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08 Dec 2022
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Advent 2022

29 Nov 2022

Our Chapel is looking particularly beautiful as we prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ during this Advent Season.

First Sunday of Advent 2022 Gospel and Reflection

Gospel – Matthew 24:37–44
The Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Jesus said to his disciples: 

When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered in his boat. People didn’t realise what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. 

Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. 

So, you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. Understand this: if a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.


*HPV VACCINATIONS* (Thurs 8th December 2022)

22 Nov 2022
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations
  • All Year 8 students
  • Thursday 8th December 2022
Click HERE to provide consent*
Please complete the online form to accept or decline these vaccinations – a response is required. Please click on this link above and complete the form. You will need this unique code number EE138106 which identifies your child’s school. Please note the form will not work on some mobile phones and tablets.
*The electronic link will close at 2pm on Wednesday 7th December 2022 



Library News – Non-Fiction November (Quiz Time!)

13 Nov 2022
To celebrate Non-Fiction November, we have been holding a general knowledge quiz in the library Friday lunchtimes, hosted by Mr Carter.  The last one is next Friday, 18th November 2022.
The top scorers from week one went on to represent Loreto College in the Britannica Magazine Schools Quiz Challenge.  The top two teams (Years 7-9) took part in a national zoom quiz last Wednesday against other participating schools.  Although, they did not make it through to the finals (only eight schools did out of 70 potentials), they had fun taking part.
A review of the Britannica Magazine Schools Quiz Challenge can be read by clicking on this link:

Sixth Form News – Peace Hospice Fundraising (Nov & Dec 2022)

11 Nov 2022
The Accumulator Challenge group, Purple Peace, is raising money again for Peace Hospice Care.  We have three teams this term, and this week one team ran a gingerbread decorating event for Year 7.  It was a great success, and they will be running it again next week.

More events that the teams will be running this term include:-

  • A fairy cake decorating competition
  • A Christmas photobooth
  • An elf scavenger hunt
  • Secret Santa
  • A Christmas market stall (Wed 14th Dec in St Albans town centre)
They will also be making homemade cakes and biscuits and selling them at the Autumn Concert, Parents’ Evenings and at the school production of A Christmas Carol.
We’re really proud of the students’ innovative thinking and commitment to raising awareness and funds for the amazing work Peace Hospice do. Well done!

Author Visit – KARL NOVA

19 Oct 2022

Tuesday 18th October 2022

Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 were in for a treat when award winning rap poet and author, Karl Nova, popped into Loreto yesterday.

Here’s 8Y’s Josie Marson to tell you all about it:

On Tuesday we were lucky enough as a school for the CILIP award winning author, rapper and verbal poet Karl Nova to come and do a presentation for years 7, 8 and 9.  Over the course of an hour, Karl shared how he got into poetry circles, his rocky childhood and performed some of his best known poems such as his version of A-Z, Poetry?, and True Colours.  His presentation provided a fantastic and inspiring way to kick start Reading Week at Loreto as Karl, despite saying he was quite shy and introverted, as soon as he stepped onto the stage was a constant source of comic relief and provided many funny impressions, jokes and stories about situations he found himself in. During the presentation he talked about and promoted his new books which everyone will have a chance to buy sometime this week: Rhythm and Poetry and The Curious Case of Karl Nova – both full of his most widely known poems and with a few new ones.  

After his presentation, a few lucky students had been chosen by their English teachers to take part in a workshop run by Karl in which he showed all of us how to write poetry that can be performed – and is catchy!  We used alliterative, rhyming and metaphoric techniques to create our own poems that Karl read out (if we wanted) and commented on!  What an amazing opportunity!!!


Geog: Year 7 Research Assessment Link

19 Oct 2022

Year 7 Geographers can find all the information they need to help them complete their Research Assessment on Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano here:

Year 7 Research Assessment

Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010

Your task is to research the famous eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 and complete the grid given in as much detail as possible.

Please use all the websites listed below for the best marks.

Look carefully at how many marks are available for each question.

Read carefully what is asked for in each box.

You can also download a Word document with the links by clicking this link:




Drama and Sports – Sept 2022

29 Sep 2022

It’s been an action packed September with students showcasing their dramatic and athletic talents on stage and track.

Here’s a flavour of what’s been going on:-

Drama Festival Winners’ Performance


Sports Day



MFL Fun Day (Y8)

26 Sep 2022
Thursday 22nd September 2022
Students in Year 8 were lucky enough to have their MFL Fun Day last Thursday.
The day included a carousel of engaging and fun sessions and workshops.

Certificates and prizes were awarded to the following most enthusiastic and proactive students – congratulations!

  • 8F – Ruby Cross
  • 8J – Tianna Asare-Appiah
  • 8S – Amelia Konwicka
  • 8T – Fearne Green
  • 8Y – Janelle Arhin

We thank Mrs Fitzsimons and the whole MFL Department for organising this wonderfully worthwhile experience for our students.


Here are some reflections from our Year 8 students:

I learnt that there are many reasons why you should learn a foreign language – today was amazing. (Poppy Hooper)

Today, I learnt about the culture of Saudi Arabia, some Spanish greetings, different music styles from a range of countries, the diversity of languages and flag meanings. (Freya McAdam)

I loved the ways we were taught, which made it easy to understand. I also have a new love for brioches. (Emphine Elsy)

An amazing range of activities and fun new learning experiences. (Lily Oliver)

It was amazing and I am grateful for the work the staff put into this day.  I really enjoyed the day of activities. (Anna Clarke)




Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

16 Sep 2022

We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen and we extend our deepest sympathy to The Royal Family.

At this time, we remember our founder’s, Mary Ward’s, words:-

“Women should and can provide something more than ordinary”.

Thank you, Your Majesty, for faithfully and steadfastly serving your country for 70 years.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond JubileeLoreto students greet the Queen during a visit to Hatfield House in 2012.


GCSE Results

25 Aug 2022

It was fantastic to see our Year 11s in school this morning for a face-to-face GCSE results day – our first since 2019. The students worked really hard, often in trying conditions during the pandemic, to achieve an outstanding set of results.

  • 91% of our students achieved grade 4 or above, including English and maths, with over half achieving grade 7 or above.
  • And a very impressive 201 grade 9s were awarded across a range of subjects.

We are looking forward to welcoming students back into the sixth form next week.

The hard work of students and staff really has been rewarded – congratulations Year 11!



Forensics Day – Y10

20 Jul 2022

20th July 2022 – a foul murder was committed in Loreto College.  The body of poor Mr Fahy, a former teacher at the school, was found in the Workshop.  A crime scene was immediately established and our Year 10 pupils set out to discover what had happened.














Debate Club – Year 8

13 Jul 2022
Once again, Loreto College Debate Club did themselves proud for the final debate competition of the year.  Students in Year 8 took part, and the competition was held at St George’s School in Harpenden. The standard of each debate was excellent and the topics ranged from Democracy to Peer Pressure and gave audience members much food for thought. The result was a draw so hopefully it won’t be too long before a re-match!
Well done to all, Mrs Harris (Head of English)

Urban Plan 2022

09 Jul 2022

On Thursday July 7th a group of Year 12 and Year 10 geographers took part in an urban plan day. They were asked to take on the role of property developers and design a sustainable area of urban regeneration. They then had to pitch their bid to a fictitious council, made up of volunteers from industry.  Students developed a range of skills including teamwork, creativity, decision making, time keeping and presentation. All the industrial experts were really impressed with the work they completed. Congratulations to Sustainable Sister Sites who won the bid, and to all the students who took part.


Carnegie Book Awards

03 Jul 2022

On Thursday 16th July, the Year 8 Carnegie Shadowing Group went to Beaumont School for the Carnegie Book Awards live stream.  We split up into teams mixed with Beaumont students and did many activities.  One was talking about the shortlisted books and answering questions using card prompts.  I think that was my favourite activity.  In my opinion, I was surprised that the book October October won but I am happy for it nonetheless.

By Natalie 8F


Classics Day – Y8

03 Jul 2022

Rome wasn’t built in a day or was it?

Over the course of two days (Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th June) all Year 8 pupils had the opportunity to take an active part in this year’s Classics Days. In addition to learning about life in Roman Britain, the pupils had a chance to let their creativity shine through a range of activities.

Here are what some of the Year 8 students had to say about the day:

“On Classics Day, I really enjoyed making mosaics as it was very fun to make designs and stick them down. It was also very interesting to learn about Roman life, like the games they would play like Nine Men’s Morris and how they would live their day to day lives. I also really enjoyed writing my name in Greek and Roman letters on the papyrus, and I liked seeing how letters have changed and what writing on papyrus was like.”

“I enjoyed Classics day very much. The two activities I enjoyed the most were making our bowl out of clay, because I love to play and create stuff with clay. I find it relaxing and interesting. I also enjoyed making and playing the Roman game with my friend. We were both very competitive which is what made it fun.”

“On Classics Day I had fun with my friends decorating mosaics and using grout to give effect. My pattern was similar to a tree, so it looked cool.”

“I enjoyed learning about the history of the British Roman daily life.”

“Classics day was really fun! It was very interesting to learn about life in Roman Britain and how different it was to today. My favourite activity was making the mosaics. I also really liked Nine Men’s Morris, and then had a lot of fun and very fierce games of it with my friends.”


Centenary Swiss Rolls! (Y9)

23 Jun 2022

Year 9 Centenary Swiss Rolls

For the past two weeks, we have been learning how to make and decorate a Swiss Roll. The design needed to be inspired by our centenary celebrations by using the Loreto colours or adding the number 100. After learning how to make the sponge and adding the design, we then made our Swiss Rolls the following week by first piping the detail before adding the cake mixture. It was challenging to pipe the design neatly but they all turned out really well!


*HPV VACCINATIONS* (Fri 8th July 2022)

23 Jun 2022
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations
  • All Year 8 students
  • PLUS any students invited from Years 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13
  • Friday 8th July 2022
Click HERE to provide consent*
Please complete the online form to accept or decline these vaccinations – a response is required. Please click on this link above and complete the form. You will need this unique code number EE138106 which identifies your child’s school. Please note the form will not work on some mobile phones and tablets.
*The electronic link will close at 10pm on Thursday, July 7th, 2022 


Trip to Westminster Cathedral (Y10)

12 Jun 2022

On Thursday the 9th of June, four Year 10 students travelled to Westminster Cathedral in London. We participated in the Pentecostal Mass that celebrated the diversity of the church of England. Some key themes highlighted in the mass were justice and equality. These themes were portrayed through a drama performance and bidding prayers spoken in different languages. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience and the Year 10s enjoyed a brilliant trip to McDonald’s and enjoyed the day tremendously.

By Hannah & Colena (Year 10)


Pilgrimage to Rome (Y10)

06 Jun 2022

Report by Miss Gilleece – Head of RE

We had a very early start at school on Thursday 26th of May, but it was all worth it. After travelling on Thursday morning, our first stop was the Colosseum. We saw the ancient ruins and had a chance to explore as a group, taking in the sites of the Roman Forum as well. On Friday, we had a tour of the Vatican museums, and saw the Sistine Chapel. We saw first-hand the work of Michelangelo and all the artefacts in the museums. In the afternoon, we went in to St Peter’s Basilica and got to go down to the tombs of the Popes, which is not open very often so we felt very privileged to see this. On Saturday, we had a coach tour where we went to the catacombs and saw a wedding happen at the church as well. We then went to the Basilica of St Paul’s outside the Walls, where there are mosaics of all the Popes. We also went to the Basilica of St John Lateran, and climbed the Scala Sancta, which were the stairs in Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem that which it is believed Jesus climbed  before his crucifixion. As they are so holy we had to walk up them on our knees. We also saw the sights of Rome, including the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. On Sunday, we visited the Jewish quarters and had a guided tour of the Great Synagogue and heard about the history of Judaism in Rome. We also enjoyed lots of pizza and ice cream – a memorable trip was had by all! 


Geography Fashion Project (Y9)

23 May 2022

This term, Year 9 have been looking at the fast fashion industry and its impact on its workers and the environment. As the final project of the topic, they were asked to create their own ethical fashion brand, kind to its workers and the environment incorporating all they have learnt and researched on the positives of a more sustainable fashion future. These are some of the results. They are amazing.


PSHE – ‘Lives not Knives’ (Y9)

19 May 2022

Year 9 received an excellent presentation today from Fiona Peters informing them about ‘Lives not Knives’, a Herts. police campaign. The aim of this most important initiative is to reduce knife crime and keep young people safer on the streets.


PGL Trip – Year 7

16 May 2022

Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th May 2022

A great deal of fun was had by all during the recent Year 7 PGL Trip. The students were complimented on their behaviour and willingness to get stuck in to each and every activity come rain or shine.

Many thanks to Mrs Caulfield (Head of Year 7) for organising, and the accompanying staff and Sixth Formers, who made the trip possible.

Here are some snaps.


Newsletter – April 2022

01 Apr 2022

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CAREERS NEWS: Future Heroes Expo (29th March)

31 Mar 2022

Students in Years 10 and 12 attended the very exciting Future Heroes expo on Tuesday in the Hatfield Fielder Centre, hearing all about the many careers and routes into health and social care. Students particularly engaged with the Purple All-Stars dance team and the autism and dementia experience buses*.

*If students would like further information on the work these organisations do, please visit their websites.


Lenten Fundraising – Sixth Form

30 Mar 2022

Our Sixth Form were very keen to support the humanitarian aid effort for Ukraine so selected the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) for their charity, which consists of 15 of the largest charities in the UK who have come together to raise money for the disaster in Ukraine. With Year 13’s time very much focused on their A-level revision, it was agreed that they’d donate via ParentPay to support the efforts.

Each form in Year 12 came up with their own ideas and enterprises to raise money: –

  • 12F have enthusiastically launched themselves into leading many successful ventures, with every single member of the form involved. They have fed the teachers at INSET evenings with homemade cakes; held an Encanto film showing with tuck shop; organised a Mother’s Day sale of crocheted key rings and plushies, and held a plushie raffle. At the time of writing they still have a Key Stage 3 bakeathon, eggstra special Easter delivery and ice lolly sale all still planned for the final week, and are well on the way to reaching their target of £500. A particular mention must go to Brianna Nyandemoh and Cintia Tavares for huge amounts of crocheting, and future The Apprentice hopeful, Katie Beirne, who is ‘one mean selling machine’ and has been a force to be reckoned with when it comes to charity fundraising.
  • 12J had a winning idea of holding a very successful Year 7 and 8 disco, which was very well-attended. This was a huge amount of work for the students involved, spearheaded by Miya, Terrie Jo, Brienna, Kimberley, Noor, Ines, Anna and Claudia, and they raised a staggering £922.76 – which will be split between the Years 7, 8 and Sixth Form charities.
  • 12S are working hard to organise items to sell at a market stall in St Albans in April.
  • 12T’s fundraising has consisted of a staff Vs students hula hoop competition, holding a beauty parlour and selling sweets.

The team spirit, patience and tenacity that all our students have shown throughout Lenten fundraising has been exceptional, and I have been delighted to see the sixth form acting as such good role models to the lower school this month. Mrs Tweeddale, Head of Sixth Form


Chamber Choir – National Finals UPDATE

24 Mar 2022

The Chamber Choir visited a recording studio on Tuesday to record their entries for the National Choir Finals (plus the added bonus of seeing and experiencing the music industry in action). The students really enjoyed the opportunity and can’t wait to hear the final product in a few weeks.



U15 District Football Match Report

22 Mar 2022

1-0 up at half time, a dream start for the U15 football team against Sir John Lawes in the District Cup.

A fantastic team effort, captained by Colena Padmore-Wood, saw outstanding shots from Guise Carnevale and great link up play between Colena and Lily Lardner giving SJL something to worry about. The Loreto defence was solid; a calm and composed Vanessa Cipolla led from the goal and made some important saves. Most improved player was Alessia Risoli, playing at right back with confidence and commitment.

The match finished 1-1 and went straight to penalties with the winning team progressing to the next round. SJL clinched the win with two goals and two outstanding saves, one by their keeper and one from the cross bar!

Well done to all involved; the U15 Loreto team did the school proud and their conduct on and off the pitch was outstanding.
A huge well done and thank you must go to Mia Jimenez who refereed the match.

London Design Museum Competition – Y8

17 Mar 2022
Year 8 Technologists have just completed a design challenge run by the London Design Museum. The brief was to look at the issue of ‘waste’ and design a product which either uses waste materials or helps to reduce waste. They worked in groups to develop the designs and presented their prototypes to the rest of the group and judges in a format like ‘Dragons Den’.

All the teams came up with some creative ideas and  the winners with the most votes were:

  • Mondays winners were ‘The Designists’ – Laura, Zarah, Olivia and Bonnie – with their felt jewellery designs made from recycled fabrics. The runners up were Emily, Ellan, Ellie-Mai and Darcie with their ‘sensory phone case’ made from plastic waste.
  • Tuesdays winners were Nancy, Juliam, Shan, Mia and Madason with their idea for using recycled water bottles to make hanging baskets or plant pots. The runners up were ‘Pandarama’ – Rachel, Samarah Lilly and Krystal – with their bamboo makeup brushes and storage.
Well done to everyone who took part!
Monday’s winners – The Designists
Tuesday’s winners
Other successes

Eau de Technology Success!

16 Mar 2022

Students in Year 9 researched a celebrity or character of their choice such as a singer or cartoon character, developing a brand identity. They then designed and created a perfume bottle using a variety of modelling materials and used CAD to design the packaging and construct the box. The main challenge in the project was to convey a sense of the celebrity and their style through the design choices, colours and fonts used in the perfume brand.

As you can see, the end products speak for themselves – well done, girls! (Display location – Maths corridor)


*Orchestra Tour 2022 – EDINBURGH*

14 Mar 2022

The tour has been an amazing success and the students have had a fantastic time. They are on their way home now. They performed brilliantly and did the school proud!  Mrs Carter, Head of Music


*YEAR 9 – VACCINATIONS* (March 2022)

07 Mar 2022

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio (DTP) and Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY)

Friday 25th March

Click HERE to provide consent*

*The electronic link will close at 10:00:00 PM on Thursday, March 24, 2022 

Please complete the online form to accept or decline these vaccinations – a response is required. Please click on this link above and complete the form. You will need this unique code number EE138106 which identifies your child’s school. Please note the form will not work on some mobile phones and tablets. Please telephone 0300 555 5055 for alternative consent options.


World Book Day – Champions!

04 Mar 2022
Hanna-Mari and Maria (10F) were the first to hand in book reviews for Loreto’s 2022 Whole School Read, I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson, only one day after the launch!
Both students received a special Whole School Read badge – congratulations!

World Book Day – 2022

02 Mar 2022

It’s going to be literary bliss at Loreto on Thursday 3rd March 2022 as we celebrate World Book Day.

Everyone is really looking forward to getting book-busy!

Events include:

  • Whole School Read launch – I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson
  • Big Booky Breakfast Book Sale in the library
  • Year 7, 8 & 9 author visit – Penny Joelson
  • Year 7 & 8 best character costume competition!




11 Feb 2022

This afternoon, Year 12 came together in the chapel to hear the announcement of the new Head Girl Team & Senior Prefect Team.

There was much excitement and many happy tears (and not just from the students!). The year group was incredibly supportive of one another and joyful during the announcement.

We received 33 applications for the Senior Prefect Team and the standard was extremely high, so it was a very difficult decision.

A huge congratulations goes to the following students – we know you will continue to do yourselves and the school proud:

  • Head Girl – Kerry Mawn
  • Deputy Head Girls – Jessica Buzzle, Milly Hayes & Aoife Thompson
  • Music Captain – Leila Nyamande
  • Drama Captain – Claudia Costa
  • Sports Captain – Lilly Greaves
  • Liturgy Prefect – Anna Berners-Lee
  • Year 7 Lead Prefect – Miya Gogna
  • Senior Prefects – Freya Clancy, Lucy Duggleby, Ivy Gayon, Philippa Green, Wara Gregory, Mary Kirk ,Gina La Ragione, Margaret McHale & Kristen Oboh

We also take this opportunity to offer our deepest thanks to the former Head Girl Team, who have been pillars of support, energy, and enthusiasm for all-things-Loreto. We wish them lots of luck as they prepare for their A-level exams.

  • Head Girl – Karis Rable
  • Deputy Head Girls – Elizabeth Burridge, Daisy Cooper & Lucy Baker
  • Senior Prefects – Jennifer Brooks, Caroline Caldeira, Monica Ezzat, Natasha Fambisai Chipunda, Janet Gherie, Erin Green, Neeva Larmer, Lottie Moulton & Sienna Harrod



Racial Justice Sunday – 13th Feb 2022

11 Feb 2022

This Sunday – 13th of February – is Racial Justice Sunday. The theme this year is In the image and likeness of God, celebrating different presentations of the Holy Family from different countries and cultures.

To find out more, please click HERE to watch a short video.



Metro Bank – ‘Money Matters’ talk (Year 12)

09 Feb 2022

During PSHE, Monday 7th January, students in Year 12 received an informative and enlightening Money Matters presentation delivered by Metro Bank.

Students and staff alike were fully engaged as Ben Vis, from Metro Bank – Borehamwood, navigated the choppy waters of banking, cyber security and budgeting in a measured and practical way.

Our sincere thanks goes to Ben Vis, Marianna Qavalieros , and Sam Mathur for supporting our PSHE and Careers programme in such a hands on way; we know a great deal was gained from the session.


Globe Players (Y7 & Y9)

29 Jan 2022

Once again, on Friday 22nd January, students were lucky enough to experience the Globe Players in full swing! Year 7 students got to sample a medley of his greatest works. There was even an appearance by an oversized donkey! Year 9 were able to enjoy a powerful version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and two students have written all about it: –

The Romeo and Juliet play was very fun to watch – there were a lot of funny scenes and jokes. It was also very interesting. I liked how they explained what was happening because sometimes it can be a bit difficult to understand old English words. My favourite parts were when Romeo and Juliet met for the first time and also when Romeo was hiding. Overall, I really enjoyed watching the play and I would definitely recommend it to others.                         

Freya Edwards   

My opinion on the Romeo and Juliet play was that it was a really well performed and put together. I really enjoyed the way that it was all put together and hope that there could be more plays like this at Loreto in the future! I also loved the way that the performers in the play were not only very engaging, but also explained what was going on in the play. This personally helped me understand the English language used at the time of Shakespeare. Additionally, I loved the time put in the play as well as the structure. However, I think that near the end of the play it was a bit rushed and it could’ve been more longer and the start of the play took quite long and I believe that it should’ve been slightly less time consuming. Overall, I really enjoyed watching this play!

Iqra Chowdhury


Mary Ward’s Birthday Mass – Mon 24th Jan @ 2.30pm

23 Jan 2022

As we embark on our centenary year, we plan to celebrate 100 years of Loreto education in St Albans starting with Mass on Monday 24th January delivered from Ss Alban and Stephen Catholic Church in celebration of Mary Ward’s birthday.

Please do join us by accessing this link.


Y12 PSHE (Herts Uni visit)

22 Jan 2022

Hertfordshire University delivered a lively, informative and engaging presentation about the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification – AQA) and student life to Year 12 students in the workshop on Friday 21st January 2022. Everyone learnt lots!


RE Retreat Day (Y11)

20 Jan 2022
Students in Years 11 were lucky enough to have their Retreat Day, Monday 17th January. They were guided by the experienced and dynamic STEP Team. Their day featured interesting and thought provoking (and some very creative!) sessions and workshops.
We thank Mr McCarthy for organising this wonderfully worthwhile experience for our students.
Here are some reflections from our Year 11 students: –


Journaling was the first session that our class did on our retreat day, centred around the theme of dealing with stress. Here we learned about different types of journaling such as sketching journals, daily journals, big question journals and blogs. We each received a sheet to fill in our year in pixels, this is a colour coded visual way of tracking and monitoring our emotional well being, which I thought was a clever idea. We also discussed who kept journals, Anne Frank, for example. We considered what her diary ‘Kitty’ meant to her, to her family, survivors of the war and readers all over the world. We then explored the benefits of keeping a journal (venting, a creative outlet etc.) and reasons why they can be hard to maintain. We all came away from the session with ideas of new ways to keep track of our well being, new ideas of how to de-stress and some of us left inspired to start journaling. Overall, it was a great, relaxing, interactive way to start the retreat and we were given some biscuits!                                                                                                                                                                      Molly Wegnerek 11J


During the Identity session, I learned that I shared the same personality as some famous people and my friends. It helped me also find out what my future bucket list was based around.

Stress Wonderland 

Stress Wonderland was a new way to learn how to cope with the stress of Year 11. From playing with Playdoh to writing down your worries and shredding them, this activity really helped me understand the different methods of reducing my stresses and worries. This task has enabled me to see that unwinding doesn’t always involve sitting still and taking deep breaths; you can also be active by playing games.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Caoimhe McGinley 11Y

Here are some more stuednt reflections: –

  • I enjoyed the relaxed sessions.
  • I liked learning about forgiveness.
  • I liked sitting with friends.
  • I enjoyed reflecting and being with my friends.
  • I enjoyed how inclusive the sessions were.
  • I liked that we were able to take a break and relax during the sessions such as in Stress Wonderland.
  • I liked that we had a break from our usual activities to focus on some important things that often get overlooked such as stress management.
  • It gave me time away from stressful lessons and allowed me to relax.
  • I relaxed and found ways to help my de-stress.
  • I enjoyed the Identity session, as it helped to acknowledge some stuff about myself.
  • I enjoyed being able to spend time with my friends and being able to learn others’ opinions.







UPDATE Jan 2022: Water Cooler News (Cooleraid)

19 Jan 2022

January 2022: Cooleraid in the media!

Following requests from the student council, a new chilled water station will shortly be installed in the Mary Ward Building. All our water stations are supplied by Cooleraid, who donate 10% of rental revenue to help orphaned and vulnerable children in Malawi. Since 1999, Cooleraid have donated over £8m.





The Snug Club

14 Jan 2022

We’re thrilled to announce that the RE department’s extra curricular space for Year 7 & Year 8 students – The Snug Club* has had a make-over.

*The St Albans and Harpenden Christian Education Project, Step, (who also deliver our year group retreats) runs this club.

The new, clean, tidy and comfortable space was down to the hard work of some Year 8 volunteers. They had a brilliant time making the room just right, adding some attractive interior touches such as cosy soft furnishings and fairy lights.

We cannot wait to hear how students enjoy their new snug!



05 Jan 2022

We are delighted to report that our chamber choir have made it into the final of the National Choral Competition, making them one of the top six senior choirs nationally.   They will be competing for the title National Choir of the Year 2022 on the 23rd March in the Barbican in London. A huge congratulations to all members of the choir and we wish them lots of luck as they prepare for the final.


UPDATE: £550 RAISED 🎅🎄Christmas Market Stall – Weds 15th Dec🎄🎅

16 Dec 2021

The market stall was a huge success and a terrific £550 was raised for Peace Hospice Care, which takes their total fundraising to over an impressive £2,000!


Email from Kara Hopgood (Community & Events Fundraiser) @ Peace Hospice Care

The stall looked absolutely fabulous yesterday. It was evident how much time and effort went into the preparation and £550 is an incredible profit. The girls should be really proud of themselves.We are so grateful for both yours and the team’s involvement in this challenge. It really is lovely to see how enthusiastic the team is about raising money for our charity. 

Original Post

Our Year 12 Project Purple Hearts team is running a charity market stall in St Albans town centre this Wednesday (15 Dec).  They are raising money for Peace Hospice Care.  They have been very busy making hot chocolate jars, brownies, gingerbread men, loaf cakes and much more.  They are also selling some very beautiful recycled bottles with fairy lights in and have a tombola with some great prizes, including a £30 voucher for Cafe Rouge.  If you get a chance, please do come and visit the stall.


EPQ Presentations – Dec 2021

15 Dec 2021

On Tuesday 14th December, 10 of our Year 13 EPQ (Extended Project Qualification – AQA) students set up their ‘market stalls’ and presented their findings in the studio in front of small audiences comprising of other students, members of staff and their supervisor. To round off, each candidate was asked three questions by their supervisor requiring them to consider and reflect upon their EPQ journey. We were so impressed by the effort, preparation and delivery of all the students’ presentations – well done, all!




MFL News – French Plays (Y7 & Y9)

15 Dec 2021


The World’s Gone FrenchOnatti Productions

The World’s Gone French is an amazing play that is about a boy named Kieran whose magic jigsaw puzzle that his mum bought from a charity shop led to everybody around him- including his mother, gran and even sister speaking in French.  He is astonished. He has never considered himself good at the language in school, so he is in big trouble. Kieran’s mum had bought the jigsaw for him in order to help him with his French. However, the situation teaches him that he knows more French than he thinks. This play was very funny.  The actors, Julie and Lawrence, were amazing and made us all laugh. I loved the parts when the audience were asked a few questions in French, which made Kieran devastated. I liked the part when Kieran got annoyed and confused when speaking English and no one could respond to him in English, as they were speaking French fluently. All things considered, this gets a 10/10 from us.  C’est génial!

Aisling Caron & Jasmine Corrie 7T



On Friday 10th December, we had a French play during last lesson. The play was called ‘Mon père ne me comprend pas’ (My dad doesn’t understand me) and was performed by Onatti Productions Ltd. The play was about a girl called Hélène, and it was her 16th birthday. Hélène’s dad comes to give her a present but it is a child’s backpack and ballet shoes. Hélène gets annoyed with her dad telling him she is not nine anymore and wants to be a doctor not a ballet dancer. Then Julian, Hélène’s brother comes and gives her a poetry book for her birthday because poetry is his passion. She is disappointed with the gift and begins to think that no one understands her. Later in the show, both of Hélène’s friends continue to call her about an argument they are having and almost forget it is her birthday.

In extract two, Hélène’s dad wants to take her, Julian and her friends to McDonald’s for a birthday meal. Hélène says she wants to go alone with her friends to a restaurant so then they argue whether or not McDonalds is an actual restaurant. However, at the end of the play Hélène’s two friends make up and Hélène’s dad gives her the perfect gift, a stethoscope.

The play was really interesting and helped our understanding of the French language (everyone was able to understand a lot more than we thought we would). Throughout the play, there were many funny scenes and the actors performed very well. The emotions and interactions of the actors really made you feel part of the play. We were even able to ask them questions after the show!

Emily Duffey 9J & Amelia Grynda 9Y





Art News – Dec 2021 (Y9)

15 Dec 2021

‘Art as Propaganda’ Poster Project 

The Brief 

In this project students were asked to create a photomontage and then paint it onto A3 paper. These photomontages all had the key theme of body positivity.

Student Reflections

To achieve the photo realism, I thought about the base colour and then I slowly added the highlights and shadows on top. I looked at all the colours that were in the image and knew where and what colour the light sources were. Overall I had fun. Elizabeth Carlton 9S  

For my body positivity painting, I found an interesting montage of mouths in a magazine, and it really stood out to me. I added the words ‘We are positive ‘ on top of the montage by cutting up letters and sticking them on top to reinforce the ‘ body positivity ‘ message. I really like what I did because of the simplicity, and it got the message through well because of that. Poppy Williams-Leung 9S

Examples from Ms Jaques’ class

Alannah Sheehan 9Y

Elizabeth Carlton 9S

Martina Lomuti 9Y

Poppy Williams-Leung 9S

Examples from Ms Aherne’s class


Textiles News – Dec 2021 (Y9)

15 Dec 2021

The Brief

In this project students were asked to create a photomontage and then paint it onto A3 paper. These photomontages all had the key theme of body positivity.

Student Reflection & Examples 

The theme of the make-up bags was ‘Makeup Bag with a Message’. The message had to be something positive about beauty. I came up with the design by looking through some magazines and making a picture collage of the photos I wanted to use for my bag. To find the right pictures for the idea I had for my bag, I had to use different magazines so that i could make my design look as eye-catching as possible. The magazines ranged from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. From this project, I learnt many skills. I was able to increase my skills on the machine but I was able to get better at free machine embroidery. A new skill I learnt was sewing on a zip and lino printing. It was a very fun project and it was also very good for increasing skills on the sewing machines. By Matilda Munnelly

Aadi Kandaramath 9S

Aoife Keogh 9F

Catarina Moreira 9F (back)

Catarina Moreira 9F (front)

Laura Marszalek 9S

Matilda Munnelly 9S

Olivia Mgbor 9J


Food Tech News (Y10)

10 Dec 2021

Last week, Year 10 Food students made marbled chocolate and vanilla baked cheesecakes.

We piped double cream and chocolate shapes to decorate the top and learnt a variety to skills, some which were quite tricky, but overall it was very enjoyable to make!

Sophia, 10Y


‘Fix our climate’ competition

08 Dec 2021

The geography department has been getting creative this term.  During the COP26 Climate conference in Glasgow, we asked our Year 7 and 8 students to come up with their own idea on how to fix climate change. We were impressed with their innovative ideas and awarded prizes to Freya Appleby and Maja Kunikowska in Year 7, and Lucie Ewer and Felicity Tam in Year 8. Freya came up with the idea of putting a seed packet in every new mum’s bounty pack, which would be planted, to not only commemorate the birth of a new life but also to absorb C02!  Lucie designed a trainer that would generate energy as you walked, and then when taken off, could be used to charge your phone or make a cup of tea!  We had ideas from solar powered planes and genetically engineered trees to simple solutions such as ‘Meat free Mondays’ and encouraging walking and cycling. We were delighted to see how keen the girls were to address the issue of climate change.  Well done to everyone who submitted an entry!

Here are some examples of the winning entries:-


RE Retreat Day (Y12)

08 Dec 2021
Students in Years 12 were lucky enough to have their Retreat Day, Tuesday 7th December. They were guided through the theme ‘God and Me‘ by the experienced and dynamic STEP Team. Their day featured interesting and thought provoking sessions and workshops including some festive arts and crafts!

We thank Mr McCarthy and Miss Gilleece for organising this wonderfully worthwhile experience for our students.






History Trail (Y8)

02 Dec 2021

Year 8 stepped back in time recently by taking part in a monastic history trail at St Albans Abbey. It proved to be a fun and informative experience. Many thanks to the History Department for organising such a worthwhile adventure!



Autumn Concert

02 Dec 2021

Last Thursday, students showcased their musical talents in the Autumn Concert. The evening was a great success for both performers and audience alike. Many thanks to everybody involved  (not forgetting the members of staff who helped out behind the scenes!)


Readathon Update

30 Nov 2021
Years 7, 8 & 9 raise almost £2000!
During Readathon this autumn term, students in Years 7, 8 & 9 managed to raise a staggering amount of money to help children in hospital – almost £2,000!
Special mention goes to three students in Year 7 who all raised over £100: Mila in 7Y raised £285, Ruby in 7F raised £127 and Josie in 7Y raised £120.  In recognition of their incredible efforts, they all received an additional prize of a chocolate Snowman from Hotel Chocolat.
The top fundraisers in each year group were: Mila in 7Y, Heloise in 8F and Vanessa in 9J, who all received a copy of The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse by Charlie Mackesy.
The students who raised the next highest amounts in their year groups also received book prizes:
Year 7 – Ruby 7F & Josie 7Y
Year 8 – Lottie 8T & Elsie 8Y
Year 9 – five girls shared 2nd place: Augusta 9Y, Claudia 9T, Faith 9J, Malobi 9S & Sophia 9T.
Congratulations to all who took part!

Metro Bank – ‘Money Matters’ talk (Year 13)

26 Nov 2021

During PSHE, Tuesday 23rd November, students in Year 13 received an informative and enlightening Money Matters presentation delivered by Metro Bank.

Students and staff alike were fully engaged as Ben Vis, from Metro Bank – Borehamwood, navigated the choppy waters of banking, cyber security and budgeting in a measured and practical way.

Our sincere thanks goes to Ben Vis and Sam Mathur for supporting our PSHE and Careers programme in such a hands on way; we know a great deal was gained from the session.


CAREERS FAIR – Tues 23rd November

24 Nov 2021

On Tuesday 23rd November, we hosted our annual Careers Fair in the hall. We were lucky enough to be supported by representatives from a number of different organisations, industries, professions and educational providers. During period 3 the fair was open exclusively to Year 9 pupils as part of their PSHE programme, then to Year 11, period 4. The fair provided students with a fine opportunity to address many of the eight Gatsby benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance, including: –

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

During period 3, Year 9 students wandered round the different stalls to help them start thinking about their future plans and aspirations. The session was relaxed and flexible to enable students to find out about as many different jobs, professions, and industries as possible.During period 4, Year 11 students attended the fair with their CVs in hand! They chatted to one or two guests about the look and content of their CVs and received some tips and advice about how to make theirs shine!

Our heartfelt thanks go to the following companies and individuals who gave up their time to attend the fair and the staff involved in organising this event: –

  • Atlas Copco UK Holdings
  • Best Theatre Arts
  • Capel Manor College
  • Communites1st
  • Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
  • Herts County Council
  • Hightown House Association
  • Historic England
  • Illumina
  • MetroBank
  • Mind in Mid Herts
  • Mount Carmel Kinder Garten
  • Potter Raper
  • Roche via CK Clinical
  • Services for Young People (SfYP)
  • Skechers
  • St Albans BID
  • The British Army


Debate Success!

18 Nov 2021

Trophies Galore!

Pupils in Year 8 and Year 11 had the most wonderful evening on Thursday 11th November when Loreto College took part in ‘Youth Speaks’.  This was a debating competition run by the Rotary Club of St Albans against other local schools.  We presented three teams in the intermediate category and one team in the senior category.  Each team spoke eloquently and passionately about topics of their choice and it was fantastic to witness.  The intermediate team won their round and spoke on colourism 1960 v 2021, they each received a trophy and a trophy for the school.  We also came runners up in this category and each pupil received a trophy.  The winning Year 8 girls must now battle it out in the next round against other schools!

The senior team came runners up and also received a trophy after a wonderful debate on the monarchy and its place in society today.  The audience was captivated by this debate and their level of research was second to none. The whole evening was a triumph and we will display the school’s intermediate winning trophy with pride.

Mrs Harris

Being involved in something that could help me in public speaking was quite cool! Debate club gave me something to do on top of my schoolwork and still be with my friends. My role was of proposer/chairperson, and it held me responsible for a lot of things. The winning topic spoke about the struggles of colourism between the 1960s and 2021 which becomes apparent to myself and others, so I believe the passion was there. For the next round, I think it would be better if I stand more confidently and know my subject even better.

Natalie Owusu

The debate competition was an incredible experience for all of us. We spent many weeks of researching topics, writing, editing, learning and rehearsing our debate on the topic of “Does the monarchy have a place in society today?”. On arrival at the competition, trepidation began to rise, especially as our debate was the last to be done, but we learnt a lot from the other school’s debates in the meantime. After we did our debate, we definitely felt a huge sense of relief, but also of pride, and coming second place amongst such tight competition was a definite success, especially as this was our first time public speaking outside of school, let alone a competition.  We are grateful to have had this experience, and look forward to going for first place next year!’

Holly Cooper



‘WEAR IT PURPLE’ day follow-up

17 Nov 2021
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the ‘Wear it Purple’ day!  Your contributions helped raise over £1470 for Peace Hospice Care.  Many congratulations to Project Purple Hearts for organising this most worthwhile event.  Watch this space for information about their next event – a Christmas market stall in St Albans, Wednesday 15th December.

‘WEAR IT PURPLE’ non-uniform day (Fri 12th Nov)

11 Nov 2021

A reminder that a team of Year 12s (Project Purple Hearts) has organised a Wear It Purple day tomorrow to raise money for Peace Hospice Care, and students can wear purple clothes and/or accessories on Friday 12th November in support of this worthwhile cause.

For anyone who doesn’t have an item of purple clothing, or accessories, Project Purple Hearts will be visiting form rooms today and tomorrow to supply purple Peace Hospice Care stickers.   The £2 payment should be made via ParentPay.  

We hope the students will enjoy their day, and we thank you in advance for your support.


GCSE Music Trip

11 Nov 2021

Our GCSE Music students went to see Wicked in the West End yesterday. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to hear one of their set works played live. We all had a brilliant time and the girls were a credit to the school.


Reading Week: Helen Moss’ Visit (Y7&8)

28 Oct 2021

Mystery & adventure author Helen Moss shares her secrets

What an exciting and inspiring talk Year 7 & 8 girls were treated to during Reading Week!  Renowned children’s author Helen Moss began by telling the girls how they have lived through a remarkable time and will consequently have their own stories to tell – stories of heroism, courage and overcoming tragedy but also of the everyday things, the little details that make stories so rich (queuing for toilet paper, fighting over who gets to use wifi….!).

Comfort and escapism are found in stories and Lockdown made people appreciate the value and power of stories in all forms (books, films, video games).  Mr Hayes told how a very long car journey from Scotland with his two young daughters many years ago had passed much quicker due to the audio book of The Mystery of the Whistling Caves – the first in Helen’s Adventure Island series.

How are stories written?

Helen’s journey to becoming a children’s author began with her Adventure Island series – a classic mystery series, influenced by Enid Blyton’s Famous Five.  Enid Blyton wrote over 70 years ago and her stories often reflected the attitudes and stereotypes of the time.  Helen wanted to ditch the outdated prejudices while keeping the magical formula of ‘a gang of kids and a dog following clues and solving puzzles’ much better than any adults could.  Adults in the stories are at best incompetent and usually the villains!

This formula provides danger, adventure and excitement but also the comfort of knowing the bad guys will get caught and there will always be that special friendship in the gang.  Helen pointed out this is not limited to children’s stories – adult crime shows often follow the same formula.

Helen loves detective stories (which is why she writes them!) and challenged the girls to try to write one, especially if they enjoy watching detective dramas.  She reminded them of the three key ingredients: friendship; clues; and puzzles.

Where do ideas come from?

Helen introduced the girls to Mash-Ups, where two or more very different ideas are ‘shmoooshed’ together. She asked the girls to think of their favourite children’s book and their current favourite film or TV show.  What would a ‘Mash-Up’ of these two stories look like?  Some suggestions were: Going on a Bear Hunt meets Vampire Diaries; Nancy Drew meets Lost in Paris; Harry Potter meets Titanic.  ‘Shmooshing’, she explained, is putting things together in new ways to generate sparks of magic for new stories.

Authors are constantly making decisions about the book they are writing.  In her Secrets of the Tombs series, Helen decided against writing about the supernatural (e.g. mummies coming to life) and instead focuses on bad guys trying to steal things now and in past (shmooshing together history and mystery).

The Secrets of the Tombs series still follows the mystery-solving detective genre, but the protagonists are a duo of teenagers, and the setting has changed from the English seaside to worldwide places of archaeological interest – archaeology being another of Helen’s passions!  She asked the girls to think of a subject that really interests them – if they could only study one topic or do one activity for the next month, what would it be?  Answers varied from the Renaissance to WW2 to training for the army to celebrity families. These could then be used as a setting or backdrop for a story inspired by the girls’ Mash-Up ideas.

Helen also talked about mystery stories needing an object or objective that motivates the characters. These powerful objects (sometimes referred to as ‘MacGuffins’ in the film world) are often at the heart of the crime.  Depending on the story, these can have magical  properties – or people can just believe them to be magical or of great importance. Helen asked the girls to think of magical objects that could feature in their stories.  The girls came up with some great ideas: glasses that send you into another world when you put then on; earphones that show what is like to live someone else’s life; a key that can open a door and send you anywhere.

Key questions to think about in relation to the MacGuffin:

  • What is the magic power or perceived magic power of the object?
  • Where did it come from?
  • And most importantly, WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG??? Stories are all about what could go wrong and how it all works out.  The more obstacles the better!

Helen was asked how long it takes her to write her books. The Adventure Island books take about 3 months from having the idea to writing it, followed by 5 to 6 drafts with an editor. The Secrets of the Tombs books can take up to a year as they include a lot of research (often visiting the archaeological places of interest – bonus!) and are much longer (80 000 words).

As with all extra-curricular events, time flew by.  At the end of the talk, the girls were able to chat briefly with Helen and buy signed copies of her books. Thank you to local bookseller, Brenda Parkhouse, who came in with the books.

A BIG thank you to Helen for providing such an inspiring talk – many girls left her talk discussing ideas for their own books!


Reading Week: Wilf’s Workshop (Y9)

20 Oct 2021

Wilf’s Story Creation Workshop

30 girls from Year 9 participated in a Story Creation Workshop led by storyteller Wilf from Readathon. He told the girls they were working in the Creative Industries as a writing team for Netflix.  Where authors work alone (one author = one novel), TV and film writers work in teams often of up to 12 people.  Story creation, he pointed out, is a collaborative process which can be frustrating as your ideas might not be the ones chosen. One director Wilf knew gave up directing films and started writing books as he wanted to be in complete control!

Wilf explained that stories start with a character. Who is their character?  The girls brainstormed ideas after Wilf talked them through some archetypal characters.  They voted and the winner, by a large majority, was Billy the Rat.

Wilf then asked ‘What is the problem the character faces?’  All stories have a problem he explained.  What is it that makes Billy different?  The girls put forward many brilliant ideas and voted on the top three:

  • He’s a rat among mice (an orphan) – bullied and outcast (ref. Ugly Duckling)
  • He doesn’t like cheese (stands out from the crowd)
  • He’s a rat who’s actually a boy

The orphan storyline won, getting over 50% of the vote.

Wilf also spoke about ‘genre’.  What genre is the story?  He was very insistent that once the genre was chosen, the rules for the genre had to be obeyed, since they were writing professionally for Netflix.  The winning genre was a kid’s story in the style of a Pixar-like animated feature.

Stories, Wilf explained, have five parts:

  • Introduction – regular day in life of character
  • Development – call to adventure/ inciting incident e.g. explosion / winning money
  • Conflict – people falling out / villain starts killing
  • Climax – people face up to conflict / conflict starts to defeat them
  • Conclusion

Where is their story taking place?  Suggestions were:

  • Zoo
  • Pet Shop
  • School (Loreto)
  • Church

The girls decided upon Loreto.

Unfortunately, then the bell went and the session had to end…  Although, they hadn’t finished their story, Wilf reminded them that a lot of the imaginative labour is done in the discussion phase.  After an hour, the girls had the following:

Billy is a big awkward rat, adopted by wild mice living in the grounds of Loreto who have to steal their food from humans to survive but those same humans hunt them.  One day Billy gets separated from his mice companions and…

Each class will now decide how to take the story forward, fitting it into the format Wilf outlined.  Wilf has promised to publish all five stories on his website!



Geog: Y7 Research Assessment Link

15 Oct 2021

Year 7 Geographers can find all the information they need to help them complete their Research Assessment on Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano by clicking on the link below.



International Day of the Girl 2021

10 Oct 2021

Loreto’s Women of the World group (WoW) are proudly supporting International Day of the Girl 2021.

Theme: “Digital generation. Our generation.”

Monday 11th October 2021 is International Day of the Girl. Set up in 2012 and endorsed by the United Nations, the day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls uniquely face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

Achieving Gender Equality is an integral part of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Goals. Girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life and if they are effectively supported, girls have the potential to change the world.

Girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at children with disabilities and those living in marginalised communities.

As part of International Day of the Girl, through the #GirlsTakeover initiative, girls are occupying spaces where they are rarely seen or heard in positions of power and make it clear they have the right to be there without being silenced or ignored.

This year’s theme recognises the importance of the need to be digitally connected to participate fully in society. The lack of access to technology affects girls and women the most because:

  • cost is a bigger issue for girls and women
  • families are concerned about online safety for girls
  • stereotypes say that ‘technology is more for boys’
  • of the lack of female role models in technology and STEM subjects – globally, the percentage of females among Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates is below 15 per cent in over two-thirds of countries.

Loreto WoW is marking the day with a presentation by the WoW Representatives to each form. As well as highlighting some of the barriers girls face across the world, they will also be focusing on some inspirational girls who are challenging stereotypes and making a positive impact on the world.

You can find out more about International Day of the Girl and this year’s theme by exploring the links below:


Girls Who Code

Twitter: IDG2021



Reading Week Info w/c 18th Oct

06 Oct 2021
We are super excited to welcome back renowned mystery and adventure novelist, Helen Moss! She will be talking to Years 7 & 8 on Thursday 21st October. Signed copies of Helen’s books will be available to purchase on the day.
Helen’s visit is part of Reading Week (18-22 Oct) when students will be set the challenge of reading as much as they can during the week itself and over October half term. All money raised will go to Readathon, which is a worthwhile charity that buys new books for children in hospital.  Over the years, Loreto has raised thousands of pounds, and because of this, Readathon is kindly sending Wilf, storyteller extraordinaire, to talk to all Year 9 students in an assembly, followed by a story creation workshop for representatives from each Year 9 form groups.
Click HERE to meet Wilf and watch a short clip illustrating the impact Readathon fundraising has on young people receiving treatment in hospital.
We cannot wait to report back after the event.

Helen Moss – author


School Council Trip

06 Oct 2021

On Monday 5th October School Council Reps., led by Miss Aherne, embarked on a day of immersive team building at Herts Young Mariners Base (HYMB) in the wilds of Cheshunt.

They were kept busy with a series of sessions aimed at problem solving, collaboration and synergy.

They got wet, they got cold, but they got smiles on their faces! (See pictures below…)

Our heartfelt thanks goes to Miss Aherne for organising and leading such a worthwhile adventure for our students.



Dancing Success!

06 Oct 2021

Dancing Success for the Dito Smith Sisters

We are so proud of Rosa and Ines Dito Smith, who both achieved great success at the Dance World Cup this summer. Congratulations girls!

Over the summer holidays Dance World Cup took place in Telford. I competed with my dance school and did seven dances across four days. There were many rehearsals leading up to the event and during COVID many lessons had to be held online. Overall it was an amazing opportunity and I loved being able to share it with my friends after our hard work. The experience was great and I am proud of the achievement.   Rosa and Ines both achieved gold and they both won 6 different medals in different categories. Rosa will now dance in Welwyn Campus pantomime over Christmas.

By Rosa and Ines Dito Smith       


Pastry Success in Food Tech (Y10)

06 Oct 2021

Last week our Year 10 Food Tech students made mille feuille. This is a dessert which is made of fruit, cream, and pastry; they also added some icing on top by using the feathering technique. They made this dessert over the course of two days: day one included preparing the ingredients, making the pastry, and cooking it, and day two consisted of assembling the millie feuille and making the icing to go on top. This was a very fun dish to make and it tasted absolutely amazing!

Here are some examples of the scrumptious end product:


MFL Fun Day (Y8)

30 Sep 2021
In September 2021, students in Year 8 were lucky enough to have their MFL Fun Day.
The day included a carousel of engaging and fun sessions and workshops.

We thank Mrs Fitzsimons and the whole MFL Department for organising this wonderfully worthwhile experience for our students.


Here are some reflections from a couple of our Year 8 students:

On Friday we enjoyed every activity and we all really liked the delicious food, which was a fun and surprising change. We learnt different languages, such as Spanish and Japanese. In particular, we loved the Japanese class as it was interesting learning about their culture and the kimono was really beautiful. We also did a music quiz.

We liked coming together at the end of the day to share our learning and a sing a humorous Spanish song. Since a lot of students are artistic, it was wonderful to show that we were designing t-shirts and creating flags.  The t-shirts helped us recognise the importance of learning a language and how useful it can be in the future.  We all did our designs, which was fun. We found it enjoyable that we could represent how unique each of us are in a beautiful flag.

Overall, we loved learning about modern foreign languages and the culture behind them. MFL Day was a big success!

By Sasha and Kathleen 





An Inspector Calls (Y10 & Y11)

30 Sep 2021

In September 2021, the Globe Players visited Loreto College to perform JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls to Year 10 and 11 students. The performance brought to life the exam text for the students and allowed them to engage with the play in a different way. We are looking forward to welcoming them back later in the year to perform to different year groups.


RE Retreat Days (Y7 & Y8)

24 Sep 2021
Students in Years 7 and 8 were lucky enough to have their Retreat Days at the very start of the new school year. They were guided through the theme ‘God and Me‘ by the experienced and dynamic STEP Team. Their days included a carousel of the following sessions and workshops:
  1. Who is Jesus?
  2. Crystal Maze Cafe
  3. Ultimate Questions
  4. Contemplative Crafts
  5. Walk through the Bible

We thank Mr McCarthy for organising this wonderfully worthwhile experience for our students.



Here are some reflections from our Year 7 students:

The first thing we did on the retreat was acting out the readings of the Bible in the Old Testament. The stories we did was Adam and Eve, George, Daniel and Moses. It was really fun and we all learned more about these stories!

Olivia & Francesca

The retreat was amazing, the step team came and gave us really fun activities to do. We did pottery, acting out religious events, we made stuff and lots more. The step team were really kind and helped us with activities. They also gave us all a present at the end which was a Bible.

Ellie Rose

I enjoyed the school retreat. We did walk through the Bible in which we got a Bible story and had to act out our story. My group had the story of Daniel and the Kings. Then we did a session about Jesus in which we look at evidence to show Jesus existed. After that, we did pottery where we talked about when we were making our sculptures we thought about how God created us uniquely and all of us were different.


Everyone in Year 7 had an amazing time, my favourite part had to be “the walk through the Bible” you got to learn about the stories in the Old Testament and have fun at the same time plus, I love acting so it was a wonderful activity to do.


The retreat was really fun! We did crafts, we got to act out the Bible, we did pottery and we did Bourne identity. We also learnt about child labour and how cruel it is. We had to pretend that we were children and that we were working for a company. As a group, we had to copy a T – Shirt design and if you were in one of the groups and your company doesn’t do child labour, you would get a break and we also got pain a good amount. My team got paid £200 pounds and we had to share it out among us. I was in one of the lucky teams working for Levi and that clothing brand doesn’t use children to do their work. Another thing we had to do was create your own T-Shirt and the best design would win. My teams design won and we each got 1 Merit each.



PE Dept – Extracurricular Activities

10 Sep 2021

Loreto’s extracurricular PE programme is well and truly back!

Clubs include:

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Cross Country

Students can sign up by speaking to Miss Wonnacott in the PE Department before or after school.


Welcome Mass

06 Sep 2021
Loreto students will be taking part in our Welcome Mass at Ss Alban and Stephen Catholic Church Tuesday 7th September at 2.35pm. We are delighted that some of our students in Years 7-13 will attend in person, and the mass will also be streamed live to form rooms.
Other members of our school community are welcome to join us for this:

Welcome, Year 7!

02 Sep 2021

The Year 7s had an enjoyable and productive first day meeting their new form tutors and finding out more about life at Loreto. One student in 7T also spotted a tiny frog outside St Joseph’s, which was a nice addition to the day.