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The Weekly Update for Loreto Convent School
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Loreto Highlights Update - 13th November 2020
Online Parents Evening
This week we held our very first online parent teacher consultation evening.  A new experience, for all it has been a triumphant success with parents being able to talk via video link directly with their child's class teacher.  We have had some lovely comments, including "Many thanks to the teachers for the parent meetings they went perfectly and fantastic timing".   We welcome all parents who booked an appointment to complete our short survey for feedback.
Bookmark Competition Winner
The annual Bookmark Competition was organised on behalf of the Ministry of Culture by Gibraltar Cultural Services and the Gibraltar Dyslexia Support Group. The competition attracted a total of 243 entries.  The Minister for Culture, the Hon Prof John Cortes, presented the awards at a closed event on Tuesday 10th November 2020.  We were delighted that Amabel won the bookmark competition for years 3 to year 6 for her design pictured below, well done.👍
Faith Diary
We often tend to focus on the resources and talents that we perceive ourselves and others to lack, rather than concentrating on making the best use of the ones we have.  This can sometimes make us feel inadequate,  yet each one of us has unique and valuable God-given gifts.  This week’s Gospel reminds us that we are expected to put these to good use in His service and for the good of others, rather than letting them go to waste for fear of making mistakes.
Ex Pupils Golf Champions
Loreto past pupils Irene García Sánchez and Sebastian Desoisa were crowned Champions of Andalucía this past weekend. It was a team event with both Irene and Sebastian part of the same team, alongside 2 other golfers from Alcaidesa. These two golf stars continue to work hard and train hard even during these difficult times and are showing us all what they are made of. The future is looking very bright! Congratulations Irene and Sebastian, all of us at Loreto are very proud of you!
Parent's Weekly Focus - Screen Time & Healthy Balance
This week's online safety focus for parents is looking at screen time. There are lots of simple things you can do as a parent/ carer to ensure that you feel confident about your child’s interaction with technology, look at the tailored advice section here where there are some tips to help keep a balance when online!
Party Time!
Year 2 have been reading the story 'The Tiger who came to tea' We had a tea party to celebrate. 
Liam brought in WW2 artefacts to show his class this week. He was very proud of his heritage; his great grandfather fought bravely in WW2.
First School's Gold Book
Who has been awarded certificates and gold pencils in recognition of hard work, excellent effort and more.
Y3 Badminton 🏸 
 
Y3 are continuing with their Badminton lessons in PE and have come a long way with their skills.
Take a look at Martina and Isabella in Y3G who’ve been working brilliantly in lessons to develop their hand-eye coordination and racquet skills.
Year 3 have also enjoyed a new game “King/Queen of the Court” where they attempt to keep a rally going for as long as possible in order to be crowned champions! This game helps with their tracking skills, movement and hand-eye coordination. 
Oscar and Alejandra were crowned the King and Queen in Y3R and Nikita and Isabella in Y3G.
MUSIC
Watch this space!!  Our exciting Christmas project is in production…here is a sneak preview.
Library Update
Our Nursery children were visited by the librarians this week and were read stories.
Our Library Prefects Nico and Victoria have been busy this week with the following awards:
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Sleepy Year 1's
As part of the Science Curriculum Year 1 have been learning about hibernation this week. 
Look!
Reading in Foundation Stage 2 is well under way. The children are enjoying learning to read.
We Remember
Teachers and pupils in Upper Primary School years 5 and 6 observed a two-minute silence on Wednesday 11th November at 11 am to commemorate Armistice Day.  We thought about the soldiers who have lost their lives to fight for the peace we now live in. We are truly thankful.
Year 3 created a beautiful poppy display to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in conflict. They also observed a two-minute silence as part of Remembrance Day. 
Class 5V created a poppy display for Remembrance Day.
Time For Technique
Year 4 have continued with their Badminton lessons and are coming on in leaps and bounds, playing matches and helping with umpiring too. This week they have been learning about the forehand serve and the advantages of using this serve during matches.
This serve is not an easy one, but with some hard work and resilience, Year 4 are getting the hang of it.
Childline
Childline came to visit Year 3 where they delivered an art lesson which taught the children how to express their emotions through art, shapes and colour. Initially they were taught how to draw sad, angry and happy faces using different techniques. Using materials provided, the children were then asked to design their own face based on how they were feeling at that moment. Pupils were then presented with an ‘Art Workshop – Expressing Emotions’ certificate which explained how they had successfully participated in the lesson.  
Year 1 have been learning their digraphs.  This is our work on the ‘ch’ sound.
Exploring Charism
Mrs Napoli and Mrs Breen attended a symposium ‘Exploring Charism’ this week.
Organised by Sister Patricia Goodstadt IBVM, who is Chair of Loreto Education Trust in England, this was the first in a series of webinar presentations and meetings.  We, like other Loreto schools, have worked hard to establish fully our Vision for Education based on Mary Ward’s vision and values, and to ensure it is embedded in all our school and in our teachers. 
Over 100 leaders in education from all over the world joined the symposium to share ideas and challenges from the many different orders which are helping all of us to be even more conscious of the opportunities we can take to ensure that the charism of Mary Ward (is embedded now and) will live on in future generations.
We look forward to future meetings and to sharing the thoughts of educators from around the world with Loreto staff.
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