Last Thursday (May 21) the Catholic Church celebrated Ascension Day (also known as Ascension Thursday or Feast of the Ascension). The Feast of the Ascension is one of the great solemnities in the Christian liturgical calendar and refers to when Jesus’ body ascended to heaven. The Acts of the Apostles tells us that after the resurrection Jesus stayed with his apostles for 40 days. Afterwards, they came to the Mount of Olives from where Jesus ascended to heaven to be with God.
The days following saw the faithful prepare for Pentecost. Pentecost is a Christian observance commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus Christ’s disciples. When the Holy Spirit descended on them, they received the “gift of tongues” – the ability to speak in other languages – and immediately began to preach about Jesus Christ to Jewish people from all over the world.
It is important to remember that it was the gift of the Holy Spirit that made it possible for the disciples to become apostles who spread the Good News throughout the world and throughout the ages. As we approach Pentecost let us reflect on how the on-going gift of the Spirit can help us to continue to spread the news and become apostles in our time and place.
Our current value is Creativity. Creativity is thinking of novel and productive ways to do things. Creativity is one of the most common strengths in children. Ways you can encourage creativity include:
- Try different things.
- Come up with multiple solutions.
- Don’t think “What if I am wrong’? Think, ‘what if I am right!’.
- Think and consider: can I do this in a different way?
Health, Physical Education and Wellbeing Co-ordinator
Health, Physical Education and Wellbeing
It has been great getting to explore humour over the past two weeks. It is important to remember it is not just about cracking jokes all the time, there is much more to it. We are now moving onto creativity which is something that should be in abundance in a school. There is a chance that we have looked at this earlier in the process but it is always good to re-visit. Creativity is about thinking of novel and productive ways to do things, it is not just about being artistic but that is certainly part of it.
This is a very common strength among young children. It can be enhanced through open and supportive environments. A good friend of creativity is curiosity and bravery, two other awesome strengths. A good way to grow this in someone is to promote the idea of being creative before setting a problem solving or thinking task. Play games where you have to think of multiple answers rather than one ‘correct’ one. Have fun getting creative with creativity. Send us in pictures if you feel brave enough to share, we would love to see them.
Mrs Hurle (Cat) and I have been talking and we would like to run a small presentation for parents on resiliency in children. We know it is not a small subject and hopefully, more can come from this. There is no date or day set at the moment but stay tuned for more info. We plan to deliver at school and also offer a video stream so will wait for the lifting of restrictions before we lock anything in. If there is anything in particular on this topic you would be interested to hear send in an email to Andrew.email@example.com and we will try to include it. Equally, if there are other topics you would like more ideas/help/information on then email that in as well.
We will look to begin cross country training in the coming weeks once given the green light for before and after school programs. For the ease of restrictions, it will likely be held exclusively at Loreto this year. In the meantime feel free to start doing some running with your children. Year 3 and 4 will run around 1.5kms and Year 5 and 6 around 2.5km for our carnival and for those who get into the interschool team. I would focus on being comfortable with the distance first then speed. Students in K-2 will be able to get their training in during PE but do not let that get in the way of some family time around the oval.
Health, Physical Education and Wellbeing Co-ordinator
Winter uniforms are now expected as of next week (Week Six).
The Uniform Shop is open on Tuesdays, from 9am – 10am and again from 1.30pm – 2.50pm. The last appointment on Tuesday will be 2.50pm. as the Uniform Shop will be closed to parents at 3.00pm. Parents must be off site before the bell rings at 3.05pm.
Parents will need to book an appointment time for the Uniform Shop. These appointments will run in 10-minute slots. Walk-ins are not permissible.
The link to book an appointment is:
No students will be allowed to try clothing on.
Alternatively, parents are able to download the order form from the Loreto Nedlands website and email this to the Administration Office – firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents may also ring through their order. Uniforms will be sent to the classroom.
Student Organisation during Covid-19
Parents it is appreciated that you please assist your child with their school organisation so they are punctual and ready by the time the first school bell rings. This includes having their correct uniform, lunches and school items prepared.
Should your child be late to school, please ensure that you do not enter the school grounds. Parents must wait at the gate with their child, telephone the administration office on 6389 9400, and a staff member will meet you at the gate to collect your child.
Parents are not permitted to enter the school grounds under any circumstances. This also applies to the Administration Office, which is closed to the public. Administration can be contacted via telephone or email email@example.com
For the remainder of this term, Mini Vinnies will be holding a Tinned Food Drive. We are encouraging everyone to bring in some tins of food for the homeless. Please bring your tins to your classroom and place in the box provided.
- Kindy/PP – baked beans
- Years 1 and 2 – tuna and sardines
- Years 3 and 4 – tinned fruit and vegetables
- Years 5 and 6 – tinned spaghetti
At the end of the term, we will donate all tins to St. Vincent de Paul.
So let’s get tinned up!
Queensland Fruit Fly
Notification from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Parents seeing children off to school with fruit packed for school lunch, or throwing out the scraps when they get home, need to be aware of the Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s (DPIRD) Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) eradication program.
Qfly is one of Australia’s worst pests affecting fruit and vegetables, and it is not established in Western Australia.
Following an outbreak in March 2020, a Quarantine Area has been established for all of Dalkeith, and parts of Nedlands and Claremont. The Notice prohibits movement of Qfly host fruit from the Quarantine Area, and requires residents to manage Qfly host fruit on their property. Disposal of Qfly host fruit, including scraps (cores, peelings etc) must be in accordance with the Notice. Qfly host fruit include but are not limited to citrus, bananas, stone fruit, olives, tomato, avocado, mango, passionfruit, capsicum and chillies. The full host list is available in this Quarantine Area Notice. DPIRD is keen to get in contact with all residents in the current operational area being targeted, to locate host trees, and if needed commence regular property inspections and baiting. If you are within this area, you would have received a card asking you to contact DPIRD by registering online at agric.wa.gov.au/qflyupdate or contacting their Pest and Disease Information Service on 9368 3080 or firstname.lastname@example.org. DPIRD appreciates your help to eradicate this pest. This will not only support Western Australian fruit and vegetable growers, but also enable continued enjoyment of your home grown fruit.
Fun Friday! Pyjamas!
We are adding some extra fun into this Friday at school. Tomorrow it’s Friday Pyjama Day! Children can wear a sports jumper of their choice for the day. We look forward to seeing them and having a wonderful day.
Fortnightly Tip: Life Lessons from Dad
The influence of fathers is profound and impacts many areas of a child’s life including mental health, emotional regulation, academic outcomes, social competence, and self-esteem.
- Through both highs and lows of life there’s always something to learn. Keep an eye out for teachable moments and think about how you can teach your children the lessons you learnt (or wish had learnt) at a young age.
- Kids learn a lot from you about how to handle life’s stresses and succusses – everything from goal setting to preparation, developing values and determining right from wrong is influenced by a child’s upbringing.
While many moments are teachable, it’s important to tune in with your child’s emotions and pick the right time either to lay down a lesson or just listen and support. There’s a time and a place for both.