Christmas Message from the Director of Religious Education
Jacinta Collins, Director of National Catholic Education Mission invites students, their families and staff to pray this Christmas Family Prayer in your homes during the Christmas season.
This Sunday marks the first day of Advent. The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, “to come to,” and refers to the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. The Catholic Church uses the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. The following includes extracts taken from letters written by Mother Gonzaga Barry about her favourite feast – Christmas.
19th Century Loreto Christmases
Christmas must have been a time of homesickness for the early Loreto Sisters with friends and family so far away. Mother Gonzaga Barry described their first Christmas Day as a community at Mary’s Mount Ballarat when writing to the Mother General in Ireland. “Our first Mass was 6½ [6.30am], the day was remarkably cool, almost cold in the morning; we had our little crib, a very pretty one, and made up our minds not to read our letters until next day lest the remembrance of all our loved ones so far away might be too much for us individually and collectively. The Bishop sent us some wine and champagne to make us merry and he and Dean Moore spent an hour with us Christmas day.” (M. Gonzaga Barry to M. Scholastica Somers, 27 Dec. 1875)
The blessing of the crib was a tradition brought from Ireland. On Christmas Eve, the crib was prepared, at 9pm the Christmas story was retold, and the Baby Jesus placed in the crib.
In later years Mother Gonzaga embraced Australian Christmas’. She wrote to Archbishop Kelly, newly arrived from Ireland, “It took me a long time to get accustomed to it but now I rather like it although I miss the icicles from the crib, but I have only to shut my eyes and I see poor Enniscorthy and Gorey where I first saw the image of the Divine Babe in the crib. Since then I always had the greatest devotion to the Holy infancy, and love Christmas above all the Feasts of the Year.” (Gonzaga Barry to Archbishop Kelly, 21 Dec. 1901)
At the end of each year Mother Gonzaga sent Christmas greetings to ‘’her children’’.
“A happy Christmas to you all and many of them, that you may gladden the hearts of all who love you, my dear children, is the wish and prayer of your affectionate old Mother, Mary Gonzaga Barry”.
– M Gonzaga Barry, “Eucalyptus Blossoms’ Dec. 1888 –
Interschool Chess Competition
The Interschool Chess Certificates were presented at Gathering this morning.
Jayden Song, Jacob Ferguson, Jayden Chan, Takahiro Yamada, Tanatswa Tityiwe, Coby Gonzalez, Domenic Leach, Tom Baker (Absent).
These students represented Loreto at St Thomas’ Primary School together with St Pauls, for a Friendly Interschool Chess Competition.
We came second as a team, our top scoring player was Jayden Song.
Congratulations to all for making the team as there was some fierce competition!!
Year 5 Teacher
Robo Cup 2020
Ten EV3 Robots, thirty determined students, costumes props lines …
Loreto’s Robo Cup contenders for 2020.
Three Rescue Teams and Four On-Stage Dance Teams represented Loreto at the State Robo Cup last Friday 13th November.
These students worked in their own time after school and are to be congratulated for their great presentations at Curtin Stadium.
Two of our Rescue Teams were fortunate to make it through to the Finals on Saturday morning.
The Year 6 Team Loreto Line Lords placed second and the Year 5 Team Laser Beams placed third.
Well done for a fantastic effort to all students involved.
Year 5 Teacher
Art and Music Specialists
Students at Loreto Nedlands will soon have the opportunity to get creative, as the school welcomes a visual arts specialist and music specialist to the learning community.
Next year, primary arts specialist Miya Maeda will join the school offering a diverse and engaging visual arts curriculum to all students from Kindy to Year 6.
An accomplished artist, Miya has a long and extensive background in visual arts education, art materials and visual art processes.
“As an art educator I am passionate about fostering children’s creativity by expanding their visual communication skills, activating critical thinking and guiding them to make meaningful connections between their own art, the art of others and their place in the world,” she said.
“Through teaching, making and responding to art, my goal is to create safe and inspirational learning spaces in which all students have the right tools and motivations to achieve their full creative potential.
“I’m super-excited about joining the Loreto community, I especially look forward to building a dynamic and supportive art space in which students can explore their potential, take creative risks and celebrate every part of their imagination.”
Music specialist Sarina Davey has lived and breathed music her whole life from beginning violin lessons at five years old to performing in UWA Chamber and Symphony orchestras while completing her Bachelors of Music (Performance) and Masters in Teaching.
Sarina has held teaching and director roles at a number of schools including Scotch College, Christchurch Grammar School, Kapinara – City Beach Primary School and Blue Gum Montessori School.
“Music at primary school is not about turning every child into a professional musician but to have fun and gain a lifelong love for music and the performing arts,” she said.
“Research shows learning music creates strong pathways between the left and right side of children’s brains which supports academic excellence.
“I also use my music lessons and performances to foster important life skills such as risk taking, grit, confidence building, teamwork skills and general wellbeing.”
For more information, visit loretonedlands.wa.edu.au.
Eucharistic Mission and Retreat
Eucharistic Mission and Retreat
Holy Rosary Parish,
46 Thomas St Nedlands
3-5 Dec 2020
Two evenings of Eucharistic reflections, and guided adoration, followed by a light supper.
Thursday 3 Dec 7- 8.30 pm
Friday 4 Dec 7-8.30 pm
Eucharistic Retreat: Mass, Reconciliation, Adoration, Inspiring talks, Testimonies.
Saturday 5 Dec 9am – 2 pm
Please bring lunch to share. Coffee, tea and cake provided.
Please reserve the dates in your diary.
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All of the students should be proud of the magnificent effort they put into their Loreto Young Writers prose and poetry entries. It has been wonderful to read all of their imaginative stories and poems. Congratulations to the following winners and runners up in each year level.
Year One Prose Winner Clementine Kane
Year One Prose Runner Up Elizabeth Shenker
Year One Poetry Winner Evelyn Whitehouse
Year One Poetry Runner Up Hugo Ferguson
Year Two Prose Winner Charlotte Counsel
Year Two Prose Runner Up Ava Jefferys
Year Two Poetry Winner Reuben Foss
Year Two Poetry Runner Up Elizabeth Huang
Year Three Prose Winner Olivia Peranovic
Year Three Prose Runner Up Maika Widharta
Year Three Poetry Winner Elena de Felice
Year Three Poetry Runner Up Grace Ligovich
Year Four Prose Winner Caitlyn Vo
Year Four Prose Runner Up Matilda Boruff
Year Four Poetry Winner Jewel Reutens
Year Four Poetry Runner Up Holly Purser
Year Five Prose Winner Lauren Wood
Year Five Prose Runner Up Rani Cleghorn
Year Five Poetry Winner Thomas Baker
Year Five Poetry Runner Up Sienna Boylson
Year Six Prose Winner Finlay Strachan
Year Six Prose Runner Up Jamie Wilson
Year Six Poetry Winner Alanna O’Connell
Year Six Poetry Runner Up Niya Tomy
Christmas Giving Tree
Thank you to the families who have generously donated a present under our Christmas Giving Tree. These gifts will be given to local families less fortunate than ourselves and means that they too can have a Very Merry Christmas!
It’s not too late to support our Giving Tree. Just look for the pink and blue stars adorning the Christmas tree in the front office.
Holy Rosary Parish News
A WELCOMING COMMUNITY?
Deacon Greg Lowe, Director of the WA Catholic Migrant and Refugee Centre will present his inspiring talk on the theme of Welcome at the Parish Centre on Thursday, 26 November at 7pm.
His presentation shows ways Parishes may welcome existing Parishioners and newcomers.
You are warmly invited to attend.
RSVP: Parish Office, 9386 1870
WEEDING WOMEN WANTED
MALE MUSCLE MUSTER
Here’s why we need you! Saturday 12 December 10am to 12 noon.
Our Saturday 14 November working bee was washed out.
We moved the heavy stuff but had no time for essential weeding.
It’s now a mess. Bring the children.
George Schaefer email@example.com 0400768368
Thursday Coffee Van!
Available at Loreto Nedlands every Thursday morning from 8.00am. Come and get your caffeine fix!
Fortnightly Tip: Understanding the power of optimism
Tips on staying connected with your son through shared interests
1. Create one-on-one moments, use the time in the car to your benefit.
2. Talk with your son about the activities they enjoy. Connect over shared interests.
3. Tell your son a bit about your day as well. Share any funny moments. Your son will enjoy hearing that you are not perfect.
4. Find a program you both like to watch and try and share some time together watching this – sport, music, cooking or a hobby.
5. Try and spend regular time together talking. This will only make your relationship stronger, so if they hit an obstacle in life, they will be more inclined to open up and talk to you about it.