bit unexpected too. After years of facing family gatherings, big dinners, and trips with young children in tow, I thought I’d share a few holiday tips for parents that might just lessen the stress a bit.
Have a Pre-Event Debriefing
It may sound like you are part of an elite air force squadron, but really this is just a fancy way of saying: set clear expectations. This doesn’t have to be all rules and regulations (although I usually include some of those), but the idea is to have a few minutes of calm before the big holiday event to sit down with your kids. During this sit-down, you can explain what’s going to happen at this event, the timeline (i.e., when are we opening presents!), who will be there, etc. Kids love routine and it helps them to know when something big is happening that is outside the normal routine. This also helps clarify any rules beforehand so there isn’t any confusion about expectations.
Have a Code Word
Again, this sounds like you’re setting up for a mission (and you sort of are) but it’s really simple. A reader actually gave me this great holiday tip for parents–set up a code word that kids can use with you at big gatherings if they get overwhelmed, need to find a bathroom, need a break, etc. When they have a need, they just go to you and use the code word. This is helpful because some kids don’t want to be embarrassed in explaining their issue in front of other adults. This way, they can express that they have a need and you can respond, without any big scene or embarrassment. Great idea!
Consider Your Child’s Temperament
This related to the code word idea but it’s slightly different. This holiday tip for parents is one that is often overlooked. Kids with different temperaments can have very different reactions to big gatherings and social situations. Introverted kids may struggle with becoming overwhelmed and need a quiet place. Extroverts, on the other hand, may thrive during the party with all the social engagement but then meltdown when it’s time to leave. It’s helpful to consider your child’s possible needs beforehand.
This is one of those holiday tips for parents that seems obvious until you are actually in the situation and then it often gets pushed aside. As best as possible, try to set your child up for success. Try not to expect your toddler to act like a 10-year-old at a big social gathering. This can be hard because, during the holidays, other adults are expecting many things of us–dinners out, meeting up with relatives, etc. Sometimes, these events are just not kid-friendly, but our kids often have to come along.
Encourage Gratitude, but Don’t Force It
During the holidays, it’s common for kids to receive gifts and it’s equally common for parents to want to encourage their kids to be grateful for what they receive. This issue can become the bane of parenting existence during the holidays. While I’m a HUGE proponent of fostering gratitude, very young kids really have a limited concept of this idea. Personally, when my kids were young, I did try to encourage a “thank you” from them, but many times it’s half-hearted. To my mind, this is okay and it actually establishes a good habit of mind so they eventually learn what “thank you” means. However, if your child is resistant to saying “thank you” I don’t think it’s worth it to force the issue too much (for young children). As children mature, the expectation for expressing gratitude is higher and kids usually understand and can express it better.
Forced Affection Is Useless
There have many several thoughtful posts online recently about the issue of kids not being forced to hug relatives or friends. This, of course, is a big change from our childhood when we were often forced to hug long-lost relatives that we had never seen before. I, for one, am glad to see this change in our cultural norm. From a young age, kids can learn about consent in these simple ways. Plus, it really prevents a lot of awkwardness with relatives if they understand your child’s feelings.
This is one of those holiday tips for parents that is, of course, much easier said than done. We all plan to be ready to leave on time but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. With young children, always allowing more time to get ready is smart. Rushing at the last minute to put on shoes and fix hair just adds stress to the event for everyone. Kids sense when you are stressed and often do not respond well when that happens.
By Amy Webb
Music Scholarships at Loreto Nedlands!
Music scholarships are NOW being awarded annually to students at Loreto Nedlands who demonstrate outstanding musical aptitude, enthusiasm, and commitment in music and academics. Our application forms are available to download from our website.
Each scholarship has the value of learning an instrument each year (up to 35 lessons per annum) and all ensemble fees.
In order for our school to understand each student’s musicality, applicants are required to sit a scholarship aptitude test (approximately 45 minutes).
The instruments offered to students are:
Violin – Year 2 / Year 3
Viola – Year 2 / Year 3
Cello – Year 4 / Year 5
Double Bass – Year 4 / Year 5
If students are successful in receiving a music scholarship, they will be required to purchase/rent the instrument of which they receive the scholarship.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our Music Specialist, Mrs Sarina Davey via email: email@example.com
Download your application form today: https://loretonedlands.wa.edu.au/our-community-bursary-scholarship/
Loreto Nedlands School Disco 2021
Join in a night of Rock, Pop & Glitter at this year’s school disco on Friday 29th October.
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.trybooking.com/BUBIZ.
We are also asking for parent helpers on the night, please sign up at:
We need at least one parent from each year group to make the evening run as smoothly as possible.
We can’t manage it without your help!
Hema Michell & Erin van Turnhout
Loreto Nedlands P&F
Scoliosis Information from the School Nurse for Year Six Students
Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. It can be detected by a simple examination of the back.
The normal spine has three curves – one in the neck, one in the upper back and one in the lower back. These curves can be seen from the side, but when you look from behind the spine should appear straight. If the spine has a sideways curve, this is scoliosis.
An information leaflet about scoliosis will be distributed to all Year Six students. Please read through the information provided and check your child for scoliosis as described in the leaflet.
If you have any concerns, please contact your General Practitioner or Community Health Nurse, Kate McGahern on 0429 015 477.
Dental Mobile School Holiday Information
Dental Mobile will be closed during the school holidays. For emergencies during clinic hours, Attadale Dental Therapy Centre, Phone: 9330 5876.
The Dental Mobile will re-open on Monday 11th October 2021 at Subiaco Primary School.
Extend Before & After School Care
Thursday 30th September: 8am—5pm
Friday 1st October: 8am—5pm
Unit 1, 70 Beringarra Ave, Malaga
We are opening our warehouse doors for 2 days only during the school holidays.
Click the Facebook link below and register your interest in attending to receive an automatic event reminder closer to the date.