Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands
It was such a pleasure to welcome all families to school for the commencement of Term Four. The students have started the final term of the year with enthusiasm. Term Four is over in the blink of an eye! It is important that we make the most of the final teaching term and encourage positive work habits until the final few weeks of the term. There is still a lot of learning to do and every week is important. Thank you to all our parents for supporting your children coming to school punctually with everything they need to enjoy a positive day of learning in their various classes.
We are most fortunate at Loreto to have a school with families who are engaged with their children’s education and have good relationships with their teachers. Our staff are professional educators who always make decisions in the best interests of each individual child. They make decisions in collaboration with each other, with me as Principal of the school and with the parents. The staff endeavour to listen to the voice of each child and take the time to respond to their conversations and to their concerns. Pastoral care is central to our vocation. We recognise that every child needs to be treated with dignity and respect, in the way that God intended. In primary school young children can make choices that are not always desirable. However, the Loreto staff take the time to talk through decisions with the children and assist them to learn how to go forward, with a sense of positivity, to make better choices next time. We do not label, gossip about or discriminate against any child in any way. We recognise the uniqueness of each child and the potential that they all have, with careful guidance, to reach their full potential. I am grateful when our parents recognise the challenges that are sometimes faced with individual students and the support that parents offer when we work collaboratively to assist each child. We often hear the term, “it takes a village to raise a child.” When we work together, we can achieve wonderful things for all the children we champion with such care and dedication. I am most grateful to parents who continue to support the school with their participation as parent volunteers, in a variety of capacities. I am grateful to those parents who make the time to communicate openly with class teachers and work through concerns with respect, collaboration and with a solutions-based mind set. I am most grateful to our parents who support Loreto Nedlands as a school of choice until the end of Year Six. I am most grateful to those who promote Loreto Nedlands to their friends and families as an excellent school for others to attend; a school that prepares students confidently for high school with a strong set of personal and social values and a level of confidence to blossom into the future.
On 7th November Loreto Nedlands is taking part in Outdoor Classroom Day. Several lessons will be conducted outdoors to enrich the learning experience for all our students. Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. Parents are encouraged to support outdoor play and outdoor learning by spending more time outdoors as a family and providing opportunities for your children to play outdoors in an unstructured way every day. Outdoor play and outdoor learning are important for all children through to Year Six and beyond.
Parents may have noticed the beautiful mosaic projects which are displayed around the school. I encourage parents to come along on Friday 18th October at 6.00pm for the launch of the mosaics project. Our Artist in Residence, Carolyn White, will be present to explain the process for each work as they are viewed around the school. Sincerest thanks to the P&F for their support and organisation of the art project. Special thanks also to the parents who volunteered their time to assist with the classes working on the mosaics project. The works could not have been completed without your assistance.
We look forward to welcoming Grandparents and special visitors to the school for Grandparents Day on Thursday 24th October commencing at 9.00am. During the Grandparents Day concert, the orchestral composition, “A Sorrowed Heart; A Mary Ward Reflection”, composed by Ms Kathryn Horton and performed by the Loreto Jubilee Strings, will be launched to the community. Please come along and enjoy this special piece of music.
As I prepare this newsletter I look forward to joining our Year Five students on their camp at Bickley Camp School. By all accounts they are having a wonderful time. We look forward to welcoming the campers home tomorrow afternoon. Go easy on them parents, as they will be very tired after their three days of outdoor activities.
Please join us, if you are able, for our Leadership Mass tomorrow morning commencing at 9.00am in the Church. Our Year Six leaders will be commissioned during the Mass. Congratulations to Isabella Franco and Noah McLernon, who will be commissioned as Head Girl and Head Boy during Mass tomorrow morning.
Best wishes for the week ahead.