Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
We proudly launched our new flag poles this week, as we raised the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags during a ceremony to acknowledge National Reconciliation Week. The students have been encouraged to reflect upon the meaning of reconciliation as an issue of justice. We recognize the good work that has been done by Catholic communities in Australia to progress justice for our Indigenous brothers and sisters. Below is an excerpt from a letter circulated by Catholic Religious to Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday 20 May.
… we ask the Government to take the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’ seriously and, within the coming twelve months, advance consultation and decisions related to Constitutional Change and Treaty to empower Indigenous people to take their rightful place in their own country. We ask the Government to view Indigenous people and their leaders as active partners in this process and in developing legislation, policies and programs to address their disadvantage…
As members of the wider Loreto community, we pray together that Indigenous peoples of Australia will have an opportunity to have a quality of life equal to that which most Australians enjoy.
We offer our very best wishes to the finalists of the annual Loreto Speaker of the Year Awards as they present their speeches to the adjudicators this evening. I congratulate all the Year Five and Six students for their efforts in participating in the competition. The quality of the speeches was excellent and the process of selecting the 14 finalists was a difficult one. At Loreto, we take pride in the public speaking skills our students demonstrate. We hope that the skills the students develop at Loreto will assist them to use their voices to be the change they would like to see in the world.
The Archbishops’ charity appeal for LifeLink will be launched next week. The charity supports a range of services for disadvantaged people in Western Australia and relies on the support of Catholic Schools to continue the essential services that LifeLink provides. We will be participating in a fundraising day for LifeLink next Thursday and Friday. Further details about the fundraising are available in this newsletter.
Loreto Past Pupils are invited to come along to the annual Past Pupils Wine and Cheese Evening on Thursday 6th June. This event is a wonderful opportunity for our past pupils to gather together to reminisce and reconnect acquaintances. Further details about the event are available in this newsletter.
I look forward to welcoming parents and friends to the Merit Award and Music Assembly on Friday 7th June at 2.30pm. The Celtic Band, Jubilee Strings and Preludes will perform during the assembly under the direction of Mrs Kathryn Horton. Please come along to support these students as they prepare for the annual Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival.
While the students enjoy a day away from school on Friday 31st May the staff will be participating in a day of service for the Perth Homeless Support Group. Perth Homeless Support is a volunteer group of local people who provide services for a growing number of homeless people in the city. We look forward to sharing our experiences with the students when we return to school next Wednesday 5th June.
I hope all our families can enjoy and appreciate all that our wonderful city and state have to offer during the WA long weekend.