Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
except that of knowing that I do your will.
-St. Ignatius Loyola
Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Mary Ward’s virtue of FELICITY: Do not bury your talents, lent to you by God to be expended in service. MW – Maxim
If you would like to read more about Mary Ward and Felicity, please visit https://www.loreto.org.au/on-the-gift-of-felicity/
Welcome to Term Two. We have indeed been blessed with fantastic autumn weather. I hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday and were able to spend time with family and friends.
The students have returned looking refreshed and very smart in their winter uniform. Parents, please ensure that all uniform items, particularly jumpers, blazers, hats, are clearly labelled. It is such a shame when we can not return a piece of clothing because of no name.
I am thrilled to announce that we have employed a wonderful Year Four teacher to take over Katie’s role. Sally Bishop will join the Loreto community on May 10. Sally comes with a wealth of knowledge in all areas of the curriculum.
The staff engaged in our annual Religious Education Professional Development, which goes towards our five year accreditation renewal. Mario Borg presented “Elements of the Mass”. Mario provided an insightful, purposeful and hands-on day for all staff. We walked away with knowledge that we can bring into the classrooms.
Tomorrow we have two important occasions occurring. Firstly please join me for my Commissioning Mass in the LPAC at 9am, followed by High Tea in the Mary Ward Courtyard. I have officially commenced my second year at Loreto, and it will be lovely to share my commissioning with students, staff and family.
Our ANZAC Service is tomorrow, commencing at 2:30 pm at the school’s front near the flags. The Year Five students will lead us in the service. Thanks and congratulations are also extended to our Visual Arts Captain, Richie McDivan, who created a beautiful piece of artwork representing the ANZACs upon the request of Ms Hammond MP. A card depicting Richie’s artwork will be presented to all the Veterans within the Curtin community.
Next week the Leadership Team will be out from Tuesday to Thursday. We will meet with the Bishop to commence planning our new Evangelisation Plan. The Evangelisation Plan is a living document. However, when a new Principal is appointed, it is a requirement that the leadership team regroup to ensure that the Vision and Mission of Catholic Schools are evident.
On Friday, I will be escorting our Student Leaders and Mary Ward Captains to the GRIP Leadership Day being held at the Convention Centre. “Our goal is that your student leaders would leave our conference with a clear vision, a solid understanding and dozens of ideas for their time as a leader.” https://www.gripleadership.com.au/content/primary/gjfdm0
Next week you will be receiving an important link. You are invited to participate in a survey about our school’s climate. Similar surveys will be administered to staff and students to enable us to capture a community snapshot. All responses are confidential and will be used for school improvement purposes. This is an opportunity for parents to tell the school staff how things are going for them and their children. The school values your feedback and will try to respond to the information that you provide. The feedback does NOT include the data of individuals; rather, feedback involves a graph based on feedback from all parents. To ensure anonymity, aggregated scores are not provided for groups of less than four parents. The response format requires parents to consider how often each statement takes place in terms of: Almost Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Often and Almost Always.
Next Wednesday will be an opportunity for your child to purchase Mother’s Day gifts from the mezzanine in the LPAC. Dad’s don’t forget to provide your child with $10 spending money in a secure bag.
Save the date:
Mother’s Day Mass – 9:00am. May 7 at Holy Rosary Church.
International Day of Families is on Sunday, May 15. On Monday, May 17, we will celebrate 200 years of Catholic Education, and we invite families to join us for celebrations. More details to follow.