Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Welcome back to the commencement of Term Two and blessings to you all for the Easter Season. The Easter Season, following the sombreness of Lent, is a time of great joy in the hope, love and forgiveness of Jesus in the Resurrection. I was fortunate to experience Easter celebrations in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The rich tradition of Holy Week and Easter processions, participants carrying large statues of Jesus and Mary, singing religious songs, bands playing and people dressed in traditional robes as they weave through the narrow city streets of the old city, was indeed a great spectacle and a reminder of the significance in our faith of the great celebration of Easter.
Archbishop Costelloe’s Easter message, expressed in his Easter Homily is one of hope; hope in the Risen Christ, who enables us to know God.
“A God of unbelievable love, tenderness and compassion, a God not of anger and revenge but of forgiveness and mercy, a God not distant and aloof but rather closer to us than we could ever have hoped or believed. This is the source of our hope and peace.” (Archbishop T Costelloe).
It was such a pleasure to welcome the students on Monday morning as they arrived at school, dressed smartly in their Winter Uniforms, full of enthusiasm for all that lies ahead. Loreto Speaker of the Year and the Year One and Two Musicals are significant events for our students during this term. These extracurricular events are important opportunities for our students to develop their gifts and talents. However, we continue to remain focused on our core business of teaching and learning across all learning areas and ensuring our students are achieving the content that is required at their respective year levels. Term Two is a rigorous teaching term and the students are required to be disciplined and focused as they apply themselves to their studies. Parents should be aware of the learning goals for the students, following the parent interviews at the end of the last term. Please continue to talk to your children about their achievements and progress at school, encourage the effort at all times and support the teachers as they work to assist the students to reach their full potential.
On Monday the Year Five class lead us in a moving Anzac Day commemorative ceremony. It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Barry Nunn from the Nedlands RSL Club to join us at our ceremony and to speak to the students and staff about his experiences. Mr Nunn reminded us that peace starts with us. He talked about the responsibilities we have as members of a diverse community to respect each other in order to continue to create peace in our great country, Australia.
By Alanna O’Connell (Year Five)
Hearts of gold and souls of brave,
Mountains they climbed for us.
Stormy seas and battles for brave,
Deathly and tough.
Those that died remember well,
Poppies red with bloom.
The ANZAC ceremony we remember today,
I hope means much to you.
For at the going of the sun
And the rising of the next day,
We remember well,
The price that they all had to pay.
This term we welcome Vincent, Xavier and James Michell to Loreto Nedlands. Vincent is in Pre-Primary, Xavier in Year Three and James is in Year Four. Please introduce yourselves to the children and their parents, Hema and Anthony, and join me in welcoming them to the Loreto community.
Congratulations to the Tredea family, Ben and Nadia, Sophia and family on the arrival of their new baby son and brother. We wish you all well and many blessings as you celebrate the new addition to your family.
Our new Head Boy and Head Girl for Term Two, Noah Cooper and Josefina Caceres-Sandov commenced their responsibilities with enthusiasm on Monday as they led the Monday morning gathering.
Congratulations to Noah and Josefina for making such a fine start and we wish them all the best as they develop their leadership and model the example of Mary Ward to the students during Term Two. I look forward to commissioning Noah and Josefina and all the Year Six students into their leadership roles at the Prayer Service on Friday 3rd May at 2.30pm in the Loreto Performing Arts Centre.
Mrs Di Biaggio continues to enjoy her immersion into the life and times of Mary Ward as she travels on the pilgrimage with Loreto staff from around Australia. Currently, Mrs Di Biaggio is in St Omer in France where Mary Ward commenced her religious life. Mrs Di Biaggio is looking forward to her return next week and spending time with staff and students to further enrich us in the Mary Ward story that drives our mission and traditions.
I am pleased to report that Mrs Melina Dichiera is making a very good recovery and we look forward to her return to Loreto next week.