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Loreto College eNewsletter

Wednesday 9 September, 2020

In this Issue 

Leadership News
College News
Year Level Weekly Briefings
Library News
Loreto Community Notices
Important Dates

Our online Father’s Day mass was held on Sunday 6 September with the theme – Celebrating the Loreto men in our Loreto community.
It was an opportunity to appreciate the contribution our fathers, grandfathers and other significant men make, not only to the students, staff and families at Loreto but also to our society and the greater good of all.
The Mass was an opportunity for us to come together as one. It was even more precious as for many of us we couldn’t be with our families at this time. It felt quite special to have my parents watching in their home and joining with me in participating in the mass.
In his homily Fr Justin Driscoll spoke about some of the things we will remember from this time including masks, being told ‘You’re on mute!’, and more particularly the phrase, ‘It is what it is’ and the different ways it is used. Fr Justin suggested that the statement can be an expression of humility in the face of a situation that we are powerless to change, rather than a flippant dismissal. He also spoke about the importance of taking time to purposefully think about what we are learning from the pandemic, particularly the importance of relationships and connecting with people. In reflecting on Luke’s gospel Fr Justin provided us with a contemporary image of the good shepherd that included listening, responding to those in need and working towards the common good. 
On Sunday many of us listened attentively to the Premier’s press conference wondering what it would mean for each of us. Our response may have been captured in the statement ‘it is what it is’.  We can be resigned to the way our lives are restricted but if we consider the context we are in, we can reflect on what we have learnt, especially what is important to us.
I can’t wait to see family members who I haven’t seen for months. I long to be able to give people a hug when needed, to sit and have a coffee with friends and to join with our Loreto community for special celebrations such as mass or assemblies. I look forward to seeing everyone safely back at the College. Although still a few weeks off, it will be wonderful to have all our students and staff on site from Monday 12 October.

Father’s Day Mass

Our Father’s Day Mass on Sunday 6 September was truly a celebration of the fathers and the significant males in our Loreto community. The reflections from Jason Muller, Hamish McCrum, Rudi Van der Voort and Mick Daly showed us the strong and connected relationships they have with their daughters and also Loreto College.

The photo presentations of our community showed the depth of love that our students and staff have for the significant males in their lives. These presentations alongside the homily given by Fr Justin Driscoll confirmed the influence of these role models in our community.

We are in trying times at present, however, our Mass on Sunday proved that we are always looking at ways that we connect with people in our Loreto community.
Watch a short snippet of our Mass here
As I think about our students and staff, continuing to work and learn from home for the remainder of term three and first week of Term 4, I think about the challenges they all face. When I think about the challenges, we have all faced during this lockdown and the previous one, I am reminded of Nelson Mandela’s quote.
“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

Many people face adversity around the world: COVID 19, natural disasters, armed conflict and political imprisonment, our circumstances here with remote learning do not really stack up against these real adversities.

As a Loreto College community, we are passionate and dedicated teachers and support staff, aiming to provide a high quality, balanced learning, and well-being program for our girls. We are encouraging the students to stay engaged in their learning, as well taking good care of their spiritual, mental, and physical health.

Our students are daily participating in streamed “Realtime classes”, “Anytime classes” where the girls are completing a variety of independent assignments and revising for assessments. Our girls, with the support of their teachers, learning support officers and their families are doing a fabulous job overcoming whatever adversities that are coming their way. We are looking forward to welcoming them back in week 2 Term Two to face to face classes where we can once again be a part of a vibrant and engaging learning community.
Important information for VCE Units 3 & 4 students and parents 
The GAT - Wednesday 7 October

Every year, our VCE Year 12s and Year 11s students completing a Unit 3 & 4 subject must sit the GAT (General Achievement Test). The GAT is a three-hour test of each student’s general knowledge and skills in written communication, maths, science, technology, the arts, and humanities, comprised of 70 multiple choice questions and two written pieces.

It is normally used to check that students’ VCE external and school-based assessments have been fairly and accurately assessed. As reported in the media this week, Year 11 and 12 students studying Unit 3 & 4 subjects are being urged to study for the test this year, because the results could carry added weight in assessing a student’s case for special consideration due to COVID-19.

Because VCAA will use the GAT as a key measure for special consideration, myself and VCE coordinator Ms Pam Harrison are providing the students with general information, a video and past papers to assist the girls in their preparation for the GAT, this will ensure our girls optimise their performance in the GAT.

Practice exams
Traditionally, our VCE Unit 3 and 4 students would participate in practice exams during the second week of the September school holidays. Unfortunately, in 2020 due to COVID 19 this would not be possible, without risking a potential positive case and then our students would miss the opportunity to participate in the GAT on October 7th, 2020.

Therefore, we will provide the girls with a practice exam schedule to follow at home. Unit 3 and 4 teachers will provide students with copies of practice exams which they can do under exam conditions. The girls will return these practice exam papers to the College on the day of the GAT, Wednesday 7th October (no later) for the teachers to correct these papers and return them to the girls with valuable feedback before the end of the term.
Practice papers, practice GATs will be collated into “show bags” and be available for Unit 3 and 4 students/parents to pick up from the College front reception during the last week of Term 3 Tuesday 15-18th September 2020.

A letter will also be sent to all VCE Unit 3/4 students and families this week with this important information. 
Elevate Webinar - Exam Preparation

Elevate is an award-winning organisation that helps students become more effective learners. We realise that these are uncertain times and students may be increasingly working independently at home. How effectively they revise and prepare is key to their success in the next few months.

Join Elevate for an exclusive webinar where we will show you – as parents – the crucial study skills your child needs to achieve their best and how you can reinforce that at home.

Event Title: Elevate Education – Exam Prep
Date: Tuesday 15th September 
Time: 6pm AEST 
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Free 

What you will learn at this webinar:

1. How to manage your child’s study routines while the coronavirus threatens their productivity.

2. Learn the “behind-the-scenes” secrets that Elevate’s coaches share with their coaching students that help them get top marks each year.

3. Learn Kane’s 3-keys to stress-managing your child that has worked for hundreds of students across Australia.

4. Gain FREE ACCESS to downloadable templates that can give you the control and visibility you need to assist your child.

5. Learn about 1:1 Online Student Coaching to understand how Elevate’s young coaches are helping students across Australia find a new way to study.

Reserve your spot here
VCE Maths Revision Courses

It is usually around this time of year that Unit 3 and 4 students start to sign up for revision lectures as a way of supporting their preparation for the final examinations. Because of the unusual circumstances we are in this year, the companies that usually offer these lectures are instead providing online courses. This is great for rural schools as students don't have to make the trip to Melbourne to be able to access these. There is, however, still a cost associated with online revision programs and because of some of the difficulties faced this year, the Maths Department is offering to cover the cost of an online revision course for all VCE Unit 3 and 4 Maths students. The course that we have selected is run by the Mathematical Association of Victoria, which is a reputable organisation who are providing a good mix of pre-recorded lectures, live online question and answer sessions and written notes. I am asking that parents of students who would like to be registered for access to these courses to complete the permission form that is in PAM. By completing the permission form, students are committing to using the resource appropriately. The cut-off time for this is Friday the 11th of September and, because I would like to get this up and running for students, this is a firm date and late applications for registration won't be accepted.  For further clarification of this program, please contact me via email:

English Help Sessions on Google Meet

We are still running English Help Sessions remotely for:
Unit 4 English Consolidation Tuesdays 3.30 – 4.30 pm
Units 2 and 4 English VCE Help Fridays 1.00pm to 1.30pm
Year 9 & 10 English Help Wednesdays 1.00pm – 1.30pm

Google Meet codes are available in SIMON on the daily notices.
Online performance Camp in Japanese-パフォーマンス合宿 in Japan.

The Japan Forum has been running projects for exchange and study of diverse languages and cultures to help young people in Japan and overseas. In August they arranged a Performance Camp(合宿) online and 25 participants joined and work collaboratively. The final presentation was held on Sunday 30th August on Zoom. 

Only two students from Australia were invited to take part in this online camp for the first time and they were our Year 11 students Grace Toohey and Theresa McGoldrick. They worked with the students from Japan, China, and Russia to create their own music, make up their own dance, and made a short movie clip of their own theme.  

This project involved four online meetings to share illustrations, exchange ideas for their presentations and connect their movie clips. Throughout the workshops, they had to communicate with other participants and receive advice from the subject’s mentors in Japanese only. 

Grace and Theresa were constantly challenged but they managed very well. They were expected to complete many tasks, including homework, after the workshops and to fit this in with their usual schoolwork. The two girls thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and the opportunity to learn from others and make friends via this online camp. I was privileged to see their work at the presentation.     

By Grace Toohey:
I was in the yellow group of the performance camp which consisted of 4 other members, all of which lived in Japan. Our group had the theme “the yellow cranes odyssey” which contained videos of a yellow origami crane flying and showing its journey to different cities. Within our video we had the dance we created, stop motion pictures which included my stop motion video of the crane being formed and our musical pieces blended together, which my song containing piano was the melody. Overall I found this a challenging but fun experience. I found being in the fully Japanese speaking environment very beneficial for my conversational skills in Japanese. I also found it really fun to casually talk with the other participants and learn new skills such as stop motion and learning new dances. I would like to thank Ms Burrows since this opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without her continued effort to further our education and application of Japanese.

(Yellow Team with Grace Toohey:
By Theresa McGoldrick:
It was a very memorable program to be apart of and I was able to learn a lot about working with others especially when there is a slight language barrier. This gave me inspiration for my groups overall theme which was "We All Live Under the Same Sky" translated into Japanese as 私達はみんなで同じ空の下で暮らしている. Since all members of my group were in different areas however we all worked together towards the same goal.  

(Blue Team with Theresa McGoldrick

Australasian Philosothon

After placing 3rd  out of 12 schools in the 2019 Victorian Philosothon, our team was invited to compete in the 2020 Australasian Philosothon. Originally to be held at Wesley College Melbourne over two days of the Term 3 holidays, with Covid 19 restrictions the competition has moved to an online video forum involving multiple breakout rooms for student communities of inquiry.

Our team comprises: 

Courtney Cummins, Imogen Keene, Ann Chalakkal, Rachel Young, Chloe Simpson, Zoe Bartrum, Gemma Richardson and Finnley Greet.

They will be competing against students from 20 schools across QLD, NSW, VIC, ACT, WA, SA, and New Zealand. The students will explore questions related to ethical decision-making, cause and effect, the role of emotion in science, skepticism and the nature of reality.

The team will be preparing these topics, along with any interested Socrates Café students, with Mr Foord and Mr Barker over the coming 3 weeks.

Mr David Barker will be acting as one of the facilitators in the Philosothon.

We will report early Term 4 on the results of the competition.

House Week
Last week we hosted our very first House Week! Normally each house would have a week where they host a range of activities however due to our current lockdown this was condensed this into a jammed packed week full of fun activities. Led by our House Captains and House Committees, we started off with Barry Day where everyone wore red followed by a yoga session with Mornane on Tuesday. On Wednesday we had Mulhall day where there was a baking competition and we concluded with Ward Day which featured a crazy mask competition. 

This was a great week to come together as a school community despite our remoteness. It was also great to see so many students and staff involved in all initiatives. 
Year 7 Weekly Briefing

Spring has sprung and our lockdown is close to over. Use the weekend to recharge your batteries for the big finish! Reach out to your friends and family, energise them, let them energise you!  Get some vitamin D and have some fun.
This week you have Wednesday as an Individual Learning and Wellbeing Day. This means that it is a time you can catch up, get ahead with revision and planning or use it as a wellbeing day depending on your needs. The school will not be open.
Two surveys have been sent to you via email. Please take some time to complete them if you haven’t already. We are simply looking for ways to better support student wellbeing.
Continuing that theme, Thursday is RUOK day – a day for us to ask the RUOK question and support those around us – check out the website

You are doing well Yr 7’s, keep at it 😉 Mrs Ibbotson and Mr Stowe.
Year 8 Weekly Briefing

Hello Year 8, 

Instructions for Year 8 Pet Show Photo Competition​​​

  • One slide per person​

  • One category per person​

  • Categories are: Animals, Plants, Objects​

  • Write your name and category on the slide​

  • Entries need to be in by Tuesday September 15​

  • Voting will take place on Wednesday September 16 and Thursday September 17​

  • You can have multiple pictures on one slide BUT only one category e.g. have two pictures of two dogs​

  • Winners announced on Friday September 18!


  • Wednesday September 9 is a ‘Wellbeing Day’ for students and staff!​​
  • RUOK? DAY 2020.​
    September 10th (Thursday) is RUOK? Day across Australia. A chance to check- in on the people that are important to you. For more info and resources go to the official website 
  • Virtual Arts Exhibition next term. Watch out for details from Ms Lindy Crowe​​​
  • Please complete AWE and Flourishing Surveys



- Five jobs of the future 

- Enterprise skills: 
  1. Digital literacy
  2. Critical thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. Presentation skills
  5. Problem-solving
Year 9 Weekly Briefing

One week (or maybe two) weeks of remote learning to go! School holidays are on the horizon. A chance to reset and hopefully enjoy some sunshine. Father's day this Sunday! #loretodads2020


Keep an eye on the news this Sunday as the Premier, Daniel Andrews announces an important plan for Victoria in how we deal with COVID-19. Take the opportunity to tune in and be informed. 

Other announcements:

Cancellation of Year 9 Outdoor Ed Camp (Anglesea- Term 4- Week 5)

Mr Nan, myself and College Leadership made the difficult decision to cancel the Outdoor Ed Camp this year due to the current COVID -19 situation in Victoria. We love this camp, and are disappointed that it cannot go ahead. At the moment we are exploring some other possibilities for replacement events in Term 4.

AWE and Flourishing Surveys

Please check your email inbox for these surveys and complete as soon as possible! Loreto uses this information to better support student well-being and improve the experiences of students at the College.

'Fox in Sox Challenge'

Get involved in this competition and win a $100 voucher to spend in our Ballarat community. Details on the 'Year 9 2020' Classroom page'. Thanks to 9 White Reps for their help in promoting this. 

Fox in sox Challenge- 9 White Reps Vid:

RUOK? DAY 2020.

September 10th (Thursday) is Ruok? Day across Australia. A chance to check- in on the people that are important to you. For more info and resources go to the official website:  

"A conversation could change a life"

Let's keep going with a positive mindset!

From the Year 9 Team

Year 10 Weekly Briefing
Only two weeks left this term, let’s make it a great strong finish 😊. At this time of the year we often have many assessment tasks due, it is extremely important that we are organised, have good communication with our teachers and ensure we have a good balance between our workload, friends and exercise.

RUOK day – Thursday 10 September
Whilst this is a normal day of school it is also a national day of action when we remind everyone that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?”. Let’s look after each other and reach out, check on those around you and step outside of our comfort zones and ask others in your class who you do not usually associate with. Take time to listen. Watch this great little 45 second clip has fantastic resources and more information.

Mission & Service day – Friday 18 September
This year our Mission and Service will be different from previous years due to COVID-19. It will be the best year yet 😁. It will run on Friday 18th September where we will be completing alternative activities, so there will not be normal classes running on this day. You will receive more information and detail this week.
Mission and Service: Having a sense of duty and putting it into action by helping or volunteering to serve, for the benefit of others.
Thursday P.4 – Felicitous Life
Period 4 Thursday we will begin our planning for our Mission and Service day and the Year 10 committee has organised an activity for us to complete. We are very lucky to have such a fantastic committee 🤩.
This week’s Year 10 winner is………… wait for it……………… really wait for it………….Lana Dodd.
The winners to date have included Gemma Hanrahan, Sophie Boyd, Cassie Lynch and Lana Dodd. All have earnt a $5 canteen voucher. How can you earn this as well I hear you asking? Well simply participate in the LC Lockdown Run Club and let Lucy O’Loughlin know of your participation as per her weekly email.

Final message from Ms Howlett
Still spots available for “The Upstart Challenge”. It is an entrepreneurship program (think Shark Tank TV show), which empowers you to become one of tomorrow’s changemakers. You will:
  • identify problems and create solutions to positively change our world;
  • develop future-facing skills;
  • connect with local business mentors.
The program culminates in the Upstart Challenge showcase where you represent Loreto Ballarat and share your solutions with the Upstart judging panel, local businesses and the wider community to win your share of tech and cash prizes.
This video gives a quick overview of the program:
If you have any questions, or would like to participate, please let me know via email by 3:25 PM, Monday September 7th.
Have a great week and be sure to enjoy the sunshine 😊
Year 11 Weekly Briefing

Last week we had the opportunity to listen to members of the current Loreto and St. Pat’s Senate as they answered your questions from earlier in the term. This was a great opportunity to really start thinking about what it means to be a leader in the school and who you think would get your vote for a formal leadership position. 
Voting for the 2021 Senate will be taking place in the first week back next term. Between now and then, you need to think about two main things:
  1. Who from Year 11 do you feel would be able to effectively work as part of the Senate in 2021?
  2. Do you want to have a leadership position next year?
We will keep reminding you of the upcoming vote throughout the rest of this term and we hope that you will really put some thought into your decisions. Think carefully about the advice from the current Senate about being able to trust and respect the people you put into those roles. Don’t underestimate your own ability to be a fantastic leader!

Father’s Day Mass
Thank you to everyone who shared photos of you with your Dad or significant male in your life to celebrate Father’s Day!
Wellbeing Day
Wednesday 9th September is going to be another Wellbeing Day. You can use this as an opportunity to rest and recuperate, spending it however you would like so that you are recharged and ready to go for the remainder of the term.
Keeping active (related to above!)
Remember there is a Wednesday lunchtime circuit and the LC Lockdown Run Club - a great way to keep fit and stay connected. Look for the emails from Lucy O’Loughlin.
Wellbeing surveys
A link will be sent around on Monday for a wellbeing survey. The results of this survey will provide important feedback to the school so please take the time to fill it in at some point over the next week.
There is also a separate Flourishing survey from the counsellors that has already been sent around. Again, it would be greatly appreciated if as many of you as possible could fill it out.
Year 12 Weekly Briefing

We hope Sunday was a lovely day for you all celebrating Father’s Day.
We also hold in our thoughts, those members of the community who for many different reasons are not with their Dads and loved one's today. 

How wonderful to see so many beautiful images of our Loreto Dads during the Father’s Day Mass. Lots of familiar faces past and present. It has reminded me I need to take a lot more photos of my own Dad and myself. Do yourself a favour if you have not viewed the Mass, please do so.
A very big thank you to Ms Knobel for coordinating all the details of the Mass along with Ms Brodrick and Fr. Justin
Congratulations on a successful House Week! Well done to our House Captains and Vice Captains and our staff House Leaders on wonderful activities designed to engage us all!

Very important emails come through each day for all Yr 12s and as we have expressed to you before, allow some time each day to read and respond to the special requests.
To recap some important emails sent to you over the last couple of days.

  1. Erin Dexter yearbook survey: This information has been emailed: Please complete the brief survey.
  2. From Careers: Jodie will be available via Google Meet or Microsoft Teams for anyone wanting assistance, please book a time via
  • Just a reminder that VTAC course applications are due by 5pm Wednesday 30 September.
  • VTAC SEAS and Scholarships applications are due by 5pm Friday 9 October.
  • For SEAS, everyone must apply for Category 1 – Personal information and location. All you’re required to do there is answer two questions
  • Please also go into Category 4 – Difficult circumstances –consider whether you need to complete the table for 4.6 – COVID-19 remote learning impacts.
  1. AWE and Flourishing Surveys: please refer to emails and complete the surveys
  2. Wellbeing Day Wednesday 9 September 😊
  3. R U OK Day Thursday 10 September The theme being, there is more to say, after R U OK? Want to know more? Click here:

Continuing the Dad joke theme
Dad: Did you hear the cheese shop exploded?
Daughter: What happened?
Dad: Da Brie everywhere!
Take care & have a great week 😊
Love of Books Continues Remotely

Our Shadow Judges have continued their hard work during this second period of remote learning. Last week the CBCA Victorian branch featured the Shadow Judging program on both their Instagram page and in their monthly newsletter and showcased the work of our very talented Loreto students. You can find the post at @cbca_vic or to see all of our students amazing work, and check out the rest of the program at
A couple of weeks ago we relauched our Book Club virtually! It’s been a huge success so far. We’ve enjoyed lots of lively book discussion and the students have shared so many recommendations they’ve even started a reading list. We’ve successfully found a way to play the ever popular “Booktionary” and yesterday enjoyed a Kahoot. We meet every Monday and have rolling activities throughout the week. This week we’ve started a game of “describe that book badly”. Come and see what’s happening over at
Stay Safe and Keep reading!
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.
Prospective Families: Loreto College Guided Virtual Tours
Join us for our weekly guided virtual tours! Held weekly on a Thursday morning, join our College Registrar to learn more about a Loreto education. To attend please reserve your spot via the button below. 
Reserve your spot 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.
Webinar Notes: Strategies to assist and support anxiety during COVID-19

Please click here to access BeYou's webinar resource on supporting anxiety in children and young people during COVID-19. This resource provides practical strategies to assist and support those currently experiencing anxiety in your lives.
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

Wednesday 9 September
Staff & Student Wellbeing Day (no classes)

Friday 18 September
Term 3 Concludes at 2.30pm 

Monday 5 October
Term 4 Commences with remote learning for one more week 

Wednesday 7 October
General Achievement Test (GAT) 

Monday 12 October
All students return to onsite learning

Friday 23 October
Grand Final Eve - Public Holiday 

Monday 02 November
Staff Professional Learning Day ( no classes) 

Monday 03 November 
Melbourne Cup Day - Public Holiday 

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