Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
Well, here we are – the final newsletter for 2019 and my final newsletter as Principal. I leave this wonderful school with the fondest of memories of my time here with the staff, students and parents over the past four and a half years. I have been humbled by the words of support and appreciation I have received over the past few weeks. They have meant a lot. I am most grateful for the lovely cards and gifts I have received from the Loreto community. Thank you most sincerely for your generosity.
The Year six Graduation earlier this week was a joyful celebration. I am most grateful to the Year Six parents for their organisation of the evening and the Year Five parents who generously gave up their time to assist with the catering. The Year six class are a wonderful group of students who are ready for the challenges of high school. Our best wishes go to them and their families for a successful transition. The Year six students leave us with strong Loreto values that have been so evident in their development. The values will hold them in good stead as they face the future with head held high ready for all that life has in store for them.
I extend a farewell to those students and families who are moving on from Loreto at the end of this year. Whatever your journey, please accept the best wishes of the Loreto community. I thank all our departing families for the contributions they have made to the school during their time here.
We farewell Mrs Liz Leith, Mrs Margie Weeldenburg and Mrs Michelle Debuf as they complete their time as staff members at Loreto Nedlands. On your behalf I thank them for their contributions to the school and wish them all the best for their future endeavors.
I thank all the Loreto staff for their dedication towards the students during this year. Our staff are passionate about their work, and their commitment towards ensuring the best for every child is always commendable. On your behalf, I wish them a safe and relaxing holiday.
Our best wishes to Miss Katie Sharman, and her fiancé James, for a beautiful wedding day in January. Marriage is a wonderful thing (says me, who is still smiling after 30+ years of marriage) and we wish Katie and James all the blessings in the world for a wonderful future together.
Term Planners for 2020 are attached to this newsletter. Please note that the planners may change for a variety of reasons. Please continue to keep an eye on the newsletters in 2020 for date changes that are advertised.
In particular please take note of dates for the commencement of Term One 2020. Most importantly:
- Friday 31st January – 1.30-3.00pm Parent workshops in the LPAC:
- The role of the social worker in schools – Caterina Hurle, social worker 2020.
- Wellbeing initiatives for 2020 – Andrew Boxsell
- Literacy focus 2020 – Denise Bowen
- Numeracy focus 2020 – Rebecca Barfoot.
- Monday 3rd February – students commence Term One 2020.
- Wednesday 5th February – 6.30pm Parent Class Information Evening.
- Friday 7th February –5.00pm Welcome Picnic on Barry Park.
We are now almost into the Third Week of Advent as we prepare for the great feast of Christmas. The word ‘Advent’ means ‘coming’. Lighting the candles on the wreath symbolises the coming of light (Jesus) into the world. The first candle represents hope, the second peace, the third joy, and the fourth love. The central white candle is lit on Christmas Day and represents Christ. During Advent we should act and pray for a more just and fairer world – a world full of hope, peace, joy and love.
“The season of Advent, … restores this horizon of hope, a hope which does not disappoint for it is founded on God’s Word. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! He is faithful! He does not disappoint! Let us think about and feel this beauty.” Pope Francis
I look forward to welcoming parents and friends of Loreto Nedlands to our final Mass, thankyou morning tea and assembly on Friday 13th December. Due to the extremely hot weather Mass will be held in the LPAC, in air-conditioned comfort, commencing at 9.00am. The 2020 Loreto Past Pupils Scholarship will be presented following the Mass and their will be a short address and farewells to staff. Morning tea will be held in the LPAC foyer immediately following Mass and the assembly for the year will commence at 11.30 with a final performance by the Year Six students.
I know that at the commencement of 2020 you will welcome the new Loreto Nedlands Principal into the life of the school with the same warmth and love that has been afforded to me. I wish them and the Loreto families all the best for a successful new year.
Best wishes to all in the Loreto community for a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas and a wonderful holiday shared with family and friends. Keep safe during the break, as we need all the children to return happy and healthy for the start of the new year.