Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Mary Ward’s Virtue of FREEDOM: “O my Lord how liberal you are and how rich are they to whom you will vouchsafe to be a friend.” (MW)
Firstly, I take this opportunity to thank the staff and students for an incredibly successful Term One. Staff have guided our students to excel academically, musically, physically, spiritually and emotionally and have been so generous in fundraising for those less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you, parents, for your support.
I hope that you have had time to view our EduDance Concert. As promised, under the guidance of choreographer and dance teacher Ms Dudley, the talent showcased by all students was exceptional. Thank you to Mr Scott McCallum, who assisted with supervision and created the delightful video.
You may have heard that the Senior Playground is undergoing an upgrade over the school holidays. I am sure the students will be delighted with the result, providing them with fantastic opportunities to develop and extend their gross motor skills. If you would like a preview, please see my report from the recent P&F Meeting and thank you to the P&F for committing to raise funds for the playground.
Please take the opportunity to walk in the steps of Jesus via our Stations of the Cross that are placed around the school. The journey will provide you with a reflective opportunity during this Lenten Season leading up to Easter. Special thanks to Mrs Katie Sharman for coordinating.
Please save the date for our next parenting workshop presented by BestPrograms4Kids. This event will be held live in the Loreto Performing Arts Centre. Our next topic is 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. The workshop will be held on May 10, at 6:00pm. Tickets sold at the door are $10 per person.
Please note there is a five-minute change to our class doors opening schedule as of Term Two. Doors will now open at 8:30am every morning instead of 8:25pm. Parents, please note that your child should not be left unattended before this time. If your child needs to be dropped off early occasionally, they must remain seated on the Year Three and Four classroom balcony.
COVID-19 SELF-REPORTING PORTAL & SCHOOL HOLIDAYS: Families, I encourage you to continue to load your children’s COVID-19 positive information onto the Self-Reporting Portal over the course of the school holidays. Doing so will allow us to have a complete picture of students who have been COVID-19 positive and therefore, who are no longer able to be determined close contacts or deemed susceptible to the virus. However, it is your first responsibility to notify a COVID RAT positive result via the Healthy WA website (https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/ratregister) as well as enter the information on the CEWA app.
Finally, you may have met our latest enrolments that recently flew in; they are a real hoot! Take the time to get to meet them. They are a really wise pair and may only be here for a fleeting moment.
Enjoy your break and have a wonderful Holy and Safe Easter.
A Prayer for the Holidays
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. Let us reflect and meditate on you and your son, Jesus Christ, throughout Holy Week and Easter.
Give us the strength and courage to do what is right these holidays; to be witnesses of our faith. Help us to be a practical Christian, 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 and travels; give us good rest and good fun. Bring us back refreshed and ready to begin 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
As we approach Holy Week, the highlight of the liturgical year, we think we have heard it all before. Yet this year, we are arriving at Easter differently, through months and years of uncertainty and anxiety.
For the past two years, we were thinking about how to move forward when this pandemic was behind us. How would the world be when we emerged from the tomb of COVID? Now we find ourselves at Easter again, still facing disconcerting realities – the persistent pandemic, continued loss, and disturbing events occurring around the world, both man-made and natural.
So, how can we think differently this Easter? John’s Gospel that we will hear on Easter Sunday says, “then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.”
While this other disciple physically saw an empty tomb, it was his faith and heart that allowed him to see beyond the surface to believe that Christ had risen, just as He said He would. His perspective was shaped by his relationship with and trust in Jesus, whom the disciple knew to be true to His word. The truth of the Resurrection was recognised through the lens of belief and love.
The questions for us are: How can we look beyond the surface to believe? How does our belief impact our actions and life?
The answer lies in the perspective of this “other disciple”. Like him, we can be attentive to the Holy Spirit that dwells deep within us to look at everything through the lens of love. If you can take the extra moment to listen to the Holy Spirit before speaking or acting, you will act out of belief and love. You can see our common humanity and truly act as Jesus would.
This Easter, let us pray that we can be attentive to the Holy Spirit within us. May we find time to pause so that we can act with belief and love. May the Holy Spirit inspire us to proclaim the truth of Easter.
Loreto Nedlands has a proud tradition in the Performing Arts, including liturgical singing, class music lessons, individual tuition, choir, orchestra, and ensembles. Bring out your child’s inner maestro with a Loreto Nedlands education.
Scholarships 2023 are now open to new students across Years Three – Six. Apply now via: https://loretonedlands.wa.edu.au/scholarships/
Sacramental Dates 2022
If you have a child who is participating in a Sacrament this year from Years Three, Four or Six, please be aware of the following dates for Term Two and beyond:
- Sunday 1st May: Sacrament Commitment Mass 8:45am at Holy Rosary Church
- Thursday 5th May: Parent Information Night for all Sacraments 6pm in the LPAC
- Sunday 12th June: Sacrament of Holy Communion 8:45am at Holy Rosary Church
- Friday 12th August: Sacrament of Reconciliation 9am in the Loreto Chapel (venue TBC subject to COVID restrictions)
- Sunday 18th September: Sacrament of Confirmation 8:45am at Holy Rosary Church
Lola (Pre-Primary) – Positive approach to learning
Frainy (Pre-Primary) – Positive approach to learning
Evangeline (Year One) – Amazing Manners
Mai (Year Two) – Positive approach to learning
Shin (Year Five) – Growth Mindset
From The School Psychologist
The EUCA sessions have gone well this term with many interesting topics being tackled by all the amazing teachers. Hopefully, the students have a better understanding of themselves, and the areas discussed. Research has shown students who are high in emotional intelligence exhibit better emotional regulation. I appreciate the warm welcome from the parents this term and I will continue to be the students’ advocate and support. Have a safe and Happy Easter.
Year Six – Radical Rotto
Firstly, we arrived at B shed and captured some lifelong moments on camera. Then we hopped on the ferry, the ride to Rottnest was rough but we knew it going to be worth it when we arrived. When we got to Rottnest, we gathered up our bikes and had a quick snack, and even tested out each other’s bikes for fun. Then we met up with the tour guide David and started to ride around the island. We got ahead of ourselves and rode too far, but got a glimpse of the 800 solar panels, then the tour really started. Our first real destination was a fuel storage compartment. Then we went to one of the many power plants and looked at the fire station. On our way to the desalination plant, we rode past the police station and went past David’s house.
After learning about the desalination plant, we went up to the Basin and had a snack. Then we made it to the massive wind turbine and rode down a huge hill. Finally, to conclude our tour, we rode back to the docks and said goodbye to David.
After that, we went on another 15km bike ride. We got so tired! Everyone was riding in groups. We then arrived at the bakery. Everyone was so hungry! We even had a few quokka selfies. After we were fuelled up, we went down to the beach. Everyone thought we were going to a nice, tropical beach, but actually we were going to a seaweed-filled beach. We had a seaweed fight and a sandcastle competition. Then we boarded the ferry and headed home. Everyone was very tired! We really enjoyed our trip to Rotto.
Written by Cecilia and Henry
Year Six Teacher
This term has been a vibrant and educational term in Music. We have certainly had heaps of fun as we have sung, danced, and played instruments and learnt many new musical styles such as (Classical, Jazz, Hip- Hop, Techno, Calypso and many more) and musical techniques (Dynamics, Tempos, Time Signatures, Articulations and much more!)
On the 21st of March, students in all year groups created a beautiful and moving video of them singing ‘I am Australian’. Students learnt how to sing and sign the chorus of the song in Auslan, Australian sign language and sung different parts of the song to create one amazing and touching music video. If you haven’t seen it already, you must try and see it!
The Year Fours creating a ‘Carnivale’ in the music room and responding to and making straight and syncopated rhythms.
Due to COVID restrictions, we were unable to start choir, however, we will be resuming in Term Two with Years Three – Six. Watch this space!
I had such a fun time teaching Music in Term One, I am looking forward to seeing what amazing things Term Two brings!
On Wednesday 30th March, we held our Edu Dance concert. There was much excitement as the day begun with students already dressed or bringing in their costumes for their specific class performance. All students did a terrific job on the day, and congratulations to each class for showing us your final dance piece. All the routines looked great with the costumes added with many different colours, shirts, and props used such as disco outfits, sharks, chihuahuas, and James Bond featuring. Although there was no crowd again for 2022, the online concert still shows the awesome job that students did throughout the term, and they still had a lot of fun on the day. Thank you again to all staff and parents who assisted with outfits. Hopefully, we will be lucky enough to host a concert event for 2023!
Physical Education, Health and Wellbeing Specialist
Rice Day – Tuesday 29th March
Last Tuesday, we had to bring in our own bowl and spoon to eat rice for lunch. We watched an informational story from Caritas about how less fortunate people in other countries live. It was enjoyable and gave us a different sense of perspective.
Thank you to all the teachers for making the rice and thank you to the students for contributing to Project Compassion. We raised $680!
Year Six Pastoral Care Ministry
National Ride2School Day
What a wonderful way to start a Friday morning! Students, staff, and parents came together at Melvista Oval on Friday 25 March to ride/scooter/walk to school together.
National Ride2School Day is a great time to discover the joy of riding and kick-start healthy habits for the future.
Over 350,000 students across Australia participate in the Network’s National Ride2School Day.
Thank you to everybody that joined us to help promote our children’s health and well-being.
Best Programs 4 Kids – Parenting Workshops
Please note the other three scheduled Parenting Workshops for 2022 are open on TryBooking. A fee of $10 per booking is required to cover costs. The invitation will be sent out to other schools within the area, so please feel free to share the information.
See below the links to book:
- 10 May 2022 at 6pm:
Building Childhood Resilience – https://www.trybooking.com/BXOOD
- 2 August 2022 at 6pm:
Teasing and Bullying – https://www.trybooking.com/BXPBZ
- 18 October 2022 at 6pm:
Friendships – https://www.trybooking.com/BXPCJ
- 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.
- Teasing and Bullying – yes, they’re different. Yes, they’re prevalent. Yes, we can teach skills to manage these common childhood bumps and hazards.
- 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?
Containers for Change Bar Number and QR Code
Loreto Nedlands does have a registered Bar Number and QR Code for the Containers for Change Programme.
The number is: C10345800
That means if you would like to collect and donate to the school, you just use the Loreto Nedlands QR Code below when you deposit.
The link below will take you to a site where you can find your nearest deposit point.
Year Four Teacher