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Educating strong, passionate and confident girls and young women.

Contents From the Principal 1

From the College Board 2

Education in the Time of a Pandemic 6-7

Celebrating our 2020 Year 12 Success 3-5

Loreto Goes Down in History 8-9

Practical Learning in the Classroom after School Closure 10-11 Junior and Senior School Library Developments 12 Loreto Preschool 14

Gonzaga Barry Scholarship 15

Reception – Year 12 Athletics Carnival 17

Sustainability at Loreto 13 Senior Swimming Carnival 16

Junior Co-Curricular Sports 18-19

Science and Technology 20-21 2020 Student Achievements 22-25 Mary Ward Connect 26-27 Award Winning Teachers at Loreto 28-29 Year 12 Art Exhibition 32-33 Junior School Musical 36 Futures Project 36

ELC – Year 11 Art Exhibition 30-31

STEM Footy Program 34

The Futures Project 35

Year 11 and 12 Drama Production 37

2020 Events 38


Loreto Alumnae. Where are they Now? 40-41

News from Loreto Ministries 42-44 New Curriculum in 2021 48

Welcoming our 2021 Head Girl 45

Supporting Loreto College 49

Staff Farewells 46-47

Notices 50

Acacias Magazine is going Digital! 51 From the Acacias is a publication for the Loreto College Marryatville community and is published by the Loreto College Marketing Office. Submissions are welcome via email: marketing@loreto.sa.edu.au

From the Principal Frodo: ‘I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.’ Gandalf: ‘So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides that of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, in which case you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.’ ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ (film version)

To say that we now live in interesting times would be a significant understatement. I distinctly remember welcoming in 2020 on New Year’s Eve and thinking, I am so looking forward to 2020, it has a nice sound to it. I constantly reflect on this moment and wonder what on earth was I thinking. But this has been a good wake up call for me, no matter how much we speculate about the future and wish for a certain path, we have no control over some of the events that will shape our lives, and 2020 has indeed shaped us. The year 2020 will be remembered as the year of the pandemic, something we never imagined but paradoxically, it is also something that has brought us together and strengthened us as a community. However, this is not just the year of Coronavirus, this is the year of the Loreto value ‘Verity’. The following reflection written by Anne Muirhead, Director of Mission Loreto Ministries Australia, beautifully captures the challenges

faced by each of our Loreto schools and other Loreto organisations both in Australia and globally. This reflection explores the meaning of verity - what it meant to Mary Ward and what it will mean for us as we journey forward. Our future will be formed by a new understanding of truth, a future where we will be wiser and more connected as well as a future where the collective ‘we’ will be far more important than the individual ‘I’. Our verity will be a place of new understanding formed by beauty, honesty, and most importantly, wisdom. ‘Mary Ward was never interested in ‘MY’ verity – an ego-focused personal truth. She invites us to discern God’s verity in these strange times; something broader and blessed, fragile yet fruitful, something beyond the constraints of ego, power, plans and possessions. ‘OUR’ verity will be found not only in individual hearts and homes, not only in individual schools and ministries but in the solidarity of our Mary Ward network in this land, region, and wider world.

‘OUR’ verity is signposted by the Gospel, Mary Ward’s vision and mission interpreted in our current context. Our verity is mediated through the joys and sufferings of our communities within and beyond the walls of our schools. Discerning our verity takes calm, courageous, reflective and relational leadership… and the imagination to shape a future with the harnessed wisdom and precious truths of this time.’ Much like what has been expressed by Frodo and Gandalf above, we wish Coronavirus never happened to our world, but we didn’t get a choice in this and it was not possible for us to ignore it. So, instead we accepted the challenge of 2020 and we turned this into encouraging thoughts which have become celebrations, triumphs, and acknowledgements of a wonderful year of verity. Dr Nicole Archard BA DipEd, MA, MEdLead, MTheolSt, PhD Principal

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From the College Board L-R: Brooke Hall-Carney, Philip Kightley, Peta Nunn, Sandra Di Blasio, Peter Hoban, Nicole Archard, Jackie Done, Michael Francis, Rachel McLoughlin and Tony Zappia.

It has been my very great privilege to lead the College Board for a fifth year during 2020. Board Members are appointed by Loreto Ministries Limited for fixed terms and our primary task is to set the Strategy for the College. The Board comprises nine Directors, four are Old Scholars, two are parents of Old Scholars, and three are entirely independent. Each Director brings his or her special talents for the benefit of the College. Current Board Members include an architect, four are from the service professions, one is an expert in IT, one in marketing and fundraising, and last but not least, we are very fortunate to have a Loreto Sister on our Board. We meet for approximately two hours each month and have two Strategy Days each year. Some Board Members also sit on the Capital Works, and Finance and Risk subcommittees. We are very ably assisted in our deliberations by the Principal, Dr Archard, and our Business Manager and Company Secretary, Mr Phil Kightley, who attend all meetings. Our meetings are conducted in a formal but inclusive manner with respect and courtesy at all times. It would be unrealistic of me not to refer to the Coronavirus (Covid-19). The virus threatened to upend most, if not all, the school year and its many activities. I think you would agree that Dr Archard has provided exemplary understanding and leadership to the whole Loreto community at this extraordinarily


difficult time. I congratulate Dr Archard and her Executive Team on managing the virus restrictions with such professionalism and sensitivity. I, for one, was never in doubt as to how we were dealing with the virus at any given moment and I am delighted that such important events as the Formal, the Sacramental Program, and end of year ceremonies are back on track. Next year, I hope and expect that other important events in the life of the College such as the Performing Arts Festival and SpringArt will return with their trademark support and success. 2020 has not been all doom and gloom. This year we opened the Loreto Preschool in two newly refurbished classrooms in the Junior School, thus becoming a very important adjunct between our very successful Early Learning Centre and the College. In addition, you will have noticed that the builders are moving quickly with the new Senior and Junior School libraries. These are vital parts of the College’s academic programs. The girls’ academic achievements speak for themselves. My enquiries confirm that our median ATAR is amongst the highest achieved by any school in the state. In turn, this is testament to the quality of our teaching staff, the direction provided by the Principal and her leadership team, and the support of our parents. The fortnightly newsletter gives voice to a myriad of sporting and other co-curricular activities where the girls continue

to achieve considerable success with the assistance of teachers and other volunteers. Our Early Learning Centre has been a great success for the College. We are now registered for 116 children at any given time. A consequence of this success is that in 2021 we will have our biggest Reception class in 10 years. Enrolments across the whole of the College are increasing in this and in forthcoming years. This is a result of the leadership provided by the Principal, and our marketing and enrolment strategies. Regrettably, Federation needed to be postponed this year but will return in 2021. As you know, this is a uniquely Loreto event conducted by the Old Scholars but with the considerable support of the College. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this important event in the life of Loreto. In closing, I wish to thank all of you who have played a part in the success of the College during 2020. It has not been an easy year for anyone, but I have been continually delighted and encouraged by the positive spirit with which this year has been approached. As the Italians say ‘grazie mille’ to you all. I look forward with considerable confidence to the year ahead and I look forward to seeing and hearing from you all in what I hope will become a largely Covid free environment. Peter Hoban BA LLB Chair College Board

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Celebrating our 2020 Year 12 Success

In 2020, the Year 12 cohort discovered immensely their capacity to embrace change, problem solve, deal with disappointment and overcome challenges. It has been humbling to witness how independent and resilient the Year 12s have become despite significant changes in their final year of school. Perhaps the most precious memory of the class of 2020 will be their continued support for each other and their ability to bounce back through life’s inevitable ups and downs. They embraced online learning, celebrated birthday milestones (with Covid-19 restrictions) and accepted changes in the College calendars, including the cancellation of the Performing Arts Festival and Retreats.

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Some have a story, some have a legacy… we had a Pandemic! Top that! Maddy H (2020 Year 12 Student)

We are delighted to announce the SACE results of our Class of 2020. Not only do these results reflect the hard work that our girls applied to their studies, but also the support of their teachers and families. In their final days at Loreto, there were many laughs, tears and tissues and the College community had a remarkable week celebrating their journey with Graduation Mass and Dinner, Merit Ceremony and Rose Giving. Despite the challenging year, the girls continued to work extremely hard throughout their studies and we congratulate our College Dux, Sarah L, who achieved an ATAR of 99.85, including four A+ Merits, plus an additional three A+ results, as well as a perfect score in Chemistry.

Madeleine F achieved an ATAR of 99.10, including three A+ results. With 100% SACE completion, we are proud to announce that 61% of all Year 12 grades were As and 5% of the 2020 cohort achieved an ATAR of 99 or above, placing them in the top 1% of the State. Additionally, 100% of the results achieved by students in Year 11 who accelerated their studies were in the A Grade range, with 25% achieving an A+ Grade, including one with A+ with Merit. Congratulations to all students in our Year 12 cohort on their hard work and dedication to their studies throughout 2020, particularly given the turbulent year mixed with distant learning during a pandemic. We wish them the best for their future endeavours and accomplishments.

Kate M achieved an ATAR of 99.45, including three A+ with Merit. Kate was also the recipient of the Governor of South Australia Commendation Excellence Award.


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Year 12


We congratulate our Class of 2020 on their outstanding results, with 100% SACE Completion.

5% above



98 15% above 97 18% above 95 40% above 90 12% above


Sarah L College Dux ATAR of 99.85 four A+ Merits, plus an additional three A+ results, and a perfect score in Chemistry




Kate M ATAR of 99.45 including three A+ Merits Recipient of the Governor of South Australia Commendation Excellence Award


of all grades in the A and B range


of all grades in the A range

Madeleine F ATAR of 99.10 including three A+ results


Education in the Time of a Pandemic

Schools faced many challenges during 2020 from lockdowns, to restricted parent access and gatherings, to shifting to remote learning, however, I am glad to say that not only did Loreto College rise to these challenges, we also surpassed them and came out stronger as a result. Whilst 2020 saw the cancellation of many events, it did not see the cancellation of our Loreto spirit, our strength and resilience, and our love and care for each other as a community. VERITY@LoretoOnline In 2020 we developed an Online Learning Program for all students at Loreto called VERITY@ LoretoOnline. If we take anything from 2020, it is the importance of our value ‘verity’. Verity means integrity and truth, being true to ourselves and authentic in our relationships with others. We are asked to find truth in our everyday, and as Mary Ward said, ‘To do what we have to do well’.


So, in taking Mary Ward’s advice, we accomplished online learning extremely well by providing an authentic and enriching, albeit remote, learning experience for our girls. The aim of VERITY@LoretoOnline was to provide students and teachers with meaningful teaching and learning opportunities through a variety of online platforms when teaching face-to-face was not possible. At Loreto, we were already well positioned for online learning through our Learning Management System, Loreto Connect. This platform provides an online classroom for every class in the College and our students and teachers use it daily for communication and learning experiences. To this platform we added Microsoft Teams and Zoom, as well as many other digital and online programs. However, what set us apart from other schools was that the teacher was present with the class for every lesson and for the duration of the lesson.

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How are you feeling?

In testament of the success of our online program, we were one of only a few schools in South Australia that were able to switch over immediately to online learning during our statewide lockdown, ensuring that no valuable learning time was lost for students. However, not every student was able to return to Loreto throughout the year and thus our online learning platform was even more important for these students. Students from the Northern Territory missed all of Term 2, Victorian students were faced with having to quarantine on their return to school, and some of our International students learnt remotely from China for the duration of 2020, including a student who successfully completed her Year 12 studies online. Other International students who remained in Adelaide spent a challenging year separated from their families.

What will teachers do?

I need some help

• • • •

I’m feeling negative

• Check-in • Monitor • Check absences

I’m feeling in the middle

• Monitor for changes • Check absences

I’m feeling positive

• Monitor • Celebrate

I’m feeling great

• Monitor • Celebrate

Student Wellbeing One of our greatest concerns in 2020 was managing the impact of the pandemic on student wellbeing. Whilst our Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD) Program delivers an extensive curriculum for girls in relation to their learning and personal growth, we wanted to ensure that we were addressing any wellbeing concerns that the girls might have, especially during times of remote learning. To this end we implemented our Student Pulse Program. Student Pulse is a tool for measuring the week-to-week wellbeing and engagement of our girls. It tracks the wellbeing of individual students so that the school can respond to those who express a need. It also tracks anonymised student attitudes regarding engagement with learning as well as the social and emotional needs of the girls, thus providing the College with information to enable us to make the changes required to our SEAD Program based on student voice and current needs.

Answer the email Personally check-in Set up strategies for assistance Sign off when complete

Once a week the girls were sent an email check-in asking them how they were feeling. The girls can choose from a range of responses including: ‘I’m feeling great’, ‘I’m feeling positive’, ‘I’m feeling in the middle’, ‘I’m feeling negative’ or ‘I need some help’. If girls chose ‘I need some help’, an automated email was sent to a staff member of the student’s choice asking for assistance. This process allowed staff to follow up quickly with students before issues developed. In Conclusion We are proud of our achievements in 2020 and ensuring our school remained strong through times of uncertainty. We are also proud of our girls who surpassed all expectations and achieved outstanding results whilst continuing to grow, flourish and care for one another. Dr Nicole Archard Principal

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Loreto Goes Down in History

For award-winning student, Lily F, looking back at history provides new perspective to the present.

winning essay was titled The One Day of the Year: The Women Who Challenged ANZAC.

The Year 11 student was named the South Australian Young Historian of the Year for the second year in a row as part of the 2020 National History Challenge.

“Earlier this year, I read an article about a Sydney march protesting against rape in war, which inspired me to research these protests and the movement further.”

“I have always enjoyed learning about history and the past, and how we can connect any event, either past or current, to a moment, individual or event that occurred centuries before,” said Lily, whose

As well as winning the prestigious award, Lily was also the winner in the SA Year 11-12 category, SA Women’s History Category and the overall National Year 11-12 winner.

“History is an extraordinary discipline providing an exceptional lens into the past, where we can apply one of the most important human attributes – empathy.” Mr Paul Foley


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We also congratulate Holly A (Year 8) for being awarded the State Winner in Portrait Power and Lucy H (Year 8) for being awarded the National Winner in Portrait Power. Imogen G (Year 11) was awarded State Finalist in the Year 11-12 category of Democracy Matters; Amber H and Alexandra S (Year 8) were also awarded State Finalist in Indigenous History and Museum Exhibit, respectively, with Alexandra being awarded the overall State Finalist for Year 8.

Alyssa R (Year 2), was awarded the State Finalist within the Year 1-4 category, making this the third year in a row that Alyssa has won this award. Mr Paul Foley, awarded South Australian History Teacher of the Year at the World Teacher’s Day Awards, said he was “exceptionally” proud of the students.

understand the world they live in, its past and the future which they will make,” he said. “History is an extraordinary discipline providing an exceptional lens into the past, where we can apply one of the most important human attributes – empathy.”

“Now more than ever, as our students and younger generations are living through significant global events, it is important for them to

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Design Technologies

Practical Learning in the Classroom after School Closure

After utilising the College’s new Online Learning Program, VERITY@Loreto Online, at the end of Term 1, our Design Technologies students were keen to get back to practical lessons in the classroom at the start of Term 2. Teaching practical activities for subjects such as Textiles, Visual Arts and Food Technology, posed some challenges, however our dedicated teachers motivated our girls to think outside the box and adapt to their home learning environments. Once back on campus, students enrolled in the Design Technologies units continued with their assessments in which they began their research and preparation whilst on the Loreto Online Learning Program. See some of the outcomes below.

Visual Art Our Year 9 students were introduced to artists who work in miniature scale in Semester Two. Using art and model making materials, these works interpret personal and global experiences of lockdown. Responding to the impact of Covid-19, students employed creative and critical thinking skills to conceptualise narrative scenes. In the spirit of recycling and sustainability, the Year 10 Art classes repurposed old library books that were discarded from the York Library. One class developed their ideas around environmental concerns, such as the decimation of bee colonies, deforestation, overfishing and endangered species. Climate change has been a real focus as well, with some girls basing their sculptures on bushfires, rising sea levels and shrinking polar caps. Recycling old books to create artworks that communicate powerful messages also connects well to the concept of sustainability. Many artists employ this medium to inform their work; with our students making strong links to British book sculptor, Su Blackwell.


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Food Technology

In our Year 10 Textiles subject, the girls were briefed to design and produce a casual style dress that demonstrates the pattern making principles of dart manipulation and adding fullness.

In Food Technology, our Senior Students studied a topic on food trends and specifically looked at contemporary pub food and how it had evolved to represent Australia’s multicultural society through the creation of fusion style dishes.

After researching existing garments and identifying design elements and features, the girls began sketching their varying designs. As part of the task, the girls learnt a selection of specialised technical skills effective for their own design’s construction and practiced different pattern making principles using quarter scale pattern pieces. Students then developed their own dressmaking patterns using a bodice block and finally constructed their dresses.

The girls were tasked with identifying fusion trends on current local menus, as well as the style of dishes available, and designed their own contemporary fusion dishes that reflected their research.


Junior and Senior School Library Developments

The Junior and Senior School Library developments have the purpose of creating flexible and beautiful learning spaces for students in order to inspire and facilitate their love and joy of reading, investigative study and learning. The main focus of the Junior School Library is to create designated learning hubs within the Library where students can engage in different types of activities. A connection to the nature playground is made by the addition of a large internal tree, creating a magical space where individual and class groups of students can be inspired to enjoy reading and learning. A new opening creates a link between the Library and the Technology Lab, thus facilitating connection between different types of learning activities. The current Senior School Library was developed into an extensive Information Resource Centre, and includes study areas, a breakout Information Resource Centre classroom, St Clare’s Learning


Centre, Tinker Lab, and Lecture Theatre. The central area is divided into different learning hubs for both individual and collaborative study, with a mixture of formal and soft seating areas. Students are able to engage in a range of activities in the different areas which are designed to facilitate different learning needs.

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In 2020 we were also able to complete major reparations to the banks of First Creek, including a new moss rock wall along the Cotter’s Green edge which has slowed down the water flow considerably during heavy rainfall events, thereby reducing further erosion to the banks downstream.

Sustainability at Loreto – Custodians of Our Environment As we celebrate 100 years of Loreto on the beautiful grounds at Marryatville, we are reminded of our key role as custodians of our environment for future generations of Loreto students and community. While we need a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow the pace of climate change, we can make an impact as individuals through changing our behaviour in small ways. The sustainability initiatives launched at the College over the past year have been focussed on ‘thinking local’ on the campus and empowering the girls to make responsible choices around consumption and recycling of waste.

Significant progress was made last year with the launch of our ‘Cut the Rubbish’ campaign in partnership with the Detmold Group. Key highlights included: • Introduction to the campaign at assembly to all staff and students by Old Scholar, Zoe Detmold. • Implementation of the waste separation bin systems across the entire campus. • Recycling education programs with Junior and Senior students through KESAB Environmental Solutions. • Achievement in 2020 of over 100% increase in diversion away from landfill via organic, comingled and paper/cardboard recycling.

A new 200kwP solar PV system is being installed at the College in early 2021. This stage one system will generate 30% of all our electricity requirements. The system will cover all areas of the site from the Boarding House, to Junior and Senior campuses. Stage 2 is in our future plans and will enable us to reach our renewables goal of 60% of the College’s power needs. Following the introduction of our initial recycling initiatives, the focus in 2021 now turns to the Reduce-Reuse elements in the waste pyramid and the College has targeted an overall reduction of waste on campus by 20%. In line with the theme of South Australia’s recent ban on singleuse plastics, we are in the process of eliminating certain plastic elements from the campus as well as promoting a reduction of packaging in school lunchboxes. While we cannot undo the social and economic changes that have impacted the environment over the past 100 years, the small changes in behaviour we make locally at the College can be meaningful and inspire future environmental leaders.

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Loreto Preschool The Loreto College Preschool Program has been growing from strength to strength since its relocation to the vibrant Junior Primary Learning Centre. Designed for girls and boys, from four to five years of age, the Preschool is a place of warmth and welcome, with the Program providing opportunities for our preschool learners to construct new ideas and deepen their understanding to all that is possible. We honour the uniqueness of each preschool child and provide a safe and secure environment that nurtures a strong sense of belonging, optimism and positive wellbeing. Through play-based learning, openended provocations and inquiry projects, our preschool children are encouraged to explore, imagine, innovate, take risks, investigate, problem solve and engage in critical thinking.


Surrounded by beautiful gardens and nature play spaces our children experience the wonder and excitement of exploring the natural environment. Making sense of their world through active engagement, learning invites collaboration, focused discussion and the sharing of new questions and thoughts. With guidance from our Educators, our preschool children structure their own learning and develop the skills of respectful listening, negotiating and teamwork. Early literacy, numeracy and science learning experiences are combined with, art, drama, dance, design, and physical movement to form the integral components of our Preschool Program. Working in partnership, our curriculum celebrates and reflects the histories, cultures and traditions of our children and their families. Children also enjoy specialist lessons in Music and Chinese and borrow books each week from our Junior School Library. Preschool

children participate in the Loreto Junior School biennial Musical, as well as other College events such as Book Week, Mission Day and Grandparents’ Day. When our Preschool children are ready to start school, our transition program ensures they feel secure, confident, and ready to move into a school setting. Equipped with school readiness skills and positive dispositions for learning, our Preschool children are competent learners well prepared for new experiences.

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Gonzaga Barry Scholarship Gonzaga Barry ibvm was the foundress of Loreto Education in Australia. Her passion for girls’ education had a significant influence on the development of education across Australia. In order to celebrate Gonzaga Barry’s vision for the education of girls, this scholarship is aimed at providing a Loreto Education for girls that are related to a Loreto Marryatville Old Scholar and who would not be able to attend Loreto College without financial assistance. This scholarship acknowledges the long tradition of 145 years of Loreto Education in Australia and 115 years of Loreto Education in Adelaide. The Gonzaga Barry Scholarship is offered to new students wishing to enter Loreto College. A maximum of two scholarships will be awarded annually. •T  o be eligible the student must be a daughter, granddaughter, or niece of an Old Scholar from Loreto College Marryatville.

• The scholarship is meanstested and is directed towards students who would not be able to attend Loreto College due to financial hardship. • Students must also meet the all-rounder scholarship criteria. The all-rounder scholarship is based on presentation of a portfolio. The student will not only provide evidence of a growth mindset with regard to academic success but also demonstrate how they encapsulate the values of a Loreto education through their contribution to their school and broader community in such things as co-curricular activities, leadership and social justice activities. • Parents are required to provide copies of all financial documents requested, recent school reports, full NAPLAN results and any other documentation that is relevant in supporting the Gonzaga Barry Scholarship application.

Full Bursary

•T  he scholarship will provide 100% remission of fees as set by the College Board. Additional expenses such as a laptop computer, books and equipment required for the delivery of curriculum, uniform, camp fees, private music tuition, or any other paid sport or activity outside of the normal College Fees, including Boarding fees, are not included. Scholarship applications must include: •C  ompleted Gonzaga Barry Scholarship Application Form •C  ertified copies of requested financial documentation •A  ll-rounder Portfolio and supplementary documentation. Portfolios will not be returned to the applicants. For more information, visit www.loreto.sa.edu.au /2022scholarships

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Senior Swimming Carnival Give me a B... give me an A... give me an R... give me an R... give me a Y! Go BARRY! The 2020 Senior Swimming Carnival was met with sheer enthusiasm, loud chanting, colourful banners and team spirit. Congratulations to the Barry House for not only winning the overall day with 1892 points, but for also winning the Spirit Cup. Ward came in a close 2nd Place on 1882 points, followed by Mulhall on 1700 points and McGrath on 1528 points. We also congratulate the following students on coming 1st in their Age Champion race: Emma C (Year 7) Sophie T (Year 8) Deanna M (Year 9) Alix L (Year 10) Ella D (Year 11) Tayla L (Year 12). Well done on the following students on coming second in their Age Championship race: Anouska H (Year 7) Emily L (Year 8) Skye H (Year 9) Georgina T (Year 10) Ruby F (Year 11) Claire S (Year 12). Our much-anticipated Boarders versus Day Girls Relay proved to be a big highlight of the day with the Boarders taking out the final race.


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Reception – Year 12 Athletics Carnival Wonderful Ward takes out the Trifecta

There were a few record breakers for the day. Congratulations to the following girls:

If you thought our girls couldn’t chant any louder at the Swimming Carnival earlier in the year, think again! The Reception – Year 12 Athletics Carnival was nothing short of team spirit, encouragement, loud cheering, and most importantly, a lot of fun!

Arabella L (Year 4) in the 60m Hurdles

We congratulate the winning Team for the third year in a row – Ward who finished on 5,544 points, followed by McGrath who placed a close second on 5,374 points, Barry in third place on 4,914 points and lastly, Mulhall on 4,242 points. Although they came last overall on the day, this couldn’t dampen Mulhall’s spirit as they won the Spirit Cup for the second Athletics Carnival in a row, with the sounds of drumming and chanting being heard from afar during all races.

Hilary L (Year 9 Champion) and Harriette C (Year 9 Runner-Up) Lilly F (Year 10 Champion) and Eliza H (Year 10 Runner-Up)

Indy T (Year 4) in the Long Jump

Ella D (Year 11 Champion) and Mieke S (Year 11 Runner-Up)

Ashmi D (Year 7) in the Long Jump, 200m and High Jump

Madeleine H (Year 12 Champion) and Madeleine F (Year 12 Runner-Up).

Nga F (Year 7) in the high jump We also congratulate the Year Level Age Champions: Sofia S (Year 3 Champion) and Grace C (Year 3 Runner-Up) Indy T (Year 4 Champion) and Arabella L (Year 4 Runner-Up) Isadora I (Year 5 Champion) and Isobel H (Year 5 Runner-Up) Grace M (Year 6 Champion) and Maya C (Year 6 Runner-Up) Ashmi D (Year 7 Champion) and Charlotte P (Year 7 Runner-Up) Ivy F (Year 8 Champion) and Phoebe N (Year 8 Runner-Up)

Congratulations to Lilly F (Year 10) for winning to overall Champion of Champions 100m race. Well done to all Senior Sport Captains and Junior Leaders for getting spirits high and chanting throughout the day. Your encouragement and energy ensured all voices were heard as they cheered their teammates across the finish line. We also thank our Loreto community, Old Scholars, and parents for coming out to watch events throughout the day.

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Junior Co-Curricular Sports

2020 was a very active year for our Junior Students who have participated in a wide variety of sporting experiences through our Co-Curricular Sports Program. The Sporting Program allows the girls to explore new sports, challenges them to develop their skills, build upon their fitness, with a strong focus on the development of personal and social responsibility, cooperation, fair play, and teamwork.

Netball Premiers Congratulations to our Year 6 Netball Team who won the Sub Junior 3 Premiership in a highly skilled and tightly contested match. Players included Maya C, Lucy C, Felicia H, Alice H, Zoe K, Alexandra K, Sophia K, Albina M, Olivia P and Alexandra S with Coach, Anita M.

Throughout the year, students from Years 3-6 have participated in weekly competitions for Aussie Football, Basketball, Netball, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball. On an interschool level, Loreto had representative teams competing in the SAPSASA and Catholic Primary Schools’ Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Touch and FISAF Aerobics Championships. From these Interschool Championships, 11 students were selected to represent the East Adelaide SAPSASA District in Athletics, Cricket, Netball, Soccer, Swimming and Tennis. We congratulate our Junior athletes for the manner in which they have represented the College, challenging themselves to achieve their personal best and displaying good team spirit. We acknowledge the tireless efforts of our parents, Senior Students and Old Scholars who have assisted with coaching and managing teams throughout the year.

FISAF Aerobics Championships

Ms Narelle Dew

1st Place – LC Blaze

Leader of Reception – Year 6 Health and Physical Education and Junior Sports Coordinator

2nd Place – LC Intensity

Our Year 6 Aerobics Teams are to be congratulated for their strong performances throughout the year. FISAF SA Championships

Blitz It competition 1st Place – Cadet Large Aerobics Team – LC Blaze 4th Place – Cadet Large Aerobics Team – LC Intensity


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SAAS Cross Country Congratulations to Ruby R (Year 7) who finished 1st in the Primary Division 2km run in the first three events of the year. Year 6 and 7 students, Portia K, Lucinda C, Poppy R and Ruby R finished a credible 4th completing the 4 x 2km relay in 37.20 in the SAAS Cross Country Relay Championships hosted by Mercedes College in September.

Catholic Primary Schools Cross Country Championships We acknowledge our Years 3-6 Cross Country Team for their strong individual performances across the 2km course. Special mention must be made of our Year 6 Runners (Zoe K, Lucy C, Jasmine D and Olivia P) with Loreto winning the Year 6 Division B Age Group. Catholic Primary Schools Touch Carnival Catholic Primary Schools Athletics Our Years 3-6 Athletics Team won the Girls School in Section 1 of the Catholic Primary Schools Athletics Championships, making them back-to-back winners having won Section 1 in 2019. Our Year 6 Girls were the winning school in their age group with Ruby R winning the Year 6 Individual Champion Award. Portia K broke the Year 6 Girls 800m record and her name will now appear in the Athletics Program as the new record holder. Grace M came 3rd in the Open Girls Pentathlon, Hurdles, 100m, 800m, Long Jump and Shot Put.

In Term 3, 77 students from Years 3-6 participated in the Catholic Primary Schools’ Touch Championships. The girls are to be congratulated for the manner in which they competed and represented the College, displaying positive sportsmanship and respect in their interactions with opposition teams, and appreciation for the coaches and referees who assisted on the day. The girls challenged themselves throughout the day, thriving on the opportunity to develop their skills and understanding of the game, together with putting into practice what they have been learning during their Physical Education lessons. 5 x Year 5/6 teams: 28 games were played - Loreto won 20, drew 7 and lost 1 4 x Year 3/4 teams: 22 games were played - Loreto won 19, drew 2 and lost 1 Congratulations to our Year 6 girls Victoria B, Maya C, Lucy C, Jasmine D, Portia K, Grace M, Albina M, Megan T and Anna Z with Coach, Taylah Gabrisch, who finished 3rd overall in the Championship Division winning 5 – 0 in their play-off for 3rd.

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The delight of challenging young minds to understand how something so small (the specimen) can seem so big (the image displayed on a television screen) was immeasurable.

Science and Technology Most scientific research, discovery and development is undertaken quietly, by committed scientists with little to no fanfare. The role of science is so well integrated within society that is can be difficult for students to comprehend the influence that science has upon their lives and the lives of others across the globe. 2020 changed that. In 2020, there were astonishing levels of scientific communication visible in mainstream media, created for a wide variety of audiences, across all platforms. Citizens were educated and informed about Covid-19, almost


as soon as knowledge was discovered. We witnessed the development of hypotheses that were unsupported by the evolving situation quite frequently. What great learning moments for the girls in our classes, that it is okay for a prediction to be wrong. It was not just the glamorous bits of science that were visible either. Mathematical modelling, laboratory technicians and environmental monitoring were all thrust into the public gaze. With this came an unprecedented opportunity to engage students in the real work of scientists. In the classroom, the idea of Science as a Human Endeavour, moved beyond the assessment that is lovingly referred to as ‘The SHE

task’ that has been known to bring a collective groan across the room, into the real essence of how science progresses knowledge and understanding of our world. Daily, in 2020, we witnessed the progress that occurs when scientists collaborate. Much of the progress relies on development of technology. Using technology changes the way humans view the world. It is interesting to ponder that the ability to sequence the mutating RNA genome of coronavirus, to identify different strains and make epidemiological connections, was not available 15-20 years ago. But not all the technology that has been at the forefront of humankind’s battle in 2020 is new.

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Microscopes are instruments that were invented many years ago. They magnify and resolve the intricacies in a specimen to create an image that reveals details that cannot be seen with the naked eye. In our science classrooms all students develop skills in using optical microscopes and possibly become a little blasé about the images that they can view. Yet it was a scanning electron microscope with its superior magnification and resolution that was used to first visualise the ‘horrifying’ image of the Covid-19 virus.

Science Centre that had been used by CSIRO scientists for research into face mask materials.

For two weeks in 2020, we were privileged to have a Hitachi 4000 scanning electron microscope installed in the Old Scholars’

Dr Alison Thompson

The delight of challenging young minds to understand how something so small (the specimen) can seem so big (the image displayed on a television screen) was immeasurable. As was the transformative experience of creating high resolution images that revealed beauty and artistry within nature and man-made objects that we had not witnessed before. Using technology changed the way we at Loreto viewed our world.

Leader of Science

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2020 Student Achievements

State Champion in Rowing The 2020 State Championships held on Saturday 29 February, proved to be an incredible day for our Loreto Rowers. Congratulations to Victoria B (Year 9), who won the U16 Women’s Single Scull event. Together with 2019 Old Scholar, Noni M, they also won the U19 Women’s Double Scull event. The Year 9A crew with Victoria B, Felicity T, Deanna M, Hallie A and coxed by Amelia M, won the final of the Year 9 event.


Both Victoria B and Felicity T qualified for the final of the U16 Women’s Double Scull event and won convincingly! At the conclusion of all events on the day, this made Victoria one of the best performing rowers in the State with five State Championship titles: U16 Single, U16 Double, U17 Single, U19 Double and the Year 9 Quad race. Her win in the U17 Single is a remarkable achievement at just 14 years of age. Victoria was awarded the Perpetuao Cup and the Champion Junior Women’s Award for the 2019-2020 Rowing Season.

SA Track and Field Championships Ella D (Year 11) and Lilly F (Year 10) competed in the South Australian Track and Field Championships, with Ella wining Silver in the 1500m, and Lilly winning Bronze in the High Jump, making finals in the 100 and 200m where she ran personal best times.

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SACPSSA Athletics Congratulations to our Junior School athletes who won Section 1 of the Catholic Primary Schools Athletics Championships along with the following titles: Year 6 Girls Winning School – Loreto College SAPSASA Netball Carnival

SAPSASA Cricket Team Debut

Congratulations to Mia T and Charlotte P who were selected in the East Adelaide SAPSASA Netball Team to play at the SAPSASA Netball Carnival at Priceline Stadium in September.

Congratulations to Portia K who was selected to play in the Eastern Metro Zone SAPSASA Cricket Team in March 2020.

Year 6 Girls Individual Champion – Ruby R Year 6 Girls 800m New Record – Portia K Open Girls Pentathlon – Grace M 3rd (60m Hurdles, 100m, 800m, Long Jump, Shot Put)

Aerobics Championships

SAPSASA District Soccer Congratulations to Phoebe S and Antigano G (Year 7) who were selected in the East Adelaide SAPSASA girls’ soccer team to play at the SAPSASA Statewide Carnival in August 2020.

During 2020, 38 girls across the College participated in Aerobics with five Loreto teams comprising of girls from Years 6-11 competed in the Blitz It Aerobics Competition in August. The LC Seniors Team received 1st Place in the Youth Large Aerobics Team category, LC Blaze received 1st place in the Cadet Large Aerobics Team category and the LC Soul Sisters received 2nd place in the Junior Large Aerobics Team category. Congratulations also to LC Dynamite and LC Intensity for their wonderful performances.

SACA Cricket Academy Congratulations to Erin S (Year 7) who attended the trials for the 2020/21 SACA Cricket Academy Squad and was invited to join the Under 14 Academy Program.

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2020 Student Achievements

SAPSASA Tennis Selection

Poetry Competition Winners

Congratulations to Lucinda C (Year 7) on her selection in the East Adelaide SAPSASA Tennis team where she played at the SAPSASA Tennis Carnival in March. Lucinda was also acknowledged by the Eastern Districts Tennis Association for her outstanding sportsmanship across all divisions and competitions during the Eastern Districts Summer Tennis Competition and she received the Girls’ Les Simmons Award.

Well done to Eugenie A (Year 4), Scarlett F (Year 5) and Zoe K (Year 6), who proudly and confidently represented Loreto College at the IPSHA Poetry Recital held at the College. We congratulate all three girls on their outstanding achievements and their commitment to learn and present two different types of poems to a large audience. Well done to Eugenie who was awarded 2nd place in the Year 4 Competition and Zoe who received 3rd place in the Year 6 section.

News Corp Kid Short Story Competition Congratulations to Zoe K (Year 6) and Alyssa R (Year 2) who were awarded Runner-Up in the News Corp Kids News Short Story Competition in the Year 5/6 category and Kinder-Year 2 category, respectively. Zoe and Alyssa was chosen from nearly 3,000 entries nationwide and their work was described by organisers as a “real standout” in a very strong competition.

Adelaide Fringe Talent

Year 6 Debaters

Congratulations to Imogen T (Year 12), Ava D (Year 8), Sienna V (Year 9) and Holly A (Year 9), who performed in Musical Moments as part of the 2020 Adelaide Fringe.

Well done to our Year 6 Debating Team who made it to their Grand Final, only losing by just two points. A great effort by all to reach this stage and we congratulate Iris H, Portia K, Zoe K and Sienna V who debated on the challenging topic, “That the media should not print or show statements by politicians that they know to be untrue” with Loreto having the affirmative stance. The Grand Final was held via Zoom, but it was fantastic to see a number parents and supporters watching on from their home and workplaces.

Congratulations also to Madeleine F (Year 12) who was the lead in A Thousand Cranes, a live theatre and contemporary dance performance as part of the Adelaide Fringe.


Student Citizenship Award We congratulate our 2020 Head Girl, Skye S, on being awarded the prestigious Student Citizenship Award with distinction. This award placed Skye in the top 10 recipients of this award across South Australia. The award recognises Skye as someone who contributes broadly through voluntary service to our College and general community, as well as leading with influence.

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2020 Young Writer’s Competition Congratulations to Alice M (Year 7) who had her 1000-word story titled ‘Wolves’ shortlisted into the top ten of the 2020 Young Writer’s Competition.

PMA Mathematics Challenge

Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to Megan T (Year 6) who received a Highly Commended Award as part of the PMA (Primary Mathematics Association) Mathematics Challenge. Megan also won this award in 2019.

Congratulations to Catia D (Year 3), Arabella P (Reception), Domenica P (Year 2), Alice M (Year 7) and Alexandra S (Year 8) who were awarded winners for their year level as part of the Coffee Cup Art Competition which ran in conjunction with Detpak as part of Loreto’s Sustainable Schools Initiative. The new RecyleMe Cups are backed by a dedicated collection system which means your cup is guaranteed to be recycled when returned to a Collection Point. These cups will be present at College events and will feature Arabella’s design.

Year 8 Inter-House Public Speaking Competition Congratulations to Lola F (Barry), Holly A (McGrath), Alexandra S (Mulhall) and Fearne R (Ward) who were the four House Finalists as part of the Year 8 Inter-House Public Speaking Competition, where the girls were required to construct a speech inspired by our 2020 school value – Verity.

The girls spoke exceptionally well and provided the audience with many relevant examples about the importance of verity in everyday life. Congratulations is extended to the 2020 Individual Champion – Alexandra S (Mulhall) and to McGrath house for winning the Inter-House Public Speaking Shield.

Chinese Learning Award Congratulations to Iris H (Year 6) and Charlotte H (Year 10) who were awarded the Chinese Language Award for 2020. The girls were selected for this award based on the criteria that they are a nonnative learner studying Chinese as an additional language along with enthusiasm for Chinese studies, and the knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture.

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Mary Ward Connect

Each year, all Loreto Schools in Australia engage in an immersion Program where Loreto Marryatville students experience an exchange with other Year 10 Loreto students around Australia. The program deepens our students’ understanding of our links with other Loreto schools. In 2020 before the pandemic hit, our students were fortunate enough to participate in exchanges with girls from Loreto Ballarat in Victoria, and Loreto

Normanhurst in New South Wales. The relationships that are forged also strengthen the ties between our interstate sister schools. This valuable experience could not occur without the hospitality and efforts of staff; Ms Melanie McCabe and Ms Shadi Hosseini. I thank them most sincerely for their willingness to support and continue this wonderful tradition. Mrs Fi Donnelly Mary Ward Connect Coordinator

...if you get the opportunity to go on Mary Ward Connect, take it! It is an opportunity that only comes once and it is an amazing experience! (Eryn M, Student)


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Student Reflection On 3 March, eight Year 10s along with Miss McCabe, got the opportunity to travel to Sydney to visit Loreto Normanhurst for a week. Throughout our time at Loreto Normanhurst, we had the opportunity to see a different way in which another Loreto school operates. A few highlights while in Sydney included going to the Loreto Normanhurst Women of Influence night, celebrating International Women’s Day at lunchtime in the quad, meeting up with all five other Loreto schools including Toorak, Coorparoo, Ballarat, Normanhurst and Kirribilli, visiting the Opera House, walking under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and visiting Luna Park. We also had the opportunity to go on a tour of Loreto Kirribilli while in Sydney. For us, seeing the similarities and differences of how the schools operate were eye-opening. Many differences included, Loreto Normanhurst having eight House Teams, their Junior School being only Year 5 and 6, all their bells are music, and all their homerooms, classrooms and lockers are in House Teams and colours. While away, we deepened our understanding of what it means to be part of the national Loreto Community, and we were able to broaden our perspective on how to pursue these school values in a new way. We have made life-long friendships with girls from all schools. To all the younger year levels, if you get the opportunity to go on Mary Ward Connect, take it! It is an opportunity that only comes once and it is an amazing experience! Lastly, thank you to all the teachers who made this possible. Especially Ms McCabe, Ms Hosseini and Ms Donnelly, we are so grateful for everything you have done to make this trip successful! Eryn M Student



Award Winning Teachers at Loreto

We are delighted to announce that Mr Paul Foley, Leader of Humanities, won the 2020 SA History Teacher of the Year Award. The Award is in recognition of Paul’s service to the teaching of History in South Australia and his completion of 13 years as President of the History Teacher’s Association of South Australia and acknowledges Paul’s commitment to professional learning and the mentoring of fellow teachers over an extensive period.

Congratulations on receiving the SA History Teacher of the Year! What/who inspired you to become a teacher of History? I have always had a fascination with History and human experiences from the past. Like many people of my generation whose Fathers and Uncles served in WWII, the significance of ‘Story’ was paramount in understanding how this calamitous event altered Australian and global History and so many peoples’ lives. I was also fortunate to have a gifted Year 12 History Teacher, who taught us the rigour and contestability of History. She was the first teacher I had who used documentaries to aid visual learning. This combination worked effectively, and the hook was in! What do you enjoy most about teaching History at Loreto College? The students. Their spontaneity, humour and vibrancy never cease to energise me. At Loreto I have been able to take my teaching to a whole new level through the girls’ capacity to learn and be enthralled by the complexities of the past. What do the girls study when taking History at Loreto? Essentially it is the Australian Curriculum: History which includes Ancient Civilisations, Medieval Societies, Australian History, and 20th Century global History. In Years 11 and 12 we focus on Revolutions, Decolonisation, the Cold War, 20th Century German, Vietnamese, and Cambodian histories.


What is your favourite historical event or personality that you love teaching? Why? Interestingly, the more divisive and contestable the personality and the event, the more I enjoy the teaching. I am increasingly fascinated with the modern histories of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. This involves complex individuals such as Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ho Chi Minh, Norodom Sihanouk and movements such as the Viet Minh and the Khmer Rouge. Meanwhile, just as engaging are the stories of resolve and endurance of everyday women and men who make history well away from the institutions of power and leadership. Why is it important for students to study History? History is an extraordinary discipline providing an exceptional lens into the past, where we can apply the most important human attribute of empathy. History is full of rich stories that provide us with an essential understanding of the human condition. The contestability of History presents us with a platform for discussion of an array of leaders, movements, and ideologies. Now more than ever, as our students and younger generations are living through significant global events, it is important for them to understand the world they live in, its past and the future which they will make.

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Mr Tim de Jong, Leader of Music, won the prestigious Award from the Association of Head of Music in Non-Government Schools (AHOMINGS) in recognition of long and noteworthy service to the profession. Congratulations on winning this prestigious music award! What/who inspired you to become a teacher of Music? My teachers when I was a student. I saw what they did each day and how they inspired so many students. I just knew at the time that it was what I wanted to do. What do you enjoy most about teaching Music at Loreto College? No two days are the same. I love the diversity of my job, which keeps me energised. For example, on any given day I could conduct a concert band rehearsal, teach senior music classes, help run the Year 5 Band Immersion Program, setup a PA system for an event, do some planning for an upcoming musical, chat to students about the Performing Arts Festival and maybe repair some instruments as

well. It is a busy place, alive with the energy of music and there is always something different about each day. But the best bit is that I share these experiences with such great students and staff! What do the girls study when taking Music at Loreto? An interesting part of Music Studies is that it takes on several forms. The girls at Loreto can study music in the classroom, individually with instrumental tutors and in ensembles such as bands and choirs. We basically pave a pathway from their first notes to their ability to perform as a Year 12 soloist. All students can find their own place in music education.

Why is it important for students to study Music? Overwhelmingly, research has definitively established that studying music has a positive impact on the brain. It directly benefits learning, it can build confidence and it can develop better literacy and numeracy skills.

But above all, Music helps to teach the art of persistence – which is important in just about every facet of life.

What is your favourite musical or performing arts event or personality that you love teaching? Why? I love putting on the Musicals in both the Senior and Junior schools because I get to see the skills and talents of many students in action, and I also love how students from multiple year levels work together, mentor each other and support each other. And I also love Musicals!

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ELC – Year 11 Art Exhibition The Early Learning to Year 12 Art Exhibition is an annual tribute to the talented artists of our school. Displayed in The Square in Term 3, artworks from each class were hung on the walls and carefully displayed for a week-long open exhibition. Coinciding with a College Tour, the exhibition also allowed prospective families to wander through the exhibition and witness the artistic abilities of our students, supported by our dedicated Visual Arts Teaching Staff.


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Year 12 Art Exhibition



Opened by Artist and Old Scholar, Lucy Reynolds, the annual Year 12 Art Exhibition was a resounding success, despite the turbulent year the girls endured. The artwork on display by the talented Year 12 Visual Art students demonstrated the ongoing dedication and creative abilities which contained a calibre of materials, techniques, forms of media and aesthetic qualities. We also congratulate Carmen M who won the IEU 2021 SACE Art Show Award. Carmen was presented with her award by Professor Martin Westwell, Chief Executive of the SACE Board, and Louise Firrell from the Independent Education Union South Australia, at the 2021 SACE Art Show in April.





1. Edwina R 2. Eliza S


3. Katie M 4. Sienna C 5. Isabelle L 6. Caterina C


7. Zoe S 8. Jessica R 9. Carmen M 10. Stephanie K 11. Sophia D 12. Maddy H 13. Lily S 14. Grace S 15. Becky R 16. Poppy H


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STEM Footy Program

Partnering with the Adelaide Football Foundation, the STEM Footy Program is designed to address the significant growth in STEM-related jobs and the continued decline in student engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. During the week, the Year 7 students engaged in several activities aligned to the Australian National curriculum and enjoyed the opportunity to learn basic AFL skills by participating in modified games and drills. Students were able to measure their reaction time using nine reaction light units and comparing their score to an AFL player; investigated trajectory of a football by changing the angle the ball is released at using a slingshot, and they also had the opportunity to wear heart rate monitors and studied how heart rate changes depending on exertion levels. In the classroom, students learnt valuable information about the salary cap and selected their own team as a result, and as part of the mathematical component, the girls measured the angles when


kicking for goal and reflected on how this affects accuracy. Nutrition, probability, player movement on cartesian planes and calculating the area of various grounds were other topics covered. Using the information and skills learnt throughout the week, the girls worked collaboratively in groups and were asked to pretend they had been working in STEM for numerous months and have just been employed by the Crows AFLW Club to manage the rookies in the off-season. In preparation for the upcoming off-season, and with their knowledge of STEM principles, they were asked to provide advice and/or suggestions to these rookies to improve their performance and maximise their chance of success.

At the end of the week each group presented to their respective classes and six finalists were chosen to present in front of a panel of judges including Katie Gloede, the STEM Footy Program Manager. Congratulations to Evie, Hannah and Sophie who presented the winning presentation. The program has been a big hit with the students over the past two years, and we are excited to continue this partnership with the Adelaide Football Foundation. Mrs Mandy Braddock and Ms Lydia Baccanello STEM Footy Coordinators

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The Futures Project The Futures Project forms part of the Social, Emotional and Academic Development (SEAD) Program, and is a specifically designed curriculum for Year 9 Students at Loreto College, Marryatville. This project provides an opportunity for students to learn and develop skills in the areas of research, design thinking, innovation, technology and entrepreneurialism of the interdisciplinary Design Thinking Program that occurs in Years 7 and 8. Students use the Sustainable Global Development Goals to identify a problem they wish to solve. With empathy at the heart of this project, students come to an understanding

of the ways they can make a difference to the lives of others. For this project, students work in teams to develop a prototype in order to solve a societal problem they have identified. In addition to this, students develop business and marketing plans in order to pitch this idea to a ‘client’. A number of innovative solutions were developed across the year and were pitched to the ‘Dolphin Tank’ in Term 3. The panel were so impressed by the creativity and careful thought and planning that students had put in to creating their business ideas, with many businesses having the potential to both create impact in the wider world and also develop into sustainable business solutions.

The businesses developed in 2020 and their Sustainable Global Development Goal include: D.O.T

Global Goal 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing


Global Goal 15 – Life on Land

Sayara Totes Global Goal 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities SEAL

Global Goal 14 – Life Below Water

Safety in Silence

Global Goal 5 - Gender Equality

Standing Together

Global Goal 1 – No Poverty

Dollar for Dollar

Global Goal 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Safety in the Streets (SIS)

Global Goal 5 - Gender Equality

Wave Design

Global Goal 14 – Life Below Water

Rainwater Impact

Global Goal 6 – Clean water and sanitation

Children of Tomorrow

Global Goal 4 – Quality Education

Reef Relief

Global Goal 14 – Life Below Water

Sprouted Cases

Global Goal 13 – Climate Action

This project accumulated into a showcase in Term 4. Mrs Kimberley Shean Head of Learning and Innovation

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Junior School Musical

There’s a Sunflower in my Supper

The ELC Banksia, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 students presented an udderly adorable moosical in Term 3 called “There’s A Sunflower In My Supper”, a story about Daisy the Cow, who has a dream to grow a glorious garden - but grumpy Mr Bull and the other cows only want grass, grass, grass! This beautiful story was about dreaming, growing new things and being brave enough to try. Our enthusiastic Loreto girls were full of confidence as they took part in this wonderful musical theatre performance. Starring Daisy the Cow, performed by Lilah M, Mr Bull, performed by Aerin T, Wise Old Owl, performed by Milla S, and the Sunflower, performed by Scarlett G, the cast of more than 60 children sang and danced their way around the stage. Thank you to all the parents, staff and families who helped with costumes and set production, making the stage come alive. Ms Lisa Schulz Junior School Music Teacher


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Year 11 and 12 Drama Production

Slim Chance We are all probably tired of the word “Covid”, none-the-less it has had a weighty effect on most subject areas, particularly Drama. In a course that sees performance as a vital component at all year levels, we have been challenged to look for other ways of incorporating this into the girls’ learning. I really believe that the process of Page to Stage is just as important as the outcome, and it is what the students learn on the journey that informs their education. The Year 11/12 production of Composing Venus, which we eagerly started rehearsing in Term 1 had to be cancelled. Instead, we decided to present the one act play, Slim Chance. This play teaches us that no matter what you look like, true friendship is blind. It is not about weight loss. It is not about socially conforming. It is about friendship and that oldest of human desires: the need for love. Although this production was shorter than usual for a Year 11/12 play, it offered the girls many challenges: speaking in English accents and comedy timing just two. Try saying “Pint o’ Guinness, mushy peas, fish and chips” over and over until you get it right! This was a very enjoyable piece to put on the stage and I know that the girls revelled in the process and the audience laughed in all the right places. Mr Matthew Randell Leader of Drama

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2020 Events Pink Day

Mission Day

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An Update from Loreto Old Scholars’ Association

Loreto Old Scholars’ Association

The Loreto Old Scholar’s Association (‘LOSA’) is pleased to be commencing a new year with some fresh faces. The Association has recently appointed a new Executive Committee, comprising President, continuing Hannah Sexton (‘17), new Vice President, Jackie Kennedy (‘13), continuing Secretary, Meg Eblen (‘16) and continuing Treasurer, Emilia Galluccio (‘16). Sister Diaan Stuart, IBVM, will continue as our IBVM representative for 2021. We are also pleased to welcome three new members to our committee Alyssa Cario (’17), Claudia Saccone (’17) and Jessica Venditto (’11). Year 12 High Tea In October 2020, LOSA held its first in-person event for the year, the annual Year 12 High Tea at the Stamford Plaza Hotel, this year at Glenelg, to welcome the graduating class of 2020 into the Old Scholars’ Association. With over 60 girls in attendance, it was a lovely afternoon for the LOSA Committee to congratulate the Year 12s on completing their schooling journey in such a challenging year and we were very honoured to provide them with one of the few events they had the opportunity to enjoy. We look forward to having these exciting young women join our community.

LOSA Netball The LOSA Netball Club have just embarked on their fourth season and are in preparation with the first pre-season after joining with Revolution Health Clubs commencing in March. So far teams have been filling up with hopes for the first Division 1 LOSA Team in the Eastern District Netball Association. The committee is hoping to see a record number of girls involved in 2021. Social Media Be sure to keep an eye out across all of our social media platforms and website which are currently undergoing some exciting changes. We also have many new Old Scholars’ Stories to share throughout the year. With many new plans and events in the works, make sure to follow us for updates and feel free to reach out to us with any questions on these platforms. Hannah Sexton (’17) LOSA President

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Loreto Alumnae Where are they Now? The Loreto Old Scholars’ Association has conducted an initiative known as the Old Scholar Stories. Since 2019, a monthly post via the LOSA website (losa.org.au) and through their Social Media (@losamarryatville) channels highlights an Old Scholar and their career journey and achievements since graduating from Loreto, showcasing a ‘Where are they now?’ insight. We are proud of the varied pathways our Loreto Alumnae have undertaken after their Loreto education and we love hearing and sharing their stories of success, discovery and adventure. Here are two of their stories. If you have a story to share with us or know someone who would, please get in touch with the LOSA Vice President, Jackie Kennedy at vicepresident@losa.org.au. All information and images via losa.org.au.

In the end I decided against studying art history due to fears about limited job prospects and instead I commenced full-time work at the Victorian branch of the Fair Work Ombudsman. I then worked at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services reading and preparing child protection documents for court subpoenas.

Georgia Minucci (’08) explains her role as Protocol Officer for Government House and how valuable her Loreto education was to her career success. Georgia in her own words: I started at Loreto in Miss Cappo’s Reception class in 1996 and had the privilege of being Head Girl in Year 12. After completing Year 12, I commenced a double degree of Law and Economics at the University of Adelaide. The first few years of university were tough, as half-way through my first year I fell ill with glandular fever and remained very unwell for the next three years. In my second year, I swapped my economics degree to a Bachelor of Arts and studied Italian and History alongside my law degree. I graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in 2014, and then completed my Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in the two years following. At the end of my study, I knew that I didn’t want to pursue law. I love art and had been volunteering at the Art Gallery of South Australia in Front of House during my last years of university. As a result, I wanted to pursue art history. I had also always wanted to live in Melbourne, so I enrolled in post-graduate art history at The University of Melbourne, got a job at the Melbourne Museum, and moved over in 2015.


After almost two years in Melbourne, I decided it was time to move back home and commenced at the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption. I learnt a great deal and particularly enjoyed working for its Investigations Team, supporting their Intelligence Unit – it was interesting to say the least! From there I moved to my current position as a Protocol Officer at Government House. For the past two years I have been part of a small team who support the Governor of South Australia with his constitutional, ceremonial and community roles. It is an absolute privilege to work at Government House and I am so grateful to spend my working day amongst its gardens and historic rooms. It has been such a wonderful experience and there are many highlights: seeing children under the guardianship of the Minister come to Government House to see Santa, having the German Ambassador attend with a delegation of artists and musicians and hear their two opera singers perform a capella in the drawing rooms, and having Christmas lunch with Vietnam Veterans at their club rooms and hearing their incredible stories of survival and service. Currently, I am acting as the Speechwriter and Communications Officer at the House and will continue to fill in for the next few months before returning to Protocol.

From the Acacias 2020 | Loreto College Marryatville, South Australia

Like many Adelaidian’s, I am often asked where I went to school. When I tell people, they often say, ‘oh that makes sense’, or, ‘oh you’re a Loreto girl’. This tells me that Loreto girls stand out in our community. I think this is because our school not only provides us with a brilliant academic education, it instils values that we carry with us through our adult lives and forever connect us as a community. I think we have to be so grateful to Mary Ward and her unwavering belief in educating women. I think she would be very proud of her Loreto girls and what they continue to achieve today.

Lizzy Stewart’s (nee Davey, ’08) advocacy for diversity and equality of women in STEM, and how her Loreto education provided her with the confidence and skills to pursue her dreams. Lizzy in her own words: The road from graduating at Loreto in 2008, to where I am now has been a long and unexpected excursion – yet I still take comfort in the words of Mary Ward, that: “women in time to come, will do much”… and I definitely took my time! I spent thirteen years at Loreto College Marryatville, enrolling in 1996 in the enchanting Mrs Shelly’s Reception class, and graduating in 2008 with a cohort of vibrant,

resilient, intelligent women, many of whom I am privileged to call my friends to this day. Whilst I look back fondly on my time at Loreto, I was not the most academically focused pupil. In fact, I am still on the road to completing further tertiary education and pursuing my dream career. But the one thing I am forever thankful to Loreto for was the foundation of education and confidence attained whilst I studied there. Loreto ensured I graduated knowing that anything I wanted to pursue was achievable. After enrolling in a Bachelor of Laws/International Studies and then Arts at the University of Adelaide, I realised that my interests lay elsewhere. I took the rather dramatic leap to a Bachelor of Animal Science, knowing my strengths had always been in language and arts subjects. Upon completing this Bachelor of Science, I decided to pursue my childhood dream and enrolled in a Bachelor of Veterinary Bioscience. I am now in my penultimate year of my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, with the intention to graduate and specialise in Small Animal Medicine, Anaesthesia, or Ophthalmology (learning never stops!) While the narrative is slowly changing, there is a myth that STEM is tedious and confined to laboratories, however this has not been the case for me so far. I have been fortunate to travel widely during my studies. In 2015 I spent time in South Africa on a Veterinary Internship along the magnificent East ‘Wild’ Coast. My most fond memory was assisting in tagging and relocating several African Buffalo during a game capture. Hanging one arm out of a helicopter with a dart gun in the other, is a “research” experience I will never forget.

During my Bachelor’s degree I spent time in Indonesia with the University on a Livestock Production Tour. The insight into our livestock production and trade relations was eye opening and has ensured I make ethical decisions in my relationship with meat products. And at the beginning of 2020 I was in India (pre-Covid) completing a clinical placement at an animal shelter in Gujarat. It was an experience that allowed me to consolidate and implement my medical training, for animals that would have otherwise not received any care. Whilst my time was confronting and challenging, the kindness of the people and the opportunities to learn skills (i.e. limb amputations, desexing procedures, prophylactic care) was incredible. During my travels and time studying I have become a strident advocate for diversity and equality for women in STEM. I am delighted to be studying alongside other Loreto graduates (from both Marryatville and Kirribilli) in my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. There is an immediate sense of connection and belonging upon noticing someone wearing their Loreto graduation ring. In my personal life my husband and I managed to pull off a COVID wedding in August. Our 150-person invite list went down to 5 – but with the easing of restrictions we were able to celebrate with an intimate 13 guests at a beautiful private residence on North Terrace. Although it wasn’t the wedding we envisioned it was beyond perfect. Loreto provided me with the skills and confidence to recognise I could achieve anything I wanted to, allowing me to make a difference in the lives of animals and contribute to meaningful scientific research.

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Clean Hands, Happy Hearts

“A toilet is not just a toilet. It is a lifesaver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker. Whoever you are, wherever you are, sanitation is your human right” UN Water

Girls happy to have privacy and hygiene thanks to their new toilet block.

Loreto Vietnam understands the importance of clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene for the survival and development of every human being, especially children. However, many children in remote areas of Vietnam often have very limited access to safe water and sanitation facilities, making them vulnerable to life threatening diseases. Loreto Vietnam supports school sanitation and health education programs as part of our commitment to providing access to education for children living in poverty. The building of new toilet blocks offers students and teachers safe and hygienic facilities, including separate sections for girls and boys, new wash basins, water storage tanks and sanitised tile areas for easy cleaning. Health posters and paintings are displayed to enhance the awareness of health, hygiene and appropriate toileting practices. Teachers and students also join class talks and discussions on how to keep the school including the new toilet areas safe, clean and green.


Since 1997, our School Sanitation program has rebuilt and renovated toilet facilities for 20 rural and remote schools. We have also helped train over 16,000 students in knowledge and skills to develop their understanding of effective hand washing habits, hygiene awareness and good toilet practice. Most recently, Loreto Vietnam together with the support of Loreto Ministries, Mary Ward International Australia and Loreto College Ballarat, introduced a new “friend” to children in the B An Phu primary school, in An Giang province. For the last five years at this school, the students and teachers had to share one toilet block with no formal separation for boys and girls. The lack of doors and ventilation meant there was no privacy or comfort. Due to the lack of running water on site, the school had to collect unclean water from nearby ponds. As a result, school absences increased due to diarrhoea and poor hygiene-related illnesses amongst the students.

Loreto Vietnam worked closely with the local authority and school staff on a needs assessment and situation analysis; we then came to the decision to build a new and separate toilet block exclusively for girls and renovate the existing block for boys. Safe and clean water systems were installed. Finally, health promotion and education modules were delivered to the teachers and students to help them learn how to better look after their health and hygiene at school, with particular attention to protection from COVID 19. “A clean hand is a happy hand!” This is the simple message of Loreto Vietnam to all students in disadvantaged and remote communities who are suffering from inadequate sanitation facilities. Our ongoing passion and commitment is to join with local partners and schools to provide a healthier learning environment and enable a better access to quality education for the children of Vietnam. Dung Nguyen Executive Director of Loreto Vietnam

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Loreto Leadership Leadership can be studied as a tertiary degree, taught in business schools, analysed on the footy field and examined in psychometric tests. Right now, as a political reality it is the obsession of the Twitterverse, the focus of radio talkback, the favourite topic of political journalism and even the most common subject of takeaway coffee queue chatter in Australia. Premiers and the Prime Minister, Chief Health Officers and Police Chiefs embody one brand of regulatory leadership albeit with differing styles, reaching out to us through our screens; nurses, doctors, scientists, community organisers and teachers along with many others offer us servant leadership close to our lived experience of the pandemic. The world looks on also with a mix of curiosity, concern and genuine interest at the leadership contest that played out in the USA, a reminder of how we can take democracy and our role in voting for the kind of leaders we want for granted, and thus at our peril. Understanding and critiquing leadership is important but so is doing it, experiencing it and formation for it. Mother Gonzaga Barry knew this. She exemplified leadership through her courage in saying yes to the request about which she was initially hesitant, of heading the first group of Loreto sisters to this land in 1875. She demonstrated leadership in the way in which she set about the strategic and systematic building of network of schools, kindergartens and teacher training colleges for women right across Australia at a time when political federation was only quite new and women in many parts of the nation were still awaiting the right to vote.

Loreto School Captains at Loreto College, Ballarat.

And she formed leaders, not only in the Institute but amongst the students in her schools. In the very first years of Mary’s Mount Ballarat, senior students became ‘School Councillors’ and were “chosen by the vote of (her) companions and with the approbation of the Nuns”. They were “distinguished by (their) Fidelity, Sincerity and Charity” and held as examples of “kind, sincere and thoughtful Friend(s) of all.” Mother Gonzaga had high expectations of these students, as both role models in morality and supporters of the values of the school; they were to lead fellow students in their own right due to their election, but also understand themselves as belonging to the larger school community to which they had great responsibility; “whilst proving themselves true friends to all who need their Counsel, they should also loyally prove themselves true aids to the Nuns, in their difficult yet meritorious and Noble Work of Education.” This approach to forming young women as leaders was undoubtedly progressive for

its time and a valuing of student leadership has been a continuing and core element of Loreto schools since these earliest days. Today our schools are led by students who are elected by their peers and work alongside staff mentors to inspire, energise and steer the student body. They are immersed in an understanding of Loreto values, the result of deliberate formation programmes and their school experience, which prioritises leadership opportunities of all types, from primary years right through to Year 12 level. The students who hold the role of School Captain consistently represent their schools with grace, intelligence and conviction. One of the most life giving expressions of the Loreto network is the annual LSAC Student Leadership conference, where the Captains of our schools gather to share ideas of effective leadership, focus on deepening their understanding of Loreto values and celebrate their connection.

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This year these same students gathered again nine months later, online this time, to reflect with past Loreto graduates, on their experience of leadership, during a pandemic. The School Captains discussed how their leadership expectations had shifted and adapted to periods of remote learning, social distancing and mask wearing; how their roles as role models for younger students in particular had become even more powerful through their demonstrations of resilience, encouragement and positivity; how their use of technology became more targeted and community minded and how old traditions were adapted and new ones created during their leadership term, all whilst navigating their final year of school studies. Most powerfully perhaps they shared how their perspective on Verity, the focus value of 2020, had widened, not only to encompass contemporary movements of social justice such as Black Lives Matter, but also to enable them to recognise in a new way the true worth of their communities and themselves when many extraneous things were stripped away; for them the connection between “seeking truth and doing justice” was truly illuminated. That this, the essence of the Loreto mission was their experience of leadership, is a testimony to the foundation created by Gonzaga Barry and her companions, but also the examples of leadership our School Captains see around them, their Principals, mentors and teachers. Mother Gonzaga wrote that she intended to “leave behind (her) something upon which others could build”. The Loreto School Captains of 2020 have done so in this same spirit despite and because of the challenges of this unique year; the leaders of society at large are on notice that a new wave of young women leaders with deeply formed hearts and minds are on their way. Michelle McCarty

On Pilgrimage with Mary Ward App

In our present time of instant communication and ease of travel, the story of Mary Ward and her life-long desire to seek and know God’s will, can seem like a struggle way beyond human resilience. That an English woman, in Post-Reformation England, could believe the Catholic Church would approve a plan for religious women to be free from the jurisdiction of the Diocesan Bishop but governed by one of their own, free from the obligations of the cloister, focused on the mission of educating girls in a similar way to boys, and flexible enough to respond to the needs identified around them, seems outrageous, shocking and misguided. This is what Mary Ward came to understand as God’s will for her. With the young women inspired to join her, she crossed the English Channel many times, traversed the Alps of Europe on foot three times to seek approval for her congregation and all along the way, she established houses and schools where she was welcomed and supported. And while she died under the shadow of the Inquisition… her congregation can be found today in over 40 countries, with more than 200 Mary Ward schools, colleges and informal education facilities and thousands of women and men proudly associated with her charism and spirituality. She truly believed that there is no such difference between men and women that women may not do great things, as we have seen by the example of many saints who have done great things. On Pilgrimage with Mary Ward is an App that will spark memories if you have visited these places, tempt you to make a pilgrimage, or add some ideas for the next time you are near York and Yorkshire, London and Saint-Omer, Liège, Munich or Rome. The App, currently available in English, will soon be translated into Spanish and German. To download the free App please visit the Apple store for iPhone or the Google Play store for Android devices. Enjoy the journey … iPhone: apps.apple.com/au/app/on-pilgrimage-with-mary-ward/ id1533779411 Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cosource. maryward.europe

August 2020


From the Acacias 2020 | Loreto College Marryatville, South Australia

My name is Mollie, I am the Head Girl of Loreto College for the year 2021, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead through the eyes of Mary Ward for the College this year.

Welcoming our 2021 Head Girl

I believe leadership is not a position or a title, it is an action and example. Your worth as a person is not judged upon the badge you wear, but how you wear it, through the influence you have on others. Everyone has the ability to be a leader, every one of you are leaders for this school. Whether you have guided your peers and others in a sport, or an assignment or supported them in some way, shape or form. You are a leader, you set an example. What is most important about being a leader is recognising that no one is less than you or better than you. We are all human, we all have the ability to do what any other person can do, but instead we are all talented in different skills, which makes us equal. Mother Teresa once said:

‘You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.’ This inspiring role model for Loreto girls, depicts how, when we embrace all our talents as one, we can form a strong and united community. As a leader this year, my main focus is to build strength in our community as a school. To achieve this, we need to build inclusiveness, to acknowledge and be kind to all students within the school of all different age groups, and to show respect and support to one another. Through doing this, our friendships with one another will grow and thus so will the spirit, the spirit to be confident, loud, joyful and to show this is our work and play. Our Value for the year 2021 is Felicity. Felicity is the encouragement of spirit, passion and joy, a perfect beginning to

the ending of a challenging year, this value encourages us to thrive through positivity and celebrate every moment in life. Our Felicity motto is Here Comes The Sun Felicity 2021. In light of Covid-19 dramatically affecting all our lives in 2020, Daisy H the Deputy Head Girl and myself, came up with this motto to enter the year of 2021 bearing spirit and happiness, looking at this year as a turning point in a positive light through felicity. This motto was thought of during the Loreto School Leaders Forum over Zoom, where Loreto Coorparoo shared this motto with all the Loreto schools. As Loreto leaders, we decided to all share the same motto, to bond us all together as one and show strength through this year. As you all are aware, Covid-19 was a huge obstacle that affected every one of us, mentally, emotionally and some physically. School became a place of boundaries and segregation. Michael Jordan once said obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. So why would we let this one obstacle get in the way of what we want to achieve in life. We have figured out ways to work through the challenges of Covid, so now in the year of 2021 I challenge you all to overcome it. Through the year of felicity, I encourage you to embrace happiness, show love, kindness and care towards one another. Through this we can strengthen our spirit as a school and a whole community, no matter what obstacles we may face. I want all students to believe in themselves, show off their talents and embrace their differences. Don’t find yourself following the standards set by the people around you. Pour your hearts into every passion you have and embrace who you truly are. Mollie 2021 Head Girl

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Staff Farewells

In 2020, Loreto College saw the retirement of four long-standing members of the teaching staff as the school farewelled Andrew McDonald, Pam Cramond, John Charewicz and Sharon Fleming. We would like to thank these staff members for their dedication and commitment to Loreto College, some for more than 40 years, to our students and parents, and for making Loreto a brighter place. Each one of you has provided passion and innovation to the teaching profession and on behalf of Loreto College, we wish them the best in their retirement and future endeavours, as well as a well-earned rest. Please read the moving farewell acknowledgements for both Andrew and Pam below from our Staff.

Andrew McDonald - Loreto’s Renaissance Man I had the good fortune to work with Andrew McDonald for many years in the Loreto Art department. As a teacher and highly accomplished practising artist, students and colleagues witnessed Andrew’s ability to problem solve and create new ways to look at the world. He modelled curiosity as an essential component of his learning. His classroom was a place where students were supported and challenged to think and create, and venture outside of their comfort zones. Andrew’s contribution to Loreto Marryatville stretches far beyond the Visual Art Department. Having studied Agricultural Science and 46

Visual Art, his expertise saw him teach in multiple subject disciplines. Most recently his teaching roles included Junior School Science and Visual Art in Years 8 to 11. As Year 11 Camp Convenor, Occupational Health and Safety Officer, Spirit Cup Coordinator, and Bus Driver, Andrew’s expertise brought him into contact with many in our community. Students and staff attending Year 11 Camps had the privilege of Andrew’s extensive knowledge of the Flinders Ranges from Aboriginal and western perspectives. His respect for Aboriginal culture was interwoven with his love and appreciation for the natural world viewed with artist’s eye. Blending

scientific and geographical content with Aboriginal Dreaming, Andrew’s knowledge transfer focused on optimising learning, making all content relevant and interesting. Andrew’s relationships are built on trust and mutual respect. His sense of fun and playfulness, appreciation of humour, boundless energy, generosity, and humility are some of the many admirable personal qualities that endeared him to the Loreto community. Andrew is a treasured and greatly admired colleague, teacher, and friend. His presence has blessed Loreto College Marryatville. Jacky Hamilton Leader of Visual Arts

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were Lyndall Fredericks, Sr Elizabeth Johnson and Penny Minchin.

Pam Cramond Loreto 1983-2019 I began at Loreto Marryatville in 1983, after three challenging, but rewarding years in Mt Gambier at Tenison College where I began learning the craft of teaching. It was only in my last year there that I decided that I was quite good at teaching and that it was the vocation for me, and I felt certain that God had led me to this vocation. It was about learning the ropes in my first year at Loreto. There were classes of 33 to 35 students for Year 9 English, Religion and History, but thankfully a small class for Year 12 Australian History. The students gave me a bit of grief before they settled down and understood that I did know what I was talking about. The Senior School staff were an interesting and vibrant group with a number of young staff; Isabel Heath, David Hall, Andrew McDonald, Jon Roberts, Jacky Hamilton, Sonia Sain, Meridie Howley, Wendy Harbard and Ann-Maree Tippins were some I remember. There were some older staff who I adopted as mentors; Nives Sain, Marie Hodgson, Sr Marg Callaghan, Fiona McAuley, Ev Kerr and Margot Pitman. The Principal was an IBVM sister, the Head of the Junior School was an IBVM sister and there were 7 IBVM sisters on staff. Many of the sisters over the next 37 years became friends and mentors (and here I particularly want to make mention of Sr Josephine Jeffery, a kind and very wise friend). In 1985 I was appointed as the Year 9 Coordinator and held the post for 7 years in which I learnt so much about my students. Fellow Year Level Coordinators at the time

Sr Mary Baulderstone, the Principal when I first arrived, asked me to do some study in Catholic Studies as Religion had not been one of the subjects offered at Adelaide University. I began my studies in Religious Education and Theology which were so pivotal in my growth in faith and knowledge of my religion. I developed an adult understanding of Catholicism and a life-long love of the Scriptures and when in 1994 Sr Frances Browne asked me to take on the role of Religious Education Coordinator, I saw this as an important way to live out my faith, teaching students and mentoring staff. Ten years later, I had overseen the delivery of countless Retreats and Reflection Days, the introduction of the new Crossways syllabus, the mentoring of new Religion teachers and helped organise Sacraments and liturgies. The Principal of the time, Cheryl Hamilton, then to restructure the leadership of Religious Education and Spirituality in the school, building a new team with a Liturgy Coordinator, a Religious Education Coordinator and I was made Coordinator of Catholic Faith Formation. In 2005, I began a new phase of encouraging and mentoring staff in undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies. After a nervous few days preparing for and delivering my first course, I found adult education a wonderful, exciting opportunity for growth and went on to include a few teachers from other schools in the groups. Patty Warrender always reminds me of these days as I led her and others through Scripture. On the anniversary of the establishment of Mary Ward’s first school, I was lucky enough to travel to Germany and Italy with Sharon, Rosalie, Cheryl and their husbands on a pilgrimage to some of the sites associated with her story, culminating with a Papal audience in which members of the Companions of Jesus held up a big sign, Mary Ward Sancta Presto, asking for her to be canonised. Not long after, Pope Benedict XVI made her a venerable, the first step on the

road to sainthood in December of that year. The trip was amazing – to see so many sisters from both the CJs and the IBVMs gathered in Rome, all excited and filled with enthusiasm for their mission! I loved getting to know Mary Ward’s story even better, and it reinvigorated my love for this extraordinary woman. In the last year of her appointment at Marryatville, Cheryl asked me to work part-time as Archivist, learning the ropes from my friend Sr Josie. During those years, I worked on the Heritage Committee which was involved in a number of important projects; signage in the garden, the restoration of the Chapel, the book The Acacias: Heritage House and tours of the Acacias and the gardens. When Sr Josie retired, I took over her role and worked hard to maintain her legacy. At the end of 2014, I decided to apply for Middle Years Religious Education Coordinator and worked closely with Nancy Rodi and Isabelle Roberts. Again, a busy and interesting few years until the role was changed again. When I retired from the REC role, the last few years of my time were taken up with my beloved subjects teaching Women’s Studies, English, Religious Education and Religion Studies, and subjects new to me like the Research Project, EAL and PLP. There is nothing like mastering something new! Teaching at Loreto has been an ever-changing experience, allowing me to grow and develop in many ways. Teaching means that you are constantly learning. Each year or semester you are given new classes with new students to get to know and new programs to develop. It is impossible to be bored. I have been able to develop my faith and to form an ever-closer relationship with Jesus and his disciple Mary Ward. I have met many wonderful people, those I have taught, those I have worked with and the extensive Loreto family. I will be ever grateful for my thirty-seven years at Loreto Marryatville and the chance I have had to use my gifts to the full. Thank you to each one of you and for your support for me in all these years and in this most difficult time.

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New Curriculum in 2021 A future looking school is one that honours the past, builds from the present, and drives towards an ideal future. At Loreto, we do this by having clear values and beliefs, a positive culture as well as a stimulating learning environment. We embrace change in order to grow and develop and constantly reflect on our practice so that we are the best that we can be. In 2021, we will continue this growth by building off the strength of our existing curriculum and combining this with a series of amazing new learning opportunities. Year 7 and 8 In Year 7, students will learn Robotics, Textiles, Food Technology, Languages, Drama, Visual Arts and Music as well as the core curriculum areas. This provides the girls with an essential foundation for their Year 8 studies which includes Musical Theatre, Food and Nutrition, App Development, Robotics, Design and Construction, Languages, Music, Drama, Visual Arts and Textile Technology. In addition, girls can choose to enter a specialist Netball or AFLW Program as part of the curriculum where they will engage in developing expertise in their chosen sport as well as an understanding of biomechanics, nutrition, coaching and umpiring.

Year 9 students will also undertake the Futures Project, a specially designed program that provides an opportunity for girls to learn and develop skills in the areas of research, design thinking, innovation, technology, entrepreneurialism, and social justice.

Year 9

Year 10

In Year 9, students will again broaden their learning through a number of courses including specialist Netball or AFLW, Musical Theatre, Music, Drama, Global Cuisine, Patisserie Academy, Fashion Design and Construction, Photography and Digital Media, Artificial Intelligence, Visual Arts, and Languages.

Year 10 students will have greater choice and flexibility in the design of their studies, including a number of STEM courses such as Biochemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Health Science, Graphic Design, Coding, Fashion Design and Construction, Food and Hospitality, and Specialist Physical Education.


Year 10 students can also elect to undertake further study in the Humanities through History: People and Power and Innovation in a Global Economy. Students can also continue with the study of Languages, Music, Drama and Visual Arts. All girls engage in our specially designed Social, Emotional and Academic Development (SEAD) Program. The SEAD Program is delivered through timetabled lessons as well as out of the classroom experiences. The SEAD Program ensures that all girls develop holistically as resilient and confident girls and young women.

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Supporting Loreto College

Active participation by the Loreto Community has been instrumental in fostering the College’s tradition of community.

See the many opportunities below on how you can support Loreto College. Volunteering

Out students successfully balance outstanding academic performance with impressive achievements in sport and creativity in the arts and beyond. We encourage our Loreto College community to support and engage in experiences with their daughters throughout their years at Loreto. Your support of Loreto can take many forms and ensures an enriched experience for our students. Please take advantage of the many opportunities you have to become involved in the spirit of the unique Loreto community. Your participation and generosity will make a difference not only to our existing students but to those that will follow in their footsteps.

As we begin to enter some form of normality after the Covid-19 pandemic, the College is beginning to open up the vast array of volunteering roles, including Tuckshop helpers and event volunteers. Join Parents & Friends The Parents & Friends play an important role in welcoming new families to the Loreto community, organising community events such as Loreto SpringART and the College Fair, and actively supporting the College through fundraising. Parent groups also participate in activities inside and outside the classroom, building a community spirit of support and connection across our school. If you would like to join the Parents & Friends, please email info@loreto.sa.edu.au – we would love to hear from you!

Donations & Bequests It is through the generous donations of our extended community that we provide our students with every opportunity for success to become strong, passionate, and confident girls and young women, today, tomorrow and into the future. The ongoing development of Loreto’s facilities and educational and co-curricular programs has been made possible, to a large degree, by annual giving. There are many ways to give to Loreto Marryatville. Gifts of any size are valued and have lasting benefits. We ask that you share our vision of ensuring Loreto College is a school that defines itself by best practice and is a school of choice and excellence by giving to our 2021-2022 Annual Appeal. Should you wish to donate online to our Building Fund, Scholarship Fund or Parents & Friends, visit www.loreto.sa.edu.au/giving We thank you for contributing to the success of the College.

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Notices Deaths Frank Errington (past Treasurer of the P&F) died 18/7 2018 & Barbara Errington died 26/12/2019, parents of Old Scholars, Susan (1979), Anne (1983) and Fiona (1985) and grandparents of Old Scholars Emily Norris (2012) and Charlotte Norris (2018)

Genevieve Fischer (nee Booker, 1996), and husband Corey, welcomed daughter, Kate Naomi, on December 18 2019 Maeri-Jo Davey (nee Farley, 2005), and husband Adam, welcomed daughter, Alana Maeri Davey, on 27 May 2020

Engagements Alannha Costanzo (2008) engaged to Daniel Minopolous Priscilla Barletta (2008) engaged to Oliver Brown Matilda Lauder (2012) engaged to Daniel Fidge Marriages

Margaret Kirkpatrick (nee McCloud) (1948) died July 2019

Melissa Bamptom (nee Davies) (2008) married Edward Bampton on Saturday 19 December at Longview Vineyard, Macclesfield South Australia

Mary Davey (1941) died August 2020 Births Angela Marsh (nee Moffa, 2005), and husband Bill Marsh welcomed our son, Felix Andrew Marsh, on 26 June 2020

Amy Cooper-Boast (nee Cooper, 1999), and husband Tim Boast, welcomed daughter, Bronte Eliza, on 18 September 2020 Camilla Waldron (nee Brown, 2008), welcomed son, William Andrew Waldron, on 25 February 2020

Josephine Battiste (2003), and Alex Blackburn welcomed daughter, Elena Mirella in May 2020

Pictured L to R: Lawrence Pelekanos, Claudia Crisci, Alexander Cooper, Melissa Davies, Edward Bampton, Rachel Davies (Loreto Old Scholar - class of 2004) , Hugh Bampton and Claire Baxter Photographer @tomekphotography


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