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Loreto College eNewsletter

Wednesday 19 May, 2021

In this Issue 

Leadership News
College News
Library News
Career News
Loreto Community Notices
Important Dates
Earlier this month on a cold Tuesday evening, our students and families came together to celebrate Mother’s Day.  In reflecting on Mother’s Day, we acknowledged and celebrated those who fulfill mothering roles – grandmothers, aunts, step-parents, close family friends and more. Being a mother is not about being perfect; it’s about doing our best to raise our children and the children we support. It’s accepting the fact that we will make mistakes. Social media can create a sense that as a mother we should do everything perfectly, but often our favourite memories are connected to times when there was laughter; sometimes when things didn’t go to plan. In years to come such memories bring people together to celebrate the love and care in a family.
When we care for others, either in our family or community, such as we did in the pandemic, we create a sense of humanity. Our faith has taught us that. Through Jesus we have stories that tell us we are worthy of love and belonging.

We also reflected as a Loreto community and prayed for mothers everywhere including the mothers in Rumbek who are caring for their young children, the families in India who are dealing with such devastation at this time and those women and children affected by domestic violence.

Thank you to Felicity Knobel, Director of Faith & Mission, for her diligence in preparing the mass along with Fr Eugene, the liturgical choir, led by Sarah Allitt and accompanied by Simone Jans and Jenny Nice, and to all staff who assisted.

The implications of COVID meant that numbers were restricted. We hope that next year we will be at full capacity and everyone can enjoy this wonderful occasion.
A Chorus Line
It is with great excitement that our school production, A Chorus Line (High School Edition) premieres this week. One of the joys of being involved in this school production is being able to experience our community coming together and celebrating our students who love the performing arts. When the curtain rises and the lights shine on our talented students, there will be a great sense of relief that we have made it. The performing arts has been one of the most impacted sectors in the past year and this has been the case for our College as well. Whilst we are usually working with St Patrick’s College, a decision had to be made last year as to how we could provide an opportunity for our students to perform and participate in a school production. A decision for each school to produce their own production was made and Lindy Crowe (Director/Choreographer and staff member) was able to consider what would work under all levels of COVID restrictions for our students. 

Thank you to the wonderful and talented Loreto College staff members who have given a tremendous amount of time and energy to this production of ‘A Chorus Line’. Thank you to Lindy Crowe (Director/Choreographer),  Marcia Phillips (Production Manager), Zayda Vandenberg (Assistant to the Director), Mary O’Driscoll (Vocal Director), Ian Stowe (Sound Design), Claire Canavan (Stage Manager), Stephanie Greet (Lighting Design) and Simone Jans (Soundtrack Manager).

Tickets are still available here for each of the shows this week – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday nights and Saturday matinee.
Motivation is the key to success.

“To become successful, the two most important things are first to set your goal and second is to start.”

Often when I talk to parents at parent teacher interviews or information nights I am asked; “What I can do to help my daughter at school?” 

Apart from the usual feeding, clothing, and caring for your daughter as you would expect, I think the other really important role you can play, is to help motivate her. Some students are just naturally motivated, they love life and are busy with sport/music, school and their friends. Other students have no idea what they want to achieve in life and do not feel motivated to work at school. The best advice I can give is to discover what she is “in to” and use that as a key to motivating her. Help her set some small goals and big ones.

Professor of Educational Psychology Andrew Martin an expert in academic performance, specialising in student motivation, engagement and achievement gives this advice to parents. “In broad terms, parents need to separate a student’s learning and achievement into their “will” and their “skill.” “If you take the “will” part of the equation, you’re referring to the student motivation, which can include things like self-confidence, persistence and how much they value that subject. On the flip side is anxiety or fear of failure as de-motivating factors.”

To boost a student’s motivation he advises identifying the specific part of motivation that needs attention, then taking specific actions to help. For example if she doesn’t know what she wants to do after leaving school why not take her to University Open days (usually held in July/August) so she can see all the different courses and talk to university students so she can get some ideas. Other options are Career Information sessions often held throughout the year locally and in Melbourne. Sometime arranging work experience placements during the school holidays can give girls an idea of jobs that they would like to do or definitely would not like to do.

So in summary if you want to help your daughter succeed at school, I suggest if she is well motivated, that is she has some idea of where she wants to go, or what she wants to do when she leaves school, that goes a long way to help her now.
Empowering Parents to Reinforce Study Skills
FREE Parent Webinar Series 

Sign up now for our Term 2 series.

Many schools throughout Victoria and other states use Elevate to assist students to develop effective study skills. All Loreto students from Year 7-12 have participated in one Elevate study skills session in Term 1 over the last few years.

Now the company is offering Free parent webinars to give parents the tool managing motivation, time management, technology and note-taking in the lead up to assessments and exams.  

To register, click on this link
Walkathon raises $15,000!

Our Walkathon was a huge success for our school community. Raising money for the Rumbek community in South Sudan and we know that what we raised is changing the lives of many people. I am often asked in my role about raising money and raising awareness for different causes, particularly causes outside of Australia and our local community. We are called as a Catholic community and particularly as people of Loreto to assist all people in need. Being part of the Loreto community is being part of a worldwide network of Mary Ward International Australia and they have many programs in place to assist many people in many different countries throughout the world. This year we pledged our Walkathon to Rumbek in South Sudan and we hope to continue to build a relationship with the people we are assisting in this country and seeing the effect of our contributions on this community. 

As the year progresses there will be many causes throughout Australia and also our local community that we will be supporting through fundraising and also awareness campaigns. 

Reconciliation Week 2021

This year we will be acknowledging Reconciliation Week with various activities organised with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students and also the Senior JPIC community. This will culminate in a Liturgy which will be held on Thursday 3 June at 12pm in our Gonzaga Barry Centre. We will be asking our Loreto community to participate in the activities, the liturgy and also pledging how we can take action individually and also collectively so that Reconciliation ceases to be just a word.

Loreto College Uniform Update

The Loreto College Uniform Committee advises that following a long period of consultation, design and trialing samples, we can now advise families that custom-designed shorts and trousers have now been approved for production as part of the formal Loreto Uniform. The colour, fabric and design are unique to the Loreto College uniform and will be optional items as part of the Winter and Summer uniform.

We currently have some students wearing the final samples of the trousers around the school, and they will continue to do so over the coming weeks for students, staff, and families to see what they look like. The shorts and trousers are now in production and we expect them to be available to purchase from our supplier in 6 – 8 weeks from Crocker’s Ballarat (in Armstrong St Nth) or the online store

  • The trousers must be worn with the existing long sleeve white shirt tucked in, hemmed to the correct length with a black belt (if required), black shoes and navy socks, in winter season only.  The trousers will retail for $64.95 and they will be available in a regular and long length. 
  • The shorts must be worn with a new short sleeved white over-shirt, current white Loreto socks, black belt (if required) and black shoes, in summer season only. The shorts will retail for $59.95

The current Uniform List and Expectations will be updated and distributed to families with the arrival of the items in store.  More information and images of the entire suite of uniform items will be shared in the coming weeks. 

Year 10 Legal Guest Speaker
By Rachael Littore (Year 10 Legal Studies Teacher)

On Tuesday 11 May, the Year 10 Legal Studies class enjoyed a visit from Acting Sargent Nicole Davis. Nicole works for the proactive policing unit, and came in to work with the girls in their current unit called Young People and the Law. Nicole gave the girls some insight into the varied nature of policing, her observations about dealing with young people and details of her own experience. She had some powerful stories for the students and encouraged them to consider the importance of not only having police in society, but the importance of good relationships with the police. It was a real opportunity for the students to consider the lives of people who may be different to them, but also understand how important it is that all young people have positive role models and think about who may be affected by their decisions.
When asked about the skills that were necessary to become a police officer, Nicole highlighted that communication skills are vital and that problem-solving skills that come from having an open mind will always come in handy. These are both skills that are developed through the wider Humanities curriculum.
Have you carried out an act of compassion in the community or do you know someone who has? 
We are Eliza and Chloe, Year 12 students here at Loreto. As part of our Religious Education Class we have partnered with Compassionate Ballarat and recently commenced a Compassionate Stories Project.

The project will compile a collection of stories of compassion in action carried out by school students in the Ballarat region. These stories will be assembled into an e-book for sharing across our city, to cities across Australia and across the world via the global Charter for Compassion. 

The outcome we hope to achieve is to inspire others, spread positivity and uplift our community; especially during times of hardship. 
Gathering these individual stories by young people will provide a community-wide story of the ways in which compassion is being demonstrated by its future adult citizens. 
We invite you to be included in this book or please share with us anyone else you may think suitable. 
To apply or for more information, please contact:
Eliza McCrum
Chloe Stevens 
English Help Sessions
Lunchtime tutorials for Years 8, 9 and 10 students will be held every Wednesday in SG302 (the 9 Blue classroom). 

For English VCE Years 11 & 12 students, a Friday lunchtime help session will run in SG301

Students can come with the piece of work they need help with  or knowing the skill that they need to practice. An experienced English teacher will be there to support and guide students.
In addition, for Unit 3 & 4 English students there will be weekly consolidation sessions held on Wednesdays from 3.30pm to 4.30pm in SG301. These will focus on areas of study from the English VCE Curriculum and there is always student input into what the focus will be from week to week.  
Unit 3 Theatre Studies Performance - Chamber Music
By Claira Constable (Theatre Studies student)
‘Chamber Music’ by Arthur Kopit, the one-act absurdist play was written in 1962, the story is set in 1938 and concerns eight famous women from different historical periods who all are institutionalised. Kopit explores the link between mental illness and the timelessness of the oppression of women.

The show will be performed on Thursday 3 June, 7 pm, free admission and supper provided.
Year 10 Drama Performance - Walk A Mile In My Shoes
On Tuesday 25 of May the Year 10 Drama students will be performing their end of semester ensemble in the Abbey Theatre. The students devised this ensemble as a class and will be playing multiple roles and operating their own sound and lighting.

Please come along to support these talented students.  Admission is free and there will also be a QR code and a sign-in sheet for audience members.
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE: 2021 Production - A Chorus Line
Opening night - tonight at 7:30! 

Tickets are still available to purchase for our 2021 Loreto College production, A Chorus Line. Based on the 1975 musical, A Chorus Line is set on a Broadway theatre stage and follows the lives of seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. Throughout the show, learn about the ambitions, motivations and individuality within each dancer.

We have 4 shows for you to choose from:
  • Wednesday 19 May -  7:30 PM
  • Thursday 20 May - 7:30 PM
  • Friday 21 May - 7:30 PM
  • Saturday 22 May - 2 PM
Our fabulous cast has been rehearsing for months, we can't wait for the wider Loreto College community to see all their hard work pay off. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Loreto Abbey Theatre!
Purchase Tickets Here
Elise Cook (Year 10) has been selected to be a part of the 2021 SSV VIC Football Team
Julia Seddon and Abbey Pierce were both selected to represent Loreto in the BAS swim team at VSAC swimming last Monday were they both swam really well!
Senior Football
Senior Football Girls football had their first win last Thursday defeating Ballarat Clarendon Black by 2 points in wet conditions.

Senior Netball
1st and 2nds Senior Netball both had great wins defeating Ballarat Clarendon.
Mulhall Initiative: Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs Update
Thanks to all the students and families who have been collecting bread tags. Lots of tags have been coming in and we are very appreciative.

In week 7 we will run an AUSSIE BREAD TAG competition – girls are encouraged to bring in their tags and “Guess how many bread tags are in the jar” with the chance to win some great prizes - like hot chocolate/coffee vouchers/ (Thanks to VCAL for providing this.)
To enter:
  1. Bring in your collected bread tags to the canteen area any lunchtime in WEEK 7.
  2. “Guess how many bread tags are in the jar” and Mulhall students will record your details.
  3. The closest guess will WIN and be informed and announced by WEEK 8!
A friendly reminder to bring any collected bread tags into school and drop off at our collection point at the entrance to the canteen. Keep helping others less fortunate than ourselves and support this amazing project.
You Are Invited!

Students and staff are invited to join us next Monday, the 24th of May, at 1pm for our first Read Aloud session featuring special guest, Ms Brodrick! Recent visitors to the Library may have noticed the beautiful, antique reading chair set in the lounge area, overlooking the lake. This is the location for our cosy event where Ms. Brodrick will share some books, do a reading and talk a little bit about why the books are significant to her.

Being read aloud to is such a wonderful experience, one that we don’t often get to enjoy as secondary students or adults. However, being read to has so many benefits. Not only is it relaxing and a great way to destress and discover new books, it also strengthens a persons’ listening skills, and improves comprehension and vocabulary. Books also have a magical way of coming alive when read aloud!

What book would you choose to read out loud to others?
Weekly Career News
In this week's Career News:
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Exciting STEM Resources
  • Chat to a science student
  • Australian Defence Force Academy 
  • University early entry programs 
  • Planning on studying teaching in the future?
Click here to download the full Career News PDF
"As you are aware, India is facing the second wave of COVID-19, which is more dangerous than the first wave. People are dying every day. The medical system and the entire administration system are collapsing. It is survival of the fittest; only the strong and rich will survive. There’s a shortage of oxygen in the country as we are overpopulated. Community transmission has been spreading like wildfire. We are not sure what will happen next. Keep us in your prayers. We too, assure you of our prayers."
Sr Monica Suchiang ibvm, Kolkata, India

Dear the Loreto Ballarat community,

Sr Monica's is not the only message I have received from a Sister working with local communities on the ground in India, or, most tragically, word of a Sister who has died from COVID-19. 

Many of our schools in India have been forced to close campuses and postpone exams. They have received news of the deaths of staff, parents and even students... there is pain and heartbreak all around. 
Each of us in Australia knows of someone, whether they be family, friends, colleagues or neighbours, who is directly affected by this tragedy that is consuming India.  
Sr Monica reminds us that at times like this, we must look outward, draw on our common humanity, and do all that we can to help the poor and most vulnerable. Is there a time when this rings truer than now? 
The Loreto Sisters have set up a COVID-19 emergency fund for individuals and families in India who are most in need. As our Sisters live and work in the communities directly impacted, they can ensure medical support and emergency relief reaches those who need it quickly, save lives, and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Join us in helping those most in need in India – donate now.
Thank you for your support, particularly at this troubling and tragic time.

Sr Wendy Hildebrand ibvm
Province Leader, Loreto Australia and South East Asia
Donate Here
Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF)

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) will provide payments for eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions. As Loreto College has an all-inclusive fee which covers the cost of camps, sports and excursions, any funds received will be off-set against the student’s tuition fee.

$225 per year will be paid for eligible secondary school students. Payments will come directly to the College and be tied to the student.
Families holding an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card, Veterans Affairs Gold Card on the first day of Term 1 or first day of Term 2 or be a temporary foster parent will be eligible to apply.
How to Apply: 
Application forms are at Student Reception, or click on the following link: which needs to be returned to the School Office.
If you applied for the CSEF at your child's school in 2020, you do not need to complete an application form in 2021 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances (new student/sibling, concession number, etc.). Your child's school will apply for the CSEF on your behalf.
Closing Date:
The closing date for CSEF applications to be submitted to the College is 25 June 2021 (no applications will be accepted after the closing date).  All eligible families are encouraged to apply. For more information about the CSEF visit
Download the CSEF application here
Conveyance Allowance 2021

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 2021 parents who successfully applied and received the Conveyance allowance in 2020 are not required to complete a new application form unless their details have changed – address, mode of transport, etc.
However, to submit a claim Myki receipts or statements or other bus company receipts must be received by the end of each term.

Any enquiries please email
Download the Conveyance Allowance 2021 form here
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
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

Wednesday 19 May - Saturday 22 May
Loreto Production - A Chorus Line

Thursday 27 May - Thursday 3 June
Reconciliation Week 

Thursday 3 June 
Unit 3 Theatre Studies Production - Chamber Music 

Monday 17 June
Queens Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 25 May
Year 10 Drama Ensemble - Walk A Mile In My Shoes

Tuesday 22 June
Year 7-11 Last Day

Friday 25 June
VCE Students Finish

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