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Loreto Highlights Update - 21st October 2022
One Million Children Praying The Rosary
On Tuesday 18th October, children joined in the prayer campaign One Million Children praying the rosary. The prayer initiative by Aid to the Church in Need aims to rekindle faith in the power of prayer. The worldwide campaign is an invitation to remember the words of Our Lady of Fatima that the childlike and trusting prayer of the rosary can truly change the world and bring peace. Our school joined in with more than 136 countries to pray a decade of the rosary for peace and unity in the world. Children from all over the world have participated, from countries as far as Asia and the Americas and even from countries torn by war such as Syria and Armenia. Last year nearly One Million children joined in – we hope this year to surpass this!  
Foundation Stage 2 classes have been busy revising their numbers to 7. The pupils had fun working as a team putting the numbers in order.
Just One Tree
Year 2 pupils collected leaves from the school grounds to make their own creatures and flowers as part of a creative art lesson.   Foundation Stage 2 also went on a hunt for leaves, they made some wonderful trees from the leaves, creating a stained-glass window effect.  We raised £255.00 for the cause, enabling 255 trees to be planted in areas of deforestation.  Thank you to everyone for supporting.
Year 3 have been learning about Boudica. She was the queen of the Iceni, a small but powerful tribe of Celtic Britons.
In A.D. 60, she led a revolt against the Romans that resulted in the destruction of at least two Roman settlements, including Londinium (modern London) and Colchester.
She was a very brave warrior, and the Celts considered her to be a heroine.
Restart A Heart Day
On Monday our school community was invited to wear a football shirt to school to raise awareness of Gibraltar Cardiac Association's Restart A Heart Day.  Our Upper Primary pupils enjoyed an informative assembly CPR and AED's, delivered by Emma Wood from Heart Starterz.  At lunchtime the pupils were able to experience and practice the CPR technique on an adult and child CPR dummy.  To continue the football theme, we had a football penalty shootout.  Thank you to everyone for your support in making the day a massive success.
Library Awards
Our Mr Reader awards scheme is well underway, and pupils have been reading their library books at home and during lunchtimes.  Well done to the following pupils who have had their certificates presented by our Library Prefects Nicolas and Cecelia.
Inter House Competitions
This week there were four Sports Inter-House tournaments which involved all of Upper Primary.
50 Sports House Points was the prize for the winners of each tournament.
There were also prizes for the best performances of the tournament. These came in the form of the “All Star Top 5” players of the tournament.

Year 6 took part in a Basketball tournament, where Sports House Captains took charge of their teams orgainising players for each of their matches. After some extremely exciting matches, St Anne’s finished victorious!
Y6 All Star Top 5 Girls: Olivia D, Sofia, Katie, Amelia and Sophie R.P.
Y6 All Star Top 5 Boys: Javier, Juan, James O, Martin and Julian.
There was also an award in the Y6 tournament which was given to the best Basketballer (Girls and Boys) of the Year. This was awarded to Sofia Howard and Martin Dominguez Jimenez for outstanding performances both in lessons and on the day of the tournament.
Year 5 took part in a Basketball tournament, which resulted in St Joan’s winning all of their matches and finishing as winners!
Y5 All Star Top 5 Girls: Isabella, Rose, Federica, Valentina and Millie.
Y5 All Star Top 5 Boys: Nikita, Raul, Ayden, Manuel and Eduard.
Year 4 also took part in a Tag Rugby tournament, with St Joan’s finishing as winners!
Y4 All Star Top 5 Girls: Giulia, Scarlett, Bianca, Lucia and Rebecca.
Y4 All Star Top 5 Boys: William, Johnnie, Tyler, Jasper and Maurice.
Year 3 took part in a Tag Rugby tournament, with St Catherine’s finishing as champions!
Y3 All Star Top 5 Girls: Eve, Isabella, Ella, Lottie and Rania.
Y3 All Star Top 5 Boys: Doraid, Tyler, George, Matthew M and Finn.
Turnip Time!
Class 2M have enjoyed reading The Enormous Turnip. The pupils made some finger puppets to help them retell the story.
Year 3 Prayer Corner
We have displayed our morning, lunch, afternoon, and class prayer on our display board. The prayers are surrounded by St. Michael the Archangel who protected one of our Convents many years ago. If you look above the front door of the Convent you will see a picture of St. Michael the Archangel who continues to protect us today.
Creative Literacy
This week we have listened and responded to The Enormous Turnip, as part of our work on Autumn and Harvest.  The pupils enjoyed 'vegetable printing' and created colourful, repeating patterns.
Year 6 Museum Trip
Yesterday, we visited the Gibraltar Museum. Firstly, our guide, Mr Vallejo showed us around some important sites in Main Street. He told us about the history of Gibraltar, including who lived in Gibraltar and how the Muslims and the Spanish conquered Gibraltar. Mr Vallejo showed us a lot of interesting sights such as John Mackintosh Square, The Cathedral and The Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Secondly, we visited the Gibraltar Museum. We learnt lots of facts and it was really interesting. We saw bones and other artefacts found at Gorham’s Cave. We learnt about The Phoenicians, The Muslim Occupation, The Great Siege and WW2. We also enjoyed seeing the Egyptian Mummy.
Lastly, we had a bit of fun in Commonwealth Park. It was such a great day for us all!
Written by Maximo Puerto Gavira - Deputy Head boy
and Mencia Caceres Valdivia -Deputy Head girl.
Gardening Greatness
This week our new Gardening Club members received their polo shirts and membership badges. Over the past 4 weeks the pupils have been clearing the gardening beds & tidying the garden.  They have been busy sowing a small area on top of the Bug Hotel with Wild Meadow seeds, these have started to germinate.  Last week the pupils had sown seeds, including beans, lettuce, radish, and cabbage.  These have also germinated and should be good to thin and pot on after midterm.
Gold Book
Well done to pupils in Lower Primary and Foundation Stages who were presented with their Gold Award certificates and gold pencils
House Awards
Well done to all the pupils who received certificates in our end of term awards assemblies for Upper Primary.  Over the past half term pupils have been awarded house points, those achieving the first milestone of 50 house points each received a House eraser.
Mission Day
Today we hosted Mission Day at school. It is one of the most anticipated days in the school calendar. Missions Day gives us a chance to put into practice our year-long teaching of kindness and care for those less fortunate than ourselves.

The Missions Day event is organised by the year six pupils. Pupils from Nursery, Lower and Upper Primary came along to enjoy the fun. They enjoyed delicious treats at the various stalls, fun games such as football and throwing the beanbags in the hoop and a ‘icky’ put your hand in the spaghetti stall
This year, all moneys raised will go to Sister Patricia’s school in Peru so we can help them recover after the Covid-19 pandemic. Sister Patricia is a former headmistress of Loreto Convent Gibraltar who went on a mission to set up educational facilities in Peru and Sudan. Her work there offers hope of a better future to many children who are less fortunate than we are, here in Gibraltar.
Olivia Roberts Patterson
Head girl

HE Governor’s Christmas Card Competition
Get creative this season with this Christmas Card Competition. Open to all children in Year 3- 6 with fantastic prizes to be won. All entries should be submitted to your class teacher no later than Thursday 3rd November.  Read the full letter here.
The pupils have enjoyed exploring and learning about the colour green in this sensory play activity.
Sensory play encourages learning through exploration, curiosity, problem solving and creativity. It helps to build nerve connections in the brain and encourages the development of language and motor skills.
Happy Class!
Foundation Stage 1D have started ‘The Colour Monster’ to help us discover our different feelings. The pupils also prepared for their Harvest Day by making their own banner.
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.
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