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Loreto Highlights Update - 18th February 2022
This week a small group of children from Year 5 & 6 performed at the Gibraltar Festival for Young Musicians. They were asked to sing two contrasting songs to enter this category which were speechless from Aladdin and The Grand Finale from Vivo. The children have been extremely dedicated, giving up their break and lunchtimes for 4 weeks to rehearse some very tricky parts, harmonies and choreography. Their effort and dedication paid off as their performance was a huge hit, achieving the highest Distinction mark. The have also been invited back to perform in the Gala concert on Saturday night with a chance of winning the trophy for the Best School Choir.
Here are the Adjudicators comments on each piece; 
Speechless - The opening was beautiful: gentle, very confident, in tune, very focussed. Ensure that all the words are absolutely clear (consonants especially) The part singing was excellent - accurate and balanced. Well done for keeping your nerve at the end. 
Grand Finale - What a contrast! Very 'Street', great rapping, and absolute commitment to all aspects parts, choreography, costumes, character. Well done.
It's fantastic to see this kind of energy in singing and music...
There has also been success by pupils who have participated with solo entries into the competition.
Year 1
We listened to the story of 'The Crab Dragon' as part of our phonics work.  Then we worked with different materials to create our own 2D and 3D dragons.  We used joining, folding, rolling and cutting skills whilst also collaborating with others.
A Victorian Experience
On Friday, Year 6 at Loreto Convent School went back in time and endured a ‘horribly’ realistic day in the life of a Victorian school child. Pupils and teachers immersed themselves in the experience and looked very authentic in Victorian attire.
The pupils participated in a remote Victorian lesson delivered from the Beamish Museum in Durham. Lessons included handwriting, arithmetic, poetry, and drill with a rather strict teacher who reminded them that children should be seen, not heard! Pupils were shocked to hear about the punishments used in Victorian schools.
A historian from the Gibraltar Museum joined us for a session. Pupils learned about a Victorian convict ship, The Owen Glendower, which was anchored in the area that is now the Shipyard. They were horrified to hear about the hard labour suffered on board this ship.
The pupils then enjoyed a recreative afternoon where they prepared mini–Victoria Sponges, made traditional peg-dolls and drew botanical sketches.
What a fun day it has been!
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
Sam Buttigeig                                        2nd Reader Badge
Doraid El Yamlahi                                 1st Reader Badge
Tadeo Fernando Recio                         Starter Badge

Year 3
Bianca Personeni                                  4th reader Badge
Johnnie Bassadone                              4th Reader Badge
Scarlet List                                             2nd Reader Badge
Bella Vivescu                                         4th Reader Badge
Alvaro Ventosa                                      Star Badge
Jasper Wiseman                                   1st Reader Badge
Year 4
Ayden Grounsell                                   3rd Reader Badge
Year 5 
Tomas Toro Caparros                           1st Reader Badge
Katie Feetham                                      2nd Reader Badge

Well done!
Gold Book
Well done to pupils in Lower Primary and Foundation Stage 2 who were presented with their Gold Award certificates and gold pencils.
Chinese New Year   
Class 2P made dragons with oil pastels.  We made up our own acrostic poems and wrote our wishes down on an orange (which is a Chinese lucky tradition).
Faith Diary
In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus delivers some beautiful teachings to his disciples,  one of which has become known as the Golden Rule: ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’. But he also asks them – and us! -  to do something much harder, to ‘Love your enemies’.  For many Christians, this is a huge stumbling block, as our enemies are by, definition, those we despise or even hate, rather than those we love.  But as Jesus asks: ‘… if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?’ We all need to ask ourselves this question if we are to grow and develop in the Christian life.  By responding to its challenge , by changing the way we live our lives and trying our best to treat everyone, even  those who hurt us,  with as much love as we can muster, we help to build a better world and bring about His heavenly Kingdom on earth.
Computing Club
It was a full house this lunchtime in Mr Devincenzi-Clemens's Computing Club.  Pupils were designing in 3D using TinkerCAD, 3D printing their designs, completing homework for English, Drawing Flowcharts on Visio, watching videos on how the internet works and playing Kahoot to test their knowledge, wow!
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