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Loreto Highlights Update - 11th November 2022
We Remember
Throughout this week pupils have been setting aside time to learn about the importance of November 11th. The whole school will pause and consider the significance of Remembrance Day at 11am on this day. Unlike most special occasions, this one is not a celebration. Remembrance Day is a sombre reminder of the horror of war, the cost in human suffering of historical conflicts, and the debt we owe to those who sacrificed their lives in these causes. Most importantly, it aims to teach a new generation that taking up arms should be the last resort in resolving any conflict.  
The pupils in Lower Primary have learnt about why we wear poppies and the importance of Remembrance Day.  During our chapel service, we sang the song 'We Will Remember', whilst placing poppies we made in class onto the altar.  The pupils read out bidding prayers and shared a Remembrance poem.  Our altar was also decorated with the pictures and names of those people in our families who fought in the wars of the past and who continue to fight and serve today.
'At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them'
Our Nursery 1 pupils have used finger painting to create a poppy in honour of Remembrance Day. The poppy has been put up on display in the school for everyone to see.
Year 3 have also been learning about Remembrance Day. They have created a beautiful poppy display and drawn some amazing pictures. Remembrance Day is a Memorial Day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War. It is a day to honour people in the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
Elastic Fantastic!
Does the length of an elastic material stretch in proportion to the amount of force applied? Our year 5 scientists use their measuring and investigative skills to find out. Will their results be accurate? Are they working as a team? Science practical lessons are all about teamwork, cooperation, accuracy are also great fun!
Football Fever!
With the World Cup just around the corner, Lower Primary have been practicing their football skills. Great dribbling, control, shooting and even some rainbow flicks were on show...hope Gareth Southgate is watching. 
Ding Dong
This week our Year 1 class have learnt to sing and sign using Solfege, this was then played on desk bells. 
Privacy Matters!
On Monday the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA) gave a talk to our Year 5 & 6 pupils during their assembly.  The talk was to provide information about knowing what data is private, who you should share personal data with and learning about privacy settings on software apps.
By Royal Permission
Since the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, pupils in Year 6 who have been studying Andy Warhol and other Pop artists portraits of famous personalities, have produced their own portrait of the Queen using mixed media, ink pen, colour pencils and felt tips. 
Sport Stars
Pupils have been recognised for their outstanding qualities during their P.E. lessons during the month of October.  Well done to you all!
Library Awards
Our Mr Reader awards scheme is well underway, and pupils have been reading their library books at home and during lunchtimes.
Christmas Artwork Fundraiser
A big THANK YOU to all the parents who have supported this year's Christmas Art fundraiser.  The creativeness and designs produced have been amazing.  Here are just a few of the design which are now being printing on Christmas Cards, Tags, Wrapping Paper, and Mugs.  Well done to everyone for your support.
Driving License
Members of the Year 6 Sewing club have been put through their driving license this week.  Pupils demonstrated they could safely, and in a controlled manner use the sewing machines. Over the coming weeks the pupils will then learn how to thread a bobbin and sewing machine needle so they can produce their first article.
Gold Book
Well done to pupils in Lower Primary and Foundation Stages who were presented with their Gold Award certificates and gold pencils.
Dyslexia Screening
This week we commenced our Dyslexia screening process.  The process helps our SENDco provided tailored specialised support for the pupils along with intervention measures for staff to use within the classroom environment.
Living Organisms
Year 4 pupils spent some time looking for organisms living in different parts of the garden habitat. Mindful of not touching or disturbing wildlife, on this day they found spiders and ants but not much else!!!
Name Day
On Tuesday Mike and Angelos celebrated their name day. They brought traditional Greek goodies to share and celebrate with their friends at school.
Greek Name Days are an indispensable part of the Greek tradition. According to the Greek Orthodox Calendar, each day of the year is dedicated to the memory of a saint or martyr; usually more than one on the same day. Each saint has his special feast day; on that day Greeks also celebrate their name days, which is the feast day of the saint after which they are named.
Number Facts
Foundation Stage 2 have been exploring number facts to 5 and to 6. The pupils explored many ways to partition these numbers: using numicon sets, cubes, beads, chain links and model toys.  We extended our learning to an arts and crafts activity and a food related one. The pupils placed a combination of raisins and chopped apricots on to a biscuit to total  6……..then they ate it!  Mmm delicious! 
Faith Diary
This Sunday’s gospel passage looks towards the second coming of Christ, and is full of the apocalyptic language that is often found in the gospels when they are speaking about the end of time. In this passage, Jesus is not trying to frighten his listeners. He is warning them not be distracted by life’s inevitable hardships and urging them to persevere in their faith, for then no lasting harm will come to them. It is inevitable, as we approach the end of another liturgical year, that we think about the passage of time and what the future holds for each of us. For some it may be full of promise, for others it may appear bleak indeed. However, as Christians our view of the future is not one of either naive optimism nor of a dark fatalism. We may not know what the coming years hold for any of us, but whatever befalls us, we can confide in Christ’s promise that, if we keep our faith in him, ‘not a hair of our head will be lost.’
We Remember
The pupils in Nursery 2 have been busy creating a beautiful poppy display in honour of Remembrance Day. This time, the children used their handprints to create the poppy!
Matching Colours
This activity is loved by all the pupils.  The pupils take turns to roll the dice and then match the colour. This activity develops communication, thinking and fine motor control skills
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.
Our Calendar and Christmas dates in a printable format on our website.
Year 3 Parents of children receiving First Holy Communion and Confirmation this year that a letter and registration form has been sent out this week, so please to check your child's bag.
Sharenting Campaign
Sharenting is the practice of parents publicising content about their children on social networking sites.  You may read the full letter which includes links to a video and survey on our letter bank here.
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