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Loreto Highlights Update - 18th November 2022
Popcorn
Our Year 6 pupils enjoyed meeting Popcorn the snake. Popcorn is one of Amelie’s pets which she brought into school so the pupils could see that snakes, as all reptiles, are cold blooded with scaly dry skin.
Light & Shade
Year 3 pupils have been studying how light and shade impacts the way in which we look at the world. The pupils have been drawing geometric objects using a graphite pencil and rubber. Truly amazing artwork drawn by talented pupils with Mr Morello.  View more of this artwork on our website here.
Young Poets 
The following pupils have won prizes in this year’s Autumn Poetry Competition:
Amabel - 1st Prize
Anna - Runner-Up
Sienna - Highly Commended
They attended an awards ceremony at the Mario Finlayson Gallery at the City Hall where they received their respective prizes. We are extremely proud of their success in this competition. Well done girls - you have made Loreto proud!
Local History
Year 6 having been learning all about the sieges as part of their Gibraltar history topic. They are working creatively on producing comics to depict the various sieges that took place in Gibraltar from 1309 up until 1462 where Spain managed to seize control of Gibraltar and eventually regain all of the Iberian Peninsula which was under Moorish rule.

U17’s European Netball
Last weekend, Gibraltar hosted the U17’s European Netball Championships down at the Tercentenary Sports Hall. Loreto was extremely proud to have three past pupils (all former Sports House Captains) compete for their country in this tournament. Lucia Olivera and Sophia Purkiss Galan (Vice Captain) played for Gibraltar and Caitriona McGrath for the Republic of Ireland. Our current Sports House Captains went down as representatives of Loreto Convent and to show their support. Gibraltar finished in 4th place and Republic of Ireland finished in 2nd place. Huge congratulations to the girls, we are all so proud of you at Loreto! 

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Library Awards
Our Mr Reader awards scheme is well underway, and pupils have been reading their library books at home and during lunchtimes.
We Remember
On November 11th our school community remembered those who lost their lives in the World Wars.  They pupils participated in so many learning activities so  that we are keen to show our readers some more.
Class 2M learnt about Remembrance Day as they got the chance to try on a Tommy helmet and a German gas mask. Look at the lovely poppies they have made!
Class 2P made beautiful poppies to remember those who fought and died in WW1 and WW2. We remember all soldiers past and present. 
Artilleryman L/Bdr. Stuart Emery - 1920-2013
During the 2nd World war, Arthur’s great grandfather, artillery man L/Bdr. Stuart Emery, aged 24 years, was badly wounded during his service in Sicily and Italy. He was born in 1920 and was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. A Emery of 5 The Greenway, he had been in hospital in England for some months before being discharged as disabled.
Badminton 
Y3-Y6 have been developing their Badminton skills these past few weeks. From serving to rallies and singles matches with tactics.
Gold Book
Well done to pupils in Lower Primary and Foundation Stages who were presented with their Gold Award certificates and gold pencils.
Bookmark Competition
Well done to Bianca in Year 4 who was presented with her Highly Commended Certificate by he Hon Prof John Cortes in this year's Bookmark competition.  The annual Bookmark Competition, organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services (GCS) and in conjunction with Dyslexia Gibraltar, attracted a total of 362 entries.  Well done to Bianca.
Throwing & Catching
Lower Primary have been focussing on their throwing and catching skills. This will help them develop their fundamentals for future sports such as Basketball and Netball.
Environmental Warriors
Despite the inclement weather our #MedOceanHeroes Mike and Bill teamed up with the Gibraltar Canoeing Association to clean up the area where both organisations are based Gibraltar Sports & Leisure Authority.  Plastic stuck between the revetments and floating debris was all retrieved.  It's not their rubbish but it is their hometown! Well done to you boys for getting stuck in.
Loreto's Got Talent
Last week was our second Breaktime Concert of 'Loreto's Got Talent!' We had pupils playing the piano, two lovely singers and two ukulele ensembles. The performers thoroughly enjoyed themselves as did the pupils and members of staff who attended to show their support. These breaktime concerts are proving to be very successful amongst the pupils and we are all looking forward to the next 'Loreto's Got Talent!'
Story Time
The year 1 pupils been exploring traditional tales as part of their Literacy and phonics work.  They have engaged in activities based on The Three Billy Goat's Gruff and The Three Little Pigs.  The pupils especially enjoyed creating puppet shows and oral stories to retell and sequence these stories using the correct vocabulary and story language.
GBC Open Day
The staff at Loreto Convent School have started fundraising initiatives to raise funds for the GBC Open Day appeal.  What better way to start that have a bake sale?  The cakes were delicious and enjoyed by all.
Faith Diary
This, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, is celebrated as the Feast of Christ the King. In his Gospel, St. Luke invites us to ponder Christ’s reign over the church and indeed all creation. ‘If you are the king of the Jews then save yourself.’ The cry of mockery from the crowds on Calvary prompts us to reflect on the mystery of a king whose wealth lies not in power or wealth, but in love, and whose authority is exercised only through service to those who are considered the least important. Christ our King came to serve, not be serve, and willingly sacrifices his own life in order to lead all who believe in him to his true and eternal kingdom which is not in this world, but in the next.
We Remember
The pupils in FS1W made a beautiful poppy display for Remembrance Sunday in our classroom windows.
Busy 'B'
We have been learning about the letter "B". Pupils in FS1D had loads of activities learning which words start with the sound b. The pupils had P.E with bats and balls and a bear helped us with our numbers. Lastly, we made a wreath for Remembrance day.
 
Lolipop Time!
Pupils in Nursery 2 have been colour matching using lollipop sticks. This helps with their fine motor skills. 
Parent's Section
You can find our online school calendar on our website.
We have our letter bank on our website containing letters sent home.
We have our term dates in a printable format on our website.
Our Calendar and Christmas dates in a printable format on our website.
Sharenting Campaign
Sharenting is the practice of parents publicising content about their children on social networking sites.  You may read the full letter which includes links to a video and survey on our letter bank here.
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