Loreto School Queenswood 

We Grow Children for Life

Principal's Message

“The secret of success is doing your ordinary work exceptionally well.”

                                                                - John D. Rockafeller

As I sit in my office and prepare to write my report for our school magazine, I am surrounded by success. Splashing from the swimming pool, the strumming of guitars from the music group, the playing of “El Condo Passa” by our marimba ensemble, the beautiful voice of Mrs. Deale, and the sounds of building. The chess players are doing their best to outwit each other and the cricket players are practising hard to become the AB de Villiers of the future. All this happening at the same time.

2015, like all previous years was a very busy and successful year. Our learners and staff have once again excelled in many areas of sport and culture as well as in the academic sphere.

Our teaching staff have once again taken up the task of educating our learners in the true Loreto tradition.   

By choosing to have your child educated at Loreto School Queenswood, you are subscribing to a set of ethical values that is at the core of our education. This includes an acceptance and appreciation of the diversity that makes our Rainbow Nation so special.  

At Loreto School Queenswood, one sees that children, parents as well as staff, abide by our Gospel Values that form the heart of Loreto Education. One Loreto girl replied when asked what the word “Values” means to her, “It is just the way we do things at Loreto”.  

Teachers at Loreto School Queenswood do not merely teach content, they teach values. Values are taught formally in school assembly homilies, during routine lessons and across the curriculum.  

Prayer too forms an integral part of Loreto School Queenswood. Each morning at Loreto the staff prays together before school, the staff then pray with the learners before school, before break, at 12 o’clock when the chapel bell rings and we end the school day with an examen.  

 Then there are those precious unplanned moments to nurture values in the classroom as well as during extramural activities, and through our outreach programmes. These are gifted times to make compassion, humility, kindness, respect, perseverance, responsibility and so many other values come alive.  

I received the following email from Gladys Botha, a Loreto Queenswood grandparent to Adam Prinsloo who was in Grade 4:  

On Sunday, 3 May 2015 we went as a family to the Botanical Gardens, Adam had three of his dragon figurines with him. We sat down at our picnic spot and a young boy around 7 years of age approached us to come and look at Adam’s dragons. He also had one of these dragon figurines in his hand.  

My daughter Jenni and I asked him if he wanted to show his dragon. He started to speak with utterances and sounds that made no sense. As the boy spoke, Adam, without being prompted to do so, took his dragon and made the same sounds as well, responding to the young friend. Adam then took his dragon and ran off making sounds and the young boy followed him also making sounds. We watched them and saw Adam speaking to him and we were amazed that he so easily accepted this young boy who was not at all the same as him. Another boy also joined them for a while and they ran up and down with their dragon figurines enjoying each other’s company. Adam seemed very comfortable, chatting and playing with the boy.  

Eventually the dad of this boy came over and shared with my daughter and I, that his son had autism and severe learning problems. He said: “This is huge for my son to be accepted here and to play with a friend”, because of his problems and the fact that he cannot communicate well with others. He is in a special school at Lesedi where he gets one on one attention.  

“For me” said Gladys Botha, “This was a resurrection moment where you see Christ in this situation, where someone is accepted no matter their problems or the way in which they speak or act”.

“Where there is peace and meditation there is neither anxiety nor doubt”

-Saint Francis of Assisi

Marcello Pallozzi