Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Mary Ward’s Virtue of FREEDOM:The Just Soul remained a touchstone for Mary Ward; true saintliness can be found in freedom, relating back to God all the varied experiences of daily life and trusting that God can work through and with people to bring fullness of life.” (Christine Burke ibvm)
Tomorrow Pope Francis’s Call to Prayer is for the consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If you wish to participate, or read please click on the link https://bit.ly/352myM6. Please support our Children’s Easter Egg Raffle, where all funds raised will be donated to the Refugee Service Europe.
Congratulations to our Year Six students for raising more than $500 through their bake sale. An incredible service achievement. Our student leaders have been actively working together to develop some fun fundraising initiatives.
I take this opportunity to thank Mrs Rebecca Barfoot for her role as Principal Delegate last week. Rebecca is a valued member of the leadership team. Rebecca and the administration team continue to work closely to navigate the current climate.
We look forward to seeing many students participate in our Ride to School Day tomorrow. Mr McCallum will be at Melvista Oval with myself and Mrs Barfoot. All family members are welcome to come along.
Parents, thank you for your assistance in readiness for our Edu Dance Concert next week. Please ensure that your child is aware of what you have packed for them on the concert day. We look forward to sharing the final video with you.
A reminder that the school follows the protective behaviours Keeping Safe Curriculum. Attached to the newsletter is further information. If you would like this information in another language, we have 30 other languages in which this can be offered.
I know your purses/wallets have been having quite the workout this term, and I thank you for your generous contributions. I kindly ask that you continue to support the school’s mission work and support the P&F in their Easter raffle this term. The P&F is working hard to raise funds for the school, and every classroom has received some wonderful resources and specialist classes.
I wish you all a lovely and safe weekend.
Project Compassion Prayer 2022
We thank you for the gift of our lives and for the life of every person, both near to us and far away. We thank you for the wonder of all your creation.
Through fasting, almsgiving and prayer may this Lent draw us deeper into the warmth and light of God’s love.
May we see the world more clearly and focus on those who are often overlooked. May we come closer to your heart, which you showed through the cross of Jesus. May we be full of hope for all future generations.
We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Lent and Forgiveness
Matthew 18:21-22 is a verse that is always relevant, but it is even more powerful during the season of Lent.
Forgiveness is a very simple act, one that can be very difficult to do. But who is forgiveness for? We often think it is for the person who has wronged us, for them to feel better about their acts and feel that their remorse has been heard and understood.
However, forgiveness is really for ourselves. Nelson Mandela’s reflection, “hating someone is like drinking poison and then expecting the other person to die,” is very fitting. When we don’t or can’t forgive, we are often the ones who suffer because that person and event continue to take up precious space in our minds and hearts.
We need forgiveness to lift the weight of resentment off our own shoulders so we can live our lives with freedom. Jesus can help us to forgive, not only through his words of compassion and prayer, but through the knowledge that it is not our job to judge others, only to forgive.
During the Lenten season, a period of Penitence, we need to take time to reflect on forgiveness. If we can channel Jesus’ mercy and compassion by always forgiving, we can take a step towards inner freedom and peace. And if that means less frustration, resentment, and stress in our lives, then forgiveness is definitely worth reflecting on!
Academic Scholarships 2023
Academic Scholarships are now open for 2023, for new students to Years Three – Six.
Loreto Nedlands values collaborative and supportive learning and teaching environment centred on the Gospel values. These values aim to liberate, empower, and motivate students to use their individual gifts with confidence, creativity, and generosity in loving and responsible service.
Experience the Loreto difference for your child. Apply now via:
Congratulations to the following students:
Aliya (Kindy) – Positive Approach to Learning
Nicholas (Pre-Primary) – Amazing Manners
Ethan (Pre-Primary) – Positive Approach to Learning
Chloe (Year One) – Positive Approach to Learning
Alice (Year Two) – Positive Approach to Learning
Vincent (Year Three) – Amazing Manners
Charlie (Year Three) – Positive Approach to Learning
Eduarda (Year Three) – Displaying the value of Freedom
Max (Year Three) – Positive Approach to Learning
James (Year Four) – Positive Approach to Learning
Kai (Year Four) – Positive Approach to Learning
Harrison Men (Year Four) – Positive Approach to Learning
John (Year Five) – Growth Mindset
Henry (Year Six) – Amazing Manners
Jayden (Year Six) – Positive Approach to Learning
Caitlyn (Year Six) – Amazing Manners
Today our Year Three and Year Five students participated in a Coordinated Practice Test for NAPLAN. All West Australian students in these year levels were given the opportunity to practice how to log in with their unique NAPLAN codes and participate in a session. Year Three students undertook an ‘omnibus’ test which allowed them to answer questions on reading, language conventions and numeracy. The Year Five students completed a writing task. Congratulations to the students for their mature approach to today’s practice test.
Australia-wide NAPLAN testing will take place in Term Two. Please remember that NAPLAN is a point-in-time assessment that allows parents and carers to see how their child is progressing in literacy and numeracy against the national standard and compared with their peers throughout Australia. At the classroom level, NAPLAN provides additional information to support teachers’ professional judgment about student progress.
As children progress through their school years, it is very important that checks are made along the way to see how well they are learning the essential skills of reading, writing and mathematics – skills that will set them upon the path to success as adults.
Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS: CPC)
The Department for Education Child Protection in schools, early childhood education and care services policy states that ‘all children and young people in the department’s preschools and schools will access the approved child protection curriculum’.
The KS: CPC teaches children and young people to recognise abuse, tell a trusted adult, understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching and ways of keeping themselves safe.
The curriculum is based on two main themes which are presented through topics and activities.
- Theme 1: We all have the right to be safe
- Theme 2: We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.
The two themes are explored through four Focus Areas, which are examined in growing complexity in accordance with the age of the learners.
- The right to be safe
- Recognising and reporting abuse
- Protective strategies
More information can be found on the KS: CPC website: http://tiny.cc/KSCPC-ParentCarerInfo
Year Two News
In Year Two we have been busy watching our seeds grow in our Biological Science Unit. Our experiment involved working in groups and posing a hypothesis as to whether our seeds would grow best in water, salt water or sugar water.
We explored some science specific vocabulary such as observation, hypothesis, and experiment and how to use these terms effectively during our investigations. We are very much looking forward to tracking their growth!
In writing, we have begun looking at the structure of a Narrative. The students have been discussing and identifying the characters and setting within a text and this has carried through into our guided reading sessions. This week, we will be looking at the structure of a Narrative using a ‘story mountain’ and how a story begins with our orientation, moving to a problem and then back down to our solution.
The students in Year Two also loved celebrating Harmony Day on Monday! We had some fabulous cultural outfits, and we had some great discussions about languages spoken at home, family members who were born in different countries and sharing information about special items that have been within our families for generations that hold significance. All students made a Harmony Day globe to show what they learnt. They look fabulous hanging in our Year Two space!
Year Two Teacher
In the Library…
This term we have introduced a Storytime session for the Pre-Primary to Year Two Students. It has been taking place on a Monday morning in the Mary Ward Courtyard. We share a story and a chat and one of our favourites was the Shrove Tuesday story we shared about Pancakes and the recipe we got from the book.
The junior classes have been choosing picture books and even beginning to borrow the silver sticker chapter books.
The Students from Years Three to Six have been going really well with choosing Lexile books and doing quizzes. The Lexile system is helping our students to become successful, confident, and independent readers. Keep up the super work!
Thank you to the helpers who have covered some books for us and remember to send library books back to school on a Monday.
Project Compassion Bake Sale
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Bake Sale for Project Compassion last Friday. We raised $521 for Project Compassion!
A special shout out to the Year Six students who generously made delicious treats for everyone to buy.
Look out for our next fundraiser, Rice Day, next Tuesday!
Year Six Pastoral Care Ministry
Rice Day – Tuesday 29th March
Next Tuesday, we will be having a Rice Day to raise money for Project Compassion. The purpose of our Rice Day is for the students to experience the struggle that many children face daily in the world, where a bowl of rice is not just their lunch but their only meal.
We ask that students bring in a $5 donation for Project Compassion along with their own bowl and spoon for their bowl of rice that will be provided for lunch. We will be eating lunch as a class in our classrooms, where we can have meaningful discussions around how children less fortunate than us live all over the world, and how we can help them.
For example, through our Project Compassion fundraising:
- $38 can provide two drinking troughs to help support farm animals in the Solomon Islands.
- $200 can provide fruit plants for two community gardens in India.
- $30 can provide specialised medical centre visits to assist children living with trauma in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- $100 can enable two Aboriginal weavers to travel remotely to harvest weaving materials in the Northern Territory.
Please encourage your child to participate in this valuable event. If your child will not be participating, we ask that they bring a simple lunch such as a vegemite or cheese sandwich, and still consider donating to Project Compassion.
Thank you for your support, together we can make a difference in the lives of many others throughout the world.
School Photos for Kindy – Year Six will be taken on Thursday 7 April 2022. All students must wear their formal summer uniforms. Photo order forms were sent home last week. Please contact the school office if you have not received yours. If you would like a family photo, please collect a form from the school office.
- Every Student will have their photo taken, whether they are purchasing photos or
- The school has chosen to use the online ordering system. Your child will be given an online ordering instruction slip and a unique student shoot key.
- Log onto msp.com.au and follow the prompts to place your order.
- If you lose your shoot key the school office will have a copy to quote back to
- The expiry date for online ordering is Wednesday 13th of April 2022.Any orders received after this date will incur a $30.00 archive fee.
- Envelopes can be obtained from the school office.
- Family photos will be taken at 8am in the LPAC. It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure their children are supervised until 8.25am. Please remember to socially distance and adhere to all current COVID-19 restrictions.
- Please ensure that your family envelope and payment are handed to the Photographers on photo day.
- If you do not have the correct money, we will provide any change needed when photos are delivered to
- Family photos cannot be ordered
- Once school has received photos, family photos will remain at reception for parents to
Individuals and Family images are not available to view online for Students’ security. If for any reason you need to contact MSP regarding your child’s photos, you will be asked to provide your child’s shoot key.
Loreto Nedlands P&F
The Parents and Friends Association of Loreto Nedlands is a very active group that exists to support the Principal and Staff in the activities of the school and to promote a spirit of friendship and cooperation within the school community. It is open to all current members of the school community.
P&F meetings are held two times a Term and those dates are in the school calendar. We encourage all parents to come along to hear updates from our Parent Committees and to vote on how our P&F funds are spent.
Loreto Nedlands P&F Easter Raffle 2022
Who doesn’t love KoKo Black Chocolates! Purchase some raffle tickets, support the school with this term’s fundraising opportunity and be in the running to win some delicious KoKo Black chocolates this Easter.
- 1st Prize – KoKo Black Easter Hamper (value $150)
- 2nd Prize – KoKo Black Easter Chocolate (value $69)
- 3rd Prize – KoKo Black Easter Chocolate (value $49)
- Two for $5.00
- Five for $10.00
- Ten for $20.00
Purchase your tickets through our Trybooking link: https://www.trybooking.com/BYHOV
Ticket purchases close on Wednesday 6th April. Raffle will be drawn on Thursday 7th April. Winner will be notified by phone or email and published in the school newsletter. The prizes will be available for collection from the school office.
The P&F committee is looking to raise $20,000 this year to be able to contribute back to the school in the form of classroom and playground equipment. The Raffle funds will go toward that goal.
The fundraising committee will be meeting next week to discuss some more ideas and events to raise funds for the school. If you are interested in joining the Fundraising Committee or have some fundraising ideas, please get in touch with your Class Reps or Jennifer Roughan at – firstname.lastname@example.org
P&F Meetings – Wednesday 30th March 2022
There will be two meetings held on Wednesday 30th March via Teams (meeting link will be sent out prior). At 6.00pm a meeting will be held regarding a Special Resolution to be passed in order to Cancel our Incorporation (P&F Executive Meeting Minutes regarding Cancellation of Incorporation and Draft Special Resolution will be sent around prior). At 6.30pm the second P&F meeting for the Term will be held (Agenda will be sent around prior). If anyone has any questions, please email Jennifer Roughan at – email@example.com
Sausage Sizzle – Thankyou to Pre-Primary and Year Six Volunteers
A big thankyou to our volunteers from Pre-Primary to Year Six, for coordinating the Sausage Sizzle this Term. Special thanks to Donatella and James who started setting up never having done it before and to Monica, Wendy, Brooke, Chris, and Conor for helping. It was a great success!
We are seeking volunteers to run the School Disco in Term Three! This is a fun school event to be a part of, and the kids love it. If you are interested, get in touch with your Class Reps or Jennifer Roughan at – firstname.lastname@example.org
Canteen Refunds – Credit Refunds
We are continuing to send credit refunds to parent users from Stripe. The user will automatically receive an email with the refund amount.
Loreto Nedlands P&F President