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Loreto College eNewsletter

Wednesday 7 October, 2020

In this Issue 

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

The Future of Learning at Loreto
What will learning look like in the future at Loreto? Can we forecast the demands of work given the drastic changes to almost every aspect of how we live and learn this year?

In recent years The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has produced a series of reports to address the changing ways we work and the forces shaping the future of work, particularly for young Australians. According to the FYA New Work Smarts report, automation, globalisation and flexibility will change what we do in every job. FYA’s New Work Order series demonstrated that unlike their parents, who are likely to have had a few jobs across a single career pathway, a young person today will have approximately 18 different jobs over six different careers. As a result, schools need to ensure that they are preparing students to have skills and experience for the jobs of the future, not the past.

For the past two years, a Curriculum and Wellbeing Steering Committee consisting of staff members from different areas across the College have been researching and evaluating innovations and developments for a holistic approach to education and making recommendations for the future of learning at Loreto. Last year Loreto College published strategic goals identifying key areas of development that include spiritual, aspirational, evolutionary, courageous and sustainable goals. It is our aim to develop a new Strategic Plan for an exciting future at Loreto.

Loreto College Ballarat has committed to developing an extension campus to meet the growing demands for enrolments at the College. With the recent announcement that we have entered into a contract for a greenfield site on the corner of Cuthbert’s Road and Finch’s Road, we are beginning the planning process. We will be working with our students, staff and parents/carers to hear ideas, perspectives and feedback about what’s important about a Loreto education in Ballarat. This feedback will help inform decision making about the design and opportunities for a new campus and the further development of the Mary’s Mount, Sturt Street campus. 

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Graduating Liturgy

Gonzaga Barry Day
Gonzaga Barry Liturgy is being held this year on Thursday 15 October. This year Gonzaga Barry Day coincides with International Day of the Girl Child, there was no greater advocate of girls then Mother Gonzaga Barry. As ever on this day it is an opportunity for our Loreto Ballarat community to look outward therefore there will also be a focus on our mission work in Timor-Leste. Mary Ward that believed strongly ‘that women in time will come to do great things.' We are called as a Loreto community to contribute and to be the voices for those that do not have a voice.

As you can imagine Timor-Leste’s already precarious economy has been severely impacted by Covid-19 therefore, the Loreto Ballarat community being led by our VCAL students have promised to sell 950 face masks that have been made by various women’s groups in Timor-Leste. The money that we generate from this sale will go directly to the women that have made these products and there will be untold benefits for so many women in Timor-Leste. We know that our community will be supportive of this venture. Details of where and how you can buy these masks will be forthcoming.

Graduation Liturgy
Our Class of 2020 time at Loreto College Ballarat is very quickly drawing to a close. This year our Graduation Liturgy is going to look very different from other years, however, it will be no less special. Our Year 12 students have been stoic, resilient, and accommodating in the way in which they have approached this year. Their Graduation Liturgy is taking all the special elements of our long-held and cherished traditions, especially our Graduation Crowns and ensuring that we are creating memories that they can hold onto forever. We look forward to sharing this with them all on the completion of the VCE Examinations.
Welcome back to Term 4, 2020.

Today the VCE students returned to complete the GAT (General Achievement Test). It was so lovely to see their smiling eyes, as their faces were hidden by their masks. While we the teachers were happy to see the girls again, they were absolutely delighted to see each other. Our VCE girls have been through such a different year, one which no one could have anticipated. But they have demonstrated great resilience and focus, by the way they have conducted themselves. I was equally delighted this morning as the girls submitted hundreds of practice exams that they had completed during the school holidays, ready to be corrected by their teachers. These practice exams will give their teachers a very good picture of where the girls have consolidated their understandings and what areas to focus on during revision classes over the coming weeks.

Next week students completing Unit 3 and 4 subjects will receive a “Student Statement” form which will provide for students and families to document the impact that COVID 19 has had on their daughter’s ability to complete their VCE which will assist us to fulfill the government's requirement for Consideration of educational Disadvantage. (more information to come on this)

We look forward to welcoming back students from all year levels next Monday 12 October 2020. As each year level of girls return to school our primary focus as always will be on their well-being. Helping the girls to re-engage with each other and the school will be our priority. Especially for our Year 7 students who will fill like they are coming to school for the first time again and needing to re-establish their friendship groups.

We are looking forward to a busy and happy final term for 2020 and despite the COVID restrictions will be celebrating that we are all back together again as a Loreto Community.
Tournament of Minds

In a normal year this is an exciting problem-solving competition where teams select a challenge from one of four disciplines; STEM, The Arts, Language Literature or Social Sciences and present a solution in front of an audience. 2020 was going to very different. The TOM Facilitators were quick to adapt and offered one ‘Super Challenge’ with some obvious changes. 

This Super Challenge was 'Something extraordinary is found and the team must decide what it is and what purpose it holds for us all'. A group of students were intrigued by the topic but daunted by the practicalities of the task. How to manage working as a team while at home. How will they create costumes that all look the same from materials around the house? How will they film the five-minute performance to create the illusion that they are all in the same space? The list was extensive. 
After much discussion, a brave group of students decided to take on this crazy challenge. Two teams were formed and the fun began.  They met regularly among their online lessons, Book Clubs, music lessons and other commitments.  They developed new skills in film editing, sound production, lighting, scriptwriting and of course teamwork!
Both teams were dedicated and completed their paperwork and five-minute film before the due date. The end product was a credit to their range of problem-solving skills. 

Lucy Eales, Mathilda Carli, Bridie Newman, Lily Davis, Sienna Bradley, Ella Demunk and Ann Chalakkal were in one team named ‘The Tardis’ and Sophie John, Margot Lynn, Beth Wright, Amity Vandenberg, Maddison Lane and Erin Almeida simply named ‘Team 2’ were in the second team. 

Team 2 were awarded a ‘Distinction’, the highest achievement for the competition.  A fantastic achievement among 150 Victorian teams.
VCAL Blanket Donation
Prior to our most recent lockdown, our VCAL students had been busily working on creating blankets. Each blanket takes around 2 hours to create, using a 'no-sew' method. Yesterday we got to see some finished blankets which will be donated to the Soup Bus. The Soup Bus will then pass on these blankets to those who are currently experiencing homelessness. Not only are our VCAL students doing a great job in creating these blankets, but it is also a great initiative for our students to participate in and give back to the local community.
Year 9 Weekly Briefing

Welcome back to what is hopefully a somewhat close to normal Term 4. We trust that you are rested and ready to tackle your final term as a Year 9. Hopefully there are less surprises and we can gather some momentum and consistency both academically and personally. One thing that is certain, the year 2020 and Year 9 will be etched in your memory forever.
You are probably aware that the first week of term is remote learning. Please ensure that you get up to speed quickly and snap back into the school routine. Procrastinating and not being efficient with your time in the first week will make the term more difficult. Remember we do have Exams in week 8 and this will come up very quickly. Please note that your exams will be 60 minutes in duration and have a greater focus towards more recent content. We strongly encourage each of you to maximise your opportunity to do your best in these Exams.
Things you can control (easy to say, hard to do):

  • Be positive/optimistic
  • Stay organised
  • Seek help
  • Maximise your time
  • Limit procrastination
  • Support your mates
  • Stay active

This week Remote learning:

Thursday – p.4 meet in Cluster Groups with your mentor
Friday – Yay last day of remote learning. Prepare to come back to Loreto.
Other things:
GB day – Thursday week 2 p.3-6 (keep an eye out for details)
Sock drop – when we return our goal of collecting 200 pairs of socks for charity continues
Goals – ensure your Mastery and Community Goals are progressing and you are documenting your progress and your Google Site
Exams –  Exams week 8
We look forward to seeing you

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Year 10 Weekly Briefing
Welcome back Year 10. This is our final week of online learning and then beginning on October 12 we are back in the classroom (yeah 😊). Hopefully, the term break has allowed you to catch up on any work that you fell behind on. This will be an exciting term 😀.
Mission and Service Day
What a great day! The Year 10 Coordinators thank you for helping to make it so successful. Don’t forget to take a photo of your activity and share it on the Year 10 Community TEAMs page.    
  • End of year exams for Year 10s are Friday 27 November to 3 December.
  • End of year exams for Unit 1/2 subjects are Monday 16 November to 20 November.
  • The Headstart program for students completing Unit 3/4 subjects in 2021 will begin on 23 November to 3 December.
The last day of school for Year 7-10 is Friday 4 December.
Have a great week
Year 11 Weekly Briefing

We hope you have had an enjoyable break and took the opportunity to rest and recharge. We have one more week of remote learning - Week 1 of term - then we can’t wait to see you all back at school in Week 2. You need to ensure that you continue to check in with your mentor each morning this week via Google Classroom.
There are two VERY important things happening this week.
  1. The GAT: For all students who are studying a Unit 3/4 subject this year, you will be sitting the GAT on Wednesday the 7 of October at school. Ms Harrison has sent a detailed email to all of you that contains everything you need to know including where to be and when. Make sure you read through that email carefully (it was sent on Thursday the 1st of October at 12:12pm). There will be no lessons for Year 11 VCE students on that day.
  2. Senate Nominations: These will be taking place during Period 4 this Thursday 8 October. You will need to join your mentor for a Google Meet first to have a discussion about leadership at Loreto, then you will use a Google Form to select 10 students who you would like to nominate for the senate. The 20 students with the most nominations will form the Top 20 from which the Final 6 will be chosen. That part of the process will take place separately next week. For now, have a serious think about who your nominations might be on Thursday and make sure you fill out the Google Form during Period 4!
A couple of other reminders:
Dates for the end of term
Year 11 exams (Unit 1&2) will take place in Week 7. Unit 3&4 Orientation will be in Weeks 8 and 9 with the last day for Year 11 students on Thursday 3 December
Some of you have raised concerns about having three SACs in one day at the beginning of next term. If this is the case, then you have the option of completing one of those SACs in a Supp session. You would need to fill out a pink slip for Ms Harrison and speak to the teacher of the SAC that you are changing to ensure they get the task to Ms Harrison prior to the Supp session. Please remember this only applies to a student with three SACs scheduled in one day.
It’s going to be a busy term with lots happening. Get yourself into a routine early on, seek help if you need it (mentors, teachers, friends, us) and let’s have a great last term of Year 11, all back together again!
Year 12 Weekly Briefing

Welcome to your final term at Loreto, it’s almost hard to believe. We remember your fresh face, bright eyes upon your arrival as year 7 students (and those girls who arrived a little late in the years). We hope the holidays have been a productive one for you all: Working through revision material, completing practice exams and attending revision lectures and perhaps a few sleep-ins too! Let's keep the focus going 😊.
This week, we have important messages, so let’s go!
  • Week 1: we continue online learning with the exception of coming in for the GAT Wednesday 7 Oct    10am until 1.15pm
    - Go to GBC for a temp check upon arrival
    - Be early and adhere to social distancing/ you must wear masks.
  1. **Graduation Liturgy** Ms Knobel has sent important information to families in preparing for filming to take place – students need to book a time - see link on the attached letter and more details – it will be a wonderful graduation.
  2. From Careers: Jodie will be available via Google Meet or Microsoft Teams for anyone wanting assistance, please book a time via
  • Refer to previous correspondence: VTAC SEAS and Scholarships applications are due by 5pm Friday 9 October 9. 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.

    SACs – Ms Sofis has sent an email (4/10) with a link to scheduled remaining SACs.
Looking ahead:
  • Week 2: Back to school! Continue face to face classes 😊
    GB DAY: Thursday 15 October per 3 -6
    Yr 12 student and 2 nominated special guests to attend 5 min filming at Loreto - winter uniform
    ALL YEAR 12s to gather: Graduation Preparation: Friday 16 OCT 6pm outside chapel – winter uniform. You will all receive a bucket this week – to continue our tradition of handing over in week 4,  the “how to thrive” buckets to a nominated yr 11 (details soon)

  • Week 3: Grand final day holiday Friday 23 October
  • Week 4: Last day of lessons Thursday 29 October return to school for celebration day, Friday 30 October. Note: We are finalising plans for Friday, we will let you know of arrangements soon. However, we will also be guided by Government regulations.
    Start exam revision

  • Week 5: Continue exam revision
  • Week 6: – Week 9: VCAA exams
  • Week 9: – Graduation Liturgy
We have some exciting times ahead but we ask you to remember:
Stay on the bus!!

Take care & have a great week 😊 
Book Week

Welcome back to Term 4, we can’t wait to see you all back on site again next week! And guess what is just around the corner? Our long-awaited, much anticipated, Book Week! The theme this year is ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’ and our celebrations will kick off on Monday 19 October with a Parade of Curious Creatures! That’s right, we want to see photos of your furry friend dressed up as a book character! We want feline Frankensteins and pooch Potters, horsey Hobbits and slithering Snow Whites. All entries will be displayed in the Library and the best ones will win a prize!
With Book Week just around the corner, our Shadow Judges have been working harder than ever. During the holidays they’ve designed and made masquerade masks in response to Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller and are in the final stages of creating a Cluedo style board game in response to the fantasy,  murder mystery Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte. The students involved will be voting for which book they think deserves to win CBCA Book of the Year Award next week. You can view all their amazing work here
Keep Reading!
Weekly Career News
In this week's Career News:
  • Filmmaking competition
  • Victoria Youth Employment Program
  • ATAR no longer required for Torrens University courses
  • La Trobe University – recorded webinars and latest rankings
  • Help in narrowing down your STEM university preferences
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Construction, Trades and Architecture Expo – recorded webinars
  • The University of Melbourne – virtual tours and Hansen Scholarship
  • Interesting articles on future careers
  • The A-Z of finding a job
  • University applications – key closing dates
  • Virtual open days
  • Upcoming virtual career events
  • Early entry – upcoming closing dates
Click here to download the full Career News PDF
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.
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 7 October
General Achievement Test (GAT) 

Monday 12 October
All students return to onsite learning

Thursday 15 October
GB Day

Wednesday 21 October 
Year 7 2022 Virtual Information Night

Friday 23 October
Grand Final Eve - Public Holiday 

Thursday 29 October
Year 12 Students Final Day

Monday 02 November
Staff Professional Learning Day (no classes) 

Monday 03 November 
Melbourne Cup Day - Public Holiday 

Thursday 6 November
Leadership Assembly

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