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Wednesday 3 February, 2021

In this Issue 

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

Welcome to the Year of Felicity

Welcome to all students and families to the 2021 school year, particularly those joining the Loreto community for the first time. Along with our Year 7 students, we have four Year 10 and four Year 11 students who are new to Loreto. Despite the heavy rain, the enthusiasm and nervousness were evident as I greeted the Year 7 and 12 students at the front gate last Friday. For 146 years, students have been entering our gates embracing an education in the tradition of Mary Ward. A Loreto student comes to know the charism of Mary Ward, whose vision to transform the education of girls is alive and well with over 100,000 young women around the world engaged in a Loreto education. Last week was Mary Ward week which was summed up in the African philosophy of Ubuntu – I am because we are. Ubuntu is a concept that embodies the ideas of connection, community and mutual caring for all. This African philosophy reminds us that we are all interconnected and we are part of one family. We are all part of a circle of love, compassion and life which our foundress Mary Ward cherished.  The five core values of Felicity, Freedom, Justice, Sincerity and Verity underpin Mary Ward’s spirituality and define our approach to education and social ministry around the world. 

This year we celebrate the value of Felicity. Felicity is an attitude of mind and a disposition of the heart which manifests itself in a sense of joy and hope. To live with Felicity calls us to embrace optimism and positivity, whilst knowing that true happiness comes from recognising and understanding the complex richness of our inner life and our response to it. A lightness of spirit, good humour and a love of friendship marks Felicity as a unique virtue in our way of being.

Last year our 2021 College Captains, Casey Dodd and Maddie Palmer, joined with other College Captains from Loreto schools around Australia to develop and write the prayer of Felicity. This prayer (included below) encompasses the many traits and behaviours that permeates the way we can live and demonstrate felicity. 

The Class of 2020
The VCE results were published on 30 December 2020. Congratulations to the Class of 2020 (VCE and VCAL students). Their leadership, service to others and contribution to the College has been outstanding. Congratulations to our College Dux, Sarah Harrington with an ATAR of 99.95. Sarah was one of six young women who achieved a perfect score. She has chosen to study medicine at Monash University. Congratulations to Jamie McDonald who received the VCAL Achiever Awards. Jamie has commenced work with Commerce Ballarat after graduating last year.  Thank you to the staff who contributed to the education of the students and to the parents and families who have been such an integral part of their final year of secondary education.
Opening of the School Year Mass
This Thursday we will come together for the first time in almost ten months as a school community to celebrate the Opening of the School Year Mass.  Our Opening School Mass is one of the most important events on our calendar. It is a time for us to come together as a school community of faith and it is a time for us to celebrate being a Catholic school in the Loreto tradition.  Thank you to Felicity Knobel, Director of Faith and Mission, and Fr Justin Driscoll for their contribution to making this such a special occasion.
Academic Assembly
Year 7, Year 11 and 12 students and invited guests will gather for the Academic assembly next week. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on numbers, we are unable to gather with all of our students as well as invited guests. Students from other year levels will be able to view a highlights package including the Dux of the College, Sarah Harrington’s address on-line. Year 12 students who received an ATAR of 90 or more will be recognised with a presentation at the assembly as well as students who received a study score of 40 or above and students who attained the highest score in each subject.
I wish all of our students and families the best as we commence our school year.


God of generosity and joy,
who gifts us with open minds and large hearts,
renew our vision and deepen our hope.
Help us to delight in the beauty of creation,
affirm the goodness in all people,
create a community of kindness and
lead with empathy and courage.
As friends of Mary Ward,
may we serve God with great love and liberty of mind
and trust in God’s grace and goodness.
May Felicity brighten the lives of people everywhere.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus
who inspires us with good news,
and the Holy Spirit who moves us ever outwards.


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This year we are celebrating the value of Felicity. The value of Felicity is the least referred to by Mary Ward in her writings, however, it perhaps the one that rather than writing about she simply had to get on do. The life of Mary Ward was not filled with what we would call ease, nor did she seek to make this easier for herself. She lived with ill health, travelled in warzones, was betrayed by her friends. She was refugee – a migrant – a foreigner. And she experienced what she called the long loneliness. Mary Ward lived with a great deal of unknowing and her Church that she loved misunderstood and misrepresented her.

Through these times, she was open to new ways of living her religious life, she encouraged others and she fostered deep friendships. She also believed in the power of laughter believing that mirth was next to grace and ultimately to have  great joy, tranquillity and magnanimity in the duties/work that you do. We look forward to celebrating and exploring our value of Felicity. 


Our Year 7 and 12 students have had the opportunity of not only exploring the value of Felicity, they experienced it. On Friday 29 January on their first day we introduced our senior and junior members of our school community. The rooms were alive with conversation, laughter, dancing and a beautiful dynamic between our junior and senior members of the school.  Just like Mary Ward we didn’t tell the girls about our value of Felicity they were living it, together. It was something beautiful to watch the interaction. Together they have created a 4.5m artwork that will be put together during our Opening School Mass.

We know that one of the proudest days for any parent at Loreto is watching their daughter walk into the Opening School Mass as a Year 7 student and also as a Year 12 student. Due to Covid 19 restrictions we are unable to invite our parent community.  The Faith and Mission team did not want you to miss out on this event. We are filming the students as they process in and also putting together momentous occasion and we look forward to sharing this special moment with you.  

VCE Edrolo Subscriptions

Welcome back to school to all our students and their families. It is so lovely to hear the noise of the girls in the corridors and classrooms, as they greeted each other with excitement and anticipation on the first day back this year. We are all hoping that we will have less disruptions to the year due to COVID 19. Despite the challenges and disruptions we faced last year, we were thrilled with the overall academic success of the class of 2020.

To see the front page of the Courier highlighting the success of the class of 2020, brought great joy to my heart, in what was a challenging school year for our community.

Both our wonderful students, staff and parents demonstrated a high level of motivation and resilience in 2020 and should be congratulated for their efforts.
As we begin our school year in 2021 can I remind those families who have not had the chance to pay their Edrolo (VCE electronic exam) subscriptions could they please follow these instructions below. This applies only to those students in VCE Units 1 and 2, 3 and 4 in the following subjects:
Unit 1 & 2 
Business Management 
Legal Studies 
General Mathematics 
Mathematical Methods 
Health and Human Development  
Physical Education  
Unit 3&4
Business Management 
Legal Studies
Further Mathmatics
Mathmatical Methods 
Health and Human Development
Physical Education
History - Revolutions 
Studio Art
Food Studies
Download Edrolo Payment Portal Instructions
Elevate Parent Sessions

We’re excited to announce that parents of Loreto College - Ballarat have exclusive access to Elevate Education’s Parent Webinar Series for Term 1, 2021. Elevate works with our students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series you will learn how to better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school. 
The webinars take place across term 1, beginning on Wednesday 10 February at 6pm with a webinar on motivation where you can learn how to create and sustain motivation across the year. Registration is essential and is free for parents of Loreto College - Ballarat.
  1. Motivation - Wednesday 10th February
  2. Time Management - Wednesday 24th February
  3. Technology - Wednesday 10th March 
  4. Note Taking - Wednesday 24th March
You can register for any of these webinars by clicking here.
The webinar is run live online from 6pm – 7pm where the presenter will share Elevate’s key research and skills, and will conduct a live Q&A so you can ask them questions directly.
Canteen News

Canteen is still doing lunch orders online via the Simon link on the daily messages.(limited menu). Lunch orders must be online by 9am each morning.
There are some hot food and cold food available to purchase at recess or lunch time (limited items)
Payment for purchasing is either CASH or EFT CARD only. (no phones or smart watches allowed)

Lunch order must be paid on the day of order either at recess or lunch time.
English Help Sessions

Lunchtime tutorials for Years 8, 9 and 10 students will be held every Wednesday in SG302 (the 9 Blue classroom). 

For English VCE Years 11 & 12 students, a Friday lunchtime help session will run in SF168.

Students can come with the piece of work they need help with  or knowing the skill that they need to practice. An experienced English teacher will be there to support and guide students.
In addition, for Unit 3 & 4 English students there will be weekly consolidation sessions held on Wednesdays from 3.30pm to 4.30pm in SG301. The first session begins tonight. These will focus on areas of study from the English VCE Curriculum and there is always student input into what the focus will be from week to week.  
Maths Help
Once again this year there will be Maths Help available at lunchtime every Tuesday.  It will be in the 7 Green classroom and students may bring their lunch to eat while they are working. I encourage students to make use of this opportunity to get a bit of extra help with Maths. While students will often be able to get questions answered in class, they sometimes can run out of lesson time to fully address all issues, so the Maths Help sessions are an opportunity to get that little bit of extra assistance when needed. Sometimes students come along with a specific question, others want help with a whole area and others might just come along and do their Maths homework, knowing there is someone to ask for help if they need it. Given the sequential nature of Mathematics, it is really important to sort out any little misunderstandings along the way so that they don’t grow into bigger problems later on. The Maths Help sessions will start next week on the 9 of February.

Maths Textbook Activation Codes
A reminder to parents that if you have purchased a reactivation code or digital only code for any of the Mathematics textbooks, the code will be sent to the email address that was used to lodge the booklist. Please be on the look out for these emails and forward them on to your daughter so that they can be guided through the process of activating their resource in class. 
Year Level Briefings
(All briefings will appear in the next newsletter)
Year 8 Briefing

WELCOME BACK!!  How exciting – the beginning of a new school year.  We hope you have had a very restful and fun- filled break and are ready to get stuck into school. We are very much looking forward to having you in Year 8 and getting to know you all.

Coming Up

Thursday 4 Feb - 8.45-9.15am
Whole House Meeting: 
Head straight to your allocated House area and make sure you have your blazer with you (but NO books).

Barry:  MMC Theatre
Mornane:  MMC White Room
Mulhall:  GBC
Ward:  Mulhall Centre

Friday 5 Feb 
School Photos:
 Make sure you have your full summer uniform on this day… you will also need to have your photo form or online receipt number ready to go!
Final Reminders
Masks – You must have one on you at all times (as per State Government regulations)
Lunch Orders – Continue to be ordered online and collected from outside 8 Blue 

Camp consent through PAM
it is very important that you ask your parent or guardian about this as soon as you get home! The camp from must be completed before the end of THIS WEEK.
Year 8 Parent Information Evening - TONIGHT
Please remember to wear a mask
Year 10 Weekly Briefing
Welcome to Year 10,

We hope that you had a restful and enjoyable holiday. This year will be an exciting year, with our focus on ‘our place in the community’. This Monday (February 1) your first day begins and it is week 2B on the Loreto Calendar (yes that’s right week 2 and starting on a Week B).

New Laptops:
Your new laptops will be ready to collect at lunchtime this week in the Presentation Room in the Library. Please allow at least 10 minutes. Before you collect your new laptop, you need to make sure that your parents have completed the Digital Device Agreement which was sent out on PAM. Please make sure you clean up your files on your old laptop as you will need to hand these in to be wiped when you collect your new one:
  • Make sure all your work is backed up on either Google Drive or One Drive (please let IT know if you need help with this)
  • Clean out any files that are in your Desktop, Documents and Photos folders.  Anything in theses folders that you want to keep needs to be copied to Google Drive or One Drive.
  • Set up Google Sync if you would like to save your bookmarks in Chrome
Laptops will be handed out at lunchtime in the Library Presentation Room based on your mentor group:
Wednesday: BA2 and MO2
Thursday: MU2 and WA2
Friday: any student who hasn’t collected their laptop can come in on Friday
STRIVE begins on Monday, as it is the first session it will be an introduction lesson and as such you will NOT need your PE uniform. The second lesson will be on Thursday and will be the official beginning of the STRIVE program, please make sure that you have completed the PAM permission slips before then. It is a great program and you will have lots of fun.

Lunch orders
Lunch orders needs to be ordered online, as occurred last year. Remember to make your order before 9.00am. Collection of lunch orders are in SF120 at the start of lunch.

We all know the expectations and you should not need any reminders. Please lead by example to all junior levels.

English help sessions
English help sessions continue this year for Years 8, 9 & 10 students on Wednesdays in SG302 (9 blue room). This is an opportunity for students to gain extra support from an experienced English teacher. Students just need to come with the piece of work they need help with or knowing the skill that they need to practice. The English teacher will then tutor and guide students.

This Week:
Wednesday – Year 10 Parent virtual Information to be sent out
Thursday – Opening School Mass, students only, Blazers on.
Friday – School photo’s, don’t’ forget to bring your forms with you.

Mobile phone & Lockers
Please ensure that your lockers are locked so that your mobile phone is safely secured. Lockers have been assigned so that you are close to your Mentor Group room. Locker list is below.

Have a wonderful first week 😁
Year 11 Weekly Briefing

"Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect" 
Hi Girls and a very warm welcome back to school for 2021. We are sure that you’re as keen to get into the year as we are and hopefully have a significantly different experience to 2020!

There are a few pieces of info to get through so that you start the year off on the right foot.
  1. Summer Homework should all be up to date. Your teachers will be checking this work off in the first week. This work was given to you at the end of last year so check the relevant places.
  2. You will need to make sure that you have the correct summer uniform and adhere to the College agreement on appearance ie:nails, eyelashes, piercings etc. also remember that mobile phones are to be placed in your locker during the day. Finally, remember to bring your lock to secure your allocated locker. You need to wear your blazer to and from school, unless the Ballarat temperature is going to be 28 degrees or more (as on Simon).
  3. We look forward to the resumption of the Year 11 Committee that will meet every Tuesday at lunchtime in Art room 2 (upstairs). This is a perfect opportunity to add your voice to discussions around events at the school and what particular things your year level would like to explore. All year 11s are welcome.
  4. In terms of what’s on the horizon, there are some important things to remember in the upcoming week.
  • The College Opening Mass will be on Thursday 4 February in the GBC at 9.15 am. You will need to wear your blazer and, if the weather is mild, will be asked to refrain from bringing drink bottles.
  • College Photos are scheduled for Friday 5 February. Further details are to follow but at this stage please ensure that you have the right uniform and are ready to look your best for that day.
  1.  As you know, you have officially entered into either VCE or the VCAL courses. For VCE students, Ms Harrison will speak to you about your responsibilities in VCE on Wednesday 3 February during your mentor group time. Please go to the theatrette on the first bell of the day. VCAL students, please go to SG 95. On a related VCE note, there are some outstanding payments needed for Edrolo accounts. You will need to ensure that you have paid to maintain access to these resources.
  2. If you want to discuss anything career-related, you can book an appointment via You may only book appointments before school, after school, during recess or at lunchtime.  
  3. Covid changes. This year we have quite a few reductions in how we can operate in the school community. Masks are not required for normal classes by either students or staff, although we are still required (by law) to carry a mask at all times. Large gatherings are able to go ahead without limitations within the school community with social distancing measures, social distancing is not required in the classroom any longer. Sports and Arts activities are able to resume with some distance restrictions on singing. If you have a PE class on a given day, please wear your correct PE uniform and remain in it all day (no changing) If you are travelling by public transport at any time you need to wear a mask.
Lastly, we are both very excited to have you all back for 2021. It is a really important time in your education journey and we are here to support you as best we can. Remember that if you have any concerns or questions we are always ready to help. Drop into the office (upstairs, opposite the counsellors’ room)  or email us. Our job is to help you out.
Year 12 Weekly Briefing

Hi All
We wish to congratulate you all on the manner in which you have commenced your significant bus journey last Friday! It was great to have you all back on the bus and now we need you to quickly settle in to your seats and get focused on the road ahead!
We also wish to congratulate you on the manner in which you welcomed the Year 7’s on Friday afternoon. It was great to see the way in which you engaged with them and made them feel most welcome in our school community. Well done!
Please take time to read the image below – some ideas/advice to assist you throughout the year ahead!!!
( You will find hard copies of this image beneath our Yr. 12 noticeboard- please take one and pin it up around your home study space.)
This Week
  • Thursday 6 Feb  Opening School Mass - 9.15 am. Year 12 badges will most likely be distributed during this mass.

    We hope that when you receive your Year 12 badge you wear it with pride and in wearing that badge you have a serious obligation to fulfil the expectations we have of you as Yr. 12’s!!! Working at your best, being persistent, not making excuses, challenging yourself, showing grit, using initiative, assisting others, being positively engaged!
  • Thursday 6 FebVCE Parent /Student Information Evening- 7.00 pm. in the MMC. Please make this event a priority!!!
  • VCAL Parent/Student Information session- time and location still t be decided- please stay tuned!
  • Friday 5 Feb School photos – We will also have a Year level photo at lunchtime on this day – more details later.
  • VCE English Help sessions- every Friday in SF168. This is an opportunity for you to gain extra support from an experienced English teacher.
  • In addition there will be weekly COSOLIDATION SESSIONS held on a Weds. from 3.00- 4.30 pm. in SG 301. These session will focus on areas of study form te English curriculum.
We strongly encourage you to attend these sessions- great opportunities!!!
  • From the CAREERS OFFICE - If students want to discuss anything career-related, they can book an appointment via Students must ensure that they only book appointments before school, after school, during recess or at lunchtime.
  • HOLIDAY HOMEWORK- We presume by now all holiday homework has been completed! You will be followed up if this work is not complete, so please ensure that you have fulfilled all requirements!
  • Mentor Group meetings – We remind you all that you are expected to attend all morning Mentor Group meetings.

    (By the way, we do not just expect that you just attend these meetings but you make some form of positive contribution, you show some positive leadership, you assist in whatever way you can, you show some initiative!)
  • MASKS Please note that you are still required to have a mask on you ( that is with you) at all times at school.
  • LOCKERS Please ensure that all lockers are locked- we will not take responsibility for any items that may go missing from an unlocked locker!
  • EDROLO have you activated your Edrolo accounts?
and remember to 'Get on the bus now and stay on the bus!'
We hope you all enjoy a busy and productive week

Q. What sound does a nut make when it sneezes?
Welcome back! It’s been so wonderful seeing everyone back in the Library again this week. We’ve loved hearing all about your holidays and summer reading adventures. A very special and warm welcome to our new students and their families who are joining us this year, we look forward to getting to know you too.

The Library is open from 8am-5pm Monday to Friday for study, reading and borrowing. It’s a great place for students to come and relax or get their homework done before and after school. At lunch time we have a huge collection of games for students to enjoy and often have activities and special events running throughout the year.
Book Club is back from next Tuesday! Please come and join us at lunch time on Tuesday 9 February in the Library Presentation room for book discussions, games and crafts. Bring your lunch and make some new friends. All are welcome.

Library Lovers’ Week runs from Monday 22 to Friday 26 February, and as usual we have heaps planned! Back by popular demand, the Box Office will reopen with the return of our inhouse Library Cinema, screening our favourite book and story adaptations. There will be read ins, activities, competitions and book tastings. Keep an eye out for the full program - due to be released soon!

Happy Reading!
Weekly Career News
In this week's Career News:
  • Employment tips and resources
  • Australian Defence Force – work experience and Cadets
  • Parents/Carers – school to work resources
  • The Hotel School Melbourne – information session
  • Year13 – learn about careers in Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Accounting
  • Start the school year by setting goals
  • Careers in international trade, freight and logistics
  • Competitions – writing, leadership, photography, audio engineering, social justice, fashion design, art
  • Interested in pursuing an apprenticeship or traineeship?
Click here to download the full Career News PDF
Sturt Street Road Works

Works will being from 1 February on installing new pedestrian-operated traffic lights at the intersection of Sturt, Russell and Morrison streets. Works are expected to take up to six weeks to complete. 

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. 
Ararat Line Student Coach Trial

A new timetable is being introduced on the Ararat line from this Sunday (31 January) which includes the addition of a fifth weekday service to Ararat.
The times of other Ararat services have been changed to enable the new service to be introduced while maintaining an even spread of services to Ararat throughout the day.
We’re writing to you because there may be students who catch the train to and from Beaufort or Ararat to attend your school.
The train towards Ararat in the mid-afternoon has been moved earlier and will now depart from Ballarat and Wendouree before students are able to make it to the station if they leave school at normal times.
To ensure students still have an option to travel, we will be trialling a dedicated student coach service which will depart Ballarat at 3:55pm, pick up at Wendouree at 4:10pm and proceed to Beaufort (4:50pm) and Ararat (5:24pm).
Please pass this information on to any students who use V/Line services to travel to or from Beaufort or Ararat.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and ask you to thank students and their guardians for their understanding while we worked on a solution that would allow students to return home from school.
For more information, please contact Regional Manager Dallas Martin at
Youth Leadership Project
Tennis 4 Teens Program
Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any enquiries please email
Download the Conveyance Allowance 2021 form here
To access all communication to families regarding COVID-19 as well as the documents below, click here. This information will also be sent out via the app so ensure you have notifications turned on. 

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

CAFS Ballarat are still providing Financial Counselling services during COVID-19 for people experiencing financial hardship. The service is completely free and confidential.
For more information and to book an appointment: 5337 333 or
Due to the unpredictability of the current COVID-19 situation, please keep an eye out on PAM, the Loreto College App, website and social media for any updates to scheduled events.

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

Wednesday 3 February | 6:30pm
Year 8 Parent Information Session

Wednesday 3 February | 7:15pm
Year 9 Parent Information Session

Thursday 4 February
Opening School Mass (Students Only)

Thursday 4 February | 7:00pm
Year 12 Parent Information Session

Thursday 4 February
Year 7 2022 Applications Close  

Friday 5 February
School Photos

Monday 8 February - Thursday 11 February
Year 8 Camps

Monday 8 February
Year 7 Gathering & Welcome Evening

Thursday 11 February
Academic Assembly 

Friday 12 February 
Swimming Carnival

Monday 15 February - Friday 19 February 
Year 7 Camps

Sunday 21 February
Head of the Lake

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