From the Principal
Ms Michelle Brodrick
As we come to the end of our school year, it is exciting to reflect on this year of 2022, the 147th of Loreto College Ballarat.
This year in the Loreto calendar, we celebrate the value of ‘Freedom’, using the symbol of a kite to represent the ability to be lifted by an ‘inner freedom’, an acceptance of self, an openness to and with others and a trust in life. Mary Ward’s understanding of freedom flowed from her personal relationship with God and her belief that each one of us, in our ordinary experience of life, has access to God’s loving care. This is the truth that sets us free.
Loreto College staff and students have embraced the value of freedom, recognising the impact of COVID-19 over the past three years. School events, gatherings and celebrations felt particularly important and significant. Last week, the Year 12 Graduation Dinner was held for the first time in three years. It was a joyous occasion for families and staff to come together for the final time.
Several families were acknowledged for their long association with the College including several graduates who are the last members of their family to attend Loreto.
- The Todd Family: Grace Todd (2018), Charlotte Todd (2020), Rosie Todd (2022)
- The Ryan Family: Paige Ryan (2015), Alia Ryan (2016), Lexi Ryan (2022)
- The Kelly Family: Aimee Kelly (2006), Jessica Kelly (2013), Charlotte Kelly (2022)
- The Rosenow Family: Breeley Rosenow (2015), Teah Rosenow (2017), Ellie Rosenow (2022)
- The Eastmure Family: Laura Eastmure (2018), Aimee Eastmure (2020), Caitlyn Eastmure (2022)
- The Gleeson Family: Tessa Gleeson (2017), Hannah Gleeson (2020), Claire Gleeson (2022)
- The Merygold Family: Tori Merygold (2010), Ashleigh Meagher (Step Sister - 2014), Kate Merygold (2022)
- The Crowe Family (five generations):
Great, Great Grandmother - Margaret O’Keane, Great Grandmother - Kathleen Coutts, Grandmother - Susan Crowe, Mum Katrina Crowe and most recently Hannah Sergeant Crowe (2021) Jaime Sargeant Crowe (2022). Other members of the Crowe family to attend include Cousin - Izabella Procaccino (2019), Aunt - Alexandra Crowe (2011), Aunt - Lindy Crowe (1990)
Thank you to all our families that are leaving us after many year’s association, we thank you for choosing Loreto for your daughter’s education. We hope you continue to connect with our community in the future.
We say goodbye to some staff members who have devoted many years to our College, including Roger Morris, who is retiring after forty one years of working at Loreto College Ballarat, Helena Spencer (22 years), Vicki Moroney (16 years), Shane Nankervis (16 years) and Sarah Godfrey (Allitt) (10 years).
Roger Morris lives and breathes the Loreto spirit and exemplifies what it is to be a part of the Loreto community. Roger has been a much valued and loved teacher at Loreto since 1982. Roger has a long connection with the College with his grandmother attending from 1913 to 1915. He has worked at the College for 41 years and still enters the front door of Mary’s Mount Abbey every day with the same positive attitude and bounce in his step as he would have as a young graduate. Roger exemplifies respect and dignity towards all, and his legacy will live on in the hearts of the students and staff.
At the end of this year we will also farewell Sr Natalie Houlihan. Sr Nat has taught at the College for three years and her contribution in that time has been significant. As a Loreto sister, Natalie has been an authentic voice amongst members of our community. She has shown a genuine love of teaching and will be greatly missed. She has been called to Rome where she was elected on to the Leadership Team of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) as a consultor. Natalie will begin her position next January and we wish her all the best.
Thank you and best wishes to all staff who are leaving and have given so much to our students over the years – Kiri Adams, Wendy Green, Barb Perry, Moeka Itoh, Mahnee Cooke and Jillian Hogbin.
Also, to those that have taken on short-term roles and are moving on to new opportunities and study, including wonderful Education Support and PE trainees, Chloe Stephens and Alex Davies. We wish them well in their future endeavours.
I am grateful for the support of the College Board. I would like to thank the Board Chair, Luke Dunne, who is stepping down from the Board after 9 years; 3 years as Chair; Deputy Chair, Melanie Robertson and Board members Laura Avery, Katrina Burke, Elizabeth Burns, Rebekah Foster, Nick Grylewicz, Matt Jenkins, Nicole Loader, Matt McCabe and Erin Taylor.
I would also like to thank the various members of sub-committees who provide so much time as volunteers to support the College. This week, we gathered to farewell Meg Barry, Trudi Kannourakis and Erin Taylor, who have provided valuable support over their time on the Loreto Board and sub-committees.
May the joy, hope and wonder of Christmas be with you and your families. I look forward to seeing everyone back for 2023.
From the Deputy Principal
Mrs Chris Shaw
As our year draws to a close, we have much to celebrate in having been back learning on campus for the whole year. Events that we have known and loved have been reimagined and refreshed and some new ones added as we continue to evolve.
I can now reflect on a full year emersed in the Loreto community and traditions and am beginning to understand the deep passion for this incredible school. There is still so much to learn and the students and staff continue to educate me every day.
You may be aware that we have done some slight re-structuring around our daily timetable. Students who catch the bus home, have been telling us of the struggles they have to get from classes to the bus stop in time. Missing the bus has significant challenges for families, particularly those who live out of town. Leaving class early has its own challenges as students can miss important learning instructions and homework and over time this mounts up. As a result, the following daily times will be in place from the start of 2023. Students who cannot be collected at this time are encouraged to go to the library where it is safe and warm until a family member can collect them at an appropriate time. This is a great time to get homework done before heading home. The expectation is that all Loreto students are at school in time for Mentor Group and therefore should arrive at school by 8:40am to prepare themselves for a successful day of learning.
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Student Leadership 2023
As part of our Strategic Plan, we have been working through our student leadership roles to reflect our desire to enhance student agency across the College and ensure more students have the opportunity to take on leadership roles. Having announced our new Senate with their portfolios last term, the next group we wish to congratulate are the House Executive. These Year 12 students, guided by their Senate member House Captain, will lead the House Committees including students from Years 7-11 and these are yet to be selected.
After a number of years of having the Loreto Student Leadership Conference online we are very excited to be hosting it in person. Student Leaders from other Loreto schools around Australia will spend the weekend here focusing on shared leadership, the Loreto Charism and co-writing the Justice prayer for 2023.
Run for A Cause
On Sunday 20 November, 20 students volunteered to assist with the Ballarat Foundation “Run For A Cause”. This event raises money for the Ballarat Christmas Appeal and was a wonderful way for our students to give back to the Ballarat Community. Despite the weather, our students were full of enthusiasm and eager to support those who ran or walked on the day by helping at the water station.
From the Assistant Principal: Faith & Identity
Ms Felicity Knobel
As a Loreto school, collectively we have our values of Felicity, Justice, Verity, Sincerity and this year has been our year of Freedom. As a community we own these values. Regardless of our year level, of our role within our school, of whether you have one child attending or this is your fourth or if you are a third generation Loreto family, we all, are at the forefront of how these values are seen, heard, acted on and transmitted in our community.
Our values are aspects of Mary Ward’s spirituality, her living of her faith, key to her prayer life, they come from her writings and her life experiences, the lived experience of the IBVM and also are at the heart of the gospels. They are all linked with one and other, ultimately you can’t have freedom without justice and verity.
This year we have weaved our understanding of Freedom with our metaphor of the kite. We know that a kite flying in the sky is a sight to behold. For us at Loreto it encapsulated our understanding of freedom. There is a freedom with a kite, it moves with the wind, it can go in many different directions, it is almost alive with its movements as it weaves, and dips and flies, it is exhilarating. It is free.
However, a kite to perform well needs someone that has control, that is confident, that can read the conditions, that can change and adapt so as to let the kite soar. In order to have this freedom we have to have knowledge. We have to be brave and we have to be strong and confident in ourselves.
We know that in life conditions, just like in kite flying, can sometimes be less than ideal. You can become tangled, you may have to distance yourself, you may have to ask for assistance, you may have to give assistance to someone else. You have to think not only of your kite, but also the kites of others.
To have many kites in the sky, weaving and dipping and flying is surely better than one lonely kite by themselves.
This is our freedom.
Pope Francis says that true freedom is not about just me, as that is self centred behaviour. We want to be open and sincere. We want others to soar with us. True freedom is being confident in saying yes or no. We are in control of our kite. We are strong, confident and brave. We are called to choose the good. To choose good is true freedom. It gives freedom not only to us, but importantly to people in our world. We need our sky to be filled with a variety of kites. Different shapes, sizes, colour and speed, not only in the skies above Loreto but beyond.
We are called.
The Freedom Prayer
God of freedom,
give us the courage and confidence to live
referring all to You.
May we learn to know ourselves,
and be the face of hope for others.
May we grow in inner freedom,
and share this gift together.
May we say yes to the wholeness of life,
and choose the good each day.
Grounded in our Loreto story
and by the faith of Mary Ward,
may we act not out of fear but solely from love,
responding with justice to her call,
to bring the right of freedom to our world.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus,
who leads us with love,
and shows us how to be truly free.
From the Assistant Principal: Wellbeing
Ms Gemma McDermott
Students are tired and are looking forward to the summer holidays to rest and refresh. It is so easy during this time to binge on Netflix, Stan, Disney, Prime, Paramount and Youtube, just to name a few, ensure your daughter gets out of her room and goes for walks, gets some fresh air and spends time with family and friends. The internet is such an amazing informative tool, be aware of the sites your daughter is visiting on the internet and talk to her about what she is looking up. She may feel you are intruding but it is better to have the conversations about the safe use of the internet.
Here is a link to information on our School Tv site about CyberSafety; https://loreto.vic.schooltv.me/channel-newsletter/315
Ballarat is fortunate to have such wonderful access to health care. The Ballarat Community Health came to school and spoke to students in Years 9 and 10 in their Health lessons about Drugs, Alcohol and Vaping. Have a conversation with your daughter about what was discussed.
We are all aware of how covid has impacted the mental health of some of our young people. Ballarat Headspace is having an online webinar to talk about mental health and young people. It will be on Monday 28 November at 6.30pm to 7.30pm. You can listen to the discussion without having to show your face. A flyer is attached about this event.
Mental Health Services and Support available for young people:
• Head to Health is free for all ages, no waitlist, call intake: 1800 595 211
• Ballarat Headspace: 5304 4777
• Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
• Kids helpline 24/7 1800 55 1800
• Lifeline 24/7 13 11 14
• Suicide Call Back 1300 659 467
Pam Account - Student Absences
There are a number of students writing their own absentee notice on PAM through their Parent’s account. Can we ask for your support in not sharing with your daughter the password to your PAM account and regularly changing the password.
School Uniform for 2023
Starting next year we are going to go back to pre-covid times and ensure that the Loreto uniform is worn correctly. After discussions with students regarding the school jewellery rules, we have revised the rules for 2023.
Students may wear one or two earrings in each ear. This may be one in lower lobe and one in the upper ear. This does not mean students need to go and get another earring.
- The earrings are only to be small studs or sleepers of any shape.
- Due to OH&S they cannot wear dangling earrings.
- No visible facial piercings are allowed.
- No bracelets (unless for medical reasons) no rings or necklaces are permitted
- Smart watches are allowed except in exams.Please do not allow your daughter to get any facial piercings over the holidays. Nails are to be natural. And no artificial eyelashes are allowed.
These are too big
These have dangling bits not correct
These are correct
Socks are to be the school socks and not anklet socks.
Next year we are re-introducing our Sun Smart policy by asking students to wear their Loreto Hat on the grounds and gardens at recess and lunch in Term 1 and Term 4 as well as for outdoor activities. We will be monitoring the UV rating and will advise if there are any changes.
In 2023 all students will be expected to wear full school uniform to and from school. If they have PE they will change into their PE uniform before the lesson and change back to school uniform after the lesson. There may be activities days and for Year 10 Strive where the uniform for the day will be the correct PE uniform.
From the Assistant Principal: Learning & Innovation
Ms Em Shanahan
Learning & Innovation
It seems that the year has flown by in a flash. From students starting the year with great excitement, then slumping into a momentary collapse as they worked through time management to complete assessments and revise learning, it can be difficult to stop and take in all that has been achieved. We are incredibly proud of how students have embraced challenges and displayed resilience, with curious minds and a determination to do their personal best.
Across the summer holidays, students heading into Years 11 and 12 are encouraged to consolidate the learning from Headstart this term, and complete the homework that has been designed to set them up for success as they return in Term 1. However, it is essential that students designate a set amount of time to complete this learning so that they can switch off and enjoy quality time with family and friends.
All students are encouraged to continue learning through play. I’m not suggesting play in terms of the type of play young children would embrace. I’m suggesting play in terms of doing what brings them joy. Explore passions and develop interests. Read books and get lost in other worlds. Dance in the rain and build sandcastles on the beach. When we enrich our minds through sensory experiences, engage with nature and connect with others, we can truly refresh and be ready for big things to come as everyone prepares for new adventures with the year ahead.
Reports will be available from mid-December. Our focus with students is on their development and growth, rather than on particular marks and levels of achievement. We recognise that success will look different for each student, and students will progress at different rates. Students are encouraged to use reports as an opportunity to reflect on what worked well this year, and to set goals for next.
Booklists have been distributed. Please ensure the correct resources are purchased in time for the start of the school year so that learning is not disrupted.
Standardised Testing Term 4
Ms Sara Sharer (Learning Growth)
This term students in Years 7 – 10 will be involved in various forms of standardised testing. This is completed every year to establish the growth of the individual and cohort, to identify areas of support required or where extension to learning may be implemented. We specifically test their literacy, numeracy, and science skills. The 2022 standardised assessment program will provide us with important learning data.
We have attempted to test everyone during class time, but due to absence it has been a struggle for some students. There is a form of testing that can be done at home and one that must be completed at school. Your child may be taken out of class to complete this testing if it is one that must be completed at school.
For the ACER assessments, these can be done remotely. If your child has been asked to complete testing at home, they will receive a short video explaining everything they need to know, including how to log on and the reason teachers need this data.
You can ask your child to logon to see if there are any tests outstanding.
They must log onto SIMON and under school links find ACER – Online Testing.
Their username is their student ID and the password is ACER2022.
If they have any tests left to complete it will state it after logging on. If they have any tests left to complete, get them to follow the steps below when you have about 40 minutes (45 minutes maximum for reading).
This testing must be completed by the individual with no additional assistance and is a low stakes test. This means no preparation is required, and it is not used for reporting purposes. We just ask students to try their best so we have a clear indication of their learning progression and how staff can best support their growth. Supervision is not necessary, but you’re welcome to ensure they are completing the assessment under the specified conditions.
If they are doing a numeracy test it is with a calculator. For all other tests, no other materials are required; however, a blank piece of paper and pen may be beneficial to make notes.
If technical problems occur direct your child to simply close off the browser and reopen. This will not lose their progress. Depending on the test it will be either 40 or 45 minutes long. I have asked that students time themselves, as the test does not automatically close them out after a certain time. It is important that the student stops when the time limit is reached even if the test has not been completed.
If you have any questions, please contact Sara Sharer on email@example.com.
NASA Space Camp 2023
Ms Natalie Howard
The College will be offering the NASA space camp trip in the June/July holidays in 2023. A parent information night was held on Monday 14 November in the theatrette however if you'd like further information, please contact Natalie Howard via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The trip will be open to all students currently in Years 9, 10 and 11. Whilst the school recognises that for some families the 2023 trip would be too soon to consider attending we would like to offer the opportunity to those wishing to go.
The school will also look at offering the trip again in September 2024. Students who were on the 2022 camp and wish to attend the 2023 trip also need to express their interest.
VCAL and Year 7 Retreat Activity
Over the last two weeks the Year 11 VCAL students have hosted 150+ Year 7s at The Little Flower. The students made over 500 custom-made Christmas biscuits for the Year 7s to decorate. They also made some Santa chocolate bark and wrote a beautiful heartfelt Christmas message to each student. The Year 7s returned to decorate biscuit boxes with Ms Shortal. Our Christmas tree is up, Carols are playing … Christmas is in the air at The Little Flower!
Try A Trade Day
Last week, 18 of our Year 11 VCAL students participated in the Highlands LLEN – Platinum Institute Try A Trade activity. This full-day event saw students work in small groups to construct a cubby house, building the frame, installing the weatherboards, painting the house and putting on the roof. Some of the aims of the program include:
- Destroying gender stereotypes
- Promoting inclusion
- Reducing stigma
- Enticing women into non-traditional trades
Thanks to the Highlands LLEN and Platinum Institute for offering this very valuable experience.
Language Faculty News
Ms Yoshie Burrows (Faculty Leader Languages)
Ballarat Japanese Speech Contest 2022
Our annual Year 10 Japanese Speech Contest was held on Friday 28 October. This was the first time the competition had run in person since 2019. This made it very special for all participants. Twenty-five students from Ballarat High School, St Patrick’s College, Ballarat Clarendon College, Mt Clear College and Loreto competed at the contest.
After arriving at Trench Room in Ballarat Town Hall, contestants started to deliver speeches in Japanese. Presenting a set passage and 1 minute of the original speech in a formal setting made all students very nervous. Three professionals judged their speeches and were observed by three town delegates from Inagawa Town (Sister City of Ballarat) online. Finally, the Mayor of Ballarat, Cr Daniel Moloney, presented all prizes and certificates to 8 winners.
All participants did fantastic jobs, passionately telling their stories about how and why they study Japanese.
This year brought us the best performance, and I was very proud of our students from Loreto; Matilda Carli, Darcy Callanan, Alice Clark, Thu Do and Demi Anwyl, who did spectacular jobs at the contest.
All top winners were Loreto Students (1st- Matilda, 2nd Alice, and 3rd Darcy)!! What a fantastic result! Congratulations to all.
It was great to see the Karuta tournament return this year after two year of break. Three teams from the five primary schools gathered and competed at OLHC (Our Lady Help of Christians primary school). Loreto's Year 10 Japanese class joined and contributed as the referee for each match. Four exchange students from Toyo high school also contributed as the reciters. Some students who participated in this tournament when they were in Grade 6 four years ago gave us some insightful comments. "I was so proud of my achievement, I came 2nd, and it was one of my highlights from primary school. But I took this game far too seriously, then. Now I am so happy to assist young students in enjoying this tournament".
Maths Faculty News
Ms Paula Wheaton (Faculty Leader Maths)
Curious Minds Program 2022 - 2023
Congratulations to Georgia Wemyss who has recently been selected to participate in the Curious Minds Program for 2022-2023. This program is provided by the Australian Maths Trust and competition was fierce so it is a great achievement to be selected. Georgia will now have the opportunity to attend camps, network with other curious minds and to be mentored in her STEM journey. Well done Georgia!
Co-Curricular Music News
Ms Simone Jans (Co-Curricular Music Leader)
Christmas Concert - TICKETS NOW ON SALE
We invite you to join us at the Loreto College Christmas Concert and get in the Christmas spirit! Come along and enjoy this festive night which will be hosted by our Loreto performers with a special interactive performance which is not to be missed.
Time: Tuesday 29 November 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+11)
Tickets: $5 each (student performers do not need to purchase tickets)
Venue: The Mary's Mount Centre, Loreto College, 1600 Sturt Street Ballarat
Interview with a music student
Tahlia Ciappara (Year 12)
During your time at Loreto, what instrument/s have you learnt?
Violin and singing
What ensembles have you been a member of?
String ensemble, Junior choir, Loreto blues
Can you outline some of the opportunities you have been given as a result of learning an instrument?
Through learning singing, I was a part of the Loreto blues choir where I was a part of a group that went on tour to Queensland to sing to people in retirement homes.
Having singing lessons guided me and helped me develop my vocal technique, as a result, I have had and will have opportunities of performing at gigs and competitions
What other benefits do you glean from your involvement in the music program?
Being a part of the music program has inspired a creative outlet which allows me to express myself artistically through music. The music program at Loreto has created a family through being a part of choirs and ensembles. Thus creating long-lasting friendships and connections across all year levels
Co-Curricular Sports News
Ms Whitney Beseler (Co-Curricular Sport Leader)
Victorian All Schools Championships
We had two students Charlotte Cross (Year 7) and Grace Crowe (Year 8) compete and they both have run some great times in their events (this is for Athletics).
Grace Crowe competed in the 100m event and ran a time of 12.31s and qualified fastest in her heat - this is now a new Loreto College record, breaking one which had remained since 1992! Grace went onto run in the final and cam fourth in what was a very close finish. Grace was commended for her sportsmanship by the parents of one of the competitors, for the way in which she congratulated others and displayed genuine joy for others and their success.
Charlotte Cross competed in the U15 Girls 400m final on Sunday and placed fifth overall in a time of 61.17s. This is also a new Loreto College record, which was also held by a student from 1992!
We congratulate both students for their excellent achievements in Athletics.
Tara Schmidt - Loreto Cheerleading Coordinator
2022 saw the smallest Loreto cheerleading team since the program’s inception in 2014. This didn’t deter the group of 10 athletes who rose to the challenge of competing at the AASCF State Championships held at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on Sunday 18 September 2022. The team consisted of students from years 7-12 with various levels of experience. Competing in the High School Level 1 Non-tumble division allowed the team to perform to their strengths & showcase the stunts we had worked so hard to perfect.
COVID wasn’t the only challenge our team overcame this year, we trialled training at lunchtimes which proved to be quite a challenge as this was often met with excursions, other sporting trials, meetings, and various other interruptions. The team remained positive; we utilised the time we had to get as much done each session as we could.
This year we were finally able to get cheerleading uniforms for the performance. This helped increase our confidence as we looked the part, just like the other schools.
Year 8 student Lona Green said that "It was so much fun competing and making new friends."
Monique Constable (Year 12) was first a part of the Loreto Cheerleading team in 2018, she has enjoyed being a part of its develop from then to now.
"Loreto Cheerleading is an opportunity for anyone with any background to try something new. They don't need any experience but will leave feeling empowered, having gained new friendships and learnt many other lessons such as 'always try again'!"
Post-COVID, it's fantastic to see the Loreto spirit alive in our cheerleading program. We hope the program can continue to develop and grow over the coming years to include more levels and skills.
Reflection fron Sienna Templar (Year 7):
As soon as I heard that there was going to be a Loreto Cheerleading team that I had the opportunity to try out for, I signed up straight away! Once I had tried out and made the team, I was so excited, and I wanted to put in a lot of effort, and I knew that it would be so much fun to learn something different and new. Every week I looked forward to the training because I loved learning new skills, dances, lifts, etc. When we got to see our uniforms with all the bedazzle, I was jaw dropped by how stunning they were, I couldn’t wait to wear them! Once we got to the stage of learning our dance for the competition, I was so excited but nervous at the same time since it was my first ever cheer competition.
It was so amazing to finally see the routine coming together toward the end. When it came to the competition time I was over the moon with excitement! I loved seeing all the incredible performances & routines from the other dancers and cheerleaders. I couldn’t wait until we got to perform our routine that we had worked on in front of the crowd and judges. I had so much fun getting thrown up in the air, dancing with a big smile and just having lots of fun! Winning a medal and the trophy was a cherry on top for the team.
Ms Jodie Howlett (Careers Coordinator)
In this week's Career News:
- Summer school programs
- Free career development programs – career and job planning and how to manage your finances
- Year 9 – 11 students: university early admission programs that use Year 11 grades.
- Year 10 – 11 students: La Trobe University early admission program
- Passionate about sport?
- Dates for your diary
Loreto Community Notices
First Aid Information
Update Medical Details
Please ensure your daughter's PAM medical account details are up to date to assist with the treatment of your daughter at school.
It’s a requirement to have up-to-date Anaphylaxis and Asthma plans uploaded to your daughter's account. If your daughter has Asthma ticked in PAM, she MUST have an Asthma Action plan for the adequate treatment. Please contact your local GP to complete a new plan if it has expired.
Please email Carly Pitts for further assistance
Canteen volunteers needed for 2023
Shift available on Thursday or Friday 12-2pm (shifts rotate to once a month or one term).
Please contact Jacqui Lamb via email@example.com if you'd like to volunteer or would like to learn more.
Ballarat Community Heath Orange Afternoon Tea
Ballarat Community Health, Youth Law and the Centre Against Sexual Assault are partnering to deliver this public awareness event during the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
DATE: Friday 25 November, 2022
TIME: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
VENUE: BCH Lucas, 12 Lilburne Street
You’re invited to join us for a FREE afternoon tea where you will hear about why Victoria is adopting the affirmative consent model and how it will provide better protections for victim-survivors of sexual offences. You’ll also learn how we teach consent to young people.
Loreto College Policies
The College is in the process of updating and publishing a range of relevant policies and procedures. The policies most applicable to families are accessible on the Loreto website.
Conveyance Allowance 2022
The conveyance allowance is a form of financial assistance for parents/carers to transport children to and from school in rural and regional Victoria. Allowances are available for public transport, private car and private bus.
In some locations, students are unable to access free school buses. In these instances, students may receive a conveyance allowance to assist with travel costs.
To be eligible for a conveyance allowance, a student must reside 4.8km or more from the College.
Application forms are available at Main Reception or click on the following link, which also provides additional information.
Please note that in 2022 parents who successfully applied and received the Conveyance allowance in 2021 are not required to complete a new application form unless their details have changed – address, mode of transport, etc.
However, to submit a claim Myki receipts or statements or other bus company receipts must be received by the end of each term.
Please keep an eye out on PAM, the Loreto College App, website and social media for any scheduled events.
For the full Loreto Events Calendar please visit via the Loreto College Ballarat app or https://pam.loreto.vic.edu.au/Login/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f
To stay up to date with important information and notices, download the Loreto College App. For further instructions on how to download and sign in to the app, head here.
A reminder that our newsletter is now published twice a term.