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Overview

Extra-Curricular Activities and Enhancement at Loreto College

All students are encouraged to develop their interests by participating in a range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities. Clubs, Competitions, Trips, Activity Days and Special Events all provide opportunities for students to widen their experiences.

Every year group has a retreat organised by the RE Department where students have the opportunity to develop their confidence through self- development, strengthening of relationships and exploration of their faith. Learning to recognise the skills and abilities they possess gives students the confidence to take up new challenges.

Loreto is represented by school teams in a range of sports with fixtures and tournaments against other schools in the St Albans and Harpenden District. County tournaments take place in Netball, Hockey and Athletics. We participate in the District Gymnastics Gala and District and County Swimming Gala. In school, inter-house competitions take place in a range of sports. There is also a whole school gymnastic and dance display every other year where parents enjoy a lively display of students work. The School Sports Day takes place at Westminster Lodge every Summer.

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Musicians have many opportunities to develop their talents. Termly performances take place within school and each year the schools choir performs at the SASSMA concert with other schools from the area. We take a music tour to Europe and perform at other local events.

Drama Clubs run throughout the year and there are various opportunities to perform. The school show takes place on alternate years with performances over three nights in the school hall. This year’s performance was Dracula Spectacula. The yearly Drama Festival is a popular school event where all forms produce and perform a play in front of the lower school and an adjudicator..

Due to our very wide catchment area, lunchtime clubs are vital to give all students the opportunity to develop their talents and other interests at school. These clubs play a big part in school life. Special events throughout the year are offered to broaden the experience of pupils. An activities bulletin is circulated to form groups to advertise these events.

Year 7 & 8

Year 7 & 8 Activity lunchtimes take place on Tuesday and Thursdays when pupils are expected to attend their chosen activities for each half term period. The following clubs are available during the course of the year:-

Netball, Hockey, Football, Tag Rugby, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Dance, Yoga, Trampolining, Aerobics, Frisbie, Athletics, Tennis, Rounders, Playground games.

Board games, Speed stacking, Drama, Podcasting, Jewellery Design, Flower arranging, Science Club, One World geography Club, Pond and gardening club.

Maths Clinic, Rock Choir, Band, Weather club, Mile Run Club and Street dance are among other lunchtime activities available.

Year 9,10 & 11

The usual sports clubs are available with the addition of badminton, yoga, volleyball and basketball. These clubs are open for all students to come and have a go without the commitment of attending every week. If a student belongs to a school team eg. netball, hockey, gymnastics, they are expected to commit to regular attendance.

Chamber Choir, Cantores and Orchestra rehearse regularly and individual tuition continues to be available in singing, flute, bassoon, recorder, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, drum kit, violin, cello, guitar and piano.

Maths Clinic, Weather club, Mile Run Club and Street dance are among other lunchtime activities available.

Years 12/13

Students in the sixth form are encouraged to develop their Leadership qualities and interests by supporting and leading activities for the lower school in Sports, Music and Drama. Sixth formers are also involved in initiatives run by all departments such as Science Club, One World, Debating.

Dragons Apprentice and Young Enterprise meet at lunchtimes and both groups have achieved major successes over the last few years.

The school magazine allows sixth formers to develop their editorial and production skills, producing this magazine three times per year.

Special Events and Trips

There are a number of collapsed days where pupils are given opportunities to develop their interests and abilities.

A Cross Curricular themed week takes place each year as all pupils research the chosen theme across all departments. 2014 was “Joy in our World” when students explored the Joy in God’s Creation of our world.

In year 7 students participate in a Creative Arts day using music, drama, dance and art to express their ideas and self. The whole year group visit Whipsnade Zoo in the Summer term and also go on a residential PGL adventure activity weekend. The Maths Fun Roadshow takes place each year. Some pupils are involved in the BBC schools report.

In year 8 pupils have a Maths and Science day where they are encouraged to use their skills to solve problems. They also participate in an Arts Day where they explore their creative skills and talents in a range of genres.

In year 9 all pupils have the chance of visiting the Battlefields in Belgium. A day is spent having an “Insight into Industry” and they attend a Maths Workshop Day. Year 9 student also have a one day work shadowing opportunity in the Summer term.

During the year students in every year group have the opportunity to attend a theatre visit and various trips related to their subjects. The School Ski Trip takes place every other year. Over the last few years students in the upper school and sixth form have visited America, France, Italy, Spain, Iceland, India, Australia and China.

We continue to develop links with our Loreto Schools around the world.  For more information on these, click here.

Follow this link to find out about youth events organised by the Diocese of Westminster.