Mary Ward’s Virtue of FREEDOM: An inner freedom, accepting of self, open to others and the world, and trusting of life.
Act not out of fear but solely from love.
Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
On behalf of Loreto Nedlands, I invite everyone to join us in celebrating 125 years of “Loreto in the West”. In August 1896, Mother Gonzaga and Sisters de Sales Field and Aloysius Macken departed Ballarat for Perth. They arrived in WA aboard the SS Orizaba on 6 September 1896 and on 15 February 1897, a new Day School was opened in Adelaide Terrace with only two pupils.
An invitation to join us to celebrate this milestone year for Loreto in Western Australia is included in today’s newsletter. The August celebrations will begin with a Mass in the Loreto Performing Arts Centre, followed by morning tea in the Mary Ward courtyard. A special adults-only event will be held the following night and will include a unique visual presentation. Please scan the QR code to register your attendance at these events. We look forward to celebrating with you.
The upcoming Laudato Si’ Week is a celebration of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ (Praised Be You) and a call to action for Catholics worldwide to care for our common home. The encyclical discusses consumerism and development, environmental degradation, and global warming and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action.” As members of the Catholic Church, we are all invited to participate in this call to action through prayer, action, and reflection.
“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together… for we know things can change” (Laudato Si’, N 13).
We look forward to seeing many students participate in our Walk to School Day on Friday. This fun event promotes healthier lifestyles and road awareness. Mr McCallum will be at Melvista Oval from 8am with myself and Mrs Sharman. All ‘walkers’ will depart the oval at 8.15am. All family members (even those with four legs) are welcome to come along.
Thank you to Mrs Sharman and the Year Six students for organising this Friday’s Soup-er Day. Students are asked to bring their own bowl/mug and spoon, along with $5, to participate in the worthwhile event. All money raised through the school’s mission work will be donated to St Vincent De Paul (Nedlands branch).
Finally, we invite family members to cheer from the sidelines at next Monday’s Cross Country Carnival! The morning will begin at 9am on the oval.
Following the removal of four trees causing damage to the school building, we are pleased to announce the planting of a number of bush tucker plants, herbs and vegetables on the school grounds. The planting initiative will continue throughout the year as we endeavour to plant more new species on the school campus and respond to the call of Institute Leader, Sr Noelle Corscadden IBVM “to undertake an environmental project, something significant that will witness to our care of creation”.
At Loreto Nedlands, we are committed to ensuring that our future leaders understand their environmental responsibility. The planting initiative encourages students to learn about native Australian species and their importance to our First Nations Peoples while fostering biodiversity, promoting sustainability, and encouraging care for creation. The new sustainable gardens come in addition to our Waste-free Wednesdays and 10c refunds, each of which promotes the values, skills, and behaviours needed to live as global citizens in harmony with all of creation.
Prayer for our World
To mark Laudato Si’ Week: 22nd – 29th May
Creator God, who made our beautiful world,
appointed us as its guardians
and gifted us with everything we need,
for the times we cause it harm;
for the times our way of life
affects our neighbours.
to care for the environment;
to help rebuild lives and communities;
to share in the griefs and anxieties,
joys and hopes of all your people,
so that all your creation may flourish.
Written by Stephen Davies from the Catholic Agency for Overseas Developments.
Laudato Si’ Week: 22nd – 29th May 2022
Laudato Si’ is an encyclical (a papal letter) by Pope Francis which he finished writing and signed off on the 24th of May 2015. The letter was titled, ‘On Care for Our Common Home’ and urged all people to take action to protect the earth. Pope Francis discussed the widening gap between rich and poor throughout the world, and suggested that the wastefulness, indifference and ‘rapidification’ of consumerist culture are incredibly harmful to relationships with ourselves, others and the earth.
He sought to open dialogue between all in society and create a common plan to tackle these global issues that we face as one planet. He also wanted us to recognise that everything is connected, and that we need to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
Laudato Si’ week is celebrated in late May every year to commemorate the time when Pope Francis released his letter in 2015. It is a way for all Catholics to unite and rejoice in the progress made in bringing Laudato Si’ to life, and to re-commit ourselves to further prayer, reflection, and action for the care of our common home.
This year, with the theme of “Listening and Journeying Together,” Catholics on six continents will work on, “bringing the human family together to protect our common home” (the guiding Laudato Si’ quote for the weeklong celebration). During this week I invite you to pray and reflect on your own footprint and how best to protect our common home. Remember, even the smallest action can have a positive consequence when it comes to caring for our earth! If everyone made small changes to their habits by re-using, recycling, and reducing, together we can make a difference.
Academic Scholarships 2023
Academic Scholarships are now open for 2023! Open to new students across Years Three – Six, applications should include a portfolio of reports, and students will sit examinations later in the year.
Experience the Loreto Difference.
For most parents, there are two main areas that concern them about their child’s education:
- Is my child happy at school?
- Is my child making good progress at school?
The first of these questions is vital to get right – a happy child is more likely to make progress in their work. For most parents, it is easy to tell if their child is happy at school through discussion with their child and the class teacher. The second question is often harder to answer as children are not machines and do not make progress in straight lines. In education, progress is about an individual student moving forward in their own learning, developing new skills, and achieving their personal targets. It is not about comparing one child with another; it is about looking at how far a child has moved on in their learning in relation to their own starting point.
Teachers are assessing students every day to help inform their planning and ensure that progress is being made. Through marking work, observing and talking to students, they gain valuable information about student progress. However, in addition to these ongoing assessments, teachers also carry out more formal assessments of the students at various stages as an additional measure of student progress and how they are achieving against the National Curriculum.
Reading with your child is one of the easiest ways to see how your child is progressing in literacy, as well as being one of the best ways to support your child in gaining a key skill. Once children are reading fluently and independently, they will often read silently to themselves, but it is still important to take an interest in their reading; children are never too old to be read with, or to!
As your child gets older, their at-home tasks are designed for them to do independently, but you may find involvement in these tasks a useful way to see their progress. Rather than working with them on a task, why not ask them to teach you a new method they have learned in maths or explain something that they have learned through research. You might be surprised at what you can learn from a primary school student!
Mother’s Day Mass by Year Two
On Friday 6 of May, the Year Two class hosted the Mother’s Day Mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. It was a wonderful morning to celebrate our Mother’s, Grandmother’s and significant mother figures who do so much for us.
Each student created a special Mother’s Day prayer, that was blessed by Father Greg, highlighting how thankful and grateful we all are for our Mums.
There were some happy tears when the students sang ‘A Song for Mum’ and this was such a special moment for students to share with their special loved ones.
The Year Two students shared some personal highlights from our Mother’s Day Mass:
“It was a special morning because I was able to share it with my Mum.”
“I liked when everyone sang the song, my Mum was crying happy tears.”
“It was special because all of our Mum’s got to be there to celebrate.”
Year Two Teacher
Our students have been enjoying learning all about touch rugby this term as we have been visited by Rugby WA and the Western Force.
We have also been lucky enough to have Mark Lee, ex Perth Glory player, run sessions with our students teaching them all about some of the different shots and drills. Mark also runs his own soccer academy for children.
Physical Education, Health & Wellbeing Specialist
World Maths Day
World Maths Day is celebrated every year to make maths exciting and engaging for all school-aged children from all over the world.
All students from Kindergarten to Year Six were able to participate on Thursday 5th of May in the celebration. A variety of exciting activities were set up in the Loreto Performing Arts Centre which kept students’ attention to numeracy on point! Thank you to Mrs Lori Coenen, Head of Maths, for organising this event.
Edward (Pre Kindy) – Positive Approach to Learning
Timothy (Pre Kindy) – Displaying the Value of Freedom
Ruohan (Pre-Primary) -Positive Approach to Learning
Lawrance (Year One) – Positive Approach to Learning
George (Year One) – Positive Approach to Learning
Chloe (Year One) – Positive Approach to Learning
Annabel (Year Two) – Displaying the Valur of Freedom
Max (Year Three) – Displaying the Value of Freedom
Isabel (Year Four) – Amazing Manners
Karinka (Year Five) – Amazing Manners
Kana (Year Five) – Positive Approach to Learning
Olivia (Year Five) – Positive Approach to Learning
Rory (Year Five) – Growth Mindset
Xavier (Year Six) – Growth Mindset
Orlando (Year Six) – Positive Approach to Learning