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Week 10 - June 30th, 2022

Mary Ward’s Virtue of FREEDOM: Our happiness, security and progress are not to be in riches, greatness, and favour of princes, but in having open and free access to God Almighty, from where must come our strength, light and protection. (Vita E 195/6)

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents and Friends of Loreto Nedlands

I hope you can join us for our NAIDOC Week Mass hosted by our Year One students at Holy Rosary on Friday, July 1 at 9:00 am.

I take this opportunity on behalf of the Loreto Nedlands community to congratulate Caitlyn in Year Six for being awarded an Academic and General Excellence scholarship at St Hilda’s for 2023. Caitlyn currently aspires to become a doctor, and I’m sure she will attain her goal with her excellent education at Loreto Nedlands, followed by St Hilda’s.

The P&F is an integral part of Loreto Nedlands; therefore, parents, please take the time to read my P&F Principal report as it outlines some important points. I encourage you to attend the meetings so that you are aware of upcoming events, their purpose and how you may be able to help out. The minutes are available on the school website.

In Week One of next term, the Year Six students will be heading off to Canberra for an educational tour of the national capital. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage, and democracy. Please keep them in your prayers.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government is contributing funding of $465 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

Our Year Five and Six students have been busy preparing for Robo Cup to be held next term. A big thank you to Mrs Julia Waller, who has overseen the student’s design, build and test. I am fortunate enough to watch from my window the students practise their routines during lunch times and after school.

Parents, please remember to save the date for our upcoming 125 Years of Loreto Education Celebration in August. Invites have been sent out for the two events. You will find the information on our social media pages.

Also, our first term mass on Monday July 25 will be in recognition of Mr Rob Falloon’s 28 years of service at Loreto Nedlands, followed by cake and a cuppa in the Loreto Performing Arts Centre.

Finally, I wish all families and friends a wonderful semester break.

Rika Andres

An Aboriginal Prayer for Truth and Hope

by Brooke Prentis

May the God of all wonder who set the stars in the sky,
bless you with relentless unsettledness –
that drives you to seek truth.
May the God of all justice who gave motion to the rivers,
bless you with righteous anger –
that drives you to seek freedom for all.
May the God of all love who placed laughter in the kookaburra,
bless you with the friendship –
that looks like the love where one lays down their life for another.
May the God of all comfort who determined the height of the mountains,
bless you with tears from shared pain and mourning –
that shows you hope.
Now with wonder, righteous anger, sacrifice, and lament –
Go in truth, justice, love, and hope –
to Change the Heart of Australia.


Katie Sharman
Mission Co-Ordinator


Prayer is relating to God, just like we would relate to others. We talk, listen, and share our lives with God through prayer, which doesn’t always have to be recited together at Mass or at a gathering. The five forms of prayer below allow you to share with God your desires, thoughts, feelings, wants and needs. We can pray anywhere, anytime, and there is no ‘right’ way to pray!

Blessing and Adoration –A prayer to express praise and honour to God. We praise and adore God for giving us life, for the wonder and beauty of the world around us that he created, and for the good in our lives.

Petition – Asking God for our needs, in humility and trust. We have to trust that God will give us what we think is good for ourselves and others. We are aware that God wants us to bring our problems and worries to prayer knowing that he will always hear and answer those prayers. God may answer our prayers in a different way and in a different timeframe than we are seeking, but God will always give us what we need.

We can pray about the ordinary experiences of life— for people who are sick, for someone who needs a job, for help at work, for a safe trip. We pray for peace in our families and in our world. We can also express our sorrow and contrition to God in our prayer.

Intercession – A prayer that leads us to pray as Jesus did, on behalf of others. This form of prayer can be a source of blessing upon others, the Church, and our world. Because we know that Our Lady and the saints intercede for us before God, the Church encourages us to pray to them for their intercession as well.

Thanksgiving – A prayer to help us be grateful for the many blessings we have received from God. It can help us to recognise and appreciate all the good things God gives to us. It is always worthwhile to think of things we are grateful for and to thank God for them – the gift of life, family, friends, food, clothing, shelter, and anything we could take for granted! Praying a prayer of thanksgiving helps us to form a true spirit of gratitude.

Praise – Finally, a prayer to recognise and acknowledge God for what He is. We give God glory and bring together other forms of prayer in praise to carry them to God. Prayers of love are another form of praise, as they are expressions of our love for God, who is the source and object of all love.

Katie Sharman
Mission Co-Ordinator

Katie Sharman
Mission Co-Ordinator


Loreto Nedlands offers free tuition for Catholic families enrolled in government schools. We are offering assistance to Catholic families that may need support for their children’s education.

Please contact our administration office for further details,


Semester One Reports

School Reports will be sent to parents via SEQTA on Thursday 30th June. Loreto Nedlands utilises the SEQTA Engage Parent Portal for parents to access student reports for students in Kindy to Year Six at the end of each semester. If you have not already done so, please log in to SEQTA Engage to ensure you are able to access your child’s report.

To do this you will need to access: and use your current username and password. The link is also found on the homepage of our school website (choose Our Parents, then SEQTA Engage).

If you know your username but have forgotten your password, please click on the “Forgot your Password?” link and an immediate email will be sent to you. The password reset link in the email will expire within one hour, so please action immediately. If you have forgotten both of these, then please contact the school office and we can remind you of your username.

If you are new to using SEQTA Engage you will receive an email to set up a login account. This email will expire within 7 days so please action this as soon as possible.

BRLA – Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment

The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment will be held in Week Three of next term. All students in Years Three and Five will sit the online test. The purpose of the BRLA is to measure student learning of the content in the RE curriculum. Formal school and student reports are produced by the Catholic Education Office and will become available to schools in Term Four.

The BRLA provides a ‘point in time’ snapshot of student performance in RE. Students’ knowledge and understanding of the content of the RE curriculum is assessed using a combination of multiple choice, short and extended response items. Students’ faith is not assessed. The use of the BRLA complements the school-based assessment programs in RE.

Please contact your child’s teacher or Katie Sharman (Mission Coordinator) if you have any enquiries regarding the administration of The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment.

Rebecca Barfoot
Assistant Principal

Accessing Loreto Nedlands School Psychologist

The process for accessing the school psychologist is the following:

  • Email the school psychologist, Lizzie Stewart, for availabilities with a brief outline of your child’s situation.
  • The school psychologist will return an email and advise of any availabilities.
  • The student will go on the waitlist if there are no availabilities.
  • If there are availabilities the school psychologist and the parent will meet face to face (both or one parent) for a discussion about the context of the student’s situation.
  • This discussion is done at school in the Welcoming Room (best without the student or their siblings present) or on TEAMS.
  • Parents will then get a chance to read and sign the consultation contact.
  • The counselling will take place for a period of one school term.
  • A check in with parents will take place at the end of the school term and an additional term will be discussed if needed.

Lizzie Stewart, School Psychologist is available on Monday, Thursday, and Friday.

Hope everyone has a fantastic and safe school holidays.

Lizzie Stewart
School Psychologist

Little Moments

Angus (Pre Kindy) – Amazing Manners
Sofie (Pre Kindy) – Positive Approach to Learning
Mia (Pre Kindy) – Displaying the Value of Freedom
Isabella (Kindy) – Amazing Manners
Charlotte (Kindy) – Amazing Manners
Oliver (Kindy) – Displaying the Value of Freedom
Edward (Pre Primary) – Growth Mindset
Kian (Pre Primary) – Positive Approach to Learning
Hana (Pre Primary) – Amazing Manners

Poppy (Pre Primary) – Displaying the Value of Freedom
Alice (Year Two) – Displaying the Value of Freedom
Eduarda (Year Three) – Displaying the Value of Freedom
Henry (Year Six) – Positive Approach to Learning
Orlando (Year Six) – Positive Approach to Learning
James W (Year Six) – Positive Approach to Learning
Alfie (Year Six) – Amazing Manners
Max (Year Six) – Amazing Manners

First Holy Communion

On the 12th of June, many of the Year Four students received the sacrament, of First Holy Communion or the First Eucharist. We were able to experience the body of Christ. Soon, we will be able to drink the blood of Christ. We are very lucky to receive this sacrament! We put a lot of time and effort into preparing for this sacrament. The 24/7 Retreat Day was especially fun!

Written by Isabel, and Chichi

Winter Carnival

On Thursday 23rd June, our school attended the annual IPSHA John XXIII Winter Carnival. Despite the afternoon rain, it was a fun and engaging day for our Year Five and Year Six students who competed. All students performed well across the day, showed improvement, and sportsmanship, and exhibited strong Loreto spirit within our Soccer and two Netball teams to represent our school proudly!

The Netball girls had a good day out, with one of the teams winning six out of seven of their games showing their impressive competitive edge. Some notable performances during the day were Stella (Year Six), Novella (Year Six), Lilly (Year Six), and Grace (Year Five). Thank you to Mrs Coenen and Miss Kezich who supervised the Netball teams, and to our volunteers in Lisa Ligovich and the four Year Ten Iona students who helped assist throughout the day with coaching and umpiring.

Our Soccer team had some students that were yet to play Soccer competitively, but they had all successfully worked together and worked hard during their games to win five out of seven games. Some notable performances came from Henry (Year Six), Joseph (Year Five), and John (Year Five) who scored many goals throughout the day. There were also many creative pre-planned celebrations that received some good laughs from both sides and coaches such as Orlando’s (Year Six) CR7 celebration after his goal. Thank you to all the students for participating fairly and to the best of your ability. Also, to our parent volunteers in Niko Peranovic and Alex Hewlett who had helped with umpiring the team.

Scott McCallum
Physical Education, Health and Wellbeing Specialist

Winter Carnival – Written by James W, and Olivia

On Thursday the Year Fives and Year Sixes went to John XXIII to participate in the Lightning Carnival! After a few announcements, we were off to our first games. It started off as a nice day competing on the fields, then the rain started pouring down. Although it was muddy, we still had a great time. Our soccer team would like to thank our umpires for coming out. Thanks to Mr Peranovic, Mr Hewlett, and Mr McCallum for coaching our teams. It was a great success, even against the rain we won most of our games.

At the netball courts, the games were fast-paced and fun. We showed our skills and tried our best. Special thanks to our coaches Ella and Grace and our Umpires Abi and Georgia from Iona Presentation College who were really encouraging and kind. Team One won their games and Team Two showed lots of spirit. Even though it was cold, and we were soaking wet we still had a fantastic day. Thank you to Mrs Coenen and Miss Kezich.

We all had a great time participating and competing in netball and soccer.

Performing Arts Festival 2022

Try Booking ticket links for all sections of the Performing Arts Festival 2022 is now on the Spirit of the Arts website, under the “Performing Arts Festival” tab However, ticket sales open on Monday 4 July, but the links are ready.

  • Please note tickets for Dance at Perth Convention Exhibition Centre will be available on Mon 18 July (P1/P2)
  • String Ensembles at Trinity College – tickets not available due to room capacity and large instruments (F3/F4/F11)

Seating has been accommodated for all performers, teachers and accompanists with the balance seats released for the general public. Parents book early to avoid disappointment.

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