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Loreto College eNewsletter

Wednesday 21 April, 2021

In this Issue 

Leadership News
College News
Year Level Weekly Briefings
Library News
Career News
Loreto Community Notices
Important Dates
“As we embark on this great collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. Recognizing that the dignity of the human person is fundamental, we wish to see the goals and targets met for all nations and peoples and for all segments of society. And we will endeavour to reach the furthest behind first.” (2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development)
In 2019 I had the opportunity to spend a month working as an intern with UNANIMA International. This experience highlighted how important we can be in bringing change to our world, as an individual and as a community. UNANIMA International (UI) is a non-government organisation (NGO) advocating on behalf of women and children working primarily at the United Nations headquarters in New York. There were many significant events taking place at the United Nations during the month I was there, including the General Assembly. I had the opportunity to attend working party meetings to stop trafficking in persons and major world events such as the Global Climate Strike. As an NGO, UI aims to bridge the gap between Member States (governments) and civil society (grassroots people on the ground). In many ways we are the grassroots people and we can reach out to others who are less fortunate.

Through our Walkathon this Friday our College actively supports, through fundraising, the community of Rumbek. This is our way of reaching out. All money raised from the Walkathon will provide much needed funds to support the Mary Ward Primary Health Care Centre’s Under 5 Health and Nutrition Support Project in South Sudan. In the last week of term students raised awareness and funds for Caritas Australia through raffles and various activities. There are many occasions throughout the year that students, staff and families give a voice to the marginalised. We thank everyone who has donated or supported the many causes that reach out to others.
Through the Loreto network there are many communities supported throughout the world including Timor Leste, Vietnam and South Sudan. The Loreto Sisters are involved in education, community development, social justice, advocacy and refugee rights. They have also been at the United Nations as an NGO since 2002. The primary goal of Loreto at the United Nations is to work for systemic change to redress the major inequities in our world by promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), working for the eradication of poverty and promoting gender equity for women and girls. The SDG are the framework to build a better world and are at the heart of a call to action set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.
The internship with UNANIMA International highlighted the important work of NGOs and civil society in educating and influencing policymakers at the global level, but it also highlighted the important work we can all do to educate each other to work toward achieving a more just world. It was a privilege to have been a witness to the essential work that is taking place at the global level to fight for change as we move closer to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is extremely energising to recognise that essential work is also taking place at Loreto College.

Please see the letter via the button below which provides details around the upcoming NAPLAN testing for Year 7 and 9 students. The testing will be held from Tuesday 11 May to Thursday 13 May. These tests will assess student knowledge and skills in Writing, Reading, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. 

All students are expected to participate in the NAPLAN tests. During test week, catch-up tests will be available for individual students who are absent on test days. These students may undertake catch-up tests on the days in the test week after the scheduled test, up to and including Friday 14 May 2021.

Support can be arranged for students with disabilities if the student regularly uses similar support for classroom assessment tasks. Exemptions may be granted to students with significant intellectual disabilities and to students who have been learning English for less than one year

If your child is eligible for support due to disability or an exemption, you should discuss this with her learning diversity coordinator Jillian Hogbin prior to the tests. Parental consent is required before any support due to disability or exemption is granted.

Please ensure you read the letter below which explains more about NAPLAN. 
NAPLAN Letter to Families
Upcoming Parent Teacher Interviews
Reminder that Parent Teacher Interviews for Year 7 – Year 11 students will  be held on Thursday 29 April from 12:00pm – 8:00pm.  Interviews will be held remotely – there are no on site interviews. 
Reminder that this is a student free day (no classes for all students).
Bookings can be made via PAM (Parent Access Module) and will close on Wednesday 28 April at 12pm.
Walkathon - THIS FRIDAY
Our annual Walkathon is Friday 23 April. Our JPIC Senior group is working in partnership with Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA) and raising much needed funds for Mary Ward Primary Health Care Centre’s Under 5 Health and Nutrition Support Project in Rumbek, South Sudan. As a school community we believe that we can raise $10,000 to assist with this project. This is essentially just $10 from each student. However, we are encouraging all in our school community to dig a little deeper and give more if they can. Please click on the button below to find the sponsorship sheet and how to donate online.
Donate Here
We cannot wait to share with you all the pictures of the day and the total that we know is going to exceed our expectations. 
Our theme this year is Be the Iconic. We want to make sure that with our costumes we are always respectful of all cultures and groups in our world. If your child has any questions about their costume we are more than happy to help. Our costume parade is one of the highlights of the year and we know that many people in our community have gone to extraordinary efforts. 
Our students will not be walking in costume. They will need appropriate walking shoes, comfortable clothing and a water bottle. We will have a cake stall, some lollies (to keep energy up) and a sausage sizzle when the students get back to school. We ask that students have some gold coins for treats on the day. All money from these stalls goes to our charity.  Students will then have an opportunity to make final adjustments to their costumes and we will begin our parade. If a costume is not your thing, come along and vote for the best one!
All sponsorship forms and money are due by Friday 23 April
Mother's Day Mass

Our Mother’s Day Mass is Tuesday 4 May at 7pm. This year, we have made the decision to celebrate our Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. This will enable more Mothers and special female figures to be invited to the occasion. As we are still following Covid-19 safe procedures, we will be using a ticketing system for this event. We look forward to celebrating our special people in our world.
Purchase your free ticket here
Caritas - Project Compassion

A huge congratulations to all JPIC Junior students. What an incredible effort raising money and most importantly raising awareness about Caritas Project Compassion and how together we can make a difference in the lives of others. We as a school community were delighted with the enthusiasm and motivation of this JPIC Junior to have a go and be part of a project for good. You have been truly inspiring. We look forward to our next project for Term 2.

Together JPIC Junior raised approximately $1338.30. That was $414.50 (Bake Sale), $912.00 (Easter Raffle) and $71.85 (Beauty Salon). We also had a Just Dance Dance Party in the Quad and Crazy Sock Day as part of the fun.  

Congratulations on all your efforts and a huge thank you to all who have supported this group and especially to the many families who donated Easter Eggs, it was an eggnormous success!. Our first five winners were:
  1. Therese Franc
  2. Jessica Sims
  3. Bronte Malloy
  4. Isabella Jones
  5. Emma Kilpatrick 
Year 8 Kryal Castle Excursion 
Friday 30 April

Within our Year 8 Humanities classes there is a buzz of anticipation and excitement.  Finally on Friday 30 April, after a term of studying life in medieval times, the students will visit our own Kryal Castle and experience some important features of that time. On the day the students will be rotated through seven interactive hands-on workshops which include topics such as the Village Apothecary, Peasants and Noblemen, the Executioner, Arms and Armour and Archery.

To enhance the medieval flavour of the day the girls are encouraged to dress in medieval costume. This costume should be made from items already at home and it should not put parents to great expense. We encourage the students to be creative in making their costumes and prizes will be awarded on the day for the most creative costumes. Correct PE uniform can be worn to school and there will be time for students to change before getting on the buses to go to Kryal Castle. Please note that the students will be back at Loreto in time to change and catch buses home.

Students need to bring their own lunch including snacks, water bottle, fruit and lunch on the day. There will be no opportunity to purchase food or drink at Kryal as the café will not be open. Comfortable footwear is also recommended.

All of the above information can be found on the Parent Permission Letter on PAM. Can you please have provided parental permission for your daughter to attend if you have not already done so.

After the sadness of 2020, where our Year 8 students could not attend Kryal Castle due to the pandemic it is so exciting to be preparing to take our students there this year. We are looking forward to an exciting day!
A throwback to when our current Year 11's visited back in 2018
English Help Sessions Are Back On!
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. 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.  
TICKETS NOW ON SALE: 2021 Production - A Chorus Line
Tickets are now available to purchase for our 2021 Loreto College production, A Chorus Line. Based on the 1975 musical, A Chorus Line is set on a Broadway theatre stage and follows the lives of seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. Throughout the show, learn about the ambitions, motivations and individuality within each dancer.

We have 4 shows for you to choose from:
  • Wednesday 19 May -  7:30 PM
  • Thursday 20 May - 7:30 PM
  • Friday 21 May - 7:30 PM
  • Saturday 22 May - 2 PM
Our fabulous cast has been rehearsing for months, we can't wait for the wider Loreto College community to see all their hard work pay off. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Loreto Abbey Theatre this May!
Purchase Tickets Here
Year 8 Arts Scholarship

The Loreto College Past Pupils’ Association is generously funding a number of Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships open to any Year 8 student in 2021.  
The scholarships offered for 2021 will be between the value of $500 & $1000. Scholarships are to be used for tuition, masterclasses, examinations, workshops, equipment or a special program that will support the development of skill in the specific strand of the Performing or Visual Arts including: Art, Dance, Drama, Media or Music. 
In previous years between 2 and 4 Scholarships have been awarded. A formal application process will involve a written application followed by an audition (for Performing Arts) or written application accompanied by a folio/film submission and an interview (for Visual Arts/Media). It is expected that Scholarship recipients will share their gift in visual and performing arts within the school community.
The final decision of an offer of a scholarship rests with the Principal.
Please complete this application form and submit it with appropriate supporting documentation by Friday 7 May 2021. 
Year 8 Arts Scholarship Application Form
Year 8 Arts Scholarship Application Guide
We at Loreto College are most appreciative of this opportunity offered to our students by our Past Pupils.
Mulhall Initiative: Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs
Thank you for your assistance so far with collecting Bread Tags!

A friendly reminder to save any plastic tags and bring them to school. The plastic will be recycled in South Australia and funds raised will be used to purchase wheelchairs for those in need in South Africa.
Students are encouraged to collect tags to help others and hand the tags in to collection tubs based in the Café area.
Thanks to Mulhall, who have introduced this initiative as a special activity. If you are interested in learning more about this, please read
Year Level Briefings
Beginning next week, all Year Level Briefings will be posted on the Loreto College App at the start of each week.

(Please note, due to the start of Term 2 not all year levels will have a briefing this week)
Year 8 Briefing
We hope you have all had a lovely holiday break and enjoyed spending time with family and friends… or maybe just some quiet time for yourself.  Either way, we are sure you are feeling energised, excited and ready to start Term 2!

So what is on for this week?

Thursday 22 April 7pm Mulhall Centre – CAPTIV8 YOUR RELATIONSHIP EVENING.  Please arrive at 6.45pm so we are ready for a 7pm start.  You do not need to wear your uniform UNLESS YOU HAVE VOLUNTEERED AS A HELPER.
Friday 23 April – WALKATHON Please wear appropriate footwear and bring a drink bottle.  BE THE ICONIC COSTUMES. More information regarding this day at our assembly.
Some reminders:
  • Please remember that there will be spot checks conducted over the next few weeks, so please make sure your:
    - Phone is IN your locked locker.
    - Classrooms are kept clear of rubbish (papers, books, folders etc)
  • STEM Excursions and Medieval Day ARE RUN BY THE SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES FACULTIES. Please make sure that you discuss the details of these with the appropriate teachers, so you know the requirements of these days.
  • Winter Uniform - Needs to be worn from May 1. Please make sure that it is in order and that your skirt is at the correct length (AT the knee!).
  • Corridor Duty – This was disappointing towards the end of last term. A reminder that those on duty need to report DAILY at 1.20pm and complete all of the jobs listed above the printer.
    Corridor Duty – 8G – TBC
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER - Year 8 Captiv8 Your Relationship Session

Come along to the Year 8 Captiv8 Your Relationship on Thursday 22 April 2021 at 7:00 PM (Week 1, Term 2) to hear positive education messages about relationships and communication that the students are learning in their Felicitous Life classes and Year 8 Program activities. This is an interactive evening for Year 8 students and a significant adult in their life.

The objectives of this session are:

  • To improve knowledge of relationships between daughter and parent/significant adult.
  • To provide an opportunity for daughter/parent/significant adult to apply communication skills.
  • To allow parents/significant adult to understand behaviours that increase resilience in their daughters’ school life. 

Please RSVP your attendance via this link (copy and paste into browser) or the button below.

We hope to see everyone there! 

Year 10 Weekly Briefing

Welcome back to Term 2!  We hope everyone is feeling relaxed and refreshed, ready for another great term of learning together.  And wasn’t Term 1 fantastic?  A quick recap:
  • Swimming Carnival, no rain, great day
  • 3 days of online learning… but we got through it and came back strong!
  • Meet the Mentors evening – an opportunity to connect with you mentor and other families
  • Mary Ward Connect – an exciting time to engage with all Loreto schools in Australia and abroad
  • Athletics Carnival, with outstanding achievements from Year 10 students
  • Lots of sports to try, including a new opportunity of golf
  • Retreat at Hall’s Gap and alternative day with wonderful guest presenter, Charlotte Brierley and fabulous Easter egg hunt
  • New subjects for everyone, including some of us starting VCE subjects
On our Alternative Day, Charlotte Brierley had some fantastic suggestions of organisations for you to reach out to for thinking of volunteering.  For those who wanted her handout but missed out, it will also be posted onto the Year Level Team.
We were so lucky in our weather for the Retreat, which we should all be thankful for, as this just improved the fabulous experience in the beautiful surrounds of Hall’s Gap. Here are a few photos to remind you of our great time:
In our planning for next year, it is very helpful to get your feedback for events like this.  Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey.  Please note, you don’t need to complete the survey if you DIDN’T attend the retreat.
And coming up:
Thursday: Year Level assembly in morning MG time
Friday: WALKATHON.  Theme: Be the Iconic.  Come in suitable clothes to complete the walk, and don’t forget your costume for the all-important fashion parade
Duty Group this Week: Ward 2
Year 11 Weekly Briefing

Welcome back, Year 11!
Retreat was a fantastic way to end last term, to see you all laughing, singing and dancing together. We hope that that continued throughout the holidays. Many of you will have work to complete, and we look forward to seeing you back rested, prepared and organised for the new term!
The week ahead...
  • Thursday 22nd April
    - Year Level assembly Thursday morning
    - Thursday lunchtime is the JPIC Seniors meeting in the Theatrette.
  • Friday 23rd April - Walkathon, bring  comfortable shoes and a drink bottle. Costume is ‘Be the Iconic’ - choose an icon from any point in time or history, Keep your costume considerate and culturally sensitive. 
Parent Teacher Interviews are Thursday, April 29th. Please check to see if you have appointments and try to arrange to attend them with your parents.
Remember that there is academic support available for VCE studies:
As of Monday 19 April, Mr Thurgood will be running weekly afterschool tutorials in the Library meeting room for any Unit 3 and 4 Science (Chem, Physics, Biology) students who need additional assistance.
Tuesday lunchtime, Year 9 area - Maths help with Ms. Wheaton
Friday lunchtime - SF168 English (all Englishes) help with Ms. Hillman and Ms. Boyko
These sessions are there to support you! Take advantage of extra time with your teachers to consolidate concepts, ask questions or get ahead in your work.

VCE Supp Sessions
If you were due to complete a Supp Session last term and were unable to, please make sure you confirm your plan for completion with your teacher this week and get the Supp done! We want this term to be about moving forward, not about catching up!
Winter uniform needs to be worn from  May 1st - remember to check that your skirt hem is at the right length (your knees) and everything is tidy and in good condition. You didn’t get a lot of wear out of this uniform last year, so it’s worth checking before May 1st!
Have you completed your school service yet? This term will offer more opportunities for you to give back to the community that looks out for you. Keep your eyes out for bulletins and for announcements in assemblies.
We’re looking forward to seeing you this week, Year 11!
Shadow Judging
Shadow Judging is back for 2021! Come and join us at lunchtime on Monday 26 April in the Library Presentation for the first meeting of the year.
What is a Shadow Judge?

  • Shadow Judges love reading and talking about books!
  • They read and respond to the 6 novels shortlisted by the CBCA for Book of the Year.
  • The program is all about allowing students to express their own opinions and ultimately judge and determine their own winner.
  • We meet regularly to discuss each of the books and along the way come up with imaginative and creative ways to respond to them.
Last year we:
  • Created an augmented reality graffiti trail.
  • Used a giant set of paper wings to build and photograph a 3D art installation.
  • Designed and created masquerade masks.
  • Made a short film.
  • Built a Street Library.
  • And designed a board game (which was shared by the author on her social media platforms!).
Shadow Judging

This month the Library is also celebrating Shakespeare in honour of World Book and Copyright Day on Friday 23 April. We have filled the Library with some beautiful displays including a section of Shakespeare plays and stories inspired by The Bard.
Happy Reading!
Weekly Career News
In this week's Career News:
  • University Early Entry programs – Australia National University, University of New England, La Trobe University, Charles Sturt University
  • Year13 Career Expo
  • VCE and Careers Expo
  • Upcoming career events
  • Updates from Australian Catholic University, University of Wollongong, and La Trobe University
  • Careers in Banking – Virtual Internship with Citibank
  • UNSW Bragg Student Prize of Science Writing
  • How to research university and TAFE courses
Click here to download the full Career News PDF
Uniform Update

Both Summer and Winter Uniform is permitted for the first two weeks of this term. From May 1 (or Week 3) all students must be in in full Winter Uniform until the end of Term 3.
We wish to also advise all Loreto families that Crockers Ballarat (4 Armstrong St Nth, Ballarat) is now the sole supplier of Loreto Uniform (manufactured by Noone Imagewear) this service now also includes an online store for 24-hour access:

The current Uniform List and Expectations is available via this website link:
An update on the new shorts, trousers, shirts and other items currently in production will be provided in Term 2.
VLine Service Changes on Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough Lines

As part of V/Line’s Annual Works Program, VLine are completing major maintenance and renewal works on the Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough lines. Coaches will replace all Ballarat, Ararat and Maryborough line trains for the entire journey from Tuesday 27 April to Friday 7 May.
Some AM peak coaches will depart up to 30 minutes earlier than usual train times.
VLine will have a range of express, semi-express and stopping all station coaches during this time and a temporary timetable is available on our website. Click here to view the temporary timetable.
VLine encourages our passengers to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journey.
VLine thanks students for their understanding as we deliver these important changes to the regional rail network.
For more information, please contact Acting Regional Manager Mark Rattray at 0438 501 213 or
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

Thursday 22 April
Year 8 Captiv8 Your Relationship Session (7:00 PM)

Friday 23 April 
Walkathon (donate here!)

Sunday 25 April

Thursday 29 April
Parent Teacher Interviews for Year 7 to Year 11 (Student Free Day)

Tuesday 4 May
Mother's Day Mass (7:00 PM - St Patrick's Cathedral)

Thursday 6 May
4EK Lap of the Lake

Thursday 6 May
Year 9 Loreto/St Patrick's Social 

Sunday 9 May
Mother's Day

Tuesday 11 May - Thursday 13 May 
NAPLAN Testing

Wednesday 19 May - Saturday 22 May
Loreto Production - A Chorus Line


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