Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
As I prepare to write this, our final newsletter for the term, I reflect upon all that has been achieved as a team of staff, parents and students during Term Two. On Monday afternoon, as I was seeing students home at 4.20pm, a number of parents commented about the activity going on at the school. They stated how wonderful it is that such a small school as Loreto Nedlands can offer so much to our students. After school Monday saw some students attending Book Club, others attending Robo Cup Club and a netball team training outside. All of this was going on alongside an increasing number of students participating in Extend After School Care. Most other days seem to be just as busy. The added experiences that Loreto offers enrich the learning opportunities for our students. I am always grateful for the dedication of our staff who are prepared to offer the many extras to our students, on top of their busy schedule.
Over this past Semester at Loreto, we have endeavoured to streamline how we cater to the diverse learning needs of all our students. Our core business is ensuring our students have full access to the WA Curriculum in an environment where they can reach their full learning potential. Every decision a teacher makes in relation to learning programs and class organisation is always done in the best interest of the students. Our staff are professional, highly trained experts in their field. They know what is best for the students and are fair and measured in their judgements about student achievement and student needs. The teaching staff have spent hours preparing the End of Semester Reports for each student from Pre-Primary to Year Six. Whilst achievement grades are important, I encourage parents to take the time to read through the written comments relating to achievements and future goals for Religious Education, English, Mathematics and Science. There is also a General Comment. It is important that you read through the report with your children and celebrate their achievements. I have read every report and I can assure you that there is something to celebrate with every child. The reports will be available to parents via SEQTA late on Monday afternoon. Parents are encouraged to check their log in prior to Monday afternoon and re-set their password, if necessary. Please contact the administration office should you continue to have access difficulties.
The teaching staff at Loreto are most generous in their allocation of time to meet with parents. Parents are strongly encouraged to make an appointment in Term Three with their classroom teacher to discuss the Semester Report and to work with the teacher to assist their child to make further progress in Semester Two. Whilst we do not have formal meeting times set aside for Semester Two, teaching staff are always available, upon request, for an interview.
The Year Five and Six Musical was a hit! The students performed with excitement, enthusiasm and joy. It was evident that the students enjoyed their participation and wanted to do their absolute best. The immersion into drama and performing arts for the two-week period was of significant educational benefit for the students. We will assess the “pop-up” style over the next few weeks, with input from students and teachers involved. The feedback received will guide us in how the musical will look, moving forward. My sincerest thanks, once again, to all staff involved.
As the term draws to a close I wish to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who give up their time, in a variety of capacities, to add value to Loreto Nedlands. I am most grateful to all those who volunteer in the canteen, on the P&F, as Board Members, in the library, coaching sporting teams, assisting with school clubs, organising school banking, setting up for events and helping out in the classrooms. I am sure I have missed a few, however, I am very conscious of the significant number of Loreto parents who volunteer their time most generously. Please support our volunteers. They volunteer because they have a commitment to giving to the community. All volunteers should be respected for the work they take on and, on behalf of the Loreto community, I thank all our volunteers most sincerely for their dedication to the school.
I take this opportunity to thank Noah Cooper and Josefina Caceres-Sandoval for their commitment to their roles as Head Boy and Head Girl at Loreto this term. I also thank Makayla Vo and Thomas Kirwan for their dedication to their positions as Mary Ward Captains. These four roles will conclude at the end of the term as new students are voted to take on the roles for Term Three.
On behalf of the Loreto community, I congratulate Johnson, Prue, Lucy and Banjo Kitto on the arrival of their new baby daughter and sister, Jasmin Louise. We wish your family many blessings and happiness.
Our deepest sympathy to the Moroz and Oldmeadow families for the recent passing of grandparents. Our condolences to Anna, Matthew, Leila, Georgia and Thomas as they mourn the passing of their much-loved Mother and Nanna in Melbourne. Sympathy to Susan, Steven and Christian as they mourn the passing of their beloved Father and Grandfather. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this sad and difficult time.
Please keep Mrs Rebecca Barfoot, Assistant-Principal, in your prayers. Rebecca has had to return to her family home in Brisbane to spend valuable time with her Mother who is terminally ill. We pray for Rebecca and her family during this difficult time and hope that your prayers will be a comfort to her.
We farewell two families at the end of this term. We farewell the De Pardo family as they relocate to Karratha for the start of Term Three. Best wishes to Kaye, Wesley, Matteo and Alessio as they prepare for this new chapter in their lives. We farewell the Tredrea family as they relocate to the United States at the end of the term. We send our best wishes to Nadia, Ben, Sophia, Elizabeth, Oliver and William. We wish you safe travels and blessings as you embark on new adventures. I thank both families for their support and commitment to Loreto Nedlands during their time at the school.
During the first half of Term Three, two staff members will be on long service leave. Mrs Darrilyn Hunter, Business Manager will take leave for the first six weeks of Term Three and we welcome Mrs Geraldine King to take on the role of Business Manager during Darrilyn’s absence. Mrs Kirstie Watt, Pre-Kindy teacher will take leave for the first five weeks of the term. Mrs Shelley Gibson will take on the role of Pre-Kindy teacher and Mrs Jessica Evans will be Education Assistant during this time. We wish both Darrilyn and Kristie all the best for their much deserved leave and look forward to welcoming them back in the middle of Term Three.
I look forward to welcoming parents and friends to our final assembly for the term on Friday 28th June at 2.30pm. The Year One students will entertain us with their item and Merit Awards and Circle of Friends Awards will be distributed.
Our final Mass for Term Two, to celebrate NAIDOC Week, will be held on Thursday 4th July at 9.00am at Holy Rosary Church. Students leaders for Term Three will be announced following the Mass. The theme for 2019 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday is “Peace to this house and all who dwell within”. The theme is drawn from Luke 10:1-12. Queenie McKenzie’s artwork is the theme image.
O God, Creator of all peoples, we thank you that you are found and worshipped in every land, in dance and community, in suffering and peace-making, in silence and singing and in the faithfulness of your people.
We especially thank You for the gift of Your servant, Pope John Paul, who came to our land twenty years ago and met with the first peoples of this country. We recall his challenges to us and commit ourselves to work together to become the Church that Jesus wants us to be, to be a Church where Indigenous people are able to make their contribution to her life and where that contribution is joyfully received by all.
Forgive us when we have failed to heed the Pope’s call when we tie our own hands through prejudice or an ungenerous spirit. Lead us, together, to value our many traditions and to listen to the wisdom that we can offer each other. Give us new hearts to be people of reconciliation in the spirit of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please note that students conclude Term Two on Thursday 4th July as staff will be participating in Visible Learning Pedagogy Professional Learning on Friday 5th July.
Best wishes to all Loreto families and friends for a holiday break where you can spend quality family time together away from the routines of school life. I look forward to welcoming the students back to school for the commencement of Term Three on Monday 22nd July.