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Loreto College eNewsletter

Wednesday 15 July, 2020

In this Issue 

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

As we begin Term 3, I am filled with anticipation and excitement as the 31st Principal of Loreto College Ballarat. I would like to publicly acknowledge the wonderful contribution and leadership of Ms Judith Potter over her 14-year term as Principal. I am very grateful to her for assisting my transition to the role and wish her every happiness in her retirement. I would ask all families to please remember Judith in your prayers on the passing of her dear father, Owen Potter AM. We all look forward to her returning to the embrace of our College community at a time when we can gather together as one.

In a video recorded to welcome students I alluded to the contrast of the beginning of the year to what is being asked of us now. Whole school assemblies and masses, sports carnivals, socialising at lunch and recess and sharing classes with each other may seem like a distant memory. Therefore, it was reassuring to commence the new term today and wonderful to meet the students as they walked through the main gate. To see their smiles and excitement to be back was lovely. I have been overwhelmed by the sense of welcome from the staff and community and feel privileged to know that I will part of the ongoing Loreto story. The value of a Loreto education is significant as the College has established itself as a leading Catholic school for girls.

This year, as I’m sure you have heard before, has been like no other. We have been filled with uncertainty due to COVID-19. However, when we are faced with such adversity, we are challenged to act differently and to think differently. Students, staff and families have had to learn to adapt and change and have done so successfully. Mother Gonzaga Barry certainly knew how to deal with challenges, and she seemed to instinctively anticipate the needs of her time and I’m sure she would be proud of our current Loreto community.

Michael McGirr, in his book ‘Finding God’s Traces’, recalls a line from Psalm 139: “The night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” We are always presented with contrasts in our life: night and day; right and wrong; flight or fight. ‘Light’, Michael McGirr notes, ‘is one of the strongest symbols of our Christian faith.’ He reminds us that the essence of our humanness is that light always prevails, and the spirit will always triumph. A few years ago, I remember taking my mother to see the musical, Beautiful – The Carole King story. As I watched I realised that the title song had a line that resonated and continues to resonate with me, especially in these times. Carole King also reminds us of our inner light: “You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart.” When we are faced with difficult times and challenges, it is good to remind ourselves that we all have gifts, a light, and to share them can make a huge impact in other people’s lives.

I look forward to meeting parents and carers, families, current and past students and staff and leading the extended Loreto community through its next chapter.

Click here to view Michelle's message to the Loreto Community
Loreto College Parents/Guardians Communications Review 

Following a fantastic response from our Parents/Guardians Communication Survey late last term, we would like to share with you the key themes resulting from the survey as well as what we plan to do as a College in response:
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Term 3 Canteen 

The canteen will now be open at recess time with limited items. 

Lunch orders will be online using Simon, lunch orders must be placed by 9 am for the current date (limited menu).

Eftpos will still be available for payment as well as cash (payments must be paid throughout the lunch break).

If your daughter is late or has forgotten her lunch please tell her to go to the canteen as soon as they can and we will help them.

In the last two weeks of Term 2 the MMC finally came to life again!  

The Year 11 students rehearsed and planned Moliere's "The Trick's of Scapin" mostly online, using Microsoft Teams where they had a rehearsal room and production areas channels to discuss ideas. The students developed digital workbooks that they could work on and I could see them develop in real-time. They had 14 lessons and 3 lunchtime classes to place the production in the stage space - block it in a socially distanced manner rehearsing in shields, build and paint sets, trial and plot lighting/sound/costume and make-up.  I am so proud of the work they produced. They performed the first, post lockdown, show to an audience (one class downstairs, one small class in the balcony - socially distanced) in our MMC Abbey Theatre on Thursday 18th June. There's one for the history books!

The following Monday the Year 10 Drama students performed "Hoods", a story set in a junkyard where two young children are abandoned. The Year 10's rehearsed in a similar way online to the year 11's but only had 8 lessons on the ground after lockdown to develop the production in the space. Ms Potter managed to come along to this show, which was to be the last performance she saw in the MMC as Principal. The Year 10 Drama students did a great job putting on this production and it was quite an emotional journey.  

It was great to have some shows being performed again and have audiences, even if they were small. Creativity is so important and to see the students come alive in the space was a heartwarming experience.
At the end of Term 2, the Unit 1 Food Studies students investigated the idea of “ What is Authentic Australian Cuisine?” for their final assessment task in Unit 1. Students were given the task of designing a dish that demonstrated Australian identify. Students considered our Indigenous history, foods consumed in early white settlement, foods introduced due to immigration and iconic foods developed in Australia, such as vegemite, pavlovas and Golden Gay Times, to create a range of original dishes. The dishes produced allowed them to express their creativity and skill. Well done to all Unit 1 Food Studies Students.
Year 7 Weekly Briefing

Welcome to Term 3!  We all have our fingers crossed that you are back for good and raring to go. Our warm welcome extends to our new principal, Ms Brodrick – I know the 2020 Yr 7’s will make her very much at home, just as Loreto has done for every new member of our community.

So, what are we expecting…
  • Since we are still very COVID 19 aware, you will still be social distancing as much as possible.
  • You will be ‘sanitising’ appropriately.
  • You will complete a ‘grab and run’ locker sprint – remember, have everything you need for pairs of classes – “Go, Grab, Move!’.
  • There is a ‘safe zone’ marked around the teacher’s desks – please leave this space empty (especially at lunchtime).
  • We will see you on Wednesday morning in Mentor group where we will have a video welcome from Ms Brodrick.
  • You will be in beautifully presented correct winter uniform.
  • We are starting on Week A.
  • You will have checked SIMON and have all the books and equipment you need.
  • Bell times are back to normalish… an extra minute for change overs but no teacher bell.
You know that you have changed some classes – semesterised subjects have swapped.  Teachers will ask you to join Google classrooms, Teams, etc – please do so as quickly as possible ( as insurance against you know what! ).
Looking forward to having you here, Mrs Ibbotson and Mr Stowe.
Year 8 Weekly Briefing 

We hope you had a wonderful holiday and have arrived back fresh and ready for another captivating term! There have been changes made to timetables, so make sure you print your timetable and are prepared for classes this week. 

We extend a warm welcome to our new Principal - Ms Brodrick - be sure to introduce yourselves if you see her around the college. 

So what is on for this week?
1. Wednesday 15 July, 8.45am – VIRTUAL year level assembly in Mentor classrooms.
Each class will elect two new representatives for Sem 2. Students interested in nominating themselves for this position need to email their Mentor teacher by the end of today, explaining why you want to be considered for the position. Speeches and elections will take place tomorrow during P.4
2. Thursday 16 July P.4 – Felicitous life lesson.  Yr 8 Committee Representative Elections.
Special Reminders:

  1. Full winter uniform is required for Term 3 – this includes no extra jewellery or bling!
  2. Continued social distancing practices are a MUST: keep locker areas and corridors free of crowds; stay AWAY from the teacher desks, no sharing of equipment; wash and sanitise hand regularly.
  3. The canteen has reopened at recess time but only for snacks and drinks. All lunch orders need to be placed by 9 am using the Simon link. NO FOOD IS TO BE EATEN IN CLASSROOMS.
  4. Bell times have returned to normal – please be extra mindful of allowing teachers to move freely in and out of classrooms and through the corridors without crowding them.

Corridor Duty (includes lunch collection) - 8 White TBC

Job Description:

As a Yr 8 Committee Representative you will be required to:

  • attend fortnightly lunchtime meetings.
  • be a role model to the class and year level regarding behaviour, uniform, attitude etc.
  • encourage the class to take responsibility for the state of your room, class charter etc.
  • help foster positive relationships within the class.
  • assist planning of Year 8 level events.
1.   Students will submit a letter of application to their mentor teacher outlining why they should be considered for this role; qualities they have that would assist them in this role.
2.  Prepare and deliver a 1 MINUTE speech to their mentor group.
3.  Speeches to be presented Week 1 Term 3.
4.  Each mentor group will vote by the end of this week.

Other details:
  • Two representatives will be elected from each mentor group EACH SEMESTER. This means that another election will take place at the beginning of Sem 2.
  • If you have another position of leadership, you will not be able to nominate for the role of Yr 8 Committee Representative.
Year 9 Weekly Briefing

Welcome back Year 9s! 

We hope you've taken some time to relax and recharge over the break. 
Mr Nan and I are putting the 'BRIEF' into 'BRIEFING' this week. 
Here's what you need to know:
  • Correct and full winter uniform from tomorrow morning. If you have PE, you can wear Sports uniform all day. 
  • Consider nominating yourself for a Year 9 Class rep position this term.
  • A chance to give back to the community with the 'Sock Drop' and Nazareth House cards program. Details to come.
  • Your mentor will talk to you about some important programs this term: Subject selection and 'Goals for Growth'.
  • Keep following social distancing advice, wash and sanitize your hands, and keep our spaces clean.
  • We are changing back to Term 1 recess and lunch rules: No one to be eating in classrooms or break out rooms thank you. 
  • Last but not least, we have a new Principal at Loreto! We hope you make Ms Brodrick  feel very welcome!
We are looking forward to catching up with you all.
The Year 9 Team
Year 10 Weekly Briefing
Welcome back Year 10,

Wednesday brings a start to a new semester. We also welcome our new Principal, Ms Michelle Brodrick who will also be starting her Loreto journey with us this semester. If you see Ms Brodrick, please make her feel welcome and help her to find her way around our beautiful college.

Focus this term is on subject selection, community service and social distancing. AVOID gathering in numbers particularly in corridors and locker areas.

No Committee Meeting this week, instead Mentor groups need to nominate Term 3 committee members in advance of next week’s meeting.

Period 4 Thursday we will social distance in the MMC. Ms McDonald, Ms Howlett and Mrs Wheatland will talk to us about VCE, VCAL and VET programs.

VCE/VCAL Parent subject information night has been moved to Wednesday 22nd July and will be a recorded online event. Then the following week will be an on-line Q and A.

Bell times have returned to normal – please be extra mindful of allowing teachers to move freely in and out of classrooms and through the corridors without crowding them.
  • Your new timetable has been released, please check and make sure you are organised prior to tomorrow.
  • STRIVE starts tomorrow, period 3. Make sure you have your PE uniform (if needed). If it is needed, you can wear Sports uniform all day. 
  • Correct winter uniform, there are no warnings for out of uniform (including piercings). We are Year 10 and it is Semester 2. If you have PE, you can wear Sports uniform all day. 
  • Phones do not appear between 8.45am and 3.25pm.
  • Classrooms – these areas must be kept tidy, we have vacuums for YOU to clean up any mess and we ask no students are to be near the teacher desk at the front of class (there is tape as a guide).
  • Microwave has been returned as a trial. The two concerns are social distancing whilst waiting and cleanliness of the microwave. If either of these two create a concern it will be removed again.
  • Year 10 English Help sessions held on Wednesday lunchtimes in the Year 9 area -SG301 or SG303.
  • AVOID gathering in numbers particularly in corridors and locker areas.
Enjoy your week 😊
Year 11 Weekly Briefing

Welcome to Term 3 Year 11s!
We will see you bright and early on Wednesday morning, ready to begin the term! All VCE and VCAL students have returned across the state and ¼ of your senior school journey is done!  So let’s embrace the new beginnings on offer, and start the term with homework completed, texts read, notes ordered and a clear sense of what you want to achieve and how you’re going to go about this.
We have a new principal, Michelle Brodrick, and we know that you will extend to her your friendliness, courtesy and welcome.
We also have two new students to welcome into Year 11 - Bernie Dickson in Mulhall 3 and Charlotte Quick in Ward 4. We know you will make them feel welcome and offer them a helping hand. 

This term we will be focusing on looking at leadership and your role in the world as young adults. While we will begin the process of student leaders for Year 12, Mr Larkin and I also want you to be thinking about your role as leaders and voices in the wider world. We have seen recently in protests around the world the power of people when they are united, and as people who will soon have the responsibility to vote, it is time for you to start thinking about what you want to lend your voice to. This will be a focus of our Felicitous Life lessons. 
Reminders for this term:
  • We start with Week A classes
  • If you are starting a new subject this term you should have contacted your teacher and completed the holiday homework. If you haven’t, you have 24 hours to sort that out! 
  • Keep the classrooms tidy at lunch 
  • It is still winter uniform - and that does not include false eyelashes, nose rings, shellac nails, nail polish, rings or necklaces.
  • If you are wearing P.E. uniform then it needs to be correct P.E. uniform, no extra hoodies underneath
  • Phones still stay in lockers all day.
COVID-19 Reminders:
Recent clusters in Melbourne seem to have shown that young people are carrying the disease more than was originally thought. This means you need to be even more careful - for yourself as well as for others.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds on a regular basis
  • Use hand sanitizer when you enter the classroom
  • Do not sit at or use the teachers’ desks or spaces in the classroom (you will notice tape on the floor – this indicates you need to keep out of that space).
  • Be quick at lockers - don’t hang around
  • Be respectful of other people’s space and maintain social distancing
Please keep in mind that these guidelines are for you, but also for others! You don’t know if the person next you to goes home to a chronically ill sibling, or if your teacher is also caring for elderly parents. Please be considerate. 
Final Hoodie Designs will be voted on in the next week so keep an eye out for an email regarding those. Year Level Committee Meeting, Wednesday lunchtime in the Art room, everyone welcome! 
We are looking forward to a great term with you all. Be kind to each other and yourself.
Year 12 Weekly Briefing

Welcome back to you all
We hope you have had a lovely break and kept up to date with any schoolwork requirements. We have some important information for you all, so read the following carefully.
Firstly, we extend a very warm welcome to our Principal Michelle Brodrick. We wish Ms Brodrick the very best and she settles into her new role. In time, we may be able to gather as a group to formally meet and welcome Ms Brodrick but for now, I am sure a warm smile, friendly greeting will go a long way when you see her around the school.
As some of you may know, Ms Kerri Loader will not be returning for this semester. It is important she takes the time to manage her health and we are wishing her well.  She will be dearly missed by her mentor students, her classes and colleagues. Mulhall 5 will have the wonderful Ms Kate Martin stepping in as mentor teacher and she is also taking some yr 10/11 Health/HHD classes. Ms Martin has been working all year at Loreto in junior PE so we are very lucky she is with us and I know you will make her very welcome. Mr Flight will also be supporting Mulhall 5 in mentor time (he’s not bad either!).
  1. Social distancing – this continues to be extremely important and we all need to be vigilant in the health and safety of yourself and others.
  • AVOID gathering in numbers in corridors, locker areas and particularly the kitchen area.
  • Classrooms – these areas must be kept tidy, we have vacuums for YOU to clean up any mess and we ask no students are to be near the teacher desk at the front of class.
  1. A new start to the term – With your studies this term - Persistence and consistency are paramount.
Last term we had many students who were finding the end of the term challenging and Ms Harrison was spending an enormous amount of time chasing up resits/SACs, putting on extra supp sessions etc. This is not unique to this year. Ensure we keep on top of the work. We have wonderful support in – make this a priority and make the effort to attend these invaluable sessions.
  1. Please adhere to correct school uniform policy.
  2. Careers:  If you have any questions about further education and training, applying to university, completing early entry program applications, email Jodie Howlett
Transitioning back to school: Concerns and worries 
How can I help myself/my friends? Reach out. 
Supportive material: booklet outside Year 12 Co-ordinators office for you to view and read. Also emails from counsellors 
Your mentor teachers, counsellors and year level coordinators are here to support you if you just reach out. 

Joke of the week:
Relatable Post #203
First day of term: 20 pens and pencils, rubber, scissors, glue stick, ruler, paper clips.  
1 month later: 1 pencil you found on the ground.
In this week's Career News:
  • Applying for uni and TAFE courses (Yr 12)
  • Why is it so important to gain post school qualifications?
  • Preparing for the digital workforce of tomorrow
  • Australian Catholic University - updates and initiatives
  • La Trobe University - new pathway programs
  • ATAR notes – resources for VCE and HSC students
  • STEM careers
  • Toolkits to help you get a job
  • Upcoming virtual events and recorded webinars
Click here to download the full Career News PDF
Library News

CBCA Shadow Judges – First Response Complete!
Welcome back! We hope everyone has enjoyed a safe and restful break.
As many of you will remember, we were selected as one of only five Victorian schools to judge the CBCA shortlisted books in the older reader category. I’m excited to announce that our 2020 Shadow Judges are: Ann Chalakkal, Bridie Newman, Casey Steenhuis, Chloe Simpson, Claira Constable, Ella Demunk, Elloise Nash, Gemma K Richardson, Georgia Siemensma, Isabelle Martino, Jess Sheehan, Lucy Eales, Margot Lynn, Olivia Jones and Zara Blythman.
The group have been working very hard over the last month and during the holidays came in to complete and submit their first two book responses.
This Is How We Change the Ending – Vikki Wakefield
For this response the group planned and created an augmented reality graffiti trail. The app based, virtual art instillation incorporated elements from the book including words, phrases and images that were significant within the story. The group then collaboratively wrote an analysis of their work looking at why they chose this creative response and how it related to the text.
The Boy Who Steals Houses - Drews, C.G.
In this creative response the students carefully curated a scene using items that they made, found and borrowed, including quilled paper keys that they crafted from old book pages. They then photographed the scene and edited the image to represent the major themes and reoccurring symbols in the book. Upon completion they again wrote a collaborative analysis of their work, including what influenced them in their response and why.
Both of these books are available in the Library and I’d encourage anybody who’s interested to come and borrow them and let us know what you think!
Happy Reading!
Jen and Robyn are our two amazing Science Lab Technicians here at Loreto, or as they like to call themselves ‘science ninjas’. Jen has been at Loreto now for seven years and Robyn joined us two years ago. You’re probably wondering what ‘science ninjas’ do and the answer is lots! Jen and Robyn work alongside our science teachers preparing, testing and essentially inventing the practical assessments all of our students do from Year 7 all the way through to Year 12.

They are also the proud science mums of a few of our smallest students. In the Science Department, we have quite a popular turtle called Squirt who loves the camera. We also have a couple of stick insects called Twiggy, Teresa, Groot and Bach. The fish currently do not have a name as they struggle to come to an agreement on a name, but they will happily take suggestions!
Jen and Robyn are also the creative geniuses behind the eye-catching displays in the science corridor. They mentioned that these spaces were simply going to waste so they thought they’d have a go at engaging students and staff as they moved throughout the school. The fantastic thing about their displays is that they put science into context within our world whilst providing engaging visual aids. They love to promote topical issues such as global warming and how science links within these areas. Ultimately, they hope there is something for everyone when they walk down the science corridor which we think they certainly achieve.
When asked about what they love about their jobs it’d be no surprise their passion for science and particularly women in science is at the forefront. Both being scientist themselves, they love working on something different every day alongside the science team. A proud element to their job is knowing they are helping to educate our future scientists. We are incredibly lucky to have such fantastic examples of women in science at our own school.

Thank you Robyn and Jen for all the hard work you do!
Canteen Volunteers Update

Moving forward, in Term 3 unfortunately due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, we are unable to allow any volunteers in our canteen due to current guidelines. Any updates regarding the canteen will be made on the Loreto app or the fortnightly eNews. 

Please stay in touch as we appreciate your time and help.

Take care Jacqui, Vicki and Dee
How to Make a Mask

With the increased talk regarding face masks, you might want to learn how to make one! This handy link from the ABC goes through the material needed and how to make one. Give it a go!
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

Monday 20 July
Elevate Study Skills Year 10 & Year 12

Wednesday 22 July
VCE/VCAL 2021 Online Subject Selection Information (Year 11 & 12 2021 students) - online link to be emailed
2021 Year 9 into Year 10 Online Subject Selection Information - online link to be emailed


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