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Loreto College eNewsletter

Wednesday 18 November, 2020

In this Issue 

Leadership News
College News
Year Level Weekly Briefings
Library News
Career News
Loreto Community Notices
Important Dates
When we look back on our school years, the times when we have taken on a challenge and been successful can remain with us for life. In the past two weeks we have had several occasions that should be remembered as significant successes in 2020.
Year 10 student, Beth Wright, was named Ballarat’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2020. Upstart Challenge is an innovative entrepreneurship education program, empowering students to become tomorrow's changemakers. Using design thinking methodologies and a range of enterprise-focused activities and experiences, students identify problems and create solutions to Positively Change Their World. Beth was recognised for creating an app called Ecolo, which helps consumers to be more environmentally conscious with the products they purchase and use. As a result of Beth's achievement, Loreto was also awarded Upstart Ballarat Entrepreneurial School of the Year 2020. We also thank Jodie Howlett (Careers Coordinator) for providing this opportunity to our students.

The College has also celebrated NAIDOC week. Traditionally held in the July school holidays, the change in date due to COVID-19, allowed Loreto students to see, hear, learn about and embrace our First Nations peoples with the theme, Always Was, Always Will Be.   

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students reflected on their life walking and living in two worlds, connecting with their culture and their westernised world. The students participated in a smoking ceremony and a ‘You Can’t Ask That’ activity as part of NAIDOC week. Loreto College and St Patrick’s College students are to be commended for taking on this challenge.  

We are fortunate to have Macaylah Johnson working at Loreto as a Koori Education Officer. Macaylah is a proud young Wadawurrung woman who attended Loreto and has continued to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to learn and celebrate culture and discuss important issues. Macaylah is leading staff in the development of the College’s Reconciliation Plan that includes professional learning, curriculum development, connecting to the Wadawurrung community and celebrating culture.

Our Year 12 VCE students have been completing their exams beginning with their English exam last Tuesday. As the girls waited in the quad prior to the exam I couldn’t help but feel that this was a significant moment, one that we weren’t sure we would arrive at. Given the events of this year getting to this stage is something to celebrate. The resilience shown by students, particularly Year 12s, should give them confidence to be able to spring back and recover from other adverse situations they face in the future. I wish them all the best as they finish off their exams over the next two weeks.

This time of year is bittersweet in a lot of respects. We are farewelling our Year 12s after 6 years of time with us where we have watched them grow into the strong and confident Loreto students. While at the same time we are making preparations to welcome our Year 7 students for 2021. Psychologists call this time of transition liminal. It is a time of transition where we are aware that “tomorrow” is not going to be a replica of “yesterday.” When we stop and take time in this liminal space we can use it as a moment of pause between the stages of our life. It can also be a time to contemplate ourselves, our purpose here in the world and also acknowledging those that we love.  
In acknowledging who we are and also who we love, the gospel reading from Sunday 15 November of the Parable of the Talents resonates for all of us at this time. As we see our students leave knowing that they have a skill set, they have knowledge and they are called to be people of Loreto who are charged with the responsibility to use all these talents in order to make our world a richer place because they live in it. The circle continues as we welcome our new students to Loreto College Ballarat and we discover who they are and we give them opportunities to bring who they are to the world. 
Though our transitions are different, our tomorrows are filled with endless possibilities of what we can do to build upon who we are as people of Loreto and how we can bring this to the world in which we live. 

Timor-Leste Face Masks

We have had so many enquiries from many people asking how they can buy our face masks that it is now time for us to offer our face masks online. 
Our face masks have been made by our communities in Timor-Leste that have found life challenging in the wake of Covid-19. Though Timor-Leste has not felt the effects of the illness in any significant way, economically they have felt it. As a Loreto community we wanted to support these women in Timor-Leste by working in partnership. They have made the masks and we are selling them on their behalf. We believe that this is only the beginning in regards to this partnership. 
Please follow the link below to buy your mask. We are selling fast so please buy so as not to be disappointed. 

Click here to buy your face mask!


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Booklists for 2021

As I have highlighted in a previous newsletter, for the first time this year parents are required to complete the booklists online with Campion Education. The link for the online Loreto College Booklist Order for 2021 is now available through Campion. It has been emailed out to parents through PAM last week (including Grade 6 2021).
Users will be required to create a Campion user account. Additional instruction flyer is below.
Online orders must be completed by 27th November to guarantee delivery and secure the special postal rate of $10.00. 
Payment is required when ordering and books can be posted or collected from Campion Education Ballarat at 5 Yarrowee Street after 11th January, 2021.
VCE STUDENTS: Please note
You will see on the VCE booklist that some (15) subjects require you to purchase either a text or a digital subscription exam resource. In this case families will need to create a separate Edrolo account to order these.
  • Edrolo deadline for confirmation of order and payment for 2021 resources is 18 December 2020.
  • Students have been emailed her Subjects that she will be studying in 2021.  Parents of VCE 2021 students have received a separate email with their daughters subjects they may find useful in processing the online Booklist order.  
Booklist Order is also available on PAM (Parent Access Module) 
Edrolo Parent Letter
Campion Education Ballarat - How to Order Online
Arts Faculty VCE Finale

The Unit 2 Music Performance class had their Performance assessment recitals last Friday 13 November in The Abbey Theatre.

It was so lovely for the girls to be able to grace the Loreto stage again and to perform live to each other.

This committed group of musicians have gained much pleasure from their music studies this year, especially during the many weeks of remote learning, so it was indeed rewarding for them to perform live again to an appreciative audience.

(Picture: Performance class on -stage with their accompanist Ms Jane Nice).

Virtual Music Concert

Register now for our annual Loreto College End of Year Concert… Covid style! This year we will be showcasing our wonderful performers and musicians in an online Virtual Music Performance highlighting the amazing talent we have here at the College. Be sure to grab a beverage and the popcorn to settle in for a night of entertainment provided by your daughters of Loreto.
Date: 3 December 2020, at 7pm (available for viewing for 24 hours).
Stay tuned for further details.
Register by clicking here
VCAL Moving to the Little Flower Church
In 2021 Loreto College’s Church of the Little Flower will become home to the expansion of our successful VCAL program. Students and staff have been involved in the planning for the new space and last week our VCAL students presented their design concepts for the new kitchen facilities.

Student, Kaycee Hill, shared that “the new space will allow us to reach our full potential in ways we cannot currently achieve on campus and give us the space we need to be more creative and inventive.”
The students drew inspiration from unique features such as leadlight windows and Loreto colours to design a brighter, lighter space, taking into consideration design constraints and the requirements and functionality of a commercial kitchen.
Unit 2 Food Technology Students cater for the Past Pupils' High Tea 
This year our traditional annual Past Pupils' Association High Tea was held COVID-style. Created and organised by the Unit 2 VCE Food Technology students, they all created a jammed-packed takeaway box filled with delicious food. Hosted over two different dates, our Past Pupils then collected these boxes and enjoyed them in the comfort of their home. It was fantastic seeing so many different Past Pupils purchase a box and the feedback highlighted how impressed our Past Pupils were with the standard of the High Tea. 
Philosothon Achievement
Recently, Loreto Ballarat had a team compete in the 2020 Australiasian Philosothon, placing an impressive 8th place out of 20 schools in Australasia and becoming the top Victorian team. Year 9 student, Ann Chalakkal was part of the team and placed second for the Most Promising Philosopher Award out of 40 students within her age category. Last week Ann received her badge commemorating this achievement from Principal, Michelle Brodrick and their Philosothon leader, Mr Peter Foord. 
Year 7 Weekly Briefing

Just fifteen days of Year 7 left… what will your memories of this year be? Humans are great at pushing the bad memories into the background and remembering all the positives. Let’s use the last three weeks making positive memories!  Strengthen friendships, make new ones, do nice things for people! Smile and say hi!  I have tried this all week, people can tell when you smile even behind the mask.
A huge thank you for your behaviour in the schoolyard this week. You have shown great respect for your Year 12 Loreto sisters. Keep this up please, there are exams in the St Anne’s wing for two more weeks. The Yr 12’s will be so grateful that you didn’t interrupt their concentration.
We have arrived at the warmer weather so you should be outside at recess and lunchtime. But please get back to being ‘sun-smart’ – sit in shaded areas or find your hat – then wear it.
This wearing of protective equipment should be natural to you after this year!  Keep wearing your mask, as soon as you finish eating it should be back on.

It is vital you charge your laptop at home EVERY night. Get into the habit Cords stretching across classrooms are dangerous. Please get more organised with this.
With only three weeks left your teachers will be finalising all the course and that means testing them. Stay organised, use your planner, don’t fall behind. Stress comes from poor preparation!


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Year 8 Weekly Briefing

This week, it is all about working towards the end of term. In place of exams, next week you will have subject tests. So, in your preparation, remember, slow and steady wins the race – so manage your time sensibly, be aware of what you need to get done and then work through it at a manageable pace.

Please note – VCE  Yr 11 & 12 exams continue this week.
So what is on for this week?
1. Monday 16th November, 8.45am – Virtual year level assembly.
2. Monday 16th November, 3.30pm – Arts Captain applications close. 
3. Thursday 19th November, P.4 – Arts Captain Q&A and voting. Stay tuned for further details.
Reminder - Christmas Hampers.. These should be on the way to being organised. Ask your committee reps if not. 
CORRIDOR DUTY – 8B – TBC Please remember that part of this duty now includes picking up Yr 8 lunch orders from the canteen at 12.45pm.

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We're low on events next week, but big on EXAM PREPARATION for Week 8
  • BE INFORMED: Consider the Exam Timetable carefully (pictured below), and know where you need to be and when. Also consider the materials you will require for each of your exams.
  • BE ACTIVE: Take ownership of your learning, and identify and act on any gaps in knowledge that you might have. Ask questions of your teachers and peers if needed. 
  • BE KIND: Look after yourself and others knowing that exams can add to our stress buckets. (Teachers included!) Use strategies to wind down in between study, and foster your physical and mental well-being.     
Other announcements:
  • Please be mindful of the VCE Exams taking place above the quad, and in other spaces as signed. At recess and lunch, make an effort to gather behind the Mulhall Centre or near the Loreto Cafe 
  • Make sure you vote for House Arts/ Sports reps via the link sent to you by your House Leader. 
  • In your Mentor Groups, brainstorm some Christmas Hamper contributions that you might make to brighten the holidays for families in need. 
  • Keep thinking about your LC talk topic, and use others as a sounding board to workshop your ideas.
Year 9 Camp

Last week was our Year 9 Outdoor Adventure camp. All students jumped straight into all the activities involved in this camp including surfing, riding, team building games and camping. Students made the most of this opportunity and As this camp is such an important element of the Year 9 program, we are grateful that our Year 9s got to experience this unique camp during such a challenging year. 
Year 10 Weekly Briefing
Hello Ladies,

This week’s tremendous bulletin. Week 7 began 16th November 2020. 

Week 7
  • Unit 1 & 2 exam week
Week 8
  • Unit 3 & 4 orientation begins (Mon to Fri).
  • Yr 10 Exams begins (Friday)
Week 9
  • Unit 3 & 4 orientation continues ((Mon to Fri). 
  • Yr 10 Exams continue (Mon to Thurs).
  • Final day – Yr 10 activities (Fri)
The Year 10 and 11 exam timetables are pinned on the Year 10 notice board. Be prepared for your exam, ensure that you have everything that you need such as pens, calculators and any other material that you are allowed to take into that particular exam. VCE exam conditions. Drink bottles must be clear, no mobile phones or smart watches/devices are allowed, no talking once you enter the examination room and you must remain seated until the end of the examination time.

  • During the Year 10 exams (27 Nov – 3 Dec) normal scheduled classes will NOT run. You are still expected at school but will be assigned a classroom where you can work quietly on exam revision under staff supervision.
  • If there is a clash between a Year 10 exam and the Unit 3/4 Headstart class. The Year 10 exam takes precedence, that is, you will attend your Year 10 exam and collect the notes from your missed Unit 3/4 Headstart class. Ensure that you notify your teacher that you will miss this class due to an exam.
This will be our Final week of STRIVE for this year, don’t forget your P.E uniform. Make sure that you thank your teacher(s) for their efforts.
Buddy Letters
Well done all for completing your Year 7 buddy letters for 2021. The new Year 7’s will be ecstatic to read your letters. As Ms Hillman said “…they are beautiful, thoughtful, joyful letters that the Year 7s will love! Please tell the Year 10s how thrilled we are with the effort and pride they put into the letters.”
Congratulations Year 10, there has been a noticeable improvement in uniform this week. Keep up the good work 👏👏👏.
Christmas Hampers
Everyone should have brought in your Christmas hamper items by now; if you haven’t, make it a priority. There are many families that would not have a Christmas if it wasn’t for the Hampers, keep this in mind when donating 😊.
The link for the online Loreto College Booklist Order for 2021 is now available through Campion. This has been emailed out to your parents through PAM. Online orders must be completed by 27 November to guarantee delivery and secure the special postal rate.
This Week:
Monday – Unit 1/2 exams begin 
Tuesday – Normal for Year 10
Wednesday – Normal for Year 10. Period 3 STRIVE.
Thursday – Period 3 Final STRIVE lesson. Period 4: Mentor group
Friday – Normal school day 😁

Have a great week 😁
Year 11 Weekly Briefing

It’s been a massive few weeks and you should all be really proud of the work you have put in. Congratulations to all of the VCAL students for your wonderful industry design presentations on Wednesday, and well done to anybody who has sat a 3/4 VCE exam.

Next week is a big week for all VCE students as you will be completing your Unit 1 & 2 exams. Make sure you check the attached exam timetable again carefully so you know exactly where you have to be and when for all of your exams. You are not required to be at school when you do not have an exam, but if you are going to be at school then you must be working quietly in the library with your mask on. Remember to be respectful of other students and staff who are in the library and do not use it as a social gathering place.
If you think you are doing an exam at a DIFFERENT time to what has been set, then please double check the link in the email. If you think there’s been a switch and you’re not on it, you need to contact one of us and your teacher ASAP.
A reminder for everyone while the VCE exams are taking place
The only access to the upstairs rooms SF175-177 (where many of the Year 11 exams will be) is from the internal stairs at the far end of the St Anne’s Wing (next to the lockers outside SG103). You cannot use the outdoor stairs nor can you cut through the Year 12 kitchen. There are signs everywhere reminding you of this, so please be mindful of following them.
An important message from the IT department 
Everyone needs to change their password on their computer and it must be done from school. This cannot be done at home as you will risk not being able to log back onto your computer. Make sure you do this as soon as possible to avoid having to come in especially to get it fixed.
2021 Booklists
Information regarding booklists for next year have been sent through to your parents/guardians via PAM. Please let us know if they have not received this information - orders need to be made before the 27th of November.
Christmas Hampers
We keep saying it’s been a difficult year for everyone, but it has been a much more difficult year for some. People have lost their jobs and with that their security in housing and food. Domestic violence has increased and some people have found themselves restricted to homes that are not safe. The Christmas Hampers are a really small way that we can offer support and a bit of joy to families. Be considerate and be generous, if you can.
Good luck to those with exams next week, and make sure you all stay focused as we keep working right through to the very last day of the term. And an exciting note to end on – we will be able to gather together as a year level for a final day liturgy!


Last week we celebrated the hard work of our amazing Shadow Judges with an awards ceremony. Each student was presented with a special certificate from the Children’s Book Council of Australia. After the ceremony the students had the opportunity to chat with shortlisted author Astrid Scholte. They shared with her the Cluedo style boardgame they designed, inspired by her book Four Dead Queens. Astrid was so impressed that she asked for a digital copy of the game and has since shared the students incredible work across her social media channels. We are so proud of our talented Shadow Judges, and the incredible dedication, enthusiasm and hard work they put in throughout the year!
As the end of the year draws near, it is almost time for our annual stocktake, which means all books are due back to the Library by the 23 November. Students will have the opportunity to borrow again for the holidays during the last week of term.

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Weekly Career News
In this week's Career News:
  • Change of Preference online expo (Yr 12)
  • Free and low cost TAFE courses (Yr 12)
  • NSW and Canberra university early entry programs (Yr 10)
  • Career websites
  • Career articles on Fashion and Psychology
  • The University of Melbourne – Fine Arts and Music
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships – information session
  • Sport courses
  • How you can increase the chances of gaining employment after completing a uni degree.
Click here to download the full Career News PDF
Coming soon - Christmas Cards for Sale

Our Year 8 students have been busy creating beautiful Christmas Cards with all proceeds being donated to Timor-Leste. These cards will be on sale to students and staff in Week 7 (November 16-20) in the canteen. 

Individual cards are $2.50 each or 5 cards for $10

Uniform and Books Buy Swap and Sell
Term 4 generally starts the private sales of uniform books and resources as students complete their studies. There is a very active Loreto Ballarat Uniform and Books Buy/Swap/Sell Facebook page and the Sustainable School Shop that are both utilised by our families.

Please Note: The transfer (drop off and pick up) of all private sales of books and uniforms is not permitted via Student Reception or main Reception. Please arrange all private sales transfers independently.
Managing student illness in schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)

One of the most important things we can do is to stay at home when we are unwell, even when we have the mildest cold or flu-like symptoms.

This is especially important for students continuing to attend on-site at mainstream and specialist schools.

A fact sheet has been developed jointly with the Department of Health and Human Services and Safer Care Victoria to support schools in sharing information about unwell students with their school community.
To access all communication to families regarding COVID-19 as well as the documents below, click here. This information will also be sent out via the app so ensure you have notifications turned on. 

This page will be regularly updated with new information.
Financial Counselling Services 

CAFS Ballarat are still providing Financial Counselling services during COVID-19 for people experiencing financial hardship. The service is completely free and confidential.
For more information and to book an appointment: 5337 333 or
Conveyance Allowance 2020

The conveyance allowance is a form of financial assistance for parents/carers to transport children to and from school in rural and regional Victoria. Allowances are available for public transport, private car and private bus.

In some locations, students are unable to access free school buses. In these instances, students may receive a conveyance allowance to assist with travel costs.

To be eligible for a conveyance allowance, a student must reside 4.8km or more from the College.
Application forms are available at Main Reception or click on the following link, which also provides additional information.

Please note that in 2020 parents who successfully applied and received the Conveyance allowance in 2019 are not required to complete a new application form unless their details have changed – address, mode of transport, etc.

Application forms MUST have the following documentation attached: Myki receipts or statements or other bus company receipts.

Any enquiries please email
Due to the unpredictability of the current COVID-19 situation, please keep an eye out on PAM, the Loreto College App, website and social media for any updates to scheduled events.

For the full Loreto Events Calendar please visit via the Loreto College Ballarat app or

Thursday 3 December
Year 11 Final Day

Friday 4 December
Year 7-10 Final Day

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