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Loreto Highlights Update - 18th March 2022
Who Stole Einstein?
On Monday 14th March, our Year 5 pupils visited Prior Park School Gibraltar.  The afternoon was organised by the Science Department, and pupils experienced mini lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Prior Park’s state of the art Science Labs.
There was a Crime Scene and our pupils were now part of the Crime Scene Investigation team.  Their assignment was to find out who has stolen Einstein, the Science Department’s mascot!
There was evidence to suggest that a mystery white powder was found at the scene.  Pupils had to analyse different liquids containing the powder, testing the reaction when burnt in a flame to find out which was the same as the control found on the suspects.
Blood was also found at the scene, which suspect did it belong to?  The pupils had to analyse different chemicals to discover what the blood type was and who the likely suspect would be.  Perhaps it was Einstein’s blood!
There was writing at the crime scene, the ink needed to be analysed to see what pen the ink came from, all the subjects have different pens!  Would it be a staff member in Biology, Chemistry or Physics who had stolen Einstein.
After a fun action-packed afternoon, pupils became detectives and worked out that the Headmaster, Mr Watts in fact stole Einstein.  It was off to find him where Einstein was soon found and reunited with the Science Department.
A huge thank you to everyone at Prior Park for such an interesting afternoon.
St Patrick's Day Celebrations
In keeping with Loreto tradition, St Patrick’s Day was celebrated with our Netball and Football tournaments. House Captains selected their teams and were given the responsibility of managing and organising their substitutes and player positions, a difficult, yet valuable experience. The Netball tournament saw some lovely netball being played and after some incredibly close results, St Joan’s were announced as the champions, winning three out of four games. 

The Football was an even closer affair. All teams had won and lost a game going into their final matches. There was some great skills on show, both with the ball at their feet as well as goalkeeping. The standard of football was phenomenal! St Anne’s and St Philomena’s ended on equal points resulting in them meeting in the final. In the final, St Anne’s came back from a 4-1 deficit to draw 4-4 resulting in a penalty shoot out. St Philomena’s took a 3-2 lead and in St Anne’s final penalty, Maximo (GK) made a brilliant save, meaning St Philomena’s were Champions! 
Netball Tournament Champions – St Joan’s  
Football Tournament Champions – St Philomena’s 
St Patrick’s Day Netballer of the Tournament – Marie Huber (St Philomena’s) and Alexia Loddo Grech (St Anne’s) 
St Patrick’s Day Footballer of the Tournament – Matthew Ghio (St Philomena’s) 

Year 5 pupils in Mrs Neish's class finished reading 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo, just after Christmas. The ​Japanese Artist 'Katsushika Hokusai' is mentioned often and so the class were curious to learn more about him. They decided to recreate one of his most famous pieces ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’.
Mr Reader
Our Mr Reader awards scheme is well under way. Pupils have had their badges presented to them by the Library Prefects. Well done to everyone and keep reading those books.

Year 2
Sixto Parody                                   100 Points No.4 Badge
Jaime Ortiz Pinero                          100 Points No.4 Badge
Natalia Garcia Cacheira                  60 Points No.3 Badge
Santiago Puerto Gavira                   35 Points No.2 Badge
Tyler Carrie Cabral                          20 Points No.1 Badge
Isabella Alsina                                 10 Points Starter Badge
Year 4
Poppy Brown                                   20 points No.1 Badge

Well done!

Down On The Farm
Foundation Stage 2 have enjoyed learning about the farm. They have been writing about farm animals, making stick puppets, and enjoyed playing with the farmhouse and animals. Old McDonald would be very proud of them!
Faith Diary
After the story of Moses and the burning bush which is this week’s first reading, the Gospel takes us to the parable of the fruitless fig-tree. The owner wants to cut it down, but the gardener, who tends to it and cares for it in every sense, pleads with him to give it one more year to bear fruit and prove its worth. This little story reminds us that we too should present our Lord with good Christian fruits of love, mercy and compassion,  rather than merely existing, taking up space and ‘exhausting the soil’ with our barren presence.  This season of Lent is the ideal time to reflect on whether we give as much as we might towards the upkeep of His kingdom, to resolve to improve, to see Christ himself reflected in the need of others and to reach out to them,  in His name.
3D Printing
Our Year 6 pupils continue to consolidate their learning from November.  They have used the design software and 3D printer to make products in Mr Devincenzi-Clemens's lunchtime club.
Blue Day
Pupils and staff throughout the school support Childline Gibraltar's Blue Day on Friday.  We had a wonderful range of blue items worn to highlight this week's theme of friendship, raising over £200 in donations.
Year 1 Wash Day
Through our history topic, we have learned about how clothes were washed in the past. We looked at and used historical artefacts such as a copper dolly, box iron, washboard and scrubbing brush.  We hung up our jumpers with old pegs and smelled the old soap, which none of us liked!
View the video or picture slideshow that the pupils took themselves using the school 
Gold Book
Well done to pupils in Lower Primary and Foundation Stage 2 who were presented with their Gold Award certificates and gold pencils.
Y4 Inter House Netball Tournament 
For the past few weeks, Y4 have been learning how to play Netball during their P.E. lessons. They’ve been gradually introduced to the positions of “High 5” netball and have been playing small sided matches. All children in Y4 took part in an Inter-House Netball tournament this week in order to win sports house points for their team. Their passing, decision making, shooting and defending were outstanding! We have some very promising stars in the making. Congratulations to St Joan’s who were the winners of the Y4 Inter-House tournament! 
Y3 Inter House Netball Tournament 
Y3 have also been learning how to play Netball during their P.E. lessons. They’ve learnt the basic rules and two key positions, Goal Shooter (GS) and Goal Keeper (GK) in their modified matches.  All children in Y3 took part in the Inter-House Netball tournament this week, with Sports House points as their price. Congratulations to St Philomena’s who were the winners of the Y3 Inter-House tournament after an incredible comeback in their final match! 
Lower Primary have been working on their Athletics this week. Check out Y1 doing some javelin throws, high jump and long jump!  
Ukraine Support
Thank you to everyone in the school community who has kindly donated items for the Ukrainian people.  You may also support by donating online here to the Disaster Emergency Committee, who work directly with all the major Aid agencies and charities.
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