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Loreto College eNewsletter

Wednesday 16 June, 2021

In this Issue 

Leadership News
College News
Library News
Career News
Loreto Community Notices
Important Dates

As Loreto College, a Catholic school in the Mary Ward tradition, we celebrate the diversity of our community by recognising the uniqueness of every individual. Loreto College strives to be an inclusive community, that is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good. Scripture reminds us that each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1). Therefore, each person has their own inherent dignity and is intended by God to grow to fullness. Jesus challenges us with a radical vision of love and inclusion. Pope Francis (2016) took up this challenge and reaffirmed that every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in her or his dignity and treated with consideration.

Our schools have a responsibility to ensure that each student receives an education free from discrimination and bullying. We must be proactive in providing safe and inclusive learning environments for all students, in particular students who are same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people. Research carried out over the last twenty years has highlighted the strong correlation between homophobic and transphobic abuse and the impact on the mental health and wellbeing of victims. This research has demonstrated that schools are the predominant location for this abuse, both verbal and physical. Our student and staff leaders have been working towards ways all our students can feel valued and supported.

When we speak out against prejudices, we support each other to lead authentic lives. In recent weeks we celebrated Reconciliation Week, a significant event on our calendar that occurs every year from 27 May – 3 June.  Despite activities being placed on hold due to the lockdown, the theme ‘More than a Word’, is particularly relevant and it encourages us to act. ‘More than a Word’ resonates with the ordeal of Adam Goodes and the racism he endured, and it is still very relevant. It reminds us that when there is an issue, all of us have a role to play when it comes to making everyone feel accepted and welcomed, particularly the marginalised. Through such significant events such as Reconciliation Week and Pride Month, we are working together as a community to be more just and equitable and by championing mutual respect as we come together and connect.

Commissioning of our Principal, Michelle Brodrick & Gonzaga Barry Day
Thursday 15 July we will have the pleasure of commissioning Ms Michelle Brodrick as our Principal at Loreto College, Ballarat. The commissioning will take place in our Mass that will also honour Mother Gonzaga Barry. Our students all know the story of Mother Gonzaga Barry and her arrival and with her, the arrival of the Loreto order here in Australia. Having taught this story many times to our Year 7 students, you cannot teach about Mother Gonzaga Barry without using the words brave, fearless and courageous. To be a person of Loreto we are called to be fearless, to be brave and to be courageous and though we may not cross the seas to a new country as Mother Gonzaga Barry did, we can do this in a variety of ways in our day to day lives. What better way to commission our Principal to this role on a day celebrating the strong and capable people of Loreto. 
Mass will begin at 10am in the Gonzaga Barry Centre. 

NAIDOC Week is being celebrated between the 4 and 11 July 2021, these we know are in our school holidays. However, we are not deterred by these dates and we plan to celebrate NAIDOC Week particularly with our Year 7s this year with a reflection day focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island spirituality, our own faith and of course some fantastic activities. We will be also offering many other activities that acknowledge and celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community throughout the week. It is with thanks to our Faith and Mission team, our Year 7 team, VCAL and importantly Macaylah Johnson and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students that will be organising this special week on our calendar. 

JPIC Senior Day of Solidarity
At Loreto College we have so very much to be thankful for in our community. Our community is called to love, to respect, to include, to be advocates and to be the voice of the voiceless. Our JPIC Senior have organised a day that shows all in our community that they are loved, respected and included in our community. Monday 21 June our students will be given a ribbon to wear showing that we are an inclusive community to all. Those ribbons will then be tied to a love heart that has been sourced by Ms Annette Hirth and ably created by Mr Andy Marshall. 

Pope Francis wrote in 2018 that “Catholic schools should stimulate in pupils the openness to the other as a face, as a person, as a brother and sister to know and respect with their history, merits and defects, riches and limits.” He acknowledges that it is a challenge to all in our community to be open and interested and to show care and tenderness to all. As a Catholic school we are called to be this and more and our JPIC students have organised something that will show this in a very beautiful way to all in our community. 

Sr Dierdre Brown IBVM recognised with Medal of the Order of Australia
From Loreto Australia & South East Asia

On Monday, Sr Deirdre Browne IBVM was recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours as below. Our warmest congratulations to Sr Deirdre - it is wonderful to see her years of leadership and service in the Institute and “through music, education and the liturgical arts” acknowledged in this way.

Sr Deirdre Patrice BROWNE, Hawthorn VIC 3122
For service to the community as a religious sister, and through music, education and the liturgical arts.
New Cross-Curricular Project- Food Studies and Japanese
Kyara-ben is the abbreviated Japanese term meaning ‘character bento’. It features food made to look like animals, people, objects or anime characters.

Since Mrs Mooney took part in the Japanese in-Country Study Tour in 2019, she has nurtured Kyara-ben ideas for her Unit 3/4 students who created kyaraben bento packs for the Year 7 Japanese classes. The Language Department welcomed this cross-curricular project, which allowed Year 7 students to learn about the Kyaraben-Obento box and why Japanese parents make kyaraben every day for their children.

To prepare the Unit 3/4 students, an expert Kyaraben chef, Etsuka from Harapeko Kids, was invited to Food Studies classes. She demonstrated how to create characters using scissors to cut small food details, carving tools to etch edibles and tweezers to put everything in its place. After this workshop, the Unit 3/4 Food Studies students planned their bento design and the nutritional value of their creations.

As part of the Unit 3/4 SAC, students will complete a report on the nutritional value of the Bento box, in relation to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. They need to discuss the nutritional efficacy of what they have made. The Year 7 students were thrilled to receive the quality kyaraben bento and after enjoying the artistry in the presentation quickly devoured the lot! 

Many thanks to Mrs Thea Mooney and her Unit 3/4 Food Studies students for their outstanding work and passion for this project. 
Welcome to the Shark Tank - Year 10 Commerce Style

On Friday 4 June 2021, the students of the Year 10 Commerce elective participated in a Shark Tank. Several lessons prior to entering the tank, the girls were given a simple household object and required to create a new and innovative product from this object. They then needed to create a marketing pitch for their new product and present it in the Shark Tank in a 2-minute pitch. Some of the common objects used included a sink drainer, non-slip mats, a white plastic pot and a pencil holder.  These objects were miraculously transformed into the Spotti hair stencil, Non-slip Shoe Grips, Non-Slip placemats, the Perfect Pendant, the Multicup, the Wrap Top, A&M’s Dream Catcher, K&K Non-Slip Glasses and Fasta Pasta.

In the process of marketing their product, the students learnt about the marketing mix of the 4Ps (product, pricing, place, promotion), market segmentation, market research and studied successful marketing campaigns such as the `Share a Coke’ campaign and studied Starbucks failure to succeed in the Australian market. The pitches were engaging, entertaining and informative – while the sharks asked lots of questions to each of the presenters the standard of presentation was high and the sharks were kept happy so they did not bite!
Year 8 Humanities
Recently our Year 8 students have been researching and learning about medieval Europe and Japan. Tasked with adding an element of creativity to their research project, students have thought outside the box and made use of the 3D printers, creating various objects and figures to suit the medieval era. 
Unit 3 Theatre Studies Performance - Chamber Music
Last week our VCE Unit 3 Theatre Studies class presented a one-act play, Chamber Music by Arthur Kopit. This cleverly written absurdist comedy was set in 1938 and touched on the themes of mental illness and the timelessness of the oppression of women. Our Theatre Studies students portrayed some well-known figures throughout history such as Joan of Arc and Amelia Earheart. Despite facing the delay of lockdown and the challenges of restrictions, they did an amazing job bringing Chamber Music to life. Congratulations to all cast and crew on an excellent performance! 
VCAL Hospitality Performance Catering Project

Last week the VCAL Hospitality students provided delicious COVID-safe dessert boxes for supper at the VCE Theatre Studies performance. In the lead-up, they were busy preparing delicious treats such as friands, yo-yos and more in the new VCAL kitchen and facilities. The quality of the supper was amazing! Congratulations to our VCAL Hospitality students and staff on another great job!
Reminder - Aussie Bread tags for Wheelchairs competition – running this week.

COLLECT AND WIN!...For your chance to win a weeks worth of HOT CHOCOLATE!!
(Thanks to VCAL and the Hunter van for this generous donation)

1.       Bring in your collected bread tags to the canteen area lunchtime Tuesday and Thursday (week 9).
2.       “Guess how many bread tags are in the jar” and Mulhall students will record your details.
3.       The closest guess will WIN and be informed and announced in week 10!

Keep helping others less fortunate than ourselves and support this amazing project. Pictured today are our Year 8 Mulhall representatives collecting tags from Ava Richardson and Zara Hayward. Wonder if their guess will win?
Reading with Pride

During June, the Library is celebrating Pride Month! We’ve covered the walls in a collage of covers, showcasing the many books in our collection that feature LGBTQIA+ characters. The books themselves are displayed along the tops of the shelves. If you’d like to discover more about our LGBTQIA+ collection you can view the reading list here.
It’s almost the holidays! Winter is such a beautiful season for curling up with a book so please come in and begin stocking up for the cold weeks ahead. Whether you’re reading for study or pleasure, the Library staff are always more than happy to provide recommendations.
Happy reading!
Weekly Career News
In this week's Career News:
  • Passionate about Wildlife Conservation?
  • Careers in Economics
  • Have you considered vocational education and training (VET)?
  • UNSW Bragg Student Prize
  • Careers in Agriculture
  • 2022 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
  • The Santos Science Experience
  • Study security studies at university
  • Business & Economics at Australia National University
  • University - early entry programs (Year 12) 
  • University campus tours 
  • Upcoming career events
Click here to download the full Career News PDF
Ararat Timetable Changes

There will be a minor timetable change on the Ararat line starting Sunday 11 July. The change will better align a train service to afternoon school bell times and will include a new 4.04pm service departing Ballarat to Ararat on weekdays.
This will get students home around 22 minutes earlier than the current temporary coach service which will be discontinued when the new timetable starts. More information and the new timetable will be available at from Friday 11 June.

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

Tuesday 22 June
Year 8 Retreat 

Tuesday 22 June
Year 7-11 Last Day

Friday 25 June
VCE Students Finish

Wednesday 14 July
Term 3 Commences

Thursday 15 July
Gonzaga Barry Day

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