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Loreto College eNewsletter

Wednesday 12 August, 2020

In this Issue 

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

Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change.  Pope Francis (2015), Laudato Si
Pope Francis is a leader of courage, conviction and compassion. The encyclical, ‘Laudato Si', written in 2015, encourages us to examine our hearts and take action to protect our common home. Pope Francis tells us that we must walk with others in solidarity, encouraging and enabling others to walk the way of Jesus. Recently, we have seen this in our students as they respond to the challenges of 2020. Our student leaders have particularly shown the way and helped unite us as a community, with authenticity and kindness. Through such events as a Netflix party or a year level Kahoot, students have connected with other students. The value of these actions will not be known as isolation can affect people in all different ways.   
Last week I had the opportunity to attend mass with Fr Justin Driscoll in the St John of God Chapel. Justin has been inviting one other person to participate in mass to assist with the readings and responses. It is streamed through the St Patrick’s Cathedral Facebook page and to the patients in the St John of God hospital. As I sat in the beautiful chapel and participated in the mass, something I hadn’t had the opportunity to do due to the restrictions, I reflected on the community and what we are dealing with at present. It is hard to imagine the enormity of the changes that our staff, students, parents and carers have experienced in the past six months as we have battled with the implications of a COVID-19 world. The response in the past week as we return to remote learning has shown the resilience and strength of our students, staff and community. Despite this, many in our community face great uncertainty, particularly our Year 12 students.  
One way we can walk in solidarity with others is by supporting our students and providing encouragement. To help deal with the challenges we are experiencing right now, we can help them to accept that we cannot predict the future and focus on what we can control for now. By acknowledging the uncertainty, we can also focus on positive aspects during these times. The learning that is taking place will help our students develop and apply new skills; become more agile thinkers; become more independent and adaptable which will enhance future learning and further development of entrepreneurial skills.
In speaking with a number of students across the year levels about the return to remote learning, some of the things I have heard include:

  • the on-line platforms for remote learning are more familiar so students and staff are feeling more confident and capable using technology
  • that students are more responsible for their learning and solving problems
  • the ability to work at their own pace is a benefit of ‘anytime learning’.

Revelations of Divine Love, was the first book to be written in English by a woman. Famously, Julian of Norwich made the observation, ‘All shall be well, and all manner of things can be well.’  Julian lived through two plagues including the Black Death and experienced similar uncertainty to that with which we are currently living. Her writing from the fourteenth century still speaks to us as we face the serious implications of schooling in a COVID-19 environment. With this in mind, we must continue to embrace new ways of learning and be optimistic that there is never a better time to believe that ‘all manner of things can be well’.

Change of dates due to COVID 19

Virtual Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews
Virtual Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews were on scheduled on Tuesday 5 August and because of remote learning we have shifted this to Thursday 27 August, from 12.00 noon until 8.00pm.

If parents have made an appointment previously then that appointment will stand, and you do not need to re-schedule. However, if the change of day means you cannot honour that appointment, we will open the parent-teacher appointments in PAM on Monday 17 August so parents can reschedule.

Subject Selections for 2021
Once again due to COVID 19 we have had to find new ways of doing what we would normally do to assist students and parents to make these important decisions.
Rather than hold Information Evenings and Year Level Assemblies, we have produced videos, handbooks and a digital Weebly. The videos and handbooks are available on PAM (Parent Access Module) for each year level. Within the Subject Handbook is the web link and password to our Weebly which contains videos and general information on all subjects from years 10-12. Each mentor teacher is working to assist your daughter with her decision making. Faculty leaders and I are available to assist.

New due dates for subject selection are:
Year 10 2021   21 August 2020
Year 11 2021   21 August 2020
Year 12 2021   21 August 2020
Tips for parents/guardians during remote learning

By now our teachers, students and parents/guardians are engaged in remote on-line learning for the second time this year to ensure the safety of every Victorian. This move to remote learning provides a significant challenge for everyone. For students it is a challenge to remain engaged and motivated. For our teachers it is a challenge to develop strategies and resources that will engage students and enable them to learn remotely. For parents and guardians, the challenge is to support your daughter in her learning, whilst looking after the family and often working full time from home, which is no easy feat.

By now you will know that all our teachers are using either Microsoft Teams or Google Classroom to live stream lessons with your daughters, as well as providing lesson instructions and resources. Students can submit classwork and assessment tasks via these platforms and teachers are able to monitor and give feedback effectively and efficiently. Because these two platforms do not link with the PAM (Parent Access Module), teachers will then need to transfer student results to SIMON. Given that teachers were given one days’ notice to prepare for remote learning this will take some time to occur, so please be patient.
How can you help your daughter?
  • Firstly, all we can ask is that everyone does their best.
  • Ensuring your daughter develops a daily routine following the school timetable is recommended.
  • Sleeping in and staying up late is not a useful routine.
  • Ensuring that your daughter has a specific learning space is essential, sitting on her bed is not a good space.
  • Make sure she takes breaks for meals and exercise.
  • Provide healthy food for breaks.
  • If you have any concerns about your daughter’s learning contact her mentor teacher.
  • If any of her subject teachers have concerns, they will communicate their concerns to you through the mentor teacher also.
Free Parent Webinar - Time Management

Elevate Education is hosting another free webinar. This time focusing on time management. This even will show you how to help students manage their time, plan ahead, improve their focus and avoid procrastination. Of all the webinars Elevate ran last term, this topic was best received. 
Date: Tuesday 18 August  
Time: 6pm AEST 
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: Free 
Click here to register your interest
Important Health Message: Students with Asthma

It is the expectation that students that have asthma bring their inhalers and spacers to school.
Upon return for Physical Education classes and Sport sessions:
All students with an Asthma MUST have their named inhalers with them during Physical Education and any physical activity session that they are participating in at school.
Unit 3 Drama Ensemble Performance

It was with great relief for the VCE Unit 3/4 students when they finally performed their Unit 3 Ensemble performance last Thursday 30 July. The last remote learning period saw the students have to pause their practical ensemble development, once their script was written, in favour of some Unit 4 work that was doable in a remote setting.  Upon their return they rehearsed madly to have the work ready for week 3, Term 4.  

The students performed fractured fairy tales using an eclectic performance style and characters from the stories The Snow Queen, Mulan, Rapunzel, Little Mermaid, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella to explore themes such as depression, sexism, conformity, poverty, abuse, prejudice and body image. It was a powerful performance which was seen by a Year 9 English class, who are studying alternative interpretations of fairytales, the Unit 2 Theatre Studies class and Ms Broderick. Parents of the class were able to watch a video of their performance and we had some great photos taken in memory of the persistence of the creative spirit. 

It was a pleasure to see the development in the class' writing skills and use of expressive skills. Thank you to Ms Sandra Rosenow, their teacher for guiding them, not just through the creative process, but for her hard work in keeping them on track with their Unit 3 and 4 studies by being flexible and adaptable curriculum delivery.

Town Hall Virtual Tour
By Amber McCarthy (Current Year 8 Student)

Recently in Year 8 Humanities, we had a virtual meeting with Mayor Ben Taylor where he gave us a virtual tour of the Ballarat Town Hall while telling us about his job and facts about the building. My favourite things that I learnt during the meeting included seeing the bells in the bell tower which I didn’t know were there and he told us some facts about them that very few people know. We also saw the inside of the big clock that changes colour most nights which was very cool to see with all it's gears and mechanisms. We also had a look into some of the rooms including the Mayor’s Room where the Mayor used to entertain guests to the city. This included a liquor cupboard and a very old book that people who visited signed, including the Queen. I thought that the book was especially cool. In the room there was also the Mayor’s hat which was kept in the entertaining cupboard, it was very old and black. Another room he showed us was where the Councillors discuss and debate issues as well as vote on who the Mayor would be. This room had very old armchairs around the table. There was another room where the Councillors met with microphones at each person’s seat. We learned there are nine councillors, with three looking after a specific area together.

The Mayor also had special chains and robes which he wore for special occasions such as the Australian citizenship ceremony, which was not a job I knew the Mayor did. The chain he wore was a replica of the original which was made of pure gold and each loop has the name of a previous Mayor on it. The chains of both the replica and the original were worth thousands of dollars. Overall, I wasn't aware of the amount of how much history and tradition goes along with being the Mayor. At the end, we were able to ask him questions and I asked how he knew he wanted to be a Councillor? He said it was because he got tired of complaining to other people so he thought he’d enact change himself.
English Help Sessions on Google Meet

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

Google Meet codes are available in SIMON on the daily notices.
LC Lockdown Run Club & Circuit

Due to the move from face-to-face to online learning once again, the PE Department have endeavoured to continue our original term 3 intra-school competition, but have altered it into a more virtual and generally self-motivated comp.
We recognised that during the first lockdown, many in the Loreto community found this as a great opportunity to either get moving or maintain their fitness. This time round, we have wanted to use this to our advantage in maintaining the competitive Loreto spirit. Whether it is a run or walk, staff and students have been asked to send through their distance/time, which is then accumulated for house points as an addition to the already standing house ladder. There is also weekly time trials, from a 1km “sprint” to a 6km run, counting for further points.
Live circuits will also take place on Google Meets each Wednesday lunchtime (1-1:30pm), where we are encouraging all girls to take a break from their studies, get moving and to take care of themselves. These circuits will then be posted afterwards for anyone to use later on.

Please find below our overall house ladder as of the 11 of August: (RC= run club)

DAV Public Speaking Competition

Due to COVID-19, most Debating and Public Speaking events have been cancelled. However, the DAV Public Speaking Competition continued in an online format last term. We had several dedicated students enter. Finnley Greet (current Year 12 student) was one of 150 senior students who entered across Victoria and she become one of 18 finalists. We were notified yesterday that Finley and her speech on gender fluidity was the winner of the overall competition! As part of making it through to the finals, Finnley along with all Year 12 finalist will now be adjudicators in the 2021 competition. A wonderful achievement all round. 

The commitment that all these students showed is incredible, especially during such challenging times. Their willingness to take up new opportunities and dedication to participate entirely remotely shows how incredible these students are. 

Year 7 Weekly Briefing

Good afternoon ladies,

We are already receiving messages from staff telling us how engaged and positive you have been as we enter our second burst of online learning.

We remind you that you must attend the ‘meets’ that are organised by the teachers. Important instructions and information is being passed on and the whole class should be present to hear it.

You have a simple set of things to do each day…
1. Check in on Google at 8:50am – we have to do a roll
2. Check your emails
3. Check your online work delivery – Google classroom, Teams etc
4. Attend every allocated ‘Meet’
Positive thoughts are being sent our way – you should be aware you are part of a huge international Loreto family. We hope you had a chance to watch the video of support from our sisters in Sydney 
A huge thank you to the student and staff of Loreto Kirribilli, a beautiful school on the edge of Sydney harbour. Never forget that kind words make a difference, keep a positive mindset and help those around you thrive.
Hopefully you have read the message from Lucy re the Lockdown Run Club.

We're planning on getting this ball rolling again, but allowing your exercises to contribute to the term 3 house points as a form of motivation, with our LC LOCKDOWN RUN CLUB !
Once again, ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF, will have the opportunity to represent their house for points and compete against others in their year level or staffing group.
Whenever you find yourself going for a run or walk, make sure to take a picture of your watch or phone and log this exercise down either on paper or on your phone/computer (take note of distance covered / time taken). Send these logs to me at the time of your session via email and I will be tallying these up for house points.
Teachers may be allocating a class or a mentor meeting as ‘Gift Time’. This is your chance to move away from the screen and complete some healthy activity. The school listed some possible activities in the online booklet found at

We know you will stay strong Year 7!  
Year 8 Weekly Briefing 

Hello Year 8, 

Talking to my 8 Purple Possums about the return to remote learning makes you aware of all the positives we can be grateful for!! We will all miss our friends and colleagues however you can now sleep in a little longer, you can eat yummy lunches and you can spend extra time with family and pets.

Your Year 8 Class Reps are meeting on Friday and have an exciting Trivia Contest to present to you very soon!

Daily Actions - Checklist✔✔
1. Sign into Mentor Group ✔
2. Check your emails ✔
3. Check Daily Notices - Google Classroom, One Note  – Which classes are online etc. ✔
4. Plan your day – Use your Planner to do this!✔

Need to know: 
Gift Time Explained! - When your teacher talks about ‘gift time’ its an opportunity to promote healthy activities and enhance your wellbeing. Choose one of 39 activities or options – these are listed on this site:
Look for the online manual for students and staff.)

Still feeling a little overwhelmed at times??
• Give yourself time to readjust 
• You are now Captain Marvels of online learning
• Relax
• Download the Smiling Minds app on your phone
• Find 5 minutes each day to do Mindfulness Exercises as practised in POS ED 
• Play outside with family and pets
• Enjoy completing a 'gift'!

Year 9 Weekly Briefing

Please ABSORB all of the information in this briefing LIKE A SPONGE! 
Our most important task next week is working through our subject selections with mentors.  
To start: Here is a super positive message from your Yellow and Purple Reps!
  • These will happen on Wednesday and Friday afternoon next week (p 5 and 6). 
  • You will not have your normal classes during this time
  • Your interview will be done in YOUR 'Goals' SMALL GROUPS. (See the attachment in your briefing email)
  • Your mentor will allocate a time for each group and you will need to join a google meet to discuss your selections. Your group knows you and can help support. 
  • Have your draft subject selections in front of you, and your folio if you are applying for Units 1 and 2 and haven't given a copy to your mentor yet.
  • YOU MUST COME WITH A PLAN! Mentors can guide and offer suggestions but we are not completing the process for you.
  • While you are not in an interview you will have a health task to work on (Stay tuned), and any other work that needs completing from your classes. 
  • Just a reminder to dress appropriately and avoid eating during online meets
We know that remote learning can be challenging, but we are all up for the challenge. 
Keep safe. 
From the Year 9 Team
Year 10 Weekly Briefing
Congratulations Year 10 on completing your first week of online learning 2.0.

What did you learn from online learning 1.0? Keep positive and work on improving the areas that were not so good.
  • Did you exercise enough?
  • Did you have a positive consistent routine?
  • Did you have effective communication with your teachers/classmates/parents?
  • Did you take enough breaks?
  • Were your breaks effective (e.g. went for a walk, talk to friends…)?
  • Did you make a ‘to do’ list every day?
  • Did you keep a diary?
Let’s be positive and make 2.0 twice as effective as 1.0.
I’m excited. Be sure to read Lucy O’Loughlin’s email. This week’s challenge (week 5, starting tomorrow Sat 8th Aug), the time trial challenge is 1km. Send in your time/pace photo to Lucy. I will also ask Lucy to provide to the Year 10 Coordinators the name of the fastest Year 10 and a random Year 10 participant name who will both receive a mystery prize as extra incentive. Let’s challenge ourselves Year 10.
Subject selections:
Unit 3/4 applications were due Friday 7 August.

Your Mentor teacher will have organised a subject selection interview with you and your parents/guardians. Make sure that you are fully organised for this interview including having your completed portfolio ready to go. Remember, interviews are compulsory.

The deadline for subject selection has been extended from 14 August to 21 August, this is due to the interruptions caused by moving back to online learning. In addition, we will not worry about the printed and signed forms. This means that Everyone will receive an email from Ms Sofis on the new date of Friday 14 August, this email will contain a link to complete your subject selections. Everyone completes this, even those who have applied for a Unit 3/4 (students to assume that their Unit 3/4 application was successful – if it is not you will be contacted). This email containing the link will be sent to you on Friday 14 August and must be completed by Friday 21 August.  Ms Sofis has also put together an excellent video that will guide you in completing your subject online application, this video is now available on the Year 10 google classroom page. The link here will also take you to the video:
Felicitous Life Thursdays
  • Week 5, period 4 (Thursday 13 Aug): continue to use as subject selection, Mentor teachers conducting interviews or catch-up time if your subject selection portfolio is complete and you are 100% ready to submit.
  • Week 6, period 4 (Thursday 20 Aug): is currently being planned, stay tuned.
Year 10 Committee
New committee members will be invited to join the Year 10 Committee Google Classroom where you will have an input and help to prepare our Felicitous Life activities for this term.
Key dates
  • 14 August – Year 10 will receive email from Ms Sofis with subject selection link.
  • 17 August – Wellbeing day, no classes
  • 21 August – Year 10 subject selections due
  • 27 August – Parent/Teacher/Student interviews
Remember, Communication is key.

Have a great week 😊
Year 11 Weekly Briefing
Hello Year 11!
We are back, Year 11! Not necessarily where many of us wanted to be, but, as we have come to expect from you, you’ve got into your classes, made plans to catch up and look out for each other, and all in all, pulled up your boots and got on with it. See the following video for what we think of you!
Be sure to have your study space set up, your headphones ready for online classes and negotiate space and time with your family.
You all had an opportunity to have a bit of a chat about VCE subject selections for Year 12 with your mentors yesterday. Hopefully you’ve all got a pretty good idea of what you are planning to study in Year 12 but if not, you need to put some thought into it over the weekend as subject selections are due by next Friday the 14th of August. Ms Sofis will be sending out a video shortly that very clearly shows how you go about selecting your subjects. Please watch the video carefully to make sure you know what you are doing and then get those selections in! Check pre-requisites for any courses you’re considering at Uni and check with your teachers if you are unsure.
Looking ahead to Thursday, we have some very exciting news: during Period 4 we are going to have another whole Year 11 Kahoot! We are also going to have a dress-up theme for it: Fancy or Funky! (Thanks MO4 for that suggestion!) The Kahoot will be run through Google Meet like last time so keep an eye out for an email with instructions on how to join closer to the day and start planning your outfit!
An order form for vests and hoodies has been sent out via the Loreto App to all of your parents and guardians today. There is a copy attached to this email just in case they have trouble accessing it. The form needs to be downloaded and filled out in Microsoft Word, then emailed to from your parents’ or guardians’ email address. We cannot accept any order forms that are sent from student email addresses.
Make sure that you look after yourself. If you need a break from your computer, then take one. Get outside for some fresh air, do some skipping, sing a song, play a board game, bake a cake, learn to knit, do the macarena (and don’t forget your mask)! Keep in touch with your friends and remember, we are all learning remotely but that doesn’t mean we are learning alone.
Year 12 Weekly Briefing

Hi All,
There is no better way to commence this briefing than for you to watch the video of support from Loreto Kirribilli 
What a beautiful gesture from the Year 12’s of Loreto Kirribilli!!! We have sent a return email thanking them for their thoughtfulness and we have assured them that we are most appreciative of such a wonderful gesture! 
Doesn’t it just lift your spirits when people do RAOT’s for others Random Acts Of Thoughtfulness!!!
Well, we are obviously into our Round 2 of remote learning and we encourage you all to remain positive and strong! We remind you to keep in touch with your Mentor Teachers (please ensure that you check in each morning) as well as your subject teachers. Also, be sure to check emails!

By the way, a REQUEST WE MAKE ON BEHALF OF YOUR SUBJECT TEACHERS and MENTORS - when you are taking part in a Google Meet session please be as involved as you can, please be as engaged as you can, please make contributions to discussions, please ask questions! The more we contribute to such MEETS the more we are going to get out of these sessions!

A recorded version of the VTAC presentation on the course, SEAS and scholarships application process is available via this link:
Next Thurs. ( 13 August) during Mentor Group time ( period 4 ) Ms. Howlett will provide more detail regards VTAC and SEAS via a PowerPoint.
Online appointments with Ms Howlett can still be booked via for Google Meets.

Also, please find attached ACCESS EDUCATION information in your briefing email. This brochure contains information about exam preparation sessions to held at Federation University.
Joke of the week:
Q : Did you know that ants never get sick?
Ans: It’s because they have little anty bodies!
We wish you all well for the week ahead – stay strong, stay focussed and we encourage you all to do the best you can!
In this week's Career News:
  • Tertiary Admission Centres are now open for university and TAFE applications
  • Early entry program closing dates
  • Virtual open day dates
  • VTAC information sessions to assist Year 12 students with their applications
  • Federation University news
  • Transdev Apprenticeship Program – Heavy Diesel Mechanics
  • Building and construction scholarships
  • Recorded career webinars
  • Australian Catholic University news
  • Upcoming virtual career events
Click here to download the full Career News PDF
Hello, we hope everyone is going well with remote learning 2.0. Just a reminder that the Library staff are available via to answer any of your queries. Please get in touch if you have referencing questions, want to know how to use our extensive collection of eBooks and audiobooks online, or need physical copies of items retrieved from our collection.
We’ve also continued to add to our special list of online recourses made available to students by commercial providers in response to the pandemic. These can be found on our LibGuides page (link at the bottom) and are in addition to our regular subscriptions.
The Melbourne Writers’ Festival went live over the weekend and contains a wonderful line up of authors, including two CBCA shortlisted authors. Their Schools Program is completely FREE and available here until the 28 of August.
Stay Safe and Keep Reading!


Wednesday 19th August | 8pm

Loreto College has registered for our parents and carers to join this special webinar.

Join Dr Justin Coulson, one of Australia’s most trusted parenting specialists, as he shares 4 secrets to make it through the pain of the winter COVID-19 Victorian lockdown. By the end of this freewebinar, you’ll:

  • Feel reassured, with less stress and pressure around your kids, their schooling, and life
  • Have concrete strategies you can start on immediately to make your family happier
  • Know how to be on the same page as your partner
  • Be able to develop habits and practices that will ensure your children – and YOU – can get your daily work done, even while everyone is stuck at home.
For further information download the digital flyer here
To register for this FREE webinar click here
Seven Tips for Parents Supporting Remote Learning
Advertise your business in the next edition of Verity!
Loreto College is currently offering the opportunity to promote your business, support the education of young women and reach out to targeted customers by advertising in our contemporary Loreto College magazine, Verity. This magazine is printed twice a year and has a total printed circulation of over 10,000 copies plus distribution online.
With our next edition scheduled to be published in November 2020, we are now seeking bookings prior to the end of August.
Click here to download the advertising kit
If you have any questions please contact the Marketing & Development Office at 
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 17 August
School Wellbeing Day (no classes)

Sunday 6 September 
Fathers Day Mass - a special online event to be held this year on Fathers Day at 11am

Friday 18 September
Term 3 Concludes

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