News from our Assistant Principal
Last week, Mrs Barfoot and Mrs Sharman, were fortunate to accompany eight Year Five students to St. Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate the opening mass for the ‘Spirit of the Arts Festival.’ Our Loreto Nedlands students were privileged to be asked to prepare the Sanctuary by processing with our Loreto Nedlands old school bell and other items to fit the theme of ‘Renew the Face of the Earth, Let there be Peace on Earth.’ It was a very reverent and spiritual morning and our students represented Loreto Nedlands with confidence and grace.
We hope that you have received an invitation to join us as we celebrate this milestone year for Loreto in Western Australia. The August celebrations will begin with a Mass in the Loreto Performing Arts Centre, followed by morning tea in the Mary Ward courtyard. A special adults-only evening event will be held the following night and will include a unique visual presentation. Please follow the link to register your attendance at these events. We look forward to celebrating with you. https://forms.office.com/r/d4DUXsdqVk
May (Kindy) – Positive Approach to Learning
Xavier (Kindy) – Positive Approach to Learning
Florence (Kindy) – Amazing Manners
Henry (Pre-Primary) – Displaying the value of Freedom
Oliver (Pre-Primary) – Displaying the value of Freedom
Hana (Pre-Primary) – Positive Approach to Learning
Sienna (Year Two) – Amazing Manners
Emerald (Year Two) – Positive Approach to Learning
Grace (Year Five) – Positive Approach to Learning
Elena (Year Five) – Amazing Manners
Robbie (Year Five) – Amazing Manners
Rory (Year Five) – Amazing Manners
Maika (Year Five) – Amazing Manners
Olivia (Year Five) – Amazing Manners
Shin (Year Five) – Amazing Manners
Ardan (Year Five) – Amazing Manners
Karinka (Year Five) – Amazing Manners
Lilly (Year Six) – Positive Approach to Learning
Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking
The World Day against Trafficking in Persons is on Saturday 30th July each year.
O God, our words cannot express what our minds can barely comprehend, and our hearts feel,
when we hear that still in this time in our world, men an
d women, boys, and girls are deceived and transported to unknown places for purposes of exploitation, enslavement, and all kinds of abuse,
because of human greed and the desire for profit.
Our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights are being violated through threats, deception, and force.
We cry out against the degrading practice of trafficking:
- Against the sale of women and girls into the adult industry,
- Against the sale of people of all ages for their bodily organs,
- Against the capture of boys who become child soldiers,
- Against the enslavement of men in dangerous work,
- And against the sale of babies.
We pray that the buying and selling of people will come to an end.
Loreto History – Landing Day
With our 125 Years of Loreto in WA celebrations fast approaching, I thought it timely to share some more history of the Loreto Sisters.
“Landing Day” is acknowledged every year by the Loreto community on 19th of July, as it marks the anniversary of the arrival of Mother Gonzaga Barry and her nine companions, the pioneers of Loreto in Australia.
The Loreto Sisters’ journey had begun in Dublin and their destination was Ballarat, in response to an invitation from the new Bishop of Ballarat, Bishop Michael O’Connor, to establish a school for Catholic girls.
The voyage to Australia took 61 days and covered over 17,000 kilometres. The group travelled on the combined sail and steam-powered vessel, the ‘SS Somersetshire’. They encountered wild weather, and seasickness was rife as they travelled around the Cape of Good Hope and across the Indian Ocean on the ‘Roaring Forties’. They experienced strange lands and climates, made good friends, and established a community.
Upon arrival in Ballarat, Mother Gonzaga Barry and her companions founded Loreto Convent Mary’s Mount in 1875 as well as a day school campus on Dawson Street, Ballarat. Throughout her life, Mother Gonzaga Barry established Loreto convents and schools in Portland (Victoria), Hamilton (Victoria), Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, and Perth.
Enrolments – Experience the “Loreto Difference”
The Loreto Nedlands early years Statement of Philosophy guides all aspects of the school’s operations.
At Loreto Nedlands we are eager and inspired to do our best, meeting the challenges and opportunities of a changing world with love in our hearts.
We are called to be joyful and prayerful, living the Gospel and the Catholic Faith, while celebrating the values of Mary Ward with our students, parents, and the whole Loreto family.
Limited places are still available for 2023. Contact our Administration Office on 6389 9400.
News from our School Psychologist
I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday. This term we are excited to welcome Peta our Finance Officer and her therapy dog Donnelly. Research has shown there are many benefits to having a therapy dog. It can promote positive emotions in students and improve their mood. It has a positive physical effect on the body as it increases the feel-good neurotransmitters and hormones oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin, while cortisol (which is associated with stress) decreases.
Having a therapy dog can support the development or expression of empathic skills, social interaction, and communication skills. It may assist in boosting students’ confidence, easing anxiety and being a motivation to come to school. Research has also shown that it can assist with the reduction of feelings associated with low mood, such as loneliness, insecurity, sadness, social isolation, and anger. Enjoy the pats and cuddles.
Farewell Rob Falloon
On Monday 25th July we farewelled one of our longest-serving teachers at Loreto Nedlands. Mr Rob Falloon has been a teacher at Loreto Nedlands for the last 26 years and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. In celebration, we attended Mass at Holy Rosary, followed by cake.
Please take with you our best wishes for a well-deserved retirement. Go well and God bless.
Visual Art Exhibition and Sundowner
The 2022 Visual Art Exhibition was a kaleidoscope of colour showcasing the amazing talents of the Loreto Nedlands students work from Kindy through to Year Six. This year’s Exhibition theme was based on the natural world with a strong emphasis on plant life of all types. The quality of work produced by each year group was outstanding and achieved in a very short time frame of two terms, with over 750 pieces of work produced over a range of studio disciplines, including two and three – dimensional works.
This year Loreto Nedlands welcomed a resident artist to the school, Linda Loo, a traditional Balladong/Whadjuk woman. Linda worked with the students to produce three large canvases, two of which were auctioned at the Sundowner, as well as guiding the students to produce their own original painting. Each child learnt the meaning behind the symbols and to create their own painted story.
The Art Exhibition was open for parents to visit every afternoon at the conclusion of the school day. On the final day of the Exhibition the P & F hosted a wonderful Sundowner, where the parents were able to celebrate their children’s artistic achievements and chat with Linda and myself.
Thank you to all the students who worked so diligently to produce such beautiful works. They should all be so very proud of their efforts. A special thank you to the staff and parents who helped set up and pull down the Exhibition. The 2022 Visual Art Exhibition and Sundowner was a true celebration of the creative achievements of the Loreto Nedlands students.
Visual Arts Teacher
In Term Two, the Year One children did lots of learning about ‘Minibeasts.’ As part of our minibeast learning, we completed many bee-related activities, which included writing about ‘A Day in the Life of Working Honeybee’ and a cute bee craft to go with it, singing songs such as ‘Busy Bumble Bee’, and listening to many non-fiction and fiction texts such as Willbee The Bumble Bee and our favourite The Honeybee by Kristen Hall and Isabelle Arsenault. To finish off learning about bees, we made delicious honey joys. They were so yummy!
Year One Teacher
At the beginning of this term, the Year Two students listened to the story ‘Finding our Heart’ by Thomas Mayor to discuss and learn more about NAIDOC Week. We discussed how we can contribute to ‘Finding Australia’s Heart’ by being welcoming, encouraging and kind to all people that we meet. We each made a person that represents ourselves to hang in our classroom to celebrate our similarities, differences, and uniqueness.
In writing, we have begun to study different types of poetry. The students wrote a Haiku Poem about their favourite part of nature, and a Cinquain Poem about the topic of ‘friendship’ in preparation for International Friendship Day which is celebrated on the 30th of July each year. This is also what we have chosen to share at our Assembly item on Friday!
We all look forward to an exciting, engaging, and fun Term Three in Year Two!
Year Two Teacher
On the Canberra camp, we stayed at Canberra Park Lodge for a week. We visited lots of exhibitions and museums, some of our favourites were the Australian Institute of Sport, Parliament House, and Corin Forrest! At Parliament House, we did a role-play of what it would be like if we were senators. We even went into the real House of Representatives. On Tuesday night we went bowling at Zone Bowling and got some amazing HOT DOGS! The Year Six class also went to the wonderful Questacon, where we learnt all about science and how different geometrical terms work in science. We even went to the movies and watched the movie Minions: the Rise of Gru.
The snow day was the best part, we nearly gave Mr McCallum a concussion from how many snowballs we threw at his head. We also went tobogganing down the hill and it was so much fun. The whole class did lots of races, but Jake won all of them. Well, that’s what he thought. The last place we went to was the Nasa Deep Space Centre where we learnt what space missions are happening right now on Mars.
Overall, Canberra was a blast! We learnt many fascinating things about Canberra and were able to develop our leadership skills. We would like to thank Mrs Andres, Mrs Coenen, Mr McCallum and Miss Kezich for organising our camp.
Written by Jake and Novella
Year Six Students