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Loreto College eNewsletter

Wednesday 17 March, 2021

In this Issue 

Leadership News
College News
Year Level Weekly Briefings
Library News
Career News
Loreto Community Notices
Important Dates
No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.  H. E. Luccock

The last twelve months has seen a dramatic learning curve for students, staff and families in relation to education and the importance of school life. Amongst a plethora of learning it has reinforced the positive impact of increased parental engagement in a child’s education, the value of the College as a community for social interaction and using technology as a platform for learning.

We are reminded of the team approach that is needed to foster academic, pastoral and spiritual growth in our students and staff. A team approach from home and at school enables everyone to be supported in their day to day lives. This encompasses all aspects of College life – homework, attendance, uniform and involvement in College events.

Last week all Year 10 students joined online with Loreto students and speakers from around the world. Events such as Mary Ward Connect are wonderful opportunities to connect, affirm and engage with our global network.
In recent weeks students have represented the College in events such as public speaking and rowing with some outstanding results. Congratulations to Ann Chalakkal (Year 10) who was the overall winner of the Lions Youth of the Year and to Chloe Simpson (Year 12) who was awarded Best Speaker. The annual rowing program finished their year with the Head of Schoolgirls Regatta on the Barwon River. Loreto College Ballarat came second overall, an outstanding achievement which reflects the hard work and determination of the rowers and coaches.

This week all Year 9 students have been given a challenge to rethink learning in the future. Jeff Primmer, our Business Manager, and I had the opportunity to speak to the Year 9s to allow them to consider what possibilities and priorities exist in designing curriculum, buildings and other spaces. They have been asked to explore ways that key issues in society can be an integral part of schooling including stewardship of resources and community integration. The Year 9 challenge is one that allows students to imagine and create new possibilities and share their ideas.
There are many events underway that students are involved in, including junior and senior choir, drama and instrumental ensembles, rehearsals for the upcoming production of ‘A Chorus Line’ (school edition) and the Athletics Carnival coming up this Friday.

Attendance is notably high at Loreto and it has been wonderful to see the participation in the numerous events that take place in Term One. As Luccock states, no one can whistle a symphony.

If would like to know more about various events and opportunities available please see the image below (if you have any issues accessing the image below, please click here).
Student Clubs/Groups available to students

Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project (ECSI)
Each family has now received a request to complete our ECSI survey. The information that we collect from our staff, our students and our parents is crucial to us as a school developing and evolving our Catholic identity so that it continues to be relevant and innovative in our context. We thank you for the time you are taking to complete this and we remind you that this needs to be completed by Wednesday 31 March. 

JPIC Junior 
This year due to popular demand we have created a JPIC Junior group exclusively for year 7 and 8 students. They have been exceptionally busy with their preparation for the last week of term when they will be raising awareness for Caritas Australia - Project Compassion. Over the four days the students have organised a variety of activities that will engage our year 7 and 8 students, raise awareness for a very worthy cause and also raise some much needed funds. The JPIC Junior students cannot wait to bring this to our Junior School community.  

Ethics in Action 
Words by Annette Hirth (Year 11 R.E Teacher)

On Thursday 11 March 11, our Year 11s had the opportunity to see their Religion & Society Ethics course in action when we had six guest speakers from across a wide range of vocational areas. Students were invited to sign up to any two of the six speakers, to hear how issues of ethics and morality play out in the given workplaces and exploring the wide variety of stakeholders you are dealing with within these employment contexts.

Speakers included Colleen Clancy from Bakery Hill Kindergarten, Dr Stewart Greedy from Ballarat Veterinary Practice, Leading Senior Constable Donna Parsons from Ballarat Police, Amber Van Dreven from Ballarat Health Services, Will Stevens from band Odd Tastes and a representative from Centacare, Ballarat.

Each of the speakers explored their own experiences of ethical challenges within their given sector, noting the dilemmas faced when definitions of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ are often far from clear cut.

Examples that emerged addressed questions of animal welfare, perceptions of children’s competence and capability, fee setting and charging for services, healthcare imperatives and ownership of creative & intellectual property.

By offering some ‘real life’ contexts for the theoretical study of ethics, our teachers hope to give students the opportunity to gain deep, rich, lasting learning that will have relevance to both their current and future lives, as they become “seekers of truth and doers of justice” (Mary Ward).
Junior JPIC: Loreto Easter Egg Raffle for Caritas

Our Year 7/8 JPIC Group are organising an Easter Egg Raffle to raise money for Caritas Australian. Raffle tickets will be sold during Week 9 and the raffle drawn during Week 10. 
We are asking for Easter Egg donations from students in all year levels. If you are able to contribute an Easter Egg or Bunny to this cause could you please leave any donations at the front office. Our Year 7/8 students will also visit Mentor Groups throughout Week 9.
Retreats: Year 10, 11 and 12
A reminder to please access the permission forms for our retreats for your child.
Dealing with stress

In the last couple of weeks, I have noticed several students and staff who have been feeling stressed. As we come to the end of the term our students are finishing their last couple of weeks of school, they will be facing many SACS (School Assessed Coursework) tasks in the form of tests and assignments. When I speak to other teachers and Deputy principals in other schools throughout Victoria, they have made similar observations. I am not sure if COVID 19 and the temporary lockdown played a role here or not.
However, stress is a normal part of life and it is important to recognise when we are stressed and put strategies into place to deal with stress.
Below are several steps recommended for dealing with stress.

Step 1 – See the stress warning signs.
The first step to dealing with stress is to acknowledge that you are stressed. The best way to quickly identify that you are stressed is to look for the symptoms of stress.
For example: irritable, moody, upset stomach, anxious/worried, feeling tired or sad, can’t sleep, loss of appetite, headaches or inability to focus.

Step 2 Identify the event/trigger for your stress.
Once we have identified that we are stressed, its important to clearly identify what has caused this stress. Once we have identified the cause then we can work on a solution.
Some of the causes of stress are:
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the workload and that you feel you cannot get through it all.
  • Feeling under pressure to get good grades.
  • Not performing well in class and feeling like you just don’t get it.
  • Feeling like you are running out of time to prepare for the exams.
Step 3 Finding an appropriate solution.
Once you have identified that you are stressed and you have recognised the cause, it is then necessary to find a solution which works for you to relieve the stress. There might be many ways to deal with stress but here is a couple:
  1. Take control of the situation!
    Perhaps divide your tasks into a few simple tasks each day. For example, contact your subject teacher and ask for assistance to help you break the overwhelming tasks into a step-by-step revision process, ask a friend to become your study buddy so you feel supported, employ a temporary tutor to help for a short time leading up to the exams.
  1. Calm your mind
    Another idea is to use mindfulness techniques to calm you mind during stressful periods. Instead of focusing on negative thoughts and all the things you feel you cannot do, mindfulness practices allow us to shift our focus to the present moment and simplify some of the negative thoughts. There are several apps that can assist students with mindfulness techniques.
  1. Exercise
    Stress is not just a mental - it is a physical too. One of the best ways to deal with stress is to exercise, to get up from your desk and go for a 30 minutes’ walk or run, any sort of physical exercise preferably outdoors. I like to play tennis, socially as it helps me to relieve stress and have a laugh. Any physical exercise helps to release endorphins, oxygenate your blood and release tension.
  1. Talk it out.
    Sometimes a problem shared is a problem halved. Sometimes students can feel overwhelmed and just need someone to talk to about their stress or what is worrying them specifically. Often talking to a friend or parent can help the student work out solutions to their own dilemmas.
  1. School counsellors
    Make an appointment with our school counsellors is another option if girls need help identifying their symptoms, triggers and strategies. Our counsellors can give additional guidance and possible strategies to assist students dealing with stress.
The don’ts of stress management includes:
  • Procrastination, which is occupying yourself with any other tasks to avoid the real work.
  • Carrying on and refusing to recognise that you are stressed.
  • Avoidance behaviour: putting work off to avoid facing what causes the stress.
  • Panic – getting yourself worked up but not dealing with the stress.
  • Staying silent and not seeking help from a friend, parent, teacher or counsellor.
"Women in time to come, will do much" ...Mary Ward

It was fitting that we inducted our inaugural Women in Time - Inspiring Alumni at our annual International Women's Day (IWD) Breakfast this morning. For 13 years we have hosted an IWD breakfast to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and call to action the acceleration of gender parity. It is now our time to also formally acknowledge and celebrate our own Loreto women.

It was wonderful to come together as a Loreto community once again to celebrate IWD and our own Loreto alumni. The breakfast was enjoyed by a covid safe capacity crowd of senior students, parents, staff, alumni and Loreto connections.

Our new Women in Time - Inspiring Alumni celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions of extraordinary Loreto College Ballarat alumni who have become exemplars of Mary Ward's vision that "women in time to come, will do much," women "apt for all good works," and who "do ordinary things well."

Following an extensive nomination and selection process, we are delighted to present our four inaugural Women in Time - Inspiring Alumni inductees - Dr Margaret Heffernan OAM (Class of 1970) for Academic and Professional Excellence, Ms Jane Hill (Class of 1981) for Community Service Leadership, Dr Ebony Monson (Class of 2010) for Young Achiever and Entrepreneur and Professor Michelle McIntosh (Class of 1991) for STEAM and Innovation Excellence. (Michelle McIntosh was, unfortunately, unable to attend this morning).

We will feature each inductee and their stories on the walls of the College and on a range of platforms over the coming weeks, including a special video featuring an interview with our inaugural Women in Time - Inspiring Alumni.

Who do you know that could be nominated in the categories of Religious & Social Justice Leadership, Arts and Cultural Excellence, Sporting Excellence, Verity Award, or the categories listed above? We hope to induct between one and four nominees each year at the annual breakfast. Nominations for 2022 will reopen in Term 2, 2021 via the Loreto website. Once nominated, all nominees are eligible for consideration for future years.
2021 Next Gen Exhibition 

Our Year 11 Art and Studio Art students recently visited the Art Gallery of Ballarat to view the Next Gen 2021 Exhibition. This exhibition showcases the work of students from all schools in the region, who have just completed VCE studies in Art, Studio Arts, Design and Technology, Visual Communication and Design and Media. Loreto College is proudly represented in the exhibition with the creative work of Class of 2020 students Zoe Polkinghorne, Milly Shaw, Rachel Jeffrey, and Shafiah Nelson. 
For more information about the exhibition click here
Sports News
TENNIS: Charlotte Prendergast (Yr 8) won the Junior BAS Henderson Shield tournament, played on Thursday 4 March. Charlotte played Isabella Pearce from Damascus College. We also had three other Loreto girls representing us at the tournament- Holly Gleeson, Jenna Gleeson and Rosie Hunt. They all played exceptionally well on both Monday and Thursday of that week. 
BASKETBALL: Rosie Todd (Yr 11) and Jemma Amore (Yr 10) have made the Vic Country State Team for Basketball

BAS SWIMMING: Loreto had a fantastic day at BAS Swimming on Wednesday 10 March last week. We had a very strong group of swimmers representing the College across all year levels and in all events. Some standout performances;
  • 21&Under Girls 200m Medley Relay- 1st place
  • Girls 13&Under 200m Freestyle Relay Div A- 1st place
  • 13&Under 50m Backstroke Div A- Ava Richardson 1st place
  • 13&Under 50m Breastroke Div B- Cate Connell 1st place
  • 21&Under 50m Backstroke Div B- Julia Seddon 1st place
  • 21&Under 50m Breastroke Div A- Abbey Pierce 1st place

    ** Loreto won the Junior Girls division overall.
ROWING - HOSG: Loreto finished second in the overall medal tally to Loreto Toorak. We had all Senior, all Intermediate and Junior Divisions 6 and 1 in A Finals over the weekend- and the remainder of our Juniors racing In very tough minor finals. Our Junior Division 6 and Division 1 crews both WON their A Finals- beating out 20+ competitors and making them the strongest crews in their divisions in the State. Our Intermediate Div 1 and 2 girls combined to row in a Year 10 Eight for the first time in our history and placed second in the A Final- an amazing accomplishment in a very coveted event. Our Senior girls all raced extremely tough A Finals- finishing with a Gold for Open Division 5, Silver for Open Div 4, 3 and 2, and Bronze for Open Division 1.
Mulhall Initiative: Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs
Please 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.
Thanks to Mulhall, who have introduced this initiative as a special activity. If you are interested in learning more about this, please read
This activity aligns with different features of our curriculum: Geography, Environment and Sustainability, also the RE curriculum: Social Justice, and Catholic Social Teaching - Care for our Common Home, as well as Caritas Catholic Social Teaching.
Students are encouraged to collect tags to help others and hand the tags in to collection tubs based in the Café area. Thank you for your assistance.
Year Level Briefings
(All briefings are originally emailed to students before the start of the week)
Year 7 Briefing

Well done for completing another busy week. There are some important and exciting events happening next week 😊
Harmony Week 15-21 March.
  • This provides us with the opportunity to on focus on valuing the contributions and diversity of different multi-cultural groups and nationalities in our school and community.
  • Keep an eye on the canteen where there will be some more diverse offerings during the week, including Mexican pizza and dumplings.
  • Check out the world map on the window in the canteen area!
  • We will also focus on the nationalities of the students and staff at our school.
AWE Survey – this might have already been emailed to you. Please do not delete it! We will have some class time to complete this.
Thursday: Mentor Group House Meetings – Final Preparation for Aths Day
  • Barry – Abbey Theatre
  • Mornane - White studio
  • Mulhall – GBC
  • Ward – Mulhall Centre
Thursday: Whole School Assembly in the GBC – go straight there at the start of period 4
Friday: Aths Day – come to school in your correct PE uniform, bring your lunch and snacks, hat, drink bottle and sunscreen.
Year 8 Briefing
A = Attributes of SENSEABILITY. This is about building the skills you need to enhance and maintain emotional and psychological resilience. What steps do you take to look after your own social and emotional wellbeing? 

Remember the importance of good hygiene at the moment - thorough handwashing, coughing/sneezing into your sleeve and stay at home if you are not well. 

So what is on for Thursday and Friday?
  1. Thursday 18 March - Morning House Meetings  – please head to House areas:
    Barry – Abbey Theatre
    Mornane - White studio
    Mulhall - GBC
    Ward – Mulhall Centre
  2. Thursday 18 March P.4 – Whole School Assembly - Please head directly to the GBC! Leave books in classrooms – no blazers required.
  3. Friday 19 March - Athletics Carnival -  Come ready for a great day and lots of House spirit!  Sports uniform PLUS house theme colours. A reminder that you are expected to stay for the duration of the day.  Anyone planning on being picked up from Llanberris will need to have note signed by their mentor teacher BEFORE FRIDAY.
Can we also please take a careful look at the information below regarding UNIFORM?  There seems to be some confusion about what you can and can’t wear…. So this should clear that up!  There will be random uniform checks conducted over the next two weeks – so present yourself with care and pride for our wonderful school!

Compulsory Uniform
Summer Uniform
  • Blazer
  • Summer Dress (knee length)
  • White Loreto Socks (ankle socks)
  • V-necked Jumper
  • Black Lace-Up Shoes
Sports Uniform
The compulsory sports uniform must not be worn to and from school. Students must change in and out of sports uniform for PE or Sport classes. The only exception to this rule is for directed sports uniform days, where the compulsory sports uniform only may be worn all day.
  • Polo Shirt
  • Sports Shorts
  • School Track Pants
  • School Rugby Top
  • School Sport Hat
  • Loreto Sports Socks
  • Proper Runners
  • (Other non-compulsory sports items for PE class or representative sport only listed below)


Have a wonderful weekend!
😊 Mrs C and Mrs D
Year 9 Weekly Briefing

Thanks for a great week. We are nearing the end of term, and there are a few key messages that we would like you to consider:
  1. Ensure that your work is up to date leading into the holidays. If it is not, and there are difficulties in meeting your requirements, make sure you have communicated this clearly to your teachers and Mentor who will do their best to support you. Keep your Academic Goal in mind!
  2. Attend Parent / Teacher interviews on the 17th March. These discussions will revolve around YOUR learning, so it is important that you are present and invested. 
  3. Look forward with positivity to our end of term program including the Amazing Race and Options Day. These are great opportunities to inspire your own happiness and the happiness of others.    
Important notices:
AWE Surveys: We will be asking you to complete wellbeing surveys next week will that help us to provide the best support and programs possible at Loreto. Your Mentor will guide you through this process. 
The Athletics Carnival on Friday is a chance to compete, support and again, INSPIRE HAPPINESS. Get involved and continue on from what was a great Swimming Carnival for Year 9. 
Have a fantastic week.

The Year 9 Team
Year 10 Weekly Briefing

Week 8 begins. Only a total of 14 school days left this term, which includes Parent/Teacher/Student interviews day, Athletics day, 3 days of Retreat leaving only 9 teaching days. It is a time of the year when many tests and assignments are due, make sure you are organised and everything entered into your diaries. Check your diaries twice daily.

A goal is also to make sure that you get all of your SAC’s completed before the end of term. As we know the supp sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You must be organised with all documentation and pink forms filled in which are located outside Ms Harrisons office.
Mary Ward Connect
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Mary Ward Connect program. A particular thank you to the Year 10 Mentor teachers who, within a small-time frame was able to help with the presentation of the material and ensured the smooth running of the program. I would like to also thank Molly Davies and Finley Frazer who had a magnificent thank you speech prepared, but unfortunately did not get to deliver it due to a technical glitch.

The afternoon focused on the Human Right of Education, particularly for girls. The discussions that took placed reminds us of how lucky we are in Australia to have such a wonderful education system. It also reminds us of how powerful education is in helping to make our world a better place. I particularly enjoyed Sister Orla Treacy’s presentation.

A small group of Year 10 students will be involved in a small follow up of this presentation. If you would like to be involved please speak to your Mentor teacher who will pass your name onto the Year 10 Coordinators.
Year 10 Immunisations.
Year 10 immunisations take place on Wednesday 24 March. All immunisation cards must be returned by no later than 9.00am Monday 22 March. The card must be returned even if you are not intending on being involved.
Year 10 Community Service
When I visited four of the Mentor groups last week it was very heartening to see that each one of you was deeply involved in your community group activity. Well done and keep up the good work 😊
Year 10 Retreat
  1. Make sure you have completed your PAM permission slip. Group A (Ba1, Mo1, Mu2 & Wa2) there are 64 completed permission slips with 10 NOT completed. Group B (Ba2, Mo2, Mu1 & Wa1) there are 51 completed permission slip with 22 NOT completed. If you are one of the 23 students who have not completed permission, please do this ASAP on PAM.
  2. Have you selected the 3 people you would like to share a room with? If not, please have this completed by no later than 3.00pm on Thursday (18.03.20). If it is not completed by this time the coordinators will decide who you share a room with. If this process is creating you some stress or you have concerns, please see the Year 10 Coordinators ASAP to discuss this. Click on this link to complete your room: Room Share Form.
Parent/Teacher/Student conference
Be sure to book your conference and be present with your parent/guardian to ensure that the most is achieved from the very short 8 minutes. This a great time for you to shine and be complimented on the hard work and effort that you have put in during the term, it is also a time to find the areas that require more focus on in the future.
Practise good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing (or cough into your elbow), dispose of the tissue into a bin and wash your hands afterwards. Wash your hands regularly, after using the toilet and before eating.

Have a great week 😊
Year 10 Mary Ward Connect

Last week the Year 10s participated in Mary Ward Connect – a yearly program that links all Loreto schools across Australia and the world through an interactive student experience. This year Mary Ward Connect was run online, through Zoom.  All schools connected at the same time, even Loreto Rumbek, in South Sudan, where we were told it was currently 2:30 am.  Students from all across Australia were able to watch the events, as well as seeing each other on the various Zoom screens. 

The keynote speaker was Sr Orla Treacy, who has worked hard to bring an engaging education to girls in South Sudan, and who presented to us the challenges of learning and teaching in a world so different from our own, where war, clothing, and family marriages are often the most pressing matters for families. Our students were particularly struck by how students would wear their school uniforms when they went out on the weekends, because these are usually their best clothes. We also learned that students were often scared to go home on the holidays because they were afraid their parents would have them married off in order to be given cows as a reward for the marriage. This gave a great sense of gratitude to our students as to how much we have here and how much we take for granted.

We also heard from a panel of speakers from other Loreto schools giving us a greater understanding of the challenges of education across the world. Following the presentation, Year 10 students were asked to reflect on what they had heard about, and formulate some ideas of how we may be able to help the schools and students learning in countries who suffer greater hardship from us. The Year 10 Committee will be considering suggestions from the mentor groups and hopefully finding a concrete way to help out students living and learning in need.
Year 11 Weekly Briefing

Hi everyone, welcome to week 8. We have some busy days ahead as we go through assessment tasks to complete the term. Remember that you have plenty of support around this and the key is to keep attending to achievable goals in a steady way. Seek out assistance where you need it.
A special shout out to Rosie Todd, for being selected to the state basketball squad. Awesome work Rosie!
Upcoming Parent Teacher Interviews.
These will be on Wednesday March 17 and Thursday 29 April for 7-11 and will be conducted virtually. Please talk to your parents about this and organise how you would like to proceed- bookings will be open on the College system soon.
VCE English Help Support.
These sessions are calendared regularly on Fridays at lunch in SF 168 please make sure that you use them to support your learning in English. The teachers are adaptable and able to tailor to your needs so seek help there.
VCE Supp Sessions
Remember now that you are responsible for managing your time with SACs. The Supp sessions run Tuesday and Thursday from 3.30pm in room 168. You will need to contact Mr O’Shea or Ms Sofis and register through the system. (forms are available outside Ms Harrison’s  office- at the beginning of the science corridor) Please speak to a teacher if you have any questions about this process.

Letters have gone home - please make sure you read them carefully along with your parents. 

Other items
Opportunity for budding Media Presenters/Journalists!
Australian Catholics are offering a chance to be involved in a week long course involved within the media and communications industry. There is a detailed application form in which you will need to submit sample work and have a teacher reference. The deadline to submit the application is Monday March 15th. Please follow the link to access your copy of the application.
Media Internship.
Edmund Rice Training Day
Any students who are interested in attending a training day for Edmund Rice Camps please see Ms Carrol or Ms Knobel. The day will be held at St Patrick’s on May 2nd. Those who complete the training will be able to attend the camps as an assistant.
Congratulations to Year 11 student Grace Cassells for entering a song into the 2020 Australian Songwriters Association Awards.

Grace is the only local Ballarat district finalist and has shortlisted in the top 30 for the Youth Category. Grace composed and recorded her song titled, “Don’t Hurt Me.”

The awards night is normally held in Sydney at the Opera House, but due to COVID-19 the awards will be livestreamed. The winners will be announced at some point at the end of March, the date is still to be confirmed. We wish Grace all the best with this and look forward to hearing her entry!
Year 12 Weekly Briefing

This week we acknowledge and celebrate
Harmony Week is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, an opportunity for all of us to celebrate cultural heritage and diversity within our school community and the wider community. It is about respect and belonging for all Australians regardless of cultural or linguistic background!
I have been reading over your evaluation sheets from the ELEVATE SESSION you took part in Week 6 and there was one response to the question ‘WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED TODAY?’ that jumped out at me! It read as follows – “ That practice papers are really important and we need to utilise our teachers more – as they are an amazing resource!” ( Absolute ‘music to our ears!’). Now we have to act upon such good advice!
Again we remind you all - are you regularly exercising, are you eating well, are you getting sufficient sleep and are you monitoring your use of social media???
This week and reminders-
  1. Parent/Student/Teacher interviews – Tues. 23rd. March – 4.00 – 8.00 p.m. – we expect you to make these a priority! This is the perfect chance to get a clear indication as to how you are ‘travelling’ at this stage.  
  2. SUPP. SESSIONS these sessions will run as usual for the remainder of term. However, we will run an extra session on Monday, March 29th. (Monday of the last week of term) to ensure that all tasks are completed! It is a clear expectation that all SAC tasks from this term will be completed by this date. It is your responsibility to attend to such a matter!  During Ms. Harrison’s absence any queries you have regards SUPP SESSIONS and /or SAC’s please see Mr. O’Shea.
  3. FRIDAY Athletics Carnival – we expect to see all of you involved in at least one activity or event. We remind you that you are the leaders of this school community and the best way you can lead at the Athletics Carnival is by being involved!
  4. GRADUATION RINGS – make sure you ‘size’ your Graduation ring. This can be done at the table set up outside our office. Please attend to this before the end of term!
  5. RETREAT FORM – Have you completed this? Have you completed or up-dated your MEDICAL FORM? Have you informed us of any DIETARY REQUIREMENTS?
Joke of the week :
Q. How do dinosaurs pass exams?
Ans: With extinction!
Quote for the week-  “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. If only the whole world could feel the power of harmony!”
“Fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gifts of seeing the world through their eyes.” – Neil Gaiman
It’s Harmony Week! In the Library we have created a display of novels featuring women from different cultures throughout history. We encourage you to browse and borrow any of these great reads. To discover more you can also view our “Women from other Cultures” reading list here

Just inside the entrance to our beautiful Library, we have set up a mindfulness colouring table. Here we have all the tools ready for students (and staff!) to create their own colourful hand masterpiece to add to our Harmony Week Wall.

Wishing you harmonious reading!
Weekly Career News
In this week's Career News:
  • Australian Defence Force – Gap Year Program now open
  • Electrical Careers – pre apprenticeship test
  • William Angliss – learn about careers in the food, events, hospitality and tourism industries
  • The Hotel School Melbourne - learn about careers in hotel management
  • Motorsports courses
  • Overseas gap year adventures (you can volunteer at Fiji or New Zealand and be close to home!)
  • Join the Year13 website and explore your future pathway options
  • Focus on engineering courses and careers
  • Health and medical sciences at The University of Melbourne and Monash University
  • Would you like to study in the UK?
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Dates for your diary
Click here to download the full Career News PDF
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.
Canteen Update

The canteen is open at recess and lunchtime. Online lunch order is still available using the link on the daily notices. Eftpos card and cash only - NO SMARTWATCHES OR MOBILE PHONES CAN BE USED
Sturt Street Road Works

Works will begin from 1 February on installing new pedestrian-operated traffic lights at the intersection of Sturt, Russell and Morrison streets. Works are expected to continue until the end of March 2021. Asphalting of the intersection will be carried out at a later date, at which time the traffic lights will be fully operational.

Once these new pedestrian lights are complete, the left-turn lane from Russell Street will be opened to traffic.

The school crossing on Sturt Street opposite Loreto College will also be removed and students and other pedestrians will instead use the pedestrian-operated traffic lights. 
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

Friday 19 March
Athletics Carnival

Monday 22 March - Tuesday 23 March
Year 7 Blue, White and Yellow Camp

Tuesday 23 March
Year 12 Parent Teacher Interviews 
4pm - 8pm

Thursday 25 March - Friday 26 March
Year 7 Green, Purple and Red Camp

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

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