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Loreto College eNewsletter

Wednesday 31 March, 2021

In this Issue 

Leadership News
College News
Year Level Weekly Briefings
Library News
Career News
Loreto Community Notices
Important Dates
Last week I visited Loreto College Coorparoo, Queensland, a school very similar to Loreto College Ballarat in size and opportunities. As I entered, I felt a sense of welcome which was reinforced when I met staff and students. It was my first visit to another Loreto community and I felt pride in the knowledge that our College is a part of a broad family throughout the world. Our Australian network consists of seven schools and two associated schools who share in the vision of a Catholic education which liberates, empowers and motivates students to use their individual gifts with confidence, creativity and generosity in loving and responsible service.

However, the Loreto network expands far beyond Australian shores with over 150 Loreto schools on six continents; and all share the story of Mary Ward, who over 400 years ago established opportunities for girls to have an education at a time when there was almost no education for women.

But despite the commonality of our schools, there are vast differences in wealth and opportunities. This year we are reaching out to support Loreto Rumbek School in South Sudan which is one of the many Loreto schools worldwide to have been founded by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). Funds raised from our Walkathon on Friday 23 April, will support Rumbek through Mary Ward International Australia, to set up a Health Clinic specifically for children under the age of five.

At the heart of what we do as a Catholic community is to support and give voice to the marginalised. Our annual Walkathon will give students and families the chance for the young children in Rumbek to have access to improved health services and improve mortality rates. It is a way we can contribute to our wider Loreto family and worldwide community.

Our sense of community is evident at this time as we come together over Easter. Holy Week invites us to engage with the words, actions and experiences of Jesus. This weekend is the highlight of the liturgical calendar, The Paschal Triduum which begins on Holy Thursday evening and concludes with the Easter Vigil and evening prayer on Easter Sunday evening. The three days mark the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.

Familiar stories will be heard such as the washing of the feet by Jesus demonstrating humility and service and the carrying of the Cross leading to Jesus’ crucifixion. With our families we may share a meal or enjoy an Easter egg hunt. No matter what you do, I hope that the joy of Easter will continue and go beyond the commercial, so that you can carry a sense of hope and joy long after the chocolate is gone.

I hope the hearts of all in our Loreto community are filled with the joy of Easter and we come back renewed and ready to experience the opportunities and challenges that Loreto College has to offer next term.
Walkathon 2021: Walk for Rumbek
This year we will be walking for Rumbek for our 2021 Walkathon!

All proceeds will raise much-needed funds to support the Mary Ward Primary Health Care Centre’s Under 5 Health and Nutrition Support Project in South Sudan.

The South Sudan morbidity rate for deaths under 5 years old is heartbreaking. Our aim is to raise funds in order to support children in this area grow past the age of 5 years, which often increases their chances of survival into adulthood.

The funds will aid: food, medicine, vaccines, baby formula and qualified nurses to improve the general health and nutritional well-being of approximately 150 children under the age of 5 years and their guardians/caregivers at the local community of Maker Kuei in South Sudan.

Students are to get dressed up and ‘Be the Iconic’ on the 23 April and have loads of fun. Remember #SomeonesCultureIsNotYourCostume 

Help us raise $10,000 (that's approximately $10 per student at Loreto College!) in support of our Walk for Rumbek by donating online here or via the button below:
(If you are donating in support of a student(s), please make sure to reference their name)
Donate Here
Junior JPIC
This week our Junior JPIC students have organised a huge week of fundraising initiatives. With a delicious bake sale, crazy socks day and dance party so far, our first year of Junior JPIC students are doing a fantastic job! They have also been busy preparing their Easter Raffle which will be drawn tomorrow. Filled with donated Easter eggs and bunnies, the Junior JPIC students have sold hundreds of tickets, all of which will go towards the Caritas Project Compassion.
Boston Tea Party
By Ella Janson (Year 11)

On the 26 of March the 2021 class of Unit 3/4 Revolutions held a Boston Tea Party in the Loreto Parlour. We ate Boston buns and drank tea, which was obviously not British! We discussed topics relating to the American Revolution, such as how important our specific revolutionaries were. The iconic Mia Clark wore an 18th century wig while acting as James Otis. It was very enjoyable and memorable and overall, it has helped us consolidate our knowledge.
Year 8 Arts Scholarship

The Loreto College Past Pupils’ Association is generously funding a number of Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships open to any Year 8 student in 2021.  
The scholarships offered for 2021 will be between the value of $500 & $1000. Scholarships are to be used for tuition, masterclasses, examinations, workshops, equipment or a special program that will support the development of skill in the specific strand of the Performing or Visual Arts including: Art, Dance, Drama, Media or Music. 
In previous years between 2 and 4 Scholarships have been awarded. A formal application process will involve a written application followed by an audition (for Performing Arts) or written application accompanied by a folio/film submission and an interview (for Visual Arts/Media). It is expected that Scholarship recipients will share their gift in visual and performing arts within the school community.
The final decision of an offer of a scholarship rests with the Principal.
Please complete this application form and submit it with appropriate supporting documentation by Friday 7 May 2021. 
Year 8 Arts Scholarship Application Form
Year 8 Arts Scholarship Application Guide
We at Loreto College are most appreciative of this opportunity offered to our students by our Past Pupils.
Loreto Blues Senior Choir

Last week our Loreto Blues Senior Choir presented a performance in reverse for some of our staff before school. Staff watched on from the stage and were able to witness a beautiful choir performance amongst the seats. It's wonderful to see some of our co-curricular activities back in action after a rollercoaster of restrictions in 2020.  
Exhibition Opportunity: National Youth Week Art Exhibition
NYW Art Exhibition Registration Form
A huge congratulations to our 11 golfers who represented Loreto in the BAS/SSV Golf Tournament recently at Midlands. The girls played extremely well with a few standout performances. Well done ladies!
18 Holes Senior Champion- Rose Britt (Yr 12)
18 Holes Senior Runner Up- Amity Smith (Yr 11)
9 Holes Senior Champion- Izzy Ryan (Yr 12)
9 Holes Senior Runner Up- Finley Fraser (Yr 10)
9 Holes Senior 3rd Place- Sienna Bradley (Yr 10)
9 Holes Junior Runner Up- Lacie Smith (Yr 8)
A big congratulations to Mary-Kate Beaston, Oona Fogarty, Holly McSparron, Evie Ford and Lily Davis for their fantastic efforts also - in a tough field!
Recently our Open Div 1 Crew and Coaches have been at Nationals in Tasmania. In their first race, they placed second in their heat, leading the course the entire race and fought it out with Ballarat Grammar in the last 100m where Ballarat Grammar won by only 0.75 seconds. Ballarat and Clarendon College won the other schoolgirl coxed four heat putting all Ballarat schools in the A final on Sunday morning. A fantastic achievement for Ballarat rowing as a whole! 

They then raced in the A Finals on Sunday where Loreto Kirribilli who took out the title. In a tough race, they fought it out and finished a close 6th! Placing them as 6th in Australia within the Schoolgirl's Coxed 4. As a school, we are all so proud of all the hard work our Open Div 1 crew have put into Nationals and the entire rowing season.
Mulhall Initiative: Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs
Thank you for your assistance so far with collecting Bread Tags!

A friendly reminder to save any plastic tags and bring them to school. The plastic will be recycled in South Australia and funds raised will be used to purchase wheelchairs for those in need in South Africa.
Students are encouraged to collect tags to help others and hand the tags in to collection tubs based in the Café area.
Thanks to Mulhall, who have introduced this initiative as a special activity. If you are interested in learning more about this, please read
Year Level Briefings
(All briefings are originally emailed to students before the start of the week)
Year 7 Camp
Last week our Year 7 camps were able to take place. Students and staff were grateful to be able to go away after the snap lockdown originally postponing the camps. Our Year 7 Camp is a great opportunity for students to try new activities, make new friends and learn more about life as a Loreto student. At each camp, some of our Senate and Year 12 students visited the Year 7's to continue to tradition of teaching them the War Cry. The Year 7 students picked this up in no time, chanting with lots of enthusiasm and Loreto spirit!
Year 8 Briefing
Nearly there - hooray!!! We expect you to continue to work hard this week. Get all your assessment tasks in so that you can participate in Thursday's activities. Well done on a great first term! 

So what is on for the rest of this week?? 
  • Thursday 1 April, Last Day - Special Program: 
    • Make sure you have your pencil case (with colouring pencils), laptop and plenty of enthusiasm for a great day of activities.
    • PE uniform
    • BBQ lunch: Yr 9’s organising this as a fundraiser. Canteen will also be open.
    • P 1 & 2 (until 10.30) - Year 7/8 Interaction Activity:
      GROUP A (x6) - These groups will use the Year 7 rooms.
      GROUP B (x6) - These groups will use the Year 8 rooms.
      Make sure you check the lists before Thursday so that you know who your Year 7 buddy is and where you need to be for P.1 & P.2
    • 10:30 – 10:55am - RECESS!!
    • 11:00am - P. 3, 4 & 5 – Watch film ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ and guest speaker in the THEATRETTE ** lunch break from 12-12.45pm
    • 1.45pm – mentor activities and classroom/corridor clean up

Term 2 Begins Monday 19 April (Week A) 


LAB COATS ARE COMPULSORY for Science and Art.  You are expected to have one available for use when asked.

Prayer for the last week of Term 
by Phoebe Buck and Emily Armstrong
God of wisdom, 
We thank you 
for all the gifts you have given us throughout this term.
We praise you for giving us life,
For saving us in Christ,
and for choosing us to be your people.
As we come to the end of this term,
we voice our gratitude 
for the good things you have done in us,
and we praise you for all who have shared
in the work of this school.
We ask you to bless them in your love
and give them refreshment and peace.
We praise you, God,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns forever and ever.
Year 8 Captiv8 Your Relationship Session

Come along to the Year 8 Captiv8 Your Relationship on Thursday 22 April 2021 at 7:00 PM (Week 1, Term 2) to hear positive education messages about relationships and communication that the students are learning in their Felicitous Life classes and Year 8 Program activities. This is an interactive evening for Year 8 students and a significant adult in their life.

The objectives of this session are:

  • To improve knowledge of relationships between daughter and parent/significant adult.
  • To provide an opportunity for daughter/parent/significant adult to apply communication skills.
  • To allow parents/significant adult to understand behaviours that increase resilience in their daughters’ school life. 

Please RSVP your attendance via this link (copy and paste into browser) or the button below.

We hope to see everyone there! 

Year 9 Weekly Briefing

Hello Year 9,
We’re almost at the finish line! It’s a big week next week, and we would all like to finish the term on a super positive note. Embrace the opportunities provided by our final week activities, and INSPIRE HAPPINESS in yourself and others.
What's left for this week's program: 
THURSDAY: OPTIONS DAY p1-4 followed by BBQ fundraiser and picnic in the quad. FINISH 2.30PM (P.E Uniform)

Other Important messages:
  • Check your email inbox for information and sponsorship forms relating to the Walkathon (23rd April- First Friday back), and start to prepare your ICONIC costumes.  
  • Keep an eye out for Year 7s selling Easter Egg Raffle tickets in support of Caritas: Project Compassion. This will be drawn Thursday.
Have a great weekend,
The Year 9 Team
Year 10 Weekly Briefing

Welcome Year 10 to the last week of Term 1. Congratulations on all your hard work and efforts so far this year. This term it has been fantastic to hear the laughter and joy that has been occurring in the classrooms. A special ‘well done’ to the lunch duty groups who have set the standard for all other duty groups and the rest of the year, I have witnessed you in action 😊.

The retreat is a great opportunity for us to bond as mentor groups and a year level and will also be lots of fun. During our visit to Halls Gap one of the activities passes the local Ice Cream shop. If you would like to purchase an ice cream at this time you may do so at your own expense. If you would like to do this, please ensure you bring money to do so 😊.

What's left for this week:
  • Group 1 meet in morning mentor groups, then start alternative activities 
  • Group 2 returns from retreat
  • 2:30 PM dismissal
Friday: No school - Good Friday 

Have a wonderful week 😊
Year 11 Weekly Briefing

Welcome to Week 10. Last week this week and it’s mostly about the retreat. A great way to finish off the term. Please be sure that you have checked all the information about where you need to go and when. 

Remember that for Tuesday/Wednesday/ Thursday you are either at retreat or at home. Eg those who go to retreat on Tuesday, don’t come to school on Thursday, those who go to retreat on Wednesday, don’t come to school on Tuesday. 
What is left of the week ahead:
Thursday: Retreat finishes for the second group.
Friday: Good Friday School closed. 

Looking ahead to next term:
VCE help sessions:
  • As of Monday 19 April, Mr Thurgood will be running weekly afterschool tutorials in the Library meeting room for any Unit 3 and 4 Science (Chem, Physics, Biology) students who need additional assistance.
  • Tuesday lunchtime, Year 9 area - Maths help with Ms. Wheaton
  • Friday lunchtime - SF168 English (all Englishes) help with Ms. Hillman and Ms. Boyko
These sessions are there to support you! Take advantage of extra time with your teachers to consolidate concepts, ask questions or get ahead in your work.

From 12 April to 17 April 2021, ATAR Notes is running free live-streamed study lectures for students in Victoria. These lectures are completely free, and there are dozens of lecture subjects (Year 10 - Year 12) for students to attend in order to gain study momentum through Term 2. Thousands of students have benefitted from ATAR Notes Lectures, with sessions delivered by high-achieving graduates. Students can enrol for as many lecture subjects as they like, but must register in order to gain access to the live lecture stream.” This information has been taken directly from ATAR Notes. 
Year 12 Weekly Briefing

We want to congratulate you all on your efforts this term! Your enthusiasm and your commitment to your studies has been impressive, however, (as we discussed at our last year level meeting) there is still room for further improvement! Please take time over the holidays to reflect upon your performance so far and think about how you will approach next term!!! ( Please read below about the 3R’s we talked about in our Year level meeting last Thursday morning.)

We hope the term break is an opportunity for you all to spend time on what you like doing, a time for you to catch -up and consolidate on your studies and also a chance to relax in order to prepare yourself for what will undoubtedly be another busy term in Term 2! 

We also hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter break and that you find time to reflect upon the meaning and significance of this special liturgical season!

So best wishes to you all for a safe, relaxing and enjoyable Easter break!

Over the holiday break we encourage you to consider the following 3 R’s
  1. REVIEW – What went well for you this term, what was good, what worked for you
  2. REFOCUS/REFINE – What do you need to refocus on? What parts of you study programme do you need to refine or improve upon?
  3. RE-SCHEDULE – Do you need to re-schedule your time? Are you spending enough time studying?  How much time are you spending on exercise, social media, part time work ? Do you need to make adjustments to these matters?
  • Please check your size, complete form, before the end of term- we need to get this order in!
From Monday, 19 April (first Monday of Term 2) Mr. Thurgood will be running weekly after school tutorials in the Library meeting room for Chemistry, Physics and Biology. (This is a great opportunity – let’s make the most of it!!!)

Tour De Cure
Let's all get behind this great cause and support Year 12 Student Bella Sinclair and her Dad Rian as he embarks on this epic ride. 

All the very best!! Go to the link below to donate

Rian Sinclair's Tour de Cure profile page  
 “Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” – Bill Patterson
The countdown is on to the end of term, which means it’s time for holiday borrowing! Come in and stock up on plenty of good things to read during the Easter break. As always, we are more than happy to offer suggestions and recommendations.
Don’t forget you can also access our Ebook and audiobook catalogue at any time using the link below.
Happy Easter from The Library Team!
Weekly Career News
In this week's Career News:
  • University early entry programs (Year 12)
  • Monash University – Inside Monash Seminars and information evenings
  • Medicine and Dentistry – UCAT ANZ preparation programs
  • Monash University and Deakin University – Campus and faculty tours
  • Victoria University – course information webinars
  • Collarts and JMC Academy – open days
  • Australian Defence Force – information sessions
  • Victoria Police - information sessions
  • National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) – short courses
  • Australian Catholic University - entry pathways webinar
  • William Angliss – experience day
Click here to download the full Career News PDF
Waking Off The War Within 2021
Loreto Uniform Supplier Update

We wish to advise all Loreto families that Crockers Ballarat (4 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat) is now the sole supplier of Loreto Uniform (manufactured by Noone Imagewear) this service now also includes an online store for 24-hour access:

The current Uniform List and Expectations is available via this website link:
An update on the new shorts, trousers, shirts and other items currently in production will be provided in Term 2.
Expression of Interest for College Board and Board Committees

Expressions of interest are invited for consideration to become a member of the Loreto College Board and Board Committees.

The Loreto College Board and Board Committees are voluntary roles that will lead the school through an exciting stage of expansion with an extension campus currently in planning in the western growth corridor. The Board Committees advise the College Board in the sub-committees of Finance and Risk, Facilities, and Engagement.

Expressions of interest are now invited from the Loreto College community and beyond for new members who are willing to uphold the Loreto Mission, demonstrate excellent communication skills, strong strategic decision-making skills and substantial experience in one or more of the following areas:

• Leadership and Governance
• Project and/or Change Management
• Fundraising
• Marketing, Communications and Public Relations
• Learning and Wellbeing
• Financial Management
• Legal Management
• Faith and Mission

Further information available on the College website

Expressions of interest close at 5pm on Thursday 01 April, 2021.
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

Tuesday 30 March - Thursday 1 April
Year 10, 11 & 12 Retreats

Thursday 1 April
Term 1 Concludes (2:30pm finish)

Monday 19 April
Term 2 Commences

Thursday 22 April
Year 8 Captiv8 Your Relationship Session (7:00 PM)

Friday 23 April 
Walkathon (donate here!)

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