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Loreto Highlights Update - 3rd December 2021
GRA Talk
This week our Year 5 & 6 pupils attended a presentation on Personal Data by the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA).  The talk formed part of a series of presentations regarding safety online which the school is facilitating to ensure the pupils are safe in the online world.  They thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, learning key information about keeping data private online.
Bands for Charity 
A group of Year 3 and 4 pupils sold bracelets made out of loom bands and donated the money they raised to one of Loreto's favourite charities - Just One Tree.  The £18 they raised will result in the planting, by the charity, of a further 18 trees in a deforested area of the world.  This brings the grand total number of trees planted using funds raised by Loreto to over 1,000 trees...a magnificent milestone.  Loreto pupils are making a significant contribution to the fight against climate change.  Well done to Chloe, Bianca, Lottie, Lexi, Emma, Sophia, Millie and Anna (absent when photo was taken).
Year 3 Christmas
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in Year 3 with our beautiful Christmas trees, cribs and colourful stockings. We know that Christmas is a very special time of year.  We have been learning about the Annunciation and Advent in our Religion lessons. 
Elves Are Watching!
Our Elf is back for another year in Class 2P! We have called him Max. What will Max get up to this December? 
The Magic of Christmas has come to our classrooms. Elfis the Elf is accompanying us on our Advent journey with his mischief and shenanigans. 
The pupils were absolutely thrilled to welcome their elf into Year 4 and await his next move with excitement. 
Year 3 & 4 Mass
Mgr Paul celebrated Mass with pupils in Year are 3 & 4 on Tuesday (St. Andrew’s Feast Day) to mark the beginning of Advent. It was a beautiful service with the children taking part in readings and bidding prayers.
Mr Reader
Our Mr Reader awards scheme is well under way!. Our pupils have had their badges presented to them by our Library Prefects, well done to everyone and keep reading those books!
Year 2
Mateo Rodriguez Oblare                             2nd Reader Badge
Mathew Pitto Duarte                                    3rd Reader Badge
Year 3
Matthew Scott                                              2nd Reader Badge
Ben Roberts-Patterson                                3rd Reader Badge
Lauren Lally                                                 3rd Reader Badge
Year 4
Niccolo Fabri                                                1st Reader Badge
Year 5
Kaplan Esber Pelaez                                    Starter Badge
Alba Loddo Grech                                         Star Badge
Last weekend saw the welcome return of the Christmas fair at the Hacienda Almoguera. The fair brings together the sale of local artisan products, delicious food and wine, some charity stalls, and children’s activities. Carol singers and a brass band add to the festive atmosphere. The glorious winter sunshine also meant that many of the families that came were able to make the most of the outdoor activities for children whilst socialising over a glass of mulled wine or shopping for a unique Christmas gift. Once again, the Agnew family very generously offered Loreto a chance to set up our second-hand book stall in the main hall. This has in the past been a great opportunity for us to raise funds for the school library and this year was no exception.
Each year many parents kindly donate their second-hand books to the library. We are always delighted to receive book donations. We go through the books and add the ones we don’t have to our library system. If we already have a copy, we will swap out our tired or damaged copies for the newer looking ones. All other donated books are then either distributed to classrooms if appropriate or stored for our next book sale. With the support of Anna Carruthers and Sharon Brownhill who both gave up part of their weekend to help, we were able to raise just over £400 at this year's Christmas fair. All the proceeds raised will go towards new books in our school library. This contribution will help us to keep our reference and fiction areas stocked up with new and up to date appealing titles to encourage our children to read and enjoy books. The Loreto Library team would like to thank all our parents for their continued support and hope to see some of you at the Hacienda next year.
Gold Book
Well done to pupils in Lower Primary and Foundation Stage 2 who were presented with their Gold Award certificates and gold pencils.
Magnet Madness
As part of our materials topic Year 1 have been learning all about magnets! 
Spot the challenge!! Can you get the paper clip out of the water without getting your hands wet? 
Year 1 solved the problem using magnets! 
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Check Mate!
Year 5 and 6 children have been working hard this term developing their chess skills every Wednesday lunchtime.  They are now playing in a ladder system, where the aim is to challenge players above you in the ladder, in the hope that you move up the ladder into one of the top 3 places.
Chess is a fabulous way to spend one lunchtime a week, getting to know other children and developing analytical and planning skills. 
Thank you to Rohan (chess prefect) and Hugo (the unofficial deputy) for organising the chess ladder.  If any other children want to join the Wednesday chess club, please speak to Rohan, Hugo or Mrs Garner.
Meaning Of Christmas
Year 6 have created a display to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. 
Movember
The BIG shave for Movember took place this week.  Mr Devincenzi-Clemens held a raffle with winner, Victor in Year 5 shaving off the Moustache.  The awareness campaign has raised £150 for Prostate Cancer Gibraltar.
Parody Tour
On Tuesday 30th of November, Parody tours celebrated their 80 years in business. Parody tours has been associated with the Loreto since 1970. Henrietta and Fernando represented the school when they delivered a handmade picture of a school bus to Albert Parody and Sixto at the hall of fame where the celebration was held.  We look forward to continuing our friendship for many more years to come.
Faith Diary
Throughout the Old Testament,  the ancient prophets spoke God’s message to His people, a message they generally did not want to hear. Today’s Gospel presents us with a new prophet, one not of doom, but of Salvation.  John, the last of the Biblical Prophets, speaks to us not of God’s justice, but of His Salvation,  of the coming of the Messiah promised throughout the ages,  his own son,  Our Lord Jesus Christ .  By preaching of his imminent arrival, John becomes the prophet of the Good News of the Gospel,  God’s promise that all his people ‘shall see the salvation of God’.  Good News indeed!
Surprise!
On Tuesday's Gardening Club session the pupil's setup their Christmas Tree near the School Garden.  The pupils decorated pinecones which they then hung on the tree with other decorations.  They have used solar powered lights to be environmentally friendly, supporting the school's LLSC pledge.
Focus Online
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