Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
As we head towards the Federal Election on the weekend we may be feeling election fatigue after weeks of media saturation with all things election. However parents place their vote, I hope that some attention will be placed on the priorities of the various political parties towards funding for non-government schools. Funding models have changed considerably over the past few years and certainty about funding is always a concern for schools in the Catholic and Independent sector. We are most fortunate in Australia that parents have a choice over education and it is essential that viable choice remains, with the support of the government.
In addition to funding, the other area of interest for schools in this campaign has been the environment. We all appreciate the importance of assisting students to engage and interact with the environment so they have the skills and knowledge to be the custodians of the planet in the future. At Loreto we look for opportunities to engage with the environment and initiatives include the Environment Club, vegetable patches for classes, the Loreto chickens, worm farm and the nature play areas. We all need to take responsibility to look after our environment, as an example to our children. I thank our parents and grandparents who assist in environmental activities at school. Your participation and interest are valued. It is disappointing when the environment is not cared for. Parents are always most welcome to enjoy the nature play areas as they stay with their children for after-school play. After school play provides the children with added opportunities to use their imaginations and develop their social skills as they interact with the natural environment that is available at Loreto. It is essential however that at all times the children are closely supervised. Some damage has occurred in recent weeks in the nature playground during after school play which could be avoided with diligent parent supervision.
I have been impressed this week with the calm attitude of the Year Three and Year Five students as they have sat the first of their NAPLAN assessments. The online requirements of NAPLAN have been a little challenging, especially for staff, and I thank the staff and students for dealing with the little challenges, as they have risen, with a calm, positive and unflustered attitude. As a result, the students have had excellent opportunities to complete the tests in a relaxed classroom environment that promotes a healthy work ethic and positive student wellbeing.
This week we welcome a new family to the Kindergarten class. We welcome Felix and his Mum, Lucinda and wish them well as they commence their association with Loreto Nedlands.
Please keep the Year Four students, their families and teachers in your prayers as they work towards receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion later this term. This is a very special time for the students. The Sacrament of First Communion, when the students receive Jesus for the first time in Holy Eucharist, for many will be the most significant faith moment in their lives. I am most grateful to Ms Katie Sharman for her work in preparing the Year Four Loreto students for this sacrament and for preparing the children from Holy Rosary Parish who attend other schools. With Ms Sharman’s guidance and the support of parents, I am confident that this time of preparation will be faith-filled and joyous.
I am pleased to report that Mr Vince Dichiera, husband of Mrs Melina Dichiera, is making very good progress after his heart surgery on the weekend. Please continue to keep the Dichiera family in your prayers as they support each other in the weeks ahead.
On behalf of the school community, we offer our deepest sympathy to the Vonic family as they mourn the passing of their Father and Grandfather. We offer our prayers and thoughts to Amanda, Mark, Elissa, Sophie and Jake and hope this can be some comfort to them during this difficult time.
God Our Father,
Thank you for our families. I ask that you bless them. Provide for all of their needs. I ask You to protect them from harm.Surround them in the shadow of Your wing. Go before them and prepare the way for them. If any path is crooked, I ask you to make it straight. Bring Your perfect peace to their hearts.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.